We all have an important message to send. We all want to reach a wide audience. We all want to stop a reader in their tracks with content that WOWS!
But how do we do that?
By using a powerful hook.
A hook is a well-crafted first sentence that captures your audience’s interest from the start. Like a fine glass of Prosecco, your introduction needs to entice your reader to want more.
The secret element of any hook is creating curiosity. Whether you do it by asking a question, making an unusual statement, or using another strategy, that’s up to you.
In a world where TikTok’s popularity is rising and people’s attention span is shrinking, you have to stand out among your competitors. But how exactly do you do that?
We’re going to show you how to create the perfect, scroll-stopping hook that will grab your audience’s attention and get them, well, hooked!
Three types of hooks that pique curiosity.
Start strong with a quote or a statistic.
You want to impress your readers with a statistic you found on the internet or share a John Green quote. Wonderful choice! A quote by a famous figure or an accurate statistic can impact your reader and drive them to learn more about that topic.
Before you hit the publish button, do your research. Your goal is to position yourself as an expert in your field by sharing accurate information. You don’t want to include a random statistic or a quote that is not relevant to your article.
Next time you include a statistic head to reputable sources such as:
Warm up your public with a question.
Even Shakespeare asked, “To be, or not to be?” Why not use the curious nature of humans to your advantage?
What’s so great about questions? They make your reader intrigued. After coming up with their answer, they quickly check if they were correct. Maybe they don’t have an answer. That’s when their curiosity comes into place, encouraging them to check your blog post.
However, don’t rely on yes or no questions for your hook to be successful. Instead, think about something more complex. Your audience will be eager to test their knowledge.
According to Masterclass, you should always answer part of the question, but leave room for mystery. Your reader is more inclined to continue reading your story. This way you keep their focus without leaving them frustrated.
Storytelling is emperor.
If ‘content is king’, then ‘storytelling is emperor’. Stories are an amazing method to connect more with your audience and thus increase your trust and like factor.
Aren’t you sold on this idea yet? According to an experiment by journalists Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn, the perceived value of an item increases by 2.799% when you pair a story with a product. How is that possible?
Stories have such a significant impact on our brain that it releases “oxytocin” — a hormone that promotes trust. Clients relate to you more, making it a winning formula for increasing sales ethically. They are happy to share your content, helping you expand your reach.
It’s important to keep your writing fun and light. Keep them entertained or inspired. Put your product in a positive light and showcase real-life examples.
However, don’t stress over what you write. You don’t need to be the next best-selling author. There is just one keyword you have to keep in mind: relatability.
You have a diverse audience, so be kind and respectful when sharing your posts. We should mind the language we use and the ideas we promote. Sometimes we must shift the way we market ourselves because we should value making a positive impact over big numbers.
Ensure Your Hook is Just!
When writing an attention-grabbing hook, it is important to keep Just Marketing standards in mind. This means avoiding false or misleading claims, making sure that the hook accurately reflects the product or service being offered, and not making claims that are intended to exploit people’s emotions, vulnerabilities, or insecurities.
Here are a few ethical considerations to keep in mind when writing a hook:
- Truthfulness: Avoid making false or misleading claims about the product or service. This not only violates Just Marketing principles, but can also lead to legal consequences.
- Transparency: Be clear and transparent about the product or service being offered. Make sure the hook accurately reflects what the customer can expect to receive.
- Respect for the audience: Avoid using emotional or psychological tactics that exploit people’s fears, insecurities, or vulnerabilities. This type of manipulation is unethical and can harm your reputation.
- Responsibility: Take responsibility for the impact of your marketing. Make sure your hook does not harm any people in any way.
By following these Just Marketing standards, your hooks will not only captures the attention of your target audience, but also respect and protect their interests.
Which type of hook is the best type of hook? The choice is yours.
Everybody has their style. We encourage you to experiment. What matters if you mess up? It will be another learning opportunity.
You might mess around with your hook the first few times until you find that sweet spot. You may publish your first five posts/articles and not get much traction, but the strategy in the sixth one will be the real winner.
The key is to test, retest, and retest. Collect as much data as possible in order to determine what strategy works best for your business and your audience.
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