Long Jump Social Media

Optimal Lengths for Social Media Content

In recent years, as time continues to tick, traditional media is being neglected as digital media comes into prominence. Given that the power of the internet allows all users to become authors, use of the digital space is adopted more so by individuals and organisations alike. One of the great benefits of creating digital content, is that the limitations such as: how much space is left on a page? Are too many images included? Is the text too small, are completely non-existent. However, with that being said, there’s no question that there are digital principles in place that need to be taken into consideration when posting on social media.

As such, it’s important to see in the eyes of your target audience and contemplate whether you’d be interested in listening, reading or watching a piece of content that is too long. Ask yourself one question, ‘will I get bored half way through?’ and be honest with yourself, even if it was yourself that created the content. To make things seem more straight forward, here are some valuable guidelines to abide by, when creating different forms of content on social media platforms:

Character count

  • Tweets – 71-100 [Tweets including this number of characters can produce 17% higher engagement)
  • > Facebook – 40 [Posts including 40 characters can gain up to 86% higher engagement than those with more characters]
  • > Google+ – 60 [The first line of the main content must grab the reads attention, if the headline can not fit on one line – to ensure content is read]
  • > Paragraphs – 40-55 [Larger fonts in opening paragraphs entices the reader and allows them too jump to the section in which they find of most interest]
  • > URL Domains –  8 [Be sure to keep domains short, sweet, easy to spell and read. Numbers and symbols should be avoided and URL’s should end in .com, preferably]
  • > Hashtags (#) – 6 [Ensure that the use of slang, number and spaces are limited, unless they’re appropriate and necessary to your campaign]
  • > Email subject lines – 28-39 [Email subject lines receive a higher open rate than those of a higher character count]
  • > Title Tags – 55 [Be wary that titles that exceed this limitation will be shortened with an ellipsis]

Word Count

  • > Blog Title – 6 [Readers tend to read the first and last 3 words within a title, so whatever you decide to choose as your blog title, make sure it packs punch!]
  • > LinkedIn Post – 25 [When marketing to businesses aim to contain 16-25 words. However, if marketing to consumers, aim for 21-25 words, to encourage shares]
  • > Blog Post – 1,600 [74% of posts are read that take approx. 3 minutes long and 94% are under 6 minutes]

Number of Minutes

  • > YouTube –  3 [The shorter the better. On average, the top 50 videos on the platform last 3 minutes]
  • > Podcasts – 22 [Listeners tend to stay engaged for 22 minutes. Take into consideration the audience’s varied attention spans]
  • > Ted Talks – 18 [Based on the threshold given by Ted Talks – max. of 18 minutes – and varied attention spans, this amount of time is deemed adequate]
  • > Slideshare – 6 [With abiding by good presentation rules and including a engaging design, when including multiple slides, presentations need to be no longer than 6 minutes]

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