You Ask, I Answer: What Makes Engaging Content?

Lisa asks, “Think about brands you (as a consumer) trust and engage with most often online. Why does their content prompt you to engage?”

We’ve all read many answers to this question over the years, and in the end, a consistent answer does exist. For creators, we use the 3L framework. For consumers, we use the 3E framework. Watch the video for more.

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In today’s episode Lisa asks, What makes for engaging content?

we’ve answered this question generally for decades

in marketing ever since really mass media became available. So the real question is what’s what general framework should people be using? And we have two of them the three L and the three Eva three, L is for the Creator, the three is for the consumer or someone who is auditing the content, they’re essentially mirrors of each other. The three outcome framework is very simple for content creators. When you’re creating content, did it make you laugh? Did you learn something when you’re putting together or do you love it so much that you can’t help but tell

a friend or loved one significant other all about the content even if they don’t work at your company, things like that.

So those would be the big three pieces of guidance that you use for any piece of content. Did these things happen? Now on the consumer side, on the brand side, did the content engage you meaning did it didn’t get you to do something?

Did it make you laugh, did entertain you, and did it educate? Again, those are the mirror sides, if you as the creator did those things, those are the outcomes that the consumer of the content should have gotten from.

The hardest part for a marketer is going to be honesty, self honesty, self awareness. If you as the marketer are creating the content, like I gotta get this thing out of this, got a deadline, stuff like that, and you just kind of put something out there that didn’t make you laugh. You don’t love it, and you didn’t learn anything.

When you’re putting together then yes, it’s going to fall flat. That’s just you put together not the best content that you that you could have. And it is a tricky balancing act is very difficult to create quality, meaning it contains the three L’s and quantity meaning you get the deadlines and the deliverables out the door when you need to. So it is a tough balancing act. I totally get that. But that’s the benchmark. Now

do you does it need to be stuff that makes you laugh does it need to be stuff that makes that you love? Not, not those exact emotions, it can be any type of emotional evocation.

But for brand safety, one of the things that’s going to be difficult is creating content that

you have to be cautious. If you make content that makes people think you’re gonna you’re going to create engaging content, but is that content that you necessarily want associated with the

Brand possibly not. So, again, make sure that if you’re, if you’re going to try for emotions, from a brand safety perspective, it’s generally safe to err on the side of positive emotions rather than negative emotions. But it really does come down to that self honesty, that self awareness to say, Yep, I learned something when I put together this content or this content made me laugh, or I can’t wait to tell my, my friends, you’re you’re out at dinner with them, or you’re out drinking with them or whatever. And, and,

and you say, Hey, I can’t wait to tell you about this piece of content I created at work.

That’s the measure. That’s the high watermark that says Yep, I’ve made content I’m proud of so

as a marketer, you can take this framework and print it out, you can hang it at your desk, all that stuff, but

you got to be self aware. You gotta be honest with yourself about it. So that’s, that’s how you create engaging content. As always, if you have any comments, leave them below.

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