5 Ways To Be More Productive On Social Media

Make social media work for you, not the other way around.

Now now, this ain’t like any other post. It’ll REALLY show you ways to be more productive on social media! Go on, keep reading!

Social media post from Ryan Reynolds - how to be more productive on social media
Social media post from Ryan Reynolds

Ok, you better be reading this if you don’t want to be cursed with diarrhea for the next 7 days — this is part of a chain letter you’re looking at.

Just kidding. Read on and you’ll get what I mean.

Every coach in the world has probably told us that we should only focus on one platform, but it is human nature to just not want to give up all other platforms completely.

We get all serious and say OK, I shall plan my week out. Mondays and Thursdays shall be for Instagram. Tuesdays and Fridays for Facebook postings and the weekends will be devoted to Twitter.

Or something.

Let me know how that has worked out for you so far. It hasn’t for me. At least, not yet.

The thing is, we can plan all we like, but if we don’t have a strategy for it, what we are going to end up doing is to post half baked quotes and captions and consider our job done, and then spend the next one hour scrolling and getting totally distracted with all the videos and articles we’ll be watching and reading (that does absolutely nothing for our business).

Fortunately, there are 5ways to make social media actually work for you — hence making your time there more productive and efficient.

Oh, and these 5 ways allow you to be on multiple platforms and still feel in control. Sound good? Let’s go!

I know what you’re thinking. What-interrupt?

Pattern interrupt in social media posts
Humor as a form of pattern interrupt. Source: Cheezburger.com

I wondered the same thing in the past, but now it’s a method that really works — even for one-liners.

The Pattern-Interrupt technique (in marketing) is a technique that interrupts your reader’s natural state and thoughts by jumping out and grabbing their attention. This results in them being more likely to continue reading your caption than to keep scrolling.

Hence my chain letter threat in the beginning — this is not a blog post that started out the way you expected it to, so your curiosity was piqued and you continued reading.

Pattern-interrupt can be in the form of captions, Facebook ads headlines, a Facebook post or even a LinkedIn post. It jumps out at you, stops you in your scroll, and makes you click on it to read more.

I’ve always seen funny and interesting pattern-interrupt techniques by Peng Joon, a popular online marketer. Here is one of his Facebook ads:

Ways to be productive on social media with pattern interrupt
Source: Peng Joon’s Facebook Ad

He stops you in your tracks by showing a photoshopped 70-year-old version of himself claiming he’s gotten old asking you to join him for his upcoming webinar.

Let’s face it — most of us skim. We don’t read unless something in that article really grabs our attention —( Hopefully, this one is.) Hence, bold one-liners are always a great way to stop scrollers in their tracks and do a double-take.

Another example: Instead of the traditional headline — How to generate more leads with Facebook Ads, a headline or a caption saying You’ve got a long way to go if you haven’t implemented this in your business yet will definitely keep your audience reading and staying on your post.

More headline hacks from Smart Blogger — this is a download you’re going to love! Even though it’s meant for blog posts, I believe great one-liners work very effectively on social media as well.

The better you get at writing such captions, one-liners, or headlines, the more likely someone is going to continue reading your post, engage with it, and even end up following you on social media. And in the end, that is what we want — followers that resonate with the content we’re putting out.

Quick, what’s your favorite number?

Mine’s 9. You know why? Cos my audiences are most active at 9pm.

According to Statista.com, over 3.6 billion people were using social media worldwide in 2020. This number is projected to increase to almost 4.41 billion in 2025.

You don’t need to be online 24/7, but you do need to post based on when your audiences are most active online.

Since people alternate between going into Facebook and Instagram regularly due to the cross-posting options available, use the stats that are given to you in your Instagram account to check out the best times to post.

How?

This requires you to have a business account. When you go to your profile, you’ll be able to see the ‘Insights’ tab.

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Checking when your audiences are most active on Instagram. Source: Buffer.com

Go in and click on ‘Total followers’.

You’ll be able to see the number of followers you have, broken down into age groups, gender and most importantly, the times they are most active on Instagram.

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Checking when your audiences are most active online. Source: My Instagram account.

You’ll also be able to know what cities and countries they’re from.

These are the little details that make a difference to when you should post, instead of going in whenever you feel like it, and then wonder why some posts get more engagement than others.

Pick 2–3 of the most active times weekly and cross post from Instagram to Facebook, using the pattern-interrupt method outlined above.

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Photo by Loan on Unsplash

This is a kitten.

Why is this kitten important? Because it’s helped me write amazing blogs.

Just kidding.

I wanted to see if you were still paying attention.

We can only be in so many places at one time, so automation and taking out some time to do proper content batching is a great way to get your social media posts working for you.

First off, Buffer is a great tool because it allows you to post on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and even Twitter.

Sign up for a free account and block out a weekend to content batch and plan out what images you want to use. Make notes of when your audiences are most active online, and schedule your posts to go out then.

This is something you only need to do once a month, and you’ll get your content all ready for the next 30 days. They’re all be scheduled and ready to go, and your social media will be working for you instead of the other way round.

Buffer also gives you your social media analytics, allowing you to see what’s working and what’s not, so you can tweak and improve your content as you go.

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A quick look at Buffer’s scheduler — Source: Kristy’s Buffer account
Designing in social media productivity
Source: Kat Coroy’s Instagram. Kat is an influencer that shows off consistent colors and fonts in her feed.

Be consistent, and I don’t mean with your posting. Since you’re going to be using a scheduler, I assume you’re going to be veryyyy consistent.

When it comes to consistency, colors matter, too. Designing really helps as a way to be more productive on social media.

If you’re going to be posting about something that reflects on your brand and your services, then the colors have to stay consistent enough so that the moment someone sees your post, they know it’s from you.

And because they know you have great attention-grabbing captions, they’re going to make the effort to click on your post and hope you don’t disappoint.

It’s all very well to go into Canva daily and pick the cutest quote or the most romantic background you see, but it does nothing for your branding.

Select 2–3 colors that reflect your brand, and design from there. You can use the graphics you see on Canva and tweak the colors to match your brand; or you can go into Pexels and key in the hex code of the color you want.

Colors and consistency in how to be more productive on social media
Source: Kristy’s Pexels account

Once you’ve keyed in the color’s hex code, Pexels will give you a series of images that match the color you want, and you’ll be able to take snippets from those pictures so your design looks more original and unique while reflecting your brand colors.

Trouble with brand colors? Check out Canva’s color palette to see which ones work for you.

After a while, your audience will start to associate these colors with you. The same way you associate some colors with your favorite brands — think green and white for Starbucks, black and white for Uber (or some other brands you like) — you get the idea.

After creating an image, do a quick check to see if it’s mobile optimized. Over 85% of internet traffic (from the US population alone in 2021) are from mobile users.

How do you check? Simply do a right click on the image with your mouse, go to the word ‘Inspect’ and you’ll be able to see what the image you just designed looks like on mobile. You’ll also be able to choose from different mobile options — such as the Samsung Galaxy, the Iphone, the Ipad, and so on.

The human brain creates an impression of the image they see within half a second, and that is the amount of time you have to capture their attention before they scroll you away. Images matter.

Selfies on social media
Photo by Diana Polekhina on Unsplash

People like pretty, and people like sexy. People like funny, and people like cute.

There’s nothing wrong with that, it simply is part of human nature.

Instead of just talking about your brand all the time, make an impression and have them remember you with nice selfies once in a while — make the effort to look good, presentable and give your best smile.

I’m not saying you have to pose at a beach in your skimpiest bikini — though if you do, heck they’ll remember you even more. Human nature.

This is one reason why influencers and celebrities get so many followers and engagement — they share a lot of personal aspects of their lives and look good while doing it. It makes them relatable and simply put, more human.

How to be more productive on social media by being more relatable
Source: Kate Beckinsale’s Instagram

It’s not just for them — it does wonders for your own self-confidence, too.

It also makes you more approachable because they get to see the face behind the brand and be able to relate to what personal aspects of your life you‘re sharing at that moment.

These are the kind of posts that create more engagement. When they remember you, they will remember your brand.

Designing in how to be more productive on social media
Source: Jenna Kutcher’s Instagram. Jenna maintains a warm peach and orangey vintage color for all her posts.

Are you ready to make your social media work for you? Woohoo, you totally have!

Open up that free Buffer account (nope that wasn’t an affiliate link!) and Canva’s color palette and have fun figuring out your brand colors!

Get inspiration from the influencers you follow on Instagram — then download that headline hacks from Smart Blogger, sit down, content batch and you’ve got your social media in the palm of your hand!

What’s more — all your platforms will be working for you!

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