How to avoid boring your audience

The first rule of content creation should be to keep the viewer’s interest. See this infographic for a rundown of rules to avoid putting your audience into a coma.

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The first rule of many professions is: Do no harm.

For content marketers, the first rule is: Do not—under any circumstances—bore your audience.

This rule can be applied to any medium—blog posts, podcasts, video, etc.—that a business may use to educate its audience, and by proxy, market itself. While it takes experience and a keen eye to create viral content, creators can save themselves much pain and rewriting by putting themselves in the seat of a reader.

Ask yourself:

· What does your audience want to learn more about?

· What medium is your audience most comfortable with?

· How much time does your audience have?

After selecting a bold topic, there are a few style considerations to avoid turning off readers and sending them running to your competitors. How many articles have you read that were a chore to slog through?

Thankfully, there are some general guidelines for promoting readability in your writing.

MyTasker has made a list of 20 tips for audience satisfaction. They are:

1. Honor the rule of one (as in one concept/idea/call to action).

2. Capture readers with your opening.

3. Less is more.

4. Use comforting words.

5. Stop being cold-hearted.

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