How to write better LinkedIn posts

May 21, 2024

How to write better LinkedIn posts that convert

Do you find writing LinkedIn and social media posts tricky?

Do you know what you want to say, but get in a muddle when you start to write? Or maybe you don’t even get that far and end up staring at a blank screen.

Then this blog is for you!

Because today I’m going to break down the simple steps to writing better social media captions so that you can get the job done and get on with your day.

The three essential components of a LinkedIn post

Your social media post can be broken into three simple sections:

The headline – to grab your readers’ attention
The body copy – broken into short sentences with plenty of whitespace to make it easier to read
The call to action – telling your reader what to do next

Let’s look at each of those in more detail.

The call to action (aka the CTA)

Now, you might be wondering why I’m starting with the CTA when it’s the last thing on the list above? Well, there’s a very good reason for that.

You see, most business owners make the mistake of writing a post then shoving a CTA at the end as an afterthought.

The problem with this is that the CTA is sometimes forgotten, or it jars with the rest of the copy, or – and this one is really common – it competes with other CTAs in the post.

So here’s what you need to do – write your CTA first.

When you write the CTA first it makes you more intentional about your post – you’re clear about the action you want your reader to take. And it helps you to focus the rest of your post towards this goal.

One post = ONE CTA.

It takes practice, but give it a try.

Here’s a post I shared on LinkedIn with some CTAs to inspire you.

The headline (sometimes known as the hook)

When social media users are scrolling through their feeds, they only see the first two or three lines of a post before they have to press ‘see more.’

This means those first few words need to really grab your readers’ attention and make them stop in their tracks.

The best headlines create curiosity or provoke an emotional reaction and they also offer a benefit to the reader.

 

Here are some helpful pointers to make your headlines more intriguing:
Include a benefit – Think about the benefits that will resonate with your ideal audience.
Example: Free up hours of your valuable time with this one simple solution that anyone can do.
Include a pain-point – What problems are your audience facing and what keywords would they use to search for help?
Example: Tired of low engagement on your posts? Here’s a fail-safe tip to get more interactions on your social media content.
Address an objection – Think of an example of why your audience might not have achieved the results they were aiming for previously.
Example: Fed up of spending hours on social media without little results to show for your efforts? This simple method will turn things around with this one easy action.
Share some proof – This is a great opportunity to share testimonials and case studies to back up your business with some social proof.
Example: Learn how this one easy step transformed my client’s business in 30 days.

Here’s a post I shared on LinkedIn with my audience to provide some helpful pointers about creating a strong hook for your post’s headlines.

Body copy (the main post text)

People often ask me whether long or short posts are best and the answer is, there’s no right answer. You need to test what works for you and your audience.

What I can tell you is that people are more likely to read your post if it’s formatted properly.

This means it’s written in short, simple sentences – no long words or jargon – and has lots of paragraph breaks to create white space.

Reading on a screen – especially a phone – is hard work for our eyes, so big chunks of text are off-putting.

Most people (make that all of us) skim-read copy, so you need to make key points stand out. Here’s how:

  • Use bullet point lists
  • Use emojis
  • Create subheadings with capital letters

Here’s an example of a very simple post aimed at my audience and helping them with ideas to create more engaging content:

Be natural

A lot of my clients say they struggle to sound natural when they write, and this might be something you find difficult too. This little trick will help.

When you’re writing your social media content, imagine you’re talking to just one person. What would you say to your ideal client if they were standing in front of you?

There’s a fab free app called Otter which lets you make voice recordings and then transcribes them into text for you. You might feel a bit silly at first, but it’s a great way to listen out for the words and phrases you use most.

Need more help?

If you’d like more help with writing for LinkedIn or other social media platforms, give me a shout. We can arrange a 1:1 to discuss ideas or an audit where I’ll talk you through how to improve your posts. Or if you prefer, we can discuss full management where I’ll take everything off your hands but continue to work closely alongside you so I can help you craft content that hits the right spot. Get in touch for more information.

Meet Jo…

Hi, I’m Jo, and I work with purpose-driven businesses and service-based founders helping them boost their LinkedIn and social media visibility by sharing content that provides value and has a positive impact with the intended audience.

I offer a variety of LinkedIn and social media training, strategy, content creation and management services for small businesses and founders to suit your budget and needs.

I hope this blog gives you the tips you need to take your business forward and achieve your social media goals.

Jo

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