Article

Mary Ivanova
Mary Ivanova 1 October 2018
Categories Content, Social Media

9 Content Design Tips for New Businesses

You might’ve read a bunch of pieces on content marketing strategy and what makes for an engaging post, as well as the basic advice on maintaining a theme, staying consistent with your message and visuals, but when you look back at your new business’ social media pages, blog or website something just doesn’t click.

Unless you have a design team along with a professionally developed corporate identity package that encompasses both your offline and online visual presence, you will probably get good use out of the following article on content design for new businesses.

1. Have a reason for each piece of content to exist

The very first thing you need to think about when designing content for your brand’s website, blog or social media is why you are creating it at all. What value will it bring to your audience or what purpose does it pursue? Is it a call to action, an announcement, a tutorial, an informative piece?

Don’t produce content just for the sake of having something to post - figure out what end you are working toward and research popular means of getting there. Categorize your future content, look at examples and read up on design rules for each piece to utilize the knowledge already available out there for you to make your content much better.

2. Get to your point right away

30unis.PNG

Verbiage and riddles have their place, but it’s definitely not in your everyday marketing content. Make it your top priority to design your content in a way that gets directly to the point. Your audience shouldn’t have to figure your message out, so ensure it’s clear right away.

3. Guide your audience through the piece.

A good design guides the viewer’s eye through the image, letting our mind know immediately where to start looking and where to finish. Imagine you have to create an invisible guideline through your design and arrange items in a linear way - from left to right, as that’s how the human eye normally perceives information.

Ensuring navigation through your piece is simple, you guarantee your audience doesn’t feel stressed, confused or lost while looking at your content. Employ visual hierarchy rules to structure your information - larger, high contrast, located at the top of the page moving content normally has the highest visual performance. To further advance your skills, study rules of composition in design.

4. Seek out ready-made templates

ready-made-templates.PNG

Looking at clean, professional posts by top brands in your industry may make you anxious about your own design skills and ability to live up to the audience’s expectation in regards to your brand’s visual presence. Before you develop your own sense and understanding of the basic design principles needed for your content to stand out, use predesigned templates for social media, blogs and website content.

5. Cut out all the clutter

Don’t decorate your designs just for the sake of decorating. Each design decision you make has to make sense visually and contextually - go back to the very first tip in this list that advises to be clear about the purpose of each piece of content you are designing.

Let your piece serve its purpose and nothing more. Any extra information, images or thrills you might be tempted to add to your content will only distract the viewer and become visual noise that stops them from clearly getting your actual message.

6. Use shape to highlight key points

Shape is one of the key design tools that can help you add accents even to rather dull pieces. Containing text or images in shapes can shift their mood or highlight certain aspects of your content.

Square and rectangular shapes give a more formal, cold feel and work best with minimalist designs. Circles and waves soften an image and contribute to a wholesome, finished look. Organic shapes are used to add a natural, relaxed feel to an image, while abstract shapes, like symbols and icons, help illustrate your piece without cluttering it.

7. Talk about one thing at a time

22relaxingways.PNG

There’s a reason why movies and TV shows don’t normally sound like real life - characters rarely talk over each other and the viewers get to hear one line at a time. Same goes for design - only talk about one thing in one piece and don’t mix everything in at once.

8. Use as little text as possible to make your point

Nobody on the Internet is reading anything by default. People are scanning your content, so avoid including long lines of text in your content.

Overall readability of your piece is crucial for getting your message across - if the point of your communique isn’t clear within the first seconds of user’s interaction with your content, they are most likely to simply breeze right by it, leaving you with little to no eyeballs on your pages.

9. Don’t get stuck in an unchanging, monotonous look

The pitfall of sticking to a theme and having a certain "look" without a design team to keep content fresh with small variations is that your audience gets tired of the same old same old and stops paying attention altogether. So avoid being repetitive both content-wise and design as well.

Yes, you still need to have a theme and there has to be something in common between all your content, but the same stale look gets repetitious really fast, so don’t be afraid to mix it up every so often to keep your content looking fresh and intriguing.

Wrapping it up

Well, there you have it - the design tips I’ve hand-picked for you from my colleagues and all the educational resources online, which is actually a great place to start for any marketer or business owner designing own content. To pick up more design knowledge for marketing try hanging out at themed forums, groups and chats, where you can not only learn valuable tips and tricks but ask questions as well.

Please login or register to add a comment.

Contribute Now!

Loving our articles? Do you have an insightful post that you want to shout about? Well, you've come to the right place! We are always looking for fresh Doughnuts to be a part of our community.

Popular Articles

See all
How to Review a Website — A Guide for Beginners

How to Review a Website — A Guide for Beginners

A company website is crucial for any business's digital marketing strategy. To keep up with the changing trends and customer buying behaviors, it's important to review and make necessary changes regularly...

Digital Doughnut Contributor
Digital Doughnut Contributor 25 March 2024
Read more
7 Reasons Why Social Media Marketing is Important For Your Business

7 Reasons Why Social Media Marketing is Important For Your Business

In the past two decades social media has become a crucial tool for marketers, enabling businesses to connect with potential customers. If your business has yet to embrace social media and you want to know why it is...

Sharron Nelson
Sharron Nelson 29 February 2024
Read more
The Impact of New Technology on Marketing

The Impact of New Technology on Marketing

Technology has impacted every part of our lives. From household chores to business disciplines and etiquette, there's a gadget or app for it. Marketing has changed dramatically over the years, but what is the...

Alex Lysak
Alex Lysak 3 April 2024
Read more
10 Factors that Influence Customer Buying Behaviour Online

10 Factors that Influence Customer Buying Behaviour Online

Now is an era where customers take the center stags influencing business strategies across industries. No business can afford to overlook factors that could either break the customer experience or even pose a risk of...

Edward Roesch
Edward Roesch 4 June 2018
Read more
The 3 Most Important Stages In Your Presentation

The 3 Most Important Stages In Your Presentation

If you want to deliver a presentation on a particular topic and you have to prepare yourself for it you should make sure that you go through several very important stages in order to craft a compelling, persuasive and...

Nicky Nikolaev
Nicky Nikolaev 16 February 2016
Read more