We mentioned the“social signal funnel” in past articles to talk about how people respond to social media content, and we’d like to discuss specifically what we mean. This funnel is a way of thinking about social media marketing that may prove very useful when structuring and publishing your content – and understanding how people react to it. Let’s dive in!
This funnel, like the buyer’s funnel, describes how people progress from learning about something to taking direct action. Social signals refer to any action a viewer takes on social media – a like, a comment, a share, a retweet, copying and using a hashtag, and quite a few other things. One reason people have trouble connecting social signals to concrete SEO results is because they ignore that social signals follow a funnel. A single social signal doesn’t exist in a void – it is connected to a process by which a viewer interacts with social media content. Early on in the funnel, social signals may not have much effect. But they lead further down the funnel, to end actions that have a very real impact on SEO, visibility, and audience. Let’s talk about it in terms of the traditional funnel, TOFU, MOFU and BOFU.
Here we also see the usefulness of top-funnel signals when it comes to consensus. A person thinking about commenting on a post may be encouraged to do so if the top of the funnel has encouraged a lot of other likes or comments.
As you can see, the goal of the social signal funnel is to get to the dissemination point, where people have interacted enough in a social post to become invested and share that content with others, which has a powerful effect on reach and SEO.
This raises an interesting point about the CTA: The sales funnel CTA is pretty obvious, but what sort of CTA do you use to move people along the social signal funnel? Obviously high quality posts that use links, images, videos, and hashtags will be more effective at gathering participation and guiding viewers down the funnel. However, there’s nothing wrong with asking! Say, “Tell us what you think in the comments” or, “This is our project, what does your day look like?” or something else that invites interaction. You can also accomplish this with hashtags when appropriate (Twitter and Instagram, for example). It’s all right to invite people to move down the funnel!