How to Craft Engaging Posts for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

No two social media posts should be the same.

There’s a good reason for that – no two social media platforms are the same.

While ‘connecting and sharing with people’ lies at the core of every platform, each one is unique in many ways – Twitter is for updates, Facebook is for keeping in touch with friends and family, and LinkedIn is for making contacts and maintaining one’s professional image.

When you create posts for these platforms, you must keep in mind the following things that are unique to the platform:

  • Type of audience which uses the platform
  • The character limit for posts
  • Best times to publish the post
  • Ideal size for any images or videos

It’s important for you to take these nuances into consideration while crafting posts.

Advantages of Customizing Posts for Different Social Media Platforms

Let’s say you crafted a post for Twitter and then shared the same post on Facebook. You’ll see a considerable difference in the engagement you receive on both platforms.

That’s because people engage on these two platforms in different ways.

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all have different audiences who use them for different reasons.

You will see increased engagement, higher returns, and better reach when you use custom text for each platform. Your content must reach the right customers, and customization can deliver this outcome.

In order to gain the most out of your social media post, craft customized posts for each of the three platforms –

  • Twitter caters to the audience that likes to consume information first-hand. Information should be crisp and informative.
  • Facebook is where the audience might have a shorter attention span but would spend endless times scrolling past the ocean of content on their feed. You need to create an emotional connection by weaving them in with a story.
  • LinkedIn is the place you want to tap when you’d like to be a thought-leader. It’s a learning platform. People come here to make meaningful connections that expand their network. It’s often said that one’s “LinkedIn network can really prove to be their net-worth!”

So, if you’re aiming to boost engagement across all platforms, you must keep in mind the nuances of each platfrom.

However, adapting to the distinct language and tone of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can be a bit of a challenge when crafting your descriptions. Don’t worry, we have an instant solution for creating engaging post at a lightning speed for every platfrom.

Let’s start with the Facebook first!

Wans’t that easy? Here are the links to our Twitter and LinkedIn caption generators for you to create on-point captions every time:

Read on to find more intricacies of creating amazing Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter posts.

How to Craft an Engaging Post for Facebook

For Facebook, you can experiment with short and long posts depending on the kind of content you’re sharing. Facebook may not be as visual-first as Instagram but videos and images play an important role here.

1. Ideal Length of a Facebook Update: 40-80 Characters

Statistics of Marketing Profs show posts with 40 characters or less earn 86% more engagement. These findings are corroborated by Jeff Bullas – their study showed Facebook posts with 80 characters or less receive 88% more engagement.

Moreover, users have to expand text if they want to read more because longer posts get cut off in their feed. Your chances of attracting their attention are directly proportional to the ease with which they are able to see your message.

The ideal length varies depending on the type of content. According to Adspresso, the perfect length of a Facebook ad headline is just 5 words.

A short headline is a more effective call to action and looks better. Facebook also cuts off overly long headlines. A study on more than 37,000 Facebook Ads yielded the following results:

No. of words in Facebook ad headline

2. Use lists in copy and headline

Buzzfeed, as you might already know, is the champion of lists. The quest for quick-to-consume, scannable content drives your Facebook audience to check out list posts.

Pro-tip: Save your audience’s time by always including a teaser. For example, give away six tips when you share a link to a blog post with 14 tips. This way, the audience can make a fast decision whether the link is one they want to click. If they want to know more about the teaser content, they can click through and keep reading.

Headline and copy

3. Make it fun & interactive with emojis

Adding emojis in your post can increase comments and shares by 33% and likes by 57%. Emojis, when used properly, are a language in their own. Here’s a guide to help you use emojis across all social platforms.

Include emojis

4. Use the ideal sizes recommended for Facebook

Here are the ideal sizes for images:

  • For image posts: 1,200 x 628 pixels
  • For posts with image links: 1,200 x 628 pixels
  • For Stories: 1,080 x 1,920 pixels

For sharing links with images:

  • Square Photo (in feed): 154 x 154 pixels (minimum)
  • Square Photo (on Pages): 116 x 116 pixels (minimum)
  • Rectangular Photo (in feed): 470 x 246 pixels (minimum)
  • Rectangular Photo (on Pages): 484 x 252 pixels (minimum)

5. Experiment with a variety of media formats

Ideally, you’d mix images with blog links, video content, GIFs, and other formats that are relevant to your business.

Focus on native videos. A recent study by quintly showed native Facebook videos got a 186% higher engagement rate and 503% more comments.

You can also use the Facebook management tool to easily drive multiple Facebook profiles with a variety of content flows.

In terms of video content, it’s best to find a length that works for your brand. When in doubt, stick with shorter videos, under a minute in the best case.

Your videos should be educational and informative because you’re competing for attention with thousands of other brands.

How to Craft an Engaging Post for Twitter

Like I said earlier, most people come to Twitter to get ‘updates’, whether it’s news or new blog posts.

Hence, it’s important that your post creates a sense of urgency – why should they pay attention to it right now? It helps to tell your audience that you are posting ‘new’ content.

1. Don’t use up all 280 characters

A study by Buddy Media showed that Tweets with 100 characters got 17% higher engagement rates than longer ones.

It can be a challenge to get your Tweets down to under 100 characters, but it’s a challenge worth taking on because you’ll eventually come up with powerful, concise posts.

Being clear and succinct is crucial because this platform moves at lightning speed. Sometimes, there are just seconds to grab an audience’s attention.

2. Don’t overdo the hashtags

I know you’ve been advised to use as many hashtags as possible – they ensure people find your tweets when they’re searching for all those hashtags.

However, using a lot of them, especially irrelevant ones, can cause people to just keep scrolling down their feed.

Don’t use more than two to three hashtags, you should know when and how to use these hashtags properly.

3. Use GIFs

GIFs add life to your tweets and increase your engagement. GIFs also take the ‘show, don’t tell’ idea a step further.

You can use GIFs for almost everything – inspirational quotes, funny reactions, slideshows, informative content, etc.

Think about it, wouldn’t you stop scrolling down your feed to see an image with repetitive action?

4. Use the ideal sizes recommended for Twitter

  • Square image recommended: 440 x 220 pixels
  • Include a maximum of 4 images at one time
  • Maximum file size of 5 MB for photos, 5 MB for animated GIFs on mobile, and 15 MB on the web

5. Mention Others in your Tweets

It’s the smartest trick in the book. Mention people in your tweets and they (along with their followers) will be tempted to engage with it.

Mention others

These are just a few examples of how you can mention people in your tweets:

  • Share content put out by influencers, attribute it to them and also mention what you liked about the content.
  • Mention experts and ask for their opinion regarding a topic/event/news
  • Mention your top fans to grab their and their followers’ attention
  • Mention employees while talking about an office event

All these steps will help you tweet professionally.

Now, to keep all this in check and maintain consistency using the best Twitter automation tools is advisable.

How to Craft an Engaging Post for LinkedIn

If you scroll through your LinkedIn feed right now, you’ll most probably see long text posts, videos and link posts with images.

That’s just it – all the winning LinkedIn posts. As opposed to Facebook and Twitter, your LinkedIn audience loves long posts.

The first two to three lines of your post must generate enough interest for the reader to click ‘see more’.

Pro-tip: End your posts with questions. In LinkedIn posts, questions work like CTAs – they encourage people to act. In this case, people act by replying to you in the comments.

1. The title must be new, unique, specific

The title is the most important part of the content on LinkedIn. Generally, a good title will contain the following:

  • Something specific to a particular target group of readers
  • Something new and unique
  • A sense that reading the article NOW is important
  • A direct benefit people will get from reading the article

A great title is particularly important to reach people who don’t know you. When creating LinkedIn content, always ask yourself if you have created curiosity or a sense of benefit.

There is a limited likelihood of people seeing a point in clicking and reading the post if its title is a generic question or a bland general statement.

A study conducted by Paul Shapiro in 2014 on the 3,000 most successful posts in the history of LinkedIn found a surprising common denominator: The most popular posts were written in such simple English that even a small child could understand them. Hence, ensure that your headlines and post copy don’t have any jargon.

Tip You can make use of a free LinkedIn scheduling tool to help you promote these long-form posts effectively.

2. Number of LinkedIn images – ideally between 4 and 8

Although preferences can vary from person to person, research shows the most successful posts on LinkedIn contain between four and eight pictures. What is more, the pictures are ordered into clear sections, each of which tackles specific topics or points.

In every event, you need at least one image. Make sure the image or one of your images is at the top of the post.

3. Use the ideal sizes recommended for LinkedIn

  • Recommended size for images or links: 1200 x 628 pixels
  • Maximum size for shared images: 1104 x 736
  • Image files: JPNG, JPG or GIF

Generate, Customize and Schedule Engaging Posts with SocialPilot

If you’re handling posts across all the social media platforms we’ve mentioned above, you’ll inevitably struggle to track all the elements needed to create engaging posts.

We understand the struggle.

Maintaining quality across every social media platform is challenging. That’s where SocialPilot comes in, providing you with an all-in-one social media marketing platform to help you triumph on all networks from a single dashboard.

If frequently crafting captivating captions is turning into a burden, then SocialPilot’s AI assistant can help. You can generate captions, hashtags, and brainstorm content ideas at lightning speed. With platform-specific templates and tone presets, you’ll never risk falling short of a platform’s specific requirements to create amazing content.

Give it one click and watch the magic unfold.

AI Assistant feature

But the real magic show starts inside its post composer.

Understanding your needs for customizing posts for different platforms, SocialPilot helps you compose, edit, and schedule customized posts for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more.

Using this feature, you can craft three different posts within one compose box. Every social platform’s tab further encapsulates the different content formats they provide. For example, inside Facebook, you will get the option to create Facebook posts and Facebook Reels.

social platform

Along with the captions, you can also take care of the different image sizes that each social channel requires by switching the tabs and adding images separately.

Do you often post wrong-sized images on social channels that get stretched, cropped, or rejected? Use SocialPilot’s inbuilt image editor to fix your images instantly and never post a wrong-sized image.

In one click, resize your image post in the square(1:1), portrait(4:5), and story(16:9) aspect ratio for Instagram. Similarly, publish pixel-perfect images with the landscape (1.91:1) and vertical (2:3) predefined aspect ratios for other social media platforms.

socialpilot image editor

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Like I said before, mentioning others can help you get more eyes on your posts. SocialPilot enables you to mention profiles and Pages in your Twitter and Facebook posts, respectively.

Just start typing a name with @ and you’ll be shown a couple of suggestions from which you can select anyone.

couple of suggestions

You can upload and post carousel-style documents on LinkedIn. Transform Pdfs, docs, and ppts into swipeable carousels.

Amidst LinkedIn’s shift away from video and image carousels, this new ability can offer unparalleled engagement.

For Facebook and Instagram, you can use SocialPilot to schedule multiple images and videos in the carousel format.

socialpilot carousel posts

Carousel posts are great ways to tell a story with multiple images. Every image has a description and a target URL. You can use this format to:

  • Describe the functions of a product in steps
  • Mentions features of a product
  • Provide short pieces of information like tips

I hope these features help you create unique posts for Facebook and Instagram, keeping in mind every platform’s audience, ideal image sizes, ideal post length, engagement trends, etc

Frequently Asked Questions

🌟 What type of posts do well on Facebook?

To get attention to your Facebook post, you need to make it interactive and engaging. You can follow these easy steps to create an engaging Facebook post

  • Make sure the ideal length of a Facebook update is 40-80 Characters
  • Use lists in the Facebook copy to grab attention. It can be a list of tips, ideas, brands etc.
  • Add emojis to your posts making it fun and attractive
  • Use the ideal Facebook image sizes
  • Experiment with a variety of media formats like videos and GIFs

🌟 How do I craft an engaging post for Twitter?

A tweet life is said to be only 18 seconds and you have to make an impression in such a short time frame – You ought to make it engaging and interactive.

  • Don’t use up all 280 characters
  • Don’t overdo the hashtags in your tweets.
  • Use GIFs
  • Use the ideal Twitter image sizes
  • Mention others in your tweets

🌟 How do I write an engaging post on LinkedIn?

These tips stated below will help you create an an interactive LinkedIn post that drives engagement super quick

  • The title of the post must be new, unique and specific
  • Use images in your posts. Ideally 4-8 images in one post grab alot of engagement
  • Make sure to use ideal LinkedIn image sizes

🌟 How to create effective social media posts with SocialPilot?

SocialPilot helps you create and schedule engaging posts for various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and other platforms with some crazy features like adding native videos, uploading multiple images, adding GIFs, customizing posts for different platforms and much more

Author: Chandraveer Singh

Chandraveer is a content writer at SocialPilot. Writing well researched and quality content is his forte. He is an avid reader of cat memes and tries very hard to put them in company blogs. He also loves to write his bio in the third person.