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This is it. We have arrived at the fifth and final installment of our Emotionally Appealing Content Series.
If you have been following along, you should know by now that the best way to get an audience to act is to get them emotionally involved in whatever it is that you are saying.
In this series, we have provided multiple lists of tips, strategies and examples of how to create content that emotionally attaches to a reader. (Don’t worry if you missed it; we have it all right here for you – Introduction, Ecstasy and Grief, Loathing and Admiration, Terror and Rage.)
Now, in our final installment of the series, we take on the final two emotions from Plutchick’s wheel – vigilance and amazement. And there is an obvious direction to go when talking about vigilance and amazement.
And it’s the Batman.
The story of Batman is a prime example of how people will act (sometimes with incredible force and audacity) when provoked with an issue that they feel strongly about.
When Bruce Wayne’s parents were killed by a city thug, young Bruce didn’t just get interested in the city’s planned efforts for removing the street crime. He didn’t sit around and anticipate the eventual removal of the city’s criminals. He donned a crazy, black bat suit and went out to fight the crime himself.
If you can create content that speaks to readers and gives them reason to act, they will respond not because they want to, but because they can’t imagine it any other way.
That’s good news when you are trying to get your audience to spread the word about your content.
Tips for writing to incite vigilance:
Examples of spinning boring topics toward Vigilance:
Encouraging your audience to act by connecting them to a cause or issue is a great way to get them to care about your industry and message.
Batman seems like the perfect embodiment of both of these emotions. But for amazement, we won’t use the star character for our comparison; we look at the man behind the movie.
Christopher Nolan, the writer of the Dark Knight trilogy, helped the trilogy make over a billion dollars by writing a story that provided his audience with distraction from the everyday, surprises around every corner and most importantly, sheer amazement in nearly every scene.
If you can incite oohing and ahhing from your audience, you will most certainly incite a social share from them as well.
Tips for writing to incite amazement:
Examples of spinning boring topics toward Amazement:
Search social sites to see what others are sharing to get an idea of the strange and crazy ideas that amaze people to the point that they have to read and share.
So the Batman Dark Knight trilogy is proof that people will fight for something they believe it as well as savor in the extraordinary. But remember, not every audience is the same. The Dark Knight had mass appeal, but your industry may not. Make sure to know your audience before making these moves.
You may never be as good as Christopher Nolan at pulling your audience into sheer amazement, but with the right tactics, you can wow your audience with interest by continuing to show them ideas they have never seen or thought of.
And while you may not get your audience to go out and fight crime, by showing them something that they can and will feel passionate about, you will get them to at the very least, spread the word about your message.
Creativity isn’t easy. So don’t fret if you have a difficult topic and struggle with finding a unique and emotionally-driven way to spin it. Give yourself a break, walk away from the computer, and find inspiration all around you. Good ideas are behind every corner – you just need to know how to look for them.
By looking a topic from an emotional angle, you will open up a world of new ideas and perspectives, and find a vast new playing field for creating ideas for content that readers love and love to share.