“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”
Are you committed? Are you good “relationship material“? Or are you merely seeking a casual, temporary, until something better comes along “booty-call“?
If your goal is to create quality connections, cultivate a cohesive bond between you and your audience, and go the distance, there are a few tips to “courting” them that you’ll need to know.
Consider this post like a Cosmo Magazine “how to please your mate” guide.
If you’re in the mood, let’s get started. Shall we…?
HERE ARE 8 WAYS TO GET IN BED WITH YOUR READERS (AND STILL RESPECT YOURSELF IN THE MORNING)
Like any successful relationship, it’s crucial that you cater to your readers’ needs. Do you know what those needs are? In other words, what’s your readers’ motivation for visiting your site? Is it to be entertained? To get the 4-1-1 on celebrity gossip? To get ahead in their creative careers? What are their pain points or problem areas? Your job is to translate this knowledge into something that helps to enhance them, inspire them, or create magical moments.
2. DON’T FEAR INTIMACY
Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Communicate with honesty and depth. It’s okay to let us see you without all your make-up on. You’re still beautiful. Share your fears. Your shortfalls. Your future dreams. This can be accomplished through anecdotes,
“ah-ha” moments, and real-life revelations. Remember, sharing is caring.
3. DISPLAY PASSION
Don’t “fake the feeling.” Your interaction with your readers should convey that you are truly excited about words and language, their power and their impact--and your role.
A passionate writer chooses expressions carefully; cares about the reader’s experience; stimulates through the use of sensory words; and spends quality time in producing work.
4. CULTIVATE GOOD LISTENING SKILLS
There’s nothing that engenders real regard and affection like listening. In the words of the Verizon commercial: “Can you hear me now?” Everybody likes to feel validated and heard. Are you “listening” to your readers through their comments? Posed questions? Suggestions? Surveys and polls conducted? “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply,” states famous author, Steven R. Covey.
Surveymonkey.com provides tools and techniques to tap into the minds of your readers and address their concerns, issues (and if you’re lucky, even their fantasies).
5. KEEP THE COMPETITION IN MIND
Never take your “intended” for granted. There’s always someone waiting in the wings to “woo” them and turn their heads. Did you know that according to Statista.com,“ The number of bloggers in the United States is set to reach 31.7 million users in 2020”? Like it or not, each of us are in competition for the valuable time and attention of today’s busy readers. Step up your game to stand out, stay relevant and to keep your date card punched.
6. EXTEND ROMANTIC GESTURES
Give some to get some. You know how flowers, candy and Hallmark cards can make a favorable impression with others? Along the same lines, free E-books, give-aways, links to resources and valuable information products can also show your appreciation to readers and foster a “warm and fuzzy feelin’.”
7. BE CONSISTENT
Don’t be a no-show when the novelty wears off, or when the hard work kicks in. Stay in touch.
Quite often "out of sight, out of mind."
8. LAUGH TOGETHER
Whether it's through corny jokes, trending topics or mistakes made and lessons learned.
Laughter lightens the heart.
Once you master the art of seduction, you'll score with your readers time and time again.
Follow these "romancing your readers" tips for optimal success.
Have a Happy Valentine's Day and a wonderful writing week ahead!
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