If you have children, then you know how important it is to give them clear directions about what to do.

They may know they have clothes to wear or that there’s food on the table, or that they have to go to school, but until the parent says, “Put on your shirt,” “Eat your broccoli,” or “Go out to the school bus,” those things will just sit there untouched.

Similarly, your customers, clients, and supporters need a little nudging if you want them to take action — specifically, if you want them to go from your email newsletter to social media. After all, it’s one thing to have a Facebook Page or a Twitter handle, for example, but if you don’t give people a reason to engage and interact with you there that complements your email marketing efforts, then the school bus may just pass you by.

So what makes a good social call to action?

On the most basic level, it should tell people where to go, give them an easy way to get there (i.e.: a link), and most importantly, give them a reason to go there.

A good social call to action should be clear, simple, and easy to accomplish. The better your call to action is, the better and stronger the link between your email marketing and your social media presences will be.

Think back to your original goal for your campaign. What is your “dream ending?” Does your call to action encourage customers, clients, and supporters to act as you would like them to? For example, will they be compelled to:

  • Engage with your business or organization
  • Learn more about your business, organization, area of focus, offerings, or services
  • Tell friends about you
  • Share your content
  • Advocate for your cause
  • Learn more about what you offer
  • Read an article you wrote or published
  • Write a review
  • Marvel over your industry expertise

The more straightforward you are, the easier it will be for your audience to act. “What do you think of this topic? Share your thoughts on our Facebook Page.” “Have you ever experienced this situation? Tweet about it and mention our Twitter handle.” “Want to learn more? Visit my profile on LinkedIn.”

Give your customers, clients, and supporters a reason to click from your emails to your Facebook Page, or to Twitter, or LinkedIn, and soon they’ll be interacting with you in multiple places — and there won’t be any broccoli left on the dinner table.                                 ​                                                  ​

How do you get customers, clients, and supporters to go from your emails to social media? Share your own calls to action in the comments below.