interactive content

Interactive Content

What is interactive content?

Interactive content is content your audience can actively, instead of passively engage with. This type of content typically requires user input and can respond to user actions.

Whereas most content is “static” (e.g., traditional blog posts, infographics, videos, etc.), interactive content is dynamic, because consumers have to engage with it in order for it to move forward (think polls, quizzes, games, and so forth).

Why is interactive content important?

Interactive content is important because it engages and involves the audience, providing them with a more immersive and personalized experience. By allowing users to actively participate in the content, interactive elements can enhance the learning process and make it more memorable.

Interactive content can also provide valuable data and insights about user behavior and preferences, allowing businesses to tailor their marketing efforts and improve their overall strategy. Overall, interactive content is a powerful tool for increasing engagement, improving learning outcomes, and gaining valuable insights into user behavior.

Here are just a few key reasons why you should consider using interactive content in your own marketing plan:

It Provides Valuable Data and Insights

Interactive content can collect a vast amount of data about the consumer, allowing businesses to tailor their marketing efforts and improve their overall strategy. This data can help identify whether the user has downloaded content, read the entire content, and absorbed it.

It Enhances User Experience

Interactive content helps create a better user experience on a website, making it more engaging and interactive. This, in turn, can improve website ranking and search engine optimization (SEO).

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It Increases Recall and Memory

Studies have shown that interactive content can improve recall and memory of key messages. For example, Turtl Doc readers have a more accurate memory of key messages, with over 75% of readers being able to recall important information from interactive documents.

It Cuts Through the Noise

Interactive content is a marketing trend that cuts through the “noise” and gets content noticed. It is an ever-evolving resource that allows for up-to-date marketing and ways to stay ahead of the curve.

It Increases Engagement and Conversion

Interactive content can increase engagement and conversion rates by providing a more interactive and personalized experience for users. This can lead to a higher return on investment (ROI) for businesses.

It Is a Game-Changer in Digital Marketing

Interactive content marketing is truly a game-changer in the digital world. By incorporating interactive content into digital marketing strategies, businesses can create memorable and impactful campaigns that drive results and help achieve marketing goals.

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Interactive Content Examples

This is the million-dollar question! As alluded to above, there are several ways to add an interactive “touch” to normally static pieces of content. Then again, there are plenty of opportunities to develop purely interactive content that will surely delight your consumers. Here are just a few examples of interactive web content that you can explore:

Interactive infographics. Static infographics are “a dime a dozen” on the Internet. Even though they may be attractive and helpful, they are still passive pieces of content that many users will skim over or ignore completely. On the other hand, interactive infographics are designed to engage consumers, even if it’s something as simple as clicking a single button to view the complete visual.

Calculators and quote tools. These pieces of interactive content are simultaneously engaging and practical. For example, many car insurance companies use interactive tools to provide a virtually instantaneous quote for interested prospects. NerdWallet’s mortgage calculator is another great example of interactive content that informs, educates, and drives engagement.

Quizzes. In terms of interactive content, quizzes and assessments are highly effective at engaging prospects in the “awareness stage” of the sales funnel. Why? Because they’re fun, easy to share, and may even encourage participants to refer friends and family members to the brand (via the quiz, or directly).

GamificationOf course, games are the apex of interactive content. While it may not be appropriate to publish games as such for your users, even relatively simple gamification elements in non-game contexts can make your brand stand out from the competition. Check out our list of gamification best practices to learn more.

Interactive video, perhaps the most intriguing form of interactive content that’s surfaced over the last several years is interactive video – e.g., a “choose your own adventure” narrative that puts the user in the driver’s seat. Although this is typically more suitable for long-form video content, you can use the core principles to inform shorter ads and video series that you publish. For example, live shopping videos (i.e. live streams designed to sell a product or service in an engaging, entertaining way) are a powerful way to grab and keep the attention of interested prospects. (They’ve been especially popular since the pandemic began in 2020.)

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How can Storly help you publish interactive content on mobile apps?

It’s no secret that mobile apps are becoming a more critical marketing channel with each passing year. In fact, one study found that 88% of mobile time is spent on apps; moreover, approximately half of mobile users open apps at least 11 times every day.

What’s the point? In order to take your marketing game to the next level, you need to deliver interactive content to your audience in a way that’s optimized for mobile devices, and mobile apps. Fortunately, Storly – a platform that can bring mobile stories to any app – is here to help.

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For example, Storyly allows you to develop interactive shoppable videos that will engage with and convert your users in the most effective way possible; and publishing these videos through Storyly won’t affect your app speed. You can also use Storyly Studio to incorporate a range of interactive components into your stories, not to mention customized CTA and text fields. Here are some examples of interactive elements you can add to your posts by means of our platform:

CTA button. You can add a customized CTA button to your story post, and position it virtually anywhere on the screen. In addition, you can include a feature that allows users to swipe up and click through to your product page in order to make a purchase.

Emoji reactions. Storyly gives you the option to add an “emoji reaction” bar to your story, so that users can provide some basic feedback on how your ad made them feel. (Hopefully, you’ll get a lot of smiley faces!)

Polls. This feature is typically for “Yes/No” questions, but it’s a great way to get specific feedback from your audience, and get them more engaged with your content. It’s also a great way to hype an upcoming event, or A/B test an aspect of your marketing strategy.

Multiple choice questions. This is similar to the poll feature, but this time you have the option to include three or more answer options for your users. Multiple choice questions are a great way to get your audience’s “wheels turning,” and can even function as fun “micro-quizzes” that will boost engagement.

Countdown. Do you have a limited-time offer for one of your products? Are you counting down to a specific promotion or event? Then add a countdown timer to your post to generate buzz and add a sense of urgency. How is this an interactive feature? You can add a bell-shaped icon to your countdown timer, so that when users click the icon, they’ll receive push notifications about the campaign.

Ratings. Ever wonder how excited your users are about a new product release, or an upcoming sale? Storyly’s rating feature empowers each user to let you know on a sliding scale of awesomeness.

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