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The Art of the Teaser: Encourage Clicks & Traffic By Making People Want More

Updated on June 9, 2014
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Susannah is a Journalist and Blogger with a total social following of over 100,000 people & whose content receives over 15,000 visits/day.

How to use teasers to generate traffic...
How to use teasers to generate traffic...

Chances are that at least once, you've posted something that you've hoped to grab attention for. It may be a sale, a launch, a new product, a blog post or something else that you think is equally fantastic. The only problem is that you may not have got the amazing reaction you wanted, probably because you showed your cards all at once. So how can you get people excited and interested in your article, brand, membership or product and begging you for more details - a teaser of course!

The goal of a teaser is to get people excited, instill in them a sense of urgency and to arouse their curiosity, while still holding off from giving them what they want.

Where Can You Use a Teaser?

Teasers are a simple but effective way to grab attention, so the best place to use them is in the first step of your promotion. Some places you can use them include:

  • As titles for posts or articles.
  • On images to encourage click throughs from sites like Pinterest.
  • On images that people see first when visiting your content - such as a logo or cover image, or your site header.
  • As status updates on social media.
  • As titles for emails or newsletters sent out to your subscription lists.
  • In advertising and promotion - including Facebook or Adsense adverts, banner advertising or business cards and flyers.

Some Teaser Ideas

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1. Strange Connections - An important part of teasing people is to make them curious. Making connections between two seemingly unrelated subjects will create interest and make them want to learn more.

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2. Interest Or Time Based - Encouraging people to take an action means that they're more involved with what you're doing and can also get a lot more people noticing your information, especially on social media. Adding in a time factor adds urgency which also encourages interaction.
Tip: Don't set the time so close that you have no chance of meeting your goal, or so far away that you lose the urgency.

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3. Limited - People love to get something unique or limited edition, no matter what it is. Adding a limit on the product or information you're offering also gives people less time to spend making a decision, as they don't want to risk missing out.

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4. Offering a Secret - To get ahead in any industry, you can't simply copy what your competitors do. It's important to come up with new methods of marketing and keep up with the latest innovations. Offer your viewers something that promises to give them a foot up on their business competitors, friends or anywhere related to your topic..

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5. Promising More/Lists - People love lists, because it means that they're getting more than one solution to their problem. You can also promise them more information than anyone else to grab their attention.

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6. Self Interest - People are always looking for simple but effective ways to lower their risks. Risks of bad health, danger, income loss, car safety and anything else that could hurt them. This is a great way to grab attention - offer a product or information which promises to help them lower one of their risks.

Some More Teaser Tips

  • Keep teasers short, generally 1-2 sentences to easily grab attention.
  • Don't reveal all your information in a teaser, ever. Make your viewers work for it - by doing an action, clicking a link or signing up for something.
  • If you're using a teaser on social media, try and post at a time of day when you know a large percentage of your fans will be online.
  • If you're using a teaser as a blog or article title, make sure that it still includes relevant keywords about your topic so you are more likely to be found in Google still!


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    • sheilamarie78 profile image

      sheilamarie78 2 years ago

      I'm going to use some of these tips. Thanks, Susannah.

    • Sara2901 profile image

      Sara2901 3 years ago

      Thanks for the tips.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Definitely going to try some of these, I was doing okay, but have dropped like a stone this month, seems such a waste of time sometimes, thanks for the great info, nell

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Indiana, USA

      I'm going to try some of these!

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      These are great ideas ...and I agree with LeonJane and Yahoo7 make good use of teasers on their websites even though the actual article's not worth a second glance ..

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      LeonJane 3 years ago from Australia

      Teasers are used heavily on Some news articles on that site are not really news worthy however with the teaser title and catchy picture you see yourself clicking away to find out more (usually disappointment prevails).

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Very good tips, thanks WryLit!

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      Engelis 3 years ago from Albania

      great job! I never considered some of them before. Thank you!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I like the strange connections teasers, will have to have a go at some! Voted useful and up.

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Some excellent ideas, I will try them out!