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Operation Audience Engagement

Ready to unleash your inner Engagement Superhero?

To help with your next mission (and story!) we’ve created a checklist to help with Operation Audience Engagement.

Follow these steps to reach the next level:

  1. Build your Business Case for Engagement
  2. Join the discussion
  3. Win the battle against the trolls
  4. Recruit and reward members on Team Civility
  5. Size up your audience
Unleash your inner Engagement Superhero with @viafoura’s Audience Engagement Checklist
We’re here to help! Let Viafoura guide you on your journey to engagement.

The Challenge

Today’s readers have boundless digital options available. If you want to stand out from the rest, it’s more important than ever for media organizations to build loyalty and deepen trust with their audiences. One of the main ways you can remain relevant, grow your audience, and stay afloat is through engagement.

What’s in it for you? When you engage, there is the opportunity to learn from your audience, increase brand loyalty, and civility online.

In a world where news organizations can come crashing down at any moment, arming yourself with this knowledge can not only differentiate yourself from the rest but can secure your future from an unwelcome fate.

All set? Let’s get started.


Build Your Business Case for Engagement

Engage your audience. Sound simple enough? But how? You need to adopt two-way communication with your audiences. Because audiences don’t want to be talked at, they want to be part of the conversation. And when readers are engaged, they are more likely to return, register, and subscribe.

One of the main ways they engage is in the comments they leave on your site. In fact, 68% spend more than 15% of their time there. Commenters are loyal readers who stay on-site longer, return more often, and access more pages. By taking an active role to engagement and interacting with your users, you can prompt their gradual increase up the “Ladder of Engagement” and convert passive readers to loyal users and subscribers.

This is your main mission and there are several steps you can take to achieve this.

Tweet This: Take an active role to engage and interact with your users to prompt their gradual increase up the “Ladder of Engagement”

Join the Discussion

Engage in the comments. Commenters generally aren’t expecting journalists or editors to respond, acknowledge, or validate their comments. So when they do, it shows that they are passionate about the topic and care about their readers’ opinions. And when journalists and editors engage in their readers’ comments, not only does this bring the highest conversion of passive readers to subscribers, but civility also increases.

Ultimately, this helps you build loyalty and credibility as a trusted source with your audience. Engagement is in your best interest in order to grow your audience and create a civil community.

Tweet This: Readers are more likely to participate in meaningful discussions when the journalist is present, values, and engages with them

Win the Battle Against Trolls

Here’s your secret weapon: Viafoura’s Smart automated algorithmic Moderation (SaaM). SaaM provides a safe place for engaging and civil discourse so you don’t have to focus on the dreaded “garbage removal.” It also allows editors or journalists to easily moderate and ban users directly from the comment thread.

Since human moderation can often be time-consuming, open to biases, and can’t possibly run 24/7, Automated Moderation is more effective in keeping the trolls far, far away, at all times of the day. It’s the trolls’ worst nightmare.

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Tweet This: SaaM provides a safe place for engaging, civil discourse so you don’t have to focus on the “garbage removal” #CivilityMatters

Recruit & Reward Members on Team Civility

Model civility. Identify the top comments from your stories that are valuable to the discussion, highlight them, and reply to the contributors. Modelling the behaviour you want others to follow will encourage commenters to try out for Team Civility, build off each other to express their views, and will show your dedication to the conversation.

Reward Team Civility members. With Viafoura’s “Trusted” and “Mod” user badges, editors and journalists can actively participate in the community or promote users who consistently contribute positive, valuable comments. Additionally, when editors are reading their own comment threads, they can promote a comment as an “Editor’s Pick” from the live story on the website rather logging in to Viafoura Admin Center and finding the comment.

Tweet This: Model the behaviour you want others to follow #EngagedJ #CivilityMatters

Size Up Your Audience

Learn more about your audience. Measuring audience engagement can help you understand more about your audience, how they’re engaging with your content, and shape what topics you choose to focus on in the future.

Viafoura Audience Insights shows you which stories are generating the most comments per minute velocity—a leading indicator of stories that will generate the most traffic overall. Other analytics tools can’t compete because they can only represent the total number of people viewing content and don’t provide a rich understanding of how they’re engaging with content and the community.

Tweet This: Learn more about your audience and how they’re engaging with your content #audienceinsights

Checklist Complete?

How did you do? Share with us how you did in the comments. And tweet the takeaways for extra bonus points 😉

Once you’ve successfully completed the checklist, Operation Audience Engagement is complete.

You’re ready to move on to the next level! Here’s the challenging part—your next mission is to maintain and build on the progress you’ve made. Time to earn those Engagement Superhero stripes!

Tweet This: Why yes, in fact, I am an engaged journalist #EngagedJ
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