Have you ever clicked on an interesting headline and it brought you to a super long, wordy article? Those can be a bit too much on the brain, especially when you just want to find out what the article is all. Fortunately, lists are becoming more and more popular these days. So why do they work?
Lists are short, sweet, and concise. The headline and short paragraphs give you exactly what you need when reading an article. Most people prefer to read lists over long articles, and because of that, the lists will get more shares and likes on social media. If your company has a blog, lists are going to be your best bet and the most convenient.
They Get Creative
Lists allow you to show your creative side. You can add pictures, memes, videos, and more to these articles. The media separates each subcategory or thoughts within your blog. It’s a nice break between words to see either an artistic piece of media or fun-loving piece. It also gives the list a personality.
Not everyone wants to read a full article word for word. Long wordy articles make it tough to skim, seeing as you’ll probably miss something. Lists make it so much easier to skim. You see the highlighted subjects for each paragraph, and if there’s a topic you would rather skip, you can do that. For example, you’re reading this list now. If you don’t care about why lists are creative, just skip over or skim through the “They Get Creative” paragraph, and you can continue onto things you’d rather read word for word.
There’s nothing worse than an article that jumps all over the place. Thankfully, lists supply organization. Each topic is separated by a sub-headline and or picture. It separates thoughts in ways that keep readers engaged and interested. It’s also just nice to see the organization on screen. When you click on a list, you’ll see a headline, paragraphs, pictures, and any other kind of media. It looks like a clean layout itching to be read.
They Promise Readers
Once a reader sees the number in a headline, it is both enticing and gives the reader a sense of comfort knowing there will only be “5” of whatever the article is about. If the article says 5 Reasons Why, you know you’re only going to get 5 reasons worth of reading. Specifying that number in the headline makes it more appealing and, in turn, gets more clicks.