Now a days it seems that our social media feeds are completely inundated with quizzes. Why? Because
people love personalized, interactive and shareable content – and as a business owner, you should too.
According to Kapost, interactive content converts twice as much as passive or static content.
Social media quizzes are great for spreading awareness about your brand, products or services and are
also effective tools for lead generation. Furthermore, they provide businesses with a rich cache of
information and insights on their audience when used properly.
If you’re considering integrating social media quizzes into your marketing strategy, then this post will
serve as a useful resource by providing you with 10 tips you can use to ensure your efforts are
10 Tips for Using Social Media Quizzes Effectively
1. Define your objective.
The cardinal rule when it comes to creating content in any form is to ensure that it has an explicit
purpose. Don’t create a social media quiz just for the sake of staying up-to-date on the latest trends. Use
this interactive content as a tool for achieving a specific strategic objective. Is your goal to spread
awareness about your brand? Perhaps it is to educate your audience or gain a greater level of insight
into their behaviors, likes/dislikes, lifestyle or personality. Define your objective so you have a roadmap
for the creation process.
2. Ensure the type of quiz you create aligns with your goals.
Once you’ve defined your objective, you’re going to want to create a quiz that aligns with your strategic
goal. If your goal is to gain insight into the lives and behavioral patterns of your target demographic or
find ways to further segment your audience, then you’re going to want to create a personality or
On the other hand, if your goal is to generate sales for your collection of handbags, you’re going to want
to create a quiz that somehow links your product to your consumer (i.e. “What Does Your Handbag Say
About Your Personality?” or “Bet We Can Guess Which Handbag Style Is Your Favorite Based on this
The above example shows how Socialbakers was able to reach out to and engage their target
demographic of social media practitioners by providing them with a knowledge-based quiz to show off
their proficiency in the topic.
3. Keep your target audience in mind to make it fun and engaging.
When creating your quiz, it’s essential that you keep your target demographic in mind. Consider the
tone you’re using, the images, the voice and style of your quiz. Does it appeal to your audience? Stay
away from a voice that sounds too sales-y as this can be extremely off-putting. Remember, people take
quizzes because they are fun, so making it too sales-y or robotic will just make them want to pass.
Furthermore, consider mixing it up. Buzzfeed uses a combination of multiple choice, questions, picture
selection and written responses to keep their quiz content engaging. This is a great tactic you should
consider implementing as well.
4. Keep the questions short and simple.
“Pick a top”. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Buzzfeed is notorious for creating viral quiz content
and it’s clear to see why. They’ve absolutely mastered the art of quiz making. Not only is the question
short and simple, the graphic used is large, oversized and gets your attention. While you will
undoubtedly be using your quiz content as a way to survey your audience, you don’t want it to have the
same long, drawn out feel to it that traditional surveys do. Keep your questions short and simple. Make
it easy for your audience. You want them to have fun and be engaged, but most importantly, you want
them to finish it.
5. Leverage the power of visuals.
People love visual-based content because it’s easier to process and more engaging than text. Include
eye-catching visuals in order to draw your audience’s attention to your quiz content. Your main image is
especially important as it will be the primary factor that determines whether or not your quiz stands out
in the sea of content that is presented in your audience’s news feed. Choose bold, bright and vivid colors
to draw attention to your content. Keep the images interesting, unique or funny. Most importantly,
avoid boring, muted or generic stock images at all costs.
6. Create a killer headline.
The second most important factor in generating views from the get-go is your headline. Create
attention-grabbing headlines that appeal to your audience’s emotions or interests. Keep it fun, upbeat
and interesting. Headlines formatted as questions work very well at generating engagement because
they directly engage the reader. Tactics such as including the word “you” also help further personalize
the content. Buzzfeed is notorious for using headlines that dare or challenge the viewer to take their
quiz or promise a unique, unfathomable or interesting result in order to gain attention. All of these are
useful tactics to consider when creating an eye-catching headline.
7. Include social sharing buttons.
According to Buzzsumo, the average quiz gets shared around 2,000 times. That’s pretty impressive. But
don’t count on being a part of this statistic if you haven’t included social sharing buttons. The entire
purpose of creating your quiz is to generate engagement and attract participants and there’s no better
way to do this than to encourage sharing on social networks. Don’t stop with including sharing buttons
in the beginning of the quiz. Encourage users to share their results with their network as well. Sharing
results gives them higher incentive because people are more inclined to take action when the action
involves spreading information related to themselves. People are social animals by nature and as a
result have a voracious desire to feel included, heard and recognized among their peers.
8. Use results as opportunity to build your email list.
If one of your main objectives is to beef up your email list, then choosing to withhold quiz results until
an email is entered is a great way to get this done. Using a quiz as lead bait is extremely effective
because the content is fun, engaging and interactive, which incentivizes the process. This also allows you
to circumvent the dreaded ‘hard ask’.
When Integrative Healthcare decided to create a quiz on thyroid problems in order to boost business,
they were surprised to find that they were able to grow their local email list by a whopping 1,600 people
Another company by the name of Rejuv Medical looked towards social media quizzes as a way to help
build their email list, generate leads and drive down the costs associated with their current lead
generation strategies. The implementation of their quiz ultimately led to 947 new leads, 30
consultations and $18,000 in revenue in just a little over a month and a half.
9. Use the data to segment your audience
Perhaps one of the most popular uses for implementing quizzes is so that businesses can find ways to
effectively segment their audiences. There are several approaches you can take to do this and the
approach you choose is dependent on your unique situation and preferences. For example, you can
segment your audience based on individual answers given or choose instead to segment them based on
the overall quiz results. Furthermore, you could choose to segment your audience by using branching
logic instead. Using quizzes as a way to segment your audience is fun, quick and simple. It’s also much
more effective than using traditional options such as tedious email surveys as the ‘fun factor’ is a
stronger incentive for engagement.
10. Don’t forget to include information about your business.
Regardless of the specific goal you’re looking to achieve when it comes to integrating quizzes into your
marketing strategy, you’re going to make sure that you include information about your business. This
can be as simple as including branded content such as images into your quiz or adding a link to your
website, products or services at the end on their test results page.
When Elephant Pants was looking to generate hype on their Kickstarter campaign, they decided to
create a quiz titled “What Pair of Elephant Pants Are You” as a way to spread awareness and help direct
their audience to their launch page. The quiz itself was composed of five short questions that ultimately
ended in the recommendation of a specific pair of pants to the individual. Furthermore, the company
included a link that led back to their Kickstarter campaign on the results page.
By the end of the campaign, the company not only met their initial funding goal, they exceeded it and
were able to bring in over $8,500 in order to successfully launch their startup.
There are numerous benefits that come with integrating social media quizzes into your marketing
strategy. Social media quizzes can help businesses boost engagement and conversions, identify pain
points in their target demographic, spread awareness about their brand, product or services and
generate leads. The information gained with these interactive forms of content is also extremely
valuable and can unlock numerous insights into your target demographic. Plus – people love them! It’s a
win-win scenario. So, what are you waiting for?