What Is a Social Media Hook?

What Is a Social Media Hook

I hardly remember anything or even care when I first see it. Yet I keep coming back and checking in and engaging on my social apps each day. Do you feel that way, too?

People, businesses and brands that have and use a clear hook on social media are not only more likely to be matched with their ideal audience, but to be remembered for the thing someone is considering when the time is right. 

What Is a Social Media Hook?

Not to be confused with the introduction and start of your post that draws people in. That’s important. That is also a hook. But this end hook is even more important for a business. A social media hook that we’re referring to here should come at the start AND the end of your posts. It draws attention in at the beginning and at the end. That’s two chances to stop someone scrolling their feed or that you’re being recommended to.

The start of your post draws people in. The end of your post provides a clear call to connect and how to engage on this channel. A win-win and two-way conversation that benefits both sides of the social interaction. Your social media hook calls out who you’re talking to, about what challenge or topic, and how they can interact or a reason why they should follow you.

Why Should I Write a Social Media Hook?

It’s simple. Given the amount of information people take in each day, attention spans are suffering. Your hook is clear and consistent and draws in who it needs to. Especially if people see it enough times to remember. I know there is a content limit on X for adding onto the end of what already feels short. But LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Meta – this approach will work.

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10 Amazing Social Media Hook Examples for the End of Posts

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10 Amazing Social Media Hook Examples for the Start of Posts

  1. Ever feel like your computer is out to get you?
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  3. Who needs a stress ball when IT issues like this already have your blood pressure soaring?
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  6. This machine was speaking a different language.
  7. We left this common production pitfall in in the past.
  8. Here’s another way to get out of the rut of your routine and bad habits.
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You’ll also enjoy and be drawn into conversational post starters and social media hooks like this:

  • The truth is…
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  • Do you ever wish…
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Don’t Forget to Make ALL of Your Social Media Hooks Snappy

Write an end hook for your social media posts. Then let it run, test it and don’t forget to change it up until you find your perfect hooks. The more relevant your end call to engage further is to each topic you cover, the better.

When it comes to the hook for the start of your social media posts, remember, we want to first and foremost make people feel heard. We get you and truly live in your shoes and there’s a better way. Our audience gets to know us, trust us and come around on their terms, not ours.

Now go write your social media hooks and start using them at the start and more importantly, the end of all your posts. By the way, check out some of the most engaging types of social media posts you can create.

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