Writing a company bio, and adapting it to suit the many different social media channels, is not an easy process. Each social media site has different parameters for account bios. And each audience has different needs and expectations as to what information your bio should display. That’s why we have put together this guide on ‘How to write a bio’, walking you through exact specifications, and top tips, for each social media channel bio.
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The key elements of a successful bio differ depending on the social platform and the type of business you have. However, there are a couple of basic strategies that you should take into consideration, whatever social channel you are composing your company bio for.
Most bios are limited by word count. And even if they aren’t, no one will stick around to read a waffling bio. So make sure your bio is concise and tells your audience immediately what you are about.
Your business type and the social media channel you are writing for will determine what is included in your bio. But here are some ideas:
Your bio will represent your business and should reflect your brand’s tone of voice. However, you will need to adapt your bio to work on the many different social media channels. As you make these adaptations, make sure your tone of voice stays consistent, and your brand’s voice can be heard in each bio. A touch of humor, especially on certain social media channels, can also help your audience relate to your brand.
Successful bios will appeal to different audiences, and make use of the different ‘extra’ engagement features that each social platform promote. These extras include hashtags, emojis, links, and calls-to-action, to name a few, and should only be used in a bio if relevant to the particular social channel you are writing the bio for.
For example, when writing a bio for Instagram, you should include emojis and hashtags. A bio on Twitter may see you using @ and hashtags. And on Facebook, as part of your About summary, you may want to include a map of how to find your business.
By adding ‘extras’ to each bio that relate specifically to each social platform, you will ensure you are catering to the needs of each social channel and audience.
Each social media channel will let you provide a plethora of information via your bio. However, you don’t want to overwhelm your social media followers with excess info. Your bio should always be punchy and to the point, quickly enabling users to take in the most important aspects of your bio in just a glance.
Choose the information you display based on social media goals for the business. If your goal is to drive more traffic to your website, display a URL, and a call-to-action encouraging people to click through. However, if your goal is lead generation, display an email address, or link to a landing page.
So now you have a good idea of some general points to bear in mind when you are creating bios for the different social media channels. Let’s next look in depth at the specifics of how to write a bio for each individual social platform.
There are a number of elements that you can utilize to ensure your Instagram bio and profile engages with your audience and converts against your goals.
Open your Instagram profile account and select Edit Profile.
Here you will see numerous options for editing your profile. So let’s start by looking at what your Instagram bio should contain.
An Instagram bio should include not just text but also a combination of emojis and hashtags:
There are also a few very important Profile extras that will add value to your Instagram bio:
By converting to Instagram Business, which is a quick and free process, you can also add and display contact information underneath your Instagram bio. This includes an email address, telephone number, or physical address of a store. This is a great way to free up space within your bio and still have clear contact information available to your followers.
As you can see, there are numerous elements to creating a successful Instagram bio. Remember, your Instagram bio isn’t set in stone. In-line with your business goals and the response of your audience, you can regularly change the URL, call-to-action, and more.
The Twitter bio is made up of only 160 characters. So what should you include?
Make sure your bio isn’t too spammy, consisting of just links and hashtags. A Twitter bio is a quick summary of who you are, what you are offering, and/or what you have achieved. Make it short, snappy, and relevant to your target audience.
Extra information about your business can be added alongside your bio. On your Twitter profile page, select Edit Profile. Here you should:
You can also pin a tweet to the top of your profile page. This helps provide further details about your company and extra attention-grabbing visuals.
To edit your Pinterest profile and bio, select Settings > Profile from the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Let’s take a look at a few aspects to consider when deciding how to write a bio for Pinterest:
When adding keywords and a call-to-action into your Pinterest bio, make sure they don’t affect the readability of your bio. You want your bio to engage with your audience. Therefore, ensure the keywords integrate fluently with the rest of the text.
Within the Pinterest profile there are some extra elements that will add value to your bio.
By upgrading to Pinterest Business, a free tool, you will be able to view your profile’s analytics. One of these metrics is Clicks, which shares the amount of traffic that your Pinterest profile is driving to your website. Test out different sentence variations and call-to-actions to see what language most appeals to your audience and earns you the most click-throughs.
Facebook allows for a much more extensive profile experience, letting you add numerous contact details, information and history about your business, a map of your premises, and much more. However, the actual bio box is constrained to 160 characters.
Open your Facebook business page and from the left-hand side menu select About. Scroll down and under More Info > About you can add your bio. As the About section enables you to add so much extra information about your business, your bio can be as simple as your company tagline. Equally, you can use it to grab your readers attention and explain what your business is about and why your followers need it. The choice of how to write a bio for Facebook is all yours.
The About section contains numerous fields, consequently enabling you to enter a range of information about your business. This includes:
Don’t feel you need to fill in all the About page fields. Just complete the ones that are relevant to your business and that your audience will find useful.
Have you got any top tips on how to write a bio? If so, please share them in the comments below!