10 Ways to Boost Facebook Engagement
Gary Vanderchuck, an Entrepreneur and Social Media Expert, recently stated that “now is the time to get involved in Facebook marketing.” The national corporations like Nike and Microsoft have not yet shifted their advertising dollars from television and print media to social media. This means that social media is still one of your lowest cost, highest reach methods to reach your prospects. When the bigger companies choose to funnel their money into this medium, we will see the price of advertising rise exponentially in competing for the attention of consumers via social channels.
Some businesses may question marketing on Facebook in the light of recent media attention regarding data privacy and practices. The data that Facebook collects is what allows marketers to target their customers so effectively, landing your ads in front of people that need your service or product. You may have tried to utilize Facebook Boosted Posts previously, and have not seen the desired results. Often you need to delve deeper into the Facebook ads manager to fully harness the power of the demographic information Facebook has collected of its billions of users. Your ads need to be created to appeal to your target audience with a call to action to increase engagement.
If this all seems complex and overwhelming to you as a business owner struggling with your online marketing, you are not alone. Here are ten simple tips on how to boost your Facebook engagement.
- Show Your Personality
Social media is just that – social! This is an opportunity to develop an affinity with your audience on Facebook by showcasing your company’s personality. How well do you know your company’s personality? Think of the “voice” of your company–using the following methods, try to define your company’s voice.
Identify your ‘Always’ and ‘Nevers’:
- Always respectful, never cold
- Always welcoming, never rejecting
- Always authentic, never fake
A simple checklist of “always” and “nevers” really helps you stay consistent with the message. These are things your voice as a company always needs to be and never should be – and it’s no more complicated than that.
Identify your top 3 attributes:
Defining your brand attributes is crucial to creating a genuine voice that reaches potential customers in your community. Brand attributes are a list of words that are what your brand always has to express no matter the communication channel. Without knowing your brand attributes, your messaging will seem inconsistent and confusing to consumers. A consistent brand message will be recognizable across an organization, both at the national and local level.
As you create your brand attributes and list of ‘Always and Nevers’, you will find your business’s voice and personality.
Identify your target audience:
I cannot stress this enough, as it appears in every article and presentation by the Sentinel Digital Agency on effective marketing. You need to identify and understand your target audience so you can choose the most effective messaging and medium to reach them. Your goal is to try to understand what people’s needs are.
- Ask Questions
Asking your followers questions and using survey posts are some of the easiest ways to get people to engage with your posts. When trying to increase engagement, Likes, and comments from the followers of your page, try to get your audience talking by posting a survey or a fill in the blank question.
Here are a few suggestions that might work well on your fan page today:
- When it’s over 100 degrees, I stay cool by _________?
- My favorite patio in Grand Junction is ____________?
- The best hike in Western Colorado is (use survey)?
- Use Images or Videos
Images or video capture the feel of your company and are a fantastic way to highlight your company culture. You can effectively tell your story in a quick and powerful manner. Posts with video have the highest engagement in the news feed, with picture posts a close second. Consistent branding of your photos and videos with your company logo will let your followers know its coming from your business.
- Provide an Inside Look at Your Company
One great thing about using Facebook as a marketing tool is the way it lets you show off your business without appearing overly promotional.
One way to do this is to post photos of employees, customers and the town where your business is based. Charitable events, community involvement, staff picnics, and holiday parties are opportunities to show off your company culture with less formality.
- Stay Specific
Utilize Facebook analytics to see what types of content your fans respond to and what posting times tend to get more comments, Likes, and shares. It is recommended to post more often to maintain your spot in your customer’s news feed as long as your engagement is holding steady or increasing. Facebook’s algorithm ties organic reach to how much engagement your posts get. So the more Likes, shares, and comments you get on your posts, the more followers will see your future posts. This is key: to get more engagement from your fans, your posts need to be short, simple and clickable.
- Use Your Followers Content
I don’t know about you, but it is thrilling for me to have a post of mine shared by a company I admire. Sharing is how we build relationships with followers and influencers in our community, as well as how you get news about your company out to your consumers. An excellent strategy is share relevant, useful content from other businesses who post in your niche.
A quick search on Google will help you find content from your favorite Facebook pages, blogs, and feeds.
- Keep Posts Simple
Sometimes a simple status update without a photo or video will generate a lot of attention!
According to data from Hubspot, text-only updates consistently generate more engagement than posts with photos, links, and videos.
It’s all about knowing your customer and your analytics to generate posts most relevant to them.
- Be Persistent
This all about posting useful content with a consistent voice that your community knows. Some businesses will post once a month, where successful businesses post daily. With the Facebook algorithm pushing content for pages with greater engagement, your followers are more likely to see and engage with your posts when they see them in their newsfeed. Some easy ideas for posting regularly are:
- Ask Questions
- Post: Fill-in-the-Blanks
- Post: Photos
- Talk About the News
- Ask for Likes
- Target Different Fans
- Talk About Facebook
- Celebrate Today
- Love Your Followers
There’s nothing like some love to get your community talking! Thank your customers and clients. Share their posts. Recognize your fans by sharing their content and highlighting their contributions.
- Have Fun!
While posting relevant content, call to actions, offers, and driving traffic to your website is key, there are times you’ve just have to post some fun content!
Post funny meme! Ask those random questions! Put up a silly survey. Sometimes these are the posts that get the best response and are often shared. Consumers don’t always want to hear just about you. Let’s bring the social back to Social Media.
Nathan Watchman is a digital brand specialist with Sentinel Digital Agency, a sister company of The Daily Sentinel that provides marketing services to businesses across the Grand Valley. To submit a question for our experts to answer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 970-256-4387. For more SDA services, click here.