Your Facebook page is an extension of your brand
I thought my Facebook page was a place to link to my brand. I was wrong. The page itself is an extension of my brand. Instead of just promoting my latest blog post, I started posting relevant content from other sources interspersed with my own content. If I saw an article that fit really well with my blog aesthetic, or was about a topic I frequently discuss on my blog, I posted it. People started seeing these posts, interacting with them, and getting to know my brand on a more comprehensive level.
An example: If your company sells watches, your Facebook page should definitely have promotions and links to your watches, but it should also have content that has to do with fashion accessories, current trends in the world of watches, or time as a whole. You could post articles, photos and videos with titles such as “5 Surprising Time-Saving Tips,” “Best Watches for the Professional Woman,” or “Anyone else ever get a lovely tan line like this from forgetting to take off your watch? Oops!”
See what’s happening here? Fans aren’t just seeing a picture of your newest color of watch band. They’re getting an entire experience from your Facebook page. Engagement will go up, and readers will continue to click on and see more of your future content. If they recently commented on your funny watch tan line, they’re more likely to see your next post announcing this weekend’s watch sale.
I’m very picky about the content I choose to re-post on my page. I don’t want to flood my fans with links all the time, and I don’t want to share anything that doesn’t reflect who I am or what my blog’s about. Posting content that relates to what I blog about (see my latest outside source link:- http://forelogixinteractive.com/4-ways-make-online-store-attractive-shoppers/. As a result, people like and comment a lot more, and the number of people reached per post has gone WAY up. That way, when I post links to my latest blog post, I have a large audience who knows what I’m all about and knows what to expect when they click through to my blog.
CAPITALIZE ON TRENDING TOPICS
One of the tricks that has brought me huge success is capitalizing on trending topics. If I’m scrolling through Facebook, and I see that a few friends have shared the same link, I’ll click on that link. If it fits with my blog, I’ll share it on my page. That way, even if people don’t click on the link, they see your name as it says, “Silver Lining and three other friends shared a link.” This helps readers see your name often, and expands the engagement to your page.
FIGURE OUT THE BEST TIMES TO POST
This is the most obvious tip in the whole post. Use your Insights page to see when people are viewing, and engaging with, for best timing (see one of my outside source link: http://forelogixinteractive.com/timing-is-everything/
and for avoid posting timing (see one of my outside source link: http://forelogixinteractive.com/posting-dead-zones/
Anyone out there had success posting in the middle of the night?
ENGAGE YOUR AUDIENCE
Facebook has a hierarchy of interaction. Likes are the least rewarded. If someone likes your post, awesome for you, but your reach won’t go up significantly. Shares are second best for increasing your reach, and comments are the absolute best! The more people that comment on your post, the more people will see your post. Try asking an engaging question to encourage people to comment on your post.
These are the four biggest things I did to increase my Facebook reach organically. However, there are a lot of other tips and theories out there. Here are some of the top trends:
OTHER CURRENT FACEBOOK TRENDS
1. Become personal friends with your blog readers. Lots and lots of bloggers are sending personal friend requests to their readers now. Why? You are way more likely to see what a friend posted than what a fan page posted. Bloggers are capitalizing on that opportunity by becoming Facebook friends with their readers and then posting their blog links to their personal page. Some really big bloggers have started setting up a second personal account just for this use.
2. Using a Facebook group to promote your posts. I’m a member of a few grow-your-blog type of Facebook groups, where we all help promote and share each other’s posts. I have mixed feelings about this. It might help me get lots of likes on a certain Facebook post, but it rarely results in more long-term readers, which is what every blogger needs.
3. Post videos!.
4. Don’t sound like a salesperson. Less preference is given to posts that sound overly promotional. Do not use a lot of salesperson phrases such as, “Click now! Comment and share! Enter the giveaway! Sale ends tonight!”
5. Buy ads. If you do decide to pay to promote your post, it is relatively cheap. I also like that you can specify your exact target audience. I’m planning on promoting this post (only my second paid promotion ever), and I’ll be sure to update this post on my reach and whether it was worth the money.