How to generate more engagement for your Facebook posts

Facebook Business Pages have been experiencing greater declines in organic engagement in recent years. This struggle is experienced by businesses in every industry from sports to finance. Facebook’s drop in organic reach started in 2014 and became even more noticeable in 2018. Without the ability to gain exposure free of ad spend, businesses are struggling to get more likes, comments, and shares.

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While you may not be able to get the type of organic engagement of pre-2014, there are still ways to get engagement without ad dollars. You have to be willing to put in the work on a consistent basis. Here are a handful of ways to generate more engagement for your Facebook posts.

Reply to all comments

When you do receive a comment, reply to it right away. It doesn’t matter if the comment is a complex question or someone commented with an emoji. Staying on top of all comments received will help you build a strong following. Replying to comments helps posts rank higher in Facebook’s algorithm. This is because Facebook is more likely to promote content that receives interactions. You also create opportunities for conversations which will improve a post’s organic reach.

Conversations online lead to conversations off-line which means your customers are talking to others about your brand. You’ll increase your sales opportunities and brand loyalty.

Go Live

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Facebook wants users to use its Live video feature. This means that your Facebook Live videos will receive greater organic reach than other native videos. In fact, 80% of brands experience this increase when choosing to go Live. Live videos tend to receive six times more interactions than regular videos. You can use Facebook Live in a variety of ways. Here are a few ideas:

  • How-to video: Great way to help customers better understand how benefit from physical products

  • Broadcast a live event: Use Facebook Live to involve your online community when hosting a seminar or participating in a conference

  • Ask-me-anything: This is an effective way to give your followers a chance to ask you questions while you live stream

Pay attention to and use best posting times

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If you’re sharing posts when your followers aren’t using Facebook, you’re wasting your time. Use Facebook Insights to figure out when your fans are online. Whether they’re active at 9 am or 1 pm, pay attention to the times they’re on and post accordingly. Use Facebook’s Creator Studio to schedule posts ahead of time. It’ll help you operate more efficiently and be consistent when posting.

Are there are other ways you’ve seen to be effective in generating more Facebook engagement? Let us know in the comments below!

For any questions you may have about Facebook marketing or social media marketing in general, email Josh at josh@jamiascreative.com!

4 best practices to get more out of your Facebook videos

Facebook videos are one of the most effective ways to reach your target audience and increase sales. More and more Facebook users are consuming video content due to the engaging nature of videos. According to a study by Locowise, Facebook videos engage 5.49% of the audience reached compared to 4.67% of audience reached by photos.

Facebook videos are an effective way to engage with your fans.

Facebook videos are an effective way to engage with your fans.

Have you already been producing Facebook videos but you’re not getting the views you expected? Nothing is more frustrating than putting in a lot of work but no one is watching your videos. Here four things you need to do to get the most out of your Facebook videos:

  1. Headlines matter

    The headlines you create make a difference. Focus on sticking to headlines that clearly explain the value your video provides for your audience. Lists and how-to videos tend to do well organically so if that’s the type of video you’ve produced, make sure your headline reflects that. Remember to be honest in your headline and not mislead Facebook users who choose to watch your video. It’s one of the fastest ways to lose trust and credibility.

  2. Add captions

    One way to get more views is by paying attention to people who watch videos with the sound off. Not everyone consumes video content with the sound on so captions enable viewers to still engage in silence. A great tool available on Facebook is the auto-caption generator. We use this tool to save us a lot of time from having to write individual caption for each part of your video. While Facebook does generate captions automatically, we recommend you review the captions for accuracy.

  3. 3 minute minimum

    Believe it or not, the Facebook algorithm favors videos that are at least 3 minutes long! This is especially true for your videos that are focused on generating ad revenue through YouTube. On the other hand, if you’re releasing a high quality video, then a minimum of at least a minute is key. While a 3 minute minimum is a best practice, it’s up to you to figure out the perfect length of video for your followers. Some Facebook users have no problem regularly watching videos that are 5-10 minutes long while others only stick around for videos that are 90 seconds in duration.

  4. Clear call-to-action

    Do your video viewers know what to do after watching your video? A call-to-action helps your viewers understand the next step they should take after watching your content. Whether it’s to buy your product or to get them to start eating healthy, there should be no doubt as to what needs to happen. Include your call-to-action in your video and also in your video description.

What do you do now?

Get more people buying your products with a clear call-to-action.

Get more people buying your products with a clear call-to-action.

Now that you’ve learned four best practices to get more out of your Facebook videos, which practices are you not doing? Which practices are you already implementing in your videos? Stick to what you’re already doing and start using the tips you haven’t been using. You’ll be able to increase your organic reach and engagement.

Do you have any questions about Facebook video marketing? Email Josh at josh@jamiascreative.com with your questions!