How to attract ‘likes’ to your Facebook page

large-193357_640It is estimated that there are around 40 million people on Facebook, many of them small businesses who use Facebook to promote their business and brand and connect with their customers. So, with this many people out there, why is it hard to attract ‘likes’ to your page? You could go the route of using paid ads, but I’d like to take you through some ideas that don’t cost any money.

Are your posts interesting?

One of the most common reasons why people don’t like certain pages is because they find the posts boring or uninteresting. This is why it’s so important to know your audience and know who you are aiming your marketing to. You need to know what floats their boat. I can’t answer that question for you as businesses have different target audiences, but I can point you in the direction of making your posts more interesting and engaging.

Images/Video

face-1103708_640 (1)Make images a regular feature of your posts…captivating and relevant images can increase engagement and reach on your page and posts. Research has shown that posts with multiple images get more interest, so definitely worth giving that a go.

Video has become very popular too so, as well as sharing photos and images, share a few relevant videos.

Facebook ‘Live’, where you record yourself in real time talking to your Facebook followers, is definitely the way to go too in 2019 and it’s a great way to engage with your followers…and gives you the chance to show them the real you!

Personal stuff

person-1245959_640People like to see the face behind a name, so make sure that you use a good profile picture of yourself.

Don’t go into overload, but also post some personal stuff on your business page, such as:

  • A few photos of your holiday
  • Talk about your favourite things or hobbies
  • Share a photo of your pet

An occasional personal post helps give you the human aspect and people are more likely to engage with you and your brand.

  • Make sure you have completed the ‘About’ section on your Facebook page; ensure your profile section is complete and that you have given your name, address (if applicable to your business or premises) and telephone number. Use relevant keywords in your title and in the ‘About’ section.
  • Fill out as much of the page info as you can; categories, sub-categories, the URL to your website (and vice versa), where you are based, your opening hours – this will all help when people do a Google search.
  • If someone sends you a private message, make sure you reply promptly.
  • Put a link to your Facebook page on your signature on email, on your website, on business cards and any marketing information, such as flyers/posters…and of course on any other social media you have, such as Twitter, Instagram etc.
  • If you write a blog, you can draw attention to your Facebook page by mentioning it in a blog post – make sure it is relevant to your blog post of course!

Competitions, Discounts, Offers, Incentives

  • Competitions are also a great way to entice people in – if you promote your competition on your website or to your customers on your email list, making liking your page a competition entry requirement. And when you announce the result, do it on Facebook ‘Live’ or via video stream
  • Offer an exclusive discount to those who like you on Facebook
  • When you promote new products or services, offer a special discount to the first 5-10 customers
  • Ask existing customers to recommend you to their friends and family and ask for referrals – if a customer refers someone to you and they buy, they get a 10% discount off their next order…or a free gift
  • Give loyalty cards to your customers, so every time they buy from you, they get a mark on their card – when they have bought 10 items, they get a free gift – a bit like the coffee shop loyalty cards!

woman-1169324_640Above all, try and post regularly, so your name keeps popping up on your followers pages – their friends may see your name a few times and decide to take a look at your page.

If you belong to groups, leave comments on posts, and answer any questions people pose, so your name is out there (try and post using your business page, not your personal page).

Keep your posts short and sweet as readers can scan them quickly without having to click on ‘read more’

Use a variety of posts

Finally, have your heard of the 80/20 rule? The idea is to keep promotional content of your business to a minimum, so post non-promotional content 80% of the time and keep promotional content to 20%.

social-media-3758364_640There are loads of different kinds of posts to keep your followers engaged, for example, promoting your blog post, inspirational quotes, top tip, competition and photos of your products.

These are just a few ideas. Don’t forget to look at your Facebook insights…as this gives you valuable information about your page and you can see what posts have been the most popular. You can then tailor posts for future use.

Happy Posting!

Which Social Media Platform?

There are so many Social Media platforms to choose from – how do you know which one will be right for you?

The most popular, according to a report by eBizMBA Rank in September 2016, is Facebook, which is hardly surprising as it is very user friendly. The report gives other top platforms too – let’s take a look…

facebook-2048127_640Facebook – The top of the pile with an estimated 1.1 billion unique monthly visitors. Facebook is a social networking site that enables people to connect with friends and family, sharing photos, videos and status updates/messages. It can be used for fun or for business. It is estimated that over 1 million small businesses use Facebook and is very popular with small business owners in France.

film-589490_640YouTube – After Google, YouTube is the largest search engine with an estimated 1 billion unique monthly visitors. It’s where most people go to watch or share video content. It covers every single subject you can think of from popular music videos and films to Joe Bloggs down the street falling off his skateboard! Anyone can post personal videos or share content.

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Twitter
– With 310 million unique monthly visitors, Twitter is a real-time public network, where you often see breaking news first! Twitter limits its users to 140 characters per post, but businesses still use it to interact with clients and pass on information.

linked-in-2668687_640LinkedIn – This is a social networking site for professionals. With 255 million unique monthly visitors, LinkedIn members post a profile of themselves, very much like an extended CV. Users can promote themselves and their businesses, connect with other businesses and even apply for jobs or ask for work.

pinterest-1183717_640Pinterest – This is a fairly new concept, but with 250 million unique monthly visitors, it is fast becoming popular. It’s an image-based visual platform that allows its visitors to create digital bulletin boards where businesses can pin their content. As more than half of its members are women, it’s a great place for businesses whose target audience is largely female should think about being a part of.

google-plus-940316_640Google Plus + – Google Plus or Google+ is an interest based social media platform with 120 million unique monthly visitors. You can post photos and status updates on your profile or you can post to specific communities or groups. Specific communities are set up for different subjects so you can post blogs to specific themes. There’s multi-person messaging, text and video chat called Hangouts and you can run events. It’s a very versatile platform.

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Instagram
– This is a visual platform, much the same as Pinterest, with an estimated 1 million unique visitors. Posts are mostly connected to travel, food, fashion and art and it has video and photo editing features.

 

reddit-1460603_640Reddit – This is a little different to the other sites – it is still popular, with an estimated 85 million unique monthly visitors, but the content is voted on by the visitors to the site. It is still a social media site, more of a community where posts are identified by topics, such as technology, music, etc. Users submit links and posts that are of value are ‘upvoted’ and those that aren’t are ‘downvoted’. The voting determines where the post sits on the site – however if your post/link hits the front page, it is seen by hundreds of thousands of people – sending a huge percentage of them to the linked website!

vk-3696008_640VK – I have to admit to not having heard of this one! VK is short for VKontakte – a social media networking site where members can add friends, gain followers and post photos. However it is a largely aimed at Eastern European visitors, particularly Russian. In fact it is the most popular site in Russia.


flickr-881367_640Flickr
– This is an imaging and video hosting platform. It is very popular for those wanting to share and embed photographs. With an estimated 65 million users, it is still up there with the best!

As you can see, the top sites are a varied bunch, but all are designed to help people interact with others and share information, photos, videos and messages. If you have a small business, they are a great way to get your brand name, products and services out there. I would probably choose to stick with the more popular sites, but of course it’s up to the individual which site you’d like to choose – just be aware that some may not be as good as others.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about and learning about the different sites and I’d love to know which is your favourite? Put a comment in the box below to let me know which one you like best and why…and if you’ve been inspired to try something new!