Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.
To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.
What’s New This Week
Instagram Ads API Partner Program Launches: “Instagram Ads API Partners will be able to perform tasks including scheduling and publishing content to the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network, monitoring audiences and sharing access to Instagram accounts across teams.”
Facebook Enables New Ways for People and Businesses to Connect: Facebook introduced several “new communication features for Pages, including more ways for customers to send private messages to businesses and new tools for Page admins to manage and respond to messages.”
Do you, as a small business owner, want your page to be popular and engaging?
It’s easier than you think to emulate what Facebook’s major players do.
In this article, I’ll show you how some of the top brands keep their fans coming back, and how you can follow their lead to build an engaging page of your own.
#1: Capitalize on Major Events and Holidays
During the Sochi Olympics, Coca-Cola hosted a contest/series called #CokeGames. The gist of it was that they created silly Olympics-inspired games like Bottle Cap Hockey, Coke Curling, Ice Cube Ski Jump. Then, they asked their followers to play along by filming and uploading short videos of the Coke fan playing the game. The incentive was a $100 gift card.
Does your business have a Facebook marketing plan?
Do you need inspiration for Facebook updates that excite your fans?
Do you treat each and every update as an opportunity for engagement?
In this article we’ll take a look at 26 brands, an A-Z guide, that use Facebook status updates that combine visual content and brand messages to create buzz, excitement and interaction.
#1: Audi USA
In the status update below, Audi USA shared that media recognition for their brand’s history and culture, but made sure to show appreciation by including a social link to the brand that drew attention to them.
Is offering social customer service important for your business?
Facebook is the number one social channel so it’s likely to be the first line of contact for your customers, for both praise and complaints.
Answering your fans, owning up to your mistakes and keeping your fans in the loop go a long way to building trust.
Read on to discover five tips that will make you a customer-service superhero on Facebook.
#1: Answer Quickly
If you have a dedicated customer support department, the team probably has a process in place that works well in traditional channels (for example, a guarantee to respond within 24 or 48 hours).
But on Facebook (and Twitter) if you let that much time go by before responding to customer inquiries or complaints, you do so at your peril. In the social media world, two days feels like two weeks!
If you have a staff member who is monitoring your Facebook page throughout the day, it should be easy to respond to issues fairly fast. But if you’re a one-person operation, and it’s all up to you, you might have to set reminders to check your page a couple of times a day — first thing in the morning, early afternoon and once again in the evening.
My friends over at Post Planner do a really good job of keeping an eye on things (notice just how quickly they respond to questions).