Do you know how to tell?
In February, Facebook announced that it had 1.23 billion monthly active users and up to 11.2% of those users are fake.
In this article I’ll tell you how to spot fake Facebook fans and what to do about them.
Fake Fans Hurt Engagement
Facebook has been actively trying to get rid of spam and phony profiles since early 2012, but like weeds, they keep coming back.
When Facebook detects spammy comments on your Page or likes from fake Facebook accounts (whether purchased or not), they remove your Page updates from the news feed. You end up losing a significant part (if not all) of your reach and engagement.
In mid-2013 and early 2014, Facebook made big changes to their news feed algorithm in an attempt to filter out spammy and poor-quality content. Pages that provide the most relevant content and have high true engagement have the best chance of appearing prominently in the news feed.
Have you used the Facebook Pages to Watch feature?
Comparing what other Pages are doing on Facebook can give you useful information on current trends.
In this article you’ll discover how to track what’s working for other pages and adapt your own Facebook tactics accordingly.
Why Pages to Watch
The Pages to Watch feature in Facebook Insights allows you to watch other Facebook pages so you can compare their activity, engagement and audience growth to your own.
Pages to Watch is particularly handy if you want to see what’s working for your competitors or similar niche pages. You can see exactly what content they’re posting, how often they’re posting and when they’re posting—and the resulting engagement. Armed with that information, you can tailor your own updates accordingly.
You can watch any brand page on Facebook you want—you don’t even have to like the page. If you have 100 to 10,000 fans, you can create a list of up to 100 pages to watch.
Most page admins won’t need to watch that many pages, but it’s nice to have one place to keep track of your top competitors or brands that inspire you.
How to Set Up Pages to Watch
To find the Pages to Watch feature, go Insights and click on Overview. Scroll down the page to the Add Pages section (it’s just below the Your 5 Most Recent Posts box).
Want them to pay attention to your updates?
Big brands know how to engage people on a regular basis.
In this article I’ll show you five ways nationally known companies keep their audiences coming back for more and how you can too.
#1: Host a Video Contest
For the last seven years, Doritos has run its “Crash the Super Bowl” contest asking customers to create commercials for its crunchy treats. The incentive that really caught attention? The winner gets his or her commercial aired during the Super Bowl.
The response is huge. Hundreds of commercials are submitted. The company narrows it down to a pool of five, and then asks everyone to vote for their favorite.
The result is a viral campaign driven by finalists sharing their entry with friends and encouraging them to vote, as well as customers and fans who want to see the best videos (which are usually the funniest).
In 2013, Doritos brought the video contest to Facebook (they had previously used a microsite) and went beyond the success of all previous years.
Are you wondering how to get more people to pay attention?
Sharing updates that speak to your fans’ interests and that entertains can provide great opportunities for interaction.
In this article, I’ll show you eight ways to get great traction with practical Facebook updates.
Rethinking Facebook Posts
Facebook has woven itself into the very fabric of our global community.
It provides a unique and powerful opportunity for your business to intersect with your ideal audience without that audience needing to search for you or already be thinking about you.
The downside is that you’re competing with a lot of other noise in the news feed. The key, then, is to find a way to attract your fans’ attention so your updates aren’t missed or ignored.
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.
Have you considered adding games to your Facebook page?
Facebook games engage people’s competitive nature and can grow your brand’s reach.
This article shows you how to use games in your Facebook marketing.
#1: Fan Photo of the Week
If you want to get people interested in your fan page, make your fans a part of your social marketing strategy. People love to see their names in lights, so give them that chance with a Facebook photo of the week contest.
The great thing about this type of contest is that it’s easy to implement. Just ask your fans to submit a picture based on a theme you choose, then judge the photos and select a winner. When you’ve chosen a winner, showcase the fan and his or her picture on your cover image or highlight the photo in a status update.
The winner gets bragging rights and will probably want to share the excitement with friends. When the winner shares with his or her friends, your page goes out into their news feed and introduces you to a new audience. That can lead to a jump in viral reach.
Walmart is particularly good at this. They ask fans to submit a photo via a tab on their Facebook page, which means fans have to go to the Walmart Facebook page and engage by clicking through to the app.
Is quality Facebook traffic important to your business?
Use these five steps to help you get more traffic Facebook to your website.
#1: Make Sure You Have a Steady Stream of Shareable Content on Your Website
If you have a website that never changes, you’re going to struggle to get much traffic to it. Posting links to the same page on your site over and over is as futile as Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill.
These days, the name of the game is content marketing and you had better figure out how your business can participate.
The fresh, new content you post on your site is important—not only for social media marketing, but also for search engine optimization. Google rewards sites featuring fresh content with higher ranking. But you don’t have to post epic blog articles three times a week to win at the content marketing game. Posting something new and helpful once a week or even once a month can benefit your website traffic.
Are you wondering how you can use images to take your marketing to a whole new level?
To learn about visual social media, I interview Donna Moritz for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.
It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.
The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).
In this episode, I interview Donna Moritz, who is a social media and visual marketing expert. She’s also the founder of Socially Sorted, a blog designed to help small businesses achieve more with visual social media.
Donna shares the importance of visuals in your social media marketing.
You’ll discover the types of images that work best and the tools you can use to create them.
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