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).
Are you keeping up with the competition on Facebook?
Are you interested in knowing what is and isn’t working for your competitors?
All Facebook marketers are trying to see what content gets the best results.
In this article you’ll see how Facebook Insights’ ‘Pages to Watch’ can help you deliver content that engages your audience.
Why Is the ‘Pages to Watch’ Feature Important?
Facebook started rolling out Pages to Watch about a year ago, but the feature became a meaningful tool for tracking competitors with its second iteration–when it started appearing in page administrators’ Insights dashboards.
The first version only allowed you to see changes in competitors’ number of likes, which is hardly enough intel to sink one’s teeth into. There were other issues too.
Some marketers started receiving alerts from Facebook that a competing page had begun tracking their activity via the Pages to Watch module. That hardly helped build confidence in Facebook as a means of stealth monitoring.
Do you need advice on what to share?
ROI reports justify the resources allocated to social media campaigns.
In this article I’ll explore four important parts of a social media ROI report that decision makers want to see.
A Bird’s-Eye View of ROI Reports
Social media ROI reports are based on prescribed objectives, the progress of the social campaign tasked with meeting those objectives, the analysis of key performance indicators (KPIs) and whether the original objectives are met.
Are you looking for a resource to guide your Facebook marketing efforts?
Whether you’re marketing on Facebook as an individual or as a brand, these expert articles will help you design your presence, create contests, execute ad campaigns and measure your results.
Each of these articles will help you understand and master a specific part of marketing on the Facebook platform.
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Facebook marketing can work well for B2B companies, but you may have to rethink how you use your Facebook page.
In this article you’ll discover four tips that can help you make Facebook work for your B2B company or client.
#1: Understand Your Audience
It’s important to recognize that your audience on Facebook may not be the same as your audience on LinkedIn.
Knowing your audience—what resonates with them and what their expectations are—is always your first step to success. When you know what your audience wants, you can give it to them (without guessing).
So how do you find out who your Facebook audience is? Use the tools available to you and look at the data. Check Facebook Insights, Google Analytics and even your own database to get a clear picture of your audience.
Facebook Insights tracks how your audience engages with your page. You can trace their preferences, see how your audience demographic compares to Facebook as a whole or track which user segments you’re reaching and engaging with most often.
Do you need a simple system that works?
If you don’t have the budget for expensive software, spreadsheets and a little of your time can produce some useful data.
In this article I’ll show you how to analyze the engagement and impact of your social media posts using Excel.
To ensure that you deliver great content that resonates with your fans and followers, you need to track, test and measure the posts you put on your social networks.
It’s really that simple.
#1: Build Your Spreadsheet
To begin, open Excel and create 14 columns that will contain the following categories to incorporate all of the information you need on your social media updates and posts:
- Calls to action
- Comments (replies)
- Likes (favorites)
- Shares (retweets)
- Total engagement
Or are you overwhelmed with all of the Facebook tactics you read about?
No matter how long you’ve had a Facebook page, it’s good to review some of the basics for creating a page for your business.
This article includes six simple tips that will make you a more effective admin and make your page more professional starting today.
#1: Check Your Wall-posting Preferences
Does your page get a lot of, ahem, critical commentary on its timeline? Or maybe just more than you have time to deal with easily? If so, it might be time to set your page’s Posting Ability tab so that only your page admins can post.
Here’s how: Choose Edit Page from your Admin panel. Then choose Edit Settings.
Are you looking for an easier way to track your social activities?
In this article I’ll show you how to find the most valuable social data and actionable insights.
The result, improve your social media strategy on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Finding the Needles in the Haystack
As marketers, we’re on a mission to track and measure our efforts and their success.
We collect information on almost everything you can think of, from purchase history and demographics to psychographic data and everything in between.
The abundance of data has opened up a complicated web of options.
It’s important to know how to find the useful data that helps us make strategic decisions.
The following three tips will help you focus on what matters.
#1: Review the Posts Tab on Facebook Insights
Facebook has given marketers access to a ton of useful information with their Page Insights. Most people use this data to measure their success. We’re going to look at how to use it to refine your strategy.
Timing Your Posts
Start by going to your Facebook page and clicking on See Insights in the navigation bar at the top of the admin panel.
Are you looking for Facebook engagement tactics that lead to news feed visibility?
To learn how to better use Facebook, I interview John Haydon for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
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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).
John shares why Facebook engagement is so important.
You’ll learn how to better engage Facebook fans.
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