How ‘Pages to Watch’ from Facebook Can be a Source of Competitive Insight

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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.

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You can add pages to watch without those pages knowing a thing about it.



How to Present Your Social Media ROI Report to the Boss

social media how toAre you responsible for reporting on social media ROI?

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.

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Analyze KPIs as part of your ROI reporting. Image: iStockPhoto.



Essential Facebook Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide

social media how toDo you want to learn how to market yourself and your business on Facebook?

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.

Get Buy-In to Market on Facebook

How to Convince Your Skeptical Boss That Facebook Marketing Works: Here’s how you can show the value of Facebook to your client or boss, and how they can get the most out of it.

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Find out how to get the go-ahead for your Facebook plans.



How to Make Your Facebook Marketing Work for B2B

social media how toDo you target other businesses?

Are you struggling to generate more Facebook engagement?

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.

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Facebook Insights offers a range of audience data.



How to Analyze Your Social Media Activities With Excel

social media how toAre you looking for a way to analyze the impact of your content?

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.

Why Analyze?

No matter the size of your business, when it comes to social media you want to build two things: engagement and community.

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.

Here’s how:

#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:

  • Date
  • Network
  • Categories
  • Subcategories
  • Target
  • Calls to action
  • Meta-tags
  • Posts
  • Impressions
  • Comments (replies)
  • Likes (favorites)
  • Shares (retweets)
  • Clicks
  • Total engagement

An example spreadsheet (target, meta-tags, posts and impressions hidden).



6 Facebook Marketing Tips for Managing Your Facebook Page

social media how toWondering what works and what doesn’t for your Facebook page?

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.


You can add/remove admins directly from the Admin panel.



How to Know if Your Social Media Activities Are Working

social media how toDo you know if your social media strategy is working?

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.


Facebook Insights are found in the admin panel of your page.



Facebook Engagement: How to Get Seen in the Facebook News Feed

Do you want to understand Facebook engagement?

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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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 John Haydon, author of Facebook Marketing for Dummies and founder of Inbound Zombie, a consultancy focused on small- and medium-sized nonprofits.

John shares why Facebook engagement is so important.

You’ll learn how to better engage Facebook fans.

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How to Improve Your Facebook Engagement Using Controlled Experiments

social media how to Are you wondering what type of Facebook post works best?

Are you struggling with getting engagement or reach on your Facebook posts?

You may have heard that you need to post more photos or more questions or more photos with questions…

But what really works best for your audience?

In this article, you’ll learn how to find out which types of Facebook posts work best for your page.

Why Experiments?

Running controlled experiments from time to time will help you discover what works on your page so you won’t have to take someone elses word for it.

It’s also a great way to help you come up with a posting structure that may help you streamline your content creation in the future.

#1: View Insights for Ideas

In your Insights section, you do have some data on your best post types (under Posts), but that can be a function of what types of content you have been posting lately. So you may not get the whole picture if you haven’t been posting many links recently. But it’s a good place to start your investigation.

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Take a look at the best post types for your page.



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