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.

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5 Ways to Establish Your Voice on Facebook

social media how to Do you have a recognizable online tone?

Do you make the most of it in your Facebook updates?

A consistent tone makes fans feel comfortable so they’re more likely to interact with you.

In this article you’ll discover how to establish your voice and use it to get more engagement on Facebook.

Match Your Voice to Your Fans’ Expectations

Competition for attention is fierce on Facebook. If you want people to keep you top of mind, you have to give them increased value. That higher value gives fans a reason to come to your page and interact with your updates.

Ah, but how do you do that? To provide the right kind of value, you need to know why your audience is on Facebook in the first place. How do they use it? What do they look for? What do they interact with? What do they want?

Facebook users primarily seek out connectivity, community validation and media saturation/entertainment. Being marketed to isn’t high on their list (if it’s on their list at all).

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Pew Research found that most users don’t want to be marketed to.

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How to Improve Your Facebook Sidebar Ads: 6 Tips to More Clicks

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Are you getting the results you want?

The kinds of images and text you use in your Facebook ads impact your audience’s response.

In this article you’ll discover what makes people more likely to click on your Facebook sidebar ads.

Designing Click-Worthy Ads

Facebook sidebar ads are pretty small (at least for now). Each one allows for 90 characters in the headline and displays at 100 pixels wide x 72 pixels tall.

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Example of ads pulled from Facebook’s sidebar.

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6 Tips to Improve Your Facebook Page

social media how toDo you want a highly effective Facebook page?

Do you know which elements make up a good Facebook page?

While there are an unlimited number of strategic factors that can contribute to the success of a Facebook page, many share common elements.

In this article you’ll discover the six elements of successful Facebook pages and how you can improve your Facebook page.

#1: Add a Clear Cover Photo

When Facebook users land on your page, you want them to figure out who you are and what you do in about 3 seconds. That’s why a good cover photo is important.

Here’s a good example from Coca-Cola.

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There’s no misunderstanding what brand this cover image represents.

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Boost Posts or Promoted Posts on Facebook: Which is Better?

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Are you confused by Facebook’s advertising options?

Do you know when you should use boost posts vs. promoted posts?

Understanding the similarities and differences between boost and promoted posts helps you make better budget decisions.

In this article you’ll discover the differences between the boost post and promoted post options, and how to choose which is right for your marketing efforts.

Why Pay to Have People See Your Posts?

You’ve probably heard the news that Facebook has decreased the organic reach for pages. That means that to be seen in your community’s news feed, you need to spend some money on Facebook ads.

But should you boost or promote your posts? I say it depends. Base your decision on which posts are helpful to your audience and further your goals on Facebook.

You don’t need to pay for every post—just choose the best ones. Use the tips below to help you decide which posts will help you the most.

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An example of what a boosted or promoted post looks like in the news feed.

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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.

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10 Big Brand Facebook Tactics Any Business Can Use

social media how to Do you have big-brand Facebook page envy?

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.

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Coca-Cola was inspired by the Olympics to host a series of games. Users who uploaded videos of themselves “competing” were in the running for a $100 gift certificate.

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3 Unusual Ways to Build Your Email List With Facebook Apps

social media how toDo you want more email subscribers?

How can you find a targeted audience and encourage them to join your list?

The answer is to leverage the people who already like you: your Facebook fans.

This article shows you three ways brands are using Facebook apps to grab their fans’ attentions and encourage them to subscribe to their list.

Why Use Facebook to Find Email Subscribers?

Email converts new customers more effectively than any other digital medium. The key is having the right people on your list—the ones who want to hear what you have to say and are most likely to buy from you. That’s where Facebook comes in.

Your Facebook fans are probably fans because they already like your products or services. That’s a great start to finding a narrowly targeted audience that’s likely to buy from you.

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Engage with Facebook fans, capture their email addresses and market to that targeted audience to make sales and partnerships.

A simple lead funnel gives context to the process. By engaging with your Facebook fans, you build trust. From there, you can ask your fans to sign up for emails that share information they’re interested in. With strong email and marketing tactics, you end up with sales and long-term customers.

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5 Ways Businesses Are Using Visual Storytelling on Facebook

social media how toAre you looking for creative ways to use visual storytelling in your social media marketing?

Do you have a great story to tell, but you’re not sure how to share it?

Every company has a story to tell.

It could be anything from brand history to internal innovation to fun customer feedback. Unfortunately, few businesses share their stories effectively on Facebook.

In this article I’ll show you five imaginative ways brands are using pictures to tell compelling stories that generate engagement on Facebook.

Why Tell a Visual Story?

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s a cliché for a reason. When you’re scrolling through the news feed, what catches your eye? Most updates are text, but Facebook users like pictures.

Posting images can help increase engagement and shares on Facebook. Photo posts account for 93% of the most engaging posts on Facebook. They can get 53% more likes, 104% more comments and 84% more click-throughs on links than text-based posts!

Are you using pictures to your advantage? Below are five examples of companies that are wowing their fans with visual stories.

#1: Use Clever Photo Collections

The American Express Facebook page strives to give a strong visual representation of the brand. That can be a tall order for a service-based company. American Express rose to the challenge by taking photographs of related items, then sharing them with short updates that ask a question or evoke a certain feeling.

Recently, the freezing weather in the US has everyone talking. American Express shared this simple but hugely descriptive picture on their Facebook timeline.

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American Express connects with fans through a simple image.

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