Are you wondering how to best use a Facebook hashtag?
In this article, I’ll reveal four important benefits of using hashtags on Facebook.
I’ll also explore important considerations when putting together your hashtag strategy.
Why Facebook Hashtags?
As you’ve undoubtedly seen, hashtags are now clickable and useable on Facebook.
Using a hashtag # (or pound symbol) in front of a word or phrase turns the word into a clickable link.
When you click on the link, you’ll see a feed of public posts (or posts that are visible to you due to a friend relationship on Facebook) that include that hashtag.
Here’s how you can use Facebook hashtags:
#1: Expand Your Reach
As hashtags gain momentum on Facebook (they’ve been in use on other platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+), they’ll help you expand your reach to people who are looking at posts in your topic.
Hashtags have been a great way to help people interested in niche topics find each other and find the conversation.
Are you wondering how Facebook’s newest features can help your business?
To learn about what these new Facebook features mean for marketers, I interview Mari Smith 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 Mari Smith, who is known as the Queen of Facebook. She’s the world’s leading authority on Facebook marketing and author of The New Relationship Marketing and co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day.
Mari shares how the new Facebook features can work for your business and what you should pay attention to. You’ll learn how to use the new hashtags and how to make the most of your cover image.
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It isn’t always easy to generate the buzz you’re looking for.
Knowing what to publish, when and where can greatly increase the visibility and reach of your content.
In this article, you will find 26 topics, an A-Z guide, with key points that will help you create a social media content strategy that resonates with your audience.
#1: Align Content Development With Social Media Metrics and Goals
Understand the goals of your company’s social media content delivery to help you develop a more attainable strategy.
Jayson DeMers suggests, “First you need to know what to measure. The end goals dictate the measurement metric.”
He offers metrics for four social media goals:
- If you’re looking to generate traffic, your metric should be: unique visitors from social websites where you’ve run your social media campaigns.
- If you’re looking to create a following, your metric should be: subscribers, followers on your social channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
- If you’re looking to generate interaction, your metric should be: quantity and type of commentary (Facebook comments, Twitter replies/mentions).
- If you’re looking to generate revenue (which is the ultimate purpose), your metric should be: the precise dollar value of every lead a social post generates.
Is your business leveraging all that Google+ has to offer?
According to GlobalWebIndex, Google+ now has 359 million active users, which puts it ahead of Twitter’s 200 million active users. With that jump in numbers, it’s clear that now is the time to use Google+ to promote your brand.
Here’s an updated guide on all of the things you need to take advantage of Google+ to gain more exposure for your content and your business.
#1: Claim Authorship With Your Personal Google+ Profile
Google uses Authorship to create a visual tie between you and the content you publish. The enhanced search result listings help readers identify your content at a glance and help you build authority and influence.
Would you like to get more people-to-people interaction and begin a real conversation with your audience on social media?
No matter your company’s industry or size, you can encourage these deeper connections and improve your social media engagement.
#1: Use Facebook to Highlight Employees and Reach Out to Fans
Your company is only as good as your hardworking employees—so don’t be afraid to highlight them.
SEOmoz uses Facebook photo albums to highlight their employees.
The SEOmoz Facebook Page does an excellent job of this. Two examples in particular really jump out.
The “Then and Now” photo album: Employees provided photos from their youth along with recent photos of themselves. This is a great way to show fans the human side of SEOmoz. Plus, the baby pictures are adorable.
The “What are Mozzers listening to?” photo album: All it took was snapping photos of employees with their headphones on and asking them what they were listening to. The result is an inside look at company culture.
The ability for attendees to interact through social channels is a huge part of successful events.
Here are 4 ways to maximize the social media presence of your next event.
#1: Promote Your Hashtag Everywhere
A hashtag provides everyone with an easy way to find relevant social shares and take part in the discussion about the event.
When you are putting together materials for your event, everything should include the event hashtag.
What if someone else is using the same hashtag about a totally different topic?
Even worse, what if your competitor is using the same hashtag about the same topic?
Before you just throw any word or phrase out there and decide to use it as your hashtag, there are a few things you’ll want to consider to maximize your hashtag’s exposure.
What’s a Hashtag?
A hashtag is a pound sign (#), but it’s also used on Twitter to categorize messages.
According to Twitter, hashtag is defined as follows:
Since the first person used a hashtag in August 2007, they have become one of the most commonly used symbols on Twitter. People use them to organize conversations, tweet at events and engage in conversations online.
Are you making the most of your community on Instagram?
Instagram helps give your business a personal touch through visuals, so it’s important to bolster your community as best you can for continued growth and interaction from your audience.
Here are three tips on how to strengthen your community management efforts on Instagram.
#1: Use Tools to Manage Your Account
Instagram’s interface, whether on mobile or web, doesn’t offer the best options for brands to effectively engage with their community. Before the launch of the web version of Instagram, many tools were developed to fill in the gaps left by the network.
The Twitterverse has been buzzing with the latest US Open Tennis Tournament news.
What can tennis teach your business about Twitter? You’d be surprised.
Preparing for this year’s grand slam, I began to research and follow popular players on Twitter. I was curious how these big celebrities fared on the 140-character–driven platform.
The outcome of my research resulted in nine takeaways that brands and businesses can use to help improve their Twitter stream.
Take these tips from the tennis pros and your Twitter stream will be serving up aces.
Great tennis tweeters, like Novak Djokovic, capitalize on their celebrity and build synergistic communities around Twitter.
Novak has created a branded page on the celebrity social network WhoSay. He then pushes photos from his Whosay mobile app directly to Twitter. The third-party app does all the work, shortens the link and allows for an active new community to thrive directly on Whosay.