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.
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.