How to write updates that fans like
“Make everything a conversation instead of a one-way megaphone, and go out of your way to be interesting and valuable.”
— Kelsey Childress, writer and SEO specialist, Awen Creative
Talk about viral: Every time someone becomes a fan of your Facebook page or comments on, clicks the “like” link on or shares your post, that action shows up in the fan’s news feed for all of their friends to see.
So once you draw people to your page, you need them to become fans and share your content. How do you get visitors to respond to your content? Here are three ways to get started:
1. Give them what they want.
Here’s what Facebook fans are looking for, according to a recent Morpace Omnibus Report:
- 37 percent want to receive coupons and discount offers.
- 35 percent want to be notified of new product availability.
- 31 percent want to learn more about the organization.
- 28 percent want to meet people with similar interests.
2. Let’s make a deal.
Deals — discounts, coupons, specials and sales — are the No. 1 reason people follow companies through social media, according to the eMarketer’s 2010 “Popular Media Study.” So offer Facebook-only discount codes, give away merchandise and otherwise give fans a deal.
3. Take them behind the velvet rope.
The No. 2 reason people follow companies through social media? To learn about new products, features or services, according to the eMarketer study. And megafans also want to get a behind-the-scenes look at the organization.
So think of your Facebook fan page as your company’s VIP room, suggests Lisa Barone, chief branding officer of Outspoken Media, in “The Facebook Page Marketing Guide.”
Fans who “join the club,” get taken behind the rope and see the inner workings of the organization. That might include, Barone suggests:
- Never-before-seen footage of a new TV commercial
- The back story on products that bombed
- Details that didn’t make it into the story
- Access to products before anyone else gets them
- Invitations to comment on or name the secret test product
Get fans to spread the word.
Facebook is by nature viral. That makes it a great place to tap social proof, or the principle that people look to what others do to guide our behavior. Letting fans know “seven of your friends bought this; six of them loved it” is a great way to boost sales.
And don’t forget: Readability, timing and word choice all affect whether fans spread the word.
Will you be our friend? Please be among the first to visit Wylie Communications on Facebookand join in the conversation.___
Source: “The Facebook Page Marketing Guide — 2010,” Who’s Blogging What