5 Keys to Attracting More Fans on Social Media Than Oprah

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Creating irresistible content on social media is often a challenging process for all sorts of businesses out there.

We’ve been strategizing, producing, publishing, monitoring and measuring content on social media for long enough to find our golden goose which is now producing priceless golden eggs – fabulous social media content.

Awesome social media content is awesome because it is planned, consistent and relevant. However, we went beyond that and found 5 keys to attracting more fans on social media than Oprah.  

We have nothing to hide and want to share our findings with you so you can utilise powerful social media content in your digital marketing strategies.

Be Engaging! 

The influential role of emotion in consumer behavior is well documented. Advertising research reveals that emotional response to an ad has far greater influence on a consumer’s reported intent to buy a product than does the ad’s content. However the engaging content is what making the purchasers make a purchase.

Make people feel positive, happy, maybe a little shocked, fun, intrigued, curious, etc.

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Although business coaching and personal finance planning have nothing to do with the movie ‘Shallow Hall’ or tax increase on bananas in Australia, these are two curious pieces of content that generate a lot of engagement because these are the topics human beings are interested in. And they are engaging no doubt!

Be Entertaining! 

This is a great opportunity to introduce humor to your social media content strategy. Although sometimes businesses are unsure how entertaining they should be, finding your perfect balance isn’t very hard.

If you are starting up your social media activity or looking to update the current strategy, make humor one of your themes; and compose at least one entertaining and funny piece of content a week (or in two weeks).

Videos also drive a lot of engagement but must be short and relevant. Cupcakes are one of the most shared and engaged with bits of content on the internet, as well as cats. Whether you are creating content about cats, cupcakes, cloud computing or all three, your focus should be to remember the audience understand what is important to them and if they engage with you, respond… no one likes to be ignored!

By the way, according to research conducted by the British mobile network Three, more than 350,000 cat owners have created an account for their pet on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks. Any of your customers are among these digital pet owners?

And finally, apps and games are HOT!

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Be Visual! 

Here, at Yours Socially, we are very proud of our high quality content. We try our best to bring the feel and the look of expensive brands to the smaller size businesses making them look irresistible.

We are not tired of reminding how important it is to source high resolution images, use simple, beautiful and standing out pictures. And, of course, tailor your images to all your networks. There is no one fit all approach in social media either!

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A few simple examples above illustrate what we mean by good quality images. Apart from the message you are trying to convey, please keep your pictures large, crisp and top notch, basically.

Be Valuable! 

Being valuable means being helpful, useful, educational and being the go-to source. Who wouldn’t want this?! No one is born into being an authority (unless you are a Lion King) but can become one.

Crafting your content so that it adds value to your community’s lives is another crucial element of creating amazing social media content.

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When you receive a ‘thank you note’ for the content you shared you know you’ve nailed it.

Be Shareable! 

All of the above, when come together, make your content shareable.

There are generally 2 reasons why people share something on social media:

  • When bumping into an awesome piece of content they like they often feel and think ‘Shoot! I wish I came up with it!
  • We often want to look a little better, taller, brighter, smarter, etc… thus we share content on social media we believe helps us look the way we want.

The digital world is continuously changing. We keep our eye balls on the updates and a finger on the pulse testing and trying while maintaining awesome clients’ online profiles. All our content production work is based on a tailored for each client’s strategy.

However, the 5 keys of social media content success is something we’ve noticed reappearing again and again. We must be doing something right! And we know we do because we are a little social media obsessed.

How to Use Facebook Graph Search For Your Business’ Benefit?

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Facebook Graph Search can be an excellent tool for small and large brands to learn more about Who their Fans are and What other things they like.

This can be a goldmine if you know how to use it. We, at Yours Socially, use Graph Search information to craft advertising messages as well as set up interest targeting (Facebook advertising).

Here is a quick graph search we run when learning Yours Socially audience.

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Note that we search it using one of our personal accounts. Moreover, Graph Search is only available to the American profiles so switch your language settings to USA if you are having a UK or AUS right now.

This quick search allows you to see what your audience likes outside of your business Page and also who are the competitors in your space.

Note that Facebook Graph Search is a semantic search engine. That means it tries to give you results related to the context of your search terms. It is pretty amazing, to be honest!

There’s a wealth of information to search for including company names, products or services, hashtags, comments, users, press and reviews. You can do a search on several different options to find out how your competitors are engaging with people. Are they commenting on or liking related posts? Is that interaction done via their page profile or by personal profiles from people within the company?

You can also search people, photos, pages, places, apps and events which give you an amazing overview of your followers and competitors Facebook activities.

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You can research other Pages’ ads content and see how many likes and shares they get.

You can also have a look into your followers’ interests to understand what they enjoy reading on Facebook. These interests might be something for you to produce your content around or perhaps your community manager could engage with people of certain interests. There are endless opportunities once you know what your audience likes and wants.

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Same goes for Groups – Graph Search allows you to look into the groups your followers are members of.

It gets more interesting and more detailed. You can search by specific Page’s owners to see what their interests are.

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You can also search by age, for example, search for Pages liked by people over the age of 25 who like Key Person of Influence or Pages liked by women, or women who live in Australia, or in Sydney or you could even search for Movies people liked, games they played, etc.

An integral part of your marketing is figuring out what your audience likes, aside from your brand, of course. Thus, knowing that information gives you new ‘excuses’ for engagement that will deeply interest your readers and followers on many fronts.

Armed with that knowledge, you can think of ways to integrate that kind of content in your campaigns. The main idea here is to engage with your customers on their home turf.

Women from Sydney, Australia who like TEDxSydney

As you can see, the opportunities are endless. Each search will give you thousands of results. It is up to you how you ‘attack’ the data and whether you implement it in your strategies or not.

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What is Facebook Advert Relevance Score?

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What is Facebook Advert Relevance Score?

Facebook advertising is one of the best social media tools you can think of. It is so simply because Facebook has been collecting data on all their users since the beginning of their days in 2004. Alongside many useful features, Facebook has recently released a new beast to keep your eye on.

Advert Relevance Score measures how relevant your advert is to your target audience. It ranks your ads from 1 to 10, based on its judgement of your audience’s behavior. The higher the score, the cheaper your advert will become and more people within target audience will see the ad.

According to Facebook, when your advert’s score drops, it may be an indicator to refresh your advert’s creative or change its target audience. You can use the score to test your creative to help determine which message, image or video resonates most with your targeted consumers.

How Does It Work?

According to Facebook, after your advert is served more than 500 times (that is seen for than 500 times), it receives a daily relevance score from 1–10, ten meaning that it was estimated highly relevant and one meaning it wasn’t so much.

The advert’s relevance score is based on positive and negative feedback that Facebook expect from the people seeing the ads. The score is calculated considering a few different elements depending on your objective (e.g. clicks to website or post views). Basically, the number of times Facebook expects people to take a desired action, such as sharing or liking, constitutes a positive feedback. The negative feedback is based on the number of times people hide your advert or choose not to see adverts.

How To Improve?

In order to get a higher score, you’ll need to be specific with your targeting. Always refresh and re-evaluate your advert’s image and message. Keep your message simple and related to what you are promoting.

When the relevance score for an advert drops, try creating another advert with new content for your audience. Learn from testing!

Relevancy score is another metrics to check out every time you go over your Facebook advertising results. We recommend you don’t stress too much about it. Simply watch the number, refresh your adverts and keep the good work up.

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What Type of Content Works on Facebook?

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What Type of Content Works on Facebook?

First and foremost, people go to Facebook to hangout and check out what their friends and family had for breakfast, who said what about whom and where are everyone right now.

Therefore, in order to be noticed you need to appeal to your customers who are also Facebook users. Don’t interrupt them with your advertising but rather introduce something of value to them.

Content that works well on Facebook doesn’t necessarily work on Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn. You need to diversify! Why? Because different networks attract different types of content consumption. That is, people view content on different channels differently. For example, Twitter is a sharp and fast channel. Instagram is almost luxurious, stunning and informative. LinkedIn is a very professional beast. You see where I am going with it.

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Let’s have a look in more details what works on Facebook.

Post a good variety of content – come up with a few themes for your Facebook posting and vary your updates so you appear social and human.

  1. Share your blog posts on social media including crisp and eye catching images, a line or two of attention grabbing summery and a link to the blog post. This is an opportunity to share news, debunk a few industry myths, educate, group a few useful lists and educate.
  2. So known, press releases, won’t be your too frequently posted content but it is good to break your balance and inform that you have a new employee or moved offices.
  3. Videos are increasing popular types of content which are particularly loved by Facebook. Short behind the scene videos, longer testimonials, educational, funny or promotional videos are increasing well performing content on Facebook. Post your video directly to Facebook as well as on your YouTube channel if you already have one.
  4. Contests are amazing traffic generators; however require moderation and management. Contents allow you to play with your fans and expand your horizons.
  5. Quotes, designed images and infographics are made for Facebook. We, humans, are very visual and can often stare at an amazing or quirky image for hours. Otherwise, Kazimir Malevich would have never made it as an artist.
  6. Hashtags are searchable on Instagram and Twitter so you don’t need to worry about them too much on Facebook o LinkedIn.
  7. Be interesting and share stories. Facebook allows you much more characters than Twitter or LinkedIn which is there for you to tell stories. Don’t stuff it with sales messages but rather educate, entertain and amaze.

When planning your Facebook content, step into your consumers’ shoes, recall why you visit Facebook yourself and act accordingly.

Social media is social because we come here to hang out and socialize.

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Which Social Media Channel Suits Your Business?

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Which Social Media Channel Suits Your

As we all know, everyone is on Facebook nowadays. Moreover, everyone is on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and God knows what else. In our increasingly connected society, building a social media presence is as commonplace as getting a driver’s license.

It might be tempting to follow the social media trends that are considered hot in popular culture and jump on whatever platform is being talked about the most. However how do you know which of these opportunities is the best for your company or small business? In order to answer this question we need to understand how each social media channel works and who is following it.

FACEBOOK

Let’s start with the ‘Almighty’ Facebook which is a commonly preferred network due to a number of reasons; one of which is the growing population. Facebook has 1.939 billion active users. There are 7.125 billion people on the planet. So, it is a giant data base of people at the tip of your fingers.

Facebook is an incredibly social beast which is why there are so many cats’ videos, celebrity gossips and now advertising. For an average user, Facebook represents many windows of opportunities – it is a way to learn new recipe ideas, play games, check out photos, connect with family, rant about favorite shows, and more. Facebook enables so many activities people truly enjoy. Should your business join Facebook? Yes, it should.

I almost can’t think of an industry which won’t benefit from utilizing Facebook marketing. If you think your customers aren’t on Facebook because of their age, think again. Demographic report shows that Facebook added 10.8 million adults in the 25 to 34 demographic, a growth of 32.6 percent. In the 35 to 54-year-old demographic, Facebook experienced a 41.4 percent growth, adding 16.4 million new users. This, by itself, is pretty impressive!

Moreover, don’t forget that while you might think that your audience isn’t accustomed to the online space, as time progresses, you will be behind many younger tech savvy business owners if you don’t get yourself in a digital shape.

TWITTER

The noisy Twitter simply cannot be ignored. Twitter has never disclosed its total number of registered users but mentioned 232 million active users. Although this is considered to be only a partial number, this is 232 million potential consumers. You don’t necessarily want to target them all but you definitely want to hang out with them. Should your business join Twitter? Sure, it should.

Twitter only allows you 140 characters to communicate your messages. It often pushes people to produce and share sales messages due to the limit of words. However, Twitter space is about sharp conversations, tagging each other, spilling hashtags and sharing links. If your business has promotions, discounts, events and contests to show off, Twitter is your holy ground. Otherwise, just keep it conversational and visit Twitter as frequently as you can.

INSTAGRAM

Instagram is a true queen of showing off your goodies. As of December 2014, the mainly mobile photo sharing network had reach 300 million monthly active users. 13 percent of all Internet users are on Instagram. These are impressive numbers by themselves.

Instagram is relatively easy network to grow you following on but if you do not have the time and the passion (together with the strategy), you might want to choose another channel. Should your business join Instagram? Sure, it should.

If your company sells clothes, accessories, pets, design, art, food or any other visually appetising products or services, Instagram is the place to be. Travel, fashion and food industries are flourishing on Instagram. Saying that, don’t forget that over 90 percent of the 150 million people on Instagram are under the age of 35 and 68 percent of its users are females; and it receives 544 million daily uploads. This is the place to be for the right business. The rest should utilise their time and effort somewhere else.

PINTEREST

Pinterest is a lot of fun and can be an amazing traffic driver for the right types of businesses. A study released in July 2013 revealing that the website had 70 million users worldwide with the 80 percent of them being women. Another extremely visual platform allows you to categorise things you like, include location and links to your posts and share other people’s stuff. Should your business join Pinterest? Yes, of course.

Pinterest is ideas platform which allows users to find answers to their questions. People come to Pinterest to research fashion, renovation, cooking, and more, trends to improve their lives.

Now, imagine if you are selling vintage nails or hammers, unique cooking books or fancy cocktail dresses, Pinterest is like a giant board where you can place your products on to become someone’s inspiration. Women are using Pinterest in a far more aspirational and motivational way than are men, who are more likely to use Pinterest like a visual bookmarking tool. Opportunities are there; however it depends if you are the right type of business for it.

 LINKEDIN

With 347 million users, LinkedIn has transformed our perception of networking. LinkedIn is a professional beast with a healthy balance between male and female users and average user’s age of 35 to 54. LinkedIn used to be a job search site which is no longer the case. The functionality of this space has extended into knowledge and expertise sharing and self-publishing. Should your business join LinkedIn? Yes, it should.

Although LinkedIn offers company pages features similar to Facebook pages, they are a little tricky at this point in time. Due to the professional nature of LinkedIn, growing your Company Page following is not as easy. It is a lovely idea to have a LinkedIn company page so you can list more information about your business, your employees and even share some news with your audience. However, if you are not ready to unleash some solid management guns, it might appear a little difficult to grow a good following. Saying that, nothing stops you from expanding your business’ horizons with the help of your LinkedIn personal profile and Groups.

Groups often have larger following already so it is handy to join your industry Groups and share your knowledge on regular basis. Your profile will need to be informative and easy to scan through so whoever likes your Group’s postings can always visit your personal profile learning more about you and your business.

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There are hundreds of different social networks including Quora, SlideShare, Tumblr and much more. Some of them would suit your business more than others. Joining many is of course a better strategy than joining none. However, due to the common lack of hands and heads, joining a few is a smarter approach.

Most of social media channels are amazing tools – they are fun to work with and they provide another window of opportunities. However, if you cannot manage them all, just stick with at least two. In order to choose the most suitable networks for your business, you need to have a good understanding of your customers. What kind of social users they are? Where do they hang out the most? How do they prefer to research? Sometimes you know for sure, sometimes you’ll need to sit down with your team or even outside professionals to work it out.

If you are still unsure which social media channels will work the best for you, we are happy to help you find the answers. 

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