By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator
We’ve all been there – you share a post on Facebook one day and it generates tons of likes, comments, and shares, yet the very next day your next update gets zero engagement across the board. It’s incredibly confusing and frustrating, so much so that it can be tempting to throw in the towel altogether. So, how do we standardize and, better yet, GROW the amount of engagement we generate on the channel?
There are several factors that play into how Facebook ranks your content and, in turn, how much engagement your posts generate. Here are a few of the major guidelines you should be aware of:
Real Estate Facebook Best Practices 2019: Engagement types.
The Facebook algorithm sorts every action your posts receive into two different buckets: active engagement and passive engagement.
Active engagement: A person engages with a post in a way that others can see. This includes commenting on posts, sharing posts, and reacting to posts. This kind of engagement is great if your goal is to increase your post’s reach and overall engagement.
Passive engagement: A person engages with a post, but not in a way that can necessarily be seen by others. This includes clicking on links, watching videos, and hovering over/previewing content. This is good if your goal is to have people simply consume your content or to drive people to your website by clicking on the links in your posts.
We aren’t the only ones who keep tabs on how many likes, comments and shares a post gets, Facebook does too. Specifically, it focuses on how many times followers actively engage with your posts. The more your posts receive this kind of engagement, the more Facebook assumes the content is interesting and valuable, and the higher the posts will be ranked. The higher your posts are ranked, the more exposure they’ll gain among your followers, their followers, and their followers’ followers.
How to increase your levels of active engagement.
In order to generate higher levels of active engagement among your followers, think of your Facebook page as one giant storybook. The more pictures, videos and images there are, the easier it is for viewers to follow along with the story, leading them to be more likely to engage with it. This is why Facebook favors visual content as opposed to other kinds of content such as simple status updates and links.
A few more variables to keep in mind:
Authenticity. Although Facebook likes engagement, it doesn’t want any old engagement – it wants it to be authentic and organic. Facebook is smart and can recognize when content asks people to engage in a spam-like, misleading way and quickly bumps it down in its lineup. This includes activities such as repeating posts, click baiting, and like baiting, so keep things real and avoid these poor practices.
Keep it simple. According to Hubspot, 88 percent of people use Facebook on mobile devices. If you want to encourage followers to engage with your content, you need to make it easy for them to consume. In addition to using visuals, keep the copy in your posts short and sweet.
Know when to post. Facebook bases its News Feed off of an algorithm that recognizes the time of day that you post, which contributes to where the algorithm places your content. Utilize the insights Facebook provides to gauge when your followers are the most active and post accordingly.
Invest in Facebook ads. Strategizing around this algorithm can only take you so far. Facebook is so crowded these days that leveraging Facebook ads is essential in order to develop any kind of significant following on the channel. Find a tool that allows you to put your ads on autopilot so it doesn’t become a tedious task on your to-do list.
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By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator
Changes to the Facebook algorithm tend to throw users of all types through a loop: brands, businesses, friends, and nowadays, probably even the tech-savvy grandma.
You work hard to fine-tune your social media strategy to drive the highest performance possible for your posts, yet it can be tricky to keep up with the current best practices for the platform. Regardless of frequent algorithm changes, there are several key factors that play into how your content is ranked that seem to remain consistent.
Here are the Facebook best practices 2019 for optimizing your real estate business’ Facebook page and posts:
1. Video rules all.
What should come as no surprise to social media diehards is, video outperforms virtually all other forms of content, so it’s best to use it whenever possible. In fact, Facebook videos have been found to earn 135% more reach and generate 59% more engagement than posts with only a single, still image.
A few more video stats:
- Optimal Facebook video length is 3-4 minutes
- Facebook video shares grew by 100% over the last year
- People spend 3x more time watching Live video than pre-made video
- 85% of people watch Facebook videos without sound
Need some help making killer videos for your social media? Check out these video tools.
2. Short & sweet.
Finding the balance between making your post copy short yet valuable can be difficult. However, considering that 88% of Facebook users are accessing the platform on a mobile device, formatting your content to make it easy to consume on-the-go is worth the effort.
According to a study done by BuzzSumo, keeping your posts under 50 characters is ideal for optimal engagement.
Over the past few years, Facebook has been vocal about shifting its algorithm’s focus to personal engagement, meaning the more conversation your posts generate, the better they will perform.
A few conversation-generating content ideas:
• Share a personal story
• Ask for reviews & feedback
• Post jokes and memes that your audience will appreciate
• Share a real estate-related statistic
• Take a poll
4. Post often.
Many Facebook pros have differing opinions when it comes to the “magic number” of times you should post per day in order to have the biggest impact possible, but research shows that posting twice per day is a great starting point.
With two posts a day, you’ll begin driving the levels of impressions and engagement you’re striving for and gaining insights into your follower base, without risking too many unfollows due to over-posting.
5. Know when to post.
Not all audiences are alike, so make sure to get familiar with yours. Use analytics tools to get a read on what times & days your followers are likely to be on social media and post accordingly. Here’s an in-depth overview of the built-in Facebook insights tools, along with a rundown of how to use them.
As a general rule, it’s been found that weekends and evenings tend to be the best times to post, although most businesses also post content outside of those windows, depending on the content type and general habits in their industry.
6. Keep it genuine.
To keep us honest, the Facebook algorithm favors posts that naturally generate likes, comments, and shares because of the awesome content in them, not because you directly asked your followers to engage.
Facebook scans for posts that explicitly ask for engagement and will rank them lower in your follower’s feed meaning less reach and impact for your biz, so make sure to avoid this risky practice.
Regardless of the amount of time and effort you choose to allocate to your business’ Facebook account, your time is valuable and it’s important to be strategic about making the most of the time you put into it. By incorporating these best practices into your content strategy, you’ll be generating a bigger impact while keeping your work load to a minimum.