When it comes to writing the perfect Facebook post, it can seem like part skill, part rocket science and part random luck. Ever tried a post or photo that’s purely experimental and had engagement shoot through the roof? We certainly have (psst—people love cats. Period. End of story.)
If you manage a Facebook page (or several), experimentation is fun—but you need a more consistent content strategy. The perfect Facebook post includes a number of elements, including:
- A call to action that points to another Facebook element, a website or a blog.
- Targeting to a specific country, language or other parameters
- An image
- Mobile-friendly language and visuals (photos or video)
If you need a cheat sheet, Salesforce’s Jennifer Burnham created an explanatory infographic that details the above tips (and more).
The key to a successful Facebook presence doesn’t stop once you’ve hit “Post.” Keep an eye on Facebook insights to see what percentage of your page’s audience sees the post, as well as the number of comments, likes and shares it generates. That way, when you find a format or information that particularly resonates with your fans, you can be sure to periodically implement similar updates as part of your Facebook content strategy.
One other tip? You may want to try using a Facebook calendar spreadsheet to track your content on a monthly basis. If your page is retail-based, this can be especially helpful as you plan content around sales, promotions and new products. Plus, you can make quick notes in regard to audience response to various posts so that you know what works (and what doesn’t) for your page.
What sort of content or post format works best for your Facebook page? Have you had any surprises in terms of a post or photo that unexpectedly drove a high amount of traffic?
Image by Marcin Wichary via Creative Commons