Facebook Timeline and Your Business
Written by: Seth Lieberman, CEO Pangea Media/ SnapApp
An effective Facebook strategy for your business—one that achieves your goals of education, engagement, lead generation or feedback, requires thoughtful planning. Cover and profile photos, tabs and favorite apps, milestones and more must all be considered in order to maximize all that Facebook’s new Timeline layout offers.
Below are seven things to think about when crafting that perfect “post.” Figment, an online community for writers to share and connect with other writers, has a great Facebook page that I have used to illustrate a few key points.
I’ll state the obvious here: your company Facebook page is not your personal page! Depending on your personal Facebook usage this can mean a lot of things: post with more restraint, post more frequently, keep in mind a more general audience, etc. Who is your business’ Facebook audience? More importantly, who do you want that audience to be? Remember to speak to them when you are posting for your company Facebook page.
2. Voice and Tone
Related to the above, the “voice” of your Facebook page should reflect the image you are trying to project. Unlike your personal network, your Facebook fans may not “know” you (e.g. your business personal) very well. Therefore, as they “meet” you via Facebook, and get to know you, how do you want them to characterize you/ your business? Humorous? Quirky? Serious? All of the above? Keep in mind that the Facebook culture leans toward the more “casual,” so make sure you are not coming across as too stiff.
Figment’s “About” section accomplishes two goals: first it states who the page is for (audience) and second, it captures Figment’s voice and tone: a bit humorous, a bit fun, a bit self-deprecating.
Your posts shouldn’t solely be promotional material about your company and products. Everything you put out should offer engaging value to your fans. News, humor, entertainment and insider insights grab your audience’s attention and motivate them to return for more. Simply pouring out post after post of advertising copy will mean losing fans and readership — people want to be engaged with the material, not spammed.
Content that leads people to interact on your page is particularly powerful. You can use your posts to drive fans to quizzes like personality tests, surveys, and Facebook sweepstakes that are in your Favorite Apps/ tabs slots. This type of content is also an important way to get “Likes, “Shares,” and more.
Also, be positive—don’t trash talk your competitors-- no one likes a negative Nellie.
Figment is using is Tabs/ Favorite Apps slots to add in content: contests, quizzes, photos and more. Its “Could you Catch a Killer?” quiz is one of dozens of quizzes that Figment creates and publishes to its page on a regular basis in order to drive interaction and give visitors a reason to explore the site and come back regularly. It is also a clever way to promote products such as the book I Hunt Killers.
Post as part of a series, or to announce an offline event, or in response to customer feedback. That greater context gives people a reason to keep coming back to your page looking for the next piece of information and means you can catch them up on what you have been doing in the interim
After posting the quiz as a tab, Figment adds it to the News Feed. Visitors who take the “Could you Catch a killer?” quiz can continue to engage with the quiz/ book and others via comments and posts on the site
The best time to “post” to Facebook is a matter of much debate; in general, however, think about who you are trying to reach and when they are most likely to be spending time catching up on their Facebook activity. The best posts go “live” when your fans have time to read and digest them and- hopefully—react. Chances are this is not when they are hard at work, but rather during lunch time, evenings, weekends. Experiment and see what makes the most sense for your page.
Figment makes sure to post frequently on its page often times several times a day—this is a great way to stay top of mind with the Figment audience.
Drive interaction with your Facebook posts by asking for advice, opinions or related stories. Each time a customer responds to your post, he signs up to get a “bump” from you every time somebody else responds. That kind of conversation gets real results in social media. Personality tests and surveys, where people can share their opinions and “results” are effective ways to get interaction and information that you can really use! To get things started, don’t be afraid to “prime the pump” by having a friend, employee or loyal customer be the first to comment.
In this example, Figment comes right out and asks for participating: “Share your six word story now!”
Once people have responded to your initial post, make your own comment to keep the conversation going. Now that individuals can private message your company, there is a huge opportunity to really engage in a dialog. Make sure that you are not letting your Facebook page go unattended. For better or for worse, most of us have come to expected immediate results online.
SnapAppis a marketing platform that empowers brands, publishers and agencies to foster conversations across the web. With the SnapApp platform companies can easily create engaging content including quizzes, surveys, sweepstakesand conteststhat can be published on Facebook, Websites, in emails, Twitter and more. Companies can use this content to drive results including registrations, likes, follows, +1s, shares, subscriptions, time on site and ad revenue.
CEO, Pangea Media/ SnapApp
Seth Lieberman is the CEO of Pangea Media/ SnapApp.Under Seth’s leadership Pangea Media’s platforms have facilitated 300+ million customer engagements.
Seth has 15 years of experience in online advertising, customer acquisition, lead generation and customer engagement.
Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR
Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).
These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack.
“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”
“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”
“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR
- Empower employees productivity and collaboration
- Improve fan engagement and experience
- Improve environment security and IT productivity
- Improve racing operations
Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.
“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”
“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives.
“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.
Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”