A Facebook post or “status update” is a multimedia message in a bottle. It is a comment, picture or other media that is posted on the user’s Facebook page or “wall.” A user can post to their wall by being directly logged into Facebook or by using mobile web pages or even by SMS text messaging via smart phone.
Unlike Tweets, Facebook posts aren’t limited to 140 characters. They can be as long as a paragraph and illustrated with pictures and videos. As with any social media platform, there is a method to creating a successful Facebook post.
Facebook posts are about invoking engagement and action. According to SocialApps HQ (the largest Facebook app store) (2012), an excellent Facebook post has the following seven qualities:
The Pew Foundation’s study of social networks revealed that Facebook users are more trusting than users of Twitter or LinkedIn. Their connectedness is so profound that it gives them a “social boost” that is equivalent to the connectedness of married and cohabiting couples (Hampton K, Goulet LS, Rainie L, Purcell K., 2011a, Hampton K, Goulet LS, Rainie L, Purcell K., 2011b). Stellar qualities such as trust and connectedness, make Facebook a worth while marketing channel for your business.
Ideally, your posts should invoke a comment or written response from the reader. Readers can also “like” and “share” your posts. Using humor, plain English, media and links increases the chances of your post being liked or shared. Sharing goes a step further and actually causes your post to appear on the subscriber’s Facebook page, extending your marketing reach via exposure to the subscriber’s friends.
So you’ve got great content, a unique voice, and your number of subscribers increases everyday: now what? All this is great, but if it's not making you money, what difference does it make? Ask more questions, stage a competition or offer prizes. You can also create a poll, analyze responses, and use the information to refine your marketing plans. Polls let give you insight into what subscriber’s like and don’t like. In this way, Facebook can give insight into the demand for your service or products.
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SocialApps HQ. (2012). Is it a good post or, a bad post? Retrieved from https://www.socialappshq.com/tips/good-vs-bad-post
Hampton K, Goulet LS, Rainie L, Purcell K. (Jun 16, 2011a). Social networking sites and our lives: Conclusion. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Technology-and-social-networks/Part-5/Conclusion.aspx
Hampton K, Goulet LS, Rainie L, Purcell K. (Jun 16, 2011b) Social networking sites and our lives: Summary. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Technology-and-social-networks/Summary.aspx