Four Types of Facebook Posts – and How to Use Them

This post is part of our Reluctant Social Media Manager series, support for those of us who want measurable social media results with the least amount of effort.


 

We all know engagement on Facebook is almost a requirement for any online businesses.  There are millions of daily active users on Facebook, and the ability to engage and connect with your audience on Facebook is so simple it’s scary.  Have you ever seen a Facebook Business page or group that posts constantly but the engagement is non existent?  Posts that get less than 10 likes, or no shares, or no comments?   That business is putting in the work but they aren’t getting the results.  Today we’re going to outline the 4 main types of blog posts that provide engagement that matters.  Here at Design Theory, we thrive on results, and we can get those results by working smarter instead of harder – that’s even better.  Let’s go….

  1. Share Articles – Let’s started with the easiest form of Facebook posts, sharing content from other sources.  Even though this sounds simple, the key here is sharing content that appeals to your audience.  Choose a few content leaders and articles within your industry that will resonate with your audience.  Did you know, and articles with shock value work well in this space.  Here’s an example, we have a client that sells natural hair and skin care.  We recommended that they share articles like “10 reasons why your Lotion isn’t safe”.  An easy way to do this is to utilize tools like Buffer or DrumUp.  Buffer allows you to schedule almost any article or image to be posted to your Facebook page, and it’s free!  DrumUp is another free tool that automatically gather content for you based on the keyword you specify.  The free version allows you to read and schedule your posts.
  2. Engagement Posts – These posts take a little more time, and rely on meme’s and images to capture attention.  Here are some examples of engagement posts:
    • Tag a friend who….
    • Polls or Surveys
    • This or That using images
    • What’s your favorite brand/thing about this/thing to do when…
    • Note:  Captivating images work best here, try and find attention grabbing images.  They don’t have to directly relate to your post, it can be a tangential relation (i.e. an image of a melted ice cream cone, with a post reading “What do you do when…”).  There are plenty of free image websites that can give you the content for your posts.  Try sites like PicJumbo,  and Pixabay to get some awesome images for your posts.
  3. Sales Posts – These posts highlight a specific product and sales price with a clear call to action.  Utilize a link directly to your MailChimp or Infusionsoft account, or directly to your shopping cart.  Pictures or videos should ALWAYS accompany these types of posts.  These are also great candidates for Facebook boosted posts or ads.  We’ll talk in a future post about frequency, but for now sale posts should be the LEAST used type of post on your Facebook page or group.
  4. Original Content – And finally we get to the most time intensive type of post, but arguably the most effective.  Original content allows your audience to know you, know your brand, and make a lifetime connection.  Behind the scenes images and videos (using Facebook Live) are awesome ways to create original content without having to spend a lot of time or money on ads.  Provide your fans with value by giving them information, statistics on things important to them, insight on how you have positively impacted your community or client base with your product or services.  Lastly, provide lots selfies or images that represent your business, product, or service.

Remember that balance between these 4 strategies is key to success.  Don’t forget to respond, reply, and engage – and most importantly BE CONSISTENT.   After reading this blueprint – what actions are you going to take now to promote your Facebook Page Business?  Let us know on our Facebook page, we’ll like your business page AND follow up with you as an accountability partner.