July 1, 2014

7 Facebook hacks to make your website more shareable

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Tips to make Facebook work harder for your website

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public.

John HaydonHow you reach people is not limited to your Facebook Page.

You reach people with your e-mails, your YouTube videos, mentions in the local newspaper.

And you reach people with your website content.

In the same way that people share your Facebook Page updates with their friends (via likes, comments and shares), they can also share your website content. For example, someone sharing a blog post by clicking a Like button. With both a Facebook Page and a blog, your ability to reach people gets amplified! Continue reading

June 26, 2013

What’s good virality for my Facebook Page?

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Why your benchmark depends on your organization

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, organizations, social enterprises, small businesses, Facebook administrators.

John HaydonAre you familiar with the term virality — at least how it’s used on Facebook? Of the overall number of people who read an update on your Facebook page, virality refers to the percentage of people who then liked, commented on or shared it.

For example, if 1,000 people saw a photo you posted on your Facebook page and 100 people liked, commented on, or shared it, the virality rate would be 10 percent.

Because virality highlights how people talk about your posts, it’s essentially a measurement of content quality. The more relevant and interesting your update is, the higher your virality will be for that update. Continue reading

May 6, 2013

3 ways to boost Facebook engagement with text updates

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How to make text updates as effective as photos

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, marketers.

John HaydonIt seems like all the “experts” tell us is to post photos on our Facebook page to get more likes, comments and shares.

Text updates aren’t as sexy, but they can be equally as effective.

Why bother posting text updates on your Facebook page?

Why should you care about posting text updates when the research says photos work best?

There are at least two reasons:

  1. Research is always biased. All studies about how content performs on Facebook is based on aggregate data from thousands of Facebook users, and never a true benchmark for your unique community. It’s like comparing apples with a huge bag of fruit.
  2. Posting diverse content helps you engage more users simply because people have diverse preferences for content type and content topics. Continue reading
May 2, 2013

5 ways to dominate Facebook’s new news feed

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Great images boost your place in the news feed

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, marketers, Facebook page administrators and users.

John HaydonFacebook launched an enhanced news feed that’s rolling out to all users in the next weeks on both mobile and the Web.

The enhanced news feed now allows users to tailor and focus more easily on specific feeds:

  • All Friends: a feed that shows you everything your friends are sharing.
  • Photos: a feed with nothing but photos from your friends and the pages you like.
  • Music: a feed with posts about the music you listen to.
  • Following: a feed with the latest news from the pages you like and the people you follow.
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April 24, 2013

Create a Facebook page fan gate for your nonprofit

Encourage likes by using exclusive offers

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, marketers, Facebook users.

John HaydonOne powerful strategy for acquiring Facebook fans is to encourage likes by using fan-gating, where exclusive content is available only to people who have liked your page.

The critical part is the incentive behind the fan gate.

You have to offer something that’s valuable enough to overcome the hurdle of liking your Facebook page. Continue reading

March 27, 2013

3 ways nonprofits can use Facebook apps to motivate donors

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Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, fundraising pros, marketers.

Guest post by Jim Belosic
CEO, Shortstack

Jim BelosicAnyone who works for a nonprofit knows all too well about the donation scramble. This is why creating an impactful Facebook Page should be an integral part your marketing efforts is a no-brainer.

Facebook serves as a doorway to donors, allowing nonprofits to provide brief updates and news bites to constituents. It’s also a one-stop shop for photos, success stories, and calls to action, which reinforce the mission. Plus, Facebook is a favorite tool among nonprofits because of its low, low price of … free!

Using custom apps like ShortStack can help increase donations during fundraising campaigns. Check out these three ways that nonprofits can use Facebook apps to motivate donors. Continue reading