May 2, 2013

5 ways to dominate Facebook’s new news feed


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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February 4, 2013

19 ways to engage your nonprofit’s Facebook fans

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Get your Facebook page buzzing by using these tactics

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

John HaydonIf you’re like most busy nonprofit professionals, you make your best effort to have an organized content strategy on Facebook. Still, there are times when you get buried with other projects and simply have no idea what to post on your Facebook page.

Here are 19 quick Facebook page post ideas that you can use right now to get your page buzzing.

  1. Ask a fill-in-the-blank question about the specific area of your cause. Begin the prompt with “Fill in the Blank:”
  2. Ask a multiple-choice question related to a specific area of your cause. Begin the update with “Quick Poll” and then write the choices on separate lines (A, B, C). Continue reading
January 9, 2012

17 ways to revive your organization’s Facebook Page

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

John HaydonIf your organization’s Facebook Page no longer has the growth and activity it did when you first launched it, you’re not alone. Many nonprofits have experienced the similar flat-lining due to shifting priorities, turnover or ineffective strategies.

The good news is that you can start fresh with a few proven strategies to revive your Page:

Use a Like Box

1This is what you might call low-hanging fruit. Adding a Like Box to your website might just be one of the easiest and most effective ways to create more attention for your Facebook Page. Likes gained though a Like Box can also be tracked via Insights.

Promote your Page in emails

2Hopefully you haven’t been neglecting your email list in addition to your Facebook Page. Assuming you haven’t, make a habit of linking to your Page in the sidebar or footer of your emails, and also in mentions of your Page in the email body.

Promote your Page’s stories in emails

3Another powerful way to integrate your email marketing with your Facebook Page is to regularly highlight specific discussions on your Page wall that you think your subscribers will find useful. You can get the permalink to any update by clicking on the date (as shown below).

Post diverse kinds of content

4Like you, your Facebook Page fans have certain preferences for the content they like to engage with and share. Some love photos, others love links. Posting a wider variety of story types will eventually get you in more news feeds. And never underestimate the power of simple questions. Continue reading

October 19, 2011

12 ways Facebook users can ‘like’ your nonprofit Facebook Page

Ask your friends to like your Page.

Target audience: Nonprofits, NGOs, cause organizations, social enterprises, brands, social media managers, individuals.

John HaydonAlthough Facebook has changed what liking a Page means to users, acquiring Facebook fans will always be an important part of any nonprofit Facebook strategy.

Fortunately, Facebook’s platform includes many opportunities for Facebook users to like a Page. Below are 12 ways Facebook users can like your Page:

1 From a new Facebook user registration.
People who are registering for Facebook can like your Page in the registration wizard.

2 From creating a Page.
When you create a Page, liking it is now part of the process.

3 Admin registration.
People can like your Page when you add them as admins.

4 Invite friends feature.
Admins can use the “Invite Friends” feature to ask their friends to like your Page (as shown at top).

5 On the Page.
People who like your Page from the Page itself. Continue reading