Facebook Promotion Tips for Animal Rescue Groups and Shelters
A Picture = A Thousand Words
But unfortunately, Facebook
Doesn't agree anymore.
They "used to" give higher
newsfeed priority to posts that included a photo,
or included a link with a
Then the "powers at
be" at Facebook, decided to give
TEXT ONLY posts the best exposure in
your fan's newsfeed.
Take a look at this...
As an experiment, we posted a
link to a sweepstakes we were having,
AND we made sure to Include the
thumbnail image and preview.
Then... we immediately post the
exact same info, however this time,
we did not include the thumbnail or
preview (we simply clicked the "X" in the
top right hand corner
when the preview box popped up).
As you can see, the
"link" post was seen by 2,212 people...
while the "text
only" post was seen by 7,178!
Of course... this has created a
Posts "without" links
and photos will now be seen by many more of your fans.
However... people are very
"visual" and are attracted to photos. Those that click through to your page from posts have an INTEREST in the
subject matter the photo represents. So more "fans" may see the
text only post... but you may actually get more "clicks", shares,
likes, etc... on a post that includes photos.
How do we know this?
Simple... click through to this
link for a moment:
We post this link from time to
time on our Facebook page.
It has dozens upon dozens of
images on it, each representing a certain t-shirt design. Understand, we post
this same link, leading to the exact same page, every time we post the link.
The only thing we change is which thumbnail photo is shown.
HERE IS WHAT WE DISCOVERED...
If we choose the
thumbnail of our Go Green! shirt... we sell those... if it is our RESCUED!
shirt... we sell more of those... if the thumbnail is of our Rescue Dog Mom
shirt... that one sells... even though, every person who clicks though the
link, is taken to the same page, with dozens of shirt designs to choose from.
In other words... our thumbnail
(photo) of the shirt, attracted people interested in "that shirt
design"... and even though they had many different shirt designs to
choose from, more buy the one featured as the thumbnail photo.
We originally thought that by
posting a link and choosing "one" random thumbnail (photo), people
would go "Oh, cute cartoon shirts, I wonder what other designs they
have?" and click though to see. But our testing and tracking shows that
for the most part, if fans were not interested in what was shirt design was
shown in the photo, they
wouldn't click though to the page.
How do you benefit from this
information? Well... for one, understand that those "We are having an
online sale... click here to see everything we are selling." type of posts are
much less effective than individual posts with photos.
Whenever possible, try to get
some kind of "relevant" photo to go along with your posts. Photos attract
and encourage interactions from your fans.
When you are trying to reach
your fans... this can be challenging. Any "one' post only reaches a small
portion of your fans... So posting the same post, at different times during
the week will reach many more of your fans. However, if fans do not relate
to, or are interested in, the info/photo you are posting... they may not
So successful pages balance
repetition (don't want to waste a good post by only posting "once")
to expose the info to more fans... with providing a variety of content.
Again... this is something we
have tested over and over again.
We have several posts we share
with our fans at least once a week, at different times of the day... and we
are always getting feedback from fans who have seen the info for the very
first time. Sometimes, fans saw it last week, but forgot about it...and were
reminded again... and other times, it is one of our new fans that has seen
the post for the very first time.
Based on the latest Facebook
changes, we recommend a balance between posts with photos (more likely to
attract attention, but reach fewer fans) with "Text Only" posts
(Which will reach MORE fans, but may not motivate as many
Here is one technique that has
worked well for us.
First, post a photo (or link
with thumbnail) on your FB wall, and "pin it to top".
THEN... post a second
"text only" post that says "See the photo/link by visiting our
FB wall". This way, your first post has a better "click
through" rate, because it has a photo... and the second post, which is
text only, inviting people to visit your wall, reaches MORE of your fans.
For instance... posting a
"go fund me" link with a photo of a pet in need of surgery on your
wall, will more likely motivate people to donate... however, being a
"link" the post itself will be seen by a fewer number of your fans.
So pin it to the top of your Facebook wall... THEN post a text-only post that
says "Urgent Surgery needed for our Baby Boy Jake... visit our FB Wall
for complete info and photos."
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