Find your school’s voice on Facebook
Knowing how to leverage your Facebook page is only half the battle. Staying up with the persistent changes is becoming exponentially harder as Facebook continues to innovate. For Facebook administrators, it’s one more place to displace your time, and it’s hard to keep up.
With more than 800 million active users (as of October of 2011), Facebook has arguably become one of the most effective places for schools to spend their time in social media. With more than 50% of active users logging into Facebook on any given day, that’s a reach of potentially 400 million users every single day.
But no matter what the statistics, your school must create compelling content to a) get your constituents to even see the content (hello, “top stories”), and b) generate an engaging conversation to increase your interaction rate (which will, in turn, get your story into the news feed of your constituents). So how does your school swing it? Well, here are a few ideas to get your updates more visible:
Create a “top story”
Facebook walls foster community, create conversational forums and allow fans to have a voice that’s heard. Those conversation can’t happen unless your page’s stories are found by caring constituents. But you can’t just rub the magic genie bottle and hope that your school’s posts earn their way into top news.
According to Facebook, their “News Feed algorithm” is based on: how many friends are commenting on a certain piece of content, who posted the content, and what type of content it is (e.g. photo, video, or status update).
So how do you get your comments in the top of the stream? Tell a good story with media-rich content without social media management tools (i.e. without Hootsuite), and you’re promised (Facebook says!) to get a higher interaction rate.
Name your Facebook pages TODAY
Nearly every school administrator or faculty member is now dabbling in Facebook, but have you customized the web address for all of your pages? Want to send out a Facebook alumni url to the class of 1986? Now you don’t have to wait to get 25 fans before you can make it pretty. To do so, visit http://www.facebook.com/username.
We’re taking the guesswork out of page administration and sharing what we know at our Facebook professional development day in Princeton, NJ. Centralized around finding the appropriate voice for your school amidst the uncharted territories of Facebook’s new system, we’ll cover best practices for Facebook pages, demonstrate successes and discuss the challenges in the new administrative settings. Click here for more information.
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