Here are 10 ways to increase quality Facebook Page likes for your business:
1. Optimize your Facebook Page Info
Most of the time, the only thing people see from your company’s Facebook Page is the profile picture, cover image, and short description. Make sure your brand’s images and description are engaging, encapsulate what your company does, and encourages people to like your page.
Don’t stop there, make sure you fill out as much of your Page Info as you can. Select the categories and subcategories that best describe your company, include your website URL, list your address, phone number, and hours of operation (if applicable). All of this information will help your page appear in Facebook & Google search when people are looking for companies like yours, which can increase your Facebook likes even more!
2. Post engaging content
It’s important to post engaging, entertaining, and interesting content on your business Page. Facebook constantly updates its Edgerank algorithm, and rewards posts that receive engagement (likes, comments, shares) with increased reach. Facebook will reward your content by letting your engaged users’ friends know on their newsfeed that they’ve engaged with your content.
3. Be active
People are unlikely to like your Facebook page if you don’t post regularly.
How often should you post? There is no magic number but many best practice guides suggest 3x a week to once a day. Check your Page Insights to track the performance.
4. Promote your Facebook Page, everywhere
Once you’ve got great content on your company’s Facebook Page, make sure you share your Facebook presence on all evergreen content you own and manage.
For example, promote your Facebook Page on your website (homepage, plus header or footer), your e-mail signature, marketing e-mail footers, business cards, and all other digital marketing materials.
5. Invite your existing community
You have a community that’s easily within reach: employees, current customers, business & industry partners. They are likely to be your first advocates and find your content interesting and shareable. Why not send a friendly personal invitation to ask them to like your company’s Facebook Page if they haven’t already?
One way to do this is by simply adding a call-to-action in a personal e-mail (i.e. “P.S. Like us on Facebook“). Add a slide at the end of your presentations or webinars to encourage customers and business partners to remind them to like your Facebook Page, if they haven’t already.
6. Use Facebook Social Plugins
As we suggested earlier to promote your Facebook Page on your website, you can do so with some free Facebook Social Plugins:
The Facebook Page Plugin lets you easily embed and promote your Facebook Page on your website. Just like on Facebook, your visitors can like and share the Page without having to leave your site.
The Comments Plugin lets people comment on your site’s content using their Facebook account. If people wish to, they can share this activity with their friends in News Feed as well. It also contains built-in moderation tools and special social relevance ranking.
7. Use data to entice new community members to like you
This step goes hand-in-hand with #2 “Post Engaging Content” and helps inform your overall content strategy.
Let’s say I have a pizza brand. To learn more about my target audience’s interests, I create a social search for “pizza.” Based off my search data, people who talk about pizza also talk about wings, food, cinnamon, crust, and hot dogs. Also, it looks like the hashtag #itsfoodporn is also associated with people into pizza.
This information is great to have when you’re wondering what to post on your Facebook page. By posting content that your audience is interested in (for example, sharing a photo of wings + pizza with the hashtag #itsfoodporn) your audience will share your Facebook post with their friends and help you get more reach.
8. Pay to play with Facebook Ads
You need to pay to play in order to be seen on Facebook today. Facebook has a large assortment of ad products to choose from with some of the best targeting options available on social.
Here’s a quick breakdown on ad objectives, which can ultimately lead to more Facebook likes:
- Boost your posts – get your content in front of the right people. Target by interests or upload your owned contact lists to show content to known targeted audiences. You can also test Facebook’s Lookalike audiences tool and create a target audience that shares similar interests and demographics of your current customers, prospects or Page fans.
- Promote your Page – find people on Facebook who are the right fit for your business using location, age, and interest targeting. Another great ad product to test the lookalike audience tool.
You can test and experiment with different types of ads to see what works best for your organization, and make sure you choose the option that allows Facebook users to like your page directly from the ad.
9. Run a contest
Companies run Facebook contests all the time to get build their audience and get more likes. If you decide to do so, make sure your contest follows Facebook’s Promotion Guidelines.
10. Use social media monitoring to measure, analyze, and learn
Use Facebook Insights to find useful metrics on your Page performance. You can view metrics like reach, number of engaged users, engagement rate, and new Page likes. These metrics will help you understand what’s driving your likes and engagement, so that you can adjust your posts accordingly.
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