The art of Facebook marketing in 2016 is one that is constantly evolving. Tweaks to Facebook's algorithm look to drive a more pleasant user experience while brands and individuals share more and more organic and paid content everyday.
But some brands continue to drive hundreds of thousands of engagements on Facebook each month regardless of the influx of content. The Next Web is one of those brands!
We had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Navarra, Director or Social Media and Head of Content for The Next Web, about how his team approaches Facebook marketing in an unorthodox way and why that may be the secret to their success. Matt also dives into the importance of experimentation and practicing out-of-the-box thinking and how you can inject personality into your Facebook marketing to help you stand out.
A huge thank you to Matt for packing this episode with great insights and actionable takeaways for social media managers and marketers looking to learn about a Facebook marketing strategy that really works.
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In this episode, here's what you'll learn:
Matt Navarra shares The Next Web's specific strategy and how their approach to content helps them to gain a ton of engagement each month on Facebook. A few other great things you'll learn include:
- Why social media should be intertwined with every part of the content creation process
- The Next Web's unorthodox approach to posting on Facebook and why it works
- How to add a “human” element to your strategy and why it's important for engagement
- Crafting individual content across social media and how to make the most of every blog post
- The art of writing a Facebook caption and headlines that draw attention to your content
- Why keeping things simple of Facebook works tremendously for The Next Web
3 Top Facebook Marketing Tips to Increase Engagement from Matt
In Matt's words…
1. The Use of Audience Targeting
You can target your posts from the moment you go into your normal Facebook page admin mode to different audiences. These are the people that you can show to your posts to first because it's more applicable to them. Those are based on key pages or key topics that you can then tag for the posts. We've been experimenting with some of our posts that we put up on Facebook as audience-targeted.
2. Engagement Your Audience on Facebook
A lot of engagement that I see on Facebook Pages is none at all or is simply functional as in “I better respond to this.” We try and engage as much as possible with the two people that we have and to have fun with people. Particularly on a Friday when we're in that moment and want to have a bit of fun… We'll join in on a joke that people are making about something that we've written about or we'll just turn up as if we've just pitched up to a party as id “Hey, I'm just hanging out.” We do that as much as we can. That makes it so people know that you're simply part of the community – that classic community management stuff.
3. Keep Things Simple and Give Your Audience What They Want
People try and use all of the new formats and make complicated posts. But really, in this current social climate, there's so much choice where you can get things on social and also the volume of things that people are trying to spin through. What people really want is something that is simple, clear, and something that strikes an emotional chord. Keep it simple and start to pay close attention to what is and isn't working. Look at some of the insights to give you some extra flavor for it, but don't be blinded by the numbers too much.
Mentionable Quotes and Shareable Snippets
In Matt's Word's…
“Testing some bizarre or unusual things that others are not doing might be that spark of genius or something weird might happen that we had not expected and that might be where the gems are that we're apt to benefit from.”
Show Notes and Other Memorable Moments
Thanks a million for checking out this episode! Below are the websites and other tidbits that were mentioned in today's podcast about personal branding on social media. If you have any questions for us, feel free to drop us a line in the comments and we'll respond right away!
Awesome People and Brands Mentioned by Matt
- The Next Web Online and on Facebook
- Netflix on Facebook
- Tesco Mobile on Facebook
- Tech Insider on Facebook
- BBC News on Facebook
Awesome Tools Mentioned by Matt
- “It's important to have an understanding of why social media isn't an afterthought or an add-on at the end of the process of writing a blog post. It really should be the first thing you think of when you've got the idea for your story or you've seen something that you want to cover. Social media should be threaded throughout the process.”
- We spend a lot of time crafting and thinking about personality and the “human element” with everything we do on Facebook. And I do think that has helped to get a really strong audience that comes back for more and wants to be part of the TNW community.
- “Testing some bizarre or unusual things that others are not doing might be that spark of genius or something weird might happen that we had not expected and that might be where the gems are that we're apt to benefit from.”
- “We try and put up content that people want to share. We're not looking to put up things that people want to “like” or people want to just read. We want people to love it that much that they share it with other people. That's always the goal.”
- “We believe that the engagement is as important as getting the traffic and so we're perfectly happy to put up things that aren't there to drive traffic, but that are there to drive social engagement.”
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