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Facebook Marketing Ideas Guide

Facebook marketing is booming right now, and it’s booming in a big, big way.

In 2016, the platform made $27 billion on advertisements alone. That’s a 53% improvement from the year before. So if you feel, as we do, that businesses vote with their wallets, then the results are in – and they’re unanimous; Facebook may well be the single best way to market your brand.

If this wasn’t the case, there’s no way so many businesses would be rushing to hand over their money for some Facebook ad space.

The trouble is, keeping up with Facebook’s marketing trends can be a bit tough – especially if you’re a small or mid-sized business without dedicated social media managers.

For example, did you know that you can now upload 360-degree videos to Facebook?

Explore the wonders Peru’s magnificent Machu Picchu in full 360! #RoadTrip16

Posted by Contiki on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Or that according to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is now a video-first platform?

TONIGHT! Free Shipping on $25 + 10% Off from 8pm-2am. Because, Flash Sale.

Posted by Victoria’s Secret on Monday, March 27, 2017

How about that Facebook Live videos are viewed 4 times as longer than regular newsfeed ones?

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Posted by Adore Me on Saturday, February 11, 2017

You very well may have known some of these points, but chances are you didn’t know them all.

What we’re trying to say is that Facebook is constantly changing, and it can be hard to figure out what makes for effective marketing at any given point in time.

To help you avoid this problem, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of Facebook marketing ideas that cover all the best you can showcase your brand on Facebook, with a particular emphasis on techniques that are becoming more and more effective with the rising predominance of videos on Facebook.

To make things simple, we’ve broken the list down into 4 sections:

  1. Planning and Preparation
  2. Effective Posting Ideas
  3. Facebook Live Ideas
  4. Paid Ad Ideas

The first section will help you optimize your Facebook page and account, and the rest will give you specific ideas that you can use to immediately turbocharge your Facebook marketing.

So without further ado, let’s get started with…

Planning and Preparation

By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail

Benjamin Franklin said that, and even though he probably wasn’t talking about social media, his quote is still 100% applicable to your Facebook marketing efforts. A clear strategy and a conversion optimized page are must-haves, and the points below will help you make sure you’ve got both.

1. Establish Your Goals

What are your global marketing goals – and how can Facebook help you achieve them? Figuring this out is one of the best things you can do for your marketing. It will influence your on-page call to action buttons, the ad types you run, and even your content strategy. To do things right, set SMART goals that are focused on lead generation, making sales, getting subscribers, and other such objectives that will have a direct impact on your bottom line.

For example, the goals we set for our Facebook Posts are: Lead Generation, Awareness and Engagement.

2. Identify Your Audience

To run successful marketing campaigns you need to figure out exactly who your market is. Facebook offers a handy way to do this if you’ve already posted anything to your page.

Go to Insights > Posts and see which of your posts has been performing the best in the past:

Facebook Post Insights

Funnily enough, you can see the Posts that contain contests engage users up to 600% more than normal Posts on our page:

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Entering is easy:
☑︎ Like this post
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☑︎ Share + tag friends that love Apple products (optional)
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Posted by Gleam on Thursday, June 8, 2017

3. Create a Strategy

How often are you going to post content? What types of ads are you going to use? How are they going to help you reach your goals? How much monthly ad spend can you afford?

It always helps to scale your spend up as you see traction in specific areas. Don’t go all out with a bang and spend everything in an area that doesn’t perform well.

Try to spread your budget across:

  • Running contests
  • Boosting posts
  • Retargeting
  • Sidebar ads
  • Main feed ads
  • Original content (posts & videos)
  • Branding

To succeed at Facebook marketing, you need to answer all of these questions, as well as any others you may have, before launching your campaigns.

It starts from the feet up.
#FlyteSocks #FeelTheDifference
Design: Spot (Green/OJ/Purple)

Posted by Flyte Socks on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

4. Set Your Facebook Page CTA

Your Facebook page is your social media “basecamp”. It’s the most widely used social media platform, and as a result, it should be where you’re driving the bulk of your traffic – and if you don’t want that traffic to go to waste you must have an effective Call To Action button.

Beardbrand Facebook Page

Beardbrand is an online retailer – so their Call to Action is “Shop Now”.

Yours may be “Call Now”, “Learn More” or “Make a Reservation”. It all depends on what type of business you’re running, and what action you want your leads to take.

5. Optimize Your Page Header

The header of your Facebook page is essentially free “billboard space”, so make sure you don’t let it go to waste. Your profile picture and cover photo are the first things people will see when they visit your page, so don’t shy away from using them to their full potential.

Just take a look at the page header put together by Wet Shave Club.

Wet Shave Club Facebook Page

Using only their profile and cover pictures they managed to display their name, logo, website, and an appealing assortment of their products while also providing information about the service they provide and a special offer they are running.

This just goes to show that you can achieve a whole lot using only your page header. So if there’s any key information you want your audience to be made aware of right away, consider incorporating it into your profile picture or cover photo.

6. Make Sure You Provide Accurate, Relevant Information

Having your phone number listed on a website improves conversions. Your Facebook page isn’t a website – but it’s still the center of your social media marketing, so optimize it for conversions by providing as much company information as possible. You can include your address, phone number, and anything else you think might be relevant. This will increase trust and make it easier for users to find your business.

Facebook Page Information

7. Customize Your Page URL

Your page URL is a free branding opportunity. Make sure it matches your other social media accounts and your website. Your brand should be instantly identifiable by your URL.

Brands like Wet Shave Club and Flyte Socks have managed to secure URLs that perfectly match their brand names, and this is what you too should strive for.

Exact FB URLs

If you’re not lucky enough to obtain a URL which perfectly matches your brand name, try to find something that is still highly relevant and easily identifiable. Frank Body found that @frankbody was unavailable, so they opted to use @frankskincare instead. This URL still allows for easy brand identification, and it even manages to include a brief brand description.

8. Use the “Pin to Top” Function

If you’ve got an important marketing message and you want to make sure people see it then put it in a Facebook post and pin it to the top of your page. Pinned posts can be anything you feel is important for your audience to see. They can be posts that alert viewers of important brand information such as upcoming events and product launches, or they can simply be a photo or video that truly captures the essence of your brand. Posts that are pinned to the top of your page are like free ads that will be seen every time someone visits your page!

We pin our highest performing post at the top of our Facebook page:

This business increased their email list by over 4k subscribers on a budget of just $75. Find out how they did it 󾮚

Posted by Gleam on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

9. Create an Call to Action / Shop Online Tab

If you want to improve conversions, then you’ll need to find ways to get users to your website or store. Facebook Tabs allows you to create such a page – and although Facebook’s new rules limit what you can ask for and disallow you from driving all new visitors to the page, it’s still a great tool to have in your arsenal. Just check out this opt-in page created by Cotton On to drive their Facebook audience to their online store.

Cotton On CTA Page

Once you’ve followed these pieces of advice your Facebook page should be properly set up to accommodate all of your marketing goals. All the pieces should be in place for you to start using Facebook to market your brand, business and offer. Now that you’ve got your page up and running, you’ll need to figure out what you’re going to say to your Facebook audience in the form of organic marketing messages, or “posts”.

Bonus: Build Your Email List With FB Traffic

My favourite tip for making the most of Facebook is a very smart way of ensuring that all traffic you send from your Facebook posts, marketing or ads have a chance to join your email list. Thus giving you access to market to these users whenever you want.

To do this we use our nifty Capture app to create a targeted opt-in form that only shows when a number of specific conditions are met.

Firstly, we need a way to know when a user is visiting from Facebook. You can do this in a number of ways however I’ve found the most effective is to tag all of your Facebook links with a simple source (you can name it whatever you want):

Now when anyone visits our website, we can use a simple set of rules inside our Capture app to show a targeted opt-in form to the user.

Facebook Capture Rules

And of course we can style or design the form itself however we want, but here’s something we put together in a few minutes.

Facebook Opt-in Form

Want to see it in action? Simply visit the link below then try to navigate away from the page.

See It In Action 

Effective Posting Ideas

Perhaps the most impactful component of your Facebook page is what you’re posting. So to help give you an idea about the types of content you should be making to engage your audience and promote your brand we’ve put together a list of highly effective image, video, and text posts.

One of the first types of posts you should try out are posts which…

10. Highlight Your Product

If you don’t remind people exactly what you’re selling, they may soon forget. Emphasise your offers and products with posts like the one below, and don’t be shy about adding links or purchase CTAs.

"Depth and Clarity that gave me chills…" – "Like B*se, but bulletproof."

Finally. Check out the Macro.II and Gigaboom, the only time they'll be discounted – ever.

Posted by RoamProof on Thursday, August 24, 2017

11. Make & Post a Quiz

Quizzes are a surefire way to engage your audience, generate interest, and promote social sharing of your brand message. Take advantage of this by using them in your Facebook marketing with apps like Qzzr.

If you need some inspiration just take a look at this quiz created by Viki which both entertains users and promotes the brand’s service.

Did we get your ideal type right? Take the quiz and let us know!

Posted by Viki on Saturday, February 18, 2017

12. Run Special Offers and Discounts

When people like a new brand on Facebook, it’s usually because of a promotion (34% of users) or a free giveaway (21% of users). Running these types of offers and liberally posting about them is a fantastic way to build awareness and encourage the trialling of your product. This strategy is particularly effective if you’ve got an e-product that costs nothing to gift.

For a limited time, save $250 on a Microsoft Surface Book

Posted by on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

13. Respond to People Who Post On Your Page

When you’re running a Facebook page for your business you will get existing and potential customers making posts on your page. These posts can be anything from questions and queries to compliments and complaints. Whatever it may contain, if someone makes a genuine post on your wall it is imperative that you respond promptly and courteously.

Posts on your page provide you with an outstanding opportunity to directly interact with your consumers, build a more personal relationship with them and cultivate a positive, personable brand image in the eyes of a wider audience. Because of this, it’s important that you always nail your responses.

If someone uses a page post to ask you a question you have to be ready to politely and thoroughly answer it.

Dollar Shave Club Question

And if someone decides to post something relevant to your brand make sure you make them feel good about their post. Rewarding people for engaging with your brand is a great way to encourage further interaction.

Beardbrand Facebook Response

14. Respond to Comments

Much like responding to posts on your page, responding to user comments is a great way to build a rapport with your audience.

Just look at how Slyde Handboards engages in friendly exchanges with commenters…

Slyde Handboards Responding to Comments

Taking part in interactions like these are quick, easy, and it can go a long way when it comes to increasing brand familiarity and building positive associations.

15. Promote Your On-Site Content

Facebook’s organic reach is lower than it used to be, but it is still there. So as long as you’re generating free traffic you should be trying to convert it into customers. A particularly effective way to do this is by driving traffic to your on-site content by sharing it on your Facebook page.

If a piece of content is particularly excellent, pin it to the top of your page until the traffic stops rolling in or you have a more important message to share.

Contiki frequently uses Facebook to drive traffic to their on-site travel blog, and their readership is booming as a result.

Snow much fun.
Via #ContikiSixTwo

Posted by Contiki on Monday, April 17, 2017

16. Promote Your Secondary Social Channels

56% of all online adults use more than one of the five major social media platforms: Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This means most of your Facebook followers are active on other forms of social media, so it’s definitely well worth your while to engage them across multiple platforms.

However, if you want to captivate your audience on a variety of social media platforms you’ll have to make sure they know you exist on a variety of social media platforms, and this means you’ll need to devote some of your Facebook posts to promoting these secondary social media channels.

On Snapchat? Follow us: cokeau 👻 You never know who’ll make it on to our Story… 😎

Posted by Coca-Cola Australia on Thursday, November 24, 2016

17. Images. Images Everywhere (And Some Video)

Every marketer knows that images improve engagement, but how many of us actually bother to add them to every social media post we make?

A lot less than we’d like to admit.

Luckily this is an easy fix. Up your Facebook game by taking a page from the Game of Thrones marketing team and add still images and gifs to your posts as often as possible. It will make your posts stand out in the social media landscape and engage your audience on a new level.

Sophie Turner & Maisie Williams surprised lucky Game of Thrones fans at #HBOTheEscape at SXSW.

Posted by Game of Thrones on Sunday, March 12, 2017

Games of Thrones also utilises video perfectly to show trailers for upcoming episodes:

TONIGHT: "The Dragon and the Wolf" (HBO)

The Game of Thrones finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” premieres at 9PM on HBO.

Posted by Game of Thrones on Sunday, August 27, 2017

18. Behind the Scenes Content

Social media provides brands with an excellent platform to keep fans and customers engaged with marketing content. Although this can be difficult to do sometimes, as content can be very time and resource-intensive to produce.

One way to overcome this issue is by sharing behind-the-scenes images, videos and articles that cost nothing to produce and serve as a treat for your most loyal followers.

Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, co-creators of Better Call Saul, talk about the show’s origins. Watch it now, and don’t miss Season 3, premiering tonight at 10/9c on AMC.

Posted by Sony on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

19. Tell Visual Stories

The popularity of Snapchat and Instagram perfectly illustrate how many modern users engage with visual content, especially when there’s a captivating storyline behind it. Visual stories are a step up from singular images, and using multiple images to tell them is a great way to share an engaging story with your Facebook following.

Round the world in seven years.
Join the classic Mercedes-Benz LA 911 on its adventure trip across five continents:

Posted by Mercedes-Benz on Monday, March 27, 2017

20. Add Hashtags

Hashtags aren’t as big of a deal on Facebook as they are on Instagram or Twitter, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t still matter. So research and use them. Incorporating both branded hashtags and whatever’s trending is an excellent way to get an engagement boost and reach a wider audience that doesn’t cost you anything.

For an example of how to use hashtags take a look at STA Travel, who use trending hashtags to garner attention on notable occasions…

Happy #EarthDay 🙌🌎
“Volunteering abroad is one of the most rewarding and inspiring ways to travel.” Interested? Find out how to get started, here 👇

Posted by STA Travel on Saturday, April 22, 2017

Or use branded hashtags to maintain cohesion between a series of posts or brand message.

We have our #STATravelSquad and they have started their Europe Contiki tour. Head over to our 👻 Snapchat @statravelglobal or 📷 Instagram @statravel to see what they are getting up to!

Posted by STA Travel on Saturday, April 22, 2017

21. Highlight Current Events

If you don’t always have time to make your own content from scratch, a useful workaround is taking current events related to your industry or audience, putting your own spin on them and firing away. This type of content is likely to be of great interest to your audience, and even though posting about current events won’t directly promote your brand or product, it will help you earn and solidify a spot as a valuable addition to your audience’s social media landscape.

This will make it far easier for you to maintain a loyal social media following, which I’m sure you know is invaluable to the sharing and promotion of your brand and its products.

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Posted by Try Living With Lucie on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

22. Tag Other Brands and Influencers

When you tag another Facebook page in a post you create a newsfeed event that will reach the audience of their page as well as yours. This can drastically improve your organic reach. Just make sure you’re spamming; always keep things relevant and timely.

Birchbox have done this by tagging brands they feature in their beauty parcels in related posts. This can earn the brand tremendous amounts of additional exposure, especially when they tag brand pages with large followings such as Benefit Cosmetics.

It’s officially here! We’ve been California dreamin’ about Benefit Cosmetics’ new GALifornia blush—the perfect pink with a touch of gold shimmer. ☀️️ Get glowing here: — with Benefit Cosmetics.

Posted by Birchbox on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

23. Cross-Promote

If a brand or influencer has a following that’s part of your target audience, try to create content with them and cross-promote it by both posting the content and tagging each other in it. To illustrate what we mean, take a look at this example of Intel teaming up with Lady Gaga for a cross-promotion:

GAGA x Intel Australia. Go behind the scenes to see how Gaga used Intel Australia technology to create her innovative #GRAMMYs performance.

Posted by Lady Gaga on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

24. Product Use

When someone first sees or likes your page, they may not even realize what your offer is. Even if they see your product, who’s to say they’ll figure out what it does?

Exactly – nobody.

Luckily you can remedy this by showcasing images and videos of your product in action. This will illustrate the uses and benefits of your product while providing some visual oomph to improve brand perception.

Posted by Fidget Cube on Saturday, January 7, 2017

25. Advanced Product Use

In addition to showing people how your offer should be used, you can also come up with fun, creative or advanced uses of your product and highlight them in your Facebook content. Here’s how Freefly Systems did this with a clip that shows their drone being used as a surfing aid:

The team at Freefly closed out the summer with the introduction of a brand new sport: DroneSurfing

Posted by Freefly Systems on Saturday, September 10, 2016

This tactic is commonly used to great effect by cosmetics companies who highlight the impressive capabilities of their products by showing what professionals can achieve with them.

M·A·C was backstage at Carmen Marc Valvo, #NYFW #SS18. Keyed by M·A·C Director of Makeup Artistry Romero Jennings Products used: MAC Girls Mischief Minx Palette, Studio Fix Pressed Powder, Extra Dimension Skinfinish, Glitter in Teal, Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Back In Vogue and Lipglass in Clear.

Posted by MAC Cosmetics on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

26. Host a Content Contest

Contests are arguably the single most effective thing you can do to engage your users and drive new leads. When it comes to running a contest on Facebook you have countless options at your disposal. We go over all of these in great depth in our Ultimate Guide to Running a Contest on Facebook, but for now we want to focus on one particular type of contest you can run.

A User-Generated Content Contest.

This type of contest involves you asking users to create and submit content based on a set of guidelines you outline. UGC Contests can be hugely beneficial to your brand as not only will you enjoy all the benefits of a standard contest, but you will also be left with hordes of UGC which can be used as future marketing material.

Customers around the world have turned the red cup into works of art—a lovely expression of holiday spirit.
We’re sharing favorites at Tag yours on Instagram or Twitter with #RedCupArt.

Posted by Starbucks on Friday, December 18, 2015

When you run a UGC contest you can ask for content in a huge range of forms including written stories, videos and images. A content contest doesn’t need to be anything overly elaborate. It can be as simple as this Weather Channel contest which offered a cash prize the best photo.

See the photo that won our $15,000 grand prize.

Posted by The Weather Channel on Friday, September 15, 2017

This is a highly effective way to drive engagement and get users actively involved in your brand, just make sure you write the terms and conditions in a way that allows you to keep the content you collect. You’ll need it for this next tactic…

27. Share Fan-Created Content

Facebook is a social network, so why not engage your audience in a more social way and let your audience contribute to your promotional efforts?

All you have to do is collect user-generated content by either running a contest, promising some kind of reward or flat-out asking. Once you’ve got enough, start sharing it on your page as marketing material, but don’t forget to acknowledge the original creator.

For those of you who are looking to up your GoPro game 🙌📷
Written by Nicolas Zimmermann for #TheTravelProject

Posted by Contiki on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

28. “Add a Caption” Mini-Contests

Do you have a photo with great engagement potential?

Get users to pay attention to it by asking them to add a caption. This is an old tactic that’s been used on message boards and in print media for a long time, but it works just as well on Facebook. These mini-contests will not only encourage greater user engagement but also improve the reach of the post by spreading the photo around the commenter’s newsfeed.

You can get people to caption photos…

Caption this

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…or videos.

Caption this.

Posted by NatureBox on Sunday, November 20, 2016

Or take it to the next level by offering prizes to the fans that come up with the best captions.

Caption this photo! Best three captions will receive a GoPro HERO4 Black, 3-Way Mount, Micro SD Card and our book GoPro: The Professional Guide to Filmmaking! Photo by Lynsey Dyer.

Posted by GoPro on Wednesday,March 18, 2015

29. Fill-in-the-blank Posts

This is a spin on the “add a caption” idea, except it’s not visual. Write a sentence, but leave some space for user-submitted short replies. Here’s an example of Eucerin doing it:

Fill in the blank: I can’t live without my Eucerin _______. (Hint: It’s a trick question, there’s no wrong answer).

Posted by Eucerin on Wednesday, June 4, 2014


We know, we know. When you think of people posting quotes on Facebook you think of pretentious teens and frequent misattributions. That’s fair. But if you pick a relevant and engaging quote then you very well may be able to put out some highly shareable content.

One smart move is to add brand appropriate quotes that are relevant to current events – or quotes taken directly from current events. For example, sharing perpetually relevant quotes such as this excerpt from a Martin Luther King Jr. speech (which was posted on the anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) takes mere seconds to make and creates an immediate lightning-rod for user engagement.

The Civil Rights Act of 1968 was passed today:

Posted by The Daily Beast on Tuesday, March 11, 2017

31. Holidays

If it’s a holiday, your audience is likely to be feeling a little bit festive. They’re also likely to have more free time to spend on social media than usual. Capitalize on this by posting holiday-themed content.

Sorry Santa… #wearedotti #puppy

Posted by Dotti on Saturday, December 24, 2016

Just be careful to ensure your posts are appropriate for the holiday. For example, Jewish people don’t use electricity on many of their key holidays so you may want to make posts relevant to these holidays prior to them actually happening.

32. Reviews & Testimonials

88% of people trust online reviews written by others as much as they do real-life recommendations. This is great news for you, because 74% of B2C and 91% of B2B customers identify word of mouth as key to their buying choices. All you need to do is take the positive reviews and testimonials you’ve earned and highlight them with your Facebook posts.

You can source reviews from online authorities like Frank Body have done by sharing this piece from Teen Vogue…

“The scrub in question is the stuff of unicorn, fairy, and holographic dreams all rolled into one delicious-smelling, sparkly meld that acts like a literal highlighter for your body.” Teen Vogue

Posted by Frank Body on Sunday, April 23, 2017

….or you can simply post positive feedback from an everyday customer, like Beardbrand have done in this post:

Love this review of Tree Ranger Beard Oil from Zach S!
“A few days ago my very first order of beard oil arrived. I have not been the same since. To begin with, I had the order sent to the wrong address, which customer service proactively fixed and offered to send the more expensive product because they no longer had the one I ordered in stock.
When the Tree Ranger beard oil arrived as a replacement, I removed the cap and drank deeply with my nostrils. Instantly, I was transported into a woodland forest, both ancient and majestic, hypnotized by the beauty of the resplendent pines.
Confused and bewildered, I laid down to nap and sleep off my woodland stupor. When I awoke, my wife informed me that I had built my son a tree-house in the night. I know that sounds nice, but yesterday I was unmarried, had no children and knew little of woodworking. In addition, the scent has resulted in a new found wealth of chest hair which is thick and unmanageable.”

Posted by Beardbrand on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

33. Users’ Results

In addition to sharing written reviews you can also share your clients’ success stories. This has the same effect as a testimonial with the added benefit of being visual, and generally quite heartwarming. Fitness business pages tend to do this extremely well; just check out P90X’s post to see what we mean.

Shawn I. and his wife were planning a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. He had spent his life avoided beaches because of how he looked, but he wanted this vacation to be perfect for his wife. So, he completed P90X, and lost 69 pounds and 35 inches in 90 days! He said, “The reactions I get from family and friends are great, and it always motivates me to do more. The best reactions are from my kids – they look at me like I am a superhero now.” What program are you committing to next? #TransformationTuesday

Posted by P90X on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

34. Provide Value

The law of reciprocity states that we want to give back to those who gave us something. Leverage this by using your posts to provide your users with valuable or entertaining content instead of only thinking in terms of “I want these people to buy my product”.

For a brand who emphasise entertainment in their Facebook posts looks no further than Old Spice, who have essentially built their brand image around being entertaining.

For the Dryingest of Times.

Posted by Old Spice on Saturday, January 8, 2017

35. Elicit Positive Emotions

If you watch T.V. news reports, you may know that they’re often very threatening, sensationalistic, and urgent. As a result of this, it’s easy to think that this is the kind of content that gets shared around on Facebook…

Only you’d be totally wrong.

A study recently found that the 4 emotions that go viral the most often are awe, joy, laughter, and amusement. This means that in order to gain online traction and hopefully go viral, positive posts, not negative ones, are what you want to highlight as often as possible.

This could be something simple like a cute post featuring a pet, a motivational quote or reliving a fond memory (like a specific Team winning a game).

Rolling through the grocery store with mum like.

Posted by SkinnyMe Tea on Thursday, September 21, 2017

36. Always Look For Better Post Ideas

Facebook changes so quickly that writing down a full list of effective marketing ideas is beyond the scope of any one article. The only way to be completely up to date is to keep an eye on what is working for other players in your industry, as well as what type of content people are responding well to.

So while we’ve filled this post with loads of hugely valuable effective Facebook posting ideas, it’s imperative that you’re always on the lookout for new (and better) ways to do things.

And speaking of new ways to do things…

Whether you know it or not, Facebook is focusing on videos more than ever before. In fact, Mark Zuckerberg is using the terms video first to describe the platform’s strategy for the next 5 years.

And it shows, videos are currently highly favoured by Facebook’s algorithms.

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Posted by Loot Crate on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

One particular Facebook Feature that’s getting a massive push is Live: the platform’s video streaming service. Last year, Facebook gave Live content creators over $50 million – and while that may not last much longer, you can bet that live videos will get preferential treatment when it comes to organic reach and on-site SEO.

To help you take advantage of this, we’re going to spend the next section covering…

Facebook Live

Facebook Live has the potential to be the next big thing, and Facebook’s going to keep investing towards this goal for the foreseeable future. Here’s how you can get on top of this growing trend with your Facebook marketing messages.

37. Q&A Sessions

Facebook Live allows you to stream a video while users comment underneath in real time. This enables 2-way communications and makes it easy to host Q&As for your fans. In fact, the very first Facebook Live feature was a Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg – and that got 10m + views which shows you the outstanding potential this format has!

First ever Live Q&A on Facebook! Leave questions and comments below.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

38. Interviews

A lot of the charm an interview has comes from knowing that it’s unscripted and unrehearsed. As a result of this, interviews are the type of thing that people enjoy seeing in real-time. Thanks to Facebook Live, broadcasting real-time interviews on social media is now possible, and you don’t need any fancy equipment or tech knowledge. Just make sure you’re set up in advance; you don’t want people watching 5-10 minutes of you fiddling around with microphone and video settings.

The NBA actively posts live interviews to their Facebook page, broadcasting post-game press conferences with great regularity.

LIVE from the Postgame press conference: 104-87 Boston Celtics take Game 3! Chicago Bulls lead series 2-1. #NBAPlayoffs

Posted by NBA on Friday, April 21, 2016

39. News

Did you know that 2 in 3 adults actively use Facebook to get their news? It seems a little odd, but it’s true. So since people are already engaged with this type of content, you should be using it in your marketing efforts.

You don’t have to be filming the news in person. You could simply use Facebook to broadcast yourself sharing news that you’ve obtained from another source. As long as the news is interesting and relevant to your brand and audience, then you’ll have some highly engaging content on your hands.

And if the news is your business, then reporting the news live on Facebook can be a great way to generate a lot of interest around a story.

We were #LIVE in Central Park, New York City. It’s #NationalPetDay and ahead of the International Auto Show this week Nissan are exhibiting a new concept car: the Rogue Dogue – designed especially for dogs!
The BBC’s Michelle Fleury is there to see the car and answer your questions!

Posted by BBC News on Wednesday, April 13, 2017

40. Views & Places

If you find yourself somewhere particularly beautiful or exciting, let your followers know. Not every piece of content has to be advanced; sometimes a little eye-candy will be enough to make your viewers happy and keep their attention on your brand.

Photographer Trey Ratcliff has turned this very concept into a series of live videos called “Quick Live from a Cool Spot”. His followers enjoy it, and chances are yours will too!

Quick Live from a Cool Spot! The Sphinx in Giza
Live from the Sphinx in Cairo, Egypt! 🙂 With Zahi Hawass and Walid El Batouty #cairo #egypt #ritzcarlton #rcmemories The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo

Posted by Trey Ratcliff on Thursday, February 2, 2017

41. Demonstrations

Live videos are a great way to showcase your product. In a classic example of doing this right, Tastemade streamed a video in which food is prepared using tiny utensils. The clip was so popular that it ended up going viral, generating 39 million views to date.

Tiny Vegetable Curry & Rice.

Posted by Tastemade on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

42. Live Events

So you know Facebook allows you to stream live interviews and Q&A sessions with ease, but you can also take things a step further and stream live events.

It almost seems too obvious, but that doesn’t stop it from being a clever marketing tactic.

Live Events have become a staple of ESL’s Facebook activity. The eSports company have begun using Facebook Live to broadcast their competitions on a regular basis, and they’ve been able to capture the attention of a large audience as a result.

ESL Street Fighter: ESL KotH 4/18/17
Join us for this week’s #ESLKotH!

Posted by Tastemade on Tuesday,April 18, 2017

At this point, you’ve got just about everything you need to run organic marketing campaigns on Facebook. You’ve got a page that’s optimized for conversions, all kinds of post ideas to use, and you’ve even got a bunch of ways to use Facebook Live, which is absolutely booming right now.

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Ahron Burstin

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