There is no magic social media formula

I’ll bet you think that what’s good for one Facebook fan page is good for them all. You can think that, but you’d be wrong! While there are things that work for all Facebook pages, there are so many variables inside of those things that it can be difficult to figure out what your audience will like and respond to. Case in point:

My Facebook page for purple lovers has over 8500 fans. There are a TON of purple fan pages on Facebook. Some have more fans than I do. Many have quite a bit less. It’s probably the easiest niche to figure out because it’s not complicated. It’s just a bunch of grape nuts. 😀

So, if the idea is that purple lovers will respond to purple posts, why is it that the ones on my For the Love of Purple fan page respond differently than those on the others? For whatever reason, be it a beginning attitude that was set, a response to what was originally responded to, or an expectation of those who like the page, my audience responds differently than do the others.

It has nothing to do with the size of the group and probably not much to do with what exactly is posted. I’ve seen the very same post share on one purple fan page get a ton more shares and comments than it does on another. I’ve seen a page with 1200 fans with ten comments on that same post on the same day as a page with 9000 who got two. I’ve noticed the kinds of comments on one purple fan page be vastly different from those on mine.

It’s somehow got to do with exactly how the group came together. Whatever it is, you should follow some guidelines (which I’ll talk about in a minute), but you’ll need to experiment to find out what your fans respond well to.

I don’t like to post purple skulls and crossbones, but there is a page who gets a lot of response to those. I like to share and post simple, tasteful, and funny purple things on my page. Whether it’s photoshopped or silly, a painting or real, my folks eat up anything tasteful that is purple. Additionally, they respond most to the memes that say how much they like purple. Those posts get the most shares and comments.

Since Facebook will reward a page by showing more of their posts to more of their fans, it’s best to give Facebook what it likes. The more responses, shares, and comments, the more they will show your stuff. The way to do that is to create posts that your people respond to by asking questions, asking them to share pictures, and inspiring them enough that they want to share it with their friends and family.

If that sounds a lot like work, if that sounds like more than you’re wanting to do, I’d love to help. Contact me!

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