How to Incorporate Reactions into Your Facebook Strategy

Facebook Reactions are here. Now that people are getting used to them, how can you incorporate them into your strategy?

How to incorporate Facebook Reactions into your strategy

Feel the love by incorporating Reactions into your Facebook strategy! Photo courtesy of Facebook

 

Here’s how to feel the love from your Facebook community with the new Reactions:

  • Share controversial or complex issues that are in the news and relevant to your page. Ask community members how they feel about the subject, now that they can respond with a greater arrange of emotion. This is also a good way to encourage thoughtful comments and discussion. (Just remind everyone to stay civil!)
  • Take the This or That? post in a new direction. Post two pictures — salted caramel brownie or chocolate chunk cookie, for instance — and ask fans which one they love. (They may like both, but they can only love one!) Add another element by sending samples to random people who voted.
  • Ask questions about people’s experience with Reactions so far or their thoughts on how they’ll use them in the future. Have you used the Angry button to direct anger at a person/brand or at content only? Should a brand block fans who use inappropriate emotions (i.e. Haha or Love on a post about someone dying)? Have you ever scrolled past a post because you couldn’t decide which Reaction button to use? Which Reaction button do you use most often?
  • Encourage fans to use the full range of Reactions on your posts, so you can use their feedback to drive future content. For example, if a topic elicits more love or wow Reactions, you may want to publish more content on that subject than one that draws only likes. It never hurts to reward community members who consistently make the effort to engage with your posts by utilizing appropriate Reactions and leaving thoughtful comments with prizes, samples or spotlights.

For now, Facebook is viewing all Reactions as positive engagement, a sign that someone wants to see more of your content. We’re hoping that more options increase engagement, especially with mobile users, by giving people quick ways to respond to posts and join a discussion (even if only in emoji). So encourage fans to utilize the newly available range of Reactions to help strengthen your relationships with your online community.

Your Reaction to Reactions

Have you seen a change in your engagement since Reactions were rolled out?

Do you use other Reactions regularly or is the like button still your go-to?

Have you not engaged with a post due to confusion over which Reaction to use?

Leave your thoughts or questions on Facebook Reactions in the comments!

Loving the new Reactions,
Jaime

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Does Your Social Media Strategy Need an Adjustment?

Computer Problems by CollegeDegrees360 via CC BY-SA 2.0

As I was getting adjusted at the chiropractor last night, a thought popped into my head. Your social media strategy is like your spine; sometimes it needs adjusted.

Computer Problems by CollegeDegrees360 via CC BY-SA 2.0

Computer Problems by CollegeDegrees360 via CC BY-SA 2.0

Why?

  • Your situation has changed. Something has happened in your world to change your objectives. Perhaps new leadership has taken over or your company has changed its core focus. Business, like life, is fluid, so you need to consistently reexamine if your strategy and objectives fit your current situation.
  • You aren’t seeing results. This is a tricky one, because social media is a long-term commitment. Knee jerk reactions and impatience will only hurt you in the long run. However, at some point you should start seeing results. If your results aren’t matching your expectations, either your strategy or expectations need adjusted.
  • You don’t have a strategy. It’s never too late to set a strategy, but don’t wait until you have a crisis on your hands. Sit down with the appropriate personnel and put a plan in place. Social media is an important part of the marketing mix. Don’t leave your results to chance.
  • Your expectations are out of line. I’m a big believer in dreaming big, but you need to be realistic. If you’re a startup, don’t compare your current social situation to Pepsi or Lady Gaga. One is an industry leader with an established, active online community (and million dollar budget), and the other is a rock star (who is smart and hires the right people). One day you may be one or both, but today you’re a startup. (In this situation, your expectations need an adjustment, not your strategy. However, a strategy change may help in the long run.)

Does your social strategy need an adjustment? We’d love to discuss your current situation and objectives to see how we can help you get social. Contact us to discuss your strategy or ask a question in the comments below.

A chiropractor’s (and brand’s) best friend,
Jaime

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