Increase Facebook Engagement and Facebook Likes with Multimedia

StephanieFrasco
Stephanie Frasco VP, Social Media, Convert With Content

Posted on September 2nd 2013

Increase Facebook Engagement and Facebook Likes with Multimedia

Fan EngagementOne thing that every business, small, medium or large, struggles with is finding engaging content to post to their fan pages. While marketing is largely a study in what works for your own business, and also what doesn't, we can identify at least one thing that definitely does: an image worth a thousand words. Now, moving images are hot, and they might just be worth two thousand words.

The problem with getting image content is that many times we're stealing it, or the equivalent of that, from the original source without asking for permission or giving credit where credit is due. This is terrible form, and too many companies engage in this practice. Don't do it! It could get you into a lot of trouble, and cost you a small fortune. I've heard of companies having to pay upwards of $5000 for not sourcing images correctly on their web properties.

So, how can we avoid stealing content while still giving our fans and audience fun and engaging content that encourages them to click that Like button or comment on it?

Multimedia For Engagement

Images

Use images in your posts where applicable. We know they work and that they increase engagement on Facebook by 40%. Images work when you upload them directly to your fan page, and as an up, you can even use your own images. See my post on creating shareable content for more ideas on how you can enrich your images. According to Kissmetrics, photos will receive 53% more Likes, 104% more comments and a whopping 84% more click-throughs on links.

One reason that images work so well, and much better than text links, is because Facebook favors it in the newsfeed. You'll notice that an image is a lot bigger than a text link. Rumor has it that in September, text link stories and photo stories will show up as the same size in News Feeds.

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Video

There are a few ways to add video to your posts. One is by sharing a link directly from YouTube or another social video site. While this is a good way to share content that you don't own, it's always best to own the media you're sharing. When you upload a video directly to your Facebook page you'll see 40% higher engagement rates than that resulted from using YouTube links. Another benefit of using Facebook video is that fans can be tagged in the video, which widens the exposure of the video to your fan's friends.

GIFs

GIFs are brand new to the Facebook game and have been wildly popular on other social networks and especially on Tumblr.  GIFs are animated images, and unlike movies they usually play on a loop. While .gifs are relatively new for use on Facebook, we don't have exact numbers on how they'll perform. I'm currently testing them on a few fan pages and will be sure to report back on my findings. At Giphy.com there are a ton of images to choose from, and you can share directly to your fan page. Because you can edit the title and the description when you post it, you can alter it to display the message of your choosing.

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If you're interested in more engagement strategies for Facebook, join us for our Facebook Optimization Webinar, taking place on September 19th. Please visit here to register.

Have you played around with GIFs? What media performs best on your Facebook page?

 

StephanieFrasco

Stephanie Frasco

VP, Social Media, Convert With Content

Stephanie Frasco is a leading social media consultant and author. Over the past 7 years, she's worked closely with clients from all over the world to help them get more results from social media and blogging. Through experience, Stephanie has mastered some of the most powerful social media websites. Download her engagement report.

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Comments

Ali Xaidi
Posted on September 2nd 2013 at 9:27AM

They don't work on my Facebook. GIFs I mean..

I can send you screenshots as well. Is it possible?

navneetsau
Posted on September 2nd 2013 at 3:56PM

Thank you Stephanie Frasco for your valuable ideas to sharing this article. I am fully agree with the example which you have mentioned in your post that images and videos are more enaging content instead of only text & links. User always like visual and eyecatching content.

appsmav
Posted on September 2nd 2013 at 10:33PM

Hey, 


Good thought. While images and videos can be shared, GIF's as Ali mentioned above, are not supported by Facebook yet. Alternatively - a site called Giphy - claimed that GIFs will be supported on Facebook, but what Giphy provides are not trditional GIF files, but flash video files that play in a loop - but it's close enough fo visual interaction if you like. 

Cheers.

PS: We're holding a Q&A session on Facebook Marketing on 4th Sep - tomorrow on Hangout (AppsMav) at 11am GMT. Do join us if you all would like to! Visit our Facebook Page to register for the same.