We all know how important social media is for our businesses, but it’s also crucial to remember what these platforms are for: being social. 

It’s easy to get caught up in how many posts you need to schedule and the content of those posts, but you also need to take time to actively engage with your followers and those you follow. This is a fine line to walk, and I recommend scheduling out time to be social. Scrolling your newsfeed for hours doesn’t count. Take dedicated time to see what is being shared, comment on posts that spark an interest, react to your friends and followers, and share content that you enjoy. If you’re having a hard time getting started, make a little bullet point list of how many likes, comments, and shares you are going to complete in your set time frame. 

Think about Facebook like it’s a person. What is important to Facebook? They want users to stay on the platform for a long time. They want us liking, commenting, sharing, messaging, which of course causes us to stay on the platform while we engage and socialize.

We all know I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I spend about 10-15 hours a week researching and figuring out what is and isn’t working. I’ve told you about the ever-changing algorithm. The scary word that really isn’t that scary once you understand it. Facebook is prioritizing what you see in your newsfeed. If we are going to successfully socialize on the platform, we might as well be tailoring our own newsfeeds to show us content that is engaging for us as people, not just business owners. 

Once you’ve gotten in a good socializing rhythm, I can guarantee you will start to develop a better understanding of what you need to be posting to encourage engagement and cultivate community.

What always catches your eye? Let me guess, Live Video and Video. We are a generation of visual learners. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped my newsfeed scrolling to watch a video. The action catches your eye and the content keeps you watching. Facebook also loves Live video. I know it’s hard to get started, but once you’ve done three live videos, those nerves are going to wash away. You might even surprise yourself and start looking forward to it!

Being social on social media

You don’t have to have perfect hair and makeup and a flawless script to go live. You don’t even have to show your face at first. If you have a trade by hand, you could film your hands. You could go live and show your studio or your office. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Your followers like to see real life, and real life isn’t perfect. Be your true, natural self and engage in a way that you would with a close friend.

If you feel like you are doing everything right and still not getting engagement, let me ask you, are you asking for engagement? As often as you possibly can,, you should be asking for responses. Instead of posting, “Look at my cool new office set up,” ask “What makes your workflow better? For me, I set up my office like this.” If you are just showing and not asking, you’re far less likely to get engagement. 

I get it, Facebook can be overwhelming in many ways. But it is an incredible gift we must take advantage of. I have friends across the country whose children I’m watching grow up. I wouldn’t have that opportunity without Facebook. As business owners, Facebook is invaluable. You might have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, too. Try to find what you love and focus on that. Remember why you are posting and develop a system that allows you to enjoy your time on the platform.

Facebook could disappear tomorrow, it’s rented space. Seize the opportunity while we still have it to be social and utilize the great power and tools at our disposal. When you serve your audience well, they will want to engage with you.

Let’s get social on social media in 2019.

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