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Why You Need to Start a Facebook Group Today

Why You Need to Start a Facebook Group Today
20May

Facebook groups are the hottest new trend in Facebook marketing. But why? What can they do that posting to your Facebook page can’t?

That’s what I’m going to show you.

Here’s everything you need to know about why Facebook groups are the new must-haves for your Facebook marketing strategy.

Better Organic Reach
Facebook has been killing business’ organic reach for years. Your posts just aren’t seen by as many people anymore; that’s where Facebook groups come in.

These present a new opportunity to engage with people interested in your industry. You get a new platform to share blogs, link to your website, and share industry tips. For example, if your company sells cosmetics, it’s in your best interest to start a makeup-lovers group where you can connect with people who care about your products.

And Facebook groups are free, people! There’s simply no reason to pass up on organic reach. Even if it’s a little more time put into your marketing strategy, it’s going to pay off when you’ve got a thriving group of potential customers who are taking cues from your brand.

Increased Brand Authority
The key to any good Facebook group is engaging conversation. But who starts that conversation? Most often that falls to the group owner, which in this case will be your business.

When you’re guiding the conversation, people will look to you for new topics about your industry: trends, best practices, etc. And that’s GREAT for your business!

You want people to look to your brand as an authority. It not only means that they’ll trust your brand, but they’ll trust your products/services, too. They’ll be more likely to make purchases from your business, recommend you to friends, etc. It pays to have people trust your brand’s expertise!

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Free, Round-the-Clock Advertising
The benefit of groups isn’t just that you can talk to people who join—groups give businesses free advertising.

When someone is in a group, they’ll get suggestions for other groups based on their interests and what groups their friends are participating in. That means that your brand’s group is going to come across newsfeeds all the time without you paying a dime! And since these recommendations are targeted, you’re likely to grow your Facebook group without ever asking people to join.

New Prospects
Your Facebook group can be a great tool for growing your prospect list. Just post an opt-in offering (an ebook, a newsletter, etc.) and ask people to submit their email addresses. You’ll be able to email them all of your offerings and track them as they move through your marketing funnel.

While you could theoretically do this with your regular Facebook updates, experience has shown me that this tactic is much more effective in active Facebook groups. If you’ve got a spot where people are engaging with your brand and having conversations about your industry, then you should absolutely use that to pick up a few new prospects!

Receptive Audience for Offerings
When you post a new product, service, or deal onto your Facebook page, you might be a little disappointed by the lackluster reaction. While your Facebook page is sure to have people in your target demographic, they might not be terribly engaged with your business.

Whereas in a Facebook group, people are commenting on your posts and asking you questions. As a marketer, I can’t imagine a better audience for rolling out an announcement. So when you’ve got something new to show off, your Facebook group will be filled with people who can’t wait to try out this new offer!

Don’t Wait
Facebook groups have a ton of benefits for your business to take advantage of, but who knows how long they’ll be there? The time to act is now, so roll up your sleeves and start making your business’ Facebook group!

Not sure what the focus of your Facebook group should be? We’ll discuss it during your free consultation with The Go! Agency!

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GoTV Episode 7

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19Oct

Thanks for stopping by Go!TV! Ready to get caught up on this week’s biggest news across social media? Let’s get started!

Facebook

New Facebook Image Sizes Promise New Problems
You carefully curated the perfect image for your article but, oops, sorry, the image is going to look pretty strange once your content is shared on Facebook. Facebook’s new test is resizing preview images, specifically making them appear smaller. It’s a pain for marketers, but experts have speculated that this may make it easier to integrate Facebook and Instagram feeds in the future. For now, all marketers can do is see how Facebook’s audience responds to the test.

Social Media Today

Facebook Groups Offer New Engagement Opportunities
Last week, we reported that Facebook is letting businesses create and join groups. But how does that actually help you as a marketer? Well, it gives you another avenue for engaging your customers. Groups can be great places to start conversations and run marketing tests. Additionally, groups allow your brand to develop a community centered around your business. When someone feels a personal attachment to your business, they’re going to be a lifelong customer.

Social Media Today

And that concludes this week’s recap of Go!TV. Big changes are happening around Facebook, so stay in the know and come back next week! If you enjoyed this episode, check out our podcast and blog for even more social media marketing news!

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GoTV Episode 6

Go TV Episode 6
12Oct

Welcome back to Go!TV! We’re glad to have you as we take a look at this week’s breaking news in social media. Here’s the marketing news that you need to know!

Facebook

Expect Facebook Stories Ads Soon
After months of preliminary testing, Facebook is now encouraging its Marketing Partners to prepare for Stories Ads. In the coming months, Facebook Stories are expected to become the place to be for digital marketers. While Stories are only viewed by 150 million people, a comparatively small portion of the Facebook audience, experts anticipate that Stories Ads will be hyper effective since users won’t already feel inundated with ads through the new medium.

Marketing Land

Facebook Pages Can Join Groups to Build Engagement
Most marketers are still less-than-pleased with Facebook since their recent algorithm shifts have made it harder for brands to engage with their audiences. That sentiment may shift a bit now that Facebook pages will be able to join groups to directly engage with potential customers. Ideally, this development will let advertisers recoup some losses by interacting with their target demographics and generating more conversions.

Social Media Today

Pinterest

Third Parties Gain New Access to Pinterest’s API
In a boon to advertisers everywhere, Pinterest has announced that it will make its API available to third-party platforms. This means that brands advertising on Pinterest will be able to track important metrics like views, impressions, and click-through rates. Because engagement is already so high on the site, marketers in relevant industries should seriously consider the advantages of expanding campaigns to include this DIY giant.

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That’s it for this week’s episode of Go!TV! Thanks so much for joining us, and if you liked this episode, come visit our podcast and blog for even more social media news and know-how!

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Using Facebook Groups to Get Your Message to the Masses

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13Feb

Many LinkedIn networking professionals understand the benefit and power of using LinkedIn Groups to market their business.  It is one of those features that enables you to reach thousands of people in a very targeted way.

But what if I told you that Facebook had a similar feature?

Facebook has a (much less robust) version of groups that helps you target a niche group with your message.  On Facebook there are countless amounts of these groups with more members than you would realize….with many of the groups in question being centered around business topics and professional niche networking.

To get started, let’s talk a bit more about the types of groups and which ones you may be interested in joining.  Here are the main three categories that I suggest:

1.  Location Based: If you search for your target location on Facebook and then sort for Groups – you will find all of the groups that are in your area and/or the groups that have your area in their name.

2.  Networking Based:  There are many groups that are based around networking with other members and other groups that are even referral based.  These are great and can be location or subject based.

3. Topic Based: What is your company’s niche?  Search for the words that best represent your niche and you will find a plethora groups to jump right into.  For example if you are a pediatric nursing company, there would be many groups for not only pediatric medicine but also for children’s health and wellness.  Play around with your targeted keywords and look at what you will find.

There are many other types of groups, but I think that these three are probably the key ones that you would be interested in diving into first.  Once you put your request to join in, the moderator will either let you in or not – based on their own personal opinion.  When you are admitted to the group, first read the rules for posting and interacting with members.  Some welcome promotional posts, some do not, and others require it!  So make sure that you are going to follow the group rules…or risk of getting the boot!

Then see what the group is posting and discussing and join in.  Create content and post it that would interest the group and engage with the discussions as they gain momentum.  Also, if there are group members that you want to reach out to, you can view their profile and send them a message about connecting or just send a request with a message.  This is a more personal way of building your network – just be careful not to spam: either by your adding friends or too many self promotional posts.

Now get out there and enjoy!  Want to have more control?  Start your own group – it is very simple and only take a few minutes.

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