7 Tips for Crafting the Perfect Facebook Post

7 Tips for Crafting the Perfect Facebook Post Lucy Hitz Blogger Extraordinaire Simply Measured

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As your social media audience grows, a microscope is placed on the value you’re driving with your efforts. You can’t afford to be careless with the content you publish.

To get a better understanding of the specific aspects that make a Facebook post successful, we culled the most pertinent data from our Simply Measured Facebook study and other industry research.

Here are seven traits of successful Facebook posts from The Interbrand top 100 global brands, and other industry leading Facebook pages.

1. Include a photo or video

According to our Facebook study, visual content is the primary driver of engagement on Facebook.

 

After photos, videos are the second most engaging content type, averaging more than 2,500 engagements per post.

Brands have recognized the power of visual content: together, photos and videos account for more than 80% of brands posts.

2. Stay between 50 and 99

It turns out, post length really does matter. The most engaging length for a Facebook post is even less than the maximum 140 character count for a Tweet.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 12.11.16 PMFacebook posts between 50-99 characters see the most engagement, so don’t write a novel. Keep your perfect post sleek, slim, and targeted.

3. Add an emoticon

 

According to this AMEX Open Forum infographic, posts with emoticons receive 33% more comments, and are also shared 33% more often — two of the major contributors towards engagement.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 12.27.48 PMMoral of the story: don’t be afraid to let your playful side shine. Emoticons aren’t just for teenagers anymore.

4. Ask a question

According to this KISSMetrics infographic, question posts get 100% more comments than non-question posts.

 

Make sure your post is getting a dialogue going.

5. Offer something 

In a survey of 1,000 social media users run by lab42, 34% of those surveyed listed promotions/discounts as their biggest motivator for liking a brand on Facebook.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 1.54.41 PMAs a result of liking a brand on Facebook, 77% said they saved money. So, in your perfect post, consider offering more than charm.

6. Publish between 5PM-1AM

According to TrackMaven, posts published between 5PM and 1AM receive the most interactions.

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 2.07.31 PMWe always recommend testing to make sure your timing is aligning effectively with your specific audience, but this is a good framework to start with.

7. Post on a Saturday or Sunday 

TrackMaven found a dramatic drop in the frequency of Facebook posts on weekends but much higher average engagement for posts on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 2.58.35 PMAgain, results will vary by industry, but there’s no harm in going against the grain and experimenting with weekend posting.

When testing these components with your own account, it’s important to measure the success and optimize based on your own personal results. Click the link below to learn how Simply Measured’s full package of free Facebook measurement tools can help you understand your content.

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Lucy Hitz

I’m the Content Marketing Manager here at Simply Measured. I manage our blog, produce longform content, head our co-marketing initiatives, and host the Simply Social podcast, among a few other things. I love yoga, The X-Files, peaty scotch, hiking, and poetry. If I were a social media channel, I’d want to be Instagram, but I think I’m Twitter.