5 thoughts on “Seven tips for using Facebook if you work in the public sector

  1. These are all good suggestions. It is not easy getting everybody to understand how we should be using Facebook. There can be a tendency to think that everything should be shared to Facebook – a link to every press release. This just doesn’t work on Facebook, but it can be hard challenging the notion that “we have an obligation to tell them this.”

    I will put forward two tips of my own:

    Don’t be afraid to delete a badly performing Facebook post. I recently had the difficult task of promoting an important consultation about the future of our district. Not the kind of thing that I felt would normally engage our Facebook audience. My first attempt went down like a lead balloon. After an hour it had zero engagement. So I deleted it, got a bit more adventurous with the wording, posted it again and it was our most successful post that week.

    Allow Facebook posts time to gain momentum by spreading your posts out and not posting too many times. Buffer did some research which showed that the average lifespan of a tweet is just 17 minutes. Facebook is very different in this regard. I aim for just two posts, or even only one post a day on the Bradford Council Facebook page. Last Monday morning I posted a link to our latest job vacancies. It slowly and steadily gathered engagement for the first couple of hours. It continued to snowball, and was still gaining new engagement well into the evening. It was our only post that day but performed better than anything else that week.

  2. All great suggestions. A variety of relevant content is the key for the pages I manage, items which are interesting, sometimes fun, not sales based and have a warm approachable tone work best for us. Great content will also help the page SEO too. The frequency of posting I think depends for us entirely upon service need, objectives and the level of engagement that can be resourced. There’s no point putting loads of great content out there, gaining a ton of engagement and then either not being able to respond to it (where needed) or spending too much time responding to it. I’d love to know more about the EU video content being more succesful when watched directly from Facebook, how are the gauging success?

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