This blog outlines some ways of increasing your engagement on your social media channels.

First of all – what is engagement? 

Engagement is something of a ‘holy grail’ for social media! Engagement means likes, comments and shares on your posts – an active action from one of your followers.

Reach is something often talked about – reach is the number of times your post is seen. So not acted upon, just seen.

What is a good engagement rate? 

For Facebook

0.5 – 0.99% is considered average

1% and over is considered good

For Instagram

1-3.5% is considered good

3.6-6% is considered high

6+% is amazing!

These figures are small aren’t they?  Don’t let small numbers discourage you! Having less followers but followers of the right type is better

SPECIFIC TIPS FOR INCREASING ENGAGEMENT ON INSTAGRAM

  1. Use stories! They are a very engaging part of Instagram and a place to share your personality. Click here to find a full guide to using Instagram stories
  2. Video – embrace video as much as possible. Don’t be scared of it – our blog features various guides to help you – read them here. Videos are a great way to build engagement and share ‘you’ with your audience.
  3. Repost – sharing posts on Instagram is a way to interact with others and build relationships. This in turn builds engagement. You have to use a third party app – you can find it on the App Store – click here for info. Once downloaded it’s a process that takes a minute.
  4. Hashtags are a way of getting involved in other people’s conversations. http://best-hashtags.com is a great website to research which hashtags you should be using.


SPECIFIC TIPS FOR INCREASING ENGAGEMENT ON FACEBOOK

  1. Ask questions! Use Facebook’s poll function – this is a great way to get talking to your fans and have some fun. To add a poll:

Click Write a post… at the top of the Page.

Click then select Poll.

Type the question you want to ask.

Click Option 1 or Option 2 and enter the options for your poll. …

Click or to add a photo or GIF to your options.

  1. Groups are HUGE on Facebook. Finding geographical groups, industry-specific, lifestyle led – you could suddenly have access to thousands of members. Engage, get to know others.
  2. Go LIVE! Be present on your page with ‘the real you’. I am a believer that your authentic voice needs to come through as much as possible and there’s no better way to do this than going live!  
  3. Post less! Less is more with Facebook. Don’t feel the pressure to keep posting and slogging away to get engagement – this will saturate your audience. Give your content more thought, ask questions and give the post room to breathe. Your engagement will grow.

Think of your social media as you would your networking and you won’t go far wrong!

About The Author

Claire Fryer
Social Media Expert
One to Three Marketing
www.onetothree.co.uk