7 Essential Steps for Writing Engaging Facebook Page Updates

So you’ve got a Facebook Page. How come everybody isn’t jumping up and down with excitement? Why aren’t they hanging on your every word and jumping in to engage?

It might be because your updates stink.

It’s kind of a vicious cycle on Facebook.  Most people only see updates from Pages in their News Feeds.  And the only updates that show up are from the most active pages, or pages they’ve interacted with regularly.  What this means in simple terms is that if no one is interacting with your content, no one is seeing your content, because it’s not showing up for most people.

How frustrating!  All that work and no one even sees your updates?

So what should you do?  It starts by writing great Page Updates.  Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Ask Questions – If everything you write is about you…advertisement after special after product feature…people will tune you out.  Why? Because it’s not about them, and people really like to talk about themselves. So ask questions all the time. “What do you think?” “How do you…” “What would you suggest?” Make an effort to include questions in almost every post, so people are prompted to engage with your content.
  2. Invite People to Self-Promote – This is a tip people don’t talk about much. Your Page needs to be active to be seen. But people aren’t necessarily all that jazzed about talking about YOU. Themselves, on the other hand? That’s a whole different story. Give people the opportunity to promote themselves regularly on your Page. Let them share their blogs, their Pages, their pictures, etc. People love it, you are seen as helping others, and it creates the activity on your Page that makes it a lot more likely your business-related updates will show up for people.
  3. Tell People What to Do – “Click “Like” if you…” People don’t always naturally comment or click on a post.  But they’re a lot more likely to if you tell them to.  So after each post, leave people with an action…”Click Like” or “Share in the comments below.”
  4. Draw on Common Experiences and Frustrations – “Don’t you hate it when…” Posts that let people vent can get them talking. Common sources of frustration include waiting in lines in a crowded shopping mall, airline delays, bad hair days, etc.  Think about common frustrations your product line or shopping experience can help, and invite people to vent about the last time they dealt with that frustration.  After all, you’ve got the solution!
  5. Reference Pop Culture and Current Events – There’s a reason the “Will it Blend?” marketing campaign is so successful…it draws on what people are already talking about. If everyone wants to talk about the latest celebrity or gadget, give them a place to do it.  Give it a twist so it goes along with your product. For example, “Which Company X lipstick would you pick for Lauren Conrad? Share in the comments below!”
  6. Keep it Short – A status update is not the place for War and Peace.  People tend to tune out after the 1st or 2nd sentence.  So keep it brief and limit your updates to one idea.
  7. Change it Up – Don’t just use text status updates. Change it up with photos, videos, blog posts, and more, to keep it interesting.  Different types of content will engage different people who Like your Page.  Offer something for everyone.

A successful Page is more than pretty Tabs. Engaging updates are what determine your Page’s success. So focus some time on writing status updates that are interesting and engaging, and you’re a lot more likely to show up in the news feeds of your target market.

What advice would you give about Facebook Page updates?  Please share in the comments!

16 Responses to 7 Essential Steps for Writing Engaging Facebook Page Updates
  1. Alice Andreat
    March 13, 2013 | 11:56 am

    Love this article, great ideas! One thing I like to do is look at my fans and see what content they engage in and try to incorperate something similar in my posts. And I find that personal pics get great responses:-)

  2. christine
    March 28, 2012 | 7:35 am

    so much easier said than done….I think I’m writing engaging stuff but the lack of response…tends to say otherwise. x
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  3. carlos
    April 13, 2011 | 8:26 pm

    Thank you for the article~
    Lots of us know this but tend to forget about it.

  4. Wumi Oyewole
    March 16, 2011 | 6:00 am

    Jennifer,

    I have been musing on how to use Status Updates effectively on Facebook, so this blog really does give me some great ideas!

    Thanks again for sharing.

    Wumi Oyewole
    Independent Consultant for Ardyss International & Linen at Home UK

  5. Doraina
    January 29, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Thank you for this post. I was just about to call it quits with my facebook fan page for lack of ideas and fan interaction. This helps a great deal.

  6. Trish Mullen
    January 29, 2011 | 7:09 am

    I really enjoyed reading this article and it made me rethink my strategies for posting on FB, thanks

  7. Nicola Grayling
    January 28, 2011 | 8:29 am

    Thanks for sharing that. I didn’t realise not everything shows up in everyones news feed. I have started running contest asking questions to get it more interactive. Now I have a few more ideas.

  8. Anna Godfrey
    January 27, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    Great article! Very helpful and gives me new ideas. thanks!

  9. Amy Hagerup
    January 27, 2011 | 11:57 am

    Loved the facebook page update ideas. A few of them were new to me. I’ll try them out. Thanks. Amy

  10. Robert Peil
    January 26, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    Good outline you have here!

    There is another tactic I’ve noticed recently being
    used by at least one major networker on facebook
    very effectively:

    Create hot controversy of an issue that people are divided on
    in their opinion. Touch on an emotion of the basic human needs.

    It could be something as simple as sharing a struggle whether
    or not to eat a tempting cookie served in a hotel while trying to diet!

    …then watch the comments flow! (haha!)

    Robert

  11. Jennifer
    January 26, 2011 | 10:51 am

    This was a very helpful article. Thank you so much for sharing!

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