One of the biggest challenges nonprofits have is finding content that will resonate with their community.
A little know, but powerful way to curate content is with Facebook Interests lists.
Interest Lists, if you don't know, are lists of pages (or people) that Facebook users can create and access from their sidebar (shown below).
Below are four steps for using Facebook Interest Lists to curate high-quality content:
1. Use graph search to find relevant pagesBefore you go ahead and start creating Interest Lists, ask this question: What pages do my fans actually like? This is where Facebook Graph Search comes in handy.Below are six Facebook Graph search strings you can use right now (watch this video tutorial on using Graph Search).
- Pages liked by people who like [your page]
- Pages liked by women who like [your page]
- Pages liked by men who like [your page]
- Fans of [your page] and [another page]
- Restaurants in [your city] visited by people who like [your page]
- Pages like by people who live in [your city] and like [your page]
2. Use Facebook Insights to prioritize your searchesIf you're busy, like most people, you'll want to just stick with the three most important searches.
Hop over to your Page Insights. Pay specific attention to the people who engage with your content (shown below).
Are women the majority of your engaged fans? What are the top places they live in? Answering these questions will help you prioritize the Graph Searches mentioned in step one.
3. Create Interest Lists of Pages liked by your Facebook FansOnce you know the pages that your fans, create an Interest List.
4. Share content from these pagesOnce you create your Interest Lists, get to know the Pages. Make time to regularly scan your lists for engaging content.
When you find a post with higher than average engagement -- AND is relevant to your audience -- share it on your page (shown below).
Unfortunately you can't schedule shares so you'll have to share these posts when your fans on Facebook.
Quick tip: To keep this approach top of mind, add it as a task to your content calendar.
Go beyond FacebookDon't limit this curated content to Facebook.For example, if you find an engaging video you think will perform well on Facebook, embed the video in a blog post. Or posted it on Twitter. The point here is that your Facebook fans reflect your audience across all channels, not just Facebook.
Have you used Interest Lists in this way?
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