Some websites have claimed that Facebookâs popularity is going down, but donât think that means you can abandon your page just yet. In fact, even if Facebook is on its way out (there is some debate about that by the way), it should still be at the center of your social media strategy. When people are looking to connect with a band or musician, they head to a few sites, and Facebook is still one of the few places that genuine interactions happen.
1. Use photos whenever you can
These days, peopleâs feeds on social media are swamped with too many updates to read, no matter how much time you spend scrolling through. Similar as to how many media outlets have found that breaking up articles from the old blocks of text they used to be increases the amount of time viewers spend on a certain page, adding a photo to your post on Facebook will encourage people to spend that extra second looking and reading. The photo should be relevant to whatever youâre writing, but donât stress about which one to use too much â learning what works best for you and your audience comes in time.
2. Timely content makes your page worth having in their feed
While you and your page certainly shouldnât try to compete with news sources, you should be discussing the same things your fans are. If some major event that your fans care about is happening â the World Cup or Beyonce announcing she is pregnant, for example â make sure you comment on it somehow. It isnât terribly important what you say (a joke, how shocked you are, etc.), as long as youâre in on the discussion.
3. Ask your fans questions
People like being asked their opinion, especially if they know it it's really going to mean something. Trying to decide what songs to play (or in what order) at your next show? Want suggestions for where to eat in a certain city when youâre playing there? Looking for great new music to help inspire you, or simply to play while youâre on the road? You can ask your fans these questions and so many more. They love sharing their wisdom, and it makes them feel like theyâre really a part of the whole thing, not just a fan.
4. Change up the kind of content you post
Donât be the guy who just posts text all the timeâitâs a surefire way to be ignored, removed from a feed, or to have someone âunlikeâ you. Try to change it up as often as you can, with posts ranging in length, topic, and with different attachments. In the same day or week (depending on your strategy), it would be a good idea to post a question for fans, several photos, a video, links to songs or news items, and anything else you can think of. Diversity makes everything more interesting!
5. Donât upload all your images at once
Years ago, it was popular for people to upload many photos, from dozens to hundreds, all at once into an album and share that, but the way people use Facebook has changed. Nowadays, the album is slinking in popularity on the social media site, as many people upload photos as they happen right from their phone. Itâs important to act in a way thatâs in tandem with what your fans are doing, but you should also know that photos are important content for you. Staggering how and when you share them could increase engagement. Donât throw them all out at once for people to miss!
6. Update your About page
If you've succeeded in capturing your fans' attention in their News Feeds, you'll want to make sure that you provide them with all the information they need on your actual page. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I canât tell you how many partially-filled About pages Iâve seen on band profiles. You donât need to fill it excessively â you donât have to add every milestone in your life, for example â but everything someone could need should be there. A fan should never have to open another tab to find you on Twitter (the link should be there), and journalists shouldnât need to search high and low to find your publicistâs email. A few seconds updating this could do you a lot of good.
Hugh McIntyre is a freelance pop music journalist in NYC by way of Boston. He has written for Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, MTV, as well as various magazines and blogs around the world. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the blog "Pop! Bang! Boom!" which is dedicated to the genre of pop in all of its glory.