You Ask, I Answer: Follower Campaigns on Facebook and LinkedIn?

Jess asks, “What’s your best advice for running follower campaigns on Facebook & LinkedIn?”

Don’t.

Here’s why: all social networks compute engagement by roughly the same measure: number of people who see your content versus the number of people who engage with it. The more people who see it and don’t engage, the lower your rate, which creates a vicious circle. Advertising to get followers is self-defeating. What should you do instead? Watch the video to find out.

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CX.

In today’s episode, Jeff asks, What’s your best advice for running follower campaigns on Facebook and LinkedIn? Don’t? That would be my advice.

Okay, you’re probably looking for more than that.

Now, here’s why follower campaigns and by follower campaigns we mean running any kind of paid or unpaid campaign to get people to follow your page, or your business account on any given social network.

For the most part, these are self defeating.

And here’s why.

The way social networks compute engagement rate is typically standard across many of these services.

It’s the number of people who see your content versus the number of people who engage with it.

And the way social network algorithms work is the more people who engage with your content the more they help show your your stuff because they presume That if X percent of the audience is engaged with their stuff, it must be good.

So let’s show it a little bit more and see if the engagement rate keeps going up.

When you run a campaign to build followers, what typically happens is you get people who, frankly, are not that engaged, right? They haven’t actively sought you out.

They haven’t found you.

And when you attract them, particularly, particularly by things like contests, you get a bunch of low quality followers, you get a bunch of low quality people who are probably not going to engage with you.

You see the problem here.

As that audience of non engaging people increases, and the social networks typically, the algorithms are time based, so they will show your stuff a lot to new people in the first 24 hours or 48 hours.

And suddenly, your engagement rate goes way The toilet, they stop showing your stuff.

And they don’t stop just showing your stuff to the new people, they stop showing your stuff to everybody.

And so what happens is, you end up with a lower engagement rate, that lower engagement rate means your stuff gets shown less.

And it becomes this vicious downward spiral to the point where you end up with a Facebook page or a LinkedIn page where you know, three people see your posts.

And that’s not a good place to be.

Because that then means that organic social media is effectively dead to you.

At that point, you must spend money in order to even just get people seeing your stuff that’s kind of productive on so many fronts.

So the question you probably have then is, if building followers isn’t the right way to go, what is well, here’s the thing if you’re going to run a campaign, but especially if you’re going to spend money, run it to something that you own That you benefit from directly in some way.

And that you can use over and over again, I am of course speaking about your email list or if you’re more tech savvy, your text messaging list, whatever, whatever it is, your account, your email account, your text, list, whatever is an asset that you own you grow and that you can reliably reach out to on a regular basis.

So, instead of running a campaign to say, hey, follow us on Facebook, know, subscribe to our email newsletter.

I presume you have one and that doesn’t suck if those two conditions are not met, fix those first.

But run that campaign instead.

Why? Because you can always highlight and feature a Facebook post or LinkedIn post or something in your newsletter and get people to engage with it.

That actually looks better because now from an algorithm perspective, people are engaging who may not even follow you.

LinkedIn in particular is really good about trying to highlight content to audiences that might not otherwise check your stuff out.

Right? If it’s contextually relevant, the way their algorithm works is it looks at things like the text and the topics and stuff within your posts, and tries to show it to other people who might be interested.

Well, if you are suddenly going to send some traffic to LinkedIn, I know I don’t recommend doing this a lot.

But you’ve got to send some traffic to a headline or a piece of pillar content on LinkedIn.

And suddenly, LinkedIn algorithm goes, Hey, this is really getting popular.

And a lot of these people don’t necessarily follow this page on LinkedIn.

Let’s try showing it to other people and see what happens.

That benefits you.

Right, that benefits you because you essentially you’re taking engagement from an outside source and and boosting it on content, rather than trying to run a follow up campaign to get people to follow you.

None of these social networks let you download your followers, right? None of them.

And so, spending time and money trying to grow a following is a waste of time, right? Because you don’t own that.

At any point, as we’ve all seen so many times with Facebook, with Instagram with any of these major social networks all the way back to MySpace.

At any point they can pull the rug out from under you.

Right and you’ve spent all that time and money and effort growing something you don’t own.

So grow the thing.

grow the thing you spend time spend money, spend effort growing your email list, going a text messaging list growing any kind of house list where you have control.

You have the audience’s attention and then like a spotlight you direct that attention where it needs to go sometimes, if you want to give your social media program is shot in the arm.

Yeah, you direct people to a piece of content or a YouTube channel.

Or a video on YouTube or a blog post.

With that very, very scarce very precious resource of people’s attention from the list you own, you can point the spotlight where it needs to go.

And that is where you can get real value.

So do not run follower campaigns.

Instead, run acquisition campaigns to email or text messaging lists, and redirect the attention from there.

That’s the best way to tackle social media audiences in in late mid to late 2020.

If you have follow up questions about this, leave them in the comments box below.

It’s it’s an important question because a lot of people are still operating like it’s Facebook 2015 follower campaigns and Facebook 2015 was a fine idea.

Right? Facebook worked really well back then for brands it doesn’t anymore.

So again, leave those questions in the comments box below.

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