As a page manager on Facebook, you’re facing three large hurdles every day:
- The need to post quality content
- The desire to engage as many fans and supporters as possible
- The frustration over the organic reach of your posts (or lack thereof)
Fortunately, there is a content strategy that will address all three of these daily challenges. It’s called Content Curation.
Content curation is the practice of sharing other’s high performing content on your own Facebook page. Sometimes this is merely sharing a funny video or image that you think your fans would like as well. Or it’s sharing a trending, breaking news story that relates to your cause. (This strategy is also sometimes called “newsjacking” or “piggybacking”)
Page managers that practice content curation can post more quality content to their page and thus, reach and engage more of their fans and supporters. (We like to see pages posting two to five times a day so this will help you get to that target)
This strategy hinges on the fact that this content is already proven to engage users on Facebook. In turn posting this content on your page is low risk and highly likely to engage your fans as well. Think of it as a vetting system for content!
At this point, folks usually push back on this strategy. They’re concerned the approach feels too much like stealing, plagiarism or being dishonest to supporters.
“How can we be expected to take other people’s content and pass it off as our own?”
1) Facebook does not follow classic communication rules
The first thing we have to do is reframe the way we think about Facebook. Facebook is not a broadcasting platform, it’s not a soap box, it’s not a one-way communication tool. As such, classic communication rules don’t always hold up. In some instances, they are even flat out wrong or harmful to use on Facebook.
What Facebook is, is a social network. It is a community, a place for public conversions, a place for back and forth communications between your organization and your followers.
As such sharing content from others is not stealing, plagiarism or being dishonest.
2) Sharing content is normal and expected on Facebook
It’s time to reframe the sharing of other’s content, not as stealing, but as taking part in the social, community aspect of Facebook. Everyone does it, users expect it, so to be successful on Facebook you’ll need to become comfortable with it.
This isn’t just something for users either, most of the top pages on Facebook share other page’s and people’s content on their page.
In fact, some pages even thrive on only sharing other’s content. This is good news for organizations that struggle to create original content or struggle to create an enough of it on their own!
The fact is the majority of Facebook pages should have a mix of curated and original content. A rule of thumb is the 80/20 rule. 80% of your page’s content should be shared content and 20% your own original content.
3) Not sharing content could actually hurt your page
Reach and engagement aside, the fact that your page is not sharing others’ content could create ill will and negative feeling with your fans and supporters.
If your page is not taking part in this practice, it’s possible some users will notice it and get the wrong idea about your page and organization as a whole. They may think of your organization as being boastful, selfish or too good to take part in the Facebook community.
Moral of the story
Sharing content on Facebook is normal, expected and not taking part could hurt your page in the long run.
Making a point of sharing top performing content that relates to your cause can significantly increase the organic reach and engagement of your page. It also allows you to post more content to your page and fill in the holes when original content is not available.