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“Steal” these Spring and Easter Profile Picture Frames

Can you believe Spring is already here and Easter is just around the corner?!

To celebrate, our team created some Profile Picture Frames your organization can “steal” and make your own! To get started just download the images from this blog post. Then when you’re creating your new Profile Picture Frame action, simply upload the overlay image you’d like to share with your followers.

Facebook Profile Picture Frames are a powerful way to spread support while collecting name and email from folks who change their image. If you haven’t given this tool a try yet, check out our getting started guide.

You can download our Spring pack here.

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The Profile Frame Tool for Nonprofit Facebook Pages

How to get started

Please Note: You will need a Facebook page. A personal profile isn’t enough.

  1. Login or sign up for ActionSprout
  2. Select your organization’s Facebook page from the accounts screen.
  3. Navigate to your social actions tab and click the green Create action button at the top
  4. Select Profile Picture Frame from the menu that opens
  5. Use our getting started guide and guide on creating awesome overlay images. to create your frame.
  6. Once finished, use our Smart Scheduler to post your new social action at the best time to reach and engage as many people as possible on Facebook.

And that’s it! We truly think you’re going to love it.

FREE Features

Let’s check out the features you’ll be able to enjoy (for free!)

  • See metrics on views, clicks, and completion rate.

  • Track Facebook engagement on your Profile Picture Frame Facebook post. View total reactions, comments, and shares for the post.

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  • Any Profile Picture Frames you create are now connected to your Facebook page rather than your personal account. So when someone views your social action, it will be in the context of your organization’s Facebook page and hard-linked back to it. People will also see how many of their friends and family have already liked page right there, no clicks necessary.

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  • Keep supporters who’ve already changed their profile image in the loop with action updates.

More Features for Silver Customers

With our Silver subscription (just $29 per month), now you can also have access to these following features:

  • Collect names and email addresses from everyone who changes their Facebook profile image using your overlay!

  • Integrate supporter info for your profile picture campaign directly into MailChimp, so your mailing list stays current and comprehensive.

But if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please drop us a line at info@actionsprout.com. We always love to hear from our customers.

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NEW! Build Your Supporter Database With Profile Picture Campaigns

Why is it so important for nonprofits to have a presence on Facebook?

  • To raise awareness for a cause
  • To give their community the opportunity to show the world what they stand for
  • To find more supporters to help organizations do more good

And what’s the easiest, most effective way to do all three? By giving people the chance to show their support right on the their Facebook profile pictures.

Not only does it help spread the word about your organization, but now (thanks to a new feature in the ActionSprout tool) you also gain a database of supporters’ names and emails in return, for future outreach and engagement!

Word of mouth > marketing

If you spend any time on Facebook, you’ve likely seen friends and family alter their profile pictures in such a way. It’s a small change that has the opportunity for big reach and memorable impact. And since it’s coming from someone known, rather than an organization, it makes people stop, pay attention, and join in.

Real outreach for real supporters

If you’ve launch you profile picture campaign via ActionSprout, everyone who changes their image for your cause goes into a database that you can later reference and contact. Add them to your mailing list, send them follow-up information, or even send them a future donation appeal.

Since they’ve given you a profile pic stamp of approval, you help avoid the dreaded spam stigma. These are already supporters of your cause, and they’ve proven they’re not afraid to show it!

It truly is one of the most powerful, authentic ways nonprofits can get their message out there to those who want to hear it.

How it works

You’ll find this newest feature inside your ActionSprout account, under the Social Actions tab. By and large you’ll build the Profile Picture Frame just like you would any other social action. The big difference here is uploading the image overlay.

Then you can share it as a Facebook newsfeed post, promote it as a Facebook ad, share it on Twitter, post it on Instagram, sent it via email, embedded on a website, and more.

All it takes is four quick clicks for supporters to add your graphic to their picture, which in turn, records their name and email address into a handy database for you.

Plus, everywhere that person’s profile picture shows up on Facebook, their friends and family will see it, encouraging those people in turn to change their profile image as well. If they do, you get their info, their friends and family see their picture, and so on and so on. It’s pretty easy to see how such a little action can quickly add up to big results.

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Getting started

As complex as this all sounds, ActionSprout performs much of the heavy lifting for you. The whole process takes maybe 20 minutes of your time… while your organization gets a TON of word-of-mouth value in return.

This live webinar by ActionSprout’s Sarah Francis will walk you through every step of the process. She shares tips and tricks and answers questions, too. Click here to reserve your virtual seat now.

Video not your thing? No problem! We also have a detailed written guide here walking you through all the same steps.

Ready to make a splash?

Go dive in and give it a try! Help your community demonstrate solidarity, gather, resist, or simply show support. No matter how you choose to use it, your supporters will be sharing the good work of your cause on your behalf, while helping you build a database of supporters ready to communicate and engage.

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Why your nonprofit needs a daily Facebook posting goal

Do you have a daily Facebook posting goal? If not, you should. Keeping a daily posting goal is one of the easiest ways to maintain consistent levels of organic reach and engagement on your Facebook page. It can also keep your supporters engaged with you and receiving your content in their news feeds!

Still, coming up with ideas for what to post can be difficult. Here, we’ll cover the best ways to keep a daily posting goal that can help you to maintain a healthy Facebook page and to accomplish your larger organizational goals.

Posting inconsistently can cause dramatic spikes and drops in your organic reach and engagement.

One of the things we hear the most often from nonprofits is the desire to maintain a consistent level of organic reach and engagement on Facebook. Many are tired of the extreme spikes and drops in their metrics and wish Facebook could be normalized when it comes to the reach and engagement earned each time they post. At the moment, it can feel like the roll of the dice which is the last thing anyone wants before posting a large, important campaign post!

To make matters worse, organic reach has been dropping for many Facebook page managers. Not only do they desire consistent reach and engagement, they want it to increase!

The good news is that keeping a daily posting goal can help normalize and improve the organic reach and engagement you earn on Facebook. Posting the same number of times each day (including on the weekends) gives you the same number of opportunities to earn organic reach and engagement each day. This helps to smooth out the spikes and drops experienced when posting inconsistently or missing days all together.

Consistent posting each day can also increase your organic reach and engagement over time as you’re giving your supporters more opportunities to see and engage with your content. The truth is that if you post on Facebook but your supporters are not online to see it, they likely will miss your post and will never get the chance to engage with it. Facebook moves so quickly that it’s likely to get buried – even more so if the last time you posted to your Facebook page was a number of days ago!

Therefore, posting consistently a few times a day opens up the number of opportunities you’ve given your supporters to engage with your cause. This, in turn, can increase and normalize your organic reach and engagement.

Posting inconsistently can decrease your number of active, engaged supporters.

Not only can we increase and maintain our organic reach and engagement by posting consistently, we can also retain our most active, engaged supporters on Facebook. Building on the first point we covered, you can begin to lose active supporters on Facebook if you don’t give them enough opportunities to see your content and engage with it.

With the way the Facebook algorithm currently works, a supporter who hasn’t engaged with your page’s content in some time will slowly stop receiving your posts all together. Why is this the case? Facebook uses a number of behavioral triggers to decide which of your supporters receives which of your posts in their news feed. One of the behavioral triggers is post engagement. If they haven’t engaged with your page in a long time, Facebook takes this as a sign that they are no longer interested in your page and it’s content.

The problem is, posting inconsistently can falsely cause this to happen. Your supporters aren’t necessarily any less interested in your cause, they just haven’t received any of your content because the few times a week your page posted, they missed it.

Therefore, posting consistently a few times a day increases the likelihood of your supporters receiving at least one of your posts and engaging with it. This keeps them engaged each day and receiving your content on their news feed.

Posting consistently can increase the success of your top campaigns!

Too many organizations make the mistake of only posting when they have a campaign to share on Facebook. The problem is, as we saw above, this leaves too much time for your supporters to become disengaged and stop receiving your posts, especially if a number of days or weeks has gone by without a single new post on your Facebook page!

The way Facebook currently works, it’s really important to keep posting consistently and keeping people engaged in between your larger campaigns. Doing this ensures that there are still engaged supporters left when you share your donation appeal or petition asking for signatures.

There is also a second principle at play here. Supporters who follow you on Facebook expect to receive valuable content in their news feeds. That’s the number one reason they are following you! If you fail to give them this assumed value, they may not be very forth coming when you ask for help with your next campaign. Think about it, if an organization only asked you for help or money while never giving you any value in return, you’d start to feel less positive about that organization.

We call the mix of this content “The Cheese and Broccoli Rule.” While kids don’t want to eat broccoli by itself, if you add cheese, they start to like it a lot more. Similarly, if you’re not posting fun content of value, in other words, the cheese, your supporters are much less likely to take the broccoli, which is your important campaigns.

Wrap up

As you can see, posting consistently each day on Facebook can have a huge impact on the health and success of your Facebook page overall. Simply setting a daily posting goal can ensure that your supporters are engaged and ready when you have an important campaign to share. It can also retain and further grow your relationships with already engaged, passionate supporters in your cause.

While you don’t need any special tools to set a daily posting goal, ActionSprout does include a built in daily goal tracker. This can be an easy way to stay on top of your goal if your organization has an ActionSprout account.

What is the value of a Facebook post?

Everyday your nonprofit is busy posting stories to your Facebook page in the hopes of reaching and engaging more of your supporters. The trouble is how do you place real value on this effort? Is your Facebook page becoming more valuable with time, or staying the same?

In short how much is any one of your Facebook posts really worth to your nonprofit?

One fairly easy way to calculate this value is by looking at the “earned media valuation” of your post based on how many people engaged with it. This is an approximation of the monetary value of your Facebook posts. In other words, if you had paid to get the same results, roughly how much would you have spent? You can think about this as money saved in a way.

Now this doesn’t directly tie to outcomes like donations, but it’s a simply way to approximate what the return on your Facebook efforts are at a high level. And use this to report to your board or ED the impact and value of Facebook.

To calculate an “earned media valuation” first determine what a fair value is for each different type of interaction, based on the goals of your organization. Based on a large amount of data on nonprofit Facebook ad spend we have at ActionSprout here are some baselines we see for nonprofits:

  • Reactions = $0.25 each
  • Comments = $1 each
  • Shares = $2 each
  • Link Clicks = $1 each
  • Video views = $0.50 each

Then take the interactions for each post and multiply them by these numbers to give you a total $ value based on how many people were engaged in different ways.

Let’s look an an example from one of our recent posts. It had 215 reactions, 4 comments, 48 shares and 259 link clicks. So we would value this post at $158 in earned media value.

Now did this post generate $158 in revenue for us, not directly. But had we paid for this reach and engagement we likely would have spent $158 or more to interact with this many people.

So how can you do this for your nonprofits Facebook page? We just added this capability to the Timeline section inside the ActionSprout app, simply click on the more area at the top of any post and select the ROI tab to see a calculated earned media value using the default values.

LOG IN or SIGN UP to give it a try and see what your Facebook posts are worth.

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Manage your Facebook comments with ActionSprout

Being part of the conversation just got easier!

If you’re not actively reading, responding to and managing the comments on your Facebook posts, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to build a community and relationships with your supporters.

We’re excited to introduce Comments Inbox, a new tool in ActionSprout to help you manage your Facebook comments easily and efficiently!

To use Comments Inbox, simply turn it on:

  1. Click on the People tab at the top of the page.
  2. Select the Comments option from the side menu.
  3. Click on the Enable Comments Inbox button.

comments inbox email announcent image​ Now, all of the comments on your Facebook Page will appear in your ActionSprout account.

Comments Inbox includes the following features:

  • A priority view so that you can deal with the most important comments first.
  • View the profiles and activity history for each commenter so that you have the appropriate context for responding.
  • Tag important people so that you can identify your donors, VIPs, staff or even trolls, and get notified when they make comments in the future.
  • Like comments (as your organization) to show your supporters that you’re listening.
  • Reply to comments publicly or through a direct message to continue the conversation or offer a follow-up.
  • Hide or delete comments that are not appropriate.
  • Assign a comment to one of your teammates so that they are notified and can respond.
  • Get notified immediately when a commenter uses profanity.
  • Get a daily reminder if there are any new priority comments.
  • Automatic recommendations for how to address each comment, based on an analysis of the comment and person making it.
  • Manage comments as your Facebook Page; stop worrying about accidentally exposing your personal Facebook profile.

The whole team here at ActionSprout is really excited to share Comments Inbox with you. Give it a try—we think you’ll be impressed with how much easier it makes things!

And, as always, we welcome your reactions, ideas and questions, this is just the beginning, we’ll continue to evolve it in response to your feedback!

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Everyone who tells you when to post on Facebook is wrong

There is no shortage of people telling you about the best time(s) to post on Facebook. However, these “best times to post” articles, written by “certified Facebook experts,” are all based on broad averages and studies. They are guesses at best, and do not reflect the reality of your supporters’ Facebook habits:

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The truth is that the real answer of when to post has been available to you the entire time—through your Facebook Page.

Facebook itself will tell you when your supporters are on the site. And who would post based on a general average when you could have the cold, hard facts about your own supporters? The problem is that so few Page managers know that this data is given to them or where to find it. Instead, they trust the averages and the self-proclaimed experts, not knowing that a better solution is right in front of them.

This ends today. This post will show you where to find this data through your Facebook Page and how to use it.

Where to Find the Data

To find out when your supporters are on Facebook, login and navigate to your nonprofit’s Page.

At the top of your Page, you’ll find the Insights tab. Click on it:

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From here, you will click on Posts from the left-hand menu. This will open up the graph that we want to look at:

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This graph is a seven-day look at when your Page fans will most likely be on Facebook (it learns from their past behavior). This graph is pretty accurate because:

  1. People typically login to Facebook at the same times every day, i.e. during their lunch break or after work.
  2. Facebook has a ton of past behavioral data to pull from. The larger the sample size, the higher the accuracy.

How to Read the Data

By Day

Just above the graph, you’ll find a series of bars—one for each day of the week. This tells you, on average, how many of your Page fans log in to Facebook each day. In this example, Saturday wins by just a hair. If you have an important post or campaign coming up, this can help you to decide which day(s) is/are the best to make the announcement.

By Hour

The graph then shows you, on average, what hour(s) your Page fans are on Facebook for the week as a whole. Hovering over a day bar just above will display the particular times for that day. In this example, if you hover over the Friday bar, you can see a unique spike at 7am:

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This would be one of the best times to post on Friday each week. We can also see that 1pm, 3pm and 6pm are also uniquely good times to post on Friday on Facebook.

We can do the same for each day. Here’s Thursday; on Thursdays in particular, we should post at 8am, 9am and 5pm:

when to post on facebook

This can be a bit tedious at first, but once you have the hang of it, and a sense of when your Page fans are on Facebook each day, it will pay huge dividends over trusting the general averages that you can find on Google.

An Automated Option

There is an option, through ActionSprout, to automate this process. If you share any post from the ActionSprout app, we will show you the next best time to post on Facebook based on your Page graph:

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You also have the option to browse these times for the coming week. Simply click on the Optimal posting times link right below the default next best time:

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This allows you some flexibility but makes sure that you’re always posting at optimal times.

Wrap-Up

You have some options for choosing how to take advantage of this powerful data based on your preferences. What’s important is that you use your own personalized data instead of generic averages to guide your decisions on Facebook.

Want to learn even more about the data tucked away inside your Page’s Insights tab? Here are the top three metrics to know about. Spoiler: you already know the first one!

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2 Simple Ways to Track Your Supporters’ Activities with You on Facebook

You now have the power to track all interactions that supporters have with you on your Facebook Page.

That means if your supporter John Smith has liked three of your posts, commented on one and signed a petition on your behalf, all of this activity is rolled up into one supporter profile inside your ActionSprout account. You now have a much richer, 360° view of who John is and how engaged he is with your cause on Facebook.

As John continues to engage with you on Facebook, any of his future interactions that you import will be added to his profile. Over time, you’ll be able to watch John’s relationship with your organization grow and change.

How can you start tracking your supporters’ interactions on your own Facebook Page?

Upload your existing supporter list, donor list, mailing list, etc. to ActionSprout. This will tell ActionSprout to start social profiles for your known supporters from different channels. Use the import feature inside of ActionSprout to import supporter activity from your Facebook posts.

Upload an Existing List

Do you have a sense of the overlap, if any, of your different supporter channels? Are your annual donors engaging with your posts on Facebook? Are the supporters who subscribe to your newsletter also reading your posts on Facebook?

Now you may be thinking, “Sure, that information might be interesting… but beyond that, what would I do with it?”

So much!

  • If one of your annual donors leaves you a comment on Facebook, wouldn’t you want to know about it and make sure that someone responds to them?
  • If one of your most active supporters asks you a question on Facebook, don’t you want to know and respond as soon as possible?
  • If you knew your donor and your most active commenter on Facebook were the same person, wouldn’t that change things? Wouldn’t you treat them differently and try to reach out to them one-on-one?

Those are just a few possible situations where knowing this information would be useful.

By uploading these current lists of supporters to ActionSprout, you’ll begin to find out where and how much this overlap happens.

Furthermore, make use of tags to keep track of supporters and what you know about them. These tags follow them throughout your ActionSprout account and exports.

Import on Posts

The second way to start tracking and recording this supporter data is to import the activity data of your Facebook posts. This can be done through the Timeline tab of your ActionSprout account.

Every time you import the engagement data from a post, those supporter activities will either be added to an existing supporter profile, or used to create a new profile to start tracking this new supporter that you haven’t imported yet (either from an existing list or via a post). In this way, your sense of your supporters becomes richer and more informed over time.

Putting Supporter Data to Use

So, you’ve imported your existing supporter lists and started the habit of importing engagement data from your Facebook posts, now what do you do with this data? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Get a nuanced sense of what topics your supporters are interested in. For example, if you run a nature conservation nonprofit and you have a group of supporters that are particularly into panda bear posts, you can send them customized messaging around pandas. Use this personalized angle when asking for donations, support or signatures.
  • Identify your most active supporters and invite them into a private Facebook group for further involvement and engagement. They’re your VIPs, so give them the VIP treatment.
  • Get a sense for how engaged your supporters are as a whole on Facebook. Do you have a pretty good portion of supporters that is very engaged with your Facebook Page? A larger portion that is not? How many of these supporters have shared their name and email address with you? This should be ringing some bells if you’re familiar with the engagement ladder.
  • Use this data to figure out what your next steps on Facebook are. Do you still have a long way to go in engaging your supporters? Are they engaged and waiting for ways to involve themselves more? Use this data to shape your ongoing strategies.
  • Learn what your supporters are into on a deeper level. If point number one about pandas applies to 90% of your supporter base, but you mostly talk about tigers on your Page, then you may want to reconsider your content strategy.
Managing Facebook comments

9 steps to managing Facebook comments like a pro

Facebook is a social network. We all know this, but sometimes we need a reminder. Facebook is not a broadcasting tool or a soapbox—it’s a community with real people. Using a Facebook page means signing up to interact with both your supporters and your critics. When people comment on your page or send your page a message, they often expect a reply. Replying to comments is one of the most important things your nonprofit does on Facebook—if not the most important!

If you’re a nonprofit, it’s likely you want two things:

  1. More supporters in your cause
  2. More supporters doing more for your cause

Comment management plays a big role in both of these. Building an engaged community of supporters requires being part of the conversations that take place around your cause. The majority of these conversation are taking place on your Facebook posts.

In short, every nonprofit on Facebook needs to be an active participant in these conversations in order to grow a community of active, engaged supporters for their cause.

The problem is replying to comments isn’t always easy! It’s both an art and a science. It’s PR, community management, customer service and interpersonal relations all wrapped up together. And as your community grows, the number of comments grows with it. It becomes important to know about and deal with the most important comments first.

Don’t worry! We’re here to help. Once you have a plan, managing and responding to comments really isn’t too bad. The following will help you create that very plan.

(If you would like help on the technical side of managing comments, please see our technical guide to Facebook comments.)

1. Establish your ground rules.

To effectively manage your page comments, you’ll want to start with a firm foundation. Establishing a set of ground rules for your page is your first line of defense when wading into the flow of Facebook comments. These rules should outline what you wish to see on your page and what you don’t. Frame up what you hope for your page and its community. Paint an image of the ideal state.

Now, boil this down into an actionable set of comment policies. Here are some things to make sure you include:

  1. What is the mission of this Facebook page? (Not your overall organization, but your Facebook page. What does success look like?)
  2. What does encouraged behavior and participation look like? (How does this link back to your greater mission and goals for your Facebook page?)
  3. How should supporters treat one another? How is that monitored and enforced?
  4. Clear list of what is not acceptable
  5. Clear procedure to deal with unacceptable content (Deletion? Three strikes? Banning?) What’s the evaluation look like?
  6. Are supporters encourage to help police the page? Should they report comments to your team
  7. Who should supporters contact if they have a problem?

Once finished, plug your comment policy into the About section of your page and as a Note.

Here are some awesome examples and resources to help you. First Mashable’s guide to Facebook comments, example from Travel Oregon that takes advantage of the Notes feature, similar example from ActionSprout and lastly Facebook’s community guidelines.

2. Enforce your rules with no exceptions.

Letting go of something small may not seem like a big deal at the time, but it sets a bad precedent. If something big happens, you don’t want the perpetrators pointing at times when you didn’t enforce the rules. You don’t want to be accused of playing favorites or being unfair. The rules apply fairly to everyone on the page or no one at all.

3. Do not delete all negative comments.

It can be so tempting to delete those negative comments about your organization or cause. You must fight the urge, however, if the comments are not:

  • Breaking the rules you’ve established for your page
  • Offensive or profane
  • Illegal in any way
  • Posted by a troll

The remaining comments, while negative, should be productive in some way. Use this to your advantage as a teaching moment. Try to be polite and come at the conversation from an educational viewpoint. How can I listen to them and really hear what they have to say? How can I respond to this in a constructive, meaningful way? Where are the “openings” in their thought process?

You are not here to fight them, start an argument or convert them against their will. Simply hear them and respond in a way that gives value. Can you address their concerns or questions? Can you post an educational link? Can you bring up a new way of looking at the situation they may not have thought of?

Maybe you’re the one asking them questions to better understand them and their stance.

Most importantly, know when to stop. Know when the conversation has ran its course and there is nothing left to say. This usually happens when the conversation starts to repeat itself or lacks the ability to go anywhere new.

4. Do not engage trolls, ever.

According to Wikipedia, an internet Troll is:

“a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, often for their own amusement. This sense of the word ‘troll’ and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, but have been used more widely. Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment.”

The general advice to not engage with trolls is a widespread, accepted best practice across the Internet as a whole. It is often stated as “Don’t feed the trolls.” Just don’t do it.

5. Involve the larger team.

Your core team of folks assigned to manage and monitor the comments on your Facebook page should be able to handle the day-to-day demands of the job. But there will always be times when comments have the potential to get out of hand and become unmanageable for this core group.

In these situations, you should have extra folks on your staff that are trained and able to jump in as backup when needed.

Usually, these situations should not come as too much of a surprise. That breaking news story broke, the campaign won or failed, a big decision was made, etc. You should be able to see the comments come flooding in from the horizon line. At these times, an extra set of helping hands should be prepared and ready to go.

The worst-case scenario is that the spike in comments was unexpected, and your team will need to be as ready as possible and jump into action. This brings us to the next point.

6. Train your team.

Make sure your team is trained and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Give them the tools, knowledge and ability well ahead of time so they’re ready to jump in.

This means making sure they have a copy of your comment policy and in house guidelines for responding and making sure they understand it. Keep in mind responding to comments isn’t for everyone. Choose your team with care.

7. Consider whether the commenter expects or needs a reply.

Let yourself off the hook; you don’t have to answer every single comment on Facebook. Some comments just don’t require a response. When trying to evaluate whether to respond, try putting yourself in the shoes of the commenter. Are they expecting a reply? Is liking their comment enough acknowledgement?

Users on Facebook commonly comment on a post to show others in their network that they care about this issue or wish to talk to the fellow commenters on the thread. In these cases, they are not expecting a reply from you or the page that posted the piece of content.

Establish some rules of thumb when it comes to responding so that the team is on the same page. When in doubt, go with your gut.

8. Consider whether a question should be moved to a private message.

There are times when commenters start conversations that just don’t belong with the Facebook comments. They might talk about sensitive subject matters or require care that doesn’t make sense for the comments section. Decide where to draw the line ahead of time, and do your best to practice it.

When responding to a comment on Facebook, there is the option to respond as a comment or direct message the user. This is the easiest way to move the conversation to a direct, private message. Once moved to a direct message, Facebook indicates to other users on the thread that the comment was dealt with in a direct message. This way, other supporters don’t mistake this action as the page ignoring a comment.

9. Get the help and tools you need for the job.

Managing Facebook comments is no small job. Get comfortable with your internal capacity and receive outside help when you need it. This could come in the form of extra tools and software or hiring outside help.

A small, well-organized team armed with the right tools can absolutely get the job done! It will just take some time to set up and get the system running smoothly.

Comment management is essential to having a successful Facebook page that meets your larger organizational goals and missions.

Check out our brand new comments inbox, and really take comment management to the next level

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4 reasons why drafting posts creates stronger team workflows

You now have the power to save posts as drafts (inside the drafts folder of Facebook) through the ActionSprout app. While this feature may seem small, the implications are huge.

Here are four big reasons why you should get excited about drafts!

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Reviewal process

Many organizations require that posts first get approved before they are published to Facebook. The Facebook drafts folder is the best overall setting for the reviewal process to take place.

In this folder, see exactly how the post will appear once published. Review all messaging, imagery and layout in it’s final form. This is the most accurate preview of a post you can get!

Now when you’re creating a post or action from within ActionSprout take advantage of this powerful reviewal feature.

Delegation

The drafts feature offers easy delegation and sharing of work. Lighten your workload and let an intern or fellow staff member draft up some posts. When it’s time to post, you can review their work and publish / schedule the content from within the drafts folder. If the content still isn’t quite right, edit the post right there. If the post is totally off the mark, you can simply delete it.

Now you can share the work without giving up control or quality.

Collaboration

Similar to the above, the drafts feature makes team collaboration easier. Select the content you’d like to post from Inspiration or Timeline, layout your message and save your finished idea as a draft. Now your team can jump into the drafts folder and give your content a look. As stated above, this is the most accurate representation of the post once it is published. This makes getting a second pair of eyes or a sanity check easy.

More control over how you work and post

This feature simply gives you even greater control over how you work inside of ActionSprout. Whatever your personal workflow looks like, you now have the full power of posting through the ActionSprout app. From planning, drafting, scheduling and publishing, we hope you and your team feel empowered and productive through ActionSprout.

Now go try the feature for yourself and see what you think!