Once you’ve started up a Facebook page for your radio station, you might be wondering, "now what?" Well, it’s time for some Facebook page management best practices!
A Facebook page is a great tool for any broadcaster because it is a free place to market your station with a huge reach. Not only can you interact with your station’s current audience, but you can use a Facebook page to expand your network. You never know who you might find: new listeners or even collaborators!
Managing your station’s Facebook page is easy: all you have to do is put yourself out there. Here are three tips for managing your radio station’s Facebook page!
If you’ve gone through the trouble to make a Facebook page for your station, you might as well use it. Aside from sharing content regularly, remember to post updates specifically about your radio station frequently. You can keep these updates daily, weekly, or even monthly. As long as you post consistently, your audience will be able to keep tabs on your station.
Make sure to include important station details – like programming info, the schedule, and any relevant links – in your posts. Additionally, ensure you have a rich use of media in your posts. Things like videos and pictures are eye-catching and can encourage viewers to engage with your full post rather than scrolling to the next thing.
Keep your posts professional as well. Check that all of your spelling, grammar, and punctuation is correct before you hit that "Post" button. Also be sure that you only post relevant details. You can keep your personal life out of your Facebook page unless it’s pertinent.
While you want your station’s page to feel professional, don’t be afraid to have fun with your updates! Keep the tone in your posts light and happy or throw in some emojis to entertain your audience. After all, the goal of posting is for your content to be shareable. Fun is contagious: if you’re spreading joy, so will your audience.
Encourage Listener Interaction
Engagement is an important part of marketing your station. If your audience feels involved in some way, they’ll be more likely to stick around. Finding ways to encourage listener interaction can be enjoyable, but also insightful for you. After all, having a sense of what your audience likes and dislikes helps you know what to broadcast on your station.
One great way to encourage listener interaction is by posing questions on your Facebook posts. For example, you can ask, "Who is your favorite new artist?" or "What genre of music is the best?" and tell your audience to comment with their answers below.
If you’d rather be the one answering questions, a good old fashioned Q&A can also encourage listener interaction. Prompt your listeners to leave questions in the comment section of your Facebook post, then reply with answers.
It’s important to note, too, that Facebook is always rolling out new features, so keep an eye out for new things that Facebook introduces that you may be able to utilize to create unique posts and engage with listeners!
Be a Part of the Facebook Community
The more you put into the universe, the more you’ll get out of it. The same rule applies to Facebook. If you want to attract a bigger audience, you need to be an active member of the Facebook community. This is especially true in the early stages of your Facebook page, when you may not have a large following yet.
If someone comments on one of your posts, make sure to like it and reply if you can. Don’t be afraid to check out the accounts of your listeners as well. Liking and commenting on their posts shows that you care. Not only will it keep them around your page and station, but it could also forge a friendship between you.
Additionally, like other Facebook pages you’re a fan of, whether they may be other radio stations or various businesses. Leave likes (and other Facebook reactions) and comments on their posts too. And who knows: interacting with other pages could even lead to future collaborations!
You can also share relevant posts from other pages on your station’s page. For example: if your station is on Live365, you can share any relevant Live365 Facebook posts. And, if your station is ever featured on the Live365 (Official) Facebook page, be sure to share share share with your audience! Similarly, if one of your listeners created a post that you thought was really awesome, go ahead and share it! Facebook notifies users whenever another user shares their posts, so it’s a great way to potentially increase traffic on your page. You may even get a "thank you" from the person whose post you shared, and that relationship building can go a long way when it comes to word-of-mouth marketing!
With these tips, we hope you feel comfortable managing your station’s Facebook page. The most important rule is to have fun. Happy posting (and broadcasting)!
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