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Buffer’s Guide to Growing Your Facebook Reach

As Facebook continues to change its rules and algorithms, many of us struggle to keep up. For real estate professionals, Facebook can be a goldmine of opportunity, but if you’re watching your interactions dwindle and your reach shrink, you may feel a little over the whole thing. And I don’t blame you. That’s why I love Buffer’s guide to growing your Facebook reach organically, which was written by Kevan Lee and posted on BufferSocial recently.

As Facebook continues to change its rules and algorithms, many of us struggle to keep up. For real estate professionals, Facebook can be a goldmine of opportunity, but if you’re watching your interactions dwindle and your reach shrink, you may feel a little over the whole thing. And I don’t blame you. That’s why I love Buffer’s guide to growing your Facebook reach organically, which was written by Kevan Lee and posted on BufferSocial recently.

Your real estate business is one of 18 million + business competing for space on Facebook. Facebook has made it harder and harder to get your posts and updates in front of your audience. Kevan explains that even the folks at Buffer have been noticing a decline in their Facebook reach. And he goes on to explain (clearly and smartly) the problem with Facebook reach; how Facebook calculates what shows up on your newsfeed; and his suggestion of a counterintuitive way to combat Facebook reach (ahem … stop caring about it).

What he means with that last point is that reach doesn’t mean success. Reach isn’t an indicator of a true connection, a deal made, or a listing sold. So before getting too hung up on the numbers, it’s a good idea to step back and focus on the end objectives. The idea here is that Facebook’s algorithm (if we can trust it work this way) is saving your content and posts for the people who want it most – the people who engage with you already. This is a positive thing, but it certainly presents a challenge when it comes to lead generation and developing NEW contacts for your Facebook Business Page.

Here’s where Kevan moves past explaining the WHY and starts to talk expertly about the HOW. How to actually combat these problems and proactively work toward growing your Facebook reach organically:

1. Try the cultivation strategies used by Fortune 500 companies, including openness and disclosure; access; positivity; assurances; networking and sharing of tasks.

2. Post at non-peak times.

3. Share original, behind-the-scenes photos of you and your team.

4. Engage your community with questions.

5. Share self-explanatory photos.

6. Look at the numbers differently.

Read the full article HERE to find out how Kevan recommends you approach each of the tips above. And good luck extending your Facebook reach!

How Facebook is Cornering the Property Market

Facebook has more than 1.31 billion active users. According to NAR (the National Association of Realtors), 90.5% of real estate agents and brokers use social media to some extent. In a study of traffic sources conducted by Properties Online, using Google Analytics, single property websites received the most referrals (50%!) from Facebook.

Changes to Craigslist in late 2013 mean that referral traffic from the site can no longer be measured. This gives Facebook a boost in ratings, so to speak. And the social networking giant is doing all it can to maintain its place at the top.

Twitter has been growing, but hasn’t had the impact on real estate professionals that Facebook has. Still, at more than 645 million users, the social media site is a significant force, with a lot of potential. One problem for real estate listings is that Twitter is home to A LOT of information. Tweets can easily get lost and end up unseen. But there is something to the platform – something that has had Facebook on alert for a long time.

You may have noticed the subtle integration of some of Twitter’s features into Facebook this year. Actually, just before the New Year, Facebook began by renaming its ‘subscribe’ and ‘hide all’ options with ‘follow’ and ‘unfollow.’ Facebook is using an algorithm—based on your usage—that then controls the content that appears in your newsfeed.

Another Twitter-ish update was the move to ranking link posts from publishers higher in the newsfeed. This seemingly small change led to big things for Facebook, with publisher content referral traffic from Facebook rising 50%, to account for over 15% of all social referrals. At the same time, mind you, Twitter referrals decreased four percent.

Now, as we know, Facebook is great for sharing photos and videos (and this is great for real estate professionals). But Facebook saw Twitter’s edge when it came to user-generated content and changed its algorithm to rank text-only status updates from users higher in the newsfeed. Their research showed them that users respond positively to these types of updates, and that they prompt more of the same. So, that that and run with it – share your thoughts about a listing, the market, anything of interest, with your Facebook followers.

Facebook may never replace Twitter when it comes to real-time news, but it doesn’t need to. And while a full-blown social media presence is great, if you can pull it off, you don’t need that, either. Facebook is a fantastic option for busy real estate professionals, and it’s gotten even better in 2014.