5 Ways Hyperlocal Marketing Will Help Small Businesses Rank Higher on Facebook
Have your social media efforts got you feeling like you’re on an emotional roller-coaster lately? Guess what, you’re not alone! Between algorithm changes suppressing branded content, to the increasingly rising cost of social media advertising, it can feel impossible to get your message out there. Alas, there is a silver lining! Facebook has announced that changes to the New Feed will now favor content from local publishers (in addition to serving up updates from friends and family), in order to reduce noise and offer accurate, relevant information to its users.
So, what does this mean for small businesses and local publications? Well, it’s great news, actually! According to Facebook, the platform will now “show more stories from news sources in your local town or city. If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in News Feed”. Awesome! Now what?
First things first, let’s consider the idea of hyperlocal marketing. While hyperlocal marketing may sound like another buzz term, it’s actually a very savvy way of reaching your immediate audience in a genuine, engaging way (check out our blog on the basics of hyperlocal marketing here). Knowing that Facebook is now putting more [algorithm] stock into localized content and local publishers, we are seeing great opportunities to leverage hyperlocal strategy to boost awareness.
Here are a few ways to get into the hyperlocal game:
Geo-Tagging: Always geo-tag your content. This is the most basic tactic in your hyperlocal arsenal. Publishing a status update, check in. Posting an article, check in. Sharing a photo, check in. Any time you check in and tag your location, Facebook will know to serve up your content to your local audience.
Geo-Targeting & Geo-Fencing: Running ads? Be sure to target your immediate area. With Geo-targeting you can promote your message to people in specific locations, with distinct characteristics and backgrounds. Have a specific product or special you’re looking to promote, consider Geo-Fencing. This allows you to draw a virtual fence around a particular area. For example, if you’re a local bar near a stadium, you might want to geo-fence your ad to be served up to folks who are attending the game.
Notifications & See First Feature: Ask your community to check the “See First” option on your page. This will allow your followers to see your content when it’s published, allowing them to stay up to date.
Talk the Talk: Stay up to date on things happening in and around your immediate area. Your value as a local source lies in your ability to capture the essence of your city or neighborhood. Use your surroundings as inspiration to talk about your brand or your products. By investing in your local community, you are showing Facebook that you are a valued source (which in turn helps you rank better against the algorithm). Speaking of community…
Build & Nurture Your Community: Your community is at the heart of your success. These are the people who follow you, engage with you and share your content. The more you acknowledge your followers and fans, the more likely they are to recommend you to their peers. When your followers engage and share your content, your reach and visibility is given a much needed boost. Learn more about community building here.
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