Facebook engagement tactics: The lifetime of a post on a Facebook page

Timeline engagement with Facebook and understanding lifespan and lifetime of a postBack in 2011 rumour had it that the average lifetime of a Facebook page post was around 22 hours. That was pre timeline. New research suggests that the average lifetime of a post on your page is only 3 hours.

When you consider the challenges of dealing with Facebook EDGErank you know you are in for a challenge. Facebook engagement tactics are no longer a walk in the park.

The study of the lifetime of a Facebook post referred to was done by Edgerank Checker. If we choose to believe that this data is reliable – and I think it is – then it is clear that frequency of messaging has to change. And that is a challenge in itself for most brands and organizations.

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The challenge lies in the content you are able to produce and make available to your Facebook audience whilst staying true to your purpose, objectives and brand DNA. On one side you have to figure out your best Facebook engagement tactics. On the other hand ensure that your Facebook fans will keep on liking you.

If a post on Facebook has a lifetime of 3 hours, and your audience is using Facebook – say – 16 hours each day, you would have to be prepared to deliver 5-6 posts every day. Not counting the repetition of posts, that translates into 35 – 40 posts every week, or more than 150 posts each month.

So – as you have heard so many times before – the success lies in your content.

Facebook engagement tactics tips for you

In my opinion an engaging Facebook page should expertly balance various types of content, for example;

  • value adding content, for example content that educates or nurtures your audience depending on what your purpose is
  • fun content, for example funny pictures – these can be completely unrelated to your purpose. See example
  • interactive content, for example content that would require your audience to offer their opinion – works best if it has relevance to your content concept
  • incentivized content, for example quizzes that offer prizes, sweepstakes
  • provocative content, for example content with an edge (see here for an example)
Some of these content types are easy to deal with – funny pictures for example. But a good brand page would have to offer a certain amount of original content. And creating new content on – literally – a weekly or even daily basis is a challenge for most organizations.

But it has to be done if you want to leverage your Facebook presence to the maximum.

I am currently conducting some experiments on Facebook that puts all of this to the test. In these experiments I use all of my marketing skills to conduct an unbiased test. It is exciting, but also a lot of work. So the big question for me, and for everyone else, is how to make all of that work pay off. ….

I will share the learnings and results from these experiments in the The Mind-Box newsletter first, and then later on Facebook and in the Chief Marketing Officer’s Group on LinkedIn.

PS: Whatever you do in the fun department, make sure that most of your fun posts are related to your purpose (your brand), your target audience and stays true to the credo of your business and brand.

About the Author:

Michael Leander is an award winning international speaker, trainer, consultant and board member. He speaks about topics related to marketing automation, email marketing, social media marketing, digital marketing, direct marketing, CRM and loyalty marketing.

A consistently highly rated keynote speaker, marketing workshop trainer and panelist, he has shared his knowledge in more than 40 countries.

Practicing what he preaches, Michael Leander also shares his knowledge and ideas on his blog and in all of the most popular social channels. Michael Leander hails from the Kingdom of Denmark.