What 3 Content Types Drive the Most Interaction on Facebook?

Social media is evolving so quickly that it almost makes your head spin. What 3 Content Types Drive the Most Interaction on Facebook

Google+ arrived on the scene only a few months ago and has quickly gathered nearly 50 million users, Twitter continues to grow past 200 million and Facebook continues to evolve both its personal profiles and company Fan pages.

The social web is the third phase of the Internet’s evolution which has followed the portal phase around 1995 (such as Yahoo and AOL) and search phase which commenced in earnest in the late 1990’s ( including Google and Bing).

One of the  fun parts of social media marketing is that it is still so new that you need to test things to see what does and doesn’t work.

Recently I have been experimenting with Facebook to see which type of content creates the most interaction with readers and what drives sharing.

This has been driven by some studies and research that I had discovered.

3 Research Results to Make you “Think”

Part of the reason I have held my own little Facebook “Science Lab”, has been these recent research and studies

  1. How much sharing is done on Twitter
  2. The 5 motivations for sharing content on social media
  3. How to get 50% more impressions on your Facebook page

These made me start thinking, sit up and start my own experiment and trial, publishing and posting some different types of content on my Facebook “Page” to see what drives the most interaction.

Facebook has a tool that allows you to measure this content interaction called “Insights”

Four Ways to Measure Your Content Interaction

There is a  new version of Facebook “Insights” analytics tool, that allows you to monitor and measure in more depth, the effect of different post and content publishing, to see what does and doesn’t resonate with your fans.

New Facebook Insights Analytics Tool

1.Reach

The number of unique people who have seen the post for 28 days after you have published the post

2.Engaged Users

This includes the number of unique people who have engaged with your post (again over 28 days since posting). This includes any click on the post including link clicks and stories generated.

3.Talking About This

This measurement includes the number of unique people who have created a “story” from your page post.

Stories include any of these types of actions on your brands Facebook “page”

  • Liking
  • commenting on a post
  • Sharing a post
  • Answering a question
  • RSVPing to an event

Virality

This measures the number of  unique people who have created a “story” from your page post as a percentage  of the number of unique people who have seen it.

4 Ways to measure content interaction on Facebook

Five Facebook Content Posting Experiments

Content on any media is what drives sharing and interaction. The better the content, the more it gets shared.

Also the type of content is also what generates nore sharing and interaction.

The five content types that I have recently tested on Facebook.

  1. Photos
  2. Questions or Survey
  3. Posts from my blog
  4. Quotes
  5. Infographics

The Results

1. Top Four Facebook Updates for “Reach”

  1. Photo with a reach of 1,030
  2. Blog post with a reach of  938 (7 Ways to Protect Your Brand’s Online Reputation)
  3. Blog post with a reach of 808 (Google+ Growth Explodes)
  4. Quote with a reach of 808 – Steve Jobs exhortation to his staff and engineers to build not just good but “insanely great” products. “We’re here to put a dent in the universe“

2. Top Four Facebook Updates for “Engaged Users”

  1. Photo with 52 engaged users
  2. Blog post with 37 engaged viewers – 6 Fabulous Facebook Marketing Infographics
  3. Blog post with 36 engaged users – 11 New Twitter Facts, Figures and Growth Statistics plus [INFOGRAPHIC]
  4. Blog post with 36 Engaged users – How to Get 50% more Impressions on your Facebook Page

3. Top 4 Updates Ranked by “Talking About This”  Results

  1. Quote – with 24 stories created “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
  2. Quote –  with 18 stories created Steve Jobs exhortation to his staff and engineers to build not just good but “insanely great” products. “We’re here to put a dent in the universe“
  3. Photo – with 15 stories created
  4. Blog Post – with 12 stories created – 11 New Twitter Facts, Figures and Growth Statistics plus [INFOGRAPHIC]

4. Top 4 Updates by “Virality “

  1. Quote with 3.2% virality- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
  2. Quote with 2.23% virality – Steve Jobs exhortation to his staff and engineers to build not just good but “insanely great” products. “We’re here to put a dent in the universe“
  3. Blog post with 1.63% virality – 11 New Twitter Facts, Figures and Growth Statistics plus [INFOGRAPHIC]
  4. Blog post with 1.61% – 6 Fabulous Facebook Marketing Infographics

It was also interesting to note that the photo still ranked in the the top 8 in this measurement!

What should be also considered is that I have only posted one photo and 3 quotes to Facebook, so this little experiment was rather revealing about the power of  quotes and photos for sharing and interaction.

Takeaways

Photos create a lot of interaction along with quotes. The other surprising result that I have noticed since experimenting with “Infographics” on my blog is the increased traffic to the blog and the high engagement and stories that it created on Facebook.

So consider these three top takeaways:

  1. Include photos in your Facebook updates where you can
  2. Add quotes where appropriate
  3. Readers and viewers love Infographics

These all create more sharing and inteaction on your Facebook page and should be woven into your content mix along with good blog post articles.

What drives interaction on your Facebook page?

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Comments

  • http://akira.hana.bi Akira Uchimura

    I think facebook videos are also a highly viral as well because you can tag them as photos and are deeply embedded in fb. :) 

    Nikkei Youth Network
    http://facebook.com/nikkeiyouth 

  • http://akira.hana.bi Akira Uchimura

    I think facebook videos are also a highly viral as well because you can tag them as photos and are deeply embedded in fb. :) 

    Nikkei Youth Network
    http://facebook.com/nikkeiyouth 

  • http://www.motivationalwhisperers.com/ Dawn Abraham

    It’s the type of Quotes and pictures it needs to be inspirational and everything that you quoted Steve Jobs, was by far inspirational and worth seeing & hearing over and over. Thanks Jeff you’ve done a great job with your web site.  The Information is appreciated. :) 

  • http://www.motivationalwhisperers.com/ Dawn Abraham

    It’s the type of Quotes and pictures it needs to be inspirational and everything that you quoted Steve Jobs, was by far inspirational and worth seeing & hearing over and over. Thanks Jeff you’ve done a great job with your web site.  The Information is appreciated. :) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Astro-Gremlin/100002297905662 Astro Gremlin

    Music videos are quite viral among my Facebook friends.  Photos, quotations, and humor rank high, too.  You get a reputation for fun, and folks will tolerate a blog or two!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Lockwood-Schott/668246531 Pamela Lockwood Schott

    Fascinating, Jeff. One of the things that I use to engage people, first on FB, and then onto the blog, is to use a photo from someone on Facebook. This allows me to 1) make a new friend; 2) thank them openly in the photo caption on the blog and in my FB post; and 3) gain new followers whose news feeds I am now in.

    It takes a little digging around to find something that is appropriate to the post, but it’s well worth the time. (Plus, I’m a big photography nut, and I love stumbling across new work.)

    Thanks for the post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pamela-Lockwood-Schott/668246531 Pamela Lockwood Schott

    Fascinating, Jeff. One of the things that I use to engage people, first on FB, and then onto the blog, is to use a photo from someone on Facebook. This allows me to 1) make a new friend; 2) thank them openly in the photo caption on the blog and in my FB post; and 3) gain new followers whose news feeds I am now in.

    It takes a little digging around to find something that is appropriate to the post, but it’s well worth the time. (Plus, I’m a big photography nut, and I love stumbling across new work.)

    Thanks for the post!

  • http://www.contentequalsmoney.com Emma Richardson

    My boss and I looked at our Sprout Social reports together recently and found that the content which seems to get the most views/interaction on our Facebook page relates directly to writing or specific types of content we promote. For example, the two posts we shared that did the best in terms of engagement were a post on using quotation marks properly and one on education marketing. After reviewing these findings, we decided that we’ll probably try and promote more articles that cover the mechanics of our industry, as well as those that probe into specific industry angles.

    • http://www.socialcubix.com/ Facebook Application

      hmm i feel the same thing but your answer is truly awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/BrisRocket Andrew Newey

    Good insights – thanks Jeff!

  • http://twitter.com/solrepublic SOL REPUBLIC

    On our Facebook page, we like to offer tons of free content. Totally free. We make playlists, videos, and distribute other exclusive content in order to drive traffic and engage our fans. My favorite type of post is when a Facebook user shares their own music/videos on our page. It’s genuine authentic engagement that I believe drives some serious traffic.

  • Lori Druskin Ryan

    Just curious about the time frame. Did you conduct this over a period of days? Weeks? I think it would be fun to throw in some variables. It would be interesting to see if the numbers(percentages) looked similar if other folks tried the experiment too. Anyhow, super interesting. Thank you for taking the time to try it and share it. Cheers to posting photos!

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  • http://jaynalocke.myopenid.com/ Jayna Locke

    I think we all feel the same way at times! If life gets completely out of balance, it’s time to shut it all off and rejuvenate. Isn’t it odd that sometimes social media makes you feel so distracted that you can be almost anti-social in real life?

    • Anne Naishorua

      This is soo true. I spend so much time on my computer and specifically social media (Its part of my work) to the extend that I loose track of time. I need to balance my life

  • http://twitter.com/GlobalTwitizen lmrosen

    Chris: This is really cool to know! Do you mind sharing (in words) what this was a picture of (the one you posted)? Many thanks and continued success!

  • WhatAreYouBuyen

    nothing I post on my facebook page gets much interaction even if it IS specific to the content we promote, it gets viewed but no one really comments or shares anything, even when we do stuff like coupon codes and other things related to our industry :(

  • http://www.ikf.co.in/ I Knowledge Factory

    Hey Jeff!!
    Thanks for the ultimate post.

  • stephanie

    Hi Mr. Jelacic. I’m taking a bold step to invite people to be mutual followers on Twitter as I’m relatively new to it. My posting will mostly be focused on media and marketing related contents. Would you like to follow each other and make process together? Please find me @snox72. Thanks and have a very wonderful week!

  • Sara Lee

    Great Post! I have found another related article too in the link below:

    http://technology-vibe.com/blog/popular-contents-shared-facebook/

    Thanks