In your journal blog, describe what your Facebook strategy and goals might be. Be as specific as possible. If you would like, you can set up a Facebook group or page for your topic area.
Ah…finally, Facebook. My buddy, my pal, my go-to social network. Does that make me old? Out of touch with the youth? Boring? I don’t think so. In my experience on Facebook, I have been able to reach out to thousands of college students in order to organize liberty groups across the states of Tennessee and Mississippi as well as make connections with thousands of liberty-minded people and organizations. These connections have afforded me some amazing opportunities and I hope that there will be more to come. I’ve found that reaching people on Facebook is easy. Almost everybody has a profile and even if they don’t “use” Facebook as often as others, they check their news feed and inbox semi-regularly.
My personal Facebook strategy started long before my “topic” blog Facebook strategy – in fact, long before my “topic” blog was even a thought. As a member of the Liberty movement and someone who works in political consulting and grassroots activism/organizing, I am my own brand on Facebook. The majority of my Facebook time is filled with sharing relevant liberty movement memes, updates, news stories, events, and the like. The other percent of my time on Facebook is spent catching up with family and friends – and those people who used to be friends or attended high school, church, or something similar at the same time I did. I find Facebook to serve many purposes in my life. I use it to make connections, to find people who are liberty-minded college students in order to reach out to them about joining the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at their school, to organize and advertise liberty relevant events, to beg people to participate in phone banking, sign waving, or Get Out the Vote campaigns or to volunteer on a campaign, to arrange meetings with those at campuses and in cities across the state to talk with them about student chapters, adult groups, campaign, and anything else.
As part of my personal branding strategy, over two years ago I created a Facebook page called Tennessee and Mississippi Leadership in order to have a more consolidated way to share information relevant to the Liberty movement in Tennessee and Mississippi. Since then, I have shared at least 2 pieces of relevant information each day – sometimes a lot more– in order to maintain a constant flow of information and engagement with my audience. By monitoring this page’s metrics, I know that I have a decent reach and engagement as well as a supportive audience. However, my audience isn’t one that comments on posts unless it is to argue with me or another person. So, for the liberty-minded, it seems that sharing and reach are the metrics I should continually monitor. I can also tell that a good number of my blog audience has come from publicizing my posts on Facebook and on my Facebook Page(s).
Here are a few screenshots of my Tennessee and Mississippi Leadership page:
In addition to that page, I am also the admin for the Young Americans for Liberty at Memphis Page, the Shelby County for Ron Paul Page, the Tennesseans for Liberty of Shelby County Page, and one of the admins for the Libertarian Party of Tennessee Page and the Campaign for Liberty –Shelby County Page. Although, I used to have time to constantly update and monitor these pages as well as the many groups I am an admin of, admittedly I have just not had the time to keep up lately. In the future, I would like to work on my reach and engagement through sharing a bit more as well as continuously post relevant information on my Tennessee and Mississippi Leadership Page.
I would also like to have more time to develop the Young Americans for Liberty at the University of Memphis and hopefully, find a student who has the time, ability, and passion to take over as President of that student organization because god knows that I do not right now.
Here are a few screenshots of my reach and engagement for the uneventful past week on Tennessee and Mississippi Leadership:
Other than that, my strategy is to keep on keepin’ on.
And since we’re on the topic of Facebook, here is a great blog post about why Sarah Elahi loves Facebook (sort of). It’s quite witty and I agree with her, down to the bit about the creepy stalkers. Yes, I said creepy stalkers. Find out what I’m talking about by reading it for yourself.
UPDATE: While I am on the topic of Facebook and seriously cool stuff, I wanted to share an amazing analytic software for your personal facebook page with you all. Okay, so maybe i just nerded out over some analytics but I found it quite awesome. Check out Wolfram|Alpha so that you can see all the neat statistics, metrics, and wicked cool information it collects from your profile. It even gives you a nifty little “report.” Oh and did I mention there are pictures and charts too? The best part? IT’s FREE!! Check it out! Below is a slideshow of my report.
One thought on “Journal # 13: Finally…Facebook”
Good, although what is interesting to me here is: What do you think the main goal of a social media or Facebook strategy is? Are you energizing your base and preaching to your choir, giving them the info they need, or are you trying to actively reach out and aim for new converts? Either one is good, but I think there needs to be clarity of purpose. In some ways, politics among the base is “easy” when it comes to social media – the veritable low-hanging fruit – you have a passionate group of people that loves talking about issues online. Social network analysis studies always shows these very tight clusters of people talking furiously about politics, but mostly to each other – even the people that DO like to argue are often the ones who are least likely to be persuaded. So I think that can be an interesting thing to thing about – is there a separate strategy for growing the base vs. keeping the people already on your side invested.