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5 Things You Need to Know About Facebook Link Posts

5 Things You Need to Know About Facebook Link Posts

By now, you know that you can use Facebook’s free tool to preview your links to see how many likes, shares, and comments they’ve garnered previously. This article is will help you learn about how powerful link posts are and what you should focus on to optimize them. Read on for 5 things you need to know about Facebook Link Posts.

1. How Effective Facebook Link Posts Are

Facebook Photo Vs Link Post

As digital marketers, when posting to social media, our primary objective is to drive traffic to a website. Often, you’ll have the choice between use a photo post (see left post above) or a link post (see right). In this example, the photo post happened to reach about 4.25x more people than the link post, and received about 15x more comments, likes, and shares. However, the link post still garnered 36% more clicks to our website.

While the aforementioned example was random, in one of most recent audits, we looked at 147 posts with links in the past 180 days from October. Here are the results:

PostsClick-Through RateShares, Likes, and Comments
43 Photo Posts.66%34.38
111 Link Posts2.41%94.32
Difference365.15%274.35%

Link-style posts are a fantastic way to get more users to your website.


2. What’s Most Important in Facebook Link Posts

In order of importance when it comes to Facebook link posts:

  1. Image
  2. Link Headline
  3. Post Caption
  4. Link description
  5. Website Display Link

The image will grab their attention and the headline will get them interested in clicking, while the link description and caption will provide them with more information. The display link really comes into play only if it doesn’t jive with the rest of the post. For example, if you’re talking about surfing, you don’t want your display link to end with “/skiing”.


You Need a Good Image

All too often, we see link posts that have very small pictures or without any pictures at all (see an example with both above). The majority of users will scroll right past a link post without a thumbnail. Consequently, the most significant aspect of a link-style posts is its picture – it’s even more important than your caption.

You’ll want to ensure it should displays well and is relevant to the topic of the link in order to get the best results. Check out the bright, vibrant colors and contrast in the photo above. Use them to catch users’ attention and draw their gaze to your headline!


Headlines Are What Make People Click

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Let’s be fair, you either clicked that link or really wanted to. The headline is what makes or breaks a link post. Located right under the link post’s picture, it’s big and bold, and where users look once the image grabs their attention.

People click links because their curiosity is piqued. This should be your goal when crafting link headlines. Avoid broad, general copy and stick to interesting and specific wording.


Don’t Prioritize Post Captions and Link Descriptions

Captions add context to the link preview, and aren’t the primary way users are drawn in. It can tip the scales, but it won’t grab attention. In a world were the average mobile user spends 1.7s on each Facebook post, most simply won’t take the time to read your caption after seeing the headline.

In terms of captions, we recommend making them as short & sweet as possible, as only the first 3 lines will appear before “See More” cuts the rest off. Try using emojis to convey the main theme of the landing page or mentioning 1 or 2 your favorite parts of link.

Link descriptions rarely appear on mobile unless the link’s headline is very short. As 96% of Facebook users accessed the site on mobile as of January 2019, you don’t really need to spend too much time on this aspect. If it does appear, use it to provide more information.


Wondering how to change your link preview? The short answer is that it can only be done by editing the landing page on your website. Check out our blog on what Facebook knows about your links to learn more. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions on social media marketing or any other topic, and subscribe to our newsletter to get more helpful tips!

What Does Facebook Know About the Links You Share?

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Have you ever wanted to see how well links performed in the past on Facebook? Have you ever posted a link to Facebook and the picture is too small or the text is completely different? Facebook offers a great, free tool that lets you preview a link and tells you what the platforms knows about the link.

Read on to find out what Facebook knows about the links you share:

The Tool

Facebook Links Sharing Debugger

Facebook itself has written that “people often prefer to click on links that are displayed in the link format (which appears when you paste a link while drafting a post), rather than links that are buried in photo captions”. This means that links are one of the most important ways you’re sharing content on Facebook, and, therefore, knowing exactly what Facebook knows about your link is crucial. Luckily, they provide a tool that lets you know exactly what they know about your link: the Sharing Debugger.

What the Tool Shows You

The Preview

Why Your Website Needs to Be Faster - Facebook Link Preview
Note: Feel free to click the pictures if you want to learn more about the topic.

It will show you exactly what the link will look like on desktop before you post it.

Likes, Shares, and Comments on Facebook

See Facebook Likes Comments Shares on Links - 10 Questions With Facebook Partner Manager Ramiro Sarabia

That’s right. Facebook tracks how many likes, shares, and comments every link gets and stores it for future reference. One of the many reasons you’ll find this tool is useful!

Other Info About Your Facebook Links

Facebook Links - URL, title, description, type, tags, site name, author, publisher, and locale - 5 Things Every Great Instagram Photo Needs

The Facebook Sharing Debugger will also pull the URL, title, description, type, tags, site name, author, publisher, and locale from the link, as well as the last time it was updated.

How it Works

The tool identifies information about a link in a very similar to the way that looking at someone’s driver’s license can tell you their age, eye color, and height. When you copy the URL into the Sharing Debugger, it will pull data. Instead of a card, Facebook, along with every other social media site, uses code included in websites called “OG Meta Tags”.

Driver's License Example

For instance, just like if you have brown eyes, your driver’s license might say “EYES BRN”, if the title of your blog is “How to Natively Schedule Posts on Instagram”, the code simply will say “og:title” and “How to Natively Schedule Posts on Instagram”.

Why is this Significant?

Facebook Links Picture too Small Example - 5 Things Every Great Instagram Photo Needs
In this case, the picture is too small.

On face value alone, the information the tool shows you is extremely valuable. You can adjust to make sure your link is set up for success and it allows you to see what picture will be used and how it will look. If you see that it has very little engagement in the past, it’s worth refreshing the photo, title, and description – and possibly the content, too!

How to Use this Information

Ensure the Information is Correct

Ensure the Information is Correct - Checklist

The first thing to do is ensure the information is correct. Ask yourself:

  • Is the picture what it should be?
  • Are both the “title” and “description” accurate?
  • Is the “type” appropriate?
    • If it’s a blog, make sure it says “article”.
  • Do the tags make sense?
    • For instance, if it’s a winter activities landing page, you want to make sure “summer fun” isn’t tagged.
  • Is the site name right?
  • Does the locale say “en_us”?
    • This means that it’s in English, and its country of origin is the United States.

Optimization

Optimizing or Fixing

The next step is optimizing the Facebook link. If the picture is too small or generic, swap it out! Make sure the title, or headline, is interesting and actionable. Next month, we’ll dive deeper into the subject of optimizing your links.

How to Change Your Preview

Talk to your webmaster about Facebook Links

The easiest way to change what your link preview looks like is to talk to your webmaster. However, you might be able to do it yourself, as most website platforms have “Featured Image”, “Title”, and other similar options in the editor.

Want to Do Some Coding?

However, if you’re able to add some code to the “header” section of a single page, Meta Tags is a tool that can be used to debug and generate the Open Graph code for any website. With Meta Tags, you can experiment and edit your content, then preview how your webpage will look on Google, Facebook, Twitter and other sites.


Conclusion

Link-type posts are the best way to drive traffic to your website from Facebook, and this tool gives you an insider look into the social media platform’s data so you can optimize your link for success. If you’re looking for new ways to stay updated on destination marketing, be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter or follow us across social media at the links below! 

How to Natively Schedule Organic Posts on Twitter


Did you know that Twitter houses its very own scheduling tool for users? Now you do! Most digital marketers these days use some type of social scheduling tool, and while that is perfectly acceptable (and totally encouraged), there’s nothing wrong with adding another social media tool to your utility belt – especially when it’s built in.

First and foremost, it’s important to note that you don’t need to get rid of your scheduling tools, because we all know those can be lifesavers! However, it’s great knowing that your scheduled tweets will appear exactly like the preview, which isn’t always the case on 3rd-party platforms. You’ll also be able to add Twitter Cards and videos using this method.

Check out our easy guide to learn how to use Twitter’s native scheduling platform.

Getting Started

To get started, head to www.ads.twitter.com and sign in. If you haven’t set up your account with Twitter Business, click here and get that set up first before you continue.

When you first open the platform, you will see your “Ads Dashboard”, which will show any ads that you’ve run on Twitter in the past. If you haven’t run anything, it will be empty.


Step 1:

Click on “Creatives” in the top menu bar and select “Tweets” You will be brought to your Tweet dashboard.


Step 2:

Click on the blue Tweet button in the top right corner of your screen, which will bring you to a compose dashboard.


Step 3:

Compose your Tweet and add necessary images, links, and text.



Step 4:

Un-check the “Promoted Only” Box. This is a vital step in the process. It ensures that your Tweet will post organically. If the box is checked, then Twitter will save it for an upcoming campaign and not post it publically.


Step 5:

Double check everything and click the drop down arrow next to “Tweet” and click “Schedule.” Then, choose the date and time that you want your Tweet to go live.


What’s Next?

After your Tweet is scheduled, you can click back to the Tweets manager to view it or edit it again before it goes live. You can access this dashboard by clicking “Tweets” under the creative option in the top menu bar. Here, you can choose between viewing your “Promoted-Only”, “Scheduled” “Draft” and “Organic” posts.

To view the post you just created, choose “Scheduled” in the drop-down menu.

Once your Tweet is live, you can check out the performance of it by heading to “Analytics” section of the platform or by clicking the analytics icon on the Tweet itself.


If you use Twitter every day for you your business, it is important to stay up-to-date on how to use the platform to its full potential! The more you know, the more success you’ll have. For more ways to stay updated on the latest digital marketing trends, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us across social media at the links below.

How to Create Successful Social Video

Video content is a key driver of traffic across social media. According to Hootsuite, “the number of daily videos produced on Instagram has quadrupled in the last five years, and YouTube users watch more than a billion hours of content every day.” Additionally, a Tweet with a video is 6x more likely to be retweeted than one with an image. So how exactly do you adapt social video into your weekly and monthly content calendar? Check out these key components of how to make successful videos on social media to help in your planning.


Aspect Ratio

First, it’s important to mention that the ideal “aspect ratio” or “size” of your video is dependent on which platform you are posting on. Have no fear! Typically, the 1:1 ratio will work if you don’t have the ability to change it across multiple platforms. However, if you’re looking for the exact sizes that work for different platforms, follow these guidelines:

Facebook
  • Landscape: 19:6, Portrait: 9:16, recommended video dimensions: 1280 x 720
  • Mobile renders both video types to an aspect ratio of 2:3
  • Recommended: 720 x 1080
Instagram
  • Landscape: 16:9, minimum dimension 600 x 315
  • Square: 1:1, minimum dimension 600 x 600
  • Vertical: 4:5, minimum dimension 600 x 750
  • Recommended: 864 x 1080
Twitter
  • Range between 1:2.39 to 2.39.1
  • Landscape Dimensions: 320 x 180, 640 x 360 or 1280 x 720
  • Portrait Dimensions: 240 x 240, 480 x 480, or 640 x 640
  • Recommended: 640 x 640
YouTube
  • Recommended aspect ratio is 16:9
  • Maximum dimension: 3840 x 2160
  • Minimum dimension: 426 x 240

Length of Time

Keep things short and sweet! The average person has only an 2-second attention span on Facebook, and this is demonstrative of social media across the board. Make sure your video engages the user within the first 3 seconds, and keep your organic video posts to around 30, impactful seconds. Save long-form content (anything longer than 60 seconds) for IGTV, Facebook Watch, and YouTube!


Optimized for Mobile – Captions

Make your videos simple enough so that they can be easily understood and digested on a mobile device! Since over half of social videos are streamed on mobile, it’s a key component of creating your video content.

This means that you need to simplify the video by adding captions or graphics to it so that your message isn’t lost if someone watches it without sound on. Test it out! Try watching your content without sound to see if it still gets the message across! Here’s a great example:


Quality Content

Not only does the size, mobility, and length of your videos matter, the actual quality of the content does as well! Ensure that your video content is high-resolution and that it provides value to your audience. First off, high-resolution videos have the ability to catch more attention than low-resolution videos do in a user’s feed. Second, think about this before you post your video: “how will my audience benefit from this?”


Video content is already one of the best ways to catch users’ attention, and its share of our collective social media consumption is only growing. By ensuring your video is high-quality, optimized for mobile, has an aspect ratio is well-suited to the platform, and is short and impactful, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that you’re set up for success.

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How to Natively Schedule Posts on Instagram


Recently, Instagram users have been given the ability to publish and schedule Instagram posts directly from Facebook’s Creator Studio on desktop, making content creation and scheduling even more efficient than ever before! The update will even allow you to tag the location and tag users in the post, along with also publish IGTV content right from the platform. Follow these quick and easy steps to learn how to schedule and post your content on Instagram with Facebook’s Creator Studio! 

First off, make sure that your Instagram account is connected to Facebook. If you’ve already been running ads on Facebook and Instagram, you should be all set. If not, you can follow these steps to get it set up.

Next, begin to craft a post by following these steps:

1. Make sure all of your content, including your caption, is ready to upload. 

2. Open Creator Studio and make sure that your Instagram account is selected from the dropdown menu at the top. This step is especially important if you have multiple Instagram accounts connected to Facebook. 



3. Click “Create Post” in the top left-hand corner and select “IGTV” or “Instagram Feed.” Choose “Instagram Feed” if you’re going for a typical post.



4. Use the crop tools to adjust your content accordingly, then add your caption, location and tags. You can also upload multiple images here if your post contains multiple images.


5. Finally, either click “Publish” or “Schedule” to get things going!

After your post is scheduled in the queue, you’ll be able to click on the post in your Content Library to see what it will look like in the Instagram feed! You can also refer back to this page to track Instagram metrics including reach, impressions and interactions with the post after it goes live!

Using this tool is a great way to keep your Instagram and Facebook content consistent and housed in the same platform. To continue your marketing education and to stay up-to-date on the latest news, click below and follow us across social media to stay up-to-date on the latest destination marketing trends. 

How to Find Great User-Generated Content

(And what to do when you find it!)
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User-Generated Content (UGC) is a huge part of tourism marketing. People are constantly posting images during their travels, which provides great opportunities for DMOs to repost this content on their own channels to promote and inspire tourism. In this blog, you’ll learn the best ways to find great UGC on Instagram and what to do when you find it. 


Tagged Images

Some users make it super simple by tagging you in their photos, so the first place to start is looking at the images you’re tagged in! Navigate to the “tagged photos” portion in your Instagram profile to see what you’ve been tagged in. A best practice is to check-in on this a few times a week (at least) to make sure that you’re not missing out on any impressive content.

How to See What Images You're Tagged in On Instagram User-Generated Content UGC

Check Your Hashtag For User-Generated Content

Did you know that you can search your hashtag on Instagram to see all of the posts that have used it? You can do this by either navigating to the search bar and typing it in or by clicking your hashtag that’s in your bio. This will take you to a screen displaying both popular and recent posts using your hashtag!


 

Location Tags

Using a location tag is a method for users to post about the places they visit during their trip and a great way to know for certain that an image was taken at a specific destination. To find a specific location tag, simply navigate to the search bar and start typing in the location. You should see the location pop up in the search results. If you see a location tagged that you want to look at in your feed, you can also click on the tag above the image and it will navigate you to a page displaying both popular and recent posts at that location. Remember, don’t just check city tags, but also local attractions, restaurants, and more! 


What to Do When You Find User-Generated Content

Now that you’ve found the perfect image for your feed, it’s time to save the user-generated content to your collection and get approval from the user to actually use the photo in your feed. Follow these steps to make sure that you’re asking for permission in the right way:

  1. Save the image to your collection so you can easily refer back to it when necessary. See below how to add it to your collection:
Save User-Generated Content to Your Collection on Instagram

2. Like the Image!

3. Comment on the image using verbiage something like this:

“Great photo! With your permission, we’d love to use this in our blog. Let us know if you have any concerns.”

How to Ask for Permission for User-Generated Content UGC Tourism

4. Once you receive a response, you can reply and thank them for giving you permission!


Posting the User-Generated Content with Credit

Finally, make sure that when you post the image on your own social feeds, you tag the user in the image, or give them photo credit in the comments. If you’re putting it in your blog, be sure to give them image credit. If you are embedding the photo directly to your website, it’ll automatically give credit where credit is due.

Following this quick approach is an integral step in giving your brand a voice. You also show your visitors appreciation for posting their images of your location. Integrating user-generated content in your blogs and social media feeds will allow future visitors to see others experiencing your destination and can inspire them to do so as well. For more new and exciting ways to use digital marketing to enhance your destination marketing organization, be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us across social media at the links below.  


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