10 Proven Ways To Improve Your Facebook Reach

10 Proven Ways To Improve Your Facebook Reach

Improve Your Facebook ReachMany Facebook fan page owners struggle to get more of their fans to see their posts in the news feed. On average, most Facebook page posts reach a mere 16% of fans in their news feed.

However, the good news is that number could be much higher, like 47% or even more. But the bad news is it could also be much lower, like 2%. So what can you do?

Here are ten ways to reach more of your Facebook fans in the news feed. Below you’ll find the Storify of my session at the first annual Social Media Marketing World, complete with slide deck and my selection of top tweets, packed with even more tips, resources and links to further reading!

(In a hurry? Scroll below the Storify for a short list of the ten tips!)

[Hand Illustration from Shutterstock].

Here is the short version of the 10 ways to improve your Facebook reach

  1. Track timing and frequency of your posts to find your own sweet spot.
  2. Test audience targeting with individual posts (the little target symbol on the post publisher).
  3. Vary your content type – photos and status updates typically get the highest reach.
  4. Include CTAs (calls to action) – social CTAs and sales/conversion CTAs (see slides 13-15 for further explanation).
  5. Increase your response time – fans expect a response in 30 minutes yet currently the average response time is a whopping 22 hours according to SocialBakers.
  6. Pay for more reach with Facebook’s various ad products.
  7. Host events such as “Live Q&A during xx times” or “Expert Friday.”
  8. Spotlight fans – e.g. Fan of the week, Fan Page Friday.
  9. Run a contest.
  10. Build a Facebook Interest List for your topic – and be sure to add your own page.

I trust you picked up some useful ideas here! Got questions? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Media3 on June 3, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I’m doing good these with Facebook and your article helps me in good out come….

  2. AIMInternetMarketing on June 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I love the idea of pre-scheduling tweets to coincide with key points! Do you also send tweets out after the sessions to further discuss you key points in more depth?

  3. Kristenhanna on June 12, 2013 at 5:39 am

    The slide was good with interesting tips. I would also like to suggest a tip to reach facebook customers which is magento retailers can try implementing Magento facebook Login module to gain more exposure and reach worldwide.

  4. Kinex Media on September 9, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Thanks Mari Smith for the post I’ve gained a lot from this and i’ll try to start taking these steps asap. Thanks for sharing

  5. MOS SEO Services on September 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing amazing tips, this is a very timely article for me right now.

  6. Latha on November 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Facebook Interest List is something new for me.. Thanks for that tip

  7. Michael Rozinsky on November 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I post memes and other pics that get 50 plus Likes on my fan page (Facebook.com/textbookdollars) but as soon as I add a link back to my page or a link to my blog I don’t hardly get any Likes. Post with links usually reach is only 50-200, but when I post for example a memes I reach over 2K at a time. Why does this happen and what can I do to get more reach for posts I make with links back to my site?

  8. Susan LilBear Perry on March 28, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I absolutely love these tips. As a social media intern, I’ve noticed that the time posts are made is a huge factor. Spotlighting fans, contests, and responding to comments within 30 minutes are also really great tips. Thank you, Mari!

  9. Lucky on April 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    social media is one of the best method to boost your business. we will give you full guarantee of real Facebook page likes of your country or worldwide, and track your Facebook page forever, its improve your page rank always show at the first position in Facebook search box.

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  11. muataz kasar on May 3, 2014 at 9:13 am


    This article is really interesting and useful in term of
    allowing people to know how to maximize their benefit of using Facebook in
    marketing and advertising..

    I highly recommend everyone to start advertising with
    Facebook, rather than other social media.

    Facebook analyze profile preferences, and shows ads that
    have similar characteristics to these preferences.

    Also Facebook apply social trending principle, since people
    are connected to each other’s.

    So when any Facebook users like any product or ads, this
    action will be visible to others in his network and will cause a domino effect,
    in which all his network can easily follow and like this product / ads as well.


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  13. Jessica Emily on May 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I have to disagree with #1. I post on my page maybe 5-6 times a day and get a descent amount of engagement per post. Not everyone is going to see your post if you just post once per day. You have to hit different people at different times. Creating engaging content is key but you also need to heavily experiment so that you know what your fan base really likes and engages with.

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