B2B Marketers: Is Facebook Worth Your Time?

Are you ever disappointed by your Facebook reach?  You’re not alone. Brand pages often see dips in engagement for a variety of reasons, but one in particular: Facebook wants you to pay to play. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. 98% of Facebook’s revenue is generated by ads. And, unsurprisingly, the average reach of an organic post (without paying for an ad) is a sad 5.2%. It’s quite simple: the more you see the need for a Facebook ad—because you’re not getting satisfactory reach—the more money Facebook makes.  So, should you quit Facebook? Not necessarily. But, you do want to be sure that you’re using your marketing dollars effectively. Here are a few ways to make sure that Facebook is worth your time. 

Consider Whether Your Decision Makers are On Facebook

First and foremost, you want your Facebook presence to be noticed by not only your target audience, but the decision makers in that audience. Often, for B2B marketers, their audiences are more present on LinkedIn than they are on Facebook; however, this will be specific to you. After all, no one knows your business and your customers better than you. 

Strategically Think About the Content Your Facebook Audience Wants 

Here’s a thought: perhaps Facebook isn’t where you make the sale. Rather, this could be a place where you plant the seed, promoting brand awareness and developing other parts of your business. What we mean, is that instead of a post about your services, you might instead promote your business’s podcast, newsletter, or other helpful tools. If you choose to use Facebook as a marketing tool, it’s vital that you use it strategically. 

Make Sure that You Have Time to Engage

Facebook, like any social media, is a “get what you give” kind of platform. The more (well-planned) content you place on your newsfeed, and the more you interact with your audience and promote your Facebook page, the more likely it is that your reach will grow. A set-it-and-forget-it approach will likely leave you feeling like you’re creating content for no one to see.

If It Isn’t Working, Try Something New

Did anyone ever tell you to not be a “quitter”? We won’t be those people. If a tactic isn’t working for you, there is a very good chance that the platform may not be for you. The last thing you want is a drain that sucks your energy and time without giving you the return on investment you need. Try connecting with a marketing partner to discuss your social media strategy. There is a chance that other platforms will better serve you. Or, you might have new options for the direction of your Facebook page. 

It’s Not Just You

Facebook is difficult for other B2B companies, too. We can help. Are you looking to boost your online presence? Contact Green Apple Strategy today to schedule a consultation.