Facebook Best Practices
These TikTok best practices are part of a series we have on Social Media best practices. Included in this series are Instagram best practices, TikTok Best Practices, Snapchat best practices and LinkedIn Best Practices.
Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world, with 2.91 monthly active users. For brands, having a Facebook page is a no-brainer, as is optimizing all content for mobile (94% of all FB users access the platform via the mobile app). With a variety of content types, widespread reach across almost all age demographics, and endless options for paid advertising, Facebook is the bedrock of many brands’ social media strategies.
Current audience demographics as of December 2021.
- 26% are 25-34
- 18% are 35-44
- 16% 18-24
- 14% 45-54
- 57% male
- 43% female
Posting and Cadence Times
We find that this is currently the optimal cadence and posting schedule for Facebook.
- 1 time a day is ideal
- 3x/week minimum
- 9 am-3 pm EST
(Post cadence may change depending on industry and unique audiences)
Video is key on Facebook. Videos receive at least 59% more engagement than other post types. Notably, Facebook live video generates 2x the engagement as pre-recorded videos.
- Feed posts: 1:1 (square), 1.91:1 (landscape), 4:5 (portrait)
- Stories/Reels: 9:16
- Cover photo: 16:9
Facebook Hashtag Usage
While not as important on Facebook as for other platforms, we recommend using 1-2 hashtags in posts. This is a good opportunity to share branded or campaign hashtags as well.
Facebook Growth Opportunities
Facebook’s live-streaming video solution makes up 20% of all video on the platform. As 82% of people would prefer a live video over reading a social post, it allows brands to create a deeper connection with audiences.
Get more organic reach for your posts by using Facebook Groups. Posts in groups that people engage with are displayed higher in the newsfeed and allow you to authentically communicate with your audience.
Reels—or vertical videos up to 60s—arrived on Facebook in 2021 and are now displayed at the top of the mobile Facebook newsfeed with Stories. Ads for reels were released in 2022, providing an opportunity for increased reach and performance in ads.
Facebook users are able to share “raw” or unfiltered content in Stories, which expire in 24 hours. These are easily reshared to Facebook when originally posting on Instagram.
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