Why are Most People “Liking” but Ignoring Content?
If you’ve been doing any kind of Facebook content marketing, you probably have run into a very annoying problem. To the uninitiated or the completely clueless, this may not even seem like a problem (but we know this isn’t you).
You post something on your Facebook page, it gets on the timeline of some of your fans, and they “like” what they see. Your content has more than its fair share of thumbs up as well as “love” icons and even an occasional laughter icon. It seems like it’s well received.
Unfortunately, you need to look beyond surface appearances. Sadly, until and unless your fans share your content, it’s not going to gain much traction and won’t really go anywhere. If they don’t share or comment extensively on your content, chances are, only a small few of your Facebook fanpage’s existing fan base would see your update. That’s how tight Facebook’s algorithm has become.
Back in the day, your content only needs to get a few “likes” for it to be shown to a lot of eyeballs. And this, of course, triggers even more “likes,” and before you know it, almost all your page’s fans get to see your content.
Those days are over. Now you face a very annoying problem. While you’re getting these “likes” and reactions, it seems your content is being seen, but it’s not actually going anywhere.
The Core Problem
The heart of the problem really boils down to the fact that people actually ignore your content. They see your headline, they see the link, the see the preview, they obviously like enough of the text that you featured for them to engage with your content with a thumbs up, but that’s pretty much the extent of your impact on them.
Most would not click on your link to visit your site. Most would not share your link, much less comment. There’s quite a bit of a disconnect here.
What’s really happening is that people are ignoring your content because they are scanning. They are not really reading. They just look for a few keywords, and if they get a favorable enough impression, they engage with your content.
But generally, that’s all you get out of them. You don’t engage them to the point where they actually do something more. These additional actions are what puts dollars in your bank account. Anything less than sharing, commenting and clicking through your link wouldn’t do you any good.
A lot of Facebook fanpage operators who boost their posts find this out in the worst way possible. They spend hundreds of dollars, throwing good money at their content, and at the end of their campaign, they have very little to show for it. Very few people click through, much less buy.
This is due primarily to how you write your content as well as content elements. Somehow, some way, you did not connect deeply enough with your target audience members so they did not do what you wanted them to do.
So what can you do?
Research your audience and starting collecting data on them. What keywords do they look for? What kind of information do they find useful? Start working on make your previews more enticing. And then make sure you choose the best landing page for your audience to ensure you get more bang for your buck.
Another tip is to ask questions of your fans to allow for them to engage. Let them share something of theirs or show themselves off. It’s social media. That’s what people go to these sites for.