7 Ways You Can Keep Facebook Visitors Coming Back

Managing a Facebook community for your business isn’t always easy. There is a constant need for engaging content to keep people involved and wanting to come back. Plus, there’s thousands of other communities begging for your visitors attention. Do these 7 things to keep your Facebook visitors coming back.

  1. Stay on top of Posts and Answer Questions. When someone in your community posts a question, ANSWER IT! You don’t want your members to wait a long time to get an answer from you so make sure you answer it in a timely manner. Make sure your notifications are turned on so you don’t miss a post.
  2. Keep Things Visual. Visuals are important. A funny picture with a caption or showing a picture of your employees will always capture your audience’s attention. Don’t go overboard though. A picture with every update is too much and will clutter your page.
  3. Recognize Your Members. Everyone loves to get a little bit of attention & recognizing your members is a great way to make sure that they stay involved. Have an event and post who showed up or have a contest using WooBox. Most importantly, promote other people who help promote your community.
  4. Establish a Brand Persona and Stick With It. Whether you’re expected to be extremely serious and business like or fun and off the wall, stick with it! You need to know the brand persona your community expects when they stop by for a visit.
  5. Understand the Rules of Facebook. Know the rules to managing a community on Facebook. Once your page gets shut down, it’s really hard to get it reestablished. Some basic rules of are:The name for your page must accurately reflect what it is aboutYou may not use the “Like” button for contest purposesYou may not publish the personal information of your membersNo graphic content or nudity
  6. Negative Posts Happen. Negativity is bound to happen especially when you run an active community page. Knowing how to deal with it is one of the most important parts of managing a Facebook community. Just like a positive comment, when you receive a negative comment, comment back quickly and politely.
  7. Enjoy Yourself! Have fun with your members in any way you can think of. Try to connect with them and learn who they are. Treat them like friends and they’ll appreciate you and what you do a whole lot more.

So you want to be a Web Developer?

Take it from us – web development is a pretty sweet gig. We love what we do and encourage anyone who’s got the itch for making websites to look into it as a career path. But before you dive in, here are some helpful things to know.

It helps if you are …

  • Handy with computers (duh)
  • Good at solving problems and puzzles
  • A good listener and communicator
  • Able to handle criticism
  • Savvy at math (or analytically-minded)
  • Willing to constantly learn new things
  • Creative
  • Positive
  • Organized
  • Deadline-oriented
  • Work well both independently and with others

Maybe consider going another way if …

  • You hate being inside.
  • You don’t like sitting a lot.
  • You don’t want to look at a computer all day.
  • This hurts your brain:

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  • You thrive on group interaction (some web jobs require you to work on a team, but many of them require your independence).
  • You don’t like being told what to do.

In our experience, the best perks about being a web developer include …

  • Creative opportunities.
  • Flexbility – Many jobs allow you to work from home and let you make your own hours. We’ve been known to hang out at Starbucks 10-12 hours per day.
  • Peace and quiet (most of the time).
  • The thrill of seeing all that code do crazy things.
  • Helping clients – Web solutions tend to boost their success or (at the very least) make their lives easier.
  • The pay – At a median $30/hour (or $62,500 per year) it ain’t bad.
  • Security – There is a growing need for developers and computer-savvy people in general

On the flip side, there are some downsides…

  • It’s a pretty immobile job, so your butt hurts sometimes.
  • Looking at a computer screen all day isn’t awesome on the eyes.
  • Circumstances often require you to work extra (or weird) hours.
  • It’s not always easy to find solutions to certain problems (which can be stressful).

Before you get started, we recommend you …

  • Read through the tutorials at w3schools.com. Start with HTML and CSS. If you like those, move on to JavaScript and jQuery. If those work out well, progress to PHP and SQL. Then, if you’re feeling really crazy, try your hand at Java, Objective C, Ruby or Python.
  • Make sure it’s a practical option. Check out what the Bureau of Labor Statistics says about this job and make sure it would be a smart move for you.
  • Try making a website. If you get chills up and down your spine when you see your finished product and think, “Hey, I’d like to do that constantly as my livelihood,” that is a good sign.
  • Build up your portfolio. You can make a few sites for fun, or offer to do some pro-bono work for family or friends. When you have a good group of sites to show off, consider showcasing them up on your very own website, like we do here.
  • Try your hand in freelancing. Websites like Freelancer.com and Elance allow people to post jobs that freelancers (you) then bid on. The employer then awards someone the job and then you get paid. It can be difficult getting on your feet with this, as people tend to choose the more experienced developers with lots of good ratings. You might have to start out pricing yourself low, or sell yourself so you stand out from the others in another way.
  • Consider a formal education. Google “web development classes” in your area, or look into online schools like Full Sail or Devry. Think carefully, because this is one of those fields that don’t necessarily require a degree for you to land a job. Experience and portfolio tends to matter more to employers, but having a degree or certification on paper could  set you apart from competing applicants.

If you have any other questions or concerns about starting a web development career, do not hesitate to ask us! Either way, we wish you the best. Good luck! And then come work for us.