March 17th, 2010
News organizations have been putting more money — and resources — into their Facebook and Twitter efforts. Engagement, like news, is a 24/7 job, but there are times when newsroom producers and community managers can get some serious bang for their buck.
In a recent blog post, Dan Zarrella published results from an ongoing analysis of Facebook data points. One interesting statistic stood out: Facebook users share anywhere from 20 to 50 percent more stories on weekends than they do during the week:
What does this mean? Your newsroom probably has weekend web producers. You either have a Sunday newspaper, newscast or web content. If your news organization has a Facebook page, post links to your stories on there over the weekend. It’s as simple as that.
Recently found another survey from the folks over at Retrevo. According to their survey of theirs (not sure how many people participated, so don’t ask! 1,000 people across the country took the study, which was conducted in early 2010; thanks to Jennifer over at Retrevo for the quick update), 42 percent of Twitter and Facebook users check or update their pages/feeds first thing in the morning:
First thing. Before turning on the television. Before going to their local news website. There are several things this should tell you:
- Tweet early in the morning, and be sure to post a variety of content, including any traffic tips and weather updates. If you get these out the door early enough, there’s a good chance your posts can show up in people’s Facebook News Feeds.
- Post reminders for your followers to check your Twitter and Facebook profile for early morning traffic tips and weather, as well as other news and information they need to know.
Do you update your news organization’s Twitter pages and Facebook fan pages on weekends? First thing in the morning? What — and when — do you post? Please leave your thoughts as comments below!