Club Facebook page suggestions please
Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:50 PM
Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:06 AM
Remember some folx don't/won't/can't do FB. I can at home (on my glacially slow connection), I can't at work (Network denied, but a 3T connection)..
Clear Dark Skies
Posted 22 April 2013 - 02:32 PM
Well, have fun!
Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:46 PM
Posted 23 April 2013 - 02:16 PM
Thanks for posting your pages. Once we've got ours up and running properly I'll add the link to ours.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 09:55 AM
A while back I started doing a trivia question. The prize is something someone donated or that the club had lying around to give away, like calendars, planishperes, star maps, etc. Those who answer the question MUST show up to the meeting to claim their prize. This gets you people in the door and helps boost your online footprint. The way I work it is that the first person to answer correctly (and shows up) gets the prize. I'll go down the list of correct responses until I get to someone who came to the meeting, then we have a winner! It's great fun for the fans and for you too. Coming up with the question is always fun.
I agree that it draws a huge crowd and is extremely effective if used often. Make daily or weekly posts if you can and it keeps you in people's news feeds. That is what you want. Anyway I hope my experience helps! Look us up and like us if you're on FB.
Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:18 PM
Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:54 PM
Don't get me wrong folx, I do have a FB account, & check it ~1x week, but some folx don't/won't/can't do FB. Same thing with Youtube. I can't do that either for the same reasons. Really stinks. I'm also not saying not to do FB, but add the link to it on a homepage if your club has one, which is also a very good idea.
Clear Dark Skies
Posted 25 April 2013 - 09:11 PM
Side note -- it's really easy to insert a window into a webpage that has the latest "favorite" post from a Twitter account. We use this for "up to the minute" information, go/no go type stuff, on our website. It allows anyone who has access to the club Twitter account to update that little section of the club website from just about anywhere from any device
Posted 09 May 2013 - 04:28 PM
Posted 17 May 2013 - 10:34 AM
If you want to coordinate a group of people it's great for that. If you want to reach out to the great Unwashed that will cost you advertising dollars. Facebook only shows your page to about 6% of the Likers unless they expicitly choose to follow you. Otherwise you have to pay to reach them.
Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:08 AM
Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:21 PM
I like what you're doing there Ira. The PSA portion of the page is important to me. I have hit the "promote" button to see the rates before. I have yet to try it with the club page though. We haven't yet worked out a clear vision for our message. Hopefully we can do that at our next member meeting. You now have 2546 likes.
Thanks! Now up to 2548!
Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:52 PM
FB page is great for keeping public up to date on last minute cloud outs, posting photos from events as they're happening, etc, etc.
Posted 22 May 2013 - 03:31 PM
The trivia question is a GREAT idea! You don't mind if I shamelessly steal that for our club up north, do you?
Not at all! Enjoy
Posted 24 June 2013 - 05:45 AM
Our club just tonight started a Facebook page. I was hoping that some of you are in clubs with successful Facebook presences and could offer a few suggestions on which way to take this. My idea was the standard PSA type stuff about celestial events and notifications about club outings and public nights at our observatory. Then using those to comment on the pages of local news and educational organizations to get the word out. Any other fun ideas you wouldn't mind sharing? I'd also love links to your club's pages so I could poke around too. I'll "like" them, I promise.
Here is a link to our club's facebook page as an example:
We post about astronomy news as well as observing nights, club activities, club astrophoto's etc...
Posted 24 July 2013 - 11:12 AM
I am extremely glad that I started a Facebook page for our observatory. Not only is it an easy way to keep people up to date, it is currently providing a bit of stability for us. Our University is switching websites and there's going to be a transition period in which the new site will be a bit bare. Thanks to Facebook, it's less of an issue. I have the Facebook page tied in to our Twitter account so that Facebook posts directly feed into it - very handy.
Here's the Bridgewater State University Facebook page: https://www.facebook...vatory/18813... .
We use a telephone hotline to convey event cancellations for those who don't use Facebook or Twitter, as well.
Posted 25 July 2013 - 10:01 AM
Have no problems with forums like this, or attending meetings, star parties, etc....Just not a facebook person...or twitter for that matter. Can't wait for my smart phone contract to expire so I can smash the Win8 phone and get a "dumb phone", the kind that rings and you can answer it without going thru a swipe, punch, punch, punch just to answer the phone!!
Posted 25 July 2013 - 12:06 PM