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Are Facebook Hashtags still relevant?

How to Use Facebook Hashtags to Increase Your Reach!

Back in early years of Facebook, hashtags were an effective and relevant means of gaining more reach on your posts. However, in recent years, less and less brands, businesses, and marketers have been using hashtags due to the seeming decline in their effectiveness for organic posts. These days, hashtags seem to have a more relevant place in social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

But does that mean that hashtags are totally worthless on Facebook?

Recent developments suggest that while Facebook isn’t aggressively pushing users to use hashtags, there are still some sneaky, telltale signs that Facebook is continuing to develop hashtags on the platform.

New Facebook Hashtag Feed Page

When was the last time you tried to search a hashtag to try and find posts around a certain topic? If you have recently, chances are that you’ve spotted the new, cleaner, and simpler Facebook hashtag feed.

The Facebook hashtag feed pretty much resembles Instagram in many ways, showing you the most recent and most engaging posts that populate that hashtag.

Facebook Suggestions in the Notifications tab

If you manage one or two Facebook Pages, you’ve probably received a notification or two from Facebook suggesting that: “You can improve your reach by adding hashtags to your posts”.

This quiet suggestion is an indication that Facebook still believes that placing hashtags inside your posts will yield bigger and better reach.

And whether or not you see a huge uplift in your engagement and reach, one thing for sure about hashtags is that they help you better index your content. If you want to go back and review some of your posts on a specific topic, hashtags can help you keep track of those pieces of content.

Where’s the Best Place to Put Hashtags?

Naturally, the best place to include those hashtags would be directly in your posts. But the truth is that you’re not limited to putting them in your posts. You can include hashtags in the comments section, as well as in your video descriptions.

When it comes to placement, the obvious choice would be to include your hashtags at the bottom of the post, as that’s where many users are used to seeing them. However don’t limit yourself to just placing them at the bottom, especially if you’re working on creating a library of content around a certain topic.

If you want to create a three-part series of videos on a particular topic, one good way to index all those posts for easy reference is with a unique hashtag place at the start of your post or above the fold (which is about 3-4 lines from the top). In this case, hashtags become a very useful tool for leading your audience to dive deeper into your Facebook content.

What Hashtags Should I Use?

There are several apps and services that can index and gather data on hashtags. However, the easiest and simplest way to find relevant hashtags is to head to Instagram, Facebook’s other social media platform, and do your research there.

A simple search of general hashtags like #motivation, #socialmediamarketing or #marketingtips will reveal a series of other hashtags and the volume of posts that populate them. This in itself, is already an indicator of what hashtags might also work over on Facebook.

How Many Hashtags Should I Use?

On Instagram you’re limited to only 30 hashtags. The good news about Facebook is that there is no limit to the number of hashtags that you can use. The only limit you have is the number of characters that you can use in a post, which is around 63,000 characters.

Of course, that’s not to say that you should fill your posts with a massive amount of hashtags. Chances are, that will only make you look bad and desperate. Rather, it’s best to be strategic about this.

One way to go about choosing what hashtags and how many hashtags to use is to think about how you want to brand your business. That said, you can add hashtags that reflect your industry like #socialmediamarketing or #googleadsexpert, hashtags that are specific to your business like #DisruptDigital or #Disruptors, and some brand and universally popular hashtags like #hustle, #ThrowbackThursday, or #keepcalmand.

As for how many hashtags you should use, research (like those done by SproutSocial) has shown that less is more. According to SproutSocial’s data, maximum engagement was achieved when only one hashtag was used, and engagement starts trickling away after 6 hashtags, and then picks up again a tiny bit with posts with 10 hashtags.

So are you ready to start using hashtags on Facebook again? After all, when you really think about it, there are barely any downsides to begin indexing your content with hashtags, and much more benefits once you start using them again.

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The Ultimate EOFY Checklist For Your Small Business

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the end of the financial year is approaching. That means it’s probably time to get your social media marketing in order. But if you really want the end the financial year on a high note, there are some things you’re going to want to do. Below is our ultimate EOFY checklist for small businesses, guaranteed to help you end the financial year with a bang!

Get More Traffic’s Top 10 EOFY Tips

At GMT, we’re helping you get ready for the EOFY. That said, here is a checklist to help make the preparation just that much simpler. 

Review And Coordinate Your Accounts

Do you have any outstanding debts or vice versa? Say you’ve paid for Google Ads in Australia but your account is overdue or maybe you’ve provided a service to someone else who now owes you. Use this period to get on top of what you’ve paid to others and what they’ve paid you. You’ll want to make sure you pay vendors any money owed as well. Sorting all this out means you won’t have to worry about it being taxed next year. 

Keep Records And Back Up Your Data

You’ve heard the term, ‘I’ve got receipts’, and well there’s no hard evidence like proof of purchase. Additionally, we recommend backing up any crucial files or data onto a hard drive independent of your computer. You know, for safe measure. Trust us, if systems fail you’re going to thank yourself for being so proactive. 

Review Your Insurance

While you’re at it, you might as well review your insurance policies for any updates. Doing so will allow you to determine if you’re still on a package that’s right for you and your business. It’s also a great opportunity to update your insurer on any change in circumstance. 

Conduct An Audit

Count and recount your inventory so you know exactly what you have and what you need. Doing so will allow you to match what’s on paper with what’s on hand. 

Use Your Calendar

Planning is key so make a note of all your upcoming due dates, including by when you need to lodge your tax returns. 

Lodge Your Taxes

In Australia, the ATO expects you to lodge your taxes on or before October 31st so we recommend getting ready early. Organise your expenses and other tax deductions so you can have your return ready for submission sooner rather than later.

Rectify Bookkeeping Errors

With the financial year ending, you’ll want a fresh start going into the new year. We recommend going through your bookkeeping and identifying any transaction errors on your bank accounts and credit card statements.

Implement And Update Management Software

Management software makes keeping track of your inventory, finances, and other business assets easy. While we also encourage you to check all of these things manually during this time, implementing and updating your management software will save you time and resources in the long run. 

Prepare Financial Reports

Running financial reports helps point out where your business rests financially. Additionally, they’re fantastic for helping businesses outline and plan their budgeting. There are three financial reports you’re going to want to run this financial year and every subsequent year after. They are:

Balance sheet
Cash flow sheet 
Profit-and-Loss (P&L) statement

Prepare For The New Year

If you’re reading this checklist, you likely want to get on top of everything before the new financial year rolls around. By doing so, you’ll be able to figure out how your company performed over the past year and make an action plan for the future. Take a look at what worked and what didn’t and look for areas in which you can improve. Set goals and establish timelines to help you stay on track. 

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How to Start Planning Your Best Financial Year Ever!

The end of the financial year is fast approaching and many businesses are scrambling to create some last-minute campaigns to increase their revenue.

However, just as important as the end of the financial year, is the beginning of a new one. While it’s always good to finish strong, it’s also important to ‌get a good head start against the competition. This means having a plan already set in place to help you jumpstart and launch your way towards success.

For that reason, we’ve put together a couple of tips on how you can get started planning the new financial year with your team and organisation.

1. Review Your Existing Business and Marketing Plan

The start of a new financial year is always a good time to review your current business and marketing plans in order for you to create a sound strategy moving forward.

As you review your business plan, make sure that it includes the following:

  • Your mission and vision statements
  • What products, packages, and services you’re currently offering
  • Your company structure, including the key staff and leaders
  • An overview of how you plan to make sales
  • A map of your basic customer journey

This quick review of your company’s basics and foundations should help remind and refresh you of the general overview of who you’re serving and what problems your business solves. 

This quick refresher should also help you reexamine and reevaluate your current goals, plans, and offerings and whether you’ve met and accomplished them, and what you’re plans might be moving forward.


2. Review the Past Year and Your Current Status

Before you can set a path for where you want to go, you first have to look back and see how far you’ve come.

Do a review and an executive summary of the past financial year. What goals were established? Which goals were achieved? Are there any areas in your business that you could improve on? This would be the perfect time to get feedback and suggestions from leaders and managers.

Take a day or two to meet with your staff and stakeholders to discuss the following points:

  • A SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats)
  • Does your current organisational structure need to change to better suit the organisation’s needs?
  • Are you setting the right KPIs for your workforce?
  • How have sales performed in the past year? What milestones were achieved?
  • Competitor analysis–what areas are they succeeding in and how can you match their growth?
  • Are there any plans set in place for unforeseeable challenges?

It will take some time to gather all this data and information, and much more to discuss them amongst your leaders. But achieving a good and thorough understanding of how your business has performed over the past 12 months will help you ‌move forward with setting the right goals for growth.


3. Decide on Your Future Goals and Targets

Now that you know where you’re coming from, it’s time to set your sights on the path ahead. 

Think about what projects, campaigns, and goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Do you want to further increase revenue or sales? Is your goal to pay off any business debt? Are you looking to expand, launch new products or projects, or pivot in a different direction?

Take ample enough time to flesh out your goals for your business. Be specific. Set deadlines and timeframes so that things continue to move forward, and clearly communicate these goals throughout your organisation.


4. Create a Plan to Bridge that Gap Between Your Current State and Your Future Goals

Now comes the part where you have to work at bridging the gap between hope and reality. After all, every journey begins with a single step.

To achieve that, you need to do the following:

  • Breakdown each of your goals into several milestones.
  • Set deadlines for each milestone
  • Assign a leader or manager to oversee the accomplishment of each goal
  • Lay out the tasks that need to be accomplished in order for those goals to be achieved.
  • Set KPIs for each of the teams involved

When working on a strategic plan, always involve the key stakeholders to help provide proper feedback and guidance on the best path that you can take. The better you’re able to break down the steps necessary to accomplish your goals, the better. Start with the end in mind, and work backwards to determine how you can get from A to B.

In implementing that plan, however, sometimes you need an excellent partner to help you execute and achieve your goals.

Don’t worry! Because with the help of our digital marketing experts here at Get More Traffic, we can help you achieve many of your business goals for the new financial year through proven expert digital marketing strategies.

We’re passionate about helping businesses all over Australia harness the power of digital marketing to take their sales to the next level. If you’re ready to give traffic to your website the green light and learn how to increase sales and engagement through an always-on marketing strategy, contact the team at Get More Traffic today!

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