The team at Facebook has finally thrown down the gauntlet and is poised to show the world that it can hold its own against search engine giant, Google. Early in January, Facebook announced its new social search engine, called “Graph Search”. Facebook plans to change the way we search by using the personal data of you, your friends, and the 1 billion other users of the social media giant. It works by taking the likes, check-ins, and locations of all the people, places, and things on Facebook and indexes all of that information into a search engine. Now, a user can search “People who went to University of Georgia and like R.E.M.” and get a list of all the Facebook users that meet that requirement. With this switch to a more social search engine, now is a good time to make sure your Facebook profile is up-to-date.
In addition to looking up individuals with the new Graph Search, it is also possible to look up pages of businesses and landmarks. Prospects can submit searches like “Apartments in Sarasota, Florida” or “Townhomes my friends have been to” and receive a personalized list of apartments, emphasizing the ones that have more likes and activity within their group of friends. We all know that word of mouth is one of the most valuable marketing tools a manager or leasing agent has at their disposal, and this brings those personal endorsements to a more public scale. Now every time a friend of a resident searches for apartments through Graph Search, your page will pop up on the top of the listings. That is, of course, as long as your residents have liked or checked into your apartment community. Maybe now is the time to take a look at your Facebook strategy before Graph Search goes live within the next couple months.
There are several ways to stimulate the number of likes on your Facebook page: -Add a flyer promoting your Facebook page to the leasing office and make sure your residents and prospects don’t leave without one!
Remember that social media growth is a marathon and not a sprint, and that consistent work is key to build a strong social media base. By re-examining your Facebook page now, you will be a step ahead of your competitors and will look even better in front of prospects searching the web for their new home.
By: James King, Leasing Specialist - CLASS Leasing