30 Facebook™️ Group Engagement Posts That will Increase Interaction

Are you looking to increase interaction in your Facebook™️ Group? This article offers 30 posts designed to increase engagement in your group WITHOUT useless clickbait tactics. No posts about brussels sprouts or cilantro — promise!

Whether you have a free group or a paid group, the fun of being a community leader is in the conversations that take place. But you can’t lead if nobody is following. And if you’re the only one posting or commenting in your group, it’s like trying to play catch all by yourself.

The very definition of a community is connection. Connection between members and their leader (you). Connection between members and the content (what you talk about). And connection between members and EACH OTHER. Yeah, we’re yelling … because member-to-member connection is most important.

The Difference Between Engagement and Connection

When it comes to Facebook™️ groups and online communities, you hear a lot of talk about engagement: engagement strategies, engagement posts, engagement rates, engagement tactics … argh! You get the idea.

Tracking, measuring, and analyzing engagement is important. When our online community management agency, Team Kubo, works with clients on strategy or management, we collect and report engagement data each month. But engagement rate reports don’t tell the whole story in a Facebook™️ Group.

Your group engagement rate is the measurement of active group members divided by the number of total group members. If you have a group with 1,000 members, 300 of whom are active each month, your group engagement rate is 30 percent.

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Experts talk a lot about engagement rate because it’s a concrete metric that you can track over time, but not all engagement is good engagement. An engagement spike might come as a result of several new members joining your group in a single day, or it might come as a result of conflict in your group. Because data is neutral, it can’t tell the difference between what’s good and what’s bad. It only measures what is.

Connection, on the other hand, is always positive. Connection is what makes communities thrive. Where engagement is all about action, connection is a combination of thoughts, feelings, experiences, and actions. It’s nuanced, which is why it’s harder to track and measure.

It’s worth figuring out how to measure connection in your group, so you can track it over time. An easy way to measure connection is by surveying your members. Depending on the focus of your group, asking questions about how many friends they’ve made in the group or how many group members they consider to be offline friends might help you to tell how connected members feel to each other.

30 Engagement Post Ideas to Increase Interaction in Your Facebook™️ Group

Now you know connection means more than engagement for engagement’s sake. So what can you do to increase connection among members while also keeping those engagement rates in the ideal range of 40 percent or higher?

We’ve gathered 30 Facebook™️ Group engagement post ideas designed to increase connection among your members while also driving action that can be tracked, measured, and analyzed.

The posts are organized into five major categories known to drive engagement and interaction in online communities:

  1. Conversation Starters
  2. Polls
  3. Icebreakers
  4. Meet-and-Greet
  5. Trends

With six posts in each category, you can mix and match them to suit your industry or niche, and the unique needs of your group. They are general enough to apply to your group’s focus while being specific enough to trigger action among your members. As with any post template or prompt, keep in mind that these are guidelines, not laws. You know your community best. Tweak these post ideas to fit your group, its purpose, and your members.

Conversation starter to increase Facebook Group Post Engagement

Category 1: Conversation Starters

The easiest type of engagement post in a Facebook™️ Group is the conversation starter. Like the name implies, the purpose of this type of post is to get members talking — talking to each other and talking to you.

When thinking up conversation starters, it’s important to keep in mind that the intention here is for members to participate in the conversation by leaving a comment. Open-ended questions foster higher quality conversations compared to yes-or-no questions, but they also take more time and energy to answer. You might find fewer responses to some of your questions if they are deeper, but that’s not a bad thing if the comments you do get come from your ideal members or provide valuable perspective.

As the community leader, your job is to facilitate the conversation happening in the comments by responding to them in a meaningful way. You can leave the conversation at the surface level or bring it deeper with those participating. It’s all up to you.

As the community leader, your job is to facilitate conversation in post comments. Click To Tweet

Reliable conversation starters to get members talking

1. What are you working on this week?

2. What are you reading?

3. What’s for dinner tonight/this week?

4. What podcasts are your favorites?

5. Show us a picture of the best part of your day.

6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about [group topic]?


Category 2: Polls

Polls are a great way to drive up engagement numbers because the barrier to participation is low. All members have to do is click or tap the option they like best. Some will comment, but most will vote on the poll and keep scrolling.Poll asking people what type of planner they prefer

You can make group polls as serious or lighthearted as you wish. You can create fun question games for your Facebook™️ groups, conduct market research, or use polls to help members get to know each other better.

Facebook™️’s polling feature makes creating polls in your groups easy. You don’t need to pick a photo or create a graphic.

Create a poll in your Facebook™️ in 4 easy steps 

1. Select the “Poll” content type when you create your post.

2. Choose your response options.

3. Customize your settings to indicate whether you want to allow respondents to select multiple options or add their own.

4. Click “Post” and you’re all set.


By the way, you don’t have to stick to boring ol’ text polls. Facebook™️ lets you spice things up and stop mindless scrolling in its tracks by adding images and GIFs to your polls. Use these options to get creative, show off your brand personality, and encourage engagement.

Poll ideas to engage members of your groups

1. Where do you spend time online?

2. What is your favorite way to consume online content?

3. A great morning starts with ________________.

4. Do you regret your decision to [insert topic]?

5. How did you discover this group?

6. What do you love/like most about [insert topic]?

Oh, and a word of warning… The success of Facebook™️ polls depends entirely on two things: 1) asking the right questions and 2) not overwhelming members with too many answer options. Your questions should be specific enough to be easy for members to understand and answer quickly. More than five answer options will reduce your response rate. Choose both your questions and answers wisely.

Category 3: Icebreakers

Icebreakers aren’t for everyone. At a live, in-person event, icebreaker time is when you see me running to the restroom or out to the parking lot to retrieve something I fake forgot in my car.

Small talk, surface-level conversation, and trading elevator pitches grate on the nerves of introverts and analytical personalities.

But when it comes to online community dynamics — especially in Facebook™️ groups — they are critical to establish the emotional safety and security required for members to connect with each other. Seth Godin famously describes culture as the manifestation of “people like us do things like this.” Icebreakers serve to illustrate that definition of culture by helping your members see how they fit into the group and confirm they belong there.

Icebreakers to increase engagement

1. Who are the pet parents here? Show us a picture of your furbabies.

2. What part of the world do you call home?

3. What TV shows are you binge-watching right now?

4. What podcasts are you loving?

5. What books have you read recently?

6. Favorite movie of all time?

By their very nature, icebreakers are surface-level conversation starters. They allow people to tiptoe into the group by answering a question without revealing too much about themselves or feeling too vulnerable. Don’t discount their value in your group content strategy. Consider icebreakers to be the first step to building lasting trust among members of your group.

Category 4: Meet-and-Greet

Facebook™️ groups allow people to connect over shared interests, experiences, or desires. Drawing from in-person examples for comparison, they are the online equivalent of a large-scale conference’s breakout sessions, a megachurch’s small groups, or a large organization’s affinity groups.

Even groups as large as Instant Pot® Community with more than 3 million members feel small compared to the billions of people who are active on Facebook™️ every day. And yet, no matter the size of your group, it takes intentional effort to get and keep members engaged.

One way to increase activity in your group is by taking responsibility for facilitating connection between members. Remember, true community comes from members connecting with each other as much as they connect with you and the content you produce.

The most successful way to facilitate these connections is by offering networking or meet-and-greet opportunities for members and yet. However, we rarely see group leaders use this tactic to drive engagement. That means you can set your group AND yourself apart by making meet and greet posts a regular part of your content strategy.

Like any engagement tactic, a little goes a long way. Offering meet-and-greet opportunities weekly is the max frequency in most groups to motivate members to connect with each other in ways that make sense. More often than that and you run the risk of the posts being ignored or viewed as noise in the group.

True community comes from members connecting with each other, not just you or your content. Click To Tweet

Meet-and-greet posts that add value

1. Hiring? Looking for work? Post #hiring opportunities below. If you’re open to work, comment on the opportunities that interest you.

2. Where are my [insert tool or service] experts?

3. Calling all [insert topic] veterans. What one piece of advice would you give beginners?

4. What has been your costliest mistake in [insert topic] so far?

5. When it comes to [insert goal or objective], what tool or service can you NOT live without?

6. Meet your neighbors! Post your location to see whether you have any [insert community name] friends nearby.

Example of a trends post to increase Facebook group engagement

One way to make a Facebook™️ Group indispensable to your members is to become known as the go-to source of current and credible information related to trends in your topic or industry.

You don’t have to be the first to break the news. It’s often better if you aren’t the first to share about a trend. You can afford to wait until you have a sense of the trend’s potential and effects on your industry or niche. What members will value most is your take on a trend that’s relevant and customized to their specific needs.

In our free Facebook™️ Group for community leaders and professional community managers, for instance, I am rarely the first to announce a new community platform or change to the Facebook™️ platform. I am, however, the first to provide context to Facebook™️ updates or emerging platforms under the lens of what matters most to people who manage online communities. Our members know that, when the Internet is up in arms over a glitch in the Metaverse, they can count on me to tell them whether the sky is actually falling and what to do about it.

Trend posts to drive engagement

1. Three [insert industry] trends to avoid and why.

2. Do you hate [insert trend]? Here’s what to do instead!

3. What do you think about [insert trend]? Love it or hate it?

4. Want results like [insert celebrity or influencer]? Try this hack!

5. Trend alert: [insert trend] How are you applying it to what you do?

6. Have you noticed [insert trend]? Here’s what we’re doing about it.

Infographic describing 30 different engagement posts

How to Use These Facebook™️ Group Engagement Posts

If you want to increase engagement in your Facebook™️ Group, these posts will give you the boost you need. However, you need to use them wisely.

The key to driving true connection and bolstering interaction in your group is what you do with reactions and comments. Use the comments for conversations by asking deeper questions, connecting members to each other, and facilitating the development of real relationships within the group.

Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t. And use that knowledge to inform what you post in the group moving forward. Your group members might love polls but not icebreakers. It might take trial and error to figure out which conversation starters are more interactive than others. You’ll learn a lot about your community in the process if you’re open to learning and applying the knowledge you gain to your content strategy.

Which interactive post ideas will you use to grow engagement in your online community?

Need Help with Your Community?

Team Kubo specializes in online community design, development and growth. Whether you need help with strategy, training your admin team or day-to-day management of your group, we can help. The first step is to complete our no-cost community health assessment, so we can identify your needs and customize a plan to get the results you desire.

The Christian Author’s Ultimate Guide to Creating Social Media Content

No matter what you want to do online, creating content that connects is front and center.


If your content doesn’t connect with your readers, you are wasting your time.

Do you want to connect to your audience through your blog? You need to write posts that engage your readers.

Is podcasting your platform? You need show notes to encourage listeners to click that “play” button — and to subscribe.

Do you want to get booked as a speaker? You’ll need a speaker page showing event planners you can be trusted with their people and illustrating how you’ll deliver an experience that will make them look good.

Why You Need to Intentionally Create Online Content

Content is the key to connection. Content connects us to the audiences we hope to serve.

Do you know how to create content that truly connects with readers, or are you throwing spaghetti at the wall in hopes something — anything — sticks?

Over the past decade, I’ve discovered that even though communicators make a living from the words they use, many still struggle with online content creation for three reasons:

  • They don’t understand the format
  • They don’t make it a priority
  • They have unrealistic expectations
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A communicator’s biggest challenge with online content creation is often a lack of understanding.

Online writing differs from other types of writing. Online writing requires a different slant than many communicators are accustomed to. For example, if you lack a content strategy, you may not understand how to effectively using your content to connect with your readers. Strong audience relationships require a strategy, a plan and consistent execution.

Time is a limited resource for all of us, and it’s a resource that must be used wisely.

Even if you’re a prolific writer and speaker, you have to dedicate time to online writing. It takes time to repurpose your blog articles into emails and social media posts, especially if you intend to do it well. But if your goal is to connect with your readers in a real way, this is time well spent. Need help in this department? Check out my fill-in-the-blanks social media templates.

Communicators expect A LOT from their online content.

Even in 2020, people still chase the elusive unicorn of viral content. We can control the content we create, but we can never control what happens to our content once it is posted. Everyone has a chance at going viral, but nobody can predict it or force the phenomenon. All we can do is have a solid system in place so we’re ready if our content does pick up traction.

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Solving the Struggle with Online Content Creation

It is important to understand WHY we struggle with the content we share online. We’ve established why frustration exists — communicators don’t always understand how to write online content, they don’t put enough time into it, and they have unrealistic expectations; which is why I am not surprised when I talk to communicators and they have a love/hate relationship with their online impact.

If creating content seems like an unsolvable mystery or an overwhelming marathon, then I am so glad you are here.


Because I can help. If you have an immediate need, visit my VIP Vault for free social media templates to get you started. And then, read on to learn how more about how you can leverage the online content you create to achieve your goals.

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Content That Connects

You know building relationships with audiences takes time, attention, and skill. The same is true for online writing. This guide will help you understand how to write for online audiences, how to create specific goals so you don’t waste time, and how to assess the results of consistent effort. I’ve created this ultimate guide to equip and empower you to achieve the results you seek in your own online content strategy.

I should mention, though, this is no quick fix. The guide I outline below is a step-by-step action plan, which explains both what to do and why it’s important. Not only do you need to better understand the role online content plays in your business, you need to know how to use that content to connect with your target audience.

Grab my hand, a notebook, and a pen. Your lesson begins right now…

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SMART Online Content Creation Starts with Goals

Whether your current focus is social media, blogging, podcasting, or vlogging, your online content strategy has to start with the end in mind.

Ask yourself:

  • What is your goal?
  • What does success look like?
  • How will I know I’ve won?
  • How long am I willing to wait for results?
  • What numbers matter most?

When you know your goals, you can create a plan to help you reach them. Goal setting is about being kind to yourself! Know your goals. Make a plan. Execute the plan and reach your goals faster than you thought you could.

When writing a book, an author’s most basic objective is to get readers to turn the page. The more pages they turn, the bigger the impact the book will have on them.

Writing for the web is a little different. You want people to read, but what you want more than anything is for them to act on, and engage with, what they read. This means blog comments, social media mentions, email replies, and podcast downloads. You don’t want people to just read. You want them to consume — to take what you’ve written, internalize it, and then evangelize it to their friends. In the world of online content, binges are a good thing.

Goals are always more successful, and more attainable, when they are concrete. By now, we’ve all heard of SMART goals — goals that are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and time-bound. If you’re like a lot of people just starting to focus on your online content with a goal, you have a vague idea of what you want. Here’s what I usually hear when I ask about goals:

  • More readers
  • More followers
  • More engagement

Unfortunately, “more” is relative. If you tell me you want “more” of anything, I’m going to ask you how much more you want and how long you’re willing to wait to get “more.”

A new email subscriber a week is “more” than zero — but is that what you really want? How much of an impact is one person going to have on your business?

Instead of just wanting “more,” set a meaningful goal. If you aim to achieve a 10% increase in Facebook followers over 90 days by posting engaging content daily, there is no question what winning looks like. At the end of 90 days, success will be easy to determine. Either you hit your goal, exceeded it, or fell short.

Take a step toward your content creation goals

Use these questions to create your own SMART goals:

  • What is your goal?
  • What does success look like?
  • How will I know I’ve won?
  • How long am I willing to wait for results?
  • Which numbers matter most?

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Identify Your Target Audience and Become BFFs

Once you figure out your goals, it’s time to identify your reader. We’ve come a long way since the days of the newspaper landing on your doorstep with the goal of appealing to the masses. Every online marketer will tell you that if you’re trying to reach everyone, you’re guaranteed to reach no one.

The online world appreciates specificity. If you’re a left-handed quilter, you will be more loyal to a site that exists solely to serve left-handed quilters than one targeting all quilters. Being a lefty in the right-handed world of crafting is no easy task. Left-handed quilters understand the challenge of using a rotary cutter and pinning a garment without drawing blood. To find your tribe is a special experience. Targeted content attracts your tribe and makes them feel like VIPs.

A mentor of mine once said everyone is tuned in to Station WIIFM — What’s In It For Me? And it’s true. Modern life moves so quickly, and everyone has a dozen competing priorities at any given time. We compete for our audience’s time, their energy, and their attention.

When we know our reader or viewer, though, we have an idea of those competing priorities. When we know the competition, we can work to beat it — or at least find a way to make space for ourselves.

You need to know your target audience so well you could pick a restaurant to meet them for lunch AND order from the menu on their behalf.

Over at Clutter Free Academy — a Facebook Group I manage on behalf of best-selling author and speaker Kathi Lipp — members care a lot about getting the most for their money. They are frugal and they have a need for quantity (that’s often why they struggle with clutter). If I were to plan a dinner party for them, I’d choose Black Bear Diner, Cracker Barrel, or the nearest all-American buffet.

If you’re reading this, my guess is you run on caffeine and Jesus. You might like coffee, tea or Coke, but “decaf” is not in your vocabulary. If you came to visit me, I’d make you avocado toast or take you to a local Thai restaurant — not because these are your favorite things but because I know you have an adventurous side and I know we’ll have lots of fun when I introduce you to new things.

You need to know your target audience so well you could pick a restaurant to meet them for lunch AND order from the menu on their behalf. Click To Tweet

Take a step toward becoming your audience’s BFF

Answer these questions to paint a compelling picture of who you want to serve:

  • Who are they?
  • What do they want?
  • What do they need?
  • Why are they searching?
  • What do they eat?
  • What do they do for fun?

The more specific you can be in identifying your ideal reader or viewer, the closer you can get to serving up the exact kind of content they are craving.


Commit to Consistently Producing Online Content

If you want to connect with your audience, you have to be present. Presence means suiting up and showing up every day, every week, or every month — depending on your mode of delivery.

Too often, communicators fear burning out their audiences. Because they don’t want to email too much, blog too much, or post too much to social media, they don’t do it all — or they do it in fits and starts. The only thing worse than not having an online presence is having an inconsistent presence. I know that might sting a little but it has to be said!

What Consistency Looks Like on Social Media

On channels run by algorithms, like Facebook and Instagram, the only way to get seen is to be routinely present.

Algorithms are run by user behavior. The more content you feed into the machine, the more opportunities users will have to engage. The more engagement you get, the higher the algorithm prioritizes your content. A higher priority means your post gets shown to more people.

On Facebook and Instagram, this means posting every day — even on holidays and weekends. On Twitter, five to eight tweets a day keeps the algorithms calculating in your favor.

Let me be clear. This is not a case of quantity over quality. They both matter. You need to add value to people’s lives if you want to attract and keep more followers – you need to share quality content. My social media swipe file has copy/paste templates to get you started. Check them out.

What Consistency Looks Like on Blogs and Email

In addition to posting daily on the social media channel(s) of your choice, you’ll need to produce regular content to your blog to feed the Google machine and send regular emails to your subscribers to feed the relationship you’re building with them. Value matters here, too. A good rule of thumb is to produce content that meets your consumer right where they are and offers them solutions to their most desperate needs.

When you’re starting out and working to establish and build consistency, aim for one blog post a month and an email every week to your subscribers. Be reliable to them and they’ll become loyal to you.

Consistent Content Creation is Mandatory

Consistency is not negotiable when you’re trying to build or maintain your online presence. I know, I know…it sounds hard when you’re starting out. I have heard all the objections.

I don’t have enough followers.

I don’t have enough email subscribers.

I don’t have enough time to do all of this.

I don’t have enough to say.

Here’s a bold truth: If you can’t find the time or the words to show up consistently for a handful of people, how will you ever manage to show up for thousands? If your following is small, now is the perfect time to create systems supporting consistency so that when you grow, you can scale to meet the needs of a larger audience.

And to the argument of time, I say welcome to 2019. We’re fortunate to have a robust library of free resources and tools at our disposal allowing us to create content, batch it and schedule it so that we’re not at the mercy of our phones and computers 24/7.

You can be consistently present AND have a life, too.

Algorithms are run by user behavior. The more content you feed into the machine, the more opportunities users will have to engage. Click To Tweet

Take a step toward consistency

Answer these questions to create your content calendar:

  • What day/time is best to send an email to my subscribers?
  • What day/time is best for me to write blog posts?
  • When can I post or schedule my blog articles?
  • How much time do I have each week for social media content creation?
  • What tools can I use to make the most of the time that I have?

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Become a Master Storyteller

Everything you post online needs to tell a story — and it needs to be a good one. Whether it’s the story of your brand, the work you do, or the people you serve, the story you tell must create an emotional connection between you and your audience.

Consider this tweet by author and humanitarian Bob Goff. What does it say about Bob and what he values? Who do you think Bob’s ideal audience is and what do you think he wants them do?

If you’re serious about your role as a communicator, you need to live to serve your audience. Serving your audience means focusing on them and their needs when you create your online content.

Even the shortest of social media posts needs to have a defined beginning, middle, and end to stir up a response in the reader.

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has an Instagram account that tells a great story in every post. Fitting with the agency’s reputation for covert operations, posts have intrigue and a deference for the work of those employed by the organization.

If you seek to inform, how can you help your reader to emotionally connect with the knowledge you’re sharing?


If you want to motivate, how do you get the audience to take action?

If you want to inspire, how do change their perspective or thought process?

If you want to entertain, how do you make the laughs meaningful enough to make an impression?


People go to Google for facts. Experience is what leads your audience to transformation, and transformation changes a person forever which is how you connect. You tell a story of transformation and then you show how your audience can experience transformation for themselves. For examples of posts that showcase transformation, check out my free social media templates.

Take a step toward telling a great story

Answer these questions and start writing compelling emails, blog articles and social media posts:

  • What transformation do you offer?
  • How can your ideal audience best experience that transformation?
  • Who have you guided through transformation in the past?

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Stay on Brand

The final step in creating content that connects you to your online audience is the absolute hardest, especially for communicators.


Once you set the goals you want to achieve through your online content and work to become BFFs with your ideal audience member, you must stick to your established brand and to your promise.

Everything you post online that’s associated with your blog, podcast, and author or speaker persona must maintain alignment with your brand personality and the wants and needs of your audience.

I know how tempting it is to share photos of that yummy dinner you’re having out with friends, or the sweet note your daughter left for you this morning. The way the Starbucks barista misspelled “Brian” so that your cup now reads “BRAIN” is hilarious. But, if you can’t tie those posts to your audience and your promise to them, they have no business on your professional social media accounts. That’s what personal profiles are for.

The same is true for blog posts, podcasts, and emails. Your audience is trusting you to value their time and the space you take up in their feeds and inboxes. Don’t abuse the privilege by giving them content that doesn’t serve them or their needs.

I’m not saying not to show your personal side, I’m saying to make sure everything you show is aligned to your brand. And, if you make a choice to post something slightly off-brand, you better be sure it’s a strategic decision and you have a plan for how it’ll serve your audience.

Unless you’re a health and fitness coach, your weight-loss progress photos shouldn’t be on your professional accounts. If you feel like your followers need to know that part of your journey, you can show it ONCE every six months. Your Facebook author or speaker page is not the place for your weekly weigh-ins or your meal plan accountability.

Remember, your audience is all about WIIFM — What’s In It for Me — and if you’re posting stuff that doesn’t make sense to them, they will unfollow and unsubscribe. This is a relationship, and the relationship goes both ways. Please take your reader into consideration when it comes to what you post and how it’s framed.

Take a step toward establishing your brand message

Answer these questions to help filter what and how you will share with your audience:

  • What could you talk about all day without losing enthusiasm?
  • What strong opinions do you hold?
  • How do you differ or disagree from others in your field?
  • What questions do you get asked all the time?

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Know Your Channels — And the Expectations They Bring

In addition to being audience-focused, content that connects is channel-specific. This means one size doesn’t fit all, and you must keep that in mind when you’re creating and posting your content.

Nothing frustrates me more than when I’m scrolling Facebook and find a post with 10 to 30 hashtags at the end. Why?

Because I know that post isn’t really for me. It was just auto-posted over from Instagram.

You are a communicator and you are using social media to build your platform and grow your audience. You can’t cut corners. Again, the reason why is your audience! They know when you auto-post!

When you post to one channel and let that post automatically forward to other channels, you’re missing the biggest point of social media — to connect. You’re telling audiences they don’t matter, and they aren’t important enough for your attention.

When you post to one channel and let that post automatically forward to other channels, you’re missing the biggest point of social media -- to connect. Click To Tweet

When I see an Instagram post on Facebook, the message is loud and clear: Instagram is your priority and as your Facebook follower, I’m in second place.

Instagram is not Facebook and should not be treated that way. It’s the same thing when people auto-post from Facebook to Twitter and everyone on twitter sees a few characters, an ellipsis and a link. The ultimate message to the audience is “this isn’t actually meant for you.”

This is a point not to take lightly and, if you can’t already tell, it’s one I’m intensely passionate about. I know it takes time to post to social media and I know it takes effort, but I believe your audience is worth the time and effort. I know you believe they are worth it, too. If you want your audience to know they’re valued, then you must write specifically for them as individuals and for the channel where they are accessing your content.

If you don’t feel like you have the time to write channel-specific content, then you’re on too many channels. There is nothing wrong with limiting the scope of your online presence — quality always trumps quantity. However, we also have several tools at our disposal to assist with the management of social media and content creation. There really isn’t an excuse for auto-posting between channels without editing for your audience. If you need some help coming up with unique content, swipe my free social media templates. I offer 10 that can be used at any time. Just copy, paste, customize and post.

Take a step toward finding your audience

Answer these questions to figure out where to reach your audience:

  • Who are your followers on Instagram? What do they need? How do they engage?
  • Who are your followers on Facebook? What do they need? How do they engage?
  • Who are your followers on Twitter? What do they need? How do they engage?

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Use Video to Close the Gap

The best way to connect with online audiences is through live video.

Video allows your audience to see your face, hear your voice, and experience what it’s like to have a conversation with you.

Every communicator needs to be doing live video:

  • If you’re a speaker, you need to be doing live video. It’s a great way for event planners to hear you and see how you deliver material.
  • If you’re a writer, you need to do live video. It’s how you bring your personality to life and draw your readers closer to you.
  • If you’re a podcaster, you need to do live video. It extends your brand and gives your audience the ability to connect with you on a deeper level.
  • If you’re a vlogger, you’re already doing live video. Congratulations! Tell everyone in the comments about the benefits you see in what you do. We have so much to learn from you.
The key to getting good at going live is to do it again and again. Click To Tweet

Live video gets the highest engagement on all social media channels, but it’s also the most forgiving. Produced videos aren’t trusted by audiences as much as live videos because the assumption is that edits are done to make you look good. With live video, though, your mistakes are out there for the world to see and people find that endearing.

ultimate guide to content creationI’ve gone live without make-up on, in my pajamas and with my hair sticking up all over the place. I’ve stuttered, misspoken, lost my train of thought and even talked for 20 seconds without realizing my mic was muted.

And I’ve made just about every mistake in the book… because I am showing up! Mistakes and tech difficulties don’t happen, and you don’t get the experience of dealing with them if you never go live!

The dreaded technical difficulties have occurred in the middle of a live video and I survived.

You will, too, I promise!

The key to getting good at going live is to do it again and again. The best results come from going live several days in a row — close enough together so you don’t have time to overthink or over-analyze before you turn around and do it again.

In 2018, I went live on Facebook for 12 days in a row. That experience taught me volumes about my audience, what interests them and what scares them. Most of my live videos were interviews with peers and associates and so the experience also built my collaborative network.

People who watched me wanted to work with me, they wanted to interview me, and they were asking to be interviewed by me. This attention grew my Facebook following, grew my email list, grew my client roster, and, more than anything, it grew my level of authority and influence within my target market.

Those 12 live videos changed the trajectory of my business and gave me greater confidence in my message and in my ability to deliver on my audience needs.

If you’re ready to make an immediate and lasting impact on your audience, a series of live videos needs to be part of your upcoming content plan. Download my free guide to going live to find out more.

Take a step toward using video to connect

Answer these questions to create a template outline for your videos:

  • What is the goal of your video?
  • What is the main topic of your video?
  • What three points support your main topic?
  • How can you simply summarize your video?
  • How will you conclude your video?

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Act Now and Start Using Your Content to Connect

Now that you know the steps to take to create content to connect with your ideal audience, it’s time to act. Here’s your action plan:

Establish SMART Goals for Your Online Content

You can’t measure what you’re not tracking. Setting SMART goals is the first step to creating content that connects because it gives you a target to aim for.

Identify Your Target Audience and Become BFFs

You need to become instant internet besties with your ideal reader or listener. This means knowing them so well you could meet them for lunch and know exactly what to order.

Commit to Consistently Producing Online Content

If you want to connect, you need to suit up and show up every day. Be as loyal to your audience as you hope they are to you.

Tell a Story and Tell It Well

Learn to lead with stories. Every post, long or short, needs a strong storytelling component to connect with your audience on an emotional level. People will always remember how you make them feel more than what you tell them to do.

Use Video to Close the Gap

Video may not be searchable by web crawlers, but its value is immeasurable in helping you to develop close, connected relationships with the people who follow you. Live video is best, because the real, unedited you is what people want most.

Know Your Channels and the Expectations They Bring

You can’t just post for the sake of posting. You must take the time to post content that is meaningful and appropriate to the channel AND to the audience the channel attracts.

Stay on Brand

Your relationship with your audience is based on trust and an unspoken agreement of the value you’ll provide with your content. Fulfill your promise by sticking to your brand and to the topics of interest in your niche. Don’t falter and don’t confuse your audience by posting random stuff.

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The Time to Act is Now — Create Content That Connects

You can instantly implement this action plan all at once or you can take your time. The most important thing is to start today with Steps 1 and 2. Set your goals and identify the ideal person you want to reach. After that, every other step will be easier to complete because you’ll be able to test your plan against your goals and the intended audience.

Need help?

Steal my 10 Top Engaging Social Media Posts. These social media templates give you the words to say that connect with readers and drive engagement. All you need to do is copy, paste, customize and post.

Tonya Kubo helps Christian communicators leverage the power of social media to build community around the messages of their hearts. She is the founder of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and a frequent guest on the Clutter Free Academy and Communicator Academy podcasts. If you’re interested in building digital communities, join her FREE Facebook Group, The Secret to Thriving Online Communities


If You Aren’t Posting to Social Media Consistently, You’re Missing Out on Readers

Words matter. You know it and I know it. Christian authors make their living from knowing it.

Unlike the rest of the world, Christian writers know words drive their online reputations. Sure, slick designs are pretty. We all like beautiful photography and bold features.

But words and wordsmithing are always going to get the bulk of a reader’s attention. They should get yours, too.

Are you using yours well? More importantly, are you using yours consistently?

If you fail to execute your social media posting plan, you're stuck on start. Click To Tweet

Christian writers owe it to their readers to suit up and show up every day. You owe them daily posts on your social media channels, weekly emails and monthly blogs (at least). Content is king, as the saying goes. But consistency is most certainly queen.

Why Christian Writers Don’t Post to Social Media Consistently

Consistency is tough, though. I hear it all the time from the authors I advise. Here are the top three reasons authors give me for why they aren’t posting to social media consistently:

  1. They don’t have enough time to post;
  2. They don’t get enough response to justify making time to post
  3. They don’t know what to say when they do post

Some time ago, I posted a poll on Facebook asking followers why they weren’t consistent on social media.

The responses were split between “not enough time” and “not enough response.”

These results led me to publish my longest blog article to date, the Ultimate Guide to Creating Social Media Content. The article is a monster…it’s a comprehensive guide of why you should create social media content consistently, how to do it and what type of content is most effective.

No time to read a 5,000-word article about posting to social media?

Consider this article the next best thing.

Why Christian Writers Struggle With Social Media Consistency

Christian writers struggle with posting to social media for the following reasons:

  1. They don’t understand the format
  2. They don’t make it a priority
  3. They have unrealistic expectations

Posting to social media requires a different slant than many writers are accustomed to. It takes practice, a lot of it, before you get the hang of what words work best with your readers. Meanwhile, you already feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day to do what you want — and what you need.

Bold truth: Strong reader relationships require a strategy, a plan and consistent execution.

You don’t have to be Beth Moore or Jen Hatmaker. Nobody expects that of you. But you do have to set yourself apart from everyone else striving to encourage and empower Christian women.

Even if you’re a prolific writer and speaker, you have to dedicate time to your social media strategy. It takes time to repurpose your blog articles into emails and social media posts, especially if you intend to do it well. However, this is time well spent because it builds deeper connections with your readers!

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Set a Goal for Posting to Social Media Consistently

If you want a solid social media strategy, start with the end in mind.

Ask yourself:

  • What is your goal?
  • What does success look like?
  • How will I know I’ve won?
  • How long am I willing to wait for results?
  • What numbers matter most?

Goal setting is about being kind to yourself! Know your goals. Make a plan. Execute the plan and reach your goals faster than you thought you could.

Create a Plan to Achieve Your Goal

There’s best practices and realistic practices. Each of us has to find our own middle ground.

You KNOW you should post to social media every day. If that’s not realistic for you, you need to figure out what small step you can now to get closer to the ideal of daily posting. Or consider hiring help.

Something is better than nothing — but whatever you choose to do, you have to be consistent. Any algorithm-based platform is going to rank consistent activity higher than inconsistent activity.

Always remember: Content is king, but consistency is queen. Click To Tweet

Execute the Plan You Create

If you fail to execute your social media posting plan, you’re stuck on start.

No matter how big or small your plan is, commit to following it for 30 to 90 days. The longer you do it, the better data you can collect on what works and what doesn’t. After 90 days, take a hard look at the numbers to see what changes can be made to amplify your successes.

If you don’t know how to read your data or what numbers matter, find someone who does. You can phone a friend, hire it out or join my Facebook Group on thriving online communities. The focus over there is online communities and the successful management of them, but I host regular live coaching sessions where you’re welcome to ask me just about anything.

This Email Subject Line Must Die (and What to Say Instead)

As a social media consultant, I am on several email lists because it helps me better serve my clients. I subscribe to lists with lead magnets I admire and ones I think stink. I subscribe to lists based on what I see on sales pages, hear on podcasts and see on websites. I stay on email lists to see how people handle their lead magnet delivery, welcome sequences and general upkeep of their lists.

I read them. I save them. I refer to them later.

And, yes..you could call me obsessive. Go ahead. I don’t mind.

When you’re on a lot of lists, you see how small the world of online business can be.

I know who is connected to Marie Forleo, Seth Godin and Amy Porterfield based on who emails me special offers when their signature programs open for enrollment.

You know what else I notice?

Email trends. Especially trends in subject lines.

Why Email Subject Lines Matter

If you’re new to trying to grow your audience online, you might not know how important email subject lines. They are a BIG DEAL.

In a flooded email inbox, the subject line’s job is to get that message opened.

Once opened, the message actually has a fighting chance of getting read — you have your chance at connecting. And if you connect well, your links get clicked.

Emails that aren’t opened never get clicks.

And your email open and click rates are valuable to prospective agents and publishers evaluating the strength of your platform.

That’s why, if you get a lot of emails from people in the same industry, you end up seeing a lot of the same subject lines.

Knowing the importance of subject lines, I understand why when one maven uses a subject line, everyone angling for the same market follows suit.

But there’s one email subject line phrase that needs to go:

Spilling the tea, as in:

Spilling the tea on our BIGGEST sale of the year!


Spilling the tea on the latest Instagram news


Join me live tonight as a I spill the tea on my latest program

Every week, I have emails promising to spill the tea on one thing or another. Aside from feeling gimmicky to the point of being annoying, most of these emails use the phrase incorrectly. “Spilling the tea” means revealing a juicy secret. It implies insider info, And in most cases, the information being shared isn’t that much of a secret. It feels fraudulent to pretend it is.

If you’re using it, stop. It’s played out. Instead consider these more accurate variations:

  • Lifting the curtain …
  • Behind the scenes …
  • And inside look into …
  • A sneak peek just for you …

What do you think?

Have you used “spill the tea” in a subject line? Have you seen it around? What email trends have you observed that drive you crazy? Leave a comment below or email tonya@tonyakubo.com.

Live Video Content is a Savvy Communicator’s Secret Weapon

I’m a vocal proponent of using live video content to connect with your audience. I believe that live video isn’t optional for communicators who want to grow their platforms, get booked and publish books.

Done well, live video is almost magical in how it develops and strengthens relationships online. Click To Tweet

I know it can be intimidating to go live. Many savvy communicators worry about what to say and whether anyone will even pay attention. You worry whether you’re saying the right thing on the right channel. It feels like you’re at war with an invisible enemy, and you never quite understand whether you’re winning or losing. But live video isn’t the enemy. It’s your greatest ally.

Live Video Content Connects

When you create live video, you connect with your audience on a level that’s just as deep as if you were right there with them in person. Done well, live video is almost magical in how it develops and strengthens relationships online.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Live videos get 10 times more comments from viewers than other types of posts.
  • Every social media channel that offers live video prioritizes it over other types of content.
  • Audiences watch live video three times longer than pre-recorded video content.

I went live on Facebook for 12 days in a row and tracked my results. I know this works. But if Facebook isn’t your thing, you still have options. You can broadcast live Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. And though there are slight differences among each channel, a savvy communicator follows these three universal steps:

  1. Present a distraction-free viewing experience
  2. Create content that connects
  3. Suit up and show up – again and again

Want to know more? Visit the Communicator Academy blog, where I unpack how I use live video step-by-step. If I can do it, so can you. All you need are the right resources and support.

Tonya Kubo helps communicators build close, connected relationships online by leveraging the power of social media.Tonya’s goal is to make social media less overwhelming and more sustainable for communicators at every level. She manages online communities, book teams and offers coaching/consulting services. Subscribers receive a FREE download on top-performing live vide topics to improve their audience engagement immediately.

Fear Not: Facebook Live Isn’t as Scary as You Think

If you’ve been scared of Facebook Live, you’re not alone. The idea of live video intimidates a lot of speakers and writers.

What if you forget what to say, misspeak or worse — what if you freeze?

Following my personal experiment of going live on Facebook for 12 consecutive days, I was invited to share my experience on the Communicator Academy podcast. During the interview, I face the ultimate Facebook Live skeptic, Michele Cushatt, who shares the vulnerability she feels when using a live video medium.

In the episode, we talk about how live audiences are more forgiving than you think — and the best way to make sure every live broadcast is a success.

Take a listen and let me know what you think.

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