Edited to add: Facebook stories is available from the Facebook app when you're using a mobile phone. Sorry I wasn't clear about that!
Facebook continues to introduce new features to stay ahead of the competition. Most recently, this included the introduction of Facebook Stories. These stories allow you to add pictures and videos into a sequence that your Facebook friends can view once, within 24 hours of when it’s posted.
Can Facebook Stories be used for real estate marketing? It can if you have the right goals in mind.
Using Facebook Stories for Real Estate Marketing
As of right now, Stories are only available on personal pages, so you have to focus on building your brand among those you are already connected with on Facebook.
Many Realtors® find it useful to have connections on their personal Facebook pages that are in the communities they market in. Even if your connections are family and friends, you can benefit from having them share your brand.
You can still keep your personal and professional lives separate by controlling who sees your Facebook posts. You can make a variety of sub-lists within your friends list and share with only who you intend to engage.
Some of the best ways to use Stories include:
- Making friends in relevant Facebook groups, and adding them to your Facebook friends. Once they are part of your online community, you can encourage them to view your Facebook Stories.
- Encourage your friends and family to view your Stories and be advocates for your brand. They can share information about your listings, encourage others to friend you, and more.
- Build community among those you know on Facebook by using Stories to show “A Day in the Life” behind-the-scenes style snapshots.
- Demonstrate your expertise in “how to” videos such as how to prepare a home for sale, how to choose a property photographer, and more.
Images and videos expire after 24 hours, so be sure you promote your Stories shortly after you create them!
Creating a Facebook Story
Stories are located at the top of your Facebook page. Click the + sign next to “Your Story” to add images and videos. You can choose pictures or videos already on your camera or use Facebook’s camera to take a picture or record a video.
Be sure to use videos or images in portrait mode. In landscape mode, your Story will show large black bars of unused space above and below the image, and the picture will be hard to see.
Once you have an image or video you want to use, spruce it up! You can use a variety of masks, filters, and even doodles. There are silly licensed images from popular movies, color masks, and more to make your story unique.
Once you’ve finished customizing the image or video, tap the arrow icon to post it. You’ll have options to send it directly to a single person or add it to your overall Story, just like you do in Snapchat.
By creating and promoting Stories to the people you’re connected with on Facebook, you can create buzz and build your brand. Your friends can then spread the message to their own friends and family. When used in combination with farming postcards and other marketing methods, Facebook Stories can be powerful!