Why is the clock ticking?
Why are we running out of time?
Well, Facebook is changing and you might not see my posts in the future!
So you Follow and/or Like my Facebook Page Crochet 24/7, thank-you so much!
Would you assume then, that whenever I write a new post or release a new pattern – you would see it in your Facebook News Feed? right?
Uh, sorry to say no!
Facebook Pages you like or follow
Did you know that Facebook has started to limit the posts you see from all the Pages you follow? – even when you have told them (through the pages you like and follow) what your interests are; and whose posts you like to see regularly?
I opened my Facebook Page Crochet 24/7 this year, and have worked hard to build the audience. Investing time to find you all interesting fun content; as well as sharing my new patterns, and other designer’s new work, that I think you may like too.
My page following is still small by some standards at 850 (and I appreciate every single one of you), but when I write a new post; sometimes I am lucky if it reaches 50 of you, that means 800 of you don’t even see it!
Once a few people start to like or comment on the post, then Facebook will show it to a few more of you over the next few days. This is what happens when a crochet designer offers a limited time discount code; and you miss it as you don’t even see the post until after it’s finished!
But what Facebook really encourage and want is for the Page Owners to pay them via advertising for the post to reach all of their own followers, which for crochet designers offering free patterns is a bit tricky!
They want me to advertise my post to my own Page Followers; just to ensure they all get to see it?
Of course many people follow lots of pages and don’t always want to comment or like, because they know that their friends and family then see everything; and it can be a bit boring for a non-crochet family member, to see their feed full of what their Mum/Granny?Sister have liked.
It doesn’t mean they don’t want to see the posts in future or they haven’t read or looked at the content; if this was the case they could just “unlike” the page.
What’s the answer then?
Well it’s all about the groups that you join! And if you prefer email the newsletters you sign up for!
Crochet Designer’s Facebook Groups
Closed Groups – most of your favourite crochet designers’ in addition to their Facebook Page also have Facebook Closed Groups that you can join; and within the group you will see everything the designer shares, you won’t miss anything!
I think sometimes people like/follow a page; and then assume the group content will be the same – but it really isn’t.
Crochet designers’ build their groups into communities, sharing far more with members than they do on their Pages, and offering exclusive discounts and information.
Groups are really fun, with longer threads of conversation and active members get to know each other better.
In addition often the designer will share their new designs at an earlier stage with sneek peaks, asking members for feedback on colours, sizes, etc, ask for testers, offer discount coupons and give-aways just for their group members etc.
The other great thing about groups is that if you want to comment, like, share a picture of your own work only the other group members see it, so a group has more of a club feel than a page.
All conversations within a closed group can only be seen by group members.
If you favourite a group you also then have a short-cut to ensure you see posts within the group you have not yet read, so you can catch up all in one go, reading through the more recent posts.
Crochet Designer’s Newsletter by email
Also if you like and follow a designer’s Facebook Page, have you checked on their website to see if they send out a newsletter by email?
Most of them do and have an area usually on the right hand side of their website with “sign-up” or “subscribe here” and often you can get one of their free patterns as a PDF as a welcome.
All you do is pop in your email address, you will receive an email asking you to re-confirm that you want to subscribe, you just click on that, and you will then receive one more email to welcome you.
Each time they publish a new post you will then receive an email with the link, you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking unsubscribe – details are always on the emails on how to do this.
Do I have a Facebook Group? Yes I do! I started it just a couple of months ago and we currently have around 220 club members; growing steadily each week.
Want to join in the fun? I would love to have you join my group, we are all very friendly. Click on the name of the group here:-
I also have a newsletter you are welcome to sign up for – my current welcome offer is a free PDF of my New Beginning Infinity Cowl which has been a really popular design. On the right hand side you will see my subscribe box!
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