Facebook is a very important channel for us to share what we’re doing with more people. Unfortunately our updates are seen by less and less of our followers. The reason is not that the quality of our posts went down (actually, like / view ratio has kept going up in the last 5 years!).
The reason is greedy Facebook! If we want our updates to be seen by our followers we have to pay Facebook money. Money that we don’t have 🙂 It’s getting worse every year.
Chances are you’re not seeing most of our updates (1 a day) either, so you can’t like or share!
It would be awesome if you can select “See First” when hovering over “Following” on our Facebook page. And of course please like, share or comment if you see something that’s relevant for your friends 🙂
To make Google rank us higher, we need to tell them the postal code of spots. You can no longer submit an article without adding a (correct) postal code. We’re sorry for this, but it will help us a lot in making Google fall more in love with us 🙂 Our aim is to have Google add all your spots to their “expert reviews” section.
it’s very easy to find the postal code of a spot. Just click on the spot on the map of the article in the editing system to find it (you may have to zoom in to see the spot).
The last few weeks, some messages created on the Spotters network did not trigger a notification email. We are sorry for the Spotters who left a message and did not get a reply!
We have upgraded the Spotters Network with a more reliable forum in each group with much more functionality. We tested it well, but if you’re experiencing issues or have ideas for improvement please let Bart (email@example.com) know.
There’s also of course still the possibility to send direct messages to Spotters. Find their user name by clicking on a Spotter in the list of all Spotters (URL shows username, e.g. “bartvanpoll”) and go to “compose message” (top right)
This month, our social media intern Thomas has sent most of you an e-mail to ask you to hook up their Google+ profile to Spotted by Locals.
This project has been very successful! So far, 75% of all Spotters are on Google Plus and have made the requested changes. This will have a huge impact on how visitors will find us on Google. We think it is so important, that we’ve made 2 decisions:
1. We won’t stop until 100% of all Spotters have connected their profiles
2. All new Spotters have to be on Google+ before they can start.
If you have not set up your Google+ profile and linked Spotted by Locals to it, please do so (instructions here). If you have any questions, please contact Bart!
If you are on Facebook and one of your Spotted places has a Facebook page, we recommend you to follow it! Most owners are quite active on their Facebook page and let their followers know about changes in opening times, exhibitions, nice events, etc.