Facebook groups for compers
Are you a member of any Facebook groups? They can be really useful for compers in lots of ways! In today’s post I’ll be explaining how they work, how to set them up and the best ways to use them.
Types of Facebook groups
Public groups: Competition Winners is an example of a public group where anyone can access the page and search the posts. When you request to join and are approved, you will be able to like and comment on the posts, and make your own posts.
Closed groups: Lucky Learners and Facebook Competitions are examples of closed groups – anyone can see the group information and list of members, and it’s visible on a Facebook search. When you request to join and are approved, you can see the group posts – as well as sharing your own posts and liking/commenting.
Secret groups: Secret groups cannot be found by searching. You can’t share a link to a secret group with a non-member – but you can invite them to join via email, or add a Facebook friend to the group. Once you’re a member you can see all the posts, make your own posts and like/comment on them.
Local Facebook comping groups
Local comping groups can be really handy if you want to find likeminded local friends (and you’re not yet a member of a Comp Club). You can use a local Facebook group to:
- share competitions from local Facebook pages, or Twitter accounts (find pages by looking at the advertisers in local magazines and newspapers!)
- share competitions from local radio, magazine or event websites (see my tips on Googling)
- upload photos of comps you’ve spotted locally in magazine, newspapers – even on bus stops or in shops!
- organise comp club meetings
- swap prizes – eg. if you’ve won tickets to a local event without enough notice to go
Local groups work because the members often want to win different prizes – for example, some might want tickets to family events, other members might be looking for local sporting tickets, and others might love the theatre or gigs. Working together, you’re able to source a lot more competitions – even if it’s not something you particularly want, there’s bound to be a local comper who would love that prize!
Members of the Lucky Learners group have joined forces and we’ve created a new set of local groups for areas across the UK & Northern Ireland. Simply click the name of the group closest to you, request to join and wait for one of the admin team to approve your request (this may take a little while if there are only one or two admins, so be patient!)
http://bit.ly/BrightonCompers (& Sussex)
http://bit.ly/EdinburghCompers (Edinburgh & East of Scotland)
http://bit.ly/GlasgowCompers (Glasgow & West of Scotland)
http://bit.ly/LondonCompers (East London & Essex)
http://bit.ly/LondonCompers2 (all of Greater London)
http://bit.ly/WestLondonCompers (West London & Middlesex)
Don’t see a group local to you? Use the advice below to set one up – then comment with your link and I’ll add you to the list!
How to set up a group
- Go to www.facebook.com/groups and click Create group at the top of the page. On a mobile, go to the More menu and scroll down to Create Group.
- Select your privacy setting from Secret, Closed or Public – this can be changed at any time (groups over 250 members that are Secret cannot be changed back to Closed or Public!) – for a local group, I suggest Closed is the best option, so you’re findable on a search!
- Add at least one member to your group by typing their name – they must be a friend of yours.
Growing your Facebook Group
- Add members to the group by typing in the Add people to group box – or tap the blue + icon on a mobile, then type in their name and select them.
- Add members by typing in their email address to send an invite.
- If your group is Public or Closed, you can share the link with people and they can request to join.
- Only members with admin privileges can approve requests from new members.
- You can give members admin status by going into the members list and clicking the gear icon – on a mobile device go to View group info and look for the list of members, then tap the gear icon to give them an admin role. You can remove or block members with the same process.
Tips for Group admins
- Add a cover photo that explains what the group is about – use a free site like Picmonkey to add text to a photo.
- Add several members as admin so you can share the job of approving/ignoring the requests to join.
- Add a group description – with a Closed group, this is the only thing visible to non-members so put as much information as you can!
- A set of basic rules might be useful – eg. no vote requests or spam.
- Set questions for people to answer when they join: ‘How long have you been comping?’ is a good one!
- If you get a request from a profile from outside the UK, with no visible competitions or just aren’t sure whether they’re a spammer, it’s safer to ignore them – if they request again you might want to send them a polite message, just to check they’re a genuine comper!
- You can have one ‘pinned’ post permanently at the top of the group page – this could be a list of links, or information for the members, or perhaps a post asking for the members to introduce themselves and say where they live! Click on the arrow to the right of a post to get a drop-down menu, and choose pin post (or pin to top on the mobile app).
- To make certain posts easy to find, post a photo along with the text – you can then find the photo quickly in the Photos section of the group.
- You’re able to ‘hide’ a post that includes a link from the page by clicking on the arrow to the right of it – you might choose to do this with expired competitions, for example (as far as I can tell, you can’t hide posts using mobile apps yet!)
- Edit your group settings by clicking the … (more) menu on the cover photo. Here, you can change the group’s web address from the assigned numbers to something memorable!
Tips for Group members
- If you’re requesting to join a group, you’ll be approved more quickly if your profile is set to public and that you have at least one competition on it.
- Look for the share button under a Facebook post, and click or tap it – you can choose to share it in a group rather than on your timeline.
- If you use Facebook groups regularly, add them to your Facebook Favourites menu by going to www.facebook.com/groups/?category=membership. You’ll then be able to access them quickly from the left hand menu (on a computer) or the top of the More menu on a mobile device.
- The free Groups app for your mobile device shows all your Facebook groups in one place.
- Notifications from groups can be overwhelming – to adjust the amount you get (or turn them off completely) click Notifications on the group’s cover photo. On a mobile device, tap More > View Group Info > Edit Notification Settings.
Secret comping groups
When you’ve been comping for a while you’ll make friends with people who enjoy the same type of competitions as you – it can be a nice idea to start secret groups to share competitions, for example radio competitions or Instagram competitions. You’ll need to be committed though – these groups only work when every members is keen to share and contribute!
Good luck with your Facebook groups – do comment if you have any tips or are looking for members for your own comping group!
(photos adapted from Facebook Groups website)