There's no doubt about it: People. Love. Photos. On the W&M Facebook page photos are far and away the most popular content; so if you can include a photo with your post, do it. The photo doesn't have to be a professionally staged shot, just a well taken image with good composition and an in-focus subject. If you think the photo is of interest to your community and is something they'd like to see, add that visual element!
Another great use of photos is to freshen up your profile and banner photos. Change up your Facebook or Twitter banner to reflect the change of seasons, or a campus event. Merely changing your banner often spurs folks to comment and reminisce about the location or event that is the subject of the photo.
Regardless of where you use your images, make sure to accurately caption and credit them, attribute the photographer if known and provide a description of the photo to offer context (and avoid any confusion as to what the photo is).
Social media is a great place to publicize events that are occurring within your organization. By creating a Facebook Event you can:
- Collect a rough RSVP count and encourage attendees to share the event with their friends
- Tease the event with videos or photos from previous years
- Create polls to get attendees involved and invested in the event (vote for music, types of food at the reception, etc.)
- Post exclusive information like early ticket access or behind the scenes photos of the event
- Create a hashtag for the event and track discussion via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. After the event you can collect and save these posts via a service like Storify so you can use them to chronicle the event or as promotional material for future years.