This story is a long time coming and sadly this summer has forced us to speak out so feelings are not hurt. When we started Woody Boater 9ish years ago, facebook and classic boats were not a real big thing. There was some stuff on there, but lately it seems like many clubs and others are using facebook as there websites. Which by the way is a fantastic idea. While that has been happening more and more, Woody Boater is trying to move more towards unique content. Which is not easy, day after day…after day. For us, your classic boat show or fun adventure is fun content used to promote the entire lifestyle. We completely understand you wanting to post it on your facebook page, BUT, then its not unique content anymore. Its just facebook stuff reused.
This past Algonac show was seen all over facebook by many and while it was happening I saw every boat and all the fun I was missing. A day later we started to get reports in, and it was all the same stuff. We had to painfully apologize to our friends that we would post there stuff. By the way, we had planned a huge deal on it. But its like making dinner for folks that just ate dinner.
So? Why the story Matt. Well, it happened again, I got a report in, ABOVE, and started putting together 39 images, which were great by the way. And Bam, it shows up on facebook. Story dead! And 2 hrs of cleaning up, adding captions. Gone. So you today are subjected to a story on facebook.
OK, Mr Woody Boater Rant man, how can do it better. Well, glad you asked. By the way, thanks for reading this far, you could be on facebook looking at Kitty pics and political memes. Here is how you can get the best of both worlds. Get your story together, and send it to us. BEFORE you do facebook, we will ask, and then have a email exchange about waiting, or stalling the facebook thing. We will do the story if its cool, and most are, and then you can link to the story. Here is what that means for you. We get 5,000 views a day, our facebook page has close to 16,000 likes and in some cases a story on our facebook page gets 3,000 views. Heck we just had a video reach 28,000 people. Its simple math, your stuff will be seen by 10 times your reach, AND, this is the best part, its someone else saying how great you are, not you saying how great you are.
Hope this helps, in the end, that’s all we want to do. We want to promote the lifestyle as much as possible, and what you are doing, restoring, zipping around, even sinking, is all part of it. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go chase some kids off the front yard.