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How to use Facebook Groups to grow your business, without getting blocked

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How do you use Facebook groups for marketing your business? It’s actually not that hard when you have the right strategy.

How many groups do you belong to right now?




You’re not alone! Facebook groups are used by 1.8 BILLION people every month.

In other words, Facebook groups are really popular.

But can you use Facebook groups to market your business?

Absolutely. They are a great place to increase brand awareness and enagement, and even drive revenue when you implement the right strategies.

Let’s talk about how you can use Facebook groups to promote your business in a way that feels natural, engaging, and genuinely helpful.

Here’s how you can use Facebook Groups to get you business, not blocked.

Join the right groups for your business

First things first, find groups that align with your business or side hustle idea.

Think about where your potential customers hang out online.

For instance, if you’ve started a handmade jewellery business, look for groups focused on crafts, fashion, or unique gifts.

If you’re offering tutoring services, join groups for parents or education enthusiasts.

If you’re offering a service like cleaning or window washing local community groups are perfect for you.

  • Search and Vet: Use Facebook’s search function to find the right groups. Look at the number of members, activity level, and the types of posts being shared. Avoid groups with spammy content.
  • Join a Few at First: Start with a handful of groups to avoid overwhelming yourself. As you get comfortable, you can join more.
  • Introduce Yourself: When you join a new group, introduce yourself. Share a bit about your side hustle without making it a sales pitch. For example, “Hi, I’m Sarah, a passionate jewellery maker – here’s a photo of what I do. Excited to be here and learn from everyone!”

Understand the group dynamics

Before you start posting, spend some time observing the group’s dynamics.

Understand what topics are popular, what kind of content resonates with members, and the group’s rules and guidelines. This will help you tailor your interactions to be more relevant and valuable.

  • Read the Rules: Group rules are usually pinned at the top. Make sure you know what’s allowed and what isn’t.
  • Observe Engagement: Notice which posts get the most likes, comments, and shares. This will give you an idea of what works in each particular group.
  • Engage Passively: Start by liking and commenting on posts to get a feel for the group’s culture and build visibility without promoting anything yet.

Be helpful and provide value

One of the best ways to promote your business without being salesy is by providing value.

Answer questions, share useful tips, and contribute to discussions.

For instance, if someone is looking for gift ideas and you make jewellery, offer general advice or suggest types of pieces that work well for different occasions, without immediately pushing your products.

  • Answer Questions: When you see a question related to your niche, provide a helpful answer. For example, if someone asks about finding the right gift, give thoughtful suggestions based on your expertise. You could start your answer with “I design jewellery and I think…”
  • Share Tips: Regularly share tips related to your business. If you’re in the food industry, share new recipes or cooking tips. If you provide fitness coaching, share workout routines or health tips.
  • Create How-To Posts: People love learning new skills. Create posts that teach something related to your business. For example, if you sell handmade soap, share a simple DIY soap recipe.

Share your expertise

Occasionally share insights or content that showcase your expertise.

This could be a blog post, a case study, or an infographic related to your industry. Make sure your content is genuinely helpful and not just a disguised sales pitch.

For example, you could share a blog post on “Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Buying Handmade Jewellery” and how to avoid them.

  • Write Blog Posts: Create blog posts on your website that address common problems or questions in your niche. Share these posts in the group when relevant and allowed.
  • Use Visuals: Infographics, videos, and high-quality images can make your posts more engaging. If you’re a baker, share a video of a baking tutorial.
  • Be Consistent: Share your content regularly but don’t overdo it. Aim for a balance between sharing your expertise and participating in other discussions.

Engage authentically

Engage with group members in a genuine way.

Comment on their posts, congratulate them on their successes, and provide thoughtful responses.

Authentic engagement helps you build relationships and positions you as a valuable member of the community.

  • Personal Touch: When commenting, address people by their names and make your responses personal and thoughtful.
  • Celebrate Others: Congratulate members on their achievements and milestones. This builds goodwill and a sense of community.
  • Ask Questions: Show interest in others’ posts by asking follow-up questions. This not only fosters engagement but also shows you care about their experiences.

Host informative events

Hosting events such as webinars, live Q&A sessions, or workshops can be an excellent way to provide value and subtly promote your business.

For example, a live session on “How to Style Handmade Jewellery for Different Occasions” can attract interested members and showcase your expertise.

  • Plan Ahead: Promote your event well in advance and create a buzz. Share teasers and sneak peeks to generate interest.
  • Interactive Sessions: Make your events interactive. Allow attendees to ask questions, participate in polls, and share their thoughts.
  • Follow-Up: After the event, share a summary or recording in the group for those who couldn’t attend. This keeps the content accessible and valuable.

Encourage user-generated content

Encourage members to share their experiences and content. User-generated content can provide social proof and foster a sense of community.

You could create a post asking members to share their biggest business challenges and how they overcame them.

  • Create Challenges: Host challenges or contests that encourage members to share their experiences. For example, a photo contest where members share pictures of them using your product.
  • Feature Members: Regularly feature member posts or testimonials. Highlighting their stories makes them feel valued and shows the community’s diversity.
  • Ask for Reviews: Encourage satisfied customers to share reviews and feedback in the group. This builds trust and credibility.

Share success stories

Occasionally share success stories or testimonials from your clients.

Ensure these stories are framed in a way that focuses on the client’s journey and achievements rather than your services.

This approach highlights your impact without being overtly promotional.

  • Client Stories: Share detailed stories of how your clients achieved success. Focus on their journey, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them.
  • Use Visuals: Include photos or videos of your clients, if possible. Visual content makes the stories more engaging and relatable.
  • Be Sincere: Keep the tone genuine and sincere. Authentic stories resonate more with the audience and build trust.

Create your own group

If you have the time and resources, consider creating your own Facebook group.

This allows you to build a community around your brand and control the content and discussions.

Ensure the group provides value to its members, such as industry insights, exclusive tips, and a platform for networking.

  • Define Your Purpose: Clearly define what your group is about and what members can expect. This helps attract the right people.
  • Regular Content: Post regularly to keep the group active. Plan a content calendar with weekly themes, tips, and discussion prompts.
  • Engage Members: Encourage members to introduce themselves, share their experiences, and ask questions. Host regular live sessions or Q&As to keep the community engaged.

Starting and growing a group can be hard work as many groups (including Side Hustles NZ) won’t allow you to promote your own group within theirs. Leveraging existing groups can bring you much faster results.

Wrapping It Up

Promoting your side hustle or small business in Facebook groups is all about finding the right balance between providing value and subtly showcasing your expertise.

Focus on building relationships, offering genuine help, and being an active part of the community. This approach not only helps you get noticed but also builds trust and fosters long-term loyalty.

Remember, the goal is to be helpful, authentic, and engaged. With these strategies, you’ll be able to promote your business without coming across as pushy or salesy. Happy promoting!

Side Hustles NZ

Hey, I’m Rachel! I started Side Hustles NZ in 2021 with the goal of helping Kiwi’s start and grow small businesses in New Zealand. During the week you’ll find me discussing side hustle ideas in our Facebook group, working in my website design business, or riding my horses.

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