Roost Report Finds Photos Generate Fifty-Percent More Impressions for SMBs Than Any Other Post Type on Facebook Pages

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Quarterly Report on the State of Local Business and Social Marketing Highlights Best Ways to Achieve Meaningful Engagement on Facebook and Twitter

These results are telling for the small business community and provide direct guidance on how to achieve the highest level of engagement with their Facebook fans and Twitter followers -- Alex Chang, CEO of Roost

Roost, a technology company committed to helping small businesses go social, today announced the findings from its second quarterly report on the state of local business and its use of social media. More than 10,000 Facebook and Twitter posts by small businesses across over 50 industries were evaluated, indicating that the most effective post types for small businesses to drive meaningful interactions were photos on Facebook and quotes on Twitter.

Not All Posts Are Created Equal
The Roost social marketing platform for small businesses provides impression and engagement metrics beyond the standard Likes, Comments, Shares and Retweets. Roost takes a deeper look at the various types of posts for each platform and determines which ones yield the highest levels of interaction amongst local business fans and followers.

Photos Rule on Facebook
The two greatest engagement tactics on Facebook are Likes and Comments, with Likes leading the charge. Roost finds that the best way to achieve Likes is through photo posts, quotes and status updates, with photos providing 50 percent more impressions on average than any other post type and quotes providing 22 percent more interactions when compared to all post types.

Findings also show that questions generate almost two times as many comments as any other post type. The second most popular way to get fans commenting is through a compelling business status update. Facebook Shares are a great way to disseminate business and product messages across fans’ networks and links are 87 percent more likely to be shared than any other post type.

Quotes Rule on Twitter
Roost’s report finds that the most effective engagements for local businesses communicating on Twitter are Retweets. Quotes drive, on average, 54 percent more Retweets than any other type of Tweet, with status updates being the second highest driver of engagement.

“These results are telling for the small business community and provide direct guidance on how to achieve the highest level of engagement with their Facebook fans and Twitter followers,” said Alex Chang, CEO of Roost. “By breaking down which post types drive engagement, Roost helps local businesses get more impressions on their social efforts and get their messages out in the most effective way possible.”

“Facebook is inherently visual, so it follows that photos would ignite more activity here, while twitter began, and largely remains text-driven, the home of the pithy soundbite, so it makes sense that quotes create the most engagement on that network,” added Chang.

The study was conducted in September of 2011 by analyzing Facebook and Twitter posts created on the Roost platform by over 8,000 small businesses across over 50 industries.

Roost’s social marketing tool, available for free at, helps local businesses and professionals easily plan and execute their social marketing activities in less than 20 minutes per week across Facebook and Twitter, with other networks coming soon. Additionally, any business or professional can run a free Roost Local Scorecard evaluation on their Facebook fanbase at

About Roost
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Roost is a unique social marketing platform entirely focused on helping small businesses and independent professionals manage their social presence and engage with their customers across key social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Roost has more than 30,000 people across over 50 industries using its social products. Roost's executive team is comprised of small business and social media experts from, Merchant Circle, Flixter and Social Gaming Network. The company is venture capital funded by Shasta Ventures and General Catalyst. To jumpstart your local business’s social marketing efforts visit

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