How to use Facebook to promote an issue-based publication

Social Media is Made for Issue Publishers

Using social media for marketing is hardly a new concept at this point, but innovative businesses are always finding new ways to make the most of the medium.

Modern Drummer Magazine, in particular, has found a way to exploit Facebook in a way that works incredibly well as an issue-based publication.

Here is their Facebook profile page in action:

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Beyond the Standard

The most common use of Facebook as a marketing tool is to create and optimize a profile for the business and then use the standard feed to push articles, posts, and announcements to existing friends.

Some companies might get a little more creative and try adding their content to the general melee of Facebook Instant Articles (but that’s another discussion).

Modern Drummer, a long-standing print-and-digital publication, has gone a step farther.

A Mini-Issue Available To All

Modern Drummer puts out regular (web based) issues chock full of news, interviews, and instructive articles. And every time they put out a new issue, they update their Facebook page to reflect that issue.

They update the profile images accordingly and post links and blurbs to each featured article.

With a hard paywall, this would still only serve as an alert to pre-existing subscribers that a new edition was available.

But, thanks to their use of IssueM and  Leaky Paywall, each article can be shared up to 1000’s times. Visitors to the page can read a few articles in their entirety before being prompted to subscribe.

In other words, Modern Drummer has found a way to use their Facebook page as a phenomenal, interactive teaser to each magazine issue

A Smashing Success

This method has actually proved to be amazingly successful as a marketing tool for Modern Drummer.

Thanks to their creative use of Facebook, a significant chunk of the traffic to their website – 26% – comes from social media. That’s second only to organic search.

Essentially, Modern Drummer has discovered how to leverage web based issue publishing and their metered paywall, to create a turbo button for social campaigning.

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