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Ok, hopefully by now, I don’t have to explain much about this little experiment that started in March. But just in case, you can read about the background here. Let’s just get into it. 

Who, among a sample of a few pages, is the most engaging Latino Facebook Page at the beginning of October? Let’s see below. Anything above 15% is really strong. Anything above 40% is outstanding. Anything above 40% is beyond ridiculous and on another level.

Ok, here is the October list (numbers based on page checks on October 1, 2012 from 10:30 am-11:15 am EST; full disclosure: Latino Rebels is my organization. Also, this is just a data capture from a limited time window. We know that the “people talking about this” feature can fluctuate. This is not an exact science, but it does prove that having a highly engaged community will always benefit your brand, organization, group, etc.)

October’s Sampling of Latino Facebook Pages and Their Facebook Level of Engagement (FLOE)

  1. One Voice Radio: 412% (1,106 likes · 4,554 talking about this)
  2. Rico Puerto Rico: 266% (33,984 likes · 90,375 talking about this)
  3. Cultura: 158% (818 likes · 1,293 talking about this)
  4. Latino Rebels: 57.1% (21,739 likes · 12,213 talking about this)
  5. NBC Latino: 56.3% (18,394 likes · 10,667 talking about this)
  6. Fit Latina: 52.4% (1,504 likes · 787 talking about this)
  7. National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts: 48.5% (1,970 likes · 956 talking about this)
  8. Pa’lante Latino: 40% (1,875 likes · 750 talking about this)
  9. Presente.org: 39.7% (10,514 likes · 4,175 talking about this)
  10. So Mexican: 28.5% (1,592,875 likes · 454,152 talking about this)
  11. Pocho.com: 26.5% (2,540 likes · 648 talking about this)
  12. Es el momento: 26.3% (12,889 likes · 3,386 talking about this)
  13. VOXXI: 25.9% (9,673 likes · 2,505 talking about this)
  14. Cuéntame: 24.3% (85,763 likes · 20,850 talking about this)
  15. SoLatina: 23.5% (62,533 likes · 14,701 talking about this)
  16. Sofrito for Your Soul: 23% (9,425 likes · 2,172 talking about this)
  17. Voto Latino: 17.4% (50,834 likes · 8,848 talking about this)
  18. Despierta América: 16.8% (129,883 likes · 21,860 talking about this)
  19. SpanglishBaby: 16.7% (6,596 likes · 1,104 talking about this)
  20. Latino Justice: 14.3% (2,574 likes · 368 talking about this)
  21. Being Puerto Rican: 13.6% (21,642 likes · 2,948 talking about this)
  22. Think Mexican: 13.4% (5,322 likes · 717 talking about this)
  23. El Diario NY: 11.2% (7,398 likes · 826 talking about this)
  24. Disney World Latino: 11% (91,755 likes · 10,102 talking about this)
  25. Latina Bloggers Connect: 10.5% (1,953 likes · 205 talking about this)
  26. Primer impacto: 10.2% (239,953 likes · 24,566 talking about this)
  27. Gozamos: 9.3% (4,388 likes · 409 talking about this)
  28. HuffPost Latino Voices: 9.1% (8,054 likes · 736 talking about this)
  29. Being Latino: 8.4% (78,329 likes · 6,569 talking about this)
  30. Latina Mom Bloggers: 8.3% (1,368 likes · 114 talking about this)
  31. Remezcla: 8.2% (11,654 likes · 959 talking about this)
  32. Hispanically Speaking News: 7.5% (3,069 likes · 229 talking about this)
  33. People en español: 7.1% (180,811 likes · 12,583 talking about this)
  34. Los Pichy Boys: 7.1% (14,583 likes · 1,036 talking about this)
  35. Hispanicize: 7% (4,936 likes · 345 talking about this)
  36. Cosmo for Latinas: 7% (8,995 likes · 627 talking about this)
  37. Proud to Be Latina: 6.7% (1,702 likes · 114 talking about this)
  38. Univision: 6.5% (573,589 likes · 37,383 talking about this)
  39. CNN en español: 6.3% (1,167,362 likes · 73,297 talking about this)
  40. The Big Tino: 5.8% (62,847 likes · 3,629 talking about this)
  41. Calle 13: 5.2% (1,366,776 likes · 71,570 talking about this)
  42. Mayo Clinic (Español): 5% (1,911 likes · 95 talking about this)
  43. Ford en español: 4.8% (1,764 likes · 85 talking about this)
  44. Telemundo: 4.4% (341,016 likes · 14,849 talking about this)
  45. National Council of La Raza: 4.3% (20,089 likes · 871 talking about this)
  46. Latina List: 3.7% (3,037 likes · 111 talking about this)
  47. Pitbull: 3.6% (23,697,661 likes · 860,310 talking about this)
  48. Mun2: 3.6% (235,965 likes · 8,581 talking about this)
  49. Ask a Mexican: 3.3% (36,955 likes · 1,202 talking about this)
  50. Univision News: 3% (7,133 likes · 214 talking about this)
  51. News Taco: 3% (4,313 likes · 128 talking about this)
  52. Mamiverse: 2.9% (19,106 likes · 560 talking about this)
  53. La Cosmopolitana: 2.8% (1,331 likes · 37 talking about this)
  54. Mexican Word of the Day: 2.7% (1,310,759 likes · 35,909 talking about this)
  55. Vitera: 2.4% (4,564 likes · 108 talking about this)
  56. Somos Verizon Fios: 2.3% (45,952 likes · 1,052 talking about this)
  57. Latina: 2.1% (72,971 likes · 1,500 talking about this)
  58. Fox News Latino: 2.1% (67,728 likes · 1,443 talking about this)
  59. New Latina: 2.1% (4,498 likes · 96 talking about this)
  60. Immigrant Archive Project: 2% (12,138 likes · 247 talking about this)
  61. Papi Blogger: 1.6% (825 likes · 13 talking about this)
  62. El Gordo y la Flaca: 1.2% (319,364 likes · 3,849 talking about this)
  63. American Latino Museum: 1.1% (121,169 likes · 1,279 talking about this)
  64. Latinos in Social Media: .09% (143,490 likes · 1,249 talking about this)
  65. Selena Gómez: .08% (33,732,351 likes · 280,406 talking about this)
  66. Shakira:  .07% (54,626,349 likes · 368,018 talking about this)
  67. Toyota Latino: .06% (75,201 likes · 414 talking about this)
  68. Mi Casa Broadcasting: .06% (3,868 likes · 26 talking about this)

If you would like me to add your page to this list, just let me know with a comment to this blog.

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To be quite honest, we never thought that the Facebook page of LatinoRebels.com would ever achieve a similar spike in growth and engagement when we posted the now famous Thank You, Jesús meme in January, 2012.

But this week, it happened again for the Rebeldes, and it was a combination of many things. How did we get a 366% Facebook Level of Engagement (FLOE) rate?

It was a combination of several things. Here they are:

Damn Cat Pictures: This image, showing the history of art through depictions of cats, was shared with us by a fan. So we posted it. And we got over 5,000 shares in 4 days, proving once again that social media engagement is all about cats sometimes.

BanderaGate: The Daily News ‘oops’ moment of a Cuban flag instead of a Puerto Rican flag got us some attention this week. We were the first media outlet to break the story, and our piece was quoted and attributed by several major media outlets, including the New York Times, the HuffPost, and PrimeraHora.com from Puerto Rico.

The TIME cover: We were the first outlet on Facebook to share this week’s historic TIME cover (with credit back to TIME’s main site, but two hours before TIME’s own Facebook page posted the cover) and because of that, our post got more shares that TIME’s page (2,276 for the Rebeldes, compared to 1,725 shares for TIME). Being the first to report does have its advantages.

The Rebels’ FB post (credited to TIME) got more shares this week than TIME’s own post

The Facebook page of TIME posted the same cover two hours later around 9 am EST is about 500 shares less than the one posted by Latino Rebels (with credit) at 7:50 am EST on the same day.

#YoSoy132: We were one of the first media outlets in the United States to provide English-language social media coverage of what is being billed as the Mexican Spring. As a result, about 30% of all our Facebook engagement is coming from Mexico the last few week.

Finally, this increase in Facebook engagement has also directly influenced growth our on main website, LatinoRebels.com. According to our latest analytics, we are averaging 1,000 unique visitors a day, 1,600 pageviews a day, and 78& new visitors. Spread across the year, we have already achieved over a quarter of a million visits (269,831), over 200,000 unique visitors and 388,876 pageviews. We still believe we will be able to achieve 600,000 visits, 500,000 uniques, and about 750,000 pageviews. This is with no advertising and just through SEO and our social media networks. According to our internal traffic data and third-party sites like Alexa, we can say with certainty that LatinoRebels.com is one of the top independent Latino media sites in this world.

To put this week’s growth in perspective, the Facebook page of Latino Rebels is more engaging and more popular this week than the following media brands and pages on Facebook, even though all these pages have more fans, this week Latino Rebels is without question more engaging:

UPDATE, June 17, 2012: Our Facebook community surpassed the 1 million mark in total reach and our current FLOE is over 400%.

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“Only mediocrity is safe. Get ready to be attacked, and be the best.” Paulo Coehlo

When this blog started in 2008 (you know, when Twitter was still fun and Facebook was still cool), the online world was a playground of possibilities.

Connections were made, real friendships were started, opportunities came and went.

Relationships started and relationships fizzled.

Of those fizzled relationships, some just gradually disappeared amicably and some ended nastily.

Yet many relationships endured and got even deeper. I could not even begin to list how many people I have met online (and then in real life) who are as much a part of my life now than my fanatical love of bad sports teams from Boston.

Fast forward to 2012.

Social media has gone “mainstream” and everyone is offering advice and opinions. Brands are paying attention (which is both bad and good). Now everyone has the way to “succeed” in social media, to share the WAY that will work for you. But the fact is simple: there is no RIGHT WAY, there is no ONE WAY, there is no WINNING FORMULA to succeed, no matter what you use social media for.

The ONLY TRUE WAY to find that success is this: never, never, never stop being yourself. Never ever lose your passion of why you do what you do in the first place. Be real, be true, be helpful, be giving, be authentic, and be transparent.

Which leads me to the point of this blog: don’t ever give up. For example, if the world is questioning the fact that you are just a “crab in a bucket,” go build your own bucket and find like-minded crabs. Walk away from the negative energy and move on. Use that block feature on Twitter and Facebook, it’s ok, we all use it. Stop worrying about what others say about you and just focus on what you can control. By being who you truly are, others who see you true essence will begin to show up. And they will stay. Those who don’t will never care, so why waste your time trying to win them over?

We are at a momentous moment in the world’s history, where 140 characters or one photo can impact change. The old business guard is freaking out because the one-way world (me have product/me market product/you buy product) is over. Now the business model is two-way (me have product, so?, me want you to buy product/no, because your product sucks, I am going to make my own product/ok, how can I help?). Everyone and everything, from the big Fortune 500 company to the blogger in some corner of the world, are on the same playing field.

That is the crossroads where we are at right now. There will be those who see social media as a logical extension of how business has been done for centuries. They are the mainstream, the safe ones, the ones who will tell you, “Hey, don’t rock the boat because if you do, you will bring others down with you. You’ll be a crab in a bucket.” Then there are those who see social media as the NEW WAY, and it will crush the OLD WAY eventually. Those who thought safely will wonder what happened. Those who didn’t, who created their own buckets and invited their favorite crabs, will be leading the charge in the paradigm shift.

My dear friend, Sarah Robinson (she of the original posse), wrote a piece last year that has resonated with me the last few months. Called, “Crabs in Bucket,” Sarah tells of the time she tweeted Paolo Coehlo after the great writer tweeted the quote at the top of this post. Let her words explain:

Fast forward to this morning. As I was drinking my coffee and perusing my twitter stream, and up pops this gem from @paulocoelho (He wrote The Alchemist, one of my all time favorite books): “Only mediocrity is safe. Get ready to be attacked, and be the best.”

Maybe it was the early hour. Maybe it was my post-event mushy brain. I don’t know. But the minute I read Paulo’s tweet, I thought of those crabs in a bucket. So I sent him this tweet: “I’m thinking of crabs in a bucket. They always try to pull down the one who’s figured out how to escape.”

So now I’m thinking about the Escaping Mediocrity journey with this lens. There will always be people who will subtly or not so subtly try to keep us from escaping. Why? Because our escape threatens their mediocre existence. Pulling us down, sabotaging our efforts, picking apart our brilliant ideas – all of that keeps them feeling safe. And living undisturbed mediocre lives.

So what if we added a new piece to the crab mentality picture? Imagine a crab, or a group of crabs on the other side of the bucket building a ladder to aid your escape. They managed to crawl out of the bucket in spite of all the energetic attempts to pull them backwards. Because they’ve tasted freedom and they know your struggle, they are putting energy into aiding and abetting your escape.

I believe that for those of us determined to get out of the bucket, such a group exists. It may take some time to find them, but they are there, ready throw a safety rope over the edge and pull us out.

Start listening for them. Start looking for them. They are there. Reach just a little further and they’ll meet you at the edge of the bucket.

Escape the big bucket now. Go get your own bucket and fill it with the coolest crabs you know. Together, you can change the world.

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