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Stewart "Start" Rhine

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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #525 on: October 12, 2017, 01:56:55 PM »
The Thursday post is part 2 of the FWW report along with news photos of the progress with the Trout Brook bridge span.

BTW - The first FWW post was seen by over 7,450 people.  Thanks to everyone who helps spread the word about the museum and our progress.

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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #526 on: October 19, 2017, 01:19:07 PM »
NEWS VIEWS this Thursday features updates on some of our smaller projects as well as photos of the school field trip we hosted last week.  Have a look to see what we asked the kids to say instead of "cheese" when we took their picture.

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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #527 on: October 19, 2017, 02:58:12 PM »
Start,

I see on Facebook that you found some more yellow paint to finish the new "Tie Terror".

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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #528 on: November 18, 2017, 11:29:02 PM »
 The work over the last several weeks on the bridge, rock on the woods track, repair to the tool shed and general clean up form the big wind storm. Plus planning for the Christmas trains gives each member of our great museum a great appreciation of all the work done by our local volunteers. Love the new roof on the tool shed. 

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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #529 on: November 21, 2017, 06:43:14 PM »
Congratulations to Stewart and Cindy (and the rest of the FB team) for reaching 5000 likes!

This is a major accomplishment for our continued PR and fundraising efforts.

Great job!
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Re: Facebook results:
« Reply #530 on: May 09, 2018, 10:00:24 PM »
Here are some numbers on how many people have seen our page recently with WW&F news.  The numbers vary by post.



* News Views - Bridge and other project news posted on April 26th:   9,393

* Spring Work Weekend - Projects update posted on April 30th:   3,716

* 2018 Season begins - Posted on may 1st:   6,022

* How The World Sees The WW&F - Posted on May 3rd:   9, 640

* WW&F receives grants for the bridge project - Posted on May 8th:   2,580
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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #531 on: May 10, 2018, 08:37:55 PM »
Meanwhile, the Facebook page has reached over 5300 likes & followers! Great job to Stewart, Cindy, and the rest of the Facebook team!
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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #532 on: October 04, 2018, 02:56:56 PM »
This just in...
5900 Followers on Facebook! Whoohoo!

I am convinced that these efforts have had a direct and measurable impact on our overall ridership and promotion of special events. Great job team WW&F!
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Re: Following the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #533 on: July 01, 2019, 12:27:07 AM »
News and event posts in 2019 have done well with our FB viewers.
Here are some numbers as of 8:00 pm tonight, Sunday, June 30th:

* People following the WW&F Railway page:  7,684

* An example of the number of people reached by a post that was put up last week:

The title  "Why Visit the WW&F Railway" seen by 84,236


Thanks to everyone who contributes restoration photos and upcoming event news to the page.
 

 

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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #534 on: July 01, 2019, 01:01:13 AM »
I look forward every week to Stewart and Cindy's outstanding reports on Facebook. They strike a perfect balance between news for us folks from away and informative and entertaining information for the rest of our viewers. I also commend the quality of the photos posted, though sometime I think they lean a bit toward Ford trucks of a certain age.

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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #535 on: July 01, 2019, 01:08:53 AM »
Wayne,  my intel/spook contacts inform me that skewing to old Ford Trucks is really a Facebook algorithm. Beware big brother is watching!  :o
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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #536 on: July 02, 2019, 11:47:02 AM »
New Record - Over 100,000 people reached by a single post.

Thanks to our Forum readers for spreading the word about the Facebook page.

After mentioning the "Why Visit the WW&F" FB post here on the Forum, the number of people who viewed the Facebook post went from 79,870 to 102,024 (as of this morning). 
Reaching over 100,000 with a single post is a new record for the WW&F.  The volunteers who produce the Newsletter, Forum and FB posts appreciate your support.

Of course the best communication is still speaking in person with friends about what the railroad and our fellow volunteers mean to us.   

Thanks for helping!

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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #537 on: August 25, 2019, 11:08:14 PM »
Thanks to everyone who promotes the WW&F with our excellent newsletters, web site, Facebook page or most importantly by speaking to friends or acquaintances in person.

Our 30th Anniversary year is turning into a real milepost for the museum. Not only do we now have over 1,200 members but as of this month there are over 8,000 people  following our news posts on Facebook. 

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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #538 on: August 26, 2019, 03:31:15 AM »
Let's put the "8000 followers" on Facebook in context.

I went through this thread to track the growth of our FB following.
In rough (mid-year) numbers, they look like this:

2013: < 900 (Before Stewart and Cindy started managing the FB page.)
2014: 1000 Followers
2015: 2000 Followers
2016: 3500 Followers
2017: 4900 Followers
2018: 5600 Followers
2019: 8000 Followers

Yes, we are seeing EXPONENTIAL growth of our Facebook following - nearly doubling every year. (Up 3100 from 2017)

In 2017, I did a comparison of other FB pages, here are there stats:
Maine Narrow Gauge:
2017: 6150; 2019: 9491

Boothbay Railway Village:
2017: 5470; 2019: 7335

Steamtown:
2017: 17,300; 2019: 27,385

Cumbres and Toltec:
2017: 31,800; 2019: 40,241

Edaville:
2017: 88,290; 2019: 111,200

In short, NO ONE ELSE is seeing exponential growth in their Facebook following. Note that we are now more popular on Facebook than Boothbay Railway Village.

This is no small accomplishment - and has had direct, measurable results in our ridership and exposure to the rest of the railroad preservation community. Thank you Stewart and Cindy (and the rest of the FB team) for making this possible!

Congratulations!
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Re: Finding the WW&F on Facebook
« Reply #539 on: August 26, 2019, 01:22:58 PM »
Well done Start and Cindy.
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