Facebook algorithm changes will never stop. That much seems clear. If we take that as our starting point, here are some things that marketers can trust through past, ongoing, and future changes:
Don’t expect a Facebook algorithm change – at least not one announced publicly – that deprioritizes content from friends in favor of content from your store. Period. The trends is always in the direction of friends and family, and away from brands. So assume that the News Feed algorithm will never be as nice to you as it is today.
If there’s a silver lining, it’s this: Facebook is making changes to keep users more engaged. Engaged users are more likely to engage with ads. Your ads. It’s not like Facebook is becoming a charity. There will still be ads, and if these Facebook algorithm changes have their intended effect, those ads will be seen by users who enjoying themselves and open to seeing your ads.
Facebook algorithm changes are a good reminder that Facebook is not the be all end all of advertising. Facebook is sexy. The user base is ginormous, the Business Manager UX is nice (mostly), there is a proven record of brands gaining traction and driving sales via Facebook. At some point, though, these Facebook algorithm changes might test your patience. And when that happens, remember that Instagram, AdWords, and our old friend SEO will be waiting with open arms.
Facebook’s News Feed is very much a moving target these days. In early January, the company tweaked the News Feed to emphasize posts from friends and family. In practice, that means that users will see fewer organic posts from brands and publishers. More recently, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the platform will highlight more local news.
Some have speculated that Facebook’s identity crisis will cause a downward spiral. Business owners might want to consider advertising elsewhere while Facebook figures out what it wants to be. That may be bad news for some. Startups in particular have become adept at using Facebook’s ad-targeting capabilities. But as I’ve been arguing for some time, Facebook is a poor vehicle for advertising messages, especially video. With these latest News Feed changes, ad prices are likely to rise.
If Facebook ads have been a mainstay of your media diet, you might want to ponder how you can take advantage of changes caused by these News Feed tweaks. Here are five ways to do that:
Facebook’s recent changes aren’t the only hit brands will take this year. Changes in socials and customer behaviour means brand pages will begin to hemorrhage audience members if they don’t start to adapt.
The first quarter opens the floodgates for new gym memberships, refreshed wardrobes and of course, the mass clean outs of social media accounts.
These unfriending sprees will see thousands of unfollows not just for old high school friends, but for plenty of brands too. If your socials are sub-par, this should concern you, especially because online engagement with brands is on the decline.
The recent Sensis Social Media Report 2017 found that people who followed a social channel associated with a brand or business fell from 36 per cent to 24 per cent between June 2016 and 2017. The report found the factors most likely to deter people from following a brand include irrelevant or unappealing content, excessive posting and too many blatant sales messages.
It’s no coincidence then, that Facebook announced newsfeeds will gradually show fewer posts from businesses, brands and media, and more from friends, family and groups.
Mark Zuckerberg says “public content- posts from businesses, brands and media- is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other”.
Is your brand bound for the chopping block?
If you’re overwhelming your followers with frequent, mediocre posts, then probably.
If it seems that your organizations’ video views on Facebook have plummeted, you’re not imagining things.
Changes in the social media colossus’s algorithm this year mean your posts won’t automatically show up in people’s news feeds— even if they follow you.
“If your video goes up on a brand page, a company page, it’s just not going to make it into anybody’s newsfeed,” says Shel Holtz of Holtz Communication + Technology. “It doesn’t matter whether people have followed that page. You’ve got to get them to go to your page and engage with it.”
That doesn’t mean you have to give up on the platform with 2.1 billion active users. Video is a central part of reclaiming your fans. Here are tips for getting the most out of it.
The Facebook algorithm is constantly evolving in order to provide a better experience for users.
But few changes to the algorithm have sparked as much interest and conversation as the recent ‘meaningful interactions’ update, in which Facebook said it would be prioritizing posts that create meaningful conversations, especially those from family and friends.
The reaction to this update was one of curiosity and worry from brands, publishers, and Facebook Page managers, wondering whether or not their organic reach would once again take a hit, causing them to reach an even smaller percentage of their audience on Facebook.
We were lucky enough to get an inside look at the brand new Facebook algorithm for 2018, directly from an exclusive News Feed webinar for publishers (thanks to Matt Navarra and Ned Berke).
Here’s everything we know about how the Facebook algorithm works and what marketers and brands can do to thrive on Facebook in 2018.
Called “Watch,” the social video platform will offer a slew of original content created in partnership with some familiar publishers from your News Feed, such as ATTN, BuzzFeed’s Tastemade and Condé Nast, among others.
Unlike traditional TV, and similar to Netflix, Watch debuts with a focus on personalization and discovery. A Watchlist, unique for each user, will feature prioritized shows you may like based on the shows you already follow. A Discover tab will surface new programming for you to browse.
Read More at https://socialmediaweek.org/blog/2017/08/facebook-watch/
Over the last year I have noticed less and less interaction with ads I make in Facebook. I find more interaction with organic reach and make sure we post more content driven information with a link to buy. To the point that many times if I want to turn it into an ad it is too wordy and Facebook rejects it. So I have to build out a different ad post for Facebook to approve. However in doing so I do not see much traffic or clickthroughs. Therefore have been disappointed in Facebook ads.
Now with the latest change from Facebook coming in January many of those posts we have good traffic with will be sent to less people starting next year. And I will be expected to do more ads instead. With my results already lacking with Facebook ads, I do not think it will motivate me to encourage my clients to do more Facebook ads.
Here is more news on that front. I will post more of my strategies for 2015 in the coming weeks!
Today Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp — acquired by Facebook last week for $19 billion — delivered another news bomb on top of last week’s milestone: he announced that the messaging giant is finally moving into voice — a move announced at MWC, the conference for mobile carriers that apps like WhatsApp are squarely disrupting.
The move will put WhatsApp — and by default Facebook — more squarely in competition against the likes of KakaoTalk, Line, BBM and other messaging apps that also offer voice services. Today, the co-CEO of KakaoTalk, Sirgoo Lee, noted that in countries like Korea his regional giant is wiping the floor with Facebook: The company has 130 million users in total, with 55 million of them in Korea, surpassing Facebook as the default mobile SMS platform, he noted. But as Koum noted today, it wants to grow its users everywhere, and use voice to do that, “including in Korea.”
“We use the least amount of bandwidth and we use the hell out of it,” he said. “We will focus on simplicity.” Voice will come to Android and iOS first and then following on some Nokia and BlackBerry phones, he added.
Koum today said that WhatsApp to date has 465 million monthly active users and 330 million daily users — an increase of 15 million on the number released just last week when news of the Facebook sale broke. “We couldn’t be more humbled by our growth,” he said. Interestingly, today is the company’s birthday. It was founded on February 24 in 2009. Read More at Techcrunch.com