After Mark Zuck’s 2-day grilling with Congress last week, we’ve already seen some rapid changes to Facebook’s advertising platform that will likely have a significant impact on digital targeting, and the industry as a whole, in the near future. While the effects are still somewhat uncertain in the United States, you’ve probably already noticed some changes that may have you questioning the value of the platform going forward. The reality is that these changes in privacy and data standards will likely not be isolated to Facebook, but will change the expectations for how major tech/internet companies deal with consumer privacy across the globe. Here’s a rundown of what we know so far. Recent Amendments to Facebook Ad Manager Facebook has rolled back the level of detail previous available within the ad platform about target audiences, such as audience size and potential reach. Facebook recently announced that it will remove the ability to target by partner categories or consumer information from third-party companies like Acxiom, Experian, and Oracle Data Cloud. This will prohibit campaigns from using information about user buying behavior, life events, homeownership and income levels. What Is still the Same? While the recent changes may have you discouraged, remember that Facebook
Making your social media cohesive to your social setting. How do you get seamless branding through your social media platforms and your actual social setting? Whether your social setting be a shopping center, amusement park, or concert, how do you do it? Well, synergy. Creating synergy through both social media and social settings will create consistency for your brand. A simple definition of Synergy is the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents. Which is what you want your social media and venue to do. You want them to work together to increase brand awareness and sell your product or service. But I like to think of word synergy in a naive manner. If you want to compose synergy then your social environment and social media should have, get this, similar energy = synergy. Your social media should reflect the feel, atmosphere, and personality of the environment your customer would be walking in to. It creates a wholesome branding. Here are two ways to implement synergy. In a recent Sprout Social session, Museum of Ice Cream’s head of content and social, Madison Utendahl, spoke about how creating content online should inspire action offline. Right off
Must-Do’s After Jan. 11, 2018 Facebook Announcement After the recent attention from the U.S. Government, FB announced a monumental shift in the way advertisers and publishers will be able to use the platform to interact with users and achieve business objectives from now on. The 2018 Feed Update will essentially put greater emphasis on “meaningful reactions between people” (ie you will see less content and posts from business, brands and media publishers.) Zuckerberg cites “a responsibility to make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being” as justification for the change, admitting that companies will have to work harder to gain their customers’ attention. So, how do you continue reaching customers on Facebook? While the exact impact of the change is unclear, we know that, quote, “meaningful reactions” are important. If you can’t say that about your Facebook followers currently, then here are a few things to help you tread these scary waters. Comments are key but don’t ask for them. Nobody likes an “engagement-baiter” according to Facebook so don’t use terms like: “COMMENT”, “SHARE”, and “TAG” in your post content. Do not post if it is not meaningful – cut the crap and only spend time on posting highly relevant content. (Also, do
On Tuesday, April 18th Facebook began its annual developer conference F8. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerburg and his executive team made a lot of announcements unveiling new products and software aimed at exciting the developer community. Facebook’s CEO revealed its 10-year road map, showing us the long term goals and visions of the company. Facebook is not entirely a social media company anymore: Zuckerburg plans to extend its company’s vision beyond its notorious social media platform to one that aims to lead the movement of augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Facebook Launches It’s Open Sourced Augmented Reality Platform The first day of the conference focused heavily on its new augmented reality (AR) technology. Many people are criticizing Facebook for mimicking Snapchat’s similar photo editing features like filters, text editor, and stickers but Zuckerburg wanted people to be familiar with the layout and look of the software in order to roll out the future technology. He wants to shift Facebook’s users from mostly sharing text and stories to photo and video by “making the camera the first mainstream augmented reality platform” and implementing filters was the first step into slowly integrating the augmented reality platform into Facebook. Facebook released the beta version
TWO TYPES OF CONTENT There’s content for audience interaction and brand awareness, and there’s content for B2B marketing. These two will ultimately present themselves very differently. For the sake of brevity we will be focusing on content aimed at general audience. CREATING CONTENT FOR YOUR AUDIENCE The content that you produce you be repeatable in a serial fashion to help you build a fanbase Content needs to give something to the viewer. People consuming your content should feel that it represents them. Your company will often be secondary Will people share your content? Why? What will they write about it if they do? WHAT DOES THIS CONTENT LOOK LIKE? Your content should.. Evoke emotional response Be useful and practical Be upbeat Help those who share it build their relationships Carry issues that are relevant to your audience Define people who share it UTILIZE VIDEO Video helps almost every aspect of social engagement Well produced videos in the 80 second range with an attention grabber in the first 3 seconds care optimal HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO CLICK THROUGH YOUR CONTENT Okay, great you’re putting out excellent content, now how do you get people to interact with it? Don’t overdo the
Your digital world is about to get a lot more emotional…. if that’s even possible. After more than a year of testing, Facebook has officially launched Facebook Reactions. In an effort to allow its users more flexibility to express how things on their newsfeed make them feel, the company has expanded its traditional ‘like’ button to a more diverse set of buttons that allow one to express emotions such as love, humor, or anger. In order to add a reaction to a post, simply hold down the like button on your phone or hover the button on your desktop. Sigh. In a news release issued by the company, they claim to have been conducting focus groups and surveys to determine which emotions or reactions people are likely to use the most. The social network has also conducted content analyses to discover how users are already expressing emotions verbally in order to create the new reaction choices: Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry. In an interview conducted by CNN Money, Facebook product manager, Sammi Krug stated that they have received positive feedback and “the Love reaction has been the most popular.” The one reaction missing from this newly released set of
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Congratulations on creating a Facebook Page for your business! You’re excited and want to jump on the Facebook bandwagon with your business venture…but how can you do so effectively? Here are 4 quick tips for optimizing your new business page. Make sure that you choose an accurate category: Local business or place Company, organization, or institution Brand or product Artist, band, or public figure Entertainment Cause or community After this step, make sure to provide your visitor’s with complete information by filling out as much information about your business as possible. They will need to know where you are located, what your hours are, and anything else that provides value. Pay special attention to the “About Us” section and let people know who you are and what makes you stand out. Don’t forget to also include targeted keywords for your bio! It is important that the language in your about me section mirrors the language and keywords that you use on your website. Pick a relevant page name and customize your vanity URL Pick a page name that aligns with your business, and whenever you can, match it to your brand or website name – this is important for search engine
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