February 23, 2015

Photos no longer get more reach on Facebook



You’ve no doubt heard the advice that posting photos will help you get more reach on Facebook. That advice has been tried and true for years, until now.

According to a study by SocialBakers, photos now get less organic reach than videos, links, and even text updates. In fact, videos are now the king of the News Feed!

Socialbakers analyzed 4,445 Facebook Pages and 670,000 posts between October 2014 and February 2015. They discovered that videos now get more than twice as much reach as photos (shown below).
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There’s no clear reason for this recent Facebook algorithm change, but Socialbakers offers two explanations:

  1. Facebook is responding to Pages looking to game the newsfeed with photos.
  2. Facebook is taking on YouTube as the king of video content.

Jan Rezab, Socialbakers CEO, told Business Insider: “Video is proving to be a very engaging format and gaining in popularity, consumers really like them. Therefore we’d advise marketers to include video as part of their content strategies.”

How should your nonprofit respond?

  • First of all, check your reach report in your Facebook Page Insights. Specifically, analyze post reach by type between October 2014 and February 2015, the period of time Socialbakers analyzed.
  • Second, consider stepping up video content.
  • Third, consider publishing blog posts on your website. This way, you’ll be armed with a Facebook Page AND your website, in your Facebook marketing action plan.

What do you think?

June 26, 2013

What’s good virality for my Facebook Page?


Why your benchmark depends on your organization

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, organizations, social enterprises, small businesses, Facebook administrators.

John HaydonAre you familiar with the term virality — at least how it’s used on Facebook? Of the overall number of people who read an update on your Facebook page, virality refers to the percentage of people who then liked, commented on or shared it.

For example, if 1,000 people saw a photo you posted on your Facebook page and 100 people liked, commented on, or shared it, the virality rate would be 10 percent.

Because virality highlights how people talk about your posts, it’s essentially a measurement of content quality. The more relevant and interesting your update is, the higher your virality will be for that update. Continue reading

May 2, 2013

5 ways to dominate Facebook’s new news feed


Great images boost your place in the news feed

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, marketers, Facebook page administrators and users.

John HaydonFacebook launched an enhanced news feed that’s rolling out to all users in the next weeks on both mobile and the Web.

The enhanced news feed now allows users to tailor and focus more easily on specific feeds:

  • All Friends: a feed that shows you everything your friends are sharing.
  • Photos: a feed with nothing but photos from your friends and the pages you like.
  • Music: a feed with posts about the music you listen to.
  • Following: a feed with the latest news from the pages you like and the people you follow.
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April 10, 2013

Create a winning promotion for your Facebook page

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Sweepstakes, deals, contests & more as a way to stoke engagement

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, social media marketers, Facebook administrators.

Guest post by Mike Gingerich

mikegingerichYou’re on Facebook because you want engagement, right? But you don’t want engagement purely for its own sake.

You want to be on Facebook because an engaged Facebook community translates into more leads, more donors, more customers & more sales for your nonprofit or business.

Put simply, more engagement means more volunteers, subscribers and donors. Research data reported by Vocus notes that 79% of Facebook fans are more likely to purchase from a brand they have liked. Thus, pursuing more fans and deeper engagement with existing fans is a valuable priority. Continue reading

March 21, 2013

Facebook Page contests: What you can and can’t do

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The dos and don’ts of hosting a Facebook contest

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, marketers, Web publishers, marketers.

John HaydonIf you’re confused about Facebook’s terms for promotions and contests allowed on your page, you’re not alone.

The other day I received an email from a subscriber asking about this specific example: Continue reading