When Facebook pages turn to promoted posts, does it have any effect on their organic results in terms of their posts appearing in users’ News Feeds? No, according to a random study of 5,000 promoted posts by 1,500 pages, conducted by Facebook analytics provider Wise Metrics.
Facebook’s News Feed algorithm is a living, breathing organism. It’s constantly changing, and Facebook noted in a media session Tuesday that the company wants to get better about informing users about changes. Facebook announced a couple small changes to the way that the site decides order in News Feed: Story Bumping, which allows engaging posts you haven’t seen to be bumped up to the top of News Feed later in the day, and Last Actor, which takes into account the last 50 engagements a user has performed, and gives those users a slight bump up in News Feed ranking.
Emeric Ernoult, co-founder of AgoraPulse, will speak Wednesday at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference in San Francisco. He will lead the discussion, “Facebook Statistics 101: How to Uncover the Hidden Gems within Facebook Insight.”
Do you run a Facebook page? Are you constantly looking at your page metrics trying to figure out which ones really mean success or failure? The problem is that Facebook insights are made of a bazillion different metrics, and very few of them ring the bell to the savvy Web marketers we are. Stop looking for the ultimate, easy-to-understand, and meaningful Facebook metric: You already have it right here. It is reach.
Facebook has an algorithm (externally known as EdgeRank) that determines who sees which posts at which times. It’s meant to present users the content with which they’ll be most likely to engage. Many users hate it. Even more page administrators despise it. But can it actually help both? Yes. There’s already a site where every post (whether it’s from your best friend or a random brand) is weighted equally, and it’s called Twitter.
Many Facebook marketers agree that images are the most powerful type of posts for pages seeking engagement. But with Facebook’s page post sorting algorithm (externally known as EdgeRank), only a fraction of a page’s fans will see posts. How can pages optimize their images to get more fans (and friends of fans) to see their messages? PostRocket compiled the answer in an infographic.
Facebook’s News Feed is sorted by an algorithm that many people call EdgeRank. It weighs not only the timeliness of posts, but their relevance to users. Facebook wants to make sure that the posts users see within News Feed are the ones they’ll be most likely to engage with. It’s why users tend to see posts from pages they’ve commented on and friends they’ve shared with more often than pages and people they don’t really post about. Mike Maghsoudi of PostRocket and Facebook expert Jon Loomer both explained the algorithm in posts recently.
When users start getting Facebook Home on Android devices, there won’t be paid advertising. But much like other Facebook products, it’s likely coming. Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t rule it out when the product was announced last week. Todd Herrold, senior director of product marketing at Kenshoo Social, talked with AllFacebook about how Facebook Home can change mobile advertising.
Maybe Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comparison of News Feed to a personalized newspaper wasn’t too far off. According to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2013 report, Facebook is a key way that news outlets such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and Yahoo reach their readers. The report notes that major U.S. news sites get an average of 9 percent of their traffic from Facebook, compared with 4 percent when measured 15 months ago.
At the SMX West 2013 conference in San Jose, Calif., Marketing Land Founding Editor Danny Sullivan sat down with Grady Burnett, vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook, to talk about several topics. Burnett discussed ads within the redesigned News Feed, the controversial algorithm many know as EdgeRank, and Facebook’s relationship with Bing (it is not buying the search engine).
We’ve been having this debate internally for some time, but Toby Margetts’ recent post on “Why You Are Measuring Facebook Engagement Inaccurately” has prompted us to get the pen out to reveal our latest thoughts on Facebook engagement.