If you’re advertising your brand on Facebook, you’ve likely seen this recent video (below) from Derek Muller on Facebook fraud. If you haven’t watched yet, brace yourself for the number of Facebook advertising likes that are fake, and the damage those fake fans cause to your social reach and return on investment. To beat the threat of fake likes, you’ll need to focus on engagement, a strong core fan base, and contextual ads that draw the genuine fans needed for ROI.
A woman in Cornwall in the U.K. came up with a creative way to use Facebook to accelerate a family spat, and it earned her 20 months in prison.
Facebook said in its Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that duplicate accounts may have made up between 4.3 percent and 7.9 percent of its worldwide monthly active users in 2013, and that fake profiles that were misclassified by users may have represented 0.8 percent to 2.1 percent of MAUs, while undesirable accounts possibly comprised 0.4 percent to 2.1 percent. The social network also addressed its decline in teen usage.
The issue of fake accounts and profiles persists on Facebook, despite the social network’s efforts to curtail the problem, and the latest tool aimed at helping users combat fraudulent accounts is Facebook application FakeOFF.
Fake profiles continue to be a problem on Facebook, despite the social network’s efforts to wipe them out. Free application FB Checker offers users a quick way to help determine the authenticity of profiles by examining their photos.
Facebook may have reported 1.15 billion monthly active users in its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday, but as of Dec. 31, 2012, approximately 5 percent of those may have been duplicate accounts, while 1.3 percent may have been accounts that were improperly classified by users, and 0.9 percent may have been fake accounts, according to the Form 10-Q the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday.
Facebook has been battling users who either don’t exist in real life or are using a pseudonym, but the company has met resistance in Germany. However, a judge ruled Wednesday in an appeal case that German privacy laws (which would allow users to have whatever name they want on the social network) do not apply to Facebook, as the company’s European base is in Ireland, where regulations are more lax.
Promotions can be a great way to build your Facebook community and increase engagement with your fans. They offer incentives for new users to not only interact with your page, but to revisit it. It’s also a great way for new audiences to discover your brand. The reality is, contests and sweepstakes can easily be gamed so that the winner isn’t a brand advocate, but rather, someone who cheated their way to the top. It’s a scary reality that a lot of brands and agencies fall victim to, most of which don’t even know it.
While some companies really know how to do Facebook marketing right, there are many others that are clueless. PostRocket wants to help the latter group. The company’s co-founder, Mike Maghsoudi, recently posted about five mistakes that he’s seen brands make on Facebook.