Facebook’s weekly email to page administrators, which updates them on their pages’ new likes, people talking about this, and total reach, included a new feature this week: Three posts were highlighted, with their total reach figures and “boost post” buttons included for each of them.
Facebook may have started out as a way for people to connect with their friends, but in the process of becoming the world’s largest social network, it has evolved into the greatest marketing platform on earth. The key to the success of its marketing platform lies within two core elements: the social graph, and reach.
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.
When Facebook released version 2.0 of its Pages Manager for iOS application earlier this month, it temporarily removed access to post insights such as clicks and people talking about this. Those features have been brought back in an update for the app released by the social network this week, sister blog Inside Facebook reported.
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.
Facebook Journalism Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik and Scott Hershkowitz, who handles strategic partner development in sports and media for the social network, offered 12 best practices for media companies’ Facebook pages in a note on the Facebook + Media page.
Last month, Facebook page owners started to see a change in their main admin panel, as notifications were replaced with greater reach reporting on a post-by-post as well as a button to pay to promote the story to more users. Recently, this has rolled out to more admins. However, the switch has been unpopular among many page owners, who feel that Facebook is pushing ads upon them. A Facebook spokesperson talked with AllFacebook about these changes, saying that it’s honestly not a ploy to get more ad revenue.
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.
Companies that use Business Wire to release information to the media can now track how their content performed on Facebook and other social media platforms with the media-distribution company’s addition of Social Media Monitoring Reports from social analytics platform Nuvi.
A total of 40 percent of all interaction on Facebook occurs in the News Feed, yet most brands experienced a 47 percent drop in reach in the past six months. How can you get your reach back?