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All change with Facebook and its algorithm for advertisers

Facebook’s recent purge of clickbait and the reprioritizing of deep content and posts by friends could make quality content relevant on the platform once more.

Facebook is forcing people to create quality and relevant content. The social media giant recently unveiled its biggest news feed algorithm change to date; it now favors content from friends and family over posts from companies and politicized material. So where does this leave advertisers?

Facebook has said that the new changes will not affect paid posts on the platform, although CPM (cost per 1000 impressions) may increase. The changes are aimed at removing clickbait; those annoying shouty adds that use either controversial titles or make ridiculous claims as to the product’s benefits. They have long frustrated users, often appearing higher in the news feed than posts from friends or loved ones. Facebook won’t admit it publically, but it’s an effort to stem people moving away from the site, which some see as now being an endlessly repetitive space for dreary pointlessness, and so don’t bother to look at it.

Brands already know that they get little visibility from unpaid content on Facebook. Organic content doesn’t work as well as paid posts for sure. However the new move may make some headway into leaning back into these two truisms. Brands will probably have to abandon push marketing and create content that potential customers value or wish to see.

There is a lot of concern in the online space with marketers globally surrounding this issue. Many are preparing to advise clients to move part of their tactical spend to Instagram, Snapchat or other channels. This is interesting as it may turn out to create the exact result that Facebook didn’t want, and so the situation will continue to evolve.

We would say that there is no cause for panic. The correct content (now able to be deeper, of better quality and therefore better able to connect to consumers in our clients’ target markets) and correctly targeted will continue to drive success for brand building and sales growth on the FB channel.

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Four of the social media trends that PR need to understand

Video is now essential

Scroll down your social feeds and you will probably see the sheer number and variety of videos posted or shared on there. It’s simply the most attractive, exciting and engaging form of media you can post. A lot of people worry that they can’t produce a video due to the prohibitive cost in terms of meeting high production value standards, but it’s really not necessary; the camera on a typical cellphone now has reached such a level that it is entirely adequate for shooting quick IG and FB posts. Just make sure the content is relevant, or if not, then at least make it funny.

 

What is the ‘90/10’ content rule?

The mix ratio here refers to the proportion split for your content in terms of balancing pushy, sales-y promotional stuff versus interesting, educating, helpful or consumer-useful (valuable) content. The 90/10 rule is heavily covered in social media marketing circles, but most companies seem to be unable to stick to it. Give up on the hard sell for a bit, and just offer people something they will like, rather than posting a call-to-action twice a day (this is fatiguing, and will result in lost followers).

 

Keep it brief

All captions should be short and creatively relay information. Infographics are a great workaround if you have detailed content that is too wordy to fit into the “140 characters, six seconds rule.”

Remember, constant consumption of social media for many hours every day makes people retarded, and in the words of Ron Burgundy, that is a scientific fact; so marketers must now work within the context of appealing to people’s considerably shortened attention spans.

 

Capture attention

Just as in real life, there are several ways to win the attention or affection of passers-by (or scrollers-by, in the digital domain). You can use handsome aesthetics, charm, wit, comedy, meaningful expression or deeply profound meaning; you can post topical thoughts on a recent news item; you could even use controversy to gather some onlookers. There is no particular preferred approach, so use everything at your deployment to develop a well-rounded content mix.

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Social media followings don’t mean influence.

The simplistic philosophy that large numbers of social media followers mean high levels of engagement and influence no longer carries weight. The easy accessibility of automated algorithms means that even those starting from scratch can boast of thousands of Twitter or Instagram followers within just a few weeks. While the numbers may look good on rate cards, there is nothing in these stats that demonstrate any sort of targeted, relevant or sophisticated reach.

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Boosting effects of positive news coverage.

Even if you’re not currently using a PR company to handle your media engagement and message amplification, your internal marketing team will still be able to leverage positive news items for maximum effect using a few fairly simple approaches. Here’s a quick guide.

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Why marketing and PR needs data science?

Regular LinkedIn users who often check the classified job ads may have noticed an increasingly common trend among marketing recruiters – jobs requiring some expertise in data science (or “Big Data scientists”). Big Data and digitally applied skills jointly provide better analysis of business/ consumer results (or any shortfalls in this area); and, such skills also help to extrapolate and zone in on those who are likely to be interested in the client’s products and service offering. Several tech magazines have identified this type of job role as being “better paying than medicine” as a career path, with a future focus in app creation to look for pattern-seeking and data crunching knowledge: “This trend for data scientists mimics the trend for digital specialists that happened earlier at the turn of the millennium.” (Wired US).

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ECCO Spring/ Summer 2016 Collection.

“Vivaldi’s integrated on-line and on-the-ground efforts delivered a spectacular program and winning results for ECCO’s 2016 collection launch.”

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The informal slang of digital business.

English is the language of business and of science, of medicine, law and literature. It is simultaneously sophisticated, simple, elegant, powerful. Something that has developed slowly over aeons to become the primary means of communication has been refined to a perfect art and science, the spirit of pure and essential communication, politeness and human progress.

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Facebook is totally relevant for B2B marketing.

Businesses that shun the frivolity of Facebook for B2B marketing could be losing out on influencing profitable business decisions. The latest findings of a recent survey report suggest companies that make assumptions about Facebook’s B2B marketing power are off point and inaccurate about how purchasing decisions are actually made in the real corporate world.

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Micro-Influencers prove bigger is not always better.

Celebrity endorsers and social media superstars may seem like the ultimate coup when it comes to corporate online branding and marketing. After all, the bigger the better, right? Not necessarily. Not all that glitters in the popularity stakes online is digital marketing gold. The growing might of micro-influencers is proving that authentic communities are often packing a more powerful punch with greater engagement; the ultimate goal of successful digital marketing.

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You’ve still got mail in 2016!

Smartphone use is reinvigorating email marketing and SMEs are upping the time, energy and budgets to reach markets via their inboxes. The time to start an email campaign is now. That’s the message being broadcast in the 2016 Email Marketing Insights Study.

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