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Stories about Facebook lately struggling with organic reach and engagement are not new, but at least it was still bringing in new blood with Instagram. But, some are now asking, is Instagram's rise over as well?
New research from British social media analytics company Locowise found that of the 5,000 brand pages they surveyed, 43.36% are now using Facebook advertising to boost reach – an increase of 503% on the same figures from April. The finding is one of a range of interesting insights in the latest Locowise report looking at what’s working on Facebook and how brands are adapting to the new Facebook environment.
Facebook has announced an upgrade to their News Feed algorithm which will take into account time spent as a ranking factor when determining the reach of Facebook posts. What does this mean? The more time you spend reading something on Facebook, the more you're indicating that it's content you're interested in, a measure that will likely benefit one Facebook product in particular - Instant Articles.
This week started off with a question that I hear frequently, “How do we grow our fans & followers”, but this time the question came from a nationwide food manufacturer that is struggling to grow their social audience. The first question you have to ask yourself when you think about growth is who do you want your next fan/follower to be. In this case when I asked this question, the marketing team said we don’t really know who our target market is… and that is when I asked, “Who do you want to influence? “ This is a question that is very helpful when you think about social business & marketing in general!
Reach used to be the standard measurement for the total audience size available in a given medium for an advertising message, it was then co-opted to help define the earned impressions generated by social media. Now that branded content and owned networks are becoming a bigger part of the marketing mix , there is a need for an updated Reach KPI to measure how well content marketing is driving views and brand loyalty.
Most brands don’t need big fan or follower bases. The targeted paid content solutions in each platform is very good and getting better every day. If you want to reach a particular segment, you will do it with a thoughtful 3-step dance.
Brands are at a social media crossroads today. They can no longer rely on organic visibility on Facebook to drive the engagement they need to reach goals. Twitter and other social networks aren’t too far behind, either. As a result, expect to see the three trends above pick up steam today and in the foreseeable future.
It appears to have become an article of faith that organic social media reach is dead. The reason for this, so the idea goes, is that the social space has become so cluttered that achieving cut-through is now too difficult.