Despite the rumblings from bloggers that Facebook has peaked and other social media are overtaking its presence, Facebook remains the social entity that keeps on growing. It has evolved from its initial form into an interactive platform for personal and professional usage. As we’ve seen in 2016, Facebook has no plans of slowing down and only seeks to expand its reach to appeal to individuals and companies around the world. During the Facebook F8 Summit held in April, the company announced countless enhancements to the platform in order to maintain and reclaim precious advertising market share.
It seems like every month Facebook releases a new feature, which enhances the user experience and keeps people within their platform. One of the more recent announcements was about Facebook Live and its capabilities within the Facebook mobile app. To save you time and mental energy, we’re here to break down Facebook Live so you understand what it is, how to use it, and how it can positively impact your small business. Let’s get started!
What is Facebook Live?
At its core, Facebook Live is a real-time video streaming service within Facebook. With the rising popularity of video across all social media platforms, it should come as no surprise that Facebook has embraced video and is attempting to create the preeminent video platform. Facebook Live allows users to stream live video to their friends and followers. Streams can run up to 90 minutes in length and can be restricted to certain groups requiring an invitation from the creator. A novel feature is that videos are automatically stored in the creator’s timeline, which builds a virtual video library for friends and followers. However, the creator does have the ability to delete stored videos at their discretion. This compilation of videos is in stark contrast to SnapChat, where snaps are only available in the moment and instantly disappear once viewed. Currently, Facebook Live is available on iPhones and Androids, but has ambitions of being rolled out globally this year.
They’ve done it again: Facebook released another update to your News Feed. Over the past two years, there have been numerous revisions to the News Feed algorithm, all with the focus of making it more customer-centric and user-friendly. Following the F8 Summit earlier this month, it’s no surprise that new features are being implemented quickly and often. To summarize the changes, Facebook stated the following in its April 21 announcement,
“As we work to improve News Feed, we make updates to help make sure you see the most relevant stories at the top.”
Facebook’s F8 Summit, a two-day developer conference hosted in San Francisco and accessible to millions via live streaming, packed quite the punch this year. While there was speculation around certain product launches and other technological initiatives, the overwhelming roll out of ideas and latest features exceeded expectations. Given the sheer volume of information provided across the two days, we’ve created a thorough summary of the conference and what you can expect from Facebook over the next few months to ten years.
Most people know by now that in order to be successful, a small business must at least dip a toe into digital marketing. But knowing that it needs to be done does not – unfortunately – correlate to knowing how to do it!
Luckily, there’s a specific organization that recognizes that struggle: Do It Digital UK. The organization describes itself as:
“…an independent, not-for-profit campaign that looks to highlight resources around the UK, online and off, that can help small businesses take the next step in digital, what ever their current level of skill and engagement may be.”
If you’re going to pay for advertising on any one social media platform, Facebook is probably your best bet. Facebook has access to exponentially more data than the other major networks and, as a result, is able to deliver much better customization and targeting for advertising partners. However, with so many different tools comes an increased risk of failure.
Are You Making These 5 Mistakes?
When you first start using Facebook advertising, it’s not uncommon to become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of features and settings available to you. There are campaigns, ad sets, individual ads, audiences, objectives, budgets, tracking tools, and much more. Juggling all of these different components – and leveraging the right ones – can seem nearly impossible at times. And while you can’t expect to be perfect, you should try to avoid the following debilitating mistakes.
As we approach Super Bowl Sunday (February 7th), most marketers are preparing for the inspiring commercials that will require blog posts to be written the next day and tweets to be sent right away – hoping for their real-time marketing glory moment.
Many social media platforms are well-prepared for the day already. Twitter, as always, is the main player with their chronological timeline, recent Moments introduction, and Periscope integration. Snapchat scored a deal with the NFL back in September to share original content on the field and in the locker room for their subscribers in Explorer. And even Instagram has tried to compete by highlighting some of their most engaging videos in their new Video Collections feature.
Happy New Year from all of us here at Pagemodo! It’s that time of year when we all start making resolutions for our businesses, setting important goals, and scribbling out last year’s date on everything we sign for the next few weeks. It’s also the time when there’s no shortage of predictions floating around the blogosphere from social media and marketing experts about all the trends that will affect our planning and goal setting!
To help you dip a toe into all the news, we skimmed some high-level predictions from experts that we think might prove useful and intriguing for social media marketers in 2016. There are many more out there, so definitely do some digging when you have the time. Since one of my predictions was to spend less time procrastinating, it seems only appropriate that we jump right in!
As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on last year’s lessons and look forward to next year’s opportunities. It’s also time to set some new goals for your business and resolve to stick to some marketing best practices in the new year.
To help you choose those strategies to pursue in 2016, we created a Social Success Countdown where we asked marketing experts on Twitter and around our own offices for top tips and best bets for success next year. We’ve been posting tips and graphics for the #SocialSuccessCountdown every day in December on social media, and we collected all 31 in an interactive website where you can tweet your favorite tips and join the conversation!
If you have a Facebook page for your small business, you’ve likely felt limited by the Page’s format. When a customer visits your page, you may have many things you want them to be able to see, but if they have to scroll through a never-ending page of posts, they’ll likely leave before finding what they need to know.
With tabs, Facebook page owners can add links close to the top of their News Feeds to direct customers to useful information about their products or services. As demonstrated on Facebook’s own Facebook page, these tabs give a page navigability similar to what customers would find on a business’s webpage, with names such as “About,” “Photos,” and “Videos.” Since these tabs are customizable, it’s important that businesses know how to get the most of the feature. Here are a few ways you can use Facebook Tabs to improve your social media efforts.