Facebook Update – January 2018 #CloserTogether and What it means for Businesses


On 11th January, Facebook and more specifically Mark Zuckerberg released a statement announcing their plans for 2018.

One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent.We built…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 11, 2018

Over the next few months, Facebook will be making updates to ranking so people have more opportunities to interact with the people they care about.

Facebook’s mission for users to have a deeper, more meaningful interactions with people they care about. The facebook feed uses a process called ranking, this determines what areas of your feed and in what order, based on what they think you’d be interested from the algorithm information they’ve collected.

A like, comment or share is one sign that a post matters to a user, this mean the post you are likely to interest with generally gets a higher ranking score.

Mark Zuckerberg states that ‘You’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard — it should encourage meaningful interactions between people.’

The new Facebook newsfeed update means that person to person interaction will be more valuable than person to page. Connections to people in your network will get a bigger boost, meaning you’ll be seeing their content more often.

Over time Facebook believes that people will see more posts from people they are connected to and less content from publishers (pages). They also believe that people overall people will spend less time on facebook but their goal is that the time people do spend on the platform will be improved.

So what does this means for Facebook Business Pages / Publishers?

Pages may see their reach, video watch time and referral traffic decrease. The impact will vary from Page to Page, driven by factors including the type of content they produce and how people interact with it. Pages making posts that people generally don’t react to or comment on could see the biggest decreases in distribution. Pages whose posts prompt conversations between friends will see less of an effect.

How to avoid a decrease in reach?

Page posts that generate conversation between people will show higher in News Feed. For example, live videos often lead to discussion among viewers on Facebook – in fact, live videos on average get six times as many interactions as regular videos. Local businesses connect with their communities by posting relevant updates and creating events.


How to beat the Facebook Algorithm?

– Use compelling headlines
– Avoid overly promotional content
– Try new things (live video)
– Long video content, directly uploaded to facebook
– Use facebooks publishing tools (audience optimisation)
– Authentic communication – genuine stories)
– Link posts
– Refer to trending topics (timely posts are ranked better)
complete your user profile.

What the Facebook algorithm dislikes:

– Clickbait
– Like baiting
– Post that includes spamming links
– Repeated posts
– Text only updates
– Frequently hidden posts
– Posts that ask for comments, likes or shares
– Overly promoted content

Facebook considers baiting sort of content to be less meaningful and they are going to demote these sorts of posts in the News Feed. Examples of engagement baiting are:
– Vote baiting
– React baiting
– Share baiting
– Tag baiting
– Comment baiting

Conclusion

Publishers and brands are the losers.

Don’t panic & stop using your Facebook page, keep an eye on your Facebook engagement over the next few months to see if you notice a difference in your reach if so you need to rethink and re-evaluate your social media strategy. – Get in touch with Collab Media and we can assist with this.

Don’t fully invest all your social media time on Facebook, remember there are other social media platforms out there, cross-promote and use a variety of marketing tools for each one.

Have you been affected by the Instagram Shadow Ban & how to avoid it…

Shadow Ban is an act by Instagram of blocking a user from an online community such that the user does not realise that they have been banned.

The phrase has been thrown around a lot, but many don’t actually understand what it is – and if they’ve actually been affected by the Instagram Shadowban or if they’re just struggling with really low engagement.

Instagrams customer support is notoriously nonexistent. So here’s a breakdown of everything we know about the Instagram Shadowban:

How do you know you’ve been affected by the Instagram Shadowban?
You would notice a dramatic decrease in engagement on your images, and the people who are liking & commenting on your image would be those who already follow you.

What would cause an Instagram Shadowban?

1. Using Bots, Automated services and Buying Followers.
How would they know? One minute your device is getting picked up in the UK (where your IP address is) then next minute you’re using your phone in Chicago with another IP address. This straight away raises red flags and looks suspicious.

2. Using the same hashtags continuously – If you’re always using the same hashtags for extended periods of time Instagram might think you’re being a little spammy. Collab Media always recommend to keep your hashtags fresh and change your tags up.

3. Surges of activity – If you suddenly go on a follow (or un-follow) spree, or like a whole group of images all at once.

4. Using Banned Hashtags
How do you know if you’re using a banned hashtag? If you click on this hashtag, there is no ‘top posts’ section, and you won’t be able to scroll past the first page of images – you’ll find it has been limited. – Find the list of banned hashtags HERE 

How to fix if you’ve been affected by a Shadowban:

1. Ease up on Instagram activity for a little while.
Within 24-48 hours of returning to a ‘normal level of activity,’ everything usually returns to normal.

2. Check your hashtags, are you mixing them up regularly, or are you unaware that you’re using a banned hashtag?

3. Have you been using Automation/bots? THEN STOP!

Banned Hashtag Feed


In conclusion

If you’re using Instagram and not behaving ‘like a bot’, doing masses of activity all at once and checking your hashtags regularly, we’ve seen no evidence so far that your account will be hit with an Instagram Shadowban, so don’t panic!

We do know that Instagram changes their algorithm regularly and we can see changes to our engagement from time to time and could explain a drop in engagement, so understand how engagement is a more important metric to spend time growing.

Instagram Algorithm – Importance for businesses

When is the best time to post on Instagram?

When is the best time to post on Instagram?

In a recent poll, 50% of social media managers said that evenings from 7-9pm was the best time to post on Instagram. But because every account has a different audience, in different time zones, each business will have a unique best time to post on Instagram.

Instagram helps with identifying these peak times for business accounts on the platforms by having an insights section. This gives the user inside knowledge on their followers and activity on their account. From peak times, gender, top locations of the customer, the total number of impressions they are getting and even age range of the customers. This is essential information for business to find out more about their demographic. In this post, we’ll show you how to find the best time to post on Instagram for your account, so you can beat the Instagram algorithm.

The way you see posts on Instagram changed at the end of 2016, it completely changed the Instagram game! Instagram announced that they would be replacing the chronological feed with an algorithm that gives priority to posts with higher engagement, which means the more likes and comments your post receives, the more people will see your post! Therefore it’s as important as ever that the content you’re putting out is going to appeal to your customer base otherwise, your posts aren’t going to be seen as regularly by your followers.

If you’re able to generate a lot of engagement on your Instagram posts shortly after posting, this signals to Instagram that your post is quality, engaging content and your post will move to the top of your followers feeds and be shown to more users. There are a handful of ways to increase Instagram engagement, but one of the best ways is to post when your Instagram audience is most active.

The basics of it are that higher engagement leads to more visibility, which leads to higher engagement, which leads to more visibility… and it all starts with when you post on Instagram. Therefore it’s crucial to a business to post at peak times to get higher activity on your content.

When is the Best Time to Post on Instagram?

So now that you understand why posting when your audience is most active is important, it’s time to talk about the best time to post on Instagram. Here are some general rules about posting to Instagram in 2017:

– Post more during off-work hours than during the day. Generally, the best times to post on Instagram are lunch time (11am-1pm) and evenings (7-9pm). Think about it: when do you find yourself checking Instagram the most? Probably not during the work day, even though that may be when you want to post!

– Weekends can be hit-or-miss depending on your audience. B2C (business to customers) companies will likely see better results when posting on weekends than B2B (Business to Business) companies since many businesses only operate during the week.

– Save the important posts for weekdays. The differences are slight, but average Instagram engagement does shift depending on the day.

– Avoid 3 pm, but don’t be afraid to experiment. Weekdays between 3 and 4 pm typically drives the lowest engagement, likely because most users are busy at work at that time.

If you want more tips on how to get the most out of your social media platforms you might be interested in our ‘Action Plan’ which is a guide on how to get the most out of your social media for just £30 it covers Instagram, facebook & twitter.

Get in touch today – enquiries@collabmedia.co.uk