Facebook Jan 2018 changes means less posts from business

Facebook Jan 2018 changes means less posts from business

Changes to Facebook 2018 mean it will be harder for business to have their posts appear in news feeds.

How to reach customers on Facebook

It will take time to see the full impact of the changes. The best way to work with Facebook is to post content that is going to generate comments and conversations.

Post interesting, quality content that prompts comments

According to Zuckerberg, “meaningful interaction” means comments, comments, and more comments.

In his announcement, he wrote that “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.”

This means you should post content that people are going to talk about and comment on. Try including questions about timely relevant issues for your target audience. Users are more likely to see your posts if their friends and family are commenting on your posts.

But don’t fall into the “engagement-bait” trap

Don’t ask silly questions “COMMENT on this post if you like snow!” or something similar. It’s spammy and users don’t like it.

Facebook says, “Using ‘engagement-bait’ to goad people into commenting on posts is not a meaningful interaction, and we will continue to demote these posts in News Feed.”

Encourage customers to follow your Facebook Page

One thing that’s not changing about the Facebook news feed is the ability for users to make sure they always see posts from their favorite Pages by choosing “See First” in their news feed preferences. You shouldn’t be shy about asking customers to follow your page on Facebook. Even remind loyal followers about the “See First” option.

Increase your ad budget

Organic reach has been declining across social media for years. Advertising still works. Facebook has very powerful targeting options to allow you get to your specific group of interested people. Businesses must know how to target the right audiences to ensure their advertising is not wasted. If you need help targeting you Facebooks ads call me, Helen on 087 2514834 or email helenrahill@eircom.net

Make more Facebook Live videos

Videos are still favored under the new algorithm, but live videos will be even more important. In his announcement, Zuckerberg wrote that “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.”

Invest time in Facebook Groups

Businesses should look into new ways to engage customers with Groups, alongside their Page and advertising efforts. Groups have a common interest.

If you need help with your Social Media or Digital Marketing Contact Helen on 087 2514834 email helenrahill@eircom.net

 

Seo Tips when using images and pictures

Seo Tips when using images and pictures

Are your images adding value to your SEO or just clutter on your website?

Adding images to your website creates a good impact. People like to look at pictures but Google and other search engine robots cannot see the pictures. Therefore you need to tell the robots what is in the pictures

It is very tempting to use the name your camera gives your picture DFCS123.jpeg. The picture could be 2-3mb. You don’t bother putting in any Alt text as people can see the picture, they know what it is.  Your picture means nothing to the robots

Before loading your picture compress the picture for use on web. Size of file will go down to less than 100kb, in this example 74kb. The file now loads quickly. A web page needs to load in less than 5 seconds, the time you have to get someone’s attention.

Google still doesn’t know what is in the picture.

Rename your picture to “Civil-Ceremony-Room-Decoration.jpeg”

Insert Alt Text “Civil Ceremony Room Decoration with Fairy Light Archway”

Now the robots know what the image is about. You have entered keywords in a legitimate way that will help your SEO ranking.

Alt tags are also used by the visually impaired.

Image courtesy of Glad Rags Event Styling – www.gladragseventstyling.ie

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