How Facebook’s See First news feed update benefits brands

One does not simply see all Facebook page updates

The largest and most dominant social network is planning to give users more control over their own news feed.

Last week, Facebook rolled out a new feature that allows users to identify people and pages that they’d like to see first in their news feed. “To help prioritize stories, and make sure you don’t miss posts from particular friends and Pages, you can now select which friends and Pages you would like to see at the top of your News Feed,” the company said in a blog post.

This new feature is already available in iOS, but the social network promises to roll it out to Android and desktop soon.

The move gives the site’s over 1 billion users more control over the content that they see when they log in to the site. Before this enhancement, what people see in their news feed is determined by Facebook’s mysterious algorithm, which surfaces content it believes to be most engaging for you. While Facebook’s algorithm is pretty darn smart—it will start showing more content from a friend if you regularly “like” his or her status, for instance—this move gives users even more opportunity to dictate what they see in the news feed. It’s another step to make sure that Facebook users remain engaged when they’re on the site.

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5 effective (but underused) Facebook marketing tactics

5 underutilized Facebook marketing tactics

Many content marketers have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. With Facebook reach sliding, brands are wondering if Facebook marketing is still worth the effort.

I believe it is. In terms of potential reach and ubiquity, Facebook remains the social network to be.

The good news: Facebook is actively introducing new tools and features to help marketers succeed. If you’re looking to step up your game on Facebook, here are 5 fresh (and mostly under-utilized) tactics that can increase your reach and engagement:

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How to optimize your content for Facebook sharing

Optimize your content for Facebook

Picture this: You worked really hard to write something amazing. Perhaps it’s an in-depth blog post about something your customers will find useful. Or perhaps it’s a landing page that compellingly outlines your content’s value. You click “publish” and give your teammates a high five. “This will surely bring us many leads,” you tell them.

But when you check Google Analytics a few days after, you find that your content isn’t pulling great traffic. You dig deeper and find that while people find the content useful, they’re not sharing it. In fact, it practically has zero Facebook shares.

For a content marketer, this scenario is pretty much a nightmare. As modern marketers, one of the most crucial things we need to worry about is creating shareable content. A part of that depends on the quality of your content; another part depends on how well you distribute it. But one crucial ingredient that marketers often miss is optimizing their content for social networks. That’s a huge missed opportunity.

This post outlines what you need to know to make your content highly shareable on Facebook. Read on!

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How to remove your Facebook page’s subcategory [QUICK TIP]

How to remove your Facebook Page's subcategory

Did you know that the subcategory you choose appears prominently on your Facebook page?

It appears just below your page’s profile picture, letting people know right away what your business is all about.

But here’s the catch: Once you select a subcategory, you cannot remove it in an intuitive way. Or at least you can’t right now. (Hopefully it’s just a temporary Facebook bug.) This is problematic because the choices for subcategory are limited—meaning, what you select may not exactly capture what you offer. In that case, you probably want your category to show instead. [Read more…]