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“Hardly anyone sees my Facebook posts any more.” Good. That means it’s working.

If everybody saw everything that everyone else posts on Facebook, the world would end in zero productivity oblivion. Sorry, but not everything you post will be seen by everyone.

“Hardly anyone sees my Facebook posts any more.” Good. That means it’s working.

If everybody saw everything that everyone else posts on Facebook, the world would end in zero productivity oblivion. Sorry, but not everything you post will be seen by everyone.

If everybody saw everything that everyone else posts on Facebook, the world would end in zero productivity oblivion.

information overload

I’m an avid reader of Emily Turner over at the Deeson Creative blog. Well not just there, I stalk her because when I grow up I want to be like her – she does social very well and, unlike many, actually knows what she’s talking about.

Anyway, in the second of one of my idol’s posts interviewing her one of her idols – Martin Belam on death of the homepage and Facebook zero – one thing really stuck out for me. Because it’s something I’ve been trying to explain to people about Facebook and the dreaded “Organic Reach” for a long time.

Organic what?

Organic reach is when people (in this case, Facebook users) see your post because they like your page or people they know have liked or commented on your post. You haven’t sponsored the post and you haven’t done anything cheeky like tag them in it.

When Facebook Pages first started, pretty much everything they posted would have appeared in their fans’ timelines. The trouble is, as people started liking more pages and pages start creating more posts, our timelines become more and more crowded and some Pages even become spammy.

Living on the Edge

In 2011 Facebook introduced Edgerank, which took into account how much you and your friends liked a Page / Post and what kind of post it was in determining whether or not to show you a post. By 2013, panic was setting in with Page owners which we tried to address over on Dear Geek with “Facebook pages are not disappearing completely from your feed!

Facebook no longer refer to Edgerank and now their algorithm apparently uses 100,000 factors instead of the old three.

It’s time to face the facts:

We cannot read everything

and

You’re not that important

When creating content for your Facebook page you have to be original, interesting and focus on the reader, not on your message. The genuinely useful posts are the ones that are liked and shared, which means they will get organic reach.

Sponsoring

Sometimes you have to cheat a little and use a sponsored post. Yes, this means spending money, but I don’t know of any other method that can be so finely targeted and have such wide reach as a Facebook ad but is so cheap.

At the end of the day, Facebook want to make money out of us. But, guess what, isn’t that you want to do, make money out of your fans?

In other words…

MartinĀ explains more in his post on ampp3d and these numbers tell a simple, powerful story:

ampp3d

Source: ampp3d

Thanks for the great interview, Emily!

 

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2 Comments

  1. ColmanCarpenter on June 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Hmmm. The problem is that even large organisations with lots and lots of page likes, great content and lots of engagement are seeing single-figure organic reach percentages.

    Facebook are constantly changing the ground rules, which is their right. But it doesn’t endear them to businesses that have, in the past, built up good levels of engagement on their Facebook page and are now seeing it drop dramatically.

    • Jonathan Gwyer on June 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Part of the problem is that “lots and lots of page likes” – we especially see these problems where people have bought likes and will now find that backfiring.

      Look at that last 50% figure – if person A liked 100 pages in 2013 and now likes 150 in 2014, next year they could like 225 – they will never want to see that many page updates in their timeline.

      Dwindling reach is a fact of life that will hit every platform.

      I’d love to see reach figures for twitter – probably not even single figure because once it’s tweeted, it’s gone.

      One of our clients regularly sees >100% organic reach on their Facebook page – this week has been 821% – now that’s fun!

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