Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.
To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.
What’s New This Week?
Facebook Introduces Topic Data: “Topic data shows marketers what audiences are saying on Facebook about events, brands, subjects and activities, all in a way that keeps personal information private.”
Are you using Facebook Business Manager?
You’ll find Facebook’s newest tool useful.
In this article you’ll discover how to set up Facebook Business Manager so you can have more control over how your employees access Pages and ads.
Why Facebook Business Manager?
Until now, if your business had multiple managers handling different Pages or client ads, you had to grant them access to accounts being shared among multiple users. That’s hardly ideal—keeping accounts organized and limiting employees’ access to specific information have been concerns for a while.
Do you need to know how to find and remove them?
You may have attracted fake Facebook fans without even realizing it, and those fans may be damaging your position in the news feed.
In this article I’ll show you how to sniff out those fake Facebook fans and ban them from your page.
Why Fake Facebook Fans Are a Big Deal
In April 2014 Facebook announced an update to their news feed algorithm that challenged Facebook page admins to improve their marketing efforts.
Have you downloaded the newest Facebook Pages app?
The most recent update to the Facebook Pages app lets you quickly see important data about your Facebook page.
In this article you’ll discover how eight updates to the Facebook Pages app make managing your page on the go a lot easier.
Why Install the Facebook Pages App?
While you can use the traditional Facebook app to keep up with the pages you manage, it’s not nearly as efficient as the Facebook Pages app. The basic Facebook app is meant to let you keep tabs on friend and social updates—it doesn’t really offer a lot of options for managing your page.
Do you know how to tell?
In February, Facebook announced that it had 1.23 billion monthly active users and up to 11.2% of those users are fake.
In this article I’ll tell you how to spot fake Facebook fans and what to do about them.
Fake Fans Hurt Engagement
Facebook has been actively trying to get rid of spam and phony profiles since early 2012, but like weeds, they keep coming back.
When Facebook detects spammy comments on your Page or likes from fake Facebook accounts (whether purchased or not), they remove your Page updates from the news feed. You end up losing a significant part (if not all) of your reach and engagement.
In mid-2013 and early 2014, Facebook made big changes to their news feed algorithm in an attempt to filter out spammy and poor-quality content. Pages that provide the most relevant content and have high true engagement have the best chance of appearing prominently in the news feed.
Do you know where to find everything?
Earlier this year, Facebook announced a new design for Facebook Pages. It took a while to roll out, but most Page admins had it by June.
In this article you’ll discover 10 changes to your Facebook Page layout.
Have you used the Facebook Pages to Watch feature?
Comparing what other Pages are doing on Facebook can give you useful information on current trends.
In this article you’ll discover how to track what’s working for other pages and adapt your own Facebook tactics accordingly.
Why Pages to Watch
The Pages to Watch feature in Facebook Insights allows you to watch other Facebook pages so you can compare their activity, engagement and audience growth to your own.
Pages to Watch is particularly handy if you want to see what’s working for your competitors or similar niche pages. You can see exactly what content they’re posting, how often they’re posting and when they’re posting—and the resulting engagement. Armed with that information, you can tailor your own updates accordingly.
You can watch any brand page on Facebook you want—you don’t even have to like the page. If you have 100 to 10,000 fans, you can create a list of up to 100 pages to watch.
Most page admins won’t need to watch that many pages, but it’s nice to have one place to keep track of your top competitors or brands that inspire you.
How to Set Up Pages to Watch
To find the Pages to Watch feature, go Insights and click on Overview. Scroll down the page to the Add Pages section (it’s just below the Your 5 Most Recent Posts box).
Did you know you can split test both your Facebook Page posts and your Facebook ads?
Split testing (also known as A/B testing) is the best way to make sure every status update gets maximum engagement and every ad is optimized for conversions.
In this article I’ll share how to split test Facebook posts and ads.
Why Split Test Facebook Posts and Ads?
Split testing compares two similar but different versions of something (e.g., a Facebook post or ad, landing page design, etc.). When each version is published, you track its performance and determine which one provides the best results related to your goals. You keep the one that’s working.
Are you keeping up with the competition on Facebook?
Are you interested in knowing what is and isn’t working for your competitors?
All Facebook marketers are trying to see what content gets the best results.
In this article you’ll see how Facebook Insights’ ‘Pages to Watch’ can help you deliver content that engages your audience.
Why Is the ‘Pages to Watch’ Feature Important?
Facebook started rolling out Pages to Watch about a year ago, but the feature became a meaningful tool for tracking competitors with its second iteration–when it started appearing in page administrators’ Insights dashboards.
The first version only allowed you to see changes in competitors’ number of likes, which is hardly enough intel to sink one’s teeth into. There were other issues too.
Some marketers started receiving alerts from Facebook that a competing page had begun tracking their activity via the Pages to Watch module. That hardly helped build confidence in Facebook as a means of stealth monitoring.