Monthly Archives: October 2013
As a marketer I really do appreciate Zuckerberg’s vision of making the world more open and more connected. But, as a parent I don’t like the idea of kids status updates being public. Up until Oct 16th when teens posted it defaulted to “friends of friends” with the option to change it. Then it went to a more narrow default option to just “friends”, which I was totally on board with, but now teens in that 13-17 age range will now have the option to share publicly. Although this is an option and I wouldn’t think a majority would actually select it this is important for parents to know that even if you think you’ve set those privacy settings to your liking, that option WILL be there.
In addition, “Follow” has been enabled for teens as well. As a marketer yes that’s great because if you share something “publicly” then it will show in your friends and FOLLOWERS news feeds. Works great if you have a message to share and want to be sure it gets to their wall. But, keep this in mind a Follower DOES NOT need to be a friend. So if some creepy man wants to follow your daughter he can, but will only see posts if they are public. So please have a talk with your teens about Social etiquette, and privacy settings.
And if it helps give an example of who might be creeping around….
Now that Facebook has officially rolled out new Page analytics to everyone I’m sure you’ve been diving in taking a closer look to see how you can improve the performance of your page through the newly structured data. This is also a good idea to look at your strategy again as well. The infographic below brought to us by Shortstack gives some great pointers on what you can do to improve engagement and what can enhance it such as, adding call to action (CTA) to the caption of your photos or utilizing ads effectively.
So enjoy and give your Facebook page a facelift.
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It happens ever so often that I see a complaint in my news feed about annoying sponsored ads. I get it, what was once just a social space to be only taken up by your friends, family, and not real friends has slowly been hijacked by big Brands and local businesses. In order for social networks to be able to offer us free usage they need to make money some how right? So let’s not be too picky.
I realize that there is a rat race of data collection going on, one of the biggest things Facebook is honing in on is location based data building. I wasn’t surprised to see that they partnered up with IT powerhouse Cisco, to offer Facebook login for businesses that have Cisco wifi. Genius right?
Then of course today we see that Instagram is rolling out sponsored ads on our activity walls. Sure it will be slowly fed to us by only brands who have a big following in the network, but soon it will be open to the localized level I imagine just like Facebook, and Twitter.
To keep your sanity with all the sponsored ads everywhere keep in mind they most are based off of your behavior and habits. (I say most, because there still is a good share of badly targeted marketing out there).Remember the movie Minority Report with Tom Cruise? Below is the advertising seen, which I absolutely love because advertising keeps evolving and the way that we marketers get creative to target consumers is exciting but, eye scans? I could actually see that.
My point is, knowing that most online marketing is based off your behavior follow these 4 steps below to ensure a better user experience.
1. Do a sweep of all your social networks that you’ve provided information to such as interests, and hobbies. If your interests have changed then update them. Be honest about what you like.
2. Only “like” brands, companies, pictures, etc…. that you actually do like. Kinda makes sense right?
3. To stop unrelated banner ads from following you around the internet limit the use of family or friends using your computer under your user name. Create and use a guest account.
4. It doesn’t hurt to clean your cache every once in a while:-)
Your Digital Diva