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A New Year Means More Digital and Social Media Changes

Another year is underway and nothing’s more certain than the changing social media landscape. It’s important to keep updated with relevant changes to your social media accounts and initiatives. Here’s a wrap of a few recent changes and trends which may impact your social media strategy: News Feed Update Now Responding To Surveys Facebook continues to tinker with its News Feed as it tries to improve the experience and show more relevant stories. This will of course assist with targeted marketing activities. Facebook news feed Facebook has traditionally used technology to hone the News Feed, tailoring the experience based on your likes, clicks, comments and shared posts. Facebook of course recognises that technology is not perfect in assessing your varied interests. It is now using qualitative research to have users rate their experience and assess posts in their feed. By surveying users and asking the question “how much did you want to see this story in your News Feed?”, Facebook is gaining a better understanding of what people are interested in seeing regardless of whether they interact with the post. According to Facebook people are having a better News Feed experience when the stories they see at the top are stories they are both likely to rate highly and and likely to engage with. Facebook is making an update to News Feed to incorporate this likelihood based on their research. These changes will have a varying degree of impact depending upon the composition of your audience and posting activity. Facebook says that in general this update should not impact reach or referral traffic meaningfully for the majority of Pages. Overall you should continue to post content that your audience finds meaningful and interesting. Facebook provides some good information on News Feed Best Practices and also Page post best practices. Review these regularly and track the effectiveness of your posts to give you greater insight into your most valued content and best posting habits. Facebook Sports Stadium Facebook is clamouring to get a slice of the real-time chatter which goes on during big events, particularly big sporting match-ups.
Facebook sporting stadium

Photo by Donald Miralle for Sports Illustrated

This has long been the domain for Twitter where people can instantly share news, scores, opinions and generally vent about the last score. Twitter registered 28 million tweets for Superbowl 49 – up from 24 million the previous year and is favoured because of its immediacy. Facebook has responded by launching Facebook Sports Stadium aimed at their 650 million followers who like sports. It’s a place where you can see: -posts from your friends and their comments on the game -expert commentary and posts from those who cover the game and access to their Pages -live scores and stats -other game information like TV schedules. Facebook Sports Stadium Currently available for American football games it will soon cover other sports around the world. We’re bound to see it in Australia soon. It apparently struggled to keep up though with traffic during the recent Superbowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers and was a number of minutes behind with the scores. Facebook will persevere and it will be hard to bet against them making an impact during these live events. Soccer and the Olympics will surely be a huge worldwide draw card. Instagram Multiple Accounts InstagramOne eagerly awaited Instagram feature, which has been a long time coming, is the ability to run multiple accounts on Instagram. Up to now, you had to log off Instagram and log in under another account if you were, for example, using a private account and also managing a corporate account. Twitter and Facebook has had this capability for a while and finally it has come to iOS and Android in the latest Instagram version, 7.15. You now have the ability to add up to five accounts and you will be able to see which account you have active from several points in the app. This will be a huge time saver. Podcasts Podcasts are poised to become one of the fastest growing mediums for individuals and brands wishing to reach new audiences according to smk (social media knowledge). Podcasts have been around for some time and were first mentioned back in 2004. The rise of smartphones and tablets has certainly boosted their popularity. smk identifies a defining moment in the rise of Podcast being when ongoing true story Serial became the first to pass five million downloads in 2014. Podcasts are great to consume whilst you’re on the move with most listeners loving to learn about new things. Some of the most popular Podcasts in Australia currently include: Serial Stuff You Should Know Hamish and Andy TEDTalks Conversations with Richard Fidler podcast