It’s no secret that Google might have bitten off more than it could chew when it tried to stake a claim in the social networking monopoly a few years ago. So when Bradley Horowitz announced at the beginning of the month that he is now running Google’s Photos and Streams products, the internet went abuzz with rumors about the so-called phasing out of Google+. Fortunately the speculation was laid to rest by Google executive Yonatan Zunger, who explained that the “Photos and Streams” is the internal team working under Horowitz, and that the Streams refers to Google+, Blogger and News. Let’s hope that as the Chief Architect for Social at Google, he knows what he’s talking about.
In the meantime, while the social networking component of Google+ is still undergoing some internal refinement, Google My Business (previously Google+ Local, and not the same thing as “Google+”) took off magnificently and is impacting search engine results and Google Map listings in a big way. The new Google My Business Dashboard, launched last summer, integrates your ability to communicate with customers through reviews and Google+, while also allowing you to accurately list your business on Google Maps so consumers can easily locate you on their computer or mobile phone. Those who have taken the steps to optimize their local presence through Google My Business should rest assured that they are strengthening their chances to rank higher on search engine results. Those who have not optimized their presences either live under a rock or enjoy living dangerously, as harsh as that may seem
As customer reviews clamor for attention and mobile searches take the lead, are you being left behind in the cyberdust? If you’re worried about your brand’s online presence or want to strengthen your marketing initiatives for your franchisees, don’t be a stranger! We’re here to help.
In the meantime, we can all eagerly await a new photo-sharing functionality to be integrated into Google drive.
We are excited to announce that Process Peak will be joining with FranConnect and Serent Capital to create a partnership that will enable us to continue to expand and strengthen the value we are delivering to customers through industry-leading innovative software and services. Serent Capital invests in growing, profitable service businesses with distinct business models and strong existing management teams. Their desire to invest in both FranConnect and Process Peak stems from their conviction that our companies together will deliver a very compelling value to our clients. We would like to thank all of our clients for their continuous support as we enter this exciting chapter.
It’s no secret that internet users are gullible and easily distracted by catchy headlines – also known as click-baiting. This human curiosity is the reason that websites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy are so successful, regardless of the quality of their content. More clicks means more reach. This appears to be why Facebook recently announced that their latest effort to keep your news feed less “spammy” will be to discourage the practice of click-baiting. This piggy-backs off of their April announcement to ban “like-baiting” (asking directly for fans to like an image or post) in order to start providing more relevant content to users. While Buzzfeed might not be thrilled about this latest announcement, the reality is that this decision could positively impact your brand, provided that you follow their rules of engagement!
What does Facebook consider click-bait? Any link published with a “headline that encourages people to click to see more, without telling them much information about what they will see” is considered click-bait. Facebook will determine what is click-bait and what is valuable content in two ways:
- How long they spent away from Facebook reading the article. If they spend a decent amount of time reading it before they come back, then you’re posting relevant content.
- The ratio of engagement (likes, comments, shares) to clicks. Lots of clicks, but no likes? You’re probably posting click-bait.
If you’re not following these rules, then your content distribution will start to drop, according to Facebook.
How else are they going to impact my posting strategy?
Formatting is part two of their announcement. Are you embedding your links when you create content or are you just posting a bitly url? Because if you’re doing the latter, prepare to be penalized when it comes to organic content reach. Facebook is going to start “prioritizing” links that are embedded over links that aren’t as a caveat to discourage click-baiting.
So…what should I be doing to increase my brand’s content reach on Facebook?
First of all, if you’re not embedding your links on Facebook, that’s the first thing you should be doing. Keep an eye on your Facebook Insights to see what topics are a hit with your fans and which ones are a dud. There’s a difference between inspiring your fans with content that is relevant and playing on human gullibility to increase clicks on your links. Second, don’t just publish links without any context around why they matter. Fans won’t read anything you suggest without compelling motivation. Offer a taste of what the article is about and how it is impactful instead. This will help increase your clicks-to-engagement conversion, which will increase the overall visibility of your content. If you have concerns about how your brand could be impacted by this change, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy posting!