How to Use 3 New Facebook Features for Better Social Media Marketing

How to Use 3 New Facebook Features for Better Social Media Marketing

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  1. I’ve found that posting photos alongside my content snippets leads to higher engagement. Like you mentioned photos are taking up a bigger section of someone’s News Feed, making them more eye catching. A picture is worth a thousand words!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial on the new FB features, Andrea!

    The changes on FB can be difficult to keep up with, so this was a great tutorial on the latest new stuff.

    I look forward to checking out your “Grandma Mary” site!


  3. Up until this point I thought the ticker was a pretty annoying new feature – but that’s an interesting spin on how best to use it.

    Thanks for another great article!

  4. Thanks Andrea. I am definitely one of those people who think the ticker is annoying, but I will take advantage of any tool that helps. However, it wouldn’t help me as much, because most of my FB friends are personal friends. The stuff that shows up there isn’t really relevant to my business. I am sure many other businesses find the same thing, unless they have an account specifically setup for business.

    • It definitely depends on your personal audience. I do like to mix business and personal connections on my personal profile. And I do believe that even if you think your FB friends are not interested in your business, they may know someone who is so it’s a good idea to post about your business occasionally. You never know where that referral may come from. Thanks Kalen!

    • If your business page is encouraging conversations, comments, Likes, etc., then the friends of the people who are making those likes and comments have a chance to see what’s going on.

      In other words, it’s not a strategy about your friends, but about the friends of people who like your page. So you can still keep your personal FB account and your business FB page two very different things.

  5. It’s a challenge to build a business blog, I must say-especially trying to formulate interesting information, but still staying true to your main goal: trying to gain new customers. These are really good tips. Social media is evolving rapidly, so by staying informed on the trends makes it easier to market to the masses online. Thanks for posting.

  6. To stay on top of the top stories need more comment and like, does it mean I need more friends and followers? Thanks

    • If you want to stay in the top stories, you just need more of your current fans Liking and Commenting and sharing your post. Here the focus is on good quality of posts, not necessarily quantity of fans.

  7. I’ve been sprinkling photo spreads of my recent trip to Paris to discuss European design trends and lifestyles on some days and photos of recent art projects on other days.

  8. There is so much to keep up with and to factor into how I prioritize my precious time that I devote to social media. Thank you for helping to clarify the recent changes, and helping me decide what to incorporate. We just had a fabulous advanced class in aromatherapy…and there is nothing like the happy, engaged faces of our students to convey the benefit they received. I will definitely take the time to post some of those pictures, along with commentary.

  9. Does anyone here know how to best sync my feedburner feed to my Facebook Page? I know you can use Notes and Networked Blogs but wondering what Copyblogger thinks is the best way? I want people to click on the intro they see on Facebook and be taken to my site. I should also mention that I have to use the feed (I can’t just copy and paste the URL for the post) otherwise I have an issue with my photos not showing up (It’s a problem with my theme).

    • We used to use Networked Blogs but now we post everything manually. I’ve found that automating things on social networks usually comes across badly. More work, but worth it to us.

      • Thanks Brian. I kind of knew that but was hoping you wouldn’t say that. Was hoping for an easier way. So I’m curious, did you completely delete your Networked Blogs or just remove the feed going to Facebook?

    • There are many ways to pull your posts in with tools – the Notes tool is going away for automated blog posting, but there is Networked Blogs, Social RSS and RSS Graffiti. Networked Blogs is the most widely used of those tools. But there is a problem with 3rd party tools getting collapsed in the News Feed. So when there is a Networked Blogs post, there is a small link under it that sometimes says “15 more posts from Networked Blogs” . It “hides” those other posts. So someone has to click that link to possibly see your post if it got buried. So ultimately it is better to post it directly onto your wall.

      That being said, sometimes it’s easier and not an option. So take a look at those three tools and see what looks best.

    • I’ve found Hootsuite works well for me. I make one post on Hootsuite that gets distributed to Facebook, Twitter & Linkedin. I haven’t synched my RSS feed to Facebook rather I use Hootsuite to distribute my own articles and other articles I find of interest for my small business audience out to all my social media accounts. It also means I can schedule the time and date of my posts so I don’t bombard people.

      • Hey Dane, I haven’t used Hootsuite. But do you know if it has the same problems as the 3rd party plug-ins discussed by Andrea (3 comments above)?

        • I love Hootsuite too and use it to post to Facebook occasionally. Josh, to answer your question Hootsuite has had the same 3rd party issues as the other 3rd party tools do where the posts can be collapsed and hidden.

          But I have some interesting news, I don’t know if Facebook is making changes to those problems of the hidden posts but I’ve gone through almost four days of posts (which is tons for me) and haven’t found one single collapsed post from NetworkedBlogs, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck or some of the other popular tools. I only found that the 4Square posts had been collapsed. So maybe things are shifting. In any case, I still get lots of views when I do post from Hootsuite and comments so that’s the main thing to watch.

  10. I appreciate reading your post Andrea. When the new Facebook changes came, I tried to discover how to maximize these new features. Your post facilitated my learning especially how to appreciate more the ticker. Staying in the top stories too has become a challenge especially that I’m joining groups that are active in their postings.

  11. Thanks Andrea, for sharing a such wonderful Tut about how to use the Facebook 3 new features . I loved the New ticker feature of Facebook because it helps me to keep track on what my friends are doing on Facebook and gives me chance to become a part of it.

  12. Sorry but, posting large pictures, keeping track of a ticking newsfeed and posting ‘big stories’ is not marketing and will not lead to bigger attraction.

    This is not a ‘how to use’ article, it’s merely an insight into new features, with no relevance to marketing. Marketing is forms of getting your products/services out there. This post might be useful to people/businesses that have thousands of Pages Likes, if so this post might be 10% helpful to them and may be of some use, but in general it will not increase interaction or ‘marketing’.

    “Stay on top of the Top Stories” by getting extra likes and comments, you make no effort to let people know how to do this, you just say do it. This is not in any shape or form helpful.

    Studying a ticker is idle and non-engaging and the time spent staring will most likely be wasted instead of engaging further.

    If I were to make my website images bigger and installed a newsfeed would traffic boom? No. This post is misleading as I was actually expecting some decent tips.

    • Thanks for your feedback Todd. Great points as I may have missed more of an opportunity to talk about how to get more clicks and likes. I just pointed to asking questions and posting interesting content. I do think that while maybe making your pictures bigger on your website won’t work, I do think the suggestion to post more pictures as your Fan Page does work to get that interaction and engagement. The pictures take more space in the News Feed and get noticed. Marketing is about getting noticed.

      I agree that studying the ticker isn’t in your best interest time-wise but as the point was made to post more often so that those people who do study the ticker will see you more often. Thanks again for the feedback.

  13. I’m reminded over and over that I must post more pics on Facebook. I just have to be creative about this since a. We want the pics to look good and I don’t walk around with a great camera; and b. My business – coaching and consulting – isn’t about imagery so much. It’s worth spending time figuring it out though.

    I really wish Facebook would make it easier to edit the pics that land in your photo strip so just about any image you upload could look good up top.

    Glad to see that Top Stories and the Ticker are working together to get your posts a longer shelf life. More inspiration to be engaging. Thanks for the post.

    • Thanks Michael. Yes, it can be challenging to post pictures when your business may not be about pictures. Many pictures circulating right now are images with inspiring quotes which could be an avenue you use.

      Getting pictures to look crisp and sharp in both areas can be a real challenge and I don’t have the magic formula of resolution and size unfortunately – I wish I did!

  14. Good points. I get a kick out of the ‘stay on top of the news’. Some of my Facebook friends take great pride in letting me know that such and such article is old news, as it was published yesterday.

    Facebook has made quite the changes, which I do like, as how there is prioritization through popularity etc., since, frankly, I found myself going on there daily out of habit, and was feeling that it is getting pretty boring.

  15. The point about photos is well taken. However, I’d like to offer an alt-idea for this thread to ponder. That is, if everyone is shouting, is it still shouting? Does it matter if no one is being heard?

    No doubt, images are important. I use them too. At the same time, I’ve noticed that the latest version of FB leaves my images feeling like a needle in a haystack. Nearly every item in my in-coming stream now has an image which creates clutter (where once there was little). In addition, the varying sizes and orientation of each image are awkward on the eye such that I feel as if I’m ignoring them more than I’m scanning.

    FWIW, I’m considering switching to photos that are more banner-esque. That is, image or solid with text on top. On one hand I’m concerned about the push-back of taking a social space and being more direct and sales-y. On the other, if everyone else is going left, maybe it’s time to go right? A bit of push-back might just be part of staying above and beyond the fray, eh?

  16. Since this is a copy WRITING blog, it should be free of grammatical errors. Here’s just one:

    “The buzz surrounding Google+ is forcing Facebook to improve their features and differentiate their offering. Competition is good.”

    In both instances in this sentence, the word “their” should be “its” as the author is referring to Facebook as a single entity.

  17. what you say above is definitely an option for large blogger like you. but its quite difficult for small bloggers to do so. especially the top story one 🙂

  18. There will always be people who oppose change. The things is that in order to survive we have to adapt to change. Imagine all those marketing people for whom the changes in FB are not dreadful changes but opportunities. I don’t like everything in the social networks, but then without them our job would be much harder.

    I suppose that we should take advantage of the situation and not moan at everything, otherwise it seems that we are just plain lazy.

    After all, marketing is all about flexibility.


  19. I have to say the ticker on Facebook has been one feature that I really didn’t like, until now. You gave me some great ideas on how to use it to my advantage.

  20. When these features were launched I was very confused. I was not able to understand anything the moment I logged into Facebook but once I got acquainted to it I found these changes very interesting.

  21. In your About The Author section at the end, you asked if we were “ready to drink the Facebook kool-aid”. I’m bringing this up because you may want to change that wording. To some people, the only time they remember a mass number of people agreeing to “drink the kool-aid” was a big news event and tragedy when a religious nut started a mass suicide and his congregation (including innocent children) were given cyanide in kool-aid. I don’t think you really meant to ask us if we were ready to commit Facebook suicide. If you are too young to remember that event in US history, at least remember that to a good portion of the current population, the term kool-aid used in that way still has lingering negative connotations. This tip is meant to let you know, in case you didn’t realize. Very good article, though!

  22. Interesting points. Something to think about to see how we can best use these features to be heard. Most importantly, however, is how we can use these features to engage, rather than just add crowding to an already crowded place.

  23. The features like sharing photos and top stories have made the facebook more useful for bloggers like me to get good traffic for their blogs. Google+ is also giving some good competition in this area to facebook.
    Anyway, you have made these points really good to make some free visitors for our websites.

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