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3 Facebook News Feed Changes: What Marketers Need To Know

Three more Facebook changes to get our arms around this week! Facebook is constantly fine-tuning the super-complex algorithm that determines the highly customized and personalized mix of content displayed in News Feeds. Each of the 1.44 Billion users sees a unique version of News Feed — it’s mind-boggling, right?

The latest News Feed tweaks may also have an impact on business pages.

In short, the three changes are:

  1. Users should start to see more posts in News Feed from friends that they might’ve been missing before.
  2. Stories about friends liking or commenting on posts will have lower priority, appearing lower down in News Feed or not at all.
  3. Facebook is relaxing the rule around seeing multiple posts from the same source in a row (for users that reach the end of their News Feed, they won’t run out of content now).

3 Facebook News Feed Changes

Plus, this week, I read an outstanding article with deep analysis of the state of Facebook, including mobile, video, TV, advertising and Facebook’s future as a major media destination for publishers.  See FACEBOOK AND THE FEED by Ben Thompson of Stratechery.com. It’s well worth the read – every word – as I mention here.

Big sites like the New York Times and BuzzFeed are reportedly on the verge of placing their content directly on Facebook:

In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

Facebook intends to begin testing the new format in the next several months, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. The initial partners are expected to be The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic, although others may be added since discussions are continuing. Source: NYTimes.com

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Mari’s Top Social Media Picks – April 24, 2015
Issue #146


Please enjoy this week’s top articles we’ve picked for you!

1. 3 Facebook News Feed Changes: Your Feed Is About To Get Friendlier

via Time.com

Two of the three changes may mean that some pages may see a further decline in organic reach. Sigh, I know! This is due to Facebook going back to favoring content from friends. Ideally, the more your audience engages with your content, the more reach. The goal is finding the right balance between organic (free) and promoted (paid). See also TechCrunch’s assessment of the latest algorithm tweaks: Facebook News Feed Reprioritizes Your Real Friends Above Pages.

Your Facebook News Feed is about to get “friendlier!” Today, Facebook announced three fairly major changes to News Feed…

Posted by Mari Smith on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2. Content Marketing 101: Tips on Content Strategy

via MarketingSherpa.com

This article is a great reminder of how to be an effective content marketer (hint: it’s not about selling!). “The important thing with a content marketing strategy is providing everyone the type of content they need, when they need it — and ideally in the format they prefer to receive that content.” Yes! See also this fabulous infographic: 5 Most Effective Email List Growth Tactics.

3. 20 Social Media Engagement Ideas

via TheContentStop.com

At times you may run out of ideas for what to post on your social channels. You may want to bookmark this excellent list of 20 suggestions to trigger your creativity when needed!

That’s all for this weeks’ issue of The Social Scoop. Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend and week ahead! On a personal note, I’ve reached another major milestone in my business growth and am expanding big time. It’s super exciting and I can hardly wait to reveal my BIG announcement next week (see the PS below). Meantime, it’s a massive discipline, but I am so loving the regular time I make myself take “off the grid” to enjoy my favorite hobbies, music, relaxation, nature, Baby the Bengal… and time with my honey! 😉



P.S. I’ve been hinting at some MEGA exciting announcements coming soon! Well, next week is the big week! I’ll be sharing on my Facebook page, Twitter, blog and more. Stay tuned and get ready to celebrate with me! 😉 (So excited, I think I’ll burst!)

Mari Smith

Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” Mari Smith is widely known as the Premier Facebook Marketing Expert and a top Social Media Thought Leader. Forbes describes Mari as, “… the preeminent Facebook expert. Even Facebook asks for her help.” IBM named Mari as one of seven women that are shaping digital marketing. Mari is an in-demand keynote speaker, corporate social media strategist, dynamic live webcast host, and popular brand ambassador. She is coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day, and author of The New Relationship Marketing.

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  1. dev patel on June 19, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Greet feature provide by facebook…Thanks for sharing this information.It’s rhelpful for every one.

  2. Kylie Burnside on April 27, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for always being on top of the social + Facebook news, Mari! So helpful to our team.

  3. Lance Rohde on April 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for sharing, very actionable tips.

    • Mari Smith on April 24, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Glad you got value, Lance!

  4. Joe Estes on April 24, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Great items and thanks for sharing. FYI — the Google+1 sharing is really difficult to scroll down to the Share button because it keeps bouncing. That was my experience. So I had to really be persistent to catch the Share Button at the right time in the popup Window. Cheers !
    Joe Estes

    • Mari Smith on April 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Hi @joe_estes:disqus – aha, can you clarify if you mean on desktop or mobile? I’m thinking desktop. Yes, that plugin does slide down but I’m interested to hear of your experience. Hmmm, may be time to switch!!

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