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An overview of Facebook News Feed updates, from the Critical Mass Social team.

An overview of Facebook News Feed updates, from the Critical Mass Social team.

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  • 1. Social Matters Preparing Your Brand Page for Facebook’s Evolved News Feed & Timeline 1 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 2. Rethinking Your Brand’s Visual Presence on Facebook In March 2013, Facebook announced significant While these changes are primarily aimed at changes to the way that content will be displayed individual users and will roll out over the next to users in three of the core elements of the several months, the Critical Mass social media Facebook platform: strategy team has identified the impact these adjustments will have on Brand Pages and has 1. News Feed outlined the implications and action plan for 2. Ad units each element. 3. Timeline 2 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 3. NEWS FEED 3 / 29Thursday, 4 April, 13
  • 4. What’s Changing Based on current user behavior, Facebook announced several significant changes to the News Feed that will have a major impact on how brands consider and construct the content they share through pages, apps and ads: - Primacy of visual content - Screen consistency between desktop and mobile - Enhanced News feed filtering 4 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 5. Primacy of Visuals With News Feed content continuing to trend towards multimedia sharing, the real estate allocated to this type of content is being increased. - The size of photos and videos will increase significantly - Thumbnails from linked content will have a cleaner look with more white space - Image-driven apps will be given more prominence - Page likes will now display both the cover photo and the profile image 5 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 6. Examples - Photos/Videos Before After 6 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 7. Examples - Thumbnails Before After 7 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 8. Examples - Page Likes Before After 8 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 9. Screen Consistency Facebook’s continuing evolution to a mobile-first experience has seen the social network continue to adjust to the way users choose to access their profile and share content with each other. As of December, 2012, 608 million users accessed the site from their mobile devices. In recognition of this continuing trend, Facebook has unified the News Feed experience across all devices for the first time. 9 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 10. Screen Consistency Example 608 million 10 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 11. App Integration In line with the primacy of visual storytelling in the newsfeed, images shared through Graph Apps such as Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads and Netflix will be even more prominent. 11 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 12. Example - Pinterest Before After 12 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 13. Enhanced Filtering Facebook has gone back and forth with News Feed filtering over the years. Users ultimately want to control what they see. For some, they see too much. Others don’t see what they want or expect to see. Trying to find the right level of control for users is a tricky undertaking. The latest attempt puts filtering in an obvious place on the News Feed and gives users a choice of options that could potentially relegate Brand Pages to a second tier within many people’s News Feeds. 13 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 14. Example - Enhanced Filtering News Feeds currently feature sorting mechanism that allows users to switch between the default “top stories” setting and “most recent” stories. The new News Feed will include the ability to navigate by friends, content type or “following,” which is where Brand Pages will be housed. Before After 14 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 15. FACEBOOK ADS 15 / 29Thursday, 4 April, 13
  • 16. What’s Changing Some of Facebook’s ad units have received makeovers in line with the look of the updated News Feed, but it seems they are taking their time and testing different types as the News Feed rolls out over the next few months. As is shown in the following examples, some sponsored story units have a new visually-enhanced look, while marketplace ads that appear in the right rail have a cleaner look. One key change to note is the prominence of the “hide” button on the new ad units. 16 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 17. Examples - Facebook Ads in the News Feed Page-like sponsored story Before After 17 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 18. Examples - Facebook Ads in the News Feed Page-like sponsored story with recent post Before After 18 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 19. Examples - Facebook Ads in the News Feed Page-post photo ad Before After 19 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 20. Examples - Facebook Ads in the right rail Notice how the ad titles align with the rest of the copy, giving the ad images more prominence Before After 20 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 21. Action Items Relevant, compelling content is still the key to success in social Use of the entire Facebook ecosystem (page, apps, ads) for Brand ensures reach and engagement Pages Improve the visual quality and cadence of the visual content your brand is sharing Create and optimize images for use on desktop, tablet, smartphone and Facebook media Consider adding image-sharing apps to your social footprint (e.g. Pinterest, Instagram, Vine) Use short, direct, well-crafted copy to support images. Monitor Page Insights as the Newsfeed is adopted by all users to determine if Page reach and engagement drops due to filtering 21 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 22. TIMELINE 22 / 29Thursday, 4 April, 13
  • 23. What’s Changing Facebook introduced Timeline to personal profiles The key changes in the personal Timeline that are most significant are: in September 2011 and followed that with Timeline for Pages in February 2012. Two-column layout adjusted to Other recent changes While rolled out much more quietly in the days 40:60 ratio from 50:50 In addition to the Timeline layout, additional changes following their News Feed announcement, Timeline to content structure and policies have recently been - Personal posts will be in the expanded right is getting a new look in line with the other image- announced that will have a more immediate impact column centric changes. on Brand Page design and content strategy: - What is being called the “About” section displays Even though this will roll out to personal profiles - Comments on posts will be threaded making it down the reduced left column and mandatorily first, it’s safe to expect that Brand Pages will see easier to have a discussion in the comments features “About ,“Friends” and “Photos”. Other this change come in the months ahead as former tabs can be selected along with apps that Facebook likes to keep the experience consistent. - Cover images can now contain calls to action, you wish to display here though Facebook still maintains text must take up no more than 20% of the image Tab icons have been removed - Possible inclusion of hashtags to allow for - Some brands use custom tab icons to add aggregation/searching of posts similar to Twitter additional visual interest to their page. A cleaner design will put more focus on the cover image and profile picture 23 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 24. Examples - Timeline Before After 24 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 25. Threaded Comments 25 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 26. Action Items As there has been no word on how Timeline will be rolled out to Brand Pages, there is very little to be done proactively. Should there for Brand be plans to invest in new content or pages in the later part of 2013, consider the following: Pages Prepare for changing dimensions of images in future single-column posts Prepare for need to resize older images in posts and milestones Prepare your Brand Page layout for the elimination of tab icons Experiment with integrating image-centric apps like Instagram and Pinterest Test using calls to action in the cover image and gauge response from page fans Adjust community management protocols to accommodate replies/threaded comments 26 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 27. Critical Mass About Follow Social Media Team Critical Mass, an Omnicom digital ExperienceMatters.criticalmass.com David Jones, VP Social Media marketing agency, helps the worlds @DoctorJones leading companies use digital media to Twitter.com/CriticalMass Alison Fraker, Sr. Social Planner create extraordinary experiences— @AlisonFraker experiences that bring together creative thinking, smart ideas and emerging Daniel Honigman, Sr. Social Planner Facebook.com/CriticalMass.Agency technologies to drive our clients’ @DanielHonigman businesses. Consistently recognized as Kyle Bottoms, Social Planner a leading interactive agency, Critical YouTube.com/CriticalMassAgency @KyleBottoms Mass operates globally from offices in Lindsay Renwick, Social Planner Calgary, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Slideshare.net/CM1234 @LindsayRenwick Nashville, Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam and Costa Rica. Nikki Lloyd, Community Manager @Nikki_Lloyd www.criticalmass.com 27 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
  • 28. Further Reading http://www.insidefacebook.com/2013/03/07/how-ads-look-in-the-new-news-feed-layout/ https://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/2013/03/13/making-apps-a-bigger-part-of-timeline/ http://newsroom.fb.com/News/584/Improvements-to-Timeline http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/13/facebook-timeline-redesign/ http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/Infographic_Photo_posts_get_120_more_engagement_on_46290.aspx# http://www.buddymedia.com/newsroom/2012/09/salesforce-buddy-media-facebook-timeline-best-practices-wall-posts/ 28 / 29 © 2013 Critical Mass, Inc. All Rights ReservedThursday, 4 April, 13
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