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2014 Facebook Changes and How
this Effects Inbound Marketing
Strategies
Jay Bowen, Director of Digital Content
2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
Jay’s marketing and advertising career began 17 years
ago in her home of South A...
• How Does Social Media Determine Buying Behavior?
• What Does the Research Say?
• Social Media Usage Statistics
• Faceboo...
• 81% of US respondents indicated that friends' social media
posts directly influenced their purchase decision (Forbes)
• ...
5
What Does The Research Say?
Source: MarketForce
Source: Forbes
78% of Respondents
said Posts by Companies
they followed ...
6
Social Media Usage Statistics
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn & Google+
Social Media Global Stats for ...
7
Social Media Usage Statistics
Inbound Marketing
• In December 2013 Facebook admits: “Expect organic reach
for Pages to continue to decline.” ~ source
• They went on to sa...
A week after Facebook made its change agencies and brands
were seeing a decline in Post engagement:
9
The 2014 Facebook Ch...
10
What Happened with Some of Our Clients?
Client A – November 2013
Client A – March 2014
60%
decline
on
average.
2014 Fac...
11
What Happened with Some of Our Clients?
Client B – November 2013
Client B – March 2014
80%
decline
on
average.
2014 Fac...
12
What Happened with Some of Our Clients?
Client C – November 2013
Client C – March 2014
55%
decline
on
average.
2014 Fac...
13
What Happened with Some of Our Clients?
Client D – October 2013
Client D – March 2014
60% decline on
average.
2014 Face...
• “Brands should bring valuable content to
consumers and Facebook is a great channel to
do that.” ~ source
14
Advice Direc...
• The amount of Likes don’t matter – if you don’t have engaging
content or pay for sponsored posts no one is going to see ...
SEO
16
Content
White Papers
Social Mentions
Email
News Sites
Word of Mouth
Direct Links
Forums
Social
Bookmarking
eBooks
V...
• Blogging: easiest way to start your content machine
• Companies that blog more regularly have…
17
Content – Where do I s...
• Create a content strategy – not just a blog.
• Offer different types of content that will appeal to
different preference...
Facebook's algorithm is going to favor posts that have
links to content, specifically ones that use the link
tool in Faceb...
Thank You
Jay Bowen jay@daviesmoore.com
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2014 Facebook Changes and How this Effects Inbound Marketing Strategies, specifically related to Facebook Brand Pages and how this change has seen a decline in engagement by up to 80% for some brands.

As a Content Developer one of my most successful platforms for distribution has always been Facebook. It has been a place to grow like minded and engaging followers and is a visually pleasing application to get content out in front of people who are focused on one thing, and one thing only – scrolling through their Friends, Families or Photos, uninterrupted and completely engaged.

What more could a marketer ask for?

Well thanks to the new Facebook Algorithm, all this has now changed. Not only do our posts no longer appear between wedding photos and birth announcements, we now need to work harder and smarter to get the same amount of “Free” advertising we once had.

This presentation looks at these changes and also supplies recommendations on how to strategically work around them.

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  1. 1. 2014 Facebook Changes and How this Effects Inbound Marketing Strategies Jay Bowen, Director of Digital Content
  2. 2. 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing Jay’s marketing and advertising career began 17 years ago in her home of South Africa. She went on to graduate with her marketing degree from the London School of Marketing, and proceeded to manage and grow clients such as British Telecom, yell.com BMW & HSBC in the UK and throughout Europe. Since arriving in the States four years ago she has worked with brands such as Nike, CenturyLink, Schlage and DHL. Jay is highly adept in developing digital content to generate interaction and grow traffic and engagement online. Jay Bowen, Digital Content Director
  3. 3. • How Does Social Media Determine Buying Behavior? • What Does the Research Say? • Social Media Usage Statistics • Facebook – The Writing is (no longer) on the Wall… • The 2014 Facebook Changes - How Brands got a Raw Deal • Advice from Facebook • Recommendations for Brands • Content • To Sum Up – Its Not ALL Bad News! 3 Contents 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  4. 4. • 81% of US respondents indicated that friends' social media posts directly influenced their purchase decision (Forbes) • Facebook is the #1 online channel for influencing the purchase of baby products (Mashable) • 38% of consumers say they will consult social media in making their next car purchase • 23% of car buyers say they use social media to communicate their purchase experience • 44% of social media savvy women said their trusted/favorite blogger influences their purchasing decision (Business2Community) • Clicks on Facebook auto ads climbed from 16% to 39% between October 2012 and April 2013 • Up to a 1/3 of all car buyers consult online reviews sites before choosing a dealer 4 How Does Social Media Determine Buying Behavior? 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  5. 5. 5 What Does The Research Say? Source: MarketForce Source: Forbes 78% of Respondents said Posts by Companies they followed on Social Media impacted their Purchases. 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  6. 6. 6 Social Media Usage Statistics Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn & Google+ Social Media Global Stats for 2014: • Facebook = 1 Billion • Twitter = 560 Million • Pinterest = 70 Million • Instagram = 150 Million • Google+ = 400 Million • LinkedIn = 240 Million Source: Leverage 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  7. 7. 7 Social Media Usage Statistics Inbound Marketing
  8. 8. • In December 2013 Facebook admits: “Expect organic reach for Pages to continue to decline.” ~ source • They went on to say: “We’re getting to a place where because more people are sharing more things, the best way to get your stuff seen if you’re a business is to pay for it.” ~ source • Facebook January 2014 Blog Announcement: “Page admins can expect a decrease in the distribution of their text status updates, but they may see some increases in engagement and distribution for other story types.” ~ source 8 Facebook – The Writing is (No Longer) On the Wall… 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  9. 9. A week after Facebook made its change agencies and brands were seeing a decline in Post engagement: 9 The 2014 Facebook Changes – How Brands Got a Raw Deal 44% drop on average for Page Posts with some reporting up to 88% Source: Ignite 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  10. 10. 10 What Happened with Some of Our Clients? Client A – November 2013 Client A – March 2014 60% decline on average. 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  11. 11. 11 What Happened with Some of Our Clients? Client B – November 2013 Client B – March 2014 80% decline on average. 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  12. 12. 12 What Happened with Some of Our Clients? Client C – November 2013 Client C – March 2014 55% decline on average. 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  13. 13. 13 What Happened with Some of Our Clients? Client D – October 2013 Client D – March 2014 60% decline on average. 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  14. 14. • “Brands should bring valuable content to consumers and Facebook is a great channel to do that.” ~ source 14 Advice Directly From Facebook: 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  15. 15. • The amount of Likes don’t matter – if you don’t have engaging content or pay for sponsored posts no one is going to see it. • Make sure what we post is Engaging and Interesting to Followers. • Manage your Facebook ads/Promoted Posts like you do your SEM. • Define a budget and allocate it accordingly. • Grow your Email lists – why not control what your customer sees instead of Facebook… • Use other Social Media platforms who are still performing for Brands such as LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter. • Create OUTSTANDING Content! 15 Recommendations For Brands: 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  16. 16. SEO 16 Content White Papers Social Mentions Email News Sites Word of Mouth Direct Links Forums Social Bookmarking eBooks Video News/Media/P R Case Studies Mobile Apps Blogs/Articles Research Solution Guides Memes/Images Infographics Podcasts FAQs Reviews Webinars Syndication Partners/Affiliat es 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  17. 17. • Blogging: easiest way to start your content machine • Companies that blog more regularly have… 17 Content – Where do I start? 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  18. 18. • Create a content strategy – not just a blog. • Offer different types of content that will appeal to different preferences (webinars, white papers, infographics, video e.g.) • Put all of your content on ONE domain. Don’t make the microsite mistake. http://www.seomoz.org/blog/understanding-root-domains-subdomains- vs-subfolders-microsites • Distribute your content via ALL Social Media channels. 18 Content: Best Practices 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  19. 19. Facebook's algorithm is going to favor posts that have links to content, specifically ones that use the link tool in Facebook to generate the post. So, a post that links to a YouTube video of a song about the weekend, with text that says "Happy Friday," will work far better than just the text itself. Facebook has told us very clearly what it thinks good marketing is: Content. Fresh, relevant, unique content. If you create and post content, they will reward you with exposure. Create a content strategy! 19 To Sum Up – It’s Not ALL Bad News! 2014 Facebook Changes & Inbound Marketing
  20. 20. Thank You Jay Bowen jay@daviesmoore.com
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