Facebook And Its New UI Thing


Being social media professionals, we tend to accept everything that comes to us. We know what it means to be updated with the technology. Facebook, our very own lovely friend has something new in its kitty again. After upgrading the user interface for the personal profiles, it’s soon going to bring a little more surprise for its pages as well.  It’s all in the news nowadays and most of us have joined to queue of waiting list.

As the update says, FB will soon be introducing an easier way to access the admin panel, as it will be showcasing all the important data on the left side of near the cover image. Look at the screenshot that I just stole from them.

Facebook's new page UI will show important page insights near the cover image itself.

Facebook’s new page UI will show important page insights near the cover image itself.

 

I know, most of us are a little confused, how is it going to be, will it be easy to access and some would also be confused whether they should stay in social media or not, lol. But friends, Facebook’s new update is surely going to add value to what we do and what we wish to do.

The only thing that I was concerned was, if the page insights are going to change or not? And looking at the news released by Facebook, the answer comes out to be YES! It will have a new look, but not sure whether it is going to add some more data to it or is it going to be the same.

The Final Thought:

We know how Facebook acts when it spends its time and effort on bringing the new UI. Yes, your page’s reach will soon fall. Your clients will ask you the reason and when you tell them that FB is a business driven social media platform and it deliberately reduces the page reach so that we run paid campaigns. Your clients will doubt your skills and then you will be sitting poker faced.

Conclusion:

We have no other option than accepting what is coming to us because even if we don’t join the waiting list FB will soon upgrade the pages on its own. So, enjoy a new look and feel of Facebook pages and let me know what you think about it.

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8 Species on Twitter


Twitter has , as a result there are now more than 360 million users using this social media platform to stay in touch with their friends and the outside world. It is a good way to ‘connect with those whom you SHOULD know’. Every day around 230 million tweets are done everyday and this is enough to showcase the popularity of Twitter.

When there are so many people then it is too obvious to see people of different mindsets tweeting unique everyday. But there are few people who can commonly be spotted on your Twitter timeline.

Contest Lovers:

This category of tweetoholics is commonly visible in every TL. Mainly, they are dedicated to playing contests held by various brands. Their main motto of using Twitter is to win something unique and if not then a goody bag is also a great thing to get for free. They tweet anything around a hashtag. You’ll see a lot of RTs by them which might not interest you but yes, you follow them because deep down you like what they tweet.

Contest Lovers

Contest Lovers

Sex Enthusiasts:

This is a bold category of the society. They are least bothered what people think about them and they say whatever they think will grab attention of the people. No doubt, this is one topic on which everyone around the world is ready to hear about. These tweeples are so exuberant about sex that they cannot stop themselves sharing their dirty little secrets on a social media platform. And the best part is they get attention.

Sex Enthusiasts

Sex Enthusiasts

Data Specialists:

This is one of the most educated species on Twitter or they know how to flaunt their knowledge. You will find people sharing intense data with proper figures. It might confuse you at times but its ok till the time you are not interacting with them. If in any case you raised a question around their tweet, trust me, you are going to get bombarded with a lot of digits and information.

Data Specialists

Data Specialists

Love Hunters:

At times I think, the world is so big and people are too busy to find love in person, so maybe that’s the reason they hunt it on social media platforms. While you read such tweets you can actually imagine that this tweet was written with tears in eyes. But yes, their target audience is surely girls who reply them back with ‘awwww’.

Love Hunters

Love Hunters

Anti-Government:

There are thousand of rebellions on twitter who are just not happy with their governments. They always have some numerous issues to talk about. From inflation to the construction of a new bridge, they can find fault anywhere. I am sure, they want to become the president and that is the reason they take twitter as the Parliament.

Anti-Government

Anti-Government

Blue color obsessed:

They are either new to Twitter or they are exceptionally active on Instagram. This segment of Twitter addicts are the ones who can add hashtags on every word. As a result, their tweets look like a streak of blue line that never ends. Additionally, they never forget to mention their friends to add a little more pinch of blue to it.

Blue color obsessed

Blue color obsessed

Blah Blah Champions:

As you can suggest with the title, yes it’s the same group of people I am talking about. They are everywhere on Twitter, they don’t know what to write so they tweet anything that first hits their minds. Additionally, it would a little illogical at your end if you are trying to find the logical behind their tweets.

Blah Blah Champions

Blah Blah Champions

Attention Seekers:

This twitter brigade is the digital version of some people who already prevail in our lives. They are the ones who get tired easily, when they are ill they need someone to pamper them, they tell everyone what they ate in their breakfast and never forget to say good night to every one. You might take them as most generous ones but actually they are seeking for your attention.

Attention Seekers

Attention Seekers

Actually, these are the people who make our Twitter TL interesting enough that now we are addicted to it.  

How to plan an effective Social Media Strategy?


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In the highly competitive online world it is important for every organization to come up with a unique strategy through which they can achieve their targets. From generic Google advertisements to comprehensive social media plan everything requires deep research and creative conceptualizing. An online strategy depends on design, content, promotion and engagement. Usage of these five elements makes a tactic good or bad.

The online marketing mainly depends upon engagement because content is the key to it. On internet there are thousands of organizations working in the same domain. In order to be the best you’ll have to play clever. Focus on creating contents that can engage visitors because if you do not then it is easy for them to hop on to your competitors. Along with Search Engine Optimization and a creative website you should also include Social Media Marketing as the part of online marketing plan.

How Social Media Strategies work?

Being highly volatile in nature social media strategies require a lot of efforts and open mindedness of you and your team. You should create a plan that goes exactly to the theme that you have chosen for the quarter. Do not forget to carry these along:

Know the purpose:

While designing a strategy never forget to identify the focus of your organization. Social media can be used in various ways. It has the power to achieve various objectives like:

  • Sales
  • Lead Generations
  • Product Information
  • Loyalty
  • Customer Retention
  • Branding
  • Feedback

Once you are clear with the objective of your organization then creating a suitable plan will become simple for you. As now you know the path on which you’ll have to think. So, try to take proper brief from the management or marketing team before planning anything.

Identify Your Forte:

Every brand has a unique selling point. It’s something different from its competitors. Try to shout it loud on social media platforms. Let everyone know what you have and how it is dissimilar from the market. As an example: McDonalds is a fast food chain but their USP is budget and ready to go meals. IPL (Indian Premier League) is the series of cricket matches but their USP is entertainment. You can relate Apple with innovations and Ogilvy with Creativity.

Discuss with different departments and understand what they think the forte of the organization is. After jotting down pointers select the one you think is going to make your company different from the market and plan accordingly.

Analyze Your Audience:

You are there on the social media because you want to get in touch with your consumers. So, every plan that you make should revolve around them. If you have never analyzed your audience then it’s a time to do it now. It is a good way to create an effective strategy. You will have to be really active on all of your social media platforms to evaluate how many are getting engaged with your posts, what they expect from you, what percentage of total audience is interacting with the page, etc. If you know all these you can design a sound plan. You will have to create specific content for your followers or make necessary changes in the current posting style. Your main focus should be to increase engagement on the page.

social-media-icons-2012Evaluate Different Platforms:

There are numerous social media platforms on World Wide Web like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Foursquare, YouTube, etc. Every platform has its own specialties. So, while creating a strategy for your organization you should first know which platform will be able to fetch you a bigger fan base. You should also keep your audiences’ age groups, demographic locations, interests, etc. in mind.

As an example: If you are dealing in apparels and accessories then Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest is going to help your business grow. You can expect conversions from these channels. On the others hand if you are dealing in banking sector then Pinterest, Instagram or Tumblr might not be that helpful for you.

Be Open in Organization:

The best way to utilize social media is through letting other departments to add their inputs to it. Never allow one person or a team to handle social media platforms for an organization. Different departments should work together to bring the best out of it. Through this, the page will never get dull as likers will experience a huge variety in content. Also, when you work in a team you get more ideas and social media is also about experimenting and experiencing.

add-a-personal-touchOffer Personal Touch:

Just like you, your audience also wants to connect with you. They do not want a dead page posting like machine. Never let your followers feel disowned. You should be quick in responding to their queries, show gratification to their appreciations, listen to their feedback, appreciate their participation, like every comment and talk to everyone if possible. This will help you to gain loyal consumers. You can even retain an irate buyer. What all you need to do is make the page sound like a human!

Facebook Comment Thread – ‘Reply’


Facebook has been continually coming up with new features. After every few weeks we hear something new from this giant social networking website. Few months back we were introduced to a great new search experience through graph search. Later it came along with new timeline look and now again with a new feature – comment thread.

What is Facebook comment thread?

Comment thread is a feature that allows you to reply on any comment by any user over a status, image or video. It comes right below the comment and also notifies the person on which the comment has been made. It is surely a good option for those who want to start a discussion but could not do it because they were not in each other’s friend list.

Facebook-Reply-Feature

So, now whenever you find any interesting comment by someone you can directly hit the reply icon and say what you wanted directly to the person. It also creates a different discussion box. The only restriction is that one cannot reply over a reply.

Is it good for a brand?

It is going to be good for brands because it filters the comments based on the sentiments. Positive comments will rank up whereas the negative ones will be down-ranked. In addition to this, the order of the comments of the conversation thread will depend on the interest of the reader. It means that every user might see a different conversation ranking on top. It helps a brand to spread word of mouth which is the most effective and inexpensive way to advertise.

A brand might not have all genuine likers on the page but if one can influence the emotions then it’s not hard to convert as well. Through this feature when people will read the positive comments more undoubtedly their perception for a brand can change. Well it doesn’t mean that on the basis of this function only the brand image will depend, but yes it is be a contribution by Facebook to the organizations.

How to activate or deactivate this?

Facebook has been actively providing an option to every page to activate it. But if in case you didn’t get it by default or you don’t want to use it then you can follow these steps.

It is right there in the edit page section that you see on the top right of the page.

Edit Page

Click on manage permissions

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Then scroll the page to ‘Allow replies to comments on my page’ and tick the box.

Edit Page 2

And now you can allow or deny people to reply on the comments made on your page.

The only flaw:

Overall the page looks absolutely fine. It is a good way to engage likers in discussions but the only flaw is that it makes the complete post looks messed-up. You will see random reply boxes than normal comments and again cluttered discussion threads.

But if we see on a broader prospective then Facebook reply is going to be a great benefit for brands and for people who likes open discussion on social networking sites. Also, as it focuses more on positive comments it is definitely going to change the outlook of social media marketing.