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If we really want to use social media for business effectively and receive the most benefit, we really do need to understand the psychology of the people who use it. A little term I call “Social Mediology”.
Recently a related piece of research on the unconscious motivations of consumers from the area of neuroscience conducted by Young & Rubicam entitled “Secrets & Lies” has largely be ignored by most social media marketers, strategists, and gurus.
The study was conducted with people from Brazil, China and the US and provides us with some valuable insights into consumer behavior and applications in your social media use.
What did they find?
Surprise! Facebook has a new algorithm for Facebook pages. They recently published in their blog that they conducted a survey with “thousands” of people, entered the data into a number of computers (they call the “machine” and they have determined what content will be valuable to the more than 1 billion people using the platform.
Do you sense my sarcasm and cynacism? You should because this is all part of Facebook’s plan to get you and your business to pay money…not just a little…but a great deal more. The bottom line is this. Facebook will determine what posts are valuable, or I’m sorry, they call it “high quality content”, and what is not, who sees them and how many people will see them. If your posts are not valuable according to Facebook’s machine…you will not be seen on News Feeds and you will need to pay to play.
Here are some of the questions Facebook asked in their survey:
Is this timely and relevant content?
Is this content from a source you would trust?
Would you share it with friends or recommend it to others?
Is the content genuinely interesting to you or is it trying to game News Feed distribution? (e.g., asking for people to like the content)
Would you call this a low quality post or meme?
Would you complain about seeing this content in your News Feed
Now we are not told what the “high quality content” is or how this “machine” will evaluate the content, but we can see many problems and issues.
Well it’s officially over. The days of that FREE Facebook business page that you created is no longer FREE. Well, let’s put it this way it’s no longer free if you want everyone to see your posts. Have you noticed recently you are not getting the responses to your posts that you used to? There is a reason for it. Facebook in their great wisdom has decided that if you have a page with over 400 “Likes” and you post something interesting, or you want your “Likers” to see, only about 15% of those people will see it on their Newsfeed. If you want everyone to see it, you will have to pay for it. The costs start at around $5 per post, and then go up depending on how long you run it, who you target, and the number of people, etc. The Bottomline…you are going to pay if you want your post to be seen.
What does this mean for you and your business page?
We all want to know that when we post something in social media that someone is actually reading it, and hopefully is passing it on to other people. Business people regularly ask me what do I have to write to get people to respond to my posts. Honestly it is not easy. Typically I find people who have their own business and use social media, post information such as their latest blog, or perhaps a link to an article, or they try some other trick such as using a famous name or really clever wording to get people to read. So what are those factors that affect whether a post will be read or passed along? It’s a difficult question to answer. However, I recently read a very clever research article entitled, “The Pulse of News in Social Media: Forecasting Popularity” (Bandari et al., 2012). The researchers were interested in what makes a news story popular within social media networks. Based on previous research they narrowed it down to four possible factors:
- The news source that generates and posts the article
- Does it make a difference who publishes a news article?
- The category of news this article falls under
- Does the category of news article affect its popularity within a social network?