Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Interaction The Best Boost

Getting your followers to see your content becomes more and more challenging.  After complaints, Facebook is changing the news feed algorithm again.  However, according to Poynter, there is something you can do:  encourage immediate like and interaction.

From the Poynter blog:

They say they’ll fix these problems and surface more relevant posts by emphasizing two factors: whether a topic is trending, and how soon people like and comment on a posts after they’re published. 

We see this on our own content.  When we have interaction in a "news" flow, we see greater spread.  It also leads to better spread on boosted items as well.

Comes back to an older concept -- your external social media teams who like and share everything and provide you a base become very important once again.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Sometimes, Grandma IS the Sentiment

In the Facebook Five, I talk about making sure you have sentiment in your social postings.  Don't get caught up in "Facebook" as a label -- it applies to a Vine, InstaGram or pithy tweet.  Here's a perfect example, that also IS grandma.  Born the same year as A-State (alumni hook), she's got on her red tee shirt for Pack Priday (another student promo connection) and she's trying to get her WOLVES UP gesture.

We got this through calls to action -- repeatedly asking our fans to send us their spirit photos for the Friday "Pack Priday" runs.

What are you doing to get this kind of Facebook Five impact?  Check the numbers in just two hours . . .


Friday, September 05, 2014

Take Them There

A capture at 30 minutes after a simple picture of the football team loading up for a road trip.  At 10:30 in the morning -- even on a Friday -- fans can't always get off to be a part of this.  But with some "Living Social" forethought, you can take them there.

Check a couple of the key engagement numbers here:  Served to about 1400 of our current 33K base, you have 142 like -- over 10%.  I'd anticipate the climb to continue through the lunch window (a nice double -- hitting one of those important "clock" moments).

Keep this thought in mind: it didn't take any extra effort.  The staffer was already there.  It just took awareness.


Friday, August 01, 2014

The Digital Trail

My oft repeated phrase

digital assets are extremely portable and easily disseminated

applies to all aspects of the work place.  Don't believe me?  Ask Jonathan Waters, former director of the Ohio State marching band.  He swore he didn't swear at band members among other things.  Turns out, there's a recording by one of his drum majors of a disciplinary meeting, and The Chronicle covered that last week.

Lois Lerner's ongoing email saga this week moved to her BlackBerry account.  In her back and forth with a friend, she called one political faction "assholes".  While the ability to locate her Outlook-based correspondence continues, the idea of locating things within her phone reminds me of another person, then Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino, and his question of "can they get my texts."

I'm left once again with the good ole Earl Long School of Communication.  The late Louisiana governor (and many other politicians in other regions -- I recall Uncle Earl because of regionalism -- the phrase isn't original to him) famously advised:

Don't write what you can say, don't say what you can't whisper, don't whisper what you can't wink



Sunday, July 13, 2014

EULA Strikes Again

Welcome to Matt's Cafe Internete, where . . . not unlike Rick's Cafe Americain . . . we are shocked, shocked, to learn that your personal data is being used and manipulated.

Please people -- the Zuck and Co. never make a move without having pre-planned (and planted) the change in the End User License Agreement, now known more as the "ToS" for Terms of Service.

Kudos to Forbes who discovered that once again, four months prior to the "manipulation" experiment in some folks newsfeeds that Facebook added that to your EULA.  Read more here.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

It's not Engagement Without Interaction

A follow-up thought for my colleagues who attended the Association of Louisiana Alumni Executives talk last week.  You can message all day long, but the interaction comes when you do two things.  The obvious one: enable and answer comments.  The second, sign your posts.  Here's a recent and somewhat random example.  I'm putting out the note about how friends and followers can do a little to beat the Facebook algorithm and see more from us by clicking to "Get Notifications" (BTW -- have you been promoting that to your Facebook followers?).

That's not what Susan Littleton wanted to know, and she used that opportunity to ask her question.  I didn't have the answer, but took the time to acknowledge her question and say when we might have an answer on honor roll lists.

And, see you liked the comment?  What do you think the chances are that we got one more dedicated follower?


Friday, June 13, 2014

More Reasons for Caution!

For some time I've encouraged the avoidance of ! in social media posts based both on research (see my Match.com image -- a staple in my social media presentations) and personal preference.  Today, a couple of new items supporting the sparing use of ! -- but also one meme that is promoting it.

Like the use of more than two hash tags, spam filters are looking for the use of ! to replace "i" in subject lines, and may catch your enthusiasm as well.  They are really looking for the multiples as this column on how to avoid the spam filter notes (irony: of the 10 bullet points, three of them used an exclamation point).

A little Australian flair to stress the downside of the multiple marks, and another on PR writing technique (see item four) that using them along with all caps undercuts credibility.

No less than the New York Times weighed in against the exclamation in emails back in 2011 -- no surprise for the stuffy Old Gray Lady -- but gives me a great new piece of ammunition courtesy of Mark Twain.  America's storyteller brings it all home:

One should never use exclamation points in writing. It is like laughing at your own joke.


The judicious use of the mark, however, may be something we have to consider.  Arguing a similar line of thought that I preach -- that digital communication strips off all the context, Drake Braer points out they can be useful to take the harsh off a cold read.  Then again, the friendly in this example gets to the point of sounding like you're yelling at me:

This infographic and it's back-up research tends to support the idea that adding them gets you retweets -- so is this a platform specific plus?  Reading into the article to me affirms the my original position.  For all the good an exclamation may bring in a retweet, it has the same deleterious effect on click through rate.  I want you to read something or see something -- and the ! has demonstrated negative impact.