Thinking of starting your own blog, but worried the platform you choose might go the way of the dinosaurs? Or are you concerned that no one will read your content if it’s placed on your own website?
Exactly where to start your blog is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly or made hastily. With so many choices — integrating a blog on your own site, using an external blogging platform, or using new long-form options in social media — it’s key to understand and weigh all the benefits and drawbacks.
Is it best for your business to have an internal blog, ensuring more content is housed on your site, or more beneficial to place content on external platforms in hopes of increasing exposure?In-house or external blog? Weigh the pros & cons before deciding where to place your content! Click To Tweet
There are both pros and cons of being a homebody (internal blogs) vs. being a little more social (external platforms or long-form social options).
Very soon Facebook will be launching the new Page Insights, specifically designed for Page Owners who use Facebook as a marketing tool to measure the size and engagement of their audience. With the new Insights information easily accessible, Page Owners will be able to see how their posts, blogs, questions, ‘likes’ and fans affect the total marketing performance of their businesses and services page.
What You Need to Know About Insights
The Insights information will be collected and provided in four metrics:
- Total Likes – The number of people who like your Page
- Friends of Fans – The number of people who are friends with your fans, including your current fans
- People Talking About This – The number of people who have created a story about your Page in the last seven days
- Weekly Total Reach – The number of people who have seen any content associated with your Page in the last seven days
The data will be available in the dashboard of the page or can be exported to the file formats .xls and .csv and can be selected within the date range you choose. The two metrics, Total Likes and People Talking About This will be visible to anyone visiting any Page so it is key to keep up with regular posting and engaging with Fans, because everyone will see!
As important as it is to stay interacted with Fans and to be consistent about posting blogs, pictures, questions, etc, it is just as important to know what the Fans are most interested in that you share with them. With the new Page Insights, there is a section designated to your posts and the feedback from Fans. Here the post and date of the post will be listed along with:
- Reach – the number of people who have seen your post
- Engaged Users – the number of people who have clicked anywhere on your post
- Talking About This – the number of people who have created a story – linking, commenting, sharing, answering a question, responding to an event – from your Post
- Virality – the number of people who have created a story from your Page post as a percentage of the people who have seen it
The information from this section, also available in graphs, will help narrow in on what is most interesting to the Fan and what they engage in the most whether it be posts about topics of the industry, pictures of products, questions asked of an opinion, etc. There is no end to what you can provide your Fans and from this Page Insights data, you will now know what is the most effective at catching their attention, specifically to your Page.
Know Your Audience
Page Insights will also have tabs: ‘Fans’, ‘Reach’, and ‘Talking About This’ that will allow Page Owners to learn more about who is interested in their page by not only their preferences in your activity but to where your Fans are located. The tabs will allow insight into who your fans are as to demographics and location. The fans are broken down into six age categories, gender as well as countries, cities, and languages and further categorized into the tabs:
- Fans Tab – who your fans are and how you acquired them. Page ‘likes’ are broken into the categories New Likes, Unlikes, and Like Sources: on your page itself, the news feed, ticker story, ads or sponsored stories, Facebook recommendations, mobile devices, other pages that like your page, timeline edit, page browser, like box or like button, new user wizard, admin registration, and admin invite.
- Reach Tab – who you are reaching and how you did so whether the organic, paid or viral channels. A frequency graph available shows number of people who saw your Page in last seven days and how many times during the day. A ‘Visits to Your Page’ graph breaks visits into two categories: total number of page views and unique visitors.
- Talking About This Tab – helps the Page Owner understand who is talking about their Page and what types of stories are being told to friends. The graphs ‘Talking About This’ and ‘Viral Reach’ show the number of unique people who have created or published a story by a friend about your Page for last seven days, within a selected date range.
Using This Information Wisely
There is going to be a whole lot of data available to Page Owners who use Facebook as a vital part of their online marketing campaign. Using this information wisely, as well as often, is not only going to boost their presence on the popular social media site but ensure that when Fans are seeing their Page, they are seeing the content that matters the most to what they care about.
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We have heard for over a year now about the launch of a Google social platform. The name of choice for those pontificating on this subject is “Google Me” or even “Social Circles” has recently curried favor. Is it really coming in one big launch or is it a combination of smaller pieces that will all add up to a complete social solution?
Understanding Google Social
The Google social platform will be a little different. Google is driven by relevance and openness. We believe there will not be a big launch of a comprehensive and definitive “Google” social platform. It is more likely to be a creeping roll-out like an incoming tide. Effected through the socialization of search Google Me (or something) will develop as a social medium by which users can communicate and socialize within the Google network. This slow roll-out is potentially driven by the risk to Google in the anti trust arena. Rightly or wrongly the Federal Trade Commission has recently launched an anti trust suit against Google. Googles position is clear – their search engine is focused on providing relevant results as quickly as possible for searchers (to quote from their official Google blog) “Using Google is a choice—and there are lots of other choices available to you for getting information: other general-interest search engines, specialized search engines, direct navigation to websites, mobile applications, social networks, and more.” Google mentions social networks as an alternative choice for getting information online. So it makes sense that its probably not in their best interest to launch a massive social network. Google is socializing a little at a time. Maybe they will sneak in under the radar.
Google Social Search
The socialization of search has already started for Google. The results you receive as the result of a search are deemed as more relevant if your friends found them interesting. You will see search results where the following online interactions by your friends are reflected:
- Websites, blogs, and other online content your friends have shared or created
- Images that are shared by your social connections
- Relevant articles from your Google Reader subscriptions
- Profiles of people you know beneath results for social sites like Twitter and Flickr
- Web content that has been recommended or shared by others using the +1 button
Google believes that reviews and information from your friends is more important than generic reviews. For example you are more likely to trust say a vacation spot recommendation from a friend online than from someone you don’t know. This trusted information is being integrated into search results.
Youtube was purchased by Google in 2006. Its really just a social platform filled with users. Google needed to link these new users to Google and somewhere in 2009 new Youtube users were required to link their Google account to their Youtube account. Comscore recently credited Google sites with over a billion visitors way ahead of Facebook, in no small part due to Youtube. The growth of Youtube was highlighted in march this year by a staff increase of over a third. This addition is probably the biggest single contributor to Google socialization and; of course; revenue.
Me on the Web
Google launched “Me on the Web” recently. It helps monitor your content on the web. You can set up “Me on the Web” through a new subsection in your Google Dashboard, which manages all the different Google products you use. The new feature isn’t much different than Google Alerts, but now it’s wrapped in a user-friendly and privacy-conscious package. You could add to this Google Social Circle it keeps track of your contacts within Google. It has also spawned a potential name for the next Google social platform.
Is there one big missing piece that is going to pull it all together? Or will it be a series of individual components that when all added together will one day be a social solution from Google? We favor the latter – how about you?