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Remember when (cue Alan Jackson for you country fans)… Facebook was the only social network whose algorithm changes could get your panties or whitie tighties in a bunch?
Instagram recently announced that their feed will change from a chronological feed to an algorithm-based feed.
So what does this mean for your station or show? It means that you need to keep doing what you’re doing and just create good content.
Users are upset because they don’t like change and enjoy the existing Instagram user experience. Marketers are freaking out because they envision (and wisely so) that this change will make it more difficult for their posts to hit follower feeds unless they buy ads.
But you aren’t a marketer. You aren’t pushing a product and trying your best to find a creative way to sell on social. You’re selling the one thing that organically performs well: engaging content.
The trick is that you need to know what “engaging content” is. The silver lining of this change is that Instagram will make that obvious for you if you’ll listen. You won’t have to worry as much about the best time to post and whether you need to repeat posts throughout the day to reach more of your audience. You can focus on testing and measuring what types of content work instead.
So how do you do that? You regularly measure which types of posts drive the best results. If your station doesn’t subscribe to social media measurement or listening tools, you can setup an Excel spreadsheet and track your progress on your own. Here are tips to making the algorithm work for you:
- Define “success” first. Are you trying to drive likes, comments, or traffic to the website? Increase your followers? Know what you need to measure.
- Research hashtags regularly. Post a combination of hashtags with each post. Limit yourself to 7 or fear looking like a spammer (someone has to tell you that!). Include a mix of station hashtags, market specific local hashtags, relevant to that post hashtags, and trending hashtags to increase your reach. Note whether certain hashtags seem to drive more engagement.
- Pay attention to post types. Does your biggest response come from personality-focused posts? Entertainment news? In-studio video? Personal posts unrelated to your radio show? Track your posts long enough and you’ll know what your listeners want to see from you. Here’s a creative example on how to use Instagram video to promote entertainment headlines from Shoboy in the Morning.
- Spend time on your captions. The best images or videos fail to get response without a strong caption. Think of the caption as your on-air tease; craft it carefully. Track whether certain types of captions drive more engagement (i.e. short ones vs. long ones, questions vs. fill in the blanks).
- Ask for the engagement you want (but don’t sound desperate). “Double tap if you agree” after posting an opinionated caption is a classy way to ask for engagement. “Tag everyone you’ve ever met” is not.
- Try new things. If no one likes it, Instagram will make sure it gets buried in the feed. You can take some risks and see how your ideas pan out.
- Leverage what you know about Facebook. The Instagram algorithm-based feed will react similar to Facebook’s News Feed. Although Instagram is a visual social media, Facebook (and the rest of the web) is becoming that, too. It’s a fair assumption to begin with that the types of content that do well within the News Feed will do well on Instagram, too.
- Re-strategize. That’s right. When you collect this data, you need to set aside time to interpret it and shift your strategy. If no one ever likes your posts about your pet squirrel, it’s time to tell Rocky you’re sorry but he isn’t an Instaceleb.
For an excellent write-up on how all of your favorite social media networks’ algorithms work, check out this Hubspot post.
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Brands and agencies love digital advertising in part because its effectiveness is easy to measure. You begin a PPC campaign and you can track the results immediately. As long as you’ve built a smart campaign, you can track everything and go down a rabbit hole of granularity.
And what’s better than granular data? Immediate granular data. It doesn’t take long with digital advertising to see what’s working and what needs to be tweaked.
With broadcast media, not all campaigns are as easily tracked. There is the immediacy issue, and some campaigns are also tougher to measure by nature. Just say the words “brand awareness” and many will stutter when answering the question “Is it working?”
Cue Adometry TV Attribution and Google search integration, a new Google initiative which aims to bridge this gap. It measures the digital impact of TV and radio ads, so you can gain insight immediately on your broadcast media messaging. This will help with optimizations to your TV and radio spots, but also with your supporting SEO and PPC campaigns as you can assess which offline messaging is driving the desired online behavior.
This is the beginning to a beautiful marriage between online and offline media, making it easier for brands to optimize marketing campaigns that involve both (especially campaigns that include TV or radio and Google AdWords!)
Read more about the initiative on the Google Analytics Blog.
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If you haven’t asked me how to run a Facebook advertising campaign, we probably don’t know each other. The truth is, whether this question is asked directly or it’s the answer to another question, I often find myself explaining the basics of Facebook Ads to many of my radio brethren.
If you’ve wondered about how to set up a Facebook Ads campaign, check out my tips in this post at Social Media Today.