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13 March 2018

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Facebook’s Banging Digital Crooks To Rights — Here’s How To Avoid Getting Busted

Facebook’s Banging Digital Crooks To Rights — Here’s How To Avoid Getting Busted

Facebook is gunning for social media mobsters.

Their fraud squad are sizing up concrete boots for firms using dodgy clickbait and shady content – and no one’s untouchable.

So whether you focus on paid ads or free posts, read on for content tips on how to avoid sleeping with the FB fishes.

Background

The engagement bait change was introduced in late 2017 — penalising spammy posts (and potentially, entire business pages) that shortcut engagement by tricking people to like, vote, share or comment on content.

And another limited experiment, which created separate newsfeeds for business and media posts and those for friends and family, has just been abandoned because it was unpopular with users.

These changes were driven by customer complaints that commercial posts were diluting the platform’s original social purpose and the alleged influence of Russian-backed fake news posts on the 2016 US election.

Add the $16.4 billion cost of ad fraud in 2017 to this messy mix, and Facebook was forced to make serious attempts to enforce change.

Adapting to changes

Navigating Facebook’s algorithms to ensure your posts are effective can feel trickier than solving a Rubik’s Cube one-handed.

But there are solutions that protect the digital reach of your business on social and beyond.

If you create content organically, it’s more likely to align with Facebook’s news feed publisher principles — and less likely to leave you languishing in their digital dungeon.

Crucially, authentic content makes FB happy. So here’s some useful advice.

Make sure it’s meaningful

Substantive posts are engaging and interesting as well as commercially-focused. Aim to make content informative, too, considering whether it’ll be useful to your defined audience.

This approach makes content sharable and compliant — a digital double-whammy.

Ensure it’s authentic and accurate

Your headline should be relevant to the post’s content and not look like bait.

So avoid using ‘share’, ‘win’ and ‘like’ and avoid hyperbole — a well-crafted headline can capture a click without promising it’ll change customers’ lives or make them instant millionaires.

There should be no misinformation

You should be able to back up facts if challenged.

Responsible brands create accurate and authentic content that still projects personality — creativity and social responsibility can co-habit online.

Don’t create content that’s unsafe or disrespectful

This is a no-brainer — whether you’re an emerging or established brand, insulting your audience is reputational poison.