Come gather people wherever you post. And admit that the ads around you have grown. And accept it that soon, organic reach will blow. The ads they are a-changin.
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As we all know, a robust paid social strategy is essential to fight back against the algorithmic timelines and declining organic reach. Lucky for us, social channels are constantly developing their paid offerings.
Twitter is introducing a new option for your ads – Promote Mode. With Promote Mode, automates promotion of your tweets and account by automatically amplifying your tweets and profile to a larger, interested audience. This is an always-on strategy that you can subscribe to by paying a flat fee every month, but you can cancel your subscription at anytime. According to Twitter, Promote Mode is mobile-first and still in Beta.
While Twitter is busy giving you new options, Facebook is looking to remove some.
Facebook recently announced via a small notification box in its new and improved Ads Manager that it would begin removing nearly 20 metrics it considers “redundant, outdated, not actionable or infrequently used.”
Starting July 2018, you will see some metrics options leaving Ads Manager, such as Actions, Button Clicks, Canvas Component Time Percentage, Carousel Card, and more.
Some of the identified metrics, like Social Reach and Social Impressions, won’t be missed since they aren’t actionable. However, Canvas Component Time Percentage might be missed since it indicates which components – Video, Splash, Text Box – resonates most with your audience.
Facebook also intends to clarify some of its metrics by labeling them as estimated or in development.
Let us know which metrics you think should stay and which ones should go!
Here’s a full list of all of the metrics Facebook has sent to the chopping block:
Actions, People Taking Action, Cost per Any Action: The Actions metric is a composite of various actions and events, such as engagement, clicks or conversions. As our platform introduces more actions that people can take on an ad, this metric becomes more nuanced, and a less relevant signal for measuring business outcomes. We recommend customizing your own composite metric reflecting actions that are meaningful to your business instead of using Actions.
Amount Spent Today: We recommend using our dynamic date selector to see results for Today and compare results across different date ranges instead of using the Amount Spent Today metric. Select Today for the date range and use the Amount Spent metric to see how much money you’ve spent on your campaign starting at 12:00 AM (midnight) today.
Button Clicks : The Button Clicks metric shows the number of times people clicked the call-to-action button on your ad. Button Clicks is redundant because these clicks are also either reflected in the Link Clicks metric or other distinct metrics like the Event Responses metric and the Offers Saved metric. We recommend using Link Clicks, Event Responses or Offers Saved instead of Button Clicks.
Canvas Component Time Percentage: The Canvas Component Time Percentage metric hasn’t been a widely used metric. We recommend using the Canvas View Time metric and the Canvas View Percentage metric instead of Canvas Component Time Percentage.
Carousel Card: We’re no longer supporting the Carousel Card breakdown for conversion metrics (ex: Website Conversions) and for any calculated metrics such as CTR because these insights have been infrequently used. You can still see the Link Clicks metric broken down by Carousel Card and see conversion results without the Carousel Card breakdown.
Link Click Destination: After we launched this breakdown in July of 2017, a number of mobile operating system updates that followed began to prevent us from determining if someone was redirected to an app’s deep link or to an app store for ads set up with backup link destinations. Advertisers can still use use Outbound Clicks and Landing Page Views metrics to measure which clicks lead people to destinations off Facebook while we continue to explore other ways of providing more granular app deep link or app store destination insights.
Mobile App Actions Conversion Value: The Mobile App Actions Conversion Value metric is based on the value you assigned to an app action when you set up the app event. We recommend using specific app event conversion values (ex: Mobile App Purchases Conversion Value) instead of Mobile App Actions Conversion Value.
Page Mentions, Cost per Page Mention: The Page Mentions metric is an outdated metric and is not indicative of either positive or negative sentiment towards your brand. We don’t recommend using Page Mentions to evaluate campaign performance. Instead, if you’re running a Page Likes campaign, we recommend using the Page Likes metric or the Page Engagement metric, as they’re more indicative of the success of a Page Likes campaign.
Page Tab Views, Cost per Page Tab View: The Page Tab Views metric measures the number of views of tabs on your Facebook Page that are attributed to your ads. If you’re running a Page Likes campaign, we recommend using the Page Likes metric or the Page Engagement metric, as they’re more indicative of the success of a Page Likes campaign than Page Tab Views.
Positive Feedback, Negative Feedback: The Relevance Score metric already uses Positive Feedback and Negative Feedback signals as inputs, and the granularity provided by breaking out positive and negative feedback creates more confusion than useful insights. We recommend using Relevance Score instead of Positive Feedback and Negative Feedback to understand how well a target audience is responding to ads.
Social Reach, Social Impressions, Social Clicks (All), Unique Social Clicks (All): Social metrics (ex: Social Reach, Social Impressions, Social Clicks) are outdated metrics that show the number of people who saw an ad when displayed with social information. The Social Reach metric isn’t meaningfully different from the Reach and Impressions metrics and the insights provided aren’t actionable, since advertisers don’t have control over when ads are/aren’t shown with social information. We recommend using Reach instead of Social Reach, and using Impressions instead of Social Impressions to evaluate campaign performance.