Facebooks recent announcement – what does it mean for business?

Facebooks recent announcement – what does it mean for business?

In the last few days Mark Z called together his troops to announce a few ‘changes’ that will be rolled out in the next few months to our pages and feeds.

Just like many other social savvys out there, it’s not totally unexpected. Actually, if anything it’s good news!

So what was it that was announced and what changes will we be expected to see?

Well, basically Mark wants Facebook to go back to the engaging and meaningful platform that it was initially built for. He wants it to be about people and communities and groups – and less about stuff just being posted on pages for any old reason or with no value to the Facebooker. There will be less promotional content, less Ads and less MEMES! yeah!


What will we see more of?

So we will likely see more videos that will evoke emotions, discussion and generally more engagement from people.

More community building by brands through Groups – where personal engagement can really take place. So learning how to set up a Facebook Group will be good for your new strategy.

Relationships are key to this years new Facebook so anything content related that can help build B2C  1-1 relationship building with your brand will be crucial to the success of your FB page and favoured by the new algorithms.

What will we see less of?

General public, brand and media posts will reduce considerably on our feeds. Brands and Ads that we have never engaged with will not show on our feed at all.

This will mean that businesses who go to create new ads, promotions and general product/service content are less likely to reach their intended audience… a real shift from where Mark Z was pushing Facebook a few years back. Encouraging brands to get all over Facebook and go viral!

This means what for businesses?

Brands are going to have to work harder at creating content that is REALLY made for engagement. Short and valuable and even education content. Less images, more video and more conversational features.

Brands will need to re-approach their Ad spend strategy – it sounds as if you will need to spend more to reach more!

User experience is moving back to the control of Facebook – not the user! if we like a brands page surely that means we would like to see their content? so this is something to note. Just because your brand has 130,000 followers doesn’t mean that they will be sure to see your news updates.

Livestreaming – will be a big pull factor in keeping your page up and running. Live content is immediate, engaging, it can gather 6 times more viewers than pre-recorded!

Overall you can expect to see more from your family, friends and groups. You may already be noticing this change in your feeds as it is.


It has been an interesting year in 2017 with Facebook trending content that was classed as #fakenews or content relating to bigotry or elections or pretty much anything that could be viewed as disruptive. It is perhaps Facebooks intention this year to ‘clear out’ those unwanted posts and pages and make more of an effort to care about the ‘wellbeing’ of users.

as Mark said on his own Facebook page announcement

“by making these changes, I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down. But I also expect the time you do spend on Facebook will be more valuable. And if we do the right thing, I believe that will be good for our community and our business over the long term too”.


How do you feel about the new changes coming our way?





Content scheduling- beginners guide

Content scheduling- beginners guide

A beginners guide to content scheduling

How to post in advance and set your busy content calendar up for the days, weeks and months ahead.

The Problem.

So, it’s Monday evening and you’ve had a busy day in the office trying to sort out what you have to do next week and the following weeks ahead. The thought of logging in to all your social channels and ‘setting up’ is pretty painful.

How can you plan your content posting tasks so that it doesn’t take up all your week?

The Solution.

Planning content and campaigns is a common element of many marketing strategies, and the ‘content calendar’—in its many shapes and forms—fits this role perfectly.

Michele Linn of Content Marketing Institute believes editorial tools are critical to “keep your content consistent and relevant.”

Sometimes companies can churn out social posts very quickly. Oreo, a company known for their strong Twitter presence, was able to send out this tweet during the 2013 Super Bowl mere moments after the power went out:


What’s the point in a content calendar? 

  • sharable resource that can used across your business
  • helps you visualise just how busy you are
  • helps you plan around key dates and events and campaigns
  • highlights your publishing timelines
  • planning ahead will result in a better flow of content

 4 steps to create a content schedule 

  1. identify your topic/product/event/and audience
  2. set a schedule of themes to your day i.e. Monday-News , Tues-Wellness, Wed-Images, and so on..
  3. what content resources do you have? i.e. press cuts, launch photos, staff pics, product images, client stories, social pics from staff etc, reports that can be used as infographic content, extend your resources to include external sources back linking come to mind here!
  4. Schedule, publish, promote, track, and tweak your content

Hold content meetings

Weekly content meetings are a great way to talk about what is being planned for in the next few weeks, just make sure you schedule in the important ones way before the publishing dates. These meetings are also a great opportunity to review content that may have been super successful or not. It’s good to share the bad stories too!


Constant Contact wrote a post containing guidelines on how often to post to social. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Facebook: 3-10 times per week
  • Twitter: at least 5 times a day
  • LinkedIn: 2-5 times per week
  • Google+: 3-10 times per week
  • Pinterest: 5-10 times per day

There’s a great chance your post frequency will depend on the amount, experience and authority of your social media team, so don’t feel pressured to meet these guidelines. Do what works best for your business.

Content calendar tools


Allows you to organise your social posts, monitor keywords, search your competitors content and look out for your brand mentions plus lots more.. a free tool that allow you to add up to 3 social accounts. Add more and pay a monthly fee. A great option for small businesses that just want to get used to the concept of pre-scheduling content across various channels. Comes in a mobile app for on the go scheduling.

Hootsuite also comes with a few analytic reporting options so you can see how effective your content is.


You’ll want to use a tool that allows you to schedule your social messages and visual your entire content calendar. Sprout Social has built a publishing tool for this purpose. Check out a completely free trial and schedule a months worth of content today.

Fill in the calendar with links to relevant content, resources and your own posts. These social messages will ensure you’re providing your audiences with smart, useful content and give them a reason to follow you. Additionally, you can find relevant holidays or events–from Thanksgiving to National Ice Cream Day–that you can tie in with your business. In fact, Sprout Social created it’s own hashtag holidays calendar so you can keep track of all the eccentric holidays. These timely events will help populate you calendar and bring personality to your feed.



Basecamp is a project management app, and it can be used effectively from the content creation part of the process all the way through to scheduling. It’s easy to manage multiple projects at once, and even comes with a free trial.

basecamp projects screenshot


Google Calendar

If you want to keep it simple you could always just create a new Google calendar for the process and invite everyone on the team to view it. Those teammates could also add all of their own posts and ideas to the same calendar.

google calendar screenshot


Useful Infographic

Coschedule pulled together a great Infographic on content scheduling along with some posting tips and we love it!

Might be an idea to have this as a visual in your office.

Here Are The Best Times To Post On Each Social Media Network

Finding the right schedule technique, calendar and approach will take a bit of time. As your business grows so will your confidence in managing and posting on social media.


Good Luck!