I've talked a LOT about my conflicted feelings about Facebook, but things have changed over the course of this year as I've been shifting my thinking about recency vs relevancy. Also, the recent performance of Offbeat Families' Facebook page has pretty much blown my mind. Moral of the story: my contentious publisher relationship with Facebook is shifting, and I conducted this survey to help me confirm some hunches.
This is Offbeat Empire's archive of social media posts.
As I mentioned last week, while I'm not doing a huge reader survey like I typically do this time of year, I do have some questions I want to be asking y'all. Today's questions are all about Offbeat Bride's Facebook page. Please only take the poll if you follow Offbeat Bride on Facebook.
As a publisher, I've always prioritized toward comments because it's content that I "own." Yeah, someone else wrote it, but I own the pageviews (and the related ad sales)… and in exchange, I bear the responsibility of keeping those conversations in-line with my brand. Hence, our stringent commenting policies because I believe VERY strongly that if your website's full of assholes, it's your fault.
That said, it's started to sink in that readers aren't coming back to blog comments… and really, social media shares are more valuable for me anyway. Here's why…
This post I wrote six months ago may be the most important thing I've written all year. After we stopped publishing new posts on Offbeat Families in September. Then traffic and revenue then went UP… and it's all because of shares on Facebook. Content recency is OUT. Content relevancy is IN.
If you're a Pinterest user, you may have already noticed changes to certain types of pins. Recipes, movies, articles, and products are showing more content in what Pinterest has dubbed "rich pins." You can now include price, availability, and where to buy it on the pin itself. Here's how to get this feature on your website.
Have you ever visited Pinterest's "Source" page for your website? This is the page that displays the most recent pins sourced from your website. You find it by going to http://pinterest.com/source/[your URL].
I am obsessed with Offbeat Bride's source page at http://pinterest.com/source/offbeatbride.com, and it's one of my most frequently visited pages. I don't even visit Pinterest.com any more — I've bookmarked Offbeat Bride's source page, and it's one of the most effective ways I have of marketing my business. Here's how…
A colleague asked me this morning what my marketing budget was for the Offbeat Empire. I was completely stumped.
"…My marketing budget?" What is this, amateur hour?
"Like, what percentage of your monthly budget goes toward social media optimization, or search engine ads, or content marketing?"
"OH!" I said. "You mean my salary. I do all the marketing for my business. I don't pay for search engine ads, I do all my own social media work, and I let the content market itself."
Wait, is my monthly salary really my business's marketing budget?