In the last few weeks, attention and conversation has spiked around the topic of the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. If you’ve spent much time on Facebook you’ve likely seen calls for donations to organizations supporting these immigrant families. The fundraiser for RAICES came up in my feed again and again, so I decided to look into what they were doing to stay so prominent and what lessons nonprofits could take from their moment in the spotlight of this national crisis. Read more after the jump…
Combating spam, data that goes too far to invade privacy, and plain ol’ bad actors seems to be a priority for social platforms in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This task is pretty herculean since spam and invasion of privacy are rarely defined as the same exact thing twice. Hopefully the good guys don’t have to suffer too much as a consequence.
Instagram.com: New: Share Feed Posts to Stories
Hallelujah! We finally have an in-app way to publicly re-share content on Instagram. It’s not quite the direct #regram you might have hoped for but it feels like progress. If you want to share someone else’s post from your feed, you can now share it as a sticker in your own Instagram story. Instagram doesn’t make it easy for content to be shared in their app. Finally, if I want everyone I know on Instagram to see my friend’s cute dachshund, I can make that happen without a whole extra app! Someone pointed out that this also makes it much easier to mock people if that’s your style – looking at you, Wendy’s. Read more after the jump…
I’m going to share one simple but obscure Facebook tool that can help you fix a Facebook link preview that’s not working. Facebook used to allow you to change the image or title of any link preview right on the platform but that is no longer the case. They’re trying to cut down on fake news so they only allow you to change Facebook link previews if you own the content.
Facebook Link Preview Problems
Let’s say you tried to share a blog post from your own page on Facebook, but when you looked at the Facebook link preview you saw that the image you used didn’t really look good or maybe it didn’t show up at all. So, you go to your blog post and update the image, then go back to Facebook only to find that the Facebook link preview isn’t working. Or at least it still shows the old image, not the new picture that you recently added to your blog post.
The Cause of Some Facebook Link Preview Problems
The social world continues to run like a hamster in a ball, but we’re taking a moment to step out of the rat (hamster?) race to reflect on some of the erudite content GroundFloor Media and CenterTable have put out into the world.
We’ve (Temporarily) Moved!
If you missed our Tweet, don’t be alarmed when you stop by 1923 Market St. and don’t find us. We’re a few blocks down the street as our offices are undergoing a remodel. We’re hoping to be back at the end of the summer. Read more after the jump…
When you think about how to tell a story, you don’t usually think about numbers. But a pair of scientists who changed careers to focus on communications, Randy Olson and Jayde Lovell, are breaking narrative down into a simple equation that allows you to quantify the strength of your narratives.
Inspired by the writers of South Park
They were inspired after listening to the creators of South Park talk about how they approach their scripts. In their second draft for each episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have a Rule of Replacing: “Every time you replace an “AND” with a “BUT” or “THEREFORE” the storytelling gets better.”
On day two of SXSW we attended a few more sessions, which meant we took a few fewer steps. Taco breakfast, a quick lunch and (fancy) hotdogs for dinner were interspersed with celebrity sightings and tomfoolery.
Breakfast tacos – a SXSW staple
People are humans, and humans are unique and complex. It seems obvious, but it’s something marketers and businesses sometimes forget. There are many ways to slice and dice people into groups to target, but the closer you get to understanding what a unique individual likes, wants and feels, the closer you’ll get to motivating them to action. The challenge, as always, is how to do that at scale.
Brian Cugelman, a neuroscientist presenting at 2018 SXSW Interactive Conference, has developed a framework called SPEAR. Think Myers-Briggs, but reimagined using brain science. Using his framework he talked through how to design marketing materials for people based on their personality test results. Someone he classifies as an “Empat” would like community- or social-oriented communications. Basically, he boils it down to understanding what kinds of things were attractive, or repulsive, to different personalities.
Pretend you’re driving along and you see a light on your dashboard. It’s the tire pressure alert symbol. It doesn’t tell you which tire has a problem, if the air pressure is too high or too low, or how quickly the pressure is changing.
Is it an emergency? Do you have a flat because of a nail? Is it just cold out and a little driving will be fine?
You pull over, check the pressure in all four tires and find they’re all ok and still, there’s that darn symbol. Ahh, you remember the spare. That must be the problem. So it was definitely not an emergency, and checking the spare was the last thing on your mind.
A more effective car dashboard might have a diagram of your tires that lights up to tell you which one is low; it might even have a red/yellow indicator to show whether it’s a slow leak, a severely low tire or a puncture, losing air fast. Read more after the jump…
Looking at the year ahead, both businesses and nonprofits will have to be light footed and prepared to change to stay in the digital game. Nonprofits should pay close attention to the changes Google announced to the Google Ad Grants program. Businesses will have to be nimble to make the best of changes to the Facebook News Feed that are likely to have negative impacts on organic page reach. On the proactive side, brands and marketers in 2018 planning mode are realizing the importance of paying attention to topics like authentic multicultural inclusion, not just ethnic tokenization to stay relevant to diverse audiences.
GroundFloor Media: Google Ad Grants Changes in 2018: What Nonprofits Need to Know Now
Big news for nonprofits this week. Google Grants announced changes like the hefty lift of maintaining a 5 percent click through rate (CTR) in order to keep the $10,000 a month ad grant. On the plus side, Google is raising the prior $2.00 per bid limit. Our PPC team goes into detail on these changes. Read more after the jump…
If you’re having trouble with your link preview on Facebook, there is a tool called the Sharing Debugger that can provide some insight. Maybe you drafted a Facebook post and inserted the link to a blog post you wrote but, after seeing the link preview, you decided that you wanted to use a different photo. Facebook used to allow you to change the image or title on the platform but that is no longer the case.
Sometimes if you go back to your blog post and change the photo, you’ll see the new image pulled in automatically. Occasionally, the old photo that you had in your blog still shows up in the Facebook link preview even though you changed it. This is because Facebook super caches things to help the app remain speedy. It means in the background, Facebook went and looked at your blog post once and doesn’t think it needs to go look again because it assumes you haven’t changed anything. What you need to do is tell Facebook to go look again. Read more after the jump…