Saturday Social Media Summary – Facebook Page Notifications, LinkedIn Thought Leaders and Hangouts

Welcome to our Social Media Summary.  Each Saturday we review 3 of the biggest social media stories from the previous week. This week we’re looking at Facebook testing Page notifications, LinkedIn making it easier to follow thought leaders and some new Google+ Hangout features.

We hope you find this new weekly social media summary helpful and would love to hear any feedback in the comments. Without further ado, here’s this week’s edition of the Saturday Social Media Summary.

 

Social Media Summary 11-3-12

 

Facebook Begins Testing Page Notifications

This week Facebook seems to have begun addressing one of the biggest complaints by page owners, the fact that the algorithm Facebook uses prevents most fans of pages from seeing the content they share.  Facebook appears to have started testing on a feature that allows users to select an option to receive notifications when brands update their pages.  Users who have this feature will find a “Get Notifications” option under the “Liked” button on the Facebook page.

Facebook Page Get Notifications

 

Once selected, the user will than start receiving notifications from the brand each time they update. These notifications appear in the same place mentions and notifications from friends appear.

Facebook Page Notifications

 

While it’s good that Facebook has heard the frustration of page admins, this is not a great solution. First, I don’t believe many fans of pages are going to want to have a notification pop up on their screen each time the page updates. Second, even if they do, most users aren’t going to take the time to visit the brand pages to make this change.

Have you seen the new feature? If so, have you opted in to receive notifications? If you have it and want to test it out, you can always sign up for notifications from the Rocky Mountain Media Group Facebook Page. [Read more…]

A Marketer’s Guide To Social Media (Infographic)

Each year CMO.com releases a marketer’s guide to social media. This year they reviewed 14 platforms in the areas of customer communication, brand exposure, traffic to your site, and SEO. While some of their findings as just what you would assume, some were surprising, and some were even questionable.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Five new members were added to this years rankings — Pinterest, Google+, SlideShare, Quora, and Instagram. Some of the new kids on the block are doing pretty well.
  • Google+ Ranked highest in Customer Communication, Brand Exposure, and SEO
  • Twitter ranked highest in Traffic To Your Site
  • Instagram ranked last in 3 categories – Customer Communication, Traffic To Your Site, and SEO

You can also visit the CMO.com website for a sortable infographic by category.

Do you agree or disagree with their evaluations? What platforms are driving the most traffic to your site? And where are you communicating most with customers?

 

Tracking Your Social Media Reach

This weekend I was catching up on some of my favorite podcasts and as I was watching a series of GeekBeat.TV episodes with Cali Lewis, I thought this was one you might find helpful. In it, Cali talks about free tools that assist in tracking your social media reach. Check out the short video and the links I’ve included below to the tools.

Tools Cali mentions:

Google+

  • Social Statistics – A third party service that ranks people, pages and posts.
  • Google+ Ripples – Once in Google+ you can select a public post and click on the view ripples option in the drop down menu for a treasure trove of info.

Twitter

  •  Twitter Counter – Monitor growth, ranking and even get predictions for the next 30 days.

Facebook

  • Insights – This is the free official Facebook dashboard that comes with your Facebook Page. It shows you how your page is trending and as the name suggests, gives you insights into who your followers are and what posts are resonating with your audience. You must have at least 30 likes on your page for Insights to be available.

Take advantage of these free tools to evaluate your social media efforts and let us know what you think. And we would love for you to share your favorite tools in the comments.

 

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Facebook and Google Security

Each Friday we share an infographic that we think you will find interesting and helpful in your social media efforts. This week’s compares the security of your information on Facebook and Google.

 

 Security and privacy have been concerns with both Facebook and Google simply because we have given them so much of our information.  Google does a better job of protecting you with their default settings, but Facebook gives you more control of these areas — though managing the settings takes a little work.

Are you concerned about your privacy and security on social networking sites?  Have you made adjustments to your Facebook settings, or have you left them on the defaults?

 

And speaking of security and privacy, we owe both to the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made over the years, for giving more than we will ever know or could ever understand.  Happy Veterans Day.

Social Networks – “How Do I Choose?” Part 2

If Facebook and Twitter are the Michael and Janet Jackson of the social media world, LinkdIn and Google+ would be Jermaine and La Toya. You’ve heard of them, but you’re not quite sure what they are.

Let’s take a quick look at what makes LinekdIn and Google+ unique. [Read more…]