Facebook’s 2019 algorithm: how to make your posts perform better?
In Part 1 of the blog ‘Facebook’s 2019 algorithm: Newsfeed & Ranking’, we explained how and why you get to see certain stories in your news feed. A good understanding of this process can help you sharpen your own content strategy. In the second part of the Facebook Algorithm blog we highlight several content tricks in order to make your content more visible on Facebook. What kind of content do you have to create to get Facebook to approve it and label it as valuable? These four tips will get you well on your way!
Facebook's algorithm prioritizes messages posted by Facebook friends over published content from Facebook pages (commercial content). The reason for this is to encourage meaningful or valuable interaction.
As a brand, the only part of the ranking process that we can control are the signals generated by our content. These signals can be divided into two categories: passive and active:
- Passive signals include display time, story type, posted time, and other inactive statistics.
- Active signals include likes, shares and comments.
If you want to promote positive involvement, you must therefore create relevant and valuable content. If your target group responds positively to your content, Facebook defines it as 'meaningful interaction'.
1. Provide discussion material
You want your content to encourage (positive) interactions, so make sure your content stimulates a discussion between your followers and other people. Don’t just focus on what you want to say or convey, your content should prompt people to stop scrolling through their timelines, and get them to interact and share your post with one another.
2. Know your audience
It might sound obvious, but your content has to be relevant. Make sure you create stories that your target audience wants to view, read, or share. Whether it’s a product or knowledge sharing, it must reflect the interests of your audience.
3. Track how your content is performing
Analyze the social media messages you’ve posted so you can improve them next time around. You can find out various things about Facebook via Facebook insights, but you should use a social media tool such as Coosto if you want to carry out a comprehensive analysis. In Coosto Publish, you can post messages on all your social media channels, and immediately see how they’re performing. See how your posts are performing in terms of interaction, learn from the insights of your posts, and use this to improve them.
4. Promote high-performing posts
The Facebook algorithm assigns value to content that performs well organically, which benefits you if you want to advertise. Content that already has strong organic traction means lower CPCs (cost per click), which combined with a boost-post from Facebook, can create a snowball effect for your content. Conversely, don’t waste money on poor-performing organic content, as this will result in higher CPCs. If a message performs well in terms of involvement, likes and shares, you can boost a post to scale up this performance.
The new Facebook algorithm is complex and depends on a whole range of factors, not all of which are easy to understand. Use the information that is nevertheless available to sharpen your content tactics and increase your visibility in the news feed: Create discussion material, write valuable stories for your target group, and challenge them to share these stories for organically strong content.