A couple of days ago the #DeleteFacebook was trending on Twitter due to Facebook data breach by Cambridge Analytica. What does this mean for most of us in South Africa? Do we need to to delete our Facebook profiles ? Most of the small business heavily depend on Facebook advertising. Below is a timeline of events and solutions from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg’s Timeline of Events

In the statement, he provided an outline of events leading up the recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s possession of the user data, which we covered in-depth. Here’s a quick timeline of his account:

2007: The Facebook Platform is launched.

2013: A Cambridge University professor named Aleksandr Kogan develops a personality quiz app that was installed by roughly 300,000 Facebook users, allowing the app developers to access their data and their friends’ data. At the time, Facebook allowed this activity.

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Facebook Changes

According to stats Facebook is one of the most used social media platforms in South Africa. Which means many businesses still advertise on Facebook and rely on Facebook organic traffic to grow their brands.

On January 11th, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook would be changing its news feed algorithm to prioritize content from friends, family and groups.

As we roll this out, Zuckerberg wrote, Youll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standardit should encourage meaningful interactions between people.

Zuckerberg cites a responsibility to make sure our services arent just fun to use, but also good for peoples well-being as justification for the change, admitting that businesses are going to have to work harder than ever to gain their customers attention on the platform.

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Happy New Year to you all, I have come across this detailed article by Social Examiner which i think its very detailed for our clients and social media entrepreneurs. Hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to leave a comment

The social platforms are constantly changing, and that means marketers need to change as well.

To find out how marketing on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest will change in the coming year, we reached out to expert social media professionals to get their thoughts.

17+ Social Media Marketing Predictions for 2018 From the Pros on Social Media Examiner.

#1: Pinterest Hones Ad Targeting

kate ahl bio imageI anticipate that Pinterest will get smarter and more efficient at keyword and visual search.

In their continual quest to serve their user base, I believe Pinterest will focus on creating better ad targeting based on those searches and fill the users smart feed with top pins that are relevant to the search term.

Additionally, video will gain broader acceptance on Pinterest. Marketers will have to learn what types of video pins will best engage Pinterest users.

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Did you know that social media marketing has a 100% higher lead-to-close rate than outbound marketing? Or that 84% of B2B marketers use social media in some form? No matter what you sell and who you sell it to, using social media as a marketing tool can help you grow your brand and pad your wallet.

At this point in the game, not having an active social media presence is kind of like pulling out a flip phone at a business meeting and then not understanding why your boss keeps giving Brad all the new accounts. Read More