Facebook’s advertising struggle

Facebook's advertising struggle

Facebook is further restricting the reach of brands on their social media platform reports industry news site Ad Age.

It’s not surprising that Facebook is doing this seeing their stock is currently trading at 120 times current earnings and sixty times estimated revenue. The income has to come from somewhere to justify those prices.

The social media service is quite blunt about its objectives in making brands pay more to get their message out on Facebook as Ad Age reports: “We expect organic distribution of an individual page’s posts to gradually decline over time as we continually work to make sure people have a meaningful experience on the site.”

Facebook’s idea of a meaningful experience though might be very different from its users, who are showing their irritation with the service messing around with their news feed. It remains to be seen just how interested those posting on the site are in clicking on sponsored or promoted posts as opposed to finding updates from those they care about.

For smaller businesses, Facebook’s moves make it harder to use the service as an effective marketing or engagement platform as it means stumping up substantial amounts of money to get your messages in front of your customers and friends.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this pans out for Facebook and the social media marketing community. It may mean that social advertising is monopolised by big brands while small and local business finds other channels to get their message out.

One thing is for sure though, the idea that social media would replace the news media is beginning to look shaky as people’s feeds start to be dominated by messages they don’t want.

The next few years promise to be interesting for everyone in the social media industry, particularly Facebook’s shareholders and advertisers.

For smaller businesses, it’s clear that Facebook is no longer a cheap marketing platform.

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