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Simply put, it's TripAdvisor but by Facebook. As well as offering opportunities to promote and sell events, Facebook Events also offers attendees a space to form a community around the event. The semi-sandboxed environment allows attendees a place to keep the conversation focused on the event. Giving attendees this online space also gives them opportunities to network in a fairly soft-touch way before getting down to business. As well as operating as a backchannel for attendees , conversations will be highlighted to other followers of the event, bringing the conversations to a broader - but still relevant - audience.
For those not in attendance, being part of the amazing conversations arising from the event they're not at will also contribute to FOMO. Knowing that you need to have the best possible copy and most attention-grabbing image to represent the message you want your audience to read is a given but several recent features can take post optimization even further, allowing eventprofs the opportunity to get the jump over other content in a Facebook Page follower's timeline. In August, Facebook made a subtle change to its timeline algorithm which gave precedence to faster loading pages.
This means that if your event website is full of slow-loading gifs and widgets, chances are that when you link to it in a Facebook post, not many people will see it. Conversely, if the website you're linking to is fast, the benefit will be felt by more clicks as a result of better timeline placement.
Facebook recently changed the way Pages post targeting works by replacing Interest Targeting with what they're calling a Preferred Audience.
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What's the difference? Where Interest Targeting acted as a filter, meaning content was shown to fewer people, Preferred Audiences actually give posts a little algorithmic bump in the timelines of people with the right interests. Using Facebook's Boost function, eventprofs can now work with celebrities and influencers to the benefit of both parties. The new feature allows eventprofs to Boost posts straight from the Facebook Timeline.
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Another feature added recently gives eventprofs the ability to choose who can and can't tag their page in branded content. This gives events a greater degree of control over who is representing them on Facebook and also gives the influencer a feeling of exclusivity which is always a good ego boost.
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A minor but important change in terms of keeping the right tone of voice for your event communications comes by way of editable thank you screens. For ads whose CTA is a button for downloading content or visiting a website, the "thank you" screen that follows the action can now be edited to something better suited for your particular event e. Your attendees aren't at the venue for the complete duration of most events. Lunch breaks and the nights that fill the gaps between multi-day events are often spent elsewhere. So why should eventprofs be interested in that?
Simply because they might not be at your venue but they might still be engaging in your event or fringe activities. Working with the locations of fringe events and local partners, eventprofs could create a network of networking zones for event attendees, easily locatable using the Facebook Find WiFi tool. The tool which was on test earlier this year has now rolled out globally and is starting to gain popularity. Why not use it? Where other social networks and social media platforms have failed or fallen just short of getting it right, Facebook seems to keep on winning as far as event promotion is concerned.
It hasn't always been an easy or smooth ride with Facebook's priorities seeming to ever increasingly veer toward making a quick profit and away from engaging users. However, Facebook Events and simple page updates continue to offer a fairly comprehensive event suite for free.
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Although not free, Facebook's advertising platform comes in so many different flavors and with so many different targeting options that it's hard to believe there isn't a fit for almost any event advertising budget. Often it's not the big updates that make a real difference to your event marketing but the smaller unseen ones in the background.
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May 1, Facebook grows to support more than college networks. September 1, Facebook expands to add high school networks. Perhaps because China has opened news bureaus in many poor countries, where most of them live. Many young users have switched to Instagram and Snapchat. Moreover, Facebook pages usually gain followers when people share posts with their friends.
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Chinese outlets receive far fewer shares than Western ones do, which implies that they use some other tactic to amass fans. Facebook has already accused Chinese actors of skulduggery. Creating eager, bogus followers—who can fool algorithms into showing posts to more real people—is harder on Facebook than on Twitter. From January to September the company deleted 2. It would take a vast effort to hoodwink Facebook to this degree. If anyone could do so, it would be the Communist Party.
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