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08/17/2021

Are Facebook Hashtags still relevant?

How to Use Facebook Hashtags to Increase Your Reach!

Back in early years of Facebook, hashtags were an effective and relevant means of gaining more reach on your posts. However, in recent years, less and less brands, businesses, and marketers have been using hashtags due to the seeming decline in their effectiveness for organic posts. These days, hashtags seem to have a more relevant place in social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

But does that mean that hashtags are totally worthless on Facebook?

Recent developments suggest that while Facebook isn’t aggressively pushing users to use hashtags, there are still some sneaky, telltale signs that Facebook is continuing to develop hashtags on the platform.

New Facebook Hashtag Feed Page

When was the last time you tried to search a hashtag to try and find posts around a certain topic? If you have recently, chances are that you’ve spotted the new, cleaner, and simpler Facebook hashtag feed.

The Facebook hashtag feed pretty much resembles Instagram in many ways, showing you the most recent and most engaging posts that populate that hashtag.

Facebook Suggestions in the Notifications tab

If you manage one or two Facebook Pages, you’ve probably received a notification or two from Facebook suggesting that: “You can improve your reach by adding hashtags to your posts”.

This quiet suggestion is an indication that Facebook still believes that placing hashtags inside your posts will yield bigger and better reach.

And whether or not you see a huge uplift in your engagement and reach, one thing for sure about hashtags is that they help you better index your content. If you want to go back and review some of your posts on a specific topic, hashtags can help you keep track of those pieces of content.

Where’s the Best Place to Put Hashtags?

Naturally, the best place to include those hashtags would be directly in your posts. But the truth is that you’re not limited to putting them in your posts. You can include hashtags in the comments section, as well as in your video descriptions.

When it comes to placement, the obvious choice would be to include your hashtags at the bottom of the post, as that’s where many users are used to seeing them. However don’t limit yourself to just placing them at the bottom, especially if you’re working on creating a library of content around a certain topic.

If you want to create a three-part series of videos on a particular topic, one good way to index all those posts for easy reference is with a unique hashtag place at the start of your post or above the fold (which is about 3-4 lines from the top). In this case, hashtags become a very useful tool for leading your audience to dive deeper into your Facebook content.

What Hashtags Should I Use?

There are several apps and services that can index and gather data on hashtags. However, the easiest and simplest way to find relevant hashtags is to head to Instagram, Facebook’s other social media platform, and do your research there.

A simple search of general hashtags like #motivation, #socialmediamarketing or #marketingtips will reveal a series of other hashtags and the volume of posts that populate them. This in itself, is already an indicator of what hashtags might also work over on Facebook.

How Many Hashtags Should I Use?

On Instagram you’re limited to only 30 hashtags. The good news about Facebook is that there is no limit to the number of hashtags that you can use. The only limit you have is the number of characters that you can use in a post, which is around 63,000 characters.

Of course, that’s not to say that you should fill your posts with a massive amount of hashtags. Chances are, that will only make you look bad and desperate. Rather, it’s best to be strategic about this.

One way to go about choosing what hashtags and how many hashtags to use is to think about how you want to brand your business. That said, you can add hashtags that reflect your industry like #socialmediamarketing or #googleadsexpert, hashtags that are specific to your business like #DisruptDigital or #Disruptors, and some brand and universally popular hashtags like #hustle, #ThrowbackThursday, or #keepcalmand.

As for how many hashtags you should use, research (like those done by SproutSocial) has shown that less is more. According to SproutSocial’s data, maximum engagement was achieved when only one hashtag was used, and engagement starts trickling away after 6 hashtags, and then picks up again a tiny bit with posts with 10 hashtags.

So are you ready to start using hashtags on Facebook again? After all, when you really think about it, there are barely any downsides to begin indexing your content with hashtags, and much more benefits once you start using them again.

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27/09/2021

How to Grow Your Brand On A Small Budget

While big brands like Google, Amazon, or Apple continue to dominate the consciousness of many people across the globe. Big companies with big budgets are often difficult to emulate or follow, especially for small businesses. But let’s not forget that there are millions of businesses in Australia and New Zealand that create two-thirds of our jobs.

Get More Traffic primary focus has been to help these small businesses achieve their own successes, often by taking inspiration from some of these bigger names and brands and implementing similar tactics and strategies that better fit the small business model.

In this post, we want to continue to help by taking a deeper dive into 3 ways that you can build your brand without having to spend a huge chunk of your budget on prime time TV commercials, or highway billboards.

 

Step 1: Offer Something Unique and Superior.

Author and marketing expert, Seth Godin often talks about how marketing is all about being remarkable (something worth being made remarks about).

Being remarkable is more than just finding small gimmicks, though. It’s about being different enough and special enough for people to take notice.

A local bag maker might not compare with Louis Vuitton’s marketing budget. However, that same shoemaker can leverage the fact that their products are locally produced from high-quality materials, and are lovingly made by an exceptional artisan. 

Remember, you don’t need to dominate your industry. Instead, focus on serving customers within a niche market. Focus on local buyers who are after premium products. People are more than willing to pay for quality craftsmanship.

Artisan products may be time consuming and may not scale, but having something made by hand with extra love and care creates a sense of authenticity that factory-made products can reproduce. Also, having that item personalised increases its value even more for the customer that’s paying for it.

Being local has some powerful advantages against the larger competitors. In cases like these, it’s important to stress those roots, that authenticity, and intentionally distance your brand away from mass-produced products and rivals.

 

Step 2: Make Yourself a Trusted Expert

Content remains an integral part of every marketing campaign, whether for big brands or small businesses. Creating content (whether a blog, vlog, or podcast) can do wonders for your brand, especially if you position yourself as an expert and make it a point to always be helpful towards your audience.

“How to” content, specifically, has always been popular. Just look at Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, a book that was published way back in 1936 and has sold way over 30 million copies worldwide, naming it one of the best-selling books of all time.

Audiences love free tutorials that can help them become pick up new hobbies, or improve certain skill sets. Make sure your content is informative and actionable, relevant and practical while still containing the distinct voice that’s unique to your brand.

If educating others isn’t exactly your jam, you can always simply feature what it is you do, and how well and amazingly you do it. Nick Pedullá is a furniture craftsman based in Sydney who shares videos of how he goes about building and finishing his custom-made furniture to his 18,000 followers on Instagram. Cutting Edge Country has gained a following of over 22,000 on Instagram, sharing the quality of their boots, jeans, hats, and other fashion & giftware items.

 

Step 3: Invest in Online Advertising

What makes digital marketing and advertising worth it is that you’re able to find and target the people that are most likely to be interested in your brand and your products. You can target locally or country-wide, depending on your customer base, and serve ads to only the most engaged audience.

These days, it’s more important than ever to establish a footing online, especially for small-to-medium businesses. We understand, though, that diving into Google Ads, SEO, or social media can take a lot of time and effort. Thankfully, agencies like ours exist.

If you’re interested in taking your business to the next level, increase your brand awareness, and gain more customers, leads, and sales, call us today so that one of our agents can discuss how we can best help you and your business.

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21/09/2021

September Digital Marketing Industry Updates

Google Display Ads Now With More Automation Features!

Automation is becoming increasingly important these days as algorithms continue to learn and develop over time. As a result, Google is helping advertisers maximise that potential by adding more automated options for Display Ads. Advertisers will be able to choose their preferences in terms of the level of automation applied in the bidding process, the creatives, and the choosing of audiences. Advertisers are still promised the best reach and performance even with regards to the automated options, and these automation preferences can be changed at any time without having to create a new campaign. Over time Google is certain that these automated targeting systems will only keep improving, and will continue to deliver the best results for ad campaigns versus those that are setup manually.

Facebook Also Improves on Automation to Counter iOS Update

Apple’s update that allowed users to choose whether they would allow activity tracking on their devices continues to affect marketers and advertisers. To counter the change, Facebook has also been developing automated features for Facebook Ads. One such feature they’ve developed is the Targeting Expansion. Targeting Expansion makes use of Facebook’s algorithm to show your ads to a broader audience than just the ones that you’ve selected for your campaign. The algorithm will diagnose and determine if your ads would receive a better response with targets beyond your scope, and deliver ads to those users based on its diagnosis. With Facebook’s algorithm being as powerful as it is, it should be worth testing to improve Facebook ad results.

Google Confirms it Auto-Generates Titles for Search Results

Google has made a recent change to its search results pages. Before the update, search results titles were based upon the string of words typed into the search bar by the user. Now, with the change, Google is using a system that generates titles based on the page titles and headlines. Google reassured users and content creators that rankings are not affected by the title changes. It’s important to note, however, that because Google is now pulling titles from your <H1> tags, you must optimise them for when they do appear on the search results.

Instagram Testing Out New “Favourites” Feature

Instagram is testing out a new feature internally called “Favourites” to help improve the overall experience of its users. The feature is very similar to Facebook’s, wherein a user gets to choose 30 friends and pages they would like to hear from first before scrolling through the rest of their feed. This “favourites” feature on Instagram is ideal for businesses, influencers, and content creators that are looking to build a dedicated fanbase on Instagram, as it should place your content above the rest of the feed, giving you incrementally more reach and impressions as you build your audience. The feature is still being tested, and there are no clear indications on whether Instagram will roll it out, but it is definitely something to look forward to if it does.

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