New Facebook Page Design Lets You Watch (Spy) on the Competition

Last week, Facebook rolled out a new, streamlined design for your personal Facebook news feed. Now they’re carrying those changes over to branded Pages with a few additional tweaks.

Here’s an example of the new layout:

2014 Facebook Page Design

The biggest shift is a return to the old way of doing things. It’s back to a single, top to bottom timeline column on the right side of the page. Yeah! Let me make myself clear. YEAH! The two-column option put more posts above the fold but was horribly confusing, especially when you post dated material such as events and sales. It also created a mess when you pinned or featured a post.

Pinterest Gets Transparent for the Very First Time

Pinterest warrantsFrom July to December 2013, Pinterest received 7 warrants, 5 subpoenas,  1 civil subpoena, and 12 local or federal requests for information related to a user account. Aww. . .our little social network is growing up so fast.

Pinterest just published their very first transparency report. It’s not something people like to see, but it’s actually a very positive sign of growth for the all image social network.

The bigger you are, the more chance you have of attracting negative attention, right?

The majority of local requests came in from California (4), followed by Florida (2), Utah (2), New York (1), Oregon (1), and Wisconsin (1).

In three cases, they were not allowed to inform the account owner that the request had been made. They turned over the requested information in all but one case.

Are You a Digital Dinosaur? Prepare to Get Swallowed Whole

dinosaur-2-1018157-mDinosaurs must hate what they’ve become. They used to a symbol of power. Giant beasts to be feared. Get in their way and they’ll crush you or eat you. But in 2014, we view dinosaurs as old, slow, lumbering beasts who instead of evolving to a higher level, became extinct. To the T-Rex, being called a dinosaur was a complement. To the modern business owner, not so much. But it’s a pretty accurate label for companies that haven’t adapted to the digital revolution.

As Forrester Research points out in their new report, “The Future Of Business Is Digital,” this isn’t about simply having a web presence or an app. Digital is a part of every aspect of business from how products are made sold, to the gathering of marketing data, even how your employees are tracked and paid. And, though some businesses have been forced to transition faster than others, there’s not a single area that can afford not to change.

Look Out Below! Facebook’s Organic Reach Plummets Toward Rock Bottom

Best guess off the top of your head – is your organic reach on Facebook half of what it was a year ago? A third? Even less? Are there days when you think you might actually hit rock bottom – or Facebook Zero?

Social@Ogilvy thinks it’s a real possibility and before you say they’re rabble-rousing, take a look at this chart:

Organic-Reach-ChartWe’re looking at a 49% decline from the peak period less than a year ago! This has nothing to do with the number of active Facebook users, it’s all coming from the changes Facebook made in the newsfeed algorithm in regard to Page posts.

I thought that was bad enough, then I read this in Social@Ogilvy’s report:

“Facebook sources were unofficially advising community managers to expect it to approach zero in the foreseeable future.”

Getty Images for Free? Getty Embed Makes it So

Getty EmbedEvery new blogger has the same question, “where can I find decent legal images for my blog?” They want to play by the rules but it’s tough, especially if you’re covering fashion, celebrities or breaking news. It was tricky enough when all you needed was one pic per post but these days images are taking over for text and that makes the problem even more pressing.

On the other side, we have Getty Images, one of the premiere sources for trending photos. It’s the archive everyone from ETOnline to the LA Times turns to for celebrity coverage but for the average small biz blogger, the per photo cost is way out of reach. So instead of paying. . .what do they do? Many bloggers use the images anyway and hope they won’t be asked to take them down. Getty could fight. . instead, they decided to switch.

Facebook News Feeds Get a Face Lift

(Not so) Big News! Your Facebook news feed is about to undergo yet another transformation. Are you ready for the big reveal?

Tada!

Facebook Updated News Feed

Let’s play a game. What’s changed?

Frankly, not that much but it’s still visually very different. First, the page now has a light blue background which makes the left sidebar pop because it’s not widgetized. The central feed and right sidebar are made up of white boxes on the blue background. It’s a little tight for my liking. I wish they’d put more space between the two.

The big change is in the post layouts. Before, the profile icon was off to the side of the post and there were no boundary lines marking the edge of the post. The photos are larger – much larger but Facebook says this won’t change how ads are handled so there’s no need to rethink your creative.

Shopping for a Mobile Phone: Women Look at Price, Men Look at Features

man womanNielsen just posted some numbers that show the differences in how men and women approach buying a mobile phone. As I skimmed the list, I wondered if the same couldn’t be said for all types of shopping. For example, women said price was the most important consideration when buying a new mobile phone. (72%  vs  67% of men.) Since women are the primary coupon users, it makes sense that they’d be more price conscience.

Men, on the other hand, were far more interested in a phone’s features. They were more interested in battery life, internet connectivity, and screen size. They were way more interested (41% vs 31%) in processor speed which I have to admit is something I never thought about when buying a phone. They were also more likely to be swayed by the operating system. (48% vs 41%)