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How Does High Facebook Engagement Help Publishers?

Snowflakes are a classic example of symmetry. We have been thinking about correlations a lot recently. Correlation a fascinating pattern of similarity that may lead people to imagine connections that do not exist in reality. Everybody knows correlation does not imply causation, and many of us are aware that the times when people drowned in pools correlate […]

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The most popular stories of 2016 on Social Media

Was 2016 really that bad? Or have we misremembered it all? As is customary, it’s the time of year to take a look back at the events that flooded our Facebook feeds over the last twelve months. 2016 was notable perhaps for being the year when extremely popular content, widely shared and engaged with, was completely absent from […]

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Slides from Newsrooms X Social Media

Recently we welcomed a room full of journalists and media professionals at the Newsrooms X Social Media event in downtown Helsinki. It was a rare chance to exchange experiences between newsrooms and learn about the latest trends in social media. Our luminary speakers talked about how to turn a print-first paper into a digital success […]

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Live Video Polls – Never Underestimate a Publisher’s Ingenuity

Live video is Facebook’s current star feature. Ever since its launch this spring, Facebook has been heavily promoting it in the News Feed, giving live videos immense reach and therefore engagement. The idea is not new – Meerkat, Periscope, and other dedicated live-streaming apps have popularised live video over the last few years. Though the […]

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X Factor UK – Will Saara Win?

Will Saara Aalto win the UK’s X Factor? Or will it be Matt Terry? Or maybe 5 After Midnight will take the trophy home? Follow the finalists’ results from the EzyInsights’ data, updated regularly. We measure each finalists’ Facebook pages’s engagment twice a day. We started on Monday, 5th December, after the X-Factor semifinal, where the three finalists […]

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How did Facebook algorithm changes affect UK, France, and Germany?

 The U-Shaped Curve In Mark Zuckerberg’s famous words, Facebook is a tech company, not a media company. Yet we know that the reality is more complicated than that. Regular users, politicians, and publishers are all affected by changes in the Facebook algorithm. The U-Shaped curve is a good example. In 2016 we saw a global […]

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Amplifying the extreme – the consequences of the Facebook algorithm

In an earlier post made pre-election, we looked at how successful Donald Trump had been at using Facebook compared to Hillary Clinton. While the outcome of the election was and remains a shock to many, those looking at the clear signals from social media engagement were perhaps less surprised. With the help of EzyInsights Data Analyst […]

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Hidden In Plain Sight

On Tuesday last week, we looked at the US presidential candidates’ presence on Facebook. In short, it was clear that Donald Trump’s ability to engage with his following on social media far outweighed that of his rival, Hillary Clinton. While the Clinton campaign opted for a rather conservative strategy of a steady, predictable stream of content […]

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Donald Trump as President? Thank Facebook.

We’ve been carefully studying the effect different post types have for publishers, and the following trend is clear: video wins. When Facebook launched native video, the top engaging Facebook posts in the world were all FB native video. When Live Video launched, we saw this format punching way above its weight in terms of engagement per […]

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Newsrooms and Social Media – Let’s Discuss

It’s a love-hate relationship. On the one hand, social media helps publishers spread their word far and wide – for ‘free’. On the other hand, social networks and Google are cannibalising media’s advertising revenue stream. And then there’s everything in-between. Some publishers – like BuzzFeed or Attn – exist and thrive in large part thanks to […]

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