Tag «publishing»

How worried should publishers be about the latest Facebook algorithm change?

Yesterday Facebook announced an upcoming change to News Feed ranking that essentially further prioritises stories posted by friends over ones posted by anyone else – including publishers and brands. Engineering Director Lars Backstrom reiterates Facebook’s priority of keeping users connected to the people, places and things they care about, people on their friends list being the most important. …

Your website traffic numbers are lying to you

Measuring data in digital publishing is well established. Everyone does it, it’s expected, but there’s a huge problem, not everyone is measuring the same thing. Traffic and referrals being the closest linked to actual revenue, tend to be measured in an accurate way across publishers (although even then…). But this information is exclusive to each publisher. So how can …

Google’s Instant Articles – AMP

If you’re in the news publishing industry you’ve probably already heard of both Facebook’s Instant Articles, which is currently being trialled by a handful of big publishers worldwide, and Google’s own version, named Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP. Both schemes aim to tackle the problem of sluggish loading of news and content pages on mobile. This has become …

Why Facebook engagement does mean clickthroughs

One of the top questions publishers struggle to answer satisfactorily is “Does more engagement mean more clickthroughs?” We have seen that the answer to this is yes, although it isn’t always reflected in the data clearly enough. In this post I’ll explain how social media engagement eventually does lead to greater exposure and inevitably greater clickthrough numbers.

Controlling the world’s news: Facebook’s evolving algorithm

The importance of the Facebook Newsfeed algorithm for publishers cannot be underestimated. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a fundamental shift in people’s behaviour when hunting down news. In the past, getting news digitally was at least a semi-active affair. People would navigate to news websites manually, using bookmarks, typing the address in manually …