Paying to post – advertising on Facebook

It is estimated that in 2017, nearly 36 billion USD will be spent on social network advertising. Facebook is one of the biggest platforms for advertising online after Google, and with adverts appearing naturally in a user’s feed you might …

Thursday 7 September 2017 | Social Media

Social media image sizes cheat sheet for 2017

Recent studies have found that images used on Twitter double the engagement rate of posts – and this makes a lot of sense. In the world of social media, images stand out in a sea of text. However, image sizes …

Thursday 27 July 2017 | Social Media

Keep your social media content relevant to your audience

Whether personal or corporate, social media channels develop their own voice and tone. Audiences don’t want brands talking to them as if they were dollar signs. They subscribe to channels with an expectation of authentic communication.

Thursday 2 March 2017 | Social Media

A to Z of social media

The world of social media moves at a fast pace, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to keep up with all the latest platforms, technologies and terms. To help, I’ve compiled an (almost) A to Z list of common …

Monday 5 December 2016 | Articles and resources

Content curation and storytelling using Storify

I’ve written before about the importance of using authentic, user-generated content, particularly in relation to social media in the context of higher education. In the past few months, we’ve endeavoured to follow our own advice with the University’s central social media …

Wednesday 26 October 2016 | Social Media

Graduation 2016 social media analytics

The University’s social media activities for graduation 2016 were shaped by three main aims: to increase following, reach and awareness by producing shareable content and by capitalising on high profile graduation guests and participants to drive engagement through multimedia content …

Tuesday 19 July 2016 | Social Media

How to interpret Facebook reactions

The new Facebook “reactions” allow users to go beyond simply liking content. There are now six different emojis with which to react: like, love, haha, wow, sad or angry. This new function is fairly simple for users to work, they …

Wednesday 16 March 2016 | Social Media

Social media to drive engagement: a case study

These days it is expected that every major (and minor) institution and organisation should have a social media presence. Social media is a great means to share information and reach new audiences. However, all too often it is used by …

Monday 19 October 2015 | Social Media

Facebook’s dominance is greater than we thought

So-called “dark social” traffic turns out to be mostly Facebook Dark social is traffic that is difficult to account for because analytics tools do not report where it comes from. Initially the leading hypothesis was that this traffic was coming from …

Friday 19 December 2014 | Social Media

How to get your Facebook content seen

5 data-driven ways to get your Facebook post seen by your audience Here are some interesting findings on how to drive engagement on Facebook. I am not sure if these are all desirable, particularly the statistic about engagement peaking on …

Friday 29 August 2014 | Social Media