For Web content Publishers, Facebook is a superb medium that offers large audience and exposure. However, one of the major problems that most publishers face is that the content they share is not seen by relevant audiences, thereby bringing down engagement and reducing effectiveness.
Thus in order to tackle this problem, Facebook has now launched a new feature that allows publishers to do Audience Optimization.
The new Audience Optimization feature helps the publishers in three different areas:
Preferred audience: It allows publishers to add interest tags to content to help Facebook connect people with the topics and subtopics that are most likely to engage them. Rather than limiting the audience that sees a post in News Feed, these tags prioritize, uniquely for each person, the topics that are most likely to interest them.
Audience restrictions: It gives publishers the option to limit the visibility of certain posts across Facebook by specifying which audiences would not find a post relevant, based on their location, language, age or gender. This is an existing feature that can be used alongside preferred audience options.
Audience insights: It gives publishers visibility into the performance of their content, down to the post level with breakdowns by interest tag. This is in addition to the existing Page insights product. Once a post is published, insights for the preferred audience can help publishers understand how different subsets of people are responding by showing reach and engagement metrics for each interest tag.
Over the last few months, Facebook said that they have carried out beta testing with some major publishers like Bleacher Report, The New York Times, MTV among others and Publisher feedback has been very positive. Most of them have witnessed increased engagement of Facebook.
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