Digital sharecropping is often described publishing your content on a 3rd party site but it doesn’t have to mean it is the only place you publish.
Some of my friends, colleagues and cohorts are learning the hard way that digital sharecropping doesn’t always work out as well as we might like it to, especially those who built very large and active Facebook communities.
Yeah that subhead is actually a link to a story on Valleywag that is should be of great interest to anyone who has been relying upon Facebook as their primary source of digital traffic.
Look at the following:
A source professionally familiar with Facebook’s marketing strategy, who requested to remain anonymous, tells Valleywag that the social network is “in the process of” slashing “organic page reach” down to 1 or 2 percent.
The alternative is of course to pay for more attention. If you want an audience beyond a measly one or two percent, you’ll have to pay money—perhaps a lot of money, if you’re a big business.
The change was described to me by a source as a cataclysm for businesses, something Facebook is calling the extreme throttling a “strategy pivot” they’re slowly telling brands one by one so as not to start a panic.
You Have To Pay To Play
It used to be that status updates on your page would reach a large percentage of those who had liked and or followed it. It used to be easy to reach people because it was right there in their feed but not any more.
Now Facebook is encouraging us all to spend a couple of bucks to reach people.
If you are willing to pay for advertising this might not be a big deal to you at all. It is not all that surprising or unexpected because at some point Facebook has to work to make their shareholders happy and when you have access to that many eyeballs advertising is a gimme.
It doesn’t take the business acumen of a Warren Buffet to have seen this coming either.
What Can You Do To “Protect” Yourself
If you don’t want to run the risks that come with being a digital sharecropper the easiest thing to do is to simply not do it. But let’s take a step back and ask why you are using Facebook or any social media platform.
If you are doing so for business purposes we’ll assume that you have identified the platforms that your prospects and customers most frequently use and that there are enough on them to merit being there.
Since you are both smart and savvy we’ll say we are confident that you have taken steps to try and sign those people up to a list you control and that it doesn’t matter if Facebook throttles your access because they still get your message from that source you control.
Can you Game The System?
Sure, there is always a way to game the system but if you can avoid trying to figure out how to do that you should. Work smarter, not harder. Measure twice, cut once and all that other rot is applicable here because it makes sense and it is smart.
What do you think?