You Ask, I Answer: The Fading Utility of Facebook?

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You Ask, I Answer: The Fading Utility of Facebook?

Darlene asks, “How have you adapted to the fading utility of Facebook? I’m sure we’ve all shifted energy and dollars into other social networks, but what’s been really worthwhile for you, regardless of your industry?”

At the end of the day, I focus on what I own and control to the best of my ability. That means a website with video, audio, and text, an email newsletter, and a Slack community, with three goals: capture audience, build trust, and direct attention to things that are mutually beneficial.

You Ask, I Answer: The Fading Utility of Facebook?

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In today’s episode Darlene asks, How have you adapted to the fading utility of Facebook, I’m sure we’ve all shifted energy and dollars into other social networks.

But what’s been really worthwhile for you, regardless of your industry, things like video and podcasting, etc.

At the end of the day, I focus on what I own, and control to the best of my ability.

I don’t own Facebook, I don’t own Twitter, I don’t own I don’t even know my own YouTube profile, right? I own the ability to access those properties.

But they’re not mine.

I don’t have control over them.

I can’t change how the overall strategy of those platforms work, right.

They’re just not mine.

So what is my website? Right, that’s mine.

Yes, there’s a hosting company.

But am I email newsletter.

So on the website, there is video, which right now I do host with YouTube because if nothing else, it is useful as a utility to host these enormous video files.

And any traffic I get from YouTube is a nice add on.

But it’s not were not my place where I build and focus all my promotional efforts, audio.

I do have a podcast several of them actually, which I host through Lipson.

But the website is still where that’s based and of course, the text the the notes plus the transcripts, go on the website.

And so that’s that’s really where my attention goes through my attention has gone for a really long time because, again, we don’t have control over these platforms.

The expression is never build on rent land.

Great for those of us Have a lot of gray hair, remembering back to the early 2000s.

And people spending crazy crazy crazy money customizing their MySpace profiles company spending no joke and hundreds of thousands of dollars on design and building it out and all this stuff to make it appealing to the crowd that was on Myspace at the time.

That money was not money.

I mean, it served its point in the day did what was posted in the day, but you do not have an enduring platform that was yours from that time period.

Right? It is largely faded from existence and is the butt of people’s jokes.

Same for you know, Google Plus, they were people who made huge professional bets on Google Plus, and they probably got some utility out of it out of the time.

That’s fine, right you, you don’t buy a meal to save Forever, right you buy a meal to use it to eat it, and then you move on with your day.

But if you are trying to invest in the long term, building on rented land is never a good idea.

So website with your stuff, if you’re going to spend ad dollars, point those ad dollars at your stuff unless you have something you know, a one off that does really well, because social posts does really well.

Obviously pay to lean into those things that do well.

And fundamentally, you need to have three different goals.

And you can call them top, middle and bottom of funnel or whatever but the goals are you have to capture audience you have to capture attention, right? That’s Goal number one.

And the easiest way to measure that is by the people that you can get to the website even once.

You have to build trust.

That’s Goal number two and that is easily measured by enrollment in other digital activities that are yours.

So signing up for that newsletter, people need to have a minimum level of trust in you and minimum level of belief that you’re providing something of value in order to be willing to hit that.

Yes, I want more Email button, right? Because that’s what that button means I yes, I want more email.

And three, direct attention.

You have to take the attention that you have and directed at things that are mutually beneficial that may be buying something, doing business with somebody.

There’s all sorts of different things that directing attention can mean but those are the three goals that you want to measure from those owned media properties.

Everything else is ancillary.

Right? The number of followers you have the number of engagements you get all that stuff.

It’s not unimportant, but it’s not the end game state.

Right? That’s not where you’re trying to go.

So I don’t worry too much about the feeding utility of Facebook.

It’s an ad platform.

And and I will I measure it like every other ad platform, how good is it at capturing attention or re engaging people build trust or directing attention to what I want people do.

It’s just not where I’m spending most of my time and money.

And I’m not moving to another social network because still not mine with the exception of slack.

I run a slack community if you go to Trust slash analytics for marketers.

That slack instance is one that we run and as as close to owning it as you can get without actually deploying your own server right? That is an owned community as well, in the sense that we can see it you have control over it have total control of what gets published in it.

And so there’s, there’s that as well.

So, website, email community, be the three things I think that every marketer should be focusing on now, rather than Facebook or Twitter or Tick Tock or whatever.

Those are billboards.

You don’t stop to eat.

At the at a billboard when you drive, right? You stopped to eat at the restaurant.

The same is true of social media, right? Don’t build the restaurant on the Billboard, build the restaurant, at the restaurant and use the billboard to get people to the restaurant.

So good question.

It’s important question.

It’s a question that I know a lot of marketers are struggling with as we get to the end of the year and people are setting strategy and trying to figure out what to do.

build on own land, use rented land to direct people to the owned land.

That’s the best strategy that will serve you well now and will serve you well in the long term.

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