You Ask, I Answer: Social Media Audience Growth Rates During Crisis?

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You Ask, I Answer: Social Media Audience Growth Rates During Crisis?

Elena asks, “Are you seeing more or less followers and audience during the crisis on social media?”

Far fewer:

Facebook 30 day average: 0.11% growth
Facebook 7 day average: 0.04% growth
Change: -63%

Instagram 30 day average: 0.21% growth
Instagram 7 day average: 0.01% growth
Change: -95%

Data source: Crowdtangle and compiled lists of 3,200 Facebook brand Pages and 4,000 Instagram brand accounts.

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You Ask, I Answer: Social Media Audience Growth Rates During Crisis?

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In today’s episode, Elena asks, Are you seeing more or less followers and audience growth during the crisis on social media? This is interesting data question because we’re able to see, we’re all able to see what’s happening, but not necessarily why.

And we have to make some guesses as to why it will say the both have decreased on audience growth on Facebook and Instagram, which is the two networks that we have a lot of data for over 3000 brand pages on Facebook are 4000 brand pages on Instagram, both have decreased.

And the reasons for that, I think are threefold.

One, there is much more digital activity, but it’s overwhelmingly I’m guessing between people and other people, meaning you’re during a crisis like this, you’re reaching out to people that are your friends that are your family that are people you care about individuals and not as much drink brands, certainly, as a as a proxy for the number of complaints people had about getting, you know, an email about what this brand is doing about the pandemic.

Yes, we’ve all gotten them and most of them are irrelevant.

We don’t actually care, you know, pizza shop what you’re doing to to manage the crisis.

People care about interpersonal communication during crises, and that obviously does not include brands.

That’s one possibility.

second possibility is the type of media that people are consuming is is changing.

And also the number of different outlets.

There are so many people so many companies, so many everything that are giving away free content courses, books, videos, famous celebrities doing concert On Instagram, that again, we don’t need to follow brands and listen to what they have to say.

Especially since a lot of cases we can’t transact with them except electronically.

And the third is that media usage itself may be changing.

There are, again, so, so many different options because of this glut of content, YouTube.

video gaming steam, I know has been having record amounts of logins, Netflix has had to throttle its bandwidth just to be able to serve all of its customers Pornhub has received so they’re looking at 11% daily growth in traffic.

And even though we’re spending a lot more time on here, because we can’t go out there it’s not in the same ways that we used to be.

The mindset people have right now is Personal entertainment personal interaction, and that’s completely appropriate.

When we’re in that mode, we’re not thinking about interacting with businesses we’re not we don’t want to hear from more businesses, particularly if they don’t have a whole lot to offer in terms of value.

Except for those things that directly serve our needs, like entertainment or information or useful news that we can take action on, while in our homes.

And so to see declines on both Facebook, Instagram for so many brands, makes total sense.

Now, is that going to be true for your business? Not necessarily.

There are exceptions to every rule, there are outliers.

This is if I had to guess is probably a Pareto curve distribution.

80% of the businesses have that decline and 20% note.

So let’s look at the actual numbers.

The Facebook 30 the average audience growth rate for 3200 brands is point one 1% of the Facebook seven day average, the shorter term, which is the most recent seven days point 04 percent growth.

So we have a change between the long term average on the short term average of minus 63%.

That’s a pretty substantial drop.

This by the way, if you recall, is part of what’s called a moving average convergence divergence indicator when a short term average and a long term average, either cross over each other in some fashion, something’s happening in the marketplace.

In this case, your short term average is below your long term averages means that you are contracting you are losing ground as opposed to your short term average being above your long term average.

Where you’re gaining ground.

This is definitely a case where you are losing ground.

And that sort of average, by the way is a very, very handy way to measure any digital marketing metric, whether it’s followers engagements, website, traffic leads converted sales and revenue.

Keep those two numbers on monitor.

And you can very quickly see when the short term average drops below the long term average, you’re in trouble.

On Instagram 4000 brand pages 30 day average point to 1% growth.

seven day average point 01 percent growth that is a big drop.

In this case, it’s a 95% drop in growth of audiences for brands on Instagram.

Now, what do you do with this information? Well, if you’re trying to grow audience, this is probably not the time to do it.


Think about where your audience’s mindset is they’re looking for entertainment.

They’re looking for distraction, they’re looking for the so called New Normal and branded content unless again, it’s it’s entertainment content basically.

is not going to cut it.

Certainly, Facebook post or an Instagram post about your new white paper.

probably not going to get a whole lot of traction.

Focus on entertaining people focus on serving people what their needs are, instead of sending out the here’s how we’re responding to the situation, email.

Take up your mobile device, right? Call your 10 best customers and just ask them how they’re doing.

Don’t sell them anything.

Just ask them how they’re doing, like, Hey, how’s it going? How are you getting by? Do you need anything? Can we help in any way that is meaningful and useful.

That’s how you’ll get the insights as to what you should be creating, if anything, if anything on social media, to attract audiences.

When you look at what people are doing, having world renowned artists sharing content and home concerts and all these things, makes total sense that that’s the content that resonates with people right now.

Ask your 10 best customers pick up the phone or text them or whatever.

And ask them, Hey, how you doing? What, if anything Do you need help with, and then see if that’s a need that you can fulfill with your current capabilities.

Also take a look at your content performance rates, again, engagement rates and perform the exact same mathematics, your 30 day average and your 70 average.

If your engagement rates have dropped off a cliff, it means that you’re not sharing content people care about.

It’s not stuff that people want to engage with.

So consider pivoting and changing things up, look at your competitors.

And then look, if you have access to tools and software that give you a good competitive analytics on social media or even just SEO data.

Look at what is resonating with people.

Look what people do engage with, and try your best to create content that mirrors the intent of that content.

What content do people want during this time? But expect your growth rates to be negative.

Clearly for over 3000 brands, that’s the case and expect that to be the case while people are trying to adjust to their new habits and routines.

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Very good question.

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