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You Ask, I Answer: Social Media Metrics in a Crisis?

Talissa asks, “With all this COVID19 chatter and the election year, are Facebook’s metrics going to plummet even lower than usual?”

We’re seeing the opposite at Trust Insights. For 3,200 brand pages we monitor, we’re seeing increased activity as people start social distancing and other measures recommended by the authorities. View times and engagements will go up for a little while. As a marketer, use the opportunity responsibly, never violating the first rule of crisis communications – don’t market tragedy.

You Ask, I Answer: Social Media Metrics in a Crisis?

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In today’s episode to Melissa asks, with all this COVID19 to shatter and the election year, our Facebook’s metrics going to plummet even lower than usual.

It’s an interesting question.

A few folks have wondered if you know, with all of the additional content out there that brand stuff is going to get lost.

But behaviorally what we’re seeing happen with people is that as they follow the instructions of local authorities, and start doing social distancing and stuff, they are at home and they’re at home.

They’re in their, their places of shelter.

And what are they going to do? They’re going to spend time here, right? They’re going to spend time in their mobile apps watching video gauging in conversations.

And social networks, social media will be one of the ways that they stay in touch with other people, because they can’t do face to face.

And so there is a counter argument to be made that instead of less activity on Facebook, you actually will see more.

And we’re starting to see evidence of this.

Let’s bring this up here.

This is Facebook’s metrics for 3200 brand page that we monitor Trust Insights to try and get a sense of what’s going on in obvious social networks for brands, and what you can see here is that as of a couple of days ago, when you started seeing large scale closures, I think particularly in the United States, but also around Europe.

We’re starting to see spikes in engagement on brand pages.

So not only Overall Facebook brand pages.

And that means that people are interacting more with these pages now, is it a huge jump? No.

It’s not like, you know, massive massive growth.

But it is you can see there’s there’s little spikes that are higher than normal for these brand pages for the last couple of days.

We’re going to see if this trend holds, to see if this data indicates this is going to be a more prevalent thing.

But if that’s what the consumer behavior is indicating, I think it’s reasonable to assume it will hold that people will consume more content that people will have more time on the device, right as they look for ways to entertain themselves distract themselves.

I think at some point, you will see some diminishment of activity on Facebook after a while once people get fatigued of it and remember why they stopped using it so much in the first place.

But for now It is their lifeline to their community.

It’s their lifeline to their friends, one of Facebook, Instagram, text messaging, WhatsApp, all the ways that you stay in touch with somebody at a distance are being applied locally, because for obvious reasons.

So what do you do with this information? Well, there’s two things.

One, you should, as a marketer, use the opportunity responsibly if people are seeing your stuff, this would be the time to up your content marketing game, meaning stop publishing stuff, that’s okay and publish stuff that’s really good.

Because if you if you get that precious opportunity to be seen by a few more people, and to be engaging with a few more people use it well use it responsibly.

Right? Yeah, make sure that if you have to go and look at your metrics and recycle some of your better content, the stuff that you know, gets engagement because while you got the eyeballs, it may as well use it and we know that historically Facebook’s engagement rates in particular have been so low that chances are people have not seen your previous bet Greatest Hits before.

So for this period of time, go ahead and recycle those Greatest Hits.

Two, most important first rule of crisis communications, do not market tragedy, do not market fear.

What we’ve seen for the most part are most brands behaving themselves and issuing informational notices, reassuring people how things are not going to change or if things are going to change how it will not substantially impact service.

I think those announcements are fine.

They’re, they don’t say anything we don’t already know.

But at a good responsible use of communications to say like, Hey, this is how we’re approaching things.

And reassuring your your paying customers nothing’s going to change.

I think that’s great.

But trying to take advantage of bad news.

Always tacky Always tasteless, and always causes harm to your brand that you don’t want to do.

So don’t do that.

Which is easier said than done.

I get it.

There’s, there’s that temptation to try and and capture the topic, capture a slice of the pie.

And if it if it integrates with your brand in a way that makes you a part of the conversation and you contribute value to it, that’s fine.

But if you’re just trying to sell to it, that’s not fine.

Never market tragedy ever.

So with this, all the stuff going on, and the metrics that we see is it is a good news for social media marketers and marketers in general for the time being.

So if you’re a digital marketer, you have a narrow window of opportunity to get a little bit of extra attention.

use it responsibly, never market to tragedy.

Good question.


So it’s a tough question.

Because of our everything that’s going on.

But really go back and recycle those Greatest Hits.

The best way to take advantage of the added attention in a tasteful way and it will not seem out of character because you’re just freshening up the stuff that you know people already enjoy it.

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