Over the past few years, Facebook marketing has moved from the domain of early adopters to a mainstream focus for nearly all businesses. During that time, a large number of social media marketing tools have emerged to help companies reach and engage with fans, run promotions and contests, and even integrate Facebook Ad programs with the rest of their social marketing.
But while most marketers are currently using the myriad applications that allow them to run their ongoing programs, they may not be as familiar with tools they can use to enhance their day-to-day activities and make their programs more effective.
Here are four services that offer specific functionality to boost the impact of your Facebook marketing every day.
1. EdgeRank Checker
Several billion pieces of content and “Stories” are shared on Facebook every day, so it would be completely overwhelming if the news feed showed all of the possible stories from your friends and the brands you like. For this reason, Facebook created an algorithm — known in the industry as “EdgeRank” — to predict how interesting each story will be to each user and decide which stories will appear in a news feed.
While this may benefit the typical Facebook user, it creates a challenge for brands. If your posts aren’t performing well, fewer people will see them. In fact, according to data from EdgeRank Checker andAllFacebook, the average Facebook brand post reaches only about 17% of its fans due to this filtering mechanism.
“Understanding and leveraging EdgeRank is quickly becoming the new social ‘organic SEO,’” says Chad Wittman, founder of EdgeRank Checker. “Brands that are able to leverage EdgeRank to their advantage, without heavily relying on paid media, will be able to maximize efficiently their Facebook ROI.”
EdgeRank Checker has developed an algorithm that measures the average effect of EdgeRank on a brand’s content. With an understanding of how EdgeRank is impacting its content, a brand is then able to begin the process of improving this average effect.
EdgeRank Checker’s free tool allows you to see your “EdgeRank Score” and your best and worst average days of the week, while the “pro” plan (which starts at $15 per month) gives you more in-depth analysis and recommendations to boost your rank.