Organic Facebook reach is not what it was when the platform first came out 15 years ago. On January 11, 2018, Mark Zuckerberg posted the following:
The past few years have been rough for Facebook from a PR standpoint. From Russians using its platform to interfere in the 2016 election, to the selling of user data, to the infamous one-day outage, and more, the mega-corporation has become an easy target for public distrust. All of these events have led to to the latest bit of news surrounding Facebook: Congress clamoring for a breakup.
Similar to sales, marketing is one of those professions that gets a bad rap. There are those striving to help clients grow their brands with nothing but the best intentions. And there are those who lie, cheat, and steal to get ahead.
That’s essentially true of any profession, hearkening back to the old saying, “One bad apple can spoil the bunch.” However, the spotlight has been shown on the marketing industry a little more as of late. With the recent release of Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, the power of marketing (particularly social media marketing) was shown in full force.
While countless people interact using social media on a daily basis to communicate with friends, family, and customers, many businesses use it to develop their brands. This in itself is a completely harmless concept. But with the Fyre Festival, brand development was twisted into a dark machination of fear, corporate greed, and felony-level fraud.
Lately, Facebook has featured heavily in the news, oftentimes with a negative connotation. Numerous sources have advocated and cheered the deleting of Facebook profiles in the midst of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. While we aren’t to talk politics, we are here to discuss effective digital marketing strategies. And as it relates to this scandal, Facebook isn’t going anywhere.