Breaking News: Facebook Changes Its News Feed To Help Your Business

Facebook just unveiled a major overhaul to its news feed.

The good news? You don’t really need to do anything and it can really help your business.

Just like Facebook Graph Search can make your business page more visible without much effort from you, these news feed changes will make your page’s updates easier to find – without any extra work required.

Here’s what to expect from Facebook as their updates roll out:

1. Images And Video Take Center Stage

“A picture is worth a thousand words, but today’s [news feed] design is more like 500.” -Julie Zhuo, Facebook Director of Design

The first change Facebook unveiled is bigger, more prominent images and videos in people’s news feeds. When Facebook first launched, news feed content was mostly text. Now images make up 50% of what gets shared. Plus, images are known to increase engagement on brand pages.

The news feed redesign makes shared images much more prominent. And an added bonus – special media contained in links that people share will play and display right on Facebook, instead of simply linking to the article. That eliminates some steps for sharing your own rich content on Facebook.

Video shared on Facebook

A look at how the new design displays rich content shared by your friends.

2. Categories Expose People To All – Yes, All – Of Your Content

The current news feed shows a small sampling of friends’ updates and posts from pages and public figures. The redesigned news feed offers new channels that contain all updates from friends or pages.

Posts from pages and figures get collected in a “Following” feed and Facebook arranges them in chronological order. That means everything your page posts gets in front of your audience, unlike in the main news feed which only shows select updates.

This means more visibility for your business and more engagement from your followers.

News feed categories

Facebook’s news feed categories.

3. A Music Feed That Includes Musician Pages

Are you a musician on Facebook? Expect your page updates and concert announcements to get rolled into the “Music” feed – which currently only shows what your friends are listening to on Spotify.

The “Music” feed will host everything music-related, from what your friends are streaming to updates from band pages to concert announcements from nearby concert venues.

Again, this one-stop feed for all things music helps to make your page content more visible to the people who are most interested in seeing it.

Music feed

The new Music feed (via Mashable).

Change Is A Good Thing

Facebook’s news feed updates are good for your content and good for your business. And on top of that, you don’t have to make any changes to your page (unless you want to start posting a lot more photos than before!).

If you feel like your updates get “drowned out” in the main news feed, the new “Following” category will expose your followers to every single one of your posts now. And the users who navigate to this feed will do so with the intent of interacting with you.

What do you think of the news feed changes? Will you share more visual content now? Can you see the positive impact for your page?

Facebook officials say this will be a “careful, slow rollout,” so don’t expect to see these updates tomorrow or next week or next month. Get a sneak peek at the new features at facebook.com/newsfeed.

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5 Comments

  1. I very much enjoy being able to learn more about Facebook and all the new up coming form in which you can use Facebook to benefit you abd your business. Thank you.

    3/8/2013 10:04 am
  2. Moonie

    Thanks for the heads up! However, unless I missed it, I don’t see that this blog post is dated. I recommend it, as in a few weeks or months, this won’t be “breaking news” and it would help to have a date for reference. Cheers!

    3/12/2013 8:54 am
  3. I like that Facebook is updating the news feed. Before, I never looked at it anymore because there was so much unwanted information on there.

    I will also post more pictures on my business facebook page.

    3/12/2013 1:37 pm
  4. These are some very good changes. As a video marketer myself, i can see myself benefiting from these changes. And i thank you for pointing them out to us. Just another benefit of staying on top of the marketplace.

    3/22/2013 12:03 am
  5. This is some serious update by Facebook! In my own opinion, this is surely will benefit my business pages. Thanks for the headline, will see what things will turn out with this one.

    3/28/2013 4:03 am