As I’m sure every small business owner has noticed, Facebook reach has been dwindling significantly in the past couple months. In the Facebook page update email I receive on a weekly basis, my used-to-be green numbers are now an alarming shade of red, showing that my reach is accomplishing negative results- a very drastic change from our very positive numbers our first couple of years with a business Facebook page.
On November 14, 2014, Facebook stated, “Beginning in January 2015, people will see less [pages] content in their News Feeds.” Which means that those red numbers you receive in your pages update email will get a little bigger unless you hop onto the paid advertising option. Though, if the point of posting on Facebook as a small business is so that people can view your content, the boosted posting doesn’t seem so optional.
When I think back to first creating my business Facebook page, the biggest pulls were that it gave me an easy communication outlet with my customers, it gave our business a sense of professionalism (because what business doesn’t have a Facebook page?), and, mostly, because it was free. Now, with our posts not reaching a majority of our audience unless we pay for it, it’s hard to say if professionalism will continue to be tied to businesses that have Facebook. Or if the small businesses that start a couple years from will even feel the need to create a Facebook fan page due to the costs that accompany it.