Facebook’s annual developer conference (F8) held in San Jose, California, provided a glimpse as regards the future of Instagram and Facebook. Facebook announced a complete revamp of its design and brand new features for Instagram. The social media giant also provided a peek into the long-term goals set for networks. Read on to know more as to how Facebook’s announcements will affect marketers.

New design for Facebook

CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a complete redesign of the desktop and mobile apps at F8. In addition to looking different, it provided a glimpse as to how the social network will function in the future.

Aesthetically, the updated desktop version of the app takes cues from the current mobile app. The buttons are bigger, there is a bar at the top and it offers quick access to various functions, and the Facebook stories section appears above the News Feed. A trustworthy digital marketing agency in Kerala will always strive to quickly familiarize itself with the changes.

 

However, the redesign is not limited to aesthetics alone. Facebook is being redesigned around groups. It puts communities at the center of everything by ensuring quick access from the left-hand sidebar and incorporating a ‘groups’ button at the top. Clicking on the button takes users to the ‘groups discovery screen’. Here users will be able to see recommended groups, the groups in which their friends are members, and a place for managing their groups. If you are not clear as to what they mean, check with a reliable social media management company Kerala.

 

The size of the News Feed is significantly reduced in the new design. This clearly shows that the social media giant’s transition to a platform that is more focused on more friends and family. Additionally, events are taking the center-stage in Facebook’s new design with the provision of an ‘events tab’ at the top in the desktop version.

What marketers can take from Facebook’s Redesign?

The redesign indicates that Facebook does not support brands in the future. Instead, it will focus more on helping friends, family, and groups in sharing meaningful content. This means that marketers should alter their social media marketing plans. Further, as organic reach has been trending downwards over the last year brands need to make branded groups before it gets too late.

 

Finally, the shift to groups-centric content forces brands and marketers to embrace ads on Facebook. Without ads, your posts will not be seen by many Facebook users. This means that you will have to work with a social media marketing agency Kerala when launching Facebook campaigns.

There are more than 4 billion mobile users around the world and approximately 50 percent of all the web page views are through mobile devices. This indicates a definite change in consumer behaviour. More people visit business websites on their mobile phones than ever before. As such, optimization of your website for mobile devices is essential if you want your business to be ranked higher in search result pages. A reputed SEO company in Kerala will be able to help you out in this regard.

Google’s Mobile-First Indexing

In March this year, Google announced its plan to roll out mobile-first indexing. This is the search engine’s latest effort to make sites more mobile friendly based on user behaviour. Traditionally, Google indexed based on the websites’ usage on desktop computers. Google is rolling out mobile-first indexing because of the increased usage of smartphones for searching content on the Internet. As this includes the usage of social media networks as well, the services of a social media management company Kerala will be of utmost importance in keeping your customers engaged all the time.

How Mobile-First Indexing works.

Earlier on, Google first crawled a website’s desktop version. If the site’s mobile version was available, then it boosted its search rankings. Further, Google made use of both for determining the rankings of the mobile and desktop versions.

In the case of the mobile-first indexing system, Google would crawl the mobile version first. In the event of non-availability of the mobile version of the website, search rankings would be determined based on the desktop version of the site. It is important to note here that a website’s desktop version does not become obsolete at all. However, the mobile version of the website is the deciding factor in determining search ranking.