Sponsoring, boosting, and promoting Facebook posts

So I promoted this post to see the impact.
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I got twice as many views. Of course, as a user (not a page’s promoted post or the boost post), I don’t know how many impressions I got. But anecdotally, I got 20-30% more interactions than I’d get through organic alone.
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Thus, the paid boost likely reached folks who were slightly less likely to engage, since the newsfeed algorithm organically already does a great job.
My buddy Kevin Mullett experimented with the promoted posts when they first rolled out. He notes they supposedly last for 72 hours. Mine lasted for only 12 hours, perhaps because I have 5,000 friends and can use up the impressions faster.
What percentages have you observed when you sponsor a post? Do you get a greater ratio of paid to organic impressions?


Dennis Yu

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Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu is the Chief Executive Officer of BlitzMetrics, a digital marketing company that partners with schools to train young adults. Dennis’s program centers around mentorship, helping students grow their expertise to manage social campaigns for enterprise clients like the Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone.

He’s an internationally recognized lecturer in Facebook Marketing and has spoken in 17 countries, spanning 5 continents, including keynotes at L2E, Gultaggen, and Marketo Summit. Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, CNN, Fox News, and CBS Evening News.

He’s a regular contributor for Adweek’s SocialTimes column and has published in Social Media Examiner, Social Media Club, Tweak Your Biz, B2C, Social Fresh, and Heyo. He held leadership positions at Yahoo! and American Airlines and studied Finance and Economics at Southern Methodist University as well as the London School of Economics. He ran collegiate cross-country at SMU and has competed in over 20 marathons including a 70-mile ultramarathon.

Besides being a Facebook data and ad geek, you can find him eating chicken wings or playing Ultimate Frisbee in a city near you.

You can contact him at dennis@blitzmetrics.com