What you need to know about Facebook Reactions

Facebook has extended the Like button to include a multitude of reactions people can use to respond to a post on Facebook. Now, users can express six different emotions, including love, sadness, and anger to any Facebook post, including your ads. What does this mean for your business’ Facebook page?

Luckily for marketers, Facebook did not create a Dislike button. However, the new Reactions feature allows users to express feelings of like, love, laugh, wowed, saddened, or angered elicited by your post. Remember, just the same as a Like, as an admin you cannot remove a Reaction either.

How do users use the Reactions?

Many people have been confused on how to use the new Reactions feature. To use them on a desktop computer, users will need to click on the Like button to make the emojis appear. Hovering over each one will allow it’s meaning to show up. If users are on Facebook mobile, they will need to hold down the Like button to make the emojis appear. Moving their finger along the dots under the emojis will allow them to select whichever one they wish. Mobile users need to be sure to update their Facebook app in order to get the latest version of Facebook mobile installed. Another thing to note is that users can only select one emotion for each post. For example, you can’t “Like” and “Love” the same post.

How will you see what Reactions users posted?

You can go to your Page insights to see a breakdown of the Reactions that have been used on your posts. Simply hover over the Reaction for an individual post to see how many people gave the post that type of Reaction.

What will Reactions mean for your business’ Facebook page?

Marketers have always been trying to figure out Facebook’s top-secret algorithm, but how will the new Reactions feature play into that? Facebook has said that any Reaction is treated no differently than a Like in terms of which posts are pushed to the News Feed. Facebook has reported that post reach has less to do with what Reactions are used, but more with how fast the engagements happen. Therefore, a post with more engagements immediately after posting, regardless of what those engagements are, will get more exposure than one with fewer engagements.

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