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Now that is a broken promotion system.  Unless you want to find customers in Egypt of course.  People will catch on to this if Facebook doesn't fix it - and once they do it seems unlikely they'll want to pay for promotion again.  I know I probably wouldn't - and I bet you aren't in a big hurry to pay them again for some Egyptian visitors.
 
Even choosing "friends of fans" doesn't account for this. I'm personal friends with almost every single one of my fans because I make the effort to do so. And so I'm able to see that all of these phantom likes do not have mutual friends with me. Nor do these rural Virginia clients seem to have a lot of connections in Egypt ...
 
Very interesting to see. Thanks for sharing it.
 
It is interesting that so many people are testing the new page promotion fee process and finding it such a failure.  If you own Facebook stock.  Sell it.  This is a doomed business model.
+Jeff Sullivan you might be interested in reading +Lauren D Rogers 's blog.
 
Since going online with my own photography page back in 1999, I have never paid a single cent for advertising anywhere. I was doing pretty well before G+, with SEO because I built my sites right in the first place, but G+ has iced the cake. Reason? My posts here are public and they get into Google's search algorithm. Facebook? Walled garden. Find my FB page via Google search and unless you're my friend, you see nothing. That's OK for me as FB is kind of like gossiping over the garden fence with friends. Google is a tool that helps my business. FB isnt for business. 
 
I refuse to pay money to see my posts. And for a business to knock out the personal posts is not my idea of fair practice 
 
Hi Alfie, I understand your perspective. My personal page is locked to a level I'm comfortable with. My business page for me is a very convenient place to meet brides where they already are. The friends of my brides and grooms are the ones likely to be my next clients, and it's important for me to use all options available to me to get my work in front of them. My problem isn't that they want you to pay to play, it's that once you pay, they move the playground to the other side of the planet. 
 
Lauren, it's difficult to read gray on white text ... not enough contrast. That aside, I shall attempt to soldier through and read your post. :)
 
Soldier on,@Richard, Soldier on bravely! Sorry bout that. (But that said, your monitor contrast might be a bit high, that's a pretty dark grey on my calibrated screen ;) )
 
As a web designer, I know I can't count on calibrated screens and therefore allow for less than optimum viewing where readability is concerned. ;)
 
Lots of interesting discussion here on G+ the past few days about FB for photographers.  I don't have either a personal website or a FB page and am contemplating doing something.  Lots of conflicting opinions out there.  
+John De Bord feels FB is doing very well for him https://plus.google.com/u/0/103586615087663445665/posts/57gB92bgYYD
+Colby Brown seems to feel that your personal FB page works better than a business page https://plus.google.com/u/0/113455290791279442483/posts/4ymYTH9qbNr
 
I pulled it across both monitors for comparison and I think you're right. 
 
If I had it to do over... I would start a regular profile on fb and not a business page. They don't limit your exposure on a regular profile. The unfortunate truth is.... more people are on FB and it is their sole cash cow... so you will see more and more of "promoted post" type practices since they went public i'm afraid.
 
+Jeremy Riffe  This week, though, people have begun to see the promote option on personal posts as well. I can now choose to promote a post from my personal page (and the example they give is to announce your proposal ... sigh). So who knows where that is leading
 
+Lauren D Rogers , I was unaware of that! Bad news. I have been tagging people and urging them to share.... it has helped some but I still reach less people. I tried promoting a post and quickly canceled it...after it reached 79 cents. It did help some because everyone on my page saw it but I don't think i'll do it again after seeing this. By the way I see some familiar towns on that list!
 
I've shot a wedding or two in Dublin haha. I'm not too far up the road. I'm in Staunton through the end of this month, then moving full time to Richmond. Where I was reaching 600-1500 people per post, even weddings I'm sharing now where I tag the couple and the bridal party, I'm lucky to get 200
 
Sorry to hear that. I like Staunton and most of SWVA for that matter, a lot to photograph thats for sure. I have a friend who is urging me to come to Lexington to take some pictures of the old architecture which sounds really interesting
 
Lexington is great. I do a lot of weddings at the Lee Chapel. My BF went to law school at W&L, so we head there pretty often to wander and hit up old stomping grounds. 
 
Awesome! I've always wondered about the old building in Staunton right off of the interstate... what was that? It looks really creepy!
 
Staunton is home to two large buildings that are former mental institutes. The one downtown was the adult institute, lobotomies and shock therapy and all, and then a men's prison in the 70s, and now high-end apartments. the one next the highway is the former children's psych ward, and it is shuttered because of insanely high asbestos and lead levels (also, ghosts)
 
Scratch that idea.... thanks for the information though. Interesting indeed.
 
I tried with my Page and I got the same result in two days: now the city with most Likes is Cairo and Alexandria! LOL
 
Even if I had a fan or two there already, that super wave of likes from that area and not the US? hmmmmm
 
This is a very interesting issue, and it really demonstrates what I have been noticing in Facebook as well as here on G+. I have a very small following on my Facebook business page, all people I know, friends, clients, and direct contacts with clients/models. However, in the last month, I have had several new "likes" from the middle east. I do not promote, nor do I have any idea how they stumbled upon my very little followed page. 
I can see how a large / international company can benefit from that market, but, unless Facebook can direct promotion to people (based on location/areas of interest) more effectively, I cannot see how a small company/startup can justify the expense. 
Thanks for the blog. 
 
+Francesco Gola with a promoted post, you do not have the option of targeting or untargeting a demographic or location. You can't even directly track the reach of the promoted post, this was done indirectly based on my entire FB page. There is no transparency. The only way to block countries is to do that for the entire page, and I have no desire to block legitimate views and likes from the international community, especially some of the great people I also network with here on G+
 
+Lauren D Rogers it's interestig to read everyones opinion about FB and G+. Thanks for sharing your experience. It doesn't surprise me at all that FB is going that route but I will not jump on that train and pay to promote my posts (even though I could use it on FB). There is a dilemma between both G+ and FB for me personally. I reach a lot more people on G+, however G+ has never generated any direct business for me as it's mostly other photog commenting and sharing my post. BUT Google helps tremendeously with search results and website traffic. FB friends and subscribers are much lower in my case but ut has helped to generate quite some print sales for me - mostly by word of mouth. Until the ultimate social network solution comes up I will have to continue to publish on both plattforms. 
 
+André Distel I agree. As much as I love G+, my network here is still almost entirely other photographers. FB allows me to get in with the close friends and families of my current clients, the ones most likely to book me anyway, and push them that little extra bit to get excited about having me photograph them. Of course, that only works if they're seeing my stuff ...
 
This is quite interesting. I can see it not really being beneficial for someone who shoots say portraits or weddings, I can see it being beneficial for those of us who are travel and nature photographers however. I do get print sales of my work all over the globe so for me it might work. I do hate this whole 'pay to play' bs however. 
 
I promoted a photo of mine on facebook through my page and had similar results for sure! All of a sudden my likes increased by about 100 and almost all of them were Arabic names. Now I appreciate them seeing my work and don't object to it, but still it makes you wonder who "friends of friends" are...
 
+John De Bord only beneficial if those are real accounts and not spambots or shell profiles :/ Looking through the publicly available profiles of those who liked, it seems like a high percentage of them have never posted written status updates or personal photos, only countless teddy bears and gifts and other meme stuff that could easily be pulled in to a faux account to make it look like an active real person
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