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Is it Time to Abandon the SS Zuckerberg?

Everyone’s heard the news, but ICYMI: Facebook took a HUGE downward tumble in its market value ($119 billion, actually). The Cambridge Analytica scandal contributed to this turmoil, and now it’s the biggest one-day loss ever. So, we reeled in our digital Elementals to get their take on the situation: should we abandon the SS Zuckerberg?



Shelby, social media specialist

Let’s be real … social is my job, so I’m not exactly repping job security in saying that I think Facebook is past its hey-day; however, what is Facebook’s purpose in this new landscape? IMO, “Facebook” means ads, updates from your Aunt Gertrude, unwanted opinions from people you haven’t talked to since high school, and bad brand feels. Of course, it’s still the biggest social platform by a “wide margin,” but as its sparkle fades, companies who establish strong follower bases on existing (Instagram, Snapchat) and emerging channels will be protected when Facebook inevitably becomes Myspace. #RIP


Kasey, director of content marketing

While I understand the frustrations of brands and social media specialists who’ve lost organic reach and feel the platform is no longer fresh, there’s still a lot of value in using Facebook as a paid advertising platform. However, marketers must now accept some of the responsibility for what Facebook became. While Zuckerberg and Co. allowed it, advertisers abused the privilege of access to audiences, eroding the trust of users and ruining the experience with clickbait, fake news, interruptions, and annoying promotions. Instead of abandoning ship right now, we need to start adding value to Facebook by using it in an effective way.


Marcus, content marketing analyst

It’s not time to abandon ship … yet. Facebook’s reaction to the financial hit will be the true tell. Leadership must not swing back too far toward catering to marketers but find the right middle ground where users, advertisers, and privacy advocates are (reasonably) happy. Daily engagement will drop before we see mass numbers of users leaving the site, probably over a few years. In the meantime, Facebook will remain a critical part of the digital marketing mix for both B2B and B2C marketers.


Becca, public relations specialist

While it may seem like it’s time to jump ship, I’m willing to play the waiting game. We all know Facebook isn’t performing as well with younger audiences (think Gen Z) as other channels, BUT it does offer great features like Facebook Live and Groups that aren’t readily available on other platforms. As long as your audience remains on Facebook, your brand should, too. And, while it may be time to begin dabbling in other social media platforms, I wouldn’t recommend pulling all of your content, or paid social dollars, from Facebook quite yet.

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