Facebook Pushes “Suggested Posts” In Your Face

I work in marketing and social media. I understand the desperation to get your product, your resource, your business out in front of all of your competitors, and just plain out in front of everything else that’s going on in social media.

Facebook has proven to be a good tool to help win you prospects and customers who might not otherwise have even known you existed. This includes buying ad space to get people to click through to your Page and hopefully continue down the lead generation cycle.

Facebook is a business. Businesses are using this business. It’s a viable, logical process.

Then today I saw my first “Suggested Post,” not as an ad casually tucked away on the right-hand side of the NewsFeed, but included right in the NewsFeed among my friends’ posts and Pages I had consciously opted in to.

I don’t even know who Dianne is or why I should care that she received a supposed deal on products I’m not even interested in. Yet I’m still seeing this because, as MarketingLand says, “This new ‘Suggested Post’ ad type would allow brands to advertise a specific post to users who have no interactions or connections with a brand.”

It’s true that you could miss the sidebar ads, and Sponsored Stories (another paid ad choice) might not reach all of your target market; brands struggle with this daily. Yet masquerading as a “natural” Facebook post that shifts the hierarchy of what I’m used to seeing and what I want to see in my own NewsFeed is intrusive and annoying. It makes me think less of the brand using this function–yes, even as a marketer myself. Seeing both sides of this isn’t always a happy medium experience.

Does this latest ad ploy bother you? Or do you just blink and move on no matter what Facebook serves up?