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Hashtags are widely used on many social platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and more. In the research I have done at IMEG, we have found that hashtags on Facebook are not a good idea. Hashtags, at the core use, is for discoverability. On channels like Instagram, it’s the only way to really discover anything, so it is a must-have. For a channel like Facebook, this is not the case. We see many of our competitors use, and in most cases overuse, hashtags on Facebook and we rarely do, so I wondered – “are we missing something that others are doing?” So I sought out to do some testing and research. Here’s what I found:

If you are a client of IMEG you have probably heard us say that position 1 is typically not the best for conversion when it comes to paid search. A recent study by Adobe Media Optimizer in February 2016 proves this point by showing that the 4th position on the page produces the best results. According to this study, the cost per click dropped, but the click through rate increased following Google’s removal of the right sidebar ads.