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ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION. Where is attention these days at scale? SOCIAL MEDIA. Whether you get your daily dose on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. you are engaged and on screen multiple times a day commenting, liking and sharing content. When this happens, you are giving your attention to a media company. Let me go a step further to explain … we are all media companies. If you have a following of people who engage with your content on the regular, you are a media company. Though maybe small, you are a version of a media company.

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: