What is social media’s impact on publishing?

Social Media's Impact on Publishing

Once upon a time, published articles just sat on newsstands, inside a magazine or newspaper, waiting for busy people to stop, pick them up and buy them. Articles would tag along with hopes of being read and not added to the stack on the desk or the wastebasket. Then social publishing entered the game, and we’ve been trying to measure social media’s impact on publishing ever since.

A very different expectation has been set. Readers no longer seek out their news—they wait for it to come to them. As a publisher, you have to meet your audience where they are and tell them why they care. While this may sound like a daunting task, the ability to target your audience with appropriate content is a game changer.

Efficient Distribution for Social Publishers

Today, article distribution is easier and more efficient for both the reader and publisher.

Billions of people pick up their phones and scroll on social media every day. As a publisher, you have a line to massive audiences.

Writers can turn an article from outline to published in hours, sometimes minutes. One click, and the article is published and distributed to potentially millions of eyeballs.

Readers only have to open their phones and scroll to get today’s news and updates. Stumbling upon freshly content while scrolling content has replaced newsstand browsing and evening news TV.

Social media’s impact on publishing is that it gets the right content to the right people at the right time. If you need help with any of these things, that’s why we’re here. Set up a demo with our team today to help you get the most out of your content.

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Immediate Updates for Users

In the past 10-20 years, we’ve removed the need to wait for tomorrow’s paper to discover what happened today. Breaking news or important events don’t need to wait for a publication schedule.

Readers get breaking news updates in their social media feeds without searching for them. When friends and family share important articles, especially breaking news, readers see articles from organizations they don’t follow.

User Engagement & Feedback

It is easier to publish content and distribute it instantly, but user engagement now plays a massive role in publishing. Publishers get immediate feedback on how readers feel about their work. A great article will get likes, comments, and shares which further amplifies the distribution of the article. Simple clicks provide real-time feedback to writers that the article is getting seen and that they want more of it.

Even better, readers can provide immediate feedback on how they felt about a piece of content and let their friends and family know. While clicking is easy, the real gold comes from comments and shares. Engaged readers can ask questions and interact with other readers and the author. Sincere comments and questions provide an immediate feedback loop to help improve writing and publishing in a way that readers want to consume and will keep them coming back for more.

The Role of Social Publishing

Social publishing plays a vital role in the profession of publishing and the lives of readers. Getting content out timely and knowing it will reach eyeballs fast is invaluable, especially when you think about how impossible that was just a decade ago.

However, the real value of social publishing comes from the user engagement and feedback received. Knowing how the reader reacts and interprets the content allows publishers to improve their content strategy and give readers what they want and when they want it. Using tools like True Anthem will enable publishers to schedule and distribute content that works best for the readers, improving your distribution and increasing user engagement.

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