In a recent announcement on their Developers Blog, Facebook outlined a
game-changing inclusion to their Platform Policy.
The new policy reads:
You must not incentivize people to use social plugins or to like a Page.
This includes offering rewards, or gating apps or app content based on
whether or not a person has liked a Page. It remains acceptable to
incentivize people to login to your app, checkin at a place or enter a
promotion on your app's Page. To ensure quality connections and help
businesses reach the people who matter to them, we want people to like
Pages because they want to connect and hear from the business, not
because of artificial incentives. We believe this update will benefit
people and advertisers alike.
You can view the full details here.
The policy change is aimed at curbing a practice known as Like-Gating - better known as "Like our page to get
access to" or "Like our page to go in the draw" - which up until now, has
proven to be an effective way to get a boost in page Likes in a short
amount of time.
The new policy is also in line with Facebook's current promotions policy
prohibiting the practice of sharing posts to gain entry to a competition
or access to content.
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The new policy makes sense. It is to discourage the fake Like
culture of Facebook and give more value to a single Like. As
Facebook stated, the policy change has been made with the aim that people
will Like a page because they actually Like the page (or page owner),
giving a clearer indication of true followers rather than just a number
of contest entries that haven't engaged with the page since.
It also means that companies will need to work harder to gain a Like by
increasing their engagement, improving the quality of their content, and
giving Facebook users a legitimate reason to Like their page.
The Like-Gate Alternative
The replacement strategy for Like-Gating is being referred to as
Action-Gating - encouraging actions that generate true engagement from
the user, such as providing some details or answering a survey in return
for valuable content (or a competition entry).
This method is already a successful practice on websites, and it makes
sense to use the same practice to generate leads on Facebook as well. The
information that is collected this way is far more valuable than 1000
fake Likes on a Facebook page.
What is your opinion about Like-Gating? Did you ever
like-gate on your Facebook page? Or do you think the practice is right to
be banned? Share your thoughts with us on the iASP Central Facebook Page, or Get in Touch.