How to: Leverage Facebook for Digital Marketing

An online presence is important for companies to survive. Technological advancements and social media trends are keeping businesses busy in attempts to stay relevant and engaged in consumer’s lives. Facebook is one of the most popular social media sites – having over 1.9 billion active users – it is a very useful method to promote digital marketing. According to NYTimes, Facebook users spend fifty minutes of their day on the site searching through content. This gives companies a platform for millions of potential customers a day, the only thing left to do is reach out.

Simply having a Facebook page is not enough for businesses to reach their digital marketing goals. In order to gain an audience, a business must be found by the users… or the business can find them. Through the use of Facebook ads, companies are able to grab the attention of users and measure the results. Being used by over four million businesses the tool has proven to provide growth, connection and high return on investment.

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Facebook ads are targeted to users through demographics such as location, age, gender, and interests. It is important to reach users who are within the businesses target audience. The next step is deciding ad placement – where the ad runs. Facebook is able to show ads on any device and to be shared on Instagram and Audience Network. All this advertisement isn’t free but Facebook makes sure that it doesn’t have to be costly either! The tool lets a business to set their budget and time period for a campaign and then advertises according to the limits set. The most important aspect of Facebooks ads are the ads themselves including their format, image, and quality. The businesses are able to choose how they want their ad appearance to look whether it be a single image, a slideshow or video. The ad should be creative and well thought out.

Though, companies try to create ads catches users attention they may not always be a success. An easy way to manage and track the performance of an ad is through Facebooks Ads Manager, Power Editor or Business Manager. Each tool allows businesses to see the performance of their ad and allow tweaks to be made for improvements. The steps are easy to follow and manage to make Facebooks ads an easy step towards success.

Facebook vs Google AdWords

Though Facebooks ads are highly used by businesses worldwide it is still challenged with a major competitor. Google Adwords. Google AdWords is an advertising tool used to reach out to people through various targeting methods. It allows businesses to select keywords to help find potential customers that may be searching up services and products they provide. By being able to display ads on over two million websites and 650,000 apps it gives the opportunity to reach out to more people in several different fashions. The tool, like Facebook ads, allows the business to set a budget for their campaign. Though, they only have to pay when someone interacts with the ad – so basically when it works. There are also tools to view and manage the ads – including how many people saw the ad, activity, and the option of editing ads for improvement.

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While both tools are available to all sizes of companies, Facebook ads allow for easier navigating than Google Adwords does. The average Joe can easily use Facebook Ads with no marketing experience while Google Adwords may take more training. While Facebook does not offer training in their Ads program, Google does to guide users.

It is clear to see that simply having an online presence does not do much in terms of digital marketing for a company. Therefore, it is important for businesses to reach out to users in order to build long lasting relationships and success. There is no shortage of users, they just need a bit of direction towards the right company for them. The world of Social Media advertisement is dependent upon the future of social advertisement. The tools are available to help your brand grow.

Sources:

“Facebook Ads.” Facebook Business. Facebook Business, n.d. Web. 07 July 2017.
“Grow your business with AdWords – AdWords Help.” Google. Google, n.d. Web. 07 July 2017.
Stewart, James B. “Facebook Has 50 Minutes of Your Time Each Day. It Wants More.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 05 May 2016. Web. 07 July 2017.
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The NEW 4 P’s of Marketing Mix

The NEW 4 P’s of Marketing

 

You might not be aware of the classic 4 P’s of marketing, also known as the marketing mix: price, product, promotion, and place. The Marketing mix; a quick way marketing professionals keep in mind the four major considerations for a brand.

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But the fact is that things change.  The drastic changes with technology, especially via social media and mobile technology, e.g: smart phones, simply cannot be ignored.

The new ‘P’s’ of marketing, as Kimberley Kadlec, Vice-President of Johnson & Johnson’s global marketing group suggested are: Purpose, Presence, Proximity and Partnership.  (http://bit.ly/XuMWT8)

Purpose adds to the value, such as an environmental purpose (Ex: 10% of our revenue goes to WWF), and transparency (Ex: Dolphin-safe fishing).

Proximity and Presence addresses the social and mobile issue.  The brand needs to be accessible everywhere: Google, Facebook, Youtube, and everything else you can think of.

Partnership focuses on collaboration with both businesses and clients to advance the brand.  Be it looking at the feedback of customers or sponsoring events to gain further exposure.

Brands both new and old must consider the new variables in this digital age, and it all begins with the new P’s of marketing.

More Brands Joining Instagram

More and more people are falling into the social media craze and a lead captor is Instagram. Instagram is a mobile app that allows users to take photos or videos for the purpose of sharing their life online.  It is now one of the top social platforms and businesses can use this to their advantage.

Instagram currently has more than 500 million users and steadily growing. What does this mean for marketers? That there is a huge platform of consumers waiting to be engaged with. Many businesses are advertising on Instagram for a number of reasons:

  • Simple to use: The app only allows a handful of options for what to post, this gives everyone fair game. There is no annoying spam or pop-up videos/links that usually drive consumers away. But rather it is the same square space that every user has. Allowing businesses to reach consumers in a relatable fashion that is not too overbearing.
  • Creative: Instagram allows businesses to visit their creative side and release content that is unique and specified for their brand.
  • Effective: Visual marketing is becoming increasingly popular as social media marketing continually grows. Consumers are preferring to gain information through sight, and Instagram does just that. If a company is able to draw a consumer in through their pictures and captions they have potential to gain more followers and ultimately customers.
Join in the Fun

Obviously if you’re a brand manager or brand marketer you need to stop what you are doing and set up an Instagram account. Right away for the future of the free world depends on it!

Ok, maybe not the entire free world and perhaps I am being a bit melodramatic. But the fact remains that consumers – more and more of them, are using Instagram, just as they are Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. And if you’re not including Instagram as part of your social media strategies which should be part of your overall integrated marketing campaigns, you are missing out on a golden opportunity to move that needle.

From the conclusion of the Simply Measured study: ”For brands that continue to hold out and watch as their competition is engaging users and measuring results, 80 cmillion potential customers are being ignored.”

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