The Five Rules of Facebook Advertising


1.5 million businesses across the globe spend money on Facebook Advertising, but not everyone does it effectively.

If you’re ready to make a meaningful impact with your Facebook Advertising, we’ve compiled a list of five rules for you to follow!

1. Start with a goal

Every great campaign must begin with a goal. Your goal could be as simple as “I want people to watch my new commercial,” or “I want our target audience to visit our website.”

One of the best reasons to use Facebook Advertising for your business is that you have the opportunity to completely control what the user does. By starting with a goal in mind, you can regulate the outcome of your campaign and see ROI.


2. Type of Ad

Once the goal is established and written down (seriously—write it down!), you’ll easily be able to select which type of Ad you’ll use to drive your campaign’s results. Here are a few types of Ads and how you can best utilize them:

Lead Generation Ads. Why? Lead Generation Ads help to not only advertise a specific offer, but to also bring direct leads to your team, including the purchaser’s name, email, phone number, zip code and other custom information

Website Ads. Why? Website Ads on Facebook are a cost-effective way to send targeted traffic to a specific point on your website or landing page. The goal is to send potential customers to a form on these pages to capture their data and convert them to customers

Video Ads. Why? More video is watched on Facebook than any other type of content. Capitalize on the power of video by using videos as compelling content to draw customers in and frame your brand story. Remember to always start with a dead shark moment, too!

Page “Like” Ads. Why? Page “Like” Ads help to consistently encourage your target audience to “like” your page, effectively growing your messaging platform


3. Audience

The next thing you need to think about is your audience—who are you targeting with this campaign? When working with Facebook Ads, there are endless opportunities to narrow down your audience to a specific group of people that will take action and convert.

Start by looking at age and location, then narrow it down further by targeting people’s interests, behaviors, education level, household income and more. The more specific you can be, the higher the chance of conversion. Plus, only 45% of marketers are currently utilizing these features!

 

4. Budget

Once your audience is defined, it’s time to figure out exactly how much you’ll be spending. Go to your Ads Manager account and you’ll find a tool on the right-hand side to help evaluate how many people you’ll be able to reach with certain budget amounts. For example, you’ll reach more people in your target audience if you run a two-week campaign with a lifetime budget of $200, rather than running the same campaign with a daily budget of $5.


5. Analyze & Optimize

One of the best parts of Facebook Advertising is the ability to analyze and optimize your campaign. From looking at basic numbers like reach, frequency, impressions and clicks, you’ll also be able to evaluate more specific metrics like what percentage of your video was watched, what type of device people interacted with your Ad on and where they saw the Ad (Facebook newsfeed, Instagram or even Facebook’s Audience Network).

Take a look at the data as a whole, then split it up into manageable chunks, to really evaluate what parts of your campaign performed well and what didn’t. To take your analysis one step further, also look at the data in comparison to the Google Analytics tracking on your website. If 500 people clicked on your Ad, what did they do once they got to your website? Having this extra layer of data analysis will help to really evaluate your campaign’s success and ROI.

 

TAG’s Social Media Experts

If all this talk about advertising is still having you questioning whether a boosted post or a lead generation Ad is best for your goal, give TAG a call! Our team of social media experts know the ins-and-outs of Facebook Advertising, and can take your goal and create a meaningful Ad to drive ROI for your business.

 

Five Key Social Media Strategies to Make Your Brand Stand Out

Five Key Social Media Strategies to Make Your Brand Stand Out

Are you ready to take your brand’s social media presence to the ultimate level? Make your business stand out amongst a sea of competitors with these five must-use social media marketing strategies.

1. Make your content stand out: How can you make your business stand out amongst your competitors? Easy—make your social media content stand out with eye-catching visuals, interesting links and crazy-good headlines. Programs such as Canva or Recite allow you to create engaging visuals with user-friendly platforms and step-by-step tutorials. When it comes to writing the ultimate social media headlines, keep in mind that less is more. In fact, headlines with eight words or less or proven to perform 21 percent better than longer headlines. It’s also been proven that headlines that end with a question mark or three explanation points get twice as many clicks than those without!!!

2. Strengthen your network: If you find that you are not getting the engagement you would like on your company’s social media platforms, it may be time to strengthen and expand your network. To do this, try creating or joining various LinkedIn groups to spark more connections and conversations around your products or services. You can also follow your competitors or industry-leaders’ profiles for some inspiration, and ensure you are keeping up with latest industry trends. It’s always a good idea to stay on top of what your competitors are up to.

How Often to Post3. Be consistent: In order to stay top-of-mind amongst your audiences, it’s important that you market and post consistently across all social media platforms. When it comes to posting, it’s important that you strike a balance between being informative and annoying; posting too much about your products can cause your consumers to become annoyed, and unfollow you. While frequency for posting varies from platform to platform, research suggests that the posting “sweet spot” for Facebook is two times per day, seven days a week. Publishing five to 10 posts per week is usually a good rule of thumb.

4. Show you care: Did you know that followers typically expect a response from companies within one hour of posting? Show your followers you care by responding to your followers’ comments and reviews—good or bad—in a timely manner. In addition to responding to customers, don’t be afraid to retweet customers’ praise and thank individual customers for their continued support. The more personal you can get with responses or posts, the better!

5. Go campaign crazy: In the age of diminishing organic social reach, paid campaigns offer a great way to expand your reach and thoroughly engage your audience. Now–a-days, companies with the best social media presence are using contests and other social media campaigns to successfully gain visibility and generate leads. To keep up with this trend, try providing your audience with valuable incentives that encourage audience participation, and platform your company as an industry-leader.

When it comes to leveraging your company’s social media presence, remember …. TAG, we’re it! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

Three Key Elements Every Social Media Campaign Should Have

Three Key Elements Every Social Media Campaign Should Have

As social media continues to grow, so do the amount of clever and engaging social media campaigns. If your business wants to keep up with the ever-growing power of social media, you need to engage your audience and potential customers in a new, fun way. Social media campaigns offer your business a creative, impactful way to enter the minds of your customers.  Here’s three key elements every successful social media campaign should have!

1. Measurable goals
The first step to a successful social media campaign is creating a well thought out plan, with goals and benchmarks you can measure along the way. Now, it’s important to make sure your goals are specific enough to truly measure your campaigns success. For example, creating a goal like “get the word out about X product,” is not a specific enough goal. But on the other hand, you must make sure your goals are not too narrow that they constantly feel out of reach.

For goal setting, try setting three goals that accommodate low, medium and high levels of audience engagement. Below are examples of measurable low, medium and high goals.

Low: Increase the number of “likes” on our Facebook page by X percent by the end of the campaign

Medium: Have X number of users share/retweet campaign content

High: Have X number of users share their own story with us regarding our product or services

You can also create more general goals—like increasing brand awareness, or driving more traffic to your website—so long as you create measurable benchmarks to help define your success after the campaign has ended. If you’re looking to increase brand awareness, incorporating a sharing aspect to your campaign is a must, and if you’re wanting to increase conversions to your website, consider including a form for users to fill out before being eligible to receive the value being offered.

2. Cross-channel promotion

Promoting your campaign on multiple social media channels is an excellent way to increase campaign reach and improve your possibility of audience engagement. The best social media campaigns are part of an integrated marketing campaign, where your efforts on social media are supported by a number of other channels. For users more active on social channels, your cross-promotion will help remind them of your communications, and for users not as active on social channels, it will inform them of your efforts and remind them of your value.

Cross promotion also allows you to reach users of varying demographics, as well as target users on multiple channels at different times. Just be careful with your segmentation and timing—you don’t want to overwhelm your audience with messaging or annoy them with offers and campaigns.

 3. Analysis

Was your social media campaign successful? Was it a waste of time and resources? Without thorough analysis, you’ll never know! In the analysis stage, it’s important to thoroughly evaluate your predetermined benchmarks and goals—which is why it’s so crucial to determine these before beginning your campaign. When analyzing your campaign’s success, you’ll also want to go beyond just whether or not you met your goals—you will want to evaluate other metrics that increased—or decreased—as a result of your campaign, as well. This information will help you develop a unified, strategic marketing plan moving forward.

 

Are you ready to take your social media marketing to the next level with an engaging social media campaign? A great social media campaign is about more than just reaching your audience, it’s about engaging your audience in a meaningful way that will positively impact their perception of your business, and change their buying behaviors. The social media team at TAG understands that, and is here to help elevate your business with a great social media presence. Contact us today!

Become a Targeting Master with Facebook Ads

Become a Targeting Master with Facebook Ads

Before we get into understanding how to reach your target market with Facebook Ads, it’s important to understand exactly what Facebook reach really is. Simply put, Facebook reach is the number of users who see your content on their social network. Better yet, it’s a measurement of your brand’s effective audience.

Facebook reach falls into three main categories; organic, paid and viral. Organic reach represents the number of users who see your content for free, meaning that you did not put any money behind promoting it. Viral reach is the number of users who see your content or page mentioned in a story published by a friend. And, paid reach is the number of users who see your paid content—such as a Facebook Ad or Boosted Post.

For this particular blog, we are going to focus on paid reach, and how to reach your given target markets utilizing the targeting parameters of Facebook Ads. One of the biggest advantages to advertising on Facebook is your ability to target specific groups of users. In fact, according to Facebook, Facebook advertising results in 89 percent targeting accuracy, as opposed to 38 percent accuracy with other online advertising campaigns. With a huge variety of targeting options to choose from, it can be difficult to understand which targeting parameters make the most sense for your business. But don’t worry, we’re here to help; we’ve put together a list of the top four Facebook Ad targeting strategies, so take a look!

1. Tap into Facebook users’ purchasing behaviors: Facebook allows you to target your Ad to users based on their current or past purchasing behaviors. Purchasing behavior categories include Buyer Profiles (Coupon Users, DIYers, Julie BrownFoodies, Gamers, etc.), Business Purchases, Clothing, Food and Drink, Health and Beauty, Home and Garden, Technology, Purchase Type and more. Targeting Facebook users via purchasing behavior gives advertisers the power to reach out beyond their own databases and tap into insights provided by shopper loyalty programs and other user profiles.

2. Use Geo-location Data to target mobile users: For many of its features, Facebook uses geo-location—and many of its users keep it on at all times. Using geo-location allows you to target mobile users within a specific radius of your physical business location, in relation to current user location. For example,if you are a restaurant, you can create a mobile targeted Ad that activates whenever users are within a certain radius of your business. They can then go to your page and follow you to receive special promotions or coupons to use—genius!

3. Get creative with targeting life events: Are you a jewelry store looking to sell engagement rings? What about a flooring store that’s looking to target new homeowners? Facebook allows you to target individuals based on specific life events—like getting engaged or purchasing a new home. You can even target users at specific intervals of time after a life event; the date ranges that are possible include three months, six months and one year.

4. Utilize your competition: SJ Smith FB AdYour competition is everywhere—especially on Facebook. The key to a solid Facebook Ad campaign is to utilize your competition, and hone in on their followers and brand recognition. A great way to do this is to target users that are following your competitor’s pages, users that frequently purchase from their company, or users that have a general interest in the products and services you both offer. This not only allows you to associate yourself with your competition, but it is also a great way to increase interest in your products and potentially gain new customers.

What’s great about Facebook Ads, is that you’re never limited to just one targeting strategy; you can combine strategies, or isolate your efforts on one specific strategy—it all depends on your business goals and budget.

 

The dedicated team of social media gurus at TAG is here to help you with all your Facebook advertising needs. Not only will we help you set appropriate goals and provide you with effective targeting strategies, but we will also help monitor your efforts to ensure you are reaching your goals as efficiently as possible. So, next time you’re thinking about marketing your business on Facebook, remember, TAG … we’re it!

You’re in love with your new website. Now what?

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The day you have your website built and launched might be one of the best days of your life. But don’t let yourself slack off during the honeymoon phase. There is some serious work to be done to drive traffic to your new site and make an impact in your market.

Be sure to put yourself out there

You know how everyone loves posting their big life events on their social platforms? Do that with your website. It’s a big life event in the timeline of your business, and that’s something you can justifiably brag about. Link to your site through email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and other meaningful social platforms.

Word to the wise: Embed your YouTube videos on your homepage to increase your chances of being found organically through search engines.

Pay to play in the digital marketplace

Don’t underestimate the power of cash when it comes to digital traffic. Google Adwords, display ads and even ads on social media take your messaging beyond the limited scope of organic reach. Use a variety of designs and messages to reach targeted audiences and drive traffic to website content relevant to them.

Word to the wise: Marketing budgets are allocating more money to digital marketing each year. Be competitive in the marketplace by promoting your website with audience-enhancing ads.

Know the effect you have on your audience

Keep tabs on your website traffic with tools like Google Analytics. Note where your audience is coming from by monitoring referrals and search terms, and watch which messages gain you the most traffic. This is a strategic way to know what your audience is interested in and what makes your website relevant to them.

Word to the wise: Set goals for traffic—decide which pages you want to see traffic on, how much traffic you want on those pages and how many inbound marketing leads or e-commerce purchases you consider successful in a set increment of time, whether it’s one week or one month. Use digital methods to work toward those trackable goals!

Participate in active listening

Stay responsive to your audience. A digital relationship is something that takes ongoing work—don’t let yourself go just because your site is live. If you treat your website as a “set it and forget it” asset, you’re missing out on opportunities—and revenue! Tweak content and messaging according to your analytical feedback to keep things fresh and relevant.

Word to the wise: Use matching design elements across your website, social platforms, print and broadcast media in order to preserve your brand, but keep your branded content and campaigns dynamic and exciting month over month.

 

TAG understands new website infatuation, but we’re in it for the long haul with our clients. Think of us as your digital relationship counselor. From driving website traffic to creating complete marketing plans, feel free to reach out to the TAG team when your digital presence needs that extra something sprinkled in!

Put the heart back into your content

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Content marketing budgets are predicted to continue increasing, and social media is becoming inextricably linked to a successful content marketing strategy. However, it isn’t always simple to write content that engages and, more importantly, converts. One of the best ways to get that attention you’re looking for is to write content with heart in it, and these are a few tips to help you create content that hits your audience right in the feels.

Do your research

Stay on top of the industry you’re writing for. Set up Google alerts, follow partners and competitors on social media and subscribe to the feeds that will make you a semi-expert in that field. Relevant content starts with relevant information. Ask yourself: “If I made my living in this industry, what would I care about right now?”

Breathe life into your content by using an original voice

After jumping on the bandwagon topic for the industry (you know, for relevance), be sure you stand out. Take the angle that will resonate most with the brand’s target audience. Instead of another voice in the crowd, be a trusted source of information by carefully tailoring your content.

Pick a topic and stick to it

Especially on social media platforms, each individual post should speak to one specific topic. Keep the message clear by efficiently stating the topic, what piece of it you’re addressing and why it matters. This way, content is distributed in easy-to-manage bits that won’t confuse, bore or annoy your audience.

Put your best foot words forward

You have milliseconds to make a good first impression. Put the brunt of your information right at the front of your content. Use relevant photos and impactful words to get your message across even before your audience fully reads your post.

Make the company’s heart beat

The easiest way to lose an audience is to focus on the subject of the company. Warm up your posts by directing attention toward human aspects of the business. Leave out jargon, tell stories, highlight individual people, have fun and reassure your audience that there are, in fact, humans behind that digital platform.

 

If your content doesn’t seem to be hitting the mark, contact TAG. Our team of experts is ready to help you put the heart back into your content. TAG, we’re it!

Video might be the secret digital marketing ingredient you haven’t added yet

Online Video

A solid digital marketing recipe takes more than just sugar and spice. Video is the zest of the social media world. If it’s not in your strategy, its absence is definitely noticeable at a time when a good branded video experience can make 39 percent of viewers more likely to research your brand or product further and 19 percent more likely to share other content from your brand.

So, here are some video-sharing platforms to consider integrating into your digital marketing strategy—and fast.

YouTube

YouTube ranks as the world’s second largest social network and second largest search engine, meaning posting video to YouTube puts you in a good place to be found by potential customers. And, YouTube is getting into the e-commerce referral game with interactive features allowing viewers to buy products and services directly from the video platform.

Facebook

Video will rule Facebook in 2015. In the last year alone, video uploads have increased by 94 percent with Americans watching at least one video on the social network each day. Users will see four times more video in their Newsfeed in 2015—will your video be one of them?

Twitter

Twitter is introducing Promoted Video in 2015. Video ads will autoplay for six seconds, and Twitter’s beta test found that these native videos generate better engagement and more views than before. In addition to better user experience, these promoted videos also offer a Cost Per View ad buying model—meaning marketers only pay when a user clicks to play the video.

Instagram

200-million users strong, Instagram generates high engagement rates with 15 times more engagement than Facebook and 40 times more engagement than Twitter. And, this Facebook-owned platform now offers 15-second autoplay video advertising spots, though targeting ability is not as advanced as other channels. If brands can tailor their content to Instagram’s aesthetics, they can really bring in the engagement from this platform’s new sponsored videos.

Snapchat

Snapchat is growing as a marketing tool, allowing businesses to share messaging while being casual and relatable to their audience. Snapchat is perfect for showcasing your personality, and it’s also a good choice for teasing products, promoting sales and even hosting contests.

 

While there are many other video-hosting platforms available, these are the major players for 2015, and it will pay off BIG TIME to get them into your digital marketing strategy. From social media platforms to email campaigns to websites, video is perfect for showing off your brand and sharing your messaging in an engaging, meaningful way that drives traffic and conversion across channels.

For help creating an integrated digital marketing strategy that makes the most of video, get in touch with the team at TAG!

The 2014 World Cup: A Social Media Phenomenon

About half the population of the world tuned in to the 2014 World Cup football tournament. An event that big was bound to create a buzz on social media, but the numbers are staggering—record-shattering, in fact.

The #GERvARG final boasts the highest number of tweets per minute ever.

Examining Twitter alone, staggering numbers of tweets were sent from all over the planet. Tweets about the World Cup peaked at 618,725 tweets per minute (during the final match between Germany and Argentina), breaking the tweets per minute (TPM) record. The Brazil versus Germany semi-final broke the record for most-tweeted event ever at 35.6 million tweets, and by the end of the final game the World Cup saw 672 million total tweets.

On Facebook, the final stats boast 350 million users interacting with over three billion posts about the World Cup between June 12 and July 13.

In one of the first astounding social phenomena of the World Cup, over 10 million Facebook fans compiled 20 million interactions during the United States versus Portugal match on June 22, and the game boasted a larger television viewership than the average for the 2013 World Series—by 10 million viewers.

The 2014 World Cup not only outstripped the 2013 World Series on television, it was also bigger on social media venues in the United States than the Super Bowl or even the Olympic Games. These are impressive statistics for a country in which soccer is generally treated like the red-headed stepchild.

Twitter page

Part of this is due to the accessibility of World Cup content on social media. Facebook users could follow the official FIFA World Cup page and follow or join real-time conversation on the Trending World Cup page. Twitter jumped head-long into the World Cup spirit, adding a sidebar with the World Cup schedule and hosting a World Cup page with schedules, scoreboards and trending posts.

Consistent branding also allowed FIFA and social media platforms to aid recognition and interaction with World Cup content. One means of doing this was through creating and collecting identifiable hashtags and handles, from teams and players to individual matches to multilingual incarnations.

Individual matches could be followed in real-time on pages that collected tweets specifically pertaining to that match. Hashflags were born, miniature national flags appearing next to the names of hashtagged countries like #USA (United States), #ESP (Spain) or #MEX (Mexico) and adding a little something extra to World Cup mentions.

FIFA

Finally, users posted about the World Cup because they were asked to. Both Facebook and Twitter prompted users to engage with special entry bars on official pages. Twitter even set up a “World Cup of Tweets” bracket, showing which teams would advance purely based on the number of hashflag mentions each country received. The FIFA website kept a feed of trending teams, players and tweets, inviting visitors to “#joinin the conversation” with a tweet or Facebook post.

Geotag

Whether due to the overall accessibility, recognizability or direct invitation to engage, users have indeed engaged globally in this event. In social media venues, at least, the 2014 World Cup shows a world that is truly #allin.

To harness some of that power and reach when promoting your own social media campaign, keep those three characteristics in mind. Content should be accessible, branded and inviting. These are strengths found in TAG’s successful social media strategies, as well. Learn more about our strategic planning process here.

The TAG team studies events and campaigns like the World Cup to stay on the cutting edge of innovative and successful digital marketing. For creative solutions to your social media needs, TAG… we’re it!

Did Truckers Create an Early Form of Social Media?

If you’ve ever scanned CB radio channels while on the road or your favorite song is “Convoy,” you’re familiar with trucker 10-code. It’s a system truckers use to communicate universally with one another while on the road. While the most familiar code to popular culture is the iconic “10-4” response used to indicate “okay” or “understood,” trucker code goes beyond the basics to create a meaningful form of social communication.

The 10-codes have been in use since the 1930s, when police radio channels had the need for shorter transmissions when they communicated remotely. In 1937, Charlie Hopper, the communications director for the Illinois State Police, invented a code that kept a consistent first syllable (10) since radios took half a second to reach full power. Keeping the first syllable the same gave time for the radio to fire up when officers forgot to pause before speaking. It wasn’t long before truckers across the country adopted the same code to communicate with each other while on journeys alone.

In a sense, these 10-codes were an early form of social media. They were created as a way of social communication within a niche of people. Just as our posts on Facebook and Twitter are branded by hashtags to aggregate information, the 10-codes were a system familiar to users across the country in an advancing form of media—radio.

For developing social media, we salute the Illinois State Police for the creation of the 10-code, and tip our hats to the truckers across the country that still use the 10-code system for social interaction.

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Salesman or Spokesman?

Social media means something to everyone, even if you aren’t an active user. For some it’s a social hangout, to others it’s a way to publicize business. For advertisers, social media is a tool that changed the industry. Honestly, it changed the world, but that’s another story.

Facebook, Twitter, Google Paid Search, Pinterest, YouTube, Vine, Snapchat, Foursquare, etc. What do they all have in common? Well, they all have the potential to generate sales. Yes, sales. The purpose behind social marketing can be seen as two fold; to build an audience while also building brand loyalty and to drive sales.

Steps for Social sales success:

  1. Strategy: As advertisers, we start with a strategy – first priority is to identify what platforms fit our clients need. Why do you want to use social media for your business? How can you use social media to sell your story?
  2. Platform: Which social media platforms are right for your business? There are multiple ways to reach your customers. Don’t limit yourself to the traditional Facebook and Twitter platforms.
  3. Delivery: How will you tell the story you want customers to hear? Connecting the dots from brick and mortar to virtual and back again. Aiding in a clients understanding of the work we do for them also helps connect the dots to the success of their business.

Take a company like Patagonia. Their Facebook page doesn’t have advertisements for products they sell; it has stories about the people that use their products. The stories they share depict a lifestyle that lives and breathes their mission. By sharing these stories Patagonia grows their own customer base. People read the stories and become inspired to live their life along the mission of Patagonia. This inspiration should be every company’s goal when it comes to implementing social media.

At TAG, we understand the value in a social presence for your business. We also understand the complications that go along with having a social presence. Lucky for you, we’re here to help! Check out our white paper on social media for your business by clicking here to get you started.