Social Media Advertising
Article | July 14, 2022
You have countless ways to promote your content online, but one of the most effective is Facebook ads. With over 1.8 billion daily active users, you can almost guarantee your audience is there. You just need to learn how to get your content in front of them.
Given a Facebook post’s organic reach is in the single digits, your time is best spent making the advertising side work for your content.
In this guide, I detail three of my most effective ways to promote content using Facebook advertising (without ever touching that boost button.)
1. Create a “content bucket” campaign to reach new fans
Many content creators are focused on more. They want more fans, more readers/listeners/viewers. With that in mind, focus first on growing your audience by reaching people who are unfamiliar with your brand or your brand’s content – but who would be interested in your topic.
My “content bucket” campaign idea works so you don’t have to spend too much time creating big Facebook campaigns for every piece of content you publish.
The concept is simple: You create one campaign. Every time you publish a new piece of content, add it to that campaign.
Let me walk through how to set this up: Head into your Facebook ads manager and click on “create new campaign.”
Pick an objective based on the content. If it’s a Facebook video, pick video views. If it’s a blog, podcast, YouTube video, or other non-Facebook content, select traffic.
Article | September 1, 2023
Where’s the nearest click and collect? What time does our local store close in light of the latest COVID-19 restrictions? Where can I order that toy car he/she wanted for Christmas?
Our bet is Google is your first port of call for an answer to any of these questions.
If it is, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that Google processes 5.8 billion user searches per day. And, even though there are other search engines out there, like Bing and Yahoo, it is by far the most popular.
So, with so many potential customers – because let’s face it, of those 5.8 billion there are bound to be a few thousand searching for your specific products or services - businesses simply cannot overlook advertising on Google. And even more so now thanks to restrictions on physical stores across the world being put back in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Nate Burke, CEO and founder of Diginius, an ecommerce solutions provider that specialises in digital marketing PPC management, explains how you can get the most out of your Google advertising activities.
The first round of lockdowns during the spring and early summer saw many businesses with physical outlets grind to almost a complete halt. Going digital was the only option for many in order to have some chance of survival.
This saw restaurants offering online order services, more retailers moving into ecommerce and professional services conducting remote meetings via video calls.
Despite some easing of restrictions, many have kept digital their focus. For example, video meetings such as Microsoft Teams, which grew by 894% between February to June in 2020, are now prevalent as the office’s new best friend. And restaurants for instance, have advanced their minimal contact table service, allowing customers to order and pay for food on their phones by scanning a QR code or downloading an app.
But now, with lockdown restrictions being re-enforced in Britain and many other parts of the world, businesses looking to maximise their sales and earnings ahead of the Christmas period, and before the New Year begins, can’t ignore the advertising opportunities available on Google.
PPC advertising is perhaps the most obvious opportunity. It’s the best way to guarantee that your brand is put in front of an audience and can help generate a spike in traffic and leads.
Paid Search identifies “buyers” immediately. People who have typed in and are clicking a specific keyword tends to already be in buying mode, even if only at the research stage of the journey, which is so powerful compared to the rest of the marketing mix
This is because searchers seek convenience. We have come to expect the first listing on a Search Engine Results Page (SERP) to provide an answer to our query. If it doesn’t, we are more likely to change our search than scroll through pages and pages of results.
Therefore, getting your brand on that all-important first page is crucial for success on Google, which is exactly why paid advertising is beneficial. Not only can it promise a guaranteed spot here, if, the price is right for you, but it could also, potentially, provide you with the number one position.
As well as SERPs, ads can be created for the display network, utilising visual aids in the form of graphics and videos to attract leads on the Google Shopping network, which is particularly beneficial for ecommerce businesses looking to increase sales.
However, to ensure your ads are shown to people who will add value to your business, PPC activity must be strategically mapped out and effectively managed. Account set-up, keywords and bidding strategies must be considered, monitored and then adjusted to ensure your activity is effective and a return on your investment is achieved.
This requires dedicated personnel, time and budget – for both ad spend and management practices for either training, wages or outsourcing the task to an agency.
But, despite the capital required to get started, there are a number of ways to ensure you yield results that make it worthwhile. For example, remarketing can help minimise lost leads and maximise budget by targeting potential customers who have already shown an interest in your product or service.
Automation strategies are another. Bidding and ad copy can be altered automatically, depending on factors including the time of day, location and the user’s specific query wording, for instance. This lessens the chance of clicks from users with little intention of purchasing or submitting an enquiry, and, consequently, reduces wasted budget. Another common way to get more out of search advertising is to replicate campaigns across Microsoft Ads, where there is typically less competition, cheaper clicks, and a better return on investment, albeit lower search volumes.
One of the greatest benefits of the internet is its ability to connect businesses and customers no matter the physical distance between them. And, with lockdown enforcements, an online offering presents an opportunity to reach an even wider customer base than a shop or physical facility that is restricted by location.
However, the internet is a big, old place. It houses greater competition than what many businesses are used to in the physical realm and, as result, it’s easy to become lost, especially if you are in the early stages of establishing an online presence.
So, no matter whether you’re a retailer offering click and collect or running business as usual albeit remotely, keeping things local is your best bet for online success.
In fact, Google uses a Relevance, Distance and Prominence model to determine search results. Those most relevant, the closest in distance to the searcher and most prominent or popular are more likely to be ranked higher on results pages.
In order to maximise your chances of ranking highly for those searching for your products and services in your local area, you should make the most of tools, such as Google My Business and reviews.
As well as providing potential customers with vital business information, such as your address, contact details and COVID-adjusted opening hours, you can also instil trust and confidence in them by presenting a business that appears to be well established and organised. This is particularly important as those consumer sentiments have declined due to the pandemic.
So far, businesses have done well in adapting their processes to changing customer needs in such a short amount of time and under incredibly difficult circumstances at that.
With the coronavirus crisis far from over and many facing an online future, the only thing we can be certain of at this point is that businesses and retailers must act now to grasp opportunity. By utilising platforms such as Google and Microsoft, business owners are not simply making the best of a bad situation but are more so positioning their brand at the forefront of their chosen industry, gifting a significant advantage when markets reopen in their newly digital-focused form.
Article | July 8, 2022
Geo targeting is the most under-utilised targeting element available to marketers today, giving a huge opportunity to brands that invest time and money in smarter geo targeting. Most advertising platforms now allow for detailed geo targeting – often down to a zip code/postcode or even to GPS coordinates. Yet it is amazing how few advertisers are consciously investing effort in this area. Audience targeting/ retargeting (via cookies) has dominated online display advertising and is now under threat from legislation and the end of third party cookies. Targeting in search and demographic targeting in logged in social networks attract huge spends. With the end of cookies it has been contextual targeting getting the most attention. This has relegated geo targeting down the list in terms of investment and understanding. This is a mistake as in fact it has many benefits, and to succeed advertisers need to understand how it impacts their business.
Social Media Advertising
Article | November 16, 2021
The advertising world is changing at an accelerated pace. Digital media and social networks have changed the way we interact with brands, and these changes have affected the way that advertisements are created. As a result, advertisers need to keep their eyes on new developments in order to appeal to consumers who want more than just a standard advertisement. In this article, I will explore some of the technical aspects you should consider when starting an ad campaign so that your efforts can be successful for both you and your clients.
What technical aspects should you consider when starting an advertising campaign?
1. Store Your Campaign Data Somewhere Safe
The amount of data that you and your clients collect during the course of an ad campaign can be immense, and it is imperative that you know where to store this information. One option is using a server tool such as online cloud storage to store all of your files in one central location so that they do not get lost or become corrupted. According to a popular UK cloud hosting platform, downtime and slowdowns are some of the biggest issues people face with cloud storage. Do your research and find one that has excellent customer service to avoid these issues that could slow down your campaign.
2. Clearly Communicate Your Message
Have a clear message that highlights your brand’s value proposition and aligns with your target audience. This is important because the aim of your campaign is to get people to take action, and that can only be done if you have a clear message. Identifying your target audience will help you align your message with them. It does not mean choosing demographics based on age, income level, etc., but rather looking at what values they hold important. In order for an advertisement to be effective, it should match the values of the people looking at it. For example, if your target audience prefers a minimalist style because they care about the environment, your advertisement should reflect that as well.
3. Multimedia Considerations
Use various channels to help spread your message and make it more dynamic. multimedia to increase your reach and make your ad more dynamic. There are many choices for multimedia, including images, videos, infographics, audio files, animations, text messages, and other graphics. All of these can be shared on social networks like Facebook or Twitter, which helps the ad stay in the limelight after it is initially posted by allowing viewers to share links with their friends and followers. Depending on the type of ad you are running, there may be channels that are better at grabbing the attention of your audience.
For example, for a music artist’s album release, billboards could be placed in busy areas with high exposure in addition to social media and magazine ads in publications that their target audience reads. By spreading out your ad, it will increase the chances of getting more eyes on it and make it easier for people to find and share with their friends.
4. Pay Attention to Metrics and Real-time Data from Previous Campaigns
This is done so that future campaigns can be steered in the right direction. The amount of data collected during an ad campaign can grow very quickly, so it is important to know where to look and how to use it efficiently. You can then take statistical data from previous campaigns and use this information as a reference point for new billboards or other ads. While learning from your mistakes is inevitable, there are some things you just won’t notice until you see numbers about them, like the number of people who stop by your booth at a tradeshow but do not stop to talk to you.