When we ask people about our ads, one of the top things they tell us is that they want to see ads that relate to things they care about. We learn about this primarily from your activity on Facebook, such as Pages or posts you like and posts or comments you make. We also learn about your interests from some of the websites and apps you use. We call this online interest-based advertising, and many companies do this.
When Instant Articles were first released, they were only available to a few select publishers. Now, any publisher can use them if they sign up at https://instantarticles.fb.com/. Facebook will walk you through submitting your first sample article and requesting approval from the Instant Articles team. Once you’re approved, you’ll be able to auto-publish in the new format.
Facebook is a business too, and it wants to ensure that its platform continues to deliver a positive experience to its users. If its ads are disruptive, distracting, or detract in any way from the Facebook experience, it risks losing favor in the eyes of its users. Facebook wants your ads to succeed just as much as you do, so it focuses its algorithms on creating the best matches for its ads and viewers.
“People are naturally curious and want to see more than just the outside of their future home or one home you’re working with. Using the carousel ad format, you can highlight multiple features of the house that will drive more click-through traffic—or you can use it to show what homes you have available at the moment to drive more brand awareness.”
How do social media managers keep up with all of those posts they need to publish? By using a social media content calendar. Just as it sounds, a social media content calendar is a spreadsheet where you write out posts in advance and slot them for specific times. Aside from keeping you sane, a content calendar will help you keep tracking links organized and make it easier to evaluate the overall mix of format and topic you’re posting.
Brett recently put together a campaign for a bundle of whitepapers, blog posts, and other content resources called The Digital Marketer’s Road Map. In the past, Brett had managed to achieve strong performance according to traditional metrics. However, in this campaign, Brett noticed that focusing on CTR and Relevance Score wasn’t translating into conversions.
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The next step in the process is to consider the flow and the content people are first drawn to on your website and build an audience along the points of conversation, not just based on time. This is especially helpful for content-heavy sites, or for products that are heavily researched and have longer sales cycles. In a longer sales cycle, you can expect more emotion and authority-building to be involved along the way.
“To convert users over the internet without a personal touch is very difficult. They have to trust you, and that takes time. Therefore, the approach and the converting angle has to be a contact form, where they could leave their name, email, and telephone number. Then, be sure to call them—going that extra mile will definitely make them feel more secure.”
Use emojis to generate interest and boost click-throughs. Add emojis at the end of sentences for emphasis or to spotlight a call to action like a URL. To do so, click on the emoji face in the bottom right of the post to get a full list of characters, then select the one you want to include. However, limit yourself to four emojis and make sure that you are not replacing text with emojis; search engines do not recognize emojis, so too many may hurt your search rankings.
To track the actions you need to integrate them within the pixel base code. For example, an ecommerce site that wants to track purchases will have to enter a code in the thank-you or final confirmation page that is loaded immediately after a successful purchase (see the example in the next image) in the thank you page (the final confirmation page). How to Get Facebook ads Approved *UPDATED*
(Helpful note: For the bidding, unless you have an audience of over a few hundred thousand visitors per month, you should bid for clicks. This mean you will pay each time someone clicks on your ad, even if they are just clicking the like button and don’t actually visit your page. You will also want to choose your own bid price and have it be above the maximum Facebook suggests.
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Awareness is good, but sales are better, and engagement is what connects awareness to sales. One of the benefits of Facebook advertising is that it increases engagement with the content you’re putting out for your business. When you post a picture, a blog post link, or a status update on your Facebook page, users have the opportunity to engage with that post, whether by liking, sharing, or commenting on them.
For growing businesses like Monday.com, it's a smart idea to pivot off the brand awareness of household names. By filling the Monday logo with Apple's famous rainbow color-way, the ad above captures the attention of Mac users who'd recognize those vintage rainbow stripes anywhere (and could use a new task-management tool that works on their computer).
“To gain more traction on posts, one of the best things you can do is launch an internal pod. If you are new to pods, this is a group of people (usually fellow business owners or a paid service) that agrees to like, engage, and comment on your content in exchange for you doing the same for theirs. Having five people like, share, and leave comments promotes the post so it is shown to more of your followers or friends.” Meet The Facebook APAC Team - Facebook Life
Customers seldom go to a website and purchase after their first visit. It’s even more rare for a customer to convert after clicking on just one ad, especially if they’re unfamiliar with your brand or your price point is relatively high. In most cases, there’s a long journey to get customers to convert and Facebook is uniquely positioned to handle the buyer’s journey along each step in a way that other channels can’t. How To Logout From Facebook Messenger 2019
Here's an example of a short and sweet (literally) retargeting ad from Winc (formerly known as Club W). This ad is displayed on the right column of Facebook specifically for users who browse wine-related content online. When your ad caters to people who you know would be interested, modeling the product the way Winc does above can be a home run for your brand.
While Instant Articles are definitely not for every business, they have helped some larger publishers monetize from native advertising. Because users are 20% more likely to click on Instant Articles and 70% less likely to abandon then due to poor user experience, publishers have a greater opportunity to earn revenues from native ads. However, the format has received backlash because the publishers don’t own the analytics. How to Enable Custom Thumbnail On YouTube Video (FIX 2019)
Like Google and others, Facebook runs an instant digital auction for each ad placement, considering bid prices from many advertisers. An advertiser might bid $2 to place an ad in a particular situation. Then Facebook weighs these bids against how relevant the ad is to that situation. If an ad is relevant, the advertiser need not bid as high to win the auction.
For example, through Google Analytics, a restaurant discovered that a large percent of users who clicked on their lunch ad ended up using their online reservation system to make dinner reservations. They had not expected to get dinner reservations from those searching for lunch spots, but, given this, they designed better website flows between web pages, leading to more reservations, and they also started offering lunch reservations.
At this point you can see that there are two matching groups, but the first one looks like it wasn’t completely set up and appears to have no members. The second is what we seek and you’ll notice it already has 12 members. More importantly, notice that proper groups have “officers” or other people who are designated as being in charge: if you aren’t sure about the legitimacy of a particular group, that’s where you should check.
Show your customers who you are, what you’re about, and what’s important to you. Are you about to open a new corporate office? Hop on Facebook Live and give a tour to loop your audience in on the excitement. Do you have a set of core values that make up the DNA of your brand. Let your followers know—and, more importantly, let them know why it’s so important to you.
If you follow the 80-20 rule, you’ll use 80 percent of your Facebook posts to inform, educate, and entertain, and the other 20 percent to promote your brand. Remember that using Facebook for business is all about building relationships, and self promotion is not a great way to do that. But if you provide enough value, your audience will be open to learning about your products and services in those 20 percent of posts that are more sales-focused.