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10 Tips for Marketing Your Business with Facebook Advertising

10 Tips for Marketing Your Business with Facebook Advertising

10 Tips For Marketing Your Business with Facebook Advertising
10 Tips For Marketing Your Business with Facebook Advertising

Your company needs more customers, so you are examining marketing options. Advertising on Facebook is one option that you do not want to overlook. Facebook advertising is extraordinary in offering the ability to select a particular target audience, monitor the effectiveness of your ads, and modify the ads to adjust to responses. To get maximum results from Facebook Advertising, it just takes a few key steps.

Begin With a Clear Goal

Two of the most common goals would be to generate sales directly from the ad or to increase awareness of your business while building a contact list for future marketing efforts. Everything about your ad should be constructed with your primary goal in mind.

Choose the Geographic Area

Does your business only serve your local area? Do you sell products that can easily be shipped anywhere in the world? For either of these cases or anything in between, you can tailor the regions where your ads will appear to match your needs.

Customize Your Ad for The Demographic You Wish to Reach

Because of the information Facebook collects about its users, you can define the advertisement’s target market based on age, gender, location, interests, or several other criteria. Combining those criteria allows you to be specific when you construct your ad for that target.

Direct Your Ad to Existing Contacts

Upload a customer or contact email list. Any of the people on that list that are also Facebook members will receive your ad.

Set Your Budget

You can choose to run ads continuously or for a particular period, and you can select how much you are willing to pay. Budgets are set as a maximum daily expenditure or total expenditure over the duration of the campaign.

Use Images

Images receive far more interest and generate higher response rates than text-only ads. Consider creating multiple ads with different images to examine their relative effectiveness.

Use Facebook Ad Manager

Ad Manager accumulates metrics on responses to your ads and presents them in comparison to goals established when the campaign was initiated. Using the information available, you can alter the campaign, changing the budget or target market or even completely re-creating the ad. A big plus – Facebook Ad Manager is available as a smartphone app.

Use Conversion Tracking

With Conversion Tracking, you place JavaScript code on your website that tracks visitors’ actions. That JavaScript sends info to Facebook, where it is compared with their record of prospects that looked at or clicked on your ad. Among other things, you can determine how many people viewed your website or made a purchase after seeing your Facebook ad.

Boost your posts

Boosting a post is a different type of advertising. Boosting a post causes it to appear higher in the News Feed of the ad recipients, thus raising the likelihood that it will be seen. You can have any post boosted, increasing its exposure.

Always include a Call to Action

Salespeople know the axiom “Always ask for the sale.” Professional salespeople do not present information to prospects and hope they will choose to buy. They offer the information and ask the prospect to act – to make the purchase. You need to do that in every ad you create. Depending upon your desired response, include buttons or links asking the reader to respond. “Click Here to Buy,” “Like This Page,” or “Click Here to Receive My Newsletter” for example.

Follow these tips in creating Facebook ads and expect a transformation of public response to your advertising.

Have you used Facebook advertising? Did you have any additional recommendations concerning Facebook advertising? Please comment and share your experiences or even questions concerning FB ads.

 

10 Tips for Marketing Your Business with Facebook Groups

10 Tips for Marketing Your Business with Facebook Groups

10 Tips for Marketing Your Business with Facebook Groups
10 Tips for Marketing Your Business with Facebook Groups

The key to marketing success is getting an effective promotional message about your company in front of large numbers of potential customers. Facebook Groups is an excellent tool for making large numbers of people aware of your business, your products or services, and your message. For dramatic increases in the visibility of your company, you might:

  1. Search Groups for interests that you would expect your customers to have.

For example, if you sell camping gear, search for groups using keywords like camping, hunting, or outdoors. You will find many groups that are relevant to your business. Don’t hesitate to join them all, but make sure that you are making relevant posts and not just ones to sell your wares. You can get a reputation as a “spammer” and may be dropped from the group.

  1. Post to those groups, and do it often.

Posting more than once a day is helpful. More posts increase the likelihood that any individual member of the group will see your post. Join in on discussions and give your knowledgeable advice.

  1. Take advantage of daily posts and challenges.

Many groups have days where you can post a link to your other social media accounts, your website/blog, Facebook pages, and even your products or services. Make sure to take advantage of the opportunities and also follow the group rules. If they require you to comment on other individuals blog posts or share items on social media, then follow the rules and be a team player.

  1. Include links to your website or a call to action (“Click for more information” for example) with images.

Your first goal is to build exposure, and a large fan base is evidence of that growing exposure. If permitted by the group moderators, post links to your website or product pages. You want the group’s members to go to your Facebook page, where they will find more information about you, your company and your products.

  1. Create some item that can be emailed at regular intervals.

Whether in posts to the group or on your Facebook page, you should have a call to action – Sign Up For My Newsletter, for example. When visitors sign up for that newsletter you grow your email list, which can become an entirely separate marketing tool.

  1. Do not post only advertisements to the groups.

Also create posts that actually provide value, whether entertainment or information, to the reader. You want to build a relationship with the reader that makes them more inclined to trust your business.

  1. Whether posting ads or informative or entertaining posts, address problems that your product or service will solve for them.

It doesn’t have to be a blatant cry for their business. Just making people think about the problem and creating an awareness that you can help contributes to the relationship. For example, someone is inquiring about setting up a website and your business is website development. You can respond with helpful tips and also let it be known that you are a website developer with available services. Mention your website, but don’t go into a full marketing spiel.

  1. Use giveaways to encourage visits to your Facebook page.

Giveaways don’t have to be costly. An informative report that addresses visitors’ interests or can cost you nothing to put together and increase your Facebook fan’s interest in your business.

  1. Build relationships with individuals.

In all of your efforts, keep in mind that your success is dependent upon building a relationship with the individuals in the group and with the visitors to your Facebook page. Whether they are a few dozen or a few thousand, gear your campaigns to individuals, not groups.

  1. Be Honest.

Sure, that’s your intention, but don’t let promotional puffery slip over into false statements. Assume that the reader will at some point become aware that a claim or a promise was false. When they reach that awareness, all of your effort toward building a relationship is at risk. It is much better to promise less and deliver on every promise.

For an explosive growth in your Facebook Page’s fan base, and a corresponding growth in sales, there is no more effective single tool than Facebook Groups. Make them a consistent element of your marketing plan.

Are you part of a Facebook group or even moderate a group? How has being a member helped with your fan base and product awareness? Have you found success with obtaining new customers/clients or with a rise in product sales? Please leave a comment and share your experiences about Facebook groups.


10 Tips for Marketing Your Business with Facebook Pages

10 Tips for Marketing Your Business with Facebook Pages

10 tips for marketing your business with facebook pages
Marketing Your Business with Facebook Pages

In the process of looking for ways to increase sales, you have probably realized the root question in any marketing campaign is “How do I get information about my business in front of people?”  Before you even decide on the content of your marketing message, you have to know that people will see it. That means knowing where people will be.

Facebook is where people are, with over 1.3 billion active users. And on any given day, 48% of them log on. You can target your desired demographic in that enormous audience by creating a Facebook Page, so let’s look at some ways to use a Facebook Page to market your business.

  • Create a page

That is your starting point, so don’t put it off. It is quick, easy and free. You can have a Facebook page for your business up and running in less than an hour, and you can refine it as frequently as you wish.

  • Add a cover and a profile picture

Some graphic representation of your business (a photo or your logo, for instance) will create brand awareness for that image. People that have visited your Facebook Page will have a connection with all of the information they have received there whenever they see that it.

  • Add a “Call to Action”

On the Cover area of your page, set up a call to action. Use it. Also use Call to Action buttons or links in your posts and in ads you create. Responses to a Call to Action build your fan base and create alternative ways to market to those fans.

  • Add a description of your business

This is the first place visitors will see information about the nature of your business. You have two places for descriptions – a short one (155 characters) and a long one. Use both.

  • Add contact information to encourage prospects to find you

Add your address, telephone number and website URL to your page. Some businesses will use a Facebook Page in lieu of a website. If you have a website, though, a leading function of the Facebook Page will be to drive traffic to it.

  • Post on your personal Facebook Profile to acquaint your friends with your Facebook Page

Ask them to Like your Facebook Page (another Call to Action!) and also ask them to share the page with their friends

  • Through your Page, connect with Facebook Groups that have the interests that you expect your customers will have.

There is no better way to increase your business’ exposure quickly.

  • Start posting and do it often

You increase the chances of any given Facebook fan seeing your post when you post at least two or three times per day.

  • Do not post only ads on your page

Your main reason for creating the page is to increase your business, but an advantage of Facebook over most marketing tools is the ability to build a relationship with prospects. Give them reasons to like you. Give them entertaining and informative posts, as well as ads.

  • Allow others to post to your Page

This provides an opportunity for two-way communication with prospects – another step in building a relationship rather than merely dispensing ads. There are options available to provide monitoring so you can protect your page from inappropriate language, for example.

Start with your Facebook Page to grow brand awareness and respect from visitors to your Page. This one tool can start an exponential growth spurt.

Do you have a Facebook Business Page? Please share your personal pros and cons!

4 Easy Ways to Find Your Blogging Niche

4 Easy Ways to Find Your Blogging Niche

4 Easy Ways to Find Your Blogging Niche
4 Easy Ways to Find Your Blogging Niche

Before you can start a blog or purchase a domain name (unless the domain name is your name), you want to discover your niche. You don’t want to dive head first into a niche and then later on down the line discover that it isn’t what you were looking for.

Four Ways to Find Your Niche

What are Your Areas of Interest (Choose Something That You Know)

You don’t want to start a blog on topics that have no interest to you. This is an easy way to run out of ideas, lose interest very easily, and probably cause you to stop blogging. I know there are many bloggers out there that say to blog only on topics that are moneymakers and this will bring in tons of money if you monetize your blog. I don’t believe in that principle. Your fans are not stupid and they will soon realize that if you are writing about something that your heart is not into, then you are just out to make a quick buck. They will soon stop reading your blog and won’t follow you or any of your social media links.

Others say to write about your passion, but that has drawbacks too. If your passion is red bugs, this topic might lead you to very few posts and even fewer followers.

Instead, choose an area that inspires you and shows your passion, but is also a topic of interest to others. Remember that you are blogging to share your interest and enthusiasm with others and maybe down the line might want to offer products/services to others that will pay money. Even if you don’t monetize your blog, you still want to have a following of like readers.

When you find a topic that brings out your passion, you are more likely to put the time and effort into your blog. Since it is a topic that inspires you, you are less likely to run out of ideas since you probably have studied the topic endlessly. One of my passions is writing and therefore I have books on writing, am part of writing groups, have pinned and saved links about writing, and follow other writers blogs and on social media. A really good blogging niche for me might be discussing ways to become a writer.

When you have passion for a particular topic, it shows through what you are writing. Your readers can feel that passion and become engaged. In the long run, it is this passion for your topic that will lead to a larger blog following.

Discover Your Passion

I enjoy cozy mysteries and like to spend my downtime sitting in my comfy spot on the couch getting engrossed in a good clean mystery. While I love reading these types of books, this is not one of my personal writing niches. The reason is that I can come up with a great book title and characters, but I can’t formulate a good story. So I leave that up to other writers and instead enjoy taking the time to read and review their books (which would be a great blog niche).

What I am trying to say is that some of your passions may not make a good blog niche, so you might want to take out a pen and paper to jot down a few things of interest to mull over.

  • What are your personal hobbies?
    • DIY
    • Collecting
    • Gardening
  • Are there any topics that you like to talk about?
    • Books
    • Sports
    • Travel
  • Do you have any expertise that family and friends ask your advice about all the time?
    • Parenting
    • Gardening
  • If you had free time, how would you spend it?
    • Exercising
    • Playing Sports
    • Baking
  • If you had a dream job (regardless of salary), what would it be?
    • Writer
    • Baker
    • Teacher

What Blogs Do You Follow

Take a few minutes and look at the blogs that you follow. Are you interested in any particular niche that strikes your passion? Why are you reading these blogs? Is there anything that draws you and keeps you coming back? This is the type of blog that you want to emulate. Notice I say emulate and not copy. There are way too many copycat blogs out there and originality is what brings in the readers.

Now start asking yourself these questions:

  • What are some of the things that my favorite blogs are not doing that I wish they would? Capture this market on your own blog. Earlier I mentioned my passion for cozy mysteries, many of the blogs out there are either author pages or review of the books themselves. I often hear fellow readers comment how they wish there was a place to discuss the books themselves. Well now, there you have a perfect niche to tap into; book discussions about style, characters, themes, and even locations.
  • Are there any areas that you notice people asking advice over and over again about? These are the topics that you want to tackle on your own blog. Perhaps baking is your passion and you follow numerous baking blog where you see comments from readers that are stumped by terminology or technique. These blogs might be focused on sharing food and recipes, whereas your blog could tap into that plus discuss terminology and show technique via pictures or links with YouTube.
  • Is the niche part of a saturated market? What can you bring to your blog that is new or different? I noticed that there are a number of blogs that target their market to the novice or the majorly advanced, but haven’t tapped into the middle ground. Going back to the food blog example from earlier, perhaps your market is the baker who mastered making cookies, but is not ready to create three-tiered ganache wedding cakes. What is the middle ground? Not everyone wants to be a master baker, but instead would like to wow their family with a special occasion cake or signature dessert.

Storyboard Your Posts

Yes, you heard me right! You have discovered your passion, found a possible niche to market, and know what holes to fill in the market that others haven’t tapped. Now is the time to storyboard or brainstorm a list of blog posts.

Could you only come up with less than a dozen? You might want to rethink your niche. Did you come with a few dozen topics and ideas that can be branched off into subtopics? There you go! I think you found your blogging niche.

Now that you found your niche, are you now ready to start blogging? Please post a comment as I would love to hear what topics you have chosen and how you decided on your niche.

Don’t forget to stop on by again! My next blog article will be on discovering your domain name.

10 Tips for Marketing Your Business through Your Facebook Profile

10 Tips for Marketing Your Business through Your Facebook Profile

Marketing Through Facebook

The best way to market your business on Facebook is through a Facebook Page dedicated to that business. However, your personal Facebook Profile presents some marketing opportunities of its own.

First and foremost, using your personal profile starts with personal relationships in building business relationships.

  1. Let your friends know about your business. Make posts that specifically focus on the business. You can put a lot of information in one post, but it would be more effective to go through a number of posts, spread out over time, with each having a tidbit of information. The multiple posts increase the chances that any particular friend will see the post.
  1. When friends share your posts about your business and their friends Like or Comment on them, consider sending Friend Requests to those new contacts. If they accept your Friend Request, you have new friends that will be seeing your posts regularly.

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  1. Use your ability to select whether each post can be seen by only Friends or by the Public to expand your ability to use your personal profile to interact with the Public.
  1. You should also Allow Follows. When you Allow Follows to your personal profile, you don’t have to accept individuals as Friends to for them to see all of your public updates. You also won’t have your news feed cluttered with the updates of all of your followers.

like and follow facebook

  1. Even personal posts can connect to your business. Your business is a major part of your life, so it is natural that some of your personal posts will involve things that are happening in your business. Keep those posts personal for your friends, but don’t overlook the opportunities to promote your business subtly at the same time.
  1. Don’t hesitate to create posts to your personal profile that are solely ads for your business. This is an effective place to do that, because your friends already trust you. You have to build that trust in new contacts. Keep it in balance, though. Even your friends will lose interest in your Facebook posts if they are about nothing but your business.
  1. Whatever the nature of your post, if there is any connection to your business, include business contact info or a link to your website.
  1. Always work to find ways to include a “Call to Action.” Whatever you are doing to promote your business on Facebook, asking the reader to take some action that will strengthen their connection to your business is essential. Some possibilities are links to take them to your website or Facebook Page, or to sign up for your mailing list to receive an informative report or other information. Any response to a Call to Action gives you more information about the prospect and presents an additional opportunity to make them a customer.

call to action

  1. Use images intensively. A company logo, a photo of your place of business, or a photo of employees involved in some public service activity – any image like this draws more attention and gets more responses than text alone. Include text with, or even within, the image to further enhance its ability to create interest.
  1. Any professional certification or award is a subject of personal pride, but don’t overlook it as an opportunity to promote your business.

In marketing your business through Facebook, you have an entire suite of tools available. Don’t overlook the opportunities presented by your personal profile.

Do you use Facebook to market your business? What are some of the things you do to bring in new customers to your business?

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