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Today I’m going to provide you with a top level overview of how Facebook advertising works, how to get started with a new account and some of my top tips on creating successful adverts.
It was 8pm on a Sunday night. It could have been any old Sunday night. Nothing was new or out of the ordinary. As usual, I was scrolling through Facebook on my iPhone. For some reason, it struck me that I spend an excessive amount of time on Facebook, but I couldn’t actually explain what I got out of it.
Last night Channel 4 aired a Dispatches based around fake profiles, fans and click farming, naming and shaming companies and celebrities as they went. While this is hardly ground breaking news from the ‘award winning investigative current affairs programme’, it seems a huge number of us are still being duped on a daily basis.
Unless you’ve been out of the country or living under a rock you can’t have failed to notice the amount of ‘makeup-less selfie’ posts splattered across Facebook recently. It shows the immense power we have when we exert our digital muscles for positive things. Here’s my analysis of what it means for the digital world.
Facebook was launched back in February 2004 and now attracts more than one billion active users. This means that a huge number of people and stories are added to the popular social network which have the ability to go viral very quickly. Yet this can cause a big problem.
If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to ruin my experience on Facebook, or any other social media platform for that matter, it’s viral fan spam. Images, quotations and jokes that get passed from person to person, imploring the recipient to share with ten friends or risk illness, bad luck or being ridiculed for their lack of caring. It’s a mess and one that really drives me mad!
With the festival season well under way every man and his dog are trying to promote their event on Facebook. This blog post will explain how to harness the right social media audience and avoid the scattergun approach. Read more
The world of SEO and online marketing is forever changing. You only have to perform a quick search to see that the industry is already preparing itself and predicting what 2012 has in store. Amongst the many changes in the past year was the increased emphasis on social media and the sharing of content.
More importantly though, is that Facebook now makes up 52.1% of sharing on the web [Source: Search Engine Land]. With the social networking giant being responsible for so much sharing, isn’t it time that online marketers took better advantage?
Once you have launched a new website the next task will be to get a range of targeted visitors. Many people will opt for Search Engine Optimisation to stream relevant traffic. If you don’t have the knowledge or patience to go down this road there are plenty of other ways to advertise your site and maintain a reasonable return on investment.
Facebook offers a fantastic platform to engage with your potential consumers. Not only is it a fundamental touch-point if your audience members make up some of the 845 million active users on the network, but it’s the perfect place to start a two-way conversation with them. The interactive nature of the site gives marketers an un-missable opportunity to engage with potential consumers, that most other marketing mediums just don’t have.
Ever wondered what determines who sees your Facebook updates, or what you see in your own news feed? Besides overcomplicated privacy settings, there is an algorithm that determines these factors, known as EdgeRank.
There are so many aspects to EdgeRank that contribute to determining what a user sees in their newsfeed, from both their peers and from business or fan pages. This post focuses on the factors that a business may want to consider if they have a fan page, and how to market to EdgeRank to get the most out of your Facebook page activity. Read more