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According to a recent report from Bloomberg, the numbers of customers using Facebook advertising within the past year have trebled,. The proliferation of targeted advertisements, which is in stark contrast to Twitter’s stand against paid ads, has clearly caught the attention of businesses and marketers everywhere, as well as the consumers.
By utilising the data that Facebook have on record, including location, age, interests and relationship status, advertisers can hone in on their key demographic and really achieve some eye-catching results. Due to the vast nature of the social networking site’s reach, you can connect with thousands, if not millions of potential customers through a single advertisement. Similarly you can localise your adverts, benefiting smaller businesses looking to trade within a certain region.
Ads themselves are extremely versatile; offering the chance to include an image as well as 135 characters of body text, to compliment the 25 character title. It is this, perhaps more than anything else, that helps to differentiate them from your standard PPC offering on all of the major search engines.
Conventional PPC still has an incredibly important role to play, particularly now with the emergence of Bing and Google trying to reassert its authority at the head of the search engine world. But this kind of fresh and highly focussed advertising is clearly a step into the future for many businesses; although could it be a step too far? Where there is great potential for success, there is equal chance of failure. Professional management and a shrewd focus are required in order to ensure your adverts don’t run away from you, wherever you choose to market them.
Last month, we tuned in to listen to our very own Samantha Noble become a radio star. As a guest on Xan Phillips’ The Business on Voice FM, a programme dedicated to promoting the good news stories about business from the Southampton area and beyond, Sam shared her insights into paid media.
The Drum Network has launched a new initiative called ‘Create Britain’ which aims to show the world that Great Britain is still an awesomely creative marketplace, despite Brexit.
Create Britain is an online interactive map that invites businesses from the creative industry to contribute a short video to claim their own pin on the map that links to their video clip. The video clips need to answer one question: ‘What makes British creativity so great?’.