Different Kinds of Facebook Ads and Their Benefits

Facebook: Why it’s a Good Marketing Platform

Out of all the social media sites that web users take part in, it’s an undeniable fact that Facebook wins by a landslide when it comes to determining the most popular as well as the most visited by internet users.

Compared to Twitter and Instagram, Facebook has the largest user base. According to Statista.com’s recent report about Facebook’s number of monthly active users, it showed that at the 2nd quarter of 2016 Facebook already has 1.71 billion monthly active users.

Those are some pretty sweet figures, right? Just imagine the number of people a network can potentially reach if this platform is utilized correctly.

Some marketers might have the mind-set that Facebook will not be able to cater to all types of businesses and maybe your business is one of them. But hear this idea out — for example, you ask 10 random people belonging to different age brackets what social media site they often use, chances are 9 out of 10 of them will answer Facebook. So what’s my point? – Facebook is where the people are. And by “people” I mean potential customers.

Setting aside the label for “the most popular social media website,” it doesn’t matter what platform you use to pursue digital marketing. Just because you think social media A is a better bet for your business compared to social media B doesn’t guarantee that it will garner good results. Everything still depends on the approach of your digital marketing strategy.

Going back, the main reason I stated that Facebook is a good marketing platform is not only because of its large user base but also due to the variety of ad options it offers marketers.

Facebook ad options

Before, Facebook offered over 25 types of advertisement options. Then it simplified everything leaving only what they considered as effective.  Now, only 9 main formats remain: Promoted Posts, Boosted Posts, Multiproduct Ads, Video Ads, Domain Ads, App Ads, Event Ads, Offer Ads and Page Like Ads.

Promoted PostsPromoted-Posts

 

Whether these are recent or old posts, you may promote them to get additional paid reach in the news feed of your fans as well as the friends of fans. Besides being placed on the news feed, promoted posts can also be seen on mobile feeds as well as Facebook’s right hand column. The most effective way to create promoted posts is through the Ads Manager because it offers targeted pricing and bidding options.

For the costs, page owners pay a flat rate for promoted posts in order to reach a certain number of users. Depending on the high level of engagement a post is able to get, there may be instances wherein people can still see the post even after the promotion has finished running. Through this ad option, a page can achieve a great increase on its organic activity.

Boosted PostsBoosted-Posts

 

Boosted post is a less complicated version of a promoted post. Simply click on the settings icon of a post and you’ll see the “Boost Post” option. Afterwards, you can set the budget and the duration of the boost as well as the target audience you want to engage in your post.

Selecting an audience is one of this ad option’s best features because you can choose to boost your post to either your fans (including their friends) or other specific targets. Some of the criteria used in targeting a specific target are age, gender, location and interests. You can choose up to 10 interests for your criteria.

Like Facebook promoted post, ad placements for boosted posts can be seen on the news feed, mobile feeds and Facebook’s right hand column. Two important things you should note you about boosted posts are:

  • This is only available to Facebook pages with 50 likes or more;
  • You are not allowed to edit a boosted post once it’s already running. The only option you have is to delete the first post, go back to the Power Editor or Ads Manager, edit the post and then re-boost it.

Multiproduct ads

multiproduct ads

Multiproduct ads (also referred to as carousel ads) is an ad format that is designed to help marketers generate more website visitors and drive better conversion rates to their page. This Facebook ad option allows businesses to display 3 to 5 images within a single ad post each having its own title, description and destination link.

It may seem like it’s made specifically for E-commerce due to its name, but the carousel ad can be utilized by other businesses as well. For example, publishing/media companies may be able to showcase a variety of stories in a single ad rather than creating multiple ones in promoting a couple of recent stories.

Video AdsVideo-Ads

Because of Facebook’s desire to compete with television advertisements, the company rolled out their own video ads that allow marketers to promote videos on Facebook. This type of ad is allowed in all three placements — desktop news feed, mobile and the right hand column. However, in order to promote a video, it must be uploaded directly to Facebook.

Facebook video ads is also a good option since it shows the number of times the video has been viewed. Note that a view will only be counted if the person watched it for more than 3 seconds. Aside from view count, it also provides a call-to-action at the end of the video.

Domain adsDomain-ads

Out of all the type of ad options Facebook offers, this is probably the simplest one. A business doesn’t necessarily need to have a Facebook page setup for it to use a domain ad. This can only be seen on the right hand column of Facebook and it contains a title, a short description and a website link. This ad option’s objective is mainly to drive traffic to a website.

App adsApp-ads

 

Promoting an app has been made simple by Facebook through its ad manager.

Facebook’s ad manager can easily acquire data from an app’s Apple App Store URL or Google Play link for it to be able to help you create an ad. This option allows placements on mobile feeds as well as Facebook’s right hand column. The main purpose of app ads is to help marketers increase the number of downloads for their business’s mobile apps and the user engagement it gets. Through this ad option, you also get to track how the app ads affected the number of installs and sales of your mobile application.

Event adsEvent-ads

The aim of this ad option is to increase the number of people who will RSVP to your event. An event ad may appear in any of the three placement options on the site. It displays all the relevant social information that Facebook users would want to know about your event. This includes the event name, time, where it will be held as well as their friends who may be attending.

Aside from that, it also pushes a call-to-action because it allows users to choose if they will or will not attend or just interested in the event. However, note that when creating an event advertisement, the event page must be hosted on Facebook.

Offer adsOffer-ads

 

Facebook’s offer ad option allows marketers to showcase their promotions and discounts to their page’s fans. It helps users claim offers which they can use in-store or online. When creating offer ads, it should be noted that the offer must comply with Facebook’s terms and agreements. In this ad option, social information is provided such as users that have claimed certain offers and for how long an offer is available to users. The placement of this ad may either be on desktop news feed, mobile or the right hand column.

Page like adsPage-like-ads

 

Facebook’s page like ad can be placed on either the side bar or the news feed. It works in increasing a business page’s user engagement mainly because it shows great social proof that other people – specifically the friends of a certain user – have liked a certain page. This makes it more relevant and attention-catching since Facebook users will know that some of their friends have already engaged on that page. A page like ad is also easy to setup compared to other Facebook ad options and it gets your page instant exposure to new fans.

These are the variety of Facebook ad options marketers can utilize. Aside from choosing what ad option fits your campaigns best, there are two more important key points every marketer should note.

Timing

Timing is Facebook’s biggest problem that people often fail to acknowledge. So when publishing a new post, give high regards as to what time you post it on your page. Consider asking these questions: Are you sure your page fans are online during this time? Will they be able to see your post in the recent stories? No matter how good a post is, it will only be wasted if you don’t pay close attention to the time you publish it. Don’t let this completely avoidable barrier ruin your social media campaign.

EdgeRank Algorithm

This is used to determine where and what posts appear on each Facebook user’s newsfeed. The algorithm gives high importance to three factors:

  1. The relationship between the viewing user and the creator of the story. The closer the relationship, the higher possibility it will appear on their news feed.
  2. Different types of Facebook posts carry different weights. Photos or videos carry the most weight, followed by links, then the plain text updates.
  3. The older a post is, the less value it has. Which means it won’t be seen on the news feed unless people continue to engage on that post.

There are several ways you can improve your page’s EdgeRank:

1.    Remember to be as visual as possible.

Publish photos or videos because it engages people more than regular status updates.

2.    Keep your posts short.

Facebook users have short attention spans and they would not normally read through a lengthy post.

3.    Publish relevant posts that will catch people’s interest.

Don’t over advertise your business. If you have a bakery, try not to talk too much about your brand. Instead, give your fans content that they would appreciate. For example, baking recipes and tips.

4.    Post daily updates.

This will ensure that your page fans will not forget about you.

5.    Communicate with your fans through your posts.

When you ask simple opinion-driven questions, people are more likely to engage on your post.

Timing and EdgeRank are two important factors marketers need to take note of when publishing a post on Facebook. These two becomes more significant if you are consider using Facebook ads.

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How to Utilize Facebook for Online Businesses

Facebook for Businesses

Facebook is a world-renowned social media and there are a lot of people who are in it. People use Facebook for the following reasons:

  • personal use;
  • to connect with people from the past whom they’ve lost contact with;
  • to gain new friends; and
  • to promote online businesses


For online businesses, Facebook is a good platform to utilize because a lot
of people are using it. Facebook marketing has been booming for the past 5 years and it’s never too late to start and engage yourself in it. So here’s how to utilize Facebook to promote online businesses:

1There are 3 main steps to get your business ready in Facebook.

1. Reach people where they are engaged – There are 1.35 billion people in Facebook. Every month, 64% of them check their accounts every day, which is why their presence in this social media platform alone could give you limitless business potential.

Engage with your target audience – You can post pictures of your latest products or sample of your services to help drive sales. You can also create a video to make people recognize your business and your Facebook page.

Another thing that is awesome about Facebook is that once a person likes your page, his/her friends will be able to see it. There is a great chance that they can discover your page and like it, too.
You can also utilize one of Facebook’s many features which is the “Boost Post.” With this, you can boost your post to appear in your chosen audiences.

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With a Facebook Page, you can easily show customers what you’re all about.
Boosting posts is the best way to reach more people. With a boosted post, you can:
– Reach more people who like your page, including their friends.

– Reach new audiences based on location, age, gender and interests (*This, we think is the most important part of it). And;

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– Easily set a budget and schedule for your post.

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Read more on how you can boost your Facebook posts here: https://www.facebook.com/business/learn/facebook-page-boost-posts/

2. Build connections and relationships – Posting photos and updates on your page is an easy way to capture the interest of your audience. You can have them be engaged by knowing their interests, the posts they are usually interested in, and the topics they want to take part on. (More of this on item number 3)
Also, when you boost your posts, more people will see them in their News Feeds – the constantly updating list of stories on Facebook. The perfect way to build relationships is by keeping the current ones and getting new ones.
3. Learn about your customers and audience – When you have a page, you can easily track how many people like your post, or how many people viewed your page. A helpful tool here is Facebook Page Insights.

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Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/business/learn/facebook-page-insights-basics/
You can identify whether or not your audience like your post. With this, you’ll get to know more about them and what feeds, news, images, videos, and topics they want to see.

The Facebook Page Insights feature is extremely helpful, especially when you’re boosting your post. This feature lets you see how many people liked/unliked your page, how many people visit your page, and how far did your posts reach by knowing how many people saw your post:

6 know more about this feature here: https://www.facebook.com/business/learn/facebook-page-insights-reach-measurement/

And since Facebook and smartphones are all linked now, you can easily access your Facebook business page by downloading their The Pages Manager App.

This App lets you access your Facebook page easily. You can upload an image or video, post a status, review/reply in a comment, and schedule events.

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You can also view all the figures of your page here – notifications, messages, new likes, and your scheduled posts.

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There are also plenty of ways on how you can get more visits to your page – we have tackled the first one which is the Boost post. But there are still a lot of things you can still do like the promoting your page, send people to your website, and a lot more! (See image below)

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Like we said earlier, potential of your business here on Facebook is limitless. You just have to keep these 3 things in your mind: 1.) Identify your audience (or target audience); 2.) Understand their behavior; and 3.) Create compelling and interesting posts, images, videos, etc. Once you have understood these things, your business can reach unimaginable growth and unlimited potential.

To wrap this up, here are some facts about Facebook that you may not know about, YET.

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Google’s Update for April 2015: The Rise of Mobile Friendly Websites

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Google announced last February 2015 that they will include mobile-friendliness as a factor in determining rankings. Here is Google’s official statement: “Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact on our search results.” If you haven’t read the entire update yet, we will break it down for you.

  • Google will begin to use the data gathered from indexed apps.
  • What are indexed apps?

These are mobile applications that are “indexed” by Google. There are series of steps that must be done for App Indexing. Google would show the apps alongside the search result. See below.

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(Image from Google Developers)

If you want to learn how to index your app, Google has written a guide about it here.

  • It will have a significant impact in our mobile search results.

The point of this phrase is that Google will be penalizing sites that are not “mobile-friendly”. We do not know yet the real scope of the penalty, but we know that it would be big. During SMX Munich, Zineb from Google told the community that the penalty would be heavier than the former updates.

Will the update hurt my desktop search results?

  • No, the algorithm focuses on mobile search results.

My mobile traffic is insignificant. Why should I make my site mobile-friendly?

  • It is safer and wiser to make your site mobile friendly because smartphone mobile access is continually on the rise. Take a look at Rand Fishkin’s Moz.com. His mobile traffic only accounts for 1% of the visits. Yet, he is working to make his site mobile-friendly – a perfect example of “thinking ahead.

We are only a few days away from Google’s update. Create a game plan, update your website, and do whatever you can to remain ahead of the competition.

Need help on making a mobile-friendly website? This guide published by Google can help you.

Drew

Essential websites to start generating traffic 

Internet marketing has been evolving for decades now. My experience as an Internet Marketer has not been smooth sailing. I started from scratch—I did not have the tools, and I did not know where to begin. I had to start somewhere, so I started with research. Then I stumbled upon social media websites, directories and forums. These websites jump-started my internet marketing ideas. The list I have come up with, is in order of importance and effectiveness.  Each traffic generating website is rated and reviewed based on my own experience. These rates were based on the number of visitors, traffic generation, user experience, and its overall impact on internet marketing.

  • Google+

Googleplus icon/logo All of us, at some point have used the services of Google. We have watched videos on YouTube, we have used Google maps, and most of us use Gmail for our personal email. Google+ serves as a bridge for Google’s services. According to data published by Statista, Google+ has over 300 million monthly active accounts— 50% of them are logging in daily. Here are other facts about Google+ that might interest you (Source – Circlecount)

  • There are over 9 million post daily
  • Photo is the most shared post type (57%), Link coming in second (27%),
  • A post containing photo(s) has the most +1, comments, and shares – averaging at more than 45 +1, 30 comments and 50 reshares per post. This translates to 149% more +1, 133% more comments and re-shares.

There are more facts about Google+ like the engagement rate, proper ways to share content, boosting business on your page, etc. Those I would discuss on another part of my blog. 

Why Google+ is a favorite among Internet Marketers?

Youtube We Internet Marketers are as “busy as a swarm of bees”. We want to share our information quickly as possible and Google knows that. Let’s say you have a video that you want to share, Google+ has an interface that allows the users to directly embed youtube videos, record and upload videos. This feature can save us valuable time. If we are posting on an average of 5 times a day, we would have saved at least 5 – 10 mins a day, imagine the amount of time we can save for the whole month? (150 – 300 mins).

  • Google Circle

Google circle lets you add friends, colleagues, family members, and acquaintances and group them into circles. It function as a filter, it opts-out un-necessary sharing of posts. If you want to learn more about the circles, I suggest that you read Christine DeGraff’s in-depth guide on “mastering circles”.

  • Google My Business

Google business Registering your business in Google is another way of boosting your traffic. Login to www.google.com/business/, fill up the forms, and then wait for Google’s snail mail to arrive at your office. Mail me my code Once you have received the verification code, enter it on your My Business page and Voila! Free localized SEO, free placement on Google Maps, and free traffic. redkite google business

My Overall Ratings

User-experience – 7/10 Traffic Generation – 9/10

  • Facebook

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If you are looking for the best place to market yourself to your contacts, then here is your answer. Currently, Facebook is the most popular and the king of all social media websites. The data given to us by Facebook themselves says that, they have an estimate of 1.4 billion active monthly users, and 890 million daily logins.

Internet Marketing on Facebook

  • Friends

Let’s face it! Almost everyone has their own Facebook account. If you own a Facebook account, then it is a big plus. Why? If you have connections, your immediate contact would be aware of your business. Plus, your real life friends on Facebook can help you share your content. This is a good scenario for Start-ups. 3 important

  • Personal branding vs Company Branding

personal branding If for any reason that you don’t want to use your private profile for company’s marketing purposes, then you are free to create a Facebook Company page and do marketing from there. This separates “Personal Branding” from “Company Branding”.

  • Extra features

Facebook has ton of features for internet marketers. Facebook allows the creation of free company/business pages, a page wherein the company can share videos, banners, content, and links. facebook banner The about section of the page can be filled up so that it shows complete information regarding the company. I suggest that you complete the information so that people can easily find and understand you. about page The apps section allows the user to link their other social media accounts. This feature links all of your related social media together. app page

  • Advertising Plans

advertising plans Facebook has tons of Advertising plans, see the list below: Take note that these plans are not for free. You must top-up Facebook credits into your account in order to use these schemes. I will write a brief description for you, but I suggest you read 45 Fabulous Facebook Advertising Tips & Magic Marketing Tips by Megan Marrs for a complete insight.

  • Boost your posts

This increases the visibility of a single post. The post is then shown randomly on the home-page of your target location, age bracket and language.

  • Promote Your Page

This has the same function as “Boost your posts”. The only difference is that it promotes the Entire Page itself. This is a more costly alternative, based on my experience. The cost is 5x over.

  • Send people to your website

Attract more people to your website through this feature. A small box is shown next to the newsfeed section that includes your website’s photo, URL, and short description.

  • Increase conversions on your website

Similar function with number 3, but instead of just going to a website, the link takes the visitors directly to a shopping cart, registration or check-out page.

  • Get Installs of your app

 get app Do you have an Android/iOS app that you want to promote? Your app ad is placed on the homepage that contains a link for your app.

  • Raise attendance at your event

An ad would be created that features your chosen event. The ad would be shown based on your target location, age, time, etc.

  • Get people to claim your offer

These features would show your discounts, coupons, and promos directly to the newsfeed of your target audience. The link on the ad would take the viewer directly to the check-out page. Please do note that you do not have to spend money to Increase traffic through Facebook. You can obtain free organic traffic from having lots of connection, an enticing page, and amazing posts.

My Experience:

User-experience: 7/10 Traffic Generation: 7/10

  • Twitter

twitter Twitter is currently one of the “Big Dogs” in the social media world, and is most preferred by Internet Marketers alike. Twitter currently generates over 500 million tweets per day and around 200 billion a year. It is populated by over 100 million users daily.

Twitter for Internet Marketing

Twitter is all about connecting with people through simple ideas and thoughts. Use the “@” feature to directly speak to a person, and use the “#” hashtag feature to connect to a certain community. The internet is populated with articles and blogs. Find something to share with the Twitter community. If your business model revolves around “SEO”, then find an interesting and relevant content on the internet (or create your own) then share the link. If you really want to jumpstart your Internet Campaign on twitter, I recommend you read these:

There are more out there. And I guarantee that most of them are extremely useful.

Why is Twitter popular for Internet Marketers?

Firstly, it is cleverly designed. It’s simple, intuitive, yet beautiful – a UI that children can use. Just compress your thoughts into a 140 character word post (Including spaces) then click tweet. twitter popular

Finding a target audience

The thing that worries a lot of Internet marketers is delivering their content to the target audience. Usual questions that come into play are:

  • How will my post be seen if I do not have enough followers?

We all started from zero followers. People from Twitter tend to follow back, make sure that you follow people that are related or share interests in your field of work – I.E. you don’t want to follow people from “biology” when you are actually in the “mechanics” realm. Yes, they are both science subjects! But they are different and so have they have different kinds of people involved in them. You would be much more effective sticking to things more relevant to your industry.

  • How do I find followers?

 Finding a target audience in Twitter is easy. Just learn how to use the hashtag function efficiently and you’re good to go. The twitter hashtag function allows the user to broadcast and find ideas, thoughts, without having any follower.

  • The link alone eats a lot of character spaces.

Twitter has a feature that automatically shortens the link. It would reduce the link to an average of 10 characters. Alternatively, you can use external URL shortener sites such as Ow.ly, Bitly.com and Tinyurl.com. But the best practice is still to learn how to condense your content into bite-sizes.

My Overall Experience on Twitter:

User-experience: 10/10 Traffic Generation: 9/10

  • LinkedIn

linked in LinkedIn is a fairly old company, the site was launched way back in 2003 and was intended for professional networking. As of Feb 2015, the total number of LinkedIn users are at over 347 million users. LinkedIn is a “Business-to-Business” and a “resume site”, you must fill-up details like work experience, skills, honors, awards, certifications, etc. to receive maximum profile views. If you want to do Internet Marketing at LinkedIn, then a complete profile is a must. The main strategy in LinkedIn is to make connections, get high profile views, to endorse and be endorsed.

  • How do you get connections?

By joining and interacting with Groups. internet marketing Unlike Twitter, Facebook and Google+, LinkedIn does not have a “@” or “#” feature. LinkedIn instead relies solely on Groups, a feature that allows users to interact with each other directly. Find a group that is relevant to your company. For example, in my work-field, I search for Internet Marketing Groups; join several of them; and be active in that community. linked in groups

What does a Group look like?

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(Source: Elizabeth – LinkedIn groups)

You see a group is like a “Facebook Newsfeed”, it allows people to comment, like, and to follow the post. The only difference is, only your preferred news will be shown on your feed. My personal advice is that, it is better to look for a few active communities, rather than joining 20 groups and ending-up in these ghost-towns. There are groups that have thousands of members, but are populated with Spams and Advertisements.

My Experience

User-Experience: 4/10 – There are too many fields to fill up. It took me like 3 – 4 hours to complete my profile. Traffic Generation: 6/10

  • Youtube

youtube Everybody knows Youtube. It is a haven for videos, advertisements, and information. Youtube has over 1 billion users, localized to 70+ countries, available in 60+ languages, and is currently one of the most searched site on the internet.

  • Youtube For Internet Maketing

Using Youtube for internet marketing is quite tricky, people visit Youtube to look for information, or to find something entertaining. “To fully utilize the marketing power of Youtube, the strategy should be based on harnessing the nature of user intent, instead of working against it “– Phil Nottingham, Moz.com. Read his guide regading the marketing value of Youtube here,

  • Videos

Creating a video for Internet Marketing can be costly and time-consuming. If you are working on a limited budget, then a simple slideshow with voice-overs can suffice. You may also utilize your old company launch videos, podcast, and livestreams.

My Experience

User-Experience: 9/10 – The site is easy to navigate and to upload videos. Traffic Generation: 7/10

  • MultiMedia Share Websites

These are websites that can host your images, slides, pdf files, etc.. permanently (or until the site shuts down, who knows?!) . These media files have the potential to drive traffic into your website. Let’s look at some of these website.

Slideshare

slideshare This website allows users to upload their Presentations, slides, and pdf files into the website for online viewing. Internet marketing experts say that Slideshare is the “Sleeping Giant of Content Marketing”. Why? Because it generates over 3 Billion Views per month –A number in which we as “Internet Marketers” could harness.

  • Presentations for Internet Marketing

Your slides CAN be viewed by millions of people, it should be presented based in a way that it can attract a lot of viewers. I suggest that you read Neil Patel’s “Tips to Leverage Slideshare’s Power in Your Visual Content Marketing

My Experience

User-Experience: 8/10 – Traffic Generation: 5/10

Pinterest

pinterest Pinterest is one of the Underdogs of social media marketing. As it grows, there are 27 million unique visits daily and over 200 million views in total per day.

How will Pinterest Help my marketing campaign?

What is interesting about Pinterest is that they utilize the hashtag function, plus, they have no restrictions when it comes to image size. Meaning, that any image size is accommodated – this feature heavily benefits the promotion of infographic and banners. Pinterest also allows the user to insert hyperlinks into their images. 25 keyboard shortcut The image above is uploaded by Mashable.com. Clicking on the image would take the visitor directly to their website. So basically, the formula for traffic generation from Pinterest is enticing image + hyperlink = Traffic.

  • Digg 

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Digg is one of the popular websites in the internet. The website offers blogs, articles and videos – and is actually one of my favorites for my internet marketing campaigns.

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Using Digg for your internet marketing campaign is easy. First, create an enticing or interesting blog, or article. For example, let’s use “Overcoming Challenges in SEO Outsourcing@rajarsinha

Second, submit the blog to Digg using this link: http://digg.com/tools/diggthis/confirm.

submit link to Digg form

Once the link has been submitted. Editors at Digg would analyze the article, categorize it, and then publish it.

Digg has a wide range of categories, I am sure that it can cover your company as well.

digg category

Digg have mobile applications for both Android and iOS – which is a must-have for marketing websites.

My Overall Ratings

User-experience – 8/10

Traffic Generation – 6/10

Reddit – BONUS WEBSITE

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Reddit is a content-based community. Registered users are allowed to post text, links and submit content. The site is divided into several categories and then divided again into what they call “SubReddits”. (See the image below)

reddit category

(Image from Wikipedia.com)

One thing that I like about Reddit is that it is fairly easy to navigate. The website uses a simple URL format “/r/<insert community here>” for its subreddit communities. For example, if you want to target audience that is interested in “SEO”, then just use this URL format: www.reddit.com/r/seo .

Reddit has a huge community, and most of the members are active, if your post is interesting, — it could generate a lot of reactions and activity.

reddit community 

It has a very active community of users. In the image above, there were a lot of “thumbs up”, and there were over 800 comments within 3-4 hours after the single live post.  If you want to promote yourself in Reddit, learn what interests your niche community, create some good content, post and then wait for the results.

My Overall Ratings

User-experience – 9/10

Traffic Generation – 7/10

I hope I have been able to help you slightly with this information. Remember you can always Contact RedKite Internet Marketing and Web Designs for more information on how you can take your marketing to the next level.

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How Do Businesses Use Social Media Successfully?

Hi! – This is Marky. Today I am here to help you understand,

  1. How you can setup your own business social media by looking at how others have set them up successfully.
  2. Then we will look further into what options you have for social media participation.

We will conclude in the end of this blog, that the three important considerations before doing any social media then would be,

  1. To use Social Media to Brand your business above anything else
  2. To use social sites effectively (Different sites will need different content or posts)
  3. To know what posts appeal to the humans on the other side of the screen.

Social media goes beyond just Facebook and Twitter. There are many niche sites that cater to specific industries.  Then, there are other social sites that perform different functions. Before we discuss how business use social media “successfully”, let us understand first how businesses these days actually use social media. Let`s look at the business social media landscape today.

Social Media as a Direct Sales Tool

Usually found in E-Commerce websites that involve direct retail, Social media can be an amazing sales tool. Providing discounts, early bird offers and the like. Found mostly in B2C businesses. The rule here is that you need to know how to manage your posts. If everything is promotional and you are not able to analyse data, you may do more harm than good.

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E-Commerce FB campaign has low interactivity due to over-posting and non-human approach

Social Media used for Company Branding

Most companies use Social Media to brand themselves better. This is the most practical way to actually do social media. B2B, B2C and also famous personas use social media for this purpose. The message and branding is communicated well keeping the community in mind. This kind of social media campaign focuses on the brand but appeals to humans on a deeper human-human connection. This kind of a social media campaign usually includes doing reputation management and customer service as part of their branding agenda.

Appealing Business 2 Business FB Post

Appealing Business 2 Business  Post by Cisco – More Interactivity than E-commerce website above.

Some just want to “Jump On the Bandwagon” 

Some companies just use social media, because they feel if they do not, their company may not seem human. They simply make up accounts, put a few posts and leave them to wither and dry. This makes these companies look dry, less fierce, passive and non-competitive. A Bad Idea!

Some do it for SEO

Many businesses have seen the co-relation of social media and its benefits for SEO and so they use them more as a tactical SEO tool more than anything else. They use social media to gain the favor of Google-bots and are not really focused on their social circles. A bad idea as 40% of consumers check Social Media websites and prefer to work with those who communicate better.

Social media for personal branding

Some social media is targeted towards niche markets, like law, fitness, medicine and real estate. Many experts participate in these kinds of social media to get better ratings and/or direct business referrals.

Amazing Results w/Personal Branding

Amazing Results w/Personal Branding – sample Shaun T. Fitness Guru

Summarizing the different ways businesses use Social Media

If you have a business and you have decided to start a Social Media Campaign, looking at the samples above, you will first need to know your Goals of the campaign. What is it you want from social media? Are your social media goals realistic and practical? Clearly looking at the above samples of Cisco and Shaun T., we clearly see the superiority of their campaigns. Their social media campaigns are superior since they

  • Have better interaction with their audience
  • Focus on the Human in their social media circle
  • Subliminally are still able to get their business goals fulfilled successfully

Since we know now, “How” businesses use social media and what appeals to their social media audience – let`s tweak other factors of social media that can make or break your campaign.

Social Media Websites – What’s best for you?

Facebook & YouTube

Good for B2B (business to Business — sample of Cisco above) and B2C kinds of business (B2C – sample Shaun T. and the E-Commerce / Retail site above)

Twitter

Especially perfect for Personal Branding. CEOs of big companies now use Twitter to endorse their personal names behind brands. Ex.. Tim Cook / CEO Apple.  ScreenHunter_1956 Feb. 27 11.56 ScreenHunter_1957 Feb. 27 11.56

Linkedin

Great for B2B referrals, peer reviews and endorsements and recruiting. ScreenHunter_1958 Feb. 27 12.03

Zillow, Trulia, ActiveRain, Bigger Pockets

Niche sites for Real Estate professionals to connect, recruit and to build their online reputation. ScreenHunter_1960 Feb. 27 12.12

Avvo, Justia, Lawyers.com

Niche sites for lawyers to build reputation, peer to peer ratings, customer reviews and more.. ScreenHunter_1961 Feb. 27 12.15

HealthGrades, ZocDoc, Vitals

Doctor Reviews, profiles, reputation and more

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Yelp, Google Places and G+

General Business review Social website. ScreenHunter_1963 Feb. 27 12.18

The best advice I can give you is to follow a logical thought pattern. After that, try experimenting which can be very fun and there are still many ways to innovate how one can use Social Media. The benefits are rewarding,  as the loyalty you can get with Social Media is extensive. You can always call us USA:516-874-4777 or Philippines:046-416-2483 and learn how we can help you Market Your Business in the Internet.

Cheerios!

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Marky

Social Media Executive

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