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Understanding the differences between Google AdWords and Facebook is crucial to marketing success.

Google is the unquestioned king of search engines, and Facebook is the most popular social media platform in the world. While it’s important to invest in your marketing efforts wisely, don’t conflate how these two giants operate. People generally use Google and Facebook for very different reasons, and it’s important to recognize that your tactics for generating traffic on one platform may not work on the other.

1. Different Purposes: Awareness and Intent

Think of the purpose behind Google: people want to know more about something so they search for answers. There is a motive or intent behind every Google search, whereas Facebook curates ads and sponsored content based on users’ apparent interests. Marketers must approach these platforms differently to make valuable connections.

2. Specific Ideas vs. Broader Concepts

When tailoring a strategy to Google, the goal should be to answer very specific questions. For Facebook, it’s more about casting a larger net to a wider audience.

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Hands down, the most cost/effective way to generate revenue for a small business is to use online advertising.

In this live workshop, our company's founder spoke at Downtown Works in San Diego on October 5th, 2016 about how to use Facebook via paid advertising in order to capture leads.

You may have read about “online sales funnels” and “lead capturing” techniques, but how exactly do they work?

We showed our live audience how in 3 easy steps.

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Hands down, the most cost/effective way to generate revenue for a small business is to use online advertising. In this article, we’ll specifically talk about how to use Facebook via paid advertising in order to generate leads.

You may have read about “online sales funnels” and “lead capturing” techniques, but how exactly do they work? In this article, I’m going to explain how to set-up a lead capturing funnel just 3 easy steps.

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Many marketers create audiences without ever leaving the realm of the Power Editor, but if you want your Facebook Ads campaigns to be truly effective, you may need to go outside those boundaries.

But first of all:

Why are Facebook Ads effective for reaching decision makers?

  • Facebook offers a huge audience with super long reach
  • Facebook's advertising platform and tools offer super-granular targeting capabilities
  • There's an option to target people by job title, position, industry, education and education field.
  • There's plenty of B2B categories (which allow you to distinguish between people who are interested in tourism, and those who work in the Hospitality Industry, for example).

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In a 2015 study, 59% of small businesses reported that they did not receive an ROI from their social media strategies.


That is a shame.

And it is proof of ineffective marketing strategies performed by business owners without experience or marketers who are not utilizing social media tools properly.

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Facebook is a great, cost-effective way to drive traffic to your small business. The platform offers many different ways for you to reach potential customers, too! We’ve covered the basics of creating a boosted post or ad on Facebook, but today we’re going to highlight the best Facebook ad types that you can use for your small business.

Why are there different types of Facebook ads?

Facebook can’t show your ad to everyone. In addition to it costing a fortune, showing your ad to people who are unlikely to take action would be a waste of money.

Instead, Facebook creates a pool of potential people based on the targeting you select. Facebook will then choose who to show your ad to based on the type of ad you select.

This means that if your desired goal is to drive people to your website (a more general outcome), Facebook will show your ad to people who would be different from the people who’d see your ad if your goal was to get people to claim a coupon offer (a more specific outcome).

So when you create a Facebook ad, think about what’s most important to you. And if you’re not 100% sure what kinds of outcomes would be beneficial, we’ve got you covered!

What kinds of Facebook ads will boost your small business?

Website click ads are primarily used for driving traffic to a page of your choice. Your destination could even be a 3rd party page, but ideally you’d want to send the traffic to your own proprietary website. Facebook will show your ad to people who are more likely to click on it; the more relevant your ad is, the cheaper each click will be.

This type of ad is great for improving brand, event, offer, or product awareness. If you’re doing any kind of pixeling on your website (i.e., for ad retargeting), website click ads will help you grow the audience for that campaign as well.

Website conversion ads are primarily used to generate visitors who are most likely to take final actions and convert on your website. The more relevant your ad is, the cheaper each conversion will be.

While both website click ads and website conversion ads will send traffic to your website, people who are likely to click on your ads are not necessarily people who are likely going to convert. So if you know that conversions are essential, consider an ad optimized specifically for them.

If you’re interested in running website conversion ads, check out our blog post on Facebook conversion tracking!

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:02

How To Set Up Facebook Conversion Tracking

If you’re running Facebook ads or boosted posts, Facebook will automatically show you some great data about how many people see your ad and how many people are taking action by liking, sharing, or commenting on your ad. You’ll also see how many people are clicking to go to your website. By default, though, Facebook won’t tell you how many people actually converted as a result of your ad.

Luckily, this is easy for us to fix. Follow these simple steps to gain better insights about your company’s ad performance!

Why should I add conversion tracking to my website?

Facebook conversion tracking helps you understand:

  • How many ad-referred visitors are taking action on your website
  • Which ad or boosted post is leading to the most conversions

Without conversion tracking, you’re left guessing about which sales or mailing list sign-ups were the direct result of your paid advertising. It’s hard to justify investing money in online ads if you don’t know how many sales you received as a result.

All you need to set up Facebook conversion tracking is a Facebook ads account, a clear understanding of the conversion you’re tracking, and the page you’re going to be using to track the conversion. Here are a few examples:

  • Purchases of product are tracked via visits to an unique thank you page.
  • Sign-ups for a mailing list are tracked via visits to an unique thank you page.
  • Views of a key page, like a unique whitepaper download page, are tracked by visitors to that specific page.

You may even have multiple conversion types on your website, which is totally okay! Facebook will let you track as many as you want. Just make sure you select the right one when you create your ad or boosted post.

How do I set up Facebook conversion tracking?

  1. Go to Conversion Tracking and click on create a pixel.
  2. Facebook will ask you what kind of conversion you’re tracking. Select from Checkouts, Registrations, Leads, Key Page Views, Adds to Basket, or Other Website conversions.
  3. Give your pixel a name that you’ll remember.
  4. A box will pop up called view pixel code. Copy its contents.
  5. Go to the page you’re using to track that conversion and paste the code inside the and tags. Save the page once you’re done.
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:00

Facebook Boosted Posts Vs. Ads

 

Facebook Advertising: Should You Use Boosted Posts, Ads, or Both?

Many small businesses are looking to Facebook as a cost-effective way to get their content, deals, and offers in front of new potential customers. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the two main ways of advertising on Facebook — boosted posts and ads — and give you the knowledge you need to get started!

Boosted Posts

If you’ve posted anything to your business’ Facebook Page, you’ve probably seen a blue button, reading “Boost Post,” in the lower-right corner of each post. Clicking on this button will begin the boosted post creation process.

Boosted posts enable you to easily get a larger audience for a single specific Facebook post. Since you can include as much or as little information as you want in your post, you can make your paid content very informative. You’ll instantly see how many more people you can reach with a boosted post than an unboosted post.

Spending Options: Total budget. Facebook will automatically optimize your spend.

Audience Options: Boosted post audience options prioritize connections to your Page. You can choose people who like your Page only, people who like your Page and their friends only, or people you select through targeting certain geographic locations, age-ranges, and interests.

Location Options: News feed, mobile news feed, and right column.

Results:Page post engagements, a catch-all term that includes things like:

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The Most Obvious Choice Might Not Be the Best One

Google Adwords is normally the first name that comes to mind when most people think of Pay-Per-Click advertising or online display networks.

This is more than understandable. Google is the undisputed king of the internet (especially in terms of search volume and users).

Most established small businesses looking to “branch out” into online advertising look to advertise on Google first. However their “search” usually begins and ends there once they hit their ad budget (and usually doing so very quickly) and are confused as to the next best option.

In terms of reaching the most eye balls, Google is still #1 by far. There are other very effective display networks other than the Silicon Valley giant out there though. When determining which one is actually the best choice for your business, Google isn’t always the default choice.

Below are some of the pros and cons of the three biggest display networks you can advertise on:

Google Adwords

Pros:

  • Most popular search engine (by far) accounting for 67% off all online searches
  • Younger, savvier internet users (in general)
  • Biggest content network & more ad extension (for adding business contact details, etc.)
  • More intuitive interface and easier to set up

Cons:

  • Most expensive (also by far)
  • Less affluent searchers (when compared to Bing / Yahoo)
  • Slightly lower conversion rates (also when compared to Bing / Yahoo)
  • Very unforgiving if your account gets suspended
  • Lower quality scores for sites with affiliate links

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