The beautiful powerpoint I painstakingly put together for a client’s end-of-year marketing review played from my laptop as I explained a few key numbers and what they meant to the organization’s overall health. Some of the numbers, like a 5000% increase in Twitter click-throughs felt a little outrageous. I mean, when an organization had less than 10 click-throughs the year before because no one posted content on their page, it’s pretty easy to make impressive gains by simply posting content. But what did those numbers really mean and were they actually important?
When I first began using Facebook ten years ago choosing my account name was an easy task. Luckily I was among the first 100 million users of the social media giant which meant my personal name was still up for grabs. Even a year later when Facebook allowed you to become a fan of a business page the platform hosted fewer than 400 million account users. As Facebook nears 2.5 billion account users the prospect of finding your personal name or business name available as a social media account grows slimmer every day.
A friend from BNI, a networking group to which I belong, text me a few weeks ago about helping one of their clients with some digital advertising. We’ll call the client Zoom Medical Clinic. One of Zoom’s competitors, who we’ll call Advantage Health Clinic, was running Google Ads and using Zoom’s name in the headline.
First, Zoom wanted to know how their competitor could run such an ad and second, they wanted to know how they could stop their competitor from running the ad.
Topics: Marketing Ideas
Last month we taught a Local Facebook Ads Course live here in North Mississippi. We had a great group of participants and had several people approach us about taking the class via a webinar. We’re working on opening that option in future, but for now, we’re sharing some resources we’ve used to learn local Facebook ads best practices, strategies and tactics.
“How much does it cost to run ads on Google?”
This question ranks just under “how do I rank on the first page of Google?” in terms of the most common questions our clients ask. We lean heavily on our default answer: “it depends”.
WordStream, a digital company which assists businesses and marketing agencies with digital marketing, manages Google AdWords accounts for over 20,000 U.S. businesses. They pulled data from 18 industries and shared that information in an easy to read infographic.
As the internet replaces analog methods of communication such as telephone books and actual phone calls, it’s more important than ever that businesses prepare their website to accommodate customers with a disability. Dunkin’ Donuts is the latest company to learn this lesson the hard way. (Read the case here.)
At least once a week we’re asked how much it costs to run a Facebook ad campaign. Nobody really likes our “well, it depends” answer. Unlike traditional media which have a cost per column inch or cost per ad run, Facebook ad costs really depend on how much you want to spend and what you expect for your investment.
(Pictured: Cast of The Goonies (1985), Image Credit: IMDb, Warner Bros, Amblin Entertainment)
In my last blog, we discussed a generation of people who are quickly emerging as the next big target market. Xennials, a sub generation of young adults born between the moody Gen-Xers and ever optimistic millennials, were born between 1977 and 1985, which means they fall right in the middle of today’s largest target audience for marketers. If you haven’t had a chance to read The Xennial Effect -- part one of this series -- I implore you to stop reading this blog right now and check out part one to learn more about who Xennials are. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to come back to this post and learn about the marketing strategies that are guaranteed to speak to this hybrid generation.