where should Facebook sit in our marketing mix?So, Where Does Facebook Stand For Local Business Marketers?

How much does it matter to be a Facebook marketer/ advertiser? A website remains the place where business owners can CONTROL their brand message online, including the depth of information necessary for those discerning prospective new buyers (and search engine crawlers looking to rank the good content); however, it is normal for local business owners to wonder where should Facebook sit in our marketing mix?

Let’s take a quick look at some data and ideas.

 

Traffic From Facebook Down

According to Chartbeat, direct traffic (e.g. measured part as visitor comes direct/ visitor browser set NOT to allow tracking) and traffic from ‘Google searches’ to business websites number higher than referral traffic from Facebook. In fact, that Facebook traffic has been declining since January 2017. At least traffic from people on mobile devices (see chart below) that is, but mobile is certainly a basis for traffic measurement and the data point is certainly very noteworthy.

Google Search Over Facebook Referral

For a time Facebook was one of, if not, the most important sources of traffic for marketers. For some business owners it was critical to be active there…. and, so far as social media networks go, it still is the most enormous gathering place online! While the data above suggests Facebook is trending down as a driver of traffic to business websites, the opportunity as a potential source of traffic & leads should never be underestimated! In fact, w
hen the work posted into any social environment is great, a positive side effect is often a social media presence that people will talk about … in the ways they personally like to talk online in these networks.

 

Facebook Ads Performance Up 

While Facebook appears to generate less organic referral traffic (to business websites) in the chart above, it’s still the largest social network! And in spite of that data above ADVERTISING PERFORMANCE has actually improved a great deal, which keeps (considering its’ targeting capabilities and low cost) Facebook on the shortlist of potential traffic driving opportunities. According to the latest internet trends report by Mary Meeker, the click-through rate of ads on Facebook has tripled since 2016.

ads improvement on facebook

 

Consider that advertisements in social network environments are generally an interruption versus, for instance, being visible when a person is actually searching for something. When it’s a search it is a qualified individual actually looking for something with specific intent; whereas, with social networks like Facebook advantages may include getting to them early or branding, a low cost per eyeball and specific interests targeting.  

 

Summary: Focus On SEO, But Keep Social Networks & Facebook On The Radar

For local business marketers, social media should play a role in an online strategy; however, a brand’s website content and its’ ‘search engine optimization’ must remain priority! Timely, authoritative content that offers the best user experience possible has re- situated itself atop the list of traffic drivers … but Facebook still matters! It also offers rare and specific targeting capabilities, a definitive advantage! 

Video Commercials And Small Business video production by Kinetic Knowledge

Social media platforms allow even the smallest business to advertise video commercials online to a potentially massive audience and without breaking the budget! That plus a share-friendly environment, where video can be viewed and then shared to friends easily, offers a revolutionary opportunity. Here are some tips for creating compelling video commercials. 

Commercial Video Type

Businesses typically use either promotional video or a commercial, and there is a difference between the two. Promotional videos are often more lengthy, possibly with detailed explanations for a product or service. They act more as a showcase for a brand’s offerings. A commercial is more likely meant to establish a brand in a memorable way, without being too long or cinematic.

Promotional videos can work well for specific initiatives like maybe a specific product launch; whereas, a commercial might be a unique and interactive way to introduce a brand to a target audience. Commercials are often used to drive traffic, maybe to raise brand awareness and/ or expand reach with new prospects.

Script For Video Commercials

A key component to some video is the script; its purpose being to convince prospects of the value in goods or services. And while most of us are not wordsmiths or copy writers, it is important to consider tone, intention and the target- prospect. The point is always to ensure an audience takes something important away from having viewed the video. With a script, consider asking these questions:

  • Who is this commercial for?
  • What problem does the subject solve?
  • What is the a call-to-action?
  • What is the goal?

And remember that while commercial video may be brief, pertinent information should still keep an audience interested while getting the point across!

YouTube And Facebook Video Ads

YouTube, Facebook & Instagram offer great options for advertising with video content. In fact Facebook ads can be integrated with Instagram to reach an even larger audience. YouTube charges advertisers when their entire ad is viewed (i.e. not when skipped over); whereas, Facebook typically charges a rate based upon impressions. For users to watch advertising video on Facebook they have to be logged, but with YouTube they do not. On YouTube ads are placed in-stream (i.e. ads play before a chosen video starts), but they also offer opportunities to pace static banners as overlays on or beside a random video. Facebook is tops for selecting keywords & demographic target information in order to ensure the video reaches the best audience.

 

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