If you own a business, then you definitely have an created and optimized your Facebook business page and run regular ads. Because if you’re not, you are definitely missing out on potential customers.
Pages tend to sponsor / boost their best offer, product or package that would grab attention & generate results.
Guess what! Well Facebook now lets you and basically everyone else spy on your competitor’s Facebook ads a page is running on Facebook. You can check all the running Facebook ads for any Facebook page.
How can you spy on the ads on your Competitors’ Facebook Pages in 1 Click & what can you learn:
All you have to do is open the Facebook Page, click on “Info & Ads” on the bottom left side of the page.
What this feature allows you to access:
- How many Facebook ads is a business currently running
- What the ads look like, text, content, image video, button, link…
- Where they are running ads, in which country.
What you can’t access:
- To whom is this ad targeting – audience profile
- The budget of the ads
- How long they has a certain ad been running
- The comments, reactions, and shares on the ads unless its a boosted ad.
Check how travel agencies in Lebanon are promoting their summer packages through Facebook ads and what can you, a travel agency owner learn from the below:
Running one ad in Lebanon showing multiple packages in one post. Packages are focusing on Turkey.
Suggestion for their ad manager: Feature each package alone. You can thank me later
Running 3 ads in Lebanon. A package focusing on Turkey as well.
Suggestion for their ad manager: It will cost you less to get likes by featuring one cheap packages then asking people to like your facebook page. You need a new designer.
Running 3 ads in Lebnaon. None focusing on Turkey. Packages focus on Rhodes, Limassol.
Suggestion for their ad manager: The ad in the image above is useless, it says stay tuned while everyone has almost booked his flights & why are you boosting a post without a link to your packages. The other ad has text that is cut…
This is the only travel agency with ads running outside Lebanon. Ads in Lebanon Honeymooners. None focusing on Turkey. Ads use albums with a number of photos per country.
Suggestion for their ad manager: Unlike other agencies, you barely add any details about the packages, so call whoever is responsible for the website & tell them it takes forever to load.
This is the number one agency in terms of number of ads running. Packages cover Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Paris.. Each ad uses one picture.
Suggestion for their ad manager: decrease the amount of text in the ad (the contact numbers)
Not promoting or sponsoring any packages, at least right now. However their Facebook page is pretty interesting. They are the first agency among the above mentioned to use videos instead of images.
Suggestion for their ad manager: PROMOTE YOUR VIDEO! Super cheap to do so, if done right you’ll get great results.
So if you are a travel agency based in lebanon, you should be doing the research i just did and then you’d notice your competitors are advertising packages for Turkey Mainly, Greece, & Cyprus.
A package that is costing less as little as 250$ to a range of 600$ is the most successful. Add the price on the image, add all the details in the description as most of the comments are asking for different days, Id suggest adding 3 packages same country longer days, & advertising the lowest price.
Use a lovely picture. If you have the right tools & you are a small agency go for a video, it will cost very little to reach out to users & is great for brand awareness.
The above study and analysis can be applied to any industry in any country. It will provide you with great insights to get ahead of competition.
The Facebook – Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal dominated headlines for weeks already. The scandal has shed light on how Facebook is a political tool.
Cambridge Analytica, a British data analytics company helped elect President Donald Trump by collecting data from around 50 million Facebook and using their information to be targeted with personalized anti-Clinton and pro-Trump propaganda.
So Facebook is a political tool?
Couple months ago, a government website in Lebanon that collects detailed information about Lebanese expats to register for the upcoming elections has included a Facebook Pixel. The Lebanese government website didn’t include any privacy details about the ownership and usage of this pixel. If the pixel is used to retarget users with personalized ads. Facebook will become a political tool that can affect the results of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Lebanon.
Amid Facebook’s data breach scandal:
- #DeleteFacebook hashtag is trending on Twitter. Users are deleting their Facebook accounts.
- Lawmakers and regulators across the US and Europe are calling for an investigation.
- Facebook lost 8% of its market value this week, or nearly $35 billion.
- Cambridge Analytica Suspends C.E.O.
- Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has offered his resignation after being implicated in a vote-buying scandal.
- Mark Zuckerberg admitted Facebook “made mistakes” but didn’t apologize.
The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica has exposed the role of online political advertising and how Facebook can be a powerful political tool.
Facebook launched a new feature for Facebook Pages to drive traffic to your website. Now you can create a Call-To-Action Button which is located in a fixed position within the cover photo section to the left of the “Like” button.
The new feature has been just introduced and therefore not available to everyone yet. Call-To-Action Button will roll out in the US over the next few weeks and worldwide starting in 2015 according to the official announcement. The Call-To-Action Button includes 7 options:
“Shop Now” “Contact Us” “Book Now” “Use App” “Sign Up” “Play Game” “Watch Video”
After choosing one of the options for the CTA button, Page admins should add the link of the website that the button will redirect visitors to, which is “Designed to bring a business’s most important objective to the forefront of its Facebook presence, call-to-action buttons link to any destination on or off Facebook that aligns with a business’s goals.” according to Facebook’s announcement.
One of the beta testers who has been using the CTA for the past three weeks confirmed its massive effectiveness in boosting its customer acquisition efforts. “Over the course of a three-week test, the Sign Up call-to-action button delivered a 2.5x higher conversion rate versus other comparable social placements aimed to drive new user acquisition.” — Brian Kim, Director of Acquisition, Dollar Shave Club
Check out Facebook’s official announcement of the CTA.
Facebook advertising works, but why? Everyone has Facebook. It’s the most popular website on the internet with more than 1.32 billion monthly active users according to Facebook Statistics. So no matter what product or service you are advertising for and who are targeting, Facebook can help. We already went over how to use Facebook to promote your Business, and now we will be pointing out the common mistakes done by businesses and advertisers.
Facebook campaigns can have multiple marketing goals, so if your trying to promote your page and grow your fanbase make sure to avoid the following:
-Targeting non Fans
If you are advertising for baby products, you need to adjust your target audience accordingly, when it comes to age or relationship status, a guy in his 20s’s will sure to ignore such ad. It is known that an ad that is relevant to your needs and interests, it is most likely you will be clicking on it, which in terms will increase conversions and lower CPC
The following screenshot is for an ad taken from my news feed is targeted for men and not women so it shouldn’t be showing on my news feed, obviously I won’t be clicking on this ad!
-Targeting your fans twice
If the campaign goal is getting “Likes”, then make sure to exclude people who are already connected to the page. Advertisers tend to target their fans who already liked the page which is a waste of your money, all you need to do is add the page name you are advertising for in the section below as shown in the screenshot so the ad doesn’t show up again on the fans news feed.
-Not Performing Split Test
When creating Facebook Ads, you MUST perform a split test when it comes to the caption and image of your ad.
1) Images are considered to be an important element in an ad, that is why you need to be using high quality pictures and you can preview the final ad before publishing. Facebook gives you the ability to use multiple images while using the same ad details to get the best performance of the ads.
The pictures below are screenshots of ads, one showing on News Feed and the other on Right Column. First image is cut from the right, text is unreadable to the viewer and the second image is distorted. Both images do no capture people’s attention thus will not provide the best results .
2) After creating your ad, duplicate the ad, using same image and all other detail then use a totally different caption. The ideal caption includes a call to action, a description to tell people what the page is about, and a website link, location or a phone number.
The screenshot below is an ad for a fitness center that doesn’t include any information or its location, which is redirected to an Instagram tab without a follow button thus the goal of the ad is invalid.
-Directing Ads to non-active Facebook Page
Before launching any campaign, make sure you start posting ahead of the campaign so when people click on your ad and land on your page they will find something interesting enough to “Like” your page.
Check the screenshot below of a sponsored ad, and the Facebook Page content has been added on (((Feb 2011))) and not updated since then, so why would anyone “Like” your page? Add few posts and share some links then launch a Facebook Campaign.
-Directing Ads to Slow Websites
Page loading time is an important element when it comes to user experience. Visitors don’t like to be kept waiting. So if you are redirecting your ads to a website that is slow then you will be losing conversions. ]that took more than according to pingdom. A website’s average loading time is around 7.25 seconds according to data published by Radarware. So any ad that is redirected to a website taking more than the average time to load will not give successful results since a slow website affects page views, conversions, traffic, click throughs and eventually sales.
-Not proofreading Ad Caption
You can’t ignore spelling mistakes, misused words, and grammar errors. It’s just unacceptable. If you’re spending money on ads, you can spend five more minutes and read.
Investing in Facebook advertising is important to promote any business, yet following certain measures when doing so has great significance for a campaign’s success and to make sure the money spent does yield effective results.
There are multiple social media platforms so Why should you use Facebook to market your business? Simply because ALL your customers are using it. You are, and there’s a good chance everyone you know is on Facebook. According to Business Insider, today Facebook is the largest social network in the world with 1.15 billion active users per month.
No matter how big or small your business is, you need to have a Facebook Business Fan Page and implement a social media marketing strategy to create exposure and visibility, increase interaction, brand loyalty and help your SEO ranking.
Facebook Business Fan Page
Create a page for your business not a group nor a personal profile.
Page name: Should be up to 3 words not more and should be exactly like your business name.
Page Info: Go to page settings, fill up all the sections (address, map, hours of operation, phone number…), one important section is the Facebook web address this shows up on Google and you can’t change it so think carefully when choosing the address (preferable to be same as page name).
Profile picture: Should always be your company’s logo, make sure the logo is visually attractive and not blurry.
Cover photo: Should sum up what your company sells or provides for example if you own a restaurant your cover photo should include images of tasty platters, deserts… include type of cuisine your restaurant serves, add other social networks icons/names and you can also add a call to action to promote a special offer. Note: use a high quality picture.
Content: Simple your content should include Post industry-related information, infographics and videos, So if people landed on your page they will actually see its active and informative and might actually covert from being random visitors to actual fans. For example, if you own a fashion store you should add well organized albums of your latest products through high quality images and associate full description to each and not random pictures. The content is should be related to your target audience, in the case of a fashion store, young girls are targeted so add fashion tips or designers updates or funny fashion and shopping pictures. Always add a caption above your images, around 15 words not more. The number of posts and the time of posting depends on your page business and the number of fans which varies between a newly launched page or a page that already has developed a close relationship with its fans. Post everyday 3 to 5 posts, starting from 10 am till 8 pm although you will notice Thursday to Sunday most of the posts will receive more engagement especially between 1 and 3pm. Tips: If your new to posting and have no idea what to post check what your local competitors and international pages in the same industry are posting about and the type of posts going viral. Note: Trial and error is always a fundamental method to detect the best strategy.
Promote your Fan Page
Facebook gives you the ability to advertise and promote your page by creating ads. On your home page, you notice on the right side the word sponsored. Under that section your ad will show and within your news feed there is a section for ads while scrolling down through the home page. Facebook ads can be directed towards Facebook Pages, Facebook Posts, Landing pages or websites. Now to create an ad for your page and show up on your potential client’s home page, on the right side of your screen click on build your audience then click promote page. You will see a list of settings, the country you want to target, age group, interests, gender… which gives you the ability to target your audience specifically. You can also choose the budget you want to spend on a daily basis as low as 1$ per day. Note: use really high res pictures and check if the pictures look good and not cut on different platforms. ALWAYS add a caption to your ads. The text should be brief, attractive, describing what your page does and includes a call to action such as, Click “Like” and check out….You can later on change or manage your ads performance to check your campaign’s success on: https://www.facebook.com/ads/manage. which shows CPL (cost per like/fan), Total money spent, duration of the ads and much more detailed information. The effect of the campaign is reflected on the page’s insights tab and an increase in the number of likes and interactivity will be noticed.
This is a bit advanced but if you actually plan to work on your Facebook page, you need to install a Landing page and direct your ads to it instead of the Facebook page directly. A Landing page forces visitors to click “Like” to proceed to your page unlike usual ads that are directed automatically to your Facebook page, where people might check and leave without becoming a fan. So a Landing page will decrease CPF. You can install a landing page through shortstack. Its not free but once you register you get access to other creative ideas such as voting competitions, photo contests…
Facebook introduces new features everyday that you can take advantage of and some companies already achieved great success through creative marketing strategies and are making lots of money. So what are you still waiting for!