Saturday, September 30, 2017

Weekend Favs September 30

Weekend Favs September 30 written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week.

I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you to check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from an online source or one that I took out there on the road.

  • Kapa99 – Kapa99 is a subscription service dedicated to solving all your graphic design needs.
  • Drag – Organize your inbox – Transform Gmail into organized lists (like Trello, in Gmail).
  • FullContact – Know everything about your Gmail contacts, right from your inbox.

These are my weekend favs, I would love to hear about some of yours – Tweet me @ducttape

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A Guide to Facebook Advertising

A Guide to Facebook Advertising written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing

As users, we encounter Facebook advertising on a daily basis without much consideration of the thought, research, and effort that goes into the content in our feeds. When the tables are turned, and it comes time for business owners to build their own Facebook campaign, the world of social media advertising can suddenly become a baffling process.

There are overwhelming benefits to pushing through and learning the basics to create your own social media strategies. A study conducted in 2016 by eMarketer found that more than 95% of social media marketers considered Facebook to be the most effective social media marketing platform.

This huge support is largely due to the fact that successful Facebook advertising allows businesses to target their campaigns effectively; it doesn’t discriminate smaller businesses, as a few hundred dollars can generate significant conversions if used effectively; it’s a much more intuitive system to learn compared to search platforms such as Google AdWords; and individual advertisements are incredibly flexible and customisable, with 11 different forms currently available.

We’re going to assume that you’ve set up your Facebook Ads Manager account, and have selected ‘Create ad’ from the top left drop-down menu. Navigating to this stage is very straightforward, but there are plenty of step-by-step resources available.

1. Your Campaign Objective

The first question you will be asked is what you want your campaign to achieve. The options given will cater to just about any stage of your business journey, whether you’re just starting out or want to expand internationally. Most businesses select the ‘Conversions’ option, however, lead generation, boosting brand or local awareness, and increased engagement are also popular choices.

This choice is an important one and will help Facebook to auto-optimise your ad settings. Don’t forget to give your campaign a date-inclusive name in the next step, which will help you to navigate between campaigns as your strategy becomes more complex.

2. Your Targeted Audience

The aim should be to get your target audience sitting between the 500,000–1,000,000 mark. Too high, and you will waste a fortune trying to sort the wheat from the chaff. Too low, and you won’t reach your optimum impact potential.

Approach this section armed with some audience data and customise everything, from age and gender through to physical location, likes, and job titles. For first-timers, letting Facebook auto-select your ad placement is a safe choice.

3. Your Ad Type and Creative

The creative of your Facebook ads drive lead generation with copy, imagery and/or video. While images and headlines will be best at stopping people mid-scroll, it is equally as essential to capitalise on this pause with a captivating description and strong call to action. Your initial object will determine which type of ad you choose, in turn determining the optimum image specs, video length, and text breakdown.

  • For increasing website traffic or leads, choose between link click ads, video ads or boosted page posts.
  • For increasing product or sales leads, choose between carousel ads, dynamic product ads, Facebook lead ads, canvas ads and collection ads.
  • For increasing Facebook page likes or engagement, choose between page like ads and page photo, video or text ads.
  • For increasing application installations, choose between mobile, desktop and Instagram mobile app ads.
  • For increasing event attendance or in-store visits, choose between event ads, offer claims and local awareness ads.

In general, I recommend keeping each ad aligned with a single message, insisting that less is more when it comes to copy, while images should be bright and contain your single-minded value proposition to reinforce your text.

4. Your Campaign Budget

Facebook offers two options: daily budget limit and lifetime budget. The former allows you to nominate an average spend per day, for example, $10, which Facebook will spend in the best way possible. Despite the name, it is more of an average than a daily limit, as some days will be identified as better performing, so Facebook may decide to spend up to $12.50, while other days will be quiet and it will only spend $7.50.

Most experts suggest a moderate daily budget, set to an unlimited lifetime—which you can pause or cancel at any time—as a good introduction to Facebook advertising campaign performance. Leave the bidding to Facebook at this stage while you’re still learning what clicks are worth for your campaign.

5. Your Campaign Progress

Back in Facebook Ads Manager, your campaigns will be laid out before you so you can keep an eye on how everything is tracking. Play around with sorting via audience or objective, as well as focusing on individual ad sets. Explore your advertising metrics, such as cost per click (CPC), impressions and conversions, and as you become more familiar with your campaigns, you can update which metrics you can see.

Author Bio

Mike Bird is a co-founder of digital marketing agency, Social Garden, which specialises in data-driven lead generation & marketing automation to grow companies’ revenue in the finance, property and education verticals in Australia.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Twitter Testing 280 Character Limit, Apple Switches To Google and Revised Adwords T & C: Weekly Forum Update

Much of the big discussion this will was around Twitters testing a character limit that is double their existing character limit.

Beyond that, there was some interesting discussion around Apples switch to from bing to Google as the search engine for spotlight and Siri.

Twitter tests 280 character tweets

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Twitter  announced that it is testing upping the twitter character limit to up to 280 characters.

Over on Webmaster World the sentiment seems positive or neutral on the change but over on CEO, Jack Dorsey’s twitter – long time users were not keen on the change and felt that the character limit was part of the essence of what Twitter is. Jack Dorsey responded to the criticism with the following:

Apple switches from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS

View full discussion here

A lot of the discussion on Webmaster World surrounding the switch was why Apple has not tried to buy a smaller search engine or build their own. One member commented seeing Applebot on their servers for a couple of years.

Google Adwords Updating Terms & Conditions

View full discussion here

Some of the changes highlighted as part of the new Adwords Terms and Conditions include:

  • Allowing Google to test campaigns without notifying advertisers
  • Disputes to be settled by binding arbitration and blocks advertisers from joining class action lawsuits

On Webmaster World the discussion was around how users don’t ever read terms and conditions. Also, it was noted that with ‘deep enough pockets’ arbitration clauses can be challenged.


Best way to link to site in a Facebook post?

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Over on SEOchat, a photogprapher asked about the best way to link back to her site from Facebook, without being spammy.

Member Mike Hoklin provided the following advice,
This is what I do. When I come back from a trip (like I’m doing tomorrow), I post the photo on my blog with the details. Then I create a new Facebook Page entry with a short teaser and/or title of image….something like that. The paste that copied link into that FB entry. I usually share that FB Page Entry into my personal FB account and some of the FB Groups I belong.”


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Marketing Day: Facebook video metrics, affiliate marketing strategies & canonical tags

Here's our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.

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7 on-site SEO problems that hold back e-commerce sites

Is your e-commerce site experiencing weak organic traffic? Columnist Pratik Dholakiya shares some common issues that impact SEO for online retailers and offers a few suggestions.

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Canonical tags gone wild

What happens when canonical tags get out of control and how can you rein them in? Columnist Patrick Stox shares his findings and insights.

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Artificial intelligence is changing the rules of account identification

Columnist Peter Isaacson takes a look at how AI-powered intent data is transforming the way B2B marketers approach their Account-Based Marketing programs.

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