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Richmond SEO - Things To Do In Virginia Beach


Richmond SEO - Things To Do In Virginia Beach

Ads make up a significant portion of the feed on social media platforms such as instagram. With so many people on social media, targeting has never been more important for marketing than now.

Traditional forms of marketing such as Television continue to decline in popularity, as mediums like social media continue to grow. Facebook has almost a quarter of the world's population engaging on its platform each month. If a business is not marketing on social media, it is missing out on a huge opportunity for growth and awareness.



What benefit do Paid Ads Have Over Organic?



Organic social media is great to sustain and keep your followers engaged. However, it is important that you take advantage of paid ads as well for three main reasons:



1. Better Awareness


If you aren't using paid ads, the effectiveness of your content is limited. As a business, it is hard to compete on social media against so many different pages. Using ads allows you to control how many eyeballs your content gets in front of. Facebook only displays your content to users that like your page, which means the only people who will see your content are your followers.


When you pay for ads, you are able to push the information across to a larger range of people. Paid social media is a great way to build awareness for specific campaigns, products, or services your business. It is also a lot cheaper than a lot of other traditional forms of media such as radio or Television.



2. More Precise Targeting


Social media has become so in depth that platforms like Facebook have created complete backend portals and ad managers that allow you to see exactly who is seeing your ad, allowing you to take control of who is seeing your ads. This is important because not every person that is seeing your content is qualified. Targeting allows you to pay adspend dollars getting the content in front of those that are more likely to convert. Using ad managers, you can target by your specific age demographic, income, gender, etc. The ability of social ads to be targeted means some of the cheapest adspend dollars. Traditionally, you would have to spend a lot more money to get your message across to the same amount of target people.


3. The Ability to Re-Target


If you are on a website looking at a product, and then seen that product on facebook, you have been retargeted. The Facebook Pixel is tracking code that allows you to track people who land on your website, and then run retargeting ads to them through facebook and instagram. This technique through social is highly effective, because you are targeting those people who are already qualified and were interested in your products. Before this feature, website owners had no way to target or run ads to people who ran on the site after they left. This ability to run ads to people who landed on your site make it an effective marketing and targeting tool. There is a significantly higher click through rate for ads that are based on the Pixel or re targeting audience versus a random audience.


Choosing Which Social Platform to use


There are a variety of social media platforms, and each one should be used strategically based on a few key factors.


Facebook Ads


You cant really go wrong with Facebook. It is best to begin running on ads on Facebook because as a platform it has the highest traffic, and is a leader in advertising experience. The ability to target based on interests is one of the most useful aspects of Facebook as a marketing tool. Facebook gives you the ability to run a wide range of ads, including video, photo, and are constantly developing new opportunities and different ways to advertise on their platform.


Facebook ads are usually the best place to start, because Facebook is the industry leader in both users and advertising experience. Facebook allows you to not only run campaigns, but also tack the success of each campaign with useful analytics and data. People typically spend more time on Facebook than most other platforms, which means it is also the platform that has the largest opportunity for engagement. 



Instagram Ads


Instagram, now owned by Facebook, also has a great ad interface that allows you to find your audience. Instagram actually uses the same ad manager as Facebook, which makes it easy to manage both. The main difference between Facebook and Instagram is the age demographic each platform attracts. Facebook attracts a much older demographic, while instagram tends to be used more by people under the age of 30. Instagram also has a much higher quality of content, since it has been more accepted by social media influencers as a daily platform. Even though it is more challenging to create comparable content to influencers, companies that can successfully take advantage of instagram ads can dominate. Statistics also show that mobile users are much more likely to convert on a website if they come from Instagram. If done properly, instagram can be a huge platform to build brand awareness and drive qualified traffic to a website.


YouTube Ads


Youtube ads can be a great advertising resource if you have all of the proper equipment. Every day, more and more people are choosing the content they want to watch on sites like youtube, and traditional TV is dying. Youtube ads run right before the video a user is searching for is played. In this short amount of time, you can prompt users to click through to your website, or just promote your brand as a whole. Interestingly enough, Youtube is the only internet platform that actually attracts more men than women. The platform is also owned by Google, which is great because you have the ability to track the success of your campaigns with Googles in depth analytics.


LinkedIn


One of the platforms a lot of people don't think about when considering ads on social media is LinkedIn. Even though the platform has significantly less users than other social media platforms, it is still a great tool to connect with other businesses. If you are selling to consumers, it probably isn't the best route to go. Because LinkedIn is mainly a social media site for businesses and employees, there isn't as large of a consumer basis on the platform. One unique thing about LinkedIn that may or may not be useful depending on the campaign is the income demographic. People on Linkedin make a high average salary, and have steady jobs.


Snapchat


Still gaining its roots, Snapchat is starting to come into the world of social media ads. Snapchats audience is almost entirely millennial based, with younger generations following. Snapchat ads may run in between stories, or may live on the feed page. Although snapchats ads are newer and still being updated, they can be an effective way to stand out from other companies running social campaigns. Snapchat is best used to promote brand awareness, or to influence users to “swipe” through to a landing page.


Summary


Businesses that are not hopping into the world of social media marketing are going to slowly disappear in the digital world. Social is now an integral part of the internet, and an integral part of our daily lives. It is important to start now, as social media continues to develop and becomes more significant in daily life. By putting out quality ads and having a good strategy for targeting, businesses can expect great ROI from running sponsored ads. 


demographic or target market there is a way to get your message directly in front of them.


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