3 Effective Facebook Marketing Tips (for Local Businesses on a budget)

Effective Facebook marketing tips

With 2.7 billion+ monthly users, Facebook is easily among the most potent social media platforms to expand your audience and reach out to potential customers… yet with Facebook becoming increasingly saturated with competition, anyone without a heavy budget will struggle to see success on the platform.

That said, if you have a smaller or limited budget, you can still expand your audience reach and increase your following tremendously by following these 3 effective Facebook marketing tips:

1. Be Interesting

The key to Facebook success (and really social media success, in general) is to create value for your audience.

No one wants to see blatant self-promotion screaming at them on their feeds.

However, we’ll welcome it [ALL DAY!] if it comes in the form of interesting pics, curios facts, valuable data, relevant quotes, or resonating testimonials.

If you’ve been in business for awhile, you’re clearly doing something right.

Dig deep and spend time figuring out what you’re doing right and capture the essence of it in your social media posts.

Do this and you’ll see a DRAMATIC increase in engagement (and ultimately, sales).

2. Post Something Everyday

When it comes to winning on social media, consistency is key.

When doing business online, you always want to stay top-of-the-mind with both prospects AND clients!

You can easily do this with a regular and consistent social posting schedule so that your audience is reminded of you every day.

Btw, this is how big brands became household brands that we all know — when you see a brand like Clorox consistently, over time you end up storing it in your brain and the next time you need to get something REALLY CLEAN or REALLY WHITE, guess what pops right up in your mind?!

Social media, and Facebook specifically, makes it possible for you to do the same thing using this free trick (i.e., posting something everyday) that I guarantee many of your competitors don’t do.

In my own example, during the COVID pandemic, I needed a birthday cake for my 14 year old daughter.

The first place I went was social media, and the baker I used was someone I saw on my feed (Don Brigadeiro).

Here’s what’s so cool about this

…I didn’t even need to search Google because I found what I needed on social!

…had I gone onto Google, I’d have definitely seen other bakers and given choices and options, I’d have probably gotten the cake from someone else and NOT gotten to experience the awesomeness of Don Brigadeiro baker / owner David’s Brazilian brigadeiro cakes!

…finally, even if your local Facebook audience isn’t super huge, you can boost posts (more on this below) and run small ad campaigns so you CAN come up on local people’s feeds!

3. Supercharge Your Best Posts

If you’re looking for a guaranteed way to increase your Facebook engagements and following, boosting posts is likely your #1 option.

FYI, boosting posts is the equivalent of running a small ad campaign using your post as the ad creative.

Facebook offers a really easy way to boost posts and target exactly who you want to see your “ad”.

Remember, Facebook is in the business of making money so it’s in its best interest to have you boost as many posts as possible to the biggest audience but that wouldn’t make sense.

Here’s what you SHOULD do…

Instead of boosting posts arbitrarily, go through your posts and choose the one(s) that performed best and boost that one.

Because it already performed better than the others, you know you’re optimizing and maximizing your chances of it performing well if you boost it.

If those posts were already getting good reach organically, a promotion could will multiply that dramatically.

Of course, if you’re a local business, target the boost to show only to people in your local area.

Regarding duration, I’ve seen the best results after 4-5 days so leave it on for at least 5 days and don’t make any changes during that time.

Regarding ad budget, $100 a day per boosted post (for a small town for as many days as you can afford) is ideal however if that’s too much for you initially, figure out a number you’re comfortable with and work towards that $100/day because the sooner you get in front of more people, the closer you’ll be to becoming a top-of-mind brand that everyone remembers when they need the products / services / etc. you provide.

Need guidance or help tackling any of the above (or other important marketing tasks that are getting neglected)??

The best way to actually SEE what I can do for you is by getting a free evaluation where I tell you what’s working, what isn’t, and what I would recommend to a friend or family-member (no salesy fluff or B.S.)… and then you decide how you want to move forward.

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How To Attract Parents To Your School Using Google Ads

How to promote a school using Google Ads

Attracting parents to your school can be difficult. You may be wondering where to begin. What sort of marketing avenues are relevant to your demographic?

With restricted budgets the norm, how can you ensure a reliable return on ad spend (ROAS)?

In this article, we are going to take a look at how to promote a school using Google Ads.

The 3 main elements of your Google Ads campaign

When putting together a marketing strategy for school promotion, there are three key elements you will want to address: paid ads, local results, and organic results.

Let’s take a look at each…

    Organic Results

    These are the results that Google determines to be the most relevant based on a huge assortment of factors.

    This can be anything from the relevancy of your website to the performance of it, i.e. your bounce rate, how quick it is to load, and so on.

    This is not a paid placement, yet it is one of the most important elements if you are wondering how to attract students to your high school.

    Tactics like search engine optimization and link building are critical here.

    Local Results

    This section relates to the local results whenever a search query is made with a location or include words like “near me”.

    When someone conducts a search of this nature, three schools, businesses, organizations, etc. will typically feature at the top of Google, alongside the contact information.

    Being one of the schools in your area that features in these sections enhances your visibility considerably.

    Paid Ad Results

    Finally, another option is paid Google Ads.

    You will be able to easily identify these, as they are placed in a green box and have the word ‘Ad’ written next to them.

Google marketing practices for schools

Now that you are aware of the key marketing mediums via Google, let’s take a look at the practices you should be putting in place.

Understanding Keyword Strategy

When it comes to Google ads of any nature, an effective keyword strategy is a must.

Keywords are simply phrases and terms that you use within your content and bid on when it comes to paid ads.

For example, you could select “new york school” as one of your target key phrases.

Updating Your Website

A lot of schools are guilty of having websites that are slow to load and difficult to operate.

This creates a negative impact on your ranking on Google.

Mastering Google Ads (formerly Google AdWords)

Google Ads is the platform for managing all your paid ads. A few tips…

  1. Make sure your ad copy is compelling so parents want to click
  2. Include keywords in your ad copy (it lowers your cost-per-click and boosts conversion)
  3. Once the parent is on your page, make sure it’s clear what steps they should take
  4. Continuously monitor ad performance to see what ads, keywords, and ad groups are driving the best performance

So there you have it… Easy tips for attracting parents to your school using Google Ads.

If you follow the tips above, you will have a good basis for increasing exposure online.

 

All the best,

– Ivan

8 Most Important Paid Search Tips For Online Retail Businesses

With the share of digital ad spend at 29.9% in 2015 and expected to increase to 39.3% in 2019* the digital advertising marketplace is becoming increasingly competitive for ecommerce retailers.

With this in mind, optimising paid search should be a priority for all retail marketers in 2016. Let’s take a look at some of the most important pay-per-click tips for online retail:

1) Segment Campaigns

Google Shopping and AdWords allow you to bid at product or keyword level, however, this is a feature that many advertisers fail to adopt. It is particularly important in online retail to segment your Google Shopping campaigns to the finest level possible, because your inventory may be seasonal and individual items have different bidding values.

Let’s take ‘women’s clothes’ for example. You could easily just create a single ad group containing all women’s clothes ads; however, this could easily lead to poor performance. It would be a much better decision to segment your products into groups such as ‘blouses’ ‘jumpers’, ‘trousers’ ‘shorts’ etc.

Doing so will allow you to have much better control over bids and bid according to seasonality for example. However this could be taken a step further: it is actually possible to bid for each individual product, so if you know that yellow shorts sell better than the green ones, you can adapt your bids accordingly.

2) Focus on environmental factors

When reviewing your campaign performance, it is tempting to focus on the reasons why you are not making sales, but perhaps you should also be looking at when your campaigns are performing their best?

By looking at the reasons for “good performance,” you may find that your sales can be influenced by environmental factors such as the time of the day, the user’s device or the weather, to which you can also adapt your bidding strategy.

3) Use geographic bid modifiers

For both AdWords and Google Shopping campaigns, consider implementing geographic bid modifiers. Do you only deliver to a certain region? Restrict who can see your ads. Are there some areas that convert better than others? Bid up!

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