Monday, January 6, 2014

Why It’s essential to identify Your Promoted Social Media viewers

 Often times, a company might focus on a few ads, and then distribute those across all social networks with the same messaging and graphics.  But all networks are not shaped equally.  There are things that work on Facebook that just don’t float on Linkedin. 

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn offer their business users the ability to promote their posts or create whole ad campaigns to promote transversely the network.  But all three networks have different demographics and ways that people digest their information.  Therefore, a silver bullet ad just won’t work across all three. Here are the differences, with advice for each.
Keep it short, funny, and contextual.  People respond on Twitter to tweets that are attractive and evoke emotion.  I’ve seen tweets from companies that have been hilarious, touching, and anger-inducing.  However, when companies pay to have a tweet promoted, their skill to evoke emotion seems to fall to the wayside.  When a company is looking to get revelation with their organic tweets, they work hard to make the tweet engaging.  

But when the tweet is guaranteed to receive that exposure, they get lazy and just cram an ad into the tweet. Don’t succumb to this shortcut.  Regardless of whether a tweet is promoted or organic, it should engage your audience and induce some type of emotional response from your followers or target demographic.  Tweets that evoke passion or create ties to what the user is experiencing at that moment are much more likely to be shared or retweeted.

If you’re advertising for a B2B product, then LinkedIn is the way to go in many cases.  However, also appreciate that the people you’re targeting on Linkedin are being solicited by many dissimilar sources.  Whether it’s the salesperson, recruiter, or service provider that is trying to earn their business, Linkedin can often feel like the floor of a sales convention to some of its users.  So avoid being too promotional with your ad. 

Linkedin users digest a lot of news stories from their news feeds.  With the purchase of Pulse earlier this year, Linkedin has thrown their hat into the news sharing business.  This provides an opportunity for businesses to attract attention to their offerings by positioning the promotional material as a news story.  

Write a thought maddening story that really works to promote your offering in a natural and newsworthy way.  Then, post an update to the story and promote that update.  If the title is engaging and the story has value, you’ll find a great conversion rate with this method.

Example of a LinkedIn Pulse article that is both informative and promotional.
If you want to really take full advantage of Facebook ads, then you have to look to the newsfeed.  Facebook recently opened up the prime real estate of the newsfeed to advertisers, and the results have been remarkable.  Previously, click through rates on left sidebar ads were in the low single digit percentiles… if you were lucky.  However, with the larger images and message that is allowed in the newsfeed, CTRs of double digits are possible

Take advantage of the space that Facebook gives you.  Design a gorgeous ad and write great copy to go along with it.  What’s great about ads on Facebook is that if your targeted audience likes or shares the ad, it’s then disseminated through their network and you receive extra advertising for free.
Because of this, you should try to make your ads as “viral” as possible.In summary, examine the demographics of each social network and the way that their users digest information.  Then make a marketing strategy that focuses on each network individually. 

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