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Facebook Post Boosts & Facebook Ads

 

Managing an organization’s Facebook page involves working with our clients to create relevant posts and using Facebook Ad Manager for marketing campaigns. When a post is created Facebook makes it very easy to extend the audience reach of that post by simply giving it a Boost. For a few extra dollars that post can potentially reach thousands more people.  That makes Boosting an easy way to expand audience reach. We use this tool but we recognize the limitations of what we can do with a Facebook Boost. We ensure only a very, very small portion of a client’s budget goes into Boosts. The Boost function doesn’t replace the benefits of running a marketing campaign on Facebook.

In contrast to Boosts, Facebook Ads have great customization capabilities.  There are many options for ad formats and creative development. Since our clients have many unique client profiles to reach Facebook Ads are the best way to effectively reach those people. In comparison, Boosts have very limited options for targeting. There is no real plan behind using a lot of Boosts, especially at the expense of Facebook Ads.

Using Facebook Ads is a process.  We set the goals, execute the plan, analyze the results and then put that learning to use again and again. Facebook Boosts are easy and helpful but they don’t replace a structured marketing plan.

If your organization needs help developing more effective social media marketing then get in touch with Junction Digital. You may already be managing your social media and creating great posts. If you are, then keep doing it. But if you are relying on Boosts and not leveraging the sophisticated tool set in Facebook Ad Manager then we can help.

Digital Marketing by the Numbers

Here are some marketing statistics that show the incredible power of digital marketing.

-Google drives 95% of all paid search ad clicks on mobile devices – Business Insider
-48% of customers started a search for something they bought with a mobile search – Google
-2 million businesses used Facebook ads in 2018 – Hootsuite
-82% of smartphone shoppers use “near me” searches – Search Engine Land
-By 2021 video advertising will be a $22 billion industry worldwide – emarketer
-More than 2/3 of digital display ads are programmatic now – emarketer

Our focus at Junction Digital is to help businesses grow with digital marketing services. Put this amazing technology to work for your business.

New Facebook Metrics Coming in April

For many years Facebook has used Relevance Score to measure ads in terms of their relevance to their target audience. This basic metric was somewhat helpful for marketers but not necessarily that insightful. Now Facebook will introduce new metrics to replace the Relevance Score at end of April.

Instead of the current Relevance Score, Facebook will have three new metrics to show ad performance:

  • Quality ranking: Ad quality on how the ad is perceived by the target audience
  • Engagement rate ranking: The expected engagement rate for your ad and how it compares with other competing ads
  • Conversion rate ranking: The expected conversion rate for your ad and how it compares with other competing ads

These new metrics will give advertisers more detail about the success of their ads and what they need to improve. The ad relevance metrics will start showing up over the next weeks while the relevance score will be removed on April 30.

Audience Reach Changes

Facebook’s potential reach numbers will be more accurate soon. This is the number that shows when we’re creating an ad and we see the potential audience reach of the ad. Right now reach is calculated on the total monthly active users on Facebook so it represents an absolute best cast of potential reach that you never really achieve.

With the new changes Facebook will only measure people who saw an ad on Facebook in the last 30 days. This change should provide a more realistic number for audience reach.

Overall these are welcome changes that will help manage expectations for a campaign and provide more insight into the campaign’s performance. That will help marketer’s create more effective campaigns and deliver better engagement with customers.

What Digital Ad Platform Works Best?

It’s a question we often get from new clients. The answer is of course “It depends”. It really does depend on your immediate and longer term objectives. But the answer can be summed up in two ways.

If you want to reach people who are actively looking for services, products, ideas and offers then you need to be running pay per click search ads. These people are considered “in-market” right now. Any business can benefit from an ongoing PPC program. Think of how people might look online for your product or service. That’s what we do. We develop key words and ads that help you be found by customers as they search. We create dozens of key words and ads to help people find your business.

If you want to reach a wider audience of people then we use the Google Display Network and facebook and Instagram display and video ads. These ads offer multiple ways to target customers and they build your brand image. These ads will reach people who are “in-market” and also a wider audience that are higher up the sales funnel, but are still potential customers. These ads get them engaged with your brand and your website. We recommend that our clients run a blend of both of search and display ads. That way we are working on bringing in new customers right now and building up a base of potential new customers who are just starting their journey towards that next purchase.