Which Social Network Is the Best Use of Your Advertising Dollars?

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THE FIRST PUBLISHED AD APPEARED IN THE BOSTON HERALD IN 1704. IT WAS A LISTING ADVERTISING A PIECE OF PROPERTY FOR SALE.

ADVERTSING EVOLVED FROM NEWSPAPERS TO PHONE BOOKS, TO DIRECT MAIL AND TO RADIO AND TELEVISION ADS.  ALONG CAME THE INTERNET AND THE INTRODUCTION OF BANNER ADS, SPAM E-MAIL, AND POP-UP ADS.

WHEN GOOGLE TOOK OVER, THINGS CALMED DOWN A BIT WITH THE ADVENT OF ADWORDS.  AND MORE RECENTLY, MUCH TO OUR CHAGRIN, ADVERTISING HAS BECOME AVAILABLE ON MANY OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS.

IN THIS ARTICLE, I’M GOING TO PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF THE AD OPPORTUNITIES ON 6 OF THEMAJOR PLATFORMS: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, LINKEDIN, PINTEREST, YOUTUBE AND INSTAGRAM.

TWITTER

WITH OVER 300 MILLION ACTIVE USERS, TWITTER IS A GREAT PLATFORM TO CONSIDER WHEN ADVERTISING.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES:

  • INCREASE ENGAGEMENT ON TWEETS – LIKES, RETWEETS, REPLIES
  • WEBSITE CLICKS OR CONVERSIONS
  • APP INSTALLS OR APP ENGAGEMENTS
  • VIDEO VIEWS
  • INCREASE FOLLOWERS
LEAD GENERATION

ON TWITTER, YOU CAN TARGET BASED ON LOCATION, GENDER, HASHTAGS, INTERESTS AND FOLLOWERS OF OTHER PEOPLE (PERHAPS A COMPETITOR OR AN INFLUENCER).  THE TYPES OF INTERESTS ARE NOT AS SPECIFIC AS THEY MIGHT BE.

COST OF ADS – $0.75 – $2.00 PER CLICK OR NEW FOLLOWER

FACEBOOK

LAST YEAR, IN JUST THE THIRD QUARTER ALONE, FACEBOOK MOBILE ADVERTISING BROUGHT IN OVER 3.4 BILLION IN REVENUE. FACEBOOK ADVERTISING IS HUGE.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES:

ON FACEBOOK:

  • GROW PAGE LIKES
  • GET RESPONSES TO A FACEBOOK EVENT
  • WATCH A VIDEO
  • INSTALL AN APP
  • CLAIM AN OFFER
  • LEAD GENERATION (MOBILE PLACEMENT ONLY)

    OFF FACEBOOK:

  • SEND PEOPLE TO YOUR WEBSITE
  • SEND PEOPLE TO YOUR WEBSITE (WITH SOME EXTRA CONVERSION MEASUREMENTS)

    COST: $0.15 – $2.00 DEPENDING UPON CAMPAIGN

LINKEDIN

LINKEDIN ADVERTSING IS MORE EXPENSIVE BUT PRODUCES MORE QUALIFIED LEADS.

OPTIONS:

  • CREATE AN AD
  • SPONSORED CONTENT – ONLY AVAILABLE FROM COMPANY PAGES
YOU CAN TARGET BASED ON JOB TITLE, NICHE GROUPS, DEMOGRAPHICS AND LOCATION.
COST: $2.00 – $8.00 PER CLICK

PINTEREST

PINTEREST ADVERTISING IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE WITH A BUSINESS ACCOUNT. IT’S EASY TO CONVERT A PERSONAL ACCOUNT TO A BUSINESS ACCOUNT, SO IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN ADVERTISING, YOU MAY WANT TO DO THAT.
CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES:  
  • IMPRESSIONS
  • ENGAGEMENT – LIKES, COMMENTS, REPINS
  • CONVERSIONS – MUST ADD A SNIPPET OF CODE TO YOUR WEBSITE
YOU ARE ABLE TO TARGET BY KEYWORDS AND DEMOGRAPHICS.
COST: $0.25 – $1.00 OR MORE PER CLICK.
*VIDEO ADVERTISING IS COMING SOON.

YOU TUBE

YOU TUBE HAS OVER A BILLION MONTHLY ACTIVE USERS AND IS OWNED BY GOOGLE SO IT’S DEFINITELY A GOOD OPTION WHEN CONSIDERING ADVERTSING.
OPTIONS:
  • IN STREAM – PLAYS BEFORE OR DURING A VIDEO. VIEWERS CAN SKIP THE VIDEO AFTER 5 SECONDS. YOU PAY ONLY IF 30 SECONDS OF YOUR VIDEO WERE WATCHED.
  • IN SLATE – VIEWERS ARE OFFERED A CHOICE OF ADS TO WATCH. IF YOURS IS SELECTED, YOU’RE CHARGED. THESE APPEAR IN VIDEOS THAT ARE LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES.
  • IN SEARCH – THESES VIDEOS SHOW UP AT THE TOP RIGHT CORNER OF THE SCREEN WITH SUGGESTED VIDEOS. YOU PAY WHEN VIEWERS WATCH.
  • IN DISPLAY – THESE VIDEOS ARE EMBEDDED CONTENT ON OTHER SITES. YOU PAY WHEN THE AD IS WATCHED. 
THESE ADS ARE SLIGHTLY MORE COMPLEX TO SET UP. YOU CAN TARGET BY INTEREST, DEMOGRAPHICS AND KEYWORDS. 
COST: $0.05 – $2.00

INSTAGRAM

INSTAGRAM IS THE NEWEST OF THELARGER PLATFORMS TO OFFER ADVERTISING TO THE PUBLIC AND IS MANAGED THROUGH THE FACEBOOK ADS MANAGER.
THEY ARE DISPLAYED IN THE USER’S INSTAGRAM FEED AND ARE THE ONLY POSTS THAT HAVE A CLICKABLE LINK WITHIN THE POST. 
CAMPAIGN OPTIONS:
  • LINK TO WEBSITE OR PAGE
  • INSTALL OR ENGAGE WITH AN APP
  • LEARN MORE
TARGETING IS SIMILAR TO FACEBOOK AD TARGETING.

You are able to advertise on Instagram without an Instagram account. You must have a Facebook page though.  If you don’t have an account, you will be able to see the comments and likes, but you will not be able to interact with the people who leave those comments.

*DO NOT INCLUDE INSTAGRAM AS AN OPTION WHEN SETTING UP A FACEBOOK AD. INSTAGRAM ADS SHOULD BE DONE SEPARATELY. THE IMAGE SIZE IS DIFFERENT AND THE COST PER CLICK WILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE WHEN COMBINED WITH A FACEBOOK AD.

WHICH SITE IS BEST TO USE?  ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS:

  • IS MY TARGET AUDIENCE THERE?
  • DO I HAVE A PRESENCE THERE?
  • IS THE PLATFORM IN MY BUDGET?
  • DO I HAVE A STRATEGY FOR LEAD GENERATION VIA THAT PLATFORM?
HAVE YOU TRIED ADVERTISING ON ANY OF THE SOCIAL PLATFORMS?  WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE?  IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS, I’D LOVE TO HEAR THEM.  COMMENT BELOW.

Quick Tip for Managing Multiple Instagram Accounts

Quick Tip for Managing Multiple Instagram Accounts

Because many of us are managing more than one Instagram accounts, at least one for personal and one for business, we have discovered that each account requires a separate e-mail address. And if your business has different locations, or different departments that need their own account, this becomes difficult in a hurry! This is also the case with Twitter accounts.

There are 2 easy ways to get around that problem by using the alias feature in a gmail account.

The first way is by using the alias address feature in your Gmail account. This will allow you to set up multiple e-mail addresses that will go to the same e-mail inbox. *The one caveat is that you’ll still only be able to sign up for a limited number of accounts via one device (i.e. desktop, laptop, tablet, etc.).

The first thing you’ll need is a gmail account. If you don’t have one, you can go to mail.google.com to set one up. If you already have a gmail account, you can use that.

As an example, I’ll use my TheSocialWebbClientCare@gmail.com account. (Hopefully, you have a gmail account with less letters!) And let’s say that I want to set up an Instagram account for a restaraunt called The Purple Cow. The Purple Cow has locations (in my imagination) in Newport Beach, Anaheim Hills and Laguna Seca and each will have their own Instagram account.

Because each Instagram account (and each Twitter account) requires a different e-mail address, we’ll use an alias address for each. I could use TheSocialWebbClientCare+CowNB@gmail.com for one and TheSocialWebbClientCare+CowAH@gmail.com for another and so on.

You can add whatever you want as the +as long as it’s after your usual gmail name and before the @gmail.com. You could just stop here and still recieve e-mail but it’s best to set this address up as an alias in your gmail account so that you can manage it better.

To set this up, go to your gmail account. Next go to settings and then Accounts and Import. Click on “Add anther email address you own”. In the second box, put your gmailaccount name (in my case, that would be “thesocialwebbclientcare” and then add +(whatever name you choose) and then @gmail.com. There should be no spaces (as you’ll see in the example below). The “Treat as an alias” box should be checked. Then click on “Next Step”.

 

How To Create Gmail Aliases

 

And that’s it! You can now use this address to sign up for a social account and still have all email come to one inbox.

The second way is by adding a dot (.) anywhere in the username and all emails address to that new alias will still reach your mailbox. For instance, if your original email address is TheSocialWebbClientCare@gmail.com, any emails sent to The.SocialWebbClientCare@gmail.com or TheSocial.WebbClientCare@gmail.com will land in your mailbox because Gmails ignores periods in the email username.  Of course, you need to be sure to keep track of which dot placement you used for each account.  And again, you can only sign up for so many Instagram or Twitter accounts per any one device.

I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

IFTTT: The Best Way to Share Instagram Photos on Twitter

Graphic of the Instagram logo next to the Twitter logoImages receive much more engagement than text. We all know that to be true and studies have proven it to be true on all social platforms.

When you post a pic to Instagram, you have the option to then share it to Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and/or Twitter. Sharing to Facebook works fairly well because Facebook owns Instagram. But when you share a photo to Twitter, it appears on your Twitter feed as a link, not a full image.  As you know, links require an additional click and folks may not want to take the time to click on the link to view your photo. Therefore, it’s important to put the image right in front of your followers’ faces. You  can do this by using an IFTTT recipe.

The one that I use was created by DJuiceman in July of 2013. 129,000 people are currently using this recipe. (This particular recipe will  automatically share every image you add to Instagram directly to your Twitter account, so if you don’t want all your images going to Twitter then be sure to select a different recipe. There are several available.) You can find them by going to IFTTT.com and searching for “Instagram to Twitter” recipes. (You’ll need to create an account in order to use the recipe but the recipe is free to use and easy to set up.)  You just select “add this recipe” and the app will walk you through the rest of the procedure.  If  you need more information on how to use IFTTT.com, see this post – http://onthewebbsocialmedia.com/ifttt-possibly-my-favorite-new-toy/.

Let me know how it works for you.

 

 

11 Quick Tips For Double-Tap Worthy Instagram Photos

Instagram logo with title of article 11 Quick Tips For Double-Tap Worthy Instagram Photos

As the Instagram platform becomes even more popular and more photos are being shared, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out amidst all the great images.  If you want some extra attention, you may need to step up your game.  Here are11 tips to ensure that your images are worth the double-tap!  (Some of these are directly-related to the iphone but most are generic.)

1. Turn off the flash.

It’s not that powerful and can sometimes ruin the image that you think you are capturing.  Some folks advise that using the flash during day time is a good way to capture detail but I don’t find it to be effective.

2. Don’t use the zoom.

As with most smart phones, the zoom on the iPhone is a digital zoom, not an optical zoom. That means that the more you zoom into your image, the more blurry it will become. If you want a closer shot, you need to use your feet.

3. Reduce clutter.

Each of your photos should have a subject. There can be more than one but there should only be one main subject. If you can’t easily find that subject in your image, then you have too much clutter in the photo. Rearrange your shot to get rid of some of the clutter.

Simple photos do better on social media, perhaps because of the size of the screen they are being viewed on or because of the attention span of the viewer.

4. Snap your photo with the volume button on the side of your phone rather than using the dot on the screen.

This will help to eliminate any movement caused by pushing directly on the screen and will help to maintain focus. Both the volume up and volume down button can be used for this.

5. Shoot in square mode.

Because Instagram images are square, shooting in this mode will give you the exact image that will be shown on Instagram. The “square” mode is to the right of “photo”.

6.  Shoot from the level of your subject.

If you are capturing images of pets or small children, shoot from their level for a more realistic and interesting view.

7.  Remember the rule of thirds.

The rule of thirds applies to composition of the photograph. Basically, you break an image into thirds

Attractive young blonde woman standing in front of a white framed window facade which gives the image strong architectural perspective

both horizontally and vertically so that you end up with 9 boxes (like a tic-tac-toe board).

The premise is that this grid now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest as you are framing your photograph. A person’s eye usually goes towards one of the intersection points rather than the middle of an image.

Simply stated, don’t put your subject in the middle (either horizontally or vertically). Putting it off to one side will make a much more interesting image. Of course, rules are made to be broken, so there will always be exceptions.

You can add a “rule-of-third” grid on the iphone by going to “settings” ~~> Photos and Camera ~~> Grid (turn the button to green).

8. Take silhouette photos.

Team of climbers silhouetted as they coil ropes after reaching the summit of a rock pinnacle in The Sierra Nevada Mountains, California.Silhouette images are often much more intriguing than regular images, perhaps because they are a bit mystical.  You can easily capture silhouettes by shooting against the source of light. Place your subject directly in front of the light source (or hide the sun directly behind the subject). Sunrise and sunset are the best times to capture this type of image.

 

 

9. Include long shadows in your compositions. Shadows are more prominent in photos than in real life and can make for an attractive visual.  Again,

long shadows of 4 people

In this image, only the shadows are visible.

you can create the shadows by hiding the sun behind your subject.  Play around with this idea and see what you can come up with.

You can also increase shadows by increasing the contrast when you are editing an image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Shoot your images from a different angle.

the tops of trees against a bright blue sky

Whenever I’m feeling down, I just look up.

 

Show the world as people are not used to seeing it by changing the perspective. Consider a very low angle by getting your camera as close to the ground as possible or get down low and point up towards the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Clean the camera lens!

That’s pretty obvious but we often forget to do it.

Play around with some of these techniques and let me know if you find any of them helpful.  If you’re on Instagram, let’s connect!  You can find me at Instagram.com/ShelleyWebb.