Written by Stu Kushner

30+ Resources To Help You Excel at Facebook Advertising in 2014

By Sean Work

With over 1.3 billion active users, a treasure trove of user data, sophisticated targeting options and the opportunity to place content directly in your target audience’s line of sight (the News Feed), Facebook is a very appealing advertising platform for online marketers. And if the rapid rate at which Facebook is rolling out improvements to their advertising platform is any indication, it’s only going to become more and more appealing.

2013 was a big year for Facebook’s advertising business. The company revamped the ads platform and their Power Editor. This gave users a cleaner, friendlier interface, more useful and advanced reporting options and an objective-oriented ad experience. They also launched conversion tracking, allowing advertisers to directly attribute conversions on their websites and landing pages to Facebook ads.

We’re only a few months into 2014 and Facebook has already announced the rollout of Ad Sets, which allow users to organize their ads into sets within each campaign.

All these changes can make it hard to stay on top of best practices for the ad platform and ensure that your business is fully exploiting everything Facebook ads have to offer.

Don’t worry: I want to make your life easier! I’ve collected the best resources on Facebook advertising from around the web with a focus on what you need to know about the platform to stay ahead in 2014. This way, whether you’re just getting started with Facebook ads or looking to brush up on new features, you’ll know exactly where to go.

The Basics – Getting Started

1. Why Every Business Should Spend at Least $1 per Day on Facebook Ads – Consider this: “[Facebook Ads] are the lowest cost per 1,000 impressions ad in history. They average around $0.25 per 1,000, which is only 1% of the cost of TV.” If that doesn’t convince you that …read more    

Written by Stu Kushner

Why Have A Newsletter?

With the success of “social media” sites like Twitter and Facebook, a newsletter may seem like an old fashioned “been there, done that” sort of effort. Granted, those interactive websites are the new technology, and used by just about anyone with a computer. Compared to that, the traditional newsletter may appear out of date, but newsletters still have value and a newsletter has some significant benefits that can make a difference.

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The NEW “Door to Door” Salesman

In an era of mass media, the information we get is often remote and impersonal. Especially in online advertising and marketing, the “human element” is often lost; and even costumers who go to a store or office often end up waiting their turn before being served; often by unfamiliar and impersonal strangers.

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Written by Stu Kushner

Do Newsletters Really Help?

When business newsletterowners are asked if they publish a newsletter, the majority will say “No”.

Which leads to the next question: “Why not?”  Some of the answers are:

  • “It takes too much time.”
  • “It’s  a waste of money”
  • “I don’t see any use for one”

The perception is that publishing a newsletter does nothing to keep customers loyal to your business: Many will ask:”How can a news letter prevent customers from going to the competition?” But that’s not really the point. After all, sales and advertising can’t guarantee customer loyalty either, so why do we still advertise and have sales and promotions? They don’t prevent customers from being lured by competitors either, yet advertising

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Written by Stu Kushner

Online Video Marketing: Communication & Customer Service

Internet users DO read articles online, if it meets their interests. More often, they simply search for keywords and links related to those interests.

Videos are crucial for online marketing because they allow interaction and increased engagement with potential customers. The trick is first, to entice the user to select your link, and then make them stay long enough to get your pitch. Your pitch is what makes them buy.

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Making Videos Work

Online video offers what was once limited to expensive TV advertising: reach and emotional engagement with potential customers. But unlike expensive TV advertising, it’s relatively cheap and can provide almost immediate response and measurable feedback.

Importing television-style advertising is not the solution. That’s because Internet and television are two completely different video experiences. Television is a “lean back”, essentially passive “sit down and watch” experience. The Internet is “lean forward” — users are actively controlling their experience. Interactivity means the viewer is in control. With TV, viewers can just change the channel, but with the internet, they just might talk back.

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Advertising on the “Mobile Web”

Web-savvy companies have already adapted their marketing strategies to exploit the internet’s global reach. Internet advertising is now common practice for companies wanting to exploit  an  expanding base of “computer literate” customers. But there is one area on the web that is still underused as a source of on-line advertising. If you are already a player on the web showcasing your products and services, it may be time to be a player on the mobile web as well.

Mobile phones have evolved from “portable telephones”  to “mini-computers”. Now, Just about anything you can do on your computer or laptop can now be done on a mobile device that is essentially a small but highly functional computer.

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Video Advertising on the Web

Advertisers know that it’s hard for people to relate to a product unless there’s a name and a brand behind it. The advantage of personalizing a product is well known. Think of “Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice” or “Betty Crocker’s Pancake Mix” from the 30’s and 40’s. Those images, real or invented, became synonymous with the product.  Television brought both the product and the brand into the living room, and now the Internet sells it worldwide.

With so many companies now using the Internet to advertise and sell their products,

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Essentials for Video Marketing

The number of online video viewers has grown from 55 million in 2003 to over 160 million plus today. Television advertising still gets the largest viewers and responses, but computers and the internet is catching up. Even so, the capabilities of online video marketing combines the accessibility of television advertising with the interactivity of the internet and offers a rich sales environment for companies who  know to use it effectively.  Making wise and strategic choices

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“Tuned In” or Turned Off?

A recent study found that 66% of online users have viewed an online video advertisement. Obviously, online videos have advantages for businesses. A video can visually display and describe a product in detail. And the display not a static photo but something that can be move and be manipulated virtually. It has depth and is interactive.

Studies have found that 40% of internet users who view online video advertisements have visited the web site mentioned in the video, and 15% subsequently requested product information.

Businesses also gain high recognition for their products by having ads circulating on the web. The most effective form of advertisement is a well-made video 

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