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Mobile Promotions, Ads and Coupons Increasingly Being Shared

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Mobile Promotions, Ads and Coupons Increasingly Being Shared


If you’ve set up a mobile advertising campaign, you may wonder whether users are more likely to share the things that you have to offer them. After all, mobile devices are being used not only to browse the web, but also to access social media sites, which are all about sharing. There was a study done last month and published by Market Watch that sheds some light on the topic, which should give some good information for marketers, affiliates and e-commerce site operators.

One of the first things mentioned in the survey is that young adults, between 18 and 35 years of age are much more likely to use mobile devices when transacting online, of which a sizable proportion prefer their mobile device as their primary way of shopping online. Of course, this isn’t really a surprise, as we all knew that younger people are more likely to use mobile technology and to shop online on a mobile as opposed to a PC. The survey of 1 500 adults in the USA shows that those under 35 have a 30% chance of saying that they enjoy using the internet more on their mobile device than on a PC.

Additionally, 47% of users state that they’ve clicked an ad they saw on a mobile web page or an app. 55% made a mobile purchase within the last 6 months, however this also includes “mobile specific” content, such as music, images, ringtones, apps, etc. The same amount (55%) admit to using their smartphone to make comparisons between prices offered by different merchants at least once a week.

But what is even more important for online merchants is this: 50% of users indicated that they shared coupon codes, sales materials or promotions with others by using a mobile device at least once during the past month. A good proportion of these users (19%) are even more engaged and responded that they share this type of material 3 times or more every month.

What this means to marketers is simple: create mobile ads and use marketing materials or strategies that are easily shared via social media. Coupons are among the favorite type of content by those who share online shopping information, for several reasons. First, they don’t seem as “spammy” as just sharing an ad. Second, they allow the user’s friends to save money, so if someone is happy with getting a good deal thanks to the use of a coupon code or link, they are more likely to share that happiness with their friends, especially if they believe that these friends will be interested in the type of merchandise sold and will benefit from the coupon.

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Which Tablet is the Most Popular?

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Which Tablet is the Most Popular?


It is of course no surprise that tablets are gaining a lot of popularity among consumers and therefore there will be a lot more traffic coming from these mobile devices. Increasingly, webmasters, online entrepreneurs and affiliates are making tablet friendly versions of their websites in order to increase conversions by ensuring that users get a page that displays properly on their device, thus boosting overall user experience. But which tablet is really the most used among consumers right now?

Recent numbers show that while Android based tablet devices are gaining a bigger market share day by day, there has yet to be a significant increase in web traffic from these devices. Therefore, as many could have guessed by now, the iPad is currently at the top of tablet generated traffic. Market Watch recently published the results of a study that was done by mobile publishing firm Onswipe. According to the report results, over 98 percent of tablet based traffic was generated from the iPad. This means that less than 2 percent of traffic is coming from other tablets. Other sources tell a similar tale. A Tech Guru study shows that 94% of all web traffic from tablet devices involves users with an iPad.

There are some other interesting facts that came to light with the study. Users on an iPad are a lot more likely to spend time on a web page. In fact, iPad users spend 56% more time on a site than iPhone users. This can be explained by the bigger screen and better suitability for web browsing of the device, which makes it more comfortable for users to actually spend time reading what’s on a page.

As for time spent using the device, the Kindle Fire from Amazon actually outranks the iPad. However, this shouldn’t come too much as a surprise to online marketers, considering the fact that the original Kindle was meant to be used as an e-reader to view books and documents, rather than as an internet browsing device. This is something that is still seen today. A lot of users who have a Kindle Fire use it to read books and online magazines and spend very little time browsing the web, even if the new version of the Kindle is in color and offers web browsing, plus integrated social networking functionality. Unless Amazon’s device gains a lot of market share in the near future, this isn’t expected to change much either.

What does all of this mean to marketers? Users of iPad tablets spend a lot of time browsing the web with their devices and it is rapidly becoming a replacement for the full featured PC in the hands of many users. Developing websites that are compatible with the iPad, as well as creating advertising campaigns that are focused towards the users of this tablet are some things that marketers can do to profit from it. Of course, it is possible that Android based devices may pick up some steam in the coming years, but for now, they still have a lot of catching up to do.

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Planning Your Holiday Email Campaigns

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Planning Your Holiday Email Campaigns


For email marketers, the holidays are a time where increased opportunities are plentiful. Even though we’re still far away from the Christmas shopping season, it is time to start planning your campaigns now for a few reasons. First, you have Halloween coming in about a month, which could be an opportunity for online retailers to launch special sales and promotions. Then, you have Black Friday coming a few weeks later. While it’s mostly associated with crowds of thousands of people lining up outside stores to get their hands on merchandise at clearance prices, there is an ever increasing number of Black Friday shoppers that prefer to do their shopping online, thus skipping out on the long lineups and the crowds. If you want your sales numbers to look good this holiday season, or if you think there are certain things you could do better this year, then applying these tips will help you make the most out of it.

 

Check How Things Went Last Year

 

If you’ve been using email marketing to promote your business in during the last holiday season, you may want to take a look at your stats to see how things went. Are you satisfied with the number of sales you’ve made, as well as your click through and email open rates? Are there things that you think you should do better this year? Even if you think your last campaign was quite a success, there are always small things that you can improve to make it even better this year.

 

Plan Your Mailing Schedule

 

Sending out emails more frequently during the holiday shopping season is simply common sense. Even with paper advertising, you see that there’s an increase in “junk mail” that arrives in your mailbox, anything from store fliers, catalogs, coupons, etc. get sent to you almost daily. There’s a reason the big outfits do this: because it works. Those who don’t change their mailing schedule to communicate with their target audience more often during the holidays are likely to miss out on some potential sales.

 

Every business type is unique. Some companies can send out emails on a daily basis to their customers in the period running up to a holiday. For others, it may not always be such a good idea to send daily mailings, but would still be good to increase the frequency at which you get in touch.

 

It may also be a good idea to see what your competitors are doing, such around what period they start to increase their mailings. According to statistics shown by Market Watch, 2 days leading up to Black Friday and the first two Mondays of December are the days where marketers send out the most promotional emails related to their holiday promotions.

 

But sending out emails more often isn’t enough. You still need to have good content in them as well as an overall marketing strategy that will help boost your sales. Tomorrow you will see more tips on how to make this holiday season the most profitable one yet for your company.

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Common Social Media Security Issues

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Common Social Media Security Issues


Social media is great for both marketers and consumers, as it allows them to share information rapidly in the online world. But there are also a few security vulnerabilities that networks need to address quickly and users need to be aware of.

 

Ever been in a Facebook group and seen a “spammy” type post made by a member that seemed completely unrelated to the topic? Usually, these are advertisements for clothing and accessories. Sometimes, hacked accounts are used to post spam either manually or more often through the help of automated tools. Sometimes, rogue apps are used which will then make posts on the user’s behalf to their friends walls as well as to groups that they belong to.

 

Facebook isn’t the only site that has had problems. In June, a security expert has reported a XSS (cross site scripting) vulnerability on the popular social blogging service called Tumblr. It allowed a malicious user to insert code into a post that would then execute scripts or HTML when loaded by another user. This made it possible to load external sites without the user clicking on them, facilitating spam type posts, or allowing for the delivery of malware. Tumblr has since addressed the issue and closed the security hole.

 

Facebook has taken steps to step up its security and prevent common types of spam, as evidenced by them removing millions of fake accounts a few weeks ago. Action to remove some of the rogue apps has also been taken, helping make the social network a safer place. However, these security threats aren’t expected to be completely gone anytime soon.

 

There are things that users need to be aware of to protect themselves. The first thing is that if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. There is NO app which lets you see who visited your profile, there has never been, nor will they probably ever be one. Therefore, if you install an app that claims to do this on your Facebook profile, it is a rogue app that will simply end up spamming your and your friends news feeds with unwanted advertisements. Also, there are no giveaways of high priced products. Apple will not give you a free iPhone just because you installed a certain app on your profile. You will also not receive free Beats by Dr. Dre headphones simply because you liked a certain page, but you’ll simply end up receiving spam.

 

Keeping your PC secure is also another way to counter many threats like cross site scripting. As much of the malicious code is executed by Java, disabling it in your browser add ons is a good idea. If you ever need to visit a legitimate site that has a Java applet (these are getting rare anyways), you can manually re-enable it at that time. Installing an anti-malware program like AVG Free that scans all web sites that you visit is also a good idea to stay safe online.

 

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Google + Usage Still Growing

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Google + Usage Still Growing


When searching for the best ways to advertise online, social media is one of the most popular choices of many marketers today. Google +, the new social networking service launched by Google, has seen some controversy when it first started out, as many believed that it would be a dud, just like some of Google’s other failed products. But it has turned out that the new service by Google may indeed have a chance at really gaining some ground.

 

Google has recently released new figures about their usage statistics. According to information contained in a news update, Google + now boasts 400 million users who have created an account on the service. However, this doesn’t mean that all of these are users that actively visit the service. There are still many that have just created an account out of curiosity, and maybe uploaded a few photos or linked up with some friends, but who don’t pay too much attention to the service.

 

The total amount of active users, is actually closer to 100 million. Still not bad for such a recent service and definitely a potential for marketers and small business owners. If we count those that just used the “social layer”, such as clicking on a +1 link on the web, or mobile users who +1 an app that they’ve seen, the number would increase to 150 million.

 

Another important number is the growth. When statistics were released in July, it was reported than traffic to Google + has grown by more than 65%. Again, this shows that internet users have an interest in Google +.

 

Marketers and advertisers need to recognize this and consider whether Google + should be part of their overall social networking strategy. The best way to go about things right now is to try using the platform for your business and see what kinds of results you will get. You can compare the performance of using Google + versus some of the other social networks. But as always, you should keep ahead of any new developments and statistics that are released about social networking usage. Because it is those who take advantage of new opportunities quickly that often end up among the winners, as they were the first to see new sources of traffic and exposure for their brand.

 

So far, usage statistics for Facebook have remained quite stable and there is still clear indication that it is used by a large number of internet users. In fact, as we have seen in a previous post, over 85% of young adults in the United States have a Facebook account and the site also remains popular among the older generation as well.

 

So far, Google has also made good efforts to keep interest in Google + going, thanks to the redesign of some portions of the user interface, as well as by encouraging webmasters to include +1 buttons on their websites which allows the user to share a site that they’ve seen with their friends.

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Who Uses Which Social Networking Site?

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Who Uses Which Social Networking Site?


One of the basics of a successful online advertising campaign is that you have to target the right people. Social media sites are rapidly becoming a part of the marketing channels used by both small and large businesses. Many advertisers would like to have a more accurate picture of what people use which social network. A survey recently done by the Pew Research Center has given a bit of insight on this topic, which could help marketers choose which social network they will prioritize in their marketing campaigns:

 

LinkedIn

 

The “business” social network, it is reported that 20% of all internet users surveyed use it. The majority of users are college graduates or higher and have a higher than average annual income. In fact, 58% of LinkedIn users report having an annual income of $50 000 per year or higher. With LinkedIn, the higher the annual income of an individual, the most likely they are to have an account on the social network. This isn’t too surprising, as it is a site used by professionals such as lawyers, accountants and business managers.

 

Pineterest

 

A relatively new site that is already showing some potential, despite a bit of controversy about them removing affiliate links and replacing them with their own. Usage is more popular among the younger crowd of 18-29 year olds. The majority of Pinterest users have attended some college or are college graduates. One thing that is interesting about Pinterest is that it’s a lot more popular with women than with men. In fact, the study shows that 20% of women who use the internet also visit Pinterest on a regular basis, compared to just 5% of men. This would make it an option worth looking at for marketers who sell products that are mainly targeted at a female audience.

 

Facebook

 

The most popular social network to date, which has a variety of internet users on it. 67% of internet users report having a Facebook account. Slightly more popular among women with 70% using it, as opposed to 63% of men.

 

Another interesting element of Facebook is the age distribution. 83% of internet users between 18 and 29 years of age report having an account on Facebook, 72% of 30-49 year olds to, 56% of 50-64 year olds and 40% of those aged 65 and over have one. Out of all the social networking services, Facebook is the one that is the most popular among the older crowd.

 

Regarding annual income, the demographic that uses Facebook the most (75%) are those with an annual income between $30 000 and $50 000 per year.

 

While these figures are interesting for marketers as they give a bit of insight on who uses each social network, they are obviously not the only thing that marketers should look at when they plan an advertising campaign. In order to be successful, marketers need to design their ads well, plus run some tests to see which ad copies are able to generate the most responses from users.

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Invalid Clicks a Growing Concern for Mobile Marketers

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Invalid Clicks a Growing Concern for Mobile Marketers


Mobile advertising is something that’s relatively new. It has only been about 3 years that the availability of innovative devices, combined with well priced data options has caused many consumers to use the internet on smartphones on an increasing basis. Naturally, what followed was an explosion in the demand for mobile advertising solutions. Of course, some of the major ad distribution networks such as Google Adwords have stepped in, ready to cater to the needs of advertisers, publishers and consumers. There are also many smaller networks, some of who are just new start up companies that are trying to get their name out there in the mobile advertising scene.

 

But no matter whether you deal with a giant or with a smaller network, there are some problems that have started being reported with mobile ads and which marketers and advertisers everywhere are following with a closer look. Publishers who run ads on their websites naturally want to maximize their earnings by getting as many people to view or click the ads they run. Advertisers want traffic. But just like with regular PC traffic, they want good quality traffic, meaning clicks from users who are actually interested by the ad and who have a chance of buying something from the advertiser or taking any other action that they want, like downloading an app for their smartphone.

 

But a new study that was recently published by Market Watch shows many problems with the mobile advertising industry. Up to 18% of clicks on mobile ads were probably fraudulent and 22% are probably accidental.

 

These accidental clicks can happen even on a PC, but on a smartphone, they are unfortunately more likely to occur, as it is much easier for someone’s fingers to slip and cause them to click on an element of the page that they didn’t really want to. Accidental clicks are usually characterized by a user who stays on your page for a couple of seconds and then leaves to return to the previous page right away. The only way to prevent these is to ensure that the sites where you publish your ads on are well designed and don’t have important elements, like menus, located in an area very close to your ad, where the chance of accidental clicks is a lot more common. Advertisers that target mobile sites should therefore be more selective on the sites where they advertise on. If they notice that there is a large number of accidental clicks coming from a few websites only, then there is more than likely a problem with the way these sites are laid out.

 

But there is a percentage of clicks that aren’t accidental, but are rather downright fraudulent. Click fraud has one simple goal: to get paid for clicks sent to your site which don’t come from a legitimate visitor.

 

Tomorrow we will examine more closely some of the methods that you can use to rapidly detect and prevent click fraud before it starts to become a major problem for your business. This is something you should look into if you advertise online, whether you target mobile users or are simply targeting PC traffic, as with click fraud, you’re paying for visitors that are of no use to your business.

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Profiting From Tablet Devices

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Profiting From Tablet Devices


We‘ve seen how tablets tablets are becoming a lot more popular among the general population and new models, like the Kindle Fire are getting a lot of attention. Tablet PCs have actually had a run that is similar to smartphones. Previously a business tool that was used only by a segment of the population, they have now fallen into mainstream consumer devices, with all classes of people having an interest in owning one.

 

There are, of course, several different models of them on the market today, so if you want a comparison of their features and specifications, there is plenty of free information to look at. But as marketers and online entrepreneurs, what interests us mainly is the online money making opportunities that come from these devices. Actually, there are several ways that you can make money off the surge in popularity of tablets. Here are some of them:

 

  • Selling the devices themselves

 

If you look at eBay, for example, you will find that there is a large selection of tablets available, sometimes at prices that are better than what you would pay if you go through the official channels like in an Apple store. There is also a growing market for refurbished or used devices, as plenty of consumers would like to get a tablet, without paying the full price for a new one.

 

To profit from these, all you need is to find a source that can supply the devices at a low price and then you can resell them online (or even offline if you want) at a profit. There are now businesses which make money by buying back damaged tablets, fixing them and then selling them again as refurbished to budget conscious consumers.

 

  • Selling accessories and parts

 

Now that there is a bigger demand for tablets, there is also a bigger demand for items that are related to these devices. All kinds of cases and skins are now being sold to owners of tablet PCs. There is also a market for other aftermarket accessories like wall chargers, USB cables, innovative charging devices that let someone recharge their mobile device by using solar power and more.

 

Finally, just like with PC parts, we have tablet parts that are being sold, which are often bought by independent repair technicians, as well as some individual consumers that want to try and fix the device themselves after the warranty runs out. Most common parts that sell well online include replacement screens and batteries. Again, the simple concept of buying low and selling high applies. You check which items are in demand, find a good supplier that provides them at a lower price and then resell them at a profit through online marketplaces or an e-commerce site that you’ve put together.

 

There are a few other ways we can make money from tablet PCs. Check back tomorrow for a few other ideas that could let you make some money.

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Ultra Targeted Ads May be Coming to Facebook Soon

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Ultra Targeted Ads May be Coming to Facebook Soon


When advertising via social networking sites, targeting is the key, just like with any other marketing method. You want your ads to be seen by the right demographics, people whose profile and interests will make them more likely to become paying customers of yours. One of the most common issues with advertising on the social networking giant Facebook is that advertisers can’t target specific users with their ads.

 

But there are reports that this could change, maybe in the next few months. Facebook advertisers could have the opportunity to target users that are already their customers, or who have given them their information in some way, such as by signing up for their email list. The company is currently testing ways for advertisers to target Facebook users specifically by their user ID, email or phone number.

 

However, the information comes from a user who reported seeing a “custom audiences” tab in the Facebook advertising control panel, but then the tab was soon gone. It looks like a temporary bug allowed that user to see a feature that wasn’t intended to be operational yet. While this, in itself, is not surprising and has happened with many other websites, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Facebook will actually roll out this change. No official statements have been made by the company at this time. Furthermore, having the ability to target specific users that are on social media by using their personal information is likely to raise a few eyebrows among consumer and privacy advocates, many of whom already see social media as a serious concern for individual privacy.

 

This, however, may be resolved in a simple way. Facebook could make a setting that would allow users to opt out of being specifically targeted by marketers while they browse the social network. The feature could be left on by default and users who would see this as an intrusion on their privacy or who just don’t like being marketed to on social media could disable it if they wish.

 

Targeting your existing clients by social media also isn’t as bad as some other marketing methods, particularly those in use before the internet became popular. It’s actually quite common for many large companies to sell their user information to telemarketers as well as direct (postal) mail companies and while there is a possibility to opt out, the information is usually written somewhere in fine print on the subscription form or contract.

 

In any case, targeting your existing clients and people who have expressed an interest in your business is a good way to put your online presence to good use. This can be done in various ways, not just by social media. Among the most common ways to do this already is sending marketing emails to them, physical mailings like pamphlets and catalogs, or text messages on their mobile phones. Facebook’s move will just create a new opportunity for marketers to perfect something that many of them have already been doing for quite some time now.

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Email Marketing Changing – But It Still Works

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Email Marketing Changing – But It Still Works


The role of email marketing in the internet marketing world is a subject that has been up to some debate in the last few years. Every now and then, you are bound to see reports that claim that email marketing is “dead” or that it’s usefulness is going to be significantly reduced in the nest few months. But as of now, none of these scenarios have truly manifested themselves, and it looks unlikely that it will happen any time soon.

 

Those who advanced the theory that email marketing is going to lose its efficiency soon say that more and more users are using the social networking channel and are paying less attention to commercial email messages. But this is something that affects mainly the younger users and even then there are some very good ways around the problem, which will let you capture your subscribers attention a whole lot better.

 

It is true that people are increasingly using social networks to communicate with personal contacts. If you ask the average internet user how many non business related emails they’ve sent during the last year, the number would be quite low and in many cases it would simply be zero. When they use email, it is either for work related reasons, or to communicate with commercial entities. This is often the case when they check up on an order status, or check their inbox for a validation link to a website that they’ve signed up for.

 

But in general, users aren’t losing interest in promotional messages sent by email, as long as the email marketing campaign has been well done. Marketers need to check up on their efforts more often to see if what they’re doing is working and optimize their campaigns when necessary.

 

One of the key elements of a successful email marketing campaign, which has been recently discussed in various online news reports, is proper segmentation. Sending the same email message to everyone on your list may work if you have a really small business that only has a dozen or so subscribers on its list. But if you have thousands of them, then it’s not the brightest idea.

 

Content of email messages needs to be relevant to the user and geared towards them. Marketers need to get an understanding of who their email subscribers are and what differences exist between them. For example, some of these subscribers may be frequent visitors to their site and have repeatedly bought products and services from them. Others may just have signed up for the newsletter, but haven’t bought anything from the company yet. For the first group, simply presenting information on new products may be enough. But the second group would need a bit more convincing if a marketer hopes to turn some into paying clients.

 

No matter what is said about it, one fact still remains strong. Properly done email marketing results in very good click through and conversion rates. And for now, it just isn’t going anywhere for a while.

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Some of Facebook’s Biggest Changes in 2012: Part 2

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Some of Facebook’s Biggest Changes in 2012: Part 2


Yesterday, we’ve seen some changes that Facebook has made or is planning to make in 2012. But there are a few more. It is important that marketers remain vigilant to any changes that the social network makes. This even holds true for those who don’t rely too heavily on Facebook for their advertising, as new changes could bring increased opportunities for them and they may want to make social media a bigger part of their overall marketing strategy. Here are a few more of these 2012 changes:

 

Unpublished Page Posts. One of the most common complaints among Facebook marketers is targeting, or rather lack thereof. While Facebook has some good analytics tools that let you see who subscribes to your page, one thing that has been criticized about the site is that it didn’t provide many options to target specific groups of individuals with your posts. Everyone saw the same content, period. But with Unpublished Page Posts, this is slowly changing. Marketers are now able to target specific fan segments. When the option gets used, the post will not appear on the Timeline of the marketer. Rather, it will be sent directly to the targeted users news feeds. This makes sending relevant content to specific subsets of fans a lot easier and has the opportunity to increase conversion and click through rates.

 

Specific Permission Levels for Facebook Page Admins. In order to give businesses more tools for the management of their Facebook pages, different permission levels for page admins have been launched in May. The current permission levels are Manager, Content Creator, Moderator, Advertiser and Insights Analyst. This change makes it easier for larger organizations to manage their presence on the social networking sites by assigning different roles and privileges to different people.

 

Better Facebook Integration in Bing Search Results. While Google is the undisputed champion of the search engine world, Bing is a close second. Anyone serious about building their online presence and getting maximum results from their marketing efforts can’t ignore this. Bing has recently added a social media sidebar which pulls data from the biggest social networks, allowing more integration between traditional SERPs and social data. If a user is logged in to a social networking account such as Facebook, they will get social posts in search results, plus have the ability to share search results directly from the side bar with their Facebook friends.

 

Addition of Trending Articles. Users will now see relevant news articles in their Facebook news feeds. The order in which the articles appear will vary according to how much their friends have interacted with the news content. If a user has a lot of friends who have liked or simply read a news article, then there is a higher chance that it will be featured prominently in their own news feed. This is obviously welcome by many marketers who use news marketing as part of their overall strategy.

 

These are some of the biggest changes that have been made by Facebook in 2012. As usual, things can change quickly, so marketers should stay on top of social media news to see what is going on with Facebook and other social networks.

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Some of Facebook’s Biggest Changes in 2012

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Some of Facebook’s Biggest Changes in 2012


This year, Facebook has made a great deal of changes to the way its social networking site works. Many of these changes have a good impact on those who use the site for marketing purposes. While the social network itself may have evolved, the main principles behind social media marketing seem to remain unchanged for now. It’s just that it’s now easier and more convenient for marketers to connect with their audience and share information. Here are some of the most noticeable changes we’ve seen and some that we’re expecting.

 

Timeline for marketers. The adoption of the timeline design for profiles has been met with quite a lot of controversy when it was announced in 2011. Some users didn’t mind it, while many others resisted the change believing that the old design was better. But just like many other Facebook changes, people have eventually come to get used to it and accepted it. The Timeline is responsible for changing the way in which people interact with the social network. It has also had some positive effects on businesses that use the site for marketing. Some studies suggest that since the Timeline was introduced, brands receive over 40 percent more engagement for each post that they make.

 

The “Want” Button. Currently, we have the ever present “Like” button on Facebook. But there are many rumors that are now circulating in online marketing circles that Facebook may be planning to launch a “Want” button. As some of you may have guessed by now, this type of feature would be most beneficial for e-commerce site owners. Having a Want button can be useful when it comes to seeing just how many people are interested in what you have to offer them. If it was available when you launch new products and inform your Facebook fans, the Want button could generate a lot more interest for your new additions. However, it should be known that this feature is, for now, little more than a rumor. It is not yet known when, if at all, Facebook will make it available and whether this feature will be available to all marketers on the site, or only to a select group at the beginning. Perhaps marketers would have to pay to get the ability to have a Want button? But the real answers might be coming soon, perhaps in a few months.

 

Scheduled Page Posts. This isn’t anything revolutionary, but it does make things more convenient for marketers. You may be planning to release a new product soon and want the Facebook page post to be displayed as soon as it becomes available. Now with the ability to schedule your posts, you can opt to have them displayed at a pre determined date and time. That way, you will never be late in making your announcements to your fans.

 

There are still a few more changes we will look at. Check back tomorrow for some more information about them.

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Reports of Deliberate Click Fraud on Facebook Ads Getting Attention

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Reports of Deliberate Click Fraud on Facebook Ads Getting Attention


Yesterday, we’ve taken a simple look at what invalid clicks are and some rather innocent ways in which they could be generated. But what about the more serious cases, which would be downright click fraud on Facebook? The issue has received a lot of attention, as Facebook’s stock seemed to sink and a few high profile advertisers have openly criticized the social networking giant’s advertising platform. Some have even gone as far as saying that they won’t use Facebook Ads anymore and will be looking for other ways to generate traffic to their website.

 

Deliberate click form can also come in many forms. The most simple one is simply paying a user to click on ads, like some of the “paid to click” sites do. They would usually pay people (usually $0.01 per click, even less) to click on ads that are posted on certain sites.

 

But this could also be the action of a competitor that deliberately wants to push you out of the game by using up your advertising budget. If you’re a small business and receive several dozens invalid clicks that way, this will undoubtedly leave you with a very bad user experience at Facebook Ads.

 

Clicks coming from automated systems, commonly referred to as bots, have been recognized as an issue among Facebook advertisers. Now bots aren’t exclusively used to commit click fraud and could have plenty of genuine uses. Their main purpose is to crawl thousands of websites in order to search fro information or to collect (scrape) data, which would later then be republished on other websites. But when a bot visits a site, then there is of course the very real chance that it would end up clicking on an ad. Even though Facebook prohibits the use of bots on their site, this doesn’t mean that some of the more “blackhat” marketers don’t use them. If you’ve seen the reports on the millions of fake Facebook accounts that are active, you should know that many of these accounts aren’t simply someone with too much time on their hands creating a separate persona so they could troll or annoy other users. Many of these are used for the purpose of running automated harvesting software, deliberately inflating the number of “likes” a page has, or posting spam comments and sending out spam messages to users.

 

Now what has Facebook done to address the problem that invalid clicks have and their potential to have a negative effect on the company as a whole? Unfortunately, a lot of marketers that use the site’s advertising services would say “not enough”. Tomorrow we will lean a bit more in details about what some advertisers are complaining about, as well as what Facebook has said in an effort to retain many of their advertisers who spend money with them and essentially keep the site running for everyone. You will be shown some ways you may be able to better protect yourself, as well as what’s in store for the future of Facebook advertising.

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How B2B Email Marketing Works: Part 2

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How B2B Email Marketing Works: Part 2


One thing that you need to do when you run email campaigns for B2B offers is to do your research properly before you execute them. And what better way is there to research than by taking a closer look at some of the successful marketers doings and examining how they run their campaigns. For those who want to get a bit of insight into the B2B email marketing world, the 2012 Pardot survey on B2B email marketing has recently released its figures. Plus, we have some information that was collected from experienced email marketers on how to better run the campaigns.

 

Here are a few other things you need to consider:

 

  • Your messages MUST properly display on mobiles

 

Mobile phones have always been a business tool, ever since they came out about 3 decades ago. So it’s not really any secret that a large number of business professionals are using smart phones right now to check their email messages. For this reason, you will need to run a few basic tests to ensure that any message you sent out will properly display on a mobile phone. Unfortunately, not all marketers seem to “get it”. In fact, survey results show that only 25% of marketers check their messages to see if they will properly show up on a smart phone. You should be part of that 25%. Because if someone can’t see your message on their smart phone, they probably will just skip or delete it. And now you have a lost opportunity.

 

  • Date and time where your messages are sent matter a lot as well

 

In the business world, there are times where people are more motivated to do work and other times where they’re “busy” daydreaming or just waiting to get out of work. So it’s quite obvious that your email messages will have a bigger impact if they come to the recipient at a time where they’re in “productivity” mode.

 

53% of marketers say that Friday, the last day of the work week, is the worst day to send out emails due to poor open rates. On Friday, people may simply ignore any emails that aren’t seen as important, believing that they’ll get to them on Monday.

 

Also, 53% of respondents say that sending a message between the hours of 8 and 12 in the morning will yield better results in terms of click through rates.

 

Of course, these are just survey results and show the opinion of 100 people. So if you want to find out for yourself when your emails will get the best opening and click through rates, there’s only one sure fire way to do it: run some tests yourself. This will let you see the dates and times where your messages get the most attention. Then, you can of course set up your campaigns so that most of your messages get sent out during these periods.

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