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As most businesses, I am certain you also want to engage customers online? Social media can be a great way to get your customers involved and create real and genuine conversations with your target audience. But you need something to actually get that engagement started. That’s where contests and ads come in to help you. There are plenty of different formats you can use for social media contests, depending on your business and the social media platforms you use, but they’re all good at engaging your existing and potential customers. Here are 6 very easy and useful ideas we can help you with or you could also run yourselves for your company. Have a look at our infographic below for more details. I’d love to hear your view so do not hesitate to contact me, subscribe to this blog for free, click here to arrange a FREE Consultancy meeting, send me an email at Nick@CFMGroup.co.uk or Follow me…

When it comes to high return investments, social media marketing fits the definition both regarding the budget it consumes and the ROI it generates. However, the path isn’t exactly smooth or simple. Often, marketing teams are drawn to either paid or organic social media marketing strategies based on past successes or failures when rather should both form part of a comprehensive marketing strategy. While a single marketing strategy might work or have worked for you in the past, modern social media strategies experience higher ROI because they utilize multiple channels and communication styles. The key to running successful social media campaigns is to strike a balance between the two of them. In this blog, we will be taking a look at three actionable strategies to help you align your paid and organic social strategies successfully. But first, let’s have a quick look below at the difference between  the two. Now…

When working with social media, your best bet is to always to use basic social media principles. This allows you to create organic followers that are actually interested in your business. Once a business is successful at developing a solid base of followers they may begin to think about advertising. But where are your advertising “pounds” or “dollars” going the furthest, Facebook or Twitter? Let’s take a look at each platform and see what each has to offer in terms of advertising. Facebook has incredible reach and a great UI Facebook has a number of advantages and the incredible reach that can be achieved ranks among the top. When you advertise on Facebook, you know you can reach an incredible amount of people and you can set up the campaign so that only your target demographics are targeted. This is an very useful component and Facebook has a very user…

The Super Bowl is always a massive opportunity for companies to put their brand out there and in this year’s Super Bowl several companies did just that. In this article, we will be taking a look at every ad which ran during this year’s Super Bowl. Amazon “Alexa Loses Her Voice” by Lucky Generals The first Super Bowl spot was clinched by Amazon’s UK agency Lucky General’s which ran a 90-second monster featuring celebrities like Cardi B, Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Hopkins and Rebel Wilson as emergency replacements for Alexa who has gone quiet. Amazon Prime “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” The tug of war between Netflix and Amazon Prime rages on with the latter pushing out its first Super Bowl commercial. This 60-second slot showcases “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”-an action/thriller adapted from the popular book. It will be available for members on Labor Day. Avocados From Mexico by GSD&M Avocados From…

During a recent press release, Amazon explained how advertising had become a “key contributor” to its business as this present offer appears to be “extremely valuable” to both customers and brands. Presenting its business result for the fourth quarter, Amazon showed how they were able to generate up to 60% profits on mostly its ad business but also includes co-branded credit card agreements to $1.7bn. In the previous quarter, the growth   rate in ‘other’ revenue was 58%. Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky Speaking on a call with investors stated that the rise in its ad business is considered a critical line in for brands and agencies into the e-commerce marketing line. Amazon’s ad business is another form of digital advertising that stretches way beyond search and social He further went on to explain that their strategy is to ensure that customers experience additive in the ad process.  “We want our customers…

Some may think that traditional marketing is a thing of the past for most industries. Consequently in order to save money and at the same time build strong brand awareness in other to increase sales may seem impossible, but the solutions to your problems are easier than what you may think. Unique advertising campaigns that drive your target market seem to be the way forward in minimizing costs while achieving results. Know your audience Most people think that traditional advertising methods are less effective on younger generations; researchers have found this to be false. Most youths consider this option to be better than digital advertising. So why waste additionally budget on expensive online campaigns when traditional advertising is still having the desired impact? Most people prefer to see adverts that are inclined to their interests and shopping style. Perhaps knowing who most of your clientele would help you tailor advertising…

A new year has come upon us and while looking forward to what the new year has to offer us, let’s take some time to take a look at all the past year gave us. In the tech world, there’s no better place to start from than with Facebook. 2017 was certainly a year to remember for Facebook, from debates around politics and “fake news” to discussions on privacy policies, to making major updates for advertisers, a lot happened with Facebook in 2017. As a marketer, it is your duty to stay up to date with trends on social media and use them to your advantage. In this post, we will be taking a look at seven of the major updates Facebook made to its ad system to help you the marketer advertise more effectively. POWER EDITOR AND ADS MANAGER WAS MERGED Overtime, we have gotten used to Facebook making…

I am not entirely certain why (or how) but I have ended up strangely reading more than 60 articles on Facebook this week which is more than 70% of my total article consumption. This was not a conscious choice as I went about reading my daily marketing news, technology and Social media updates but is a clear demonstration of how prevalent the platform has nowadays become in our everyday lives, hence also polarising interest in Digital Marketing circles online. I often come across Ads on my Social Media that genuinely are way too “adversarial” to have the desired effect. Maintaining a positive relationships between your audience and ads is crucial nowadays but equally quite difficult to achieve without the necessary knowledge and skills. Sponsored content on media sites and Ads on Social Platforms such as Facebook or Instagram,  are becoming more pervasive and increasingly harder to spot. While there has…

As always, Facebook is constantly working on improving their platform and more importantly growing its revenue from their multiplicity of advertising options. Nonetheless, that constant evaluation of their platform also offer them insights as to the types of ads, promotions etc. that do not necessarily work as other. It is this research that has identified a variety of posts that Facebook believes are not as effective as they can be and are hence not permitting brands and companies to boost them any longer as they may have done in the past. Brands will no longer be able to convert Page posts like profile picture changes and place recommendations or profile pictures into ads any longer for example. Facebook announced, on Thursday the 24th of August, that it is curtailing the types of organic posts that Pages can convert into ads as it looks as they aim to make their ads more precise and…

Happy Easter everyone ! As a National Bank Holiday in the UK and many other countries in the world, I thought  I would post a slightly ..lighter article today…and what better a topic to discuss than this years’ Easter ads and campaigns across all advertising platforms. Retail spending was expected to sales of over £4 billion – almost 3 times more than last years sales –  over the Easter weekend in the United Kingdom and brands were working overtime to “cash in” over the festive period. So let’s have a look at the Best and Worst of this years’ Easter marketing and the creative emotional efforts that triggered our buying decisions. The Best Cadbury’s Egg Hunt Cadbury’s launched its Great British Egg Hunt on April the 14th in partnership with the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland. The festive promotional campaign, invited families to join various egg hunts across the…