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Jun 17, 2014

The ABCs Of Social Media Advertising

Sponsored Content provided by Mike Duncan - CEO and Creative Director, Sage Island

With all of the advertising options available on social media, it can be difficult for a business owner to know where to start. At Sage Island, our team approaches each campaign differently, as no two clients’ needs are the same. We begin by identifying your social media goals, which makes it easier to identify the most effective advertising options. Rather than listing all of the advertising options available per social media platform, it’s more insightful to analyze which advertising options can help meet specific objectives, such as increasing engagement and building a community of followers. We’ve highlighted some common business goals, how they translate to social media goals, and which advertising campaigns would prove most effective for each.

Business Goal: Increase Brand Awareness
Social Media Goal: Increase Fans or Followers


Whether a business has 50 or 100,000 social media followers, there is always room to grow an online community. Based on the client’s industry and needs, and the fact that Facebook and Twitter are the major social media players, our team would most likely recommend a Facebook Page Like campaign or Twitter Promoted Account campaign. With Facebook, targeting methods allow us to tailor the audience through options such as geographic location, gender, age, interests, education level and much more. And Twitter isn’t too far behind with its targeting methods. It features many of the same options, and is adding more all the time. Through these advanced targeting methods, our team is able to pinpoint your target audience and communicate with them through Facebook and Twitter news feeds. From there, we create custom graphics and messaging to capture their attention and, ultimately, gain their endorsement through “likes” or “follows.”

Business Goal: Spread the Word on a Company Initiative
Social Media Goal: Promote a Message to Your Fans or Followers


Sometimes brands need a little help in getting the word out about important company-wide news or a special promotion. Or perhaps they’d like to boost participation in an exciting contest or sweepstakes. A Facebook Promoted Post campaign or Twitter Promoted Tweet campaign can help companies extend their reach of their message as well as increase engagement for that content. And best of all, companies can reach new markets in addition to their current audience. (Let’s face it – Facebook’s declining organic reach almost forces brands to promote posts in order to guarantee their current, active fans will see their content.) These campaigns are fairly simple to set up, since it’s merely a matter of putting dollars toward a specific Facebook post or tweet. However, much thought should go into how your message is presented – text should be straightforward, graphics should be both aesthetically pleasing and relevant to your audience, and it should be easy for users to take action (click on a link, etc.) if required. Although it requires a monetary investment, promoted social media advertising is a great way to guarantee that your selected audience sees your message (and what could be better than that?).

Business Goal: Drive Traffic to Company Website
Social Media Goal: Increase Clicks to a Specific URL


There are many times when a business may need to drive qualified traffic to a specific page on its website. Maybe it’s a push to shop for a certain product, read a specific news item, fill out a form – whatever it is, you have to guide your customer there first. With Facebook it’s fairly simple to do just that; simply choose “clicks to website” as your campaign objective, or choose “website conversions” if you wish for users to complete a specific action when they get there. Twitter options aren’t currently as advanced, but a Promoted Tweets campaign would be your best bet. The tweet would simply need to include the link alongside a strong call to action urging your followers to click on it. For ecommerce sites, we may even recommend a Pinterest Promoted Pins campaign – once it is available to all advertisers. Depending on your business, Pinterest can be a fantastic tool, though Twitter and Facebook are still the most relevant social media platforms in terms of advertising (so far).  

Knowing what options are out there goes a long way, but there are many factors a business must consider before launching a campaign. Advertising guidelines and policies are fairly strict, and choosing an agency that has plenty of experience is the best way to go when it comes to spending your hard-earned marketing dollars most efficiently. Not to mention you can take advantage of trained brand and social media experts, copywriters and graphic designers to best captivate your targeted audience. Contact Sage Island today if your business could use a little help in increasing brand awareness, spreading the word on a company initiative or driving traffic to your website. Utilizing social media advertising can make a huge impact on results!

Mike Duncan co-founded Sage Island in 1997, and since then has evolved the agency’s scope to include marketing strategy, creative design, technical development and a wide range of digital marketing services. With an integrated approach that leverages the power and measurability of the internet, the savvy Sage Island team develops strategies, builds brands, writes killer copy and delivers to clients all over the world. And they have an awesome time doing it. Sage’s collaborative working environment keeps creativity and innovation at the heart of the concept. With a 17-year history in Wilmington and beyond, Sage Island shows no signs of slowing down. To learn how Sage Island can grow your business, check us out at www.sageisland.com. To stay updated on the latest in digital marketing, follow Sage Island on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SageIsland, and on Twitter at twitter.com/SageIsland.

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