Reaching Better Customers With Social Media Tools
It’s a frequent claim that the public doesn’t often believe that advertising helps create a mutually beneficial partnership between advertisers and their targets. But now marketers can use social media tools to make sure this is what really happens, so both parties are genuinely happy.
The Facebook site provides a way for companies’ social media policies to target very specific audiences who are more likely than others to be looking for their services already.
The site was originally designed for people to keep in touch just with those they specifically invited as contacts, such as friends, family or school classmates.
But over the years, Facebook has added business marketing tools that allow marketers to get in touch with potential clients, even if still in a peripheral way. Advertisements in the margins of people’s Facebook pages are placed on those pages based on several factors set in place by the users themselves.
For example, keywords are an integral part of social media tool. When users write lists of words that describe their interests, those lists become keywords that will signal Facebook’s marketing programs to place ads related to those words.
Advertisers who buy space on Facebook can tweak the social media tool even further. Over the years, Facebook has added business marketing tools that allow marketers to get in touch with potential clients, even if still in a peripheral way.
If someone changes a personal setting from “single” to “engaged,” or even mentions their engagement in a status update, ads for wedding photographers can be placed on their pages. This is social media optimization with a vengeance, allowing marketers to reach people who are clearly looking for the advertised services.
Social media tools like this have begun to allow a precision that never existed in the marketing world before. In the past, advertising dollars were spent on campaigns either via newspapers or television ads that everyone saw, but few responded to.
They can buy space on a site like Facebook and much more closely pinpoint those who will welcome rather than reject their efforts.