Facebook keeps releasing new features to its self-serve PPC platform. It feels like Google from 2003– are you keeping up?
Did you see that you can target people on their birthdays, in addition to your existing fans, as well as being able to select multiple countries?
- If you’re selling gifts of any type— this is your chance to do something. Cards, flowers, T-shirts, silly items… Doesn’t even have to be birthday related– you could even promote a little cosmetic surgery to older women– Imagine this ad:
- If you’re a brand, you can pay to hit your fans when they’re elsewhere on Facebook– think of this like the old days of Paid Inclusion on Yahoo! or perhaps like today’s brand bidding. The point is there is some level of cannibalization to pay for people that you already “have” as fans. Yet if this drives incremental traffic, you can price in that overlap to make sure it backs out. And if you have less than 100 fans, who cares. But if you’re a brand like WWE and have over 250,000 fans, it would be a great way to drive marginal revenue. Now it’s too bad you can’t target OTHER people’s brands and fan pages. That would be like Coke bidding on Pepsi. What would you pay to be able to target your competitors? Oh, wait– I forgot. You can do that all day long on PPC.
- If you just want to be a pimp: Some people just don’t have a good reason to market. But maybe if you get to 100 fans on your page, you can then register your page’s vanity url here. Even if you have no fans to start with, if you’re paying 30 cents a fan, it’s only $30 to get to 100 fans, and then you can grab a name like facebook.com/toiletpaper or whatever you fancy. Many generic names are still free.
If you’re making profits via these new tactics, however small, it’s time to scale them up. If you are a non-spammy advertiser, then I welcome you to sign up for our automated Facebook ad posting platform, which automatically multiplies variations of ad creatives and landing pages, then reports back with the best performers. If you’re selling weight loss, get-rich-quick scams (also euphemistically called “BizOpps”), or products that auto-renew at insane rates (called “negative option”), then don’t bother, since your ads won’t get approved by us or by Facebook.
But maybe you’re a stay-at-home dad filming how-to-home-school videos or perhaps reviewing the top 10 kids’ movies, in preparation for the upcoming Christmas shopping season. Don’t laugh– if you’re an affiliate and you aren’t starting now, you’re late to the game. Then it makes sense to start promoting your wares.
I’m presenting on Facebook advertising at Affiliate Summit East in 2 weeks, and again, at HostingCon 2 days later. Come join me!