Marketing is often a critical part of a firm’s success, but its importance must be considered. large manufacturers such as Proctor & Gamble, Microsoft, Toyota, and Sanyo, marketing contribute high expenditure, as these businesses depend on the effectiveness of their marketing effort. Whereas, small business which is providing one of a kind product, marketing may be little more than a few informative brochures.
Marketing is the key to success for any business. If you’re already an entrepreneur or planning to launch your startup this year, it’s crucial to have your marketing strategy in place right away.
According to the article on Entrepreneur India, Manish said “I believe Facebook advertisements will surpass all other digital marketing channels in 2017.”
Facebook is big. As the largest social network in the world, it has more than 1.23 billion active users, 62% of whom log in on a daily basis.
With such a large user base, ignoring Facebook really isn’t an option for most marketers. You can bet your ideal market is using Facebook nearly every day.
Reasons why it makes the most sense for businesses to use the social media giant to advertise their products.
1.. Custom-targeted audience
Facebook advertising campaigns are built for specific audiences. For that Facebook Custom Audience Tool can work like magic. This tool enables marketers to upload lists of contacts such as emails, UIDs, and phone numbers so you can target them with certain ads.
This is perfect for everyone from entrepreneurs with only a few hundred contacts to giant enterprises with hundreds of thousands.
Like for example- Donald Trump won the Election with $150 million dollars of Facebook and Instagram advertisements in the final weeks of the campaign. Trump’s team took its custom database containing identity profiles of 220 million Americans. With time running out, Trump’s digital operation executed a last ditch strategy with targeted Facebook ads discouraging Americans from voting for Hillary Clinton.
2. Maximum visibility at minimum cost
If you’re planning to launch a business online, you want to build where the people are.
Advertising on Facebook is comparatively cheaper than on Google. Also, Facebook video views are cheaper than YouTube.Research shows that consumers spend 90% of time spent on mobile is on apps and Facebook leads the way as the most downloaded platform of the first half of 2016.Although you shouldn’t be spending all your money on Facebook advertising, these numbers are simply too big to ignore.
3. Early-stage brand awareness
Facebook if managed strategically can work like a PR. The brand awareness ads mainly focuses on real-time proxy metrics with both the reach and attention users give to a campaign to provide brands with maximum exposure.
Early start is critical so that later campaigns can have a bigger audience. The goal is to capture attention across the board to get in front of people most likely to be interested in your brand.
4. Facebook videos
Facebook Live videos was introduced within the last year and has taken the internet by storm. It allows any user to record live videos and share them with friends.
- Businesses can use this to their advantage in several ways.
- Provide a behind-the-scenes experience to customers.
- Show sneak previews of new products or updates.
- Promote events.
- Answer questions.
- People spend 3x longer watching live video than native content. With this in mind, it’s becoming a requirement to include it in Facebook marketing.
Ever since Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s 10-year roadmap, every business is trying to utilize Facebook Messenger to communicate with their customers. For a good reason: it now has a billion monthly active users.
As per the article “A while back, Shopify announced they will let their stores sell directly on Facebook messenger”. This is a game changer. When more and more businesses start selling on Facebook, user engagement and hours spent on the platform will continue to increase.
With more consumers interacting with brands on Facebook, the use of chatbots will inevitably become a necessity. With chatbots, you will be able to create structured messages including images, links, and call to action buttons.
6. Quick feedback
In the old days, when businesses wanted to reach out their customer base for feedback on products or services, they would have to do things like direct-mail voting polls or cold call surveys. Luckily, those days are over and brands need to look no further than social media.
Facebook makes it easy for businesses to simply post a question on their status and sit back and watch for the comments.
Time is perhaps the most valuable asset in business. Facebook is great for companies looking to get an impression of their image and product quickly so they can see what works and what doesn’t without hassle.
7. Consumer psychology
One of the biggest advantages of Facebook (or social media) is that it gives everyone a voice that will be heard.
It has the ability to share opinions on products or services, and also enables users to endorse businesses within their own community by simply hitting the “Like” button.
Companies can leverage this phenomenon and turn everyday users into brand influencers. 9 in 10 consumers take the words of their peers into account during the buying process. Why not let your customers do the talking for you.
Facebook is improving day by day. In the last four years, the number of users has almost doubled. The future is looking very bright.
In the last year alone, Facebook has launched a number of new features such as:
- Facebook Live Video
- Facebook Professional Services
- Facebook at Work
- Improved Search
- Uber/Lyft integration
- Facebook Shopping Tab
- Instant Articles
- Facebook Events
- Non-profit crowdfunding
- Music Stores
Facebook is amazingly connecting people and the brands all across the world. Keep your ears open for new developments about how it can help build your business for the future