Posted by: SEO Positive

Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:56 am

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There are a load of different types of conversions, but the question of Facebook ads dawns on all Fan Page owners, is it worth paying to get a few extra fans? And more importantly, will they convert?

A sister company of SEO Positive, who are fairly new in their industry, however they have tried to use Facebook ads and over the period of time that they were running these adverts, their following sky rocketed. But did they convert into sales?

Their Facebook store did not receive any sales, however they did use voucher codes that where only advertised via their social media accounts, there were two uses of this code which means that the discount code was seen and there were conversions. It must be raised that some of the fans on Facebook may have converted but went under the radar by not using the social media codes. The only way that this can really be combatted is to have a “where did you hear about us” section somewhere on the website.

By having a voucher code that was just for social media, the company were able to track some of their Facebook efforts. But it is nearly impossible to track all of them due to the lack of analytics Facebook provide. The voucher code is a great idea that all social media campaigns should be including because it does give some insight into how social efforts are going.

Conclusion

It is difficult to say whether or not Facebook ads will result in conversions, many think that the money spent on Facebook might as well have been spent on Google Adwords because the conversion rate would be higher, this is not always the case due to website usability compared to Facebook pages, this varies between sites but it is something that will change between niches and companies. The best thing to suggest is to try and find a Facebook ads free credit code where you can test it out to see whether your business gains any benefit from Facebook ads.

Posted by: SEO Positive

Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:18 pm

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Google AdwordsGoogle has released an update inside Adwords, and it is all to do with location targeting. The update makes it possibly to target specific towns and even counties with your PPC campaign, this is a great feature and allows Google users to be as specific as they can with their campaigns.

Before Google released this update, there were two choices, you could choose a radius, or you could attempt to draw the area that you want to cover. Obviously there are a lot of issues with this because it is fairly inaccurate because at the end of the day it is all down to guess work. Guessing is the last thing you should be doing with PPC and Google has finally recognized that.

With the new update, just simply type in the town or county you want to target and it will come up with something like this:

Google Adwords

It shows variations of what you have searched for, so you can get exactly where your targeting. Not only that, but it also provides you with how many people are in that area, so you can see how many potential customers you are reaching out to.

Once you have selected your area, it will show up like this.

Google Adwords

As you can see this is a very detailed outline of the area, which is essential to targeting the right locations.

Conclusion

This update to Adwords is brilliant for PPC managers because it allows for precise targeting, this isn’t just something for the PPC ninjas out there, it can be used by the average Joe due to its’ simplicity in how it is set up. The only problem I have found is that it cannot target the smaller areas, like an area within a city. I found this by searching for Broomfield, which is in Chelmsford, and Chelmsford does show up on the precise targeting locations, but due to Broomfields’ small population (when compared to areas like London) it does not show. Google has obviously targeted the areas that are worth targeting and I think the problem I found will rarely pop up. All in all, great job on the update Google, this will give Adwords an easier usability by far.

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