This Week’s Top Reads • 5/26/15

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TOP LINE LESSONS:

  • Facebook’s local awareness ads allows viewers to contact you directly from the News Feed.
  • Use your small business’s Facebook page as a landing page for mobile viewers.
  • Google Analytics’ tracking URL tool is a good option for tracking URLs on a budget.
  • Pay attention to “how-to” searches on YouTube that relate to your brand.
  • Create video content to offer solutions to popular how-to searches.

#1: FACEBOOK’S NEW LOCAL AWARENESS ADS 

Facebook recently launched new ad features that make businesses more accessible to mobile viewers.

  • Facebook’s new “Call Now” button allows customers to call you from your ad in the News Feed.
  • Facebook users can use the “Get Directions” button for directions to your locations right from their phone.
  • Local awareness ads affordably target people near you.
  • Results from local awareness ads are available on your Page.

#2: ZUCKERBERG TO SMBs: FACEBOOK PAGES ARE STILL THE BEST WAY TO REACH CUSTOMERS

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed concerns about decreasing reach of Facebook Pages for businesses.

  • Despite declining organic reach, business Facebook Pages are still the best way to reach customers.
  • Think of your business’s Facebook page as a mobile-friendly landing page.
  • Facebook will continue to update its News Feed algorithm to serve users with posts that interest them.

#3: HOW TO CREATE TRACKING URLs FOR GOOGLE ANALYTICS

  • You can create tracking URLs through Google Analytics through a tool called “URL builder form.”
  • Google allows you to set up personalized criteria for tracking, which it will convert into an easy-to-track URL.
  • This is a budget-conscious way to track URLs.

#4: MILLENNIAL-MOBILE “HOW-TO” SEARCHES EXPLODE ON YOUTUBE

Searches for how-to” video searches on YouTube are becoming increasingly popular among Millennials. Google offers some tips on incorporating brand marketing into this growing trend.

  • “How-to” searches on YouTube continue to increase dramatically.
  • Millennials make up the largest demographic group for these searches.
  • About 30% of Millennials say they’ve bought a product as a result of a how-to lookup.
  • Identify the needs expressed in how-to videos that are related to your brand.
  • Create how-to video content specific to your brand, and make these resources easily accessible.
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