Facebook has proven itself a cost-effective, efficient and powerful advertising platform for many businesses. The right ad can drive website visitors, increase event attendance and even lead to direct sales. For others, Facebook Advertising can feel like shouting into an echo chamber. You post, you boost and then you wait. Sure, the ad reaches people and maybe there is engagement but when you look to see how those interactions translated to website traffic, downloads or revenue the actual impact can be, well, disappointing.
What makes the difference?
There are a lot of factors and variables at play and while there isn’t a single definitive answer as to what makes a great Facebook ad, there is the composition of the ad that serves as the foundation of what you’re putting out into the world. In today’s article, we’ll cover some of the important guidelines to help you create more effective Facebook ads.
You may have a list of reasons for keeping your marketing in-house. Maybe it’s, “No one knows the business like my team.” True. “Agencies are expensive.” Also, true. Or maybe it’s just that there are so many vendors out there you have no idea how to pick the right one
But every business at some point has to take a good, honest look at their resource allocation and decide if there are some things lacking in-house that are worth the expense of outside help. When that moment comes, an inevitable question becomes, “is it time to hire an outside marketing agency?”
In this post, we’ll cover a few of the reasons and scenarios that are a good sign that yes, it is in fact time to look to an agency for marketing help.
You’re already a fan of Google Analytics. You know which data to pull, you know how to look at your audience, user behaviors, and conversions. You gather, analyze and present this kind of data month after month. Your clients, colleagues, and boss are satisfied.
But somewhere, in the back of your mind, you feel like you’re missing something. There are links in Google Analytics you’ve never clicked, reports you don’t use because you’re not quite sure what they mean. You can’t escape the nagging feeling that there’s something more you should be doing.
Sound familiar? If so, it’s probably time to think about Google Analytics (GA) Certification. Being GA certified is more than just a nice line for marketing materials and it’s more than a resume filler. It’s the process of trying to get as much as you can out of an extremely robust and intricate analytics tool that can help reveal the kind of detailed insight that helps cultivate meaningful, strategic change. In this post, we’ll go through some of the details of why and how to get your certification.
Admit it – you dread the first day of every month. That’s when it’s time to start cranking out the monthly marketing reports. Whether you are a consultant, an in-house marketer or an analyst at a corporate agency, reporting is a mandatory part of the job.
And every month, it’s the same routine – you spend a frustrating chunk of your time exporting data from Google Analytics, importing it to Excel, massaging it, building charts and analyzing it so your client or team can understand the key takeaways. Or maybe you cut and paste screen shots into Word or Google Docs, add some explanatory text and format everything to look nice.
The problem, of course, is that putting the report together takes up most of your time, cutting into the precious hours you need for real analysis and insight.
Maybe you’ve thought about automating the reports, but it doesn’t seem possible. After all, your reports change each month. You’re not just cranking out cookie-cutter analysis here. Part of your job is explaining the impact of the latest initiatives, how they performed and using that intelligence to guide your next steps. You just wish you had a way to do it faster, without sacrificing the value.
We completely get it – but there are viable ways to have your analysis and automate it too. Let’s start with the basics.