I’d like to go on holidays to Tuscany after needing the help of a Retail Consultant and playing some more adult fantasy games!
When I get serious I’m interested in ERP (excuse my ignorance but I have no idea what that is) for small business, a white board device for waking up ideas and I might even like to earn some extra money.
When I’m done with all of that I might like to find a new file sharing platform while I take on my one year diploma course in Corporate Governance with DCU.
Finally I might be interested in switching to UPC.
Social Media Advertising
This is a sample of the advertising that is being targeted at me across Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
With all of the different social media platforms it is possible to do some very specific targeting with your advertising campaigns.
Facebook – this probably has the biggest targeting capability as it can focus on your location (as precise as towns), age, personal status and declared personal interests.
For the advertiser it works on either a pay per click basis (you only pay when someone clicks your advert) or on impressions (the number of times your advert has been shown).
You set a daily budget and you also have the capability of setting a maximum amount per click. The big limitation with Facebook advertising is that most people are in a very social frame of mind when they are using the platform so it probably isn’t great for “heavy” topics.
With Facebook you can also enjoy an element of what I call “endorsed” or “trust” advertising – where you see an advert and it declares that one of your friends likes that brand/product. If you want extra oomph from your page posts you can invest a few bob to push them out to the people who have liked your pages and their friends.
We have found it to be quite effective for many of our clients.
LinkedIn – the targeting capability for advertisers is really good here with options around location (just country so far), age, seniority, the size of the company the person works for, job role, sector and you can even target Groups that have been set up. This also operates on a pay per click basis (these are quite expensive) – you set the maximum per click and a daily budget.
I haven’t used it yet for clients but I have experimented with it for Fuzion – we have won some business as a result.
Twitter – advertising on twitter is still in it’s infancy and my feeling is that targeting will be more difficult because a user provides limited information when they set up their account. However if you read the blurb twitter reckon you can target by gender, geography and special interests (it must track the content of your tweets or maybe who you are following to assess this – it might be tricky to target the huge number of users on twitter who lurk and never tweet). You have a choice between promoting your account or pushing your tweets into peoples twitter feed).
We haven’t used twitter advertising for any clients yet.
Collectively across all platforms there is a lot of information and capability that can help you target customers – the skill is knowing who your customer might be and using the targeting tools to attract their attention.
For the record when it comes to me other than a trip to Tuscany (off there next week!), Facebook marketing and pulling my hair out with Sky last Christmas the world just doesn’t know me at all.
I definitely have no interest in adult fantasy games… (al least that what I keep telling everyone!)
Fuzion with offices in Cork and Dublin in Ireland provide Social Media Consultancy and Training services.