You need to know what your objectives are before you start any initiative. That way you know how to measure.
Consider it Social on steroids. It allows you to quickly get your message out to your target audience, and have the possibility to spread. It’s comparable to PPC & SEO, where you would use PPC to drive traffic in areas where you have low SEO presence.
Since you are on social networks, your ads need to be conversational and not salesy
Personal but not too personal. Social networks give you the ability to hyper target to find the right audience, but there needs to be a balance as to not creep out your audience.
You got all these new followers, likes, what’s next?!?
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Paid Social: Large Brands Making a Big Splash
Gary WareDirector, Paid Media Covario Caroline RodehauCEO, NY Girl Style Eric LudwigSr. Director Online Marketing, Rosetta Stone
FORTUNE 100 WEBSITE TRAFFIC Average percentage drop was 23.02% 68% of companies experienced negative growth in unique visits from 2009 – 2010  Unique visits were monitored between Nov 2009 – Nov 2010
“Are truths are easy to understand once theyare discovered; the point is to discover them” Be a Scientist, Challenge Belief Systems and Be Agile(or choose to have a lame career) 1)Search has changed forever. Major algorithmic overhauls indicate a war is underway. 2)We’ve been spoiled by PPC performance since the early 00s. Complacency is never good. 3)No matter where we look, it’s hard to see ROI from this new platform. This makes executives nervous. 4)Facebook sure looks like the most amazing database marketing platform ever developed. CRM is back! 5)Light viewed through a prism is a rainbow of colors. Your conversation will become stale, bland and boring unless you find interesting things to project. Your PQS will suffer, and your audience will decline. 6)Listen carefully to the conversation. Study the data. You WILL find new market opportunities pulling at you from the collective that is your Fan base. 7)Social is the center of your marketing system, but it must be bolted together with your Search, Display and Email programs. Optimize through the decline as you await the new maximum efficiency in Social. 8)If you’re buying CPM advertising on other ad networks but not Facebook, your job is at risk. 9)It’s not more customers, it’s the right customers. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. 22
Immediate signs of life! Monthly Actives Since ‘10(is that 500k I see?) Stream Impressions are Nice(WOW! Free Fans!) Thousands of Interactions(Sure Does Help the PQS ) Fans Just Stick Around(That bottom line is “UnLikes”) 24
Great! What about Sales and ROI? First Find your Happy Place(my team rakes the garden every morning at sunrise) 26
“Doubt is the Father of Invention” -Galileo MANTRA: Time is non-linear. Business cycles repeat themselves. Google’s dominance since 2003 is waning. Energy in Social is organizing rapidly. THINGS TO REMEMBER 1)Machine driven algos dominated Search through ’09. Thermodynamics 2nd Law: all things tend toward chaos. 2)Facebook’s lack of standard commerce tab artificially props up your Search campaigns. Clausius (Entropy is serious business!) 27
Let’s Talk ROI and Effect on Sales LOOK FOR THE WOBBLES 1)Facebook increases Viewthrough conversions. (3X to 5X compared to direct ROI) 2)Facebook increases Search clicks and conversion rate (especially in Brand campaigns). (.3 to 1.0 ROI) 3)Facebook direct ROM (or ROAS or ROI) should be better than all your other Display media. If it’s not…it’s not them, it’s you. (Direct ROI .25 to 1.0) 4)Facebook increases lead collection and downstream conversions through CRM (Email is BACK! .30 to 1.0 ROI ) 5)Facebook leads to offline sales increases. Nurture this in your ads, posts and apps. (.1 to .5 ROI) HOW KEPLER DETECTS PLANETS (affect on stars they orbit) 28
Maximum Social Revenue with a Multi-Channel Focus BONUS TIP! (make up words) TIPS FOR TESTING AND SALES GROWTH 1)Test copy for use in Email, Display and Call Center scripting. Use CTR as proxy for likely success. Rapid iteration benefit is transformational. 2)If you have Call Center support, make your 800 number available and prominent. A good portion of buyers will not convert without it. 3)Drive them off Facebook. If you have special pricing options available in other channels, use Facebook to promote those response vehicles. 4)Soft sell (Mostly). Let AIDA draw the conversions (leads, sales, other outcomes) to you. Transform the energy at the appropriate time. 31
Tips for Lowering Fan Acquisition Costs 1)FOF targeting is a must. Natural lookalikes. 2)Sponsored Stories. 3)Image first, then copy. Then look for resonance with targets. 4)Avoid burnout. Fight ad Fatigue. Change creative often. 5)Really think about the writing. PQS will give you free distribution. 6)Engagement apps (Talk to Webtrendsand Blitz). 7)Pulse your buying. ROSETTA STONE STARTING CPF = >$20 ROSETTA STONE CURRENT CPF = <$1 BONUS TIP #2 (pick talented friends) 32
Tips for Going Global! 1)Manage the ad buying centrally, like you use your Google MCC. Make your country managers admins on your ad manager account, and you become admin of theirs. 2)Start with ads that are winners in the US. Create a new Campaign for each country, then ask the country admin to localize the ads. 3)Run the delivery management and optimization of the ads from the US. Math isn’t language specific. Work together to set budgets and goals. 4)Cross-Like your country Pages with your US site. 5)Deploy apps you’ve developed in the US to the other GEOs. Localize them, but reap benefit of reduced marginal cost/time to deploy. 6)Curate content that generates high Interaction rates in the US. They will likely resonate with INTL audiences too. Find the local language version and publish. 7)Leverage your Commerce work too. The INTL Geos are likely 6 months behind you. 33
Wrap Up & Parting Thoughts Go Local and Global! Find new market opportunities from the conversation and campaign profile data. You are a Farmer, NOT a Hunter. Email is BACK! Develop robust triggered CRM linked to Social. Look for the unique wobbles in your business. Impact on sales is hiding there. Build a Storefront! Adopt a persona approach to your writing. Don’t be afraid to be a heretic! In general, healthy ROI now = >1, by end of 2011 expect >3+ to be the norm. 34
Q&A Gary Ware: @garyware Caroline Rodehau: @NYGirlStyle Eric Ludwig: @thesemninja