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Facebook Professional Services, the next big thing for Local Search? (2018)

Facebook Professional Services

Facebook Professional Services

Facebook Professional Services is a new feature – still unannounced – that can be the next big thing for local search in 2016.

Update: it’s 2018 and the feature hasn’t been announced or promoted yet, but it’s still there, quite useful.

With this move Facebook is entering as a direct competitor of platforms such as Google Places (recently re-shaped as My Business), Yelp, Foursquare, Tripadvisor and others in the #local search market.

All Facebook Pages with a physical location will be listed in their respective primary business category and cannot avoid users rating/reviews – in fact, to remove the possibility that users leave reviews the page does not have to be associated with any physical location (e.g. brand pages).

All pages can be linked to up to three categories, but only the main one will be relevant for indexation in Professional Services – mind that if you do not see your Page listed yet.

Ranking high and with a good rating is crucial to business success. Many prospective customers look for confirmations about their possible choice right before they are going to buy – what Google calls micro-moments. This fact applies in particular in mobile local search, but at the moment, Facebook Professional Services are only available on the desktop. Maybe a dedicated app will be released at some point?

In Facebook Professional Services, ranking level is determined by a combination that takes into account number of reviews and rating (and possibly other variables such as engagement, page authority, reviewers authority, etc.). Therefore, having many reviews is the first step to being sure that a local service ranks in the top ten – there are ten results per page/category/city. Besides, rating from relevant users is also important: generally a page with 70 reviews and an average rating of 4.4 ranks better than a page with 20 reviews with 4.9 average rating.

Are you looking to improve your local search ranking? Have a look at this Local SEO Guide for Businesses by Brad Richardson (Caseo, Canada).

SEO

SEO: 8 top ranking factors for Google in 2017 [infographic]

The Google algorithm keeps on changing regularly, making life harder and harder for SEO experts. Some people assume that SEO is dead, but in fact SEO is alive more than ever. Simply, the old way of doing SEO is dead, or at least it’s not bringing the desired results anymore, whilst a new set of SEO strategies and techniques is rising due to search engine algorithms that become intelligent more than ever.

Here is an interesting infographic, created and designed by Harris Myers, that lists the 8 top factors to keep in mind to rank high on Google SERP in 2017.

 

The Top Google Ranking Factors 2017 (infographic)

 

 

Content Marketing trends

Content Marketing Trends in 2017: infographic

An interesting infographic by Jomer Gregorio, CEO at CJG Digital Marketing, listing some of the Content Marketing trends to watch out for in 2017.

In his work, Jomer summarizes predictions about the evolution of the following 8 aspects that characterize contemporary content marketing.

  1. Increase in documented content marketing strategy
  2. Rise of visual content
  3. Content getting more niche-specific
  4. More user-generated content
  5. Promotion to become a priority
  6. More video
  7. Influencer marketing
  8. VR (virtual reality)

Content Marketing Trends in 2017 - Infographic

Facebook Live Maps

Facebook Livemap: visualizing globalization through user-generated TV

Facebook Livemaps

keeps on packaging user-generated content to offer new product and create new potential advertising spaces. This time the news is called Facebook Livemap. No big announcements before revealing a collection of user-generated live broadcasts from all over the world. The fact that it is endless and unpredictable makes it addictive.

This format is something different than on-demand (think of Netflix), a concept that caused a lot of suffer to specialised traditional channels, not to mention the old generic traditional channels.

Traditional channels might get a space over there, maybe in the future they can also have the option to pay in order to gain prominent visibility, but they will always face competition of a potential army constituted by more than a billion users that can broadcast whatever they feel (or need), anytime, (almost) anywhere. Advertising is not interrupting the show, but is just “sustaining” it, or in the future it might be just the show. A different model, much less invasive and able to target users with unprecedented precision in the television industry.

Users can choose what and when the big brother can watch, but there is always a small brother hidden inside algorithms that knows what’s in the shadow, often more relevant for marketing than what’s publicly shown.

Geography is the channel and content is random. There could be a leak from a Bilderberg meeting, a pre-recorded footage, a real-time suicide, sex, cheating, violence, a baby that is just born, one who is dying, a natural disaster, a revolution, in involution, the biggest lie ever that will cause a revolution or just bullshit, most of the time – useful material for contemporary anthropologists. What’s the next show?

Facebook to discard Conversion Tracking Pixel in the second half of 2016

Features of Facebook Pixel

All digital advertisers that are currently using Conversion Tracking pixels have to move to Pixel by the second half of 2016.

 pixel is a better solution for both building Custom Audiences (e.g. remarketing) and tracking any conversion (see image).

Custom Audience pixel will remain. However, it is advised to move to the new Pixel that enables to build everything.

The FB pixel can be implemented through Google Tag Manager or other tag management services, covering all pages of the website(s) along the customer journey.

There is no need to create and implement multiple Pixels as one can be shared among different Ad Accounts. Consequently, Custom Audiences and Custom Conversions can be created directly into each Ad Account according to specific needs.

* the Conversion tracking pixel will be disabled by the second half of 2016 as announced by .

Linkedin Ads

How to re-target LinkedIn users through other channels

Ok, this method might break some rule, but it can be an effective solution for specific goals, like a very focused lead generation campaign. Let’s imagine that your goal is to reach outside , some workers of a few competitors based in country x or y, or anyone that studied at university z.

Just follow these steps:

  1. (alternative/1: choose this at your risk) Create a fake user profile on , possibly a high profile consultant;
  2. (alternative/2) use your real profile;
  3. If you go for alternative 1, you need to get new friends: define your target audience and add  users through the most appropriate search fields (industry, company, country, etc.);
    LinkedIn Profile Search
  4. Dig into Groups

    (extra/1) you can extend your contact list by joining the most relevant and popular groups that are related to your audience(s) industry and adding people that actively engage in conversation over there;

  5. Chase people suggested

    (extra/2) you might further extend the list by adding people suggested by , if having profiles matching your target audience;

  6. Export your contact list from LinkedIn

    Once you reach a certain amount of contacts (let’s say at least 300), export the contact list from to a CSV format file, format it through a spreadsheet software using the function “text-to-column”, choosing comma as delimiter and save a new CSV file with just a column of emails;

    LinkedIn Export Email CSV

  7. Split the contact list to create different targets

    (extra/3) Let’s suppose that you want to target all HR people of company X but you want to advertise in French and German, depending on where are they based. In this case, you can split the list into many by selecting specific job titles, country and/or company, the only fields relevant for such purpose, to create multiple remarketing lists (see next steps) but only if the sub-lists contains enough contacts;

  8. Create a remarketing list on Adwords

    Google Adwords audiences email
    On go to Shared Library, then Audiences, then select Customer Email and upload the CSV (one or many). Choose the duration up to 6 months, the time that your LinkedIn contacts will be able to be targeted with your textual and visual ads through the Google Display Network (that includes sites like Gmail and Youtube).
    Google Adwords audiences email

  9. Create a Customer List on Ads

    On Ads, select Audiences, then Custom Audience and import the CSV file(s) – you will be able to target LinkedIn users also through Instagram (if they have an account).
    Facebook Audiences
    Facebook Upload Emails
    Facebook Custom Audiences

 

Important Notes

  • if the list is too small you cannot do any remarketing: the list should contain at least 100 contacts;
  • this operation implies serious privacy issues (therefore, take at your risk) in fact, target contacts should be previously and adequately informed about this (either if you choose option 1=fake profile or 2=real profile).

Opportunities

  • you can extend the list by using Lookalike audience on (with a similarity percentage from 0% to 10%) and Similar users on Adwords: this is an excellent opportunity in particular if your target audience is the right one;
  • if you want to target LinkedIn users on Gmail, just add mail.google.com as Placement and the domain of companies that might send them an email as Display Keyword.

 

Twitter

Twitter is going to broaden its ads audience

is going to broaden its ads audience. One of the reasons why has often been rejected as an channel (sometimes also in our organisation) is that reach is was limited to users who are logged in into the platform.

Twitter Advertising storyline

However, the number of tweets’ readers are way more than users (it’s estimated around 700m), so this move is expected to bring new business to and new opportunities for advertisers/business eager to reach a qualified audience.

There’s no mention about targeting options yet but probably, being impossible to segment anonymous un-logged readers, targeting should be similar to Youtube, based on tweets topic (or maybe even keywords and hashtags to narrow down the target).

Find out more about Testing Promoted Tweets on our logged-out experience.

Key Elements of a Digital Marketing Agency Proposal

What elements a client expects to see in a agency proposal for a campaign aimed at promoting a certain product? Find out the essential elements here.

You will get a better idea about questions should be answered by the proposal, an ideal structure to adopt and some details that you might want to outline.

Customer Email list on Adwords: social is getting closer to search

Customer Emails Lists Adwords

Customer Emails Lists Adwords

New powerful targeting opportunity available in .

Customer Emails List (aka digital stalking) allows digital marketers to show ads on Google Search, Display Network, Gmail (new format available through the GDN options) or YouTube (now fully integrated into Adwords) to users who have provided their email addresses matching a Google account.

For example, you can retarget current or past customers or particular event attendees that agreed to receive commercial information – mind always privacy issues.

This way, it is possible to create a Custom Audience (as done with Remarketing lists) available for all accounts under a particular MCC.

It’s an interesting option for cross-country campaigns. The Customer Email list can be further narrowed at campaign-level with usual variables (geographic, demographic, placements, keywords, etc.) Email addresses have to match the ones of signed-in Google users.

Difference between emails lists and remarketing lists

This opportunity is more “powerful” than cookies-based lists (e.g. remarketing). With this offer, Google is getting closer to Facebook (where this option is already available), matching social with search. If you plan to pilot such campaign, it is fundamental to provide an opt-out service through which users can ask to be deleted. I think that the best option is to use a Solas form, sending possible requests to a campaign manager responsible for a prompt action whenever needed. Once uploaded, email addresses cannot be visualised by Adwords users (including admins) therefore to delete them it is necessary to re-upload a simple CSV list with the email address(es) that do not have to be targeted anymore.

Opportunities

An interesting option is to create different emails lists depending on segmentation (for example geographic, demographic, buying habits, etc.). In fact, this tool works very well with CRM tools.

If your budget is limited and your goal is to extend your reach among people that know your brand but don’t know some of your most recent products, its best use is to target emails list(s) excluding past visitors (remarketing list).

Further reading

Further information about Customer Emails lists on Adwords

Upload campaign cost data into Google Analytics: a new free tool available

Import cost data into Google Analytics

Importing click and cost data for non-Google search engines and campaigns into  allows to compare performance data for Google and non-Google campaigns.

OWOX, a Partner, has created a free add-on that helps you quickly and easily import data from Google Sheets into Google Analytics. It is not the first tool for this scope, but it’s worth mentioning because it is free and easy-to-use.

Here are few simple steps to take to see your non-Google campaign cost data (for example Facebook Ads, Twitter, Linkedin or Bing Ads) into GA Views.

Here is a step-by-step guide:

  1. Create a Cost data schema on GA
  2. Download the schema (Excel template) as guidance. A typical format is:
    ga:datega:mediumga:sourcega:impressionsga:adClicksga:adCost
     ga:campaign ga:adGroup ga:adContent
  3. Export cost data from Facebook Ads
  4. Install the Google Chrome Add-On, it will be available on Google Sheet (you need to access with a Google account that has been granted GA editing rights)
  5. Copy and past FB cost data into Google Sheet making sure that it matches columns of the GA schema (point 2)
  6. Start the Add-On from the menu and upload

Once done, cost data will be visible under GA / Acquisition / Cost Data enabling interesting business metrics.

Two final notes:

If something goes wrong data can be re-uploaded, they will be overwritten.

The cost data has to be daily, and the format of its first column (date) needs to be yyyymmdd.

Last but not least, a perfect correspondence between Facebook Ads URL parameters (medium, source, campaign and content) and the cost data spreadsheet is needed to match data on Google Analytics. Differently, you will find a mismatch between uploaded metrics and Sessions. Ideally, you can add two columns for medium and source while for the others, it’s advised to use the same name both in the URL parameters and in the FB Ads level (for example Adgroup matching Ad set).