Article Archive by Bea Halstead


June 22 2012

4 Steps for Promoting Posts in Facebook

by Bea Halstead

Facebook Promoted Posts are now available with all company’s Facebook Pages.  Promoted Posts are a marketing tool that can target more of your fan audience.  Users that have liked your Facebook Page will not always see your status updates in their newsfeed.  Facebook uses a scoring system, called Edge Rank, which evaluates the activity, time, and weight of each post.   This score determines the percentage of your friends who are potentially exposed to your content.  The Promoted posts offer an opportunity to bypass this scoring system, by paying a nominal fee to increase the percentage of fans seeing each individual post.   Below are the steps to successfully create a Promoted Post.

Step 1: Use a Post with engaging content. You may want to promote posts for contest announcements, really engaging updates, posts that include photos or videos,  and any post content that already attracts activity on your Faceboook Page like consumer polls, quizzes, or questions.

Step 2: Post the status update. You will be able to promote a status update post for up to three days after posting it.  Facebook deems a post older than three days no longer relevant so, it will only offer to promote any one post for up to three days.  This three day window can give you time to evaluate post relevancy.  You can use the quick stats, available at the bottom of each post, to track activity.  You may elect to pay to promote and expand it’s reach due to the posts popularity.

Step 3: Select the amount to spend. You can promote a post by clicking the arrow next on the lower right of the post container.   There are two options, setting a budget of $5.00 to $10.00 per post, depending on the estimated reach you want to target over the duration of three days.

Step 4: Monitor promotions, pause in-active campaigns. Once you select “save”, you will be able to pause your campaign from the same drop down box.  You will also see a status board with your promotional end date and the amount of fans reached with your selected budget.  This feature will allow you to stop a promotion before the entire budget is used, if you determine the activity has expired on that post.

Using these steps, you can successfully promote important updates to your company’s Facebook Page.  This is an important tool to leverage, since the target audience has already indicated their interest in your business.  Overall success with this tool will be a combination of creating engaging posts and monitoring activity once promoted.  You may consider an advertising strategy using Facebook’s sponsored stories to build a larger fan base first.   The same recommendations for creating content and monitoring will apply to those as well.

June 7 2012

80 million Google+ Local pages Automatically Created – Do you have one?

by Bea Halstead

Google Places Listings converted to Google+ Local pages, affecting an estimated 80 million business listings worldwide, according to Google’s Marissa Mayer.  The Google Businesses Plus Page described the release in a recent post as, “a new way to discover local information across Google.”  The Google+ Local pages will be accessible via Google.com and Google Map searches, or from a search using the Google+ Mobile App.   There is also new integration of the Zagat ratings system for restaurants and more, where consumer reviews from Google Places have converted from five star ratings to 1-30 point reviews that offer robust criteria to rate services, experience, décor, etc.  These reviews will cater personalized recommendations to Google+ users– sorting by circles to reveal reviews or check-ins from people in their network – and will appear in natural search results.

The streamlined design of the Google+ Local pages will include photos, a map of the location, and contact information for the business.  It will be important for business owners to find their new Google+ Local page listing, and click on the “manage page” button – located to the lower right – in order to update the page or interact with consumers by having “hangouts” and sharing updates.  This interaction is designed to produce a more loyal consumer base, and truly put “word-of-mouth” marketing to work online and offline.  As a preview, below are screenshots from the different views to expect when encountering the Google+ Local pages:

Google.com Search:

Google Maps Search:

Google+ Local Page:

Google+ Local Pages on the Mobile App:

Google+ Local pages will continue to integrate deeper within the social platform.  Features like mobile check-in deals – are expected to be released soon.   Do you have a business location that needs to be managed and optimized, or questions about participating in Google+?  Send those questions by clicking here, calling us at 800.787.0497, or submitting them in the comments below.

June 4 2012

Link building is Synonymous with Social Media Marketing

by Bea Halstead

There are many concepts and goals that link building and Social Media content have in common.   Businesses that participate in link building for SEO value are hoping to affect their natural search results, by developing content that builds a presence online and forms a community.  Social media networks specialize in connecting people to the interests and information they share in common within the social network.   In this way, link building and Social Media Marketing both focus on creating content for interest groups who will potentially engage with the business.  Link building methods incorporate similar objectives for achieving success as a Social Media presence, like:

  • Shaping high quality content toward the audience and business goals
  • Using monitoring tools to evaluate content performance
  • Identifying Influencer’s that proliferate content and are of quality and relevancy
  • Reporting on the success of the efforts being conducted using analytics

The beginning of a new era in Search integrated with social media content results – Google+ and Bing Social – has begun. Businesses will need to participate within these social networks to achieve optimal results in conjunction with link building efforts.   An idea for expanding link building opportunities with social media marketing is to establish multiple personas within the various social networks that can deliver authoritative content catered to those unique audiences.   If your business has a robust inbound link portfolio, but has to yet utilize social media to distribute and re-purpose that content, it is missing out on a huge opportunity to exposure the business to some of the largest most engaged audiences online.  One of the ways we service our clients is to provide SEO and link building programs in tandem with Social Media strategy reports.   We include an outline of the best content to create for online communities and recommendations on how to re-purpose existing and new content unique to each social media platform.  If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of SEO and link building or Social Media Marketing for your company, call 800-787-0497 or e-mail our SEO / Social Media team.

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