I’ve talked about how to pick the right social platforms for your small business. But, what do you do once you’ve started your profile? Let’s take a deeper dive into each platform and how you can use them to your advantage. This week, Facebook for Small Business!
Since it’s inception in 2004, we’ve seen Facebook grow and evolve many times. Users now have more tools, more content and more ways to connect. As a business owner the platform has also developed a highly targeted set of tools just for you with Facebook Business.
One of the best things about Facebook Business, it’s extremely user friendly. It’s clearly designed with small business owners in mind with step-by-step instructions to set up the right campaigns based on your business goals. Whether you’re looking to build brand awareness or drive conversions, Facebook’s robust resources walk you through what type of content to use, how to position it and will even guide you through building your audience. Even if you’re a novice in digital advertising, Facebook has you covered.
In addition to the advertising and marketing tools at your disposal on Facebook, business owners can reach their target audience in with organic content. With no character limits for your posts, you can get more in-depth with your information. This is not something you can do on Twitter or Snapchat. Facebook posts allow you to connect with your audience in a more conversational way, playing to the platform’s core purpose of building connections with friends and family.
Video has also become a valuable asset on Facebook for small business owners. It’s no secret video is a vital marketing tool and Facebook is a great place to showcase your content. With over 100 million hours of video watched on Facebook every day, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not taking advantage. Facebook’s business tools have made it easy to target your videos based on your core audience’s viewing habits. Video allows you a way to tell a story that a written post or photo can’t always achieve. To go even further, Facebook Live allows you to live stream content from anywhere right to your network. This hot trend in video marketing gives you the chance to get agile with your marketing. You can now bring your audience behind-the-scenes and inside your business like never before.
You may think all of these tools will eat away your budget pretty fast. But, that’s not necessarily the case. Facebook’s marketing and advertising tools make it easy to test the waters from as low as $5 a day. This allows you to test the waters and get a sense for what works. Then, drive your budget toward the successful methods.
Now, there are still things you want to watch out for. In recent months digital advertising platforms have come under fire for not providing enough security for advertisers to ensure their ads are not being placed near any inappropriate content. Facebook specifically faces criticism for it’s loose standards in what type of content can be monetized. We saw this take center stage after the 2016 Election. However, Facebook recently announced it’s new eligibility standards for monetization and ad placements.This will help give advertisers better reporting on where their ads are appearing and provides more protection for your brand.
In short, Facebook is no longer just a way to connect with college friends or for your grandmother to keep tabs on your photos. It’s a powerhouse in marketing and advertising for your business.