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4-24-2017, Entrepreneur -- Social media ads are the norm for entrepreneurs both as consumers and business owners, so it’s a safe guess that most entrepreneurs realize the power and reach of Facebook's targeting capabilities.  

Maybe you’ve tried Facebook advertising but it wasn't as effective as you hoped, or maybe you’re a believer who wants to take your ads to the next level. Either way, Facebook advertising is too powerful to be given up easily. There are five crucial considerations to accelerate conversions and ROI.

1. Getting very specific about your audience.

Facebook has such impressive targeting capabilities, it’s getting scary. After the basics like gender, age and location, you can dive deep into people’s interests and life stages. For example, you can target people in the market for a specific car make or model, or appeal to parents of newborns, or target people at specific income levels, plus interests and lifestyles such as frequent travelers or readers of Entrepreneur magazine. Hone in on your audience by specifying as many demographic, socio-economic and lifestyle characteristics as you can.

Use Facebook's Lookalike Audience tool to find the top one percent that looks like your existing audience. In my experience, it can make a big difference in your targeting, because Facebook evaluates tens or hundreds of characteristics and signals, which we humans simply cannot do.

2. Placement is about content and context.

Facebook now boasts many placement options, from good old timeline and right sidebar to Instagram, Audience Network and Instant Articles. Audience network is simply a network of partners, such as various applications that will show your Facebook ads in their apps.

You can select which placement you want to advertise on and which one you won't. This matters because different placements hint at different contexts and activities. A mobile news feed is obviously suggesting a person who is on the go, so you know not to offer him or her a 30-minute video or a large app to download. A person scrolling through a desktop news feed might be looking for casual entertainment and information. Instant Articles hint at people who like in-depth reading.

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Forbes -- Small businesses feel at a disadvantage when it comes to creating an effortless social media and PR plan that engages with a target audience and has an actual ROI. It’s a daunting task, and most small businesses end up throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks.

Trust me, it ain’t pretty.

However, it can be done with some simple best practices and some strategic planning. Here are some ways small businesses can automate social media and public relations:

Step 1: Audience

Think about your target audience very carefully and who you want to target for the next three months. Be incredibly specific on the segment you want to target: CMOs at medium sized companies in the fashion industry. Or: Stay at home moms who home school.

Step 2: Listen

If you know your target segments you should be somewhat aware of what’s going in their life. Know what problems their facing, what goals they want to achieve, what a day in the life of your audience is. Listening to what they are going through and empathetically understanding their needs is a must.


Step 3: Brainstorm

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Entrepreneur -- Q: What's your number-one tip to boost your social-media following?

A: First of all, I’m going to state right there’s no one single way to boost your social-media following. It takes a matrix of methods and a continuous commitment to create, establish, build and maintain a social media presence and following.

But if you are going to force me to give one single answer, for me it’s all about the content. Now I’m not the first to give this answer but hopefully I can give a meaningful perspective about it.

We’ve all seen the tweets with offers to buy followers. Evidently you can get a new bargain on followers every day. I’m not interested.

To me, it’s not about the volume of followers that I’ve attached to my social channels, it’s about my followers’ linkage and engagement to my “brand.” If I have to forgo the 100,000 bargain followers to get 100 committed people who engage with my content, then so be it. All the better for it.

Union Leader -- Granite State small business owners got a crash course recently on how to use Facebook as a tool advertising, hosted by reps from the Silicon Valley-based social network.
Missing from the event were representatives and any mention of the other advertising vehicles that Facebook and other social media have challenged in the digital age, including print, radio and television.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., was on hand to help kick off the event held at Nashua Community College on June 30, which drew more than 300 attendees from around the state and was sponsored by the Business and Industry Association.
Shaheen, who serves as the top Democrat on the Senate’s Small Business Committee, said the seminar would be a boost to New Hampshire’s small business community, which accounts for 96 percent of the state’s employers.
“Two-thirds of the jobs that are created come from small businesses, so making sure that we support your efforts to grow, to expand, to be successful, are paramount to what I’m doing in Washington and what the state of New Hampshire is trying to do,” she said.
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