Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.
To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.
What’s New This Week?
Facebook Shows Relevance Score for Ads: Facebook will “start showing relevance scores as a visible metric” in their ads reporting tools.
Do hashtags make a difference?
What about sponsored stories?
There’s recently been ton of research to understand how Facebook marketing is helping (or hurting) businesses.
Here are five noteworthy Facebook findings we uncovered from the latest published research.
#1: 78% of U.S. Facebook Users Are Mobile
Facebook is at the center of a sizable shift to mobile. In the U.S. alone, 78% of all Facebook users (just shy of 100 million people) logged into their Facebook accounts via mobile this year (TechCrunch).
Research from eMarketer predicts that this number will continue to grow and by 2017, 154.7 million Americans will be using Facebook on their mobile devices.
Are you wondering how paid Facebook marketing can work for your business?
To learn about Facebook EdgeRank and paid Facebook marketing, I interview Jon Loomer for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.
It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.
The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).
In this episode, I interview Jon Loomer, who blogs about advanced Facebook marketing at Jon Loomer.com. Jon used to do social media work for the the NBA and American Cancer Society before going out on his own in 2011.
Jon shares what efficient targeting means for marketers and the metrics involved.
You’ll learn creative ways to generate more business on a minimal budget.
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Would you like Facebook ads to be a regular part of your marketing strategy?
Wondering what you can do to tweak your ad strategy to get better results?
This article will give you six tips to help improve your return on your Facebook ad investment.
#1: Do Your Research
Watch other Facebook ads and take a look at their techniques.
You won’t be able to see a list of all of the ads that are out there right now, but you can watch the ones that are being served to your demographic. You can see all of the current ads that would target your profile by going to Facebook’s Adboard.
Look at just the Sponsored Stories by clicking on the blue Sponsored stories link.
You’ve undoubtedly heard that “social ads” are the future of advertising, but what does that mean in practical terms for you today?
This article will help you make smart decisions about how to promote your brand and engage with fans through advertising on Facebook.
As a Facebook Preferred Developer, I’ve had the opportunity to gather a lot of information from the proverbial “horse’s mouth.”
This article will provide a useful lay of the land around the new ad solutions that were introduced at the Facebook Marketing Conference (fMC) in February.
Understanding Facebook’s Sales Process and Where You Fit
Marketers have long relied on market research to determine where to spend their advertising dollars on television, radio and print advertisements.
In the last few years, research organizations have begun providing intelligence on how consumers behave on social networks.
The following article is based on new social media research studies.
These findings will help you better strategize your company’s social efforts to match your customers’ behaviors.
#1: Know Where Your Customers Spend Their Time
Do you wonder how others use social media to attract customers?
We asked the pros for their hottest social media tips. Here’s their advice to help you power up your social media marketing.
#1: Draw Attention to Your Custom Tabs in the New Facebook Timelines
If you have a special offer on your website, why not use Facebook to showcase your freebie?
With the new Facebook Timelines fan pages, you can no longer have a custom tab as a default landing tab, so now you will have to draw attention to your freebie with the custom tab photo and the custom tab name.
In fact, Facebook has made many new changes that will impact anyone with a Facebook page.
These changes emerged from Facebook’s fMC 2012 Conference.
The overall message was that Facebook is looking at pages as a “mission control” point (which is where the MC comes from in the conference title).
If you don’t, you could be missing out on game-changing results.
According to the 2011 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, 78% of marketers saw increased traffic with just six hours a week invested in social media.
The businesses that do social media marketing well will see even bigger wins in 2012, as the gap between who “gets it” and who doesn’t grows wider by the minute.