Speaking at the Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas again, covering the best practices of planning Facebook projects
"We want to advertise on Facebook, how do we get started?". This is the question I hear time and again, day after day. Unfortunately the very people who could benefit the most from paid media often fail to understand how to properly plan and prepare.
If you managed or sponsored performance marketing projects in the past, you have surely seen a few of them fail. Would you like to improve your "batting average"? If the answer is YES, let's try to understand the primary root cause behind most disappointments.
Last several months I have been 100% focused on a radical update to our marketing methodology & tooling. While restructuring our checklists & templates, I realized that introduction of machine guns in late 19th century is the best metaphor to explain the value of our new process.
Is creative design an art or a science? Not so long ago I bumped into a 10+ year old South Park episode that made me think about how we produce Facebook Ads. We are introduced to the "Family Guy writing staff" who turn out to be a group of manatees. The manatees "write" jokes for the show by picking random balls from a tank.
The show went fantastic and my presentation marked a public preview of our marketing service methodology. Unfortunately, the "technical difficulties" on the way home derailed and delayed the follow through. But there is a great teachable moment in how the story of my destroyed car engine can help marketers understand the problems they might be ignoring.
"Facebook ads don't work for us"! 62% of small business owners said so in response to a recent Weebly survey. I run and advocate Facebook Ads for most types of companies, yet I believe this number is too low. Why? Because there are just too many ways to mess up your Facebook Ads if you lack the right know-how.
The most common question I get when I bring up customer journeys is "Are you talking about funnels"? Funnels are quite popular these days, but are these really the same things? In this article, I will highlight Top 5 Differences between building your marketing around "funnels" vs. "customer journeys", the way these terms are most commonly understood.
Whenever I talk to marketers and business owners who struggle with online advertising, I see the same root cause of disappointing results in nearly 100% of the cases. The problem is not having a good understanding and control of their Customer Journey. Why is this the #1 issue and what can we learn from their mistakes?
In a week after the Affiliate Summit, I had a chance to summarize the feedback from the pre-launch of our new marketing service methodology. Many thanks to everyone who reviewed our presentations, checklists, and software demos, contributed their input and provided their support. Without much ado here are a few thoughts.