Facebook Advertising Worked For You?

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Has Facebook advertising work for you and your business?

Any success stories?

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  • Profile picture of the author pablierix
    Anyone who is in marketing should realize that facebook ads don’t work. The play for businesses on facebook is in owning a social media page and having people subscribe to it.

    Basically it’s joining an opt-in list where the user has more control. It is much easier to control your facebook or twitter feed than it is to control the emails coming into your inbox. You don’t see anything that you don’t want to see (i.e. spam). If you decide to stop receiving offers from a business all you have to do is un-follow, but they can always check their page out again if they become interested again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    If your niche is dating, maybe it will work. But aside from that, I can't think of anything possible that would work with FB.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bonadza Vojo
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      If your niche is dating, maybe it will work. But aside from that, I can't think of anything possible that would work with FB.
      There are many other niches that work very well with FB. Daily deals and MMO gaming offers are just a couple.
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  • Profile picture of the author Silvestru
    Incidentally, one of my clients asked me today about advertising on Facebook. The niche is a health niche with a very picky demographic and I wonder if she won't just lose money by buying ads on Facebook.

    Interested in this question as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Litherland
    is it just the case that people don't use Facebook for searches?

    What could i advise someone if they where interested in Facebook advertising but no real benefits?
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  • Profile picture of the author igoogle
    the best way for facebook traffic is making your facebook fan page and get subscribers
    facebook advertising system is not good if you are planning to use this for IM purpose
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  • Profile picture of the author MattWiggins
    I haven't heard anyone have success with paid advertising on Facebook. Any success I've had with Facebook comes from either meeting people in groups or pages and becoming "friends" and then offer what I'm selling or finding people that are in my niche and directly messaging them.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    I do well with facebook ads to create traffic, I have seen no real measure of success as with money though.

    I have heard alot of theory on this. I have seen the ads that say make a fortune with facebook. I know they think there crap doesn't stink and it cost's me more there for ppc than anywhere else.

    I should write a book called how to make facebook and become poor.

    Now I am not saying it doesn't work, what I am saying is I have not found a way to make it profitable for me.

    I get facebook coupons though so my money I spend is not as much as it could be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hauberk
    There is no immediate return on investment from Facebook campaigns. However, if you want to consistently build a strong brand rather than make a quick buck - you need to include Facebook into your marketing plan. 100 likes/followers is nothing, but if there're 10 000 of those and you share interesting content about your product and/or company/industry and keep your followers engaged, then FB starts to contribute to your brand awareness.

    So it's like blogging - you need patience and dedication to build audience, but it will pay off in the future. The only downside is that your FB page does not actually belong to you and you can fall victim of changing FB regulations

    My two cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Litherland
    If not paying for adverts then certainly a business/fan page should be active on facebook?

    thank you for your comments
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I'm in the self help/personal development niche and I have done a ton of testing with FB ads and I have found them to convert leads and generate sales very well for me.

    I hear a lot of people saying they are bot clicks or whatever, but I can assure you at least from my own personal experience that the people on my list, and my clients are all very real people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pawita Worapattra
    Agree with many people to create fanpage and one more thing is to build a list from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Martinsee
    I tried and only gets target customers but no sale !
    I don't know
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  • Profile picture of the author SOCAL777
    I tried FB ads and they only worked to get more "Likes" for my page. I was disappointed.
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  • Profile picture of the author pdrs
    Love it - and yea the only way I've found to get em to work is to buy likes for your page... but you can buy them so cheap it's ridiculous. Of course then you actually have to interact with them!

    It won't work for everything and I've had lots of duds as well - but if you're building a site with really good information that people want to share with other friends who are interested in the same thing they can be really worth while.
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  • Profile picture of the author FirstSocialApps
    If your looking to sell your product via Facebook ads then you are probably going to be unhappy with the results. Linking a FB ad to a website or sales page site is a bad idea. Conversions are going to be SUPER low and you will get no viral effect, which is the point of Facebook ads.

    What you do with Facebook ads is something like this:
    1) Create a fanpage for your product / service.
    2) Create an opt in tab for your product on the fanpage .. have it like gated. Like gating should be something like .. "click here to get my awesome deal .. bla bla..."
    3) Once they like you the page refreshes and they see the opt in form. Offer them something free that is related to your product or service .. a free trial .. or a free report etc.
    4) The opt in ads them to your auto responder.

    The point is this .. people get added to your auto responder for later marketing .. people have to like your page .. so all there friends can see the like and you get that viral effect of more and more people going to your opt in.

    Have a look at our videos section on our webpage .. check out the 'More for less" video .. you can see what happened when we did a fangated opt in as opposed to directly advertising to our website. With a direct link we spent $20 and got 17 people .. with a fangated opt on on our fanpage we spent $19 and got 90 people. $19 for 90 people is only around 20 cents a person. For us 20 cents a person added to our mailing list is very profitable. Of course it will depend for you on the margin of your product.

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  • Profile picture of the author utalert
    It's really good when you create a fanpage and use fb ads drive people to your like gate. Keep them to be the fan of your page, keep communicating, keep talking. Then you can sell something later.
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  • Profile picture of the author YellowGreenMedia
    Facebook traffic is good for dating, game and music niches, for the rest it is absolutely useless traffic, when people need something they still go to bing of google to do their search... also FB ads are very expensive and even if you reach the right demographic most visitors are browsers not buyers....

    You're better of with the search engines or buying ads on sites in the same niche, imho.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet
    Here is an image of a test campaign I did last month.

    www.yadatext.com/images/dog.jpg

    71 clicks 30 likes 0 sales.

    My web-stat program showed only 35 visitors yet Facebook showed 71.
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    • Profile picture of the author FirstSocialApps
      Originally Posted by Mo Goulet View Post

      Here is an image of a test campaign I did last month.

      www.yadatext.com/images/dog.jpg

      71 clicks 30 likes 0 sales.

      My web-stat program showed only 35 visitors yet Facebook showed 71.
      Well that is what Im saying .. when you link to your site this is what happens. You get less likes than clicks. Also keep in mind FB ads are not for selling products they are for building fans / lists. People on Facebook are not in the right mindset at that moment to buy something. What you want to do is capture there info .. get them as a fan to your fanpage so you can engage them later.
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      • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
        Originally Posted by Mo Goulet View Post

        Here is an image of a test campaign I did last month.

        www.yadatext.com/images/dog.jpg

        71 clicks 30 likes 0 sales.

        My web-stat program showed only 35 visitors yet Facebook showed 71.
        Mo, chances are your ads are not targetted enough - people who like "pet groomer" for instance might simply be passionate pet owners.

        The bigger issue though is, as has been already stated, it's almost useless trying to sell directly through the ads.

        You're much better off getting them on your list and then selling to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    I am answering to the facebook AD question.
    Yes I use fan pages ect.
    The ads though have not worked well for me at all.
    A lot of people are talking about fan pages and such though.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    I've used facebook ads in the past with success - however one mistake I've made (and many others make this mistake as well) is that I'll over serve my ads. Facebook ads are very different than search engine ads.

    In search engine advertising you can find a keyword and ad that converts, and then just throw money at it. However in facebook, you may find a converting combination - but it is usually very short lived. Because facebook will continue to show it to the same audience over and over. You have to learn to watch your ads and know when to pull your ads before you overspend.
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    • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
      And that is a good point. What I am doing now is putting an ad up and running it for two days, changing the democraphics, this way, I can see which market is hot. I'm having a little better success with that.
      Originally Posted by garyv View Post

      I've used facebook ads in the past with success - however one mistake I've made (and many others make this mistake as well) is that I'll over serve my ads. Facebook ads are very different than search engine ads.

      In search engine advertising you can find a keyword and ad that converts, and then just throw money at it. However in facebook, you may find a converting combination - but it is usually very short lived. Because facebook will continue to show it to the same audience over and over. You have to learn to watch your ads and know when to pull your ads before you overspend.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdwordsMogul
    Originally Posted by handymoney2 View Post

    Well GM pulled there ads and many others did too so I don't think face ads work as well people think.
    Again, the ads work... the thing is they work differently from what people are used to.

    If you try to sell directly - they don't work.

    If you use the ads to research your market and pull people into your sales funnel (starting from a free offer) that's when you have a chance to make money.

    For most businesses that's just too much hustle that's why they don't get any results.
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