You see Facebook ads all the time! For food delivery services, local retail stores, apps, restaurants, etc.
The list of companies using Facebook in their marketing strategies is endless!
But have you ever stopped to think about what would happen if you used Facebook ads for your small business?
The cool thing is, no matter how big or small your business is, Facebook ads offer incredible potential!
Huge companies like Netflix have 86 million likes on their pages. And then there are small businesses, like yours and mine, which have about 500-1000!
Regardless of your business size, you have the potential for improved reach, high-quality leads, widespread brand recognition and more!
With Facebook’s micro-targeting, you can reach your niche audience with the right message at the right time!
Keep reading if you’re on the fence about adding a Facebook ads strategy.
OSM, your Facebook Advertising Agency, Quinte, share our complete Facebook ad guide below!
44% of people who saw that ad actually clicked on it!
After that, the advertising world exploded! The potential to put your product in front of so many people worldwide was too good to pass up.
And here we are today, almost 20 years later, still engaging with the same general concept as that first banner ad.
But way better!
Today's technology has advanced so much that we can pinpoint who we want to see in our ads. We can specify where, how, when and why our ads get shown.
And the results are incredible!
You no longer have to filter through a giant list of prospects to find potential leads.
Your unique Facebook ad can reach the people who WANT to hear from you! Facebook filters for you, so you’re left with high-quality leads.
Interested? Who wouldn’t be?!
As a local Facebook advertising agency in Quinte, we’ve seen the success that Facebook ads can bring. And we’d love to see that same success happen for you!
Let’s dive into the specific benefits of Facebook ads!
So, here’s the real question…
As a small business, stability and growth are the keys to success.
Consistency in your clientele is vital to keep your business running smoothly. But a steady influx of quality leads to help your business grow is also crucial.
Facebook ads could be the solution for you!
This powerful web marketing tool offers unmatched brand awareness and exposure.
But we’re not going to say that Facebook ads are for everyone. Every business is unique and needs a marketing strategy that fits its specific needs.
As a small business, you don’t just want to throw a wide net out and catch whoever happens to fall in. You want to target specific individuals that already fit your niche audience.
For example, a 30-second Super Bowl commercial worth over $5 million can reach a HUGE audience. Last year (2022), it had around 99 million viewers!
Talk about a wide-net tactic!
You’ll notice, though, that the brands in these commercials have varying audiences. Brands like Budweiser, Uber Eats, General Motors and Lays have many target personas. That means a wide-net tactic could produce great results for them.
But for a small business with a smaller, specific niche audience? A Super Bowl commercial would most likely be a waste of money.
You need a platform that puts your product in front of the right people. The people who are already looking for you!
Is that you? If so, Congratulations!
You could be the perfect candidate for Facebook ads.
Ready to get started? Contact our team, your local Facebook advertising agency, Quinte!
Not quite ready for a Facebook ad? We can help!
At OSM, we offer digital marketing services that can help give your brand the boost it needs. We'll define your marketing strategy, clarify your messaging and help you get started!
If you’re planning your ad strategy, the next step is to learn how to get the most out of your Facebook ad(s).
As we mentioned before, you don’t want to reach just anyone. You want your unique audience!
And to do that, you’ll need to apply what you know about your audience and this platform to create something that,
a) Stands out from the sea of competitors vying for your audience’s attention, and
b) Compel them to take action on your ad!
Here are some tried and true ways to make your 2023 Facebook ad make a powerful impression:
If you've been engaging with your audience for a while, you probably already have a strong social media presence. Great! You know what makes your people tick.
Use that knowledge to write ad copy that’s unique to them.
We recommend high-resolution imagery (photos, graphics or videos) that compliments your ad copy. We also recommend using bright, contrasting colours that don’t clash with your branding.
Your headline should be short and to the point. You want your audience to immediately understand your ad and engage.
Your call to action button should encourage your audience to take the next step. Although this button isn’t customizable, there are tons of CTA options, each dependent on the type of ad you choose to run.
For example, if you run an Awareness ad, you’ll have CTA options like:
While if you have an Engagement ad, you’ll have different options like:
Ready to get started with your first Facebook ad? Give us a call!
We’ll put your brand in front of the right people at the right time and the right place.
We look forward to working with you!
The New Year is here - full of fresh starts and exciting opportunities!
Our team at OSM can’t wait to see what this year has in store - for both existing companies and new startups!
Will 2023 be the year you start your own small business?
If so, keep reading!
We wrote this article with emerging small businesses in mind - AKA you!
Because there’s no reason why you should be jumping into this exciting moment in your life alone.
And while you might not have the budget for in-house employees, there’s a cost-effective way to get the help you need!
Hiring a local digital marketing agency for startups gives you a competitive edge from the get-go! They can help you:
a) Create a strong foundation for your business.
b) Hit the ground running.
c) Scale, scale, scale!
A digital marketing team is your key to starting strong and staying strong!
Below are 7 benefits of hiring a digital marketing team as a new small business:
You’d be surprised at the cost of an in-house operation vs that of an agency.
Over time, the agency route typically costs much less!
First, you won’t have to hire a specific employee for each digital service you need.
These roles range anyway from content writers to SEO specialists! With many more between!
Hiring a marketing team means you get an all-in-one marketing wizard!
Secondly, you won’t have to pay for other costs associated with having full-time employees.
These extra expenses include payroll taxes, health care costs, salaries, benefits etc.
Thirdly, you won’t have to pay for costly subscriptions to essential marketing tools. Your digital marketing agency has these covered for you!
Agencies have professional tools to optimize and streamline their digital marketing services. These tools typically come with a costly one-time payment or subscription.
Since agencies use them for all their clients, they can sign up for cheaper package deals. This help lower their overhead costs - and yours!
Examples of these digital marketing tools include:
You’ll have to pay for these services alone if you do your marketing yourself. But if you hire an agency, a fraction of these costs is usually built into your plan!
Every business is unique. It has its own mission, vision, audience, niche etc.
Key differences set you apart, even if you sell similar products as your neighbour. This is your USP (unique selling point)!
Because your business is unique, your marketing strategy should also be. Marketing is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s a specifically curated plan that’s designed for your business alone.
When you hire a digital agency, they work with you to create a strategy that fits. This strategy is a realistic plan that intentionally caters to your business goals and budget.
Having someone in your corner is a huge asset as a brand-new small business. That could be a mentor, a coach, a fellow business owner, a consultant etc.
A digital marketing agency for startups provides you with an on-call marketing expert!
Helping businesses grow from the ground up is what they do every day.
An agency also brings a third-party perspective to your growing business. They provide fresh ideas and strategies from new marketing trends and past experience!
Digital marketing is constantly evolving. Social media algorithms, Google ranking metrics and ad targeting techniques are changing all the time in order to find new ways to keep their audience happy.
Google uses different ranking metrics to help show more accurate search results.
These updates focus on quality web content. They help Google determine whether your site satisfies its visitors.
Your digital agency studies these updates to help you create rank-able content!
One of the main goals of a digital agency is to help you create and sustain a healthy online presence. This could be within your social channels, website, Google Business Listing etc.
Social media management services help set up, grow and enhance your social media platforms.
Web marketing services help grow your online reach, traffic and leads.
Google Business Listing services help optimize your local visibility.
Lastly, and one of the most valuable to business owners, is the time you get back when you hire an agency.
As a business owner, you wear a lot of hats. You’re the accountant, production manager, production team, sales associate etc.
Not to mention the entire marketing team!
If you ask us, that’s too many hats for one person to wear.
Your small business can quickly take centre stage in your life - monopolizing your time. But with a digital agency, you can spread out these roles to the team that always has your back!
Looking for a local digital marketing agency for startups in Quinte? We’ve been serving our Belleville community and beyond since 1997. And we’re excited to work with you!
Meet our OSM team! We are passionate and dedicated individuals - ready to take your business to the next step.
See more of our web marketing services on our website!
2023 is only a few short weeks away! And if you’re like us, you’re ready to wind down for the year.
Many businesses take a well-deserved breather before launching into the New Year - either for a couple of weeks or just a few days.
If you’re one of our clients, you’ll know that we’ve booked our annual Holiday Shutdown from December 19th to January 2nd. This break allows our staff some time to spend with their loved ones over the holiday season. And we are so grateful for the opportunity to do so!
Whether you’re planning a holiday breather or readying your business to transition right into the New Year, there’s something you need to do first.
Reflect on your 2022 business year!
Before you close out for the year, take inventory of yourself, your team and your business. This helps you appreciate all you’ve gone through, learn from your mistakes and move forward in the right direction!
We’ve listed 10 year-end questions below to help you reflect on the year before launching into 2023!
When the New Year comes around, many business owners immediately start thinking ahead.
New goals. New dreams. New accomplishments.
And while it’s important to look ahead to all that you hope to achieve, it’s also crucial to look behind you at all you’ve already accomplished.
What are some things you’ve accomplished in the last year? These could be things on your list of 2022 business goals. Or it could be something else entirely!
The key here is to not compare.
Just make a list of the things that have helped move your business forward!
We’ve included a list of examples below to help give you some ideas:
Nothing is off the table here! Just keep listing everything you can think of - big or small!
Healthy work/life balance is something our team at OSM has had to really focus on this year.
We switched entirely to remote work almost a year ago and have loved the flexibility it brought! But with the work-from-home adjustment has come the difficulties of separating our personal lives from our work lives.
While it has given us more time with our families, it can be hard to leave the computer at the end of the day and focus solely on our personal lives.
Some of the ways our team has implemented a healthy work/life balance while working from home include:
All these small changes can drastically help improve the work/life balance at home.
Have you taken steps to improve your work/life balance? Have they worked well for you, your family and your business?
If so, keep going! But if not, try implementing some of the above tactics! Keep in mind they may not be practical or applicable to everyone. So be sure to pick and choose what strategies work best for you!
How many roles are you juggling right now? Social Media Coordinator, SEO Specialist, Financial Advisor, Accountant?
As business owners, it’s only natural for us to want to take the lead. But there’s power in knowing when we need more support.
The three most practical ways of getting support are:
Each of these strategies plays a role in supporting you as the business owner.
Let’s face it, as business owners, we can easily get sucked into working IN our businesses. But once that happens, the growth of our company is no longer the priority.
Getting the support we need can help reduce our workload, ensure we’re moving in the right direction and free up our time! So we can keep focusing on growing our business rather than just keeping it afloat.
Did you get support when you needed it this past year? Or were there some areas that you tried to carry all the weight yourself?
At the beginning of 2022, you probably came up with a series of business goals you wanted to achieve by the end of the year. Maybe they applied to finances, time management or performance.
Then, over the year, you’ve implemented numerous strategies to help you achieve those goals.
When looking back over the year, can you identify some of the goals and strategies that worked well for you? And which didn’t?
For example, maybe you made a goal of onboarding 10 new clients in 2022.
If you succeeded, was your team able to handle the additional workload?
If you didn't succeed then what was holding you back?
Knowing what works for you and your team can help you create realistic future goals.
This question isn’t meant to be a downer or to make you feel guilty. It's to help you reflect on the previous year from an honest, productive perspective.
Is there anything you need to forgive yourself for in the past year? Whether that be a mistake or something you weren’t able to achieve?
Mistakes are normal. And as a business owner, the ones you made this year probably won’t be your last. These mistakes or unexpected turns of events are how we grow as flexible, problem-solving business owners!!
In the words of Thomas Edison,
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
Forgiving yourself for any of the disappointments in 2022 can put you in a better mental mindset for the new year!
This question can apply to any number of things - like an award or even a personal sense of accomplishment.
We can truly be our own worst critics, which is why it’s vital for us to learn how to appreciate ourselves.
Is there a moment in the past year that made you particularly proud? Give yourself some credit for it! You deserve to appreciate these moments!
This one is a doozie, but it’s incredibly impactful!
Reflecting on the previous year gives you a great vantage point. You can now see things from the big picture perspective rather than bit by bit.
Would you remind yourself to be more optimistic?
To have more faith in your team?
To spend more time with your family?
To give yourself more grace?
Try to apply the advice you would have given yourself in 2022 to this year! This bigger-picture perspective is a great way to enter 2023.
Looking back with the wisdom of today gives you a valuable perspective for tomorrow!
Once you’ve had a chance to look back at the incredible moments of 2022, you can move forward into the fresh, open canvas of 2023!
What will this year have in store for you?
It’s time to deck the halls! Or, in this case, your web marketing platforms!
As a small business, it’s easy to think you’re “too small” to go big during the holiday season. After all, most companies go all out with festive decor, events and sales. And those large-scale businesses have more space, money and time to make something extravagant come to life. I’m
Is it possible for a small business to capture shoppers’ attention even amid the holiday buzz?
Of course! And you don’t need a huge budget or a massive space to make that happen.
In this article, we help small business owners create their winter wonderland - online!
Ready to deck your small business in some holiday fun? Let’s start by creating your Christmas web marketing strategy!
If you own a business, you know how important it is to both,
It’s why you’ve invested time and effort into learning new platforms and creating one-of-a-kind content! It’s also the reason you installed TikTok, created your first Real and started blogging.
And, in all honesty, it’s the reason you’re here, reading this article, too!
You want to learn HOW to tell your story - how to put yourself out there, engage in the 2022 marketing era and make your mark.
Well, you’re on the right track!
Holiday marketing is not a new concept, as you well know. But staying in tune with your audience and creating content that speaks directly to them in each season? That’s never a stagnant thing to begin with!
Your audience is constantly looking for fresh ideas, new sales and an incredible shopping experience.
And what better time to do that, than at Christmas time?
During the holiday season, shoppers are on the hunt for more than the perfect gift. They’re looking for the best deals, bonuses and experiences. All in hopes of making their Christmas season PERFECT.
This tension to create the perfect Christmas experience is one of the main reasons why holiday web marketing is so effective.
Demand. Urgency. And a willingness to buy.
Customers aren’t simply window-shopping or leaving empty carts in your e-commerce platform anymore. Their buying behaviour has switched from passive to active - increasing their urgency and their willingness to buy.
This increase in demand presents you with the perfect opportunity! The opportunity to create new, holiday-themed content that catches your consumers’ eye.
So get creative this holiday season with your holiday marketing!
Before you start throwing tinsel around, you need a plan of action. Or, to be more precise, a Christmas web marketing strategy.
Grab a scrap piece of wrapping paper and your jolliest pen - it’s time to start planning!
There’s a reason we launched this article earlier than planned.
While the phrase, “better late than never, " sometimes works, we don’t recommend it as a philosophy for your holiday marketing.
We wanted to get this information to you as early in the season as possible! So you have the time you need to collect your resources, get a plan in motion and start executing - before the holiday buzz hits.
And, to be honest, it’s already begun!
The 2021 report by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) stated that 30% of Canadians planned to start Christmas shopping in late October. And 36% said they planned to begin in early November.
Rumour has it, this year is no different!
With stats like that, it’s crucial to have your holiday marketing ready to go as early as possible!
What are your business goals this holiday season? While many businesses go for the typical increase in sales or foot traffic, your goals might look different.
And don’t forget! While you’re setting your goals, remember to make them SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
Whether you have one target demographic or many, learning how to target your holiday marketing to them specifically is vital.
Once you decide WHO you’re targeting, you’ll be able to decide WHERE to launch your efforts and HOW to reach this demographic most effectively.
Start by asking yourself some questions:
Where are your ideal customers?
What are their consumer behaviours?
How can you best connect these answers to launch a campaign that meets your customer exactly where they are - physically and emotionally?
Now that you have a plan, it’s time to get cracking on your holiday web marketing!
Below is a list of easy and effective Christmas marketing ideas. Some of these are tactics we’ve done ourselves, some we've worked on with clients, and others we've seen trending in the market.
Which ones speak to your business, clientele, budget and resources?
While it may not be realistic or in your best interest to do them all, we recommend selecting at least a handful of them. And there are lots of options to choose from that are both affordable and effective!
Contests are a great way to generate buzz for your business, especially when prizes are involved!
Try hosting one of the below Christmas-themed contests on your social media:
Giveaways are a fantastic web marketing tactic to use over the holiday season! They can help you reach new customers, spread the word faster and encourage a sense of community on your platform.
When planning your giveaway, we encourage you to also collaborate with other local small business owners. This can help expand your reach to other potential customers and improve your brand reputation.
Do you run an e-commerce business with no physical store location? If so, try this!
While you have no halls, racks or storefronts to decorate, you do have your online store. And there’s no reason why you can’t spread some holiday cheer on your site!
Here are some simple holiday website decor ideas you can put in place:
And while you’re at it, get seasonal on your socials too!
Start by customizing your cover and profile photos, Then branch out into festive social content, graphics, videos etc.
Incorporate holiday jargon into your captions and ensure your content is as seasonal as you can make it.
One of the recommendations we give our clients at OSM is to book a holiday photoshoot! This can help spice up your content and give your customers something fresh and seasonal to enjoy on your account!
This one is a no-brainer. Who doesn’t LOVE a good holiday discount?
If you’re looking for a way to increase your sales, clear out your inventory or launch a new product, a discount is definitely the way to go.
Examples of Holiday Discounts:
Want to promote new or existing products? Try highlighting these products in a Christmas Gift Guide!
Gift guides are easy to make. And they simplify your customers’ shopping experience as well!
Step 1: Title your gift guide.
Step 2: Select appropriate products.
Step 3: Include photos and links to these products.
Step 4: Launch!
Once you’ve completed the list, you can launch it on almost any platform.
We recommend sharing your gift guide on visual and shareable platforms - like Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and even your blog!
Celebrate the holiday season with your newsletter subscribers! Your newsletter can help you engage with your online community, share festive content and attract people to your website.
There are many ways for you to interact with your newsletter subscribers over the Christmas season. That could be sharing a holiday campaign, thanking your customers for their support over the year, or simply sharing a festive video of your team!
At OSM, we typically share a final Happy Holidays message with our newsletter subscribers before we go on holiday ourselves. It’s an incredible way for our team to thank our customers for their support and wish them a Merry Christmas!
Which of the above Christmas web marketing ideas will you put into action?
As a small business, you have the incredible opportunity to capture your unique customers' attention. And it doesn’t require a large budget or a storefront! All you have to do is harness your creativity, make a plan and get to it.
Need help putting together your holiday marketing materials? Our team at OSM is happy to help!
Our affordable digital marketing services help your small business gain the traction it needs - even during the holiday buzz!
As a small business owner, integrated campaigns can seem daunting and out of reach.
After all, they involve a series of media platforms, web marketing tactics, social media efforts etc.
If multiple third-party companies run your marketing department, it can be especially challenging to organize a consistent message across your channels.
However, though the concept may seem intimidating, it’s 100% doable - even for a small business!
Launching and running a successful integrated campaign is simple as long as you have the right tools, resources, and know-how.
We break down the necessary factors of a small business integrated campaign below. Keep reading to learn how to put together your own multichannel campaign!
Before we get into the 5 steps of creating a successful campaign, let’s first learn what integrated campaigns are and why they are beneficial.
In short, integrated campaigns present a consistent message across all your marketing communication channels.
Companies use them to reach a larger audience, increase brand awareness, build excitement etc.
Typically, integrated campaigns use the same principles as branding, including similar visual aesthetics, wording, tone etc. This ensures a unified look across all platforms - increasing brand recognition and improving communication efforts.
As a small business, we understand that your time, money and resources are especially valuable and limited. And we don’t take that knowledge lightly.
In fact, that knowledge is what fuels our desire to provide these free marketing tips and tricks!
So, how can an integrated campaign boost your web marketing success? Is it really worth it?
Let’s go over some of the benefits below!
Benefits of Launching An Integrated Campaign As a Small Business:
Now that you know what integrated campaigns are and how they benefit small businesses, let’s learn how to create one!
The first and most important step is to get everyone on the same page.
As a small business owner, you likely have multiple companies/freelancers making up your team. You have a company for your email campaigns, another for your social media coordination, another for your web hosting etc.
While this can be a great way to delegate your business responsibilities, it does make campaign creation slightly harder. And it's why you must always ensure each team member is aware of the campaign scope, given the proper materials/instructions and follows through with the plan correctly.
This is how you ensure your message is consistent, clear and accurate. And that all marketing schedules properly align with your plan.
Otherwise, your social media team might understand things differently from your web marketing team, and so on. Leaving your audience with a muddled message.
So, gather your team for a quick huddle and make sure everyone is aware, involved and prepared.
The second step in creating your campaign is to think about your audience.
A lot of companies choose to focus on their brand messaging before selecting their target audience. But at OSM, we believe the customer always comes first.
So identifying WHO your customer is, WHAT they’re looking for, and HOW you can meet their needs has to be your top priority.
Note: It is possible to have more than one ideal target audience to focus on. That’s the benefit of a multichannel campaign! You can target a variety of people at once with the same message.
Once you’ve nailed down your target audience, it’s time to craft your message.
This message can be in the form of written content, graphics, video creation or even photography.
Campaign messaging typically surrounds a special, promotion, discount or feature. However, you can create a campaign for pretty much anything!
As your creating this message, keep in mind these 3 key factors:
We already mentioned the importance of your target audience. But as you create your message, always remember to circle back and ensure your content serves their interests first.
Your campaign will lack direction and purpose if it doesn't have a set goal or objective. So before you start creating your messaging, decide on your campaign goals and KPIs (key performance indicators).
A few common campaign goals include:
The third factor to keep in mind is how adaptable your message is.
Since an integrated campaign involves multiple channels, your messaging has to be able to adjust to each one accordingly.
For example, if you record a video podcast, what are some ways you can repurpose that content for other channels?
Planning your content creation with this in mind will ensure you have the opportunity to share your campaign across multiple platforms.
Now that you have your message, it’s time to strategize where and when you will launch it. Since you’ve purposely crafted your message to be adaptable for most channels, you have lots of options to work with!
As you strategize, don't forget to circle back to step 2 and ensure you choose the best channels for your specific audience.
Is your audience browsing the internet? Or scrolling their Facebook feed?
In this case, which is more effective - Google Ads or Facebook Ads?
Understanding which is more effective and realistic, considering your messaging, can help you strategize a successful campaign placement.
Common Advertising Channels For Small Businesses:
Once you’ve narrowed down which channels best suit your audience and messaging, the next step is to find the perfect time(s) to launch!
For this, you’ll need some insight into when your ideal audience is most active on your channels. From there, you can better estimate the best posting time for your content!
Ready to launch?
Once your campaign goes live, have your team monitor it daily. We recommend having your team on standby, ready to respond to incoming messages, inquiries, or hiccups as they come up.
Finally, the final step in your campaign journey is to measure its success. In this step, you’ll analyze your campaign results with the goals you created at the start of the process.
Did your campaign meet your goals? Why or why not?
One of the best things about a campaign is that you can use the knowledge you gained from previous results to better guide future campaigns!
Are you ready to give integrated campaigns a shot? Our web marketing team at OSM is here to put your message into action!
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