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Facebook looses it’s punch for marketers??

If you use Facebook Marketing  you probably have heard the news that Facebook is changing its algorithm and your likely to see a decrease in visibility and interaction with your followers. Thursday January 4, 2018 Mark Zuckerberg explains: “Recently we’ve gotten feedback from our community that public content — posts from businesses, brands and media — is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other,”.  

In response to these complaints Facebook is changing its algorithm  to favor those you communicate with each other on a regular basis.  As a result you will see more relatives and friends in your feed than businesses you follow.  This change will occur slowly but changes are already taking place.

Now this isn’t the end of social marketing but it does mean that your quality connections that you interact with frequently will probably be fine or even better off.  But those with little or no back and forth communication will loose much of their visibility and much of their value as a marketing tool.

This really isn’t surprising news.  Social media, browsers and search engines will always look for ways to improve their users experience because after all, without users they have nothing.

The bottom line is that spammy posts are no longer going to be of much benefit on Facebook.  Instead you should consider having more back and forth communications with your clients.  Or you could avoid the entire issue by purchaseing ads on Facebook.  Their quite effective and target well.

If you need help with your Facebook marketing or any other digital marketing give contact us.

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How much time and/or money should a small business spend?

Professional marketing companies will recommend 7% to 8% of your revenue. Others will suggest that small businesses spend 7-20 hours a week. Larger companies more.
The truth is there is no perfect formula for how much time or dollars you should spend. There are so many variables that need to be considered to determine the amount of investment and where to spend it that most businesses go about marketing as if it were a dart game. They throw darts hoping to hit the bulls eye.

The problem is that without some solid marketing information it’s like throwing darts from 30 feet away. If you can gather up lots of information so you understand your customers better, your competition better and your marketing opportunities better you can move the target much closer. Once your darts are hitting the dart board you can start to zero in on the bulls eye.

Marketing Stress

There are three stresses that make up the majority of marketing stress for small to mid sized businesses.

  • Lack of time to manage the marketing
  • Lack of funds to higher a professional to manage the marketing
  • The difficulty in finding and retaining someone to manage marketing with the needed skills for your business

If you started a business with the knowledge that you would be responsible for marketing the business you should have time budgeted for those tasks and have some background that made you feel confident you could manage your the marketing for your company. If you started your business so you could work less or to run the business, you probably don’t have the time or the knowledge to do the marketing yourself. In fact trying to do the marketing when you are ill trained to do so can quickly take up all your time and probably not give you the best results.

The solution- Higher a professional

How to know if you have the right person for you marketing

Digital marketing is changing so rapidly that a small marketing office should probably only specialize in one part of digital marketing in order to master it. If you want to stick to one office to manage all of your digital marketing needs be sure the office has a lot of resources. If you have developed a marketing plan you should see if the company has qualified resources in each digital marketing area that will be needed.

Digital Marketing Fields Include:

First Step – Research and Consultation

Before you dive into a marketing plan consider investing in some research so you better understand your customers, your competition and the marketing options so you can direct your marketing efforts in a more profitable direction. The money will be well spent as it can save you countless dollars in future marketing.

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