Businesses within the tourism and restaurant industries have more reason to increase their online presence. A new immersive visualization that combines Street View and aerial imagery to create a more dynamic and complete digital model was announced by Google at the recent 2022 I/O Summit. This new feature creates a holistic view and vantage of notable landmarks, restaurants, and other popular venues, giving potential customers a good idea of the venue before ever setting foot inside. For marketers, this would be a good way to market the look and feel of a place especially if they are looking to close potential bookings and reservations for events and celebrations.
As part of their continued efforts to limit access to users’ personal data and create more transparency on how advertisers are using that data, Meta has decided to add more insights on political, electoral, or social issue ads used on their platform. This change should be able to help researchers better analyse trends in ad usage. Furthermore, the new insights and information could also be used to give marketers get a better glimpse of their competition’s strategy and what audiences they’re currently targeting. Scoping out Meta’s Ad Library is always a good way to gather and collect fresh ideas and strategies, and these new changes to advertisers’ transparency will only help businesses be more competitive in terms of their advertising on the platform.
Some developments from LinkedIn have come up recently. One of these includes improvements to its content discovery updates. LinkedIn is making it easier now for users to find content surrounding topics they’re searching for. For example, when searching for breaking news, topics, or trends, users will not only be shown content from those within their network but also content from relevant creators as well. At the same time, LinkedIn is also making it easier to find content that you may have already seen previously. By allowing users to search a creator’s name or certain keywords within their content, content is now more discoverable and easier to find than ever before. If you’re looking to leverage off of LinkedIn’s professional network, now might be a good time to create or repurpose content to get more eyes and traffic on your business.
While the Green Screen feature was first introduced last October, it was less than ideal compared to what TikTok and Instagram had on their platforms. When YouTube’s Green Screen option came out, it only allowed users to upload content from their camera roll to be used as their background image. Recently, YouTube has made updates to this feature, now also allowing the use of any eligible YouTube video or short as the background. To access the Green Screen function, simply select Create > Green Screen among the options under the video you’re watching. Or, if you’re watching YouTube shorts, click on the 3-dot menu and select Green Screen. For influencers, one way that this function has been used historically is as reaction videos, wherein influencers react to the latest memes or videos on their own feeds. YouTube Shorts’ length, though, still remains at 60 seconds, making it good for quick tips, tutorials, and behind-the-scenes looks for businesses.
Automation is becoming increasingly important these days as algorithms continue to learn and develop over time. As a result, Google is helping advertisers maximise that potential by adding more automated options for Display Ads. Advertisers will be able to choose their preferences in terms of the level of automation applied in the bidding process, the creatives, and the choosing of audiences. Advertisers are still promised the best reach and performance even with regards to the automated options, and these automation preferences can be changed at any time without having to create a new campaign. Over time Google is certain that these automated targeting systems will only keep improving, and will continue to deliver the best results for ad campaigns versus those that are setup manually.
Apple’s update that allowed users to choose whether they would allow activity tracking on their devices continues to affect marketers and advertisers. To counter the change, Facebook has also been developing automated features for Facebook Ads. One such feature they’ve developed is the Targeting Expansion. Targeting Expansion makes use of Facebook’s algorithm to show your ads to a broader audience than just the ones that you’ve selected for your campaign. The algorithm will diagnose and determine if your ads would receive a better response with targets beyond your scope, and deliver ads to those users based on its diagnosis. With Facebook’s algorithm being as powerful as it is, it should be worth testing to improve Facebook ad results.
Google has made a recent change to its search results pages. Before the update, search results titles were based upon the string of words typed into the search bar by the user. Now, with the change, Google is using a system that generates titles based on the page titles and headlines. Google reassured users and content creators that rankings are not affected by the title changes. It’s important to note, however, that because Google is now pulling titles from your <H1> tags, you must optimise them for when they do appear on the search results.
Instagram is testing out a new feature internally called “Favourites” to help improve the overall experience of its users. The feature is very similar to Facebook’s, wherein a user gets to choose 30 friends and pages they would like to hear from first before scrolling through the rest of their feed. This “favourites” feature on Instagram is ideal for businesses, influencers, and content creators that are looking to build a dedicated fanbase on Instagram, as it should place your content above the rest of the feed, giving you incrementally more reach and impressions as you build your audience. The feature is still being tested, and there are no clear indications on whether Instagram will roll it out, but it is definitely something to look forward to if it does.
In digital marketing, every good marketer will tell you that the best strategy is an omnichannel strategy. Don’t put your eggs into one basket. The more channels you can distribute your content through, the better.
However, every so often we still do get this common question from our clients, “Which is better, Google ads or Facebook ads?” And our answer has always been the same: “Both!”
Deciding where to spend the bulk of your budget requires more complex thinking, strategising, and planning. In fact, when choosing between Google or Facebook, the more appropriate questions are actually:
And so, to answer the question between Google Ads and Facebook Ads, we’ll tackle each of these points to help you get a sense of which platform is best to start advertising on.
Because we usually service small-to-medium businesses, the concern about budget comes up in relation to which platform is the better one. Most business owners want to know where is the best place to start advertising into?
To start, get very clear with your numbers. How much can you afford to pay to gain a customer? You want to make sure that you’ll be able to get the best potential returns on your ad spend. To know that, you’ll also need to look at your industry and how they’re performing on both platforms.
Google Keyword Planner can provide you with a good estimate of your potential cost per click (CPC). Some industries are incredibly expensive from a cost per click angle. If you have a daily budget of $500, for example, but your cost per click is around $50, that means that you’re only getting 10 clicks to your website a day. Of course, other industries are less competitive, costing you only $1-$5 per click or less!
You can always bring down a high-cost CPC with a lot of testing and research, and it would be worth it. But you may also want to consider Facebook, which has more robust targeting capabilities.
Google is a search platform, servicing users whose intention is to find answers to their questions. The intention could simply be additional information on a topic, or to find a product or service that could provide the solution to their problem.
Facebook is a social platform where users want to find out what’s new and what’s happening within their social circles. It can also be a place to discover trends and the latest news and updates on things you’re interested in. But the primary purpose of Facebook remains to be social.
If your business sits in the entertainment or news industry, for example, Facebook ads could prove to be the better fit for you, as you’re leveraging off of the many communities that talk about and discuss the topics within the industry.
If you’re a service provider, on the other hand, such as law & architecture firms, clinics, maintenance services, or restaurants, Google can bring in customers that are looking specifically for your services. In fact, according to Google, the searches for terms including “Where to buy” and “near me” have grown by over 200% in the past two years.
Now that you’ve considered your budget and fit, it’s time to consider the intent of the audiences you’re targeting.
One advantage Facebook has over Google is the potential to target any interest, ranging from large pools like sports and entertainment to very niche interests like pottery, knitting, or scrapbooking. Facebook can show your ads to as many people as possible that have those targeted interests.
One advantage Google has over Facebook is being able to target audience intent. Because Google Ads are keyword-based, you’re able to target users in different stages of the customer journey: whether they’re just curious, or they’re already looking to purchase.
A user that intentionally typed in “Vegan restaurants near me” is at a very different stage than one that’s just scrolling through their Facebook news feed and just comes across an ad for a vegan restaurant. They may be interested, and curious enough to click, but they might not yet be at that buying stage compared to the user searching on Google.
Therefore, advertising on both platforms at the same time is often recommended. And while both platforms give you the ability to re-target users that have engaged with your ads or your website, bringing in a cold audience can be more challenging if you’re just going with one or the other.
If you’re still confused about all this, or you’re on the fence about whether you want to advertise on Google or on Facebook, contact us and get in touch with one of our experts. We’ll be more than happy to help to clarify things for you even further and help you get started on the right path to online success!
Facebook has been looking into creating more secure safeguards and measures for its users while still be able to give them a personalised experience on the platform. To do that, they’ve developed Privacy Enhanced Technologies (PETs) that draw in techniques from cryptography and statistics that will make use of on-device learning. This simply means that the algorithm will now process user data and information on the user’s device rather than store and analyse it on the cloud or a remote server. Keeping the information locally should help keep data secure, while still give Facebook users personalised ads on the platform.
As more and more students and children undergo virtual schooling, Google is taking some necessary steps and measures to ensure that they can still stay secure and protected. One policy that Google is introducing is the ability for anyone under 18, or their parent or guardian, to request the removal of their images from Google Image search results. Additionally, Google is adding more protocols and safeguards to protect teens from age-sensitive ad categories. For advertisers, this also means that targeting based on age, gender or interests for people under 18 is no longer allowed. And while this may not greatly impact marketers and advertisers, expect certain audiences to be removed for ad targeting.
The benefit of attribution models for Google Ads is that they can help marketers gain a better understanding of the engagement and conversions they receive from their campaigns. Recently, Google upgraded all their Google Ads attribution models so that they are now able to support Display and YouTube ads as well. Together with the upgrade comes the ability to view data for Search, YouTube and Display campaigns all in one place, making it easier to make comparisons between platforms. Additionally, YouTube’s data-driven attribution model is now also able to measure “engaged views”, giving advertisers more insights to their ads and engagement. Finally, the upgrade is a step that further helps marketers further understand a customer’s online journey towards a conversion, so that they can make more informed decisions when optimising their campaigns.
In an attempt to give online retailers and shops more support in e-commerce, Instagram is testing out ad placements in their Shop tab to try and distance themselves from relying too heavily on third-party cookies and cross-app tracking. Additionally, having all activity and engagement happen on the Instagram app gives advertisers more insight and control over their campaigns. The ad placements are currently only available to a certain retailers in the U.S. However, after testing, Instagram is planning on rolling out these placements globally in the coming months.