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New options for Facebook Offers being introduced

Nov 9, 2012   //   by admin   //   Blog, Facebook Info and Tips  //  Comments Off on New options for Facebook Offers being introduced

Facebook has started to roll out some changes to Facebook Offers that will allow page admins and owners to offer more to their fans.

According to Facebook, Offers bring people to your business with an offer they can claim and share with their friends. Offers require a budget to run and the amount you pay is based on how many people you want to reach. Currently there are three types of offers available to page admins:

  • In Store Only: People can show to the staff at your business by printing the offer email or showing it on their smartphones
  • In Store & Online: People can redeem at your business’s physical location or website
  • Online Only: People can only redeem your offer by visiting your website

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Additional features that were recently added include bar code scanning which allows business owners to create and track the results of the offers they share on user News Feeds.  This also extends Offers to be run on a retailer’s own e-commerce platform, which provides a seamless integration for both the user and admin.

Facebook has not had nearly as much success as location based app giant Foursquare, which offers users the ability to check in at locations and claim deals and offers, however, with the massive internal audience, Facebook has a captive audience to test out its new features until they get it just right.

Do you think that Facebook is being too aggressive with their advertising tactics since going public with their IPO? They certainly do have a lot to think about with how to monetize on 850 million users and how to prove their worth.

Linkedin homepage gets an update and redesign

Jul 17, 2012   //   by admin   //   Online Marketing Tips  //  Comments Off on Linkedin homepage gets an update and redesign

LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals, has been rolling out a new and updated design for their users.

LinkedIn users may have started to notice that their homepage and many people are big fans…including myself!

According to LinkedIn representatives, “this is just the beginning” and that it plans to offer more customization and functionality later this year, but for now the redesign should be hitting your account over the next few weeks.”

LinkedIn homepage

The new style has been compared to that of Google+, as it features larger pictures and visible comments.  The information is displayed on the page in a much more visually appealing manner, which makes scanning the updates a much more enjoyable process.

We want to know what you think of the new design.  Let us know what you think and don’t forget to contact us for a free Social Media Strategy Quote!

Foursquare passes 15 million user mark

Dec 12, 2011   //   by admin   //   Blog, Online Marketing Tips  //  Comments Off on Foursquare passes 15 million user mark

On-line check-in giant, Foursquare has just passed 15 million users.  This is milestone is huge for Foursquare, as they only had 1/3 of their current user base just one year ago.

Foursquare has dominated the geo-location market and has out-stayed competitors like Gowalla, Loopt, Scvngr, and MyTown and maintained an average of 7.5 million users in the USA.

With more than 90 million smartphone users in the US aged 13+, nearly 78% of smartphone users are potential geo-social app users.  Facebook has made an attempt to enter into the mobile check-in market with Facebook Places; however, it has not seen the same results as Foursquare.

In an attempt to increase their market share, Facebook has acquired more technical employees for its California headquarters by buying Gowalla.  Gowalla, based in Austin, Texas, will relocate the majority of its engineering staff to Palo Alto, CA to work on improving the mobile apps offered by Facebook.

Are you using social media and geo-location apps to promote your business? If you have a physical location where customers can visit your store, you could be offering more via location based apps!  Contact us today for a free quote and find out of CKR Media Consulting can help you get more customers through your doors.

Taking Social Media Marketing Offline

Aug 8, 2011   //   by admin   //   Online Marketing Tips  //  Comments Off on Taking Social Media Marketing Offline

One of the biggest mistakes made by business owners in social media is not promoting their efforts offline.

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That’s right, taking your online social media efforts offline. When businesses take on any type of marketing campaign or strategy, online or offline, they must be effectively cross-promoting their social media efforts at any possible chance that arises.

So how does a business market social media offline?

foursquare imageFirst, make sure that EVERY piece of printed marketing material (signs, menus, posters, banners, window decal, etc) includes your social media and online information.  This includes links to your website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Foursquare, and any other online links to your business.

Next, make sure to make your offline ads memorable and creative.  It would be a shame to put all that effort into creating stunning online social media accounts and only have a small portion of your client base interacting with it.

Finally, the most important aspect of offline social media marketing is getting your employees involved. Your employees, especially in service based businesses, are the first point of contact with your customers.  Therefore, it is essential to ensure that they are not only aware of your social media strategy and campaign, but also spreading the word when they are with customers.