Let's get real. Facebook is a new platform for most marketers. Many are still trying to figure out how it fits into their existing marketing strategy, and many are not doing a great job at it. Many still think Facebook marketing is a job for interns or a part-time gig for the programmer.
Here is the lowdown: Facebook is not a channel. It is a medium. The primary goal of any company should be to use it to aide the brands efforts in increasing brand awareness, highlighting and supporting programming, enhancing advertising, etc. This must be done in such a way as to build the brands fan base and extend reach as far as possible. Once built, the brand can promote special deals, contests, etc. within this community that are aimed at exciting that base and keeping them wanting more. But you cannot do the latter alone.
Your Facebook efforts must also be coordinated with existing marketing programs. For a company to think utilizing Facebook is about having a part-time employee post things like "I Love Chevy" on any given day or add a picture of a Vintage Camaro is missing the point. And missing a great opportunity.
When deciding to create a Facebook page, there are questions that must be addressed or your efforts will fail. These must be kept in mind at all times:
- Why would someone like my brand, what is in it for them?
- Why would someone continue to be a fan down the road, why would they stay a fan?
- What can I do to turn a fan into an advocate?
Regarding advertising on Facebook: Someone released a study today of all days saying 44% of people would never click on a Facebook ad ( www.emarketingandcommerce.com ). Please realize that I can cite another study from 2009 based on real, not surveyed data that says 84% of people would never click on a Google banner ad (www.econsultancy.com ).
Yes, the click-through rates for Facebook ads are about half that of Google. But when you think about how precisely a company can target its Google ads, that is actually not too bad. You may have to test a bit harder to get your desired results on Facebook. So what. Think of the potential! A good marketer is not afraid of that. Also, do not forget exposure is a good thing. Studies abound that show the benefits of brand exposure, and now tools are becoming available which will will allow us to properly assess the true social value:
- Comscore Social Essentials (http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/7/comScore_Social_Essentials)
- Google and Sitecatalyst Social Attribution (http://mashable.com/2012/03/28/google-adobe-social-media/)
I cannot image you do not agree with me on this.