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New Forecasting Tool for Video Action Campaigns in Google Ads Reach Planner

New Forecasting Tool for Video Action Campaigns in Google Ads Reach Planner

Great news for those of us who use video action campaigns in Google Ads Reach Planner! A new forecasting tool is now available that will help us predict conversions, views, reach, and impressions metrics. This launch makes it easier than ever to plan our campaigns and get the most out of our ad spend. Let’s take a look at how this new tool works and how it can benefit our businesses.

How the Forecasting Tool Works

The forecasting tool is based on trends in the ad market and the historical performance of similar campaigns. This data is then used to predict how your campaign might perform, based on your desired audience, budget, and other settings such as geographic location and ad formats. The tool provides advertisers with a forecast for Conversions, Views, Reach, and Impressions.

This launch provides the option to select “Action – Online Conversions” as a goal when setting up your plans in Reach Planner. You can also add Video Action Campaigns to your existing plans. With this valuable information at our fingertips, we can make more informed decisions about our ad spend and get the most out of our video action campaigns.

Benefits of Using the Forecasting Tool

The benefits of using the forecasting tool are numerous. Perhaps most importantly, it saves time by taking the guesswork out of planning our campaigns. It also allows us to make adjustments to our budgets and settings based on real data, rather than estimates. This ensures that we are getting the most bang for our buck and making the most informed decisions possible about our advertising efforts.

So why wait? Start using the forecasting tool today and see how it can benefit your business!

If you would like to have a chat with me about running Google or Facebook ads for your business, book a meeting in my diary or email me at hello@Satsuma-Digital.com

 

Google ads V Facebook Ads

Google ads V Facebook Ads

You know you have to advertise but you are not sure where to allocate your budget. In this blog, we are going to attempt to differentiate between the two platforms and what they offer so you can make the right decision for your business.

Both platforms excel in what they offer, and both totally dominate the market when it comes to online advertising. They can work very effectively together just by the nature of how they work to find new business. 

Google Ads

Google ads, commonly known as PPC, Pay Per Click, is exactly as it says, you pay as the user clicks on your ad. Google is the world’s largest search engine and there are more than 5 billion Google searches a day!

The two most common forms of Google ads are:

  1. Search – The user types what they are looking for e.g. ‘builder North London’ and the first 4 listings that appear are ads. As a company, you enter an auction against other companies who have added these keywords into their campaign. This is a highly effective form of advertising as the intent from the user is already there.
  1. Shopping – this is for eCommerce businesses. These listings appear on the right-hand side of the page and show an image, reviews, shipping and price. These a highly effective as the user has already showed high intent by searching for that product.

Google ads is great for eCommerce businesses as you can effectively sell your products online. It’s also great for business targeting a local area as you can target your ads to only show in certain geographical areas. There are other forms of advertising on Google, such as display, video and Google ads retargeting. Together these can ensure that all parts of your sales funnel are catered for, from top of funnel brand awareness down to the bottom of funnel, sales and leads. 

Facebook Ads

Facebook works in a completely different away. Primarily it is a social network, so users are not on there to search for a product or service. Any advertising on there is considered interruption marketing, where your feed is interrupted with ads. This does not mean you should ignore Facebook in your marketing strategy though.

Facebook has 2.5 billion active users. Facebook also knows a lot about their users. They know what they like, what they engage with, what area they live in, age, gender, what shops they like etc…the list goes on and on. And on that basis, advertisers can use that information to target their ads. For example, you may follow the clothes shop Zara on Facebook. Zara will definitely be able to retarget you with ads, but also other similar companies with the same user demographic will also be able to target you with ads. 

Facebook’s retargeting options are fantastic but also their ability to find and target a similar audience to your existing audience is also a really effective feature that they offer. You can advertise to a completely new audience that has similar likes as your seed audience, so  you get your ads seen by totally new potential customers who are more likely to buy off you. 

So which one is better? Google ads or Facebook ads? 

Well that totally depends on your company objectives. Both work well separately and can be highly effective working hand-in-hand. 

If I was a newbie starting out though I would stick to the following rules

  • If your objective is sales or leads – both Google ads and Facebook ads can cover both these very effectively.
  • If you want to sell products directly, use shopping ads on Google
  • If your objective is to build your social following, Facebook is your channel.

I hope this helps you make your final decision. If you would like help setting up and running your ad campaigns, that’s what we offer here at Satsuma Social. Please drop us a line and we can go through your business objectives and how best to achieve them. We offer full management across both channels.

By Natasha Fitzpatrick

Natasha is a Digital Marketing Specialist & Founder of Satsuma Social. She specialises helping growing business increase sales and generate leads.

Find out how Natasha can help your business.

A Guide to Instagram Guides

A Guide to Instagram Guides

November 2020 has seen this function eventually rolled out to the masses, but how can it help get more eyes on your posts?

What are Instagram Guides

Essentially, Instagram Guides allows you to make content in long form. Instead of sharing one post, a guide lets you puts multiple posts in the same guide. It enables consumers to navigate their way to long form content without having to go off Instagram to a third party site.

Here is how you set one up:

There are three types of guides to choose from:

Places: use to build a travel guide on a city/country

Products: use to recommend products you sell or products that other brand sell (you need to be following the brands page to see their posts). You can go further once you select the product and choose from ‘Your Posts’ and ‘From Shop’

Posts: use to group posts together either ones from your account or ones that you have saved. 

Once you have done this, click next at the top left. You can add a title and you have the option to change the cover photo and then share to the Guides section of you Instagram profile. All your Instagram guides will be held here. You can also add a few stickers and share this to you story or copy the link and share it somewhere else.

By Natasha Fitzpatrick

Natasha is a Paid Social Strategist & Founder of Satsuma Social. She specialises helping growing business increase sales and generate leads.

Find out how Natasha can help your business