#BePrepared – How to Establish a Social Media Ad Budget

Is it possible to achieve social media success without advertising? Sure.

Is it easy? No way.

In today’s world, gaining an organic audience on social media is nearly impossible.

Unfortunately, however, many small business owners live under the assumption that social media advertising costs way too much money or that it’s too difficult to pull off.

We’re here to tell you that’s not true. You don’t need a ton of training to pull off a successful Facebook ad – and you certainly don’t need a giant budget.

Here’s how to make it work:

Setting a social media budget

The first thing to do when determining a social advertising budget is to figure out how much you want to spend on your social media strategy overall – that includes everything from scheduling tools (like Hootsuite) to hiring outside contractors.

From there, you can determine what portion of that budget you want to spend on social media ads.

For most small business owners, a marketing budget amounts to 5% to 15% of annual revenue – so if you’re making $50,000 a year, you might spend between $2,500 and $7,500 on advertising. Out of that budget, you’ll likely want to spend about 15% on social media advertising.

The bigger picture

When planning your budget, don’t forget that the actual cost of the ad is only part of the total expense. Even if you’re handling the work entirely by yourself, there is still time spent – and when it comes to business, time equals money.

So, what exactly goes into creating a social media ad campaign?

  • Research
  • Copy Writing
  • Design
  • Strategy
  • Analytics
  • More

Those items need to be worked into your social media advertising budget. If you hire someone for graphic design, that cost should be lumped into your ad budget. If you’re doing the design yourself, account for that as well – for example, if it takes you one hour to design an ad, and you charge $75/hour, deduct that amount from your budget.

It’s important to not let those peripheral activities go unaccounted for. If you don’t keep track of your real ad spend, you’ll have no idea what your actual ROI is.

Bottom line? For just a nominal amount each month, you can expand your reach and attract new customers. Totally worth all that time it takes to sit down and create a budget!

Contact us if you have questions about setting a social media marketing budget. Our Social Power Program can teach you how to use ads – and much more – to grow your business on social media.

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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#BePrepared – Who is Your Client Avatar in Social Media?

You already know that your business needs an online presence, right?

EVERYTHING happens on the Internet these days. Without a blog or social media, your audience will never even know you exist.

But simply churning out new blogs and social media posts isn’t enough. You could share something new every single day, and people still might not know that you exist.

Why? Because if you’re not targeting the right audience, no one will ever look at your content.

The key to online success lies in identifying and understanding your ideal customer. That person – your ‘avatar’ – should be the only person you speak to.

Every single piece of content you create should be geared directly towards them. It should answer their questions, solve their challenges, and address their problems.

So, who is this person and how do you find them? Keep reading to find out how to build your own avatar and attract the right audience!

What is an avatar?

A client avatar is simply another way to describe your “ideal client.”  If you’re unfamiliar with the term, an avatar is a visual representation of a person. For example, you may have an avatar that represents you in online games or on your email.

Your client avatar gives you a visual of exactly who your ideal client is: What they like, where they work, how old they are, if they have children, and much more. The more detailed your avatar is, the better!

How to create a client avatar

When it comes down to it, creating a client avatar is really about research. Does it take time? Yes. Is it worth it? Also, yes.

Start simple with a list of demographic traits, such as:

  • Gender
  • Age
  • Marital Status
  • Location
  • Education Level
  • Career Type
  • Salary

Once you have the basics figured out, dig a little deeper into their psychographic traits such as:

  • Pain Points
  • Fears
  • Challenges
  • Goals
  • Values

(Hint: Digging around a little on social media, in groups and forums, and even on competitor websites can help you answer a lot of these questions!)

A lot of business owners start out thinking they don’t have a true “ideal client.” They’ll say something like, “But we work with all kinds of clients! ANYONE can use our product!”

Our guess is that once you ask yourself the above questions and do a bit of research, you’ll find that there are a few common threads between all of the different people you work with.

A new idea being floated around in the marketing communities is that your ideal client will look a lot like…. YOU. Don’t be afraid to dig deep or get specific, as choosing a target audience and creating an ideal client does not mean that you are eliminating prospects. Honing in on a type of person makes it easier for them to find you and for you to find them. If that person believes you are talking directly to or about them, you’ve got their attention. You can’t speak to a broad audience and have that same impact.

Not sure how to begin? Our Social Power program can help get you started on the path to online success. Reach out today to learn how we can help you determine your ideal client – and much more.

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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#GrowYourBusiness – What Are the Benefits of Paid Ads in Social Media?

We recently discussed the power of organic reach in social media. And, indeed, it is a powerful strategy that often results in long-term, loyal customers.

But that doesn’t mean it should be your only strategy.

Paid ads in social media can be enormously beneficial, especially for newer businesses looking to grow an audience. By incorporating ads into your online marketing strategy, you can make sure you reach the largest audience possible, along with several other benefits, including:

Gain followers

Paid social ads will help your content get in front of more people, who may then choose to follow your page. Why is this beneficial? Well, first, when someone follows your page, it increases the chance that they will see more of your content in the future. Second, as more people follow and interact with your content, Facebook will rank it higher in searches. And, last but certainly not least, a large number of followers adds to your social proof – highly beneficial in today’s society, where consumers so highly value recommendations from others.

Grow your email subscriber list

Email marketing is still one of the most effective ways to turn prospects into leads and leads into customers, but it only works if you have people to send your emails to. Paid social media ads are a great way to grow your subscribers and build a list that will work for you.

Many people entice subscribers through the use of gated content, or content that is locked behind a digital wall. For example, you could offer access to an exclusive webinar in exchange for a user’s email address. Other people use contests or sweepstakes to gain email addresses.

The strategies are nearly endless, but once someone is on your list, you can continue to send them useful information and build a quality relationship.

Get more website traffic

The ultimate benefit of paid social media ads? MORE WEBSITE TRAFFIC.

Let’s be honest: Your website is where all the magic happens. It’s where you talk about your business and values, it’s where people can browse through your products and services, it’s where they can read your blog, and (most importantly) it’s where they can make a purchase or sign up for a service.

It’s important to note that in order to increase website traffic, you have to share your own original material (blogs, podcasts, product features, etc.). If you boost a post that contains, say, a shared industry article, your audience member will end up back on that other website, not yours.

Bottom line? Paid social can work (and typically, it won’t break the bank). The key, like all other social media tactics, is to come up with a strategy that will work.

If you’d like to learn more about paid social media ads and how they can work for your brand, reach out today to set up a training session for you and your staff. We offer a variety of workshops and seminars that will get you started on the road to social media success!

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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#SocialMediaStrategy – Can I Grow My Business by Incorporating Strategy in Social Media?

Deciding how much of your limited resources to dedicate to social media can be a difficult decision. It’s clear that you need to be doing something, but it’s not enough to simply throw up some posts, and off you go. To use social media to grow your business, you need to incorporate strategy into your social media. That means that you’ll have a reason for what you do, what platforms you take advantage of, and what kind of content you post.

When social media is powered by strategy, it can do a lot to help you grow your business. Here are five key ways that social media strategy can help you grow.

  • Generate Leads: One of the key ways that social media can help you grow is by increasing your business leads. Remember, the whole point of social media is to help you increase visibility and strengthen relationships. When you are successful at doing this, you’ll get more (and better) leads and in turn, generate more sales.
  • Drive Website Traffic: Whether you sell products online or use your website to ensure that customers have the information they need about your products and how to buy them, social media can be a valuable tool in getting people to access your website.
  • Improve Your Brand Recognition and Customer Service: Social media users are active and vocal. Having a strong social media presence gives you access to the giant megaphone of satisfied customers.
  • Strengthen Relationships: To be successful on social media, you have to produce content that doesn’t just get follows and likes, but fosters genuine engagement. That means shares and comments. Moreover, remember engagement is a two-way street so that you will be interacting with your audience as well. In doing so, you can grow strong bonds with your customers. That means they are more likely to return to you when they have needs and more likely to bring others along with them.
  • Bolster All Your Marketing Efforts: Social media is a powerful companion to other elements of marketing. You can use it to build your email marketing list, better understand your customers, and generate word-of-mouth advertising.

If you aren’t sure how to incorporate strategy into your social media or need help getting started, the Social Media Advisor can help. Its Quarterly Strategy Road Map Development program can jump start your efforts and help ensure you are on the right track. You’ll get a comprehensive introduction to the strategy tools you need as well as practical, tactical information to help you make the most of your efforts. Now is the perfect time to get started. So let’s get strategic and start growing!

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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