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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Facebook Marketing...

Social Networking Marketing Problems - Users want fun!
Using a social networking tool for marketing is a fairly difficult task. For example, submitting press releases on an unsuitable site can result in an accusation of Spamming. Some tools like Digg have a user controlled Spam protection facility, quite simply, if a user finds a story useful they can click the "Digg" button to recommend it, and if they see it as Spam they can "Bury" the story. So by posting something of little value to users you are simply wasting your time. Most Social Networking sites offer a Spam protection facility, Youtube has a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" button to allow users to feedback to good/bad video comments and a "spam" button to hide spam comments.

When active on sites like Youtube, Facebook and Myspace, users are not concerned with purchasing products or services they are using these sites for fun! Users on these sites are fairly competent Internet users and can see a sales pitch from a mile off. They are using these sites to watch videos, listen to music or chat to friends and entertain themselves. This makes selling to them directly fairly difficult. Instead focus on gaining trust from users and use Social Networking sites to build relationships with users. I have listed a few simple examples:

-A TV show has its own Youtube account to display teasers for upcoming programmes and selected previous episodes.

-A band can use Youtube to display live gig videos and let users know when their next gig is.

-Press release about how a small office reduces its carbon footprint posted on Digg.

Certain products or services attract attention naturally. For example, Apple Macs have a fanbase (and many groups on Facebook) but PCs are seen in a different light (more functional /less of an aspirational or fashionable choice).

-Reggae Reggae Sauce has its own Facebook group set up by fans. (An official group could offer recipe advice and allow users to swap recipes) A Youtube account could display videos of how to cook the recipe too.

Always remember that any content needs to fit with the users requirement of "fun". So make sure content is either informative, educational, entertaining or suprising (steer clear of offensive material). At the same time, try to make sure whatever is done fits with the business / product.

The Facebook API - Caution! Requires original thinking!
The Facebook API (Application Programming Interface) allows a programmer to produce an application that runs on Facebook. They usually offer advanced functionality or new features to entice Facebook users to add them to their profile. Popular Applications (Apps) include:

- A Texas Hold'em Poker App that allows users to play Poker against one another.
- Retro Games allows users to play old computer games like Pac Man.

I have brainstormed Facebook Applications for clients in the past and found inventing an App to engage and entertain users (and generate benefit for the business) very difficult!

The best revenue generating App I have seen is the PayPal App. This allows your friends to pay you back the tenner you lent them on a night out! You can also donate money to a charity or cause via this App. As PayPal make a percentage on transactions, this gives them access to a huge amount of users and a huge amount of transactions.

Facebook Social Ads - An easier way to market your product on Facebook?
I noticed recently that the ad platform on Facebook will look for keywords on my profile to determine what ads to display. (In the same way, Google's mail program Gmail will look at the content of a users private email and will display relevant ads accordingly). I altered my interests on Facebook to include the band "My Bloody Valentine" as one of my musical preferences. The next day I had an advert offering tickets to one of their gigs. At first it seemed odd that the advert would be so specific, but this represents an excellent advertising platform for both customer and business. This is probably the easiest way to market your service or product in a web 2.0 social networking environment.

By using the advertising platform instead of building your own App, you make use of the vast demographic on Facebook and you can target age, gender, location and interests and then statistically analyse the results and then optimise their efficiency. Most businesses will be able to get real results from this advertising platform.

Although this is not as original as producing a bespoke new App, it will generate a more reliable (and measurable) return without you having to re-invent the wheel!

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Job seeking tips for Online Marketing types...

This is the first post of 2008 (happy new year!) and the first in quite a while. Since last year quite a lot has happened, I've decided to finish living in London (Not a big fan of the place) and seek a job in the less crowded area of middle England. I've become a bit of an expert Internet job hunter and thought I'd tell you about a couple of bits of advice for those of you in Online Marketing, though this applies to many other areas too...

Be Professional!
First of all, when leaving a job, make sure you remain professional, polite throughout the process. Tempers can be quite short once you hand in your notice so stay committed to the cause while you are there! Also, keep in touch with your colleagues, they might start a business of their own and need your expertise and advice (doing freelance work has helped keep my cash flow up while I seek new permanent employment). Have a few business cards printed out to give to people you (a) get on with, and (b) people who may start their own organisation at some point. Be careful when you give out business cards though, you do not want to give the impression that you have been seeking a new job for a long time, your present employers might see this as unfaithful.

Keep in Touch!
Keep in touch with former colleagues using sites like,, and (in addition to email contact) some of these can seem a bit informal and this can work in your favour when striking up conversation with an old colleague, rather than a dry "work" email...

Be patient with recruiters!
Try to remain calm and friendly when dealing with recruitment companies and the "consultants" they employ. They are simply sales people and have very little experience or knowledge of a new field like Online Marketing (despite what they might say). You MUST make sure the job they are trying to "sell" to you is suitable for your level of experience. The recruiters will usually make their commission once you have completed 3 months service so they will get you a job that you will endure for at least 3 months. Remember, they will still attempt to get crummy online marketing jobs filled, so find out about the company you will be joining. When interviewed have a look at where you will be in the office, is the office a decent working environment? Have a look at what current employees say on

Is the job suitable for me?
I am currently looking for a position where I can realistically stay for several years and I have turned several job offers down because the companies I have visited have been a disappointment or have bad working environments. So when YOU are interviewed, remember that you are trying to find if the job is suitable for you rather than vice versa. I took this approach with one company and they kept upping the salary offer, (I assume because I didn't seem desperate for the job) I ended up turning the offer down after a "strange" first interview.
Bear in mind that while this might upset the recruitment consultant (emphasis on the CONsultant with some!) it is for your career, and they will not end the relationship they have with you. They will find more jobs for you and attempt to get commission with other jobs.

Keep up to date!
If you decide to leave a job before getting another, try to keep up to date with the latest goings on in your area of expertise, whether it's PPC, SEO, Affiliate Marketing etc. Sign up to Blogs like Matt Cutts or SEOmoz for you SEOs and the Google PPC blog for those in PPC etc.

Recruiters will often post non existent jobs across many different jobs boards to get good CVs through, so when they need a specialist they have a CV ready. I personally think this is spam and should be controlled. But as it exists, you should not get too fond of a certain job because it might be a fake (though they never admit this). Another ploy they have is to hijack a job found elsewhere (on an employers site or via an job board advert posted by the employer) . They even hijack other recruiters jobs as their own...(No honour among thieves!) This is also spammy but try to get to the original source of the job, look for jobs in similar geographic regions and with similar skills. You can often find the actual company advert, always contact them, always avoid recruitment consultants if possible as they are not the decision maker and will sell you as a candidate to the employer which will eat into your potential salary...

Some of this may sound a bit anti-recruiter and (while you can get some good ones) it is easy to set up a recruitment agency and many dodgy types are attracted. Don't let them mess you around, you are the skilled one, they should WORK for the commission they receive, and you should make sure they are working!

Good luck job hunting!

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