Social Media

Social Media

It’s a Facebook Thing: Connecting Users With The Products They Want

 

You’re scrolling through your newsfeed, you see a sweatshirt that has your name or your profession in a catchphrase, and it’s only $30. It feels weird to see something so distinctly “you” pop up. So, how does Facebook do that? If you feel like Facebook has more ads than usual, you aren’t dreaming it up; Facebook has been hitting all of us with more ads that are more relevant to us. Although it may seem unnerving at first, Facebook’s data collection tools are fascinating and can often connect users with products they want.

 

Facebook uses your profile to create personalized ads. If you like Target’s Facebook page, then Target will start delivering ads to you. Facebook will deliver ads to you based on what your friends like. However, it’s not just what you and your friends are doing alone that generates ads; it’s also demographic information. Major life events like getting engaged or married will produce content specifically for you. If you are recently engaged and post it to Facebook, wedding dresses and wedding venues will start to populate your feed. Kind of cool, huh?

When an advertiser creates an on Facebook, it can select all sorts of parameters, so it reaches the right people. For example, if someone is trying to sell a swimsuit: They can target it towards people that live near large bodies of water or has swimming listed in their interests. The more information you put about yourself on Facebook such as your age, where you live, where you graduated college, activities you like and where you work: This all will determine what ads are delivered to you.

If you don’t include all of this information on your profile, Facebook turns to your friends to fill the gaps. Facebook only needs to know one particular thing about you, like where you live, and what your friends provide to create a reasonable demographic that advertisers can use to reach you.

Let’s say you have a Facebook account just for the sake of having a profile. Facebook collects data through companies such as Datalogix, Acxiom, Epsilon, and BlueKai. These companies collect information about you through things like store loyalty cards, mailing lists, public records, browser cookies and more. So, if you are a customer at Starbucks and utilize their rewards program, you will see a Starbucks ad pop up on your Facebook at some point, or even a tee-shirt with a coffee cup on it saying Coffee Addict.

These data collection companies know more than you would think: race, gender, buying habits, economic status and more. If you don’t use loyalty cards or enroll in reward programs when you shop, Facebook still has you pinpointed. If you purchase a car at a dealership, they will more than likely ask you for your email to send you reminders about car servicing and more. That dealership wants to advertise on Facebook, so they upload a list of all of the email addresses they have. That data is then made private, and Facebook pairs the email addresses with the one you registered on Facebook. If these match, you might see an ad from that dealership on Facebook. Your friends might see the same ad from the dealership because they are reaching out to their target audience.

There’s no reason to feel a little spooked by all of this, but all of this information is kept private. Facebook uses a system called hashing to prevent from all of your private information from leaking. When you went to the grocery store last week, and you tried a new brand of yogurt that has just launched and used your discount card at check-out, Facebook might have delivered an ad for that yogurt that you had not seen previously. Don’t worry; it’s not because your phone heard you say how delicious it was at first bite.

Here at Velocity Agency, we pride ourselves in our knowledge of data collection and ad targeting. If you are trying to expand your target audience, we can help you take your brand to new heights. We have the knowledge and experience to make those internet users stop mid-scroll and CLICK the purchase button.

Social Media

MySpace’s Decline into Facebook’s Uprising

Move over Tom! Oh, hi, Mark!

Long before you were on Facebook, there was a site that many of us had a space on that was just for us. It was appropriately named MySpace, and everyone quickly jumped on board to have one. In the spring of 2008, MySpace was the top social media site in the world. In April of that same year, Facebook grabbed the lead and never looked back. Over the next three years, Myspace would lose over forty million unique visitors per month, lose both of its co-founders, and lay off most of their staff.

How did this happen so fast?

First things first, it’s important to know why and how MySpace started. In 2003, MySpace was created by people in the entertainment industry, not by technology experts and therefore could not innovate at the pace that they needed to compete.  However, MySpace was greatly influential in the music industry. In late 2003, Fin Leavell encoded his music into a myspace profile, becoming the first MySpace musician. Shortly after MySpace was sold to Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox News and 20th Century Fox, they launched a record label: MySpace Records. The record label was made to discover unknown talent on MySpace Music. Some well-known singers such as Lily Allen, Owl City, Hollywood Undead, Sean Kingston, and Arctic Monkeys rose to fame through myspace.

Although Rupert’s idea of incorporating a record label with MySpace was a smart business move, Rupert had an old school way of thought and is said to be a major contributor to the fall of MySpace. Critics claim that MySpace failed to execute the product development by not copying Facebook in design quickly after Facebook launched.

Facebook let third-party developers create apps on the site in 2007 while MySpace held tight to the notion that it would be able to create its own products. This strategy slowed down the process tremendously for MySpace to stay on top of the ever changing market. The former head of MySpace, Mike Jones, has stated that MySpace put up barriers to user enjoyment by forcing members to use anonymous pseudonyms in the place of their real identities, where Facebook encouraged members to use their real names.

Once Facebook took off, MySpace decided to give up on its social media leadership dreams and narrowed its focus to being a social entertainment destination. However, this has not been proven as a successful venture either. Many other websites have followed MySpace’s lead by creating music streaming sites such as Bandcamp which allows musicians to get paid for their music by allowing consumers to buy tracks or albums online.

When it comes to social media and website development, there are six lessons that we can learn from MySpace’s failure.

  • Authenticity is important 
    • The success of Facebook and the corresponding demise of MySpace is partially due to real names adding an aura of legitimacy while removing a layer of anonymous creepiness.

     

  • Standardization is better than free-range 
    • Facebook allows minimal customization regarding overall layout, look and feel. This feature has proven to be successful.

     

  • Mobile is critical
    • MySpace was slow to adopt mobile technology, and the lack of MySpace in your pocket is partly responsible for their decline.

     

  • Think beyond your website 
    • There has never been any significant effort to distribute MySpace broadly across the web by implementing it into other sites. Facebook has made it so that a user can use their Facebook login for a multitude of apps, making registering for new accounts incredibly simple and making Facebook almost a necessity.

     

  • Be business-friendly
    • MySpace has always been user-focused rather than business-focused and has rarely created features specifically for business.

     

  • Don’t sell too early
    •  MySpace made the biggest mistake by selling prematurely in 2006.

Facebook seems to have real staying power for the time being because of their highly adaptive nature and versatility and friendliness in the ever growing internet world. Here at Velocity, we pride ourselves in staying ahead of social media trends and implementing ingredients for success in our marketing strategies. We understand the importance of not only monitoring where social media platforms succeed but also where they fail. If you are in need of social media experts to take your brand to the next level, you know where to go!

Advertising, Market Information, Social Media, Sports, Timeline

Sports

Sports Marketing for Teams and PlayersThe “big four” professional sports (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL) in our country have all been around for a very long time. Despite the advanced age of these sports, most of them are happy to embrace modern technology. Reaching out to a devoted fan base is crucial, but for some teams transitioning to social media can be a difficult experience. Fortunately, as agents and managers become more adapted to the times, players and teams are finding it easier to navigate through the complicated seas of social media.

Forbes remarked in an article in 2015, that the traditional sports market has changed with the rise of sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In terms of endorsement deals, many businesses appear to be looking towards social media stars to guarantee self-promotion without unnecessary costs. While, some sports superstars may still land traditional deals they are also asked to maintain a certain level of a social media presence. It’s clear to see that for better or worse, social media has changed sports marketing.

In this new age, many businesses have adapted to social media in order to remain relevant, and sports franchises are no different. The most obvious advantage includes the ability to connect to millions of sports fans eager to learn more about their favorite teams or players. While, the change has come quickly, there are already some quick and valuable developments.

Of course, these developments speak more to the inescapable influence of digital marketing. With the increased use of social media, the collection and implementation of consumer feedback becomes a more integral part of development. This encompasses Twitter polls to decide songs played during rain delays or even team names based on public support. Making the public a part of the event is not a new concept, but Facebook and Twitter have made the communication process easier than ever.

Regardless of how or where, connection to fans has always been a part of sports marketing. Improving the connection online is only inevitable, so adapting to the system is necessary. While the change can have some consequences, the overall benefit of fan interactions and involvement ensures a longtime base of loyal admirers, something that will keep the tradition of sports alive in the digital age.

Advertising, Market Information, Social Media, Timeline, Velocity News

#TBT: Business Edition

Throwback Thursday has been a popular ongoing Internet trend and for good reasons. The nostalgia factor combined with the ability to bring old friends and family members together are enough to make #tbt a fun weekly event. However, if used correctly, the Throwback Thursday hashtag can also be a helpful tool for a modern business. All you have to do is remember the Throwback Thursday etiquette.

#TBT

Every business strives to be relevant, and nothing makes brands more relevant than participating in modern social media movements. Jumping into trends like Throwback Thursday shows a clear attention to popular culture. In addition, the fun tradition of featuring an old image or even an old brand brings about a relatable sense to consumers. In this constantly moving digital age, businesses have to rely on a quick yet personalized form of marketing to stand out. Taking part in Throwback Thursday could be one of things that sets you apart from the rest.

#considerations

Despite the relative ease of posting an old photo on Instagram, there are also some considerations a business should take into account. When you look through the thousands of posts made every Thursday, there are clearly right and wrong ways to do a “throwback.” For starters, many users unofficially agree that the throwback post should at least take place a year from the original post to properly be considered nostalgic. For businesses, that can include first days on the job, old logos, or even childhood photos of employees. Another practice can include remembering to pace posts regarding Throwback Thursday. Generally, one throwback a day is enough to begin a conversation, and anymore risks over-saturating the tag. Finally, an essential but sometimes overlooked part of Throwback Thursday is to limit past posts on Thursdays only. While, casual social media users have extended these posts to Flashback Fridays, the consistency towards the day ensures that consumers can rely on a consistent business. As long as you remember these facts on Throwback Thursday Etiquette you can’t do it wrong!

#trendy

Every year, new trends rise and fall on social media, but Throwback Thursday remains a popular staple for everyday users.  Sometimes it can be hard to tell what trends will directly impact sales but hey… the next big boom in business may just be one black-and-white photo away.

 

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Social Media, Timeline, Velocity News

Say Hey To Our New Guy

Stanton BirthdayWow, where does the time go? We have been so busy here at Velocity Agency that we nearly forgot to introduce you to our newest member.

Meet Jared Stanton

Jared comes to us from… well, he’s sort of from everywhere having made a living doing everything. Jared grew up in northwest New Jersey, working in the resort industry. Shortly, after graduating from Lock Haven University in 2007, he spent a brief time working as an EMT. Yes, that’s right an EMT.

Keeping it Short

To keep this brief we will just say that he has worked as a web development project manager, TV news producer, digital imaging technician, and most recently as the director of operations at WaveOne Digital, a major motion picture company.

Living in the South

Sometime between his stint as a news producer and his work in the film industry he moved down to New Orleans and earned an M.F.A.. He fell in love with the city, and has been here ever since.

The Finish Line

Jared left the film industry in 2016 in search of a place to put his advertising and business management skills to use. We are thrilled to say he landed at Velocity Agency and we couldn’t be happier.

This lucky guy has only been here for a month but he’s already celebrated his birthday with us, and joined the entire team for a lunch at Ruth’s Chris. Steak and cake, what a first month.

Advertising, Market Information, Social Media, Timeline, Velocity News

Have You Evolved? The Evolution of Casino Marketing

There is no question that in the gaming industry the winds of change are blowing. The combination of constantly changing technology with the ever changing tastes of millennials have left some casinos scratching their heads.

However, not all change is bad, and perhaps most importantly not all change is unexpected. Back in November, 2015 Global Gaming Business Magazine (GGBM) published Ten Trends for 2016,  an article where they discussed in detail trends that were expected to impact the gaming industry in 2016.

So, how accurate were these predicted trends? I’d like to call your attention to the their third trend for 2016, Analyze This. The staff at GGBM noted that use of modern technology would not only impact the games but also the marketing of those games. The article claims that embracing these new technologies is,  “…vital for operators who want to reach their most valuable customers, discover their entertainment preferences, and win and retain their patronage.”

“…they are expecting more and a better selection based on quality, price, value and speed.”

This GGBM prediction could not have been more spot on. The benefits of a modernized approach to casino marketing and gaming advertising is being seen throughout the industry.

With all that being said, a shockingly large amount of casinos still rely on outdated marketing techniques. Not only does this practice leave them with a smaller customer base, it also leaves them with an aging and ever shrinking base.

“…guests want to make sure they maximize their dollars and experiences…”

The use of modern casino marketing and gaming advertising is more important than most realize. Using data based upon customer’s habits, non-gaming hobbies, and the region they are from can help casinos expand their reach. Once you have expanded your reach you can start to tailor what you offer to best fit the needs of your customers. According to GGBM,  “…guests want to make sure they maximize their dollars and experiences, with food and drink included in that, most times with a mobile device in their hand. It is not enough to just have a food court or a collection of quick-service operations for guests to walk up to, as they are expecting more and a better selection based on quality, price, value and speed.”

Velocity Agency has years of experience working with casinos to help modernize and streamline their advertising and marketing. We’d be glad to go over your current marketing and advertising strategy with you. Fill out the form below and we can setup a phone call or a meeting.   

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Digital Innovation, Mobile Technology, Social Media

Using Videos for Marketing: A Call to Arms

When it comes to building your online brand, video marketing has taken off largely for one reason: video provides a richer storytelling format for advertisers. In fact, Facebook released a statement on their Facebook for Business page that reads:

“Compelling sight, sound and videomarketingmotion are often integral components of great marketing campaigns, particularly when brands want to increase awareness and attention ov
er a short period of time. From launching new products to shifting brand sentiment, this video format is ideal for marketers who are looking to make a large-scale impact, and for people who will discover more great content in their News Feeds.”

With Facebook putting so much emphasis on the use of video content, you too should be focusing your marketing efforts on video content.  But, what exactly is it that propelled video content to the forefront of the social marketing world?

Here’s our two cents:

Online video views are rising rapidly. It’s projected that by the time 2017 rolls around, 69% of consumer internet traffic will be headed towards video content. This rising trend has gotten the attention of businesses of all sizes, and the videos are about to pour in.

Consumers are clamoring for branded video content, and they respond well to it. Commercials and advertisements can be deemed useless almost instantly by consumers. The internet offers an effective way to spread your message organically.

Furthermore, advances in mobile technology bring videos right to the palm of the consumer. Videos are generally viewable on all screen sizes, and often work better on mobile platforms. For the first time ever, mobile internet usage has surpassed desktop usage, which has a direct correlation to video views. Mobile platforms, such as Snapchat, have revolutionized the way videos are watched. And, when you compare the vertical layout of Snapchat to the horizontal layout of YouTube, you’ll notice that a vertical layout makes it far easier to pick the ads from the content. Across any platform, vertical viewing is the most popular option.

The rise in video content for marketing can be widely attributed to Facebook. The social media giant now averages 8 billion daily video views from its 1 billion users. If you’re not utilizing video content, this is your call to arms.

Market Information, Social Media

McDonalds Mascot For Happy Meal: Happy | Velocity Agency

McDonalds let Twitter followers in on a happy little addition last week when they released a photo of their new mascot. Bulging eyeballs and big smiling teeth, a Happy Meal box appropriately named “Happy” made his debut to the internet. This fictional character was created as “an ambassador for balanced and wholesome eating” pushing the idea that kids will be happy to choose healthier options like apples and yogurt in place of french fries in their McDonalds boxes. These good intentions that began in France in 2009 have sparked mainly negative jokes about the new face of the fast-food chain in the United States, targeting the red box and making him the laughing stock of social media.

This is not the first time McDonalds mascot has gotten a makeover, though. Lately, the golden arches have began to push their brand as more of an “upscale dining experience” rather than the grab-and-go greasy meals known since the restaurant opened in 1940.

While we appreciate the effort, there is one tiny detail McDonalds Happy Meal marketing strategists just aren’t getting when it comes down to changing their brand: nobody’s loving it.

The reason big brands become big brands is because of an early well-established mission for the company.

While many newer brands spend years playing around with multiple logos, taglines and purpose, brands like McDonalds may be better off just sticking to what they know.

Not to say they haven’t tried multiple marketing outlets for switching it up a little, but when your restaurant feeds over 68 million people per day, why bother?

Other fast-food corporations have tried to match the efforts of McDonalds but aren’t even close when it comes to the the global takeover of the golden arches. Brands like Coca-Cola and McDonalds do well in their classic familiar bubbles but modern chains may need to switch-up their image to keep up with society.

Several years ago after multiple strings of bad press and negative reviews, the pizza chain Domino’s decided to give their brand a facelift. Commercial after commercials were made since the change in 2009 regarding Domino’s “new and inspired pizza recipe” to help boost sales. In the ads, Domino’s blames itself for the less-than-average tasting pizza and costly delivery fees and announces its new upgrades through offers and giving an overall sense of “personal care” to the customer. Changing the entire marketing approach benefited Domino’s so much, the company saw a 14.3 percent in same-store sales within the first quarter.

So what does this mean for older brands trying to boost their image? Is it a gamble for classic companies but not new ones? Only time will tell if McDonalds attempted image will truly take-off the way they would like and if “Happy” the mascot will stay around for generations of consumers.

Velocity Agency is a digital marketing and advertising firm specializing in digital and internet marketing & advertising, print, web design, graphic design, film, and HD video promotion and post-production. Velocity serves clients all over the United States from our Metairie, LA office just outside of New Orleans by strategically implementing proprietary tools and techniques to get you the most conversions for your business through lead generation, cost-per-acquisition, and top line revenue.

 

Social Media, Sports

#HashFlag #Twitter #WorldCup | Velocity Agency | New Orleans

Twitter scores, again.

Creative and colorful, the network is bringing back the ever popular #hashflags to utilize hashtags for World Cup series in 2014.

This promoted bit allows Twitter users to hashtag the national three-letter code (e.g. GER, FRA, USA) with the flag emoji of that particular country appearing along side of the tweet. A patriotic element just added to Twitter for the World Cup 2014, this item is a fun way for World Cup game watchers and Twitter users to show support to their favorite teams throughout the series.

Although the feature hasn’t been around in a while, it isn’t exactly brand new, either. The #hashflag became popular when introduced four years ago at the 2010 World Cup. Sadly, the #hashflag component hasn’t made it to the Twitter Application for iPhone, yet. But it was frequently used by the voice of the World Cup, pop-superstar Shakira (one of the first to use the element in 2014 for the series) and has already gained back an audience as tweets of the anticipated global sporting event commence.

Even though the network usually holds a firm second-place to Facebook, the quick, live-action content makes Twitter the better option when it comes to World Cup. This year, Twitter has created a special page with anything and everything World Cup related under just about any topic one could wish. Clicking on the trending hashtag #WorldCup or #WorldCup2014 will transport the user to a feed that includes a continuous stream of real-time score updates, highlights from matches, press comments and player/coach tweets.

Not only is Twitter giving their audience extensive information for the World Cup, they’re also changing up it’s delivery. By allowing non-Twitter users to view their feed with their own sign-in made specifically for the run of the series, they are catering to a whole new crowd of sports fans. Twitter is asking those who register to list what matches and teams they are most interested in, then applying that information to an account tailored for what they need for games.

From a marketing point-of-view, this isn’t a bad idea.

If you consider the increase in web activity social media receives within the duration of a globally televised event, the idea of a temporary account makes sense. Keeping in mind that these events are usually athletic affairs, it is a fantastic strategy to attract new users and keep them entertained with the idea that the account doesn’t have to last forever. The genius is realizing that the new user will eventually rely on Twitter for all sports news updates (not just the World Cup), and come to the conclusion Twitter is the right network for them. Facebook has tried a similar approach with a main page for the soccer series, but it seems doubtful they will see as much success.

Many advertisers say hashtags during events like the World Cup are becoming more valuable than 30 second commercials. It seems that social media traffic peaks during the breaks between airtime and advertisers are finally picking up on this concept. Brands like Kia, Volkswagen, Marriott and Johnson & Johnson have been involved in online promotions during large sporting events and with the World Cup 2014’s popularity on the rise this year we will be seeing even more big names participating in this form of advertising.

With this incredible global show of athleticism in our midst, it is an exciting time to be present as a consumer and advertiser in social media. Whether you support your team in the stands at Brazil, or in 140 characters behind a screen, there is no doubt the world will be buzzing about the excitement that is #WorldCup2014.

Velocity Agency is a digital marketing and advertising firm specializing in digital and internet marketing & advertising, print, web design, graphic design, film, and HD video promotion and post-production. Velocity serves clients all over the United States from our Metairie, LA office just outside of New Orleans by strategically implementing proprietary tools and techniques to get you the most conversions for your business through lead generation, cost-per-acquisition, and top line revenue.

Advertising, Social Media

Facebook provides marketers with web browsing history for better targeting

Facebook announced earlier today that it would allow advertisers to utilize the information that was once only privy to Facebook, to other advertisers working to reach specific audiences.

The multi-billion dollar company has access to this information by placing code on Facebook user’s desktops and laptops that collect the websites the user visits. On Facebook mobile, the app collects the same sort of information by determining which apps have been downloaded on the user’s phone.

Facebook once kept this information private for security reasons, but in spite of resistance from some Facebook users, the company proceeded with the new feature regardless.

This change will allow consumers to better control the way they are marketed to, and allows them to give feedback in the moment; the ads will now offer a right hand click down menu that will allow Facebook users to respond to the ad, suggesting if the ad was useful or not.

Although this is a new leap in social media advertising, Facebook did not just re-invent the wheel, and Facebook users should not worry. The social media network already allowed marketers to target users based off of their networks, geographic locations, interests, ages and genders. Although these filters allowed advertisers to better reach certain demographics, it was only allowed to target information based off of what was “liked” on Facebook, which can be rather limited, depending on the campaign.

Now, marketers are able to directly appeal to specific audiences based off of what they know the users will like to see, and consumers will have less time wasted viewing adds they are not interested in.

Velocity Agency will be using this new feature in their social media marketing, in order to better serve our clients.

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