How We Utilized Evergreen Content to Increase Our Traffic 1,800% in 14 Months

SEO Has Been The Single Largest Driver of Business for Wallaroo Since Our Inception

Last updated: April 27, 2017.

Through our evergreen content strategy we’ve grown our traffic over 1,800% in 14 months. The first half of this article will show you how we did it. The second half will teach you how to do it for your company.

Wallaroo Media was founded in mid-2012. When we formed our company, we wanted a name that was unique, fun, and brand-able. We also wanted it to have a word in it that got a lot of monthly searches that we felt we could rank for fairly quickly. So we chose Wallaroo. Soon enough, we got to #1 for the word “Wallaroo” and could tell all our prospective clients that we knew how to do SEO  :). This keyword targeting strategy also reflected the types of clients we were going after. With a resume like this, and with no case studies and little experience, we could really only get local clients like restaurants, dentists, auto repair shops, etc. And when we did get those types of companies as clients, we hustled hard to do everything we could to help them succeed.

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That was back in the early days. We don’t care about ranking for “Wallaroo” anymore (although we’re still on page one); we moved on to bigger and better things. Like most SEO companies, we started by targeting localized keyword phrases related to “SEO”, or “Utah SEO company“, or “Provo Utah SEO”. This keyword strategy also reflected the types of clients we were able to get. If someone Googled “Utah SEO Company” and found us, chances were that they were interested in SEO, maybe some content marketing, and not much else. We got a lot of great clients this way, and still do, but we wanted to level up as a company. Once we achieved amazing rankings for those keywords, we continued to set our sights on higher revenue-generating keywords and bigger clients…

Enter: The “Evergreen Content” Strategy

With a firm hold on SEO-related keywords in our market, we wanted to expand our services and offerings at our company. We wanted to diversify. We wanted to get more into social media advertising management and PR. So we created a content marketing plan.

There were three key steps in our approach to our Evergreen Content Strategy:

Step 1: Evergreen Content 

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We wanted evergreen content to be the backbone of our strategy. What is evergreen content you ask? We define it as timeless content that continually stays fresh for readers. We felt that this was an under-utilized tactic with the keywords we wanted to rank for. We wanted to get more clients who wanted to hire us to manage Facebook Ads. So we took a page out of Moz’s book (with their Google Algorithm Change History piece) and decided to create the Facebook Algorithm Change History with the purpose of using it as a Trojan horse to get social ads clients. We created the Facebook Algorithm piece over 2 years ago, and have been updating it every month or so since. That content ranks #1 for “Facebook algorithm change”, #3 for “Facebook algorithm”, #4 for “Facebook changes”, and #5 for “New Facebook update”. It also ranks on page one of Google for another ~100 keyword phrases! The content piece has had almost 60,000 visits since its launch with an average time on page of about 4 minutes.

Step 2: Consistent Updates

As I briefly mentioned in Step 1, we have been updating that Facebook Algorithm piece every month or so for over two years now. Every time we update it, we do three things: Change the publish date in WordPress, change the “Last updated” phrase at the beginning of the piece, and share it on Google Plus (and other social networks as well). Correlation does not equal causation, but we have found this sequence to be crucial in our rankings.

A little more on “evergreen content”: I would highly recommend that unless you are writing on a topic that is time-sensitive or newsworthy in nature, that all your content is evergreen. We update our Facebook piece all the time (because it needs to be updated constantly). But if you publish a piece titled, “How to do SEO for B2B Companies,” update it all the time! Seek out ways to do so. Update the case studies you cite. If you figure out new, applicable strategies, add those. Did Google or Facebook or something else change since you first wrote the piece that now changes things? Add that and update it! Be creative, it shouldn’t be difficult to add to a piece every couple months and thus make it evergreen.

Step 3: Being The First-Mover Helps

Being the first-mover to go after a keyword helps with future ranking ability. It is by no means a requirement, though. But in our experience, being the first to publish an in-depth, well-optimized piece on the subject can do wonders. And if you are consistently updating it, you can stay ahead of the competition. There isn’t any more secret sauce here.

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Note: Some here may bring up the “Skypscraper Technique” from Brian Dean (who is awesome and whom I greatly respect). Yes, that strategy works very well, and yes, the Skyscraper Technique is designed to overtake first-movers. But if you follow steps 1 and 2 well enough, then being the first-mover will obviously help you. And if you’re always working to build links to your content, then you should be immune to competitors. Theoretically, they wouldn’t want to compete. Who would want to compete with amazing content that’s always being added to and has a consistent flow of quality backlinks pouring in?

Case Study: “Snapchat Advertising”

We shared a mini case study in Step 1 with our Facebook piece. Now we’ll spill the beans on what we’ve been up to lately: targeting all keyword phrases related to Snapchat Advertising, and using the Evergreen SEO strategy to do so.

We were early adopters internally of all things Snapchat. We have a team that skews toward the younger side, and many of us have thoroughly enjoyed the popular social network since its inception.

When Snapchat started rolling out ads last year, we began thinking about offering ads management for the social app as a service. One problem though: Snapchat wasn’t letting anyone in. No agencies, no public access, nothing. They were working directly with brands to create and run the ad campaigns. So we dragged our feet.

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But in November of 2016 we published version 1.0 of “Snapchat Advertising Costs” on our website. From there, we continued to update that piece according to steps 1-3 outlined above. We also wrote a lot about Snapchat marketing strategies in general. What are the results you ask? Here they are:

  • “Snapchat advertising” – #2 (after Snapchat.com)
  • “Snapchat ads” – #2 (after Snapchat.com)
  • “Snapchat cost” – #1
  • “Advertise on Snapchat” – #2 (after Snapchat.com)
  • “Ads on Snapchat” – #3 (after Snapchat.com and Snap.com)
  • “Advertising on Snapchat” – #2 (after Snapchat.com)
  • And over 200 more keyword phrases

If you pull up the search volume for those phrases, you will see that none are huge (each phrase ranges from a few hundred to the low thousands in monthly searches). But, as you can imagine, they convert to actual business for us very well. And with SEO, the true measure of success is conversion (at least in our minds). Does your SEO strategy get your website the right traffic and interested users/customers/clients in the target demographic? This is a key component for any effective SEO campaign. For most of our website visitors that come to our site through these keywords, we’re the first agency they come in contact with that does Snapchat advertising. Our content, combined with some retargeting ads every now and then (we spend less than $100/month in paid advertising for ourselves), helps convert these visitors into paying clients.

Take a look at our website traffic in the screenshot below. In an 14-month period, we’ve increased our traffic from under 400 visitors per week to over 8,000 visitors per week. That’s an increase of over 1,800%! Evergreen content works very well  :).

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Evergreen content marketing in action

Each time we wanted to “level up” as an agency, we leveled up the keywords we targeted. Consequently, our client roster has evolved from local clients to larger, but largely unknown, nationwide clients, to publicly-traded companies and household brands.

At Wallaroo, we absolutely love SEO. It was the first service we ever offered, and it will always be part of our core. It has helped grow our business immensely. If you do it right, SEO can do the same for your brand. Want to grow your business through SEO? Contact us today!

Step by Step Process for Creating Evergreen Content

Now that you see how we used the evergreen content strategy to grow our business, let us show you how to do the same for yours.

First, you need to decide which type of evergreen content you want to create. There are many different types of evergreen content. Here’s a quick list:

  • Original research
  • Statistic collection
  • In-depth case study
  • Checklist
  • Resource content (see our content marketing resource)
  • List of free/paid tools
  • Top influencers/experts in a niche
  • Best books for X
  • Glossary of terms in a niche
  • “Everything you need to know” style
  • History of a topic/product (see our Facebook algorithm history)
  • How to do something over time
  • How-to article or tutorial

Keep in mind for whichever type you choose – it either needs to be written in a way to where it will never go out of date, or you need to be consistently updating the piece over time.

Another key component of successful evergreen content is constant promotion. Many forget to do this. Once your content is live, you need to be promoting it on a consistent basis. Not every day, but at least a couple times a month. And for sure every time you update it. Promote it on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Depending on the purpose of the content, paid advertising can be a good solution as well.

Do you have any questions about the evergreen content strategy? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

Facebook & Instagram Continue to Copy Snapchat

Over the last few months, three new announcements came out about Facebook. Each of them points to Mark Zuckerberg taking pages straight out of Evan Spiegel’s book. The three announcements were covered here, here, and here.

First, Facebook is tweaking their live video section to look more like Snapchat’s. Simple enough.

Second, it’s been reported by multiple outlets that Facebook is prepping a competitor for Snapchat’s “Discover” section. It will reportedly be named “Collections”. Everyone wants in on the content game. See side by side examples here (with Snapchat on the left and Facebook on the right):

Third, and the most blatant of all, Facebook has introduced camera effects called “location frames”, which work just like Snapchat’s geofilters. Just like geofilters, users can create and submit illustrations tied to specific locations. Users can also submit more general designs with illustrations not tied to a specific location. No word on if Facebook will create pay-to-play versions of their Location Frames yet. Check out an example below.

Facebook Location Frames

So, it will be interesting to follow along as these two tech titans continue to battle in 2017. One thing is clear – Facebook does not want to relinquish its lead as the go-to social platform.

Update on 12/21/16: Instagram just added a stickers feature, in yet another copy of Snapchat. You can now add “contextual stickers” and “location based stickers” on Instagram. See an example below from Instagram.

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Instagram Location Stickers

Update on 3/8/17: Instagram Stories launches geostickers. Snapchat launched their geostickers in 2014. Below are screenshots of Instagram’s new geostickers, courtesy of TechCrunch. Take a look at how blatant the copy is…

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Instagram Stories Geosticker

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Update on 3/10/17: Facebook launches a new feature inside of Messenger called “Messenger Day”. Take a look at the screenshot of the new feature below.

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Be honest with yourself – is that not an exact clone of Snapchat?! Facebook’s executives are saying no. But I think we can all agree, it’s a clone. Yet another example of Facebook’s inability to innovate. The new feature is only available in the U.S. for now, but it is said to be rolled out to other countries soon.

UPDATE on March 28, 2017: Facebook launches Stories on its mobile app to the whole world. It essentially creates a second Newsfeed for mobile users. This form of “Stories” is basically a straight copy of Snapchat. See below:

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UPDATE on April 13, 2017: Instagram announces three(!) new Snapchat feature copies: Geostickers (custom designed stickers at local landmarks), Sticker pinning (just like Snapchat’s motion-tracking emoji feature), and Selfie stickers (quite similar to Snapchat’s scissors tool).

P.S. – If you need custom Snapchat geofilters, we got you  :).

Snap Ads for App Downloads

How to Utilize Snapchat Advertising to Drive App Downloads

Last updated: April 6, 2017

When it comes to social advertising, we at Wallaroo Media are constantly looking for what we call “arbitrage opportunities”. These are opportunities where ad rates are lower and ROI is higher than typical market metrics. As such, we are recommending Snap Ads for app downloads right now. The market has not caught up to the opportunity.

In an effort to keep with with Facebook app install ad campaigns, Snapchat is making a big push with their Snap Ads to app install offerings. The first public data was discovered on the Acorns app (who was one of our clients – view our amazing work for them here). Take a look at the screenshot below of their ad, and read on to learn more about the results.

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Acorns App Snap Ad

Acorns gained a ton of early traction through Facebook Ads and Twitter Ads. We actually helped them run highly targeted download campaigns on those platforms. Late last year, Acorns wanted to test Snap Ads for their app downloads. According to Acorn’s Chief Commercial Officer, the Snap Ad campaigns actually had 40% higher install rates than those on Facebook. This is an astronomically high number, since the Facebook Ads were already performing superbly. Acorns said that the CPI was a little higher on Snapchat than on Facebook, but that it made up for the higher cost with a greater download rate.

Fullscreen, a video-streaming service, said that Snapchat targeting reduced its cost per installation by 25% because it meant more installations on the same amount of ad spending.

As mobile ad advertising continues to grow, app installs will continue to be a large piece of that pie (Business Insider reported that 25% of mobile ad revenue is from app campaigns).

Snapchat also recently enabled goal-bidding for app install campaigns on the platform. This form of targeting allow advertisers to get in front of Snapchat users who are most likely to download their app. Snapchat is using machine-learning technology it has developed in house to run these campaigns.

“We’ve been listening closely to direct-response advertisers and are excited to announce the ability to ‘bid for installs’ in our auction. This is a new, cost-efficient way to drive app installs right from Snapchat,” Peter Sellis, the director of monetization product at Snap Inc., told Business Insider in a statement.

As we get more data and case studies, we will continue to update this post.

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Cookie Jam app Snap Ad

 

 

 

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Snap Ads for App Downloads Case Study

How Auto Dealers Can Use Facebook Ads to Hyper Target Car Buyers

Using Facebook and Polk Data, Auto Dealers Can Scale Their Revenues with Effective and Hyper-Targeted Digital Ad Campaigns

It’s no question that social advertising and audience targeting is incredibly effective. But now more than ever, Facebook Ads are THE way to go for auto dealers to target car buyers through every step of the purchase process. This post will explain why.

According to a recent study, 27% of people in the US do most of their vehicle research on a mobile device. That number is 45% for Millennials, and 41% for households with incomes over $200,000. And the percentage of people that use mobile during any point of the purchase process? 71%. Keep in mind, this data is just for mobile consumers. Almost 100% of vehicle buyers use online research at some point of their purchase decision.

Facebook Ads + Datalogix + Polk Data = Lots of money for Auto Dealers

Facebook has two key partnerships that enable it to get the data it needs to provide super powerful ad targeting: 1) Datalogix, 2) Polk. Datalogix connects offline purchasing data to enhance online advertising campaigns. Datalogix also has 200+ syndicated audiences that allow for deeper targeting. Polk (which also owns Carfax) aggregates online and offline data around auto buyer personas and DMV registration data. These two partnerships, when combined with Facebook’s ultra targeted ad product, can drive car-buying consumers to the doorsteps of auto dealers, ready to purchase a new vehicle right away.

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How Targeted Can You Get?

If you know your way around the Facebook Ad platform, you can get incredibly targeted on vehicle-buyers. How targeted you ask? Here’s an example flow that you can create:

You start with “Automotive” behavior targeting.

From there, you have these sub-categories:

  • Motorcycle
  • New Vehicle Buyers (Near Market – which means people who will be considering a new vehicle purchase within the next 365 days)
  • New Vehicle Buyers (In Market – people considering a new vehicle purchase within the next 180 days)
  • Owners
  • Purchase Type
  • Used Vehicle Buyers (In Market)

If you click “Owners”, you’ll be able to target Facebook users based on the actual vehicle they drive.

If you click on the “Purchase Type” sub-category, you’ll be able to target based on how recently the user purchased a vehicle.

If you click on “New Vehicle Buyers (Near Market)”, you can target by style, for example:

  • Crossover
  • Economy/Compact
  • Full-Size SUV
  • Full-Size Sedan
  • Hybrid/Alt Fuel
  • Luxury SUV
  • Luxury Sedan
  • Midsize Car
  • Minivan
  • Pickup Truck
  • Small/Midsize SUV
  • Sports Car/Convertible

If you click on the “New Vehicle Buyers (In Market)” section, you then choose among the actual make, model, and style of vehicle. How amazing is that?! You can specifically target people shopping for Jeep Grand Cherokees or Suburu Foresters or Chevrolet Cameros.

You can also target people looking for specific auto parts or auto service. You can target by the age of vehicle in their current household, vehicle price, and much more.

There are many ways to target car buyers with Facebook Ads. You can do video ads, custom audiences, carousel ads, lookalike audiences, conversion lift, TRP buying (extend and augment your TV campaigns on Facebook), regular Facebook Newsfeed ads, right rail ads, and more.

If you’re interested in utilizing Facebook Ads to dramatically increase sales at your auto dealership, contact us today!

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Snapchat Statistics – Updated 2017

Snapchat Statistics – Updated April 2017

Snapchat is growing fast! Below are all the key statistics you need to know about the social platform.

  • Monthly active users: Around 350 Million
  • Daily active users: Around 185 Million
  • Number of daily video views: Around 14 Billion (with a B!)
  • Average time spent per user each day on Snapchat: About 28 minutes
  • Percentage of daily reach to 18-34 year olds in the U.S.: 45%
  • Amount of time users interact with Snap Ads: Over 30 seconds on average
  • 80% of Snapchat users use the app at a restaurant
  • 66% of users use the app while shopping
  • 50% use the app at gyms
  • 49% at airports

We will continuously update this piece and add relevant information as we get it. Are you ready to start a Snapchat advertising campaign? Contact us today!

 

*All statistics are approximate.

How to Use “Snapisodes” to Market on Snapchat

“Snapisodes” Is A New Snapchat Marketing Strategy That Works Very Well

Marriott International just launched what they call “Snapisodes”, and we are thoroughly impressed.

First reported by Kerry Flynn at Mashable, Marriott created this new campaign to target millennials on Snapchat with the goal to convince young travelers that the Marriott Rewards program is awesome.

This new “Snapisode” strategy is different from Snap Ads (Snap’s official ad product). Marriott’s Snapisodes are three minutes long and the content is created and posted by influencers. It’s a four-part series, each featuring a different social media influencer talking to the camera (or sometimes, through Snapchat Spectacles) and sharing stories about their travels.

From Snapchat’s perspective, this is a dream come true. Brands are already spending big money to run advertising on the platform, and now they are putting cash towards high quality organic content. From a brand perspective, this is a no-brainer. “The idea originally was to mimic television. We wanted to create a TV series and mimic it as such,” said Amanda Moore, senior director of social and digital marketing at Marriott International. “Snapchat provided us with a lot of best practices, speaking to camera. We knew we needed someone authentic, relatable.”

Creating effective Snapisode-type content can be more costly than other forms of organic Snapchat marketing (i.e. “Snaphacking“, local geofilters, or regular influencer campaigns), but the ROI is definitely there.

Want to advertise on Snapchat? Contact us today!

How Social Media Made the Extra Gum Commercial Go Viral, and Why TV Failed

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Two years ago, Extra Gum released a new commercial on television. It was a 30-second spot titled “Extra Gum: The Story of Sarah and Juan”. If you haven’t seen it by now, watch it below. It was and is amazing and beautiful.

That is the 30-second TV version. They did a great job with it. They used American Idol star Haley Reinhart for the song. They promoted it heavily. But it didn’t catch. Extra Gum’s sales were decreasing leading up to the commercial’s release. The decline continued throughout the fall. This happened for seven months. The company was scrambling to figure out the issue. So what did they decide to do? They released the full version of the commercial on social media. The full version is two minutes long. Watch it below, then read what happened next…

So they released the full commercial on social media, and it absolutely blew up. The YouTube video has been viewed almost 20 million times. On Facebook? A few hundred million!!!

 

According to Gary Vaynerchuk, their business has been up double digits every day for the last several months!

 

Why Did This Happen?

 

When Extra Gum released the full version of the commercial on social media, it allowed the company to tell the whole story. The 2-minute spot is a lot more compelling and emotional than the 30-second spot. Social media is inherently shareable. We all know this. You can’t do anything with a TV commercial. On social, you can share it with everyone, tag your friends, Snap it, and more. And you can take action and buy the product right away too, since you’ve already got your device in hand. In terms of the actual video, it’s no surprise to me that the 2 minute version did better than the 30 second version. It shows what happens when you try to cram 2 minutes of story into 30 seconds–it doesn’t resonate! They had the footage. They had extra scenes they had to cut out. Why couldn’t they release a longer version right off the bat?

 

I recently wrote how TV advertising dollars are shifting towards Snapchat Ads. This is a trend that’s not going to stop. It makes more sense to advertise on social media. It’s more trackable. It’s more effective. It’s more targeted. Better ROI. On and on and on.

 

Ready to get going with a campaign of your own? At Wallaroo, we specialize in social advertising management. Contact us today to learn more!

Snapchat Launches Search for Stories

Snapchat Launches “Search” for Stories, Changing the Game for Real-time Video Content

Today Snapchat announced the new Search function for Stories. Snapchat stated that they will be rolling this out slowly. Currently, over 1 million professionally curated and unique Stories are available in search. Snap says in their announcement that these Stories include “…a local basketball game, check out the scene at your favorite bar, view your favorite Fashion Week shows, get inspired by a faraway place, or simply tap through a Story full of puppies — there’s a Story for everything!” Here’s their explainer:

How Search for Stories Changes the Game

Josh Constine from TechCrunch has a great take on this. He wrote: “Snapchat is shifting from a social network limited to content shared by people you follow to an ephemeral, real-time database of what’s going on now everywhere…It makes Snapchat as deep as whatever the world is sharing, creating near-infinite rabbit holes to go down, and a stronger competitor for YouTube & Twitter.”

What this also changes is the length of time a Snap is available. From its inception until yesterday, Snaps have had a 24 hour lifespan. But with the introduction of Search, Snap said that some Snaps will be available for less than 24 hours, while others will be visible for weeks or even a few months.

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As of now, Snapchat is pulling from captions or visual recognition via machine learning to add Snaps to categories and into Stories Search. But down the road, they could utilize music in the background or voice recognition as further classification methods.

Snapchat vs. YouTube

YouTube was originally built for the web. As such, most of its videos are long-form (30 seconds to several minutes) in comparison to Snaps (7-10 seconds). YouTube’s videos are also generally delayed at least a few hours, if not more, from when they’re recorded. Snapchat’s video content is posted in real-time.

Because of how YouTube’s platform is designed, and the fact that videos hosted there never disappear, it incentivizes its users to take more time on the production and editing side of things. Since Snapchat is focused on what is happening in real-time (and a 24-hour lifespan), its users are more accustomed to sharing raw, instant content.

Another good point by Josh at TechCrunch in the same article is that this could potentially position Snapchat as a competitor to Twitter. “If you want to read what people are saying around a topic in real time, today you search Twitter. But now if you want to SEE what people are capturing with their cameras around a topic in real time, you can search Snapchat.” I don’t totally agree with that, as video clips are posted to Twitter constantly, but we’ll see how this progresses.

At Wallaroo, we’re extremely bullish on Snapchat. This new Search feature only increases that. As Kerry Flynn wrote on Mashable today, “Snapchat is where my friends are – yes, my real friends.” What better place to market and advertise?! If you want to learn more about Snapchat advertising, click here. Want to run some ads there? Contact us today!

Why Advertising on Snapchat is Better Than Advertising on TV, And Why You Need It Now

Advertising on Snapchat is more effective, and a better long (and short) term strategy, than advertising on TV. I will convincingly make the case in this article.

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TV Advertising – A Dying Breed

Television commercials have long been the holy grail for advertisers. Largest reach, highest engagement, cheapest cost per view, etc. But that has changed. The majority of TV viewers now record/DVR their shows for later use. Research by YouGov and Deloitte pegs the number at 86%. 86% of viewers always fast-forward through adverts! The exception? Live sporting events (and occasionally local newscasts).

Advertisers are clamoring to be a part of live sporting events in any way possible. That’s the best ROI for TV advertising now, and it’s only going to get more expensive as more brands realize this. The bids are increasing every year. For example, a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl in 2010? $3 million. A 30-second spot during Super Bowl 2015? $5 million. That’s a 66% cost increase in just five years, and that’s excluding the costs of video production.

Here’s the thing, though: When the commercials come on during live sporting events (or any other live TV programming for that matter), what do viewers do? Sit back and enjoy the steady stream of commercials? No. They pull out their phones. They check Snapchat. They browse Instagram. They wish their friend a happy birthday on Facebook and browse click-bait articles. They tweet reactions to the game. They check Snapchat and send filtered doggy faces to all their friends. That’s what people do. That’s where they spend their time. Their eyes are focused on the little screen in their hands instead of the big one where your advertisement plays. That small screen is where you need to be as a brand. Still need to be convinced? Here is some data… snap (1)

Data to Support Why Snapchat is Better Than TV

Here’s a few points on how Snapchat sets itself apart from its competitors as a social media platform, why it’s greater than TV for ads, and why it’s an advertiser’s dream:

  • Two-thirds of video snaps are watched with the audio on. That’s a HUGE difference from Facebook. It was recently reported that 85% of Facebook video ads are watched with the audio off.
  • Snapchat has a unique daily reach of 41% of 18-34 year olds in the U.S., compared with only 6% on TV (according to a Nielsen study in February).
  • Snapchat has over 100 million daily active users (while Bloomberg estimates that number to be 150 million).
  • Snapchatters watch over 10 billion videos per day, which is an increase of over 350% in the last year alone.
  • Snap Ads have an engagement rate 5X higher than the average click-through rate of other social platforms.
  • A National, Sponsored Geofilter on Snapchat reaches 40% to 60% of daily Snapchatters (Taco Bell’s recent Cinco de Mayo Snapchat filter had 224 million views in one day! Gatorade also had a sponsored lens that got 165 million views).

Advertising is a battle for eyeballs, and Snapchat has our attention. Average monthly minutes per user spent on the platform is second only to Facebook among social networks. On TV, or on any other social platform, users hate ads. On Snapchat, users play with the ads. Think about that for a second! Users not only tolerate ads on Snapchat, but they enjoy, engage, and play with them!

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What Makes Snapchat Unique for an Advertiser?

Snapchat is a unique platform, and it can be tricky to navigate as an advertiser if you’re unfamiliar with how it works and what types of posts, filters, and lenses work best. Snapchat, by the nature of its disappearing content, creates a sense of urgency that encourages users to take action quickly. This is a crucial aspect of the platform. Some brands view this as a detriment. I view it as a benefit. The 10-second max duration allows the ad spot (or the marketing campaign) to be direct and cuts to the chase. As a result, it allows for more testing to find the best ad creation and targeting combinations.

An important note: there is little competition from other brands and advertisers right now (only ~1% of advertisers are using Snapchat). But that is changing quickly. According to recent research from eMarketer, 22% of media buyers plan to spend on Snapchat this year, compared to only 4% on Facebook and Twitter.

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How to Advertise on Snapchat

Learning how to effectively advertise on Snapchat needs to be its own post (I’ll tackle that next week). There are various options (in order of cost):

  • Snapchat Discover (the most expensive – starts at $50,000)
  • Sponsored Lenses
  • Sponsored Nationwide Geofilters
  • Snap Ads
  • Sponsored Local Geofilters (the least expensive – starts at $5)

I recently wrote a post about utilizing Snapchat geofilters to sponsor local events. As an agency, we have also launched That’s A Snap, which is a Snapchat filter ecommerce shop that enables you to purchase pre-made filters to use for various events.

Another way to advertise on Snapchat is by teaming up with influencers. There are thousands of influencers on Snapchat that you can hire to create and distribute content for your brand. Some of these influencers get millions of views on every snap they send! I would recommend calculating the cost per average engagement before hiring an influencer, as well as verifying that their following fits your demographic. We would recommend using Microfluencers, who oftentimes can get you a better ROI on your money.

The space here is heating up. Just last week the head of marketing at Wendy’s said “I have taken TV dollars and put them into Snapchat”. Stay tuned  :).

In January 2017, Snapchat announced that one of their proprietary “shows” on their platform, Sweet, gets 16 million monthly viewers. Keep an eye on this space and Snapchat’s continued focus on their content creation and distribution.

Update on March 16, 2017: Adidas announced it will no longer be advertising on TV, and that it’s going all digital now. It has begun!

Update on March 29, 2017: Digital advertising sales officially passed TV ad sales in the US for the first time, $70 billion to $67 billion.

Want to get inspired for your own strategy? Check out this post about creative Snapchat campaigns that various brands have run.

Lastly, do you need a Snapchat marketing agency? That’s us! Contact us today and let’s talk strategy and what campaigns we can run for you to help you achieve your goals!

Have any questions? Tweet me HERE or add me on Snapchat (username: brannybunny).

 

The Evolution of Facebook Advertising

With the Audience Network, Atlas, Header Bidding, Collections, Canvas Ads, & More, Facebook is THE Place to Spend Your Ad Dollars

Facebook is coming for your wallet. And it’s time to pay up (and be happy about it too).

We manage a lot of social advertising campaigns for our clients. Much of our effort is spent on Facebook and Instagram ads (although Snapchat advertising is growing quickly). We like to explain Facebook/Instagram ads to our clients like this: You hand us (and Facebook) a $1 bill, and we’ll hand you back a $20 bill. It’s like clockwork. And if you’re not on the train, now is the time.

Facebook’s Ever-Improving Ad Product

Everyone knows that Facebook makes money via its ads, so it makes sense that it’s trying to innovate as quickly as possible. We recently wrote about Facebook Atlas, which is a huge move for its ad product. Facebook allows you to target people regardless of browser, device, channel, or publisher. Atlas also allows you to connect your digital advertising to in-store sales for a better picture of your campaign performance.

Facebook also recently announced that it’s bringing advertiser demand from its Facebook Audience Network to mobile web publishers that use header bidding (if you’re not familiar with header bidding, click here). Large publishers like Forbes, the Washington Post, Daily Mail, and many others use header bidding. This new announcement will allow Facebook advertisers to be seen on those publications.

Facebook Collections is another new ad offering from the social network. Collections are a mobile-only ad format. Facebook notes that 45% of all shopping journeys now contain a mobile action. Collections ads are designed to win customers over within the Facebook app before directing them to the advertiser’s website. Collections ads start with a main image, and 4 product images below. When someone taps on the ad, a broader catalog opens up that can hold up to 50 more product images. Then if a user taps on a specific product – the ad directs them to the advertiser’s website. Beta testers of this new ads format have reported a 2x to 5x increase on ad spend. See an example below:

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Facebook Collections ads example

Facebook Canvas ads were introduced last year, and they’re incredible. View a gallery of Canvas ad examples here. Canvas ads are a little more geared towards “storytelling”. This ad format uses a combination of videos, images, text, and call-to-action buttons. In Canvas, people can swipe through a carousel of images, tilt to view panoramic images, and zoom in to images to see more detail. Canvas ads are another mobile-only ad format from Facebook. They are also FAST, loading as much as 10 times faster than the standard mobile web. Facebook reports that the average interaction with a Canvas ad is over 30 seconds, which is incredible.

facebook canvas ad example

In summary, you need to be running Facebook Ads. They work for B2B, ecommerce, large brands, and local retailers. Knowing which format works best for your company and goals is crucial. Understanding the Facebook Newsfeed algorithm is also necessary. If you have any questions or need help in any way, contact us today!