News & Updates
December 20, 2018
Here’s how to get people into your restaurant or bar using Facebook in 2019!
Restaurants and bars are always particularly sceptical about the immediate effect of social media campaigns on their business. We get it. It’s really hard to track whether business is picking up or not when you’re running a campaign. The big problem is usually that you could run a campaign in January, and people might not come into your restaurant until February, so how do you know that the reason they’re there is that they saw something you posted to Facebook? Well, read on!
Carpet Bombs Work!
You’re probably fed up of us banging on about carpet bombing. We’ve been using it since it was thought up, and it’s worked a treat for the whole of 2018. 2019 is going to be no different! If you’re a local business with a store-front, then carpet bombing is the NUMBER 1 strategy that you should be adopting on social media, before anything else. Ok, so here’s the deal:
You’ll want to follow this strategy, and don’t be afraid to test at least 3-5 creatives, preferably video! We’ve tested things like promoting recent news articles about the restaurant or blog post reviews about the restaurant to areas around the location of the business.
If you’re lucky enough to be opening at a new location then a news article about the new location opening up will work incredibly well! People love to jump on the hype and they’ll share that post with everyone they eat with!
The best performing content has always been videos of the chefs cooking a special dish. Let’s take a special side dish for example, like sweet chilli fries or wedges. Make the video similar to something like this and you can’t go wrong! https://www.facebook.com/tastemade/videos/1359076277512869/
This is where the results happen. Once you drop your carpet bomb video you have to retarget with a solid offer. We’ve tested a few but what has worked the best is offering whatever dish was in your carpet bomb for FREE. So if it was the side of sweet chilli fries, offer that dish to everyone for FREE! It’s up to you whether you add conditions to the offer, but we suggest doing whatever it takes to get people through the door! If people spend an average of £20-30 per visit and return 1-2 times a month then offering a free side dish is a no-brainer! They’ll probably never come alone either!
The great thing with Facebook is you don’t have to be overcomplicated with a landing page on your website etc. You can just use a Facebook Offer so people choose to claim their code. You can limit the amount of codes that can be claimed, adding scarcity to the offer making people act faster! Only having 50-100 free dishes available means people will claim the code so they don’t miss out.
You can use the coupon code to track how many customers actually come into the restaurant/bar. Add up the bills of anyone who used the Facebook coupon code and see how much revenue you get from the campaign.
The key now is to build on what you’ve got from this campaign. There will be a buzz around your page and people will be talking. This is where a good messenger bot can be just as effective as SMS Messages and Email Campaigns. Retarget all the people who have engaged in your campaign in some way (video views, post engagement, offer claims etc) with a post inviting them to join your messenger list for access to discounts, free stuff etc. You could be talking 100’s of people in your list right from the get-go, who you can send an offer to using your messenger bot. It’s so effective. the messenger bot we use is Manychat, but we have no affiliation to it and there are many others out there you may prefer.
September 8, 2017
You guessed it…
Ok we know we’ve written about this before, but since then it’s become our go to method for building an audience for any new clients that have a limited budget. We can’t stress enough just how effective it is. Here’s the best way to set up a carpet bomb campaign:
Get a GOOD video made for your business. If your on a limited budget, you’ll be able to find people who can make reasonably good quality videos for you at a good price here: https://www.fiverr.com/ – however, don’t expect miracles. If you really want this to work you need to get really creative and make a video that will hook the audience that you’re looking to reach.
Create a Video Views campaign in Facebook Ads Manager/Power Editor. Assuming you are starting from scratch, target your ad as well as you can using interests and behaviours, as well as age and location etc. Try to make sure you’re reaching the right people, without making your audience too small. It’s really hard to say what a good audience size is, because it depends on so many things. But if you find an audience that’s just under 1million and you think it’s targeting the right people, you’re probably on to a winner. We’re looking to get around 10thousand video views to start with.
Once you’ve had around 10thousand video views, it’s time to build that retargeting audience. In your Facebook Ad Manager click on Audiences and then click create custom audience. Select engagement and then select video. Select ‘People who have watched at 75% of your video, and from here you’ll be able to select your video. Enter 365 days so you don’t miss anyone! Click create audience and Facebook will populate it for you.
Create an ad to run to this new retargeting audience. This is where you want to put a call to action in your ad and even a little reminder about the video. Remind them that they loved your video, then tell them what you want them to do.
August 8, 2017
Facebook’s new algorithm means you need a fast website!
Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm decides what shows up when we’re scrolling through our newsfeeds, and it’s constantly being updated to improve user experience. Facebook’s latest change is favouring websites that load quickly on mobile devices. This is because over 40% of people will abandon a website if they wait over 3 seconds for it to load! 3 seconds doesn’t sound like a lot, but in this modern era if it’s not instant it’s not worth it…
Here’s what Facebook said:
“With this update, we’ll soon take into account the estimated load time of a webpage that someone clicks to from any link in News Feed on the mobile app. Factors such as the person’s current network connection and the general speed of the corresponding webpage will be considered. If signals indicate the webpage will load quickly, the link to that webpage might appear higher in your feed.”
What could this really mean
Although having faster loading times for your site can’t guarantee you’ll be higher up in people’s newsfeed, that’s basically what Facebook are saying here. We also think that this is the first change that will favour Instant Articles and Canvas. If only setting up Facebook Instant Articles was as simple as they make out…
Want to increase your website speed?
Here are the 10 recommendations directly from Facebook:
- Minimize landing page redirects, plugins, and link shorteners
- Compress files to decrease mobile rendering time
- Improve server response time by utilizing multi region hosting
- Use a high-quality content delivery network to reach your audience quickly
- Remove redundant data that does not impact how the page is processed by the browser
- Optimize images to reduce file size without diminishing visual quality
- Reduce the size of above the fold content to prioritize visual content
- Use asynchronous scripts to streamline page render time
- Dynamically adjust the content for slower connections/devices
March 28, 2017
4 Million? Is Facebook advertising getting a bit saturated?
The figure seems daunting when you first hear it. If 4 million businesses out there are actively advertising on Facebook then how is anyone supposed to compete? Especially if they’re only just getting into it! We what if we told you that there are actually
businesses on Facebook, and only 4 million of them are active advertisers? Does that put things into perspective? When you think about business marketing methods over the years, there have always been certain things that you NEED to do, depending on your business. Local businesses NEED to have a nice looking and welcoming store front and be friendly to those that enter. Online businesses have always had to rank highly in search engines if they want any chance to be seen.
Facebook Advertising is something you HAVE to be doing as a Business
We absolutely 100% believe that Facebook is now one of those marketing methods that businesses HAVE to be doing, whether they have a physical store or not. Every business should be doing it, but only 6.66% of businesses are! Don’t you think that says a lot about the current opportunity Facebook STILL has to offer? Facebook are still in their early stages, yet people are saying the market is saturated now. Yes, gone are the days when you could spend £10 and reach close to half a million people who you actually wanted to reach. But was that really ever going to last? Think how expensive all other advertising methods can be, and remember how cheap Facebook ads are in comparison.
Now here’s an idea. Facebook bought Instagram but have only just started to roll out what we would class as an acceptable way to run ads on the platform. If only 6.66% of businesses are using Facebook advertising, what percentage do you think are giving Instagram ads a good go? We have to be honest and say it’s only recently that we’ve started to take them seriously, and we’re LATE compared to a lot of marketers. But we’re always one step ahead of the curve, so perhaps you should be too…