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Effective or Annoying? Facebook Officially Releases New Messenger Ads

Posted on 14th Jul, 2017 by

Users will start seeing ads in Facebook Messenger as a part of a series of changes rolled out by the social media giant last week. Although this gives marketers a new way to reach their audiences, not all are on-board with the idea nor believe this is an effective way of marketing… 

Will users click on these ads?

Prior to now, Facebook Messenger has traditionally been used as a platform for users to connect and communicate with friends through chat, not learn about brands, businesses, products or services. Some have argued that because of this, users will not be interested in Messenger Home Ads.

We investigated this idea and whether users actually clicked on Messenger Home Ads. Interestingly for one client, we found that these ads actually received double the amount of clicks, compared to their respective News Feed Ads. Although this is a singular case, it does show that it’s possible to achieve clicks through Messenger Home Ads.

Are Messenger Home Ads disruptive?

Simply by looking at the images below, we cannot ignore the fact that Messenger Home Ads take up significant screen space, which could potentially interrupt the user experience. We believe one of three outcomes could occur because of this large size:

  • Users will intentionally click the ads
  • Users will accidentally click the ads
  • Users will hide or ignore the ads

Do Messenger Home Ads reach less people?

We found that compared to News Feed Ads, the reach for Messenger Home Ads is significantly less. This could be due to the fact that not all Facebook members use Messenger, or that not all users in Messenger are able to see these ads. Either way, we believe the best way to ensure your ads reach your targeted audience, is by ensuring your campaign displays across various placements.

How can marketers leverage Messenger Home Ads?

For some businesses, Messenger Home Ads may be an effective placement to add to your existing Facebook advertising repertoire. However for others, this could mean wasted advertising budget and negative ROI. The easiest way to see which Facebook advertising placements work best for your brand is by simply launching and testing the results of your campaign. You can read more about this topic here.

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AN INSTANT PARTNERSHIP YIELDS LONG-TERM RESULTS

Posted on 30th Mar, 2017 by

Bonfire and the Instant Products Group are no strangers, in fact Bonfire have been leading the digital strategy for two of its divisions since 2013. However, late last year we welcomed Instant Sea Containers, the third and final division of the Instant Products Group on board.

The Divisions

The Beginning

Entering an unknown industry, Scott Rawson – Founder and Managing Director of the Instant Products Group, knew he needed to engage his trusted digital marketing experts.  Confident in our ability to deliver results, Scott approached Bonfire to lead the digital campaign for the company’s newest division – Instant Sea Containers.

The Strategy

The digital strategy designed and implemented for Instant Sea Containers differed from those previously created for the other two divisions. Due to the niche nature of the sea containers market, we knew that a multichannel digital marketing strategy would be required.  Bonfire recommended a combination of SEO, AdWords and Remarketing to drive the strategy.

The Results

After a short 6 months, this campaign has yielded some impressive results:

  • 69% of all goal conversions are driven by digital marketing
  • 50,000 impressions from Google Remarketing
  • AdWords accounts for 49% of all website traffic
  • Keywords have increased by 2,016 positions in Google
  • 90+ interactions with potential customers through Facebook Remarketing

The Bonfire team would like to say a big thank you to Scott Rawson and the team at Instant Products Group for their ongoing support and loyalty. To discover how a sea container can be transformed into fully functional space, visit the Instant Sea Containers website.  To learn about the company’s other product and service offerings, visit Instant Offices and Instant Toilets and Showers.

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2015 Digital Marketing Trends and Predictions

Posted on 12th Dec, 2014 by

As 2014 draws to a close, the predictions and trends for Digital Marketing in 2015 have already begun.

So we thought we would jump on the bandwagon with our very own (along with a few from well-known experts).

Here goes:

1. Mobile-Optimised Content Will Be a Must-Have, Not a Should-Have
Our Head of Digital Services, George Gavalas, predicts that mobile optimisation will play a big role in Digital Marketing in 2015.

“According to Forbes, 87% of connected devices sales by 2017 will be tablets and smartphones. While a responsive design is paramount, Google has hinted that mobile usability is now ‘relevant for optimal search results.’ So, 2015 will bring about website content specifically for mobile users.”

2. Digital Analytics Will Get More Sophisticated
Google’s Analytics Advocate, Adam Singer, anticipates that marketers will demand more from analytics in 2015.

“We know from research, talking to users and being an active part of the industry that marketers are increasing emphasis on measurement. Our team even launched a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to provide a free and robust resource to educate marketers and help them succeed. An ever-expanding mix of devices and channels is creating even greater pressures for digital teams to quantify their efforts, but the technology is here and the market demand for talented analysts & data-savvy marketers has been in place long enough that 2015 is the year digital measurement finally comes of age. Smart brands have already formalized their efforts across organizations and efforts. If you’re not there it’s time to catch up.”

3. Marketers Will Demand More From Remarketing
Ad Remarketing (or Retargeting) was the new kid on the block in 2014. However, due to its proven success, our Digital Services Manager (and PPC King), Sam Zhao, predicts that marketers will demand more from Remarketing in 2015.

“I expect the technology that ad platforms use will become more innovative especially in regards to advanced targeting criteria. We’re already seeing hints of this from Facebook with Atlas and Google AdWords, so I expect we will see other ad platforms like AdRoll and Chango follow suit pretty quickly”

4. Shopping Comes to Social Media
Twitter and Facebook are already testing it, but Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes, expects e-commerce and social media integration to deepen in 2015.

“This approach eliminates one key dilemma all merchants face – how to get customers in the door (or to your website). On Facebook and Twitter, you’ve already got a receptive audience, happily chatting with friends, browsing the latest trends, sharing photos and videos, etc. Once their payment details are on file, purchases are a tap or two away. There are major benefits to advertisers. Connecting individual tweets and Facebook posts with actual purchases has thus far proved a huge analytics challenge. But with the advent of buy buttons, concrete revenue figures can be attached to specific social media messages in a way that hasn’t been possible until now.”

5. Don’t Count Out Google+ Just Yet
There are plenty of Digital Marketers who criticise Google+ and some are even predicting it will be gone all together in 2015. But, our Digital Services Manager (and resident SEO expert), Matthew Elshaw, suggests otherwise.

“Even though Google has closed their Google+ Authorship program, Google+ business pages are still an important part of the ranking algorithm. In 2015, I expect Google to further reward businesses that maintain an active profile with regular posts, complete business information and positive reviews.”

6. Will Marketing Strategies (Finally) Become Integrated?
Good question…. The experts have mixed predictions for this one.

Altimeter Group’s Brian Solis, says no:

“I’d love to say that by 2015 we will truly see digital strategies that are integrated across social, mobile, advertising, marketing, comms, et al. But, we won’t. What we will see though is a more conscious effort to bring disparate groups to the table to learn how to collaborate across screens, channels, and moments of truth to deliver ONE experience to customers wherever they are in the lifecycle.”

However, Lee Odden from TopRank disagrees:

“Content creation, search optimization and social media will be less siloed as specific departments and treated more like skills that exist across the organization. Optimization will move beyond individual tactics and focus more on overall customer experience across channels. Marketing is everybody’s job and more companies will leverage internal resources through social business and collaboration platforms as well as participation marketing with their community to integrate scaled content creation and social media engagement.”

 

And there you have it…. Just a handful of the big predictions for Digital Marketing in 2015. Now it’s over to you… What do you think the most significant changes and important trends will be in 2015?

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