New AdEspresso Features for August 2014

One word: Wow!

August was an awesome month here at AdEspresso. We’re growing at a crazy speed and now have customers in more than 73 countries. We even received recognition from Facebook for all the hard work we’ve done with the recent badging as a PMD partner for Facebook Advertising!

adespresso new features

But, let’s talk about what’s the most interesting for you: How we’ve made AdEspresso better this month. There are a lot of new features that will make your life as an advertiser more simple and effective. To help you out, we’ll give you a quick walk through of each new feature we’re going to release in the next few days so you get the most out of it.

Let’s get started!

AdSets

AdSets are probably one of the biggest updates to the Facebook platform in the last year —  and their impact is even bigger for AdEspresso’s users as they allow you to allocate a dedicated budget for each experiment you’re running.

In order to run a successful split test, it’s crucial that every experiment receive the same amount of impressions so you can effectively compare them. Very often this was not the case as Facebook seemed to quickly pick an ad it preferred and allocate most of your budget to it.

Now with AdSets, AdEspresso’s smart algorithms will split your overall budget in multiple AdSets with a dedicated budget for each one. With zero extra work on your side, your experiments will be more reliable, allowing you to get useful insights quicker. As your campaign evolves, you’ll also have better control over your budget allocation.

This was the final piece to a number of major updates to AdEspresso’s core. Now that it’s live, we can finally focus on more advanced features like automated campaigns optimization (we’re already at working on it — stay tuned!)

Single Posts Split Test

When you want to test a lot of pictures, titles, and copy for your ads’ design, our design creation system is just awesome. For instance, when you insert five titles, five pictures, and five pieces of copy, we’ll create 125 combinations, testing every possible mix.

However, we know that sometimes you don’t want to test all those combinations. You may just want to test two single, very different and carefully crafted ads. This is now possible and, of course, extremely simple. On your own Facebook Page, just create the two posts that you want to test — don’t worry, you can mark them as hidden so they won’t show up in your Facebook Page before you’re ready. Next,  select that you want to advertise Page Posts. To do this, select Page on Step 1 of campaign creation and then the page post ad’s type. Select the page where the post will be published and then pick all the single posts you’d like to test against each other.

AdEspresso will promote them and tell you which one is performing better. Of course, if the posts contain links to your website, you can also enable conversion tracking to see which one is bringing you real business results, such as sales, leads, newsletter subscriptions, etc.

Canva Integration

Since I first tested Canva, I fell in love with it and wished we could have something similar into AdEspresso. Well, we don’t have anything similar…we have Canva itself integrated into AdEspresso, live today. We’re their first advertising partner and really proud about it!

Canva is an amazing startup that makes creating stunning visual for your ads (and more) extremely simple for non designers — like me! You can use your own picture or access a huge stock photo database. Plus, thanks to Canva’s templates, you can easily add text, call to actions, and effects, as well. In a few minutes, you’ll create killer creatives for your Facebook Ads to improve your campaign performances and quickly refresh more designs.

Using Canva in AdEspresso is dead simple. During the ad creation phase, you now have three options: Upload your images, use those in your gallery, or create a new one with Canva. Just hit the Canva button and their full editor will pop up right inside AdEspresso.

Speed

We hinted at a speed boost last month and now it’s live and active for all our accounts! We know advanced advertisers need timely updates. So, we’ve upgraded the refresh speed of data between AdEspresso and Facebook for Premium and Elite users.

Premium users will now have their stats refreshed every 30 minutes while Elite subscribers will enjoy a blazing fast 10 minutes refresh time. These are some of the fastest sync times in the industry!

Training and Support

We’ve improved our boarding flow to make getting started with AdEspresso much simpler, particularly for new users. Already a loyal customer? We’re working hard to improve our overall help and support. So, in the next few weeks, you can expect a lot of useful material, both on our website and right inside AdEspresso.

By the way, if you haven’t checked it out yet, visit our Academy section! We recently released two amazing eBooks on Custom Audiences and the DO’s and DON’Ts of Facebook Ads. They’re totally free to download!

What’s coming in the next few months

Want to know what’s next? Here’s what you can expect: More granular AdSets control if you don’t want to rely on our algorithms, automated campaigns optimization, automatic rule based promotion of posts published on your Facebook Page, Ad Rotation and finally, Campaign Edit.

How does that sound? We hope you’re excited because we are! We’re really pumped for all the new features and can’t wait to make them available for all of you!

As always, if you have feedback and ideas on making your life easier as a Facebook advertiser, just let us know! Our goal is to make you successful with Facebook Advertising — we work better when you do!

It’s the End of Facebook Click-Bait As We Know It!

Click-baiting is getting the cold-shoulder from Facebook — and if you’re taking part in the algorithm gaming scheme, you’re going to have to think of a different way to entice your audience.

Facebook Click-Bait

If you aren’t familiar, click-baiting refers to when a Facebook user posts a link that “encourages people to click to see more, without telling them much information about what they will see.” According to Facebook, click-bait style posts often receive more clicks, which equates to them getting shown to more people, thus being shown higher up in News Feed. [Read more...]

Facebook just killed the most effective way to create Custom Audiences… and it’s good news for you!

By now you should all know how effective Custom Audiences are. What you may not know is that lots of users gamed the system (and broke Facebook’s ToS and probably many privacy laws while they were at it) by creating custom audiences with Facebook User IDs they were not authorized to use… until now. Facebook is finally cracking down on scraping.

Facebook Scraping

The method is simple. The internet is flooded with shady marketeers selling software or browser add-ons that can scrape Facebook to obtain User IDs. It is easy and damn effective.
Want to target members of a laser-focused group for your market? Simply upload your tool of choice and let it crawl the group’s pages, gathering all visible users’ IDs. Want to target a competitor’s page which is not listed as an interest in Facebook Ads’ precise targeting? No problem! In just a few minutes you can generate a txt file containing the user IDs of every user that ever interacted with any of your competitor’s posts. [Read more...]

11 Tips to Run a Successful (and Legal) Facebook Contest

Are you breaking Facebook law?

Don’t get scared. While Facebook “law” isn’t technically a real thing, you may be breaking the rules when it comes to running a Facebook contest. You’re probably not doing it on purpose, either. Chances are, you’re using tactics which you believe will bring in the most participants, as well as optimal engagement. However, according to a new infographic featured on All Facebook, you may be missing the mark completely.

Facebook Contest

Like any company, Facebook has rules when it comes to running a contest through their platform. So, what are some ways to run a successful, and legal, Facebook contest? Read on to uncover some simple tips!

1. Map out your Facebook contest- Clearly, it’s important to map out your Facebook contest. What do you want the outcomes to be? How can people enter? What will they gain as a result of their participation? By mapping out your contest thoroughly, you’ll have a better chance at staying on track.

2. Use a management systems- Management platforms, such as AgoraPulse and Shortstack, make the contest process as easy as possible by providing capabilities like analytics and tracking. They also help you comply to Facebook’s Terms of Services.

3. Host your promotion in multiple (approved) places- It’s OK to host your promotion on a custom Facebook Page app or on your Page’s timeline. It’s not OK to do so on your personal Facebook profile.

4. Advertise- This one is a given. Advertising your contest on Facebook not only gives it more exposure, it can also bring in new and loyal followers for the future (using an advertising management platform like AdEspresso, wouldn’t hurt either!)

5. Give followers an easy way to act – Allow your audience to enter your contest in the easiest way possible, such as liking a post, commenting on an update, clicking on an ad to learn about the contest, posting on your Page, or liking a Page to access an entry form. Methods such as asking users to share your Page or like multiple Pages are not allowed.

6. Provide participation incentives- Everyone likes an incentive! Whether it’s a prize at the end of the contest or a social shoutout along the way, giving your audience a reason to enter your contest may be the push they need to actually participate.

7. Include the official rules, terms, and eligibility information – Even if your official rules are long and full of legal speak, it’s important to include them in your contest so participants know exactly how to enter or how they can win the contest. If you don’t do this, you may run into problems, such as multiple winners (when you weren’t expecting them).

In addition, part of the official rules comes terms and eligibility information. For example, the user should be a certain age or resident of your city or country to be eligible to win.    

8. Comply with regional laws- While the Internet may seem like a country of its own, you still have to follow the rules of your region. For example, offering an unlimited supply of beer to a 15-year old in the U.S. is not only illegal, it’s also pretty irresponsible.

9. Acknowledge that the contest isn’t sponsored by Facebook – This one is very important. Although Facebook is “hosting” the contest, you must note that it is not endorsed or sponsored by them. Going the opposite direction could land you in some hot legal trouble.

10. Send emails to contest winners- While it’s in good taste to announce winners on your Facebook Page, you should still email contest winners. This gives them multiple chances to find out they’ve won.   

11. Always evaluate- No matter if your contest was successful or not, always evaluate the results. This will allow you to do better the second time around, whether you advertise more or give followers alternative ways to act.

While running a Facebook contest may seem intimidating, they can be highly beneficial if you stick to the rules. Let me know how you run an effective Facebook contest in the comments below!

Don’t Be an Idiot! Be an Early Mover Marketer in 6 Steps

I’m sorry, I might have exaggerated. I’m sure you’re not an idiot. But, since you’re reading this, the catchy title worked, didn’t it?

Facebook Ads Innovator

Actually, this post should have been titled something along the lines of “The advantages of being an early adopter in advertising,” but then someone made me change my mind, summarizing in a few words the core idea of this post. It was Mark Cuban on Shark Tank. [Read more...]

Be a Better Marketer With The New Twitter Analytics

Similarly to Facebook, Twitter has allowed advertisers to reach target audiences, streamline communication, and create a brand name in a simple yet beneficial way. Now, however, understanding how you’re doing as an advertiser on Twitter has gotten even easier: Enter the new Twitter analytics.

twitter analytics 1

First introduced last week, you will now be able to see how many times users have viewed and engaged with organic tweets — in this sense, an organic tweet is a tweet that is promoted or advertised to a specific audience, such as students living in New York City. [Read more...]

Facebook Ads Bidding 101: Everything You Need to Know (…supported by data)

When it comes to crafting the perfect advertising campaign, everyone always focuses the attention on a stunning ads design or selecting the perfect targeting audience. Very few people take in account another critical factor: The bidding strategy.

Bidding dude

What’s the point of a great ad or of a carefully selected audience if you’re then screwing everything up with the wrong bidding strategy? You may end up either paying too much for your campaign or reaching a small portion of your potential reach. We’ve already discussed basic bidding strategies in our guides but it’s now time for a more in-depth analysis. Let’s get back to the drawing board and study Facebook Ads Bidding. [Read more...]

15 Places to Find Free Pictures for Facebook

When you’re at a restaurant, you eat with your eyes first, meaning that the appearance of your meal can heavily influence your experience. The same goes for your Facebook Page. How it looks, and the images within it, can attract or deter your followers. But, where do you find these awesome pictures? And how can you avoid any legal or costly results that may come from nabbing pictures off the Web?

Free Pictures

The trick is to use and subscribe to free photo services. Some of them have taken the legal equation into account and have filtered photos by license. Others allow you to search through category. More importantly, they offer free pictures for Facebook — and the majority are even simple to use. [Read more...]