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The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Ello?

“Simple, beautiful and ad-free”

Ello is an ad-free social media network with a simple and uncluttered interface.

It began as a response by a small group of artists and programmers against the increasing bombardment of advertising and personal details being sold for capital gain on the other main social media networks.

When compared to the other social media platforms, it is most similar in look and feel to that of Tumblr and Twitter. The features are also familiar; Comment, Follow, Unfollow and @Mentions.

One of the appeals of Ello is that it allows a more personal element to Social Media allowing users to choose any username they want, unlike Facebook where users have to give a real name. (Facebook enforced this rule in the Summer of 2014 causing uproar to the American Gay community and entertainment industries where many profiles are that of people with ‘stage names’).

 

Using Ello

The self-explanatory drag and drop format allows you to set up a profile picture and header image with the recommended size specifications noted in the space itself. The interface is intuitive; a fluid grid layout with a lot of white space – you can tell it was created by Artists and Web Developers!

Its simple to navigate and if at any time you want to read up more about how to use it you can scroll to the bottom right at click the heading; ‘WTF’.

From looking around at the user profiles, you get the sense that this social media network is a great space for people to display their personal creativity; The platform places a large focus on sharing images, video and written content created by its users – all media had to be owned or created by its owners.

To find friends and people to follow you use the search bar and when finding friends you might like you simply ‘drag’ the thumbnail to your ‘Friends’ or ‘Noise’ areas. Friends being of course people you share reciprocal content with and Noise being the space where you are able to see everyones activity at a glance.

 

How Are Businesses Using Ello? 

Though Ello holds an anti-commercial stance, it has no policy against business accounts.

There are a few examples of businesses who have embraced the new social media network; Penguin Books and a fair few small retail brands such as the company, Cheap Monday which is owned by H&M and even Ello’s Founder, Paul Budnitz has an account for his Bicycle business.

If you know who your target audience are; ie Early adopters, creatives, US market then it could be worth having brand presence on Ello but be aware that you may need to think differently about the type of content you post on here compared to say Facebook and Google+. People who have joined Ello have joined to not be bombarded by ads and sales pitches so go for the simple approach by taking a nice image of the product and captioning it then post.

 

The Future For Ello 

We have yet to see how this network develops worldwide but it has just hit over a million users worldwide and has also managed to raise a further $5.5 Million in funding (TechCrunch 2014).

In terms of Social Advertising, Ello has made a promise to always be ad-free and never sell the company on to someone who would use the platform to advertise, they also promise never to sell user data as they believe that they have ‘products and features that users would be willing to pay for’.

At the time of writing, The Company is now on Beta Version 2 with private messaging now enabled for users and the network rolled out a Mobile app version available for iOs and Android.

 

Are you using Ello? We would love to hear how you’re finding using the platform and what your think of it – Tweet us @CarvillCreative or drop us a comment below.

Instagram Ads Will Be Arriving Soon To The U.K

It was always inevitable that advertising on Instagram was going to happen at some point – after all, they need to start earning some money from somewhere.

Earlier this year, they announced that they were going to start advertising in America and later this year, ads would arrive in Canada and Australia. Lucky for us they have also announced that they are coming to the U.K.

It’s normally the big boy brands that have an account on Instagram rather than the smaller businesses – however, Instagram ads will provide a new window of opportunity for smaller businesses to get their name out and get people interested in their brand.

Instagram want their ads to be creative and engaging, therefore have just started with a handful of brands that are already doing great things on the social platform.

What Will They Look Like?

You’ll’ be able to tell what a photo or video advertisement looks like as you’ll see the ‘Sponsored’ label  in the top right hand corner of the post, where the time stamp would normally be.

If an ad comes up that doesn’t interest you, you can tap the ‘…’ below it, to hide that ad. Instagram will then ask you to provide feedback about why you didn’t like it – this helps them to only show you the ads that they think you will find interesting.

If you haven’t already seen an Instagram ad, then look out for that sponsored post that will be breaking the news…

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Underneath the post, Instagram announce: “Over the coming weeks we will slowly begin rolling out advertising in the U.K. We’re starting with just a few businesses that are already great on Instagram to make sure the ads you see are creative and engaging.”

After people started seeing this taster ad, Instagram said that genuine adverts will be arriving after. Some of the bigger brands that already have access to the advertising on the platform are Starbucks, Cadbury, Channel 4, Rimmel and Waitrose. The hope is that these sponsored ads will be of an exceptional quality and feel like native content, which users are then happy to interact with in their feed.

Despite the test ad receiving more than 18,000 likes, many users have expressed their frustration online about the arrival of ads. To have your say on the subject, let us know how you feel about Instagram ads by tweeting us at @carvillcreative

5 Twitter Advertising Mistakes To Avoid

twitter advertising 123Advertisements have always played a big role in the world of marketing. Whether bill board advertising, press advertising, direct mail – or now social advertising.

The thing with advertising is that it’s usually pretty pricey – and so you want to ensure you get it right. Nothing worse than your latest ad going out with zero call to actions or a dreaded incorrect telephone number or glaring typo.

Of course, we’re only human and many of us often make mistakes – whether it be a small spelling mistake or perhaps tweeting the wrong thing at the wrong time –mistakes are very important to avoid, particularly on social – where one little error can be shared to a mass audience in a matter of seconds.

To avoid any future mistakes when creating social ads on Twitter, check out the following 5 Twitter ad mistakes that companies should avoid:

  1. Don’t Forget To Use Hashtags

Hashtags are a great way to get the attention of your target audience and highlight exactly what it is you’re tweeting about. They are a great way for businesses to insert themselves into conversations and trending topics.

Using a new ad or product image can stand out, however if you use strategically chosen hashtags in your promoted tweet, you can help your business find their target audience, reach non followers in large numbers and help grow your influence.

  1. Don’t Take Away User Anonymity

People don’t like it when companies or brands use too much targeting. If the user clicked on an ad and then see that ad everywhere, then they are likely to get annoyed. Seeing a thousand ads similar to the one then clicked on could be a turnoff for the user. So keeping some kind of anonymity is essential.

  1. Use Images To Your Advantage

Images on Twitter ensure that tweets take up more space on the feed and therefore, help to drive engagement. It’s important to include images when you’re sending out a promoted tweet. Tweets that include an image receive 200% more engagement than tweets without images.

Although an image may not be appropriate for every tweet, companies should try to include them wherever possible to help draw attention to their message.

  1. Don’t Take Advantage Of A Users Connections

Every user will have both personal and professional connections – and more often than not, many social media platforms take advantage of that and tend to make recommendations to a user based on what their friends like or based on their professional connections. Some users may find this too meddling – so try not to go overboard when using this tactic.

  1. Try To Use A Consistent Voice

When creating ads, it’s important to consider the objective of the ad. Whilst unique and chatty messages can make a Twitter account seem more ‘human’- depending on the message you are trying to convey, sometimes being chatty or cheeky may not be appropriate and could push your platform off-message and create a backlash. Another point to consider – don’t let your account sound like a robot stuck on repeat – repeatedly sending out the same messages can create problems from consumers too. The key is to find a happy middle ground where your message is clear and your voice is consistent, caring and human at the same time.

We hope you found our tips useful – and, why not share your Twitter Advertising tips with us too.

Twitter Advertising – Levi’s weather Glitch – and The Importance of Relevant Content

When it comes to Twitter advertising you need to make sure you find the balance that satisfies the advertiser without upsetting or being intrusive towards your target audience.

It may seem like an obvious thing not to do – but you’ll be surprised at how many big brands end up getting themselves into hot water over the silliest of things.

Here’s one recent example involving Levi’s (see below)

levi jeans mess up

 

Seems like a clever enough tweet to post, but their downfall was that on this particular day, it wasn’t sunny at all – in fact it was raining all day! And here are just a few of the responses they received (see thread snipped below):

replies to levi

If you look at the date of the original tweet – July 29th – then it probably was a beautiful day when they shared it. But when they ‘reused’ the same content – via a sponsored / promoted tweet – then it clearly hit on a day when the Great British Summer wasn’t at its best.

Let this be a lesson to us all.  When thinking of reusing any previous content – make sure that content is still relevant!

It’s so important to avoid silly mistakes on social media as people are listening all the time – so our advice to for you to use relevant, up to date content and be vigilant at all times.

If you want to know more about Twitter Advertising mistakes then be sure to check out our blog on ‘5 Twitter Advertising Mistakes To Avoid.’

This blog post was brought to you by Michelle Carvill, founder of Carvill Creative, the online visibility experts and author of The Business of Being Social – A Practical Guide to Harnessing the Power of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn for all Businesses.

If you need any help with your social media activity, blogging or creating content or any other digital marketing services, then do get in touch with us.

Competition – What Do You Love About Social Media?

With February being the month of love we hosted a competition where we asked our audience to share the social media love and tell us their 5 top reasons why they love Social Media.

We shared the feature in our Newsletter, and now we’re pleased to announce our top 5 winners (in no particular order) who we think gave us the best answers to the question:

What do you love about Social Media?

Congratulations to…

  • Jilly Clark
  • Segun Garuba
  • Lee Williams
  • Kathryn Cook
  • Zoe Holiday

You’re our top 5 winners and will be receiving a copy of the social media book of the year ‘The Business of Being Social’

Here are a few of our favourite answers from the competition:

“The reach is incredible – the range of people and organisations you can interact with is massive”

“Share images straight away of new facilities and techniques”

“Instant access to the top talent, superstars and celebrities”

“Gives you the ability to connect and reconnect with people you have not contacted for years”

“Great for selling/advertising”

“You can find out the trending topics the day before they hit the newspapers or tv”

“Allows me to connect with other like-minded people in similar industries”

“It helps grow and market my brand in a very affordable way”

“Cost effective way to build your brand”

“Brings new partnerships and opportunities”

“It provides me with marketplace insight into other brands, information and customers”

“Social media enables you to make the most amazing connections”

Once again we’d like to thank everyone for taking part in our competition and sharing the Social Media love!

Are you another social media lover? We’d love to hear your reasons! Tweet us at @CarvillCreative

This blog post was brought to you by Michelle Carvill, founder of Carvill Creative, the online visibility experts and author of The Business of Being Social – A Practical Guide to Harnessing the Power of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn for all Businesses.

If you need any help with your social media activity, blogging or creating content or any other digital marketing services, then do get in touch with us.

A Step by Step Guide to Getting Started with Facebook Advertising to Grow Your Community

Facebook adverts are great for growing likes on your business page, promoting your brand to Facebook users and driving more leads to sales teams. If you haven’t experimented with ads before, don’t be put off by thinking they’re complicated. This step by step guide should help to break down the advertising process and demonstrate how useful Facebook Ads can be in helping you to grow a targeted community.

Getting started

In order to create your Facebook ad you must be logged into and using your personal Facebook profile.

You must be an admin of the Facebook  Page you wish to create the ad for.

Login as you usually would via the top right hand side of your news feed you will see a white box with the option to ‘Create an Ad’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on ‘Create Advert’ and you will be taken to the Advert creator section in Facebook.

Now you can get going on creating your advert.

STEP 1

Choose the Facebook Business Page or Place that you wish to advertise using the drop down menu.

For instance – If your objective is to grow ‘likes’ to the Facebook Page in question, then the advert’s destination should be your Facebook business timeline. If you’re an admin of the Page, it will appear in the drop down menu.



 

STEP 2

For the purpose of this blog we are discussing how to use Facebook advertising specifically for growing your community on Facebook – therefore hit ‘Get more page likes ’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 3

This is where you choose the image for your advert. Facebook rules state that you may not have more than 20% text in your ad picture so be wary of that.(We have tested this and they don’t let ads with too much text get through their verification process).  Quite often your business logo will suffice but it’s advisable to think creatively. Pick an image that will catch your audience’s attention – the advert images are small when they appear in the right hand column, so they need to be eye catching or include a strong call to action in order to get noticed.

Images need to be 600 pixels x 225 pixels, in order to fit and appear clearly on a users news feed and in the right hand columns of their Facebook accounts.

We would advise that you allow for the advert to appear in both the News Feed and the right hand column. News Feed ads are getting a lot of activity at the moment and there is no harm allowing the ad to appear on both (it’s a default setting so no need to amend anything).

You can simply click on upload pictures and upload them directly from your computer or if you’ve created an ad on Facebook before, you’ll have the option to pick an image from the Facebook library.

 

(Tip – Facebook says all images will be resized by them if they are incorrect – when they do this the image doesn’t always keep its clarity, so it’s much better to upload the images yourself to the right size.)

STEP 4 – Advert Content

Your advert headline and text is as important as the image you choose to accompany them. What you say in this small space will determine whether people are interested enough to click on your advert.

Make sure your headline is snappy and eye catching.

Keep your text concise but informative.

 

STEP 5 – Choosing Your Targeted Audience

The more your ad is displayed to the right users ie: the people who are likely to be interested in your product or service, the better your ad will perform. You get to choose the demographics of the specific audience that you want to get your ad in front of.  You can target via the following criteria:

Location

  • You can narrow down your location to country, country region and town/city. You can’t proceed with your ad until at least one country has been selected. If a town/city is chosen as well, then you can include other cities that appear from 10 to 50 miles around it. However, if you choose more than one country then you will be unable to narrow it down to towns/cities as well.

Age/Gender

  • Think carefully and realistically about the age group you wish to target and whether your ad needs to be targeted to males and females. You can create much more of a niche audience and avoid wasting budget if you know the age group of the audience you wish to target.

Precise Interests

  • This is where you will see your audience dwindle in size – depending on the categories and precise interests you enter.

Remember, the beauty of Facebook ads is that you can pin point your exact audience – making sure the right people see your ad. The targeting is very precise and should be utilised as effectively as possible.  Aim to get your audience down to a low number (at least below a million) by entering precise interests and categories that you believe they would associate themselves with on Facebook. Simply type in the keywords that are most relevant, and Facebook will automatically show you options.

Facebook will help you target people based on their interests by looking at things such as pages they have liked, their interest and activities.

A topic marked with a hashtag includes related interests. For example #social media includes people who are interested in ‘digital marketing’ ‘inbound marketing’ and other related things related to social media.

The more interests you add, the more Facebook will suggest other related interests.

 Broad Categories

  • Use this targeting option to reach groups of people who share similar interests and traits such as activities related to ‘marketing.’ This information is pulled from what people have included in their personal timelines and will help you to reach your ideal audience.

For example- if you were a baby clothing company looking to build your community on Facebook, you may find the category that allows you to target ‘expecting  parents’ very useful.

 STEP 6 – Targeting Connections.

So far we have targeted our ad by interests, age and location. Facebook also allows you to target your ad to people based on who you are connected to on Facebook. For example, you can target people who are connected to your Facebook Business Page or specific apps, and you can even target their friends. As you can see below, all you have to do is enter your organisation’s name and it should appear in the box.

 

STEP 7 – Advanced Targeting Options

Advanced targeting is great for narrowing your audience down even further – be sure to click on the ‘See Advanced Targeting’ option in order to target people by relationship status, languages, education and workplace.

STEP 8 – Advertising Budget

Facebook will automatically charge you on CPM pricing (cost per 1000 times your ad is displayed) rather than CPC (cost per click – you only pay when someone clicks your ad).  If you prefer CPM, then you needn’t do anything except choose your daily budget. But if you prefer CPC then be sure to select ‘Optimise for clicks’ in your optimisation and then ‘manually bid for clicks’ – as we have below:

Now you are ready to review your advert. Have one last look over your selected options – review your targeting, budget, text and image. If you’re happy then click ‘Place Order’.

Facebook take a few hours to review the advert and once it’s approved, it automatically goes live.

Remember to treat your Facebook advertising campaign just like any other advertising campaign – keep an eye on the results and take a look at the budget daily.

If you Facebook ad isn’t performing well then make adjustments to the targeting, advert content or image. You can tweak the advert once it’s live as much as you like, so be sure to keep a beady eye on its progress and general performance – don’t waste money on an advert that isn’t performing well.

So there you have it – good luck with your campaign and do Tweet or Facebook us any additional queries or questions you may have about Facebook advertising, we are only too happy to help.

This blog post was brought to you by Michelle Carvill, founder of Carvill Creative, the online visibility experts and author of The Business of Being Social – A Practical Guide to Harnessing the Power of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn for all Businesses.

Twitter Ads – Once they start – how to switch them off.

You may or may not have heard but the next step for Twitter is to start rolling out adverts on the platform. This of course was inevitable, Twitter had to monetise the business somehow and adverts are the obvious route – we’re more surprised that it’s taken this long for ads to appear!

Twitter will begin experimenting with adverts to users in the United States – these ads will work very much like Google ads work. They will display promoted content from brands and businesses that a user will have shown interest in at some point in their web browsing history.

Therefore the ads will be tailored for you, and your interests – targeted but also thoughtful in a way!

(Tweet us @carvillcreative and let us know if you find browser related ads useful or an invasion of privacy?)

How does Twitter know what you’ve shown an interest in?

These tailored ads, just like Google ads, are based on browser related information that you agree to share when you hit the browser cookie acceptance button on any website you visit.

For example – if you visit the Marks and Spencer’s website, accept the cookie disclaimer, and then check out a pair of shoes – you’ll often find that Google remembers that you liked those shoes.  Google will then conveniently/annoyingly, (depending on your view point), periodically pop the shoes up in advert when you’re browsing the web.

Twitter ads will work in the same way – except they will appear alongside your Twitter profile.

But fear not – if you are one of those people who find these ads irritating rather than useful – Twitter has kindly allowed you to switch them off in one very easy step.

‘Simply uncheck the box next to ‘Promoted Content’ in your account settings and Twitter will not match your account information shared by their ad partners for Tailoring Ads’

Twitter also want users to know that they do not support DNT (Do Not Track) – which means that Twitter will not receive browser related information from ad partners for tailoring ads.

Come and join the conversation

Have you ever made a purchase or an enquiry based on an ad that has reminded you about something you looked at recently on the web?

You can join the conversation and let us know your thoughts on our Facebook page or you can tweet us @carvillcreative

Happy Tweeting….

Vikki Mills is Social Media and Marketing Executive at  Carvill Creative – the online visibility experts. A digital marketing and design agency based in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Michelle Carvill’s Chapter Insights – Social Media Management

Introducing the Social Media Management Chapter of ‘The Business of Being Social.’

Michelle Carvill, the Founder and Director of Carvill Creative has co-authored the book ‘The Business of Being Social.’

We’ll be sharing some taster videos with you over the next few days, sharing ‘Michelle Carvill’s Social Media insights’ – discussing chapters within the book.

Introducing the fifth and final Social Media Insight – Social Media Management.

See the video to find out more…

We hope that THIS social media insights video has given you a taster of what to expect from the book!

If you haven’t got your copy already… You can order yours here!

For further updates visit www.thebusinessofbeingsocial.co.uk

Also, you can stay tuned by following the book on Twitter!

Michelle Carvill’s Chapter Insights – Twitter

Introducing the Twitter Chapter of ‘The Business of Being Social.’

Michelle Carvill, the Founder and Director of Carvill Creative has co-authored the book ‘The Business of Being Social.’

We’ll be sharing some taster videos with you over the next few days, sharing ‘Michelle Carvill’s Social Media insights’ – discussing chapters within the book.

Introducing the second Social Media Insight – Twitter

See the video to find out more…

We hope that THIS social media insights video has given you a taster of what to expect from the book!

If you haven’t got your copy already… You can order yours here!

For further updates visit www.thebusinessofbeingsocial.co.uk

Also, you can stay tuned by following the book on Twitter!