Ad spend to shift from Facebook to Instagram

Ad spend to shift from Facebook to Instagram

Brands head to Instagram to spend their ad budget in 2019, with more advertisers preferring it over Facebook. Instagram is becoming an increasingly attractive place for brands to splosh some dosh and the numbers suggest this trend will continue into 2019. With advertisers increasingly turning their backs on Facebook’s News Feed and making better friends with Instagram’s Stories. According to Socialbakers, ad spend on Instagram increased in 2018 while decreasing on Facebook, driven by hard-to-rival engagement levels on the photo-sharing platform. While Instagram has a smaller audience size compared to its parent company, its users are far more engaged. Suggesting that Instagram is the go-to for capturing quality engagement within smaller communities. Last year, Instagram posts continued to reach and garner more impressions per fan than its Stories feature (around 15% and 25% more, respectively). However, the volume of brands posting on Stories has quadrupled over the last year, with brands investing 212% more in Stories compared with the previous year. A quarter (25%) of brands’ Instagram ad spend now goes on Stories. This will continue to grow through 2019. As just a few examples, easyJet recently made it possible for users to find and book holidays simply by clicking on a photo, while Spotify, SoundCloud and Shazam are offering their services via Stories. Expect to see more of this integration in the coming months, especially as Instagram promises to enhance its ecommerce features. Alice Cuffe, editor at We Are Social, says while no one can argue that the specialised and detailed targeting of Facebook is appealing to advertisers, when it comes to creative innovation, Instagram Stories has the edge....
Improve the way you use Facebook for business

Improve the way you use Facebook for business

The latest blog from Cardiff media consultants, The Media Angels. This week, we’re looking at how you can improve the way you’re business uses Facebook. 1. Add information to your page – opening times, what you do, contact details, website address Facebook is probably the most customisable platforms you can use for your business. In settings, there are many templates you can choose from which suggest different features to highlight in order to get the most out of your page. You can modify your homepage to show a custom button, it could be “Visit our website” or “Book now”, depending on your business. You can also set a photo reel to show at the top of your page, and pin important posts to the top of your timeline. Your cover photo is also an important feature, unlike in LinkedIn, you get quite a lot of space to use and so it’s important to make the most of it. We try and change ours depending on events or the seasons. 2. Use analytics – see when your followers are most active, what posts generate the most interest As with most social media platforms, it’s important to utilise analytics. Facebook’s are quite in-depth and you are able to see; page views, post reach and how recent posts have performed. This is helpful as it let’s you see which post format works the best for your page. Are they it photos, polls, blogs? You can also see an overview of your competitor’s pages, allowing you to see how their pages are performing in comparison. 3. Check out your competitors – what do...
UK government to hit Facebook, Google and Amazon with digital services tax

UK government to hit Facebook, Google and Amazon with digital services tax

The government will soon impose a ‘digital services tax’ on UK revenues generated by “established tech giants” like Facebook, Google and Amazon. The 2% levy was announced by chancellor Philip Hammond in the Autumn budget today (29 October). It will come into force in 2020 following a period of consultation. The announcement follows on from heavy criticism about the amount of tax tech behemoths pay to the treasury. In most instances they are gleaned from ad revenues – in comparison to their UK profit. How much tax do tech giants pay? Facebook UK revenues: £1.26bn Tax: £15.8m (2017) Amazon UK revenues: £72m Tax: £4.5m (2017) Google UK revenues: £1bn Tax: £36.4m (2016) Snapchat UK revenues: £26m Tax: £360K (15 months to Dec 2016) Twitter UK revenues: £76m Tax: £1.2m (2015) Without going into detail, Hammond said the levy wouldn’t apply to “small UK startups.” But instead be targeted at profitable digital services companies that generate “at least £500m a year in global revenue”. Kill or cure?  Ahead of the announcement, IAB chief executive Jon Mew argued that such a levy risked harming the UK digital ad market. “While the government has said it wants to focus new measures on larger businesses, it would be difficult to avoid collateral damage across the sector and a negative effect on competition,” Mew warned. “A tax on revenue would create a disincentive for competitors to set up and grow in the UK market. And would impact on mid-market players who drive competition and provide choice.” Mew suggested that if the government was truly committed to leading the charge on innovation-friendly regulation that supports the growth of the tech sector then...
Facebook announces WhatsApp adverts

Facebook announces WhatsApp adverts

It’s currently a free platform enjoyed by nearly two billion people. But users can expect a significant change in their experience of WhatsApp, next year – when Facebook bosses plan to flood it with adverts. The Android and iOS chat app, which was originally released in 2009, will start to embed paid-for content in the app’s Status feature from 2019.  It comes five years after Mark Zuckerberg’s company bought the platform from co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton for a whopping £22billion. Both Koum and Acton later quit Facebook, citing differences with the social media company. Insiders believe they were unhappy that their beloved product – which was originally marketed as advert-free and end-to-end encrypted – would soon host commercial content at the expense of users’ privacy.   Specifically, although the latter will remain unchanged, the men were unhappy that Facebook wanted to share data across platforms in order to customise the adverts. Source: The Daily Mail  What do you think about the prospect of advertising on...
Facebook Revenue Continues to Increase

Facebook Revenue Continues to Increase

Facebook’s advertising revenue has increased 63% year-on-year to $6.24 billion in the second quarter of this year. Video is the main driver behind this surge in revenue according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg who says that video is at the heart of Facebook services. For the three months ending in June, Facebook posted $6.44 billion in revenue, a 59% increase on Q2 2015, while profit rocketed by 189% to $2.06 billion year on year. 84% of revenue stream is attributed to mobile up 76% from last year, enhancing the impact that mobile has on the user. The number of daily active users continues to increase, 17%  up in June to 1.13 billion users on average a day. The platforms in which we use to deliver our campaigns are continuously evolving, The Media Angel team keep updated with all current developments to get the best outcomes for our clients. Get in touch  today to discuss the best channels for your marketing...