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p.1 #1 · Facebook Ads


Has anyone tried using Facebook Ads, what have your experiences been like? I can see it work for Wedding/Portrait shooter (targeting the newly engaged) but what about photographers who specialize in other fields?? Any and all input appreciated.


Feb 07, 2013 at 07:59 PM
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p.1 #2 · Facebook Ads


Anxious to see some "experienced" replies to this. I've been curious as well.


Feb 08, 2013 at 06:47 PM
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p.1 #3 · Facebook Ads


I've used the simple Facebook promotions to advertise photo workshops. I have just under 500 likes on my business page. The Facebook Insights statistics tell me that a typical post has a reach of 100-150 people (unique views). Yes, only 20-30% of people see your posts if you're lucky.

A $5 post promotion can show this information to friends of friends, and typically generates reach numbers anywhere from 500-1200 (3x to 12x higher than normal). While this is just dipping my toe in the shallow end, it has been useful. Hope this is helpful.



Feb 08, 2013 at 07:09 PM
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p.1 #4 · Facebook Ads


Great info Joe! I'm definitely considering it to test different offers. Thanks for sharing.


Feb 08, 2013 at 07:35 PM
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p.1 #5 · Facebook Ads


Thanks for the info Mr. Joe, I had read from Facebook that on average often it's as low as 16% see your posts.


Feb 08, 2013 at 08:37 PM
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p.1 #6 · Facebook Ads


My main advertising source is Facebook as most of what I sell is landscapes of the local area. I have a little over 1,000 likes and have dabbled with various ads on Facebook.

I often do what Mr. Joe does and promote my posts that I want all of my fans to see, such as giveaways and promotions. My reach per post without an ad is usually about 400 people, with an ad it is around 700 or so.

The other ad I took out recently was a "get more likes" ad that Facebook uses. All it does is puts my Facebook profile picture and a like button next to it. It's fairly effective for some quick likes. I only spent $5 a day for 4 days and ended up with about 100 new likes.

My facebook fan page is here: https://www.facebook.com/peakphotographer

Hope this helps!

Andy



Feb 09, 2013 at 10:20 PM
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p.1 #7 · Facebook Ads


Andy, did you use the ads to offer say a print at a special price? Or are you just building likes...I don't have lot of likes yet and not sure if 100 or 1000 does anything for me, gets me seen but will people buy from Facebook?


Feb 10, 2013 at 03:17 PM
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p.1 #8 · Facebook Ads


thedruid wrote:
Andy, did you use the ads to offer say a print at a special price? Or are you just building likes...I don't have lot of likes yet and not sure if 100 or 1000 does anything for me, gets me seen but will people buy from Facebook?

I usually use the promote this post option for a few different things. The first would be for special promotions, like if I created a coupon on zenfolio for canvas or whatever it may be. The second would be for images that I think will do great in the print market, say one of my popular football shots or a shot of the local ski hill. The ads I'm running are really to stockpile likes though, and I figure if I'm able to get 100 new likes then one or two of those translate in to print sales.

And as far as if likes translates to prints sold, it absolutely does for me. It really depends on the business however. But I would go as far as saying 75% of my prints sold stem from Facebook. And when I look at the cost of advertising I think about if it will generate a sale for me. For example, I promoted this print via Facebook for a measly $5 and got two sales out of it that I know came right from Facebook. Even when I do not pay for promotions I still see an upswing in print sales for a recently posted print- even if it is an older shot that has been long dormant.

Good luck!



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p.1 #9 · Facebook Ads


Hey thanks for the info


Feb 11, 2013 at 01:14 PM
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p.1 #10 · Facebook Ads


I was reading an article about Facebook ads.

Facebook Article

It turns out that these FB ads do nothing more than just help you buy Likes in a nutshell. And they are not even true likes. Alot of them comes from chronic "Likers" that like random pages.



Feb 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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p.1 #11 · Facebook Ads


Yes I read the article, that's why I posted a question...yet above we have someone who has sold work using FB.


Feb 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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p.1 #12 · Facebook Ads


PeakPhoto wrote:
I usually use the promote this post option for a few different things. The first would be for special promotions, like if I created a coupon on zenfolio for canvas or whatever it may be. The second would be for images that I think will do great in the print market, say one of my popular football shots or a shot of the local ski hill. The ads I'm running are really to stockpile likes though, and I figure if I'm able to get 100 new likes then one or two of those translate in to print sales.

And as far
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Andy - are you using Zenfolio to host your Peak Photo site? Do you do your own printing & fulfillment? Nice work BTW



Feb 15, 2013 at 04:01 AM
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p.1 #13 · Facebook Ads


I wasted about $100 on clicks for wedding photography. I thought it was cool that I could target engaged females aged 18-36, but there are bots and competitors that click on your ad to deplete your budget. I remember reading an article that verified my suspicions.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/30/business/la-fi-tn-facebook-ads-80-percent-bots-20120730



Feb 17, 2013 at 02:05 AM
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p.1 #14 · Facebook Ads


There are only a few options, I tried Adbase now Agency Access a few years back and spend $k's on promotions for nada, zippo. The names and adresses of photo buyers updated how often, every few months I was told. Many time s this info was old and questionable too.


Feb 18, 2013 at 04:31 PM
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p.1 #15 · Facebook Ads


I think there are two issues here, Likes and ads. Buying Likes is pointless unless you are just starting out an want to get a few warm bodies on your like list. This is worthwhile because others may not Like a page if no one else has. So buying the first batch may be worthwhile, even if they are bots.

Ads - just like any advertising they need to target real potential customers for your product and actually offer something compelling to get those customers to move from potential to actual.



Feb 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM





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