Facebook and Twitter Getting Free Advertising through Redirection
Have you noticed lately how many companies post somewhere in their advertisement that they have a Facebook or Twitter page? Perhaps you have seen wording like: “Follow Us on Facebook” or “Follow Us on Twitter”. Imagine if your company was mentioned like that on everyone else’s advertisements and you didn’t have to pay for that.
This is something that is new in the advertising world. In the past, you would see companies listing their websites to direct their business to their own companies. They still do this, of course, but now they are also directing business to Facebook and Twitter to get people to come to their website indirectly. This redirection may have implications on web analytics, making it more difficult to know how many customers are seeing the company’s message. However, the advantages for using sites like Facebook for advertising can be significant. Tnooz.com reported, “With one in every 13 people on the planet using Facebook, the potential exposure that Facebook advertising offers can be massive, costing a fraction of what a TV advertising campaign might cost.”
This redirection of business is something that is growing. It can be easier to get people to go to Facebook or Twitter initially due to their popularity. Sites like bit.ly allow links to be shortened and more information to be included in a tweeted message. This can also be useful for redirection to mobile devices. Webupon.com reported, “Facebook and Twitter are two of the most user-friendly sites on the mobile web – and that’s great news for those who are going mobile with their websites, because it means people can right-click on bit.ly links in Twitter – and be automatically taken to a mobile version of your site, if they’re accessing it from Twitter.”
Sites like Facebook are helping increase what used to be called word of mouth advertising by allowing people to pick “I like” on a product page. Trendwatching.com refers to the F-Factor involved here, meaning Friends, Fans and Followers on Facebook who can influence purchasing decisions. Check out an article by Converge2003.com that suggests there are 10 tactics to increase your number of Facebook likes. For more information about adding a Facebook Like Button to your site, click here.