Tiger Pistol’s Top Social Advertising Blogs of 2019

Our social advertising experts have had a lot to say this year, providing insights and sound advice on the Tiger Pistol Blog. In case you missed some of the action, we’ve rounded up the best of the best blogs of 2019.

  • How Can my Brand Best Use our Locations to Drive Foot Traffic or Leads Through Social Advertising?
    Tiger Pistol’s Chris Mayer shows us examples of how to scale a national campaign locally by publishing your product messaging via your individual locations’ pages. Read More.
  • Revamping Your Strategy and Audiences for the Latest “Safe & Civil” Facebook Advertising Update
    Unsure about Facebook’s new Special Ad Categories? Tiger Pistol’s Analissa Moreno describes the changes and how they may affect your campaigns. Read More.
  • Tiger Pistol at Yext: Search and Social, the Yin and Yang of Online Advertising
    Get highlights from our YEXT ONWARD19 talk on the relationship between local social advertising and search — and how brands doing both are in for some big gains. Tiger Pistol’s Laura Sebo has the recap.
  • What Facebook’s new campaign budget optimization rules mean for your company
    Will Facebook’s new Campaign Budget Optimization requirements live up to the hype? [We think so!] Read More from Tiger Pistol’s Chris Mayer.
  • How High-Volume Advertisers Benefit from Facebook’s New Parent/Child Business Manager Structure
    Unlock scale and speed to revenue with Facebook’s new Parent/Child Business Manager. Let Tiger Pistol’s Casey Zaffin show you how it works.
  • What Facebook’s Second Wave of Data Privacy Tools Means for Advertisers
    Now they see it, now they can control it. Facebook is allowing users to disconnect all of their Off-Facebook activity. Tiger Pistol’s Amy Abell tells you what it means for advertisers.
  • Decision 2020: Changes to Facebook’s Social & Political Ads Process
    Are your ads getting flagged? It might have something to do with Facebook’s updated Political Policy. Tiger Pistol’s Analissa Moreno tells us how you can avoid any hassle.
  • 10 Tips for Brands to “Go Local”
    How can your brand best use your locations to drive foot traffic or leads through social advertising? Find out with these 10 Tips from Tiger Pistol’s Laura Sebo!
  • The Facebook Pixel: Uses and Best Practices
    Tiger Pistol’s Laura Kraay offers a whimsical guide to building audiences and measuring success with the
    Facebook Pixel.

At Tiger Pistol, we appreciate every expert on our team, so as a bonus blog, here’s a little write-up about our amazing company culture.

The Team that Cooks Together Stays Together
Recently the Tiger Pistol Team took their creativity into the kitchen for a collaborative culinary event.  See the pics and learn more.

Thanks for reading the Tiger Pistol Blog this year! See you with more insightful content in 2020.  Want to learn more about Tiger Pistol? Contact us Today!

Facebook Pixel Uses and Best Practices

The Facebook Pixel | Uses & Best Practices

According to Facebook, “The Facebook Pixel is an analytics tool that allows you to measure the effectiveness of your advertising by understanding the actions people take on your website.”

But what does that really mean?

The Facebook Pixel is a piece of code added to a website that tracks user data through cookies, allowing you to access useful analytics about customer website behavior. This data can then be used to inform strategy and find new potential audiences. Here are just a few concrete ways the Pixel helps advertisers: 

  1. You can now show social ads specifically to people who visited your website.
  2. You use your website visitors to build a Lookalike Audience to find and target new customers that have similar interests/behaviors/demographics as your current ones.
  3. You can utilize more more Facebook optimizations, such as Landing Page Views.

The Facebook Pixel is like a net that catches all user activity (referred to as events) and allows marketers to use these events to optimize and create more powerful ads. Facebook has seventeen standard events set up, such as  ‘Add to Wishlist,’ or ‘Complete Registration. ’ Custom events also allow users to add input their own categories.

This has clear and instant appeal for e-commerce, but the Pixel offers unique opportunities for all advertisers. The Pixel also gives retailers the chance to create custom audiences that can be useful in re-marketing efforts. Additionally, Pixel data can also be used at scale with the ability to share information across SMBs or rolled up into corporate systems. This way, brands can use location level data to help form more targeted audiences. 

The Pixel also offers the ability to create Lookalike Audiences from custom audiences. This creates a brand new audience which mirrors the preferences and values of the original. In “The Power of the Facebook Pixel,” Chris Mayer writes how Lookalike audiences are a great way to find new customers without relying on dwindling 3rd party data:

The lookalike process is anonymized: you won’t know exactly what traits the hash aggregates, but that’s okay. The resulting Lookalike Audience generated will include users with similar characteristics whom have not yet visited the website.

Clothing company Wren + Glory used value-based, international lookalike audiences on Facebook and Instagram to expand the company’s sales outside of the US.  They received 62% more orders compared to the previous period. 

In a world where data is crucial, the Pixel helps establish clear results. In fact, Gold’s Gym used data from their Facebook Pixel to learn that their recent Facebook ads produced a 2.2X lift in free trial sign-ups. Geoff Tobey, their Director of Digital Media mentioned that by “being able to jump into a Facebook testing opportunity, we learned that ads in Messenger Stories were more successful in driving an incremental lift in leads, and lowering cost per conversion, than we’ve seen on other channels.”

Whether you’re looking to test new optimizations, employ re-marketing strategies, or find new customers, social media advertising allows customization and proven results. The holidays may be a whirlwind, but the Pixel can help you stay on track along the way. 

Learn more about Facebook Advertising Best Practices from Tiger Pistol’s experts. Browse our resources now.

Tiger Pistol Furthers Investments, Outlines Goals for Data and Analytics

Tiger Pistol Furthers Investments, Outlines Goals for Data and Analytics

Focus on Surfacing Unique Customer Insights and Building New Features Around Data Science Backed Recommendations

To align with its efforts to better collect, present, and utilize data to show the real value of social advertising, Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, recently announced a series of data engineering hires to accelerate the continued evolution of the company’s data and analytics capabilities.

“As the advertising technology landscape becomes more competitive, the ability to integrate and better leverage data will become a key differentiator,” said Paul Elliott, CEO, Tiger Pistol. “More than 90% of all purchases are still made offline, yet most advertisers remain largely blind to the connectivity between their advertising and these offline transactions. Sure, data exists for phone calls, leads, and online traffic, but there remains a large void when it comes to tying digital advertising to the actual sale. The team at Tiger Pistol is working to solve that very problem by connecting social advertising through the Tiger Pistol platform to real world engagement.”

Leading Tiger Pistol’s Data and Analytics team is recently hired Senior Data Engineer Matt Liszewski. Liszewski comes to Tiger Pistol from Companion Labs, where he led efforts to analyze, optimize, and automate Facebook ad spend. Liszewski has 15-plus years’ experience architecting high performance APIs and data intensive applications with both distributed and local teams. He’s been involved in full software development life cycles including requirements gathering, design, development, testing, and support.

“Matt has spent the majority of his career tackling difficult business challenges through the application of technology, so he was the perfect fit to lead our Data Engineering team. In our quest to deliver more value and advanced capability to our clients, we have some tough industry challenges to solve, and I am confident that Matt will lead us there,” said Elliott. “We’re excited about adding Matt to the Tiger Pistol team and can’t wait to see the opportunities Matt’s efforts will unlock.”

Additionally, Darshan Pradhan was recently hired to work with Liszewski as a Senior Application Engineer. He comes with 15 years’ experience developing and architecting software systems at digital and social advertising companies focused on leveraging data and analytics to provide optimized results to marketers. He has previously worked with Liszewski at Knotice/IgnitionOne, where he helped develop a digital marketing and data management platform focused on utilizing first- and third-party data to deliver personalized dynamic content via email, SMS, and display, and at Companion Labs, where he helped maintain and enhance the Facebook Ads data intake process, as well as led the development on the Google Ads data intake.

“Darshan will be focused on helping establish data intake patterns for integrating third-party data sets into Tiger Pistol’s data and analytics feature,” said Liszewski. “He’ll be working closely with the Product Development team to integrate existing applications with the new analytics feature, introducing a new Reporting and Analytics API, and working on the integration of new third-party data sets.

The team will evolve Tiger Pistol’s data and analytics capabilities to fully unlock the potential of existing Facebook insights data, as well as allow for the easy integration of third-party data sets.

“By enhancing our data and analytics foundation, Tiger Pistol is now able to provide unique insights to its customers as well as introduce new features around data-science backed recommendations,” said Elliott. “This foundation will also allow the Tiger Pistol team to demonstrate clear value to current and prospective customers.”

To learn more about how Tiger Pistol, the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local, unlocks local activation at global scale for brands, resellers, and agencies contact us today.
Tiger Pistol Adds Two Industry Product and Sales Veterans to Executive Leadership Team

Tiger Pistol Adds Two Industry Product and Sales Veterans to Executive Leadership Team

Andrew Gilligan and Jason Johnson Tapped to Lead the Next Phase of Growth of Tiger Pistol’s Social Advertising for Local Platform

Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, recently expanded its executive leadership team with the addition of Andrew Gilligan as SVP, Product; and Jason Johnson as VP, Enterprise Sales. 

“Andrew’s and Jason’s hiring is part of Tiger Pistol’s continued investment in operations, product development, and client acquisition and success,” said Paul Elliott, CEO. “Together, their seasoned talent and industry perspective will build on Tiger Pistol’s industry-leading foundation by identifying and innovating ahead of our clients’ and prospects’ social advertising needs and desires.” 

Andrew Gilligan, SVP, Product, Tiger PistolGilligan will lead the next stage of Tiger Pistol’s product innovation. He has been leading product development for 15 years, ranging from ad exchanges to artificial intelligence assistants. Prior to Tiger Pistol, Gilligan was the VP of Product at RetailMeNot, focusing on location-based shopping products and personalization. He also designed OpenX’s Header Bidding solution to help publishers make more revenue, led Smaato’s mobile ad exchange for app developers, and led product for LiftDNA through its acquisition. 

“Tiger Pistol continues to expand at breakneck speed, with tons of clients that want to run hyper-localized, paid social advertising campaigns at scale,” said Gilligan. “I’m excited to expand our partnership with Facebook, as well as be part of the amazing team that will further accelerate the next phase of the company’s growth.”

Jason Johnson, VP, Enterprise Sales, Tiger PistolJohnson will lead the Tiger Pistol sales team, driving new client acquisitions, and providing strategic insights to support Tiger Pistol Platform innovations and client success. He brings twenty years of experience as a strategic enterprise software sales executive and leader. Johnson comes to Tiger Pistol from Kenshoo, where he served as VP Enterprise Sales. He has also held sales leadership positions at Salesforce, Sage Software, Microsoft, and Oracle. He has managed and sold to top global brands like Apple, Uber, REI, Expedia, Zillow, Nordstrom, Seagate and Yahoo. 

“In addition to leading an aggressive sales team expansion, I’m eager to reinforce Tiger Pistol’s values and their position as a trusted partner for global brands, resellers, and agencies who recognize the importance of social advertising at scale,” said Johnson. “I’m thrilled to join Tiger Pistol’s executive team and humbled to work alongside such an incredibly talented group of professionals who are laser-focused on our clients’ success, fueling the company’s dynamic growth.” 

To learn more about Tiger Pistol’s social advertising tools and how Tiger Pistol, the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local, unlocks local activation at global scale for brands, resellers, and agencies contact us today
The Retail Q5: Secrets to Maximizing Holiday Social Advertising Campaign Impact

The Retail Q5: Secrets to Maximizing Holiday Social Advertising Campaign Impact

The holiday season has arrived which means a deluge of mega sales, cyber deals, and the like. For small and large retailers, this time of year is often a boon to their bottom line, as everyone gets out to shop. And while everyone has read a headline (or two, or three…) about the “death of retail” with the advent of online shopping, in actuality, retail sales are expected to grow during the holiday period this year. The National Retail Federation forecasts a sales increase of 3.8% and 4.2% for retailers in the November-December period. Additionally noting that that despite what you might expect, retail sales have actually averaged 3.7% annual increase for the past five years.

The heightened emphasis on shopping is also a boon for advertisers, of course, as brands flood all of our social feeds and airwaves with hot deals. Not to mention the ever present cadre of e-commerce offerings also trying to break through. In fact, spending on digital ads is also expected to increase as more advertisers shift their efforts to social media advertising over television and print. Naturally, much of this social media spending will go to Facebook. It can seem especially difficult, especially for SMB retailers, to break through the noise. But there is hope, if you know how to game the system, to be able to maximize the impact of your Facebook ads. There is this concept of the “Q5” which references the ~15 day period during just before and after the holidays where the lead time on ground shipping makes shopping online difficult. You’ll hear differing definitions on the exact time frame, and there is a regional element too, as not everyone lives within 1 or 2 day shipping distances. 

Q5 is of particular import for retailers, but it is also an important consideration for advertisers. For smaller retailers looking to maximize their impact, this period represents an incredible opportunity to get noticed. Larger CPG brands, even if working a more long tail holiday advertising strategy, can also seize on this moment to further enrich their campaign strategy. Think about what “Q5” means; if you’re a retailer, you’re the only game in town in a lot of regions, due to shipping constraints. Secondly, with all the traditional emphasis on pre-holiday shopping, it is easy to discount post-holiday shopping, where many consumers are still off work and now also equipped with gift cards and gift receipt returns. Advertisers should not leave this potential revenue for their retail clients on the table. The third advantage of the Q5 period is that pre-holiday campaigns will also have ended, presenting the potential for lower rates on digital ads. 

Think about the strategic possibilities Q5 brings for awareness or reach campaigns in the few days leading up to the holidays to catch any procrastinators who need last minute gifts as they shop for others. Then subsequent campaigns in the week leading up and through the new year to capture folks who now have extra time and gift money to shop for themselves. Getting local is key to this strategy, even if you are servicing a larger CPG brand who sells through big box retailers. You will need ads that are locally relevant to get noticed and ensure you reach consumers within reasonable travel distance to shop in-store. 

Last year, Tiger Pistol ran holiday campaigns that covered the Q5 period for a beverage brand to drive consumers to the nearest retailer or restaurant to enjoy their products. Our technology produced thousands of local ads, each individualized to the brick and mortar location, powered by the brand’s creative resources. Consumers who were near a particular location would see ads pointing them to the nearest stores. Not only did our CPM’s beat national averages, which made the brand happy, but it was also a win for the locations too, who were happy at the potential of increased foot traffic during a period where their traditional advertising efforts had slowed.

Whether it’s through coordination between global brands and their independent retailers, or concentrated effort between a global CPG brand and big box retailer, the benefits of strategizing to the Q5 period are there for the taking. It’s just a matter of leveraging the right tools to ensure you can get in front of consumers where they are already spending most of their time (i.e. their Facebook and Instagram feeds) and serve them relevant creative. Most importantly, these local ads must represent the path of least resistance between the consumer and the on-site purchase. You can do this through the use of hyper local geo-targeting with integrated geo-navigation to the nearest location. Even better, you can also  further incentivize them with easily redeemable offers and specials from their mobile devices. So while we all want to start planning execution strategies for the new year, don’t sleep on the end of the year, as you might miss the chance to impress your retail clients and the opportunity to start 2020 off with a major win for both you and them. 

Ready to simplify social advertising, and enable local activation at global scale? Contact Tiger Pistol today.

Tiger Pistol Cares: Fall Community Volunteering at the Food Bank

Recently, we took part in volunteer days at the Central Texas Food Bank and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. These two food banks combined provide nearly 100 million nutritious meals to those in need.  

Our team worked together packing school lunches, sorting vegetables, and sorting and stacking milk into crates. We learned about the food banks’ reach, gaining a greater understanding of how hunger affects the communities where we live and work.  

“It was great to make a real hands-on impact on our local community,” said Bob Govia, Director, Product. “We took the time to learn more about the issue of hunger and the impact on communities and education, and then we had the privilege of packing lunches for kids in need in Cleveland.” 

“Being able to give back as an organization is one of the reasons I love working at Tiger Pistol,” said Ashley Gutierrez, Talent & Operations Manager. “We not only care about our people internally but our surrounding communities.”

Learning about the extensive community partnerships the food banks require to achieve their mission gave us humbling insight into the fight against hunger. The day of volunteering also gave us time to learn more about each other and our personal values.

Alex Serrano, Marketing Services Specialist, said, “It was extremely rewarding to see Tiger Pistol come together as a team to lend a helping hand at the Central Texas Food Bank. It really is incredible that just a few hours of volunteering helped create over 9K meals for our neighbors in need!”

“Volunteering at the food bank was a great opportunity to interact and collaborate with my colleagues in a non-work-related setting while also giving back to the community,” said Matt Liszewski, Senior Data Engineer. “It was awesome to be able to put our teamwork skills to use while also contributing to a worthy cause.”

Coming from a family that understands and values community service and the impact it can have, I found our experience at the Central Texas Food Bank immensely gratifying. I know I speak for our whole Tiger Pistol team when I say how proud I am to be part of a team that cares.

If you’re feeling inspired to volunteer at your local food bank, click here to find a location near you.

Tiger Pistol Named Winner in Street Fight Innovator Awards

Tiger Pistol Named Winner in Street Fight Innovator Awards

Global-to-Local Social Advertising for Fortune 500 Beverage Company Honored for Best Social Media Campaign

Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, today announced that it won the Street Fight Innovator Awards for Best Social Media Campaign.

Tiger Pistol’s campaign rose above the competition based on the incredible social advertising results achieved for a Global Fortune 500 beverage company. The beverage giant had historically relied on national television commercials and on-site print collateral to drive performance for their beer brands, but those tactics lack the ability to localize and personalize the message. Tiger Pistol’s global-to-local capability enabled its beverage client to better connect with consumers at the right time and place, resulting in improved advertising relevancy that translates to increased foot traffic to their independent retail, restaurant, and bar locations; and ultimately more consumption of their beer brands.

“We are honored that Street Fight has selected Tiger Pistol as the winner of the Innovator Award for Best Social Media Campaign,” said Paul Elliott, Tiger Pistol CEO. “By shifting brand advertising dollars to local social campaigns, Tiger Pistol was able to create breakthrough social advertising campaigns for our global client that delivered more impactful consumer engagement. We are thrilled to have our technology innovation and business impact recognized by Street Fight.”

The Tiger Pistol Social Advertising Automation Platform for Local enabled the client to drive qualified local traffic to thousands of decentralized retail, restaurant, and bar locations worldwide, resulting in a 60 percent decrease in advertising cost in comparison to the brand’s previous advertising efforts, plus a +50 Net Promoter Score among locations that participated in the program, by solving three broad challenges for the client:

  • Challenge #1
    • Hyper-local dynamic targeting specific to each business sales area.
  • Solution
    • Tiger Pistol technology automatically validates each location’s address when they onboard, checking for sufficient potential reach and deploying ads to the relevant local area.
  • Challenge #2
    • Advertising that’s both on-brand and personalized to each end-location.
  • Solution
    • Tiger Pistol utilizes dynamic copy fields, a selectable media library of brand-approved assets, and the ability to publish from the individual location’s Facebook and Instagram Business Pages tied to their local address.
  • Challenge #3
    • The ability to provide relevant campaign results to both brand and location.
  • Solution
    • Every location can access their own dashboard with real-time campaign results, plus the Tiger Pistol Platform provides aggregate reporting across campaign metrics and market-sales volume.

“The net result of overcoming these challenges is not only a lower cost of delivery compared to advertising the same products nationally, but also happier local business channels, as the real story of the global-to-local approach is that it brings enterprise strength tools into the local market,” said Elliott. “The local restaurant chain’s general manager or the local sports bar owner can now partner with the brand to drive increased foot traffic and beverage consumption for their establishments. It’s a true win-win for the brand and its independent retailers.”

Street Fight magazine reports on the cutting-edge innovators shaping the future of local media, advertising, and commerce every year. The Street Fight Innovator Awards celebrate champions and innovators driving success in location-based technology, media, and marketing.

Winners were announced November 14 via streetfightmag.com, Street Fight Daily newsletter and various social media platforms.

See exactly how Tiger Pistol, the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local, unlocks local activation at global scale for brands, resellers, and agencies, visit www.tigerpistol.com/request-a-demo.
Tiger Pistol Wins Digiday Tech Award

Tiger Pistol Named Digiday Tech Award Winner

Tiger Pistol’s Social Advertising Automation Platform Wins Best Social Marketing Tools/Platform

Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, today announced that it has won the prestigious Digiday Technology Award for Best Social Marketing Tools/Platform.

Joe Nathan, Director Client Management, and Talia Wachtel, VP Client Management accept the Digiday Technology Award for Best Social Marketing Platform/Tools at the Digiday Awards Gala in New York City.

Tiger Pistol stood out among industry competitors based on the remarkable social advertising results achieved for a Global Fortune 500 consumer product client. Among other benefits, the client’s use of the platform to drive traffic to thousands of locations worldwide resulted in a 60 percent decrease in advertising cost in comparison to the brand’s national advertising efforts, plus a +50 Net Promoter Score among locations that participated in the program.

“We are honored that Digiday has recognized Tiger Pistol as the leading social marketing platform to manage and scale social advertising efforts,” said Paul Elliott, Tiger Pistol CEO. “The selection of Tiger Pistol over other leading social advertising tool providers is validation of our category leadership position and that our global-to-local approach outperforms comparable brand-level campaign executions.”

The scale and efficiency provided by the Platform consistently gives Tiger Pistol clients a game-changing competitive advantage, increasing localization, personalization, and relevancy with the ability to publish global campaigns from local social pages, improving campaign effectiveness while reducing advertising costs.

“While every client is unique in their particular use case, the global-to-local approach is the future of social advertising, allowing brands to scale their marketing efforts by utilizing and empowering their locations to foster consumer connections via social advertising,” said Elliott. “Brand campaigns still have their place, but locally-executed campaigns stand out in their ability to dial up relevance through localization and personalization, and more relevance usually equates to better performance. Ultimately, it will be those brands who evolve to a more global-plus-local approach that will unleash the next wave of innovation in digital advertising. Tiger Pistol’s platform enables that shift.”

The Digiday Technology Awards recognize the technology modernizing media and marketing, bringing efficiency and effectiveness to brands and agencies worldwide.  Winners were announced November 14 at the Digiday Technology Awards Gala in New York City.

See exactly how Tiger Pistol, the world’s #1 social advertising automation platform for local, unlocks local activation at global scale for brands, resellers, and agencies, visit Tigerpistol.com/request-a-demo.

Revamping Your Strategy and Audiences for the Latest “Safe & Civil” Facebook Advertising Update

Your social advertising strategy and audiences may need a bit of an overhaul to align with updates to Facebook’s “Safe & Civil” Advertising Policies, especially if they fall within particular categories.

Last year, I wrote an analysis of Facebook’s swift changes to Housing, Employment and Credit Opportunities Policy. The Non-Discrimination Policy, as it became know, was born from a complaint issued by The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Part of the social network’s solution was to remove “over 5,000 targeting options to help prevent misuse,” in an effort to keep Facebook advertising “safe and civil” by promoting a positive social advertising atmosphere.

Fast-forward to 2019, Facebook announced that one of their “top priorities is protecting people from discrimination” on their Platform, and as a part of their settlement with the groups that filed lawsuits against them, they would be enacting changes to protect Facebook users. These amendments include:

  • Changes to geolocation targeting by the elimination of zip code targeting;
  • Changes to age and gender targeting; and
  • Limited detailed targeting parameters for housing, employment, and credit opportunity campaigns.

By August, the above changes became what is now known as the Special Ad Category. Every US-targeted campaign – yes, campaign – that corresponds to a housing, credit, or employment opportunity must have one of the three categories applied – a major change considering the previous iteration certified compliance for the entire ad account.

Campaign audiences also take a hit. On top of previously announced changes to gender, age, and zip code targeting, users could no longer target by multicultural affinity “or any detailed options describing or appearing to relate to protected characteristics In other words, Special Ad Category campaigns are meant to target the broadest audience possible.

You may be wondering “what about my Lookalike and other Custom Audiences?” Those were nixed too. Instead, advertisers can opt for Special Ad Audiences that are built in a similar fashion to previous custom audiences but ignoring age, gender, or zip code.

How do you choose correctly?

Choosing a Special Ad Category is pretty simple. Nine out of ten times if you have an inkling your campaign is going to be flagged, it will be. So, what options can you choose?

In Facebook’s Help Center, you can find a guide to choosing the correct category. The breakdown Facebook provides is as follows:

  • Credit Opportunity: Ads that promote or directly link to a credit opportunity, including but not limited to credit card offers, auto loans, personal or business loan services, mortgage loans, and long-term financing. This also includes brand ads for credit cards that include a specific credit offer.
  • Employment Opportunity: Ads that promote or directly link to an employment opportunity, including, but not limited to, part- or full-time jobs, internships, or professional certification programs. Related ads that fall within this category include promotions for job boards or fairs, aggregation services, or ads detailing perks a company may provide, regardless of a specific job offer.
  • Housing Opportunity or Related Service: Ads that promote or directly link to a housing opportunity or related service, including, but not limited to, listings for the sale or rental of a home or apartment, homeowners insurance, mortgage insurance, mortgage loans, and home equity or appraisal services.

How can I prepare prior to launch?

Our team at Tiger Pistol can say with certainty that any campaign that falls within this umbrella will require Special Ads certification and likely requires an audience update. To better prepare yourself, make sure:

  • Your audience does not include zip code targeting and targets a minimum of 15-miles (if you target an address or city)
  • Your audience targets Adults 18+
  • Your copy falls within Facebook Policies

If your customer is running a campaign that does fall within one of the three categories, it’s best to launch your campaign with a Special Ads Category applied prior to publishing. This will save you time and a headache resolving errors during the length of your campaign.

If your campaign gets flagged during its flight, first check your ad copy – something in there may have set off the Policy algorithm. An easy example would be “We’re hiring for all positions!” in your body copy, but you haven’t applied Special Ad Category: Employment. If you can say definitively whether or not your customer falls within a housing, employment, or credit opportunity, make sure you’ve applied the appropriate category, then adjust your audience to fall in line with Policy and republish. 

When in doubt, apply a category – it will benefit you and your campaigns in the long run.

Want to make sure your locations or customers ads are within Facebook Policy every time? Contact us today. 

Tiger Pistol at Yext: Search and Social, the Yin and Yang of Online Advertising

While hundreds of companies and brands gathered in NYC last week to talk about The Future of Search at Yext’s annual ONWARD19 conference, Tiger Pistol offered up the Yang to the conference theme’s Yin.

Tiger Pistol’s Talia Wachtel, VP of Client Management, took the stage to discuss the symbiotic relationship between local social advertising and search, and how local social is often the missing link in advertising campaigns. 

“Search is all about connecting with the hand-raisers, those who have expressed an interest,” said Wachtel. “Yet if you are just servicing the people actively in-market, you are missing the opportunity to extend your reach. That’s where social advertising becomes the perfect compliment to search. Social advertising goes beyond the hand-raisers, creating the need versus waiting for the need to be expressed.”  

Wachtel launched her talk, “When Ecommerce Isn’t Enough: Driving Local Consumer Engagement Through Social Media,” with two key metrics: 

Those two stats highlight the importance of reaching the local consumer, but just how can a marketer go about doing that? Especially when the past 20 years of advertising have been dominated by global marketing strategies that traditionally target everyone, and were not necessarily dynamic to the local consumer. 

Wachtel continued by discussing how the launch of the iPhone and the creation of social media platforms like Facebook seriously changed the playing field for global advertising campaigns. Suddenly marketers had to adjust to a landscape where users were consuming personalized information through feeds that allowed them to only see what mattered to them.

Wachtel acknowledged that moving dollars, all or part, from a global strategy to a local strategy is a tough decision, but the question is, 

“Is your brand willing to give up a certain level of control to gain the performance benefits of personalization and localization?” 

Marketers face challenges with changing platforms and questions on how to ensure that the messaging being used at the local level has synergy not only across locations, but with brand messaging as well.

Wachtel argued if a marketer can overcome these challenges by using local assets, advertising to a hyper-local audience, and target a relevant message to their local consumers, they’re in for some big rewards:

  • The brand’s advertising will have a higher relevancy, meaning more return out of ad spend and dollars being used to reach the right people at the right time, driving them to take action close to home.
  • By engaging locations in marketing efforts, locations are enabled to participate in the success of the campaigns, which promotes a feedback loop from the location to the market or brand. 
  • This feedback loop ultimately helps the brand maintain their messaging at the location level.

All this is typically easier said than done, because there are a lot of hurdles that marketers need to clear in order to gain the benefits of localized marketing through social media. 

Tiger Pistol, a Facebook Marketing Partner since 2013, has been developing automated technology that is designed to help brands and agencies tackle these obstacles. Tiger Pistol utilizes location data that can be managed through Yext to create dynamic ads distributed to 1000s of locations. This takes about as much effort as it would take to set up one campaign on Facebook Ads Manager.

Better yet, as Watchel mentioned, the numbers speak for themselves. While other marketers are seeing a rise in CPMs (cost-per-thousand-impressions) on average of 122% YOY. Tiger Pistol’s own data shows that ads run on the Tiger Pistol platform have benefited from a drop in average CPMs of about 17%. 

Yext ONWARD19 was packed with speakers discussing the latest in search technology and strategies to help keep brands relevant and on the cutting edge with their locations. But as mentioned, search is only half the local advertising equation. While search may pull in those interested in your product, local social advertising provides a cost-effective push, not only getting your message out to people who could be interested in your product, but also directing them exactly where to buy. 

Learn how Tiger Pistol can localize and personalize your social advertising so you can get the performance benefits of a global-to-local strategy. Contact us today