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. 

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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.