Is it time for a Scale Evaluation? Let’s Talk About Your Brand’s Paid Presence

Long gone are the days of social media managers being an afterthought. In 2021, every brand and marketing agency recognizes the importance of captivating and converting via social scroll. Though social advertising has matured rapidly in the last 5 years, many brands still believe big picture national or DMA-level social advertising satisfies their goals. What they’re missing is the exponential value delivered by scaled social advertising through channel partners.  

What Makes a Partner?

With the rise of social media, brands have had to shift their traditional marketing methods to adapt to the current media landscape which emphasizes personalization and consumer engagement. Brands of all sizes must factor in the many different partners present when devising their social advertising strategy. Partners vary greatly. They can be bar owners, owned store locations, independent retailers, or even vending machines. Influencers and consultants can also be considered significant brand partners. Really any physical representation of your brand serves as an intermediary for your product and marketing messaging. So really the question is – how is that messaging scaling?

The Difference Between Scaled Advertising and Scaled Activation

Now more than ever, brands are increasingly aware of just how many partners represent them. For example, a large soda brand’s partners range from small convenience stores, big box stores, vending machines, restaurants, and more. Most brands understand that 75% of all sales transactions flow through these intermediaries. Yet brands are still providing their partners antiquated, ineffective tactics to activate consumers. 

Traditional paths to scaled advertising require the consumer to play hide and seek with your brand – finding you deep within coupon books, or on a retailer’s website next to all your competitors. While it’s common for brands to support their partners with paper marketing materials such as signage or in-store displays, rarely does this enablement extend to digital, with the exception of maybe providing creative assets for organic social posting. We hear the flaws of this strategy time and again from brand marketers. 

CONTROL: “We’re sending assets and hope they get posted. Recently, I did an audit and realized the (partners) were not using the right assets in the right channels or even using them at all. They just don’t know about basic marketing.” 

IMPACT: “We’re spending a huge amount of money on traditional brick & mortar trade publications, circulars and typical promotions. We’re seeing our promotional effectiveness reduce year after year after year.” 

SCALE: “We’ve been using national television commercials and on-site print collateral to drive performance for our brand, but we have this gap in between that we need to fill to drive people in the doors of our vast network of independent retailers. We know it’s essential to engage our network because they are really the lifeblood of our business, but how can you do that at scale?”

Collaborative social advertising removes the noise with social ads that tell your brand’s story coupled with your partner’s (where to buy) information to a targeted audience of likely buyers, naturally addressing buyers with their preferred shopping method. The brand typically supplies a high quality creative and the partner provides local input, either by choosing which creative resonates best in their area or inserting their own language into messaging. This creates a potent combination between brand strategy and local influence to create collaborative advertising that drives consumer action

Scaled Social Activation in Action

Scaled collaborative social typically takes the form of one or more of three models, but in each, you see the benefit to both parties, the Brand and the Local Partner. Here’s how each model breaks down. 

Multi-Path Activation (Instant On) 

Brand: Builds, funds & launches complete strategy around each point of sale
Local Partners: Access reporting for their location and benefit from traffic

For example, a beverage company ran hyper-localized Facebook and Instagram social advertising campaigns with the added capability of geo-fencing to specific key markets. This meant that consumers would see ads that upon click-through would always be presented with a controlled set of different retailers they could immediately purchase from. This helped to remove friction and provide a quicker path to purchase for consumers.

Results: 

      • 40% increased click through rate
      • 80% of clicks resulted in store locator searches
      • 50% lower cost of advertising compared to national efforts

Mutual Collaboration (Local Customization) 

Brand: Develops targeting, creative, budget support, and quick execution tools
Local Partners: Opt-in and customize ads and targeting to reflect their local market. Access reporting for their location and benefit from traffic. 

For example, Tiger Pistol launched a campaign from individual location Facebook Pages highlighting the perfect pairing of a BBQ chain’s food with a global beverage company’s beer brand. 

Results:

      • ~40K restaurant visits across the BBQ chain
      • 2x increase in sales of the company’s beer brand
      • 60% Lower cost of advertising than national level efforts

Enable (Effective Advertising, Easily Executed) 

Brand: Provides a brand-safe, turnkey strategy and high power tools for partners looking to leverage digital advertising
Local Partners: Build effective campaigns with world-class technology while only paying for media 

For example, a Fortune 500 real estate services provider enabled their agents to promote their listings on Facebook and Instagram with auto-configured, high-performing campaigns, empowering their agents to localize campaigns at scale. 

Results

      • 450K+ Leads generated
      • 7M+ Clicks through to agent website
      • 21K+ Facebook and Instagram Campaigns run        
      • 55% More cost effective lead campaigns than industry benchmark        
      • 68% more cost effective traffic campaigns than industry benchmark

The beauty of brands supporting campaigns through their partners is that the benefits are shared on both sides: a retailer amplifies its sales, a brand gets more sales and heightened awareness in the local market.

Let’s talk about how your brand can execute a collaborative social advertising program that balances your brand goals with your channel partners’ interests, achieves speed-to-market at a global scale, enhances partner loyalty and satisfaction, and facilitates high-performing campaign implementations which require less effort and produce dramatic results. Contact us today.

Do National Social Campaigns Compete with Local Social Advertising?

We speak with brand marketers all the time who instantly see the value of Facebook at the partner level because it’s truly new audience acquisition. Yet only 2% of the organic Facebook posts your partners make are seen, and even then, they’re only served to people who already liked their Page. Inevitably, the question gets raised,

 “If I offer social advertising to my partners, are their efforts going to compete with my brand-level campaigns where I end up paying more for my national social advertising?” 

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only does local social advertising not compete with your national campaigns, but local social advertising is highly complementary to the efforts you’re already doing. In fact, if you’re only running social advertising at the national level, you’re essentially using only half the Facebook platform’s power, exponentially decreasing your opportunity to activate sales in a competitive market. 

National Campaigns Cannot Empower Consumers Fully 

What we see time and time again in national campaigns is the marketer doing an excellent job focusing on and converting shoppers who only want to transact digitally. Consumers add the product to their online cart and do not need assistance or advice to complete their purchase. 

However, for high-touch industries, most shoppers need some type of assistance. For example, a consumer who is new to the Southern suburbs of Chicago, experienced flooding in their basement this June because of the bad storms. Before moving into their new home, the consumer bought the basic home insurance plan from a top insurance provider after seeing a national advertisement. Unfortunately, the basic home insurance package did not cover the basement flooding. The consumer realized that to find a suitable plan they would need to talk with someone directly who had local knowledge and could tell them which plan would protect their home best. Local social campaigns can promote the brand’s local expertise, advertising for the needs of that neighborhood. Local ads build trust in your brand at the community level and direct consumers to a location near them so they can receive advice and complete transactions that align with their individual needs. 

For all industries, local campaigns allow brands to gain access to where their products are sold with their channel partners as the conversion point.  This enables brands to be locally relevant while also creating loyalty with their local channel partners. 

Local Campaigns are Specifically Architected to Prevent Competition with National Efforts

National and local campaigns can be deployed to the same pool of Facebook and Instagram users, so competition will obviously arise, right? Actually, no. Facebook optimizes the two ads (national and local) based on who is most likely to take the desired action (click, view, submit a lead, etc) and the targeting parameters break up any competition for users between campaigns because the users who make up the national targeting are likely different from those who are being targeted locally. 

Moreover, national campaigns have different goals than local campaigns. A national campaign could be focused on overall brand awareness objectives or even direct to consumer engagement, while localized campaigns serve as a direct response, focused and targeted to those who prefer to shop in store or through partner ecommerce sites. Local ads are like connective tissue, they bridge the gap between national campaigns and direct points of sale. With different objectives and different purchase paths, local campaigns can be complementary rather than competition to your national branding efforts. 

Local campaigns allow your brand to focus on the micro markets that often get overlooked by national campaigns. Your brand can leverage what matters at a much more granular level such as who you want to target versus who you don’t want to target. Targeted communication in micro-markets activates both increased and consistent engagement. That’s because Facebook is a community platform, and Facebook rewards ads that are relevant to the community with increased frequency and a discounted budget. 

Local Campaigns Provide Better Consumer Data

Local social campaigns can offer your brand analytics and insights that national campaigns could never give you. For instance, your weekly report found that your national campaign got 100K impressions in the Chicagoland DMA. This is good information, but with local social advertising you can get more granular results: 30K impressions came from Oak Brook, 10K came from Joliet, 50K came from Downers Grove, 5K came from Hinsdale, and 5K came from La Grange. With these localized insights, you can understand where performance happens and control where you allocate your ad spend. 

We can think about this another way. A researcher decides to gather data on the vehicles that drive on the road next to their university. Using two volunteers, the researcher assigns them different tasks, but with the same objective: what cars use this road. Volunteer One is told to count how many cars go by and how many trucks go by in a 10 minute period. Volunteer Two is told to write down the make and model of every vehicle that goes by in a 10 minute period. Who comes back with better data? Who comes back with data that can be used more effectively? Both will collect solid data, yet Volunteer Two will hold data that offers both a macro and micro view of the cars that use the road. 

In a post-iOS world, without third party data cookies driving brand marketers’ insights and longitudinal and latitudinal messages being sent, the very best way for marketers to target audiences will be with micro-campaigns. Otherwise, they will not be able to rely solely on location data. 

Don’t let your brand miss out on this overlooked opportunity to get the most out of your Facebook strategy. Contact us today.  

How Collaborative Advertising Delivers Exponential Success for Brands & Their Channel Partners

With everybody and their mother using social media these days to advertise, it’s necessary for brands to create effective marketing messages that reach and resonate with their consumer base. Enter collaborative social advertising. Through a symbiotic process, brands empower their channel-partners with resources and templatized branding materials while channel partners offer brands their knowledge of their local markets. This enables brands to build and distribute meaningful, relatable social advertising that successfully identifies different audiences’ needs, wants, and purchase patterns. 

Collaborative advertising addresses the crucial need to connect a brand’s power with their channel partners uniqueness. Furthermore, when brands and their channel partners collaborate in advertising, they realize results greater than either entity could achieve on their own. Think of it like 1+1 = 3.

Benefits For All 

    What’s in it for the Brand

  • Accelerate customer acquisition through advertising that resonates locally 
  • Increase down-funnel product sales/consumption
  • Deliver greater advertising spend efficiency through micro-budget campaigns 
  • Improve partner performance, brand preference, and loyalty
  • Maintain brand quality and control 

     What’s in it for the Partner 

  • Receive powerful brand-level tools that would otherwise be out of reach
  • Save time and avoid costly mistakes
  • Utilize high quality brand creative that elevates their local presence 
  • Gain access to brand funded programs and/or co-op options
  • Receive direct access to performance reporting and leads

This should be a no-brainer. Neither party has anything to lose, only everything to gain. 

So Why Isn’t Everybody Doing It? 

Using Facebook’s native tools to build hundreds or thousands of ads from scratch for each location is like trying to build a sand castle with tweezers. It’s just too hard and time-consuming to be worth the effort. To achieve this level of localization in social advertising requires advanced automation tools. 

Enter Tiger Pistol

In a post-pandemic world, the modern shopper values convenience and local shopping. Tiger Pistol’s Collaborative Advertising Platform™ marries the recognizable creative of the brand with the locality of the channel partner to facilitate immediate action and a path to purchase without friction. Here’s how it looks in practice: 

Still not convinced that collaborative advertising is the best move for your brand? Here are some performance metrics from our clients to illustrate the positive results: 

  • A Global beauty brand collaborated with its salons to achieve a 22% Increase in its professional product sales 
  • A Global Fortune 500 beverage company realized 8x ROAS through local campaigns published across their independent network of bars and restaurants. 
  • A skin care company partnered with its dermatologist network to recognize 190% higher lead acquisition than national benchmark campaign 
  • A nutritional supplement company collaborated with its grocery network to achieve a 36% incremental uplift in sales quantity over the campaign period.
  • A beverage giant partnered with a national liquor store chain to recognize a 710% YoY increase in sales quantity. 
  • The leading U.S. fabric and craft retailer applied advanced attribution to ads run from their locations to discover that localization drove store visits in 80% of ads that were clicked

Tiger Pistol is the only advertising platform that brings true collaboration between brands and channel partners into the digital space. Our platform makes collaborative social advertising stress-free and accessible while delivering unparalleled sales and acquisition results for your brand and channel partners. 

Ready to bring true collaboration between your brands and your channel partners into the digital space? Contact us today. https://www.tigerpistol.com/contact-us/

How Shoppable Ads Address the Modern Shopper’s Craving for Convenience

The Mystery of the Modern Shopper

Covid changed consumer shopping habits, thus, accelerating the adoption of omni-channel behaviors. As consumers transition to the new normal, marketers are seeing a motley mix of purchase paths. 

  • 73% of US consumers changed stores, brands, or the way they shop.
  • 46% of shoppers tried digital purchases for the first time. Of those, half plan to continue post-pandemic.
  • 61% of consumers are “ready to go” with returning to normal pre-pandemic behavior.
  • Buy Online, Pickup In-Store (BOPIS) usage has grown by nearly 500% due to the pandemic. 

The biggest problem? No one knows which channel individual shoppers will choose: In-store, BOPIS, Delivery, D2C. Yet, we do know modern shoppers crave convenience.

  • 78% of consumers value convenience more now than they did before the pandemic.
  • 45% of shoppers are more inspired to make a purchase by convenience than price.

Solving the Mystery

Shoppable social ads address both issues, especially for consumer products brands. A retail presence in social channels or on marketplaces is key to reaching your customers and where they want to shop; moreover, shoppable social ads should be at the forefront of your social strategy. Recent statistics show that over 80% of shoppers favor shopping on digital platforms and over 67% of shoppers have already purchased items through Facebook. 

These findings demonstrate why using social ads in a post-covid consumer environment is a necessity.  

  • 76% of shoppers made impulse purchases via social channels due to the ease of purchase
  • More than four in five shoppers prefer shopping via social platforms 
  • 82% of customers enjoy the convenience of social shopping 
  • 71% of customers would rather complete transactions on social applications rather than through the actual retail site

As we move into a post-pandemic environment, brands are having to pivot their ecommerce strategies to adapt to this high consumer engagement with social shopping. Shoppable ads have made it easier for brands to pivot with confidence. With shoppable ads, the consumer journey is creative to cart in one click, activating passive shoppers to discover your products on social media from the comfort of their couch. Shoppable ads allow consumers to drop products directly into store shopping carts straight from your brand’s Facebook and Instagram ads, making eCommerce lightweight and frictionless.

A study by SmartCommerce reveals every additional step between intent and purchase loses 80% of the interested shoppers, so it is important for your brand to drive impulse purchases with shoppable ads, removing the friction between “Yes, I want that!” and the purchase process. 

Shoppable ads provide numerous benefits: 

  • Reduce “click friction”
  • Protect from retailer ads/cross-selling
  • Instantly convert the shopper
  • A/B test digital shopping against brick & mortar
  • Offer multiple paths to conversion – in-store, BOPIS, delivery, and click to cart

Shoppable ads provide the flexibility of directing to one retailer or multiple retailers.

Additionally, Shoppable ads dramatically increase long-term and offline purchases by:

  • Building awareness with retailer retargeting
  • Establishing your brand on the consumer’s digital shopping list → driving future purchases
  • Reminding offline shoppers who use digital carts as virtual shopping lists
  • Moving the brand up on retailer-side SEO/SEM results for that user

Tiger Pistol is the only platform able to collapse the funnel by driving transactions digitally and off-line. This allows marketers to gain a greater understanding of their consumers at the local level: where consumers are shopping from, which consumers are shopping where, and the different purchase paths the consumers take. With this knowledge, marketers can serve the right ad to the right audience with the right call to action that resonates with the target audience’s preferred purchase method. 

Mystery solved! Interested in integrating shoppable ads into your social strategy, Contact Tiger Pistol Today.  

 

How to Increase Loyalty and Results Across Your Channel Network

Acknowledging the Facts 

Historically, the options available for brands to drive in-store sales and retailer loyalty have been limited to in-store promotional materials, discounted supply or offer support for retailers (ex. Consumer products brand provides free stock of iced coffee drinks, so the channel partner can sell it as a BOGO), and national branding campaigns. It is becoming more evident that social advertising has been a missed opportunity for brands worldwide to reach audiences through their partners, especially when 75% of sales have been occurring through in-direct channels. It’s time for brands to recognize that the future of social advertising is collaborative. Collaborative advertising™ presents a unique opportunity for brands to update their marketing approach by deploying localized, personalized campaigns to help bridge the gap between online and offline consumer activity. 

Bridging Gap Between On-Premise & National Campaigns 

Collaborative advertising™ is a connective tissue between national campaigns and point of sale advertising. 

National branding campaigns work well for broad awareness messaging; however, they tend to be impersonal, so they lose the connection with the point of sale. Establishing a strong relationship with consumers through the brands’ channel partners is vital for a consumer products brand in the retailer space since the consumers are buying the products from the brand’s independent retailer (7/11, Circle K, etc.) rather than from the brand directly. Therefore, national branding campaigns are not as effective in driving in-direct sales.   

In-store signage such as promotional posters or materials for products only reach consumers who are shopping at the retailer. This is a good strategy to increase on-the-spot purchases like iced coffee or an extra pack of gum; however, not all consumers act on impulses. Relying on in-store signage should not be your only plan of action. Collaborative advertising activates consumers nearest your point of sale. 

One method that seeks to bridge the gap between in-store and national campaigns is discounted supply and redemption offers. Discounted supply allows brands to support their channel partners through increased foot traffic and indirect sales while receiving increased brand awareness and engagement. All this sounds great, but if the independent store is not marketing the BOGO offer – who is going to know about the great deal? Collaborative social advertising allows brands to select specific channel partners to deploy personalized, localized campaigns for the BOGO offer. National branding campaigns cannot localize their messages the way that collaborative ads can. 

Collaborative social campaigns, with their use of brand-level creative advertised from local retailer Facebook or Instagram Pages, naturally link a brand’s products to the specific point of sale – directing consumers exactly where to buy. 

With the Right Data Collaborative Can Connect Online to Offline

Collaborative social advertising offers a better way to measure online to offline consumer activity. For example, you can measure in-store attribution by offering redemptions in store, analyzing shipment data for incremental lift in orders from retailers and tracking foot traffic. 

At the onset of Covid, a Global Fortune 500 beverage company used a collaborative social approach with their independent bars and restaurants to publish local social ads structured around community engagement, gift card sales, home delivery, no-contact curbside pickup in impacted communities, or to drive foot traffic to open channel partners. Five weeks after the campaigns launched, the company saw a 20% order uplift and a 8.1% volume uplift from their network of retailers.

Another method to measure online to offline consumer engagement is advanced attribution. When the largest U.S. specialty retailer of crafts and fabrics launched their COVID-19 mask-making initiative, they structured their collaborative social strategy around providing up to date, accurate information that accounted for all the individual stores’ local and regional COVID protocols. To measure foot traffic to locations, Tiger Pistol implemented advance attribution using mobile device signals. Campaigns published from Tiger Pistol were linked to a specialized data set that tracked device IDs and other consumer signals passively across the United States. Tiger Pistol’s platform worked with Facebook to match the consumer data set with the retailer’s campaign performance data to surface users who saw the ads, and then visited a local store. The advertisements helped drive individual retailers foot traffic while localizing the company’s social advertising to inspire a sense of community and drive participation in the initiative. Within the first month of the campaign, 4 out of 5 ads clicked resulted in store visits. 

Collaborative Social Bridges the Gap Between Online and Offline 

Collaborative social advertising drives product sales for your brands and ties the success to the retailer. Brands using a collaborative social approach will empower their channel partners and foster brand loyalty and satisfaction. Collaborative social increases brand preference within the retailer network. For instance, store-owners/supply managers are more likely to gravitate towards the brands that support their efforts to sell to their customers. Collaborative ads literally do this by saying “buy this brand’s product at this store” When there are new products, the collaborative advertising helps get the word out and directly drives sales. What’s more, the campaigns, while focused on specific brand products, ultimately lead customers into the store where they are very likely to purchase much more than just the brand product (i.e. an ad for candy bar at 7/11 may result in the purchase of the candy bar plus a drink. In the end it’s a virtuous cycle, the brand gets to sell more of their products, and retailers get to sell more overall. Everybody wins!

Find out more ways your brand can unlock its full potential with Tiger Pistol! Request a demo. 

Creating eWOM Through Scaled Social Advertising

Collaborative advertising presents a unique opportunity for marketers to generate exponential eWOM (electronic word of mouth) through indirect advertising. Unlike traditional marketing, which can be hard to measure, collaborative social advertising allows for end-to-end control and visibility into downstream conversations. However, social as a communicative platform does present challenges and risks to brands looking to expose themselves further, all of which can be accounted for with the right tools.

There’s a wrong way to create electric word of mouth through scaled messaging on social media and there’s the right way. The former entails shot-gunning non-local display advertisements, whereas the right way concerns deploying hyper-targeted, consumer-centric social campaigns with differentiated messaging, ensuring campaigns complement national branding efforts while generating reach with local consumers.

Driving Factors of eWOM Engagement 

A recent empirical analysis (2020) found altruism, attitudes towards eWOM, information credibility, information quality, innovativeness, sense of belonging, self-enhancement, and social support to be significant determinants of eWOM engagement (Ali et al., 2020). When consumers perceive any message to be credible, they are more willing to take part in such communication, yet consumers tend to be increasingly less responsive to passive forms of messaging. The scholars argue that the higher the perceived quality of information will increase consumers’ likelihood to engage. Collaborative advertising blends brand credibility with the consumer trust of local establishments/retailers. According to the results of the report, consumers are already active in eWOM, either through a strong sense of belonging to a specific community/brand or an open mind to innovation, further validating an indirect approach to social advertising where channel partners are activated as brand champions. 

Real World Examples

Real Estate

When a real estate franchise company ran television advertisements, they could see Nielsen Ratings and social mentions; however, these television advertisements do not offer enough insights to analyze. The company knew it could deliver more. By partnering with their local agents, the company opened the door to understanding how consumers respond to their actual inventory. Through a collaborative advertising program, company brokerages can track local agent activity to learn more actionable insights about their social program in aggregate — all while executing better performing, highly-personalized campaigns at scale. This enhanced the real estate company’s social strategy to support its brand-level efforts. 

“Tiger Pistol enables us to collaborate with and support our agents like never before. The platform allows our brand to reach into communities through our agents, who understand the distinct dialect of their local neighborhoods.” – CMO, American Real Estate Franchise

Consumer Products

A Global Fortune 500 beverage company had been using national television commercials and on-site print collateral to drive performance for their beer brands, but the company did not have a method to reach potential customers at the right time and place with a clear brand message to drive foot traffic to its worldwide network of bars, restaurants, and retailers. Collaborative advertising offered a method to publish on-brand content straight from local establishment social media accounts with interests and offers targeted to be relevant to consumers, strong calls to action, and quality, on-brand creative. 

“We needed a technology like Tiger Pistol to deploy not only local ads but ads that were based from the local establishments’ own Facebook accounts to truly drive consumer action. Achieving that goal but also doing it at a truly global scale would not be possible if we were just working with Facebook alone.”Global Director of Customer Experience, Global Fortune 500 Beverage Company

Learn how you can enhance your brand’s social strategy by adopting a collaborative advertising solution that supports national branding efforts and drives reach in aggregate through local affiliates. Contact us today. 

To Automate or To Empower? Brands, Partners, and Co-Marketing Solutions

To automate or empower? That is the question facing brands that rely on channel partners to drive sales. As co-marketing tools for social advertising have developed, brands that rely on retail channel partners or sales agents to sell their products are faced with a unique dilemma. They can empower these intermediaries with the tools to publish their own social advertising  campaigns, or they can simply use them as fronts in a centralized model with auto-published co-marketing content. So what will work best for your brand? Let’s start with the basics.

What is your objective for your co-marketing strategy? If your brand is looking to enable your channel partners with the skills and technology to develop their own social campaigns for your brand, using a decentralized model is the way to go. This approach can have many benefits outside of the campaign results themselves, such as increasing preference for your brand as a vendor, as well as aiding your field sales teams in their efforts to supply partners. A ready-made co-marketing solution you can point to, positions your brand as a digitally forward enabler of sales for channel partners. In addition to driving conversions for your products directly at their point of sale. The decentralized model provides flexible funding options between brand and intermediaries as well as more room for channel partners to personalize a campaign’s copy and creative. 

This contrasts with a centralized model, in which intermediaries are not participants in the publishing process, but instead simply the hero of the marketing story. If your brand wants to create hyper-targeted campaigns, without the need for trade or field management, the centralized model is the way to go. In this model, all social advertising is controlled and funded by the brand. With advanced automation and geo-targeting technology, a centrally managed program will dynamically localize brand controlled advertisements to reach their desired indirect channels. No matter the approach, the output is typically the same, co-marketing campaigns between brands and their local points of sale. And both management styles address the crucial need to advertise through indirect channels. 

Decentralized Collaborative Social Advertising Use Case

A Fortune 500 real estate services provider with a network of over 200,000 real estate agents serving multiple franchises sought a method to differentiate themselves in the market, as well as help their agents with marketing strategies. Tiger Pistol provided the real estate brand a solution that empowers its brokerages and agents with a collaborative social advertising platform that publishes campaigns directly from an agent’s own branded Facebook Page. In which agents can receive leads in real time, promote their website, or generate targeted reach in their sales area. The publishing engine is integrated with the brand’s agent and listing data, campaigns are pre-built and allow agents to customize within the brand’s defined guardrails, based on their business needs. Furthermore, the system handles local compliance to automatically populate the agents’ license number in a locked portion of the ad copy while also adhering to Facebook’s HEC Compliance requirements.The program’s customization capabilities permit agents to highlight local dialect and make it easier for the brand to meet the consumer where they are. Using a decentralized model enables both the brand and the agent to thrive, increasing agent satisfaction and retention. Though decentralized programs require some field enablement, its flexible funding options and potential for higher channel engagement, as well as increased activity (if it’s an on-demand solution) make this model worthwhile.

In a de-centralized model, partners select and publish brand-approved templates.

Centralized Use Case

A centrally managed program isn’t better or worse than a de-centrally managed program, it’s just different. An example, a digital marketing agency partners with Tiger Pistol to run templated ads for a popular car brand. In this centralized management model, the brand has complete control over the campaign template and copy but with control comes a greater degree of work required on their behalf. Dealers are able to optionally connect their own Facebook page, but otherwise all receive a brand campaign from the agency that automatically publishes. Tiger Pistol’s platform dynamic localization allows the agency to publish thousands of campaigns in less than fifteen minutes. Plus, with the solution’s geo-fencing technology, campaigns are further localized to bring consumers to the relevant inventory section of the local dealer site. 

In a centralized model, the brand publishes across all locations automatically.

Consumer products brands, retailers, and service brands that utilize sales agents have the inevitable challenge of relying on intermediaries to sell their products. Unfortunately, digital marketing tools have been slow to account for these specific needs despite such a high degree of indirect channel sales (75% of worldwide sales according to the World Trade Organization). Don’t let your brand fall behind the curve. Utilizing a collaborative advertising approach in your social strategy will permit your brand to increase local engagement, sales, and acquisition.

To Automate or Empower? Let’s talk which strategy is right for your brand. Contact us today. 

Does Proximity-based Advertising Matter in a COVID World?

People may be moving physically less, but proximity still matters. Even when transacting digitally, consumers prefer to purchase from businesses that are closest to them. Whether for love of local businesses, the fastest shipping time, or their own familiarity with their neighborhood.

With COVID continuing to force businesses and consumers to evolve their habits, brands are at peak desire to reach consumers in new and innovative ways. While some brands have begun to adjust their purchase path to be more direct-to-consumer, consumers still demand the flexibility to purchase when, where, and how they choose. Even though COVID fast-forwarded eCommerce adoption and usage, the four-year predicted path of this growth shows 4 out of 5 consumers will still shop brick and mortar stores.

 

Proximity matters. According to a survey from ZypMedia addressing consumer habits during COVID-19, 53% of consumers said they would rather shop from a local business than a national chain. The two main reasons the consumers had for shopping locally was so they could support their community and their economy. 68% of consumers who said they have preferred local shopping during the pandemic, said they would continue to shop from community shops once the pandemic is over. 

Consumers want to shop locally so they can support their brick and mortar neighborhood shops now and in the future, yet consumers still need a place to buy recognizable, brand-name products. 

It’s important for local businesses to capitalize on proximity-based marketing strategies to show how their business is dynamic and able to meet consumers’ pandemic needs and post-pandemic needs. Consumers appreciated the shops and restaurants offering free delivery (57%) and contactless/curbside pick-up (56%) to accommodate different shelter-in-place orders. 

Consumers Want Trusted Brands, but Want to Shop Close to Home

Clearly shopping locally is not going to stop once the pandemic is over, so how can brands support small businesses, while still driving sales and awareness for their products? Collaborative social advertising is your answer.

Collaborative social advertising works because it addresses the crucial need to connect a brand’s capabilities and creative quality to their channel partners. By pairing brands with their channel partners, they can build scaled advertising campaigns that use brand quality creative to highlight their products alongside relevant local details like curbside pick-up options to drive foot traffic for channel partners, with campaigns run straight from the channel partner’s Facebook Business Page. Collaborative advertising provides the ability to deliver better performing, cost-effective scaled social campaigns that will increase consumer awareness of the brand, encourage product consumption, and drive more sales for the local channel partner. Collaborative social ads are also more cost effective than national branding campaigns because they offer a lower cost of advertising, drive sales, and foster consumer engagement. 

Here’s an example of a consumer products campaign that uses Tiger Pistol’s technology to create high-performing collaborative social advertising ads that benefit the brand, the channel partner and the consumers.

Yes, this collaborative approach is a new way of thinking about extending a brand through social channels. Perhaps it’s best we look to our own lives. When was the last time you bought something without consulting peers or reviews? Or considered buying a new product without initially knowing where you can buy it? It’s in our nature to prefer businesses within our community and personal networks. These are all questions that social was built to answer for brands, and by extension, consumers.

Learn more about collaborative social advertising and how it can drive preference for your brand. Contact us today. 

Can Every Ad Speak to Me? Chasing the Holy Grail of Collaborative Social Advertising

The Math

The World Trade Organization says the world GDP is $80 trillion. The organization also says that 75% of worldwide sales flows through indirect channels. How many reasons does your brand have to capitalize on indirect channel sales with collaborative advertising? 

60 Trillion reasons

Yet, many brands still rely on antiquated and ineffective methods of supporting and leveraging their channel partners. Today, success requires innovation and collaboration to drive local engagement, activation, and sales. 

The Possibility   

Collaborative social advertising addresses the critical need to connect the brand’s values to the community through the channel partner. Think of it as “Brand+,” as collaborative advertising always needs a pairing:

Brand + Store
Brand + Partner
Brand + Agent
Brand + Franchise

Brand + Consultant
Brand + Advisor
Brand + Point of Sale
Brand + DMA / Marketing Area

Done well, collaborative advertising balances brand goals with channel partners’ needs/wants, achieves speed-to-market at global scale, enhances partner loyalty and satisfaction, and facilitates higher performing campaign executions with lower effort and dramatic results. Let’s examine how to remove the friction and barriers to social advertising at scale.

The Hard Truth

Scaling social advertising across channel partners in Facebook’s native tools is difficult, error-prone, and time consuming. There. I said it. From selecting an objective, inputting your creative, and targeting your audience, you’ve likely put in 15 minutes to launch one ad. Now, let’s do the math for 500 partners. 

15 minutes x 500 partners = 7500 minutes, then 7500 minutes / 60 minutes = 125 hours

That’s more than 3 work weeks! Want to A/B test? Double that. 

The Need for Technology

Technology is essential for scaled social advertising efficiency, but you’ve still got loads of questions:

  • Who will manage the campaigns?
  • Do my partners need to be social marketing experts?
  • How do I train my partners?
  • How do I get my partners engaged?
  • How do I scale the solution?
  • How do I maintain brand standards?
  • Who pays for the advertising?
  • How do I know it will be effective?

Evaluating a social tech platform simply on efficiency is where many brands go awry. What’s the saying? Two sides to every coin? In scaled collaborative social advertising, those sides are Efficiency and Performance. It doesn’t matter if your brand has 500 partners, or many thousands, the fact of the matter is; to publish collaboratively with any of them takes a great amount of time. What’s more, it’s only worth doing if performance delivers positive results. It’s not enough just to make execution a breeze, you want to make sure your brand’s collaborative marketing results in high-value campaigns that track conversions, and dynamically speak to communities and consumers. 

When weighing your options, consider these necessary elements to produce the desired results for your brand while simultaneously fostering channel partner satisfaction. 

Brands need flexibility and accessibility to design and execute tailored campaigns that yield quick turnaround and incredible performance. With the right data and scale tools, brands are able to deploy highly personalized, national campaigns that are not only dynamically based on consumer preference or purchase behavior, but also account for location proximity, point of sale, and creative quality — all while contributing to the health of their partner relationships. 

See how Tiger Pistol platform makes high performance social advertising simple and scalable for brands and their channel partners, removing the barriers to customer acquisition and sales growth. Request a demo today!

Mass Publishing on Facebook in 2021: What You Need to Know

Facebook will be imposing new ad limits in 2021 and there are numerous practical implications for marketers to consider.

We’ve got good news and bad news for high-volume Facebook advertisers. 

The Bad News 

Facebook is initiating an ad limit per Page beginning February 16th, 2021. Ad limits per Page will depend on the size of your budget. 

Here’s the breakdown: 

So how can you get around the ad limits imposed by Facebook? (And by doing so drive better performance!) 

The Good News

Publish Through Your Channel Partner’s Pages. 

It’s no secret that brands who connect and collaborate with their channel partners often do so with the goal of driving local customer acquisition and increasing product sales. It’s also true that consumer engagement through social advertising is a powerful tool that benefits all stakeholders top to bottom – the brand, the consumer, and the channel partner. Channel partners have a strong handle on their consumers’ preferences, so it can be helpful to leverage their knowledge in your social advertising to optimize for your creative and audience. They are often also the places where consumers need to go to buy the brand’s products, so why not market through the closest point of sale? When mixed with brand marketing expertise, marketers can proactively deliver brand-level identity that drives a consumer-channel connection through their local partners by collaboratively publishing content. And by opening up your marketing collaboratively across numerous different Facebook Pages, suddenly Page limits are not a concern!

Optimize Your Creative Before You Publish 

By utilizing our predictive performance insights, we can help you pre-optimize your creative to ensure maximum ad performance and simpler execution. Publishing through partner Pages already increases the quality and relevance of your ad, factors that decrease the cost of advertising for brands through demographic differentiation and personalization. Our pre-publishing analysis will outline what the most effective product positioning, colors, and sentiments are based on historical performance.With With creative insights based on your historical performance, you can start smarter – utilizing less ads on Facebook testing and learning with pre-optimized ads at the point of publishing.

Use Dynamic Media/Creative Within ads

Integrating dynamic media or a creative within your ads will exponentially increase the success of your ad. Consumers are more likely to click on an ad with a bold design than an ad made of only copy. But implementing unique creative elements in your ads takes more ads through Facebook’s native tools. With Tiger Pistol, you simply build a template that dynamically adjusts creative for the intended market, allowing you to publish hundreds or thousands of customer-focused campaigns in minutes with high quality.

Pre-optimize Your Audience with Secure First-party Data Sharing

Audience testing can also account for loads of extra ads. Tiger Pistol makes it easy for your partners to securely gain first-party brand data to build better audiences, and, in a virtuous cycle, your brand can gain invaluable insight about consumer preferences at the local level as geo-fencing first-party data locally through partners creates a feedback loop that enhances the local campaign, while enhancing the larger first-party data lake. Focus less on going after every persona you can imagine, and instead focus on those segments that actually produce results.

Learn how Tiger Pistol helps brands accomplish collaborative advertising with channel partners exclusively through social media. Contact us today.