Tiger Pistol Named Localogy Excellence Award Winner

Tiger Pistol Technology Creates Critical Connection Between Real Estate Agents and Homebuyers

Tiger Pistol, the only social advertising platform that delivers local activation at global scale, today announced that it has won the prestigious Localogy Excellence Award for “Best Localized Marketing Campaign.”

“Very few industry groups understand marketing success in the local marketplace the way Localogy does,” said Paul Elliott. “Time and again, Tiger Pistol’s global-to-local approach outperforms comparable brand-level campaign executions, and Localogy’s recognition of Tiger Pistol for ‘Best Localized Marketing Campaign’ further emphasizes our category leadership and business impact.”

Tiger Pistol stood out among industry competitors based on the remarkable social advertising results achieved for a Fortune 500 real estate services provider, with a network of over 200,000 real estate agents.

The solution enables the client’s agents to easily promote their listings and themselves with auto-configured, best practice Facebook and Instagram campaigns.

“Tiger Pistol’s power lies in the ability for agents to publish campaigns directly from their own agent-branded Facebook Page,” said Talia Wachtel, VP Client Management, Tiger Pistol. “While other real estate marketing platforms support Facebook ads, such ads are usually rudimentary, driving impressions around the listing, with little room for the agent to generate leads. Tiger Pistol leverages the most relevant Facebook Ads Objectives to drive the results that matter. Our platform supports the ability for agents to publish Facebook Lead Ads, and auto-creates best practice Facebook Lead Forms that have unique qualifying questions, making it easy for the agent to launch the ad with little knowledge of Facebook ads.”

Tiger Pistol is also proud to announce that two of their partners were also honored by Localogy. Hibu, the leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses across the United States, won a Localogy Excellence Award for “Most Significant Business Transformation” as the company made the titanic shift from a print and Yellow Pages-driven business to a digital marketing solutions provider, and BrandMuscle, and integrated local and channel marketing solutions provider, won “Best Go-to-Market Strategy.”

The Localogy Excellence Awards recognize organizations and individual leaders shaping the future of localization for the more than 30 million local and small businesses who depend on them every day.

Learn how Tiger Pistol unlocks local activation at global scale for brands. 

Facebook Launches Grant Program to Help Small Businesses

On Tuesday, May 17th, Facebook announced an upcoming grant program aimed to help SMB retailers during COVID-19. It will consist of $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible businesses. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg expanded on the importance of this initiative in her Facebook post:

Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities, and many of the people who run these businesses are heavily affected by the crisis …We’ve listened to small businesses to understand how we can best help them. We’ve heard loud and clear that financial support could enable them to keep the lights on and pay people who can’t come to work.

The program is aimed to help businesses cover things like rent and operational costs, as well as connecting with more customers and keeping the workforce strong. For those interested in applying, stay tuned, as more details will be available in the upcoming weeks. You can also sign up for updates directly from Facebook here

In the meantime, Facebook has updated their Business Resource Hub with a page specific to managing and building resilience during this ordeal. It includes ideas for staying in touch with customers (like pinning your important updates) and other concrete steps for the unexpected challenges we’re facing. 

We love and support our SMBs. Tiger Pistol is here to answer any questions you may have.

Webinar: Quality Over Quantity – The Changing Face of 2020 Marketing

As a marketing leader, you’ve probably been pummeled with the phrase “quality over quantity.”  The days of spray and pray are over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be strategic at scale. 

Tiger Pistol is partnering with the Incite Group to bring you the live webinar Quality Over Quantity – The Changing Face of 2020 Marketing. Tiger Pistol’s Talia Wachtel, VP of Client Management, will discuss: 

  • How localization drives social ad relevancy, increasing desired outcomes and decreasing cost of advertising
  • How a global-to-local approach can bridge the gap between national advertising and local activation
  • How creating a symbiotic data-sharing relationship between a brand and its local partners can better activate the power of local campaigns and drive big goals at the national level

Talia will be joined by 

  • Tim Rickards, Marketing Director, Acquisition & Engagement, Charles Schwab
  • Heidi Gracie, Executive Director, Strategic Marketing and Communications, Arizona State University
  • Nicholas Zeisler, Principal, Zeisler Consulting
Quality Over Quantity – The Changing Face of 2020 Marketing
Wed, Apr 1, 2020
9:15 AM – 10:00 AM PST

Register now and you’ll receive a link to join live. Alternatively, registrants will receive the recordings, so you can watch in your own time. 

Local Advertising in the Time of Social Distancing

Let’s face it, many of us are facing the reality where #QuarantineLife is the new normal – at least for the foreseeable future. With offices temporarily shutting their doors, and the worldwide workforce moving to a remote-based culture, it’s time for businesses to utilize the tools provided by local social advertising to drive their goals forward.

Drivers for Forced Change

In the past several days – specifically in the United States – city and state governments, as well as the Federal government, have recommended citizens stay home to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The most recent changes announced from the White House Monday afternoon include the recommendations to “limit gatherings to no more than 10 people; avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits; and avoid eating or drinking in restaurants, bars, and food courts – instead use drive-through, pickup and delivery options.” For community-spread affected areas, the recommendation is to close all bars and restaurants.

These changes have forced many businesses to re-strategize their business models on the fly with the understanding that these changes are meant to protect our communities. For instance, a friend’s gym in Kansas City, MO is asking members to allow their immunocompromised patrons to exercise from 5 AM – 2 PM before other healthy members exercise, grocery stores are changing their hours to allow their teams ample time for restocking overnight, and restaurants across America are moving to pick-up and delivery only, while some in viral hotspots have been closed altogether  – all in an effort to expand the practice of social distancing. This is where social advertising comes into play.

The Power of Social Advertising

Local businesses should not lose hope. We understand how uncertain times are right now, but leveraging the power of social can help everyone. Budgets may be tight right now, but social advertising is the most cost-effective way to remain in the public eye – especially with so many eyes on social media for the next news update — folks are bound to see your ad too!

Offering free delivery for your restaurant but don’t have a website? Run a Reach campaign targeting your delivery area. Is your hotel chain offering “staycation” specials for previous guests? If you have a Pixel on your website, use it! Drive visitors to your landing pages to complete a booking with a Traffic or Conversions campaign. Temporarily shutting down? Run a Traffic or Conversions campaign encouraging community support through gift card sales until you reopen. 

All in all, spending a small amount of social dollars to keep your business on the top of everyone’s mind while they adjust to their new normal is the best strategy. This way you can continue to engage your customer base and maintain your business presence throughout this uncertain time.

Stay safe, everyone. Oh, and don’t forget to wash your hands.

Need help launching local social ads for your locations?  Contact us today!

Using Your Corporate Data to Benefit Local Partners (and Vice-Versa!)

The first rule we learn in kindergarten is “Share Everything.” Yet while brands that rely upon a multi-location network of local partners, ie. retail locations, franchisees, or sales reps, understand that big data is key to a National-to-Local strategy, they seem to be unable to find a method to adequately share their knowledge with their local partners. As a seasoned data analyst who’s worked with some of the largest brands, I am all too familiar with the disparities Big Data can create. Sharing Big Data insights can be rife with difficulties for both the national brand and local partners, and security issues loom large. I will explain how you can create a secure symbiotic relationship – sharing and sharing alike – with your local partners to better activate the power of local campaigns and drive big goals on the national level.

Sharing is Caring

Brands have a myriad of sources from which they collect data but keeping that data to themselves to supplement and drive insights to improve only the targeting of their national brand campaigns boxes out the opportunity at the local level. This corporate data hogging leaves local partners struggling to find their own insights within the data generated through their local campaigns/website. Inversely, those insights owned by the local partner could help inform corporate-level strategic planning.

For context: Historically, local partners ran their own campaigns and would send their traffic to the national partner’s website. The global partner “kept” the web traffic data generated by the local partners and used it to build a global view of their business. The local partner had access to only the Facebook data generated by their campaigns, but it gave them a good idea of who was interested in their products at a local level.

In this walled “what’s mine is mine” data divergence, the local partner is blind to the webpages their customers were visiting and the products they were buying from the global partner’s website, and the global partner did not understand the local behavior that brought customers to the website. This results in a web of missed opportunities and a hidden goldmine of optimization strategies. Before we start pointing fingers, let’s acknowledge the operational and technical complexities of sharing data across technologies.

  1. Data Privacy: There’s a LOT of attention on data privacy right now. Making data sharing easy and secure is difficult. So how do you allow for better activation of local partners without unnecessary risk to the corporate partner? Psst. I have a secret. It can be done. Keep reading.
  2. Giving Only Part of the Puzzle: Certainly, local benchmarks or recommendations are passed down by larger companies to assist their local partners, but this is rarely effective for the local partners. It doesn’t solve the problem that the parent partner has more information than the local partners and that local insights are easy to miss in this sort of arrangement.

This leaves us with the crux of the problem — the corporate partner has all the data and can’t really share local insights to help local partners, leaving local partners to build their own strategy to meet corporate expectations.

Share and Share Alike 

Big Data, when leveraged correctly, can eliminate local partners starting from Ground Zero insight. It can leverage global views and local views, and as local advertisers learn more about their areas, Big Data can help feed the global view with richer market intelligence.

Facebook has made great strides in building out a platform that gathers this data and allows both global and local Facebook advertisers to take advantage of it. Most global companies have a Facebook Pixel installed on their website. This little piece of code works a lot like the Google Analytics code; it pays attention to what visitors do on your website and where they come from. But the Facebook Pixel doesn’t stop there. It allows Facebook Campaigns to use that data to accurately optimize both local and global partners’ campaigns quickly in a virtuous, symbiotic data cycle.

Local partners can instantly obtain data that bolster their campaigns through more effective targeting via first-party data sets. Add to that the knowledge local partners have, and they can hit the ground running with campaigns. The more traffic local partners generate, the more data is shared with the global partner, allowing national partners to gain a more holistic view of their business. Big Data can allow companies to grow from a “keep away” mentality to a symbiotic relationship that empowers better business on a local and global level.

Symbiosis Made Simple (and Secure!) 

Tiger Pistol purpose-built this symbiotic relationship into our technology, allowing us to securely access a global partner’s Facebook Pixel data and leverage it for local partner campaigns. With the ability to share this data securely, not only do you fill up national partner’s data banks with more granular, better data on a local level, you’re also giving better insights to local people because they now can target people they may have missed just building from scratch.

Now suddenly it’s less of a struggle with the local partner feeling like they have to meet, in their eyes, unsubstantiated benchmarks, guide-marks, or goals. Now they’re contributing to the overall plan, making it easier to set more realistic goals, while also expanding their own local insights to grow themselves.

For the global partner, this security also allows them to offer their network exclusive access to first-party data they wouldn’t otherwise have. This is an invaluable value proposition for franchise and services groups that rely on opt-ins from their sales network of locations or agents.

Through Tiger Pistol, global brands can quickly share data and distribute thousands of local campaigns, making a robust, data-driven, global-to-local social program possible with ease and efficiency.

Want to reap the rich data benefits of Tiger Pistol’s global-to-local social advertising approach? Request a demo today! 

Expert Take: How to Create Cohesive Social Ads

Advertisers shouldn’t let other advertisers have ugly ads. There, I said it.

These days, a beautiful ad – one that really knocks your socks off – shouldn’t be hard to come by, one would think. With the abundance of tips, tricks, and even courses on how to create best practice ads, many fall short and feel like they’re just missing that “thing.” I think we can all agree that a non-cohesive ad comes off as a hot mess of unrelated imagery, poor copy, and inaccurate or conflicting calls-to-action.

So, why does this happen? In most cases, I’ve found that advertisers want their ads to say something specific. They want their headline to be their name, their body to say something about their offer, and they may or may not even utilize the link description real estate. When it comes to imagery, it can run the gamut – from custom imagery suitable for advertising to stock imagery that’s cold and has nothing to do with the campaign.

Of course, when your hands are tied and an advertiser makes a requirement, the ads you publish on their behalf may not be up to your standards. There’s not much you can do other than provide support where you can. In these cases, I believe it’s best to drive monthly conversations about improvement and change bits of the campaign here and there when you can. Eventually, you’ll get what you want, and they’ll be even happier.

When you are in charge of content creation, be smart. Everything should come together in a harmonious way:

  • Copy should reflect the offers and business goals of the campaign. Remember the headline should hook users in and drive them headfirst into your goal. Imagery should accurately reflect the above copy.
  • Using custom imagery is always preferred, where possible. If there’s text or symbols in your image, make sure it’s in the correct language for your audience.
  • Call-to-Action buttons should also reflect the copy. If the button says “Call Now,” users expect a direct dial upon click, not to be sent to a website.
  • Bonus: Lead Forms should reflect the ad’s offer. Qualifying questions should ask questions related to the offer, and any messaging should tie back to the copy.

Just remember – you wouldn’t leave your house in a mismatched outfit, right? Don’t be that advertiser and think before you publish.

Want to learn more about best practice Facebook Advertising? Explore our resources. 

Analissa Moreno supports Tiger Pistol’s Value Added Reseller social advertising team by managing fulfillment for the Spanish-speaking portion of the portfolio, providing obscure Facebook and Tiger Pistol product knowledge to her teammates, and diving into new reporting projects across the business. Tiger Pistol  creates, deploys, manages, and optimizes high-performance Facebook and Instagram ads at unprecedented scale for global brands, SMB resellers, and agencies that serve multi-location brands.

Playbook: Social Advertising at Scale for Multi-location Brands

While some major platforms have begun to offer advertising objectives that align with local needs such as calls or visits, none come close to the easy, effective tools Tiger Pistol provides to activate and manage your multi-location brand’s social advertising at scale.

Unlocking Local Activation at Scale is the social advertising playbook that reveals just how simple and efficient Tiger Pistol’s social advertising platform makes it for multi-location brands to onboard and empower their local stores or channel partners with brand-approved, best practice, Facebook and Instagram campaigns — all customized for their local audiences.

Ready to streamline your time to results?

CHECKLIST: Avoiding Bogus Leads from Facebook Ads

“Leave me alone.”
“I’m not interested.”
“Who are you?”

Like a discordant refrain, these familiar phrases can feel like they’re playing on loop when following up with potential customers generated from Facebook Lead Ads. Bogus or misleading leads are a huge complaint among advertisers, but there are a few common and useful steps an advertiser can take when building Lead Generation Ad Campaigns to curb the occurrence of false leads.

Certain aspects are out of our control from the advertisers’ end, such as trusting Facebook users to enter correct and non-misleading information, but armed with this handy checklist, you can audit your lead gen ads, making improvements to stem the tide.

☐ Add additional qualifying questions

When trying to differentiate between the good, the bad, and the ugly, especially when it comes to your leads, adding an extra layer of protection goes a long way. One of the best and most highly recommended steps would be to add qualifying questions to your lead form. This helps ensure that the Facebook users who are responding to your ads are doing so in good faith, helping you easily separate leads who appear to have an actual interest in your product or service from leads that are clearly bots and window shoppers.

☐ Provide several responses a user can select from

This step ties directly into the first tip we just discussed, “adding additional qualifying questions.” By giving users a checklist of preset answers to select from when responding to your qualifying questions, you can help yourself later on down the road as you filter and prioritize leads who have shown interest but might not be ready to, “pull the trigger,” or for that matter, “load the gun.” Here’s what prefilled options could look like on a real estate lead gen ad form:

☐ Optimize your ad copy

Consider your ad copy your first line of defense against users who might just be “clicking to click” out of sheer curiosity.  Clear messaging that calls out variables like cost, location, or time-sensitive offerings can help ward away non-buyers and bots alike, instead drawing in serious prospects who you’d want to follow-up with.

☐ Narrow Your Target Audience Focus

Reduce your bogus lead rate with better targeting through lookalike audiences. This robust tool in Facebook’s advertising apparatus can help you help yourself right out of the gate.  Being able to hone in on the audience for your ad campaign clears the cobwebs before they’ve even been spun. Using your existing customer base and then generating a lookalike audience based on that list can focus in on Facebook users who are most likely to turn into offline conversions.

☐ Lead Follow-Up

While not pertaining directly to the ad structure, proper follow-up is one of the most critical and overlooked steps of all. Delays in outreach can cause users to rethink (or even forget) their interest in the product or service being offered. Rapid response to your ad’s hand-raisers can be the catalyst that propels an opportunity forward or severs the relationship forever.  The sooner you follow-up, the more likely a user’s attention stays focused, allowing you to gain valuable insight and build the relationship necessary to move the conversation along towards an offline sale.

Facebook’s release of Lead Generation Ads in October 2015 changed the game for advertisers who use their platform, and since launch, a number of best practices for Facebook Lead Gen Ads have surfaced. Having users within the targeted audience provide detailed information such as, a name, a phone number, as well as an email address greatly increases the seller’s ability to, “cut the fat,” so to speak, and focus their time on outreach to those who have expressed interest directly rather than just counting on data collected after a campaign has concluded. By following the steps outlined above, you won’t just be “cutting the fat,” but providing yourself with the leanest, meanest Lead Gen Campaigns out there.

Ready to learn more about running quality lead generation ads at scale?  Contact us today!

Justin Chavolla is a client success specialist for Tiger Pistol.  Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he moved to Austin 4 years ago. Justin takes his passion for helping others and couples it with his constant curiosity of figuring out how things work. He brings his enthusiasm to Tiger Pistol, where he is able to help our clients succeed and better understand the platform.  As an avid fan of combat sports, when he is not at work you can catch him at the local boxing gym constantly trying to improve his skills.

Garnering Love, Not Likes: What To Do When Advertising Only On Instagram

One of the greatest and most noteworthy benefits of today’s digital advertising landscape is the variety that comes with testing and choosing which social media platforms resonate with your brand the most. While it’s always recommended to try a wide variety of platforms when first advertising on social media in order to understand which suit your brand’s unique goals and objectives, sometimes budget and time constraints can get in the way. If after evaluating your choices and deciding that Instagram is the clear winner for social advertising, be sure to keep the many pros and cons of the mobile-friendly platform in mind.

Demographics and Why They Matter

Demographically speaking, 72% of users who use Instagram are 15 to 35 years old. Keeping this in mind, it’s good to note that this younger fan-base is ideal for businesses in retail, subscription services, and music, but may not be relevant to industries seeking an older audience like businesses pertaining to auto, financial services and healthcare. 

Before you hit the “Publish” button, it’s crucial you know to whom you’re advertising. Focus on data-driven insights and pinpoint exactly who your audience is within Facebook Ads Manager using the Facebook Audience Insights tool. You may be surprised by what you find – perhaps your male-driven brand tends to skew towards a larger female audience on Instagram! Even better, it may guide your campaign strategies on social media moving forward.

Think Globally

While Instagram was founded in the US, 89% of users are found outside the United States. Global leaders of the pack include Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Russia. Businesses with a world-wide presence must keep this in mind when creating content that truly resonates with targeted users from a variety of countries.

Tips and Tricks: Things To Know About Your Ads

Think quality over quantity. When initially launching your ads on Instagram, keep it simple. A/B testing is a surefire way to better understand what users will positively react to, and what works and doesn’t work for your ad. Unsure of what to test first? We recommend experimenting with different target audiences, copy, or different variations of media.

Content may be king, but engaging visuals are the moneymakers. Users flock to Instagram for inspiration and discovery, and they expect the same when they see an ad. Just because you’re paying for placement does not mean that your quality of content can falter. Stop the scrollers in their tracks with high-quality photography or video, killer copy, and a purposeful  Call-To-Action.

Be Smart With Metrics

Sure, likes are always great to receive on Instagram, but they’re certainly not the end-all-be-all for campaign success. When running ads on the platform, keep a close eye on the metrics that truly matter, and be sure to always measure your performance in meaningful ways. If you’re running an ad with a focus on garnering leads, choose to direct your energy towards achieving a low Cost Per Lead. Likewise, if you’re running a campaign focused on brand awareness, be sure to track the number of impressions your campaign has received over time as well as monitor brand recall lift. It’s all about tracking your numbers and applying your learnings to your next campaign.

Don’t Forget About Stories

There are 400 million users watching Instagram Stories each day, with a third of the most-viewed Stories coming from businesses. If you aren’t leveraging Instagram Stories Ads, you’re missing out on an opportunity to garner additional engagement and risk falling behind your competitors.

With social ad spend projected to continue its growth year-over-year, Instagram is by far one of the easiest ways to elevate your brand’s creativity and drive your business objectives.

Let’s talk about running your next scaled social campaign on Instagram. Get in touch with us today!

Alex Serrano joined Tiger Pistol with extensive experience in social media content creation, advertising and reporting. As a Marketing Services Specialist for Tiger Pistol, she works closely with the global brand team, overseeing social strategy and reporting for a variety of clients. Outside of work, you can find Alex hiking with her dog, buying tickets to see a local show or bouldering at the local rock gym. 

Playbook: Social Advertising at Scale for Retail and Consumer Products

Unlocking Local Activation at Scale is the social advertising playbook you’ve been waiting for. You’ll see just how simple and efficient Tiger Pistol’s social advertising platform makes it for Retail and Consumer Products Brands to empower their local store or channel partners with brand-approved, best practice, Facebook and Instagram campaigns — all customized for their local audiences.