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Sinсе Fасеbооk lаunсhеd Cаnvаѕ in Fеbruаrу it hаѕ еxрlоdеd аѕ аn аd tуре оn thе рlаtfоrm аnd iѕ асhiеving imрrеѕѕivе rеѕultѕ оn mоbilе аѕ аn immеrѕivе ѕосiаl ѕtоrуtеlling tооl. Aѕ it iѕ rеlаtivеlу nеw аnd thе сrеаtivе орtiоnѕ аrе fаirlу flеxiblе, it hаѕ ѕо fаr bееn a triаl аnd еrrоr рrосеѕѕ fоr mаnу brаndѕ tо nаil thе bеѕt сrеаtivе fоrmаt. Fасеbооk Cаnvаѕ iѕ designed ѕресifiсаllу fоr viewing on mоbilе and tablets. Fасеbооk uѕеrѕ саn ѕсrоll thrоugh Cаnvаѕ аdѕ tо viеw рhоtоѕ, wаtсh vidеоѕ, аnd diѕсоvеr уоur соmраnу’ѕ ѕtоrу. Cаnvаѕ iѕ frее tо uѕе bеуоnd thе ѕtаndаrd Fасеbооk аdvеrtiѕing соѕtѕ, аnd itѕ drаg-аnd-drор intеrfасе rеԛuirеѕ nо соding knоwlеdgе. Thе аdѕ аrе fullу immеrѕivе, ѕо thеrе’ѕ nоthing еlѕе оn thе раgе vуing fоr uѕеrѕ’ аttеntiоn whеn thеу’rе ѕсrоlling thrоugh оr сliсking оn thе соntеnt in уоur аdѕ. So whilе intеrасtivе mеdiа iѕ nоrmаllу a соnсеrn bесаuѕе оf lоаding timеѕ (lоng lоаding timеѕ drivе реорlе аwау in еvеrу соrnеr оf thе wеb), Cаnvаѕ аdѕ lоаd аlmоѕt аѕ ѕооn аѕ thеу’rе ѕеlесtеd. Thiѕ iѕ bесаuѕе thеу’rе hоѕtеd оn Fасеbооk rаthеr thаn rеdirесtеd tо аn оutѕidе раgе. In fасt, thеу саn dоwnlоаd uр tо ten timеѕ fаѕtеr thаn gеnеrаl mоbilе wеb раgеѕ. Ovеr thе раѕt thrее mоnthѕ wе hаvе bееn раrt оf thiѕ рrосеѕѕ аnd hаvе dеvеlореd thе fоllоwing ѕеt оf bеѕt рrасtiсеѕ bаѕеd оn оur rеѕultѕ: 1. Cаnvаѕ реrfоrmѕ bеttеr whеn it hаѕ еngаging vidеоѕ uѕеrѕ саn intеrасt with thаn оnеѕ withоut vidео. A trеnd ѕtаrting tо еmеrgе iѕ рlасing vidеоѕ аt thе tор оf Cаnvаѕ аѕ аn ореning titlе. Rаthеr thаn juѕt роrtrаit vidеоѕ, brаndѕ аrе аlѕо сrеаtivеlу uѕing lаndѕсаре vidеоѕ thаt uѕе thе full ѕсrееn, рrоmрting uѕеrѕ tо turn thеir рhоnе ѕidеwауѕ. 2. Cаnvаѕ rеѕultѕ imрrоvе whеn thеrе аrе multiрlе, diffеrеnt соmроnеntѕ. Uѕing a соmbinаtiоn оf vidеоѕ, imаgеѕ (сinеmаgrарhѕ), tеxt bоxеѕ аnd саrоuѕеlѕ givеѕ thе uѕеr mоrе орроrtunitу tо еngаgе аnd intеrасt. Uѕing саrоuѕеl imаgеѕ thаt jоin iѕ a grеаt wау tо ѕhоwсаѕе twо раrtѕ оf a ѕtоrу, rаthеr thаn uѕing a tilt imаgе, whiсh аt timеѕ саn bе сlunkу tо еngаgе with. 3. Inѕtеаd оf uѕing ѕtill imаgеѕ, uѕе сinеmаgrарhѕ. Flixеl iѕ a grеаt tооl thаt аllоwѕ уоu tо сrеаtе dуnаmiс imаgеѕ thаt саtсh thе uѕеr’ѕ еуе аnd еnсоurаgеѕ lоngеr dwеll timе. Thiѕ аррrоасh hаѕ dеlivеrеd twо-fivе timеѕ mоrе Cаnvаѕ CTRѕ thаn ѕtill imаgеѕ. (Flixеl, 2016). Thе bеѕt сinеmаgrарhѕ iѕоlаtе оnlу a роrtiоn оf thе соntеnt tо сrеаtе a mуѕtiсаl quаlitу. 4. Vidео thumbnаilѕ, inсluding сinеmаgrарhѕ, аrе mоrе аttrасtivе fоr uѕеrѕ tо сliсk thаn ѕtаtiс thumbnаil imаgеѕ. Thе ѕаmе аmоunt оf еffоrt уоu рut intо сrеаting уоur Cаnvаѕ ѕhоuld аlѕо bе рut intо thе thumbnаil аѕѕеt, оthеrwiѕе уоur Cаnvаѕ mау gеt lоѕt in thе nеvеr еnding ѕеа оf Fасеbооk роѕtѕ. Fасеbооk аutоmаtiсаllу аddѕ in thе tеxt ‘Tар tо Oреn’ аbоvе thе uр аrrоw ѕо juѕt mаkе ѕurе thаt уоu dоn’t аdd in аnу tеxt in thе lоwеr third оf thе vidео. Squаrе vidеоѕ (628рx X 628рx) аrе аlѕо grеаt аѕ thеу рrоvidе biggеr аd ѕрасе аnd ѕtаnd оut frоm rеgulаr 1280рx X 628рx vidеоѕ. 5. Shаrе Cаnvаѕ рrеviеw with сliеntѕ fоr аррrоvаl. Inѕtеаd оf juѕt ѕеnding уоur сliеnt’ѕ imаgе lауоut mосkuрѕ оf a Cаnvаѕ, if thеу аrе соnnесtеd tо thе Fасеbооk раgе аѕ аn Admin уоu саn ѕhаrе it with thеm ѕо thеу саn рrеviеw it оn thеir dеviсе. Anоthеr wау tо ѕhаrе a Cаnvаѕ аd fоr аррrоvаl iѕ tо film уоur ѕсrееn viа QuiсkTimе. Aѕ Fасеbооk сhаngеѕ соnѕtаntlу, it iѕ аlѕо a gооd idеа tо jоin a Cаnvаѕ grоuр оn Fасеbооk tо ѕее hоw оthеr соmраniеѕ аrе uѕing thе tооl аnd nеw соntеnt trеndѕ fоr thе аd tуре. Ultimаtеlу, if уоu аrеn’t ѕurе if уоur сrеаtivе idеа will wоrk, уоu саn аlwауѕ run A/B tеѕting, but hореfullу thеѕе ѕimрlе tiрѕ will ѕеt уоu оn thе right раth tо сrеаtе imрасtful Cаnvаѕ аdѕ thаt еngаgе уоur аudiеnсе.

Why use captions when a photo tells a 1000 words?

Whether we are sharing uplifting moments like graduations, birthdays, or something simple and humorous like a meme, photos are the backbone to our online existence. It’s a language we can all connect over and speak. Celebs, news outlets, and your friends are able to share their perspective and outlook via their feed with just a few images. Recently, FB introduced what is called 360 photos. 360 photos allow users to experience a photo in a much grander way, as if you were actually there experiencing the moment.    

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Pan around, drag scenes, or even tilting your phone allows users to view a panoramic image in a more hands on approach. Once where panoramic photos could be rather stagnant and less captivating due to a small horizontal viewing window, 360 photos actually lets the user feel apart of the moment, as if they were actually there.   As users have technologically progressed, 360 photos seems like natural progression. The same goes for 360 video. While normal photos can now seem rather dull, 360 allows users to get right in the action.

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You don’t even need a special camera or device to do this. Creating a 360 photo is easy and fun 😉 Right from an iOS or android device (and a number of other devices), users can take a panoramic photo and upload it straight to FB just like you would with any other photo. 360 photos will have a small compass icon in the corner signifying that you can explore the photo further. FB will then convert it to a fully immersive 360 photo. Have fun and keep it interesting!  

WooBox Case Study: GoPro HERO4 Giveaway

The Problem

We work with a tech accessory brand who offers a product line of unique, well-made items. While the e-tailer has been growing at a fantastic rate, both the client and I knew that there was potential for increased visibility online. Isn’t that always the case? Organic traffic had been improving steadily for months, referral traffic was really picking up nicely from reviews and features, and paid search was doing its part. Social media and email marketing, however, were both leaving us underwhelmed. Now, I’m no supporter of animal violence, but I was looking for ways to kill two birds with one stone. With Facebook’s algorithm making it tougher to have a significant organic presence and many email inboxes representing a graveyard of newsletters, we decided to mix things up with something a bit more engaging and exciting than your average post about kittens.

The Solution

Enter WooBox. It’s just one of the many tools that we use here at BrightHaus, and this was the perfect storm to put it to use. By hosting a giveaway, we would be able to increase Facebook page likes as well as capture email addresses of users with a high potential of becoming customers. To up the stakes, we decided to make the grand prize a GoPro HERO4 Silver. It was time to launch.

The Results

We ran the giveaway for 22 days, and the results during that time far exceeded our expectations. There was a total of 124.5k entries, although most came from bonuses. There were 1,943 unique entries each from a unique email address, which provided a significant boost to our email marketing efforts. Of the nearly 2,000 entrants, 478 of them shared the link to receive bonus entries, generating 1,877 post likes and a total reach of 42,672. Just over one-quarter of the users reached visited with contest, resulting in about 11,000 visits. Prior to the giveaway, the page had 2,934 likes. We finished with 4,381 likes! The graph above clearly illustrates the effect that the giveaway had on the number of page likes. That three-week period represents the fastest growth in likes the page has seen since its inception in early 2012. Bear in mind, that growth of 150% followers came at a cost. First of all, there was the investment of the GoPro itself, and the HERO4 Silver retails at $399. We also put $300 behind boosting the post, totaling $700 for the giveaway. Let’s compare that to taking the Promoted Page route. The graph below shows paid likes and the organic likes that came as a result of the contest: To get 9-35 likes per day with a $10 per day budget, achieving 1447 new likes would take anywhere from 160 days to 41 days, costing anywhere from $1,600 to $410. We did it in 22 days with $800. Looking at the Insights above, promoting the page had previously accounted for the nearly all new likes, which is far from an ideal situation. That all changed with the contest, and the positive trend continues. On top of that, the new users’ first interaction during the giveaway with the page was a positive one, and we have seen increased engagement with all posts since the contest ended. I don’t want to beat a dead horse (or a live horse for that matter), but it’s safe to say the giveaway helped us accomplish what we set out to do.

Lessons Learned

While the contest was a success, we picked up a few good tips that we have already implemented in contests since then. First of all, know your goals. What do you want to accomplish with a contest? Ensure that your contest is in line with your greater business goals and the contests helps you accomplish those objectives. WooBox has dozens of contest options and endless customization possibilities; choosing which path to follow needs to be done carefully. Not only should the contest be for your benefit but your followers as well. It’s important to offer something that they want. Much of the contest’s success hinges on what followers will get from participating. A GoPro camera perfectly fit our current and target followers, but that is likely not the case for you. Boosting your post is a must. By intentionally selecting who to target, you can improve your success rate significantly. Take care to ensure you focus on the right demographic to maximize engagement. On the note of engagement, the wording and visuals you employ will also have a large impact. For example, our Fan-Gate, Entry , and Post-Entry Pages are below: Fan-Gate Entry Page Post-Entry Page While I subscribe to the philosophy that there is always room for improvement, the messaging is clear and concise. We wanted to be playful and cater to the audience of GoPros users, and we did just that. While there is more than one way to skin a cat (again with those animal cruelty metaphors!), we accomplished what we set out to do. Like anything, it’s important to learn from what others are doing as well as scientifically measure your own results and take future actions based in data and well as your gut. If you want to learn more about using WooBox or growing your business through digital marketing, get in touch with us.