According to a new study by G/O Digital, when people want to find out more about a local small business — they check Facebook more than any other social channel. G/O Digital, a Gannett company, found that when asked which social channel users go to in order to find out about a local business, Facebook led the way at 62 percent. Pinterest was second at 12 percent, and Twitter third at 11 percent.
Small business advisor and USA Today columnist Rhonda Abrams, who participated in the Facebook Fit series of events for small and midsized businesses, urged SMBs to focus on finding their best customers in a post on the Facebook for Business page.
For the average Facebook marketer, the company can seem … faceless. Facebook is working to change that. The social network concluded a nationwide tour at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, where it met with small business owners and entrepreneurs: Facebook Fit. In addition to hearing from small business experts and Facebook Director of Small Business Dan Levy, attendees got one-on-one help regarding their marketing situations. This in-person interaction is something Facebook wants to do more of.
The latest installment in Facebook’s Getting Started series for small and midsized businesses focuses on how they can use Ads Manager to track the performance of their ads and campaigns on the social network.
Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced during Facebook’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday that the social network now has more than 1.5 million active advertisers, as well as more than 30 million active small and midsized businesses, with 19 million of those active on mobile.
Last week, Facebook announced that it is testing a new buy button feature, enabling businesses to sell products directly on the social network. The button — available on desktop and mobile ads and page posts — is currently limited to a few small and midsized businesses in the U.S.
Former Facebook Vice President of Global Operations Colm Long led a $650,000 seed funding round for PropelAd, which provides digital advertising automation for small and midsized businesses, and Tribal.vc and Enterprise Ireland also took part.
It’s hard to come up with a more obvious call to action than “buy,” and Facebook announced Thursday that it is testing a buy call-to-action button with “a few small and midsized businesses in the U.S.”