Quiz time

Which of the following pictures gets the most clicks in my recent Facebook ad test? 

Was it –
A. An asian girl looking slightly above towards audience, or
B. A picture of SOHO work space that (might) intrigue viewers' emotion, or
C. A picture of an exotic animal that look into viewers' direction?

…… 

…… ……

So did you spend time to think about it?

The answer is A.An asian girl looking slightly above towards audience.

Not a big surprise though – as studies have shown again and again that photos of people (females, especially) draw most attention on Facebook (and most other social media platforms).

What amazed me is the huge difference (in results) between picture A with the other two. In one recent ad setI ran on Facebook, picture A were better in term of engagement/impression (by 135%+ vs the loser – picture B),  CTR (by 120%), and costs (by ~200%). 

Moral of the story – Testing your ads with photos of people (you might also want to try out different combination – female vs male vs male and female) always. 

#socialmedia   #facebook   #abtesting   #facebookmarketing   #facebookads  

Google is getting restructured and a new parent company (of G) named "Alphabet"…

Google is getting restructured and a new parent company (of G) named "Alphabet" is created. Articles on big news network are simply spinning and re-quoting whatever had been said.

In summary, the new company name is Alphabet. Google is a wholly owned subsidiary of the new Alphabet along with YouTube, and other companies that will be created with their own CEOs. Sundar Pichai, who has been running Google technically for a year, will be the new Google CEO.

GOOGL and GOOG stocks will continue to trade under those symbols, although the shares will actually be in the new Alphabet.

For more details, I recommend reading Slash Dots' insightful-rated comments.

#googl   #alpahbet   #googleshareholders  

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Google Is Restructuring Under a New Company Called Alphabet – Slashdot
Mark Wilson writes: Sundar Pichai is the new CEO of Google as the company undergoes a huge restructuring. Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are moving to a new company called Google Alphabet which will serve as an umbrella company for Google and its various projects. Google itself is being, in …

Gone viral. Shared. Cited. Interviewed

If you know what these words mean, you’re likely looking to achieve the same with your website or social media marketing campaigns.

If you don’t see the pattern, relax. These terms stand for a timeless concept you likely want to understand and implement.

From a towel-wearing man on YouTube catching the attention of some pretty influential people, to an accidental coupon trending on Twitter, it’s pretty amazing to see all the popularity individuals and businesses have achieved with viral marketing in the past decade.

But going viral is not always something that you can plan… or is it?

Here are 10 ways to increase your chances of going viral and hitting gold on Problogger.net – 

#blogging   #viral   #wordofmouth  

10 Quick Tips for Going Viral : @ProBlogger
This is a guest post from Jerry Low. If you’re on the web, your site and blog are likely unique …

The Google we knew 5-10 years ago is very different than what it is today

And it's gonna climb greater height in near future. In Sergey Bin's word – Google should answer the question before you even asking it. If you'd like to find out more – this series on Medium is a must read.

#google #searchengine

Google’s Secret Study To Find Out Our Needs
To improve search, ask people what they don’t ask for themselves

Should you outsource your SEO campaign? And, how?

Personally I don't think SEO is something you should fully outsourced – especially for small business owners. The really good SEOs are probably too busy working for their own sites (and even if they work for you, it'd cost you an arm and leg); and the average ones probably will not have the vision and necessary skills/knowledge. 

The best way to do so – as I mentioned in the comment – is to learn things yourself and take the lead in the campaign; but outsource the grunt work to smaller/cost-effective web service providers. 

Thoughts? 

Reshared post from +Dennis Seymour

Outsourcing SEO the Way You Want It
Things Business Owners Need to Know

SEO is a lot of work and you have a lot of ways to get someone else to do it for you. If you are new to this then read this.

This is my latest Blog Post so please check it out and share it if you like it. 

Thanks! :)

#SEO   #Philippines  

Outsource SEO to the Philippines | How Do You Like It Done?
SEO in the Philippines is an up and coming industry but internationally, it’s one of the top destinations to outsource SEO work to. Curious? Read on.

Think Facebook is dying? Think again.

Think Facebook is dying? Think again.

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Chart of the Day: Facebook’s active user figure twice that of any other network
http://g-web.in/1zzNuYz

With our new GWI Social report out this week, our chart for Wednesday takes a look at the top 10 social platforms globally.

Outside of China, GWI tracks more than 35 named platforms – some global, some localized to particular regions or markets. Despite this wealth of services, Facebook is ahead of all of them; as 2014 nears its end, the social networking giant is able to boast a 20-point lead over its next closest rival in terms of both membership and active usage rates.

Certainly, the ways in which people are interacting with Facebook continue to evolve, and other networks are able to boast much faster growth rates and much younger audiences. Nevertheless, it’s critical to recognize that more than four fifths (83%) of online adults outside of China are members of Facebook, while close to half (47%) consider themselves to be actively using the network. For a service which is now more than ten years old, this is an extremely impressive achievement – and one that underlines the consistently impressive reach that Facebook offers.
  
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