Yellow pages vs Facebook ads

Should you cancel your print listing?

Yellow Pages vs Facebook ads - facebook ads application icon on apple iphone x screen close-upIf you’re a small business owner with a modest marketing budget, every dollar you spend has to be worth the investment.

For decades buying an ad in the local Yellow Pages was a reliable way for people to find a business. This has changed since the web, Google, and social media transformed the nature of marketing. The fact is, these days most consumers across the globe use the web. They use review sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Amazon, or even Yellow Pages online to discover products and services in their area.

Consider these recent stats: more than 88% of consumers use online reviews when deciding to make a purchase, and 85% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.

Comparing an old-fashioned business directory with Facebook ads is a lot like comparing apples and oranges. Although they both offer customers a way to find you, a phone book won’t let you micro-target your demographic, reach potential customers around the world, or easily track your ROI. These are crucial for making better, more strategic future advertising decisions. 

Facebook ads: a full list of pros

As of November 2017, Facebook boasts 65 million business pages and 5 million advertisers each month. In the second half of 2017 alone, advertisers spent more than $9 billion on Facebook ads.

Here are a few more reasons you should consider re-allocating your Yellow Pages budget to Facebook ads:

  • They’re affordable, with the lowest cost per 1,000 impressions compared to any other online advertising opportunity. Just set your budget and you’ll be charged per clicks or impressions, up to your maximum limit. If your budget is $100 but you only get $80 worth of ad performance, Facebook will only charge $80.
  • You can micro-target Facebook ads to maximise results. The more you know about your customers, the more effectively you’ll be able to customise your ads for greater appeal. Demographics include location, age, gender, employment status, annual income, and hobbies.
  • They offer valuable analytics to monitor each ad’s performance. This tells you exactly how well your investment is paying off or if you need to tweak your ad strategies
  • Facebook offers plenty of resources online to help you plan and design more effective campaigns.

Tips for creating your first Facebook ad

When designing a Facebook ad, you’ll need to make some key decisions at each step of the process.

Facebook offers ten campaign objectives to choose from based on your primary goal for each ad. Facebook also has a variety of formats to suite your target audience.

Take a look at Facebook’s handy beginner’s advertising guide to help you make your first campaign a success. Be sure to check out Hootsuite’s complete guide, too.

Final thoughts

The keys to successful marketing, no matter which strategy you choose, are tracking results and above all, consistency. Once you discover your audience’s sweet spot with the right kind of Facebook ad, simply maintain your efforts and reap the rewards.