The straight dope on Facebook ads

My friend Andrew sent me “Facebook’s Business Model is a Dead End” on Business Insider. The author complains that many of Facebook’s users are fake accounts, advertisers have generally abandoned Facebook. GM for example, who yanked $10 million cuz Facebook wasn’t working.

Well I’ve got bad news and good news.

First, the bad news:

Facebook has acted irresponsibly to both advertisers and shareholders by building a crappy ad interface with lousy tools. I do not believe that Facebook itself even understands direct response marketing.

If Facebook’s shareholders knew what Tom Meloche and I know, they’d be staging an “Occupy Facebook” protest in Menlo Park California. They’re a $5 billion company that should be $15 billion.

Now the good news:

For people whose www.IsFBforMe.com score is 8 and above, it DOES work – if you know what you’re doing.

My friend Bill called me a few days ago and told me that in the first week of 2013, he got 1700 opt-ins from a new Facebook promotion and paid for all those clicks within 3 days with a well-executed webinar. He collected email addresses from his FB Fan Page. His IsFBforMe.com score is 8.2.

To my knowledge, none of his competitors are using Facebook seriously – so he’s alone in the space!

This is NOT unusual.

When I say that Facebook has done a lousy job of building an ad platform, you have to ask: Relative to WHAT?

Relative to Google AdWords, of course. Everyone knows AdWords works. It’s the Gold Standard in online advertising.

But compared to: renting mailing lists… recruiting affiliates… organizing product launches… placing ads in magazines… doing guest blogs…. just about any other kind of online OR offline advertising, it’s reasonably easy.

IF you do Facebook ads with Right Angle Marketing, the way we teach in our book and courses.

Be realistic and remember – if your business sells escapism, entertainment, art, activism, tribal identity or any kind of emotional experience – you’re probably leaving money on the table by not advertising on Facebook.

Perry Marshall

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Entrepreneur Magazine says: "Perry Marshall is the #1 author and world's most-quoted consultant on Google Advertising. He has helped over 100,000 advertisers save literally billions of dollars in Adwords stupidity tax."

He is referenced across the Internet and by The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and Forbes Magazine.

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Posted by Perry on January 21st, 2013. Filed in Marketing Blog. Tagged as . Follow responses thru Comments RSS. Follow responses thru Comments RSS.