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Get Ahead of the Upcoming Holiday Shopping Rush with Facebook’s New Suite of Marketing Tools for SMBs

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Although it is hard to believe, the annual holiday shopping season is just around the corner. Small businesses hoping to boost sales during this time should waste no time planning a holiday marketing campaign. Fortunately, Facebook is ready to assist SMBs with a range of new marketing tools.

Recently, the social media juggernaut discussed several new tools designed to help startups manage operations, build creative advertisements and communicate with customers more effectively. These tools could help companies across all sectors chart a path to success during the fast-approaching holiday shopping season.

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Targeting Your Copy to Customers' Needs

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When you are creating marketing copy with a call to action, the ultimate, final goal is not always some general concept like brand awareness or spreading the word about a new idea. Sometimes, you're trying to directly sell to the reader. You're trying to get a conversion. That's not to say that copy for brand awareness won't work; it can, and it does. But you must remember that unique pages have unique goals, and you need to have copy that focuses on those goals. It needs to work toward a specific end. Only when you identify that can you create pages that work and do what you intend. Finding that success is not a fluke, so long as you focus on it from the very beginning.

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Does Facebook's Slogan Change Mean a Paid Site Is Coming?

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When did you sign up for Facebook? If it was any time in the last 15 years -- the site launched in 2004, though it was very restrictive at the time -- then you probably saw the simple logo on the signup page. The page read "Sign Up" in large letters, and then had a small slogan below that read: "It's free and always will be." Always. It's something that many users have taken in stride. They expect that free content, that free ability to connect with friends, brands, businesses, co-workers and family members. In fact, a major part of the allure of Facebook is that it is free and anyone can use it. That's why it's the No. 1 social network in the world -- among other reasons. However, all of that could be about to change.

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Instagram Rolls out New Measures to Fight Back Against Growth Hackers

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In today’s increasingly crowded online marketplace, many startups struggle to find effective tactics to grow a robust online presence. Unfortunately, some, out of sheer frustration, turn to growth hacking, or recruiting large numbers of ghost followers from fake profiles to generate an artificially significant online presence.

Instagram recently announced that they plan to target these fake profiles and crack down on SMBs using ghost followers to inflate their online reputation. Like other “black hat” SEO tactics, businesses using these shortcuts often sacrifice long-term growth potential for short-term gains.

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Facebook Uses AI to Uphold Community Standards

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Facebook is the largest social media network in the world. For a website that started in a dorm room and targeted college students, its growth over the last decade and a half has been tremendous. Today, that means that an incredible amount of content gets uploaded every day. People add new photos, write new status updates, run ad campaigns, create new groups and much more. While Facebook has strict content quality standards, you may wonder how they can possibly uphold them with this much to worry about and keep track of. Could they ever hire enough employees to keep an eye on everything, or are there other solutions?

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