facebook marketing: what NOT to do

Drew Olanoff from the nextweb.com, wrote a great piece on facebook marketing, that I wanted to share with you.

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“With over 900M users, there’s no shock that brands and marketers have turned their attention to setting up shop on Facebook. With the ability to interact with, target and market to people who are in a place prepared to be social, it’s an absolute no-brainer.

However, I’ve noticed the trend of TV commercials mentioning “Follow us on Facebook” or “Visit us on Facebook” way more than mentioning a website. Remember when you couldn’t escape a 30-second commercial that ended with “Check out our website at www.”? Moving this focus to Facebook makes sense, but also leaves me with the question of “what will be next”?

I ask this question because Facebook became the hip and cool alternative to visiting a boring and bland website. It’s now a way for a brand to show people that they’re “in the know” and speak to a “new generation.”  Blah blah blah. I say blah, because have you visited one of these brand’s Facebook pages lately? It’s full of crap like the old boring websites were.

Here’s an example:

facebook marketing

How is the above post interesting, cool or groundbreaking? It’s a picture of a Coca-Cola thermometer with a boring slogan to urge us to drink Coke. Just like a stupid website used to do. You may say “But wait, people can “like” it, and that’s cool!”

No, it’s not.

Liking something is becoming the way for people to bookmark things they see with a nod in the affirmative. It’s not a “like” anymore, it’s an “oh, cool.”

—–> Note: I SO agree with Drew on this point.

In next month’s Seductive Selling Newsletter, I actually have an article on this.  But in a nutshell, it seems like companies are now vying for likes.  As if one company has more likes than another company, it means something.

Let me tell you, my daughter and her friends are the same way.  It’s “off to the races,” when it comes to facebook friend accumulation.  There’s a definite “pecking order” as far as who gets more likes, who has more friends, and so on.

But Sam’s twelve years old.  You expect this out of 12 year olds.  In their mind, “likes” and “friends” really do show some kind of status.

But how does a mature company think “likes” translates into anything besides… “likes?”

Isn’t the point of advertising to do something crazy, like “make money?”

let me know what you think, in the comments section below   —–>

Here, Olanoff continues:

“I don’t think it’s too early to think about what the next destination portal will be for brands, because something tells me that it won’t be Facebook for that many years. Just like the phone number got replaced with the website, Facebook is going to become boring. It’s not Facebook’s fault, really, it’s more the fault of the marketers and brands who aren’t stretching the boundaries of the platform they’re using.

Websites became stale and stagnant because the people behind them sucked at what they did and had zero vision.

If this is the best that Coca-Cola can do with Facebook, then this platform is screwed in the longevity game.

What you’re seeing above is absolutely lazy. I’m not going to sit here and jibber jabber about what the company should be doing, because that’s their job.”

—->  Note: Olanoff’s being kind.

This isn’t just lazy, it’s actually embarrassing.

It’s like promising your friends you’re having a party at your house, and when they get there, all they find is your wife’s parents visiting you for the weekend.


I can walk down the block and see more entertaining billboards than that ad.


“Consumers don’t want to look at a streaming billboard when they check out the best that the brand has to offer. There are plenty of creative people out there that could use multiple destinations on the web to create a fun immersive experience. They’re there, but I don’t see their work enough.

So what is the future?

I think we’re going to go back to the website being front and center, simply because it’s the pieces and functionality of platforms like Twitter and Facebook that appeal to consumers, not the platforms themselves. Show me the kids who say “Cool, I’m going to drink Coke because they’re on Facebook!” and I’ll show you three unicorns with iPhones.

Let’s kick this social stuff up a notch before you drop millions into commercials with a boring end result like a Facebook page with slightly filtered images.

—–>  Great article, thanks Drew.

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