Social Media Marketing


Social PPC (Pay Per Click) is a form of paid digital advertising, but solely for placement on Social Media platforms. These ads can be targeted to groups of users based on demographics, interest in topics, or other data gathered by the platform. Typically, these ads will appear in a users "feed" or "timeline", and advertisers can pay by utilising two bid strategies: CPC (Cost Per Click) or CPM (Cost Per Thousand Impressions).

User engagement and goal-based metrics such as CTR (Click through rate), Conversion Rate and Impressions are usually used to measure success. For a full overview, watch the below video from our Digital Marketing Director, Josh Whiten.

With Facebook’s ever-expanding advertising options, Twitter’s promoted tweets and profiles and cards, LinkedIn’s advertising and marketing solution, and, of course, more recently Instagram, there are now plenty of online advertising options to run alongside Google Adwords. Even Snapchat has now begun its advertising offering and you could argue that apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (who are both starting to roll out advertising options to businesses via their platforms) should also be included in the ‘Social PPC’ list. Whilst Social PPC didn’t start on Facebook, it was one of the first social platforms to make it widely available with self-service functionality.

Firstly, you may have noticed that “everyone is doing it”, but this isn’t exactly the strongest argument. Social PPC should be thought of more like display advertising than search advertising. The advertiser determines who will see the ad and when, as opposed to this being lead by the user’s search terms. Ultimately, the numbers you see should match or be better than display or content networks. Also unlike search advertising, Social PPC also has the ability to create deeper engagement with the user. Sure, it can generate a click through to a landing page, but it could also be a Like, Follow, re-Tweet, Check-In, share or Re-Pin, for example. Social PPC is great for brand awareness too. Every click that doesn’t convert into a sale or sign-up isn’t lost; there will be a few more people out there who know your brand and have experienced something to do with it. In our experience, Social PPC is at its best when implemented as part of a wider campaign and given its own role within a wider strategy. Take the following example of a typical customer journey within the arts & entertainment sector: