The Case for Brands to Implement a Local Social Advertising Program

A common thinking is that if you’re a national brand, you should be doing national advertising. The reality is that despite how large your brand is, 75% of all transactions still occur at a local retailer. We’re not saying national advertising doesn’t have its place, but by only focusing on brand-level advertising, you’re missing out on a huge portion of your market. This is more contrarian than you realize for three primary reasons.

Social Media is a Community Platform

Facebook and Instagram, is about connecting with people you know and connecting with your community. That makes national advertising counter-intuitive to the nature of the platform itself – a proverbial orange in the apple cart. Yet Facebook’s communal approach makes it the perfect venue for the 90 million small and medium-sized businesses with Pages on the platform, 88% of which advertise on the platform. Combine those stats with knowing the average user clicks on 12 ads per month, and it becomes incredibly obvious that since Facebook is a community platform, it should be treated as such by your marketing team. 

Not Every Place is the Same

The Cleveland DMA (Designated Market Area) ranges from active downtown, to bustling suburbs, to expansive farmland. At a macro level, New York City may differ vastly from Miami, but within these cities, there’s a different culture and lingo depending on what borough or area you live in. While proximity matters, local personality and cultural norms matter too. For example, if you’re trying to advertise bicycles, your creative will want to address where people typically ride in those areas, (city bikes vs beach bikes vs mountain or trail bikes), and even what they wear while riding. 

Because Facebook is communal, you have to reflect relevant cultural norms if you want to see a higher level of engagement. A national or even DMA-level ad only allows you to speak about yourself, not about who you’re talking to. 

Local Social Advertising Just Performs Better

It’s no wonder that marketers tend to think of Facebook and Instagram advertising as a top of the funnel activity because so many times campaigns that are branding-built are too general to effectively use the power of the social platform. Local campaigns show 2-3x more conversions* than national campaigns. Time and time again we find that marketers are able to collapse the funnel by driving things down not only to a local level, but a culturally-relevant level all the way down to the individual retailer. Local social advertising allows you to reflect your brand from initial exposure to your product all the way down to where consumers can hold it in their hand. 

Learn more about how collaborative advertising dramatically increases content quality and brand awareness through a more personalized, localized approach to social advertising. 

*Tiger Pistol Internal Data


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