Here’s a shocker…
One traffic source does NOT fit all.
Raise your hand if you’ve heard this before…
“The first thing you need to do is find your market.”
But how do you actually get that done? I’m going to share how I go about finding my market.
But first you need to know…
Every business speaks to a different audience. You must run traffic on the platforms where YOUR market is “hanging out”.
If you craft the perfect marketing message but then fail to put it in front of the right audience, your entire campaign will fail.
Trying to sell Apple accessories using Google display ads on a blog about PC’s would end in disaster.
You know… the proverbial, “You can’t sell ice to an Eskimo.”
Those strategies are applicable across all traffic sources.
To learn more about these universal laws of traffic, read these articles…
But traffic is a commodity. A click is a click.
We view traffic like a water faucet. When we want some, we turn it on.
When we want some, we go to the “Traffic Store” and buy it.
You go to buy traffic when you have an offer that you feel is appealing to a certain market.
You buy traffic where that market is hanging out so that YOU can get in front of them.
One of the biggest questions we get from members in Digital Marketer Lab is, “Where should I start running traffic?”
Great question! I had the same question when I started running traffic.
For most situations, I recommend starting with Facebook because…
But Facebook isn’t for everyone. Facebook has started cracking down and banning advertisers. Markets such as dating or weight loss just can’t advertise on Facebook.
So now I answer this question with a question…
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If you’re looking to buy traffic, you want to do so from a source that will help you reach your market.
Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer to this. I haven’t found a tool that tells you which platform to use to reach a specific market (if you have one, please let me know in the comments)
It takes research. It takes time.
It takes thought.
But, the research couldn’t be more important.
Again, if you craft the perfect marketing message but then fail to put it in front of the right audience, your campaign will fail.
So how do you find your market?
First, you need to think about WHO your market is …
Websites like Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. have aggregated millions of users — but each platform has slightly different demographics.
This broad demographic information will help you decide on a platform.
More specific information such as…
… can be used to target your audience once you’ve decided on a platform.
For example, here’s how to find your market on Facebook.
We like to start with Alexa. This tool will give you demographic data on websites around the web.
Let’s start with Pinterest:
Not surprisingly, Pinterest is WAY above average in terms of visits from Females.
Pinterest is a wonderful platform to run traffic in the craft, clothing, make up, and anything e-commerce or female focused.
Check out this research data from PewResearchCenter on Facebook…
“Fully 71% of online adults use Facebook, a proportion unchanged from August 2013. Usage among seniors continues to increase. Some 56% of internet users ages 65 and older now use Facebook, up from 45% who did so in late 2013 and 35% who did so in late 2012. Women are also particularly likely to use Facebook compared with men, a trend that continues from prior years.”
(Facebook is specifically great for reaching older demographics that have SPENDING power).
YouTube, like Facebook, have a large and diverse user base with over 1 billion people visiting YouTube every month.
Let’s take a look at LinkedIn…
“The site (LinkedIn) continues to be particularly popular among college graduates, those in higher-income households and the employed (although the increase in usage by those who are not employed to 21% from 12% in 2013 is notable).
(LinkedIn is especially powerful for reaching the professional market, or running B2B traffic).
You get the gist! Research must be done to ensure your running traffic on the correct platform. It may sound basic, but it really is the FIRST step to running successful traffic campaigns.
hundreds thousands of traffic sources to choose from but we like to stick to the big stores because…
Here’s a matrix of the big traffic sources and when to consider using them…
We have resources on using most of these big “traffic stores” for you on our blog…
It’s the BIGGEST issue we find when traffic campaigns fail… running traffic on a platform where your market isn’t present.
We might shop at the big “traffic stores” first but we’re always experimenting with smaller, niche traffic platorms. So, if a traffic source doesn’t seem conventional, or it’s not what the industry is talking about at the moment – that’s OK!
Test it out.
The important thing is that you find your market online.
Have questions? Just getting started? Let’s talk about it in the comments section.
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Molly Pittman is Digital Marketer's Vice President and Traffic Manager. She uses her wide range of business and communication skills to acquire customers through paid traffic. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Molly has a tiny black dog named Larry. Connect with Molly on FacebookView all Posts by Molly Pittman