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Companies have relied of Facebook ads as a way to take advantage of this social media medium on college campuses but just because it is the ‘safest’ way to use Facebook doesn’t mean it’s the most effective.
Many large companies who embark on college marketing know they need to tie Facebook into their college marketing strategy which we certainly agree with, as Facebook is in very high demand among 18-22 year olds. The question is how to effectively incorporate it.
Facebook offers traditional online ads similar to banners ads on the margin of the facebook platform. Companies and agencies like this type of approach because it is familiar to them, they can gather (or at least they think they can gather) traditional type metrics to analyze and everyone will go on their merry way. The problem is that college students (and most people in general) do not go on Facebook to look at ads; they are not interested in engaging with online ads and it’s just another example of students’ being bombarded with digital ads, while they are trying to enjoy an online experience.
Studies show that college students are apt to ‘unfriend’ and disengage companies who appear to be ‘selling’ to them on Facebook, rather than engaging with them. Marketers must use tact in pursuing Facebook college marketing.
Facebook is one of the most highly trafficked social media platforms among college students making it an almost essential part of any college marketing strategy. The way companies and brands go about this process is what really can separate the winners from the losers in brand engagement among college students and ultimately return on investment.
In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, studies show that 39% of college students ‘unfriend’ because a brand is over-stepping their bounds in trying to sell them something. See below for the main culprits resulting in an ‘unfriending’: