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How to promote yourself in three easy steps

Problem = You want to promote an upcoming event
Budget = FREE to $1,000
Solution = Facebook Events, Targeted Ads and Scheduled Posts. Use social media, paid posts and advanced targeting options to get your message out.

Below is a quick outline of what I would recommend to a client. The bulk of the budget is used to get the messages out and drive new visitors to the event page to learn more, sign up, share with friends and ideally purchase tickets to the event directly.

1- Facebook Events
The first thing would be to promote the event on Facebook as an upcoming event. Creating an event is FREE on Facebook. Start by looking In the left navigation bar, there is a link for “Events” and click the “+ Create Event” button in the upper right.

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Screen shot 2013-01-12 at 10.31.21 PMPost all of the in depth details of the upcoming event. Name, Details, Location, Date and Time. For maximum exposure set the Privacy option to “Public”. If possible include a link to purchase tickets. Driving users on Facebook to another Facebook page works best because the user is still on Facebook. Forcing a user to leave the site can directly effect click through rates and ultimately lower the total campaign results. It also helps to give users a reason to “share” the event like a special discounted ticket price for Facebook users, a discount at the door or best a special coupon code to use when purchasing tickets online.

2 – Targeted Ads
Promote your event with an Ad. You can promote the event to as large an audience as you want. How large depends on your budget. The advanced targeted options only show the event ads to users who are in the immediate geographical area and like a similar category. For example: Only people who live in San Francisco who also like Music.

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 5.15.07 PMIt’s best to create a series of ads based on slightly different targets. You can also include variations of the ad copy to increase the chances a user will be interested enough to click.

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 5.11.24 PM3 – Scheduled Posts
Draft a series of pre-event Facebook posts with a increasing sense of urgency. You can write all of posts ahead of time and then scheduled to go out on Facebook and Twitter in the appropriate order with free tools like buffer or tumblr. The time is spent planning everything out and getting the messages correct.

Pre Event Posts:

  1. Introducing the event
  2. Announcing the upcoming event
  3. Promoting a special offer
  4. Reminder of upcoming event (1 week before)
  5. Hurry space is limited (3 days before)
  6. Event is tomorrow (1 day before)
  7. Event is today
  8. Event is in 4 hours
  9. Hurry event is in 1 hour
  10. Event is starting!

Post Event posts:
It’s important to continue the conversation even after the event is over. Some times sharing pictures is enough. Always ask a question in the follow-up posts to encourage a reply. “What was your favorite food at the snack bar?”

  1. Thanks for attending
  2. Share you experience
  3. Share you pictures
  4. Promote CDs / Download
  5. Special Offer on CDs / Special Download Package

Along with the initial event page that was created in step 1, you can also promote any or all of the scheduled posts using the same advanced targeting options mentioned in step 2.

Screen shot 2013-01-12 at 10.56.10 PMWhat’s great is the budget for a posts does not need to be a lot. I have found that even $100 – $500 budget for a “sponsored post” amplifies the reach significantly. Of course, this is core to the Facebook business model and how they make money.

Get Hooked

fishing lure and mailing tubeDirect mailer for Fujitsu internal sales team. Artwork printed in four color, two sided on bright white cover stock and rolled up into a clear mailing tube with red end caps. The direct mailer also included a custom fresh water fishing lure for additional interest. Also developed a companion landing page for the sweepstakes entry element for this campaign as well that leveraged the same graphics for consistency.


Fujitsu Get Hooked Direct Mailer - Front


Fujitsu Get Hooked Direct Mailer - Back

Landing Page:

Landing page screenshot

Creative Direction
Web Design
Graphic Design

Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Dreamweaver


Campaign Goals
The original goal was to collect a two hundred email address and follow up with a targeted email blast when the Q series product launched. Email sign-ups quickly passed the original goal. Collected approximately 1800 email addresses after five weeks of running the teaser banner campaign on www.shopfujitsu.com. After removing duplicates and fraudulent data ended up with 1593 usable email addresses.


  • 32 orders
  • $82,740 incoming order revenue
  • 2.01% conversion rate
  • $2585 average order value
  • Original goal was 200 email address, collected 1593 email addresses
  • Campaign Cost $0

Teaser Banners:

Week-1 - LIFEBOOK Q banner

Week-2 - LIFEBOOK Q banner

Week-3 - LIFEBOOK Q banner

Week-4 - LIFEBOOK Q banner


Landing Page Screenshot:
The only purpose of the landing page was to collect an email address. Page included a daily countdown to the Q series product launch date.

landingpage for the LIFEBOOK Q notebook teaser campaign