Online reviews dictate much of our daily lives, from where to eat, where to shop, and many other things. For younger generations, and those tech savvy older folks, online reviews are almost as trusted as word of mouth. They can make a huge impact on how well your business does, so it’s important to pay attention to them! If you have any doubt about the impact of negative or positive reviews, check out this statistic: A whopping 68% of millennials trust online reviews most, as opposed to 34% who trust television advertisements.
Maintaining a social media presence is a no-brainer for businesses in a variety of industries. Getting your name into the status feeds of various platforms offers a slug of benefits. It helps your brand get recognized, improves your search engine rankings, and offers an easy way to update your audience with company news and discounts. Of course, it enhances customer service, too. In fact, 71 percent of consumers who have a positive experience with a company via social media are likely to recommend that company to friends and family. And it does all of this without much cost. [Read more…]
In case you missed it, social networks saw a massive jump in active users, as 8.6 million Baby Boomers joined social media between July 2015 and December 2016. Facebook in particular has seen continued growth over the years; the social network had 1.86 billion monthly active users as of the end of 2016, up from 1.79 billion the previous quarter and 1.59 billion a year earlier. This is despite claims by Princeton researchers that Facebook would lose up to 80% of their users by 2017. Needless to say, rumors of Facebook’s death have been hugely exaggerated
If you haven’t begun advertising on Facebook yet, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to reach your audience. The platform provides a wide range of tools to help you target the exact people you want to see your ads, grab their attention, and track your results along the way. If cost is your concern, Facebook ads work with any budget and can be purchased in a variety of ways.
We’ve spoken about mobile marketing in the past, but we just can’t emphasize its importance enough. If you’re new here, you’re probably wondering, “What is mobile marketing? What is so different about this strategy?” For starters, mobile marketing is promotional activity designed for delivery to phones and other devices. We are beginning to see more people on their phones rather than computers, and this is especially true for millennials.
In the beginning stages of building your Facebook presence, the numbers can be a little bit discouraging. It may seem difficult to compete with huge pages that have hundreds of thousands of likes, and with very few followers and almost no likes or comments on your content, you will probably begin to wonder where you went wrong. However, you’ll be relieved to know that this is normal, and it’s a hurdle every new page has to overcome. [Read more…]
Some of us, admittedly, use social media to look up people from our past – ex flames or our high school peers. But this ability isn’t limited to individuals; it works for companies, too. Platforms like Instagram are great ways to see what your competitors are doing. Once you know that, it’s easier to keep up. [Read more…]
Once upon a time, advertising was different – in the olden days of the 1980s, we walked uphill both ways through blizzards just to look at billboards. Now, in modern times, full-print ads, TV commercials, and radio spots no longer dominate. As a business owner, you’re well aware of this – you’ve adapted to the times and replaced traditional marketing, at least in part, with digital marketing. But, is that enough? [Read more…]
The impact of social media marketing on your company’s overall reputation can’t be overstated. However, as we have mentioned before, not every social media channel will give you the same results. For example, the most effective times to advertise on Instagram are certainly not the same as those for Pinterest. It only makes sense to cover all bases! This will help you achieve the best results, gain the most conversions, and reach as many potential customers as possible. [Read more…]
Once upon a time, video killed the radio star; now, it’s affecting traditional blogging, too. While the written word remains popular and necessary, video is quickly becoming the outlet of choice for people looking for information, entertainment, and knowledge. This is important to remember if you own a business. [Read more…]
It’s fair to say that Facebook has impacted many of our lives. It’s kept us in touch with friends and family, it’s allowed us to discuss topical issues, it’s given us a forum for self-expression. It’s even acted as a news station, informing us of everything going on in the world. Thanks to Facebook, we all know more than we’ve ever wanted to know about pregnant giraffes. [Read more…]
There were 2.8 billion active users on social media as of January 2017. This number may be hard to swallow, but it’s easy to believe when you consider just how significant social media and the internet are in today’s society. As a business owner embarking on the social media marketing journey, this is great news. However, it’s important to remember that not all of the nearly 3 billion people are using the same networks. The tricky part is figuring out what platforms work best for your business and your target demographic. [Read more…]
With the popularity of sites like Instagram and Snapchat, many people assume that Twitter is on its final leg; it’s allegedly “dying” of the same disease that killed Myspace and Friendster: disinterest. However, while more novel sites certainly have the attention of certain demographics, Twitter isn’t obsolete. In fact, there are several elements that attest to Twitter’s longevity. So, if you’re thinking of logging off, think again. Tweeting isn’t over yet, and here are a few reasons why: [Read more…]
In today’s virtual world, social media presence is a major component for any successful marketing campaign. From Facebook and Instagram to YouTube and Pinterest, consumers can be broadly influenced toward one product or another given their respective social media presence. As such, a vital part of recognizing how to run your own company’s social media comes from examining that of the competition’s. [Read more…]
Social media is a powerful tool for companies to reach out to customers, but that goes both ways. As we have mentioned many times, your online reputation is a vital part of your company’s success. A whopping 60% of customers who complain on social media expect a response within the hour, so it’s crucial that you nurture those relationships and provide a positive experience for those who might be dissatisfied.
The fast-paced and vast nature of social media makes it incredibly easy to make mistakes, but staying mindful of your actions will keep you from slipping up. Everyone has a different strategy and every brand has specific needs and goals, but there are certain things everyone should steer clear of.
Do you have a unique product that people love to talk about on social media? If so, you could be turning those conversations into profit. In our post on Instagram analytics, we mentioned Pixlee, an awesome tool for retailers to promote their products and increase sales using their customer’s photos and videos. [Read more…]
If you aren’t paying attention to mobile, now is the time! Possibly one of the most significant reasons mobile has transformed marketing is the new and unlimited accessibility. With a phone in their pocket, your customers can find anything and everything they’re searching for in a matter of seconds. Do you know what they’re looking for?
While the quality of your product or services certainly plays a part in attracting customers, visual marketing is a crucial component for establishing your identity and reputation! A logo is more than just an attractive graphic; it’s essentially the face of your company. This is why you should give it plenty of thought before finalizing your design.
Instagram has improved significantly since its start as a photo sharing application, after going from an unknown startup to the social media behemoth that it is today. In December 2016, the Instagram blog reported that the platform had surpassed 600 million users, after adding the last 100 million Instagrammers within the previous six months. That’s an increase of almost 20 percent. [Read more…]
Of the millions of current internet users in the United States, a large majority of them are online shoppers. With that in mind, it’s obviously extremely important that you monitor your online reputation to ensure your business remains in good standing with your target audience. If you’re just getting started on monitoring your online presence, the first step is a quick Google search to find out if you are already being reviewed on websites like Yelp, Angie’s List or TripAdvisor.
As one of the largest professional social media networks, LinkedIn is an excellent tool for growing your personal brand and building your network. However, if you’re serious about marketing yourself or your business on this platform, it’s crucial that your profile is refined and easily accessible. You’re competing with many professionals in your field, so ensuring that you have an “all-star” profile is imperative.
The most successful marketing campaigns are those that connect with audiences on a human level. Customers don’t want to be told what to buy; they want to know the story of your brand. That is, what makes your product or service unique? A content marketing strategy can help your business reach the hearts and minds of consumers. In 2017, the best strategies will take advantage of new technology, like virtual reality systems, and capitalize on the latest social media trends.
Twitter is an excellent place for your company to raise brand awareness, increase conversions, and build relationships with your customers. Not only is it beneficial for big name companies, but it has also become a necessity for building your personal brand and growing your professional network. Ultimately, it is a powerful tool that any company and entrepreneur should be utilizing!
Search engine optimization has become a primary focus for many businesses in recent years. Companies large and small are relying on SEO in order to increase their web presence and stay updated on Google’s ever changing algorithms. In a field so rapidly evolving and complex, it’s only natural that mistakes are made. [Read more…]
Mobile marketing is more relevant than ever, as we live in an increasingly connected world. More people are using their mobile devices to do Google searches and interact on social media than on desktop; this incredible shift happened fast! In fact, we even have mobile devices to thank for 40% of the population having access to the internet.
With more than 450 million users worldwide, LinkedIn is a very powerful tool for B2B marketing. Leverage your own profile, LinkedIn group membership, published content, and company pages to help your B2B business grow. Below, we’ll share some tips for making new connections, finding leads, and growing sales. [Read more…]
Incorporating the right balance of digital and traditional marketing is key for the success of your campaign and, as we’ve said before, social media has become a staple for success. That being said, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and misled by the numerous platforms to market your brand. For many businesses, Pinterest is an excellent tool (and it’s FREE) for reaching their target demographic. Why Pinterest, though?
It’s a well known fact that WordPress is the largest content management and blogging platform, but there’s so much more to it. WordPress is free to use, edit, and redistribute, and is incredibly versatile. The reason we, and many others, love to use WordPress is the platform’s flexibility to create any type of website. When you’re ready to get started, the steps are easily laid out and a brand new website is within your reach!
With so much competition in your industry, local or nationwide, being visible to your market is crucial. That’s why we put so much emphasis on the importance of search engine optimization, or SEO. Specifically, small businesses should take certain measures to ensure optimized visibility in front of their local target market. This growing importance of local SEO has even caught the attention of Google, who has given increased focus on personalized search results!
Is your eCommerce business advertising on social media? If your answer is no, then you’re missing out on a prime opportunity to showcase products, build your brand, gain new customers, and engage in communities that are full of people who are interested in your products or services. Businesses who have fallen behind marketing trends shouldn’t worry; it’s never too late to begin. This guide will help you get started building a presence on social media in no time. [Read more…]
Live streaming is on the rise, especially since Facebook Live was released to all users this year. More and more people are beginning to use this feature, so now is a better time than any to get ahead on this growing trend! Not only is live streaming considered to be a more authentic way to engage with your audience, but your followers are more likely to comment on your video! Increased engagement can lead to brand awareness and recognition, so you have a lot to gain from sharing this type of content. However, successful live streaming isn’t as simple as clicking “broadcast”.
There are 286,942,362 internet users in the United States. Of that group, users who are online shoppers spent an estimated $1,804 per person on ecommerce purchases in 2015. Consider the same data for 2016, and you will find that we nearly surpassed $100 Million in retail ecommerce for the second quarter alone. There’s no question that you need to keep your business in front of the right audience in order to drive sales, which makes it mandatory to cultivate a strong online presence. However, regardless of what you may have heard, not all publicity is good publicity. A basic understanding of online brand reputation management can help preserve your company’s image, as well as its bottom line. [Read more…]
One of the most important elements of posting on social media is getting shares. The logic is simple: the more eyes you get on your content, the more likely you are to see an increased return on investment. Shares are also an excellent indicator of what resonates with your audience. With that in mind, it’s important to know what platform will give you the best results, in terms of sharing.
The photo and idea-sharing platform, Pinterest, has recently launched promoted video pins in order to stay relevant in the eyes of businesses that have joined in social media’s shift towards video marketing. While the platform’s video ads are only available to businesses working with a Pinterest account team, recent success has the platform’s newest ad unit primed for an eventual push into the small business sector. If promoted video pins sound like an attractive advertising option for your business, here are a few key points to keep in mind before you begin. [Read more…]
Facebook advertising is extensive, to say the least. The countless targeting options may seem overwhelming if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking at, but learning to navigate them is crucial. As we’ve mentioned many times before, reaching the right audience is a major step in successful advertising and, according to Facebook, 1.09 billion people are active on the site in an average day. Chances are, your customers are on Facebook – you just have to get in front of the right people.