No one, from companies to individuals, likes their flaws pointed out. No one likes to be viewed in an unfair light, either. But any online presence opens the door for such criticism, some warranted and some not. So, what happens when your business is on the end of a less than flattering review or comment? How can you handle the situation with tact?
Holiday-related sales in the United States are expected to surpass $923 billion in 2017, up 3% from last season. Yes, that’s billion. Needless to say, this time of year can be quite intense for marketers trying to stand out among the endless competition. More customers are spending their money, so more companies are coming out with innovative and viral content that seems to overtake newsfeeds. For smaller brands, this fact is discouraging. Fortunately, there are fail safe holiday marketing tactics that you can implement to stand above the competition.
The tech-savvy entrepreneur knows that the best ways to increase organic traffic to her website are content marketing and SEO. But even with plenty of site traffic, how can a small- or medium-sized business possibly hope to compete with Internet giants in search engine visibility rankings? [Read more…]
In a perfect world, every Facebook post you made would be liked and shared and receive plenty of comments. However, this isn’t always the case, especially for a growing brand. Millions of social media posts are created every single minute, so to say the competition is tough would be an understatement. Don’t let this discourage you, though. With a few tweaks and tricks, you’ll find yourself moving on up and standing high above your competitors. [Read more…]
Facebook continues to evolve, perhaps as a nod to the leadership in the field of social media or as a way to set itself apart from the competition. Whatever the reason, the expansion is often beneficial to small businesses. The latest announcement is no exception; it involves a new feature that lets brands create their own Facebook groups. [Read more…]
Ratings, reviews, and feedback are essential to the online reputation of your business, and we’re lucky to live in an age where social media makes the entire process easier for both parties. The era of technology and the never-ending rise of the internet has made it possible for you to monitor, track, and respond to feedback, which is beneficial to both you and the customer. In fact, it’s now recommended that you ask your customers for feedback and provide a survey for their convenience. This is a powerful tool for companies large and small, but proper execution is key.
First, search engine optimization (SEO) can be understood as “the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural search results on search engines.” This includes things on your webpage such as substantial, fresh and engaging content that includes specific keywords likely to be Googled often. The architecture of your webpage is another important SEO factor: how quickly does your site load? Is your site secure (think: HTTPS); can various search engines “crawl” your site easily? Lastly, does you site utilize HTML efficiently? For example, HTML title tags should contain keywords related to page topics. Is your meta-description tag descriptive of the page it’s associated with? Even the color and design of your page matters for SEO – if your color and design template hide the words you want pages to be found for, your ranking on Google and other search engines is sure to fall. [Read more…]
Glossier and Freshly Picked are two start-ups with completely different products but very similar, and very effective, social media techniques. Those social media techniques have launched both brands to awesome heights, with loyal fan bases second to none. To understand how these companies achieved such success, we have to look at where they started. [Read more…]
Google Posts is a new feature that lets people and businesses create content directly on Google (Google Posts is just what people call it; Google hasn’t actually given it a name). It has some perks similar to Google+, but there’s two key differences: it’s developed for better search engine optimization and it’s designed to benefit Google My Business profiles. [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…]
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…]
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.
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.
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.
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…]
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?
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…]
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.
If you’re on the internet or send text messages regularly, you’ve probably noticed that emojis are incredibly popular among people, young and old. Ever since Apple’s decision to add emoji support to the iPhone in 2011, these little faces and symbols have quickly embedded themselves in mainstream culture all over the world. Needless to say, many brands have taken notice and have started using emojis in their marketing campaigns.
Businesses of all sizes are nearing the tipping point where internet marketing becomes the best way to reach their audience. The driving force behind this change? Millennials. By 2025, 44 percent of the workforce will be millennials, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Millennials on the older end of the generational spectrum will start moving into upper management positions and yielding more money. Those on the younger end will graduate college and enter the workforce, further increasing the earning potential of the entire generation. With more money comes more purchasing power and a resulting shift in the dominant consumer base. This means that having a strong web presence will become vital in targeting those with the highest potential to spend money, millennials. [Read more…]
Social media has become a booming business, with companies like Facebook and Twitter being valued into the billions, yes billions, of dollars. The sheer scope of users available to target have made these platforms a can’t-miss opportunity for marketing and branding. So it should come as no surprise that yet another new social platform is starting to attract the attention of marketers everywhere: Snapchat. According to Comscore, the millennial-focused platform boasts a 32.9 percent penetration rate for the age group 18-34, and a 50 percent rate for the age group 18-24. These numbers alone make it an undisputed gold mine for tapping into the millennial market, but it’s Snapchat’s ability to engage users in a real time format that gives it true potential. [Read more…]
As we recently mentioned, Twitter is changing basically everything. Twitter recently announced an update that will truly change the way marketers, business owners, and everyday users engage on the platform. If you’ve ever tried to condense a lengthy message into 140 characters, you know first-hand just how aggravating this limitation can be. Another frustration that many users have faced is that when you reply to someone’s tweet, it doesn’t appear in your followers’ newsfeed.
The key to successful advertising is reaching your audience, and not many platforms provide a larger audience than Facebook. Every day 1.09 billion users log into Facebook, making it the 3rd most viewed website in the world, and the perfect advertising platform. Last year the company took notice and launched Facebook lead ads. If you haven’t started already, utilizing lead ads can significantly improve your business. [Read more…]
When you invest your time and money into anything, you want to be sure you’re covering all bases. With that in mind, it only makes sense that you should always keep an eye on the latest social media trends and statistics. In the last 5 years alone, social media has grown immensely. It’s not slowing down anytime soon, so do your best to prepare for changes as they come!
As we’ve stated before, social media has a huge impact on customers’ buying and shopping habits. While it only accounts for a small part of retail sales, business owners are starting to realize how crucial it is to maintain a social media presence. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest have taken an active role in e-commerce, so if you aren’t taking advantage of these features, now’s the time to do so.
You may or may not have heard of Medium by now, but its slow and steady rise to popularity tells us that it has the potential for longevity. That’s saying a lot when you’re talking about social media, a dynamic environment that seems to change by the minute. Only time will tell how things will go for Medium, but for now, we’re saying it’s worth learning about. So, let’s dive right in. [Read more…]
Creating well-written and relevant blog posts is a huge factor in reaching your target market, but that’s only half the battle. With so much other content and competition on the web, you have to really set yourself apart if you want to get noticed. While your writing style depends on your personality and goals, there are certain ingredients that every great blog post needs.
As we’ve stated before, 2015 was a pivotal year for digital marketing. With the way things are going, it’s safe to say that 2016 (and beyond) will be huge for video marketing. The increase in connected customers has led to innovations in platforms and a growing preference for video marketing.
Between April 2015 and September 2015 alone, daily Facebook video views increased by a staggering 4 million views, and it hasn’t slowed down one bit. It might just be time for you to focus a little bit of your attention to creating videos and sharing them on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, and similar platforms. In the infographic below, you can see just how important it is to get started on your video marketing strategy.
A little bit of organization can do you a lot of good, which is why every social media manager should create and follow an editorial calendar. If the concept is foreign to you, a social media calendar is a way to plan topics, set goals, and stay on task with the content you share on your various channels. [Read more…]
Do you ever wonder if your Facebook ads are reaching the right people? You spend so much time researching your customers and trying to craft just the right message for your advertisements. With the aim that business will soon be booming, you finally start a campaign, then hope for the best. “Maybe I’ll get some likes,” you think to yourself. You assume that the ad will drive the right visitors to your business; maybe they will even buy your products. Unfortunately, in spite of all the in-depth analytic tools that Facebook has given us over the years, it has been difficult to evaluate whether or not your ads were actually delivering those desired results. However, all of that is about to change. [Read more…]
Over the years, social media has become one of the fastest developing industries for marketers everywhere. In the beginning, many companies had trouble seeing the value of hiring a social media manager. Today, however, new platforms continue to sprout and employers are scrambling to find specialists who can keep their companies up to date. Every year, we find a handful of organizations that want to remain on the cutting edge when it comes to their social media presence. As always, this year is sure to have its fair share of innovation that will help take us to the next phase of the digital age. [Read more…]
A well laid-out digital strategy is important for any organization looking to appear on the first page of results for online search engines. Without a plan of action, many businesses fall to the wayside as well-optimized ones begin to take up the top spots in search rankings. While it may seem difficult at first, there’s actually a lot you can do as a business owner to improve the exposure your website has on sites like Google and Bing. It all begins with a solid keyword strategy. [Read more…]
Social media has undoubtedly become a universal part of our daily lives, and it has come a long way over the years. It has truly changed the world, far more than we could have ever imagined. As of this year, there are over 2 billion active users! That being said, the importance of staying up-to-date on the way your customers are reading and sharing content is constantly growing. Are you aware of just how much online content can shape your readers’ opinions and buying habits? [Read more…]
Periscope is one of the newest social platforms out there, so it’s exciting to see how brands and businesses are using it to promote themselves. Aside from developing content, growing your Periscope audience is an important step to fostering your social presence. This exciting new app can open the door to new ways of connecting with your clients and potential customers—why not see what everyone’s talking about and learn what Periscope can do for you! [Read more…]
If you’re starting a small business, don’t assume that you can manage your online presence on your own. Social media marketing is not an easy task; Even the savviest business owners and most successful companies still require assistance from the experts. With search engines like Google and platforms like Facebook constantly evolving, hiring a skilled social media guru is a wise investment with long-term gains. Here are five ways your small business will benefit from a social media professional: [Read more…]
It’s no secret that visual content has started to take center stage in content marketing. Images and videos receive many more likes, favorites, and shares on social media, which has caused an evolution in marketing. As companies turn to social media as a way to connect with and capture the attention of consumers, there is a growing need for new content. To stand out above your competitors, you need to share fresh and exciting information that your followers will find shareable. [Read more…]