Facebook advertising is an amazing option for small businesses because it is extremely cost effective and the targeting options are amazing. The most common way that businesses are using Facebook ads is through the “Boost Post” option that appears on every Page post. While this an easy way to create an ad, and you may be seeing results from your Facebook ads, it is likely that there is still a lot of opportunity for engagement left on the table. This is probably because you are missing out on one of Facebook’s best tools for advertisers…Power Editor. Power Editor is a free Page and ad management tool from Facebook. While Facebook defines Power Editor as the following, it is a great tool for any business, large or small! Continue reading
Social selling may seem like an oxymoron to many marketers. We are told that a good social media marketing strategy is supposed to focus on building a community not being salesy. Well, yes, that is true but it is also true that a business needs to make a profit to survive; so, that is where the idea of social selling comes in. Social selling is about leveraging and connecting with your online community to reach sales goals. Continue reading
In 2015, I joined the podcast movement as an avid listener. I will not lie; I was amazed at the amount incredible free content that is available via podcasts from so many talented marketers and entrepreneurs. How did I not know about this sooner?!? There is a wide variety of marketing podcasts out there to choose from; almost to the point that it can be overwhelming when you first get started building your playlist. So, I thought I would help!
Over the past year, I have narrowed down my weekly podcast listening queue to my top favorites. Continue reading
While there is no doubt that content is still king when it comes to SEO and that it is a critical component of any inbound marketing strategy, I have to say that the medium that is having the biggest impact on my marketing efforts, as of recently, is imagery. In a world of 140 characters, it is hard to make your insights and message stand out, but if you add the right size compelling image that ties into the post message, you can stand out in a sea of hashtags. Continue reading
With a community of over 300 million active monthly users, Instagram is one of the fastest growing social media platforms with high engagements, and yet is still a very untapped territory for most businesses. Continue reading
As we settle into 2014, marketers continue to reevaluate their strategies to determine how to better reach, nurture, and convert customers this year. When creating their 2014 marketing strategies, marketers are evaluating the different trends predicted by industry experts. One of the most discussed predictions for 2014 is the importance of creating highly personalized content across all different digital marketing platforms (i.e. website, blogs, social media, email marketing, etc.). In addition, a trend that I expect to continue to grow during 2014 is the importance of having an integrated marketing strategy that connects social media, SEO, content marketing, email, PPC, PR, and event marketing to create a cohesive experience for potential customers. Continue reading
Go where your audience is
This is a basic of marketing, digital or not. For example, If you are selling custom hunting bows, you wouldn’t advertise in the Vogue magazine. Instead, you will analyze the reader demographics and psychographics of each magazine to determine which magazines will allow you to best reach your target audience. This same process should be used for determining which social media platforms you should focus the majority of your efforts on.
If you are currently a digital marketer or a social media marketing professional, you have most likely heard someone say “well I use Facebook, I could ‘Do’ social media” or “How hard could it be, it’s just social media.” While offensive to those of us that have worked hard to become credible professional in the social media industry, these questions also have me worried for companies looking for help with their social media.
Companies understand the importance of social media, but they often need assistance developing and implementing a strategy, so they look to hire a social media manager to grow their brand on social media sites. Continue reading
With a defined social media strategy in place, marketers can rock social media in 30 minutes a day.
Sound too good to be true? It is actually possible if your daily use of social media is built upon a well-developed social media strategy. But, a strong social media strategy does not mean that your brand has to be on every single social media channel out there. Instead, focus on the social media channels that the majority of your customers frequent.
The infographic below explains how having an over-arching social media strategy in place can save you time and make you a more effective social media strategist. This great infographic was developed by the talented Matt Wesson, a Marketing Content Specialist at the marketing automation company Pardot. It focuses on a six channel social media strategy, and how you can build engaged communities around your brand in as little as 30 minutes a day.
So how should you allocate your time on each channel? Well the infographic breaks the recommended 30 minutes down as follows: Continue reading
With any inbound marketing strategy, customer outreach must focus on multiple channels; and, as we move further into 2013, well-developed cross-channel targeting will become even more important. However, how do we know where to focus our marketing efforts in 2013? Luckily, the great minds at StrongMail, an email marketing and cross-channel solutions company, did a little digging for us!
In conjunction with SurveyMonkey, StrongMail, administered an online poll to learn how more than 1,000 business leaders saw their marketing strategies changing in 2013.
Expansion of Digital Marketing in 2013
Based on the survey results, business leaders across various industries plan to have even more digitally heavy marketing strategies during 2013. Responders reported that they expected to increase spending on Email Marketing (55.5%), Social Media (51.8%), Mobile (42.8%), and SEO/PPC (39.8%) this year. In comparison, only 27.4% of responders thought they would decrease spending on Direct Mail efforts. Continue reading