Posted March 19, 2013 by fran @ 11:27 am
While it may be tempting to do so, you can never really apply the “set it then forget it” method in your online advertising, marketing, and social campaigns. We’re in an industry that’s continuously evolving, so if you become complacent and let your online efforts and strategies remain stagnant for extended periods of time, you will get left behind.
It’s important to constantly cook up ways to reach your target audience and come up with out of the box strategies that would enable your brand to stand out from competitors.
However, it’s not just about coming up with new things. Being innovative and keeping up with the times also involves eliminating outdated or unneeded components. Practice the act of regularly getting rid of things that aren’t serving you anymore so you can move on more quickly and efficiently.
In the spirit of spring, we thought that it would be the perfect time to offer some suggestions on what you can clean up in your biz. Examine your current social media, marketing, or advertising strategies and see if there’s anything you can declutter.
Check out some of the tips below to help you get started:
1. Dust off outdated website tools, widgets, or copy on your site
Take a good look at your website. Aside from checking for spelling or grammar errors, re-read your content and see if everything’s up to date. For instance, does your about page still reflect the current vision of your company? Is your contact page up-to-date? These little details can slip through the cracks especially when you’re too busy making changes with the company, so make an effort to spring clean these things.
You may also want to review the images that you have. Is the photo on your about page outdated? Are you still showing images from your old office? If so, then get behind (or in front)of the camera and start snapping those photos. Why not shoot a video while you’re at it? Adding a video to your site can increase traffic and engagement so it’s certainly something to consider.
On top of your content, take a look all the widgets or extensions that you have running and ask yourself if you really need all those tools. If not, deactivate or get rid of them completely, as they could just be slowing your site down.
2. Get rid of ads that aren’t performing
Whether you’re running PPC ads, remarketing campaigns, banner advertisements, or all of the above, take the time to look at your stats and analytics. Determine which ads are doing well and which aren’t so you can get rid of the non-performing ads and optimize the campaigns that ARE working. Cutting those unnecessary campaigns will make room for better ideas and more innovative campaigns.
Aside from improving the performance of your ads, cleaning up your campaigns will also help save you a ton of money. Letting low-performance ads keep running can eat up your budget so it’s best to get rid of them so you can use your money more effectively.
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