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Some Social Media Promotion Ideas for Innovating Marketing

Posted May 29, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 3:54 am

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At times you would find your social media not working on the expected lines after you have registered and published your social accounts. Why is it that there is the lesser impact? How do you spread the word about your pages? Where do you spend your time promoting this? So, you have the right place to kickstart your social media promotions. There are some basics of social media marketing that you must check out. All the spaces provided in the setting pages should be your first priority. Here are some of the Social Media Promotion Ideas which are innovative in marketing your social media pages.

Why do you need Special Social Media Promotion Ideas?

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Social Media Marketing has quickly become the most important place for marketing for brands. With billions of traffic and raw data flowing through it, Social Media has become the place for the brand marketing. hence, to optimize your social media, you need to have some special social media promotion ideas. These will not only make your profile special, they will help you to get audiences who are worth for your business. Check out the innovative ideas here –

Profile Should be fully Updated –

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While making the social media profiles, you should maintain that your Facebook’s page is completely filled out. You will start to miss out on various things. So, unless you are going for an ultra-minimalistic look, you must be completely okay with your Facebook profile. You should add a regular and monthly check-in to your social media checklist to explore new features. In the About tab, you will have links to add to other social network’s profiles. The story section will allow you to give information about your company in a storytelling format. Some sites use the About section to let customers know where to find them.

Your Branded Hashtag Should be Your Priority

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Some Media Sites such as Instagram and Facebook have added the features of hashtags to the bio. Originally, people had to make do with memorizing the hashtags or creatively using an emoji. Now, you can use the space to promote other location-specific accounts and add hashtags. These hashtags can be your standard branded ones or special hashtags, like for a contest. Dave’s Coffee makes use of their bio space with both location account tags and their branded hashtag. Followers are easily directed to their account and to explore their other pages.

Promote Your Profile across various Channels

One of the most important things for spreading the word about your site is promoting your profile across various channels. Some of the easiest cross-promotion for cross channels is occasionally reminding your followers that you have other social media accounts. It can look like a link to the social media page accompanied by a call-to-action asking people to follow the account. For a subtler approach on cross-promotion, use space in your bio to mention that you’re on other networks. For Snapchat-heavy users, a profile photo change to their Snap code works well.

Unique and Branded Social Icons on the Website

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If customers are searching for you, your website is usually the first to pop up in the search results. Make it simple for them to find the social networks that you’re on. Many website themes now incorporate social media icons that you can easily fill out. Take the icons a step further by adding your brand’s graphics or colors to it. Some websites use short banners while others are happy with changing the color.

Promote Your Social Accounts in Newsletters & Email Signatures

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If you’re sending newsletters out on a recurring basis, add the social icons at the base. It’s another subtle reminder to the recipients that you’re there if they need to find you. For a more direct approach to promoting your social media accounts in your newsletter, add a fan section where you showcase a photo from the community. Most newsletter services allow for embeds. But if yours doesn’t, a photo upload with an account link will do. If your company often emails externally, like to potential sales clients, add links to your email signature.

New Political Advertisement Rules by Twitter Shows Strictness in Affairs

Posted May 25, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 2:25 am

With American Mid Term elections due in time, Twitter has rolled out stricter regulations for Political Advertising. The stricter regulations have been released in advance to let the users and the political administrations to understand its transparency norms. With Facebook under fire for its alleged involvement in US and UK election, Twitter’s bid to time out their stricter advertisement rules would serve new parameters for other social networking sites. In order to curb the manipulation of the franchise, Twitter has allowed certain changes from its previous stints. Let us check out the New Political Advertisement rules by Twitter which has sought attention from all sides.

Why was the need for such harsh regulation under ‘New Political Advertisement Rules by Twitter’?

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The major motive for bringing out such rules is to not let any foreign nationals target political ads. After the revelation that Russia meddled into the US elections in 2016 has forced the social media sites to bring forth innovative methods to refrain the US citizens from getting any manipulated search result. Twitter has also banned the Russian State Media accounts from buying any ads in the US. The channel will soon create a ‘Transparency Center’ to show the amount of political campaign spends on the advertising. It will also find the identity of the organizations funding the campaign and the demographics they have been targeting.

What are the Proposed changes in New Political Advertisement Rules by Twitter?

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As mentioned above, the Social media giant has tried to live with the rage that surmounted the American population post the discovery of allegiance from Facebook in Trump Campaign. Twitter did add extra features to secure any such manipulation by the Political leaders to the electorates which can further lead to voter mind change. Here are some of the changes in the New Political Advertisement Rules by Twitter:

  • Twitter will now require its advertisers who run for Political parties during the Midterm elections to identify themselves with a certification that they live in the States. The company will not allow those to advertise political campaign ads for federal elections outside of the vicinity of the US.
  • The Candidates and their campaign committees will require providing their Federal Election Identification to run the advertisement.
  • The FEC registered organizations will require submitting a notary form giving due information.

How many challenges can get sorted with such Stricter Policies?

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With such harsh regulations in place, it will impact many social demographics of the US. Almost all the political leaders and their campaign managers use the Social Media Twitter. Their participation in the election will directly impact with the incoming of such stricter norms. However, with such norms, it will only be addressing part of overseas interference during the election. The reason for that is the remaining bots and automated accounts or demography-based AIs working on Twitter.

For this particular problem, Twitter has planned to add a visual badge and disclaimer information. This will be applicable to promoted content from other certified accounts. Twitter will be able to track down the person or the agency sponsoring the campaign. It will also label the Twitter Campaign accounts of the candidates running in the election. It will be valid for state governors, US Senate or US House of Representatives also. As per a Twitter newsletter –

These labels contain relevant information about a political candidate, including the office the candidate is running for, the state the office is located in, district number (when applicable). It will clearly be identifiable with a small icon of a government building,”

 

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Why Did Amazon and Google Loss on Market of Smart Speaker with Voice Assistant?

Posted May 21, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 3:31 am

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Amazon was the first player to have entered the Smart Speaker Market with Amazon Alexa. Alexa then got renamed to Echo. Google then entered the market with the stupendous technological marvel called the ‘Google Home’. The device was powered by Google Assistant which has gone through significant changes. Alibaba and Xiaomi to have now entered the race of superiority for the Smart Speakers with Voice Assistant.  While there can be various players, Amazon had a nearly a 3-year head start over its competitors. Amazon and Google had a firm grip on the market, but the recent statistics suggest that Amazon and Google had a strong grip on the voice-controlled device market until they started to decline.

What are a market prospect for Amazon and Google in Smart Speaker with Voice Assistant?

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As per a new report, some of the analytics suggest that Amazon has manufactured more than 4 million smart Speakers with voice assistant in the first quarter of 2018 accounting for 43 percent of the market. Google, on the other hand, shipped around 2.4 million units being a number 2 on the competition. Alibaba comes at number 3 with 700,000 units while Apple comes in at fourth position with 600,000 with Xiaomi, the latest entrant at fifth spot with 200,000 units. This means that Amazon’s global market share has been cut nearly in half since the same period last year. But despite some debacles, 2017 was the best year to date for hardware sales. But Amazon had a nearly three-year head start over some competitors. And it may be time to ask whether it can maintain its lead.

How is the competition from Alibaba in China?

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Despite having a three-year lead over its competitors, Amazon and Google faced fresh competition and the toughest of it from Apple’s ‘HomePod’ in the first quarter. At the same time, their market Xiaomi and Alibaba cut their business in China. With Alibaba’s ‘Tmall Genie’ Smart Speaker with voice assistant coming in the market, Amazon was losing its grip in the East and South East Asian regions. Another variant of Tmall Genie was launched by AliGenie which understood Mandarin. People can understand Chinese Mandarin throughout the world. (Alexa can recognize five variations of English, as well as German and Japanese. A rep said she will speak French later this year. And Google Assistant will be available in 30 languages—including English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish—by the end of 2018.)

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Alibaba has replicated Alexa in its Smart Speakers with Voice Assistant facilities. It also boasts of a visual recognition capability which allows it to identify various objects. This includes children’s books as well as medicine making it a formidable object.

Competition from Xiaomi

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Xiaomi too announced its Mi AI Speaker in the year 2017 in China. It became an instant competition to Amazon and Google there. The device costs half than that to Echo and Google Home. Xiaomi later announced Smart Speaker with Voice Assistant from Google. This feature will allow the users to control products through a smart speaker like Google Home or Amazon Echo.

What future do the Smart Speakers with Voice Assistant Facility have?

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As per David Watkins, Director at Strategy Analytics, “Amazon and Google accounted for a dominant 70 percent share of global smart speaker shipments in Q1 2018, although their combined share has fallen from 84 percent in Q4 2017 and 94 percent in the year-ago quarter. This is partly because of strong growth in the Chinese market for smart speakers where both Amazon and Google are currently absent. Alibaba and Xiaomi are leading the way in China and their strength in the domestic market alone is proving enough to propel them into the global top five.” Global smart speaker shipments rose 278 percent since last year in the first quarter of 2018, indicating voice-enabled devices are more than a trend.

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Learn to Humanize Your Customer Experience Through Understanding Their Demands

Posted May 18, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 4:24 am

In this present age, everything seems to be data driven and Customer relations have eventually turned out to be the same. The brands have long forgotten the value of customer experience and they remain not more than a set of metrics and numbers on a campaign dashboard. This is something which has downgraded the customer importance for the brands. In this fast-paced world, focusing on real people have become an outdated idea. So, how should markets evolve from their custom dashboard and hit them where they actually feel? How do they connect with the real people who would actually understand their demands?

Why do brands not give impetus to real customer Experience?

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With plenty and large amounts of data being generated today, the brands have all information for actions leading to high customer loyalty down to each customer level. It will require evaluating customer interactions, both monetary to non-monetary which means engaging via social media. The key is measuring individual intent and engagement in real time—what we call a customer’s “pulse.” Once that’s understood, there are ways to activate your outreach based on that unique pulse, as well as how to monitor and maintain a positive feedback loop.

With so much data available with the brands, they tend to neglect the support of real people. They go for the data available with them to expand their reach. Hence, they do not give much impetus to real customer experience. The individual intent and engagement in real time is often given less impetus and priority as compared to the data which is readily available. This individual intent is called a customer’s ‘pulse’

What exactly is a Customer Pulse as per the Customer Experience?

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Often, the customer indicates their value and engage themselves on their brand usage based on the varying needs and situations. If the brand is good, they would increase the level of engagement over time determining their loyalty.  They would thus increase the value for business.  If you think of your relationship with a customer as a system which functions on investments and returns, the Pulse of the customer can be understood as a simple equation:

Pulse = Investments + Returns – Relationship Decay.

What level of Investment are we talking about?

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The Investment includes personal outreach, relevant social content, exclusive or early access, rewards and incentives and all the time and energy which is put into creating it. The Returns come in the form of engagement: content sharing, repeat usage of a product, or a new purchase. In between investments and return is Relationship Decay, the reality that customers will gradually forget about their past experiences. Then the engagements when your brand is not top of mind becomes absolute.

How a customer’s pulse informs decision making?

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Success is traditionally measured by purchases. But given the increasing interaction consumers have with brands via non-purchase activities, this needs to change. It’s not just a matter of changing the way interactions are measured, but these non-purchase interactions drive value. After all, even when purchases are infrequent, engagement with your brand over time holds immense value. For example, in the airline industry, studies show that when a tweet is answered in five minutes or less, the customer is willing to pay $20 or more for a ticket on that airline in the future.

3 Steps To Improve Your Ecommerce Experience

Posted May 11, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 5:59 am

E-commerce has leveled the playing field in a lot of ways. Smaller online businesses now have access to the same sprawling, the international customer base that established retailers enjoy. While established retailers may already have a strong foothold in the e-commerce space, smaller merchants often go through some trial and error in perfecting the online shopping experience. E-commerce optimization is fluid, evolving, and complex. The ability to perfect every area of an online shop can be both daunting and expensive for smaller online businesses. Despite this, there are certain areas on which merchants need to focus if they expect to be profitable at all online. So, here are three big ways to improve the e-commerce experience today. Do read to unfold the ways. 

Ways To  Improve Your Ecommerce Experience

Enable Frictionless Payments

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Consumers want to get from point A to point B in as few clicks as possible. Your payments process should enable them to do this. Avoid redirecting customers away from your branded site to an external payment gateway, as this disrupts the flow. Instead, choose a gateway provider that integrates seamlessly with your e-commerce site or mobile app.

Include a progress bar at the top of checkout screens so users can see how far along they are in the checkout process. This can help move customers along in the process while reassuring them that there’s not much further to go.

Avoid requiring users to register before completing a purchase. It’s a major point of friction in the checkout process and can increase cart abandonment rates quite a bit. Instead, allow customers to proceed to checkout as a guest and give them the option to register later after they have completed their purchase.

Boost Security and Fraud prevention

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Boost Security and Fraud prevention

The rising amount of online fraud and data breaches has made shoppers wary of entering personal details online. It’s estimated that roughly one-fifth of cart abandonments occur when customers cannot trust you with their credit card details.

In addition to providing adequate security assurance, you should boost customer confidence by safeguarding the entire checkout process. Many merchants use Address Verification Service (AVS) to verify the address of a person claiming to own a credit card. Card Verification Value (CVV) is another security protocol, which asks the cardholder for the 3 digit security number on the back of a Visa or MasterCard card. While these tools increase security, they also boost customer confidence that your brand takes security seriously.

Cater to Consumers’ Omnichannel Preferences

Cater to Consumers’ Omnichannel Preferences

Omnichannel optimization is more important than ever. Increasingly, merchants are seeing customers begin shopping on a desktop, visiting the store to see and touch items, and then complete the purchase on a mobile device. The cross-channel combinations are endless, but the bottom line remains the same: consumers want a consistent experience across devices and channels.

Again, working with a reputable payment services provider can streamline omnichannel success. A great provider will be able to facilitate omnichannel payments across the board, including broad payment types, high-level security, and fraud prevention tools.

Conclusion

While e-commerce and online shopping have opened up a world of opportunity for merchants to sell to new audiences, taking advantage of that opportunity requires best practice implementation and the ability to pivot with evolving consumer preferences. Successful online merchants will prioritize customer experience, security, and the omnichannel experience. As the framework upon which great e-commerce experiences are built, merchants that optimize these areas will be best positioned for growth.

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Content Marketing Tips to Keep Your Customers Engaged

Posted April 26, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 6:36 am

Any business owner can tell you that trying to keep on top of everything is challenging. That’s why automating your marketing content is a great way of ensuring your name gets out there, without you having to oversee the whole process. Here are some ways you can improve your content marketing automation and make things a little easier for yourself.

Content Marketing Tips

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Create forms to gather information

 

Forms are a great way of bringing in new clients without you having to keep courting them. All you need to do is make the form once, and they’ll provide the information for you. That information can then be filtered to your ‘new subscribers’ file, and they’ll receive the relevant emails to them. There’s lots of help online for making new forms for your website. 

 

Create and share useful content

 

Of course, no one’s going to be reading your content if it isn’t relevant to them. You need to be creating articles, videos, and images that show your reader something new and interesting. Take a look at what else your target market is looking at online. The more information you can gather, the better. “You can use it to target your content better and get better results. For example, as a gardening blog, you may find that your readers are looking at clothing for gardening in wet weather. That means you can create content around finding the right shoes or clothes for the garden and keep them coming to you for content.

 

Nurture existing customers

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While it’s important to keep bringing in new interest, you’ve got to make sure you’re looking after your existing customers. This can be those who have bought from you before or those who’ve been reading your content for a while. Ensure that you’re giving them just as much value as your new customers. For example, you could send an email to customers who’ve bought with you before with an exclusive money off offer. This shows them you still value them as customers.

 

Keep content short and to the point

 

No matter who you’re writing is for, it’s likely that they won’t have enough time to read long-winded emails and content every time you create them. In fact, it’s more likely to put them off reading your work altogether. Your writing needs to be short and concise. A good way of doing this is to ensure that your main point is in the first sentence. Easy Word Count and Essayroo are good tools you can use to ensure your writing doesn’t go too long.

 

Schedule posts for the right time

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If you’re not already scheduling your posts, now is the time to do it. This saves you so much time, as you won’t be trying to keep up with your posting schedule when you have so many other things you need to be doing. There are lots of different posting services that will let you line up your posts, so they’re ready and waiting to go online when you say so. If you do this, you can also ensure your posts go live at a time when your target audience will be online too, giving them an extra boost.

 

Edit your writing

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Anything you write to go online needs to be proofread and edited before it goes live. That includes even inconsequential sounding things, like your Facebook posts. Any errant mistakes that slip through can reflect badly on you, and you obviously want to avoid that. Take the time to read over anything you write, and leave some time in between writing and reading so you get some space from it. It’s also a good idea to get help from others if you can.

Last Words

These effective tips will improve your content marketing, making it easier for you to bring those customers in and keep them engaged. It’s all about making the most of the services available to you and keeping those clients wanting more.

 

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Small Business Advertising Checklist

Posted April 20, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 5:43 am

As a small business owner or marketing manager in a smaller company, you may have to do most of the work on your own without much outside help. Let’s dive into the detail around each of important steps in setting up a small business advertising campaign. Here’s our small business advertising checklist detail.

Small Business Advertising Checklist

Define Your Advertising Goals

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Clearly define a business goal or goals for your advertising campaign. Everyone wants more sales. Be more specific. Consider these five different advertising goals:

 

Find new customers – If your goal is more customers, identify how many and in what time period so you can measure results. But make sure the goal is achievable.

 

Reinforce brand awareness –  If you would like your company or solution to be top of mind in the future when prospects are ready to buy, then brand awareness may be a good strategic goal.  If so, how will you measure brand awareness success? By an increase in word of mouth referrals? By an increase in search engine visibility? What about store foot traffic? More social media mentions? More website traffic? A brand awareness survey? Identify concrete results you will measure.

 

Launch a new product – If promoting a new product is the reason for the campaign, how will you measure that?  Those that sell professional services or complex business solutions may want to inform their targets about possible benefits. For example, A digital agency comes out with a new service offering. A smart goal could be: Generate 150 downloads of a lead magnet explaining the benefits of that offering, of which 30 are solidly interested in hearing more about it, during a 90-day campaign.

 

Gain a seasonal push – If you are in retail and hold seasonal sales, then your advertising will be concentrated in a narrow time window of perhaps a few weeks or days. This goal requires you to focus on techniques that spur people into action during that time, such as event-based radio broadcast advertising where you try to get a large number of people to come to your store one weekend. A smart goal could be: Increase foot traffic to your store by 30% during the weekend event and increase sales by 10%.

 

Pick What You Want To Promote

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The next step in your small business advertising checklist is to decide what you will promote. Choose whether ads will promote:

  • a product
  • a service
  • a group of products/services your brand
  • a special sale or event
  • something else

What you promote must line up with your goals.

 

Identify Your Target Audience

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Identify the targets you want to reach — precisely. Targets are not just “more buyers” or “consumers.”  Be specific.

 

Develop buyer personas to zero in on the targets you want to reach with advertising. Buyer personas are fictional representations of your ideal target buyer.  Personas include demographics, firmographics (for business customers), preferences, habits, challenges they are trying to solve, income and more.

 

If you’ve never set up buyer personas, go over to Make My Persona and use the free tool. Most businesses have more than one ideal customer profile, to create several.

 

Determine Where To Find Your Audience

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When setting up your small business advertising campaign it’s important to have a good audience fit. Estimate where your targets spend their time and get their news. What kind of activities do they engage in? What are their daily preferences? How do they research purchases? Understanding these things helps identify how to find people in your target audience. While billboards, TV ads or magazine ads might reach a very large number of people, the real question is how many of YOUR targets are they likely to reach? Going for wide reach could be expensive overkill — or miss the mark altogether.

 

Go back to your buyer personas. Do they suggest your target audience is mainly urban millennials who don’t drive much and prefer to go online rather than read print or watch TV? In that case, billboards, print ads, and TV ads won’t reach many of them. Some of the online advertising methods allow you to target precisely. For example, consider how Facebook ads let you target by interests and demographics. Or use keywords in Google AdWords to attract buyers actively searching for your products.

 

However, online ads could be expensive — and may not hit the mark if you’re mainly trying to lure local foot traffic into your bakery. Community coupon books or advertising in a community bulletin might be better for reaching these local shoppers.

 

Choose Your Campaign Timing

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Some types of advertising can be launched immediately. Others require advance planning. How fast do you need results? Many small businesses want instant results. But not all types of advertising are immediate. With a new product launch, you typically plan it well in advance. So a blitz campaign that includes direct mail, TV commercials and Internet display ads along with a PR campaign, can be coordinated so it all starts to roll out around the same time to make a big splash. Remember, timing is a key part of any small business advertising campaign.

 

Last Words

 

Hope you are open to the small business advertising checklist, so if you are looking forward to making one, do consider this checklist and do not forget to share your thoughts with us.

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Improve Your Content Marketing With Simple Methods

Posted by Abhishek Pandey @ 5:01 am

In the past decade, content marketing has become a widely established practice. Companies have hired writers and Chief Content Officers to run departments, create blogs and other materials, and, in the process, some have assured sales people that content marketing can mean the end of cold calling.  This article will reveal some best methods to improve your content marketing so read below.

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The playbook sounds simple: attract prospects with content relevant to each stage of their buying journey and extend offers that motivate them to contact your sales team for a demo or discussion. With online technologies and targeted lists, this should be a cost-effective tool for separating the suspects from the prospects, accelerating customer conversion through the sales funnel, and, equally important, optimizing “data-driven marketing” by tying each piece of content to metrics like opens, reads, downloads, and so on.

Consider: blog output by brands has increased over 800% in the past five years but the organic social share of blogs has decreased by 89% and about 5% of content gets 90% of engagement. An estimated 70% of the content generated by Marketing is never used by Sales reps and a similar percentage of the leads generated disappear into a “sales lead black hole.” And despite the repeated mantra about “data-driven,” there is contradictory advice about which content-marketing benchmarks indicate success as well as many blithe assertions about best practices in this area.

Create Impression In 3 minutes

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It’s no secret that buyers are bombarded with messages and the web has exacerbated the situation. That likely explains why the average viewing time for content is 2 minutes and 27 seconds. During that brief period, prospects are making many rapid-fire judgments, including whether or not they will move to the next step. Conversely, many sellers need to share lots of information with prospects to motivate desired buyer behavior.

 

Mobile Is Important But Overhyped

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The proliferation of smartphones, iPads, and other devices has generated a certain folk wisdom about crafting content for the mobile buyer. But our data indicate that, at the top of the funnel, it typically makes sense to optimize content for viewing on multiple formats and devices. Further, once a lead is handed off to sales and becomes an opportunity, an overwhelming majority of prospects view sales content on desktop devices, not mobile.

 

These findings have actionable implications for marketers. Desktop devices remain very important, so avoid needless optimization for a single type of device and format. Focus on creating content that offers visuals to convey key messages quickly and that performs well in multiple formats. Think succinct copy and core takeaways that punctuate each slide, and avoid text-heavy information drops on each page.

 

No “Best Day” Of The Week To Submit Content

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There are many assertions about the best day of the week to send content. But opinions about Tuesday afternoon or Thursday morning simply don’t hold up to empirical examination. Our data indicate that total visits by prospects to sellers’ sites were almost evenly distributed across each day of the work week — slightly more on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and, unsurprisingly, a bit less on Monday morning and Friday afternoon.

 

Do not focus on specific days for sending content. In fact, doing that probably indicates unused capacity and a lack of cadence in your marketing and sales process. Instead, it’s better to prioritize based on level and type of prospect engagement with specific types of content and a process for follow-up after initial engagement. For many companies, this often means linking your content marketing efforts to what you know about the vertical your prospect is in and relevant guides for each type. Content by vertical also plays well with most sales teams.

 

A Specific Kind Of Content Is Preferable

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Marketers put a lot of time and effort into crafting content. And the data indicate they need to keep working on this to improve the actual use of their content by prospects and sales colleagues. But which type of content routinely outperforms others in terms of completion rate? The tried and true case study is, by far, the content that prospects complete more than others. In our data, case studies have an 83% completion rate — orders of magnitude higher than other sales and marketing content provided during the buying journey.

 

Buyers, especially B2B buyers, want to know what others are doing with your product, not what they might do to improve productivity or other outcomes. Good case-study content does that while providing a compelling reason for the prospect to learn more and initiate a change process. Especially in B2B contexts, buyers must justify a decision to others in the organization who have competing priorities for limited funds. Knowing how other organizations have successfully integrated and used a new product, service or process is more important than grand assertions about “thought leadership” or “disruption.” As a result, good case content, like the good follow-up, often has a specific and relevant vertical focus. The process of finding and articulating that content requires ongoing interaction between marketers, sales, and service people in your firm — interactions that often yield other benefits in addition to relevant and credible use cases.

Last Words

 

Content marketing is evolving, and, as buying becomes increasingly nonlinear, can play an important role in aligning selling with buying. But there are now many myths and unexamined assumptions that have accrued around content marketing as the practice has exploded. Don’t follow the herd. If you can’t track what prospects read, when, where, and for how long, you have a blind spot in a big part of your marketing budget and are unlikely to get the ROI possible with this approach.

 

Authenticity and the Origins of Content Marketing

Posted April 18, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 6:00 am

Content marketing is an industry that demands you pay close attention to emerging trends if you’re a marketer. When mobile devices started becoming more popular, content creators had to adapt to ensure their content was easily viewable on mobile devices. Now that video content is more accessible and more in-demand, written content specialists have had to adapt to create more visual assets for their brands.

We’re on the cusp of a new revolution in content marketing, and one that has the power to shift the balance in the industry. Consumers may soon judge your brand based heavily on the authenticity of your content.

Why Authenticity Is Driving A Content Marketing Revolution

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Content marketing has a long history, even though we think of it as a recent idea. The explosion we know as the modern era of content marketing is attributable to two main factors, which are important to our understanding of content marketing’s future.

First, the availability of the internet made it possible for brands to create and distribute content, for free, to millions of people worldwide. This made content marketing extremely cost-effective.

Second, the abundance of traditional advertising, which often seeks to pitch a product and/or directly persuade consumers to buy it, left customers feeling burned out. They began to distrust advertising and seeing most traditional ads as an indistinguishable blur of white noise.

Content marketing stepped in as a lucrative alternative; it gave consumers real value, instead of trying to convince them to buy something, and seemed to be a more authentic message—if for no other reason than it didn’t seem to have an ulterior motive.

The New Threats

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With roots in authenticity, it’s hard to imagine that content marketing would come under fire for being not authentic, but that’s the reality we face. Content marketing is currently staring down three main threats to its perceived authenticity:

Native advertising. Native ads exist to trick users into believing that paid (sponsored) content is legitimate, publisher-backed content on a publisher’s site. All it takes is a handful of disappointing clicks to lose a customer’s trust—both in the brand that’s paying for the ad and the brand that’s hosting it. In fact, this distrust might spread to other content publishers.

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Market saturation. Market saturation is another problem. Content marketing has become ridiculously popular, to the point where almost every major brand is pushing their own strategy. This overabundance of content is starting to have the same effect that it had when traditional ads became overabundant.

Content marketing knowledge. Consumers are also becoming more aware that content marketing exists, and are becoming warrier about the articles they click on. Because the average amount of distrust and/or suspicion for any given article has risen in an era where the term “fake news” has been rebranded to apply to anything that the user of the phrase disagrees with, brands need to be careful to ensure their messages are authentic (or at least, perceived as authentic).

Last Words

These trends won’t forcibly change the content marketing industry overnight, but they’re already beginning to settle in—and the proactive brands working to fix their authenticity problem are soon going to benefit from their efforts.

 

Modern Mobile Marketing Trends For Small Businesses- Part 1

Posted April 16, 2018 by Abhishek Pandey @ 6:20 am

As mobile marketing is giving a new definition to digital marketing, it is essentially important for digital marketers to use their knowledge of future mobile marketing trends. Undoubtedly, it is important to think ahead of the year and look beyond to see the mobile marketing trends that will help your business to flourish in the market. It is so obvious for a good marketer to tell that the sooner they begin to prepare things for the future, the more they will be able to capitalize when the time strikes.

Mobile marketing has become quite crucial for any business to make space in the market, ever since the facility of mobile shopping is introduced, the mobile marketing has been gaining more and more importance. That’s why we have rounded up some latest mobile marketing trends that will work for you this year and coming years as well. So read carefully to explore the future mobile marketing trends that will attract and convert mobile users.

Mobile Marketing Trends For Businesses

Through this post, you will be able to unfold the latest mobile marketing trends, so scroll down to this post.

Trend 1: Google TrendMobile Marketing Trends For Businesses

Two years ago, Google has announced that the team heading its search department would be moving towards a mobile-first approach. This is Google’s response to mobile becoming the preferred channel of search over the desktop. With the majority of its users now searching via mobile, Google understands that for the best interest of its user experience, it’s essential that the search engine focuses on mobile over desktop.

Trend  2: Mobile Speed And Performance

Mobile Marketing Trends For Businesses

As Google’s new indexing strategy puts mobile pages in the spotlight, the performance and speed of these pages become critical. After all, as the soon-to-be primary version of your website, your mobile page is about to get a lot more traffic. Thus, it needs to be in excellent shape. Mobile users expect fast, frictionless mobile pages. Regarding speed, mobile users expect pages to load in three seconds or less, and 90% of users will abandon the page entirely if it takes more than five seconds. You want to engage users, not turn them away with slow load speeds. Unsure of how fast your mobile pages load? Take a look at Google’s free PageSpeed Insights; this tool will help you determine your mobile load speeds and even suggest steps to make them faster.

Trend 3: Live Streaming Video Content

Mobile Marketing Trends For Businesses

Video content has always been the most engaging content type out there. Now, it’s becoming even more engaging, thanks to Live streaming on social media platforms and other services. Plus, mobile devices make creating and watching video content much more accessible, especially on-the-go. While your content strategies should still incorporate blogs, pictures, and other formats, videos produce 12 times more shares than both photographs and written content put together.

Live streamed videos only raise this engagement to the next level. The key to this increased engagement is that live streaming videos are happening at that very moment, unlike pre-produced videos that can be watched over and over again. Mobile users are prone to viewing live content even longer than static videos because of the inherent fear of missing out. In other words, if they don’t engage now, there may never be an opportunity to see the content again.

Words To Share

We have mentioned three important mobile marketing trends in this post. although, we are not wrapping up the article since we have just revealed three modern mobile marketing trends and rest threes are yet to share, so stay tuned with us and wait for our second post on it. Do share your thoughts with us in comment section below.  

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