Are you thinking about advertising on LinkedIn but you’re not sure whether it’s a good marketing channel for your business? We already know about other social media platforms that offer advertising like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and of course, the latest, TikTok. Let’s take a look at some of the key factors to take into consideration when assessing your marketing strategy and considering LinkedIn ads for your business.
With spring right around the corner, scheduling some spring cleaning for your digital marketing is just as crucial as sprucing up your house. Digital marketing encompasses many techniques and strategies to increase your product’s visibility or services, across a wide array of channels.
Many online guides offer conflicting advice for increasing traffic, which can be overwhelming and confusing. Luckily, we have created a condensed, informative list of ways to polish up your marketing efforts.
How Can I “Spring Clean” My Marketing?
Be Specific When Targeting Consumers
Make Customer Service a Priority
Ensure That Your Website is Mobile-Friendly
Update Your Website Regularly
Increase Your Social Media Presence
Data is the most crucial element to pay attention to when trying to increase conversions, and according to Emarsys.com, data should influence every decision that a digital marketing team makes. When reading and interpreting your data, use it to find ways to tailor the marketing experience that your consumers have.
Platforms, such as Google Analytics, allow you to organize your audience by creating audience segments. Data makes it possible to develop more specific marketing for an audience segment based on their purchase history, demographics, and even the channel they found you through. Based on this information, you can make product recommendations for similar products… driving increased conversions.
If you are serious about increasing traffic to your website through digital marketing, you must focus on excellent customer service. When customers are treated well and feel comfortable shopping with your company, they are more likely to become repeat customers.
A vital element of customer service is communication, which includes responding to customer questions and concerns. According to VoyMedia.com, including a chatbot on your website provides an added way to address any issues or hesitation that consumers may have. The more information you give your consumers, the more confident they will be and the more likely they are to purchase your product or service.
BroadbandSearch.net reports that mobile traffic has continuously surpassed desktop traffic on the Internet since 2016. The growth of mobile traffic means that having a website optimized for both desktop users and mobile users is essential for your company or risk high bounce rates for mobile users. Ways to improve the mobile experience include having slightly different website layouts for mobile and desktop and modifying your mobile website to decrease clutter and improve site speed.
A responsive website design would be the best option to ensure an optimal user experience. If your customers can easily navigate your website and find what they’re searching for, this positive user experience improves the chances of completing a purchase.
According to Forbes.com, a key to improving your digital marketing efforts is to update your website often. Improvements can include regularly adding new products to your website or uploading unique content that your audience can find useful.
Regular blog posts, tutorials, FAQs, and other informative content can answer important customer questions and help improve your website rankings for desired search terms. However, be sure not to sacrifice the quality of your content by keyword stuffing. Only incorporate target search terms when it makes sense, so your audience receives the intended message.
A strong social media presence is another overlooked but critical element for reaching your target audience. PopUpSmart.com states that using social networks is a great way to grow and maintain your brand’s popularity by connecting with existing and prospective customers.
Depending on the platform you choose; you can provide product tutorial videos, answer questions, notify your audience of giveaways, and more. It will boost audience trust in your brand and your authority within your industry. These are both likely to increase conversions.
Many methods are available to attract more attention to your products and increase conversion. Gaining insight on your audience will unlock new ways to enhance your digital marketing efforts, such as targeting audience segments based on demographics and behavior.
Customers are the backbone of your business, so keep customer service in mind to bring in repeat customers. Additionally, attract new customers on social media and retain them by having an optimal website for mobile phones and computers. Lastly, keep your website fresh with updated information, content, and keywords.
Let Efferent Media Help You Spring Clean Your Site
If you are looking to spruce up your website or spring clean your marketing efforts this year, look no further than Efferent Media. Our staff includes experts in content writing, SEO, SEM, Social Media Management, and more. To get started maximizing your site’s potential, contact Efferent today.
COVID-19 has been brutal for a lot of businesses and some industries have been hit especially hard. The common response to revenue downturns is to stop or drastically curtail marketing. That is a big mistake and at Efferent Media we have the evidence to prove it. Our clients who have maintained and – in some cases – expanded their marketing have had normal or better than normal revenue during the pandemic… and inbound marketing is the key.
What Are Examples of Inbound Marketing?
Inbound marketing refers to content and material that attracts your target audience, more specifically drawing them with things they want to know. Examples of inbound marketing can be blog posts, videos, e-books, email courses, social media, and more which answer questions your prospects have, educates them, provides useful information, and so forth all geared to topics they’re interested in and that positions you as the authority.
What Are Outreach Strategies?
Outreach strategies are used to target your preferred audience. These strategies can work in a number of ways depending upon your goals and resources.
Here is one basic outreach strategy incorporating inbound marketing:
- Determine your goal(s). Let’s say you want to grow or expand your sales funnel by improving your email list.
- Define your target audience or customer personas.
- Figure out what topics interest this audience and what questions they have.
- Create content that appeals to that audience – including something you can give away for free that they will find useful: such as an e-book, a guide they can download, an email course, etc.
- Set up automation to securely process the incoming emails and send out the free e-book and other materials, preferably with audience tracking and segmentation for proper targeting of future communication.
- Add the offer to your website.
- Create a landing page for the offer.
- Use social media to drive traffic to the landing page.
- Use PPC and social media advertising to reach your target audience for the landing page.
- Create a steady stream of content to send on a regular basis to those who sign up, focusing on topics that encourage them to complete a goal or conversion (such as booking an appointment).
- Monitor and analyze your results. You may need to adjust your strategy and content accordingly to maximize results and keep going.
As you can see, such a strategy has many steps yet it is well worth the time and, if you hire a marketing agency, worth the money spent on it. A good inbound marketing strategy can boost revenue and keep prospects within your sales funnel until they are ready to buy.
It also prevents a “leaky funnel” in which you attract prospects but lose them while they are still deciding. Continuing to provide content of interest keeps them in your sales funnel, improving the odds that when they are ready to buy, they buy from you.
How Does Inbound Marketing Help During the Pandemic?
The Rule of 7 indicates that it can take an average of seven “touch points” or contacts before a person is ready to buy. People rarely make significant purchases as a snap decision. They want to do research and feel like informed consumers – especially for large purchases.
An inbound marketing strategy, such as the one detailed above, provides those contact points while also positioning you and your business as the authority in your field. Further, the initial freebie provided engenders good will.
Whether the inbound marketing strategy was in place before the COVID-19 outbreak began or if you decide to start one during it, inbound marketing is an invaluable tactic during the pandemic and moving forward. If they are delaying their purchase for any reason, it keeps your product or service in front of them until they are ready and able to buy.
More importantly, they are a captive audience as you customize your services and products to adapt to life during COVID. For example, let’s say you’re a party rental business. The cancellation of events during pandemic is an unexpected blow, however having an email marketing list means that you can switch gears and suggest fun home-based activities that involve your rentals such as a backyard movie projector for summer night screenings or a weekend bouncy castle rental to give the kids something different to do.
Have you instituted new safety protocols for your services? Your email marketing list can be utilized to give current clients and prospects the peace of mind that your business is following CDC guidelines. You could also offer special deals on gift cards and COVID-inspired services this same way.
Because of inbound marketing strategies such as these, Efferent Media‘s clients have not only been surviving the pandemic – they’ve been thriving. While some industries have been hit harder than others due to mandatory shutdowns or limited capacity, Efferent Media’s clients have had an average revenue year (instead of a slump) thanks to our marketing strategies. Our other clients have had an above average year, which is phenomenal in a pandemic-ravaged economy.
Find out what Efferent Media can do to grow your business.
Efferent Media’s Inbound Marketing Strategies Create Sales
Efferent Media develops and executes marketing strategies that maximize your sales funnel and drives revenue. We work closely with our clients to create a custom-tailored strategy for inbound marketing, and lead generation to maximize the potential of your business. Contact us today and let us get to work for you.
Marketing a local business can be stressful and difficult. As a business owner, you need to ensure that every dollar you spend on marketing is invested wisely. Hundreds of services “guarantee” an unbelievable ROI (return on investment) and an unprecedented new business volume. We would advise staying far away from companies that promise too-good-to-be-true services and stick with tried-and-true methods for marketing. What’s the answer then? The triple crown of local service business marketing success – SEO, PPC, and Google Guaranteed.
Marketing personas are an essential part of a successful marketing strategy yet are frequently overlooked when companies handle marketing in-house. That is especially true in medical marketing, which often carries the mindset that patients with the right problem will find your practice. The truth is that unless you have a one-of-a-kind medical practice without competition, marketing is essential for success and so are patient personas.