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Your Ultimate Guide To Marketing on Snapchat

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Snapchat is currently all the rage and there is no sign of it slowing down. While many people use it for personal purposes, there is a huge opportunity for businesses who use this platform to connect with their audience. Since it can be intimidating and confusing to some marketers, we’re here to help! Why You Should Market On Snapchat Snapchat is very valuable to businesses – for those who use it right. Let’s look at some of the statistics. There are an estimated 200 million monthly users on the platform who send at least 700 million photos or videos every day. There are nearly 100 daily users and Snapchat reaches over 10% of the United States digital population. It has more users than Twitter and to top it all off – over 75% of its users are online shoppers. Furthermore, Snapchat has less competition than other social platforms. While every brand has a presence on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Snapchat still has relatively low competition. It’s different than other platforms – it allows you to reach your audience in a new, more authentic way with a new type of content. And, it allows you to connect to new audiences – especially if your product caters to the younger demographic – especially millennials. How To Market On Snapchat Snapchat has a lot of fun features – photos, videos, and stories – along with editing options like drawing tools, emojis, and texts. While Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook allow users to like and comment on posts – Snapchat allows you connect with your audience on a more personal level. You can show them behind the scenes videos, snaps of new products, and bring a more “real-life” aspect to your brand. Some tips for effectively marketing on Snapchat is offering coupon codes to your…

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How to Brand Yourself Like a Pro

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Have you ever heard that a personal brand is just as important as a company brand? Well, it’s true. Having a personal brand is just as – if not more – important than having a company one. They help you attract customers by simply being yourself – but it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes hard work, time, and few tips and tricks – but when done correctly, it can benefit your company immensely. Build A Blog And Find Your Voice These days, it’s nearly impossible to have a personal brand without a blog. Creating a blog allows customers to see the person behind the business and gives a glimpse into your own life – making your company more trustworthy. It’s not always easy to blog consistently, but if you commit to blogging even just once a week, it’ll help you fine-tune your voice, and help grow your business. Create Valuable Content Taking it a step further from blogging, creating other valuable content will help attract customers and grow your business. An infographic – a visual aid that is easily digestible and delivers a message or a podcast – is a highly popular form of content that allows audiences to listen to you on the go. Or, you can create a vlog – also known as a short video. Vlogs allow you to become the (literal) face of the brand and is a fun way to get in front of your audience. An eBook is also a great way to entice new customers. You can offer them a free eBook as a thank you for signing up for your e-mail list, for example. Utilize SEO Similar to optimizing content for your company, optimizing content for your personal brand is just as important. If your company specializes in digital marketing consulting in…

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What You Should Know Before You Rebrand

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Are you feeling like it’s time to rebrand? Maybe your current brand isn’t bringing in the results you’d like or you just think it’s time for a revamp. Either way, rebranding is not easy. Here are some tips and tricks for launching a success one. A New Name Doesn’t Fix Everything Changing the name of your business doesn’t mean everything will automatically be fixed – it’s only one component. You don’t necessarily need to change your business name to rebrand, but if you do, be prepared for an initial loss in customers and organic traffic. Make sure you know your overall rebranding strategy inside and out – use customer insight along with concrete data. Redefine your target audience and find a look and feel of a website that fits that consumer. It may take longer than expected, but it’ll worth it. Make Sure Your Team Has As Much Information As Possible When you are ready to share the news with your team, arm them with as much as information as you can. Make sure they know why you are rebranding – and the sooner the better. You’ll want to make sure everyone is prepared! You’ll Never Be 100 Percent Ready As with most things in life, nothing is ever 100 percent ready – or perfect. There will always be new bumps in the road and constant need for improvements and changes. But don’t let that stop you and don’t let it drag out your rebrand. You can even try setting a firm date to launch by – even if you aren’t 100 percent ready. Consider Partnering Up With Someone Recognizable If you are planning to hire a creative director or brand strategist, partnering with someone of influence can help establish brand recognition. It’s beneficial to both you and the person…

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Why Reviews Are So Important For Your Business

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If you’re like most online shoppers, you’ve probably read at least one review before clicking that “add to cart” button. While product descriptions are great for telling you what the item is and what it does, reviews tell what it actually is and what is actually does. If you aren’t already utilizing reviews on your website, now is the time to start – and we’re here to tell you why. Whether you are a service-based or product-based business, reviews are critical and help provide shoppers with the security they need to make a purchase. And while it’s no fun to get a negative review, both negative and positive reviews give your website instant credibility. The Facts According to a recent study, nearly 75 percent of shoppers trusted a local business more if they read positive reviews. And, 90 percent of consumers said that positive online influenced their decision to purchase – and nearly 90 percent weren’t discouraged by a past negative review. Helping Your Business While reviews are beneficial to customers, they also help online retailers or businesses. With all the information out there on the internet, your brand must stand out. Visual reviews – such as those that feature stars and colors – are more eye catching than plain ones. Feedback from customers also help retailers and brand owners’ insight into how their products or services are working. Maybe the stitching is off on an article of clothing or a product isn’t working within a service package. Take that feedback into account – even negative feedback – and use them to constantly improve your product. Enlist the Help of Experts While feedback from customers is a great way to influencer potential customers’ decisions, reviews from experts will also help. Feedback from experts helps give consumers another perspective and will certainly…

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Pinterest: The Ultimate Marketing Guide

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It’s impossible to deny that Pinterest is an effective marketing tool. While Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are often the favorites, Pinterest should not be discounted. In fact, Pinterest pins are nearly 100 times more spreadable than tweets and the half-life of a pin is nearly 2,000 times longer than a Facebook post. So, if you haven’t jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet, now is the time – and we’re here to help. The primary focus of Pinterest is not to post images or ideas to followers but rather save ideas or content for later – making it a very effective marketing tool. Create a Business Account Before you start your Pinterest marketing journey, the first thing you should do is switch to a business account. Business accounts have added perks that personal accounts lack. For example, a business account allows you to use promoted pins to help increase brand awareness and boost sales. Once you set up your business page, provide as much information as you can. Choose an image that is on brand – like your logo. And, be sure to include your logo so visitors can easily access your site. Use keywords in your “about me” section, too, to help people searching for those keywords find you. Create Boards Now comes the fun part: creating boards. You can create as many boards as you’d like but try and keep them relevant to your brand. For example, if you’re a fashion brand, you may to create boards like “Fashion Inspiration” or “Jacket Inspiration.” That way, users searching for those topics will come across your board. Track Analytics With Pinterest, you can track analytics just like other social sites. It’s only available with business accounts and it tells you how many views and how much engagement you are getting. There…

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The Top Instagram Marketing Hacks

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We all know Instagram is imperative to growing – and maintaining – a business. But some business owners aren’t as savvy when it comes to Instagram marketing. So, we’ve rounded up some of the best marketing hacks to help you grow your business using Instagram! Hashtags are KEY Chances are, you’ve seen hashtags on an Instagram post. But how many are you supposed to use? Which ones are the most effective? Hashtags are used in addition to your caption in order for those not already following you to find your page. Users search for relevant, industry-related hashtags and you want to make sure your posts show up. When choosing and using hashtags, use a mix of both popular hashtags and less popular hashtag, yet extremely relevant hashtags. With this mix, you’ll attract those searching for popular hashtags while also attracting those who are interested in your specific industry. Try to use at least one hashtag per post. You can even put them in a separate comment if you don’t want to clutter your caption. Join the Instagram Community Like any other social network, Instagram is most effective when you use it as a way to form relationships with other users. It’s not just a platform to post snapshots of your own life, it’s a way to form a community with others. To build lasting relationships, use the appropriate hashtags as well as like and comment on other users photos. It’ll show that you are supportive of other people and put you in front of people who may not have otherwise found your page. Keep Images & Profile on Brand A super important Instagram marketing hack is to keep your images on brand. That means ensuring your images are cohesive and closely related to your brand. For example, if your brand…

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How To Utilize Micro-Moments & Increase Your Content Campaign

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Where’s your phone? If you’re like most people, it’s probably already in your hand or sitting right next to you. Now more than ever, people rely on their smartphone for just about everything – from checking social sites to asking Google where the nearest gas station is. And Google has a name for those moments: “micro-moments.” Micro-moments are “split seconds of time where consumers use their devices to act on a need.” And these moments can be huge for your brand. Seventy percent of mobile searches lead to instant action. If you make sure your content is easily found, relevant, and accessible, your brand can capitalize immensely on the micro-moments. Here are four ways to do so. Understand The Customer As with any content campaign, you have to really understand who your customer is – what do they like to do? What do they look like? What are their habits? Getting a good sense of who your customer is will help you attract the right ones. What types of questions are they asking before purchasing a service or product? By creating content with the answers to those questions, consumers are more likely to turn to you during those micro-moments. Make Sure You’re Relevant Although following best search-engine optimization practices will help your brand stay relevant, content is still king when it comes to relevancy. Your brand not only needs to answer the right questions through your content, it also needs to be easily readable and digestible. Consumers shouldn’t have to go searching for answers. Making sure your content is educational and not overly promotional will also help. If you can’t provide the answers our customers are looking for, they’ll have no problem turning to another brand. Fifty-one percent of smartphone users actually purchased from a different brand or company they…

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7 Ways To Create An Effective Facebook Ad Campaign

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It seems like you can’t be on any social platform without running into an ad. And while each platform is unique in their own way, Facebook is still king when it comes to advertisements. But not all brands utilize the platform effectively. So, we’ve rounded up 7 tips on creating an effective Facebook ad campaign. Audience Insights Using the audience insight tool will help you find new potential customers. This tool will allow you to target people based on the interests of people who are already fans of your page as well as their personal characteristics. Use A Campaign Landing Page With Your Ad Aligning a Facebook post and landing page will help you get a higher Ad Relevance score – meaning you’ll end up paying less per click. Furthermore, it’ll increase your conversion rate. When someone clicks on an ad, they are expecting to get what that post said. If that happens, it’ll increase your credibility and gain their trust. Trust is important if you are using Facebook ads to increase product or service sales. Customers are more inclined to purchase something if the brand appears trustworthy. And, alignment between post and page will decreases cart abandonment. Test One Ad At A Time Rather than creating different ads and A/B testing them, create variations of an ad that performs the best and change one aspect at a time. Take your best ad, for example, and make copies. Change the headline of each version and see which one does best. Then, make copies of that ad (with the best headline) and change another element like an image or description. You can also test different combinations with various split tests. Take the ad with the winning headline and add various descriptions to see which one performs best. Then, put the ad…

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5 Influencer Marketing Myths

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It’s no secret that influencer marketing is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. Consumers are becoming more and more attached to influencers – even changing their entire purchasing behavior based on what they say. But just how much power do influencers have on audiences? According to a study in Adweek, 49 percent of consumers said they rely on an influencers recommendation before making a purchase. Furthermore, businesses tend to generate $6.50 for every $1 they spend on influencer marketing. Influencers have a way of making sense of all the social media content – and consumers follow and trust them. And while there is a lot of information on influencer marketing out there, not all of it is true. Here are five myths you should stop believing when it comes to influencer marketing. It’s Expensive Thanks to human psychology, we want instant results. But with typical marketing, that doesn’t typically happen. Numerous marketers invest in paid media since it’s easy to define and measure results – but you don’t always get the results you want. Some marketers are weary of investing in influencer marketing since they think the risk is greater than the reward – but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Of course big-name celebrities will require a lot of money, so the better thing to do is to work with niche, organic influencers. They’ll put the legwork in for your brand and you’ll keep your costs down. You Have To Pay Influencers Many marketers assume that influencers cost money – a lot of money – but that isn’t always the case. In fact, some influencers don’t even require monetary compensation for working with your brand. Compensation is a widely debated topic among influencer marketing but for most influencers, money isn’t the most important aspect. You can offer…

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5 Reasons Your Business Needs a CRM System

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Retaining existing customers is almost always more profitable for a business than acquiring a new one. This is because the efforts and costs involved in gaining new clients is exponentially greater than retaining the existing one. Enter the need for a CRM. If you want to retain more of your current customers, you should invest in a  Customer Relationship Management system (CRM). A CRM system is a valuable asset for your business because it keeps control of all your customers and contacts; and is an effective way to build and maintain good business relationships with all your existing and potential customers. Why Invest in a CRM? A CRM helps you track your customers’ needs, questions, complaints, issues and interactions in a simple way. This helps your customer service team deal with problems (and potential cross-sales, upsells, and referrals) fast, and without complicated spreadsheets or multiple mailing lists. Responding to customer queries quickly helps your customers bond with you, which increases your customer retention rate. 2. A good CRM system will also analyze your customers’ behaviors and help the sales team to find out customers’ needs. These needs can then be converted into business leads and sales opportunities because these provide excellent data and market research. And, satisfying your customers’ wants is going to lead to in increase in referrals. Similarly, historic data of purchases can be used to predict customers’ behaviors or purchasing patterns. 3. A CRM allows you to collaborate with your team, and your customers using a single tool. The days of maintaining customer lists in notebooks, excel sheets, and word documents, then mass emailing your client list are over. You can manage and reach everyone with one tool, from one place, and any of your employees can join the effort even if they’re out of the office….

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