The internet is one of your best and most cost-effective tools for marketing. However, to use it right, you need to understand the mentality of the average web user. For most people, it’s all about finding the most appealing, concise, and easily accessible information and solutions to their problems. The vast majority of the younger web users prefer images and videos to written content. If you’re trying to reach that younger audience, you need to use video marketing!
Video marketing is effective for the simple reason that EVERYONE loves well-made, clever, and interesting videos. If a picture is worth 1,000 words, videos are worth far, far more. You can deliver a powerful, engaging, funny, clever, or interesting message in a matter of seconds using video. You can also tell a story to entice web surfers to click on your link and see what more you have to say. Well-made videos can stop any casual web surfer in their tracks, perhaps even long enough to get them interested in your product or service.
Video marketing is also effective because it’s entertaining. Go to YouTube, and you’ll find HUNDREDS of videos on every topic under the sun. Many of them are created to make you laugh, cry, think, and be interested in something new. Videos present important information in an entertaining way. People love to be entertained, and it can make learning a whole lot more enjoyable. You can teach useful things through the medium of entertainment.
Best of all, video marketing is available to anyone. You don’t have to be an internet marketing genius to use video marketing. All you have to do is know how to make a good video. That may mean hiring a video expert to help you create something informational, engaging, and entertaining. Once you have the video, you can post it to your website, blog, social media accounts, and even a YouTube channel. If the video is well-made and engaging, it has a much better chance of being shared around.
Videos tend to “go viral” (being shared all over the internet) much more often than written articles. Viral videos can get millions of views in a very short amount of time. If you’re the one who created the video, all those viewers will link the video to your company/business. The viral nature of the video means thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of people around the world will find out about you and what you have to offer.
The truth is that video marketing is one of the most effective tools in your arsenal. If you want to reach the widest audience possible, it’s worth investing in making videos that entertain, educate, and engage in a clever, interesting, and animated way!
Marketing is all about putting your message in front of the right people in the right way. Thanks to social media, that has become easier than ever. If used correctly, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, and all the other social media platforms will allow you to engage directly with your target demographic.
First off, social media is where people go to relax and distract themselves from work. It already has a positive association in their minds, meaning the things they see while on social media will also tend to have that positive connotation. If your marketing campaign appeals to them, inspires them, or catches their interest, they’re far more likely to engage with it than they would while surfing the internet for education or information.
Social media also provides you with a surprising amount of information on who people are. Facebook, for example, compiles not just names, but also locations, interests, ages, likes and dislikes, and so much more. You’ll be able to use the social media profiles to target the right people with the right message. If you use the platforms’ various paid options, you’ll tap into their compiled databases to ensure your marketing campaigns are targeted at the customers most likely to be receptive to your message.
Social media gives you a much broader reach than you’d get from other sources. While Google’s SEO rankings are dependent largely in inbound links to your website, it does take into account links from social media. The more people post links to your page or content, the higher your SEO ranking. However, that also increases your visibility on those social media platforms and increases your authority.
People are always looking for new and interesting, content that educates, entertains, and gets them thinking. If you approach content creation with that mindset, you’ll find that the images, videos, and articles you post to social media have much better engagement. The more people engage with and share your content, the more you are perceived as an authority. This in turn increases the chance that people will seek you out when they have a question they need answered or a problem they want solved. Your reputation as an authority is worth gold!
Social media also allows you to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s trending, popular, and of interest to your target demographic. If you “join in the conversation” with your marketing and content, you become relevant and trending as well. You’ll find that social media enables you to stay current with the times in a way classic content marketing never could!
Content marketing (marketing using videos, images, and articles) has become the most popular AND most effective way of putting your products or services in front of the broadest possible audience. Everyone from entrepreneurs to multi-national corporations are getting into the content marketing game!
2017 has been an excellent year for all internet-based marketing, but especially for content marketing. Here are a few trends that you should keep in mind the rest of the year:
More people surf the Internet and access social media using their mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) than computers. If your content isn’t designed to adapt to smaller screens, you’re going to lose a lot of viewers. You need to make sure your website/blog has a responsive design that can scale up or down according to the size of the device used. It should also be a mobile-friendly design that makes navigation easy for mobile users.
Internet users are becoming increasingly driven by the content they SEE rather than READ. While articles still have an important place (particularly for research or information), the visually appealing content (videos and images) have the highest chance of engagement. The more eye-catching the content, the higher the chance users will click on it and see what you have to say. Videos are particularly appealing—most people will take 20-30 seconds to watch a clever video that is beautiful and attention-grabbing.
While you may not like the way Facebook keeps changing up its algorithms and marketing policies, there’s no way to deny that Facebook is still the most used social media platform around. If you want to succeed, you need to learn how to use Facebook’s advertising options.
People may trust your brand, but they’ll trust other people’s opinions about your brand more than you realize. User-generated content like third-party reviews, unboxings, social shares, and comments on your products will be more influential than any blog post or video you can make.
The amount of content currently available online is mind-blowing; there’s far more out there than users will ever be able to see. You need to make sure your content is personalized according to your audience. That way, it will resonate with your target demographic in a way that the “general public” content never will.
Though you may have quality content, it does you no good if no one sees it. That’s where paid promotions come in handy. You’re not running an ad—you’re simply paying Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube to push your content to a broader audience. It’s a way to mix both content marketing and advertising highly effectively!
The day of long-winded, text-heavy articles is coming to an end; now, people want to SEE rather than read. They say that an “image is worth 1,000 words”. Thanks to Instagram, a well-crafted image can be worth a whole lot more!
Instagram is a photo-based platform that allows you to share images, GIFs, and videos, using the same hashtags that make Twitter one of the best social media platforms for visibility. It’s a platform that you should definitely be using for a number of reasons:
Anything you post to Instagram can automatically be posted to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. It’s a simple one-click platform that will allow you to spread your images far and wide.
The average user on Instagram is between the age of 18 and 45, with more than 50% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 owning an Instagram account and using the app regularly. If your product or service caters to the young, trendy, and tech-savvy, you NEED to be on Instagram to find your target audience where they’re at.
Facebook and Twitter still have the largest user base, but Instagram hit 600 million accounts in late 2016. That’s an enormous number of people taking advantage of the photo-based platform to share their content! It’s also one of the fastest-growing social media platforms, with new updates and upgrades on a regular basis.
And by this, we don’t mean you, the marketer. We’re talking the users who browse Instagram to find new and interesting content. The layout of the app makes it incredibly easy for users to get access to content from all around the world, not just within their network of friends and contacts. Anyone can access any public Instagram account, giving you a much larger platform to work from.
With Facebook, you have to spend money to make your posts visible. On Instagram, everything is visible to everyone. The number of user comments is also much higher on Instagram, leading to better engagement with followers and strangers. People are also more likely to follow an account that hooks them, as well as give a “Like” to great images.
Instagram has its pros and cons as far as social media marketing platforms go, but any smart marketer will take advantage of the benefits it offers. You’ll find that Instagram can provide you a much more efficient way to reach your target audience!
The addition of videos to Facebook revolutionized the way brands and companies can reach new fans and followers. Now, you can give people interesting, valuable content in the form of a short, snappy video. If a picture says 1,000 words, a video is worth a whole lot more.
Here are some tips to help you use Facebook Videos that will serve your brand:
If you’re doing a physical product launch, use Facebook Live to show people what’s going on during the launch. Even if they can’t be there physically, your fans will be able to enjoy the experience from the comfort of their home and still feel like they’re part of the buzzy new product.
People love to feel like they’re getting something special or exclusive. To make your fans feel special, take them behind the scenes of your business operations, your new product, or some special event.
Facebook Live allows you to interact with customers and followers in real time, answering questions, giving information, and even sharing tutorials and how-to’s. The more you interact with people, the better!
Give your Facebook fans the chance to hear from someone else: an expert in their field, a celebrity, or someone else who will pique their interest. Interviews can be fascinating and provide a lot of value in just a few minutes of video.
Videos are a great way to get people interested in sales and promotions, and you can share a lot of info in a few seconds or minutes. Plus, you’ll find people are far more likely to share the videos to others they believe will be interested in the sale or promo opportunity.
People connect with stories more than they do anything else! Use your Facebook platform to tell stories: of people whose lives have been improved or changed by your products, funny and interesting things that happened to your company, or the process of creating a new brand or product. Stories are always more interesting than marketing content or product feature lists.
There will always be something happening in the world around you, and Facebook Videos give you a chance to discuss them at length. Trending issues change on a daily basis, so make sure to “strike while the iron is hot” and get those videos uploaded before something else becomes more relevant.
Everyone loves coffee, right? When you think of coffee, your mind no doubt flashes to Starbucks, the largest coffee house chain in the country. But how does that happen? How is Starbucks so firmly implanted in your mind, even though you’ve never seen a TV ad or billboard for them?
It’s all about their reputation! People talked about how much they loved their Frappuccino or Pumpkin Spice Latte, and those mentions stuck in your mind. When you wanted a cup of coffee, they came back to you and made you want to try Starbucks.
That’s EXACTLY what you need for your business!
Reviews and comments from customers are the word-of-mouth exposure that will sell your business or product far more efficiently than any billboard or ad ever could. If your customers go and tell their friends about what you have to offer, those friends are more likely to try it. When they see reviews giving your product or service a high rating, they’re all but guaranteed to give it a go.
Your online reputation—established through reviews, comments, feedback, shares, Likes, re-Tweets, and so on—create an expectation in the minds of people who encounter your company or product. Many shoppers simply won’t buy products that have no reviews because they’re unwilling to take a risk on an untested product. However, a product with a lot of reviews is more likely to draw attention.
The most important part of your online reputation is the star ratings (from 1 to 5) given by your customers on Amazon, Google, Yelp, and Facebook. Most people check out the star ratings before ever looking at the reviews. In fact, many will avoid reading text reviews if the product they’re considering doesn’t have a high enough star rating.
However, text reviews and customer feedback is really what will “seal the deal”. When people read positive buzz words—honest, reliable, high quality, user-friendly, convenient, and so on—they will be sold on the product or service before they ever read the specifications or features.
Your online reputation is proof that you do go work or provide a quality service. If you want to enhance your reach, it’s time to reach out to your customers and ask them to post a review or rating of your product or service. You can offer an incentive to anyone who leaves an HONEST review, and be sincerely appreciative when they do. Use the reviews—positive and negative alike—to help you improve your performance and product.
To make any advertisement or marketing campaign effective, you have to make sure to target a specific audience. A campaign that hits “everyone” will hit no one; a targeted campaign will have the greatest chance of success.
Thankfully, there are A LOT of tools that enable us to narrow our audience to as specific, targeted a demographic as possible. Every advertising platform from Facebook to Google to Amazon makes the “how” of audience targeting possible.
The real secret is in the “when”…
Remember the days when the first Hunger Games movie came out? Within a few months, dozens more young adult-aiming novels were released, many of which went on to become huge successes. People “struck while the iron was hot”, and their novels, movies, comic books, and other similar products benefited from the popularity of the Hunger Games.
Targeting your audience at the best moment is both an art and a science. It takes two things:
When planning your ads or marketing campaigns, take a look at what is popular at the moment. Are there certain movies or TV shows that everyone loves? Are there hashtags, buzzwords, or controversial topics that everyone is talking about? The more you understand what is trending at the moment, the more accurately you’ll be able to create timely, fresh campaigns.
Unless you can turn out a new ad or marketing campaign overnight, anything that is trending now will be “old news” by the time your campaign is ready. That means you need to spend time researching things that are soon to come: new movies, new albums being released, new apps or tech products, political happenings in the near future, etc. By studying past trends, you’ll have a better chance of “guessing” what will be popular soon.
It will be a bit of a gamble to create marketing campaigns based around these predictions, but if you get it right, you will be one of the only people taking advantage of the wave of popularity as it’s just beginning. Those “lucky guesses” can lead to massive growth if they work out. If not, you’ve lost a bit of time and money, but not too much more.
When thinking about new marketing and ad campaigns, try to think about the timing of what you have to offer and what you want to say. If you can pair it with something timely, trending, or fresh, you’ll find your chances of success are significantly higher!
Is the content on your website too vague? While many people believe that it’s better to avoid “small talk”-style content for new visitors to your site, we’ve found that more direct content can lead to better results. If done right, you’ll find that it’s a much more effective way to get your visitors from Point A (arriving at your website) to Point B (taking action) as quickly as possible.
When a visitor arrives at your website, you have no more than 7 seconds to capture their interest. That number is usually more like 2.5 seconds, as the interest span of most web users is getting shorter thanks to high speed internet browsing. That means your content needs to tell people exactly what to expect from your website in as little time as possible.
Get to the heart of the matter quickly, with as few words and as clearly as you can, and get to the call to action. Everything from your images to your color palette to your text should hook the visitor from the moment they arrive.
As the owner of a business or the proud producer of a product, you want everyone to know about the benefits of what you offer. But did you know that long-form text can be the fastest way to lose your visitors’ interest? If you want to hook them, you need to keep everything short and snappy.
Trim down your introductory content to a short list of the benefits, what the product can do, etc. Don’t try to “sell” them, but let them know what makes you the best solution to their problem. Shorter, punchy content will be more effective than a long-winded post every time!
Remember that you have 2.5 seconds to hook visitors. The best way to do that is to tell them everything they need to know with an image or a catchy video. But you also need to make sure it’s very clear what it is that you do.
The design of your website is far less important than the clarity of your message. If your website doesn’t tell visitors what you do at first glance, you’re losing out on valuable seconds. Make that design speak clearly!
These three elements will ensure that your website content hooks visitors from the moment they land on your page. Clear, concise, punchy, and direct content is the key to converting your visitors and random web users into customers.
Social media can provide you with an amazing marketing platform, if used correctly. However, the truth is that there are many pitfalls for social media marketing, many of which can waste both time and money. If you want to see the best ROI from your social media strategies, here are a few mistakes you’d do well to avoid:
It’s tough to know which is the “right” platform to use, but the truth is that each has its own benefit, target demographic, and uses. For example, you wouldn’t use Snapchat to market a luxury product, as Snapchat is a youth-targeted platform. Using the right platform for the right product to reach the right audience is the key to making your campaigns effective.
All social media platforms are free to use, but they’re only going to be truly effective for marketing if you pay for them. Facebook limits the reach of your posts unless you pay to boost them, and Facebook ads are some of the most effective marketing tools to target customers. Be prepared to pay for results!
Posting too much content can annoy your followers, but posting too little can lead to the customers “forgetting” about your product. Oversharing business-related content can make your readers feel like you’re trying to sell or push too hard, but not enough “sales” posts could lead to lower conversion rates. To be truly effective, you have to find the balance—easier said than done!
You may be getting the hang of social media marketing, but what will you do when the algorithms inevitably change in a few months? You’ll have to totally overhaul your approach, a huge investment of time and money. Instead, you’re better off delegating this task to the social media experts who have invested their time, effort, and money into learning the ins and outs of the platforms.
Working with Resolve Online Solutions will help you avoid these mistakes, all of which could lead to a good deal of your time and money wasted and clients lost. We’ll make sure your social media campaigns are as effective as they can be so you get the highest possible return on your investment.
It can be frustrating when you go to the trouble to set up a website for your company but then do not see any positive results, such as an increase in website visits, incoming calls and17 emails or more walk-ins.
So, why doesn’t your business appear on Google? Read on for things that you should be aware of about Web search engines today:
Google gives higher priority to websites that routinely put out fresh, relevant material. This means that you could establish a pattern of informative blog posts on your site that will show the search engine that you are providing timely and useful content, which most searchers are looking for.
If your website is clunky and difficult to navigate, Google will typically downgrade you when it comes to search engine results. Ease of use and fast access to information is a priority for Google. Avoid forcing large videos to load and optimize code as well as image sizes on your site so it will load as quickly as possible.
Your site should instantly load for mobile users too and not just desktop browsers, or Google will position you lower in the results.
Search engine giant Google has created a system that makes it easier for companies to get the word out about their website. You’ll want to set up a free Google My Business listing so that Google can properly identify your online presence.
Otherwise, inconsistent information from review sites such as Yelp and random directories could make it more confusing when it comes to Google cataloging details about your company.
Running your business already takes an enormous amount of your time and attention. Chances are, you have so much on your plate already that you cannot devote your own resources to improving how well your company is doing in search engines. This is where the team at Resolve can make a difference. We invite you to connect with us today to schedule a free consultation on how to get your business up higher in Google search results.