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How to Optimize Your Social Media Strategy

How to Optimize Your Social Media Strategy
Social media platforms have given marketers the chance to spread brand awareness, maintain brand loyalty, and attract new customers. Using sites like Instagram and Twitter in this way requires a proper strategy, though.   As anyone advertising on Facebook or another platform knows, your primary goal is to boost revenue. By focusing on social media optimization, you can leverage these services to their full potential.   The Benefits of Social Media Optimization Optimizing your social media presence lets you establish your brand as authoritative and trustworthy. Also, social media makes it simple to reach many customers in one place. Using these platforms to target specific audiences allows your marketing team to drive more relevant traffic to your site. Therefore, you lower your risk of attracting users who may not be interested in your services. However, it’s important to understand that some myths about social media optimization can prevent you from taking full advantage of all it has to offer. For example, although anyone can create a Facebook or Instagram account and post for free, you won’t get ideal results without spending some money on advertising. You will need to invest funds, time, and additional resources when implementing a campaign.   Second, don’t make the mistake of assuming all social media platforms are equal. Each offers its own unique set of benefits. For instance, Snapchat is helpful for reaching a Millennial audience, whereas LinkedIn is more useful for B2B marketing.   Finally, don’t fall prey to the belief that simply creating strong content is enough to attract followers and grow your social media presence. Great content is just the first step. To truly succeed, you need to find ways to promote it effectively.   How to Get Your Content Noticed Social media marketers have learned to prioritize engagement over reach when determining how well a campaign performs. Reaching a large number of potential customers isn’t very helpful if those users don’t also actively engage with your content. That’s why you need to focus on understanding what type of content would best catch the attention of your target audience. Put yourself in the customer’s shoes and ask yourself what style of posts you would find valuable and interesting if you were in their position.   You should also consider what mediums you’ll rely on. For instance, video and image-based posts tend to perform well because they are more likely to capture a user’s attention than just text alone.   However, the actual content of a post remains important. It should speak to your target customer in their own language and provide a genuinely entertaining and educational experience. For instance, if you’re marketing a startup that helps users choose outfits, sharing content about fashion trends would be a smart way of appealing to your audience.   The Importance of Being Social Social media is powerful from a marketing perspective because it gives brands the chance to truly interact with customers. That’s why it’s a good idea to think of your business’ social media account the same way you do your personal account. Like other people’s posts, share others’ content, leave comments on other pages when appropriate, and generally focus on cultivating real relationships with your followers.   That’s the key distinction that makes social media unique when compared to other marketing channels. Yes, it certainly does give you the opportunity to target specific types of users and share content in a wide range of formats.   Most importantly, though, it lets you relate to customers on an equal level. The impact this has on brand loyalty is well worth the initial effort you put into designing a proper strategy....
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8 Ideas For Profitable Ecommerce Niches Right Now

8 Ideas For Profitable Ecommerce Niches Right Now
8 Ideas For Profitable Ecommerce Niches Right Now Image credit: Pexels Choosing an ecommerce niche can be very difficult, but if you can find the right one, it can prove extremely profitable. There are hundreds of potential niches out there and millions of products that you could sell, so you need to commit time and attention to finding one or two to focus on. Prioritization is essential for entrepreneurs. Niche products are easier to market than general products because you can target a very particular group of people with less competition to contend with. You see fewer leads overall, but the vastly-improved conversion rates more than make up for that. Source: ecomdash   Not sure where to start? Here are 8 strong ideas for profitable ecommerce niches that you can use for inspiration. Athleisure wear The word ‘athleisure’ first entered common parlance a few years ago, and it looks set to stick around. Athleisure wear, as the name suggests, encompasses items of clothing that are suitable for both athletic and leisure activities: if you’ve ever been out to brunch in your gym gear, you’ve rocked the athleisure look. Within this category you can sell everything from yoga pants and sports bras to running shoes, all in a wide variety of colors and prints. Athleisure wear interest levels. Source: Google Trends    Millennials are the usual targets for athleisure wear, with a fairly even customer split of 60% women and 40% men. Because the products are centered on fashion, visual channels such as Facebook, Pinterest and especially Instagram are excellent platforms to grow your brand. Buy it for life (BIFL) People are growing tired of buying cheap, low-quality products, and are getting interested in conscious buying — something targeted through buy it for life products. The emphasis here is on high-quality, durable items that aren’t cheap but will last for a long time. As we become aware of the negative impacts of consumerism in our throwaway culture, we are finding ourselves more willing to spend money on things that won’t break within a few months. Source: The Good Human   While the buy it for life niche automatically means fewer return customers and fewer products sold overall, selling premium products offers a better margin. In addition, buy it for life offers the valuable opportunity to build your brand with a great story, which will help you connect with customers and keep them loyal. Night masks Night masks are a good niche to target because they offer a solution to a persistent problem: needing to block out excess light so you can get a better night’s sleep. Night masks can be broken down into three main customer segments: sensitive sleepers, travellers, and beauty fans. This means you can sell related products alongside them, such as relaxing lavender oil, travel pillows, or skin care products, depending on which group you are targeting. Night masks Source: Google Trends    Good sleep is very important for a variety of reasons, and always will be, so this is a niche that isn’t just a passing fad. Shapewear It has been reported that the shapewear market is expected to leap to $5.6 million in sales by 2022, so now is a great time to start establishing your brand within this niche. Shapewear is worn underneath your clothes and creates a sleeker and slimmer silhouette. For many years it has been associated purely with lingerie, but there are now many different cuts and styles that can be worn under everything from cocktail dresses to pairs of jeans and t-shirts. Source: SmartThingz   Shapewear offers you plenty of versatility as a retailer, and can be sold alongside everything from...
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5 Steps to Avoiding Email Fatigue

5 Steps to Avoiding Email Fatigue
5 Steps to Avoiding Email Fatigue When done right, email marketing can provide incredible value. With an estimated ROI of $44 for every one spent, it offers marketers one of the most effective ways to spend their  budget. With the potential for such high returns, many brands assume that sending more emails is the best way to get the most from this digital marketing strategy. However, as is true with many other forms of marketing, there are cases where less can actually be more. Subscribers join your email list because they’re interested in your brand and see value in the information you wish to share. If you send too much information, consumers might grow tired of always seeing your messages in their inbox. This could result in them failing to follow your CTA and just responding, or even possibly unsubscribing. Fortunately, it doesn’t require any special insight to stop customers from getting tired of your emails. Start by getting an email verifier to make sure the quality content you do send out lands in inboxes. Then, follow these  few additional tips to avoid causing email fatigue among your subscribers. 1. Segment Your List Email list segmentation has been proven to increase both open and click through rates. Along with having a positive impact on these important metrics, it can also be one of the most effective ways to prevent email fatigue. Segmentation is important because your subscriber list is made up of many types of people. Different types of content may appeal to those specific audiences. When you segment your list, you can send the most relevant content to the parties that are most likely to be interested. A properly segmented list will prevent fatigue because subscribers will be receiving fewer overall emails. Additionally, the ones that they are being sent will have content that’s more relevant and interesting to them as individual users. 2. Give Subscribers Options With most email marketing strategies, the subscriber only has two options: to opt in or opt out. You should give your customers more choices than simply being on or off the list. For example, if you send different types of information, let subscribers pick the sort of content they want to receive. You could also provide users with options for email frequency or  the ability to pause communications. 3. Track Email Analytics You need to develop a strategy for the frequency with which you send emails. In a survey from MarketingSherpa, 86% of respondents said they would like to receive emails at least once a month. However, keep in mind that every list is different. You need to develop an email schedule that is based on the habits and preferences of your subscribers. By tracking analytics, you can see how customers are responding to your emails. A noticeable drop in your open rates or an increase in the number of unsubscribes can both be signs that you are sending too many emails. 4. Test Your Emails Testing can be one of the best ways to develop an email strategy that will deliver good results. When you’re getting ready to start a new email campaign, develop different versions of the same email. Test differences in things like subject line, layout, CTAs, images, content, and the like. When you see what works successfully among the test group, you can then send the most effective version of the email out to the rest of your list. 5. Personalized Email Content You don’t want to send generic emails to your subscribers. With greater levels of personalization, you can deliver content that is more engaging. By leveraging information about your clients, you can learn about their...
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Global Strategy for Success in Any Language

Global Strategy for Success in Any Language
Plan Your Global Strategy for Success in Any Language   Effective marketing materials and strategy play a key role in expanding your business into the global marketplace. Creating compelling text, however, can be a challenge when crossing borders. Marketing translation issues you might never have considered will arise. Direct translations might sound awkward. Clever turns of phrase on the original site might have no impact in a different language. Cultural misunderstandings can cause offense instead of appeal. While entering a new market may seem intimidating at first, this post will guide you through the best practices for translating branded content for new audiences. Language Services Providers Can Sharpen Your Marketing Language service providers (LSPs) are more than simple translation companies. With the rise of global markets, LSPs have expanded their services to include local consulting, business and legal advising, and, yes, global marketing. If you plan on competing internationally, you should consider working with an LSP  from the beginning. With experts in local markets, quality firms can identify issues you might encounter, offer effective design and copy advice, and develop your concepts to resonate locally. By planning in advance, you can also cut down on eventual costs by avoiding the need to redo materials that were not positioned for the future. Key Contributions an LSP Can Make Design and Layout Marketing materials are designed to optimize visual impact as well as content. When you begin to develop material, a basic truth should be considered: not all languages occupy the same amount of space to say the same thing. Consider, for example, the visual difference between German compound nouns and Chinese characters. Each language will need different amounts of space  to convey the same message. An LSP with marketing design experience will understand these nuances. They can advise on basic layout principles while keeping future expansion into other markets in mind. By taking design issues into account early in your process, you will be able to leverage existing materials much more cost-effectively as you continue to expand. Transcreation Versus Translation A simple translation brings words from one language into another. The approach is as literal as possible, with focus on meaning. Transcreation, however, goes beyond basic translation by taking into account the feel of the original text. Issues of tone, style, and context do not always have a carbon copy in different languages. Idiomatic expressions are a great example of the value of transcreation. You can translate the phrase “no use crying over spilt milk” into French, for instance, and perhaps convey a rough meaning through context. But a similar saying in French, “les carrottes sont cuites” – literally “the carrots are cooked”– will express the idea instantly for a French reader with no added context clues necessary. Transcreation can be helpful when it comes to brand and product names or slogans. Any time a word or phrase is meant to be short, pithy, playful, or meaningful, an LSP will be your best bet for recognizing when they won’t work in another language, while offering a successful alternative. Local Marketing for Local Audiences Cross-language barriers are not always just a matter of words. Cultural nuance comes into play as well. What might be commonplace and tame in Western countries can be deemed too racy in more conservative Middle Eastern ones. As noted above, colloquialisms are also culturally based. Not making sense in another language is one thing; creating an inadvertently inappropriate campaign is another matter entirely. Lively, interesting marketing, however, does not need to give in to generic neutral copy. Language professionals with experience in various foreign locales can produce equally compelling text that will have the same impact, regardless...
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How to Revitalize Your Lead Management Process

How to Revitalize Your Lead Management Process
This is an article crafted by Salesforce Marketing Cloud in tandem with Ghergich & Co.. specialising in SEO and Content Marketing, that gives companies advice on revamping their lead management process. Because proper lead management is a task for multiple departments, this article shares insight on how to help the departments work together, as well as how to use marketing automation to improve your lead handoff process. You can view the original article here- → How much do you really know about and use your lead management software? What does it do for you, and how can you make it work harder? Well, one of the ways to make it work harder is to make your team work harder—and we’re not talking about just the sales team. We’re talking about everyone: helping them understand the process, helping them understand the responsibilities, and helping them learn how to use the management software to create a system that’s robust and fulfilled. One of the key uses of any lead management system is to help qualify leads, because not every lead is the same. Some are high quality, and may be further into the possible sales pipeline than others. Some may be in the process of being nurtured, while others are rejected. So how do you learn more about software and how do you use it well?  This graphic offers an explanation. Are you used to hearing the words “no” “nope,” “not interested?” Your prospects are rejecting you for a number of reasons. Here are the most common reasons why? You’re not reaching out to the right people. Your product is not the right fit. They weren’t ready to make a decision. They prefer your competitors. They are just not interested. How your sales behavior affects your pipeline? Buyer behavior is changing; it’s harder to reach potential customers. They demand more information and service from sales reps before making a decision. But many sales professionals are failing to adapt to this new game. 40% don’t have a well-defined sales process in place and only half feel they’re good at gaining access to key decision makers.   Lead Nurturing: Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales ready leads at 33% lower cost. Nurtured leads produce on an average, a 20% increase in sales opportunities versus non-nurtured leads. Nurtered leads make 47% larger purchases than non-nurtured leads. Lead generation focuses on pouring as many leads as possible into the top of the funnel. It generates interest, brings visitors, increases web traffic, and prompts these viewers to fill out contact forms or call a phone number. But that’s as far as it goes. Pipeline marketing sees the entire funnel holistically. It sees lead generation as only one small piece of a larger puzzle. Rather than aiming for volume, Pipeline Marketing aims for quality and readiness-to-buy. Also, these leads are tracked through the entire funnel, which allows pipeline marketers to see which channels, ads, content, and other marketing touchpoints, contributed to the bottom line. Info Courtesy: Dailyinfographic...
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