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Digital Marketing Mistakes That Can Derail Your Business

posted by admin 11:57 AM
Friday, September 13, 2019
In this online-consumer age, it can make or break growth and survival.

Don't Let Digital Marketing Mistakes Derail Your Business

Let’s face it: We live in a technology-driven world, and digital marketing has in many ways surpassed traditional channels. With consumers now turning to the internet for every question they have, it’s easy to understand why thoughtful digital marketing can make or break a business. Without it, any company is as good as dead in the water.

This necessitates not only the implementation of savvy tactics, but a knowledge of what pitfalls to avoid ahead of time. Here’s how to avoid the kinds of digital marketing mistakes that can derail your brand faster than a mouse click.

You’ll Never Reach Your Goals You Don’t Set

This might seem obvious, but it’s amazing how many brands out there look at digital marketing as something to just dip their toes into. Setting up a bunch of social media accounts and throwing a few hashtags out there with the hopes they’ll catch fire won’t provide much benefit if there’s not a clearly defined goal behind it.

Maybe that goal is increased traffic to the brand’s website or generating more potential leads through mobile. Whatever the case may be, measurable goals will help to establish a common connection with your audience and drive all future strategy.

Understand Your Audience’s Needs

It goes without saying that your customers are the lifeblood of your business, so failing to understand what they want will make any digital marketing efforts pointless. Even the most well-thought out and catchy campaign will fall flat if it doesn’t resonate with the intended consumer, or worse, misses the target audience altogether. Everything from use of language in content to assessing how the hypothetical customer uses digital media should factor into your brand’s marketing approach. Take the time to dig into your audience analysis and find out what motivates them.

Churn Out Content With a Purpose

Internet users are constantly eating up content, but the content that gets shared and earns rankings love from Google has a real identity. Search-engine algorithms are constantly evolving, and it’s imperative that content be distinctive if it’s going to benefit a brand’s digital marketing efforts. Well-crafted content should say something that touches on your goals and offers something valuable to your intended audience.

Staying on top of trends and the competition is equally vital. Ask yourself, “Is now the right time to use this tactic to connect with my audience?” The answer may not always be yes. Keeping all this in mind as you craft content will result in more lead conversions, rather than it falling flat.

Track the ROI of Your Marketing Efforts

What your digital marketing ROI looks like is going to be different from other brands. What all businesses have in common, though, is the need to track their efforts to maximize yield. Refining your SEO approach and using utilizing an AdWords strategy similar to PPC Pro may translate to actual leads, but understanding the data is key to maintaining that success.

What you don’t want to do is apply a “set it and forget it” approach to your digital campaigns. This doesn’t mean that everything must be checked and monitored every hour of the day, but regular observation and maintenance is necessary. There’s no shortage of analytics tools out their to help, so don’t be scared to try different ones and determine what helps your business accrue maximum ROI.

For the original article click here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/338384

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Frank Buddenbrock
Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

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Top 5 Not-So-Obvious Social Media Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

posted by admin 10:00 AM
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Social media marketing done right can win you customers for life. Done wrong, it can cost you dearly.
Top 5 Not-So-Obvious Social Media Marketing Mistakes You Must Avoid

Before you even read this, make sure you aren’t making either of the classic, obvious, social media mistakes — having a private profile or still using a personal account when you should switch to a business account.

OK, cool. Now that that’s handled, let’s get into some of the less-obvious, yet highly critical mistakes that I see most brands make in their social media marketing efforts. Are you making these mistakes too?

1. Posting just to post

Social media is meant to be an ongoing and engaging conversation, so if you don’t have anything important to say — don’t say it! If you don’t feel inspired to share something — don’t share it. Period. Content that is forced usually feels fake and unauthentic. With the mass of content production happening right now, more and more social media users are becoming excellent B.S. detectors and have stronger filters than ever.

Plus, posting just to post does the opposite of what you hope it will do. A lot of people feel like they have to post constantly just to stay relevant. In reality, you tarnish your brand and dampen your engagement rates when you post low-quality content. If users are not engaging with your content, Instagram will stop showing your content to them.

Key takeaway: Be intentional with every piece of content you post and operate from a well-thought-out strategy. Plan your content ahead of time so you’re not having to rely on daily spurts of authentic inspiration to post. Create a content calendar and always ask yourself if you’d actually stop scrolling through your feed to watch/see/read what you’re about to post.

2. Rigidly sticking to your “agenda”

You could easily take the point I made above and go overboard. I’ve done this myself, and I see many people doing it now.

Are you one of those people who uses an inspirational quote on every third Instagram post so that there is a pretty, organized column of identical-looking tiles on your Instagram feed? Do you do this even though these types of posts don’t have the greatest engagement?

This is a perfect example of what I mean by going overboard with a social media marketing strategy. I’ve seen many people get so rigidly stuck to an idea they have that even if the results clearly show it’s not engaging to their audience, they still do it because they want to “stick to their plan.”

There are two reasons why this is a huge mistake. First, you are crippling your creativity. What if you get one of those hits of inspiration about something timely that you want to share but then realize, “oh wait, my next post has to be a quote so I have to wait to share this.” This takes from the magic of real-time sharing on social media, interrupts the creative flow and restricts your content distribution. Secondly, this means you aren’t paying attention to what actually matters — your audience! Make decisions based on your results, and always testing new and different ways to engage your audience so they get bored and fall off.

Key takeaway: Focus on what actually matters to your audience, not you. Test, measure, learn, repeat. Let go of your rigid agenda and give your people what they want.

3. Too much product promotion, not enough social media marketing

Going off of my previous point, it’s true that sometimes your audience doesn’t always know what they want — and they could totally want your product or service. However, you are going to completely turn them off if you’re constantly promoting and selling to them.

I really love the way Gary Vaynerchuk talks about this. He actually explains it perfectly in his book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. The point is to focus on building a relationship with your audience first. Now, how do you build the relationship you ask? Just the same as you would build any relationship — by creating trust. SurveyMonkey reported last year that 68 percent of U.S. adults say trust in a brand has a “great deal” or “a lot” of influence on their decision when making a big purchase.

There are two ways you can cultivate trust with your audience. First, let them in. Let them see the real, human parts of your brand. Be transparent and share your raw, authentic self with them. This will build a connection, and connection creates trust. Secondly, give first without expectation. Before you even think about asking anything of them, focus on what you can give to them and then give, give, give. A good gauging question of whether or not your creating value would be, would they pay for what I’m giving to them for free? If the answer is yes, you’re on the right track, my friend.

Key takeaway: Your ratio of product promotion to value-driven content should be something like 1:4, so for every four pieces of entertaining, valuable content, you have one post promoting your product or service.

4. Lack of brand consistency

What is your unique brand essence? Does it shine through all of your content? Is there consistency in all of your content? If you want to build and sustain a powerful brand, you must focus on brand consistency.

Let me be clear. Consistency does not mean monotony.  Don’t put out the same piece of content over and over. It’s still important to switch it up, maintain variety, and test different formats. At the same time, all of it should be consistent with your brand mission, tone of voice and overall look and feel — fonts, color palettes, etc.

Don’t make the big mistake of copying the format and style of other brands. If you don’t own and execute your unique brand essence in every piece of social media marketing content you create, you are commoditizing yourself and your brand.

Consistency also means to consistently put out content and keep your promises. For example, if you say that there will be a new IGTV episode every week, there better be a new IGTV episode released every week. This creates trust and credibility with your audience and lets them know they can count on you to deliver.

Key takeaway: Be consistent in your social media marketing efforts because consistency compounds and creates powerful, sustainable brands. 

5. Using LinkTree as your Instagram bio link

You get one link in your bio, and you’re using LinkTree. Really? Well, it’s actually not so surprising to me because this is one of the most common, yet less-obvious social media marketing mistakes that brands make on Instagram. Here’s why using Linktree is a mistake:

  • You are depending on a third-party app and have zero control. If it goes down, so do you.
  • You sacrifice your branding because you have to work within their themes and parameters. Remember we talked about brand commoditization earlier? Well, I hate to break it to you, but your Linktree page basically looks just like everyone else’s.
  • No analytics with the free version and limited analytics with the paid version. Plus, all of your data belongs to them.
  • Not optimized for conversion. It’s just a bunch of basic buttons with text on them stacked on top of each other. What is compelling about that?

So what do you use instead? Your website! There is absolutely no reason why the homepage of your website should not be directing its viewers where you want them to go. If your website is not set up with the top actions you want users to take, fixing that ASAP should be your priority.

Key takeaway: Stop using Linktree, and invest in your website.

Social media cheat sheet

To recap, the five less-obvious social media marketing mistakes you must avoid at all costs are:

  1. Posting just to post without a real intention or strategy behind it.
  2. Rigidly sticking to your agenda and not being flexible with your social media strategies.
  3. Over-promoting your product or service. Stick with a 4:1 value-driven to promotional/sales content ratio.
  4. Not having brand consistency and commoditizing yourself because you become just like everyone else.
  5. Using Linktree in your Instagram bio.

If this article was valuable to you, please share it on your social media or with a friend who you want to save from making these less-obvious social media marketing mistakes. Cheers!

For the original article click here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/338303

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Frank Buddenbrock
Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

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Are you planning your marketing strategy for the year ahead? Want to better understand how and why video should form a big part of your efforts?

The listing highlights a range of key considerations for video content, including Facebook video viewing habits, Instagram video engagement, and more.

Check out the infographic below for more detail.

Infographic outlines a range of key video consumption stats

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Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

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How Should I Hire an SEO Company ?

posted by admin 11:55 AM
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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How exactly does Google go about figuring out where to rank your posts? One thing to always keep in mind- to what degree are your posts (and your website where such posts appear) managing to ‘best’ meet internet browser search queries? And of course what do we mean by ‘best’?

Figuring SEO strategy and overall digital marketing strategy (which also includes social media strategy) can be a daunting and expensive task and very time consuming – which leads to most webmasters asking themselves: Do it yourself SEO or should I hire an SEO company? 

Should I hire an SEO firm?

Hiring an SEO marketing firm should be an adjunct to a webmaster’s own ongoing efforts. A webmaster is ill advised (again speaking from personal experience) to solely trust the onsite optimization of their website property to outside agents without first having an overall understanding of how the ‘ship sails’.

Such knowledge goes a long way in webmasters devising strategy along SEO marketing firms who often supplement and augment a vendor’s own efforts while often spearheading taxing and time consuming tasks especially for larger websites and those sites dealing with a myriad of complexities. Which is another way of saying, while most of us know enough of how to take care of our general health, most of us lack the skillset and case studies experience to resolve ‘tricky’ issues that come along. And like an athlete who can train on their own merits, the skills, guidance of an astute trainer and coach goes a long way in furthering an athlete’s performance and achieving improved performance.

That said, you will need to keep your eyes on the SEO firm or specialist you might be looking to hire, whether they use ‘white hat’ strategies (as opposed to shady, ‘black hat’ techniques that may (likely) hurt your traffic)- and the process of vetting.

Being proficient in general all round SEO will help you the webmaster (and I am talking from painful experience) figure out where ‘under the hood of the car’ to begin to look for issues that might affect your site’s performance- and where to improve.

While Google may come up with up as many 3234 algorithm changes in 2018 alone, which most of us can not hope to keep up with, there are some consistent rules and basics that webmasters will want to comply with and utilize. 

For the original article click here: https://scallywagandvagabond.com/2019/09/do-it-yourself-seo-hire-seo-company/

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Frank Buddenbrock
Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

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To stay in business, you have to go where the consumers are, and consumers are online more than ever. In fact, “more than a quarter of U.S. adults say they’re ‘almost constantly online.'” This is one of the more startling statistics from Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report, which includes observations on how consumer behaviors are shifting and how that shift will affect digital marketing and advertising in the future.

Here are three digital marketing trends that Meeker highlighted, and my advice on how you can take advantage of these trends to get closer to your customers and increase your marketing campaigns’ chances of success.

1. People Love Visuals, Videos And Voice

According to Meeker’s report, Americans spent 6.3 hours a day using digital media in 2018, an increase of 7% from 2017. People are getting their information from many sources as well, which in my experience can make it harder to capture the average consumer’s attention — but here’s how to do it.

Images: As Recode states in its summary of Meeker’s report, “images are increasingly the means by which people communicate, as technology developments like faster wifi and better phone cameras have encouraged a surge in image taking. More than 50 percent of Twitter impressions now involve posts with images, video or other media.”

Take the time to ensure that your visuals accurately represent your brand image. Choose fonts, photos, graphics and logos that reflect your brand. Make sure they’re all consistent. Then, use social media to get those images in front of your customers.

Video: According to Meeker’s report, Americans spent 28% of their daily video watching time on digital video in 2018, compared to 25% in 2017. And the consumption of video is expected to keep growing.

To make video work for you, start by producing multiple versions of each of your video ads and tailoring them for different platforms. Some videos may be longer depending on the outlet; for example, most Facebook users are probably not signing onto the platform specifically to watch videos, so shorter ads that are only a few seconds long might be more suited to the site. Conversely, YouTube users are actively looking for video content and may be more amenable to watching longer videos.

Voice: Voice-based technology is growing, and its importance is only beginning to be realized. Meeker states that the installed base for Amazon Echo is up to 47 million units.

Voice search is already beginning to make inroads into traditional search engine marketing, so make sure you’re prepared. Begin by optimizing your content for voice, not just traditional SEO. The main guiding principle of SEO applies: Provide users with the most helpful and relevant experience. Start by determining what questions your target audience is likely to ask, and then add content to your website that answers those questions. Answer them directly and in a conversational tone, keeping in mind that the content could be read out loud by a voice assistant.

Also make it easy for search engines to discover and process the content by developing an FAQ page that uses structured data, which as defined by Google, “is a standardized format for providing information about a page and classifying the page content.” In short, structured data helps search engines understand what a page is about.

2. Programmatic Ads Are Big

Programmatic advertising — the use of software to buy digital advertising — is growing rapidly. According to Meeker, programmatic ads now make up 62% of all digital display ad buying.

Forrester predicts that digital marketing spending will reach $146 billion by 2023. In another report, Forrester predicts that there will be “a new emphasis on quality over quantity, a dynamic that will reintroduce human intervention into programmatic ad buying.” This change will likely reward those who have built their solutions sets and bolstered their team for that market growth.

Ensure that your teams understand the capabilities of programmatic advertising and all of the platforms and solutions that support these efforts. The main advertising platforms (Google Ads, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) already have built-in programmatic elements like dynamic bidding that advertisers can take advantage of right away.

Meeker notes that time spent on computers is on the decline and that most of the growth in time spent with digital media comes from mobile and other devices. Therefore, make sure your programmatic ad campaigns are mobile-friendly and optimized for on-the-go users.

When formulating a programmatic strategy, first think about who your audience is and how they use their mobile devices. Are they consuming content in apps or in a mobile browser? What type of content do they consume — video, audio, news?

Then, use creative that breaks through the clutter and distractions that exist on mobile devices. A variety of ad formats can be tested programmatically — from traditional banner ads and video to audio and native ads. Remember to optimize ads for the mobile experience: Ensure that the message is legible with a strong and clear call-to-action.

3. Customer Data Reigns Supreme

Meeker’s report highlights the importance of “data plumbing” and how it can help marketers better understand their customers. Indeed, all digital marketing — including mobile, social, email, video and SEM and SEO — should be data-driven. Raw data that’s collected and analyzed can be turned into actionable insights that you can use to tailor your campaigns to meet customers’ needs. Over time, you can use artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to make campaigns “smarter” and more responsive to evolving trends and customer purchasing patterns.

Start by using Google Analytics to measure page views, bounce rates and more. Link Google Analytics to your Google Ads accounts so you can see how paid search clicks translate to website activity. Eventually, you’ll be able to start applying historical data to help you better understand what has worked best in the past so you can optimize your campaigns for future success.

For the original article click here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2019/08/21/three-digital-marketing-trends-that-can-bring-you-closer-to-your-customers/#2ab94ca74966

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Frank Buddenbrock
Founder
“The Einstein of AdWords”

Author- “The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Lawyers Make Advertising With Google AdWords

Frank has consulted with numerous legal and professional firms, online retailers, and service providers.

He has held numerous seminars demonstrating the finer, more successful SEO strategies for appearing on Google’s first page. To date, company after company after company has enjoyed Google first page status.

Contact Us:

CAN YOU FIND ME NOW?
28191 Laura La Plante Drive
Agoura Hills, CA  91301
email: frank(at)canyoufindmenow.com

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