This category will feature articles about new and upcoming trends in digital marketing, to keep you up to date with the most relevant and interesting ways to get in touch and reach your end-users, fans, or customers.
Times have definitely changed, particularly when it comes to finding a business offering a certain product or service in our area.
Back in the day, we had to look for business names in the Yellow Pages or rely on traditional media ads to get an idea which local business can provide what we’re looking for. Today, all we have to do is open our Google app on our smartphone, type in a search query, and get the information we need, whether it’s the phone number of a florist or the business hours of a restaurant near our location.
That is the magic of local search, which is something small businesses that depend on local customers for revenue must pay closer attention to if they want to achieve their business goals. If you own one such business, then you must have a local SEO strategy in place.
An offer funnel or a sales funnel is all you need to increase your conversions. It defines a series of finite steps that your prospect should follow in order to become a customer over time.
You’re able to know the number of potential customers if you have a good offer funnel.
According to Laurel Mintz, “If you don't know how many people are in your pipeline currently, and what your conversion or close ratio is, you're probably one of the millions of businesses out there that's on the sales struggle bus.”
Since users gain access to your website in three ways, namely:
Each of these channels sends traffic directly into your sales funnel. From there, you begin to engage with and convert the traffic into customers.
Conversion should happen inside your funnel, not outside. So focus on engaging your audience inside the funnel.
Do you want to get your website on page 1 of Google?
Are you wondering how you can achieve that? Well, this is the right place to be! I’ve ranked dozens of websites on page 1 of Google, and you’ll learn how to do so shortly.
Why do you need to rank on page 1 rather than page 3? According to a study by Chitika, 92% of all Google search traffic goes to the first page results.
Current online trends indicate that buyers want and value quality content. “Quality” in this instance could mean helpful, interesting, useful, persuasive, or/and well-researched.
According to J-P De Clerck, approximately 87% of the buyers consider looking for detailed information and advice before purchasing various services or products.
62% of these buyers prefer web searches as their primary source of information when they’re looking to fix what’s broken or solve a problem.
The web is powered by content. Content is the solution to man’s insatiable search for answers. For businesses, Content = Customers, and Sales.
When people use search engines, social media, online discussion boards, and other online platforms, what do you think they’re looking for?
Content. You’re right!
The design and feel of a site may draw people in, but the content is what engages and builds trust. "Design doesn’t build trust. Or so it seems."
It doesn’t matter how much money you’re spending on digital advertising, you’ll still fail if your content isn’t useful. Internet users are tired of ads.
Are you leveraging Google Ads to drive customers and sales to your local business? Creating ads on Google Ads (formerly Google AdWords) platform work really well for local businesses.
After all, Yelp’s research shows that 86% of consumers use the Internet to find a local business and 29% of consumers search for local businesses every other week.
Large companies like Wal-Mart, OfficeDepot, and McDonald's have acquired hundreds of thousands of customers via their highly-targeted local ads.
But don’t be moved by that, small businesses are running profit-generating ads every day on the same platform. So what are you waiting for?
As users’ behavior and needs change, SEO has also changed. Many tactics that used to work have now been outdated as smart engines got smarter.
Despite these changes, digital marketers need to get their website on the first page of search rankings. Why?
Because that's where the opportunities for targeted traffic and more customers spend the majority of their time on. According to HubSpot, 75% of people do not scroll past the first page on a Google search result.
To deliver an effective marketing campaign, you need to plan ahead and make improvements along the way. If your campaign is well-executed, your business will definitely generate leads and customers.
If you approach your campaign without a proper strategy to execute it professionally, you’ll waste both time and money.
According to HubSpot, 28% of salespeople do not think their organization’s marketing strategy is effective. Results matter. If your campaign fails to deliver the right results, you may not be motivated to do it again.
Everything has been going on well and you’re happy with the amount of traffic you get from search engines and the important keywords you rank for.
But suddenly, you notice a drop in organic traffic to your website. Oops!
What could have gone wrong?
Fact: There could be many reasons for this.
If you’re serious about marketing and growing your business using digital marketing strategies, then you need a marketing budget. You simply can’t do without it.
Most small business owners think they don’t need a budget because they assume that their investments are too small.
But that’s not true.
Funny enough, the core reason why your investment may seem small is lack of effective planning, or not creating a budget. You just spend money and accept anything as it comes.
Don’t run your business like that.
A budget helps you to build a firm structure around your marketing investments so that you can get good returns on them as well as increase their worth over time.
That said, let’s discuss some best practices for setting an effective marketing budget that facilitates sustainable business growth.