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While the need for digital marketing may seem obvious in 2014, there are still clients who remain reluctant to dive in. Here are 4 steps to lead them to water:

Show them how active their target really is online.

We worked with a senior marketing team who was unconvinced that digital marketing was right for their target. We created a consumer profile that showed who our consumer was, from demographics to psychographics, and included media consumption information that was already familiar to them (TV watching, etc). Once they were nodding along, we layered in digital consumption information, such as the multiscreen effect of the target watching TV with a tablet/phone in their hands. We further showed how media (magazine) properties had augmented their traditional offering with digital, and were enjoying stronger consumer engagement as a result. Show them how their competition is succeeding in digital marketing. Following up on the consumer discussion, we presented some key examples of the competition’s digital marketing activity that showed resulting deep consumer engagement with the brand, including a study in which digital activity could be tracked to sales. In addition, we demonstrated live how targeted advertising works, doing a Google search for a competitor’s brand, and then watching the brand pop up and follow us during our subsequent web browsing. Show them what gold standard digital marketing is from companies/brands they respect. We took a break from being followed by the competition to review work from brands like P&G’s Always (“Like A Girl”), to show how digital marketing has become a central part of brand-building rather than an add-on. Test and Learn: Give them something bite-sized to try. While our client was reluctant to green light a large portion of spend in the digital space, they were newly intrigued by and open to exploring digital marketing. We proposed several projects with varying degrees of commitment and complexity, from a standalone iAd effort that could be tracked and benchmarked against all other iAds for engagement, to a fuller social media effort around education in their industry. They chose the former, and we delivered a campaign that exceeded Apple’s engagement benchmark by 140% and resulted in 50,000 location searches for product availability. And now the question isn’t IF they are going to do digital marketing, but what the scope will be. Give these 4 steps a try, and get your clients excited about digital marketing! Feel free to share out if you find this valuable, and let me know how it goes– I’m eager to hear about your experience.
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What’s a Blog, You Ask?

Nowadays, we hear the word blog mentioned quite often. A blog for this…a blog for that. What exactly is a blog? Let’s first start by defining the term blog. It’s actually very simple–a blog is a page on a website where you talk about a specific subject matter. It’s where you can demonstrate your knowledge and expertise to the world. These days, it’s all about content. The more relevant content you can provide for your target audience, the more successful your blog will be. The actual writings for a blog are called posts. Here’s an example of a blog by Andrea Vahl, who is one of the top social media gurus. I must mention though, one of my most favorite visual blogs is Angelicamademe. Check it out and you’ll see why I like this so much! There are blogs on any subject you can think of—fashion, cars, photography, etc. A blog is updated regularly and can be written by yourself or someone you trust to write for you. A person who writes for a blog is called a blogger. A well-known blogger who I like to follow and has loads of wonderful information on blogging is Jeff Bullas. The goal for your blog is to get as many people as possible to read it…and read it regularly. There are tools you can use to help you with your blog. My favorite is WordPress. WordPress allows you to write, store and publish your postings on your website. It also provides you with tools to help people find your blog. This is crucial for the success of your blog, because most likely there are tons and tons of blogs out there on your particular subject matter. You want people to read YOUR blog. You might be thinking—well, this is all great, but I don’t like to write or I don’t have the time to write. Good news! There are a couple of options.
  1. As mentioned before, you can have other people you trust write for you. There are bloggers you can hire that will do this. Sprout Social has a list of websites to find bloggers. I’ve used Elance, which is on this list and had no problems. You will most likely need to pay whoever you hire and prices range, depending on your needs and their expertise in that subject.
  2. Instead of a blog, you can do a vlog. (Yep…what will they think of next?!) A vlog is a blog, which the postings are done in video. I follow Sonia Gil’s vlog for one of my clients. Her niche is traveling and traveling tips. Vlogs are great for your audience, because they are visual, which can be more appealing than something written.
So blogs have become more and more popular over the years. And if you’re running a business, it’s almost essential for you to have a blog on your website. Most likely, your competition has a blog and again, YOU want to be the expert in your subject matter, not them. Got it? Next up…what the heck do I write about on my blog? So stay tuned…
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What are the different Digital Marketing methodologies?

Digital Marketing Methodologies are so pervasive that consumers have access to information any time and any place they want it.  Digital media is an ever-growing source of entertainment, news and social interaction. Consumers are now exposed not just to what the company says about your brand, but what the media, friends, relatives, peers, etc are saying as well.  People want brands they can trust, companies that know them, communications that are personalized and relevant and services which tailor to their needs and preferences. It’s not enough to just know your customers, you must know them better than anybody else so you can communicate with them where, when and how they are most receptive to your message. To do that, you need a consolidated view of customer preferences and expectations across all channels – Web, social media, mobile, direct mail, point of sale, etc. Marketers can use this information to create and predict, coordinate with customer experiences that will move customers along in the buying cycle. The deeper your insight into customer behavior and preferences, the more likely you are to engage them in all kinds of interactions. Digital marketing methods are faster, more practical and versatile than the old traditional ones. Some of the most common types of digital marketing methodologies are:

Website (SEO Content) –

SEO content is any content created with a goal of attracting search engine traffic. For more information – http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2012/01/17/seo-content-beginners-guide

Blogs

A Blog is the most commonly used form of digital marketing methodology, that  is a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis. For example –  http://www.liveyourdream.org/yourdream.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjw_42eBRDHqcG1psmtneEBEiQAWPL8WB8FMrCJVvBUd83rlk7I13ulijSao2iDIr0x87IJRvcaAleZ8P8HAQ

Internet banner ads

They are a form of advertising on the world wide web delivered by an ad server. How to create them – https://support.google.com/webdesigner/answer/3261498?hl=en

Online video content

Engaging the data through video files, audio files where in the content is relevant and fresh. Some of the best video streaming sites are – http://www.techsupportalert.com/5-Best-Free-Video-Streaming-Sites.htm

Pay-per-click advertising

It is an paid form of digital marketing methodology which is used to direct traffic to websites, in which advertisers pay the publisher (typically a website owner) when the ad is clicked. It is defined simply as “the amount spent to get an advertisement clicked. To learn more – http://www.wordstream.com/ppc

Email Marketing

The most efficient way to stay connected with your clients while also promoting your business. It is an easy and a quick way to reach the target markets. 10 best examples of email marketing are –  http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/email-marketing-examples-list

Social Media Marketing (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pint rest, (G+,etc)

It is the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites. Some of the best social media campaigns are – http://www.postano.com/blog/13-best-social-media-campaigns-of-2013

Mobile marketing

This is one of those marketing methodologies which can be done through a phone, that too a smart phone. They can provide customers personalized information that promotes goods services and ideas. Some of the types of mobile marketing are – http://harpsocial.com/2010/03/get-your-business-moving-9-types-of-mobile-marketing/   Today, companies reach consumers with targeted marketing — placing ads based on your web searches, the content of the G mail messages, or the purchasing history. Every time you log into a site like Amazon, the recommendations you see are based not only on your purchase history and items one has viewed. 
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An introduction to A/B testing

What’s better? Thoughtful, researched decision making or decision making based on a hunch? The answer is obvious but unfortunately many companies take the later approach and then are left wondering why they aren’t getting the results they want. There are simple ways to take the first approach and one of those ways is A/B testing, especially when it comes to your digital marketing strategy. According to Optimizely, a company that offers software for A/B testing, A/B testing is defined as, “A simple way to test changes to your page against the current design and determine which ones produce positive results. It is a method to validate that any new design or change to an element on your webpage is improving your conversion rate before you make that change to your site code.” Simple is really the key word here. A/B testing can be simple and require only minimal resources. A/B testing is not just for your website. A/B testing can apply to multiple marketing channels including email, website, social media, and blogs. A/B testing is simply a split testing method that compares marketing variables to identify the one that brings a better response rate. introduction to A/B testing Here are a few website components I encourage you to test:
  • Placement of Call to Action button- try placing the call to action button on a different location on your page and see if placement matters and which placement gets the most clicks.
  • Headline- switch up the headline on your home page and compare which headline produces the most website traffic
  • Copy length- try shortening or lengthening text and compare results
  • Navigation Bar- determine which pages on your website bring in the most traffic. Then, switch the order of your site navigation bar and measure which order brings in the highest number of clicks for the pages that are most important for converting leads to customers
  • Test images- try switching up the images on your website to see if it increases engagement
A/B testing can be fun. I encourage you to experiment, look at results, make adjustments, and keep at it! From my experience, A/B testing can make a difference on your bottom line.
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What I say about my business may not be the keywords my clients are searching for …

Why do I care about keywords? My interest in digital marketing is personal. It is about my business. I hadn’t thought that I would need to know as much about keyword gap analysis as I apparently need to! As a “solopreneur” I have built my business of seven years entirely as a result of relationships and word of mouth. My questions for digital marketing were: How can digital marketing impact/grow my business? What is different about it than what I have already done and continue to do, build relationships by doing good work? What I learned almost immediately is the power of keywords. I thought I knew about keywords. I have used them in my own Google searches. What I had not understood was keyword gap – the difference between what I am saying about my business and what my clients and potential clients are looking for when they are looking for me. The difference between these two is the keyword gap. A short analysis with the keyword planner on Google for my website (www.mapthemind.org) revealed a huge gap! I thought I was differentiating and clarifying my work by calling myself a visual facilitator. I was, within my community of practice, which largely referred to themselves as graphic facilitators. I started using “visual facilitator” five years ago, and in that time, this term has been more widely adopted among my colleagues, however, when I do a keyword analysis, it is clear that “graphic facilitator” is the keyword that my clients and potential clients are using far more. So my decision to commit to visual facilitator as my title, is fine, but the result of not using “graphic facilitator” on my website is one that is keeping me from being found by the majority of people looking for someone like me. The plan? For starters, based on the recommendations from Krista LaRiviere, I should put a strategy in place to address this keyword gap. First of all I need to start using “graphic facilitation” at least one to three times per page on my website. Second, I need to be more intentional about building up my unbranded keyword – visual facilitation. In addition I need to do a competitive analysis to see how my colleagues are doing in their use of keywords for our profession. After the analysis, the keyword gap should begin to close once I build a bridge between myself and my clients that is beyond word of mouth. This is my hope … Will this help?  
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