Every piece of marketing begins and ends with content. I cannot stress enough how important it is to spend your time and resources to produce good content. If your content is terrible or built for the entirely wrong audience your ad spend is focused on, you have completely wasted your time, energy, and resources. Hear me. You must get this part of the process right if you want anything downstream to succeed.
Maybe you’re not sure how your content rates. If you do your marketing in-house, please get a professional opinion. This doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money. Take advantage of your network. It can be as simple as buying that professional marketing friend of a friend lunch to pick their brain and show them a few of your pieces. It is imperative that you are actively auditing your content and more importantly, correctly serving the proper marketing content to the proper audience on the proper platform. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be sure you avoid common content marketing mistakes.
Smart marketing tips and tricks can save a small business’s life. You don’t have to be a millionaire to do it well, you just need to make sure that whatever you can do is the best that you can make it. Remember that Arthur Ashe quote?
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Don’t focus on everything you can’t do. Focus on what you can do. Not everyone has a big marketing budget, so here are some smart marketing tips and tricks to make the most out of what you have.
As a small business owner, you may often find yourself debating the subject of marketing yourself vs. using a marketing agency. In order to hire an agency, you must be willing to set aside some budget for them to work with. Nothing is more frustrating for you or the agency than to, after a series of meetings, come to the conclusion that they are being asked to get paid for their work and results and you are not willing to pay it.
A few thousand dollars a month can do you a world of good when taking advantage of an agency’s expertise, but that budget line can sting when you’ve never committed those kinds of funds to your marketing before. You could continue to make use of that college intern for practically no dollars, but are you really getting anything out of it? Are the marketing tactics you are currently utilizing on your own still the best tactics in today’s ever changing world? Consider the points below to see if marketing yourself vs us a marketing agency still makes sense for your business.
Some people and companies have not come to the understanding that they can use a LinkedIn profile to generate leads. LinkedIn isn’t just a social platform. It is a tool. If you manage to craft your profile and content correctly, LinkedIn can be a powerful sales tool, but you have to do it right. With over 575 million profiles on the platform, you want to be sure you stand out – in the right ways. This can be done by following a few simple rules. Be clear and concise. Make others aware of what you can do for them. What value props can you provide? Don’t use 7 words when 3 will do. State your abilities succinctly and humbly and don’t babble on and on. Short and sweet as they say. You want people to be able to glance at your profile, quickly comprehend who you are, who you work for, and what you can do. Be professional. This is the first impression you make, so don’t be too casual about it. Take a look at the graphic below to get your LinkedIn profile to generate leads and boost your sales and network numbers.
Did you know there are 6 easy ways to improve your LinkedIn lead generation strategy? Just a few simple steps can take you from zero to hero on this booming platform. LinkedIn, at its most basic level, is designed to connect, build, and strengthen relationships in the world of professionals. It is an incredibly valuable tool that allows you to seek and make connections to not only grow your network but to also build, cultivate, and establish your brand and value to others – if utilized correctly. Check out these 6 easy tips to make sure you are making the most out of the platform and improve your LinkedIn lead generation strategy.
Have you ever thought about the neuroscience of storytelling? I’m guessing most people haven’t but knowing the how and why behind branding through storytelling is more interesting and scientific than I ever thought possible. Our brains are wired to latch on and remember stories more than anything else. Neuroactivity abounds when we hear a story because they are built to touch so many different centers of our brain from emotional and language regions to sensory regions like sight and smell. Stories engulf their listeners in a narrative they can’t peel away from – if it’s a good story, told well. Telling your brand story is your company’s opportunity to captivate an audience. Take advantage of the neuroscience of storytelling and make sure you find a unique place in the memory of your audience. Take the time to craft and turn over different lines and points of emphasis. The better-told story is the most remembered.
Spring is in the air, and with longer days and warmer temperatures, 2022 consumer shopping trends are emerging! Different people deal with the winter doldrums in different ways, but 44% of people say they shop when there is nothing else to do. Although we’ve seen a huge uptick in inflation, consumers seem unwilling to change any of their purchasing habits even if it means buying on credit to make ends meet. Although, some shoppers are finding creative ways to manage the latest cost of goods. With the pandemic having changed so much of the broader consumer shopping habits over the last two years, businesses are scrambling to put themselves in front of as many as many people as possible to be sure they get their fair share of the profit. Check out the infographic below to see the consumer shopping trends for 2022.
Now that we are in the midst of the holiday season, check out these holidays trends and marketing tips to make sure your business is taking every advantage of the latest strategies to be sure you get your piece of the pumpkin pie. With the pandemic in 2020, last year revealed how much shopping trends can shift. 2021 is expected to reflect last year’s trends, so warm up those content-creating fingers! Now is certainly not the time to slack on social media but to focus more than ever since more than 40% of Millenials and 50% of Gen Zers report looking to social media for holiday ads and influencer opinions to get their attention. Often enough, they aren’t making the purchase from social media, but the inspiration comes from what is seen on social media so don’t think it’s a waste of marketing dollars. Check out the stats, holiday trends and marketing tips to make sure you put your holiday marketing budget to good use and get the most out of the holiday shopping.
Podcasts are an ever-growing influence for today’s consumers. Don’t believe me? Take a look below at the latest stats fromPodcast Insights.Both the business and marketing worlds are taking notice. Some companies are taking the next digital step and creating their own podcasts to further ingrain their message and influence upon their customers. Is it time for your business to do the same? Take a look at what you need to create your own podcast.
75% of the US population is familiar with the term “podcasting” – up from 70% in 2019
50% of all US homes are podcast fans
55% (155 million) of the US population has listened to a podcast – up from 51% in 2019
37% (104 million) listened to a podcast in the last month – up from 32% in 2019
24% (68 million) listen to podcasts weekly – up from 22% in 2019
16 million people in the US are “avid podcast fans”
45% of monthly podcast listeners have household income over $75K
27% of US podcast listeners have a 4-year college degree
Click hereto see my other blog, “5 Marketing Podcasts You Need to Listen to in 2021.”
At this point, there are few businesses that fail to see the value of social media marketing. Although Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been the main focus for many years, other platforms such as LinkedIn, Tik-Tok, and Snapchat are continually expanding their reach. While the latter examples have a younger audience, LinkedIn has a large cross-generational reach due to its business nature making it incredibly valuable. More and more marketing dollars are being directed to this ever growing and active platform. Take a look below to see how LinkedIn has steadily gained traction and the attention of marketing departments everywhere.