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Ever since Mobilegeddon, a mobile-friendly platform has become a necessary feature. Google is one of the biggest reasons for this. The search engine changed its algorithm to account for the change in how people search the internet. But some platforms are still lagging behind.
No marketing strategy should be without a mobile platform. Leaving phones out of the equation is a big blind spot. Customers use their phones too often for marketers to avoid mobile engagement. At this point, it would be ignoring the numbers. And that’s too much of a liability.
The Importance of Being Mobile-Friendly
Many believe mobile marketing to be an essential way for businesses to advertise. Half of all e-commerce traffic comes from a mobile device. That’s huge. Potential customers should not have a difficult time navigating your site. That could be easily avoided with an e-commerce ready to be browsed on by a smartphone.
The Mobile Effect on Content
A great deal of advertising content is now intended for mobile use. Marketers are no longer reshaping their content from the desktop version to fit on a mobile device. They are now designing it specifically for smartphones.
Studies show that people have been browsing the web on their phones more frequently. 56% of all digital content is seen from a smartphone. Social media is one of the most common ways people see new content. A strategy that does not account for both of those changes is a losing one.
Email Marketing on Mobile Devices
Most emails are opened on mobile devices. Desktops used to be the go-to spot to open emails. But over the past decade, there’s been a large shift to mobile. Roughly half of all email opens are now on smartphones. And almost 17% of them are opened on a tablet. Does your email marketing have a mobile-friendly design? Because that’s becoming a bigger problem as time goes on.
As you can see, a mobile-friendly approach will benefit many different facets of your marketing.
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Having a strong digital ad budget helps marketers reach their target audience easier. This type of advertising has been proven to work. So, businesses increasing how much they spend on this platform will only work in their favor.
There’s no denying the effect of digital advertising. Businesses love it because they’re able to speak more directly with the customer. It also has a higher return on investment on average. But each country handles digital advertising their own way. A difference in culture has a lot to do with this. As well as economic means.
Below is a roundup of the countries with the biggest digital ad budget. Factors such as population, total spending, and percentage of the overall budget are taken into account. This should give you a better perspective on how businesses around the world are thinking.
Countries With the Biggest Digital Ad Budget
- The UK – Half of all the UK’s ad spend is in the digital market. That number is predicted to in the upcoming years. By 2019, experts predict it will be up to 57.8%. Per internet user, the UK spends $198. And in total, they spend $11.8 billion, which tops the rest of Europe by a mile.
- The US – In terms of overall advertising, America is undoubtedly the leader. Their advertising spending per person is at $567. And overall, that spending number is over $180 trillion. But the US is not as committed to digital advertising as other countries. More money is dedicated to TV than any other branch. Despite that, the amount of money spent on digital advertising is $68.82 billion.
- China – Unlike America’s strong ad budget for TV, China’s has dwindled these past few years. In 2014, China was spent a little over $20 billion on both digital and TV. Now, China’s digital advertising is at $50 billion. And TV has shrunk to $18 billion. This trend is expected to continue. By 2020, China’s digital ad budget might account for roughly 68% of their overall ad budget.
Several other countries have a smart digital advertising strategy. Norway, for instance, has a very high per-person digital ad budget. But these are the powerhouses. No other countries really come close to these three when every factor is considered.
|No comments||This entry was posted by EIC Social Media Team on January 25, 2017 at 11:00 am, and is filed under Digital Advertising. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.|
There are a lot of brands that exist in the travel industry. And a wide range of different niches has been created throughout. Online travel agencies and aggregators make booking a flight as easy as possible. Bloggers share their experiences that inspire their readers to explore like they do. And the airlines themselves make sure all of this is possible by getting their customers from point A to point B.
Overall, the travel industry is booming. According to Smart Insights, Sales have seen a 6% increase this year. But a big blind spot among within this industry seems to be how they approach digital marketing.
The Travel Industry Fails at Creating Brand Loyalty
For an industry that’s mastered e-commerce in such a profound way, the flaws of their digital marketing are confusing. Customers use the product, but they aren’t engaged and consequently have no brand loyalty. Additionally, the programs that reward customer loyalty have been in decline since 2012. The lack of brand loyalty even effects the most high-end airlines. Think With Google recently found that only 14% of leisure travelers book the airline that came to mind when they started their research.
A smarter digital marketing approach would improve brand loyalty. Companies that have a blogging presence see greater success. It’s a boon for generating site traffic. If more travel companies embrace blogging as a legitimate platform, they would see their loyalty rise.
What the Travel Industry Gets Wrong With Email Marketing
A recent study conducted by the IBM Marketing Cloud ranked different industries based on their email marketing. Of the 18 industries, travel was ranked 12th overall. Their unique open rate is only at 22.7%. IBM points to a high frequency of sending emails for this low percentage. Too many travel companies send multiple emails per day. This requires time to open and can be annoying for customers. Implementing a less invasive strategy would better keep a customer’s attention.
While the travel industry continues to grow, a savvier marketing plan needs to be put in place. Without one, the conundrum of increased sales growth despite porous brand loyalty will worsen.
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If your brand is not using personalized marketing, you’re leaving money on the table. Customers want a more intimate approach on all platforms. They appreciate being given an experience that feels tailor-made for them.
Marketing calls for staying on message. However, explaining your message needs to be altered depending on the individual. Specifying this through a personalized email or web page helps extend your message to more people. If you do not use personalized marketing, get better acquainted with it.
What Data Does for Personalized Marketing
Customers continue looking for a better experience. They are willing to give up data in order to do so. Research from the “State of the Connected Consumer” shows that more than half of all customers surveyed would gladly give a trusted company more data. They would do so in order to get more custom discounts and recommendations that meet their needs.
Interestingly, customers are now accustomed to this type of marketing. They not only expect it but approve of companies sending personalized offers based on items they’ve already purchased. In fact, they get frustrated with content that has nothing to do with their interests.
What Marketers Think of Personalized Marketing
According to DynamicYield, 94% of in-house marketers believe website personalization is critical to current and future success. However, 72% say they don’t know how to do this. They either lack the technology or don’t know how to translate the data. Not knowing what to do with the data given to you kills a lot of potential revenue.
Are you using a customer’s first name when sending an email? Are you using purchase history to show your customer items they might like? How about paying attention to the time when your customer typically goes to your site? Take these questions into consideration. It’s all part of personalization. And it’s what makes customers actually pay attention to your emails.
The benefits of personalized marketing are just too good to avoid. Customers react positively to this strategy because it has their best interests in mind. Incorporating it into your customer outreach will strengthen your relationship with them.
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Video marketing remains the most effective aspect of a broader content plan. It continues getting recognition as a winning platform. All the major companies see video marketing as a surefire way to connect with consumers. The medium is engaging, and it seamlessly converts viewers into paying customers.
Many marketers, however, are missing out. They are still unsure how to navigate the landscape. Acknowledging a hot trend is good, but not being able to capitalize on it accomplishes nothing. Mishandling a business’ video marketing can be avoided. To help you get started, here are a few guidelines for you to follow.
The More Videos, the Better
The average company produces 11 videos a year. Large companies produce even more. Data such as this would suggest new video content should be generated roughly once a month. Content that’s great obviously takes time. But a steady volume is needed for a brand’s visibility to stay afloat.
Using Advanced Analytics to Track Growth Helps Your Video Marketing
According to study from VidYard, nearly a quarter of businesses who were asked say they do not know what their return on investment (ROI) is for marketing. This is directly linked to not using advanced analytics. Those who do use advanced analytics are twice as likely to say their ROI is better and will then increase their video budget.
Personalizing Content Might Be as Good as Going Viral
A viral video has the potential to put a company on the map. But there’s so much unpredictability in what will stick. More and more companies have started using personalized video content to get their message across. The personalized approach has improved the ROI for 58% of the companies that use them. This is an effective approach with far less risk to it than trying to produce a viral video.
Success in the video marketing department takes a lot of work. Companies need to produce good content at an efficient rate, do their homework and know their audience. If they are not able to do each of these things, they will inevitably fail.
|No comments||This entry was posted by EIC Social Media Team on December 21, 2016 at 11:00 am, and is filed under Marketing Strategies. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.|
A brand’s success online depends largely on how good their social marketing is. Companies continue their social outreach because of this. Engaging with customers through social marketing has been proven to work. 890 million people use Facebook every day. The potential for visibility is just too high to pass on. But there are pitfalls.
Social media can be used for businesses in a wide variety of ways. Whether it’s getting more eyes on a product with ads on Facebook, or gaining followers, a smartly organized online presence is very fruitful. In order for social marketing to work, however, tactfulness in engagement is necessary. The benefits of succeeding in this sector are too high to pass up on. Therefore, attention has to be paid to striking the right tone.
Stay on Topic With Social Marketing
What pays dividends in terms of reach is knowing how to best articulate a message. Each post needs to be relevant. Any deviation from the underlying theme can be jarring for a customer. And the target audience must also be considered.
Consider Length, Timing, and Volume
The average headline for a Facebook ad is 5 words. This means brevity works best in this world. It takes skill fitting a message into these requirements. But being concise pays off. And knowing the right time to post also helps convey said message. Peak times tend to range from 1 to 6PM.
Additionally, it’s important to not overuse social marketing. When a user posts too much, engagement drops. The same goes for any brand or company. A cap on daily posts varies depending on the social media platform being used. Twitter allows the most leeway here, and anything over 5 posts per day is not suggested.
To navigate the ins and outs of social marketing competently, brands and companies need to have a good strategy. If a social media account is not handled properly, then it squanders the potential to reach millions of customers.
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Search engine optimization (SEO) is a complex field. Websites like Google and Bing are constantly changing their respective algorithms to accommodate new technology and fight against those who wish to manipulate their system. At the same time, marketers are also trying to find ways to appease a search engines rules, which ultimately gives their websites a better position online. However, this is no easy task. That’s why we have a few tips for elevating your search marketing.
Make it Mobile Friendly
When it comes to search engines, users are always number one. Websites that rank well often give the best user experience, and build their websites to accommodate the newest technology. Right now, mobile devices are what everyone is using.
If you are building a new website for your company or brand, you have to remember to make it responsive. A responsive website is able to determine what device a user is viewing their content from, whether it is a mobile phone or tablet. This makes it easy for a majority of users, who are accessing your web page on the go.
Search Marketing for Social Media Sites
The future is now and social media sites are a hub for people to hang out and have conversations online. It is also another area where marketers need to focus their search marketing efforts. People will go to Facebook or Twitter before a major search engine to find something. And from their social account, they are able to share a piece of content once they find it. If you are able to study user habits on social media, you will be able to generate the type of content they are looking for.
Remember the Basics
While certain techniques can become old within a matter of days, some search engines techniques still work. Here is a list of small techniques you should implement when creating new content:
- Create short URLs with keywords.
- Add social media sharing buttons.
- Writing eye-catching title tags with keywords.
- Writing your own meta descriptions.
- Add images to your blog post and website.
Remember to follow these tips in order to make your search marketing efforts worthwhile.
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There is one thing an advertiser must never forget – the CTA. Otherwise known as a call-to-action, the CTA is statement motivating your audience to act and buy your products or service. It’s simple and effective, giving your customers the push they need to act on their desires. A clever marketing campaign knows exactly how to implement their CTAs.
The Ever-Evolving CTA
Once the world introduced digital marketing, everything changed, including CTAs. You have to account for new platforms like social media sites and the tools that they give you. In this vast digital world, there are several ways to implement your CTA. Here are a few that might work for your next marketing campaign.
- Using Pop-ups and Slide-ins – Internet users want to get to their destination as quickly as possible. That means that they do not want to click through several pages to get what they need. This is annoying and will quickly lead to them abandoning your website. Using pop-ups and slide-in allows your users to act while still being on the same page of your website.
- Giving Your CTA Higher Real Estate – Everything is better at the top of a web page. Your CTA can be more effective depending on where you place it, and if it goes at the top, you will see better results. This kind of placement also makes it one of the first things people see when they visit your website. If it is noticeable, more people will interact with it.
- More Than One CTA – There is a reason that marketers focus on demographics. It is because different groups have different wants and needs. If you are going to appeal to multiple groups on your website, then create multiple CTAs that appeal to each. Mix them up by having the CTAs lead to different parts of your website, or to a sign up for a certain service you offer. Stick to 2 or 3 at most, otherwise, your web page becomes crowded and unattractive.
|No comments||This entry was posted by EIC Social Media Team on November 16, 2016 at 11:00 am, and is filed under Marketing Strategies. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.|
Advertising has changed over the years. With the introduction of the internet, social media, and mobile devices, companies are finding new and creative ways to promote their message. However, despite the many advancements that technology has brought to the advertising world, measuring its success is still one of the hardest things to do. If your company has invested in content marketing, then are several ways in which you can use metrics to measure your investment.
There are several tools used in the digital age to measure your investment. For content marketing, some of the most important tools revolve around engagement. This concerns how well your audience is paying attention and interacting with your ads. The standard requires you follow clicks and page view, but you can do so much more with the tools available at your disposal.
Are people finishing your content? Do they scroll past it without even looking? Do they come back to experience your content for the second time? These are the things you need to discover in order to see if your marketing efforts are working.
Comparing Marketing Methods
Spending your money wisely is important when it comes to advertising. You don’t want to waste your investment by using the wrong techniques. So, compare your tactics. Find out if the money you are spending on one method is worth the returns in views. Which works better, organic traffic or paid traffic? You find out and once you do, spend your money on what works.
Content to Sales Metrics
Above all other metrics, the greatest measure of your content is sales. Track your campaigns start and finish. In between that time, see how your products or services are selling on the market. Is there a correlation? Distribute surveys to your customers to see if your ads had any impact on their decision to buy your products or services. A confirmation like this will help you create successful advertisements in the future.
|No comments||This entry was posted by EIC Social Media Team on November 9, 2016 at 11:00 am, and is filed under Content. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.|
Over the years, ad-blocking software has become the bane of all digital advertisers. This year, at least 72 million Americans have used ad blockers. The software has resulted in a $20 billion loss for the ad industry. So, what is the solution to this epidemic? You have to find a way to reach the people who are blocking your ads.
The People Using Ad-Blocking Software
The first thing you have to understand is why people use ad-blocking software in the first place. In the digital age, people are bombarded with advertisement. They appear on transportation, billboards, on our phones, mobile gaming apps, and many other places. It is almost impossible to avoid seeing an advertisement in your daily life. Using this software gives users that ability to have one place where ads do not interrupt them from browsing a website.
What Can You Do?
A lot of the responsibility falls on the media outlet. After all, if ads are being blocked on their website, they lose advertisers and make less money. So, both you and the media outlet should work together to find a solution. They want to get paid and you want more people to see your ads.
The best strategy you can implement is transparency. It goes a long way in advertising. A lot of users are smart, and will understand that advertisements are a website’s main source of revenue. Remind them that ads help a website stay operational. If they like content a website produces, then they might be more willing to remove the software.
It is also important to find a way to detect ad-blocking software. There are services that can detect how often ads are being blocked. You can implement better strategies by seeing what users like. From there, you can target users with better solutions.
Some users may pay for a chance to access more of your website and browse its content ad-free. Others may be more inclined to turn off their ad blocker if you give them a discount on the services you offer. Either way, learn from your users’ actions in order to avoid ad-blocking software.
|No comments||This entry was posted by EIC Social Media Team on October 12, 2016 at 11:00 am, and is filed under Digital Advertising. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.|