It used to be that Google AdPlanner was unbeatable for comparing audience size and dimension. That’s been folded into AdWords as the Campaign Planner and now limited to media sites, but still useful for finding size and quality of audience for partner and media sites and don’t forget about the related Google Placement Targeting Tool useful for remarketing and research.
Marketing yourself effectively can seem like a daunting task for today’s small business owner. There are so many tools and platforms to choose from that it is hard to know where to begin. The most important things to remember are to set reachable realistic goals with your strategy, provide people with helpful content, and to make sure you stick to best practices.
Hey! Great post. I use SendPulse email marketing automation service on my blog. It’s a free plan with minor feature restrictions and a limit of 2500 unique email addresses you can send to (each month). I’d say it’s a great addition to this list).
RESEARCH: If you are working for an organization, research the other companies in your industry that are doing something right online. ‘Spy’ on these competitors and you will start to recognize patterns regarding their strategies. Upon first glance, one company may look like they are killing it on Facebook because they have thousands of fans, but another company with only a few hundred Likes has much more engagement. Think about how their messaging is different and how you can incorporate some of the same techniques in your organization’s marketing.
Just last month, a reader emailed me after she’d lost over $10,000 on a financial success event, offered by a well-known self-help guru. She explained that it had wiped her out financially and that she felt a fool for being tricked into believing there was a shortcut to becoming a millionaire.
Hi Suzanne. I have not tried Nimble or Nutshell. No insights on them vs Insightly now. I chose it from its organic placement, reviews, and ease. Do you have any insights on the benefits of these over Insightly?
And nothing beats Google Search. You have the power to show people the thing they are searching for in an instant. Conversion rates are much higher when a user sees an ad about something he is actually searching for.
Great list Pawan. Reminds me of the massive infographic done by MarTech last year (http://chiefmartec.com/2016/03/marketing-technology-landscape-supergraphic-2016/), but a bit more manageable to consume!
Promotional items, such as brochures, business cards, press kits, websites, informational videos and merchandise, are tangible marketing tools. Some of these items large amounts of detailed information and highlight attributes of the product or service; business cards and trade show giveaways may display only a company logo and provide contact information. In addition to increasing sales, promotional items contribute to building brand awareness, but cost is a factor when selecting these items.
This digital storytelling course from the University of Mary Washington attempts to re-imagine how storytelling can be taught in the digital age. Based on a course taught at the University, the online version called Open DS106 is freely available online.
Ryan Stewart is the founder of WEBRIS, a digital marketing agency he launched in 2016. He’s built it from the ground-up, getting to 1.2 million organic pageviews and making six-figures in its first year.
That said, becoming a “master” is typically nothing more than mastering an effective suite of tools. Each channel will have a unique set of tools available to you, so it’s up to you master those tools and learn to scale your bidding.
In marketing, this “place” is the marketing channel. Channel function, design and strategy will all be explored and applied to real-life cases. You will define marketing channels and learn how to leverage them to deliver messaging to potential consumers.
18. Business Card Drawing. Put a fishbowl at your place of business with a sign asking visitors to drop their business cards in for a chance to win something from you (for example, a restaurant might offer a free pizza party).
Podcasts are fantastic because they are so mobile, multi-tasking friendly. You can listen to podcasts while riding your bike to work, eating your lunch, or, if you’re discreet enough, during your staff meeting (although we don’t advocate trying it).
Source Bottle is similar to HARO in that it connects journalists and bloggers to knowledgeable sources. The difference is that you can search and pitch the opportunities online, instead of waiting for an email.
One of the best ways to grow your online audience is to consistently pump out long-form, quality content. “Quality content” can be a blog, article, whitepaper — anything your business publishes online that provides a use for the reader. Allocating more of your budget toward quality content can have a number of benefits for your online marketing strategies:
See what the world is searching for and how interest in concepts has changed over time with Google Trends. For example, I feel like I’m suddenly hearing about “growth hacker” and “growth hacking.” Are you, too? I input those terms into Google Trends and it looks like there is a sudden new interest in the concept.
Post Daily — Ensure that you are not just posting your buy links, or marketing information because people will unfollow you. Instead share great content that adds value for your customer. Give them coupons, funny videos, awesome quotes and even how to videos your customer would enjoy. When you’re thinking of what content to post it’s good to follow the 80% Social 20% Marketing Rule. This means for every 10 post you do each day, only 2 of them should be direct marketing post. If you follow this principal your social media accounts will grow.