This is an amazing list of tools – thank you. As a consultant my job is to offer resources and shorten their learning curve. Your post helps me tremendously. I typically sign up all clients with Bufferapp and your updates so they can start learning more and more about effective ways to manage their business. Keep up the good work! ?
A disadvantage of digital advertising is the large amount of competing goods and services that are also using the same digital marketing strategies. For example, when someone searches for a specific product from a specific company online, if a similar company uses targeted advertising online then they can appear on the customer’s home page, allowing the customer to look at alternative options for a cheaper price or better quality of the same product or a quicker way of finding what they want online.
It’s designed to be very visual and has “Automated Insights” which are insights that are picked up by Facebook Analytics AI and are shown to you on top of the Overview page. This feature is still in beta but works pretty well so far.
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One way to market to the dissatisfied is to be easy to find when they’re looking for help. Search engines provide an excellent way to achieve this. That’s because your prospective clients and customers will often search the internet for exactly what they need… exactly when they need it. So, if they find your website, you’ll have the attention of someone who is actively looking for exactly what you provide.
It’s never happened to me personally, but my cousin worked at Timmie’s when she was a teenager and said it happened all the time. This gesture really took off after the movie Pay It Forward she explains.
Alison is a massive online learning community of more than six million registered users, with standards-based and certified courses offered absolutely free of charge. Developed by free online courses pioneer Mike Feerick, Alison was founded in 2007 and was the first MOOC (massive online open course) provider.
It was a fun challenge to come up with a way to build a $0 marketing stack, to find free alternatives to popular paid tools and services. I’m grateful for all the amazing companies out there that offer such value for so little. Here’s the list I came up with for free alternatives to paid tools. I’d love to know what you think!
If your site isn’t responsive or mobile-friendly yet, start working on that immediately. Searches on mobile devices currently make up the majority of Google searches; your site must offer a good user experience, or users will go elsewhere. A mobile-friendly site helps eliminate the possibility of frustration and ensures they stay on the page.
As we’ve already outlined, your digital strategy is the series of actions you take to help you achieve your overarching marketing goal. Your digital marketing campaigns are the building blocks or actions within your strategy that move you toward meeting that goal.
In simple terms, a strategy is just a plan of action to achieve a desired goal, or multiple goals. For example, your overarching goal might be to generate 25% more leads via your website this year than you drove last year.
On the Online Campus, you’ll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you’re experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.
So if you find a unicorn, CLONE IT! An idea or piece of creative that does well in one online marketing channel is bound to do well in your other marketing channels as well. As I’m always fond of saying, you have to go all in on your unicorns.
Recent years have seen a big surge in demand for video content. If your business is not yet live and active on YouTube, it’s time to get some video marketing content on this hugely popular video sharing site.
If you have a high number of links, but they all come from sites with relatively low domain authority, you won’t see much of a difference in your own domain authority. Instead, you should strive to create a backlink profile that has high quality, high authority links – and this requires creating great content.
It’s easy to realize that mobile marketing is no longer a “nice-to-have” but a “must-have” if you want to achieve maximum reach with your online marketing efforts. Even if you’ve redesigned your website so that it looks visually appealing and content is easy to find, that one website needs to look great across multiple interfaces.
Create an insight-driven, engaging relationship between your customers and brand. Use the customer decision journey to create buyer personas and messaging across touchpoints to influence customers when, where, and how it matters most.
If you’re targeting Adwords, Google’s flexible bid strategies provide a host of advanced options, which I cover in detail here. If you’re looking outside Adwords, KlientBoost lists pretty much every PPC tool in existence here. Just remember that the newer the channel, the less instruction you will find on using it effectively.
Once you have your raw data, it often needs to be transformed into more complete and meaningful information. Data Studio turns your data’s dimensions and metrics into powerful building blocks for charts and graphs.
Ensure your web content is supported by a user-friendly and simple design that users can easily navigate. Furthermore, your website design should be mobile-friendly (more on this below) and render correctly on multiple user interfaces.
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 concept.
For some, social media is nothing more than a way to stay in touch with old friends. But for businesses, social media is a way to tie SEO and content marketing together. Search engines take into consideration the number of shares a page receives when it ranks that particular piece of content.
Join a networking group. You will have to try several to find the right fit for you and your business, but it is worth the time and money. On the money side, more money does not mean a better fit for your business or your personality. I sat in on some very expensive groups that were not to my liking. Finally found one that is not only very reasonable, it is a great fit for my personality and my business.
The quote above comes from a blog article on How to Create Content to Attract Your Target Market. Porterfield says that once you know your target market well enough, creating content for them becomes surprisingly easy. This holds true whether that piece of content is a social media post, video, image or blog post. The key to great content is consistency, because it’s one of the primary ways a brand earns trust and respect. Porterfield also recommends diversifying your content (blog posts, series of images, podcast) and opening the conversation with your customers. She says you can start the conversation by identifying a commonly asked question and writing a post about it, or reviewing your three most popular social media posts in the last 6 months and finding the common thread to elaborate on.
So after hosting 3 of these conferences I haven’t been moved as much by any speaker as I was by Marcus Sheridan. Okay, that’s a lie. Theo Fleury was unreal last year but it’s pretty hard to compare those two topics.
The internet is a vast, vast marketplace where you have all kinds of people – meaning you have all kinds of buyers, sellers, marketers, specialists, etc. Your business has unlimited potential to grow when it targets the internet as it’s market. I just want to share with you three basic internet marketing tips which should be kept in mind especially by business owners.
Create videos of people using your product, how-tos or people vouching for your product. You can launch these videos via your website, You Tube, Vimeo, Facebook or other places in order to draw interest to your website.
Another consideration of great importance is your target market. Keep in mind, the Internet is a global marketplace. Develop a product with a large geographic target and a wide appeal. A great product will fulfill a need or desire and provide instant gratification.
Parse.ly – A predictive analytics tool. Empowers publishers to track the performance of authors or topics, capitalize on web trends, promote in-demand content, and tap into the potential of recommended topics.