Which Social Media Sites Should You Be Utilising the Most?

If you want to get on social media but you have no idea what sites you should be using, then you know that you have come to the right place. Here you can find out whatever you need to know about social media, as well as getting the information you need to decide which sites you should be focusing on the most.

Narrow Down your Choices

There are so many social media platforms out there and this gives everyone the chance to connect with one another. People can share their similar hobbies, their interests and more online. The point is that there are so many sites out there and if you try and focus on them all then you won’t get anywhere fast. You need to try and focus on the sites that are going to give you the most traffic, and the top ones include LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and then Facebook.

Defining your Goals

There are so many benefits to choosing your own social media site. It is however important that you know your goals before you make that decision. The objectives that you have will help you to define what platform you need to use, and it will also define the content that you need to create as well. Social media can help you to improve your offerings. For example, if you are on Facebook then this can help you to converse with your customers and it can also help you to talk and relate to them on a personal level. It is also by far the best platform for you to resolve complaints on.

Twitter, on the other hand, is ideal for boosting your brand awareness and it can also help you to reach out to new people. Pinterest is great at advertising products if you have HD or quirky images, and as they say, a picture can speak a thousand words.

Focus on your Audience Channels

The point of social media is to try and put you in contact with the audience that is most suited to your needs. It’s not advisable for you to choose a platform that none of your customers use. If you know that a lot of your customers are on Facebook right now then this should be your starting point. If you are not sure where your customers are then there are a couple of things that you can do to find out this information. One of the best ways would be for you to conduct a customer survey. You need to try and ask questions such as what social sites they use and even what influencers they like to follow as well. By doing this, you can find out where your efforts would be best channelled and this can save you hours of time and thousands in cash.

Of course, there are so many things that you can do when you have the power of social media by your side, and by taking the right steps, you can be sure to boost your business exposure, your profit and your customer trust.

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Social Media Content Ideas that will Build your Brand

If you have a social media page for your brand then you will understand how important it is for you to keep it current and updated at all times. This is easier said than done, but here are some helpful tips that will get you started.

Create a Series

If you want your social media presence to feel like a series of scheduled posts instead of random pieces of content here and there then series posts are a great idea. Start a series that will help you to interact with your fans on a regular basis, and you will soon be reaping the rewards. Consider having a series that covers a topic every week, or cover one big topic over the space of several weeks. If you are able to grab the attention of your audience one week, you can almost guarantee that they will want to read your posts the next week as well.

Run a Contest

People love freebies. It’s as simple as that, and by running the occasional contest, you can be sure to take advantage of this social media tool. You could ask people to share your post in order to be in with the chance of winning, or you could even ask them to post their own creative status using a hashtag of your choosing. Hashtags are the simplest way of you keeping track who has entered your contest and it won’t cost you at all to monitor this. You don’t need to run contests on a weekly basis, once a month is a great starting point, and the social media value that you get in return will be well-worth losing something from your inventory.

Host an AMA

AMA stands for Ask Me Anything. It is a fantastic way for you to really get to know your customers and it also gives them the chance to get to know you as well. This is ideal if you have overcome quite a few obstacles to get to where you are and it is also great if you want to show off your personal side. On top of this, it is very easy for you to raise awareness of your brand without being overly pushy about it. If you have a large team working with you then give each team member the chance to cover their own AMA.

Social Media Takeovers

Sometimes it helps to inject a new lease of life into your social media page. Social takeovers are the best way for you to do this. The idea is that you give someone else complete control over your page and this is usually done for a full day. When you do this, make sure that you give someone of interest control. This could be a local celebrity, someone who is an influencer in your area or even people who would be relevant to your industry. For example, if you run a restaurant, get a chef to take over, or even your waiter. This is a great way for you to really spark your customer interest.

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Are You Regular?

Nowadays, nearly every business has some sort of social media presence. The rise of social media has become impossible to ignore, and for that reason, most businesses make use of digital marketing in some way. However, what they aren’t doing is putting in the long-term effort necessary to achieve the best results. They’ll create profiles, post content regularly for perhaps a month or so at most, and then… nothing. That initial stream of content will trickle to a halt, and the profiles will lie dormant, aside from the odd post when the marketing team remember that they exist. Small-to-medium sized businesses tend to be the most guilty of this, since many of them simply won’t have the time to dedicate to large-scale social media campaigns. They assume that to get the most out of social media, they need to make a big splash with massive ideas and campaigns. But in reality, there’s one key factor that most businesses miss out on when it comes to social media, and marketing in general: consistency.

If you want to achieve anything in life, then you need to keep working at it. That’s true for so many things, from putting in time at the gym every day, to keeping your teeth clean and healthy by brushing them regularly. So, naturally, the same thing goes for your marketing. If you only go to the gym once a month, then all the effort in the world will go to waste- you aren’t being consistent enough to achieve real results. That’s true for marketing, too- your customers are much more likely to remember you if they hear from you regularly than if you only put out content once in a blue moon. Makes sense, right? So how come so few companies actually put this method into practice?

The reason is, most businesses think that when it comes to marketing, it’s intensity that counts the most. They believe that only huge marketing campaigns have any hope of success, and so that’s what they focus their time and resources on. Except there’s a problem here- most smaller businesses won’t have the money to keep this approach up for very long. Intensity does bring short-term results, but it’s an expensive attitude to take, and it simply doesn’t fit in with any long-term marketing strategies. Whether it’s social media marketing or other outlets, you need to ensure that there’s a method behind your marketing, and that’s only possible if you’re committed to being consistent.

Not only does consistency with your digital marketing deliver greater results and brand awareness over the long term, it also takes a lot of the pressure off you with creating content, too. Instead of feeling like you have to change the world with every single thing you post, you can take a gentler, more relaxed approach. For instance, one lengthy blog post might provide readers with a lot of information, but it leaves you in a bit of a rut with where to go next. What’s more, in today’s age of the smartphone, we have so many different options open to us that it can be difficult for the average reader to stay focused on something so long. So, not only does that intense, content-heavy post sap your creative juices and lead to a long period of radio silence, it’s also an extremely ineffective way to reach your target audience.

Let’s contrast that with a series of shorter articles that you post on social media over a long period of time. When added together, they may well contain the same amount of information as that longer piece in our last example. However, breaking it up into chunks makes the content a lot easier for your audience to digest, so they’ll come away from it feeling like they’ve learned something of value. They’ll also be hungry for more, and that’s where the other main advantage of consistency over intensity comes into place. Giving your audience regular updates and articles will gradually train them to expect this content from you, and they’ll turn into a loyal core audience who genuinely want to stay up-to-date with your content. The more engaged they are with you, then the more likely they will be to share your content to their own profiles- helping you to reach a larger audience, and saving you money on promoting your posts non-organically.

Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to digital marketing, since every company is different. However, when you’ve worked out what method best suits your business, then don’t make the same mistakes as everyone else. Remember that to keep hold of your audience, you have to keep offering them something, and ensure that you’re staying regular with your marketing. That’s not to say that you should compromise on quality and just put out any old rubbish so long as it’s to a schedule, but consistent content is the only way to get real results when it comes to digital marketing.

Of course, it can be tricky to keep coming up with high-quality content on a regular basis, especially if your day-to-day work takes up a lot of your time. That’s why it’s a smart idea to team up with a dedicated marketing team to take care of things for you- and luckily for you, we’re always happy to help new customers! I Want Fish And Chips are on hand to provide your business with the consistent, effective marketing materials and social media content that you need to thrive. We’ll work hard to come up with content that builds a real buzz around your business, and by sticking to a regular schedule, you’ll soon have that crucial loyal following hanging on your every post.

 

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Is 2018 The Return of the Tweet?

Over the last few years, in the political spectrum, sporting world and just about every aspect of life, we’ve come to appreciate being wrong. Let’s face it; who would have called all of the crazy events we’ve seen in the last few years taking place?

From media stars becoming political powerhouses to minnows winning championships, the last few years have taught us that conventional wisdom has rarely been more incorrect. For example, in the last few years you’ve likely seen people chiselling gravestones to lay to rest social media giant, Twitter. 2017 was full of people bouncing with joy that Twitter was on a perpetual slide. It became a site that people were very happy to jump on top of, yet rumours of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Those denouncing it as just the home of political bots and outspoken rants about football have quickly come to realise that, in 2018, we might be seeing a glorious revival of Twitter. Not only is Twitter beginning to become much more open to investment from those who want to utilize its unique reach, but the platform is attracting just the right sort of people: advertisers.

Now, Twitter users, prepare for the bad news. You won’t just be seeing retweets from your favourite and least favourite people in the media, you’ll be seeing a lot more advertising. Because of the model of Twitter in the first place, it’s never really been as ad-friendly as other social media platforms. Money talks, of course, so that has seen Twitter take a bit of a kicking in the last few years as advertisers coined it in elsewhere.

2018, though, looks to be the year that this comes to an end. The outlook is quickly becoming far more positive for Twitter, with most investors as positive about Twitter as they have been in some time.

People hate monopolies and duopolies, and it appears like Twitter might be about to benefit from that hatred of anti-competition. So, we expect to see Twitter continue to grow as people look for investments outside of the ‘Big Two’ and try to diversify a marketplace that was all about diversity.

While we aren’t quite ready to say that Twitter is a massive investment opportunity that you must make the most of, it’s a fairly massive improvement from the bleak prognosis of this time last year. As more people begin to make the most of its numerous positive points, we’re much more likely to see the site continue to improve and grow for the right reasons.

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Why Facebook Algorithm Changes Matter for Branding

For years, Facebook has been on a pathway of constant change and alteration. While most people don’t really pay attention to the big changes taking place, these changes have a major impact on marketing. While the majority of changes don’t really matter to the average user, if you use Facebook for marketing and brand management, it might be time to look at these new changes. Announced in mid-January, these changes will play a major role in helping to “prioritize content” – meaning that we’re more likely to see social-fed media instead of branded and marketing-related content.

Unfortunately, Facebook has admitted that this is going to require marketers to really up their game if they still want to see Facebook as a viable marketing avenue. Don’t start adjusting your tie in fear just yet, though; these algorithmic changes might be concerning, but it’s not a death knell – yet.

These changes will begin to see a massive downturn in your reach – it’s true, sorry. What you are bringing at the moment in terms of attention is going to drastically drop down as these new services roll out across the board. With the implication being that most people will spend less time on the social media platform now, too, you’ll need to really work extra hard to grab their attention and get them to stick around.

Let’s take a look at how you can make sure all that time spent on social media hasn’t been in vain.

The first and arguably most important piece of advice we can offer you is quite simply DO NOT PANIC. Yes, we know you might be freaked out about these changes; stories are already rife of people losing out on large volumes of social media visibility. Interactions and impressions are way down, and some local businesses are fearing for their entire future.

That’s obviously scary, we know that. What you need to do, then, is try your best to start creating engaging content. The more content that you can produce that elicits people to take action and respond, share etc. is more likely to still be seen by the majority of followers.

According to Zuckerberg himself, you need to appreciate that “Pages making posts that people generally don’t react to or comment on could see the biggest decreases in distribution. Pages whose posts prompt conversations between friends will see less of an effect.”

So, that’s pretty standard stuff: the more interaction you can get, the better. Don’t, though, go down the route of trying to be inflammatory to get a reaction and ‘hits’. It’s not about being a troll to try and get people reacting; it’s about getting people interacting in a more positive manner, broadly.

Be more question-friendly. Instead of making clear statements, make the statement and then ask people what they think about the content. Think about how you get your friends and social circle in real life to react when you talk to them in person; adapt that into your social media game and you can help to mitigate the potential for damage to your online profile.

Don’t just post trash like “LIKE AND SHARE IF YOU THINK THIS DOG IS COOL!” as Facebook is crushing this kind of faux-engagement.

One useful feature that savvy pages will be able to make the most of is the powerful feature that allows for “See First” news feed content. Basically, Facebook users can choose the pages they love most so that they can see their content and features first and foremost.

If you want to make sure that this is the case, then do yourself a favour and encourage as many first views as you can. Remind users of this feature every now and then, but don’t be overly spammy or pushy about it.

And now on to what you probably already expected: Facebook wants you to spend more to maintain the same level of interaction that you have now. While this is a bit of a kick in the teeth, it’s a necessity. If you want to maintain your present visibility, then you will need to up your advertising budget.

For companies with cash to burn and the time needed to invest in this manner, you should have no issues doing this. If you are running a normal Facebook page without a limitless budget, though, that might not be possible. Instead you need to be more savvy with your engagement to create a relationship with the reader.

The challenges are quite pronounced and will certainly make a lot of people question just how much they want to use Facebook for marketing in the future. However, if you are happy to up your investment into content advertising or you are happy to get more savvy with engagement, you should be able to mitigate such problems.

From making more live video content via Facebook Live to simply spending more money per month advertising, you have options open to you. It may be more time consuming, but if you want to keep using it alongside these new algorithmic changes you’ll need to get used to the change.

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Why Should Businesses Use Social Media?

Nowadays, almost all of us are active users of social media. In fact, by next year, it’s expected that across the world, there will be some 2.5 billion active social media users- and that figure is only going to increase further over time. Naturally, that user base is an excellent opportunity for businesses to reach out to new and old customers alike, and take their brand to the next level. If you’re not already using social media to its full potential for your business, then you really should- here are just five reasons why it’s the smart move in today’s tech-driven world.

 

Be Incredibly Precise With Your Marketing

One of the great things about social media marketing through sites like Facebook and Twitter is that it’s extremely easy to target a highly specific audience with your campaign. Since these sites store information like age, gender, and location about their users, you’re able to select just who you want to reach with your message. So, whether you want to build up a loyal local community of customers, or if you want to crack into a whole new market, social media marketing is an easy way to get just the results you’re after.

 

Provide Top Quality Customer Service

In today’s high-tech, fast-paced world, there’s still something to be said for genuine customer service. No one likes to be treated like they are on an assembly line, so if you’re able to provide quick, clear, and friendly responses to customer queries, you’ll be showing people that you are a company that really does care. Real-time communication is simple with social media, since you can respond to messages and comments with ease. What’s more, any public comments are visible to all, so it’s a great chance for some organic PR, too!

 

Build Your Brand

Social media is a great way of not only increasing brand awareness, but also giving your business a real brand identity. Instead of only being presented with logos and marketing materials, social media is an outlet for the human side of your business. Whether you’re sharing blog posts or keeping your customers up-to-date with the latest info about your company, you can put a bit more of your own personality into your social media content. That way, customers will feel a more genuine connection with your brand- and that will make them more likely to keep on coming back to you.

 

Collect Some Valuable Customer Feedback

Businesses live or die by their customers, but it’s astonishing just how few companies take the time to actually listen to those customers. After all, if you don’t know what your customers would like to see you improve, then how are you ever going to push your business on to new heights? Having social media outlets where members of the public can leave feedback is crucial to deciding your next steps as a business, and identify common pain points to resolve. What’s more, you can also use feedback on your social media marketing to tweak your message for your next campaign, and achieve even greater results!

 

Drive Extra Traffic to Your Website

Whether you sell your products and services online directly, or if your website is just a showcase for what you have to offer, you’ll want to keep up a steady stream of traffic to your site. The more people visit, the more opportunities you’ll have to convert those visitors into sales, so it’s in your best interests to lure them in. Every interaction on social media is a chance to do just that, and when you use social media in the right way, you’ll see a huge hike in traffic. In addition, an active social media presence is also a great way to boost your SEO, since Google likes to reward companies that have a buzz about them.

 

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The 90’s, The 00’s and The Rise of The Internet

Last time in this series, we looked at how marketing carved out a brave new world for itself in the 80’s. This time around, we’ll be exploring the ways in which marketing approaches changed during the 90’s and 00’s- and how the internet turned everything on its head.

During the 90’s, the world faced its biggest cultural revolution since the invention of the printing press- the internet. With more and more people getting online and discovering the world wide web, people became connected in a whole new way. Now, instead of the regular post, people were using email to communicate- and that presented a huge opportunity for businesses. By getting people to sign up to mailing lists, companies could send out ads and information about special offers, all for free. That prospect was a little too tantalizing for some marketers, though, and it led to the development of so-called “spam” email- unsolicited messages that simply took up space in people’s inboxes.

In 1998, the world of marketing was turned on its head with the launch of Google. Before then, search engines weren’t really a thing, and if you wanted to get to a certain page, you either needed the URL or a link to it. Mass email was always an option to reach out to people, but many people were wary of spam in these early days of the internet. Now, though, consumers could easily find what they needed with just a few clicks- which naturally led to all sorts of companies vying for the top spots in search results. Search Engine Optimisation and paid search ads quickly became the norm for businesses that want to succeed.

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Throughout the 00’s and into today, social media has become the king of the internet. It’s now the main way that people get information online, with hundreds of millions of us catching up on our newsfeeds every single day. Sites like Facebook have gone from small pet projects only intended for a select audience to huge, world-conquering corporations. The reason why social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are so important for marketing is because it’s incredibly easy to not just reach out to people, but to create a two-way relationship. Consumers can now talk back, and that lets businesses listen to their comments and tailor their approach accordingly.

Meanwhile, in 2005, YouTube launched, totally transforming the way that people accessed content online. Instead of paying for extra bandwidth to host videos on their own sites, there was now a handy place where anyone could upload their videos to be seen by the whole world- all for free! It wasn’t long before companies started to take advantage of that by launching quirky video ad campaigns designed to go viral. On top of this, companies started to launch dedicated sites for ad campaigns which, like guerilla marketing, spread through word-of-mouth. One notable example of this was Burger King’s “Subservient Chicken”. By visiting the site, users could give the chicken (played by an actor in a costume) commands to follow. Originally intended to promote a single new product, the chicken was a runaway success, and the site ran for over three years.

There’s no doubt about just how much the rise of the internet during this time changed the face of marketing. In just a short space of time, things had moved on from mimicking traditional advertising in a digital form, to coming up with brand new ways of capturing the public’s imagination. Things were moving fast- and in our next and final piece in this series, we’ll take a look at the state of the marketing world today, and what we can expect to see in the near future.

Building Your Brand on Social Media

It’s one of the most powerful marketing tools businesses today have at their disposal. It’s free to use and can help you reach thousands, if not millions, of potential new customers, fans and followers. It’s often also the marketing opportunity that businesses get wrong. If you think social media isn’t working for you at the moment, then changing your approach could make all the difference.

1. Regular Engagement

Consistency is vital on the web and that means having a firm brand identity and a plan for communicating with customers, fans and followers. Regular engagement is important if you want to keep your brand ‘alive’ and in the minds of those who follow you, whether it’s on sites such as Facebook or through the shortened communications of Twitter. It’s not just about throwing tonnes of content out there, however. Consistency in the quality is key.

While you should be looking to post frequent content, it needs to have the quality and the relevance that reflect your brand identity and the needs of your customers. This has to be consistent across different platforms as well, so that your messages stay uniform. Get this right and you will find that readers will engage better and know what to expect from your feeds. 

2. Reach and Authority

Respect is vital on social media and is another big part of building your brand. Creating authority is a difficult thing to achieve if you don’t have a strong brand identity. Know what you stand for and post content that reflects and you will instil a sense of authority for the people who read your posts.

That doesn’t mean you need to be dull when it comes to posting content. In order to attract more followers, you will need to project professionalism in your social media work. Of course, your content can be quirky and weird if it fits with your demographic and your brand. Unorthodox content can be highly popular with a wide range of people. But as you build your brand in social media, you should keep in mind that you should always respect your followers and other social media users. Not doing so can turn off a good part of your audience.

Reach and authority is a complex balancing act and you need to be clear about where you actually stand.

3. How to Be Responsive on Social Media

When getting involved in social media activities, it is important to keep in mind that your main goal should be engagement. Social media offers great opportunities in terms of connecting with readers and potential customers. You are not a static entity throwing out posts and hoping others will pass on your good news. Pretend that you are in a room full of people and your job is to network. That means you have to talk, you have to respond, you have to engage.

When your readers click on, recommend or share your content, your website benefits so it’s worth throwing out a thank you or at least reciprocating by sharing some of their content. And, if someone asks a question, answer them. Readers appreciate when you, as the website author, actively engage in conversation with them.

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Watch what you competitors are up to and try different approaches and gauge how they work. Social media can deliver success for any business, it’s just a question of finding the right formula that boosts engagement and delivers your brand to your fans and followers.

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How to Save Time on Social Media

Cost effective to use and with potential access to hundreds of thousands of customers, social media is one of the most powerful marketing tools around today. Get it right and you can bring your brand and potential customers together in a way that boosts sales, creates loyalty and puts you way ahead of your competitors.

Don’t wing it, plan it

Where many businesses fall down online is not planning their social media engagement well enough. Occasional tweets and Facebook posts do little to build strong relationships with customers. Having a plan in place that involves deciding on the kind of information you are going to share with your followers, how you are going to actively engage with them and how you run effective marketing campaigns that promote brand and product awareness all involve bringing a number of different strands together.

Of course, SMEs can often be restricted by the time they have to devote to such things. That’s why it can be beneficial to outsource the handling of your social media presence to a team that knows what they are doing. The main thing is that without a plan you are leaving a valuable part of your ongoing marketing strategy to chance.

Building Followers on Social Media

If you’re expecting people to follow your account without your business investing any or little time in growing its popularity online, then you may have a long wait. Building a following takes a lot of work, especially if you want fans to develop interest in your brand and engage over the longterm. A number of businesses try to take a short cut and buy followers online – something which costs money and actually delivers no real benefits. To succeed, you need to nurture your fan base organically. That means making the right choices and choosing marketing initiatives that work.

Keywords and Groups

Checking what is trending about your particular industry and the keywords which people are using to search and find your business is important. It also comes down to that age old adage – if you know where your customers are hanging out then you can find them. Everything from hashtags to Facebook groups can help you engage with less effort rather than using a scattergun approach that brings low value results.

Get into social media advertising

Choosing pay per click advertising on social media can help you reach specific demographics and build your following and customer base equally organically. These tools have become far more sophisticated in recent years with the addition of more demographics, better targeting, easy to understand metrics and the opportunity to set your budget so that you campaign within your means. Done well, social media paid advertising can deliver great results that send your business to the next level.

Monitoring results

When it comes down to it, if you can’t monitor how your strategy is working then you can’t really make the changes that improve performance. There is no one size fits all strategy. What works for your business won’t necessarily work for a competitor and vice versa. The good news is that metrics are available that can help you tweak and improve your social media strategy, cutting down the time you spend on activities that deliver little in the way of results and concentrating more on those that do.

Developing a comprehensive social media marketing plan can save you plenty of time and deliver potential customers right to your door. Simply put, it is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal and a digital solution you can’t afford to treat lightly.

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Marketing Today: The Power Tools That Help SMEs Succeed

Go back just twenty or so years and you would need a sizeable budget to undertake any meaningful marketing initiative. Now, small and medium sized businesses, start-ups and large corporations can all develop strategies and use powerful marketing tools at a much lower cost. This access has a led to a rise in entrepreneurs with many of us having the confidence to go out there and think a little bigger when it comes to business development.

Website Development

At the heart of marketing for most businesses is the company website. These have become interactive multi-media sites with images, blog posts, video promotions and a whole host of engaging content that performs well on search engines and attracts visitors from areas such as social media. It’s one of the key areas that businesses have to get right and that means being up to date with keywords, tags, meta-descriptions, site maps and outbound/inbound linking to name just a few SEO friendly strategies. The good news is that websites are relatively easy and cheap to set up. Get it right and you have a central powerhouse from which to operate your business online.

Social Media

Love it or loathe it, social media has exploded in the last five to ten years. It’s one of the most potent tools in your marketing armoury and is cheap to use. The only important caveat is that you have to put in the hard yards to make it a success. That means strong marketing strategies that encourage fans and followers to engage. Social media can be used to reach new markets, attract visitors to your website and allows you to spread your net across the entire globe.

Pay Per Click Marketing

Another marketing channel that has evolved over the years and has become a lot more nuanced is pay per click advertising on social media and search engines. These can now reach a highly specific demographic through the use of simple to use filters that can sort for age, gender, location, interest and other parameters. Businesses can tailor their budget to produce measurable and impactful campaigns which actually work.

Marketing Measurement

Without knowing what the results of any marketing campaign mean, you won’t learn from your mistakes or be able to replicate success. Businesses can now get high quality metrics at the touch of a button which measure, for instance, how well a particular social media message works, whether a landing page is performing to expectations or which of your blog posts attracts the most attention. Metrics give businesses the opportunity to develop their marketing strategy and change the things that don’t work while focusing more on the ones that do. Not only is this measurement of performance available at the touch of a button, it is updated in real-time which means you always have up to date statistics.

It’s all very well having these tools at our fingertips. It’s an entirely different matter getting the best out them. Businesses often don’t make the most of platforms such as social media simply because they don’t how they work or, more specifically, how it can be leveraged better. The other major issue is how you integrate all the different tools so that they work together and send the same brand message.

You need to have a marketing strategy that works for your business in today’s competitive world, with a clear insight on how all these helpful building blocks come together to make a coherent whole. Get it right and you can expect your business to grow as customers engage, spread the word and buy more.

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