The Rise Of Video Marketing (And How It Benefits Small Businesses)

Posted by on Jan 20, 2021 in Content Marketing, Digital Media Marketing |

Let’s take a minute and think about the video ads you’ve seen recently. Whether you get most of your video content on Facebook or YouTube, it’s safe to assume that most of the video ads you’ve seen represent huge brands. You can think about that from two different angles. First, those big companies are winning this “king of the hill” battle for ad space because they have the budget for it. Second, they are fighting for that ad space because it’s so valuable. Small businesses can learn a lot from international corporations. Of course, you won’t be able to replicate their marketing strategies. (Production value and market penetration are often locked behind budget limitations.) But what you can do is look for ways to scale down their strategies, fine tune a few of the details, and then turn it into a resource that does fit your unique company. Video marketing is one of the areas where you can still receive the benefits without trying to match the budget of Apple, Google, or Coca-Cola.  And since video marketing generates 66% more qualified leads (as well as a 54% increase in brand awareness), you really can’t afford to not take advantage of this channel — especially as a small business. A Value Proposition For Video Ads At face value, it’s easy to be intimidated by the thought of video creation. You can watch top ads from last year and get caught up in the famous actors, the expensive equipment, and the need for a full production team. But all of those things are completely scalable to your budget. Making good video content means taking advantage of the tools available to small businesses. That might mean using an online resource (like a shot list template) instead of hiring a production assistant. Or maybe you use an online video editing site to avoid paying for high-end software. These sort of tools can help you get that big-budget feel without, you know, a big budget. Because the truth is that video content is in high demand, no matter your industry. Let’s look at four video marketing-centric stats from HubSpot: People spend one-third of their “online time” watching video content. Two-thirds of people are more likely to buy something after seeing a video about it. 90% of customers list product videos as a major influencer in their buying habits. One-third of all online ad spend goes toward video ads. Those numbers build up a pretty clear narrative. People watch a lot of video content. And the videos they watch play a major role in the sort of products they buy and businesses they support. As a result, a big chunk of the global advertising budget...

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Social Media Marketing Image Size Best Practices

Posted by on Oct 24, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing, Social Media Marketing |

To be effective in digital marketing and social media marketing, you’ll want to use the correct image sizes when posting to these platforms. Here at WSI OMS, we’ve researched the optimal image sizes for all the major social media platforms. Follow this guide to get the most out of your social media marketing efforts.   The Social Media Platforms Covered In This Article  Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Snapchat Twitter YouTube Facebook – The Social Media Marketing Behemoth  Facebook is the world’s largest social media platform with well over 2 billion active users in any given month. This number is fast approaching 3 billion. What’s important to remember is that these are the recommended image sizes. Anything smaller and Facebook will scale your images, making them look poor! Facebook Cover Image The recommended dimensions for the cover image is 820 x 312 pixels. Remember, if you’re using a logo, it’s always preferable to use Portable Network Graphic (PNG) images. While JPEG is fine for photos, their lossy compression is not suitable for flat graphics with steep transitions between colours. PNG images give you the added benefit of transparent backgrounds – so keep that in mind. Facebook Profile Image The profile image will scale differently depending on the device from which you’re viewing. This image must be at least 180 x 180 pixels and will render at 170 x 170 on your desktop, 128 x 128 on smartphones, and 36 x 36 on feature phones. Facebook Event Cover Image Event cover images are stock-standard 1980 x 1080 pixels in dimension. They will display as 470 x 174 in your feed. Facebook Highlighted Image Your upload size here should be 1200 x 717 pixels. It’s going to display at 843 x 504 pixels in your feed. Facebook Shared Image The recommended size for Facebook shared images is 1200 x 630 even though they will scale to a 1:1 aspect ratio. They will display at a max width of 470 pixels in your feed and 504 pixels on a page. Facebook Shared Link Image Similar (but not identical) in size to the shared image, you’ll want to aim for 1200 x 628 pixels when uploading. Not coincidentally, this is the recommended featured image size for WordPress blog posts. The shared link image minimum for square images in feed is 154 x 154 pixels and 116 x 116 for your page. Rectangular images have minimum display sizes of 470 x 246 in feed and 484 x 252 on a page. Instagram  Visual and effective at communicating your brand, Instagram is a great digital marketing medium for connecting with your followers. Instagram Stories Image Upload a minimum resolution image of 600 x 1067 pixels. It’s...

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What is SEO in digital marketing?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in SEO |

You are probably still trying to ‘find your feet’ if you are relatively new to the world of online marketing. You might have started creating a presence for your business on social media, or investing in PPC advertising to boost website hits. However, you need to be aware that if you do not dedicate enough time and money to perfect your website’s SEO, all of your other digital marketing efforts are almost certain to be in vain.  So, what is SEO, exactly? And why is it such a vital aspect of any digital marketing strategy? Furthermore, how can you master it? Below are all of the facts that you need to know.  What is SEO?  SEO revolves around optimizing your website in line with best practice guidelines as outlined by Google and other search engines. By adhering to these recommendations, Google will rank your website higher when potential customers type keywords or keyphrases relevant to your service offering. The higher towards the top you rank, the better the chances of potential customers clicking through to your website before clicking through to your competitors.  In order to understand the true meaning of SEO, you need to look at its three main components – the quality of the traffic, how much of it you are getting, and organic results. Ultimately, the goal of SEO should not be to attract hordes of people to your website. It should be to attract the right people to your website. Those people should be individuals who are actually interested in buying what you are selling. When you have the right people making their way to your website, only then can you focus on boosting the numbers.  SEO is all about generating organic results – in other words, organic traffic for which you do not pay anything extra. Having said that, paid traffic / PPC is a great way to support your SEO efforts.  What is included in SEO?  There are various aspects to consider when putting an SEO strategy together. You will need to ensure that you cover both on-page and off-page SEO factors. On-page SEO factors include metadata, engaging content, proper inter-linking, and easy navigation across the site map. Off-page SEO factors include links from trustworthy websites back to your own website, as well as reviews and social media.  Other great tips to remember to maximise your SEO efforts include ensuring optimal crawl accessibility so that the search engines can effortlessly scan through and ‘understand’ your website. You should also focus your attention on crafting compelling content that strives to provide in-depth answers to the questions that searchers are typing into Google. Doing this also boosts your chances of your content appearing in a...

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5 content marketing tips for financial advisers

Posted by on May 25, 2020 in Copywriting |

Financial advisors require specialised content. It’s also a highly competitive field, which makes good marketing all the more important. Here are five tips to help financial advisors promote their brand. Think beyond written copy The idea of writing a blog might seem like too much of a commitment, but what if you could spend just five minutes recording a short video that you can then upload to LinkedIn or YouTube? You can get your message out there without having to sit and down and spend precious time writing. Content marketing is not just about written copy. You can promote your services through a variety of media and platforms, which may actually suit your niche and business much better than written material. Focus on what you do, not your company or brand In the field of financial advisory, it’s better to post content that speaks to your industry and niche, rather than directly promoting your brand. If what you say is useful, then customers will seek out your services and develop an affinity with your brand. This is one sector where your product speaks for itself.  Repurpose content where you can You don’t always have to generate 100% original content. You can also pick great content from industry thought leaders and post it on social media together with your comments and thoughts. This saves time, makes you appear in tune with your industry, and gives you a choice of great content on tap. Focus on quality, not quantity It’s better to have ten blogs with really strong content than an endless stream of mediocre or bad content. This is especially true in your field, where you want to demonstrate your expertise and competence. Remember that it really is worth your while Financial advisors can be rather single-minded and you know better than most that time is money, so it’s difficult to justify the time it takes to create content to market yourself, but you need to know that it is well worth the time you spend on it. Whether you take the time yourself or bring in digital marketing contractors to do it for you, the investment will be worthwhile as you start to see the return on investment in the form of more clients! If you need a digital marketing professional to assist you in marketing your financial advisory services, WSI OMS can help. We are  a leading digital marketing agency that excels in content marketing that really sells. Contact us for more information. Please follow and like...

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Rank for Your Target Keywords in 4 Simple Steps

Posted by on Jan 9, 2020 in SEO |

Do you want to rank in Google for keywords that matter to your business? As a top provider of SEO services in South Africa, we have helped many brands rank organically for their target keywords, boosting their visibility and market reach. Here are four steps that have anchored all the campaigns we have run for clients: Find Keywords that Are Relevant for Your Business and that You Can Realistically Rank For  Using the right keywords in your website content is of the utmost importance. While there are various keyword research tools that you can utilise, you can do keyword research for free by simply thinking about what your potential customers may be typing into Google or by utilising Google suggest.  Start typing out what your company does in the Google search bar and see what automatically pops up. This is a good indication of what people are searching for. Include these phrases in any content that you publish, as well as in your website’s base content. If you would like to target a specific area, mention the location in your content alongside the keywords that you have chosen.  Ensure Your Content Is Relevant and Offers Value to Readers Along with keywords, you will also need to ensure that the content you post is relevant, interesting and helpful. Be sure to include a few links, heading tags and alt tags for images. Also, do everything possible to maximise its readability, for instance, make use of short, concise sentences and paragraphs, bullet points and so on. Boost Your Domain Authority with Off-Page SEO  Your search engine optimisation is based on more than just your website. Off-page SEO is just as important as on-page SEO. It includes things like link building, guest blogging, social media and the like. SEO Is Ever-Evolving. Test, Tweak and Refine Constantly SEO is forever changing. So, what was important two or three years ago may no longer play as large a role in determining your rankings as of now. As such, it is essential that you are constantly monitoring your progress and keeping up to date with any relevant SEO news and SEO marketing tips.  SEO has grown too important and technical to manage on your own. To get the most out of your SEO, engage a company that specialises in SEO services. WSI OMS is that company. You will benefit from our experience, superior tools and expertise, and will be ranking for your target keywords much faster than you will be doing it on your own. Contact us to discuss how we can help with your SEO. Please follow and like...

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