Why the Future of Digital Marketing is Video Content

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Digital Media Marketing |

If you are anything like most other people, you have probably watched a video in the past few days, if not today. The reason is that the video has become part of the mainstream content on the Internet. Video excites and engages individuals whether they are consuming news, sports, entertainment or branded messages. Videos have the power to engage people, to unite them as well as to educate them. It can even create cultural conversations. Today, savvy digital marketers understand just how crucial it is to use video marketing. In any case, Cisco Systems foresees that video is going to comprise about 82 percent of the traffic on the Internet within the U.S. in some few years to come. So, let us look at why the future in digital marketing is going to be video.    Video Content Increases Conversions and Sales Using video can make you some serious money. When you add a product video on landing pages, it can increase your conversions substantially.  Studies also indicate that 74 percent of people who viewed an explainer-video about one or the other product eventually bought it; this obviously means that videos can directly increase sales. Most of the information that’s transmitted to the brain is visual. If still pictures can enhance engagement, just imagine the power of moving pictures!  According to Wyzowl statistics, about 63 percent of brands are now using video content marketing, and out of those brands, 82 percent feel that video marketing is a very important component of their marketing strategy.    Video Yields Great ROI Businesses that use video content see an increase in return on investment.  Although video production isn’t that easy or cheap, it pays off in a big way when used appropriately. Today, there are many online video editing tools that brands can use to create videos for their brands and products at an affordable price. Your video doesn’t have to be perfect, what matters most is the content in it. Studies show that most users are put off by a video that does not explain a brand, product or service in a clear way.   Videos Build Trust The basis of conversions and sales is trust. However, building trust doesn’t come easily. You need to create long-term relationships with customers. The good news is that content marketing works pretty well in achieving that. You need to stop selling. Rather, allow people to reach out to you because you provide them with useful information.  Today, there is a focus on igniting audiences and not just the content or traffic. Video creates that focus you need, it engages people and ignites their emotions. For example, YouTubers are some of the most powerful and...

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How to Stay Alert as a Content Copywriter and Marketer

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Copywriting |

Creating content is the foundation of your marketing strategy. It’s the content that will sell your brand, and if you cannot produce a killer piece, you are wasting your time. You have heard of bloggers who have spent years creating content, but they are unable to gain traction. Their audience is always running away! But why? Probably because the content is boring, and the reason could be that they are not confident when creating it. To write content you don’t have to be the most creative person or even a wordsmith; however, the way you schedule your time and how you approach your content writing can make a difference. Here are ways to remain alert when writing content and doing content marketing:    Stop Becoming Disoriented by the Internet It’s easy to get lost on the internet because you are distracted. Copywriters spend a lot of their time online. And, considering that there are so many things happening on the internet, if you are not careful, you will be lost and won’t be attentive when creating your content. There are so many things you come across while doing your research – like funny videos you can watch on Facebook, Youtube or Instagram  – that can really eat up your hours. So, the best advice is that you need to put a lid on the multitude of distractions you face on the internet. For example, you can use browser plugins that keep the distractions away. You also need to have a list of your to-dos and your priorities.   Have a Phone-Free Workspace Your workspace zone should be free of phones. The amount of time you spend picking up the phone can make your productivity take a plunge. If you are going to be successful and remain alert when writing, you have to do away with your phone. Not that copywriting is too involved or that it requires a lot of focus, but because the biggest distraction to copywriters is a ringing cell phone. When you stop to check some texts that have just come in or if you answer a buddy’s phone call while in the midst of writing or coming up with a title or researching a particular topic, it becomes difficult to pick up from where you left off. In the end, you will have sub-par content that has taken all your time.   Have a Daily To-Do List Having a planner containing the content that you have to create (a to-do list) will help you to keep track and on top of what has been accomplished and what is remaining. A planner not only keeps you organised but also prevents you from forgetting assignments. It also...

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What You Need to Know About Influencer Marketing in 2019

Posted by on Jul 10, 2019 in Social Media Marketing |

Influencer marketing is the hottest trend in digital marketing right now – with a benchmark report seeing a whopping 1 500% increase in web searches for “influencer marketing” since 2016. As the concept evolves, so your strategy needs to keep up to date. Here is what you need to know to have your finger on the digital pulse:     What Are Influencers?  Social media users who create content that gains them a loyal following of hundreds to even millions of followers are known as influencers, and they have taken over the role of trusted confidant, friend or mentor – so much so that global surveys have found that 61% of people interact with an influencer at least once a day. Their appeal is in the trust they have built with their authenticity; 25% of influencers have declared that they would reject partnerships that are too restrictive. It follows, then, that they can sway the purchasing decisions of their highly engaged audience. As many as 87% of consumers have admitted to having bought something on the suggestion of an influencer.   What Is Influencer Marketing? With the ability to wield such power, social media influencers are ideal brand ambassadors if they like what you have to offer. Up to 84% of marketers are reportedly confident that partnering with influencers is an effective marketing solution. Although it is expected that the field of influencer marketing will reach between $5 and $10 billion (R75 – 150 billion) by 2022, it should be money well spent. The reported media value returns are as much as an impressive 18:1. In other words, for every rand you spend on influencer marketing, you can get up to R18’s worth of media value. Not that influencer marketing likes to focus on money. When it comes to selecting an influencer with which to collaborate, their audience relationships are the key. Think of influencer marketing as your secret weapon in locker rooms and book clubs across the country.   WSI  Need help with your social media campaign? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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The 6 Biggest Benefits of Facebook Advertising

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Facebook, Social Media Marketing |

If you have a Facebook page for your business, chances are good that you need to use Facebook ads to grow your following and sell more. Here’s why: Your Organic Reach Is Getting Smaller Facebook is decreasing the organic reach of your posts, in other words, they are only showing your posts to a very small percentage of your fans. To increase the number of people who see your posts, you need to consider boosted Facebook posts or promoted posts. Inexpensive It is one of the most inexpensive ways to advertise. You can start with only $5 and only increase your Facebook marketing budget when you get a clear indication that you are getting the results you wanted. It Is Easy Creating a Facebook ad is very simple as you only need an image and a few lines of text.  Instant Feedback It is a great way to get instant feedback. If you are unsure about whether there is a market for your business idea or whether your product will sell, you can test your idea before you spend money. Instead of investing a considerable amount of money in product stock, for example, you can see what the interest is before you start selling. Detailed Targeting Options You can target people based on their job title, marital status, the mobile device they use, the people they follow and so much more. You can target people who are your ideal customers simply by using Facebook’s targeting options. Retargeting Options You are now able to remarket to people who have followed a specific action and have prequalified themselves for remarketing from you. Need help with your social media marketing or digital marketing campaigns? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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The Easiest Way to Get Started with Social Media Marketing

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Social Media Marketing |

Every which way you turn, there is something being marketed on the latest and greatest networking platform. If you are new to digital marketing, the prospect of implementing a social media strategy can seem overwhelming. Even seasoned social media marketing campaigners can begin to feel jaded at the task of keeping up to date. How can you keep it simple and manageable?   Before You Start  Before jumping in the deep end, ask yourself if your business actually needs social media? Obviously, we at WSI would love to run your social media campaign for you, but not if your clients and prospects aren’t that into social media. Do not feel bullied because “everyone does it” – choose what will work best for you. Assuming you do go ahead, consider which platforms are the best fit for you, your customers and your brand. Know your ideal customer inside out, and target the places where they research their purchases.   On Your Marks  For the best results, it is essential that you know what you are aiming for. Is your goal to increase brand awareness in general? Is it to increase the number of viable leads? Or is it to promote something specific?  Keeping your goal in mind will make it a lot easier to create an effective social media marketing strategy. Plan what type of posts you want to share, what mix you will be sharing and how often you will be posting. Having a clear plan laid out allows you to set up and schedule all that you need for the next fortnight or month so that there is no “radio silence” when you are busy with the running of your business.   Get Set  Prepare content in advance – from blogs to photos and everything in between. This ensures continuity, and again, it will take the pressure off you in busy periods.   Go! Finally, spend a little time every day checking your social media pages rather than lumping it all together in one big batch. Quick responses are an appealing part of social media for consumers, so they want to hear from you within 24 hours.  This also gives you a chance to evaluate (test and measure) how your strategy is working out, enabling you to tweak it as necessary.   Delegate  If the world of social media marketing has become too complicated to manage, there is always the option of hiring a reputable digital marketing company to manage it for you.  Contact WSI OMS today to learn more.   Please follow and like...

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