Content Marketing 101: Creating Better Briefs

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Content Marketing | 0 comments

It is imperative that you get a handle on how to create clear, concise briefs if you hire a freelancer or a content marketing company to take on all of your digital marketing on your behalf. Here’s a brief breakdown on how to create better briefs:   Indicate Your Expectations  What do you want this specific piece of content to achieve? Should it inform? Describe? Entertain? What is the ultimate call to action? Do you want the reader to click through to view a product? Sign up to your mailing list? Follow you on social media?   Highlight the Main Message  What is the most important aspect of the content? What is the main message that you would like to get across? Or the most important piece of information that you would like to communicate?   Give a Clear Description of the Target Audience  The target audience will have a great effect on the tone of the piece, so it is always important to provide your content marketing lead with this info.   Give Info About Your Brand  What is the brand’s general tone of voice? What is its desired perception? Also, be sure to send through a style guide if you have one handy.   Keep it Concise  Some clients think that the more information they give their content creator, the better the outcome will be. However, giving a 30-page brief for a page worth of work is not going to do you, or the piece, any favours. If the brief is too long, there is a good chance that the writer won’t read through all of it, and it is easy for the most important information to get lost this way.     Need assistance when it comes to content marketing and digital marketing in general? The team at WSI OMS can help! Contact us now to learn more about our content writing services. Please follow and like...

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How To Use PPC Advertising To Build Your Brand

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in PPC | 0 comments

Have you ever wished that you could flip a switch and have instant traffic to your website? And not just any traffic. The traffic you want needs to be from people who want to do business with you because they trust your brand.   Paid Google advertising, also known as pay per click advertising, isn’t only just for getting traffic and moving products. If your brand is not yet top of mind amongst your target audience, then you should consider using it for branding purposes.   Many companies who use PPC don’t bid on their branded terms. They undoubtedly reason that they would rather earn traffic for keywords of products and services that they offer.  Subliminal brand exposure leads people to act in certain ways and it can have an impact on your bottom line.   When embarking on a PPC campaign to build your brand, you need to focus on making it easier to choose you than your opposition.  If your brand is at the top of Google and you have a clear and compelling call to action, a dedicated landing page, and all the trust signals and easy payment processing tools that website visitors need, you will make it easy for them to choose you.   Don’t make the mistake of always looking for the next niche longtail keyword if you aren’t getting the basics right. Organise the site links in your ad copy according to a potential customer’s level of interest.   Another way to build your brand with PPC is by answering helpful questions. If you are already bidding on your branded terms, take a look at the most common questions related to your products and services that people are asking. Instead of a hard sell, create landing pages that serve an educational and helpful purpose to your website visitors.   Need help with your online advertising or digital marketing? Then contact WSI OMS today.   Please follow and like...

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How Twitter Can Aid Your Link Building Strategy

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Link-building | 0 comments

The goal is to boost your website’s SEO and organic rankings with the help of high quality backlinks. The question is, how do you actually go about landing those high quality backlinks? The secret is to find a way in which to build beneficial relationships with journalists, editors and content contributors who have the power to publish your content and, of course, link back to your website on various respected platforms. Here’s how Twitter can help with this:   Optimise Your Profile  Journalists and editors will take you much more seriously if your Twitter profile is complete, informative and, most importantly, grammatically correct! Give both professional and personal info on your profile and be sure to list your contact details as well. Also, ensure that you are regularly active on the platform and use your timeline as an opportunity to really showcase your personality.   Follow the Right People  Twitter lists make it easy to keep up to date with your prospects and their Twitter activity. Keep journalists who have published or shown interest in your content in a separate list to those with whom you would still like to build a relationship.   Engage  The key here is not to come across as though you want something from those that you engage with. Try your best to be authentic in all of your interactions. ‘Like’ the tweets that you truly connect with, retweet the tweets that you agree with and reply to tweets that really spark something inside of you. If your reply is genuine and contributes something of value, there’s a good chance that it could be the start of a conversation and, hopefully, a solid, mutually-beneficial relationship between you and the original poster. Remember – it is also all about timing. Don’t send a pitch through to a journalist after you just had your first two-minute conversation with them. Take your time to really build and work on that relationship so that trust is forged before asking for any favours.   When it comes to SEO and link building, WSI OMS can help make your life easier. Just as search engine optimisation, web design and social media marketing experts, we have the tools and expertise necessary to make sure that your brand really stands out. For more information about our services, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. Please follow and like...

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Social Media Marketing: What Does It Take To Go Viral In All The Right Ways?

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Digital Media Marketing | 0 comments

In the past, it was very hard to become famous. Thanks to social media and YouTube, however, any of us – and any of the creative things we do – can become famous literally overnight. Of all the hours of videos that get uploaded to YouTube every day, only a small percentage gets millions of views and becomes a cultural moment. What sets these videos apart?   Tastemakers, communities of participation and unexpectedness are the three key things that can make your content go viral. In 2012, Jimmy Kimmel shared a video of a rainbow that a person in the Yosemite mountain park had uploaded. The video instantly went viral because Jimmy Kimmel, as a tastemaker, alerted a huge community of the video and many of them went to check it out.   Unlike the one-way communication of the twentieth century, the community participation that social media provides lets everyone become a part of a new phenomenon. People become a part of a phenomenon by spreading it or doing something new with it, such as creating memes and parodies.   To create content that goes viral on social media, you have to focus on content that ignites creativity within a community. This creativity and interest can be used for new versions of your content, to make fun of whatever you have posted and to set a trend. People don’t just enjoy content, they participate in it. By being totally surprising and humorous, you could get your content viewed by millions of people who want to participate in what you are doing.   Need help with your social media marketing or digital marketing strategy? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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3 Web Design Trends that Are Not Doing Your Website Any Favours

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Website Design | 0 comments

Nowadays, your web design needs to focus on giving online visitors the best possible experience. This means eye-catching graphics, easy navigation, faster loading times and content of a high quality. Unfortunately, not all of the current website design trends support this vision. Below, we take a look at three of them that you will definitely be much better off without:   Flash-Based Navigation  There are lots of different flash-based navigation menu templates to choose from when it comes to building a website, so it can be tempting to make use of them. However, flash-based navigation is exceptionally difficult to maintain (you will not be able to change it by simply editing a text file) and it is also bad for your SEO. Search engines simply cannot crawl flash files and this is bound to lead to a knock in rankings. Instead, build animated navigation menus with JavaScript for better results.   Image Sliders  Image sliders have become more and more popular over the years. Unfortunately, research has shown that they are actually responsible for a reduction in online conversions. This is mainly because they divide your visitor’s attention. People will only have a few seconds to think about a certain product because their attention will quickly be drawn to another one. This makes it less likely for them to make a positive buying decision. Also, eye tracking studies have shown that the human eye does not respond well to movement.   Fancy Page Dividers  This is a web design trend straight out of the 90s, but the reality is that there are still some websites out there that feature them. Think colourful horizontal bars used to break up text on a particularly content-heavy page. So not a good look. If you feel the need to break up your content, it may be a sign that you might need to add another web page instead.   Looking for a company specialising in web design and website development? WSI OMS is a digital marketing company with a difference. We also specialise in social media marketing, SEO and content marketing; we can help take your online game to new heights. Contact us today to find out more. Please follow and like...

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