5 Common PPC mistakes to avoid in your business

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in PPC |

If you want to benefit from pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, you need to have clarity and intent when integrating it as a digital marketing tool. The most challenging aspect of PPC advertising is that it is by no means an exact science. There is a lot of experimenting involved in getting the correct formula for your business and budget. The rewards, however, can be substantial with Google reporting up to double revenue for the budget spent in some cases. Let’s take a closer look. 5 mistakes to avoid to fast-track success in PPC advertising  If you’re set on success in PPC advertising, here are the most common mistakes that business owners tend to make (and suggestions to help you fix them). 1. Neglecting the data  Before making any hard and fast decisions about how your campaign is doing, and which ads and keywords to target, carefully analyse all the available data. You may find that you are doing well overall, with plenty of clicks and conversions, and so you might decide to keep your current spread of ads as it is. However, parts of your campaign may be working well, while others are not working at all. One or two of your ads may be carrying your entire campaign. Analysing the data allows you to shift your strategy and spending to maximise your results. 2. Avoiding negative keywords Many marketers either forget, neglect, or choose to ignore negative keywords. This can be a big mistake. While it may seem counterintuitive to target keywords that are meant to keep people away from your website, it is actually one of the best ways to establish your niche and make sure that you attract only visitors who are most likely to become paying clients. You would be doing both yourself and internet users a favour by establishing these limits at the very beginning. Yes, negative keywords will lead to less traffic, but they will eliminate only the non-converting visitors and ensure that you get the right traffic. 3. Forgetting about ad extensions  Ad extensions can increase your click-through-rate by 10-20% – and they don’t cost any extra – yet many people forget to include them in their campaigns. Ad extensions can increase your ad’s reach, they can provide better value for money, and they offer more ways to reach you while increasing your online visibility. They may include contact details, site links, invitations to download an app (if you have one) or testimonials from your customers, among other things. Be sure to include as many of them as you can. 4. Not bidding on your own brand’s keywords  You should always run at least one campaign that is dedicated to your own brand...

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LinkedIn on marketing in the time of COVID-19

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing, LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

LinkedIn recently published an incredibly helpful guide for the marketing industry. It aims to help businesses to create growth in this challenging time and prove their ROI from marketing spend. There are six key areas in the guide, and each area contains strategies, tips and information that could help your business get on track post-COVID-19. This post will focus on the first three areas, so be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss part 2.  LinkedIn’s key steps to showing the impact of your marketing activities: Part 1  1. Understand the role of marketing in the organisation  Marketing covers a range of aspects within the organisation. As a business owner, you need to be well versed on the role that marketing plays and the impact it can make in building the brand, creating a strategic plan, and managing change in the organisation as well as the media and message planning that needs to be undertaken in the business. The LinkedIn guide has a run-down of each of these aspects that were just mentioned. If you want to learn more about activities you should be paying attention to (such as creating human connections through your brand) and potential pitfalls you need to be aware of (such as restructuring without losing key employees in your department), it would be a good exercise to work through the guide. It will help you to understand how to use data for brand building and strategic planning. There are actionable tips for the immediate changes you can implement to protect your business, and explains how to apply the latest media findings to tailor your media strategy for the current circumstances.  Understanding the current market situation (through the findings mentioned in the guide) can help you to pivot your digital strategy to be more effective, especially if you have been neglecting your strategy recently.  2. Assess your business position If you’re creating a strategy for the way forward, you need to be fully informed about the current state of the business before heading off in a specific direction. Whether your budget has been eliminated, reduced or maintained, there are steps you should be taking to move your marketing activities forward as best possible.  The guide has recommendations based on each of these scenarios (eliminated, reduced or maintained budgets) that will help you to aim your post-COVID-19 planning in the right direction for your organisation. The recommendations are aimed at understanding how to strengthen your organic strategy by posting organic content consistently; how to follow best practices for paid campaigns (especially in lead-building) and how to effectively create new brand campaigns if your budget has not shrunk over the last few months.  Implementing drastic changes...

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Influencer marketing for baby boomers

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Content Marketing, Digital Media Marketing |

The idea that influencer marketing only works on the younger generation is being disproved, with baby boomers increasingly becoming more of a target. The perception that social media marketing should be aimed exclusively at young people is one that has been challenged, particularly given that Americans over 55 contribute 41.6% of consumer spending.   Influencer marketing during a pandemic  The COVID-19 pandemic has forced those in the digital marketing space to reassess their strategies, given the changes to our daily routines and ways of engaging with brands. People are using more data at home and 80% of consumers in the U.S. and UK say they consume more content than they did before the pandemic. Baby boomers had embraced social media before the pandemic; since 2012 there has been a 17% increase in the number of baby boomers who use Facebook and a 43% increase in the number who own smartphones. Those that have them are on their smartphones five hours a day, which is almost as much as millenials. Given that the older generation is more vulnerable to COVID-19, their resulting isolation has also caused certain changes in their behaviour online. More baby boomers are using online shopping or communication tools such as Zoom or Facetime to stay in touch with loved ones. This means that brands have a unique opportunity to reach this generation, which has more money and time on their hands than younger people, through strategic content marketing. A great way to achieve this is through influencer marketing, although the selection of the right influencer is key. The right ambassador with the right message which resonates with either the baby boomer generation or their children has the potential to reap major digital marketing rewards given the resources at their disposal and increased time spent engaging with technology. Contact WSI for more insights into how influencer marketing for baby boomers can help your brand grow. Please follow and like...

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Tips to use PPC in an inbound marketing campaign

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in PPC |

Pay per click advertising should form part of any inbound marketing strategy to maximise the reach of the content being promoted. The two should work together to complement and enhance one another. Once pay per click and inbound marketing strategies are pushing in the same direction with the same goals, your business will reap significant rewards. Aligning PPC and inbound marketing  While it is common to think of pay per click advertising and inbound marketing as separate strategies, the two can complement one another if used correctly. Paid advertising increases the prominence of your content and sends more people to your website where they can engage further with your inbound marketing content. In order to run an effective pay per click advertising campaign, you should know who you are targeting, which keywords you would like to focus on and make use of data from testing and analytics to back those decisions up. Rather than running general ads promoting your brand visibility in a pay per click campaign, use it to promote your strongest content instead, so that consumers are more likely to engage with it. This works best on social media where people are looking for interesting content rather than just information. Paid adverts have been proven to work even once the customer knows what they are looking for, as long as the content is linked directly to a commercial opportunity. Make sure that your pay per click landing page is aligned to the content of the advert. Any good digital marketing strategy should look to integrate pay per click and inbound marketing devices to make the most of the money you are investing in paid advertising and the organic SEO content you are creating to represent your brand. Get in touch with WSI OMS today to get more insights into how to integrate PPC with your inbound marketing strategy. Please follow and like...

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What You Need To Know About Using LinkedIn for Marketing

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

As a social media marketing platform, LinkedIn is not necessarily the first to come to mind. It has a reputation (unfairly assigned) as a tad stuffy and conservative. However, LinkedIn marketing is a powerful means of driving awareness of your brand and increasing your revenue precisely because the content on LinkedIn is more professional and industry-related. When it comes to digital marketing, 80% of B2B leads come from LinkedIn. LinkedIn’s Seven Marketing Opportunities  Whether your goal is to increase your brand awareness or to generate fruitful leads, there is a range of features built into LinkedIn to drive these results. Pages– Engage with prospects and existing customers using text, links, videos, and images relating to company news, blogs and vlogs, industry news, research, case studies, etc.  For every promotional-type post, you should share four pieces of relevant content. SlideShare– Presentations such as webinars, product how-tos and tips, and infographics can be shared with over 70 million monthly unique visitors to SlideShare. Link your SlideShare presentations to your website to create credible inbound links. Groups– Network and boost your standing as a thought leader in your industry by contributing to conversations in Groups.  Publishing– Stand out as a trustworthy source in your field by publishing your expertise, experiences, and lessons learned as well as pieces on industry trends. Publishing is available in 20 languages! Sponsored Content and Direct Sponsored Content– While both types of ads may be a single image, carousel, or video formats which appear in the feed of targeted LinkedIn members, Sponsored Content Created is visible on your organization’s LinkedIn Page or Showcase Page; and Direct Sponsored Content is not. Sponsored InMail– Used to send personalised content marketingmaterial to your target audiences via LinkedIn Messenger. Text Ads– These ads appear on the right-hand side or top of the LinkedIn desktop feed and are charged as PPC (pay per click) or CPM (cost per impression). WSI  Contact WSI OMS for more information on how to use LinkedIn in your networking and marketing campaigns. Please follow and like...

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