How to Set – and Reach – Your Company’s Social Media Marketing Goals

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in Social Media Marketing |

According to statistics, social media claims 30% of all the time people spend online. For teens, make that nine hours a day. Which is why social media ad spending is expected to top $32 billion in 2019.  In short, if you want to reach your target prospects, you have to go where they are spending most of their time – which is on social media. But this requires an intentional strategy with clear, achievable and measurable goals. Here is how to set goals for a high-yielding social media marketing strategy: Establish a Starting Point There is a chance you are already on social media? But, that you have until now just been posting randomly without a strategy. To formulate a strategy with clear goals, there is a need to carry out a thorough social media audit.  Most social media sites have analytics tools from which you can pull data to measure both your historical and current performance. The audit will expose your least and best performing social channels, holes that need plugging, wins to build on and insights on what is achievable as well as what a feasible time frame will be. Define Your Objectives The audit you have just done, and a bit of competitor analysis, should show you what marketing opportunities there are on social media. Importantly, it will help you spell out what your immediate and long term goals should be. These could be to: Increase engagement on your target social channels,  Drive traffic to your website, Increase brand awareness, Generate new leads, or  To boost SEO. Know the Right Metrics to Track Goals must have timed targets. For example, to generate 100 leads per month. But to meet your targets you need a set of metrics to track and guide you. For your search engine optimisation strategy, these will likely be backlinks, SERPs rankings growth and traffic to your site. Social media metrics you can track include mentions, likes or shares/pins/retweets per post or per given time period. Remembering, too, that some are vanity metrics that aren’t worth tracking. You can look at this as breaking your goals down to shorter-term objectives and key results (OKRs). Use these to flag parts of your strategy to tweak for better results as well as to highlight high-performing posts and assets that you may boost to maximise benefit. Establish a Measuring and Reporting Framework Tracking specific metrics to keep your social media goals in focus is important. But so is clearly spelling out how to measure each campaign’s effectiveness, when to report progress and which tools to use. Weekly is a good frequency to measure and note campaign progress, with a strategy meeting at the end of the...

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How to Build a High-Converting Email Funnel

Posted by on Aug 17, 2019 in E-mail Marketing |

 Email funnels are essential to your digital marketing strategy. And, they can be among the most effective tools for converting your branding efforts into new sales and retaining clients.   What Is an Email Funnel and How Do You Build One? Put very simply, an email funnel is a chain of automated email messages designed to help you convert leads into clients, and clients into loyal supporters. There are plenty of email marketing platforms available, such as MailChimp or ConvertKit, and each will guide you through the set-up process – so we won’t discuss the technical side here. Instead, let’s focus on the content and sequencing of your mailers. As a guideline, consider the following five levels in your email funnel, through which your audience filters from the first contact to the brand advocate.  High-Level Branding The first stage is the initial communication with the client. You want to provide general brand awareness without pushing for a sale. Offer information about who you are, what you do and the value of your product. Keep it brief and general and, most importantly, do not push for a sale. Personalisation and Targeting The readers that make it through to this level want to know more about what your product can do for them, but still, aren’t quite ready to make a purchase. Accordingly, your communications at this point should provide specific information tailored to their interests. However, you still should not push for the sale. Closing If the prospect has come this far, he or she is more than likely ready to buy. Now you can take their interest and convert it into a sale. Try to pre-empt any questions they may have and insert call-to-action buttons in the mail that will take them to your site and help them complete the purchase. Retention So now you’ve made the sale but you want your clients to come back and buy more. You need content that nurtures your relationship with them, reminds them of the value of your products and fosters a sense of loyalty. Secondary Marketing You can turn your customers into secondary brand marketers by delivering consistent value, offering recommendations, specials, discounts and incentives, and inviting them to write reviews. This deepens your customers’ relationship with you and gives them the platform and the motivation to get the word out, starting the cycle anew. Need help with your email marketing? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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These Digital Marketing Ideas for Dentists Will Give You a Reason to Smile!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Digital Media Marketing |

Digital marketing for your dental practice is critical for your practice to survive and thrive in 2019. The longer you wait to implement your internet marketing strategies, the harder it will get for you to survive over your competitors in the industry. When people look for a dentist, they either go online and search for a dentist in their area, or they ask for referrals from family and friends. If your dental practice doesn’t show up online, it doesn’t exist. People don’t typically associate dental visits with having a good time. In fact, many people associate visiting a dentist with anxiety, pain and stress. A good online presence can help alleviate any anxiety that a new patient may have about choosing your dental practice. Here are a few ideas that you can use to attract patients to your practice: Use Google’s Keyword Planner This tool will help you learn what keywords and phrases your potential patients use when searching for your services online. This can help you create effective marketing campaigns using the terms and phrases your potential patients use. If you want to increase the number of patients that contact you about veneers, for example, you can use Google’s keyword planner to see what people are searching for and how many people in your local area are typing these terms into Google. YouTube YouTube happens to be the second largest search engine. Using this platform to post videos will not only boost your credibility with new patients, but it will also increase the chances of your dental practice ranking in Google’s search results. Instagram What better way to show off your cosmetic results than on Instagram? Set up an Instagram campaign to show before and after photos online. Be sure to ask patients for permission to share photos. Need help with your digital marketing, website design or SEO? Then contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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Should Your Business Have a Christmas in July Marketing Campaign?

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Digital Media Marketing |

If you own a travel company, an ice cream parlour or an air-conditioning company in the Northern hemisphere, then you are probably expecting a spike in spending at your business over July. Most business owners, however, expect a lull in sales halfway through the year. Promotions Matter It’s no secret that consumers are more likely to spend money if they feel that they are getting a good deal. A great Christmas in July offer can help convince a potential customer who was on the fence about spending money with you to take the plunge and place the order. New content and specials can help you continue to drive engagement even when few people are buying. Here are a few things to consider: Important Days Plan your calendar around important days such as the summer/winter solstice and Independence Day (in the U.S.). Cleverly themed marketing messages punting discounts, loyalty points, buy-one-get-one-free deals, free delivery or anything else that appeals to your target audience can drive up sales. VIP Deals A great way to reward your loyal customers is to make them feel special. Consider VIP deals for the 5 to 10% of your customers that buy the most from you. You don’t have to necessarily make the promotion a discount. Early access to new product ranges can be enough of a reward for some of your regular customers. Other Concepts and Ideas You could consider offering different Christmas in July specials throughout the month, such as flash sale discounts, sweepstakes and contests, bundle coupons for purchases that will be made in the future or a % off of the final price if a certain amount is spent. Need help with your Christmas in July digital marketing campaign? Then contact WSI OMS for social media marketing, website design, and SEO services today. 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 |

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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