6 Social Media Marketing Tactics for Limited Budgets

Posted by on Jan 27, 2020 in Social Media Marketing | Comments Off on 6 Social Media Marketing Tactics for Limited Budgets

6 Social Media Marketing Tactics for Limited Budgets

Are you using social media marketing to boost customer engagement and to increase sales? That it comes with its own costs is no secret. Facebook Advertising for one is a powerful social media marketing channel that has high conversion rates but isn’t free to use. If you have a limited budget but would still want to tap into social media’s considerable marketing potential, here are six of our most reliable tactics that are also easy on the pocket: Don’t Be the Only Business that’s Not Using Chatbot Chatbots are fast becoming ubiquitous in social media marketing and customer support. Thousands of chatbots are active on Facebook Messenger, with more being added all the time. What’s more, users are increasingly willing to engage with them.  The chatbot technology is more responsive than ever, meaning you can create sophisticated algorithms to drive chatbots that will talk to your customers as if you are personally dealing with each question. You never miss an inquiry, all customers are answered and happy, and your staff can focus on tasks that really need their direct attention. Optimise Your Targeting and Posting Schedules to Get More Out of Your Video Marketing Everyone is doing their best to make video marketing work. However, you need to remember that social media users are bombarded with video content all day long, everything from ads to cat videos. You can’t compete by throwing your carefully created visual media into the “general population” of the social media world. Forget about going viral. Use keywords, good quality and clever timing to hit the right audience. Use Facebook Custom Audience for Precise Targeting Facebook’s Custom Audience feature is something you should absolutely be using by now. If you aren’t yet, then look into it right away! It is the best way to make your PPC spending worthwhile because it enables you to target your advertising specifically at those people most likely to convert their clicks into sales.  Say, for instance, you put out an ad that receives a high number of clicks from women aged between 20 and 25. The response from this group is huge but, unfortunately, few of those clicks (each of which you’re paying for, by the way) have been converted into sales. You find instead that men aged between 30 and 35, although fewer of them click, render many more conversions. With Facebook Custom Audience, you can then eliminate the non-converting group and target the converting group alone, maximising your spending and making more sales. Invest in Short-Lived Content That Drives Immediate Engagement Many social marketers have scratched their heads wondering how to make content that lasts on platforms where each post only has a lifespan of a few minutes. The approach now is to go the other way. Nobody is going to scroll back through their feed or search to find a story you posted yesterday. So, why not rather create content that appears, makes a strong impression and then expires. This will generate engagement and drive users to your website if they want more information. Fleeting, yet tantalising content is the way to go. Voice Search Is on a rapid Rise. Take Advantage! The ascent of voice search means that you should start shifting your content mix on social media towards a higher proportion of audio and...

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How to Turn Your Website in to a Lead Generation Machine

Posted by on Jan 26, 2020 in Website Design | Comments Off on How to Turn Your Website in to a Lead Generation Machine

How to Turn Your Website in to a Lead Generation Machine

The rise of digital media, including websites and apps, has led to plummeting viewership and listenership figures for television and radio. Convincing advertisers to place adverts is getting harder for these long-living advertising platforms with each day that passes. No wonder that many media houses are rushing to set up streaming services. Yes, websites are where the majority of marketing is now taking place. But, because websites are in comparison to radio and TV far cheaper to set up, there is fierce competition for the attention of consumers. All the more reason to invest resources and continual efforts in web design and search engine optimization, two of the most effective ways of attracting traffic and keeping it on your site. Master the Basics  The basics include: Being crystal clear on exactly who your market is. If you don’t know your target audience, you won’t communicate the right message to them. If you can’t communicate the right message, your traffic-gaining tactics will fail. Research your competitors and highlight how you stand out – product, service, distribution, relationships, reputation, price, image, etc. The strategic use of social media to get more website traffic. Don’t open an account on every social media platform and go crazy posting, tweeting and hash-tagging until you up your traffic. Use your target audience research to share relevant content on appropriate sites. Design Your Website for Engagement and Ease of Use  Once you have the above in place, the experience your visitors have on your website is key. What do internet users want? The next best thing! Because of the myriad of available choices, consumers have become fickle. So, keep your website design fresh, evolving and exciting to visit.  Share-worthy visuals and engaging videos are the fastest growing aspect of digital marketing. Optimise them to boost your SEO. Use them to draw and keep users on your site. Encourage sharing with a clear call to action. In tandem with professional visuals, test your website’s page load time with Google’s free tool. Why? Because search engines penalise slow pages, especially as searches via mobile devices increases. Make it easy to access your website on-the-go with a mobile-first responsive design.  Boost Your Chances of Ranking in Google By Investing in Good Quality Content  As a small to medium-sized businesses, it is unlikely that you will rank on the first page of Google for a broad term associated with your offering. One way to increase organic traffic is to produce blog content that is jam-packed with incredible value. Snippets of this can be shared through an email campaign, with a call to action to read the entire article on your website. Seek Professional Guidance  If you have read this far, it’s a good guess that you are interested in using digital marketing to promote your business and products. As a top web design, SEO and digital marketing agency, WSI OMS has the chops to design a fresh looking website that attracts the right traffic and develop content that engages and converts visitors. Contact us for a free...

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Instagram Checkout: What it Is and How to Use It

Posted by on Jan 23, 2020 in Instagram, Social Media Marketing | Comments Off on Instagram Checkout: What it Is and How to Use It

Instagram Checkout: What it Is and How to Use It

Instagram’s introduction of its Checkout feature added a new tool that online retailers can use to monetise their hordes of followers on the popular social platform. If you’ve yet to put the feature to use, this blog is a gentle introduction to its range of benefits. Enables Consumers to Complete Purchases Without Leaving the App Checkout on Instagram enables consumers to complete purchases in the app, without having to be redirected to the seller’s website. This would promote Instagram from a social media platform to a centralised online marketplace where an unlimited number of brands can make sales quickly and easily – on the spot.  When a user taps to view a product that interests them, the “Checkout on Instagram” button comes up, and they can complete the transaction right there if they choose. Not only will payment take place within Instagram, but also after-sales services such as tracking of orders. First-time users will have to enter billing and delivery information, much as they would on any other shopping site. These details are then saved for later use, regardless of the number and variety of sellers they buy from. Lower Traffic to Your Site Is Offset By Quicker Conversions This may present both good and bad possibilities for you as an online business operator. On the one hand, it could mean a reduction in traffic going through to your website from Instagram. But, on the other hand, it would make for quicker conversions – and thus possibly even an increase in conversions over time. It cuts out all intermediate steps, meaning you get a more immediate sale.  According to Instagram’s stats, 60% of users discover new products on the platform, making it a very useful promotional method. It now goes one step further, because it not only promotes the product, it can close the sale too. The service is currently in closed beta testing, rolled out to a select few brands earmarked by Instagram. Once it rolls out of beta in general use, it is not certain what the cost of the service will be to retailers. But, it seems likely to be worth the expense. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.  Thinking of adding Instagram to your suite of social media marketing platforms? The platform’s new Checkout feature, which is still in beta, is one of many features that appeal to online marketers. Contact WSI OMS today to learn how you can put Instagram’s powerful marketing features to...

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Discover Digital Marketing’s Powerful Green Credentials

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in SEO, Website Design | Comments Off on Discover Digital Marketing’s Powerful Green Credentials

Discover Digital Marketing’s Powerful Green Credentials

Despite their considerable promotional power, printed marketing materials like posters, leaflets and magazines are some of the world’s top pollutants. If you are a business that values the health of the environment, you should be thrilled that digital marketing presents a far greener way to promote your business. It will take more green-conscious businesses like yours as well as education for the rest to move the needle towards a truly green future. To paint a picture of why a full migration away from printed marketing materials to digital marketing platforms needs to be expedited, we share facts and statistics on the advertising industry’s impact on the environment below.  According to the Green Press Initiative, the paper and pulp industry is the fourth largest contributor to greenhouse gases in the United States. The World Counts environmental statistics and advocacy project says that, as things currently stand, the demand for paper (which businesses contribute towards massively with their advertising campaigns) is expected to double by 2030. It also estimates that Americans waste enough paper in a single year to build a 12-foot wall extending from New York to California. Paper is not the only costly resource in traditional advertising. Billboards, for example, incur a host of other environmental costs, such as the materials used to build them and the power required to light them up. This is not to mention the other major cost in print advertising, namely ink and cartridges. According to The Energy Collective, a factory that produces ink cartridges emits as much CO2 as 500 average North American homes. These are pretty good reasons not to take out that full-page ad you’ve been contemplating and to stop the presses on those flyers you’ve been handing out for years. If you need any more convincing, it helps that digital is not only greener, but also cheaper. Furthermore, it has reliable metrics for measuring ROI, which print could simply never have. What we have discussed above are compelling reasons why marketers must reconsider their dependence on paper for their advertising materials. Thanks to digital media, there are now far greener ways to promote your products and business.  WSI OMS is the perfect partner to manage your migration to a paperless marketing strategy and help you make a positive contribution to the health of the environment. Contact us today to discuss ways to craft a winning digital marketing strategy for your...

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How to Write Impactful Email Marketing Campaigns

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in E-mail Marketing | Comments Off on How to Write Impactful Email Marketing Campaigns

How to Write Impactful Email Marketing Campaigns

Want to learn how to write a high-impact promotional email and improve your email marketing strategy? We’ve put together a guide that will not only help you formulate your message more clearly, but that will also convert subscribers into loyal, paying customers. Tips to Improve Your Email Marketing: Grab Their Attention from the Start Your subject line and preview copy need to stand out and make your reader want to open the email and see what you’ve got in store. Keep in mind that you are competing for attention in a mailbox crammed full of promo emails. So, take your time to carefully formulate these two sections. In need of inspiration?  Look around for catchy email subject lines and create your own content from those examples.  Know Your Audience If you want to have your reader’s eyes glued to your email, you’ll need to know what makes them tick and how you can solve their problems for them. Research your audience and pinpoint what the struggle with, then offer them the solution from the get-go. Adding value is a certain way of getting casual readers converted into paying customers. The other side of knowing your audience is to understand what will make them click the trash button on your email. By avoiding spammy behaviour, copy that sounds unnatural as well as ‘salesy’ and other triggers, you’ll see a higher conversion rate from your email marketing efforts.  Paint a Picture Colours, literary devices, buttons and designs can help you communicate your message clearly and concisely. Email content should be limited to only a few paragraphs, so make good use of the space you have by introducing visual aspects combined with the right copy to pack a powerful punch in your email. Don’t go overboard with visual aspects though! The idea is to be memorable, not overstimulating. Emotive words, good design elements and a strong call to action will help you to communicate your message in an impactful but tasteful way. Set a Goal and Be Laser Focused Each email you send out needs to have a specific goal in mind. In addition, it must be finely tuned to reach the target audience. There’s a world of difference between an email you’ll send to a new customer and the one you’ll send to a repeat customer, so don’t get those wires crossed. If you are not clear on your goal, your copy will be all over the place, and you’ll confuse your reader who will merrily run over to your competitors with clearly formulated messaging. Get a Little Personal It is becoming more and more important to show a little personality when trying to stand out from the myriad of competitors in your field. If readers feel like they can relate to you and make a personal connection, they will reward you with their loyalty. This personal connection also extends to treating readers as individuals with desires and needs. Personalising content for different segments of your audience can help to convince even some of the toughest readers to spend their hard-earned money with you. Seal the Deal with a Strong CTA Your entire carefully-crafted promotional email can amount to nothing if you don’t have an intriguing call to action that will get readers to convert to paying clients. You need to...

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Why EAT Factors Matter in Digital Marketing

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing | Comments Off on Why EAT Factors Matter in Digital Marketing

Why EAT Factors Matter in Digital Marketing

Digital marketing can be as easy as ABC or, in reality, as easy as EAT. EAT stands for expertise, authority and trust, and these are the top three factors used by search engines like Google to rank your website. Here’s a look at what EAT represents as well as why it matters for your digital marketing strategy at large.  Why EAT Matters for Your Digital Marketing Strategy and How to Improve Your EAT Factors: In 2018, Google released a broad core algorithm update (dubbed the Medic Algorithm Update), which affected the search engine results page (SERP) rankings for both local and organic searches. While there was no specific mention of context for the update or what the update was for, the online community soon theorised that this update was focused on ranking websites according to the quality of their content based on EAT measurements.  As a service provider, Google’s main aim is to provide excellent search results for its users. From this perspective, it makes sense that Google (and other search engines) would reward sites that make it easy to provide relevant, updated and trustworthy information to their users.  This is where EAT factors come in. Google uses expertise, authority and trust as measurements to determine how high to rank your website in search results to give its users the best possible information. EAT factors are especially important when looking at YMYL (your money, your life) sites, which are sites that provide information to users that can affect their health, wealth, happiness or financial stability. EAT matters to your digital marketing strategy because you want to rank highly on the SERP so all your potential clients can find and support you – instead of your competition. How to improve your EAT factors: Create high-quality, relevant and reliable content by doing proper research, collaborating with established writers, referencing sources and editing your content to be accurate and up to date. Establish your authority by displaying the credentials of your writers and by linking them to their professional networking pages (such as LinkedIn). You can also display your business or site’s awards and memberships.  Research topics that your audience will benefit from and publish your findings for the larger community to access and benefit from. Create content that your audience will find truly useful. Use SSL for your website Make it easy for clients to get in touch with a staff member who can answer their queries or assist them with issues they might experience.  These tips will help you to improve the value offering you present to your clients. It will also help to support your SEO best practices as well as the quality service you already offer to your clients to improve the results from your digital marketing strategy. For support on digital marketing activities, which include social media marketing, content marketing and SEO, contact WSI OMS...

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Email Marketing: Avoid the Spam Folder, Boost Conversions

Posted by on Jan 18, 2020 in E-mail Marketing | Comments Off on Email Marketing: Avoid the Spam Folder, Boost Conversions

Email Marketing: Avoid the Spam Folder, Boost Conversions

Email marketing has consistently outperformed every new marketing channel that’s come out. And every marketer knows how reliable email is as a marketing tool – if you can avoid landing in the dreaded spam folder. Below we share tips on how to avoid the spam folder, boost engagement and reduce your bounce rates. Use Double Opt-Ins to Ensure the People Subscribing to Your Mailing List Wants to Be There The worst thing you can do is send emails to people who don’t want to hear from you. The best way to avoid this is to get a double opt-in. This is how to go about it: Firstly, only send emails to people who have signed up for it on the form on your website.  Then, once you have sent your first email, send a follow-up or include a link in your email asking recipients to confirm that they do indeed want to hear from you.  This will not only keep you off the blacklists, but will also ensure that you’re reaching a receptive audience. Update Spam Filters Regularly While Avoiding Spammy Language in Your Messaging Spam filters are there to root out emails that look like spam. This means you need to make sure that your mails are free of all the red flags that will trigger the filters. You can’t simply trust that this is an intuitive process; nor is it a set of one-time-only checks. Spam tactics change all the time, so spam filters need to be constantly updated accordingly. You can use tools such as mail-tester.com to test your emails and ensure that they are cleared for the Inbox. Shun the Practice of Buying Mailing Lists We would hope that no-one does this any more! But, there are still those who do. It’s a waste of time to buy email lists or acquire them in any other way. You may think you’re gaining access to a massive market. However, this is not how it works out in reality. Sending to any recipients that didn’t ask you to is a sure way to land in the spam folder, get bounced and blacklisted. Emails Thin on Text Content Normally Get Filtered As Spam. Avoid Them! Spam filters hate emails that are image-heavy, especially if there is a corresponding lack of text. Focus on your copy and keep the images to a minimum, choosing one or two strong ones that support the text. For the brands that use it responsibly, email is a marketing channel that keeps on giving. Contact WSI OMS today to learn how we can help you design high-converting email marketing...

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Shape Your B2B Marketing for Success in Just 3 Steps

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing | Comments Off on Shape Your B2B Marketing for Success in Just 3 Steps

Shape Your B2B Marketing for Success in Just 3 Steps

B2B marketing for small businesses isn’t without its own challenges. But, it is also a fair assumption that you chose a business-to-business model for its apparent advantages over a business-to-consumer model. B2B marketing targets a narrower and more clearly distinguishable market whose needs should be fairly easy to meet. The competition is also limited to far less competition than B2C firms have to deal with. But, however small the field of players you’re up against, you still have a marketing job to do. To help focus your marketing efforts, below we suggest three steps to take: Develop an Intimate Knowledge of Your Target Market How well do you really understand the potential clients you are addressing? No matter how well you think you know them, get even better acquainted. Study them, the language they speak, the platforms they frequent, in short, everything about them. Even if you serve a large industry, your market is still quite small compared to companies that target consumers. That only makes it easier for you to understand your audience inside and out. Once you’ve done your research, you will not only know how to address them, but also where. Show How Your Product Benefits Your Target Customers Look at your audience and your product. What is the connection between them? What will the one do for the other? You now know how to reach your audience and how to address them, so now you just have to relate your product to them. Here’s where your marketing creativity kicks in as you tell them via their preferred platforms (the appropriate social media sites, and the like) why they need your product. And, remember to open the channels they need to acquire it. Use Data from Your Online Marketing Efforts to Refine Your Offers This is probably the most important step. Make good use of your analytical tools. Count your clicks and conversions. And, either keep doing what you’re doing or change it as necessary. Keep a constant watch on your data. And, adjust your approach as you go. This forms a feedback loop that will maintain and strengthen your marketing efforts. B2B marketing plays to a different set of rules for B2C marketing. Though it targets a narrower market, it demands an intentional marketing strategy that focuses on the unique psychology of organisational buyers. Contact WSI OMS today and learn how you can leverage our experience and superior expertise to develop your own winning B2B marketing...

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Get Targeted, Qualified Traffic with Long Tail Keywords

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in SEO | Comments Off on Get Targeted, Qualified Traffic with Long Tail Keywords

Get Targeted, Qualified Traffic with Long Tail Keywords

The primary goal for people providing SEO services has for a long time been to target and rank for head or short tail keywords, presumably for the large traffic volumes they attract. But, because they are so coveted, everyone else, including the big brands target them. And with such fierce competition, these keywords are almost impossible to rank for if you’re a small business with a limited budget. For this and other reasons we will discuss, long tail keywords represent a goldmine of an opportunity. Long Tail Keywords Are More Specific and Bring Qualified Traffic  Long tail keywords enable you to tailor search items specific to your business, as opposed to those that would be common across your industry. For example, say you have a business that sells gourmet doughnuts. If you use a keyword like “doughnuts,” you are unlikely to get anywhere near the top of a search result list.  However, if you focus on a speciality, say “air-fried doughnuts” or “Banting doughnuts” or “custard-filled doughnuts in Cape Town,” you have now not only created a long tail keyword, but you have also placed yourself into a far narrower search bracket. The word “doughnut” may have a search volume numbering in the millions, while any of the others may be searched less than 100 times in the same period. By using these keywords, you push yourself above your competitors in the rankings. Long Tail Keywords Are a Powerful Differentiation Tool that Improves Your Marketing  Long tail keywords essentially come down to the principle of focusing on your unique selling point (USP), an old idea in marketing. The concept of the long tail keyword takes the USP into the digital realm, enabling not only powerful differentiation, but also competitive marketing. It requires you to think deeper about your business and refine your offerings, an effort that is sure to be rewarded with higher search engine rankings. WSI OMS specialises in creating SEO campaigns that pull in the right, qualified traffic for your business. We will help you optimise your SEO campaign around your business’ marketing goals. Contact us today for a free consultation. The primary goal for people providing SEO services has for a long time been to target and rank for head or short tail keywords, presumably for the large traffic volumes they attract. But, because they are so coveted, everyone else, including the big brands target them. And with such fierce competition, these keywords are almost impossible to rank for if you’re a small business with a limited budget. For this and other reasons we will discuss, long tail keywords represent a goldmine of an opportunity. Long Tail Keywords Are More Specific and Bring Qualified Traffic  Long tail keywords enable you to tailor search items specific to your business, as opposed to those that would be common across your industry. For example, say you have a business that sells gourmet doughnuts. If you use a keyword like “doughnuts,” you are unlikely to get anywhere near the top of a search result list.  However, if you focus on a speciality, say “air-fried doughnuts” or “Banting doughnuts” or “custard-filled doughnuts in Cape Town,” you have now not only created a long tail keyword, but you have also placed yourself into a far narrower search bracket. The word “doughnut” may...

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How to Use Facebook Ads to Boost Your E-Commerce Sales

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Website Design | Comments Off on How to Use Facebook Ads to Boost Your E-Commerce Sales

How to Use Facebook Ads to Boost Your E-Commerce Sales

Facebook ads are an effective marketing tool for e-commerce brands that know how to use them. Facebook is a giant social network where millions of potential customers spend hours every day. As such, Facebook ads present an opportunity to reach your target customers where you know they are sure to hang out. Here are four ways you can use this hardworking social media marketing to promote your e-commerce business. Continually Boost Awareness Around Your Brand Facebook is a very powerful tool for building an identity, and creating an identity is the foundation of your business. Aside from any other strategies you use in your Facebook marketing, you should be using the platform to develop and improve that identity.  Incorporate your branding into all social media content, whether direct ads or other posts. In the build-up to the sale, associate your brand with events, people, causes and products that are most likely to draw the right audience. By the time the sale starts, you will have more loyal followers and, thus, more potential sales. Target People Who Have Previously Shown a Willingness to Buy Facebook is a perfect place to retarget the customers you have already gained, but who have not yet completed purchases. You can offer special deals to users who visited your site but never subscribed, or who placed items in their shopping cart and never checked out. Target their Facebook feeds with special offers designed to bring them back. Get More From Your Marketing Dollars by Promoting More Products with the Same Ad Multiple-product ads can be extremely successful. There are indications that they are efficient and more attractive to customers. The more products they can see, the more reason they have to click. Get Creative and Tell Brand Stories as a Soft-Selling Tactic Instead of posting an ad that specifically tries to sell a product or products, create ads that lead towards a sale via a more indirect route. This may sound contradictory, but remember that Facebook users see advertising everywhere – and mostly manage to tune it out.  So, instead of just putting your product in front of them, draw attention to something that is connected obliquely to your brand, perhaps an event in which your products will feature in some way. This creates interest in your brand in a gentler, more ‘soft sell’ way, which is likely to not only be very refreshing for your audience, but also to make more of an impression on them. At WSI OMS, we are specialists in creating and running high-converting social media marketing campaigns. We would like to help you use Facebook ads to boost your brand image and to increase your e-commerce sales. Contact us...

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