How to Use LinkedIn for Social Media Marketing

Posted by on Oct 24, 2020 in LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

How do you get your social media marketing to work for you on LinkedIn in 2020? Times are uncertain across the world at the moment and LinkedIn has recently published a guide on how to reassess your business’s digital marketing strategy in the midst of Covid-19. The greatest concern marketers are facing at the moment, has been found to be budget cuts. So, let’s look at an optimised inbound marketing strategy that will decrease your spend and allow you to  take advantage of connecting with the estimated 700 million users on LinkedIn. LinkedIn social media marketing strategy in 2020  Post visually appealing content As with any marketing strategy, rich content is a distinguishing factor. But good visuals become great visuals when there is useful and engaging information attached to it. (Also, LinkedIn says that visual content can increase comments by up to 98%). Optimise your page  Ensure your LinkedIn has all of your details and that it reflects your brand story. Impress people who are visiting your page. Don’t disregard the LinkedIn “search” feature Apply filters in the advanced search section to find specific influential people or companies to target in your marketing Engage in LinkedIn Groups This is an opportunity to interact with others in your sector and to get onto the radar of your target audience. Think about what other professionals might be interested in reading or hearing from you, and post relevant content. Be sure to participate in discussions and to be interactive. Time your posts wisely Just as with other social media platforms, LinkedIn also has suggested times for peak performance of your posts.  If social media marketing budget cuts are not a concern  LinkedIn Ads Look at sponsored content, sponsored InMail, or Text Ads. Sponsored content could be a good way to capitalise on content that is already performing well. The sponsored InMail option delivers your ad directly to your targeted audience’s inbox, resembling a message. Text Ads are more traditional, appearing to the side of a user’s news feed. Lastly, if you have a company page and you’re one of the admins, remember to take advantage of LinkedIn Analytics. Here you can assess your page performance and keep track of post metrics to see what content is resonating with your audience.  Need help with your social media marketing strategy? WSI OMS is the perfect digital marketing agency for you! For more information, contact us today. Please follow and like...

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Why You Need To Start Using Pillar Content Marketing Strategies

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in Content Marketing |

The way we search for things on search engines like Google has changed and seemingly, the world of content marketing has changed too. We ask our machines human questions and we expect a human reply. For example, it’s considered normal to ask your computer: “where should I go for dinner tonight?” and we expect our computer to reply to us in a people-friendly manner. This is the future of search and it will continue to evolve. This means we will have to adapt to the new world of digital marketing with human-like machines.  What Is Pillar Content?  Pillar content is substantive and informative content on a specific topic that can be broken into different sections. Guides and reports are good examples of pillar content. Pillar content needs a pillar page and cluster topics. Your pillar page unites all the topics that belong to your central theme. Topic clusters focus on narrow topics found on your pillar page. For example, your pillar page could discuss digital marketing and that same page contains a link to a cluster article that discusses email marketing as a digital marketing technique. Topic cluster content helps Google realise you’re an authority on a particular subject matter. Hence, the more you write about a single topic on your website, the higher Google will rank you for that topic. Pillar content can be thought of as an ebook with many hyperlinks. Why Should You Use Pillar Content? Google has become more people-friendly and this means your digital marketing strategy should also evolve. The way people search for things has evolved and people’s questions have grown more complex in nature. We’ve also gotten used to asking our search engines questions that are conversational – we speak to Google as if it’s a human. So it is no surprise that the way we think about content creation and the way we structure content needs to change. Pillar content also increases the level of organisation in your content – people can navigate easily through your website, blogs, infographics and videos – a legitimate SEO benefit. You can also include a download option at the top of your pillar content so that you can turn your visitors into leads. The information you gain from the visitor who chooses to download your content can be used for further content marketing. In addition, creating a comprehensive guide or infographic that is educational and useful will also sell the content itself. In order to do this, you need to identify your target audience and what they want to read about. You also need to consider what questions they will ask and what problem they are trying to solve. Pillar content can act as a...

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Tips for Local SEO in 2020

Posted by on Oct 18, 2020 in SEO |

During a pandemic, creating a community is important. Local SEO does just that. It connects people to what they want when they need it; with businesses like pharmacies that are open late at night and local restaurants that deliver food being some examples of what people are looking for during current times.  However, SEO is a concept that is constantly changing, both through the different ways people connect to resources, and how they go from curiously researching on their phones to ending up at a business’s virtual doorstep.  How does a business owner keep up with the constant change of SEO patterns? The State of Local SEO Industry Report 2020 is a great reference to start with. US software company Moz surveyed more than one thousand marketing professionals to get a clear understanding of local SEO, both before and during the pandemic. SEO insights and takeaways for 2020 COVID-19 is forcing companies to adapt to the change in how we interact with each other. Digital interaction/marketing and search engine optimization are steadily growing, but with organic assets/items thriving, businesses are in a position where they can get their goods and services to reach people through organic search. Here are some data-based tips for businesses owners to stay on top of this constantly evolving industry: Optimise for client interests and goals  Whether it’s potential customers checking out your business online or in person, optimising for customers is a must. Thanks to Google’s BERT algorithm update that upgraded the user experience and put the focus on search intent, it’s clear that customer engagement is more than using all of the right keywords in content and a Google My Business profile. Write content that addresses their specific issues and leads them to a solution. Keep your company accessible through multiple channels, and keep consistent with content along with your brand voice as it leads to trust from your audience and creates potential clients.  Employ a diverse team of experts Management of SEO requires the right people with the right expertise, including web developers, content writers, PPC advertisers and marketing staff. A successful local SEO campaign needs a joint effort from all parties which bring their own set of skills to the table. You also don’t need a team full of SEO professionals; just a team full of diverse creative minds that will create a melting pot of fresh ideas.  Keep offline marketing strategies in mind  Although digital marketing is a major player in marketing now, offline marketing still plays a role. A study by Quantcast found that 39% of global direct brand marketers think that offline campaigns are vital for their overall marketing efforts. Do your research into how people interact with...

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Three Types of Social Media Marketing You Shouldn’t Ignore

Posted by on Oct 13, 2020 in Social Media Marketing |

As part of your social media marketing strategy, you should include paid social media, dark social media, and influencer marketing. Here’s why: Paid Social Media Marketing  Social media marketing has progressed to a point where sharing the odd post – no matter how well-crafted – with your followers and expecting them to do the rest is no longer effective. To target your ideal customer, nurture their buyer journey, and ultimately get them to purchase from your website, you need to take advantage of the fact that all social networks now offer post promotion. Not only does paid social media put your message in front of far more users, not using this tool actually puts you on the back foot. According to a 2018 survey, 92% of small businesses are increasing their investment in social media. Even though advertising on social media gives immediate visibility to your brand, don’t give in to the temptation to spend, spend, spend! From elementary user demographics to psychographics such as values and attitudes, interests and lifestyles, and personality, social media platforms have parameters to enhance your targeting. But first, you need to determine whether Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Instagram is the best fit for your ideal client. It’s all about utilizing the appropriate platform to target the right audience with engaging content. Facebook is by far the biggest of all the social networks with 2.41 billion monthly active users. An average Facebook user clicks on 11 ads per month. Their advertising costs vary depending on many factors like your industry, location, and objectives, but the average price for an advert decreased 4% in Q2 2019. Facebook is therefore a good place to start. Dark Social Traffic  Not to be confused with marketing on the dark web, dark social media refers to the sharing of your content without your knowledge. Although you cannot track the impact of dark social media with your regular analytics, more than 80% of sharing from marketing websites happens “invisibly”. If you think of it as a digital word of mouth, it makes sense that this is even more powerful amid COVID-19 social distancing, working from home, and digital communities. So how do you get in on this action? Make sure that you include buttons on all your output that encourages sharing through email, text message, or direct social messaging. Moreover, include a strong call to action to go to a landing page, read another post, or sign up to your email list. Having a prominent, respected trendsetter in your niche share your content in this intimate way will drive mass traffic. That’s where the next category comes in. Influencer Marketing  As consumers are bombarded with ever more marketing messages,...

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Why SEO is Important for Online Success

Posted by on Oct 7, 2020 in SEO |

It’s easy to say that SEO has the ability to distinguish your product or service. But it’s all about keeping your finger on the pulse to know all there is to know about the latest nuances and strategies that might give you the edge to get onto people’s radar. How do you improve your SEO? First things first, go and look at your competition to see what they’re doing. Now that you know what’s out there and what has ranked in the SERP – improve on it or create a fresh angle that might be more relevant. Also take time to put extra effort into your content design before you consider content marketing (nobody likes spending time on an ugly site or browsing content that isn’t visually appealing). Try to think of the search intent of a person who you want to come across your content – the closer the match between your content and their intent, the higher your rankings will be. A link building strategy will definitely benefit SEO, as you’ll be guaranteed to get extra hits on your content. You want to create high quality backlinks through your content marketing, which can be done through being a guest on a podcast or a guest blogger – get yourself associated with credible platforms. Roundups have become a valuable backlink for organic traffic, so search for roundups in your industry and pitch your content to see whether you can be included in one of these lists.  Do keep your site’s on-page SEO streamlined. Shorten your URLs to get higher rankings on Google and spend some time to link internally between pages on your site. If you’re looking for a digital marketing agency to optimise your SEO for your online success, contact WSI OMS today. Please follow and like...

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