Why Is Data Important in Digital Marketing?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

Analysing data is an important aspect of digital marketing. The analysed data can help you to understand your customers – how they buy, what they buy, what their needs are and where they come from. This information can guide the content and social media marketing strategy for your business, with the aim to improve the return on investment (ROI). There are various tools and platforms to establish what is and what is not working. Digital Marketing Analytics Tools from Google   The platforms you use each have their own built-in tools to gather the data that you can convert into usable information to boost your marketing campaigns. Below we investigate a couple: Analysing Website Traffic With Google  Google is such a household name that it has become a verb! This makes their analysis tools particularly powerful. It does require commitment, though, as Google Analytics is known for its thoroughness, not its user-friendliness. Top Tip! Once you have added your Google Analytics code to every page template on your site, go to the “Audience” section, and from there “Demographics.” Here you will learn who visits your site, for instance: Age and gender,  The types of content that they browse online, and  The types of products or services that your customer base is also in the market for. Online Advertisements With Google Ads  Hand-in-hand with Google Analytics is Google Ads. Used to track campaign statistics or view specific data for ad groups, ads or keywords, Google Ads breaks the data into finer sub-sections. Top Tip!  To get the best indication of what is or is not working, import a Google Analytics view into Google Ads and examine these data columns:  Bounce Rate, Pages/visit, Average visit duration, and  % of new visits. Digital Marketing Analytics Tools from Other Sources  Bing Ads Intelligence  This is a powerful keyword research tool that allows customers to build and expand on their keyword lists using the Excel interface. Customers can easily gauge the performance of relevant keywords and apply those insights to improve their keyword selection and campaign performance. Facebook Audience Insights  This gives you aggregated information about two groups of people – people connected to your Page and people on Facebook – so you can create content that resonates and easily find more people like the ones in your current audience. Understand Your Customers With Digital Marketing For more information on innovative solutions for your digital marketing, social media marketing and content marketing, contact us now. Please follow and like...

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Create the Best Search Experience for Your Customers

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

The digital marketing focus of every small business should include creating the best search experience for customers. Google also deems this important, as they want people to return and use their search engine again. To achieve this, Google will find the best search match for their users and display that on their search engine results pages (SERPs). In the world of digital marketing, having a high Google ranking is always  a primary goal. Why Are Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) Important?  When a user; whether it is a researcher or a potential mega-spending client; types in a keyword or a phrase for Google to search, the position in which your website is listed in the search engine result pages (SERPs) is called your Google keyword ranking.  Because most search results show ten listings per page, a ranking of 1 means you are at the top of the list, while a ranking of 11 means you are on the second page. The higher your position on a SERP, the more organic traffic your website should get, which is why SEO has been such a mainstay of small business marketing. Although Google’s algorithms change regularly, you can up your ranking by following our three tips below. Loading Speed Matters  When using Google, Bing and so on, the loading speed of your pages is estimated by search engine “spiders” based on the HTML code of your site. Chrome user data adds to the accuracy when Chrome is the search engine of choice. The faster, the better. Content Must Be up to Date  The old adage that “content is king” still holds true as there are no shortcuts and appropriate content will always be Google’s friend. However, keeping your content up to date is important as the indexing infrastructure, Google Caffeine, values recently published content. Also, remember to regard your images as a type of content. By optimising them with their file name, alt text, title, description and captions, you are sending relevancy signals to Google’s bots. Keywords Must Be in the First Sentence  According to Google’s John Mueller, “Having a keyword that appears in the first 100 words of a page’s content is correlated to first page Google rankings, and having your keyword(s) appear as a subheading tag in HTML help us to understand the structure of the page.” But, don’t be tempted to over stuff your content with keywords! In this regard, revisit the point above. We Can Create the Best Search Experience for Your Customers  For more information on all types of digital marketing – from SEO and email marketing to social media marketing and more, contact us now. Please follow and like...

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Why EAT Factors Matter in Digital Marketing

Posted by on Jan 21, 2020 in Digital Media 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...

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Shape Your B2B Marketing for Success in Just 3 Steps

Posted by on Jan 16, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

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 strategy. Please follow and like...

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Putting Google and Facebook’s Free Attribution Tools to Work

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

With so many digital marketing tools available, marketers have more data than they can make sense of. Trying to synthesise all this data and to draw useful insights from it is a challenging job. Thanks to the free attribution tools now offered by the two major advertising platforms, combining data and tracking progress across the tools available from the two platforms can now be accomplished with a few clicks. Google, arguably the world’s largest online advertising platform, pioneered the use of attribution tools, which they made free to use. The Google Attribution tool pulls data from the search giant’s stable of reporting tools, which include Google Ads, Google Analytics, Google Search Ads 360 as well as Google Data Studio. Facebook, the world’s second-largest online advertising platform later followed suit with its own free attribution tool. Are you using these free attribution tools to improve your reporting and to optimize your online marketing efforts? You should be. Here are three tips to help you get the most out of these tools: Know what Each Platform Offers  For instance, in terms of cross-platform attribution, Google’s attribution services are limited to Google properties and Facebook clicks (but not impressions), while Facebook’s attributions allow for insights into multiple partners, although there are some major social platforms missing. The services also differ drastically in terms of verifiability. For example, Google’s attribution services’ verifiability capability is low due to the fact that data is confined within the Google-owned ad network. Facebook’s attribution services are somewhat better because cross-platform capabilities enable cross-referencing.  Don’t Waste Any More Time. Get Started NOW  You definitely do not want to put off embracing the power of either Google or Facebook’s free attribution services. This is especially true for Facebook, as the tool will not have access to any historical data after set-up has taken place. In short, the tool will only track from the day that you set it up going forward. So, do not wait!  Seek Professional Help  Optimising Google and Facebook’s free attribution services for your business can be challenging if you are not familiar with social media marketing in general. In this case, it can be endlessly beneficial to enlist the help of a digital marketing professional to assist you in getting the hang of it.  Here at WSI OMS, we help businesses put the combined attributes of digital marketing, PPC, social media marketing strategy and SEO to work. Used with the eminently useful free attribution tools from Google and Facebook, they have the power to supercharge your marketing and position your brand ahead of your competitors. Contact us today to learn how to put attribution tools to work. Please follow and like...

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What’s New for Digital Marketing for Your Business in 2020

Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

While the digital marketing industry is always changing, 2020 promises to be an especially exciting year for social media marketing, content marketing and SEO. Here’s a forecast of what’s in store for the year ahead. Digital Marketing in 2020  Here’s a forecast of the top four digital marketing trends for your business in 2020: A New Kind of Content It should come as no shock that content remains of the utmost importance in digital marketing, but in 2020 we’re expecting audience interaction to bring about the biggest change to content marketing.  The digital generation gets bored easily and is, therefore, always looking for the next big thing. And, that’s why it’s no longer good enough to put content out there to sit and gather virtual dust. Companies will need to make their content interactive to be noticed. Interactive content is engaging, stands out, keeps eyes on your page for longer and is more likely to be shared by audiences. Plus, there are limitless ways to make content interactive including:  Virtual reality (and its fast-growing relative, augmented reality),  Chat bots with improved AI, and  The use of video in ground breaking ways.  If executed correctly, interactive content won’t just keep audiences around for longer, it will also help marketers to gather important information about audiences, which will allow them to create highly personalised content (see below). Personalisation In addition to making content more interactive, creators will also need to focus on personalising content for unique viewers. With all the digital noise around, audiences are becoming more adept at tuning out generic content. This is forcing content creators to shift drastically to focus their energy on personalised marketing efforts to individuals rather than mass audiences.  The good news is that many forms of digital marketing lend themselves well to personalisation. The key in personalisation will be in executing the following successfully: Creating content that is based on good quality data,  Segmenting markets properly, and  Showing a deep understanding of what each segment will respond to.  Success awaits marketers who send a sincere, personalised message to the correct audience.   Recognisability and Influence While these factors are hardly new to marketers, brands will face increased competition from individual influencers to gain trust from audiences. Social media, blogging and vlogging are the playgrounds of influencers. But, even traditional forms of marketing are increasingly being taken over by influencers and smart brands are making use of virtual stars to push their messaging. The shift in influencer marketing continues to be focused on micro-influencers. While they may have smaller follower counts, they still exert a strong influence over those who trust them. This trend is  leading to smaller businesses making use of influencers to communicate their...

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