Best Practices for Email Marketing During a Crisis

Posted by on Jun 2, 2020 in E-mail Marketing |

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the entire business world into crisis mode. Marketing functions, such as email marketing, have had to be modified to keep up with the disaster. Email marketing remains an important strategy and you still have the capacity to reach a large audience – in fact you might even have a larger captive audience, with so many people sitting at home. Here are the practices you need to adopt to keep your email marketing relevant at this time. Always acknowledge the crisis Don’t try to pretend the crisis isn’t there and just blithely go on promoting your product. Acknowledge the situation and work it into your content as far as is possible. Data indicates that people are opening and reading more emails than they were before the crisis, particularly those that mention COVID-19. Relook your automated emails If you have been sending out automated emails since before the crisis began, take another look at them now and ensure that the tone and content is still appropriate. You don’t want you audience to think that you are out of touch or insensitive, simply because you failed to updated your automated mailers. Assess the atmosphere Watch what your competitors and marketers in unrelated fields are doing. Look up great and poor examples of email marketing and emulate where applicable. Be sensitive and do not try and leverage fear While you do want to acknowledge COVID-19 and demonstrate that you are working around it and are being conscious of its effects on your audience’s lives, do not stretch your mentions of the pandemic (or any crisis) to instil or leverage off the emotion of fear. It’s all too easy to do – especially in certain industries – and it must be avoided. You will find that your brand and your sales will all the better for keeping a positive tone and working to provide an antidote to fear. Do you need help formulating a top notch email marketing strategy? Contact WSI OMS. Please follow and like...

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Join Francois’ SEO webinar on staying ahead of Google updates

Posted by on Jun 1, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

There is a lot of uncertainty with Google ranking factors currently, which is driving the SEO industry crazy. The search engine giant continuously introduces new updates, which can make it seem like an overwhelming task to keep up. I will be hosting a webinar entitled Stay Ahead of Google Updates and Prepare for SEO Today and Tomorrow on Tuesday, 2 June at 18:30 GMT+2. During this webinar, you will learn that SEO is much more than “if I rank #1 for my product/services keywords then I win; If I don’t, I lose” and think beyond keywords. Some of the topics I’ll discuss during the webinar include competition monitoring, content strategy, website health, keyword visibility and page performance. How do I check my website’s health? Healthy websites are key to improving organic traffic results. I’ll show you the indicators of a healthy website. How does content impact my SEO strategy? Using a pillar content strategy, you can publish ‘topic-based’ content to support your SEO. I’ll show you how this approach works. How do I improve my page performance and keyword visibility? During the webinar, I will also show you how increased organic traffic to your product or service page can improve your page performance. You will also learn why it’s better to focus on multiple keyword phrases for each product or service – not just a select few. Continuing with the old school SEO mindset will just set you up for failure. Join my one hour tomorrow to find out how you can prepare for SEO today and in the future. Save your seat now. Please follow and like...

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Digital marketing services you didn’t know your business needed

Posted by on Jun 1, 2020 in Digital Media Marketing |

As we all know too well, the scope and best practice guidelines of the digital marketing world are forever changing – even more so in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. So, considering the state of the world and the many businesses trying to get back on their feet, which digital marketing services are the ones that should be a top priority going forward? We break it down for you below.  SEO  SEO is at the heart of every successful digital marketing endeavour. It refers to ‘Search Engine Optimisation’ which involves optimising your website in such a way that it adheres to best practice guidelines as set out by Google. This could mean posting engaging, relevant content on your website, reducing page loading times, link building, and generally doing everything in your power to boost user experience.  Content marketing  Speaking of posting engaging, relevant content on your website, that is where content marketing comes in. The secret is to craft content, whether text, image, or video, to which your target market will easily relate and that they will thoroughly enjoy. This can prove a lot more challenging than you might expect, especially if you are not naturally good with your words or a whizz when it comes to capturing video footage.  A good idea, in current times, is to create content detailing how your brand plans to deliver goods ordered online safely and with social distancing in mind. You will need to reassure most customers of these approaches and safety measures to encourage a final conversion.  PPC  PPC, or ‘pay per click’, advertising is an excellent way to get potential customers onto your website and, hopefully, making a conversion. You can embrace PPC either via Google and other search engines where you essentially pay to have your ad appear at the top of search engine search results, or you can embrace it via social media. If you opt for the latter, your ads will appear on your potential clients’ newsfeed or when they are watching video content. Instagram and Facebook ads have proven to be especially beneficial for businesses big and small in recent times, so be sure to dedicate the majority of your marketing spend there.  The great thing about PPC is that it is easy to target your ads based on various criteria, whether it be demographics, interests, the specific device on which they are browsing (mobile marketing is huge right now!), or previous internet activity.  You can even target consumers who have visited your website but have failed to take the desired course of action. This type of targeting is known as remarketing and is a PPC essential for maximum profitability.  WSI OMS is a digital...

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5 content marketing tips for financial advisers

Posted by on May 25, 2020 in Copywriting |

Financial advisors require specialised content. It’s also a highly competitive field, which makes good marketing all the more important. Here are five tips to help financial advisors promote their brand. Think beyond written copy The idea of writing a blog might seem like too much of a commitment, but what if you could spend just five minutes recording a short video that you can then upload to LinkedIn or YouTube? You can get your message out there without having to sit and down and spend precious time writing. Content marketing is not just about written copy. You can promote your services through a variety of media and platforms, which may actually suit your niche and business much better than written material. Focus on what you do, not your company or brand In the field of financial advisory, it’s better to post content that speaks to your industry and niche, rather than directly promoting your brand. If what you say is useful, then customers will seek out your services and develop an affinity with your brand. This is one sector where your product speaks for itself.  Repurpose content where you can You don’t always have to generate 100% original content. You can also pick great content from industry thought leaders and post it on social media together with your comments and thoughts. This saves time, makes you appear in tune with your industry, and gives you a choice of great content on tap. Focus on quality, not quantity It’s better to have ten blogs with really strong content than an endless stream of mediocre or bad content. This is especially true in your field, where you want to demonstrate your expertise and competence. Remember that it really is worth your while Financial advisors can be rather single-minded and you know better than most that time is money, so it’s difficult to justify the time it takes to create content to market yourself, but you need to know that it is well worth the time you spend on it. Whether you take the time yourself or bring in digital marketing contractors to do it for you, the investment will be worthwhile as you start to see the return on investment in the form of more clients! If you need a digital marketing professional to assist you in marketing your financial advisory services, WSI OMS can help. We are  a leading digital marketing agency that excels in content marketing that really sells. Contact us for more information. Please follow and like...

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5 Things You Need to Create Content Marketing Stories

Posted by on Apr 22, 2020 in Content Marketing |

Stories are memorable and shareable, two of the most important aspects of great content marketing. They are also fundamental to human communication, and if you tell the right story, you can entertain, enlighten, persuade and capture attention.   Stories also lend themselves to non-interruption marketing where you provide customers, both present and future, with consistent and valuable information. The more honest you can be about your business, who you serve and the problems you solve, the more loyal your customers will become. And, as a result, they will consistently reward you with their business.  There are five things you need to create a good marketing story: You Need a Hero To tell a captivating content marketing story, your customer must be the hero, not your business. And the hero of the story is someone that is transformed as the story progresses, from an ordinary person into someone remarkable.  You Need a Goal Until you understand your customer-hero’s goal, you don’t have a marketing story.  Good business is about solving customer problems. You need to understand where your customer-hero is today and where they want to go.  You Need an Obstacle Obstacles are what make stories interesting. The most interesting obstacles to your customer’s victory are often inner limitations they need to overcome to achieve their goal. The gap between where your hero is today and where they want to go is the core of the story.  You Need a Mentor If your customer is the hero, what role do you and your business take? Your business plays the role of guide, mentor and help. You provide key information and tools that allow the hero to achieve their goal.  You Need a Moral When you are telling a marketing story, it is best to clearly state the moral of the story. Let the audience know what they should do next or what their main lesson should be. Don’t be afraid to spell it out. Be clear and direct. Every story needs something outstanding for it to be remembered and shared. Honesty is often the most significant story element of all, and by just telling the truth, you can make incredible gains. Contact WSI OMS today for more information on content marketing.  Please follow and like...

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