Impactful Mobile Trend vs Fleeting Fad

Posted by on Jul 7, 2020 in Mobile Marketing |

It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or an adult; no one is really immune to trends and fads, especially mobile trends! Marketers, especially digital marketers, need to understand the difference between mobile trends that will be impactful to their operations and those pesky fleeting fads.  Fads and trends: From old-school to modern mobile trends Many moons ago, the schoolyards were filled with marbles; then it was pogs, followed quickly by Pokémon cards and, of course, devil sticks. I remember having these things separately but also all at once, though the reality is each one likely had a really entertaining month or two and then ended up in a forgotten drawer next to the rest of the fads. Like a schoolyard at recess, the digital world is filled with trends, fads and every kind of shiny, fool’s-gold type object you can imagine.  This is a problem for both marketers and consumers. Whether it’s an ad campaign or landing page that convinces you to buy a product you don’t want or need or a marketing technique that fails to deliver on its too-good-to-be-true promise, it’s often difficult to avoid the pitfalls of the Internet.  There are, however, new technologies and trends that can have a significant effect on both consumers and marketers, which means telling the difference between impactful mobile trends and fleeting fads is an important skill. Measuring trends and fads with the Pokémon GO Barometer  Pokémon GO is the perfect example of how to tell the difference between impactful mobile trends and fleeting fads because it transcends whether or not you have an actual experience with it. Pokémon GO is changing the future of local marketing. It is impacting how consumers are shopping, which in turn affects how local brands are marketing to consumers (a group you are part of, even if you’re not playing Pokémon GO). Additionally, the technology behind Pokémon GO – augmented reality – has captured the minds of brands and marketers and opened up a whole new line of connection with consumers. Within the augmented reality world, consumers play a game; in the real world, those consumers enter brick-and-mortar stores to achieve certain goals in their game. It’s genius. What’s the difference between impactful trends and fads?  The big question remains: how do you tell the difference between an impactful mobile trend and a fad? Truthfully, there are no hard and fast rules. The best way to think about impactful trends and fads is to ask yourself whether the game, tactic or strategy in question has crossed over into areas of your life where it may not belong. For example, the Pokémon GO conversation makes sense in schoolyards, but it’s everywhere else, too: in...

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New online marketing strategies you might not know about

Posted by on Jul 6, 2020 in Online Marketing |

Online marketing, otherwise known as digital marketing, is an absolute requirement for any business today. Partnering with a digital marketing agency can help your business keep up with the rapid pace at which digital marketing techniques and tools change. Here are new online marketing strategies you might not know about. Consumer privacy Consumers want to know the data they share with your business is safe.  Privacy and security breaches by global brands such as Facebook and Google mean companies must be even more committed to improving and protecting their systems to ensure consumer privacy. Marketers need to work with colleagues to mitigate the potential impact of security breaches and reassure customers, through continued communication, that their data is indeed safe. Conversational marketing Conversational marketing brings together the swift consumer adoption of smart speakers, innovation in search query processing, conversational interfaces and messaging. As many consumers use mobile messaging for increasingly complex conversations, conversational marketing can deal with routine enquiries. Partner with customer experience experts to learn if this kind of technology will alleviate customer frustrations.  Real-time marketing Real-time marketing offers real competitive advantages as marketers combine behavioural analytics and marketing automation to ensure customers see the right message at the right time. Build speed and rapid response into the entire consumer lifecycle to streamline the buyer journey and get buyers to purchase quickly. Know Your Customer (KYC) There seems to be a decrease in the effectiveness of traditional customer identification methods such as cookies for tracking, making media return on investment (ROI) determination more difficult. Emerging technologies are however being developed to improve security, reduce fraud and improve insight about customers across multiple devices.   The digital marketing services offered by WSI OMS include website design, social media marketing, email marketing, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), content marketing and even online reputation management. Our focus is on providing valuable, cutting-edge and measurable digital marketing solutions. Contact us today to improve the digital marketing of your business. Please follow and like...

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Social media marketing tips for success in 2020

Posted by on Jun 26, 2020 in Social Media Marketing |

Many digital marketers love spending time developing social media marketing strategies because there is a lot of room for experimentation and creativity. But. Because social media marketing does not conform to loads of digital marketing rules, it can become overwhelming to achieve success in this medium. Here are a few key aspects that will help you achieve your goals in social media marketing in 2020 How to be successful in social media marketing in 2020: Focus on building your brand through organic engagement  Your brand can have incredible products, outstanding visuals and professional customer service, but without organic engagement, you won’t stand out on social media. If you want to win loyalty, you need to engage your audience instead of putting up a perfectly produced image.  Your brand needs to be sincere, approachable and even a little light-hearted at times. The idea of social media is to sell the experience that your brand can provide in an authentic way. By engaging with your audience, you’ll gain loyal followers who will be brand advocates.  Show up where your audience is  By knowing your audience, you will be able to speak to them in the right manner, wherever they are engaging on social media. Don’t waste time creating content for platforms that your audience will never engage with.  Instead, invest your time in choosing appropriate channels and participating in discussions with your audience on those channels. Social media should never be treated as a static platform that merely houses your product images, but as a living community that is continuously growing and evolving.  Align contests with your goals  Everybody loves a giveaway, but if you’re using contests on social media incorrectly, you won’t get the ROI your brand can achieve. Instead of placing the focus on the prizes that your audience can win, shift your attention to creating a way for contestants to engage with your brand.  If you successfully implement this approach to all your contests, you will be attracting an audience that wants to interact with your brand, not just those who want to win the prize and disappear into the digital void.  Use video content to update and refresh your social media  Brands can learn a few lessons from independent creators, including how to use video content to liven up social media feeds successfully. With a good creation strategy, your brand can consistently show up in social media feeds with fresh video content that is engaging, interesting and easy to digest.  The best of all is that video content can be short, informal and incredibly powerful in communicating relevant information in an instant. This format gives your brand a way to always remain at the forefront of trends...

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Using SEO to sustain your presence during COVID-19

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in SEO |

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing the emergence of what digital marketing experts are calling the “infodemic”, but with proper SEO practices and a sincere desire to provide your audience with relevant, trustworthy information, your business can remain pertinent to consumers.  How SEO can help you sustain your presence online during COVID-19:  Stay visible  Now is not the time to relax and forget about your SEO strategy- your competitors won’t! Now is the best time to clarify what you want to achieve and how to use your SEO strategy to accomplish your digital marketing goals. The topics listed below can further help you to develop your SEO strategy. The effort you make during the pandemic will help you to establish your reputation in your industry, which will help you to outrank your competitors when the pandemic blows over.  Provide your expertise Even if your products or services are not directly related to the pandemic, or deemed to be essential, you can still share your knowledge and improve your SEO ranking. The best way to approach the task of providing your expertise is to think about how your offerings can improve the lives of consumers right now. If you’re a restaurant owner, you might now be able to receive clients at the moment, but you can share some of your recipes or cooking tips that people can try at home. It won’t sell meals during the pandemic, but it will show your audience that you can impact their lives positively and that builds loyalty. Now is the time to serve your audience with your expertise and knowledge instead of trying to merely sell products.  Be sincere in showing empathy If you’ve received an email from every brand you’ve ever interacted with, you will understand how awful some of the digital marketing efforts can be. Ensure that your content is positive, hopeful and most importantly, sincere in showing empathy. It’s one thing to tell consumers that you care, but a whole different thing to prove that you are sincere.  Extend a lifeline for other businesses  If you can help out other brands during the pandemic, create an offer and use your SEO strategy to reach the largest possible audience. If you’re considering an offer that provides a discount on your services or products during the pandemic, think strategically about how you can share the message with the largest group of people, including the use of SEO tactics to generate interest in your offering.  Stay on top of trends  Keyword research is always essential, but staying aware of the changing trends should be a fundamental part of your SEO strategy at the moment. Because changes are happening rapidly in the digital...

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SEO: Ranking during COVID-19

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in SEO |

The world is currently facing a challenge like never before with the COVID-19 pandemic. Because this virus has permeated every part of our lives, SEO will definitely be influenced by the pandemic. If you’re trying to understand how you can switch gears to rank for the SEO keywords during the pandemic, here’s a list of our top tips. 6 ideas for SEO ranking during COVID-19: 1. Find ways to connect with the issue  The time is ripe for brands and businesses to show how they can provide value to their audiences, so don’t slip in a few COVID-19 related keywords for the sake of ranking. Insread, do proper research and find ways to connect your business to the issue at hand. You don’t have to provide an essential service to be relevant, but you do need to create a clear link between your business and the issues your audience might face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Think about the products and services you provide and emphasise how your business can solve problems.  2. Research COVID-19 related keywords and plan your target strategy Even if your brand does not directly relate to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still find ways to target certain keywords and rank in search results. You will have to spend a considerable amount of time in researching which keywords are appropriate to use and find creative ways to use those keywords in your content. 3. Ask your audience  If you feel lost in your attempt to rank for questions related to COVID-19, ask your audience about their experiences, pain points and worries. If you understand what your audience needs, you can change your strategy to align with what your audience wants to know right now.  4. Create a dedicated page to address the COVID-19 situation  If you want to provide information to your audience about your business during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can create one dedicated page on your website that contains relevant content, answers their questions and stipulates how your operation will address the challenges of the day. Be sure to include appropriate SEO keywords on this page to get the best results.  5. Be sure to update your FAQ page  If you don’t want to dedicate an entire page to COVID-19, be sure to at least update your FAQ section so your audience can stay informed on your strategies for coping with the situation. If your business can still operate normally, tell your audience of the measures you have taken to keep them safe when interacting with you.  6. Explore new channels  Most businesses have suspended regular trading, which has created the perfect opportunity for you to explore new communication channels. Experiment with providing content...

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