LinkedIn’s COVID-19 marketing guide

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 in LinkedIn, Social Media Marketing |

In a previous post, we unpacked LinkedIn’s helpful guide for the marketing industry. In this second part, we’re delving deeper into the strategies, activities and information that has been proposed for business owners who want to grow and see a return on the investment they are spending on marketing during COVID-19.  LinkedIn’s key steps to showing the impact of your marketing activities: Part 2  1. Make measurement easier Getting an accurate look at the ROI of your marketing spend is vital to understand where you are wasting money that could be better spent elsewhere. With economies declining worldwide, it is more important than ever to know what you’re getting for your investment to ensure growth even in the toughest times.  LinkedIn understands that this is a crucial aspect of business ownership, and has made it even easier to measure and prove your ROI when spending your marketing budget on the platform. In this endeavour, LinkedIn has partnered with various providers such as Google, Moat and Acxiom to help you optimise your LinkedIn measurement strategy. The aim of this is to give you confidence in using the platform and proving outcomes based on brand, business and performance.  Whether you aim to educate your audience, generate more leads, or create awareness for your brand, LinkedIn’s performance is being showcased through a variety of partnerships, whether native or 3rd-party. When using these accurate measurements to make business decisions, you’ll have better information at your disposal to increase your decision-making abilities and drive your business into the post-COVID-19 era. 2. Implementing best practice This section provides a valuable, easy to follow list of tips to help you measure the impact of your investment in ad campaigns on LinkedIn. It takes you through various stages from launch to A/B testing and provides links to helpful resources for each of the steps in the best practice section.  Let’s take a look at the tips: Be clear on your marketing goal and use it to identify your key metrics before you launch a campaign. Use the insight tag in LinkedIn to understand which actions your ads are driving (including sign-ups, downloads and sales). Create Lead Gen forms to accurately track the metrics at the end of the funnel (such as cost per lead) to ensure that you’re spending your budget on value-creating activities. Study your campaign results. The recommendation is to review your results after 7 days, but it’s always worthwhile to check in on your results as your campaign ages to determine performance over different periods.  Take note of the audience demographics from your campaigns. This will help you to target audiences more accurately in future and customise your messaging to suit the audiences who...

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Content marketing: Blog ideas for every business

Posted by on Jul 21, 2020 in Content Marketing |

Content marketing, when done correctly, makes use of blogs and other forms of content to get consumers interested in your business. Most businesses struggle to find topics suitable for blog posts, but it doesn’t have to be overly complicated. To pick relevant topics, you need to research the questions people are asking, and answer them (while keeping SEO principles in mind).  Blog ideas for every business’ content marketing plan  Trending topics  The word ‘trends’ represents the general direction in which something is developing, a fashion or topic that is the subject of multiple posts on social media in a short time. Trends are reflective of what consumers consider important. To stay relevant, your business must show it understands the current consumer trends in your market.   Address common problems or pain points  There are common problems everyone experiences, and if your product or service can assist in solving that problem, a blog explaining the how and why thereof would go far in creating a positive brand experience. Just look at the many “How to….” queries one can find on the internet.     Demonstrate the uses of your product  The best way to sell your product or service is to show how customers use it in a way that solves a problem or enhances the quality of their life. Emotions influence buyer behaviour, so writing about an authentic customer experience could lead to sales.  Introduce your team  Profiling an employee creates a feeling of intimacy as if the consumer is part of your business family because they know something about one of your employees. It can also create trust, especially if your service requires consumers to let you into their homes and lives.  Because content marketing includes social media marketing strategy, digital marketing and SEO, it can become overwhelming to business owners very quickly. WSIOMS is here to help you manage your content marketing activities. For more information, visit our website to find out how we can help you to create a sustainable, relevant content marketing plan that fits your business’ needs. Please follow and like...

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Defining your Social Media Marketing Target Market

Posted by on Jul 16, 2020 in Social Media Marketing |

If you’re having a hard time defining your social media marketing target market, WSIOMS has some tips to help you choose and target the correct audience for your business content. Standing out from the digital crowd is becoming harder as the competition gets tougher, so you need to be very specific in targeting audiences with content that will give them value. Here’s our guide: How to Define and Target your Social Media Marketing Audience   Spend time getting to know your customers:  If you’re making use of a social media marketing agency, you probably already have a few customers who you can study to find out more about how audiences will react to your social media marketing strategy. Use your existing client base to understand the demographics of your audience, including information like age, location, income and spending power, preferred language of communication, and interests. These insights will help you to narrow your target market down to a more manageable group, giving you the power to personalize your content and cater to your specific niche. Get feedback and insights through social listening:  Social listening is one of the most effective ways to define your target market and gain deep insights into what makes your audience tick. With social listening, you’ll monitor direct feedback and relevant discussions on your social media channels. This will help you to compile lists of topics your target market might be interested in, learn about competitors in your industry, and gain insights on essential opportunities you might want to take advantage of. By engaging in social listening, you’ll form a better understanding of who your audience really is, and who you should not be targeting with your social media marketing efforts.  Experiment until you find what works for you: When you’ve gathered information and insights through studying your customers and social listening, you’ll need to experiment with different approaches to your social media marketing strategy. Write copy in different voices, post content on various social media platforms, and create ways for your audience to engage with you through competitions, polls, and lead magnets. Through experiments, you’ll find which approaches, styles, and topics attract the attention of your audience, and you’ll be able to define your target market by matching what you can produce with what audiences want to consume.  Become insight-driven with analytics: From website traffic to social media interactions, you need to get comfortable with analyzing your customer interactions to better define who you want to reach. As each social media platform has its own analytics tools, you’ll need to do some research to understand what their metrics mean and how you can leverage the information you have available to reach your ideal audience. ...

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Managing Your Instagram Community With Great UGC

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Instagram, Social Media Marketing |

Social media platforms such as Instagram have a unique community culture. Actively understanding and participating in this community takes time and effort. If you consider Instagram a focus-platform for your 2020 marketing strategy, here are some statistics to support that choice: 95 million posts are shared on Instagram every day 1 billion people use the platform every month 500 million people use Instagram Stories daily 63% of users log in at least once a day 28 minutes is the average time users will spend on the platform every day 18 to 34-year olds are the most active age group. There is one Instagram strategy that brands seem to be using above all others, and that is the implementation of user-generated content (UGC).  What Is User-Generated Content (UGC)? User-generated content is the sharing of user’s photos in your social media or other platform campaigns. Once you identify potential content, you will reach out to the owner and ask them if they would like to participate in your campaign. Campaigns might include photo contests with give aways and product or company reviews. Getting people to tag their friends, through your call-to-action (CTA), seems to drive the largest Instagram follower growth in the shortest period.   Why Is User-Generated Content (UGC) Important for Your Brand? Providing content that your audience loves will build a vibrant, engaged community.  If Millennials, with their growing purchasing power, are your target market, user-generated content might result in sales as they trust user-generated content more than other types of media. The reason? The creator of user-generated content has no ulterior motive other than to add to the digital conversation. So, the lesson is to be authentic in everything you do.    What Is the Start of Your User-Generated Content (UGC) Campaign? The start of your campaign is deciding what you want all user content to ‘say’ about your brand, product or company culture. Consider these questions:  What makes your brand or product unique? What makes your company culture unique? How do you want others to see your brand or product? What might people not know about your brand or product? What compelling stories must your chosen users tell? What is the most beautiful and engaging way to present your brand or product? Now you can start searching for great user content either by hosting social media contests (with give aways) or actively seeking users through hashtags or social media tools.  WSI OMS in South Africa will support you and your business if you consider Instagram a focus-platform for 2020. Contact us, and we will manage your Instagram community with you.  Please follow and like...

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3 Ways to Measure Influencer Success on Instagram

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in Instagram, Social Media Marketing |

You are already using social media optimisation services as content is regularly added to your social media profiles and website, and you are tracking and capitalising on traffic and visitor trends. Yet, you want to grow your exposure even further and are, therefore, considering using influencers to promote your product or service. But, how do you measure the success of an influencer? Especially now that Instagram is hiding ‘like’ counts from everyone except the account holder?  Instagram decided to hide the ‘like’ counts because they wanted to create a more welcoming environment where users feel comfortable expressing themselves.  They are already hiding ‘likes’ in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the United States, with South Africa no doubt on a future list. Here are 3 ways to measure influencer success on Instagram, without the ‘likes’: Measure Influencer Success With Verified Content Views Very few followers actually see the latest social post of any particular influencer, no matter what time of day the content is shared. To establish a credible measurement strategy that will overcome current and future platform changes, you should build your influencer plan around verified influencer content views.  Measure Influencer Success With Meaningful Engagement ‘Simple’ engagement will continue to be a measurement method as agencies, their clients and influencers have attributed value to this method for years. But you want meaningful engagements where comments are thoughtful and relevant, allowing followers to genuinely engage. To achieve meaningful engagement, the quality of your content is important.  Measure Influencer Success With Sales Conversion The best measure of influencer success is traceable sales conversion. The ability to directly drive sales and make direct attribution to influencer content is becoming routine as social referral to eCommerce sites has risen extensively. Social media platform add-to-cart capabilities is just one of the ways to measure the connection between content and conversion.   WSI OMS can guide you on the use of Instagram influencers if you want to grow your company’s social media presence. Contact us today to optimise your social media presence.   Please follow and like...

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