It may not feel like it right now, but it’s spring, time to clear out the cobwebs in your marketing for a fresh new start! A successful marketing plan has a lot of moving parts, and chances are that no matter how diligently you try to keep up, some of your marketing efforts have collected some dust over the past year. In the spirit of spring cleaning, here are 9 things you can do now to improve your marketing efforts.
Are your lead-generation strategies bringing in enough business? According to a 2017 report by HubSpot, 63% of businesses say generating traffic and leads is their biggest marketing challenge. Sound like your business? Try these strategies to get more leads this year.
When’s the last time you made a purchase based solely on a written description of an item, without seeing at least a picture of it? If you want a particular haircut, are you more likely to try to describe it in detail to your hairdresser, or simply bring a photo to your appointment?
While celebrities and individuals account for a lot of live video traffic, businesses are also jumping on the live video bandwagon. Not only is live video a great way to reach customers and personalize a business brand, live video gives businesses a low-cost way to increase engagement with their target audience. According to Facebook, users spend triple the amount of time watching live videos compared to prerecorded, and comment 10 times more.
Here’s how to make live video work for your business.
The goal of marketing is to drive business, but how do you know how much to spend on marketing to reach your business goals? As with most things, the answer is: it depends. Creating a marketing budget that works for your business depends on several factors, from the overall state of the economy to the specifics of your audience and industry. Here’s what you need to consider.
Digital marketing has evolved significantly since its birth more than two decades ago, and what worked a few years back might not work anymore. The new year is the perfect time to assess your digital marketing efforts, and make sure you’re using the most up to date methods to get the best results possible. Here are a few key dos and don’ts for digital marketing in 2018.
- Do you have enough customers, leads, and sales?
- Do you have plenty of time to give your marketing the attention it needs?
- Are you up to date on the latest marketing innovations, technologies, and best practices?
- Do you know which of your marketing efforts have yielded the best results?
- Do you love marketing?
If you answered “no” to even one of these questions, a professional marketing agency can help.
If you have a company, you have a brand. But a brand is more than a name or a logo—it is a detailed identity that guides everything you do as a company, from the tone of your emails to the colors on your website to how you handle customer complaints. Whether your brand is strong or weak depends on how well you have defined it, and how faithfully you adhere to it.
Marketers in the United States will spend almost $120 billion on digital marketing by 2021, and a large chunk of that will be spent on digital advertising. Digital advertising is one of the fasting growing types of digital marketing: spending on digital advertising surpassed TV ad spending in 2016, and 65% of marketing leaders were planning to increase spending on digital advertising this year.
There are multiple options for digital advertising spend—here’s how to decide which is best for your business.