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This Week’s Top 5 Digital Marketing Stats + Takeaways: Mobile Email Marriage, Plus Retargeting Power and Video Marketing

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Key Takeaway:

Your biggest issue isn’t that people are going to delete your email if they have to horizontal scroll – it’s the user experience you are providing them. All those instances add up to your brand experience in the eyes of your customers. If you don’t make it easy for them, that is what they will begin to feel about your brand. While some will delete and others will unsubscribe, some will also ignore so to make everyone happy (including your performance) make your emails render and respond appropriately across all devices. (Stat Source: Adobe)

Helpful info: 5 ecommerce email marketing examples to boost your bottom line.

Key Takeaway:

Don’t underestimate the power of retargeting advertising campaigns. Make sure display ads are well designed and are easily recognizable as your brand – keep them message simple and know who you are talking to on a retarget. You want people to instantly recognize your brand in order for retargeting to work. (Stat Source: Criteo)

Key Takeaway:

If you have yet to build out a YouTube channel for your company, it’s about time you start thinking about it. Don’t worry about the number of subscribers you have; instead, focus on producing quality videos and you’ll build your views and audience naturally. Genuity, a strong value proposition and helpful information on your products and services wins out. (Stat Source: Internet Retailer)

Key Takeaway:

As the walls go up on audience, your PPC campaigns and online media are becoming just as important as your social and SEO efforts – in fact, they work together. Use the right PPC and online media channels to target your audience personas based on your marketing and business goals – these may include Google Adwords and Bing, or it may be Facebook and Yelp ads. Every business is different so it’s important to tailor your online media and PPC campaigns to your unique products and service offerings. (Stat Source: Social Media Today)

Key Takeaway:

Bottom line people are viewing your website on mobile devices. If they can’t easily read your site, people are likely just to leave and browse another site that is mobile friendly. At this point it’s basically unacceptable in the eyes of your website visitors to not have a mobile version of your website. (Stat Source: Marketing Land)

So there you have it! This week’s top 5 digital marketing stats and key takeaways.










Key Takeaways from this Week’s Top 5 Digital Marketing Stats

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

digital marketing stats

Instagram captures 15 times higher interaction rates than Facebook.

According to research from L2 Think Tank which analyzed 249 brands and their social media campaigns, interaction rates for Instagram posts were 15 times higher than those on Facebook. [Source: eMarketer.com]

Takeaway:

If you haven’t yet ramped up your marketing campaigns on Instagram it’s about time you start. As a tip, you can easily insert Instagram custom tabs into your Facebook page now that Facebook owns Instagram. Many companies are experimenting with promoting Instagram campaigns on Facebook due to this higher engagement. For example, encouraging users to submit their own photos with the same Instagram filter (like sepia-tone or Lo-fi). This trend is likely to grow in the future if Instagram engagement remains strong for brands.

The average click-through-rate for Facebook Ads has jumped 275% since 2012.

Facebook has improved its targeting abilities since 2012 which is partly why CTR’s are on the rise. Another reason these ads are seeing more success is due to third-party Facebook ad tools. [Source: Wishpond]

Takeaway:

If you’re not happy with the ROI of your Facebook Ads, take some time to sit down and analyze why your campaigns may not be performing well. Maybe your ads could benefit from additional creative copy, or it’s possible you could have some tracking issues that are preventing you from knowing the true stats of your ads. Don’t hesitate to reach out to other professionals to help streamline your Facebook ad campaigns.

Companies that blog 15 times per month get 5 times more traffic than companies that don’t blog.

[Source: Ektron]

Takeaway:

Don’t let content marketing overwhelm you. Gather your team together every couple of weeks to brainstorm fresh content ideas. Then delegate responsibilities like managing the content calendar, writing and editing articles, and promoting across social media channels to different team members based on their skills and interests.

4 Out of 5 Yelp users visit Yelp.com before spending money, and 93% say that visiting Yelp leads to a local purchase.

According to a Nielsen survey commissioned by Yelp, four out of five Yelp users visit Yelp.com before spending money, and 93 percent say that visiting Yelp leads to a local purchase. [Source: MarketingLand]

Takeaway:

Online Reputation Management is an important part of your overall digital marketing strategy. Whether you’re a local business with a presence on Yelp or a global brand with wide international reach, it’s inevitable that your customers and other key audiences will talk about you online. Creating a plan for ORM can help save time and stress when issues arise and keeps the pulse on emerging competitors and developing trends.

Daily we spend 9 minutes on email via a mobile device, that is 7.6% of the total 119 minutes we use our phone per day.

[Source: EmailMonday]

Takeaway:

It’s time to ensure your mobile email marketing campaign is flawless. If you’re struggling with your email marketing campaigns now that mobile is dominating the market, get help from a pro. You don’t want to miss out on business just because your promotional emails aren’t displaying properly on mobile devices.

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Ads In Your Instagram Feed? Yes.

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Closely following in the footsteps of Pinterest, Instagram announced this week they’ll start adding ads into users feeds over the next few months. The theme here? A need to build a sustainable business. The issue? The only solution seems to be ads.

Facebook bought Instagram last year for $1 billion with the intent to “add ads when the time is right”, says Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has received much lash back from users on its placement and treatment of ads and while Instagram has indicated its 150 million users will be able to hide ads they don’t like they will still be showing ads from brands users don’t follow with a “focus on delivering a small number of beautiful, high-quality photos and videos from a handful of brands that are already great members of the Instagram community,” Instagram said in their post.

Similar to Pinterest, they wants the ads to “feel as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos many of you already enjoy from your favorite brands.” My hope is that brands truly think of their audiences and create really thoughtful and provoking advertisements, but who is to monitor that when revenue is being generated? My fingers are crossed.

What are your thoughts on ads being added to these darlings of social media? Tell in the comments below or on Facebook.

Pinterest Starts the Shift to Promoted Pins

Friday, September 20th, 2013

In a letter from CEO and Co-founder of Pinterest, Ben Silbermann, Pinterest announced their planning for the future by announcing today that they will begin experimenting with promoted pins. Silbermann warns that they’d like to keep Pinterest around for a while and that pretty much means it is time they start making money instead of spending it. They haven’t started charging anyone or any business for promoted pins yet nor were any details provided.

We can assume they’ll first do some user testing to see where the most optimal placement is for these promoted pins through the user feed. Silbermann mentions their first test will be to “promote a few pins in search results and category feeds. For example, a pin for a Darth Vader outfit from a costume shop might be promoted in a search for “halloween.”

Their promise for promoted pins?
Keep them tasteful without flashy banners or pop-up ads.
Transparency – Notify users if someone is paying for what you see, or where you see it.
Pins should remain relevant so that you’re actually seeing items you are interested in, like a delicious recipe, or a jacket that’s your style.

They also promise to make improvements based on user feedback.

What do you think of the idea of promoted pins coming to your Pin Feed? Will your business start using this type of social advertising?

More Opportunities for Businesses on Facebook With Ads and Pages

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Three big items were announced this week from Facebook, bringing further opportunities for businesses.

1) Timelines for brand pages

With Timelines added to new brand pages a whole new world is open to exposing audiences and fans to your brand and allows brands to be more effective at conveying their identity on Facebook’s platform.

When you visit a brand Page in Timeline layout, the experience becomes more personal. A prominently displayed section on the landing page shows how many of your friends like the brand, as well as your friends’ public mentions of related topics.

“The goal is to make Pages more engaging and more social,” said Gokul Rajaram, Facebook’s product director for ads.

Page administrators have new options at their fingers too. An admin panel hides or expands on command, meaning you don’t have to navigate to a separate page to make changes, updates or improvements. The panel includes notifications of activity on your Page and chart-based performance data. Best of all, you can now respond directly to private messages without added hassles or obstacles, a feature also directly accessible from the admin panel. – Sam Laird, Mashable

2) Real-time Insights and other new metrics

Pages Insights now shows your last 500 posts (going back to last July) and tallies the total number of engaged users, People Talking About it and virality. The latter measures the percentage of users who commented on the post, though sentiment isn’t taken into account. - Todd Wasserman, Mashable

For marketers, this is a new way to understand how competitors are performing on Facebook. Businesses can use that information to establish benchmarks for their own efforts. Most marketers have little to compare their Facebook growth and engagement to. For a long time, the only way to know how companies were doing on the social network was to look at total Likes. This became a skewed metric as more pages began to buy fans and launch programs that inflated their numbers but didn’t result in lasting engagement. With more public insights, it will be harder for companies to appear more successful than they truly are. – Brendan Irvine-Broque, Inside Facebook

3) New ad formats and applications

An article on The Australian said Facebook has invited marketers and journalists to New York to discuss new, potentially lucrative advertising opportunities designed to lure its 845 million-strong user base.

It is expected Facebook will try to integrate ads into people’s experience, so that friends’ posts about brands are showing up alongside their news links and puppy photos.

“Facebook is making serious money from ads right now, but they are not making serious money from major brand advertisers, and that’s where the ad money is,” said Rebecca Lieb, an analyst with the Altimeter Group.

On Mashable, Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst with eMarketer, told Bloomberg that Facebook still has to win over much of Corporate America. “It really comes down to brand advertisers,” she said. “They just need to do a better job of convincing the big advertisers that ads are effective and that they perform.”

Additionally, an article in Internet Retailer mentioned that the social network announced it is adding its Sponsored Stories ad format to Facebook’s mobile application and also adding those types of ads to the Facebook log-out screen. Sponsored Stories enable advertisers to highlight posts or actions, such as when a consumer’s Facebook friend Likes a product, checks into a store, plays a game or uses a Facebook application. The move marks the first time mobile users will see ads on the social network.

Facebook is also adding back the free Offers program, which enables merchants to offer discounts via their Facebook pages.

Consumers will initially see about one Sponsored Story a day, Facebook says. “We want to make sure that over time the marketing messages are as good as the content that you see from your friends and family,” said Caroline Everson, vice president, global marketing solutions.

Content: The key to findable and authoritative websites

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

In an era when people spend more than half of their waking hours consuming media, the content on your website has never been more important. And likewise, with the vast amount of redundant or otherwise useless information that populates much of the Internet, having a well maintained and well-sourced website has never been more valuable.

Is your site findable?

Content is the key for findable and authoritative websites. It also helps build your brand by injecting both a manageable personality and a point of view into your business.

Regardless of how many keywords you upload to your Adwords account or how much time and money you spend on delivering your ads to prospective customer’s eyes, you’re missing a significant segment of the market if you don’t have keyword-rich, focused and fresh content on your website. Also consider that your “best” ads may not even be showing due to a perceived lack of relevancy to what’s on the destination web page.

What the newspaper industry’s woes have shown us is that the democratization of information is expanding daily. In order to capitalize on this fact, everyone from non-profit organizations to publicly owned companies should be turning their websites into information sources, not simply glorified advertisements or electronic storefronts.

The benefits of content

The first benefit to turning your website into an information source includes increased organic traffic. The more quality information you have on your site, the more there is for browsers to connect with in web searches. One of the best parts of organic traffic is that it’s free, while online advertising can cost a significant amount of money to produce a beneficial ROI. Also, good quality content can produce targeted organic traffic and ROI long after its creation, unlike paid mediums.

Coinciding with your content creation should be an intensive marketing effort to increase your content’s visibility. This includes link building, networking with industry related blogs and news sites, actively participating in social media websites and posting to message boards and forums. Still, first and foremost, regular content production is the key.

Second, you’ll establish your business as a reputable source for the latest news and information about the product or service you provide – preferably before someone else does.

Finally, you’ll show search engines that your site is worthwhile to Internet surfers, which will ultimately increase your website’s credibility and search ranking.

While written content is arguably the most important part of your overall content strategy, multi-media content including videos, graphics, polls and the like, all combine to create a complete content package.

Once you have a content strategy nailed down – maybe you’ve even created an editorial calendar – you need to identify your audience. Who are you writing for? As tempting as it may be, you’re not just writing about your company, product or service. You’re writing for the people you hope to turn into customers. What do they want to know?

With all that in mind, go forth and start producing that content! And remember, the existing information on your site continuously needs to be optimized with updated keyword research and competitive analysis. Keeping your website on the cutting edge of web searches is a never ending process.

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