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Majority of B2C Marketers Find Promoted Social Posts and Ads Effective

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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If you’re posting update after update on your Facebook business page with little to no results, it’s about time you try promoting your posts and setting up social ads. The beauty of many social platforms that offer advertising and promoted posts like Facebook and LinkedIn is the ability to target very specific audiences. Also, the costs per customer are typically much lower than advertising on Google in most cases. (Stat Source: Content Marketing Institute with MarketingProfs)

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Negative reviews establish trust. It smells fishy when a company or organization has ALL 5-star reviews. In fact, Amazon recently cracked down on fake reviews on their site to try to give a more honest experience to customers. Most consumers are very aware of fake reviews, and as a result, look at a company with 100% perfect reviews with a suspicious eye. Bottom line – do what you can to communicate with people leaving bad reviews, but don’t lose sleep over those pesky negative reviews.  (Stat Source: PowerReviews study)

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There are many options to choose from when deciding how to make your website mobile-friendly. You can have a mobile responsive website, a desktop version and a mobile version, or any number of other configurations to make your website look good on mobile. The point is that it needs to look good and be user-friendly on mobile devices. How you do that is up to you and thankfully Google does not rank one mobile configuration as better than another. So go forth and go mobile if you haven’t already! (Stat Source: MarketingLand)

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This is down from 52% a quarter earlier and marks the first time this segment has fallen below a majority share. We’ve been advising marketers to focus on mobile everything for the past couple of years now, and the stats are now lining up with our predictions. (Stat Source: FreeWheel)

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People get offended easily. Anyone and everyone can flag any post on Facebook as violating the social media platform’s policies. But that doesn’t mean Facebook automatically removes every flagged post. In fact they have a dedicated team of trained specialists to help determine issues like hate speech vs free speech, as well as a slew of other factors. (Stat Source: Facebook)

If one or more of your promoted posts or social ads gets disapproved for violating policy, you’ll have to determine the specific reason and then adjust your advertising as necessary. If you just don’t have the time to worry about these types of issues, consider hiring a PPC management agency to manage the day-to-day activities and optimize your advertising accounts so you get the best results. Contact us today.

Brands Beware: Facebook Plans to Test a New ‘Dislike’ Button

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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Key Takeaway:

Brands and Retailers – be prepared for a Facebook “dislike” button. Mark Zuckerberg made statements recently on how Facebook will be testing a new button to make Facebook more like real life. However, he has not come out and said whether the button will actually say “dislike” or whether it will be something more along the lines of “sorry” to express sympathy for life’s unfortunate events. If they do test the “dislike” button and it is available on brand pages, this could present some obvious problems for retailers. (Stat Source: Facebook)

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This means that Gen X is now the largest generation of affluents. This is important data for marketers, and especially useful to keep in mind when planning your 2016 e-commerce campaigns. Among all affluents, which make up 28% of American adults, the largest expenditure categories are automotive, home and garden, and personal insurance. (Stat Source: Ipsos)

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If you’re a vendor in the B2B market, this stat is for you! With all the apps, websites, Saas, plugins, and other services out there, most executives are flooded with outreach from different vendors trying to win them over. This survey also reveals that the more personalized the outreach, the more responsive they are to the salesperson. (Stat Source: Marketing Charts)

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There are a number of companies out there right now that offer inexpensive video marketing platforms. Even something as simple as animations explaining your product or service can help you reach potential customers. Among those who responded to this survey, the lack of an effective strategy is the main reason cited for unsuccessful video campaigns. (Stat Source: Ascend2)

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This is in part to help “improve shipping solutions for online sellers and consumers in China, the U.S. and Latin America,” according to a recent report from Internet Retailer. In addition, the US Postal Service is collaborating with Alibaba to help US consumers receive overseas packages from AliExpress faster. In case this online marketplace is not on your radar yet, it should be. When more consumers start to shop on this site, you’ll want to watch for new competitors entering the market as well as potential knock-off companies who may be trying to steal your intellectual property. (Stat Source: Internet Retailer)

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Remarketing With Google Analytics Drives 10X Higher Conversion Than Traditional Display Ads

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Here are this week’s top 5 digital marketing statistics and key takeaways. Want to know how these stats relate to your business? Drop us a line and let’s chat about your online marketing goals.

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Key Takeaway:

Marketo and Google recently released a case study which highlights how Marketo was able to use Google Analytics’ custom data fields to achieve better results from their online advertising efforts. Specifically, they set up ways to identify audiences in Analytics based on conversion stage or business vertical. From this data, they were able to quickly assign remarketing lists in order to serve more personalized remarketing ads to visitors. This resulted in 10x higher conversion rate. (Stat source: Think With Google)

Remarketing to all visitors is a start, but segmentation and list building of your audiences is how you stay top of mind and improve conversion. Utilize the data points you have available to you about your visitors, customers and website to improve your marketing and advertising efforts. Don’t just assume that all of your customers and visitors are part of the same audience. You may have a few distinct audiences for your business, and the better you understand each one the more opportunity you have to create a personalized experience for them.

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The big news in the social media sphere this week is that the CEO of Twitter is stepping down. Along with this news, many were surprised to learn that Twitter has never turned a profit. Only time will tell if the social media giant will be able to turn things around and prove its value to investors and advertisers before it’s too late. (Stat Source: Chris Sacca)

How many customers have tried your product or service, never to return again? Make sure you’re doing your research to discover why customers did not return to your company again so that you can do your best to improve for the future.

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You may remember us talking about Twitch, a live-streaming gaming service that was recently acquired by Amazon. Well, in an attempt to better serve the gaming demographic, now Google is rolling out YouTube Gaming, a new application that “will act as a video hub that highlights live streams of people playing games as they battle aliens or try to score in a virtual soccer game.” (Stat Source: Internet Retailer)

Ask yourself, is there a way that your company or organization can better serve one of your major demographics?

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One key component to your company’s success is your employees. If your employees are not happy working for you, you will get high turn-over which makes it tough to grow. Our world is becoming increasingly digital, and many peoples’ jobs are able to be done from home on the computer. If you have star employees who want to work from home or from the office but on their own time schedule, let them! (Stat source: KPCB)

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It’s not all about the money. If you don’t have the extra cash to bump up your mobile bids, spend a little bit of time trying to increase your Quality Score. (Stat source: WordStream)

So there you have it, this week’s top 5 digital marketing stats and key takeaways – #TWT5!

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By 2019 Mobile Will Account for 72% of US Digital Ad Spend

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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Key Takeaway:

Mobile is where the growth is. Facebook and Google dominate mobile advertising currently, but keep your eye out for other top companies that are climbing the ranks, such as Pinterest, who recently started offering advertising to companies. (Stat Source: eMarketer)

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This means they will probably come up with some pretty amazing features for the buy button. Pinterest could end up dominating social media commerce. Are you ready for that? The best piece of advice we can give you is to start reading up on their advertising policies. Promoted pins can’t really look like advertising in the traditional sense of the word, so you need to put on your creative hat. (Stat Source: Inbound Hub)

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So if your open rates are terrible, this could be the reason why. Make sure your emails are optimized for mobile devices. It is not just something that can help a little bit. It essentially makes or breaks your email campaigns. (Stat Source: Search Engine Journal)

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Shipping cost is the most common reason for visitors to abandon a purchase. So offer your customers free shipping and make sure this is clearly stated on your site. This should increase conversions AND the size of each order. (Stat Source: Crazy Egg)

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There are now 300 million monthly users on the social media platform. If you’re not utilizing Instagram, you’re simply ignoring 300 million people who could be engaging with your company / brand. The top 5 brands on Instagram are: Nike, Starbucks, Adidas, GoPro, and Zara. For more fun tidbits, check out this KissMetrics infographic. (Stat Source: Instagram)

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Angry Social Media Posts Have More Impact Than Joyful Posts

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Check out this week’s top 5 digital marketing statistics and key takeaways! #TWT5

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Key Takeaway:

We’re not advising you create an angry social media campaign! Clearly social media has changed the way people communicate and interact with other people and with businesses. If you use your basic offline social skills and habits in your social media efforts, you should be able to maintain a healthy social presence and good relationship with your key audiences. Bottom-line – Always keep your social posts friendly, polite and professional. (Stat Source: Beijing University)

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The more options you give customers on how they want to hear from your brand, they more likely they will enjoy your content. Simple as that. Give your email subscribers options! Not only should you ask how often they want to hear from you, ask them what format of email they prefer, and even what topics they want to hear about. The more you know about them the more you can do your best to delight them! (Stat Source: Experian Marketing Services)

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Reduce the number of form-fields on your landing pages. Yes, this means you are capturing less information to start, but getting more conversions in the end. You can always come up with creative ways to get more information about your audiences at a later time. (Stat Source: HubSpot)

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Most online stores today feature English as the primary language. But if you’re selling a product to international audiences, it’s important to keep in mind that English is not perfectly understood everywhere in the world. Bottom line for international brands – it’s essential to provide multi-language support through your online store, especially for the most popular languages, including Spanish, French, and Chinese. (Stat Source: Multichannel Merchant)

Key Takeaway:

This stat is significant right now because of the upcoming Google announcement on April 21, when the company is going to announce a big change to their search algorithm. We suspect it’s mainly going to be about mobile-friendly websites gaining more visibility than non-mobile friendly sites.

Hopefully your website already has at least some mobile-friendly features to it. To take it a step further, you should take a look at the images on your website. That huge image on your desktop site is mostly useless for people accessing your site on mobile or tablet.

So what should you do? Consider if the image is really even necessary for mobile users. If it is, make a smaller version for your mobile users. But be careful, there is a correct and incorrect way to do this. If you’re not sure, get help from a digital marketing agency. (Stat Source: HTTP Archive)

If you have any questions or comments about how these statistics relate to your business, shoot us an email and we will be happy to help!

#TWT5 Youtube Now Second Largest Search Engine

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Check out this week’s top 5 digital marketing stats and key takeaways!

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Key Takeaway:

Video and images can convey your business and marketing messages much quicker than any piece of written content. If you don’t yet have a YouTube presence for your company, it’s about time you start. Just make sure that your strategy matches with your end goals. (Stat Source: Social Media Today)

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As a digital marketing specialist, this statistic jumped out at me because honestly I expected it to be a much higher percentage. It’s typically considered best practices to remove main website navigation on your PPC landing pages. This is because you want the visitors of that page to make one single action, and you want to do everything in your power to drive them take that action. So navigation buttons are just distractions and ways for visitors to easily leave your landing page and forget all about your juicy offer on the page. (Stat Source: MarketingSherpa)

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I constantly hear people saying statements like “email is dead” and “no one reads emails anymore” which is why I love this stat. Email is not dead. Email marketing can be a solid component to your online marketing strategy, it just shouldn’t be the only way you market to your audiences. Great email campaigns that run with a solid SEO and PPC strategy can prove very successful for many businesses. (Stat Source: HubSpot)

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Google’s keyword planner tool is not very helpful when conducting keyword research for your business. It almost feels like they are trying to make it difficult for you to uncover terms people are actually using. It’s best to use it for reference but also use other tools and research methods to uncover the terms people are actually using to find the types of products and services you offer. (Stat Source: Webbiquity)

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For years, business owners doubted the power of social media, but this stat makes it clear that the majority of businesses should be using social sites to their advantage. Social media is about authentically connecting with your audiences and building trust. (Stat Source: Top Rank Online Marketing)

So there you have it! We hope you learned something new today. If you have any questions about how these stats relate to your business, shoot us an email!