Research carried out by smartinsights.com clearly shows that only 38% of businesses have integrated online marketing strategies. Only 16% of businesses have their strategy documented, and 46% do not have any strategy at all. If you are among the nearly half of all businesses that don’t have a proper business plan in place, then it’s time you got started.
We’ll help you do this, with tips from experts that will give you high returns even with little or no budget.
This article on the “ Top 10 Up-And-Coming Trends in Online Marketing ” written and published on Forbes by Jayson DeMer (Founder and CEO of AudienceBloom), highlights the importance of adopting the latest digital trends and strategies to stay up-front in a complex, evolving, and volatile online industry. Cisco has predicted that by the end of 2018, 79% of internet traffic will be coming from videos. Youtube has already crossed the milestone of 40 billion views for branded content.
Jayson also mentions that virtual reality and vertical videos are the next trends where your customer engagement seems high. SERP video advertising is gaining momentum. Virtual reality devices like Oculus Rift are future platforms with the potential to integrate social media sites, online advertising, direct messaging, etc. Standalone social media like Youtube, Facebook, and Bing offer video options. Mobile-centric apps like SnapChat likewise give importance to vertical videos with a view to augmenting customer engagement.
SEO Online Marketing Strategies
Adam Audette is the SVP, Organic search at Merkle. In his article Why Quality Is The Only Sustainable SEO Strategy, Adam explains how a strategy concentrated around quality, authority and credibility could increase your SEO ranking. Adam also points out that in order to have the best long term influence, it is important to chase users, not algorithms.
Sam MacRoberts of VUDU has also written an excellent article around SEO, Titled “Investing in SEO the Warren Buffett way.” MacRoberts has compared SEO to a stock, since both of them are valuable long term investments. He also points out that people should consider SEO as a branding play rather than a advertising tactic.
Social Media Strategies
Social networks that launched as a platform for connecting people have now evolved into a highly effective and powerful sales tool. A recent study conducted by PRNewswire with a sample size of 11,000 found that one in six marriages results from an online interaction. Statistics from dreamgrow.com, a leading source for content and social media information, note that 95 % of adults follow a brand via social media, and 71% of customers who get a good experience through social media tend to recommend the brand. Last year, Facebook by itself influenced the purchasing decisions of 52% customers online.
Recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s leading social media experts, Sean Gardner suggests effective online marketing strategies in his book “A Road to Social Media Success”. This guide is helpful for newbies as well as professional marketers in gaining insights into the ever changing world of social media. Gardner also explains how small businesses and startups can use social media to enhance and improve their customer experience.
Mikolaj Piskorski from Harvard Business School notes that “A social strategy is bound to fail without tight integration between the benefits of customer and company.”
Real-time Marketing Strategies
Real-time advertising is the strategy of executing an actionable plan at the point of time when a popular activity or event happening on a particular channel is trending and already in the minds of your customers. Inserting your brand into this conversation that’s brewing hot increases the probability of users noticing and engaging with your brand. Take Oreo’s drunk in the dark post as an example. During Super Bowl XLVII, the real-time online marketing strategies executed by Oreo generated more than 10,000 retweets. As long as your brand maintains a real time conversation like this with users, you have a chance of executing a real-time advertising strategy that will produce astoundingly high returns.
A full 47% of online users now use ad-blocker. The best and perhaps the only way to reach these people is through content marketing and/or by partnering with influencers who these people look up to for advice and opinion.
In the article on How a New “Influencer” App Could be Your Most Powerful Content Marketing Weapon, Joe Chernov explains the importance of promoting through influencer’s. Learn how a powerful platform like Little Bird can be used for mapping influencer network. Unlike Klout, a mobile app and website that uses social media analytics to assign a reputation score to people, Little Bird will start to monitor and gather relevant information regarding a topic. Then it works backwards by digging deeper to identify the influencer who can help you market your content.
Advertising through an influencer is an authentic and effective way to reach out to your target audience. An influencer can lend credibility to your brand, while also helping you reach out to their followers. For startup companies, it’s better to deploy resources to chase micro influencers. It’s highly effective as long as you work with a variety of people and with an emphasis on brand advocacy. Based on stats published by Influencer Orchestration Network, 92% of people value recommendations from influencers, and 81% of the people who used influencer find it as an effective online marketing strategy.
Content Marketing Strategy
According to Brian Clark, traditional advertising has lost its mojo. The digital shift has enabled people to take valuable suggestions from quality and unique content. You should never ignore the importance of creative and compelling ads, but if you give people solutions to their problems through your content, it enhances the chances of your online strategy being successful. A test conducted by Peter Koechley of Upworthy found that traffic to a website can vary up to 500 times based on how compelling the headline is.
Stats published by Jason DeaMer show that 88% of B2B marketers use content as part of their online marketing strategy. Blending humor with statistics proportionally so that your audience does not get numbed by all the raw numbers and data. The content industry is about fiddling with your audience’s mind, engaging them to respond and perform the call to action (CTA). Create simple and creative infographics. Statistics published by Content Desk says that infographics are likely to be read 30 times more compared to a purely text based article.
Email Marketing Strategy
- ExactTarget – 91% of users check their emails on a regular basis;
- Merkel – 74% of customers prefer receiving commercial newsletters through email;
- MarketingSherpa – 60% of marketers strongly believe that an effective email strategy will result in positive outcomes.
This article that explains “2 simple email marketing tricks you should be using” written by Paras Arora reflects the importance of email and how ecommerce companies like Amazon makes use of it. According to Arora, the frequency and number of emails that you send to your prospect’s inbox plays an important role in determining the success of your email campaign.
A personalized email with a well-structured subject that explains the benefits an end user will get increases the click through. Lori Titus is the owner of Bee Folks, a reputed firm that delivers honey to customers. Lori has effectively implemented email marketing strategy to attract and retain customers. She sends discount coupons to her target audience, along with emails that highlight the importance of honey in your daily diet, health tips during special occasions, holidays, etc.
Statistics published on Wishpond show that retargeting increases click through rates by up to 300%. Three out of five customers have said that they noticed ads of product they are looking in some other sites. Another 25% have said that behavioral based advertising has helped remind them what they were previously looking for.
An article published by Gabriel Shaoolian says that retargeting allows you to follow your target audience in all possible social channels. For example, an airline putting their ads in multiple channels where their target audience is present, helps in generating better conversions.
If you can implement all these online marketing strategies as suggested by these experts, it will add up into a digital marketing plan that will power your online lead generation and sales.