This category will feature articles about new and upcoming trends in digital marketing, to keep you up to date with the most relevant and interesting ways to get in touch and reach your end-users, fans, or customers.
This last weekend I attended one of the most amazing digital marketing conferences there is in the world, the Traffic & Conversion Summit 2017 in San Diego, California - organized by DigitalMarketer.com. It’s a conference designed for more advanced and experienced marketers and marketing agencies, rather than for people looking to get started in digital marketing. The speakers dig deep into marketing strategy, things that work and don’t work, the exploration and testing of new technology and much more.
During the four days of packed back-to-back sessions with some of the leading experts in digital marketing, thousands of words in notes and over 300 photos shot with my phone of some of the slides; here’s a list of my top 25 takeaways, tips and trends of the state of digital marketing. Do keep in mind that approximately half or two thirds of the sessions were led by the internal team members of DigitalMarketer.com
Every manager or owner reaches a breaking point, and insistence to take on too much may end up affecting the company. How do you know when it’s time to delegate or outsource?
As a new business owner, you’re going to face an extraordinary amount of work and stress – that’s a given regardless of what type of company you build. Every startup faces long nights, early mornings, and days at a time spent at the office, doing the work necessary for building the business. While you need to put forth a great deal of effort, it’s important not to let yourself burn out. You’re going to need to learn to relinquish control over some aspects of your business to others. If you want to do this with more confidence, you’re going to need to learn how to effectively delegate.
At the beginning of each year, it’s fun to predict which cutting-edge technologies will become mainstream in the coming months. Marketing automation is one area of technology that has vastly improved the way companies stay in touch with customers, and the new developments around the corner are truly exciting.
As of now, about half of all companies use some form of marketing automation, and the rest are likely to follow suit in the coming years. Automation has such clear advantages that there are very few companies that don’t stand to benefit from deployed some type of marketing automation platform. There are even several robust automation systems available right now at very low cost for small startups and growing businesses.
Social media’s focus has been slowly morphing from images to video for a while now, with the uprising of video sharing sites like Vine (RIP) and Snapchat, the decade-long dominance of YouTube and recently, the development of Instagram Stories and Facebook Live.
Not only are video sharing platforms being used, they’re flourishing.
Consumers view videos as a convenient, easy and quick way to get useful information about a product, service, organization or idea.
Therefore, businesses need to understand that videos provide a special type of easily-consumed, detailed content that potential customers increasingly engage with, enjoy, share and use as an educational step in the buying cycle. It is now up to businesses to create captivating videos to help spread their messages and maximize their customer base. Viewers are standing by.
Developing relationships with prospects at every stage of the sales funnel is an essential step in maximizing your number of buyers. Marketing automation can help with this process.
Lead nurturing is an essential part of marketing, but it also relies heavily on the sales team’s ability to turn leads into sales. Studies show that on average, half the leads any given company has are still on the fence about whether or not they want to buy, and 80% of new leads don’t turn into sales. With the right automation platform, you could see far better success than the norm.
A comprehensive digital marketing strategy is more essential than ever in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace. If you own a new or growing business, it’s crucial to have some understanding of the potential that lies in digital marketing.
Online presence is absolutely vital for every company in the modern business world. So much business is conducted online that it would be foolish for any business owner to think that a digital presence is simply a luxury. Just about every business-to-customer retailer has an online store in addition to traditional brick-and-mortars, and most are starting to figure out new ways of connecting the two to provide customers with the best shopping experiences possible. Your small business may be a way off from this stage right now, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be taking steps toward that end.
We know that marketing automation can help a business reach its full potential. Streamlining and simplifying the more cumbersome tasks leaves your marketing team with more time to create effective campaigns. However, marketing automation helps more than just your marketing team.
It’s important to recognize how automated processes improve your productivity. Primarily, the marketing automation you create is going to save everyone time. Of course, your automated processes are going to require tweaking from time to time, but the time investment spent on manual responses is dramatically cut when you automate. This added productivity will reach just about every corner of your organization and improve your operational efficiency in various ways.
Have you decided to hire a marketing agency? Well done – it’s a wise investment of your valuable business dollars. If you’re just beginning your search, however, you may feel overwhelmed by the options. Finding the perfect match for your unique business needs can be difficult, but we’re here to help.
Each business has its own idea of what it wants from a marketing strategy – for most, it’s about growth and the bottom line. How a particular marketing agency tries to achieve these goals may differ. For example, one agency might try to increase your online presence by creating content for your blog. Another agency may recommend a complete branding overhaul. Be clear about your company’s goals to find the agency that can best serve your needs.
Instagram stories were launched in the beginning of August and have propelled the social media giant to another level: 600 million monthly active users, thanks mostly to its new Instagram Stories feature. Instagram is currently the second-most used social media site in the U.S. and Instagram Stories now have at least 100 million daily users.
Instagram users who never used Snapchat were probably immediately smitten with this new feature. (However, if you use Snapchat, you know that Instagram stole the Stories idea from it.) Either way, Instagram stories are awesome, engaging and it looks like they’re going to stick around.
When most businesses think of outsourcing, they see only dollar signs. While it’s true outsourcing does entail some expense, sending out some business processes can actually make businesses turn a profit faster. Outsourcing also can help take the strain off of already-overworked business owners.
One area for which this is especially true is your marketing efforts. Learn how to weigh the costs and benefits of outsourcing your marketing ¬– and how it can save your company time and manpower, which are valuable commodities for small businesses.
Your marketing needs may ebb and flow like the tide. One advantage of outsourcing your marketing efforts is because they can be readily scaled to meet demand. For example, you might need a guerilla-type campaign during the holiday season or while running a sale. An outsourced agency will be able to pick up the slack and meet demand, something you may not be able to do in-house. You’ll be able to scale back just as quickly when the season is over.