Google first announced back in 2015 that mobile searches in 10 countries, including the U.S., officially out-numbered traditional Google searches on desktops. As a result, mobile commerce (called m-commerce) has been a growing force. And businesses, large and small, followed suit.
Now, in the year 2017, having a website that isn’t mobile-friendly means kissing leads and customers goodbye. In order to stay competitive in the current market, businesses need to create user-friendly purchasing journeys and tailor user engagement based on what device is being used. If a certain company doesn’t follow this golden rule, then its competitor will, while taking customers with it.
Not only are people using their smartphones and tablets to browse the Internet, but they’re commonly on apps. In 2015, Yahoo developers put out a report showing that 90 percent of people’s time spent on their mobile device is spent utilizing apps.
While it’s necessary to make sure your company’s website is mobile-friendly, it’s equally important to ask your team if your business could benefit from a mobile app.
Google is the unquestioned king of search engines, and Facebook is the most popular social media platform in the world. While it’s important to invest in your marketing efforts wisely, don’t conflate how these two giants operate. People generally use Google and Facebook for very different reasons, and it’s important to recognize that your tactics for generating traffic on one platform may not work on the other.
Think of the purpose behind Google: people want to know more about something so they search for answers. There is a motive or intent behind every Google search, whereas Facebook curates ads and sponsored content based on users’ apparent interests. Marketers must approach these platforms differently to make valuable connections.
When tailoring a strategy to Google, the goal should be to answer very specific questions. For Facebook, it’s more about casting a larger net to a wider audience.
Digital tools afford modern marketers an unprecedented level of control over their automated processes, but it’s important everything isn’t simply set to autopilot. Marketing automation is a tremendous asset, but only when used thoughtfully. Adjustments must be made frequently to accommodate changes in customer trends and company strategy. It’s vital to understand how to effectively manage your automation structure.
Automating your marketing processes, such as sending out emails to your mailing list and automatic posts to social media pages, is a fantastic way to cut down on time spent on the mundane parts of marketing. This can allow you to focus more of your effort on building your brand and growing a sphere of influence. However, if you simply set up your automations and assume everything is just fine, you’ll more than likely encounter significant issues.
If you want to grow your business, you’re going to have to cultivate leads. Generating new leads is difficult for many businesses, but you can make it easier for yourself using survey tools. Asking your audience what they want from you is a great way to devise a lead magnet, one of the most powerful tools you can use to convert leads to your brand.
More and more businesses are realizing how vital a “customer first” mentality is to success. Business is more competitive than ever, and consumers are more discerning in how they spend their time and their money. Relevance is crucial for making an impression on consumers today. The brands that do this best are always looking for new ways to connect with their target customers, and surveys play a crucial role in improving customer relationships.
Without it, a business cannot sustain its daily operations and would eventually fail.
One of the most important and initial steps in sales is prospecting – which is the process of qualifying the leads who has demonstrated the desire to make a purchase decision. This step is pivotal in closing deals and as such, must be executed on time and properly to ensure success. In fact, statistics says that the first viable vendor to reach a decision maker has a 74% chance to win the deal if they manage to set the buying vision.
In this infographic, we will help you improve your prospecting process so that you can find leads that you engage with and convert into customers more effectively.
Small businesses face a difficult start without a firm grasp of modern marketing. Some modern marketing tools are very efficient and cost-effective for fledgling businesses. Unfortunately, many new business owners simply assume that it’s “too soon” to start heavily marketing. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
New business owners usually wear several hats in the beginning stages of their companies. Starting a new business is extremely demanding in any industry, so it’s important to understand the role marketing plays early on. For example, investing early in brand awareness can help attract top talent who want to be part of something new and exciting. Additionally, early investments in marketing typically pay off tremendously in the long run. Your first customers are likely going to become regulars if they have a good first experience.
Successful modern marketing hinges on the ability to craft impactful advertising campaigns that convert leads into customers, and there are countless tools available for accomplishing this. Three of the biggest contributors to your marketing success will invariably be your marketing automation platform, ad campaign, and landing pages. When you get these three facets of your marketing efforts working in sync with one another, the results can be astounding.
You may have heard the term “landing page” from a marketing agency or an employee or maybe even from reading the headline of this blog post.
You know what a website is. But what is a landing page? How does it differ from a website? How is a landing page used?
A landing page is a single web page that is most popularly built to acquire leads through a short online form. In general, a landing page directs the visitor to it’s single purpose, which is for them to click the main (or only) call-to-action button (CTA), such as “Buy now” or “Signup”.
Whereas websites are a multitude of pages with various information, media, lead capture forms and call to actions (Learn what a Call-to-Action is), an efficient landing page should just focus on one informational subject and have one call to action (CTA). The goal of a landing page is to get conversions, and landing pages can be stand-alone pages (without navigation to your website) or can be located on your website.
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.
Marketing automation, as the name implies, is a software tool that automates your marketing activities. In fact, it is as much a productivity tool as it is a marketing tool.
You get to automate repetitive, predictable, and boring tasks and in turn - save a lot of time; you can then use this time to focus on more important aspects of running a business such as strategy, and planning.
In fact, 49% of companies use marketing automation, according to Emailmonday.
The real problem, though, is that most marketers don’t realize the full potential of an automation tool. This is sometimes due to the mistakes and wrong assumptions we make when dealing with marketing automation in general.
Here are some such mistakes you should stay clear of in order to get the most of your tool: