Lead generation is vital to the growth of a business.
Actively pursuing leads through an effective marketing strategy is a great way to increase conversion rates and ROI. Some strategies have proven to be effective, but a few missing elements could cause potential leads to slip away.
There are several common mistakes companies make that can hamper their lead generation attempts.
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.
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
If you’re feeling the strain of the daily grind in running a business, you’re not alone. Many entrepreneurs and small business owners try to take on too much, which can end up negatively affecting the business in the long run.
Small business owners typically wear several hats, especially in the early days of running the company. Most startups don’t have the financial security to hire staff to handle IT support, payroll, marketing, customer service, and various other aspects of the business. Most of the basic tasks of this nature will fall to the owner or founders until business picks up steam and they gain the liquidity they need to hire staff.
Over and again, I have found that fledgling innovators or entrepreneurs start with the product idea first and link their strategies to it. Campaigns flounder because they start from their vantage point rather than that of their clients. In the end, these individuals may end up pleasing just themselves - or not even themselves because they end up at a loss.
Four months to the end of the year, and businesses or marketers who seek to lead the vanguard of change are already on the lookout for what’s new and changing. Keeping up with trends can help you compete and decide where to invest your money. The following are five growing digital marketing trends that will dominate 2016-2017.
Keeping track of marketing efforts is essential for every business. Doing so produces a guided track to visualize the company’s strategies and illustrates how it plans to achieve goals and objectives. One of the most popular ways companies accomplishes this is by creating a marketing plan.
According to William M. Pride, "the Marketing Plan is a written document or blueprint governing all of a firm's marketing activities, including the implementation and control of those activities."
Maybe your agency has asked you what you like/don’t like/hope to see/want more of? Sometimes it helps to look outside of your brand, campaign--even industry altogether.
So where do you look to reinvigorate your ideas and shake up your senses? There’s a ton of things to keep in mind, as marketing is not a hard and fast science.
“Sitting is the new smoking”, is the new catchphrase in the medical community. But just as a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to health, a static online presence is unfavorable for healthcare professionals, especially those looking to grow the number of patients coming through their doors.
Today´s competitive environment demands doctor´s offices, dentists, plastic surgeons and physical therapists, to adopt and adapt dynamic inbound marketing techniques traditionally used by small businesses.
Marketing expert, Stuart Britt, once said “Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does”. If you are selling a product or service, but are not investing the time or money into marketing it, how will people know you exist? Unless you already own a well-known business, you need to actively create brand awareness. Setting even a small marketing budget will go a long way in reaching more customers and building a brand.
Constructing a creative and strategic marketing plan will allow you stand out within your industry. If your ads and marketing materials are well designed, well thought out, and placed strategically, customers will take notice.
For example, say you own an office supply company, Supplies ‘R’ Us. Your main competitor, Office Plus, has half of the market share. To set yourself apart from Office Plus, you decide to run a Supplies ‘R’ Us social media campaign, specifically targeting your ideal customers. More and more customers start seeing your ads on social media sites. As a result, Office Plus customers start shopping at Supplies ‘R’ Us, and you begin to gain a larger share of the market.