It’s never too late to analyze marketing strategies and start the road to a strategy that will increase ROI. Here are some items to consider when you reevaluate:
1. Combine email with social media. All email communication should include options for users to share your content within social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Remember, any opportunities for readers to share leads to increased website traffic as your brand message spreads.
2. Optimize landing pages. Research from MarketingSherpa shows properly optimized pages can double the amount of conversions achieved. Testing is a key to optimizing landing pages. All messages and pay-per-click ads can link to unique pages in a rotating manner.
3. Focus content. All writing should ultimately focus on your target audience’s language, what makes you different from a competitor, what are the prospect’s pain points, and how your product/service will benefit your prospects. Whether they be web copy, email copy, white papers, etc, stay focused.
4. Prepare consistent content. Content builds relationships. B2b sales happen due to relationships, not product descriptions. Utilize blogs, e-newsletters, social media, webinars or white papers to develop this relationship to target audiences throughout their buying cycles.
5. Add testimonials and case studies to your website to enhance trust and build the story as to “why buy from you”
6. Review pay-per-click strategies: Specific ad groups, long-tail keywords, compelling ad copy, relevant landing pages. If your ad is relevant to a users query, quality visitors come to your site.
7. Utilize your existing house mailing list properly. Start nurturing your existing list with email messaging and begin focusing on those leads that respond positively by offering them fresh content.
8. Address measurement tools. Are you evaluating campaign ROI properly? Are all of your website links, whether they be blogs, Twitter, Facebook, pay-per-click, direct mail, have custom URLs or Bit.ly links? Are you monitoring and making decisions based on reports generated from Analytics? You need to make the time to study the granular measurement tactics so that your overall campaign is generating quality leads and sales.
9. Lead Score. Research from DemandGen shows that companies that score leads properly close more deals, and generate more revenue per deal. If there’s not a scoring system in place, let’s chat.
10. Get sales and marketing on the same page. It’s common that sales and marketing are separate, but they both need to know quality lead definitions, target audiences, marketing strategy, and knowing how to share results. As marketers, our job is to give salespersons quality, closeable leads. Only with input on resolutions, can we analyze marketing strategies. Demand Generation/Marketing Automation systems do this, and work with CRM systems like Salesforce.
NuSpark Marketing can help with any or all of the above. The most important thing is, it’s never to late to start the mission to increase market share, gain more visablity, communicate with quality content, and build revenue.
Fresh from Google on how Adsense works (those listings you see on other people’s sites)
|If you’re a publisher using Google AdSense on your website then you might be interested in reading the latest blog post from the AdSense blog which reveals Google’s revenue share model (AdSense for content and AdSense for search).
Over the next few months Google will begin showing the revenue shares for AdSense for content and AdSense for search right in the AdSense interface.
With everyone (it seems) so gaga over what’s next with Social Media, the old interactive standby- banner ads, is actually thriving, consider:
U.S. web users received 1.08 trillion online display ads in Q1 2010, according to comScore AdMetrix data. This represents 15% growth from 944.4 billion online display ads received by U.S. web users in Q1 2009. Total U.S. display ad spending in Q1 reached an estimated $2.7 billion, with the average cost per thousand impressions (CPM) equal to $2.48, writes MarketingVOX.
“Following a severe ad recession that began in late 2008 and continued through the first three quarters of 2009, we’ve been seeing a strong resurgence in the online display ad market,” said Jeff Hackett, comScore SVP. “The first quarter of 2010 posted strong volume in online display ads, coinciding with increasing expenditure from advertisers and higher CPMs for publishers. This pickup in activity should bode well for the online advertising industry as we move forward in 2010.”
Social networking site Facebook led all online publishers during Q1 2010 with 176 billion display ad impressions, representing 16.2% market share.Yahoo Sites ranked second with 132 billion impressions (12.1% market share), followed by Microsoft Sites with 60 billion impressions (5.5% market share) and Fox Interactive Media with 53 billion impressions (4.9% market share).
For an effective banner ad campaign, you have to remove last click metrics out of your head. At a click-through rate of .01%, it’s no wonder marketers sometimes question the effectiveness. It’s getting to sound like how I would recommend billboard and transit advertising to consumer advertisers. You have to start taking measurement from a macro level, and consider attribution, media mix, and message. It’s still about ROI, and ad targeting to users most likely to buy.
I’ll explain more about the benefits of banner advertising in a later blog post, but will leave you with this key point:
The more someone has seen or heard of your product, the more likely they will search for that product on search engines. Research already supports the effectiveness of social media and the lift in search. Similarly with banner campaigns.
Some ramblings on marketing strategy vs. website.
Remember the old “chicken or the egg” story of what came first? A similar circumstance happens with websites. Years ago, you jumped on the bandwagon to create a website for your company. Hired a designer who knew HTML code. There you have it- a pretty website- some animation, and good product descriptions. Guess what- Google can’t find your site. And visitors are leaving your site because there’s no reason for them to stay. No strong call-to-action. Nothing of value to give away. So your website has to be revised for SEO with new site structure and keywords, and the lead capture mechanism has to be redone. Thanks web designer. Pretty site. Detailed description. But not written for the buyer. Need to start over- and spend marketing dollars again but don’t worry, it’ll pay off this time- just get NuSpark Marketing involved with the strategy. So remember the new story: what comes first- the website or the marketing strategy……
In case you missed it, you can now follow companies on LinkedIn.
Similar to a Facebook Fan Page, being a company follower on LinkedIn gets you specific status updates such as recent hires and promotions, new job opportunities and company profile updates. While the initial launch is fairly basic, the feature will surely mature to increase and improve communication between companies and individuals. Just search for a company, click their profile, and click the “Follow Company” icon. Your profile will then follow the company’s updates.
This week ended a MarketingProfs B2b event in Boston. Most of the content covered social media but also lead management. These important lessons were taken from observations at Hubspot, and worth listing here as we agree with them.
27 Marketing Lessons B2B Marketing Should Know
1. Pay attention to the keywords you are using in social status updates. Make is easy for prospects to find your social content by using the right keywords.
2. Content is precious. Repackage existing content into different formats, such as blog posts, podcasts and webinars to drive more leads.
3. Marketers are publishers.
4. Use anchor text correctly across blogs and social networks to maximize SEO effectiveness.
5. When testing email marketing, have a clear reason as to why your are conducting the test.
6. Listen to your sales team for the type of content that generates the best leads, and optimize your content strategy to create it.
7. Don’t stop marketing efforts that are working to start social media; instead, use social media to support those activities.
8. List marketing messages from your business and your competitors; then remove the company names. Can you tell which message connects to each company, or do they all sound the same?
9. Social media thought leadership is built by empowering employees to talk about your company and industry.
10. Use a corporate SlideShare account to share updated company documents using employee LinkedIn profiles. This can be done by asking employees to add the SlideShare application to their LinkedIn profiles and then connecting their profiles to the corporate Slideshare account.
11. Find and create online marketing best practices for your industry by examining what competitors and other industries are doing.
12. Almost all online content has the opportunity to be optimized for search.
13. Prospects will let you know when they no longer need nurturing.
14. Set and identify goals for different inbound marketing strategies to stay in the right direction during tactical execution.
15. Solve problems for customers, and leverage marketing to demonstrate these solutions.
16. Measure the data that is important to your business. Don’t try to measure everything.
17. Review old blog posts and update calls-to-action to link to new content. This is especially important for posts that receive a lot of search traffic.
18. Corporate blogs should strive to be the best trade magazine in their industry.
19. 20% of searches done in Google every day have never been done before. Create relevant content about your business even if people aren’t looking for it yet.
20. Core marketing values and processes still matter in inbound marketing.
21. Email marketing is not enough. Integrate marketing with multiple channels.
22. Mobile is an important emerging media platform for B2B companies.
23. Search is a major opportunity for qualified leads because customers are already looking for your product.
24. Optimize for all search engines. Some search engines may drive better quality leads than others.
25. The primary purpose of social content isn’t to provide something for people to read. It’s to provide something for them to discuss.
26. Tools and technology don’t make your business more interesting or smarter.
27. Optimize landing pages to rank in organic search results.
Quick Questions regarding your marketing strategy…
a. Why do you have a website?
b. Why have a site if I can’t find what you sell within the first 2 pages of Google?
c. Do you track which marketing sources generate the highest revenue per lead?
d. Do you have useful content that can solve problems for your potential customers?
e. How do you promote that content?
Just a few of the many concerns that NuSpark Marketing can help with.
According to Jakob Nielsen, a guru on web visibility studies (www.useit.com),
People spent more than twice as much time looking at the left side of the page as they do the right:
- Left half of screen: 69% of viewing time
- Right half of screen: 30% of viewing time
Such information is visible only after horizontal scrolling, and the minute amount of attention it attracts confirms the guideline to avoid horizontal scrolling.
Information to the right of the initially-visible area is in essence “below the fold,” except that they are beyond a right-hand fold instead of a bottom-of-window fold, and thus not literally “below.” Another way of looking at vertical vs. horizontal scrolling is that users allocate 20% of their attention past the fold in the vertical dimension but only 1% past the fold in the horizontal dimension.
His study used a 1,024×768 monitor. With a bigger monitor, one might expect the viewing pattern to shift slightly to the right, simply because there would a wider space to look at. However, the general pattern would be the same.
The left-most part of the page typically contains a navigation bar, so it’s not surprising that attention grows after the 200-pixel mark, with the most attention around 300–500 pixels.
Note that it’s great that users don’t look too much at the nav: better for them to spend their time on your content and only look at the navigation when they want to move on.
Bottom line, keep most important copy skewed left.