How to Get Started with Digital Marketing

How to Get Started with Digital Marketing

What is Digital Marketing?

Digital marketing encompasses a broad range of marketing strategies associated with the internet that are designed to target and engage specific consumers. Attention-grabbing websites uncovered during Google searches, customized email programs, and social media are becoming universal elements designed to engage existing customers and attract new ones. Unlike traditional mass marketing strategies like TV, radio, and newspapers, digital marketing attempts to focus messages to a population that is most likely to require the company’s goods or services in the near future.

As the population continues to spend more time online, creating a presence to connect with them is critical.

Effective digital or online marketing is essential in today’s business environment. According to an Adweek.com, 81% of shoppers conduct an online search before making any important purchasing decision.

Digital marketing, much of which is also termed Inbound Marketing, is designed to attract viewers’ attention with an exciting and pertinent website or other marketing devices that may include such tools as:

  • infographics
  • interest-catching blogs
  • online brochures
  • ebooks
  • details such as newly imagined logos and other branding assets.

Also, useful interactive tools are designed to engage consumers to linger and take notice as they speed through their internet searches.

As another important element, online consumer feedback and commentary are driving many of today’s purchases. Consumers seeking products to provide pleasure or to solve a problem usually rely on experiential input from online posts to guide their decisions. Effective digital marketers capitalize on positive feedback while minimizing negative feedback in timely ways.

Important disciplines to enhance your presence are:

Experienced professionals like MarketCrest in McKinney TX provide creative support to companies throughout the United States and key international markets.

Establishing Your Starting PointYou must establish a starting point

MarketCrest offers a free one-hour consultation and discovery call for potential clients to discuss their current situation and identify strategies that may begin to build profitable new revenue and sustainable growth through digital marketing. Each professional at MarketCrest brings a unique set of skills and experience that will provide a holistic view of your brand and market building.

During the discovery phase of the free introductory consultation, the MarketCrest experts will address your current circumstances including:

  • How does your company work?
  • What are the ways you generate revenue?
  • What are your ongoing marketing initiatives?
  • What are your online marketing goals?

From the analysis of your current situation, the digital marketers can develop a customized strategy designed to drive the appropriate traffic that generates qualified leads and profitable revenue.

Once initial objectives are established, the process of further evaluation and strategy development begins. The three core categories for consideration are:

  • Website Design and Development: Evaluate the current design and adjust to meet the new objectives. Such issues as visual appeal, user experience, mobile readiness, and page load speed will be analyzed for acceptability. If tweaks or significant changes are needed, this will be the time to do so.
  • Content Optimization: Evaluation of success rate of your landing pages is essential. With ongoing, real-time analysis of your content, MarketCrest professionals can determine if you are developing trust, establishing credibility, and enhancing the image of your company.  Content should be engaging and include relevant keywords that increase search engine optimization. Other data tools can be added to track demographic and geographic interest.
  • Conversion Optimization: How many visits you successfully convert may depend on a variety of elements in your content. Continual monitoring and adjustment where needed can improve conversion rates.

The MarketCrest Process

The MarketCrest Process consists of four steps from the initial discussion to the goal of sustained revenue development.

  • Strategy Development is a result of website analysis, traffic analysis, keyword research, competitive analysis, campaign planning.
  • Traffic Creation will stem from initiatives that include organic and paid searches, display advertising, online directories, social media, public relations, and blogs.
  • Lead Generation is output resulting from improved landing pages, enhanced content, online calls to action, conversion forms, and email marketing, for example.
  • Sales Conversion strategies utilize ongoing analytics, A/B testing (comparing two web pages or other variables), CRM (customer relationship management) integration, lead scoring, and customer nurturing strategies.

Managing the Strategic Campaign

Once the newly designed digital marketing campaign is in place, MarketCrest will monitor traffic and impact generated by strategies that include SEO activities, content, Pay-per-Click (PPC), web optimization, automation, social network interaction, and more. By monitoring and analyzing real-time data, the firm will actively manage your campaigns, deliver daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual summaries depending on your plan preference. From continuous data, the strategies can be reinforced and refined to ensure optimal results.

Sign Up for a Free Consultation with the MarketCrest Professionals

Situated in downtown McKinney, Texas, MarketCrest, LLC, is an award-winning digital marketing agency committed to helping companies generate more revenue through new business. The firm offers a team of experienced, talented people and proven technologies to attack your market, transform your business, and build market share.

MarketCrest believes that for each dollar spent on online or digital marketing, you should reap at least 2-3 times your investment in meaningful revenue. Contact the experts in driving online leads and successful conversions through well-designed digital marketing campaigns. The firm offers four different levels of ongoing digital marketing support or a specially customized program that meets your objectives.

Visit the MarketCrest website to learn more about our capability and sign up for a free one-hour discovery consultation to learn more about digital marketing strategies that can move your business to the next level.

MarketCrest, LLC is an award winning, Digital Marketing Consulting & Services firm specializing in client revenue growth. Simply, we exist to help our clients compete and grow… and we expect to be held accountable for their improved performance.

MarketCrest, LLC
105 S. Tennessee St. Suite 103
McKinney, TX 75069
https://www.marketcrest.com

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Trademark Attorney: Four Trademark Questions for Growing Businesses

 

business trademarkBy Eric Perrott, Esq.

We have a special guest author today. MarketCrest has known Eric and his law firm for years. Actually, Eric was the attorney that secured both of the MarketCrest registered business trademarks.  

He is a business trademark attorney with Gerben Law Firm, PLLC. Eric counsels clients on trademark and copyright law issues and provides business trademark analysis, process and registration services at flat-fees.

 

Enjoy, and take good notes:

Your trademarks are more than just the name of your company or a sleek logo. A trademark represents not only your company’s product or service, but also the quality, the ethos, the mission statement, the customer service, and many other facets of your business that customers will identify with.

Are you an “Apple” person or a “Google” person?

Are you a “North Face” person or a “Lululemon” person?

Brand identity is important and developing a strong brand isn’t easy. Companies of all sizes spend tens of thousands of dollars on advertising and marketing campaigns to increase brand awareness and to drive new customers to their business.

While marketing and advertising is key for brand development, business owners from local mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 500 companies know that to build a strong, long-lasting brand, companies must protect their trademarks.

Below are four questions company owners should be able to answer about their business trademarks.

 

What are some of my business trademarks?

It might sound simple, but one of the hardest aspects of trademark protection is recognizing what a trademark actually is.

A trademark can be almost anything that represents the “good will” of a business. (Think of “good will” as all of those aspects-quality, customer service, style, etc.-mentioned above).

It can be a word or design, but it can also be a slogan (“I’m Lovin’ It”), unique store layout, or unique product packaging. It can even be a sound (the NBC chime), color (Tiffany blue), smell, or movement (like the unique way a Lamborghini’s doors open). The possibilities are endless.

However, every trademark must be “distinctive,” meaning that it must be something that consumers connect with one business, as opposed to a descriptive term or generic term that merely describes the products or services.

Descriptive words can still become trademarks, but a company must show that over time, those descriptive words are cemented in consumer’s minds as representing one company.

For example, American Airlines, National Rent-a-Car, Best Buy – all of these terms are, at their heart, descriptive. However, they are so engrained in consumers minds as trademarks that the companies enjoy trademark protection for those phrases.

 

Is someone else using a trademark similar to yours?

Once you’ve selected or identified a strong trademark that is not merely descriptive, the next step is to analyze whether another company in the industry has been using a similar trademark for longer than you have.

Under U.S. trademark law, trademark infringement occurs when a company uses a trademark that is confusingly similar to a pre-existing trademark for related goods and services. This is not just an analysis of whether someone else is using the exact same business trademark as you.

Trademarks can be confusingly similar is they are similar is sight, sound, meaning or overall commercial impression. Similarly, the goods and services do not need to be identical either, just similar, which is a legal analysis.

For example, hotels and restaurants are almost always considered “similar.” Wine and cheese have been considered similar because they are frequently used in conjunction with each other.

In order to gauge the potential risk of a trademark, a trademark attorney can perform a comprehensive search and analysis, wherein the attorney will look at registered and unregistered trademarks and provide a detailed analysis of the potential risks from a legal perspective.

Without a comprehensive search, it is extremely difficult to know about existing trademarks that could be confusingly similar to your own.

Once you have “cleared” the trademark, or generally accept and understand the risks of using (or expanding the use) of your trademarks in the marketplace, the next step towards protecting your trademark is registering with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

Why should I register my Business trademark?

Trademark owners can register their trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO”). Trademark registration gives the trademark owner a number of significant advantages over those who do not register their trademarks. A few of those advantages are:

  • A government document stating that you are the owner of the trademark: When you apply for a trademark, a government attorney will review your trademark in the same way that we discussed earlier – the attorney will make sure it meets the standards of trademark protection and make sure no other registered trademarks are confusingly similar.

When a registration is issued, it is an official document from the U.S. government that gives you the legal presumption that you own the trademark. A prior user can attempt to cancel your registration, but until that happens, you are presumed to be the owner.

  • Trademark Registrations as an asset: Investors and other potential partners often look at intellectual property when looking at the health and long-term plans of a company. Trademark registrations are assets that can show you have a long-term plan for your brand. Trademarks can even be used as collateral for loans in some cases.
  • Deterrents to Competitors: A trademark registration acts a deterrent to competitors, who are likely searching the USPTO website (and other third-party aggregator websites) to gauge the risk of using certain trademarks. In fact, a registration acts as notice throughout the U.S. that you are the owner of the mark. No one can then say that they had never heard of you before selecting their mark – the law presumes that businesses will do their due diligence.
  • Online Marketplace Enforcement: An increasing number of online marketplaces are requiring trademark registrations to join special brand management programs.

For example, Amazon’s Brand Registry Program required a registered business trademark in order to join. The U.S. Customs department also requires a trademark registration to register with their counterfeit brand monitoring program.

From start to finish, registration will take at least nine months and sometimes more, as the government reviews the trademark and allows third-parties an opportunity to object to the registration.

However, your protection starts from the date you apply, so it is important to file as soon as possible.

 

How do I keep my trademarks protected?

You developed a strong trademark and registered it with the USPTO. Now what?

Now, you must police the marketplace and the USPTO to ensure that no competitors infringe on your trademark rights. A trademark is only as strong as its impact on consumers, so if someone else is using a similar trademark, then any experience not under your control can permanently damage your trademark.

Brands are often about first impressions. Customers also are human and don’t have perfect recall and often make impulsive decisions on whether to purchase something without thorough research.

If a customer has a bad experience with a brand that is close in sight, sound or meaning to yours, your brand is likely to suffer as well. Unless that client can recognize the differences at a fleeting glance, the negative feelings they have towards that brand are likely to transfer to you, losing you customers.

Whether its an innocent mistake by a competitor or a deliberate attempt to “cash in” on your brand’s recognition and good-will, you must be diligent about the protection of your trademark against infringers.

If not, you could lose the ability to protect your trademark in the future, as the scope of your trademark becomes smaller and smaller, until you barely have any rights left to protect.

 

Why is protecting trademarks Important? 

Trademark protection is important for a long-lasting and memorable brand. Businesses spend large portions of their budget creating brand awareness, but not nearly enough go through the steps to properly analyze and protect their trademarks.

Through effective trademark protection, business can secure help secure and grow their valuable brands.

Gerben Law Firm, PLLC is regularly a top-filer at the United States Patent & Trademark Office and its attorneys have been named “Top Practitioners” in the Washington, D.C. region by the World Trademark Review. Mr. Perrott provides free consultations on trademark and copyright issues and can be reached at eperrott@gerbenlawfirm.com.

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10 Social Media Marketing Tips For Small Business Owners

10 Social Media Marketing Tips For Small Business Owners

The transition from using social media as a hobby to a business platform was a difficult transition for professionals. It was like business owners woke up one day to find out they had another HUGE item on their to-do list.

But we as humans and entrepreneurs adapt. Unfortunately, so do the ways social networks work. If you looked at a list of social media marketing tips for small business from three years ago, you’d laugh out loud!

So how do you stay up to date when it seems next to impossible? We’ve got your guide.

Sit back, turn off your notifications for a few minutes and keep reading below.

1. Find Your Audience

There is a natural law of the universe that says people will always take the path of least resistance. In less scientific terms, that means no one wants to do extra work.

For this reason, we recommend that you go to where your online audience already is and post there, instead of begging people to come over to your platform.

If you’re marketing to young people, use Instagram. Ninety percent of Insta users are under the age of 35.

The same goes for Twitter. The age of the network provides a good guide to its age demographics. Generally, the newer the app, the longer it will take for older populations to catch on.

2. Don’t Overcommit

This is one of the social media marketing tips for small business we wish everyone knew. It’s better to do one thing well than to poorly manage multiple tasks at once.

By things, we mean social networks. Yes, it would be ideal to have a presence on every network your audience uses, but is that attainable? Probably not at first, especially if you are managing social media in-house. 

Concentrate on the network with the highest engagement and expand to others slowly. This will give you time to get into the swing of things and you’ll have more users to carry over to the other site with you.

Be Wary of Snapchat

Unless your demographic is very young (under 25), skip Snapchat. The content only lasts for 24 hours and it’s taboo to re-use Snapchat posts.

Unless you have someone who can commit to creating and posting new content every day, leave snapping to the kids.

3. Hire An Expert

Young adults entering the workforce get a bad rep, but they’re not as bad as the news says (although they have killed the napkin industry… look it up). Sure, they love avocados too much (look that up, too!) but they understand social media. They’re the first generation who grew up with it!social media marketing tips for small business

Since they’re on their networks 24/7, these kids can spot a marketing trend from a mile away. Between reading up on trends and personally living them, you’ll be all set when you outsource your marketing to a team with some fresh and young minds. 

If you have a small budget, you don’t have to find someone through LinkedIn. There may be a tech-savvy young family member who will gladly work for half of what a professional would make.

As far as social media marketing tips for small business go, its a win-win-win to hire a marketing firm that will handle your online presence for you. This allows you to really focus on the bulk of the business. 

4. Front Load

You’ve heard that content is king, right? Well, when it comes to social media marketing tips for small businesses, consistent content is king.

Before you make your page or profile public, be sure you have at least a week’s worth of content to post when needed.

You’ll likely run into a few hiccups in your first week and it’ll be nice to have a queue while you deal with growing pains.

For your first posts, think about how you want your company’s narrative to be introduced. Are you going to start with products or show off the humans behind the wheel? Whatever you do, be sure there is a strategy when posting. 

5. Keep a Queue 

If you’re ever in a place where you’re ahead on posts, that’s great. Now write more! Instead of taking a break, throw those extra posts in a folder in case of emergency (ICE).

That way, if you have something come up or have extreme writer’s block, you can reach into the ICE content file and still have fresh content to post.

Make sure these posts stand the test of time! You don’t want to post a review of the iPhone 6 if we’re using the iPhone 10.

Reviews, opinions, and general education about your business or products are great options. Social media marketing tips for small business that make your life easier? That’s what we’re all about!

6. Post on Time

Remember when we said posting consistent content was one of the key social media marketing tips for small business? That also applies to the time of day too.

When it comes to posts, there are two schools of thought. The first is, post during high volume views and interact with customers. The second is more subtle and simply requires maintaining an online presence. 

Let’s say you run a clothing store. While there may be some scientific data on times people like to shop, you’re more interested in getting your clothes exposure. It would make sense to post when traffic on your page is highest, or to boost your post so a larger audience sees it.

If you owned a restaurant, however, you’d want consumers to think of you at very specific times… like breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or right before.

For example, a restaurant pushing a take-out special would do well to post around 4 o’clock.

Targeting consumers right before they have to go home to their families would remind them they could get something quick on the way home.

Try out each method or a mix of both, then stick to what works! 

Use Scheduling Tools

Now that you know what times work best for your consumers (and it can change!) make sure you never miss prime time.

Thankfully, you don’t have to release each post live at the exact time. Social networks and online tools have settings for automated posts and even automated emails. 

Simply upload the post however far in advance you want, then schedule it to release at the right time. Now you can go to dinner without keeping your phone face-up on the table.

7. Be Human

Now that you know the logistics of posting content, let’s talk about creating it.

Far too many businesses under post because they’re scared it won’t be perfect. However, with so many opinions online, no post is perfect for an entire audience or subject. 

When you’re creating posts, do your best and have a distinct brand voice. Don’t be scared to share a meme or two, so long as it’s targeted to your audience.

We’re not saying that you should forego editing altogether, that’d be crazy. Just don’t overdo it and post like a machine would. Install an editing app (like Grammarly) on your browser to catch mistakes, and keep a personable and honest voice.

Even when outsourcing social media posts to a content marketing firm, be sure to either post or relay information that the firm wouldn’t know. They can create engaging content all day long, but they’ll never be able to tell personal stories like your own staff or customers can. 

8. Engage, Engage, Engage

If location is the most important thing in real estate, engagement is the most important thing in social media marketing. Gone are the days where you could expect consumers to buy products just because you showed it to them. There’s too much market saturation for that!

Brands have to create a brand that makes customers feel like friends. Your brand needs to be something individuals can get to know, something more than a list of products or services.

Keep this in mind when you’re creating content for your website and social media. Is anyone going to engage with or learn something from your post? This is key. 

Reward Engagement

In this social media driven world, people get real validation from online attention. Even if you’re just starting out, there’s a thrill in getting attention from an “official” page.

So, when people engage with your content, give them a virtual pat on the back. Like their comment (etc) as fast as you can and do your best to create a personal reply.

They’ll remember your interaction and get a little taste of recognition from a brand, and you’ll be following social media marketing best practices while providing positive affirmations. 

Steal Engagement

Ok . . . Don’t actually steal it, but certainly, take ideas from other similar companies. Keeping your enemies close is a good tactic online too.

Follow your competition on your personal networks and pay attention to what’s working for them.

Are they having a sale you could match? Maybe they’re having a contest and it’s getting lots of attention. Now you know what your population likes without doing intense research!

9. Build Your Own Community

While we do recommend building your own brand and marketing strategy, there are bound to be other businesses in your community that go hand in hand with your own.

Are you a ski rental place that could pair up with a local charter bus in the area? Or a restaurant with a bookstore next door that could market together & encourage people to buy a book and have a literary lunch date?

There is power in numbers and networking, even online!

10. Blog Like Crazy

If blogging isn’t listed as one of the social media marketing tips for small business in a list you’re reading, disregard that source entirely. Blogs are entirely too important as content landing pages and for SEO purposes. They simply must be a part of your content strategy. 

If you’re working with anything other than LinkedIn or Reddit, you’re going to have restrictions on content size. On Facebook, for example, you can’t boost any image that is more than 20% text, which looks like next to nothing.

You need a place where people can go for more information. Think of your social media post as the preview to any branded original content. You need them to see the preview on your networks, then click to read the full content on your blog, ultimately increasing traffic to your website. 

Social Media Marketing Tips for Small Business: Tying Them Together

You can use all of these social media marketing tips for small business, but if you don’t stay true to your brand it’s no use. Before you start a business, let alone create a social media presence, take some time to figure out your brand and voice.

This can be a big task. It’s hard for someone so deep in the business details to see the bigger picture from an outsider’s perspective. That’s where you need professional help.

We can help you create your brand, your social media presence, and even coach you through building a website primed to generate leads. Check out the case studies on our site, then sign up for a free consultation. You have nothing to lose and followers to gain.

What are you waiting for? Call MarketCrest today. 

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Dallas Marketing Agency Wins AVA Digital Award for Roofer’s Website Results

Dallas Marketing Agency Wins AVA Digital Award for Roofer’s Website Results - Roofing Marketing

Recently, MarketCrest, LLC struck Gold in the form of an AVA Digital Award in the category of “Business to Consumer Website” for their client Elevated Roofing.

MarketCrest is a full-service SEO and content marketing agency located in the Dallas suburbs of McKinney, Texas. Its staff provides content marketing, SEO services, PPC marketing, website design & development, marketing automation, and consulting & fractional marketing services, to businesses across the nation and internationally.

In the award-winning case study submitted to AVA, MarketCrest outlines its combined effort with longtime agency partner Improve & Grow and Elevated Roofing to transform the roofer’s existing website with three goals in mind:

1. Convert existing website traffic (Free Roof Inspections) at a higher rate
2. Generate new website traffic to the new home page
3. Improve website visitor engagement/experience

In a unique and valuable partnership, MarketCrest and Improve & Grow worked side-by-side to execute an online marketing plan that proved incredibly successful exceeding even the client’s expectations.

• Website traffic improved by over a 100%
• Website form fills (request for a roof inspection) increased by over 300%
• Website conversion rates improved by over 100%

These results are in line with the results seen by other clients of MarketCrest, as the agency’s main objective is to generate website conversions and landing page conversions for their clients.

This is done by attracting online traffic with targeted content and paid advertising, engaging users on the client website, and turning those website visitors into potential customers via call-to-actions, contact us pages, website form-fills, and phone call tracking from first time visitors.

About MarketCrest,

MarketCrest, LLC is an award winning, Digital Marketing Consulting & Services firm specializing in client revenue growth. Simply, we exist to help our clients compete and grow… and we expect to be held accountable for their improved performance.

MarketCrest, LLC
105 S. Tennessee St. Suite 103
McKinney, TX 75069

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How Small Businesses Benefit from Fractional Marketing

How Small Businesses Benefit from Fractional Marketing

Not every business can afford to hire a top-notch marketing exec, or even have enough work to keep them busy for the price. However, pretty much any company on the planet can benefit from getting a dose of expertise from a seasoned CMO.

Whether that’s big picture consulting stuff, or deep dives into a few select problem areas, fractional marketing is a compromise. You get the benefit of having an exec on staff at a lower price. Check out some of the benefits of fractional marketing services, here.

What, Exactly is Fractional Marketing?

A fractional CMO (chief marketing executive) is an outsourced marketing expert you can hire to help you with your marketing efforts. Small and medium-sized businesses may find that they need someone on staff that can hel

Fractional Marketing

p them tackle a specific project and that their needs vary throughout the year.

Working with an expert on a project basis means that smaller budgets can still benefit from working with someone with the skills and experience needed to help you grow your company.

That could take the form of hiring a content expert who helps you implement a strategy, then helps you find quality freelance writers or digital creators that can flesh out your website.

Or, you might need help getting into the nitty-gritty of web analytics and learning how to convert data into actionable to-do items.

Sounds good so far, right? Here is a look at some of the more specific benefits of fractional marketing

Save Major Cash

One of the main reasons you should invest in fractional marketing service is, it’s an affordable way to gain access to top talent in marketing.

Unfortunately, when many companies make budget cuts, they do so at the expense of marketing, despite its boundless potential to drive sales. With a fractional CMO on hand, you’ll be able to pick and choose where those marketing dollars go. Plus, you’ll have the benefit of getting an expert’s advice on how to spend said dollars.

Help Fill in the Blanks Where Marketers are Struggling

If you have a young marketing team without much experience or a single marketer, spread too thin? In both cases, bringing on an outside marketing expert can help ease the burden, and help coach those team members with much to learn.

In this case, you’ll want to bring on the fractional CMO in a consulting capacity. Ask them if they can help you strategize and help your team learn the ins and outs of developing and implementing a marketing plan.

Over time, your team should be able to take over, develop leadership skills, or become SEO experts. Figure out where you are lacking and talk to your consultant about how you can go about fixing it.

Ultimately, you’re bound to see promising results as far as conversions are concerned, and your team will benefit from the real world education they get just by coming in to work.

A Fresh Set of Eyes

A fractional CMO provides a newfound clarity to your workplace. It’s always a smart idea to get a fresh set of eyes on the case, as an outside perspective can help you break old habits that might be hurting your business, or give you some insight into what customers see when they look at your product.

Business owners sometimes assume that they’re explaining everything to consumers in a way that makes sense, but in reality are putting out unfocused or confusing messaging. Working with an outside source can illuminate these areas at a fraction of the price it costs to hire a dedicated marketing person.

A Network of Experts–At Your Fingertips

Hire one full-time person and you probably just have access to their individual pool of knowledge. And no matter how smart and savvy your new staff member, there’s still the issue that one employee can’t be an expert in everything.

With a fractional CMO, you’ll find that this person doesn’t work alone. They probably have a team back at their office that can help them with certain tasks. If they’re a content person, they’ll be able to get you in touch with a data expert.

Revamp An Underperforming Team

If your marketing team is underperforming, you might not have the know-how to diagnose the problem, much less find a solution.

Your outsourced expert will be able to identify problems with staff, as well as weaknesses in the leadership team causing some of the problems.

Help With Digital Analytics

An excellent fractional CMO will know the ins and outs of digital analytics. If you’re not of the data-driven mindset, it can be hard to make the most out of your digital analytics, even if you’re reading all the right reports.

The CMO will be able to help you find the right software solution for your company, as well as turn reports into a to-do list your employees can use. Additionally, the fractional marketing consultant should be able to train the appropriate staff on how to run reports. And–how to use those reports to make informed decisions.

Ready to Get Fractional? Give MarketCrest a Try!

MarketCrest offers a range of marketing services, including fractional marketing. We know your marketing dollars can sometimes be the hardest to part with.

Fractional marketing can help you make the most out of a smaller budget–we’ll help with the big picture stuff, and help you hit your revenue targets through email and content marketing, SEM, and a whole lot more.

Fill out the form here to sign up for a free one-hour consultation. We’re happy to walk you through the process and get you started on the path to success.

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10 Ways a Digital Marketing Company Benefits Your Business

digital marketing companyThe online market is saturated, and online advertising channels are overflowing with competition. This is why hiring a digital marketing company is in your best interest.

Better marketing helps you get more attention and more traffic, convert that traffic into leads and sales, and establish relations to keep people coming back for more of your service and products.

Specifically targeting and enticing your potential customers based on their preferences and readiness to do business with you is an amazingly effective tool for business growth, but hard to do without professional help.

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits.

1. Digital Marketing Lets You Tackle the Giants

Marketing is no longer only for the huge corporations with massive marketing funds. In fact, digital marketing helps level the playing field, letting smaller businesses more easily compete against bigger enterprises for their share of traffic.

You can acquire the marketing firepower and ability to make big sales which were until recently only available to big corporations.

You no longer need a call center or local branches and physical stores across the world to target different areas and niches.

2. Digital Marketing Company Cost Efficiency

Cost efficiency is the name of the game when you’re marketing a small business or startup. A digital marketing company provides better results at an affordable cost.

With so many channels and direct traffic driving, your cost-per-lead rate will stay low while sales increase.

3. Higher Conversion Rates

Online marketing success is typically measured by the percentage of incoming traffic that leads to sales, subscriptions, or service leads. Traffic that doesn’t convert to closed deals is worthless and a waste of marketing efforts.

This is why you must prioritize optimizing and streamlining your marketing campaigns to generate more conversions.

Establishing good traffic and communication via Search Engine Optimization, email marketing, and social media advertising for higher conversion rates can be very complicated without hiring a digital marketing company.

4. Increased Revenues

The increased traffic and conversion rate a digital marketing company can provide will grant you plenty of profitable benefits and growth potential, due to higher revenues.

According to this Google study, revenue growth predictions for companies with solid online marketing strategies is 2.8 times that of companies that don’t.

Google confirms this in a study with IPSOS Hong Kong, claiming 2.8 times better revenue growth expectancy for companies using digital marketing strategies to those which do not.

With a stronger profit growth potential from digital marketing, the chances of a smaller enterprise’s business expansion are 3.3 times better. This unlocks more opportunities for hiring and investing.

5. Reach Your Targeted Audience

Unlike traditional advertisement channels, internet marketing lets you target and reach out to specific audiences continually, and handle direct engagement to boost chances of success.

This channel of interaction also lets you know what your customers want, what they like about your business and what they don’t. You can develop a better relationship with your customers and gain their loyalty to your growing enterprise.

6. Digital Marketing is a Vast Platform

Not only is mobile web usage overtaking traditional web usage now that almost everyone has a smartphone, but the “Internet of Things” is also becoming a reality.

The Internet of things is a global network of integrated devices such as tablets, household appliances, gadgets, and much more – all interacting via the Internet. Not only is it high time to adapt to a primarily mobile web, but plan to ensure the future of your business by preparing the integration into this network and its potential to reach people everywhere.

A task like this is best left to a digital marketing company.

7. Solid Marketing Strategies Build Your Reputation

The generation of targeted traffic is the biggest source of digital marketing power because it lets you reach people who are already interested in your product or service and ready to look closer or even close a sale.

Maintaining a good relationship with them by delivering as promised and thus building trust will boost the conversion into regular paying customers who keep coming back for more.

Satisfied customers refer others to your business and increase your brand reputation if you do well you can even go viral and expand your reach at amazing speed.

8. Earning and Maintaining Trust

In today’s marketing world, focus has shifted toward social profiling and personalized interaction between business and customer.

People are more likely to trust information they get from someone they know. Organic testimonials from genuinely satisfied customers spread awareness and a good reputation for your brand.

By building trust with customers, the wider audience will grow to trust you more and draw more attention to your business.

9. Great CTA Design Means Higher Conversion Rates

A good digital marketing company will know the most efficient strategies to entice people and inspire desirable action to do business with you.

A good sales funnel, together with the trust you’ve built, will increase conversion rates.

The website visitor is still in control of conversion to sales or leads, not in any way compelled to initiate a transaction, but smart calls-to-action designed by digital marketing companies will make them more inclined to proceed.

A great call-to-action must deliver and entice visually and psychologically, and be efficient from a software perspective. This is what gets people excited to buy, like, download, or sign up to your business.

The innovative design of buttons and forms provided by a digital marketing company are optimized for this.

10. Let Your Business Continue to Thrive

The market is always growing and transforming, and marketing is required to be able to compete for survival.

If you don’t catch people’s eyes, you don’t get traffic, and your business will fail.

If your traffic doesn’t convert to profit, your business will fail.

If sales don’t convert to referrals and regular customers, your business can’t grow.

What you need is highly targeted traffic and a clever sales funnel that leads them to a purchase. This is what ensures survival for your business.

Do You Want a Digital Marketing Company?

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How to Create Social Marketing Campaigns That Boost Your Conversion Rate

social marketing campaignsThere are more than 2.56 billion social media users in the world today. Each day, another million people join a social media platform.

If your business isn’t utilizing social marketing campaigns, you’re missing engagement with a huge percentage of your potential customer base.

Social media marketing is a great way to boost your overall number of conversions. It puts your business and brand in front of potential customers in a way that allows them to interact and share on their favorite platforms. It also leads to repeat-exposure, which can help nudge customers to buy.

If you’re ready to take advantage of social media marketing to boost conversions on your website, keep reading. We’re breaking down the secrets behind developing campaigns deliver the results you want.

Create a Cohesive Brand

To start building successful social marketing campaigns, you need to have a cohesive brand in place.

Your brand will be what allows potential customers to recognize your company each time they see it. So don’t start until your brand is ready.

If the pictures and text that you post to social media don’t follow a set of brand guidelines, they won’t be immediately recognizable to your followers. When a social media user sees them, they won’t recognize that they belong to your business, and they’ll keep scrolling.

Worse yet, if there is no plan or guidelines in place, your content will appear random and disjointed further exasperating your audience.

Setting up brand guidelines to support your social marketing campaigns requires you to choose colors, fonts, styles, and tones that will be reflected in everything that you post on your website and social media platforms.

Produce Consistent Content

The rule of seven in marketing says that consumers need to be exposed to a product or service seven times before they’ll decide to buy.

With effective social marketing campaigns, you’ll be depending entirely on your website, online, or print advertisements for the rule of seven.

You’ll need your potential customers to visit your website at least seven times. Or you’ll need to send seven advertisements their way. The first is almost impossible to ensure. The second is costly and involves plenty of advertisements being sent out to people who won’t even be interested in your products or services.

But many of your potential customers already spend hours on social media each week. By launching social marketing campaigns that feature consistent content, you’ll be exposing your followers to your message and brand time and time again.

Encourage Sharing

Another great return that you’ll get from social marketing campaigns is the chance to expand your audience.

Sharing on social media platforms won’t cost you any money. But it can lead to tons of new followers.

Encouraging shares and actually getting your followers to share your content are two different tasks.

In order to effectively encourage shares, you’ll need to give your followers a reason to share your content. There are a couple ways to do this.

The first is to create interesting, unique, or helpful content. This could be anything from funny videos, to stunning photos, to articles that teach your readers something useful. If they enjoy what they see or read, they’ll be likely to share your content.

The other way to encourage sharing is to give your followers some incentive.

Asking your current customers to share a social media post in exchange for a discount on future purchases, or for a chance to win a prize, is another great way to encourage shares.

Know Your Audience

Not all of your potential customers are using social media.

Your social marketing campaigns should only aim to target the potential customers who are.

Millennials are the largest audience on social media. In fact, studies show that 3 out of every 4 millennials are more likely to buy from a company if they are active on social media.

While print advertisements or targeted online ads will be the better choice for older audiences, social media is a great choice for targeting your younger customers.

But your millennial audience still has certain expectations that your social marketing campaigns need to meet. You’ll need to research the latest trends in content and photography to stay up-to-date and keep your social presence relevant to your audience.

Engage with Your Followers

Once your social media campaign is in place, the work won’t be done.

Following through with your campaign, and engaging with your social media followers is essential.

If followers comment on your photos or posts, respond. If you notice that you get a lot of engagement with one type of content, and very little with others, use this information to adjust your campaign.

Social media marketing is a delicate process that needs to be constantly updated and adjusted to remain successful.

Invest in Help

Social media marketing is tough. If you don’t have marketing experience, are new to social media, or don’t have time to manage your campaign, you may want to invest in professional help.

Professional social media marketing help will give you a leg up on the competition. You’ll get cutting-edge strategies and tools to help your campaigns succeed. You won’t have to worry about staying up-to-date on the latest trends, or on investing hours of your time producing high-quality content.

Creating Successful Social Marketing Campaigns

Social marketing campaigns can be a great way to boost conversions.

You’ll spread awareness of your brand. You’ll expose potential customers to your brand again and again, helping to lead to sales. You’ll encourage engagement with your customers. You’ll also get the chance to see what your customers think of your content so that you can make adjustments.

You could choose to launch social media marketing campaigns on your own. Or, invest in professional help, and take your social media presence to a new level, boosting conversion rates like never before.

If you’re ready to see how a professional social marketing campaign can boost conversion, leading to increased lead generation and, ultimately, higher sales, contact us today for a free consultation.

We’ll help you determine what areas of your current marketing plan are working, and which aren’t. Then, we’ll help you make a plan for improving your marketing, on social media, your website, and more. You’ll be on your way to increased conversion, leads, and sales in no time.

 
 
 

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Beginner’s Guide: How Does Pay Per Click Work?

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No matter what size your business is, you’ve got to be online. Beyond a website, beyond a blog, online advertising is essential to online success.

It’s a wild and crazy world online and you need to have skin in the game to make it. Google ad revenue for the U.S. alone is on track to reach over $26 billion.

As a smart business person, you know that it’s all about quality and not quantity. There’s no point in throwing a lot of money into online advertising without a plan.

Pay per click is the way to go. How does pay per click work? Keep reading while we go over how to take your business to the next level with this important tool.

Pay Per Click Definition

Before we answer how does pay per click work, we need to understand what it is. There’s a reason why it’s every online advertiser’s go-to tool.

There are two main types of online attention – organic and paid.

Organic reach happens when a potential customer comes across your ad or site by themselves. Paid, the type we’re focusing on is when you bid to get your ad posted in places where potential customers will see it.

As you know, it’s not enough for a customer to just see your ad. You’ve got to get them in the door.

With pay per click, you get the ad in front of the customer but only pay when your ad is clicked. It’s efficient and effective.

But how does pay per click work? There’s a lot to it but you’re on your way to being an expert.

Bidding and Placement

The first step is to create the ad that best targets your future customer. You’re going to center it around a keyword.

A keyword is a word or phrase that research shows customers are looking for. Once you’ve lined up your ad with a keyword, you bid on placement related to the keyword.

That bid allows your ad to show up in the advertising section that most search engines have at the top. That gets you a lot of eyeballs and, with the right keyword, a lot of clicks.

Different Types of PPC

You might think Google is the only PPC game in town, but you’d be surprised at the variety of campaigns you can run.

Google is the biggest game in town – and extremely popular. It’s easy to see why – it’s extremely versatile.

Google allows you to not only run ads on their search engine, like in the previous example but on private websites as well. That’s a huge amount of potential customers!

Another surprising PPC option? Facebook. Only the foolish count Facebook out of the PPC game.

With two billion active monthly users, you can’t ignore that potential pool of customers. The price is nice, too. Advertising on Facebook isn’t as expensive as on Google, Bing, or other search engines.

Have you ever shopped online and seen the product you looked at turn up in almost every ad afterward? That’s called retargeting, another effective PPC campaign technique.

The Right Keywords

The beginning and end of your PPC campaign need to focus on the right keywords. They’re the key to your success.

How does pay per click work together with keywords to increase your targeted reach? Here’s how:

Use a tool (Google AdWords is the biggest player in the game) to discover trending keywords. Find which ones match your company’s goals.

Craft your company’s landing page, website, blog, and any other material to work with your selected keywords. (Here’s where an SEO website expert can really help.)

Build your ads around your chosen keywords. This ensures your ads will rise to the top.

You’ll work hand in hand with search engines to find the best placements, get your ads in front of the right customers, and get them clicking.

How Does Pay Per Click Work With Your Budget?

To get the most bang for your buck, there are a few things to consider. First on the list is the cost of your chosen keyword.

Certain keywords cost more than others. It all depends on what your customers are searching for.

It’s a safe bet that commonly searched for words, like “mortgage” or “car insurance” will cost a lot more than obscure words, like “pickled eggs”.

PPC Ad Examples

Beyond that, you can install an automatic off switch. Using Facebook ads as an example, you can set up a Facebook PPC campaign to use only a certain amount of money.

Facebook allows you to set a daily or even a lifetime limit. If you give Facebook a daily limit of $10, once that money is spent, it turns off your ads.

You can get your first glimpse of the effectiveness of ad this way.

Let’s say you set a lifetime limit of $100 on an ad. You program the ad’s lifetime to be around a month.

If your $100 is used up in a week, that’s good news and bad. The good is that you’ve got an effective ad on your hands and lots of people are clicking! The bad is that you might have to spend more money.

If those clicks lead to conversions, though, the PPC campaign pays for itself.

Putting It All Together

Still asking how does pay per click work in the real world? Here’s a step by step breakdown to give you an idea of how it all comes together.

The Campaign: This is your first focus. Figure out what you want your ad to be about. Who’s your audience? What goal do you want to achieve?

Keywords: Choose keywords that work with your ultimate goal but are still effective.

Ads: Combine your goal with your keyword to create a compelling and effective ad

Stick the Landing: Wherever you drive your customers, make sure the page is optimized for conversion. Get them to see your ad, click on it, and convert.

Call the PPC Pros

Now that you’ve got the basics under your belt, hopefully, we’ve answered most of your questions about how does pay per click work.

Need a professional to guide you through the entire process? That’s what we’re here for!

Call us at Market Crest to get a free hour of consultation today!

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