At Brentwood Visual, we’re big on blogging. The blog is the single most useful tool in our marketing strategy, and the content created there is interwoven throughout your entire marketing campaign, from social media to improved SEO.
Think about the web content you enjoy reading. The most engaging web content captures your attention, shares information, solves a problem, or inspires you to take action. How can you put these principles into practice for your own website? Let’s break it down.
Have you claimed your local search listings? If not, you should. Claiming any online listing of your business verifies that you are the owner of a valid business and gives you control of the information shown on your listings. Here’s how to claim your Big Three listings on the web: Google, Facebook, and Yelp.
Throughout our website, you’ll see us refer to the “Digital Marketing Funnel”. Anyone who has taken a marketing class or read a good marketing book is familiar with funnels, and there’s nothing magical about ours.
What the funnel provides for us is a roadmap. It gives us a starting point, and a structure that we can come back to when we start to drift. All that glitters is not gold, and there is a lot of glitter out there in the marketing world. Everyone has new ideas on the latest and greatest thing that “every business” needs to be doing. Many of these ideas are exciting and innovative, but if they’re not incorporated with the end goals in mind they can lead us off track.
How much of your business revenue should be spent on digital marketing? This is a question we hear a lot, and the simple answer is that there’s no simple answer. The “magic number” you typically hear is 10%. The Small Business Administration recommends budgeting 7-8% of gross revenues to marketing, assuming revenue below $5 million and profit margins of 10-12%.
The reality is that it’s far more important to look at your own needs and goals to determine where you want to take your business.
How important are online customer reviews? Very important—more than 85% of customers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, and 72% of consumers will make a purchase only after reading positive reviews. Since 91% of typical U.S. consumers regularly or occasionally read online reviews, a review process can help you receive more reviews and effectively manage your online reputation.
Sharing quality content across your social channels is the primary way to engage and connect with your audience. To create a content strategy that actually works, consistency is key. Streamline your content process with an editorial calendar, which gives you a place to organize ideas and schedule months of quality posts ahead of time (so you have more time to create content, instead of just managing it).
Start with the big picture, deciding on a primary topic to focus on each month. The topic you choose will shape your social media posts for the month and give you a starting point as you create your content, from writing blog posts, staff profiles or client newsletters, to creating new videos for your website.
What is content marketing, and why should quality content be at the core of your social media marketing? If you’re new to content marketing, our guide is designed to answer your questions and help you get started.
What is content marketing?
Content marketing is the strategic marketing approach of creating and sharing quality content to attract and retain an audience. Instead of constantly pitching your products or services, you provide relevant and useful content to your customers and prospects. Content marketing establishes you as the expert, and builds trust and confidence in the eyes of your reader.
One component of content marketing is blogging. Writing a blog gives you the chance to provide useful information for your customers and solve their issues, and provides you with content to share across social media platforms and create awareness for your business.
Google.com. GoDaddy.com. Yahoo.com. These websites and the companies behind them are all household names, but take yourself back to the day when you first heard them. Google? What’s a Google? Yahoo sounds more like you’re cheering for your favorite team.
Today, nobody has any trouble identifying these companies, but that is the result of massive, multi-million dollar branding and marketing campaigns. For the average business, such a campaign is out of reach, so it’s important to spend more than a few minutes deciding on a good domain name for your website. In this article, I’ll walk you through some of the factors I take into account when I’m helping a client choose their domain name.
Creating website content that’s engaging and informative is one of the most essential things you can do as a business owner. Why? Blogging is still one of the best ways to get organic traffic, generate leads, and create awareness for your business. Blogs give you the chance to share your knowledge and expertise, provide useful information for your customers, and help improve SEO for all website content.