Article | March 11, 2021
Want to brush up on your business skillset? Mastering these 10 basic marketing skills can pay off with better brand awareness and a boost in leads and sales.
The 10 basic marketing skills everyone needs to master
Imagine you’re on a first date. You’ve heard a lot about him from your friend who set you up. He’s sharply dressed, has a smile that could light up the night and smells good (I hug people – that’s how I know he smells good). Expectations are high for an amazing date.
Fifteen minutes into the date, you are mapping out a swift exit. What happened? He won’t stop talking about himself. You are being sidelined by a monologue. Any chance for an engaging conversation has faded.
You could switch the above scenario out for a business lunch meeting. Why on earth would I want to work with you if you seem to only care about yourself rather than me or my needs? (I don’t care how good you smell. Also, I’m married, so this date is pure imagination.)
Marketing is like dating. The goal of your first interaction (date) is not to close a sale (get married). It’s to get to know each other. If you both like what you see/hear/learn, your relationship will progress.
Creating client-centric messages
Anytime you sit down to write, whether it’s a social media post or an article, make sure you are talking to your audience, not at them. Your main messaging and copy should not be about you. Don’t lead the conversation with “I am an expert at …” and “We offer …”.
No one cares.
It needs to be about what you can do for them. Your messages should lead with “You need …” or “You deserve …”. Once you talk to them, you can slip in, “That’s exactly what we provide!”
Writing an email subject line
So many people get this completely wrong. Luckily, the fix is easy.
You want to write email subject lines that are interesting, creative, focused on the reader, and provide a sneak peek at what is in the email. Here at Jansen Communications, questions work really well.
Please do not every use “ABC Company June Newsletter” or “What’s new at ABC Company” as your email subject line. I have no idea if the email is relevant or not, and I’m not going to bother opening it to find out. Delete.
Segmenting your email list allows you to send out the most relevant information to each subset of your audience. It’s totally worth doing, because when you segment your lists, you will see a significant improvement in your open and click-through rates. On average, segmenting a list results in a 14% higher open rate and a 100% higher click-through rate.
You can segment your list by any number of criteria: gender, location, industry, purchase behavior, monthly spend, age, lifestyle, interests, job title, etc.
Setting up an automated email campaign
An automated email campaign is also known as a drip campaign. It’s simply a series of emails that start sending once they are triggered by an event, like downloading a free ebook.
They are super easy to create and set up. Every email marketing platform offers this service, and they walk you through the process.
Once you write the email subject lines, compelling copy and the call-to-action, watch the results. The open and click-through rates will let you know immediately if the campaign is working or not.
Hashtags aren’t just for Twitter, Instagram or celebrity influencers. They are relevant on LinkedIn as well. In fact, LinkedIn suggests hashtags to use when you publish an article or update.
Why bother adding them? Hashtags make it easy for people to find content they are interested in. Use them if you want to be more findable online.
Creating custom graphics in Canva
Canva is a free online graphic design tool for non-graphic designers. It’s easy to use, and it comes pre-populated with numerous templates you can quickly customize.
A word of warning: it can be easy to go down a rabbit hole on Canva, so I suggest customizing (or creating from scratch) one template to use consistently. This is a time-saver AND it ensures your “look” on social media stays the same.
Once you have a template, start creating bite-size content to share on social media:
Favorite quotes (your own are OK, too)
Questions (people LOVE to share)
Spying on competitors
Seriously – get good at spying on competitors. Don’t you want to know what they are doing – and what is working for them?
This isn’t as awful as it sounds. Just look up their websites and social media feeds. Take a look at their offerings, the topics they are writing about and any trends that appear to be taking off. Better to be in the know than be left wondering.
Optimizing blog posts for search
Want your blog post to get found in the sea of content out there? You need to optimize your blog post so search engines can “read” and index it. That way, when someone is looking for content on that topic, you are more likely to appear in search results.
I highly recommend installing Yoast for SEO on your WordPress website. You can also optimize blog posts on a DIY platform, like Squarespace or Shopify.
Choose one keyword for each blog post and make sure it appears in:
Your blog post title (preferably at the beginning)
First paragraph of your copy
A couple of more times in your post (but not too often, or you’ll get penalized!)
In your meta description
In the alt text of your image
Using categories and tags
Categories and tags organize content (blog posts) on your website. Categories are the main topics you write about; you shouldn’t have more than five for your blog. Tags allow you to get more specific about the main topic.
Think of these in terms of a grocery store: categories are grocery departments: produce, dairy, meats, bakery, and so on. Tags are subcategories. In the produce department, you’ll find bananas, kumquats, Romaine lettuce and tomatoes.
Understanding Google Analytics
Google Analytics was created by engineers for technical people. I am neither, but I can still glean a lot of useful information from the main dashboard (home) and various reports.
Let’s just stick with what you can find on the home page. You can learn a lot just by looking at:
Number of users and sessions – is traffic to your website increasing or decreasing?
User acquisition by source – where are website visitors coming from?
Pages users visit – what are people reading/interacting with once they get on the website?
If you don’t know whether or not you have Google Analytics connected to your website, ask your website developer.
Did I miss anything? What basic marketing skills do you think are most important to master?
Article | March 11, 2021
Artificial Intelligence is basically teaching the machine to think and react as humans would. It’s about imitating how the human brain works. AI is already being widely implemented in Digital Marketing. Artificial Intelligence is used in personalized marketing a lot, empowering brands to provide personalized ads and email marketing campaigns targeting each individual consumer in a meaningful way. So it’s clear that AI is the future of Digital Marketing.
Article | March 11, 2021
It’s always essential to get the basics right. Looking at this year’s digital marketing trends can help your business get in on the ground floor of tomorrow’s leading-edge strategies.
Let’s take a close look at the most critical aspects of the digital marketing trends you can’t ignore in 2020.
Article | March 11, 2021
Because of the pandemic we have seen a shift in all businesses from physical platform to digital platform and which is why Digital Marketing is at boom right now.
What is Digital Marketing?
Digital marketing, also called online marketing, is the promotion of brands to connect with potential customers using the internet and other forms of digital communication. This includes not only email, social media, and web-based advertising, but also text and multimedia messages as a marketing channel. Essentially, if a marketing campaign involves digital communication, it's digital marketing.
Why is Digital Marketing important?
You can do customer segmentation and reach your target audience. You can make sure that the traffic coming to your page is the relevant traffic. You can get high reach with Digital marketing, and it is much more cost effective as compared to traditional marketing.
The Top 10 trends in Digital Marketing 2021 are as follows.
1. Interactive content
Interactive content like polls quizzes survey and content anything that you use to interact with the customer makes the customer feel that they are a part of your product and promotes inclusivity. Having people engaged and entertained gives joy to the customer it will help the customers own the product and stay loyal to you brand.
2. Live streaming
There has been a 99% boom in Live streaming in 2020. All Social media platforms now have Live streaming. It provides an opportunity to the common man to interact with the eminent personalities. It can help build a relationship with the potential customer and build a huge revenue over that.
3. User generated content
More than 86% percent of the companies use user generated content for marketing. The content that is used for marketing has been generated by their own customers. This is the best word of mouth marketing strategy even raw content like videos and testimonials are used by companies to build trust and help promote their brand.
4. Customer segment
It is always better to group your customers so that you are delivering your content to the relevant customer you can segment the customer based on geography, age shopping habits so that the customer feels that the content is specially personalized for them and helps in giving them an unique experience. Customer segmentation will reach new heights in 2021.
Manual segmentation will become obsolete.
5. Featured snippet
Featured snippet is nothing but comes on zero position on the google search which provides an answer to what you were looking for. You provide the complete answer which out any clicks they are also called as answer boxes or no click searches. Even though it eliminates the possibility of clicks google acceptance of your content being on top of the search page is more important
6. Image and Video Seo
We can bring in huge traffic from high quality image and video content. Google lens, Pinterest etc. are all platforms to enable us to do this. We can find similar products on google lens by simply searching for it. Google lens will help us find similar products and we can land up on the website of those products. While doing this make sure you are adding Relevant and high-quality image and including Seo keywords in the description of the image.
7. Voice Search
Over 53% of the houses will be owing a smart speaker in 2021. More and more people are using voice searches rather than tying it out. Voice search is becoming more convenient. Clubhouse was one audio-based app that went viral recently. You can bring in more traffic to your page through Podcasts. People listen to podcast while travelling.
8. Page speed
You can Increase your conversion by 7% by just increasing your page speed. This can be achieved by suing CDN both static and non-static content should be optimized using CDN.
9 Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is transforming Marketing. AI helps you to target the right customer by studying their purchase pattern, searches or even views. It helps you provide a more personalized experience to your customers. Chat bot is one such AI feature that can help.
AI can process vast quantities of data and make accurate predictions based on patterns that emerge from it.
AI can predict customer behavior and identify and nurture the most valuable leads.
10. Augmented Reality
Brands are using augmented reality to elevate customer experience and sales. Brands like Gucci and Ikea are letting customers try shoes and furniture through augmented reality apps on their website.
With AR being on a rise we will be more and more brands using AR for in their communication.