The 9 most overlooked benefits of social media

BRENT BARNHART | July 15, 2019

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We may be a bit biased when it comes to talking up the benefits of social media, but fortunately, you dont just have to take our word for it. Food for thought  59% of marketers are actively using social to support their lead generation and business goals. Meanwhile, its hard to find a brand that is not active on social media in some way, shape or form. However, there are still plenty of critics who do not see the benefits of social media from a business perspective.

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Omnichannel and Multichannel Marketing: Major Differences

Article | June 24, 2021

There are different methods to advertise your products or services. Those methods allow a business to be heightened, provided that those valuable advertising methods are executed appropriately and tactically. Amongst them, these two kinds of advertising are considered profitable and impactful; multichannel and omnichannel marketing. Different businesses like; e-commerce, advertising agency, hospitality, pharmacy, etc., utilize different marketing methods according to their requirements. Some of them use multichannel marketing, and others focus on omnichannel marketing. In many aspects, these two marketing methods have various similarities. But, few key differences make them unique. Multichannel Marketing Multichannel marketing is the process of utilizing direct and indirect communication channels to sell your products or services or engage with your customer. Here channel means social media, emails, display advertising, a website, a retail location, a promotional event, etc. Multichannel marketing primarily focuses on a unique strategy for each channel. Omni-channel Marketing Omni-channel marketing is also the form for advertising where both channels, online and offline, come to sell products or services. Here channel refers to various social media, website, blogging, a website, email, etc. An Omni-channel marketing objective is to provide integrated experiences. Key Differences Between Multichannel And Omni-channel Marketing Multichannel marketing- Multichannel marketing utilizes multiple channels, but each channel has its objective. In other words, you can each channel works independently. All communication channels work autonomously with no communication between any channels. It provides organization-centric messaging Conveys different messaging on different channels Restricted accessibility of data flow (one channel now and again) Lack of clarity amongst channels Multichannel marketing enhance the reach Omni-channel marketing- Omni-channels marketing also works on different channels, but those channels are behaviorally connected means it provides an integrated experience. All communication channels work collaboratively and in the sink. Omni-channel marketing delivers client-centric messaging. It delivers consistent and uniform messaging on all channels Simply reachable for all channels (Data flow) Comprehensive transparency among all channels Omni-channel marketing helps to expand personalized communication with clients Statistics About Multichannel Marketing Benefits 95% of marketers say that they know how important multichannel is for targeting. 72% of consumers say they would rather connect with brands and businesses through multichannel. 91% of retail brands use two or more social media channels. 50% of marketers using multichannel marketing strategies were usually able to hit the financial target. Every internet user has 5.54 social media accounts on average. Consistent interactions across channels are preferred by 90% of customers. Digital video is used by 91% of companies that have estimated revenue of over $500 million. At least eight marketing channels are used by 51% of companies today. Multichannel B2B campaigns see an average increase of 24% in ROI. Those with a strong multichannel approach in their marketing see a 9.5% increase in annual revenue. Statistics About Omnichannel Marketing Benefits Companies with omnichannel customer engagement strategies retain on average 89% of their customers. 87% of customers think brands need to put more effort into providing a seamless experience. According to a survey conducted by Aspect Software, businesses that adopt omnichannel marketing strategies achieve 91% greater year-over-year customer retention rates than businesses that don’t. Forty-eight percent of customers tend to share their information for a more personalized experience. Customers who have an omnichannel experience spend 13 percent more online than those who only use one channel. Sixty percent of millennials expect a consistent brand experience whether they interact online, in-store, or via phone. 9 out of 10 consumers want an omnichannel experience with seamless service between communication methods. (UC Today) 85% of digital consumers start the purchasing workflow on one device yet finish it on another. The Challenges That Are Mostly Face With Multichannel Marketing Different kind of advertising needs a different type of approach. Multichannel marketing is a time-consuming phenomenon. There are some challenges here with multichannel marketing that most marketers experienced. Handling one channel is not very expensive, but multiple channels require a smart amount of investment. Multichannel marketing is an expensive and time-consuming phenomenon. It does not mean you will always succeed by instigating a multichannel marketing strategy. Most marketers face such kind of problem. They find it challenging to decide the appropriate channel approach and cannot conclude to opt-in terms of budget allocation. When it comes to managing one channel, it’s not that difficult, but when you start focusing on multichannel, you will have to take care of each channel in every direction. In other words, you say each channel has its property, and to handle it, there is a specific way. Each channel performs differently; Instagram is not for article writing, and LinkedIn is not made for personal socialization. So it becomes hard for the marketers to pay equal attention to each channel. In multichannel marketing, data is the most valuable asset that you have to store and utilize effectively so that you can experience profitability. Still, more than 62% of marketers have no automation tools. In addition, 37 percent of marketers found it challenging to leverage customer data. The Challenges Most of the Marketers Face With Omnichannel Marketing Whether it is multichannel marketing or omnichannel marketing, or some other form of marketing, each advertising has its loopholes. Let’s have a look at the challenges with omnichannel marketing. Getting connected with customers or potential clients via similar one-size-fits-all messages across each channel simultaneously is not problematic. Probably the most fundamental tech stacks can hold this. But, it doesn’t give that much response in terms of customer satisfaction. So, how can you make those communications impactful? Lack of technical skills and resources is one of the biggest challenges in omnichannel marketing. Most marketers don’t have the appropriate tool to manage omnichannel marketing; even skilled people are rare to find. In omnichannel marketing, millions of data have been shared in video, text, infographic, gif form, etc. Those data are designed to influence the target audience or prospects. Still, it becomes difficult to maintain the quality of the content on multiple channels. Final Thoughts Both types of marketing are highly effective and result-oriented. Both follow various channels to reach their target audience and convince them towards their products or services. Overall the objective of both channels is similar apart from some differences. Both marketing are very impactful and help to intensify your business. Marketers are satisfied with both, but if you want to choose one, it isn't easy to find because it differs from business to business or requirement of approach. It is a life-long debate. But, one thing is for sure while implementing, you must comprehend its challenges in a very detailed manner. Frequently Asked Questions Q. Why omnichannel and multichannel marketing is essential nowadays? Multichannel and omnichannel marketing strategies provide a unique experience to your customers and target audience and give profitability by enhancing your brand visibility. Q. How has omnichannel marketing emerged? Omni-channel marketing is a very old marketing strategy, but in 2015 more than 45% of companies noticed that executing an omnichannel marketing strategy provides positive ROI. Since then, it has become a buzzword for marketers. Q. What is the main difference between omnichannel and multichannel marketing? In multichannel marketing all channel work separately however, in omnichannel they are interactively connected. Q. What are the omnichannel examples? Here are some great omnichannel examples; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, blogger, Instagram, etc.that have been growing exponentially { "@context": "https://schema.org", "@type": "FAQPage", "mainEntity": [{ "@type": "Question", "name": "Why omnichannel and multichannel marketing is essential nowadays?", "acceptedAnswer": { "@type": "Answer", "text": "Multichannel and omnichannel marketing strategies provide a unique experience to your customers and target audience and give profitability by enhancing your brand visibility." } },{ "@type": "Question", "name": "How has omnichannel marketing emerged?", "acceptedAnswer": { "@type": "Answer", "text": "Omni-channel marketing is a very old marketing strategy, but in 2015 more than 45% of companies noticed that executing an omnichannel marketing strategy provides positive ROI. 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WHY YOU NEED AI FOR THE SUCCESS OF SEO

Article | June 24, 2021

Trends come and go in digital marketing all the time, but one that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon is artificial intelligence (AI). It wasn’t that long ago when AI was the stuff of science fiction. It was for robots and machines and complex science. The idea alone barely felt possible to us. Now, though, the world is familiar with AI and it’s being used for all manner of things. AI can be found in automatic check-outs, online shopping recommendations, and more. It’s become a staple of everyday life. It’s also become an essential part of SEO success.

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Companionship: Still big on the radar for consumers when choosing an influencer to follow

Article | June 24, 2021

We may have entered a New Year, but we are still living in a world filled with lockdowns and restrictions. Still unable to hug our loved ones, online companionship is quite possibly, more important than ever before. The last 12 months has shown online communities come together with social media influencers becoming the ultimate lockdown companions. Amelia Neate, Senior Manager at Influencer Matchmaker explains why companionship is still big on the radar for 2021 and why she thinks it is here to stay. Since March of last year, most of the population have found themselves spending more time indoors, whether that’s due to lockdown, working from home, furlough or maybe they have been shielding. But because of that, human interaction has been limited and it doesn’t seem to be on the cards for anytime soon, either. And with a quarter of UK adults saying that lockdown has made them feel lonely, many have turned to social media influencers in a bid to feel less alone. Helping each other out Online companionship is much more than simply a one-way street. Whilst it primarily benefits consumers, social media followers and audiences, it also provides rapport for the influencers and brands, too. Many influencers felt a responsibility to uplift their audiences, keep them company and deliver some much-needed entertainment during a time filled with such despair and crisis. This, in turn, allowed social media influencers to create a deeper connection with their followers, and the feeling of responsibility provided them with something to focus on and strive for whilst they too, found themselves living a life under restriction. With the temporary closure of retail alongside many other industries, social media has supplied brands and businesses with an opportunity to establish a brand-new relationship with customers that they may not have had otherwise. Brands have been able to understand exactly what their customers want by spending more time communicating with them and getting them involved with the content they create and the brands they choose to work with. As well as this, brands have been able to work closely (albeit virtually) with influencers to provide them with just that. It isn’t just the relationship between brands, influencers and their audiences, though. Brands have used this time to build relationships with other brands, particularly through the use of social media. Smaller, local, independent businesses of a similar vein have teamed up with one another to create bespoke packages, combining their products and services as a way to build brand awareness and help gain recognition. Influencers have also been doing something very similar. ‘Follow Fridays’ have made a triumphant return to Instagram, with many influencers dedicating their time to promoting fellow content creators and sharing their work. A sense of community Influencers have worked hard to adapt their content to meet the newfound needs of their audience and to build a community. The last year has seen an influx in the number of virtual book clubs, Facebook groups and podcasts, many of which have been created as a way to tackle boredom and loneliness - for both the creators and users. With people forced to embrace daily Zoom calls with work as well as weekend catchups with family members, many have been seeking a distraction that isn’t too far from their norm. Book clubs such as ‘Beth’s Book Club', founded by Beth Sandland, have blossomed during the coronavirus pandemic. Going from simply reading one book a month, this particular online community has upped the ante and has become a place to discuss their favourite reads and create new friends. As well as the usual monthly discussion, this book club often features virtual get togethers, Q&A’s with popular authors and even yoga sessions, regularly providing members with something to look forward to. Such communities have also been welcomed with open arms by royalty. The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, has also launched her very own Instagram book club. The Reading Room features conversations with authors and connects like-minded book lovers. Facebook groups have also proven to be a popular source of escapism, with many celebrities and social media influencers creating members-only groups for their followers to join. X-Factor star Sam Bailey created a ‘buddy up’ campaign via her Facebook group, Bailey’s Cuppa Crew. Aiming to help her fans combat loneliness, Sam encouraged them to make friends and even paired people up who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone, providing them with a way to enjoy their festive dinner over Zoom. Influencers Lily Pebbles and The Anna Edit use a Facebook group to help with their ongoing podcast, ‘At Home With...’. The group enables listeners of the podcast to truly get involved, by sharing detailed feedback and requesting topics for episodes which really places them at the very heart of the podcast. Similarly, health and fitness app Battle Ready 360, founded by Ollie Ollerton also have a members-only group, allowing users of the app to compete in friendly challenges, make friends and take some time for themselves. Throughout the entirety of this pandemic, influencers have provided their followers with nothing but positivity, hope and a little inspiration. A thought for the future An end is in sight, although it may be a little further away than we initially thought. But one thing that the pandemic has taught us, is the importance of companionship and the true power of social media influencers. They are much more than online creators and entertainers, but friends, supporters and advocates for all that we believe in. And with that being said, I firmly believe that the act of online companionship is something that will stick around, throughout 2021 and beyond.

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Top 3 Initiatives to Make 2020 Your Year of Change

Article | June 24, 2021

It’s February, and I’m still seeing marketing thought leaders coming out with trend predictions for 2020. The problem with these lists is that they don’t really mean much to marketers who are out there pushing the send button every day, just trying to grind out campaigns and make their numbers.If you’re looking for guidance, though, I have three ideas that could get you started working on an email strategic plan that can integrate with your marketing efforts and help you see marked improvements by the end of 2020.

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