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On March 30 Facebook will convert all pages to the new Timeline design. This design change will not only affect the layout of your Facebook page, but also some of the functionality you’ve probably used to grow your online community.
In the upcoming week we’ll review these changes in detail and explain what they mean for your business’ Facebook page. We’ll detail the ins and outs of these changes and how to best utilize them to continue to grow your online community on Facebook.
We’ll start with a few important keywords you’ll hear repeated so you will understand what we’re reffering to.
Arguably, the Godfather movies are the greatest films ever made, begetting some great “wise guy” proverbs. And since I’m one of those guys who could communicate entirely in movie quotes and being a “web-wise guy” to boot, I wondered how Don Corleone might run the online “family business.” Here’s some memorable Godfather wisdom – and nobody even has to get whacked!
“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” Studies show that it takes less than a second for visitors to pass judgment on you based on your website. Impress them immediately before the Back button becomes public enemy number one.
“It’s business, not personal.” If that’s your website’s vibe, remember: People make decisions intellectually, but they buy emotionally. It’s always personal; touch something sensitive.
Can you imagine living in a world filled with great and terrible beasts like the dinosaurs? What a world it must have been! I’m guessing that movies like Jurassic Park don’t even come close to depicting these awe-inspiring reptiles! If you’ve ever stood before the intimidating skeleton of a T-Rex in a museum, or a colossal Brachiosaurus, you might have gazed up at it wondering what that amazing animal must have been like in real life. You might have also wondered, Just how did such mighty creatures become extinct? You might be closer to the real answer than you think.
Website designs have a shelf life of maybe 24 months, tops. Many companies roll out new designs annually. One of our clients wanted to do just that—develop a brand new look. It was exciting; his is a neat business—one of those projects you just know is going to turn out cool! But my excitement waned with his next question. “Would you like to submit a bid on the project?” That evoked the proverbial record-scratch in my ears.
“Submit a bid? Seriously?”
Then he added, “And I will be going with lowest price.”
I try to live my life on the healthier side. It’s funny; I’m convinced that we spend millions of dollars on fitness gimmicks only to discover time after time that the Holy Grail of healthy living is in fact… diet and exercise! Bummer. But doesn’t everything work that way? Aren’t we endlessly in search of that one secret ingredient promising us the fat-free, sugar-free, full-flavored business we’ve always wanted – one that makes customers descend on us like wave upon wave of demented dieters on a taco wagon? But alas, just when we were finally resigned to the painful truth that success is measured by how much good ol’ fashion work we were willing to put into it, along came the Internet, which changed everything!
Industry leaders know that content marketing and social media campaigns are crucial to success on the Internet. However, given that content marketing is a qualitative, rather than quantitative concept, how can you measure the success of something that, at first glance, can’t be measured?
That’s where this article comes in. Let’s take a closer look at the intricacies of deploying your content marketing and social media campaign, including how you can measure its contribution to your company’s bottom line.
Launch Your Content Marketing and Social Media Campaign
One of the most crucial aspects of launching your content marketing and social media campaign is to ensure that you don’t lose interest in the progress you’re making, particularly in the earlier months when you might not be seeing the results you’ve been expecting. Remember, content and social media marketing is a qualitative concept, not a quantitative one – you won’t be able to immediately measure ROI within the first months of use. Therefore, be sure to continue with your content marketing efforts even when you feel as though your readers aren’t paying attention to what you have to say. Believe us, they are!
Monitor Your Chatter
While you should have a dedicated team to monitor your content and social media marketing efforts, there’s no denying that you can’t monitor your efforts 24/7. That’s why it’s important to invest in resources that allow you to automate some of the process, including tools that monitor activity, engage with your readers and aggregate content. This will allow your social media team to keep on top of your progress without feeling overwhelmed by all there is to do.
Keep It Fresh
Ensure that your content marketing and social media campaigns remain fresh and relevant to your readers. Stale and uninteresting platforms will cost you valuable customers.
Measure Your Success
Finally, be sure to measure your success in terms that make sense to content marketing and social media. For example, rather than focusing on dollars, focus on client satisfaction and brand loyalty, and how your campaigns have contributed to these vital components of running a successful business.
Once your company has determined the most successful content marketing and social media campaign, you’ll need to put those great ideas into real-time action. As the old saying goes, it’s easier said than done. How can you transition your content marketing ideas to the Web? What platforms should you be using to increase your social media campaign’s ROI?
This article will explore the specific steps involved in developing your most successful content marketing and social media campaign:
Identify Your Best Platforms
In the world of social media, there are literally hundreds of platforms you can use for your content marketing campaign. With so many Web 2.0 sites jostling for your time and attention, how can you know which one is the right one for your company?
First, you’ll need to identify if your company wants to engage in content marketing on specific niche social media sites, or on general sites. Additionally, you’ll need to eliminate the Web 2.0 sites that won’t allow you to maximize your social media campaign. For example, LinkedIn Marketing is a great platform for individuals looking to connect in their respective industry, but it might not be a great tool for companies looking to market content to the average customer. No matter which social media platforms you identify and use, be sure that your company has a Facebook account, a Twitter profile and a blog, as these are the most popular – and consumer-trusted – social media platforms online today.
Develop Your Best Team Possible
Once you’ve identified which social media platforms you’ll be using for your content marketing, you’ll need to find talented professionals who can help your campaign come to life. Your readers want to feel as though they’re communicating with real representatives of your company – and that’s where your team comes into play. A dedicated content marketing team can post regular updates, respond to reader comments and garner the kind of client feedback that can help your company improve its products and services.
Defining what kind of content you’ll be offering your readers is crucial to the online success of your business. However, once you’ve defined what you consider to be content marketing success, how will you ensure that you get there?
That’s where content marketing design comes into play. Content design is simply another way of determining what your overall content strategy will be, the types of content you’ll offer your readers, and what kinds of resources you’ll need to achieve your content marketing goals.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at designing the ins and outs of your content marketing strategy.
Developing A Content Strategy
Before you can develop content to offer your readers, you must first be able to identify how that content will fulfill their needs. In other words, to devise a strong content strategy, you’ll have to understand their fears, frustrations, hopes, and needs.
Monetizing Your Campaign
Once you’ve identified the fears and needs of your audience, you’ll need to decide how you can transform your content marketing strategies so that they bring in real-time income. Monetizing your social media and content marketing campaign means you’ll need to bridge the gap between offering free content to your readers and encouraging them with a strong call-to-action. For example, will you place a link on your social media account to your product’s landing page? Will your blogs be embedded with an affiliate link? These are all steps you can take to monetize your social media and content marketing campaigns.
Developing a Marketing Timeframe
An important part of developing your content marketing and social media campaigns is to identify how often you’ll be interacting with your readers. How often will you post updates? When will you post updates? Based on this editorial calendar – and the reactions of your readers – you’ll be able to determine which posts are more successful at optimizing your content marketing ROI.
Resources and Content Formats
Finally, you’ll need to isolate which content formats (i.e. audio, visual, or textual) will deliver your most successful marketing ROI. Be sure to pinpoint which content formats will require additional resources and how much those resources will cost.
As a leader in your industry, you understand that content marketing offers loyal clients relevant information that pertains to your specific industry. When it comes to delivering that content, nothing disseminates more efficiently than social media platforms.
When providing your clientele base with highly valuable information, how do you ensure that your content marketing efforts match your business goals and objectives, all while forming genuine connections with your targeted audience?
The key to successful content marketing is to define your company’s goals and objectives before building your social media strategy.
Not sure what we mean here? Don’t worry – this article will examine why defining your company’s goals and objectives is key to successful content marketing.
What are your company’s needs?
Before you start using social media platforms to pass on highly relevant content, it’s important to understand your company’s overall objectives and missions. For example, if you’re a Fortune 500 company that offers investment advice, what are your main goals? Do you want to expand your clientele base? Do you want to attract more high-value clients? Do you want to increase brand awareness?
Understanding your own needs before focusing on that of your readers will help you not only use the right marketing platforms for your business, it will also help you develop the kind of genuine content your readers will be thrilled to get their hands on.
Look at your current online presence.
Content marketing and online marketing go hand-in-hand; therefore, to deliver the kind of content your readers expect, you need to assess your own online marketing efforts. To accomplish this, you must look at this from three different angles:
• Look at your current online marketing efforts;
• Review your current social media uses;
• Research how you’re using your company’s website.
With this online research, you’ll begin to understand what kind of information your readers are looking for – and if your company can deliver. Additionally, it will give you a better idea of where your content marketing needs to go to be considered successful.
By defining your own content marketing goals and objectives, you can provide the kind of highly engaging and relevant information that will transform readers into loyal clients.
Let’s face it, in today’s competitive business world an entrepreneur can’t afford not to include content marketing as part of their marketing strategy. Unlike traditional marketing techniques (e.g. magazine ads, billboard ads, TV infomercials, telemarketing, etc.) content marketing has the potential to reach tens of thousands and even millions of potential consumers.
What is Content Marketing?
Content marketing is the technique of creating and distributing high-quality, relevant and valuable information to attract and engage a particular target audience; this is with the purpose of generating profitable customer action.
Rather than ‘selling’ your products or services, you’re actually delivering valuable information your consumer is searching for online. Content marketing helps your consumers become more educated about your products and services. As a result, the consumer rewards you with their business and their loyalty.
According to statistics taken by Roper Public Affairs, 80 percent of buyers prefer to get company information in the form of articles instead of traditional advertisements. Seventy percent say content marketing gives them a sense of closeness to a company. Sixty percent say content marketing helps them to make wiser buying decisions compared to traditional marketing mediums.
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