Common misconceptions and misunderstandings about marketing can often lead companies astray when it comes to making decisions on how to increase business and successfully market their brand, products, and services. In order to create a strategic marketing plan, it is important to be informed! Here are some of the top marketing myths explained.
Community management is the process of building an authentic community among a business’s customers, employees, and partners through various types of interaction. The purpose of community management is to grow your audience, network, and engagement levels. This helps your brand keep its voice and tone consistent across all social channels.
What do you do at Addison Clark?
I'm the videographer and video editor in the office. I do anything from shooting internal videos for the benefit of the company to setting up and producing client videos for their websites and social media. I handle all steps in the video production process from pre-production through post-production.
What's your favorite thing about your job?
Being able to work within my major and utilizing my degree is a wonderful thing. I'm incredibly lucky to be able to work in an art medium that allows me some creative liberty.
Name three things you'll find on your desk at work.
My Vegeta bobblehead that I got from an old laser tag arcade (remember those?), my Fisher space pen that I carry with me everywhere, and my James Madison University Yeti mug. Go, Dukes!
What is your favorite social media site and why?
My favorite social media site would have to be Reddit. Primarily, I use it as a professional career resource as there is a career subreddit for just about any occupation (hello r/editors!). To be fair, I do enjoy looking at some of the most time-wasting subreddits, like r/Pics or r/MovieDetails.
The big picture is important, but the details are what can make or break your marketing efforts. As self-proclaimed data nerds, our team is always digging into the details to understand the why, what, and how of a campaign and its results. Keeping an eye on the big picture helps us to determine our objectives and goals, but it's the details that get us there. Without paying close attention to the details, little things get overlooked that could potentially sabotage our efforts.
Here are three examples of small details that can have an immeasurable effect on marketing efforts:
Website speed. Sometimes all it takes is one extra second to lose a potential customer. What seems like such a minor detail in the grand scheme of things can significantly harm your conversions. Google reports that a one-second delay in mobile load times can impact conversion rates by up to 20%. Fifty-four percent of people say that as the load time for a website increases, so does their frustration. While a small lag in your website's load time may seem minuscule to you, it is paramount for consumers who have come to expect a speedy online experience. Because Google knows that customers prefer a fast online experience, they give preference in search engine results to websites that meet their threshold for site load times. So, not only could a few seconds delay be driving customers away from your site, but it could also be burying it deeper online. Ultimately, the details of your website (especially your load time) can make or break your online marketing efforts.
Call to action (CTA). This is arguably the most important component of your content marketing, whether it's an email, blog post, whitepaper, or service page on your website. Even the most riveting content won't produce many results without a call to action.
Marketing is great, but if you can't measure your goals it's hard to tell what is working. Tracking conversions is a great way to analyze your marketing efforts.
First, let's define what a conversion is.
According to Google, a conversion is "a completed activity, online or offline, that is important to the success of your business. Examples include a completed sign-up for your email newsletter (a Goal conversion) and a purchase (a transaction, sometimes called an Ecommerce conversion)."
Conversions can mean different things based on your business goals. If you are a service provider, your goal may be to get more calls. In that case, a mobile click-to-call would be a good conversion to track. Do you want users to download a recent white paper? A download would be a good conversion to track. Whatever you decide to track, Google Analytics can help you gather conversion data.
Are you in need of a new website? Whether you are starting a new business or need to give your current website a facelift, it is important to have a solid plan in place before starting the website design process. Here are a few important aspects to think about when it comes to website design and development.
The concept of "My Story" started a few years ago when Snapchat started the story concept. Ever since then, other platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube, have done the same. While stories started off as a feature mainly used by individuals, that has changed. Companies have found a purpose for stories, including keeping their customers engaged and connected outside of their normal organic postings.
Some of the benefits of using stories for business include:
We are about halfway through 2020 and no one could have predicted the events of this year. From a nationwide pandemic to important political and social movements, 2020 for better and worse has not been what we expected.
What we know:
At Addison Clark, we believe in the importance of continually refining our processes to optimize our efficiency and quality of work. As we, along with other businesses, begin the process of returning to our “old normal” in the coming weeks and months, we have been reflecting as a team on the changes we have made as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and which of those changes we want to bring with us as we return to our “old normal.” For us, returning to our “old normal” looks largely like transitioning from remote working to working in the office and resuming in-person client meetings. For our clients, this transition can mean a number of things. Whether your business experienced minor or major disruptions to business over the past several months, consider what aspects of ‘business as usual’ work well and what processes can be further improved upon. Optimize your business for success by continuing to evaluate and improve upon your processes on an ongoing basis, even after you have returned to ‘business as usual.’
Here are some of the areas that benefit from continual process improvement:
We asked Whitney, one of our senior account managers, some marketing questions. Here's what she had to say....
1. What’s the best piece of marketing advice you’ve ever heard?
Offer value to people. Consumers are selfish creatures and they want what is useful to them. Sometimes that comes in the form of free content, education, inspiration, tips, etc. The more value you offer, the more people will buy what you have to give.
2. Where do most people go wrong with their marketing?
When they try to tackle too much. More is not always better in marketing. Businesses should focus on the marketing avenues that are most likely to reach their target audience and produce the best results for their specific goals. This may mean saying no to what’s popular or trendy at the moment.