In an ever-changing digital marketing market, success in business can sometimes depend on what you do or don’t do online. This article will share you some simple digital marketing guides.
1. Harness the Power of Digital
BE SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZED
Allow your customers to find your website with just a few keystrokes. With solid search engine optimization (SEO), your website will be discover-able, and you can even cut down on paid search engine marketing costs.
Follow our SEO topic
and make do everything you need ASAP.
MAXIMIZE YOUR IMPACT ON MOBILE
The age of the desktop is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Our mobile devices have become our communications hub, our diary, our entertainment portal, our primary source of media consumption, our wallet, and our gateway to real-time information. Market accordingly.
To optimize your impact with mobile users, you should:
- Verify that your website and blog are responsive across all devices.
- Think about the mobile user’s journey and tailor a digital experience to match.
- Test your email templates across multiple devices to ensure your message is accessible by all mobile users.
GROW YOUR AUDIENCE WITH CONTENT
Content marketing is a powerful and effective way to reach your customers, and if done well, doubles as a retention tool. Use this simple, four-step exercise from digital marketing expert to get started:
1. What’s your end goal? For content marketing, this means a library of content that will attract new customers by reflecting your business’ authority and expertise.
2. What content do you already have at your disposal? Take stock of what you already have. Chances are, you’ve got a wealth of owned content to work with. Social posts to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all count. Here are some places to start looking: Emails, blogs, videos, audio recordings, photographs, interviews, tech support logs and conversations, knowledge bases, product instructions, community forums. Now, develop categories of content, and organize your content within them to see what you really have.
3. What new content could you create? Now that you know what you already have, think about what’s missing. Some businesses naturally lend themselves to certain kinds of content. What types of content naturally suit your product or service? Where could you create content that would add value for your customer?
4. Where would you distribute the content? A distribution plan for your content is key to your success. Where would people be looking for content you produce? Social posts, blog exchanges, and email signatures are all places you should consider in your content distribution strategy. Get inspired, and learn best practices on content marketing: Watch this video!
AMPLIFY YOUR EVENTS, DIGITALLY
While this is a pro-digital guide, we never underestimate the power of in-person, event-based marketing. To ensure your events are a success, take advantage of these readily available digital tools:
- Use events organisation tools like EventBrite to organize, promote, manage, and track your events.
- Make your event sharable across channels. Promote via email marketing, by tweeting about it, and by posting it as an event on Facebook.
- Create a paid Facebook campaign to target an audience with an affinity toward the topic of your event.
SET UP ANALYTIC TOOLS TO MEASURE SUCCESS
The beauty of digital marketing is its ability to be measured. As such, the foundations of successful digital campaigns includes tools in place to measure, dissect, and analyse their results. Proper metrics will give you insight into the returns on your investments and help you make decisions about what to keep — and what to lose.
Luckily, channels such as search engines and social media platforms make it easy to set up small, low-risk experiments with immediate results.
Get started with these three steps for building an analytics toolkit.
2. Tools to Optimize Your Work
Now, let’s take a look at the tools that you should consider using to operate with top efficiency. Download / apply the below apps immediately to increase day to day productivity:
- Trello, a visual, cloud-based project management tool.
- Evernote, to organise your to-do lists and take notes and then access them from anywhere via mobile app, tablet, or desktop browser.
- Dropbox Business, for the convenience and mobility of collaborating on your files whenever and wherever.
- Slack, for real-time messaging between teams internally and externally to replace emails with live conversation.
- Sunrise Calendar, to keep all of your events and calendars in one place.
- Qwilr, so you can turn your documents into easily shareable web pages with the click of a button
3. Never Stop Learning
The above guides can help you for a while but the world of digital marketing is constantly changing. You’ll want to stay knowledgeable and ride the waves as they come.
HAVE A WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF FRONT-END WEB DEVELOPMENT
Your website is arguably one of your most important business assets. You don’t have to code on your own (although plenty of business owners do), but you should have a working knowledge of front-end web development so you can have meaningful conversations and make informed decisions with those who do handle your website.
KEEP UP WITH THE DIGITAL WORLD
Stay current with customers and employees who are increasingly plugged in.
- Register for a free Basic Account with PSFK, and gain access to innovation news from the worlds of advertising, design, tech, and retail.
- Subscribe the Sneeit blog for your daily dose of marketing tips.
- Sign up for Panda, a news-feed dashboard for designers, developers, and entrepreneurs.
- Start using Medium, a place to read, write, and interact with the stories that matter most to you.
KEEP TABS ON CURRENT YEAR HOT EVENT TECH TRENDS
Every year technology continues to improve, bringing along benefits for businesses and event organizers. Staying on top of it all can be overwhelming at times, so check a shortlist of the hottest technology trends to spice up your events this year
Mobile, Mobile, Mobile: A must for every business
It’s the year of mobile, again. This Nielsen Mobile Ratings Report
revealed that more than 15 million Australians own smartphones, along with some 12 million owning a tablet device. Plus, more and more millennials are relying on their mobile as their primary access to the internet. If your event team isn’t yet harnessing the power of mobile check-ins and ticket scanning, check out Eventbrite Neon to turn your iOS device into a mobile box office.
Periscope: If you are dabbling in video content marketing
With the emergence of new apps that enable instant broadcasting, video and live streaming is going from strength to strength. Linked to a Twitter account, Periscope is quickly gaining traction thanks to its live streaming capabilities. Event organisers and attendees themselves are now broadcasting live video of events and experiences to engage with their audience anywhere in the world.
To Do: Download Periscope
, and start broadcasting some fun summer activities to practice.
Snapchat: For that millennial audience
Popular with the millennials, many people initially passed Snapchat off as immature and frivolous, but it’s a platform worth keeping an eye on. In fact, e-commerce giant Alibaba invested $200 million in Snapchat (in 2015), signaling that we can expect growth from this platform.
With the introduction of ‘Live Stories’ — a feature that generates user content at a live experience — Snapchat is increasing its focus on live event and location-based coverage, which will allow designers and brands to create unique imagery for users to overlay on their images based on their location.
To Do: Download Snapchat
and familiarize yourself with Live Stories.
RFID Technology: To surprise and delight at large-scale events
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a small electronic device that provides a unique identifier for that tag. RFID wristband technology is already in use at some major music festivals and large public events to monitor foot traffic, prevent ticket fraud, and even enhance attendee experiences with the inclusion of cashless payments and social media integration. RFID technology is set to become more accessible to SMEs. You can read more about RFID technology here
Proximity Marketing & ‘Geo-Fencing’: To Enhance Event Experiences
Beacon is a location-based technology which can emit a low-energy signal that can push instant messages to a dedicated app. Once a person with the app installed on their phone enters the designated zone (known as a Geo-fence), a message will appear on their phone. When placed around a venue, these devices can do everything from track attendee behavior and foot traffic, to pushing notifications such as greeting attendees to check-in or displaying promotional offers.
Different messages can be sent depending on the physical location of the user. Examples of this location-based technology include audio tours, retail offers, and even scavenger hunts.
The Melbourne digital event Pause Fest
recently used Beacon technology to improve its event management and reporting. Check out the case study here