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Rochelle L
09/27/2017

Royalty Free Photo Resources – Our Top 7!

It can be difficult to find that single image that perfectly reflects and accompanies a post. Images, whether they be photos, illustrations, or a simple texture, is imperative to boosting engagement and conversions.

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Margaret O'Connor
05/08/2015

Visual Storytelling

For those who aren’t designers, and let’s face it, a lot of us aren’t, there are some amazing internet programs which anyone can sign up to for free, which enable users to create highly appealing images for a range of platforms. Whether it be for email, social media posts, blogs, newsletters, company reports and virtually any type of marketing collateral your business distributes, there is no reason why you can’t engage your audience with appealing visuals.

We are finding that more and more, users are much more likely to be engaged with content, of any type if it is visually appealing and that it complements the purpose of the content. This part is key, so you will do well to remember it – your visuals must have a purpose. They must be connected to the message you are attempting to portray. Don’t do it for the sake of doing it, and make sure that it aligns with your business branding too.

iPhone photography

You will have heard the saying, ‘a picture tells a thousands words’, or at least some variation of this. What this saying tells us is that users are able to make a connection with an image in a way they just can’t with the written word. It’s why social media platforms such as Facebook are tweaking their algorithms to allow visuals and video content greater organic access to followers. YouTube as a platform is growing exponentially.

Now having brought up the topic of video content, I cannot escape talking about how costly it can be to produce. If you’re looking into creating video content with a film crew, actors, proper lighting equipment, and location; then be prepared to pay big bucks for it. Let’s be realistic; there are not many SMEs who can afford this luxury. So how can you create video content at a fraction of the cost?

Believe it or not, a half-decent camera with recording capabilities, a small wireless microphone, which can be purchased at a minimum cost, and a room with good lighting, practically anyone can create video content. You could create a weekly video blog and post it to your website and social media accounts. You could create easy-to-understand ‘How To’ video content for your website, or even as an after-care service once a customer has purchased a specific product.

There is so much more to visual storytelling than video content. If you begin to think along the lines of image-heavy blogs, infographics, and social media posts, then soon a world of visual content opportunity opens up. Programs such as Canva.com and Infogr.am are just two examples of easy-to-use, free to sign up, online platforms, which allow you to create appealing visuals to suit your needs.

You needn’t create brand new visuals for each and every piece of content you want to create, either. Repurpose it! Yep, we all do it, and there is no reason why you can’t do the same with your visuals. Imagine if you create a series of social media posts which all relate to a competition you run for your followers; you would use the same image across these posts to create a sense of continuity and recognition. Once your followers have been exposed to the image associated with the competition, they will instantly recognise the image and make the connection to the competition, without even having to read the content that accompanies it.

Instagram sml

What about the visual-rich platform of Instagram? If you own a restaurant or café, do your research and find online influencers in your industry. Yes, I am talking about those people who take photos of their food and post them to their Instagram accounts. If you find the right people within your city or town, you will be amazed at the number of followers these people attract. There is often a very little cost involved too, apart from the free meal businesses will offer influencers in order to have their business name mentioned, and, therefore, recommended.

Visual content is changing the face of the web. Don’t get me wrong, the written word is still, and always will be, highly relevant and important, especially when it comes to your website and your SEO strategy, for example. But the way in which users can absorb the written word can be made so much more engaging with the right use of visual content. So why don’t you give it a go? If you’re looking for advice, you know you can always chat to your Account Driver here at Get More Traffic; we’re always willing to help drive your business. Call us today on 1300 332 256 or visit our website.

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10/05/2022

Always On Marketing

Are You Missing Out On Sales By Not Having An Always-On Marketing Strategy?

Right now, technology is progressing at such a fast pace for everyone, including online businesses. This progression has led to some serious benefits in the world of e-commerce and digital marketing, but it also means that customer expectations are higher than ever. Statistics show that 75% of smartphone users expect immediate information when using their devices, and 51% believe that businesses should be available to chat 24/7. 

“That’s ridiculous! I’m just one person!” 

We can hear you shout through your screen, and yeah, at first glance it sure does seem ridiculous, but let’s not forget you’re not just one person. You’ve got technology on your side. Technology doesn’t need to take breaks or go to sleep or have a two week holiday in the Bahamas to blow off the cobwebs. Technology is your little workaholic friend. You can use it to develop an always-on marketing strategy that satisfies your customers while also letting you rest. Because, you know, you’re human, and being switched on all the time isn’t a healthy way to be. 

In this blog, we’ll take you through some of the most useful always-on marketing strategies to help you out. Soon enough, you’ll have happy customers and a business that operates 24/7, all while maintaining 8 hours of sleep a night (hopefully). Fasten your seatbelts, drivers! We’re heading out on the road to success. 

What is Always-On Marketing?

We know that customers now expect near-instantaneous responses from businesses when they shop online but did you also know that personalisation has a massive effect on buying habits? According to Accenture, 91% of consumers are more likely to purchase from businesses that provide a personalised shopping experience. Always-on marketing combines 24/7 availability with highly personalised content strategies to create content for customers that serves their exact requirements whenever they need it. 

While other marketing tactics focus on campaigns that push products in short bursts, always-on marketing has an unwavering presence. It helps businesses reach their target audience, retain their customers, and consistently build brand awareness. Even though many always-on marketing strategies are automated, they still require some manual work, not only in content creation but also for market research. 

To keep your content personalised, always-on marketing heavily relies on first-party data collected from your customers. With cookie policies changing soon, collecting this data can require a little more effort and innovation. However, once you have conducted your market research and created your content, the hard work is pretty much over. Simply set up your automations, leave them to run in the background, and analyse the data they produce whenever you need.

The Best Content Strategies for Customer Retention

Okay, so let’s have a look at the most popular always-on strategies used today. You’ll want to implement strategies that are easy to maintain and will make customers feel as though the content is there to serve them and their particular needs. The following marketing tools are easy to personalise and are incredibly effective at helping business owners retain customers while also attracting new ones. They can also be dispersed between multiple sites to help you get the most reach, making it easier for customers to find you no matter from where they are searching. 

Email Automation

Email automation is one of the easiest ways to create a personalised shopping experience for your customers. It utilises your website analytics to help you target people based on product preferences, behaviour, and past purchases. Email automation is a great way to use a customer’s past buying habits to personalise the offers they receive in the future. What’s more, getting people to sign up to receive emails is also a fantastic way to convert new traffic into leads. Simply create a pop up that encourages them to sign up (a 10% discount will usually do the trick) and ask them to select what offers they’d like to hear about in the future. 

These emails also save business owners an immense amount of time as they can create a personalised experience without having to write individual messages to every single customer. That’s because the personalisation of these emails doesn’t hinge on the content inside them. Instead, it comes down to the specific times that customers receive these messages. For example, a welcome email can contain the same message for every customer. The personalisation comes down to it only being sent to them right after they sign up. 

Automations can be triggered to be sent out at any number of specific times. In doing so, these triggers create a shopping experience that comes across as specific to each client without you having to spend forever writing individual emails for every customer. Examples include:

 

  • A welcome email when customers first sign up
  • Sending a reminder email when they abandon a cart
  • Promotion emails when you launch a new product that relates to their past purchases
  • Sending them a discount code on their birthday
  • Special offers in the lead up to celebrations like Christmas, Mother’s Day, and Easter
  • Black Friday reminders

Chatbots

Chatbots are great for providing instantaneous customer support. They’re able to interact with consumers in real-time and give them that personalised, speedy service we talked about earlier. There are a few types of chatbots available but ultimately, they’ll all assist with your always-on marketing strategy. Chatbots are also better than humans at dealing with loads of information and can scan a consumer’s enquiry and provide a solution almost immediately. Whether it’s two in the morning or 6pm on a Sunday, you can rely on chatbots to deliver premium customer support and solutions. 

On-Demand Resources

As we said, consumers crave convenience so if you really want to keep their attention (and their business) we highly recommend implementing on-demand resources. Look, you don’t have to flood your customers with a plethora of information they didn’t ask for or mightn’t find useful, but if there’s anything you think they could benefit from when it comes to your goods and services, make that information available. This could look like:

  • Instruction videos
  • Size guides
  • Downloadable instruction manuals
  • Frequently asked questions 
  • Tips for choosing the right product

Making these resources super accessible also decreases traffic to your customer support team as studies show consumers often look for their own solutions before turning to customer care. 

Social Media Engagement

This sounds like a given, but you’d be surprised how many businesses either forget or don’t know how to use social media to their advantage. But, there are so many features on social media that assist businesses with always-on marketing. Here are some examples:

  • Polls and Questions: You can set polls or questions on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Stories: Most social media story features are set to appear for 24 hours. This means you can engage with customers even when you’re getting those eight hours of shuteye we talked about earlier. 
  • Contests and Giveaways: “Like, share, tag a friend, and follow us for your chance to win!”. Seriously though, who doesn’t love a giveaway? Plus, you’ll likely end up with a bunch of new followers in the process. Market expansion, anyone?
  • Ad Scheduling: AI and automation is your friend. Trust us. You can reach your desired audience anywhere and at any time when you schedule your ads. 

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27/04/2022

April Digital Marketing Industry Updates

New Multisearch Feature on Google App

Google is beta-testing a new Multisearch feature that will help users having trouble expressing their thoughts in a search query. If you’ve ever had trouble trying to find the perfect piece to add to your closet, or a good addition to your dining set or living room furniture, then this feature is the one for you. You can take a screenshot of a dress, for example, and then add in “yellow” or “pink” to find the dress in a different colour. Or you can snap a photo of your house plants and then add “care instructions” to find out how to help them grow. While the feature is only available in English in the U.S. at the moment, this will definitely be a feature to look forward to with regards to search.

TikTok Testing Search Ad Placements

TikTok is currently beta testing search ad placements for their platform. The test was first spotted by David Herrmann, president of Herrmann Digital, a paid social advertising company and shared on Twitter. These search ads, though, are just ad placements. Keyword targeting is not yet available to advertisers. Despite that, the additional placement on TikTok search is definitely promising. Companies looking beyond Google for advertising opportunities would be keen to jump onto TikTok, especially as TikTok has been proven to also have high purchasing intent.

Instagram Updates Ranking Algorithm to Benefit Creators

Recently, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri made a statement that they were currently updating Instagram’s algorithm to favour creators. New Product Tags and Enhanced Tags have been added for greater reach and relevance, as well as an update to the algorithm to favour original content. Additionally, Instagram is also looking into making adjustments to hashtag pages to help increase engagement on hashtags. With these additions, creators and influencers should be able to increase their engagement on the platform.

Twitter Testing Out its “Edit” Function

One feature that has long been requested for Twitter is an edit feature. Recently, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal suggested that they are working on an edit function. Having such a function would be a useful tool to correct the many typos that occur on the social media platform. The edit function, however, keeps a record of the history of the edited tweet, which would be a compromise between what users want and need versus Twitters long-standing arguments against adding an edit button.

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