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01/25/2022

January Digital Marketing Industry Updates

Facebook Removes 4 Sensitive Targeting Categories

Last January 19 Facebook has removed 4 main categories in its ad campaign targeting. The move came out of a promise from Facebook to dial back on their targeting settings because of its users’ privacy concerns. Facebook users have become uncomfortable with being identified based on their connections to certain social causes, demographics, health conditions, and characteristics. As a result, Facebook has now removed the following categories from their ads manager: health causes, political beliefs, religious practices and groups, and sexual orientation. If you’re currently targeting these ad groups or any smaller niches within them, now would be a good time to give your account manager a call to see how you can make adjustments for your business moving forward.

Possible New Feed Options Coming to Instagram!

Instagram’s chief, Adam Mosseri recently posted an update on his account about the new feed options they’ve been working on for Instagram. These options have stemmed from a lengthy call from users to bring back a chronological feed onto the platform. Rather than a home feed that was based on one’s engagement, likes and dislikes, users wanted a feed that was based on time and date posted, which would give them more variety and help them catch up with posts from other accounts that they follow. As a response to those requests, Mosseri showed a brief preview of two new chronologically-based feed options: Favourites, and Following. The first feed option gives users the option to create a list of favourite accounts, whose posts will then show up first on their feed in chronological order. The second option, Following, will show you posts from all the accounts you follow in chronological order.

Search Your Twitter Direct Messages for Specific Topics and Keywords

According to app researcher, Alessandro Paluzzi, Twitter has recently been testing a new advanced search option for direct messages on the platform. The option, should it be rolled out, would be a helpful tool in handling customer service concerns and requests as it would allow users to search for specific keywords and topics in their DMs, ultimately making Twitter DMs a more useful tool. The last update that Twitter had related to direct messages was back in 2019, with the addition of ‘Search for People and Groups’. Should Twitter decide to roll out this advanced search tool, it would definitely be a big step in making Twitter more user-friendly for users, influencers, and businesses leveraging the platform.

You Can Now Pin Products at the Top of Your Local and Google Map Listings

Google Business Profiles (formerly Google My Business) have recently been given an upgrade with their product listings. In the products section of your Google Business Profile, there is now a box that you can tick that says, “Mark as Special”. This feature works much like pinning a post to the top of your blog or social media feed wherein the product marked as special will now appear at the top of your listings, giving it more exposure for your audience. This works especially well if you’re putting certain items in your catalogue on sale, or if you want to push special items or products more than others. The feature seems to appear on some accounts and not on others. Google has yet to officially comment on the feature, but if you see it on your product listing, then it might be worth marking some of your products as ‘special’.

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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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