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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.

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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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31/05/2022

The Ultimate EOFY Checklist For Your Small Business

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the end of the financial year is approaching. That means it’s probably time to get your social media marketing in order. But if you really want the end the financial year on a high note, there are some things you’re going to want to do. Below is our ultimate EOFY checklist for small businesses, guaranteed to help you end the financial year with a bang!

Get More Traffic’s Top 10 EOFY Tips

At GMT, we’re helping you get ready for the EOFY. That said, here is a checklist to help make the preparation just that much simpler. 

Review And Coordinate Your Accounts

Do you have any outstanding debts or vice versa? Say you’ve paid for Google Ads in Australia but your account is overdue or maybe you’ve provided a service to someone else who now owes you. Use this period to get on top of what you’ve paid to others and what they’ve paid you. You’ll want to make sure you pay vendors any money owed as well. Sorting all this out means you won’t have to worry about it being taxed next year. 

Keep Records And Back Up Your Data

You’ve heard the term, ‘I’ve got receipts’, and well there’s no hard evidence like proof of purchase. Additionally, we recommend backing up any crucial files or data onto a hard drive independent of your computer. You know, for safe measure. Trust us, if systems fail you’re going to thank yourself for being so proactive. 

Review Your Insurance

While you’re at it, you might as well review your insurance policies for any updates. Doing so will allow you to determine if you’re still on a package that’s right for you and your business. It’s also a great opportunity to update your insurer on any change in circumstance. 

Conduct An Audit

Count and recount your inventory so you know exactly what you have and what you need. Doing so will allow you to match what’s on paper with what’s on hand. 

Use Your Calendar

Planning is key so make a note of all your upcoming due dates, including by when you need to lodge your tax returns. 

Lodge Your Taxes

In Australia, the ATO expects you to lodge your taxes on or before October 31st so we recommend getting ready early. Organise your expenses and other tax deductions so you can have your return ready for submission sooner rather than later.

Rectify Bookkeeping Errors

With the financial year ending, you’ll want a fresh start going into the new year. We recommend going through your bookkeeping and identifying any transaction errors on your bank accounts and credit card statements.

Implement And Update Management Software

Management software makes keeping track of your inventory, finances, and other business assets easy. While we also encourage you to check all of these things manually during this time, implementing and updating your management software will save you time and resources in the long run. 

Prepare Financial Reports

Running financial reports helps point out where your business rests financially. Additionally, they’re fantastic for helping businesses outline and plan their budgeting. There are three financial reports you’re going to want to run this financial year and every subsequent year after. They are:

Balance sheet
Cash flow sheet 
Profit-and-Loss (P&L) statement

Prepare For The New Year

If you’re reading this checklist, you likely want to get on top of everything before the new financial year rolls around. By doing so, you’ll be able to figure out how your company performed over the past year and make an action plan for the future. Take a look at what worked and what didn’t and look for areas in which you can improve. Set goals and establish timelines to help you stay on track. 

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25/05/2022

How to Start Planning Your Best Financial Year Ever!

The end of the financial year is fast approaching and many businesses are scrambling to create some last-minute campaigns to increase their revenue.

However, just as important as the end of the financial year, is the beginning of a new one. While it’s always good to finish strong, it’s also important to ‌get a good head start against the competition. This means having a plan already set in place to help you jumpstart and launch your way towards success.

For that reason, we’ve put together a couple of tips on how you can get started planning the new financial year with your team and organisation.

1. Review Your Existing Business and Marketing Plan

The start of a new financial year is always a good time to review your current business and marketing plans in order for you to create a sound strategy moving forward.

As you review your business plan, make sure that it includes the following:

  • Your mission and vision statements
  • What products, packages, and services you’re currently offering
  • Your company structure, including the key staff and leaders
  • An overview of how you plan to make sales
  • A map of your basic customer journey

This quick review of your company’s basics and foundations should help remind and refresh you of the general overview of who you’re serving and what problems your business solves. 

This quick refresher should also help you reexamine and reevaluate your current goals, plans, and offerings and whether you’ve met and accomplished them, and what you’re plans might be moving forward.

 

2. Review the Past Year and Your Current Status

Before you can set a path for where you want to go, you first have to look back and see how far you’ve come.

Do a review and an executive summary of the past financial year. What goals were established? Which goals were achieved? Are there any areas in your business that you could improve on? This would be the perfect time to get feedback and suggestions from leaders and managers.

Take a day or two to meet with your staff and stakeholders to discuss the following points:

  • A SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats)
  • Does your current organisational structure need to change to better suit the organisation’s needs?
  • Are you setting the right KPIs for your workforce?
  • How have sales performed in the past year? What milestones were achieved?
  • Competitor analysis–what areas are they succeeding in and how can you match their growth?
  • Are there any plans set in place for unforeseeable challenges?

It will take some time to gather all this data and information, and much more to discuss them amongst your leaders. But achieving a good and thorough understanding of how your business has performed over the past 12 months will help you ‌move forward with setting the right goals for growth.

 

3. Decide on Your Future Goals and Targets

Now that you know where you’re coming from, it’s time to set your sights on the path ahead. 

Think about what projects, campaigns, and goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Do you want to further increase revenue or sales? Is your goal to pay off any business debt? Are you looking to expand, launch new products or projects, or pivot in a different direction?

Take ample enough time to flesh out your goals for your business. Be specific. Set deadlines and timeframes so that things continue to move forward, and clearly communicate these goals throughout your organisation.

 

4. Create a Plan to Bridge that Gap Between Your Current State and Your Future Goals

Now comes the part where you have to work at bridging the gap between hope and reality. After all, every journey begins with a single step.

To achieve that, you need to do the following:

  • Breakdown each of your goals into several milestones.
  • Set deadlines for each milestone
  • Assign a leader or manager to oversee the accomplishment of each goal
  • Lay out the tasks that need to be accomplished in order for those goals to be achieved.
  • Set KPIs for each of the teams involved

When working on a strategic plan, always involve the key stakeholders to help provide proper feedback and guidance on the best path that you can take. The better you’re able to break down the steps necessary to accomplish your goals, the better. Start with the end in mind, and work backwards to determine how you can get from A to B.

In implementing that plan, however, sometimes you need an excellent partner to help you execute and achieve your goals.

Don’t worry! Because with the help of our digital marketing experts here at Get More Traffic, we can help you achieve many of your business goals for the new financial year through proven expert digital marketing strategies.

We’re passionate about helping businesses all over Australia harness the power of digital marketing to take their sales to the next level. If you’re ready to give traffic to your website the green light and learn how to increase sales and engagement through an always-on marketing strategy, contact the team at Get More Traffic today!

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