Everything seems to be up in the air right now with the spread of COVID-19, but one thing that we know to be true during this time, is that digital marketing for businesses is more important than it has ever been.
Now more than ever, people are relying on the internet and social media for news updates, product recommendations, and human connection in a time that makes it nearly impossible to get these things in any other form. The internet has become a lifeline for those that want to maintain somewhat of a normal lifestyle. And it’s because of the internet that almost everything we need is available at our fingertips.
While it’s not a fun topic to cover, it’s a crucial one to address if you want your business to make it through this pandemic, and possibly others yet to come in the future. The fact of the matter is: this is the reality we are facing today. How is your business prepared to make it through these tough times, and even after? Do you have a digital marketing system in place? How are you still showing up to support your customers in this serious time of need?
Below are few ways you can prepare and develop your digital marketing systems for your business during the ever-changing COVID-19 protocols.
The internet is full of free, easy, and useful tools for marketing online. If your business doesn’t have a Facebook Page or an Instagram Account, now is the time to start one. The important thing to remember about social media is that consistency is key. Show up for your people consistently so that they know what to expect from you! Social media is a great way to connect with customers on a more personal level. People are more likely to purchase from you if they feel like they can trust you. You can use social media to build and nurture that precious relationship between you and your customers.
If you already have active social media channels, give your customers another way to connect with you on a more intimate level! You can invite them to sign up for your email list on social media, as well as on your website. By building an email list, you are creating your very own customer base that no one else has access to while they are reading your emails. In general, people are protective of their inbox, so if someone signs up for your email list, understand that they are actively saying, “Yes, I want to know more!” So do your audience a favor and give them the information they’re asking for. Instead of only showing up in their inbox when you need something, (aka: a sale) you can reach out to your customers and personally let them know the different ways you can help them or solve their problems. You can give exclusive access to certain discount codes, or content on your website to serve those customers better.
If you’re not comfortable with posting on social media, or don’t feel as though you are able to dedicate the amount of time it takes to develop a strong digital presence, allow the professionals to handle it! Team WTI will welcome you with open arms and work with you to create a plan that’s completely customized for you and your business. We offer everything from Web Design & Digital Development, to a wide variety of Digital Marketing Services that include social media management and content development. To learn more about who we are and how we can serve you, visit the Services tab on our website! We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, and we wish you all the very best in navigating these difficult times.
By definition, social media management is “the process of managing your online presence on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by creating, publishing, and analyzing content you post”. You may also hear the terms social media marketing or digital marketing alongside social media management, although digital marketing has a much broader definition and includes Search Engine Optimization, Google or Amazon advertisements, Online Reputation Management, and much more depending on who you talk to. Whether you have your own employees that oversee your social media or have a business like Team WTI that does it for you, social media can be a very useful tool to increase your presence online, increase conversions, and improve your reputation online.
Once you make the decision to utilize social media for your business, you need to decide what platforms you want to use. The most popular platforms for businesses are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Depending on your business and your goals, certain platforms will be more fitting over others although it can’t hurt to be on most or all platforms. If someone searches your business name or certain keywords, it will list your social media profiles in the search engine results which equals more opportunities for someone to find your business.
Next, a professional social media marketing team will need to make a social media strategy. You will need quality posts–usually photos, videos, or articles–that utilize hashtags and geotagging. Any time you can tag another person or business’ profile in a relevant way is helpful, as well. From there, that person or business can like, comment, or share your post which will increase engagement! The more people who see your posts, the better! Interesting, relatable, funny, cute, shareable or informative posts will accumulate more engagement. If you want to see your business grow online, social media management is one of the best ways to do it.
Team WTI has a dedicated and knowledgeable digital marketing team who can help you reach your goals. We offer social media management, search engine optimization, online reputation management, Pay-per-Click, and more! Contact us to learn more about the services we offer and how we can help you grow your business.
Social media is an important part of getting your brand and message out to prospective and current customers. You’re probably aware of the marketing aspect of it, but did you know it can help with the SEO of your website? Google, Bing, and other search engines are incorporating more social media posts into their search engine results. Can you use social media to affect SEO? Let Team WTI show you how to use social media (and we can even handle it for you).
The whole goal of SEO is to make sure your pages and site are at the top of search engine results. The more information you have on the internet, the better your chances of hitting those top spots. People do all kinds of searches, so you must cover as many areas as possible. They not only use search engines to look for you, but they will also search for your brand on their favorite social media platforms.
People judge the authority and professionalism of a company by their social media presence. Having an amateurish appearance, inconsistent branding, or worse, no profile are all ways to turn off potential customers. If you don’t look like a “real” business or have no profile at all, your customers may go to one of your competitors. Also, if you don’t claim your profile or username, competitors or squatters can claim them. You should claim all your social media profiles, even if you’re not going to use them right now. It’s better to have them in your possession, in case you decide to use them later and to prevent someone else from using your name. If you do decide to use the platform in the future, you’re ready to go. You won’t have to jump through all the hoops it takes to not only sign up but the headache of trying to claim it from someone who “stole” your username.
A word of advice from Yoast, a leader in the SEO world: If you don’t plan on using your social media right away, you can pin a post to the top of most platforms. The post should let visitors know that they have reached the correct brand and they can contact you through the platform. You can provide other ways that they can contact you, such as email, phone number, and physical address. Make it easy for them to get in touch with you.
Team WTI can set up your profiles for you. We’ll use your company or brand name, along with your logo. We’ll fill in all of the information that a current or prospective client will need. Our Social Media team will make sure that your profile looks professional, up-to-date, and is helpful to visitors. We’ll make sure your brand is consistent across all platforms and your website, ensuring that visitors know that they are visiting the company they are looking for.
More and more search engines are incorporating social media posts into their results. Your social media accounts can appear when people search for your brand name. In the image below, you can see the Google Knowledge Panel for one of our clients, The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany. Their Facebook profile is included near the bottom of their panel.
By having your social media profile included with your knowledge panel, it tells visitors that these are the authentic websites and social media profiles for your business. By clicking on that social media icon, they will be taken to your profile.
In addition to the knowledge panel, Google has been adding tweets from Twitter to search results. They may show up in the results as a “Tweet Carousel”. This is just being rolled out by Google, so it’s not seen a lot, but we’ll probably see more of it in the future.
As you may have noticed, the space for organic search results is getting smaller due to more paid ads and other information on the result page. You can take up that valuable real estate by making sure your website pages get ranked well, in addition to social media pages and posts. The more room you take, the less room there is for your competitors and the bigger the chance of a customer clicking on your page or website.
The more visibility you have, the more people will be talking about you and sharing your information with others. By being discussed, Google will see that you are relevant to what people are looking for. This will increase your search engine rankings, which, in turn, will improve the traffic to your site.
You can share the content of your site through social media. The more people that read your blogs and pages and like what they see, the better your chances of converting visitors to paying customers. When people like your content, they will share it or click “like”. Either option makes the social media algorithms “happy” and they’ll make sure it shows up in front of more viewers. The new people that see your posts and pages may like your page or profile and start following you. You’ll be top of mind if they are looking for your product or service. If your profile is engaging, informative, and useful, they will have a positive feeling towards your brand.
Having a social media presence alone won’t necessarily help with your search engine rankings. However, combining it with a good SEO strategy will help beef up your results. Many factors go into SEO and social media marketing is just one of them. Social media isn’t going away anytime soon, so you should take advantage of every tool available to you.
Maintaining a good social media profile takes time and effort. Contact Team WTI to learn how we can handle your SEO and Social Media Marketing for you. Our team works together to give you the biggest bang for your buck. We look forward to helping you increase your search rankings and improve your conversion rate.
Video content is quickly becoming one of the largest growing forms of media in terms of consumption. Studies have shown that people now watch one billion hours of YouTube every day. That averages to about 8.4 minutes for every person on Earth. While not every person is watching YouTube every day, there are people who watch multiple hours each day. This amount of consumption is similar across most platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you are not participating in video creation, you are simply losing view time as well as recognition. Half the battle for digital marketing is getting your content out in front of people’s eyes. That’s why we use as many forms of social media as we can, not just one. So why would you just post text and images? So what reasons should you use videos for your digital marketing? Here’s a handful:
In short, videos are a fantastic tool for digital marketers. Just keep a few things in mind. Keep videos relatively short; they can hold attention, but not forever. Optimize your videos just like you would anything else. Add tags, titles, and descriptions. And create high quality thumbnails. It’s going to be the first thing most people see of your video.
In the past month, Facebook has released several new tools and updated current interfaces to cater to businesses. Each of the new tools makes the Facebook marketing experience that much more streamlined. While many of us who use Facebook Ads Manager are used to lots of change, the newest update is more broad sweeping than past updates. Let’s take a look at some of the tools and changes to Facebook for businesses.
Last month, Facebook released a major overhaul of the Ads Manager. It included new navigation, automated naming, and a third new cost cap bidding strategy (in addition to bid cap and target cost). Ads Manager also includes a new video editing tool and a feature for automated ads. The video editing feature makes it easy to upload and edit within Facebook instead of in a separate application. Updates like these help businesses easily manage their ad sets and campaigns, simplify ad budgets, and make it easier to create ads.
As mentioned above, Facebook also released new “automated ads.” These ads are great for small businesses, and can run across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. Facebook automatically creates automated ads for small businesses and available in up to six different forms. There’s a short questionnaire that businesses will fill out and then the ad is created. Automated ads could be an interesting option for smaller businesses that don’t want to hire out marketing services. However, automated ads are just that–automated. We know that automatic things don’t always work how we want them to, and this is a risk that you’ll have to take if you utilize automated ads. Traditional marketer created ads are still available, and they can be tailored to fit your specific needs. Which will you choose?
Lastly, Facebook is now offering appointment booking options for business page guests on Facebook and Instagram. Your guests will be allowed to make an appointment with you, which you then accept, and then it will send them periodic reminders to make sure they make the appointment. This can be a great way to connect with guests and get engagement. When you have a booking option on Facebook or Instagram, you skip the phone calls many people are wary of. Appointment booking could be a game changer for many businesses that utilize it.
We understand keeping up with news and updates in the social media marketing world is a feat in itself. That’s why we’re happy to offer social media management services to our clients. Forget the stress of trying to figure out how to reach your audience and let us take care of it. Contact us today to get started on social media management, search engine optimization, pay per click, online reputation management, website design and build, or hosting services.
Do you keep up with your business’ social media? Is it really necessary?
The short answer is yes.
Social media is a powerful tool for businesses, and investing in social media management from marketing experts can help boost your business’ online presence significantly. Here is why you should consider social media management services for your business:
In 2017, research showed that the average person spends almost two hours on social media every day, which is more time than people spend eating, drinking, and socializing each day (1). If you want to reach your customers where they’re already spending their time, social media is where you need to be. The fact that all major social media platforms have apps that make them easily accessible from smartphones and other mobile devices means that social media can help you reach people whether they are at home or on the go.
We can customize your social media plan to reach your targeted audience. According to recent studies from Pew Research, older audiences tend to use Facebook and YouTube, while younger audiences are the majority users for social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat (2). Ads on social media platforms allow you to choose your audience based on demographics, location, or interest to make sure you’re showing your ads exactly where they need to be.
The more social media platforms that you have branded with your business, the more search results you will show up in. Boost your SEO and dominate the first page of search results with help from professional social media management. Social media can also help you drive more traffic to optimized pages on your website by posting links on your social media platforms.
Social media platforms come equipped with all kinds of tools that you can use to expand your current audience and get more customers. Do some hashtag research or use search functions to actively seek out people looking for what you offer or use targeting features to put your ads in front of people who might not currently follow your business.
You can also get valuable insights to what your audience likes and dislikes from social media analytics data. Find out what time of day your audience is more likely to engage, what kind of posts get the most interaction, and who your audience actually consists of. WTI’s custom reporting software helps us pull data from all of your different social media platforms to make it available in one place. This helps you get the quick insights you need and it helps us build a plan based on real-time data.
Social media is a place where you can not only advertise your products or services, but where your business can actually interact with your customers and potential customers on a day-to-day basis. Connect with your customers by entertaining them, giving them useful information, and answering or asking questions to build stronger relationships with them to increase customer loyalty.
The more your customers see your brand and associate it with valuable content, the more they will trust you. Show leadership and establish yourself as an expert in your field by offering advice and answering questions on social media. Social media gives you a level playing field to stand out from your competitors by connecting to your audience directly.
Professional social media management is more than just posting updates to your business’ page. It involves designing and implementing a strategy to engage with your current customers and get your name and brand in front of new potential customers. Team WTI works to create cohesive social media plans for our clients that incorporate multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest. We use custom reporting software to analyze traffic and engagement on posts to constantly fine-tune and customize a social media strategy for your business.