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4 Industries that are Embracing Internet Marketing

4 Industries that are Embracing Internet Marketing

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It is no surprise to most people that technology is growing on insane levels. Ever since the Internet became a household necessity and not just a luxury, people have been utilizing it for all sorts of things. People of all classes, race, and financial circumstance all have equal access to information more than ever before. They can see and hear about parts of the world that most people could only dream about. And, they have access to all kinds of educational content that can boost business opportunities locally and worldwide.  The freedom that the information age has given individuals and local businesses cannot be an understatement.

So, it makes me and a few other people wonder, which industries or businesses are taking advantage of things like internet marketing the most? What businesses are taking advantage of the internet marketing explosion? Which ones are sticking with more traditional routes? Is there a chance that these industries might change tactics? So, I am going to compile a list of the five top industries that are embracing internet marketing.

 

Retail

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The first classification of groups that spend the most on digital advertising is the retail industry. This is little to no surprise to anyone who is familiar with the concept of retail marketing. After all, retail businesses have often been the industry pioneering different forms of advertising and sales methods. Also, it makes sense that retailers will turn to digital marketing the most, thanks to the shopping patterns of the average consumer. According to marketing researchers, “Nearly 60% of shoppers look up product information and prices while using their mobile phones in stores. ”  The range of mobile phone use in brick and mortar stores starts from research, digital coupons, and price comparison. So, it should make sense that retailers would need to invest in digital marketing if they want to be up to date in commerce practices.

 

Automotive

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This industry is surprisingly the second one that spends on digital advertising and internet marketing. The type of internet marketing spending that the auto industry is focusing on is more specific than retail. The auto industry’s main spending focus includes custom websites and the use of Facebook Ads.   The latest data involving automotive industries and Facebook ads seem to point to good results for dealerships.

According to a comScore study, the results of Facebook Ads for dealerships include:

  • 37% increase in dealership visits
  • 17% increase to dealership and automotive brand sites
  • 11% increase in brand search activity
  • 14% decrease in competitive model searches
  • 3% decrease in competitive brand searches   “

 

Financial Services

This is the third highest industry spending on internet marketing and digital ads. This is due in part for the demand for easier banking platforms. There is a greater emphasis on online banking than there has ever been in the last 5 years. While they do not measure specific ROI as most other industries do, they almost don’t need to. This is because a whopping 94% of uses in all age groups use online banking.  And the financial institutions who even use social media platforms like Facebook or Linkedin in the first place already have access to customer comments and opinions. What’s more, there is no homogenous content strategy in the financial industry. 75% of financial services marketers use different content strategies in place for each channel they have. They know how to cater to a very large audience.

 

Telecom

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This one is not particularly surprising. After all, internet usage tends to fall under telecommunications. These days, internet providers in America are often done through cable companies and telephone distributors. This is because,  according to one report, “Viewership of digital video—whether in long-form on over-the-top (OTT) platforms, or short-form on social platforms—continues to gain in popularity over live TV, especially among millennials and Gen Z. Advertisers hoping to reach these consumers are directing more ad dollars toward video formats.”

However, up until this point, there have been tensions between traditional media outlets and new media. Especially when it comes to marketing. This has lead to hybridization of advertising. Traditional platforms, like television stations, are advertising online through web platforms, like Youtube. Another example goes to radio stations and podcast groups. Usually, there is a common theme of relevance in regards to the two media platforms. In some instances, it is well received more than others. However, there is still a rise in spending from this industry.

 

Conclusion

The landscape of internet marketing and digital ad spending is changing based on the demand of customers and businesses alike. There is no guarantee that the platforms will pan out for everyone. But, if a business or a person can take the time to find the right audience, things can work in a marketer’s favor.

 

 

By |2019-06-24T11:28:52-05:00June 24th, 2019|Post|0 Comments

Navigating Influencer and Internet Marketing

Navigating Influencer and Internet Marketing

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Marketing can be a great force for good. It can make people aware of products or services that can help with obstacles. It can promote charity and businesses that need extra help. Also, it can outright stimulate the economy by encouraging people to spend more.

However, just like everything else in life, there is a dark side to it. Anyone can purposely create false perceptions about a product, advertise something in a completely unethical way,  or outright connect a person with a product they shouldn’t have.  This is especially true when a new platform comes into play.

Influencer marketing, a type of marketing that relies on popular online personalities, is new enough for a lot of the shady side of internet marketing to peak through. The level of desperation to make an income online, combined with the inexperience of these influencers, creates a hotbed of issues. Issues that need ironing out through familiarity and legal measures.

As a company that studies and engages in internet marketing, we have a few suggestions for influencers and businesses. Suggestions that can create a strong internet marketing foundation. So, let’s talk about it.

Transparency is Key in Internet Marketing

Internet marketing is particularly susceptible to shady behavior because a lot of interactions are done on a pretty anonymous level. Deals can be made all the time with people not sharing the same physical space. You could go online on E-bay and buy someone’s junk without ever really talking to the person selling it if you want.

While it may work in the instance of small purchases for goods, when a person or a company’s reputation is on the line, it can get hairy. Doubly so if money has involvement in the situation.

So, if both the influencer and the business that wants someone to promote on their behalf want to make this work, they both need to be as transparent with one another as possible.

That does not mean that both parties need to make each other privy to every nuance and detail of the product or service rendered. However, if there is too little or outright false information between both parties, assumption, and falsehoods will replace facts and realistic expectation.

If an influencer is ignorant about what they are advertising, their whole career and reputation are at stake. Also, if a business relies on influencers who do not have a solid platform for advertising or the right target demographic, they are throwing away money to possible con-artists. Or, at the very least woefully undeserving and naive online users.

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Both Parties Need to Do their Research

If a company wants someone to act as an influencer for their product, just picking someone popular won’t do.  After all, influencers are usually part of a specific demographic. A niche crowd that fell in love with a specific personality, style of presentation, or subject matter.

Influencers bank entirely on their reputation. One that they have to maintain, and update to keep a fickle audience completely engaged.

Professional influencers often know how keep their audience engaged for long periods of time, and know how to conduct themselves in public within professional levels. But there are a lot of people on the internet that don’t have that skill set. Either that or they are far too new to have built one yet. That is why companies should research, thoroughly, who they want to back.

The same can be said of companies. They bank on their reputation but often have enough leeway on policies depending on size and monetary value. There are corporate giants like Disney and Coca Cola, who have a large amount of cultural and legal clout. Enough for them to get away with some things that influencers might not want to promote. Smaller businesses are less likely to get away with it, especially if they hit controversy far too early.

Both parties need to do due diligence through research on the front end.

Have there been any scandals as of late? If so, what was the nature of it? What is their target demographic? Does the product or the influencer content have an age limit? And how are the legalities civilly and federally handled? What internet marketing platform do they use? Is there any third party fees, and communication lines that need to be opened there? What boundaries are there for both the influencer and the company?

The Takeaway

It is very tempting to just throw money at the most popular thing on the internet marketing craze and hope that everything works out. However, it would be a great disservice to both parties if they go in blind. Popularity is not as long lasting as a reputation, so careful steps need to be measured.

 

 

By |2019-06-17T10:28:18-05:00June 17th, 2019|Post|0 Comments

The Call For Diversity In Influencer Marketing

The Call for Diversity in Influencer Marketing

Marketing trends, short term or long term, are prone to change.  What works for one era will not work for another. Even then, if a marketer did everything right, there is no guarantee of results. That is why marketers do their best to study and apply both the long and short term trends of customer buying decisions and the motivation behind each one.  Today’s technologically driven economy relies on the relatability of influencer marketing.

Influencer marketing is a type of marketing in which an influential personality from a social media platform testifies on the behalf of a product. Sometimes, they are a paid third party. Other times, they are already users of that product or service.  The representation of a product or service by a trusted individual often garners a more positive response compared to other forms of advertising in the past.

This is because the influencer advertising comes across more genuine to target audiences.  But what makes influencer marketing a trend in the first place? The answer to that question is relatability. When a person or a group of people can relate to something, they are more likely to want to associate with it.

How Tribalism Determines our View on Marketing

Human beings are social creatures. We form alliances with family members and friends for our own protection.  As well as the protection of our species. It is as old as the early stages of mankind and is still exemplified through modern alliances and group identity. A lot of these tribes form through a combination of shared commonalities, such as appearance, communication methods, activities, and tradition.

When a new item, person, or idea gets an introduction to a tribe of people who are unfamiliar with it, there two possible responses. Inclusion or exclusion. Inclusion often comes when the new presence is deemed compatible with the way of life already adopted by the tribe.  Or, when a representative of the very same tribe vouches for the intrusion. Because familiarity is a strong association of safety.

As we evolve, we have come to the realization that this is not always the case. Sometimes family, close friends, and people in our community can prove themselves just as untrustworthy as unknown strangers or elements. However, it is an instinct that has been honed by our ancestors, who scrapped for everything they could find. And one that is far too powerful to ignore. So hard to ignore in fact, that it carries over to our smaller, more inconsequential decisions, like buying a toothbrush. Whether we realize it or not, human beings crave to see a reflection of themselves. Mainly, to help them along in the decision-making process.

But how does it work in the context of influencer marketing? And isn’t diversity in influencer marketing the anthesis of tribalism? Not really.

Diversity and Influencer Marketing is a Reflection of America’s Population

When we hear the term, ‘diversity in media’, we generally assume it means a forced representation. Mainly from well-intentioned political correctness gone wrong. But that isn’t really the case. Especially, when it comes to social media. Because social media accounts come across less artificial compared to other forms of media.

Producers in traditional media formats polish, edit, and create a fantasy world all in the name of entertainment or sales.  And while some editing is required for things like writing a post, or uploading a video, the instantaneous speed of posting and the permanency of the internet makes it really difficult to keep up artifice for too terribly long on social media. Especially if a post history is available.

So, instead of glamorized Hollywood stars with altered appearances and carefully crafted dialogue for the sake of fantasy, we have real people for influencers. Imperfections and all.  This checks most of the cynicism of advertising adopted by Millennials and Gen Z’s, who grew up with excess advertising.

Because there is little enforced sanitization in social media, not only are we seeing imperfection, but we are also seeing genuine diversity. After all, white people only make up 74% of the entire American population. And males make up only 49% of the population.   So, it makes statistical sense that not all American influencers are going to be homogenous. There are even other factors to consider, like age range, and belief systems.

This allows for the opportunity of a variety of people who differ in all of these factors to find an influencer, and by extension, a product more suited to their individual needs. Because they see an element of themselves in an influencer.

Conclusion

Ultimately, because they are seeing an extension of themselves on social media, users are far more likely to listen and follow through advertising from an influencer rather than a traditional ad.

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Search Engine Marketing and Small Business Attitudes

How SMB can Benefit from Search Engine Marketing

The American marketplace is a complex and convoluted sort of mess, not unlike search engine marketing. While there is a whole economy that is made up of small and large businesses alike, if you look closer, you will notice that is made up a series of smaller economies.  Not many people realize how much our economy relies on small business. In fact, it makes ups a whopping 99% of the American economy. Which says a lot about who actually contributes to America’s economy. But I digress. These businesses work functionally as small pieces of a larger capitalist puzzle. As long as they exist, the free market will always have a place in American society.

Unfortunately, it seems that they are less equipped in comparison to their big business counterparts. While newer small businesses are purely based online it seems that search engine marketing, let alone marketing plans, are still slow to catch on. In fact, only 50% of small businesses have a marketing plan at all. Compared to the insane amount of marketing by large companies, there is little doubt in my mind that there is a disparity between the knowledge and resources available to smaller businesses regarding marketing strategies.  This begs the question. Why don’t they engage in marketing? Also, how could search engine marketing benefit them? Let’s find out.

small business, search engine marketingWhat Small Businesses Think of Marketing

According to Search Engine Journal, the reasons behind the hesitancy of small businesses when it comes to marketing, including search engine marketing vary.  These reasons that were recorded in the article’s survey include:

  • 25% of respondents are unsure of how they plan to grow their businesses in 2019.
  • 55% of SMB (small business) owners spend less than 5% of annual revenue on marketing.
  • Over 58% of SMB owners spend five hours or fewer on marketing every week.
  • 86% of respondents would rather spend their time on other business activities than spending time on marketing.

These responses give us a bigger picture of what is going on in the small business world. For starters, at least a quarter of small business owners are ignorant of the marketing and advertising process. This makes sense because of the demands that come with owning a business. Business owners have to focus on several aspects of their business at once. This can lead to overwhelming situations and dropping balls.

Another thing this data tells me is that revenue, or money when starting a business is scarce. When you don’t have much money behind a business, there is little room for trial and error. And if marketing appears to be a gamble to someone who does not know about the process, it makes introducing the idea of a marketing strategy harder. Especially when you introduce the concept of something like a pay-per-click model to a business who can’t afford to experiment.

Also, marketing/advertising is not for everyone. When people start a business, they want to do the work that is related to the business first. A furniture maker would rather make furniture instead of begging people to come to their store. Overall, it makes sense that the prospect is overwhelming to 50% of small businesses.

What Can Search Engine Marketers Do to Fix This?marketing, search engine marketing, consultation

There are several solutions that marketers can do to convince small businesses on the merits of marketing.

The first one in mind is to explicitly define the difference between marketing and advertising. In layman’s terms and companies hiring sales positions, both marketing and advertising are considered one and the same. We need to fully explain and define marketing as what it is, an examination of the relationships between a business and a consumer. Anybody can intrusively ask something via advertising. Marketing is hyper-targeted and when done right, it matches the right people with the right products.

The second is to offer flexibility to small business owners.  Not all marketing has to start out as an expensive endeavor. If there is little flexibility in price, to begin with, you can work with low-cost options that are super effective, such as search engine marketing on social media formats like Facebook combined with SEO practices. As soon as it takes off if the small business you work for makes more of a profit, you and the owners might be more comfortable talking about more expensive marketing options in the future. Nothing has to be set in stone.

The last idea is to demystify the process altogether.  Show examples of what coming up with a marketing plan looks like. Break it down step by step. Search engine marketing and marketing plans don’t have to be a headache.

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By |2019-05-23T12:46:17-05:00May 23rd, 2019|Post|Comments Off on Search Engine Marketing and Small Business Attitudes

4 Types of Search Engine Marketing Segments

4 Types of Search Engine Marketing Segments

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Search engine marketing has come a long way since the age of pop up ads on the internet. Today’s Search Engine Marketing in Huntsville Alabama and other places all over the country have become super targeted. This is to both the benefit of the customers and businesses, decreasing the chances of frustration and wasted spending from both parties. In fact, it has grown so vast over the last few years that there are now 4 different avenues of Search Engine Marketing. So, let’s look at what each of them is, and what sort of strategy can be applied to each type.

Search Engine Marketing: Pay Per Click

Its initial definition from the dictionary is, ” a business model where a company that has placed an advertisement on a website and pays a sum of money to the host website when a user clicks on the advertisement.” It is a business transaction that is between a search engine platform and the company renting out advertising space. There are ways where this type of segment can be useful. If a company pays $10 per click and gets a $300 sale, then it is a profitable model. Where it gets tricky is the intent behind the click. Not all clicks lead to a sale. Sometimes, people don’t realize it is an ad, or their finger slipped and they clicked away. This creates a problem of losing money in this system. If too many people click and don’t follow through with a sale, then your business will hemorrhage money fast.

This is why it is best to stick to large sales results, to cushion possible loss. If you are selling something cheap, this may not be the route for you.

Cost Per Impression

The second of the four search engine marketing segments is cost per impression. This model is structured like pay per click, but the difference is that companies pay for an ad being shown to its target audience, whether it is clicked on or not. The pricing of impressions can be lower the pay per click model, but since the number of impressions is higher, the cost will go exponentially higher just for the sake of exposure. This method is not ideal for all situations. The best scenario that can be accomplished with this model is for an already well-known company promoting a temporary good or service. A good example of this is Coca-Cola’s orange vanilla flavor campaign. They know that the more people who are aware of it are going to try it. So they don’t need the clicks to survive. An impression is enough.

Search Analytics

This is the search engine marketing segment that can help your business determine where it stands. And can help give you the knowledge you need for a course of action. It includes an analysis of who visited your site, how many of them result in a sale, the average value of those sales as well as your total earnings. Some of them will even let you see what keywords they found you on so that you can focus on keywords related to that search term. Without knowing what it is that people are looking for, and the terminology they use, you are flying blind. This is why there must be due diligence from every single business on the web when they come up with a marketing plan. If this information is not combed over once in a while, a lot of opportunities may be lost.

Web Analytics

Just like search analytics, web analytics tell you where you stand on your search engine marketing platform. Instead of an analysis of search engine terms and indexing, however, web analytics is an analysis of the functionality of your website. People want shopping on the web as a quick and easy process. We are in a time where instant gratification and hinderance management is a big part of the shopping process. So, when people are impeded by things like slow loading time, bad formatting, or buttons that don’t work, they are not likely to follow through with their purchase. That is why it is important that web analytics are up to date. If your site isn’t up to date, functional, and easy to understand you will lose prospective clients. That is why you need experts in coding and visual design to bring your message across correctly.

Search Engine Marketing Conclusions

This mix of search engine marketing segments is a hodgepodge. Some of them are outright mandatory, and others are optional, depending on budget and end goals. All that is for certain is that you need a search engine marketing plan if you expect for any online marketing campaign to be successful.

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Search Engine Marketing & The Online E-conomy

Search Engine Marketing: The Online E-Conomy

Marketing your business online is tricky.  This whole thing relies on the consent and cooperation between three existing parties. The company, the consumer, and the host service. The whole goal of a company who participates in online marketing is to make their target audience aware of their product or service. The consumer wants accurate information on what they are looking for. Search engine host services want to provide accurate information to the consumer.

Eventually, Search Engine Marketing became the answer to meet the needs of all three entities. Advertisers would pay for space on web pages, provided they didn’t tamper with genuine information on search results. The host would comb through the data, and allow a set form of advertising without damaging the integrity of the information offered to users. The users would click on that advertising for goods and services. This gives both the search engine and the company a chance to profit.

So, if that is how the system works, is it foolproof? Not exactly. That balance is still a precarious situation. If any of the three parties are not careful the whole thing will fall apart. How?  Well, let’s look at what happens when one part of the search engine market overpowers the rest of the participants.

search engine marketing todayImbalanced Scenario One: Corporate Interest Trumps Information Dispensation

This hypothetical situation is a little more plausible compared to the other two. This is because it is a common criticism in other forms of media like television, print media, and radio stations. There is even speculation that this is what is going on with search engines today. In this scenario, there is more advertising space than actual information on search engine results. These ads would be unrelated to the search bar. There would be several pop-ups for every single website that has ad sponsorships. Unchecked, this means the death of the internet since free and accurate information would require a lot of digging.

However, while this is the most plausible issue to occur over the internet, there has since been enough outcry and mitigation when the SEM landscape covers too much internet space. One of the things that Google does to offer free information to the public is to limit the ad space that can appear on the result pages. It also relies on relevancy to determine whether ad placement should be awarded to a company that bids for it. Google even tried to decrease the rate of unnessecarry pop-ups by creating its own ad blocker and allowing third-party extensions that do the same thing. Even if it is to the chagrin of news sites.

Imbalanced Scenario Two: The Overregulation of Search Engine Marketing

This scenario is less likely to happen. However, it is a very real fear among those who wish to utilize search engine marketing as part of their main marketing mix. In this case, ad space would be even more limited than usual. There would be an increase in both regulation and penalties all across the board. The public and businesses would have little information on how the policies work, and would probably need to pay for it to participate. Were this to happen, small businesses would definitely get caught in the crossfire, due to a lack of know-how and availability in the system. Larger businesses with more money would get a bigger chance of using ad space.

This model, however, is not likely going to happen. Because, while people don’t like too many ads, they still love to shop online. While Google would make some profit, it would not make near as much profit if they didn’t allow the PPC system. Too many limitations on ads would ultimately change the landscape of e-commerce by decreasing the incentive to shop online. But what about the shoppers? What would happen if they had control of the market?

Imbalanced Scenario Three: The Public Being in Charge of SEM Policies

The public has a lot more say with the fate of
search engine marketing, old internetsearch engine marketing than the general public realizes. If it weren’t for their spending power, after all, there would be no incentive for either search engine owners or companies to make SEM a reality in the first place. But what if the public had taken the reigns entirely on search engine policies and the market. We actually have a model for that during the early days of the internet.

In the late 1990s, during the Wild West of the Internet,  indexing was mostly determined by how people wanted results to rank. This lead to a lot of misinformation and dubious practices. The lack of regulation was so bad at the time that it was easy to scam people. They would run amok with false products, stuffing irrelevant keywords and littering the page with way more advertisements than people could keep track of.

The regulation of this behavior from the search engine owners, backed by the profit from corporate spending, helped reign in the chaos into something more functional. This, in turn, kept search engines from charging the public for their services and gave them a shout out if they played by the rules.

 

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Digital Marketing Abroad

Digital Marketing for International Audiences

It is not hard to come up with a digital marketing campaign in a local area. For instance, if you have a brick and mortar store in a small place like Decatur, Alabama and you want to advertise it, you can come up with a generic strategy for a marketing mix. Some of the campaigns might be digital, and another part of it would be analog, but usually, you can come up with the right mix on a trial and error basis.

However, it is not as easy coming up with a digital marketing plan in places abroad. This isn’t because it is a particularly bad thing to do. There are just different sets of obstacles that come with the intended goal of doing international business. We have more access to people, goods, and services around the world than ever before, thanks to the Internet. Still, if you don’t know the market you are pitching to, locally or internationally, you are not going to succeed. So, let’s talk about some things to be aware of when making a digital marketing campaign abroad.

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Be Mindful of Cultural  Sensitivity

What will fly for advertising in America may not be considered appropriate for your target market. In fact, a lot of what is deemed advertiser-friendly in the digital marketing world boils down to cultural norms in that area.

For instance, things like patriotism, religious affiliation, and alcohol consumption aren’t seen as big of a deal in most of Europe compared to America. In Asian countries like China and Japan, things like humility and hierarchy carry more respect and honor compared to meritocracy and individualistic behavior.

Even Canada has different attitudes and customs compared to America about certain topics and personal practices. I had a friend once who married into a Canadian family. Their initial impression of America was from the news stations. They believed America to be a violent hellscape and they were in disbelief that my friend’s hometown Decatur, Alabama didn’t have any sidewalks.

This is why it is important to conduct research on your target market before crafting your digital marketing strategy. And to do that properly you need to make sure you have the correct perspective of your target audience. If you are forcing your ideas down their throat, you will not only do terrible business, you might even be viewed as disrespectful.

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Language barriers are the biggest obstacle when it comes to a digital marketing campaign. Especially if you have no familiarity whatsoever. Even if you managed to learn the target audience language, there are nuances that are just native.  That is why it is important to have someone on your team that has an in with someone who speaks the language natively. Bonus points if they grew up in the area of your target audience.

Look into colloquialisms or terminology when you are focusing on abroad SEO. Maybe even format your English to match international standards in lieu of American English. After all, many countries teach English as a second language. Find a way to linguistically meet them where they are at. A little understanding goes a long way in digital marketing and sales.

Not All Digital Marketing and Internet Consumption Look the Samedigital marketing abroad

It is very easy to be blind to the conditions and attitudes of other people. This is especially true of the internet. We are so used to meeting people internationally over the web, that we assume that they are using the same internet. While that may be the case sometimes, it is certainly not the case all the time.

Internet connections vary from country to country, with both speed and access. This may surprise most people but in spite of the fact that an American and a British man invented the internet, England and America do not have the highest connection speeds worldwide. That title belongs to South Korea. Britain and America rank 15 and 10 respectively. But most people wouldn’t think that the case because of our high dependency on technology for things like digital marketing.

Then there is censorship and access differences. What you may have access to now, may not be the case for someone in Sweden or the Republic of China. The UN passed a recently controversial Article 13 to protect the rights of businesses and decrease access to violent or disturbing content. China and North Korea are notorious for censorship. Especially for political reasons.

And that doesn’t even cover format preference.  In fact, some countries like Japan and Saudi Arabia prefer the use of mobile phones for internet access over desktop computer use.

Conclusion

When you come up with your digital marketing campaign, these factors and more are just the tip of the iceberg. That’s why it’s important to have a crack team for your digital marketing needs. If you want to advertise your business locally and abroad, give us a call. Or you can visit our website.  www.purpletieguys.com

 

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Partnership Marketing: What is it Exactly?

Partnership Marketing: What is it Exactly?

The first thing that came to mind when I first heard the term was an old adage. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” When two companies that are remotely in the same field as one another, then the odds are they most likely compete with one another for the lion’s share of the profit.  However, not everything is about competition in marketing. If you think about it, if everything was in competition, we wouldn’t have a lot of the products or customization that were born out of cooperation in the first place.

So, what makes two or more companies cooperate in a partnership? What are some of the intricacies that are involved, and what makes them so successful?

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The Definition of Partnership Marketing

Partnership marketing, at least according to econsultancy.com, “…is meant to be a long-term coming together of two brands, whether it’s integrations, interesting sponsorships, innovative attractions, a series of marketing campaigns, or utilizing another brand as a reward mechanism.”

In plain English, that means that two companies join to create a series of marketing campaigns. Usually for the benefit of profit for both brands.

Why do Different Companies Partner Up?

The reason behind any partnership between two people or groups is the achievement of a common goal. However, these goals vary from company to company. In fact, it varies so much that people who have studied on the subject have found 10 reasons for partnership marketing.  These reasons are not rigid. In fact, it can often change according to market response.

 

This includes but does not limit to:

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  • Affiliation – “Affiliate marketing is a performance marketing technique where websites otherwise will promote your product or service in return for a monetary reward.” An example of this is youtube playing 10-second ads for another company’s product for some of the revenue.
  • Distribution – One partner agrees to attach a sample or giveaway of another company’s product for revenue. An example of this is a textbook company sending out a Starbucks instant coffee packet with book rentals.
  • Charitable – A primary brand sponsors or markets itself with a charitable organization or cause. Their primary motivation is publicity through those charity channels. An example of this would be a brand of dog food sponsoring an event for the ASPCA.
  • Joint Products –  “When two companies agree to create a new product or alter an existing product in order to provide additional value to the customer.” This is done to create something that would address multiple audiences. An example of this is a line of Star Wars makeup was advertised by Cover Girl.
  • Product Placement – This is the most common form of partnership marketing. This when the presence of a brand is made clear in any media channel. Examples of this are littered everywhere, but the biggest example that was the most blatant was the replacement of the famous dry martini in James Bond movies, for a Heinikin in 2012’s Skyfall.
  • Shared Stores – This is when two products that are often associated with one another share the same location. An example of this would be a coffee shop and a bookstore sharing the same building.

What Makes Successful Partnership Marketing?

There are brands who have succeeded in this tactic, and there are those who have failed altogether. And that makes sense, there is always a degree of risk that goes with a partnership involved with two businesses. So, if you are thinking about partnering your own company with another on a marketing campaign, you might want to consider these factors.

  • Is this Company Compatible with my Brand?

 When a group of people decides to work together, they almost always need to be on the same page.  That doesn’t mean agreeing on absolutely everything, but you at least need to share the same priorities, company values, aspirations and target audience.

  • Am I in it for the Long  Haul?

Marketing campaigns and promotions take a while to conceptualize, gather resources, and execute. What’s more, there is a certain level of transparency that is a requirement in this type of business partnership. If you think you are not comfortable with the possibility of months or years of coming up with a campaign with this other company, you might not be compatible with one another.

  • Are Both of your Brands Compatible?

People tend to like things that make sense in combination with one another. For instance, if you are an outdoor paint company, you might want to partner with someone in a related industry. A furniture company comes to mind. If you partner up that same paint company with a daycare, you are not going to get a lot of people to think about either business.

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Setting up an Ideal Digital Marketing Budget

Setting up an Ideal Digital Marketing Budget

Advertising plays a huge part of the American economy. As technology grows, along with the goods and services that come with it, so does the number of advertisements as well as marketing tactics. Digital marketing tactics have taken in the lions share of the advertising budget.   In fact, marketing is a growing service industry, based on the growing demand for advertising. In 2018, “digital ad spending has surpassed the $100 billion mark.” So, if anyone wants their business to grow, the business owner needs to invest in a proper marketing budget with digital marketing added in the mix. But how much are business owners are expected to spend on their marketing budget? Where should they allocate the funds, and how effective can a proper marketing budget be? Let’s investigate.digital marketing budget

What is an Average Digital Marketing Budget?

There is no specific cap on how much a company spends on advertising or marketing. It often relies on different variables such as the size of the company, how long it has been participating in the market place, its current financial situation, and the audience they are targeting.  There are also different methods that businesses can determine their marketing budget.

Percentage of Sales Model

One way to determine it is by allocating a specified percentage of sales revenue to the marketing budget. This is more popular with corporations and businesses who are firmly established, but the basic principle is easy to understand.

The CFO or Financial advisor for the company allocates a percentage of funds from last year’s profit back to the advertising budget.

Smaller businesses range often from 12%-20%. On average though, the allocation for larger businesses run from 9%-12%.

This is because larger company brands are often so well known, that they do not need to spend as much money on advertising.

If your company makes more money in sales, then more money is added to the budget by default of the percentage. This tactic is often utilized to prevent the depletion of the sales budget from unnessecarry spending.

Flat-Dollar Approach

If you are starting independently, or you just don’t want to deal with difficult math, then the dollar approach might be for you.

These dollar amounts come from the mindset of what a business can afford. This is good for one time expenses, or short term marketing plans.

Digital marketing, as a rule of thumb, shouldn’t cost as much as traditional avenues. However, it is not hard to spend a lot of money on paid advertising. The dollar amount will help you keep track and put a cap on what you are willing to pay.

Matching Competition

This method of creating a marketing budget based on the business plan of a competitor. While it is useful for comparison, it is often a terrible idea when scale is not taken into account.

For instance, if a small store tried to compete with Walmart’s advertising budget, they will go bankrupt quickly. You need to not just look at what your competition is spending, but how it is being used.  Check for effectiveness more than dollar signs.

If you want the right amount of bang for your digital marketing buck, you want to invest in these three things:

 

Where Should the Money Go in a Digital Marketing Budget?

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Content Marketing: I have seen it time and again. A website that makes no content for their audience is going to be virtually ignored by everyone and Google. If you want to be seen on the first page of any search engine, you want to at least invest in giving people a reason to view and enjoy your website.

If you don’t think you can blog yourself, you can always hire a blogger to do the writing for you.

Social Media and Influencers:  I am not talking exactly about Facebook Ads. Just like content marketing, people want a reason to see a social media account. They want to fall in love with a personality, not be sold a product by a complete stranger. The more open you are about your business on social media, the more likely you will get a lot of engagement. Especially from future customers. Invest in Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media brand that you think your business can benefit from. If you want to do it yourself, that’s great! If you don’t, you can hire other influencers that might like your brand.

Tracking: If you know what works, and what doesn’t, you are more likely able to gain and keep more customers. And the best way to do that is to keep track. If you keep track, you can know what was most effective, and when to stop or keep promoting a product or an event.

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Why Do Some Local Businesses Hate Digital Marketing in Huntsville, Al?

Why Do Some Local Businesses Hate Digital Marketing in Huntsville, Al?

Have you ever tried to convince someone to see your point of view about a subject? Maybe you found yourself in a position of convincing someone to buy a product or a service. It certainly isn’t an easy prospect. It is doubly hard when a person or a group of people have a preconceived notion based on a reputation behind your product or service. Sometimes that reputation is a deserved one from previously poor business practice. Other times, potential clients might have been burned by other people in your profession some time ago. Nevertheless, you find yourself in an uphill battle trying to change their negative perception of you. Digital marketing in Huntsville, Al, while new and exciting to larger businesses, is skeptically perceived by the local business sphere. Especially if they have been established for a long time.

Why? What is it about digital marketing, or any form of new marketing, that sounds threatening or disadvantageous? In order to crack the mystery, we need to look into the mindset of these people who perceive digital marketing as a threat.

 

The Perceived Threats Behind Change

According to The State Of Local Marketing Report 2019, a study by BrandMuscle, “A disappointing 11% of local retail partners “aren’t interested in marketing and don’t make it a priority,” What’s more, few partners rank very high on the marketing maturity scale. Of those polled, 47% are disengaged, 42% are developing, 8% are equipped, 2% are executing and 1% are optimizing.”That is a little less than half of the local business sphere. What gives? Why do a lot of businesses not feel the need to engage in a form of advertising that is cheap, fair, and gets results?

Some of it has to do with a very fundamental human fear. The fear of sudden change.

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Loss of Familiarity

Whether people realize it or not, we are creatures of habit. We like the familiar because we find it comforting, safe, and keeps us in control. While we do crave a variety of things once in a while, the basic standard for human behavior is to crave the familiar. According to Psychology Today, “Generally speaking, things that are familiar are likely to be safer than things that are not. If something is familiar, we have clearly survived exposure to it, and our brain, recognizing this, steers us towards it.”

Loss of Personal Pride

Another reason that might make local companies hesitant about addressing digital marketing in Huntsville, AL is personal pride. This is the sort of thing that we are all guilty of from time to time. If we already feel like we are handling our own business, we are less likely to want others to interfere. Because someone from the outside is urging a change in business habits, they are, in the minds of the business owner, discrediting their past accomplishments. “When change involves a big shift of strategic direction, the people responsible for the previous direction dread the perception that they must have been wrong.” Explains Harvard Business Review “Change is resisted when it makes people feel stupid … [People] might express skepticism about whether the new software version will work or whether digital journalism is really an improvement, but down deep they are worried that their skills will be obsolete. ”

Increase of Perceived Challenges and Threats

Change is not easy. It is an uncomfortable process that requires a lot of excess work and mitigated risk-taking. “Change is resisted because it hurts. When new technologies displace old ones, jobs can be lost; prices could be cut; investments could be wiped out. ” This puts people into a very uncomfortable situation. Especially when digital marketers introduce new technology to a client. This is where the utmost patience is required from people pitching digital marketing in Huntsville, Al.  That combined with complete transparency is crucial if you want people to get on board.

 

The Negative Reputation of Marketers

Another reason that local businesses are more hesitant to embrace the concept of digital marketing in Huntsville, AL, is the stereotype surrounding marketers and advertisers. It is not easy to get people to buy your line of work as a necessity when the people you are trying to convince thinks you are the devil incarnate.  This obstacle is a byproduct of several things all of which winds up hurting business owners, target audiences, and marketers alike.

 Abuse of Outbound Marketingpyramid scheme, digital marketing in Huntsville, AL

As someone who receives at least 7 or so bot calls a day, I absolutely understand why people hate it so much. It offers little to nothing for the client, it is an invasion of privacy, and it distracts you from the rest of your day. Outbound marketing is a marketing technique in which a company advertises to everyone under the sun. This includes cold calling, trade shows, email blasts, and purchase lists. Companies, advertisers, con artists, political campaigns, robots, and all sorts of other groups invasively interrupt thousands of people just to get maybe one or two solid leads, and even then, it isn’t a guarantee that it will work.  Thanks, but no thanks.

Abuse of the Term Marketing

If you were to ask any layman about the definition of marketing, you will get varied responses. There are a few older generations that think of door to door salesmen. Others think of telemarketers right off the bat. Then there is the Mary Kay and Lu-La Roe companies that do famous Multi-level-Marketing or (MLM) schemes. For stores, it is setting up a table or window display.  Usually, though, people think of salesmen who are slick, dishonest and are certainly willing to con a dollar or two off of friends, family, and complete strangers.

This is because both laymen and salesmen, marketing has become a catch-all term to mean sales. This is thanks to the need for shady businesses on both a corporate and local level to clean up language for their personal benefit. A “pyramid scheme” for example becomes “multi-level marketing” because it disassociates itself from a terrible business practice through rebranding.

 

Conclusion – Con Artists and Personal Insecurities are Getting in Our Way

This is what makes the job harder than usual. Convincing someone to embrace something new is difficult, sure. However, combining that hesitancy with our reputation smeared by con artists, and you get a cocktail of difficulty.  There is something we can do, however, to change the mindsets of local businesses in regards to the presence of digital marketing in Huntsville, AL. We will cover it soon. If you like this and you want to know more about our company you can check out our site: https://www.purpletieguys.com

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