Small/mid-sized businesses are in a tough situation with regard to content marketing. They stand to benefit from it greatly in the form of brand awareness, positioning and lead generation, but professional marketing advice comes with a pretty significant price tag. This is why I have begun creating the DMR Content Marketing Toolkit series of eBooks.
This series of eBooks is perfect for small/mid-sized businesses and pretty much anyone looking to learn the ins and outs of content marketing. Each helpful guide will tackle a different aspect of content marketing starting with establishing the right web platform for content distribution and working through content development, distribution and measurement. For a small fraction of what you would pay an agency for, you get solid guidance for doing content marketing the right way and generating critical inbound sales leads.
With the recent mobile explosion, the need for a fast-loading website has never been greater. Your average website visitor is only going to wait so long for a page to load before they give up and move on to another site. In fact, according to Kissmetrics, nearly half of web users expect a website to load in 2 seconds or less. This behavior is magnified when talking about mobile visitors. Your average person searching for something on their phone generally has less time to do it in and less patience.
Need more evidence that page speed matters? There have been rumors that Google has been testing a slow website tag in search results. This may or may not come to fruition as Google is constantly testing new search features almost daily and only a few of them stick, but it still illustrates that the issue is critical enough for Google to be concerned about page speed as a user experience issue for their searchers.
These days, page speed is almost as much of a moving target and inexact science as SEO is. You just can’t strip down your site of all images and functionality to make it lightening quick. There are features you need on your content marketing site to be successful and images are a must for any content site these days. What is important is to be able to measure the load speed of your site’s pages (note: load time can vary greatly form page to page on the same site, depending on what kind of content the page contains), identify which elements of your site are the time sucks and figure out if you really need them and if you do, how to optimize them.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past half a decade, you probably already understand how important social media marketing is to your business – it can play a vital role in both generating new leads and building a relationship with your current prospects and customers.
Still, in order to be able to maintain a strong social media presence, you have to stay in touch with the current trends that are developing in the social media world, and in the online world everything does change very quickly.
So for those who want to stay on top of their game and are looking for something new to build their social media campaigns around, here are some of the main trends that are currently seen in the world of social media:
In today’s multi-device, micro-content frenzy, there aren’t many opportunities for your audience to become thoroughly acquainted with your brand; an opportunity to really explain where you came from, and what you’re about, so when one comes along you take it with both hands.
Your About Us page is this opportunity. Maybe it’s a personal habit but whenever I come across a new website, a new potential provider for whichever service or product I’m after, I gravitate towards the About Us page. Nothing irritates me more than a site without one. It’s like finally securing a meeting with a potential client but failing to introduce yourself upon their arrival. Not only does it clarify precisely what your business offers, but for many visitors their first impression of your brand will be formed upon reading this page. Make yours count following these five points.
Understanding how consumers interact with their chosen brands across the many platforms available to them today is fundamental to effective marketing and customer service. Cross-platform optimization essentially refers to harnessing this behavioural information to provide a unified brand experience over all digital channels, whether that’s web, mobile or social media.
In recent years, consumer technology has undergone some drastic advances. Whilst an initial technical revolution took place around the emergence of the internet itself, a second has been triggered by the recent progression in mobile technology. Christopher North, managing director of Amazon UK, commented, “I have never seen anything happen as fast as mobile.”
And as the devices we use change all the time to become more varied and sophisticated, so too does the way that we choose to interact with them.
In these days of globalization and the daily evolution of technology, small businesses have never had a better opportunity to compete against larger firms in their industry that they previously had no shot against. Digital marketing has played a significant role in leveling the playing field for small business and no tool more so than LinkedIn. Smart and creative usage of LinkedIn has been a key component of a number of aggressive growth plans over the past few years and it costs relatively little to do so.
Earlier this year, LinkedIn announced they’d be opening up their publishing platform feature to their 300 million+ users. Essentially, this feature allows you to write a blog post directly on LinkedIn and reach a larger audience than your typical posts would. These long-form posts are seen by your connections like normal posts, and are also suggested to other targeted professionals on LinkedIn based on an algorithmic formula.
Corporate videos can be turned into productive marketing tools. The task at hand is by no means an easy one. You will have to consider several factors before you can turn your video into an aggressive marketing campaign. Therefore, the following tips will come in handy if you are vying for something impressive and result-oriented.
Online content, whatever type of media it may be in, should be born out of effort. It must strive to provide thought-provoking question and answers or show solutions, all from deep-seated industry issues and down to mundane situations. Since the Internet is full of different kinds of content – articles, images, infographics, and videos…
During my time in the realm of social media – I first joined Facebook back in May of ’09 – I’ve slowly but surely understood what it meant to be engaged. Something kept me on Facebook for close to five years but it didn’t take me until just now to realize what it was. Simply put, the content put forth was interesting.
Instead of crafting another article, you need to get out there and get your content in front of the eyes of people who matter. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons to spend more time on promotion and outreach.
Self-hosting your videos rather than using a third party (YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion) brings many benefits that can help any small business, SME, blog or e-commerce website make a return from their investment in video. Here we have listed the main three reasons businesses and blogs are turning to self hosted video….
The premise that everyone already engages in content marketing and that there is more and more content out there (2 million blog posts a day) is the most determining factor in 2014. So what can you do to stand out?
I am excited to announce that DMR just crossed 1 million pageviews in 2013…and no, I didn’t hit refresh 999,999 times.
Your B2B marketing campaigns require a platform that can house your content and enable interaction with your audience that you own and control. Not one that can make wholesale changes overnight just to get a few more bucks out of advertisers and leave you scrambling to adapt.
The power of the digital revolution just cannot be undermined. The success of both search based engines and social networking sites is synonymous with the power of being able to get instant information. But with digital data being generated at a rapid pace, are you truly able to influence your digital audience in the way you desire? Are you able to keep up with the many emerging trends in online marketing? Rework your digital strategy and gear up to hire an SEO company that can make a difference.
The rules of the business have changed drastically. Search engine result pages are displayed differently, thereby transforming the role of your SEO Company.
This post shares some insight into what a video producer does and what kind of value one can bring to your next video production project.
A few helpful tips on building a blogging community from an industry pro.