The idea behind Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a fairly easy concept to grasp, but the steps needed to implement good SEO practices can take some time.
If you have anything to do with marketing planning and implementation you’ve likely heard of the owned, earned, social and paid media pillars. While all are important, owned media should be the foundation and driving force behind how these different pieces of your marketing mix interact. Without owned media, how do you get attention from journalists, share your content and information on social media, push consumers to your site through paid social ads, or keep potential consumers in your funnel through your e-mail program? The answer is, you don’t. Or at least you won’t do it well and you’ll spend extra money and reduce ROI.
When it comes to owned media, your website is one of the most important and easiest platforms to utilize. First, we’ll briefly cover why it’s crucial you have a website, then, highlight which specific parts of your website allow you to really market your business across multiple platforms, and, finally, include a few tips along the way to make sure you understand how to use this type of owned media to its fullest.
In marketing and communications, earned and paid media are cornerstones, and owned media is the foundation. Each of them, especially together, help engage your audience with your brand. Focusing on owned media is important because you’re directly in control of owned media with regards to the creation, hosting and distribution of material.
As with any service, it’s always nice to get a deal. However, there is a certain truth to “you get what you pay for.” The same goes for advertising. When it comes to advertising your business, consider these five benefits of paid advertising and why it’s worth the money you put behind it:
Your audience should be number one, not only in your overall marketing plan but within your social media strategy as well. Knowing who you’re trying to target will help you create valuable content that they are more likely to engage with. It’s also important to keep in mind that social media is a tool to distribute content to reach your audience and should be used in combination with other platforms and tools like your website, blog, e-newsletter and more.
Messaging is a critical part of any brand. Among many other benefits, it helps set the tone for the brand and ensures that all stakeholders involved in communicating any messages about the brand are aligned. But, arguably, the biggest reason to ensure your brand messaging is thoughtful and purposeful is because it enables potential and existing consumers of your product or service to consistently hear what you’re offering, your values and brand pillars, and why these things are important to them. If this is done correctly and effectively, consumers will connect with your brand and see the value in your product or service.
We kicked off our series, “Tools and Tactics to Grow Your Business,” with a little hINgeSIGHT, about audience analysis and how it can literally mean the difference between success and failure of a brand. Today we’re going to briefly identify what audience analysis is, discuss the importance of this simple, yet powerful tactic and offer a few basic questions you should be asking as you determine who your audience is, why they need your business, and how you can reach them.