There are plenty of marketing acronyms that markers have to keep track of like SEO, SEM, SMO, CRO. It can be difficult to keep everything straight, especially the difference between SEO and SEM. So, what exactly does SEM mean? Search engine marketing (SEM) is a sort of umbrella term that covers search engine optimisation and paid advertisements. SEM is an effective way for businesses to reach new customers, increase revenues and trim acquisition costs.
If you don’t fully understand the difference between marketing and advertising, you are not alone! Marketing and advertising are certainly related and intertwined, but there is a distinguishable difference between the two platforms. Each platform has different processes and approaches to promote products and services, but they work towards the same goal. Knowing how they differentiate will put your business on the path to success.
Starting a small business is always going to be a tough venture. No matter what industry you want to enter, there are at least a hundred other companies doing something similar to yours. The market is already saturated with ads and marketing campaigns, but you still need to find a way to cut through all the noise. Guerrilla marketing is an excellent way to implement a marketing strategy that is a fraction of the cost of a regular strategy. Below, we discuss what guerrilla marketing is, the components of a successful guerrilla marketing campaign, and the types of guerrilla marketing that work the best.
Today’s consumer has more demands than ever about the user experience – they expect a more personalised, more consistent, and more relevant experience across the channels and devices that they use. This puts extra pressure on marketers to understand and deliver on these expectations, which requires an understanding of the customer and what they want. If you’re going to continue to engage with your current and future audience, you will need to create fresh, exciting and emotionally engaging content.
Businesses are always looking for new ways to drive revenue while cutting down on margins at the same time. The return on investment in marketing needs to be considered from the beginning, as a way to gauge your goals and track your progress. Not only do marketers need to consider what exactly the return was, but which program received the best return. If you measure your ROI correctly, it can garner more trust, a bigger budget, and enable your marketing tactics to increase your business impact.
Crafting and executing an effective marketing strategy is the most important job for any marketer, and failure to do so is the greatest threat for building business momentum. The key to creating an effective strategy lies in fulfilling your company’s needs, and how you can appropriately market your products and services to your customers. The characteristics outlined below either individually or collectively of a marketing strategy can help companies achieve positive outcomes.
Email might be considered an old-fashioned approach for your marketing efforts, but the truth is that a well-written email campaign can still be very powerful for your company. Because everyone accesses email on their smartphones, it’s become much easier to reach qualified leads with high-quality content. Recently, Marketing Eye and Robotic Marketer engaged in a discussion about email campaigns and how they can still be effective for what your company needs, which you can see here.
It’s officially November, which means that 2019 is officially winding down. As this year draws to a close, companies everywhere are working to get prepared for 2020 by allocating budgets, hiring for services, and closing out deals. It’s important to get these things taken care of, but what about the marketing strategy? A marketing strategy is a plan of action designed to outline your goals and promote your company. Without a marketing strategy in place at the beginning of 2020, it will be much harder to efficiently and effectively accomplish anything in the new year. Below, we have a few things that should be included in your marketing strategy for 2020.
Video marketing is a distinct niche in the content marketing world, one that seemingly requires a bunch of work and expertise to effectively pull off. The good news is that this isn’t necessarily true! No matter what your company is doing the video realm or how you feel about video in general, there’s no denying the power and impact that video marketing can have for your business. Recently, Marketing Eye engaged Robotic Marketer in a discussion on LinkedIn Live, delving into the nature of video marketing. A 2018 study from Wyzowl reports that “81% of businesses use video as a marketing tool,” which is up from 63% in 2017. Going into 2020, it’s more important than ever to integrate video into your marketing efforts.
When you are building a business from the ground up, there is a lot to take into consideration. It’s easy enough to focus on how your company is going to turn a profit, but there’s one thing that shouldn’t be allowed to slip through the cracks: the creation of your logo. Your logo will do many things for your business by giving your audience something to recognise and setting up a visual identity. Below, we have some essential considerations for your logo creation process.
Chatbots are here to usher in a new era of customer service! Are you ready? Customer service agents will always be needed for the human element of customer conversations, but a chatbot can greatly assist your customer service team. Customer service agents love automated services like this because it frees them up to focus on the bigger pieces of their work. It creates a win-win situation where the chances that a customer will have to call in for support are diminished while being more productive with the time of the customer service agents. Below, we have some ways that a chat could change the way your customer service operates.
Building a marketing budget is a crucial step in establishing your marketing needs. A budget may sound like a kind of “leash” at first, but really, it’s a way to plan and strategise financially. A comprehensive, solid marketing budget will be able to equip your team to establish and accomplish the goals you set. Below, we have some things to consider while you are building your next marketing budget.
Customer service is often the dividing line between what makes a company work and what doesn’t. But what exactly is good customer service? Consider your interactions with employees at hotels or restaurants. When we have a bad experience at these establishments, it’s unlikely we will frequent them again. You never want to lose customers based on your customer service, so build teams that are ready to serve your customers and provide an experience that will keep them coming back. Below, we have some basic elements of customer service you should consider when you build your team.
Email marketing is an effective way of keeping your audience informed on your product and it provides them with a line of communication straight to you. But consider how many emails you get on a day-to-day basis. What do these look like? How many do you read? To get better subscribers and more loyal readers, it’s important to have a strong email design. Below, we have six basic email design elements that will make your emails easier to read and look better.