Must-Know Tips for Marketing Your Brand on Social Media

 

Social networks are a fantastic place to find new customers and build brand visibility, though it’s not easy.

Why? While billions of people use social media regularly (Facebook alone has more than two billion members), there are thousands upon thousands of business competing for consumers’ attention on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc every day.

Marketing your business on social media can be a challenge, then, but there are ways to get ahead. Read on for our Orange County digital marketing agency’s must-know tips.

 

Be Consistent with your Branding

Make it easier for users to recognize your brand from one social network to another. Keep the same colors, avatars and logos across all your social accounts to maintain consistency.

If users check out your brand on a few different networks and each one’s different, they might be unsure how authentic they are.

 

Establish a Voice

Every business needs a consistent tone over all social channels. You have to speak to your audience in an appropriate way, based on their average age, lifestyle, purchasing preferences and other key determining factors.

This is easier when you know which demographic(s) you’re aiming for. Relating to followers in an authentic way will maximize engagement and help drive more traffic to your site too.

 

Stay Active

Users looking at your social accounts may wonder how legitimate your business is if your posts are sporadic. Keeping a regular posting routine is critical to keep your audience engaged and aware of your brand.

 

Build Relationships with Influencers

Connecting with an influencer on social media can help you gain more attention and attract followers you may not otherwise. Having a prominent figure with a loyal fan-base promote your products or services may give your posts more traction.

Users will take an influencer’s endorsement as an indicator of your brand’s reliability and credibility too.

 

Be Careful with Automated Messages

It’s fairly common for businesses to send new followers an automated message to thank them for their interest and forge a stronger connection. While this might seem like a good idea, it can actually appear quite lazy and impersonal if messages are clearly generic.

Personalize automated messages you send to followers as best you can, especially when it comes to responding to complaints or queries.

 

Mix your Visual Content Up

Images, videos, GIFs and infographics should all feature in your social posts. Don’t just rely on text.

A mixture of visual content keeps your social activity more interesting and engaging. Posts will stand out more from competing ones and be more likely to prompt users to share them.

Our Orange County digital marketing specialists will create the right social media marketing campaign for your business, tailoring your package to your specific goals and needs.

Want to know more about what we can do for your social media presence? Just get in touch for a free quote now!

 

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5 Essential Image Tips to Benefit Your SEO Campaign

Never underestimate the power of visual content.

Put yourself in potential customers’ shoes: if you landed on a website looking for a specific product or service, would you be impressed if there were no images? Would you feel this was a dynamic brand that cared about engaging buyers?

It’s unlikely one page after another consisting of blocks of text would win you over. Images are essential to convey information that complements your copy: you need to show off your products / services, introduce your team (even if just a few members) and, ultimately, make your website exciting to look at.

Images can make a big difference to your SEO campaign, and in this post, we look at 5 essential tips you need to know.

 

Be Original

Stock images definitely have their place. Quality stock pictures can fill a gap and still add a professional touch to your site, but use them sparingly.

Users will recognize stock images when they appear on countless sites, and if they see them on yours, they may feel it makes you a little less credible. Use original pictures as much as you can to be authentic, and ensure they’re of a high quality.

Slick, polished images help you stand out in search results and make your site unique.

 

Don’t Overload your Site

Too much visual content can affect your site’s performance, causing pages to load slower than they should.

JPEG images are typically best for maintaining decent load times, and cope well with compression, allowing images to load faster without too much of a drop in quality. PNG images are of a higher quality but too many can strain your load times.

Consider using PNG files for your most crucial images and JPEGs for the rest.

 

Keep your Captions Specific

Captions are a useful addition to your images. This is a brief line or two of text that explains the picture’s purpose, allowing readers to understand what they’re seeing straight away.

Captions can help search engines identify how relevant your images are to users.

 

Apply Descriptive Names to Images

Like captions, descriptive file names with quality keywords let search engines know the image’s content. It has to put the picture in context and boost your chances of being discovered by a user.

If a prospect runs an image search, a descriptive title can get your website put on clear display, hopefully driving more traffic your way.

 

Keep Background Images Minimal

Images in your page backgrounds and / or borders may add satisfying decoration to your site, but they only add extra data that has to be loaded.

If you find your site is taking longer to load, non-essential images like these could be to blame. You have to balance images that add obvious visual appeal with those that don’t.

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What is A/B Testing?

What is A/B Testing?

A/B testing (or split testing) is mentioned again and again in the world of digital marketing, but what is it?

This can be an incredibly powerful part of optimizing your website and boosting your conversions. Performing an A/B test lets you compare two versions of a web page to identify which one works best.

This involves presenting the two pages to visitors at the same time, and whichever achieves higher conversion rates becomes the final version.

A/B testing gives you the power to make the most of your current traffic, and it can be applied to virtually any element of your website which impacts visitors’ behavior. This includes your headlines, sub headlines, testimonials, text in paragraphs, images, links, and more.

After all, Google is used to perform billions of searches each month, and you need to do everything you can to grab prospects’ attention.

 

Gathering Key Data

Before you run your A/B testing, you need to gather data that will ultimately help you identify the strongest variation.

Visitors’ behavior is one area to focus on, and certain tools can show obstacles that might prevent conversions or cause prospects to click away. For example, uninformative text which is too clustered together for comfortable reading, unattractive images, or an unclear CTA button can all contribute to a lack of conversions.

After exploring the results of such analysis, you would then be able to see where a potential new page would have to go. If you have problems with your CTA button or your text’s layout, you can create a new one with the same content presented differently.

If you can establish which of your options has the power to make a stronger impact on visitors, you should be able to increase conversions and build your user-base.

 

Trial and Error

It’s vital to make both variations as high-quality as possible, and give both a fair chance. Don’t be tempted to effectively sabotage one version of a page if you prefer the other, because what you prefer might not necessarily match your audience’s tastes.

A/B testing allows you to try different styles and presentation formats too. For example, if you feel your copy may be a little bland, your B page can be quirkier and funnier. If you find this garners fewer conversions during your sample period than the A page, you could perhaps try another new version that resembles the original more.

You can try again and again over time, eliminating less-successful variations and gathering data from the best to transform your site.

At Nett Solutions, our Orange County SEO team is passionate about helping businesses just like yours maximize your visibility, boost conversions, and ultimately achieve higher rankings. Give us a call now to see what we can do for you!

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5 Must-Have Features for Every Business Website

5 Must-Have Features for Every Business Website

A staggering 46% of small businesses are operating without a website, but 24% plan to build one in the near future.

Today, every company needs a website that caters to your customers’ exact needs. Any prospect looking for information on your business, ethics, products, shipping process, and anything else they could possibly need to know before buying should be able to find it.

Which features must be on your website?

 

Social Media Integration

Social media is critical for every business. It allows you to market to existing and prospective customers, and reach a wider demographic. After all, 22 percent of the planet’s population is on Facebook, while over 50 million companies have Facebook Business Pages.

Beyond Facebook, 93 percent of Pinterest’s users plan or make purchases, and 88 percent of companies use Twitter as a marketing tool.

Add buttons to your website and enable visitors to check out your social pages with just a click. This helps to boost engagement and is invaluable as a fast customer-service tool.

 

Multiple Contact Channels

If customers go to your ‘contact us’ page only to find an email address or an international phone number (with expensive charges), they may well be put off. It appears unprofessional and suggests your business has little interest in receiving feedback.

Provide users with email addresses (one for product queries, one for complaints), local phone numbers, and live chat. This latter option is vital today, providing a free chance to exchange text-based messages with support agents in real-time.

 

High-End Security

Never take security for granted. For businesses handling online transactions, an SSL certificate will show customers that you take their safety seriously, and all critical details (credit card numbers, bank-account numbers etc.) are encrypted.

With an SSL certificate, a tiny green padlock will appear to the left of your HTTPS URL. Today’s online consumers are security-savvy, so invest in the best you can.

 

Clear, Logical Navigation

Make navigating your website as quick, simple, and logical as possible. Use clear names for pages in your tabs and site maps (About, Contact, FAQ etc.), and use calls to action to help visitors find the most important pages, such as specific product catalogs or live chat.

Imagine yourself as a customer visiting your website for the first time. Where would you want to go first? Would you be able to get their with your current design? Explore the site with this mindset and make note of any potential problems.

 

A Comprehensive FAQ

A variety of contact channels is key, as we mentioned above. However, add an FAQ to your website so visitors can help themselves before having to get in touch with your support team.

Again, put yourself in your customers’ shoes. What would you want to know? List as many questions as you can think of, and then add any others being asked on a regular basis.

 

At Nett Solutions, we’re a leading Orange County digital marketing agency. If you want to know more about boosting engagement and maximizing your online performance, give us a call now.

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Which Key Digital Marketing Trends Should You Follow?

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No business can afford to neglect its online presence in 2016. With research indicating that a staggering 31 million people across the US alone will have used their mobile devices to go online by the end of the year, the internet is clearly never far from users’ reach.

The internet’s proliferation and global reach means consumers have more choice than ever today. Even the most well-established brands face stiff competition from smaller enterprises offering similar products and services at lower costs.

Following the latest trends is key to success. Which your business already be embracing? (more…)

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4 Social Media Techniques to Drive Traffic to Your Website

drive traffic to site with social mediaIs your business using social media to its full potential?

Today, more than 2 billion people use social media and have an average of five accounts across different networks. Impressed? You should be.

From a business perspective, social media’s purpose is to drive traffic to your site. Simply creating an account and checking in every other week is a waste of everyone’s time: you have to commit to making the most of your social channels.

Here are four great social media techniques to drive traffic to your website. (more…)

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The Best Places To Put A Small Marketing Budget

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Online advertising is an expanding field, offering companies across all sectors a wide variety of options. No matter how much or how little money you have available, making the right choices is key.

However, your budget does dictate your freedom to experiment. Those on a bigger budget can simply try again if one method fails to generate the best response. On the other hand, you’re unlikely to have the cash to finance another attempt on a smaller budget, making each choice more important.

You need to invest a small marketing budget in the right places, but how do you know what these are? (more…)

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SEO vs. Social: Which Matters More For Your Business?

orange county seoIn its infancy, SEO was primarily something for specialists and experts. Social Media was only for kids. Between the two there was essentially no interaction; and nobody cared.

Today, any business looking for even minimal success on the Internet needs to invest at least some time and effort into BOTH SEO and Social. There is still an argument about how much of either you may need, but it’s absolutely NOT a question of one vs. the other. No matter what your business model, B2B or B2C, it’s in your best business interest to understand both fields as two sides of the same coin.  Here are the four important reasons why:    (more…)

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5 Ways to Get More Out of Yelp (and More Positive Reviews, too!)

orange county social media agencyNo one’s feeling the bite of Yelp’s review filters more than Yelp themselves.

Slated to be the “TripAdvisor for everything else,” Yelp’s heavy-handed, review-crushing filter has lots of small business owners looking elsewhere for listings and reviews. Any positive reviews faked by friends and family are gone, but then, plenty of real reviews – good and bad – are gone, too.

In short, you can’t really automate review editing with a filter. TripAdvisor relies on travel fanatics to prove themselves via multiple reviews. But TripAdvisor will also human-edit where a negative review sounds too fanatical, or a positive review too friendly. But not every broad sector of the market can rely on such a public to correct them. (more…)

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The Orange County Social Media Marketing Quick Start Guide for Small Businesses

Almost nothing in Social Media Marketing is fast. Though at some point in the future you will see fast results, the lead up to that moment can seem like it’s slow going.

Don’t let that stop you.

We’ve spoken to small business owners with hundreds of friends on Facebook and yet no idea how to use Social Media for Marketing. This is the fastest, most effective way we could come up with, for getting started, and for getting something out of it. It shouldn’t take more time than regular, offline marketing and other than the person or persons you’re paying to manage it, it shouldn’t take more money either. (more…)

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