When it comes marketing channels designed to attract prospects to your brand, there are nine primary channels. These nine marketing channels rely on the type of content prospects will find via some form of search. Search Engine Optimization (SEO), therefore, is essential to create the kind of gravity to attract people to your business.
No matter where you turn social media is making an impact on small business marketing. While social media is not the “be all end all” of marketing efforts it does have some significant advantages over more traditional marketing. This post looks at six reasons you need to consider social media marketing for your business.
There are three questions you and your company need to ask to be a successful content marketing practitioner.
How do we get people to read our marketing content?
How do we get people to engage with our company?
How do we measure results and get better over time?
Conspicuous consumption is when someone spends money on goods or services in an effort to either convey a higher social status or invoke envy in others to gain their respect. Product badging is a way to draw attention to items that convey status. Yet, not all consumers want you to know the relative price of their products based on its badging.
There are 3 essential questions about content marketing that need to be answered to determine your go vs. no-go content marketing strategy: 1, Can we be industry thought leaders? see the benefits of being a thought leader/branded authority but aren’t sure how to get there. 2, If so, what do we talk about? 3, Can we create enough quality content?
Attraction characters fall into one of four identities: explorer, thought leader, interviewer, and duty calls. Each attraction character has a preferred way of sharing information and creates a persona that relates to and attracts an audience.
People do not relate to the business itself – they relate to the spokesperson that represents that business. Good brand marketers know that they need to create an attraction character that consumers can relate to and bond with.
When you are deciding how much of time and financial resources to allocate between push and pull marketing strategies, keep in mind that the battleground has shifted and the prospect is the one who holds the high ground. Rather than fight this reality, just accept who has the real control and find the best ways to help people buy in the way they want to buy, instead of the way you want to sell to them.
Naively many entrepreneurs think all traffic is the same. They use advertising to get in front of a prospect and then ask for the sale before they have even had the opportunity to build a rapport. It is important to understand that not all traffic is created equal and that the goal should not be to get the sale up front but to convert all traffic to owned traffic where you can control when and what message they see.
Asking the right questions is crucial to your ability to optimize or turnaround your B2B marketing and sales operations. But even if things are going well, it is a good idea to periodically test your assumptions. Competitors are not standing idle and technologies, channels and customer needs are constantly shifting. Here are eight important questions to get you started: