Five Key Components of Effective Content Marketing

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Designing content that is likely to be referred and shared, for Content marketing that brings results, here are the Five Key Components.

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Define your Content Marketing objective and  understand the reasons your audiences are likely to share your content. Create a check-list for each content marketing effort to understand the purpose of your content. A simple checklist can help you understand the content and the reason it is likely to be shared. An easy way to decide on your content marketing is to see where your content resides among the following key reasons; usefulness, discovery or reliving experiences.
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Five Steps For Paid Social Media Advertising

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As you set out to create your Social Media and Digital marketing plans for 2017, here are some steps to help you plan your social media advertising for 2017. Based on the success of your organic content or previous advertising efforts you can choose social media network that delivers the best results.

Step One : Define Your Objectives

Start with defining your objectives. If increasing awareness is your objective your goal will need to be more specific.After defining the objectives pen down the goals i.e. Increase awareness by 20 percent.

Step Two : Know your Target Audience

Who is your Target Audience?

What are their interests, lifestyles, frustrations?

What does this group of customers want/need?

What will motivate them to click on the ad?

Develop personas of your Target Audience. Here is an example of personas for foreign Language learning Software company.

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Step Three : Develop Compelling Creative

Generate interest with the creative that will make the customers click on the link or take action with you ad. It is essential to use Bold and striking imagery that will compel people to click on the ad creative.

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Create Intent by using phrases in your ad that users are most likely to be looking out for in your brand’s context.

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Include Call-to-Action in your ad copy. Promotions and Incentives help drive the intent to purchase, while CTA is important for increasing Click-through or allowing the audience to know how to engage with your content.

Specific Landing Pages

Design Specific landing pages tailored to different products and promotional offers. Well designed Landing Pages are essential for providing a quality experience for consumers and driving conversions with a personalized targeted message.  Fresh creative, iteration and constant testing  keeps  your brand current and top of mind, while avoiding saturation within your audience.

Step Four : Test New Layouts and Styles

Define the goal for your creative testing. Advertisers test ad creative to understand how to improve the performance or which ad concept resonates with the target audience. Set aside a budget for testing. Test different themes to arrive at the best performing themes. Test thematically to top performing audience segments, and use iterations of winning themes concepts. Narrow down on best performing content prior to roll out.

CTRs increase and CPA decreased with a change in creative.

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Step 5 : Target and Optimize

Optimize your campaign by targeting the top performing audience groups. Targeting your audience is based on Age, Gender and location. Narrow down your targeting options to include audiences that are most likely to respond based on your buyer personas. Specify the behaviors, interests and demographics in detailed targeting. For an Organics brand, here is an example of Detailed Targeting and Interests that can be used to narrow down and targeting specifically.

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Source : The Secret To Facebook Advertising Success, Image sourced from Social Media Examiner

Key Insights For Smartphones Shoppers

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Key Insights for Smartphone shoppers based on an online research conducted among US Smartphone users between 18-64 years age group.

Phones are Shopping Companions. Consumers turn to phones, to make their shopping experience easier. The top two reasons consumers turn to their phones is to browse products and find discounts and deals.

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Apparel is the most common category shopped for on the smartphones.

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Smartphones are the go-to source to compare prices and browse or look for products even In-Store. Looking for discounts or offers is the third most important activity on Smartphones.

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More than half the users use their Smartphones to shop and 58 percent have reported using an app in the last 30 days.

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Discounts and Deals are the most important reason for the mobile shopper to download an app. The Discounts and Deals and Bonus Offers are the top motivating factors for installing an app.  These are the reasons that contribute to the users returning to an app after uninstalling.

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Source: Think With Google

 

Key Insights For Increasing Subscription Box Sales

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Subscription Box Service and Products are trending for social commerce with a  predictable profitability model on account of high retention rate and recurring revenue. According to  research study by Hitwise, earlier this year, as high as 53 percent subscribers are mobile first with Search and Social bringing in disproportionately higher traffic.

Search Campaigns Are Key For Product Discovery

Search Campaigns bring in the highest traffic for Subscription Boxes. Algorithm based discovery has increased visits to subscription box services. Identify the segments that you would like to target and go with the search phrases and terms that are most searched for by the segment.

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As high as 34 percent of traffic for the US Subscription product sites came from Search Engines in Dec 2015. According to Hitwise,”search engines are still the most common referring source of traffic to today’s subscription box sites, though subscription sites rely less on search than other retailers. In the United States, 34 percent of referred traffic to subscription retail sites came from a search engine during the month of December 2015.”

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Social Media Increases Clicks and Conversions

Social Media brings in the highest clicks and conversions.  In the United States, 13.5 percent of referred visits to subscription box sites in December 2015 came from a social media site, whereas the typical retail site received only 8.4 percent of traffic from social. The uptick in engagement and visits from Social Media and blogs is due to the ease of sharing and referring friends bringing in greater conversions.

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Referral Marketing Key For Driving Sales Growth

According to Statista, as high as 53 percent Half Of Mobile Shoppers Check In Via Social Media. Refer-a-friend and referral marketing programs are a strong driver for Subscription category products. As high as 13.5 percent of referred visits to subscription box sites in December 2015 came from a social media site.

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Occasion Linked Offers Increase Social Media Engagement

Designing your campaigns for Mobile first consumers with a seamless shopping experience increases the engagement. Optimizing search Campaigns and Social Media posts as well as Blog posts for key seasonal days increases the engagement and site visits from your campaigns. Design your posts to help audiences learn about your offers that are easy to navigate and avail.

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Promote Your Subscription Box with a Contest

Promote your Subscription Box with a Gift card or a Giveaway contest. Target your audience by co-promoting the offers with a Contest on social media accounts that your target audience is most engaged on.

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Also see search terms that work for different segments:

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