Finding Success With Content Marketing

content marketingContent marketing is not for everyone as it involves a lot of hard work, perseverance and patience. It’s essential to do it well or don’t do it at all. You need to create content that engages your audience and adds value to your business.

It certainly has become somewhat easier as many people own a smartphone or a laptop with a wide variety of content creation tools. Still, the real challenge with content marketing is connecting with your audience, using the right distribution channels and promotion strategies. Not only does your content need to be relevant, it also has to resonate with your potential customers. Continue reading

Digital Marketing and the Rules of Engagement

digital marketing engagement dialBlogs, social media and video are all parts of the digital marketing mix and they’re all aimed at increasing engagement. Engagement, which if successful can bring increased interest, brand awareness and loyalty and ultimately – sales!

So how do you get people to engage with you in a digital world? Well, one of the main areas is content. You may already know about content marketing and its importance in the online world. You may already have a blog and share the posts on social media, but have you really thought about the content you’re putting out there? Is it talking to the right people? Is it saying the right thing? Continue reading

What is Marketing Automation?

marekting automation header imageBefore we go on to talk about what Marketing Automation is, let’s just clear up what Marketing Automation is not.

  • It’s not a great way to produce mass generated generic messages to your whole contact list
  • It’s not a system that allows you to press one button and it does everything for you
  • It’s not a quick way to reduce your headcount in the marketing department

Automation, in this context does not mean ‘no work’ or ‘no input needed’. Continue reading

5 Best Practices of Marketing Automation

marketing automation nurturingWhen it comes to sales, the competition is high in every industry, but in today’s digital world the competition is only getting tougher. Website visits to review product or service recommendations and a company’s reputation are all completed digitally before a customer decides to buy or visit your store if the purchase is not online. So you need to have the attention of those customers before they even start their buying process and then work out how to turn those visitors into leads, and leads into new customers.

Successfully delivering appropriate messages will help you to inform customers and then lead them step-by-step through their buying cycle; this is where marketing automation becomes extremely valuable. Marketing automation enables you to set up a workflow of highly personalised marketing messages designed to convert website visitors into leads, and then your new leads into paying customers. Continue reading