Marketing Micro-Moments

Marketing Micro-Moments helps your business find customers in the moments when they want to do business with you most. When they break a shoe, or spill coffee on their only shirt before a big meeting. The intent to buy is high, and time is limited. Be there for your people in those moments.

Read More

Best Times for Business on Social Media

You want to make a bigger impact online for business, but you don’t always have a lot of time to post, so it just happens when it happens.

Let’s not sugarcoat it, posting often and consistently is going to be the fastest way to see social engagement rise. Whether you’re able to post a lot, and especially if your posts are seldom, it is best to post when you’ll have the biggest reach.

Here is s breakdown of the most influential times to post on social platforms for business.

Best Times to Post to Facebook: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1pm-4pm.
Facebook posts receive half of its reach within 30 minutes. Checking Facebook in the second half of the day is a palpable trend, as workers struggle to get through the final hours of the day.

Twitter’s Peak Times: Tweets are most active from 9am until 3pm, Monday through Thursday.
Twitter has a wider range of optimal post times because content refreshes at a faster pace, and is positioned to be used in small windows throughout the day. Another nugget to optimize your Twittering, Tweets with images get nearly 40% more retweets and clicks than those without.

LinkedIn’s Window of Opportunity: You will get the most engagement on LinkedIn if you post on Tuesdays from 10am-11am. The best secondary tier times run Tuesday through Thursday, between 7am-8am and 5pm-6pm.

Newsletters: MailChimp’s company data has shown the best window to send out a newsletter is on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10:30am to 12:00pm. The worst days are Fridays, and obviously out-of-office times, like weekends.

The LinkedIn and Newsletter audience is similar because of the business-platform scope. People typically don’t scroll LinkedIn as they would other social networks. That’s not to say you shouldn’t post your content there. Notably, 93% of B2B marketers rate LinkedIn as the top B2B social media lead generation source, according to HubSpot.

This is just a friendly reminder to follow the analytics, and assure your stuff gets seen. Those willy-nilly posts become wasted efforts when they’re wandering the web in dead zones; save them for primetime, and rake in the views of the limelight.

Those are just a few things to consider. Do you feel your marketing efforts are falling short or you could use more advice?

Give us a call today at 503-477-4355 or sends us a request @ Spotcolormarketing.com

Read More

The Perils of Photo Licensing

It’s very important to know where your content is coming from, and what licensing applies. 

Even if a client hands you the content, it’s best-practice to inquire about it’s origins, or you

could be on the hook for infringing a usage license!

Read More

The Gain of A/B Testing Content

A/B testing is an effective setup to streamline your website and content design to maintain a continuous gain in conversions.

Check out this video to learn more about pairing your content as random samples, and learning from your analytics. 

https://youtu.be/3dZgTMnNA1s

Read More

Google Goes Mobile with Adwords

At their Performance Summit, Google announced new mobile features and upgrades to be added for AdWords marketers and entrepreneurs. Mobile has become the go-to device for search, and AdWords has tailored its new upgrades for performance on smartphones.

It’s not a coincidence Adwords is putting a great deal of emphasis on mobile-targeting:
• More than half of Google searches happen on mobile, and more than half of all web traffic is coming through smartphones and tablets.
• Location-related mobile searches is growing 50% faster than all mobile searches.

Google has redesigned AdWords bidding, workflow, and analytics. Changes are coming for how text and display ads perform, and how advertisers can optimize campaigns. Advertisements will automatically be sized to fit the screen of the popular smartphones. New expanded text ads will be available in AdWords to provide more ad space, and showcase additional information about products and services before the ad is clicked.

Key Changes for Text Ads

Headlines:

Current: One 25-character headline
Available Soon: Two 30-character headlines

Longer Description line:

Current: Two 35-character description lines
Available Soon: One consolidated 80-character description line

Relevant display URL:

Current: Manually entered display URL. Any Mismatch between display, final and landing page URLs will cause your ad to be disapproved.
Available Soon: Domain automatically extracted from your final URL to ensure accuracy. You can customize the URL path.
With these changes, your ads will go much further for the on-the-go mobile consumer. Googles early testing has reported increases in click-through rates of up to 20% compared to the current text ads.

Bidding Changes:
Marketers will receive more control and flexibility on bidding for specific devices. You will soon be able to make bid adjustments for each device type, whether it’s mobile, desktop or tablet. These changes will optimize your ability to reach your target market and stretch your investment dollars further.

Google Maps Changes:
With nearly a third of all mobile searches being related to location, Google has introduced new local search ads across Google Maps. This will allow advertisers to use location extensions to showcase their locations when a consumer searches for something “near me” or if someone is near your location searching for your type of business.

Read More

The Friendly Truth to Setting a Marketing Budget

Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, marketing is necessary for business growth. Many small businesses are not sure they have enough money to budget for marketing or they overspend without tracking their return on investment. Setting a marketing budget that coincides with your business goals will help guide you to success.

The unfortunate truth for companies with fantastic products and no marketing is that products and services will not sell themselves. However, a successful marketing campaign will allow you to grow at a rate unimaginable. The old saying “you have to spend money to make money” stands true when it comes to marketing your product or services. While that may seem obvious, the more difficult objective can be finding out exactly how much to spend in order to make more money and meet your business goals.

There are many factors that should be taken into consideration when setting a marketing budget. The basic rule of thumb, which may be a sigh of relief, is that the general percentage should be only around 1%-6% of your median revenue. So, a million dollar company would spend $10,000-$60,000 as a starting point.

In order to spend your budget wisely, you must have a plan. Knowing the market of your products and a realistic timeline of business growth will help you extend your dollar. With a goal-based marketing budget, you can define your business goals and develop a plan to meet these goals without over/under-spending. If you would like to grow by a certain number of clients or customers, develop a plan on how you will reach that goal and how much advertising will lead you there.

If you feel as though you could use some help setting up a marketing plan that will help you reach your business goals, give us a call! We can be reached at 503-477-4355, or give us a visit online @www.spotcolormarketing.com

 

Read More

Grow Your Business Through Marketing

If you are looking to grow your business, getting new leads from targeted customers that are looking for your exact products and services is the way to go. It doesn’t make much sense to have a great product or excellent service if no one knows about it, or no one can find your business when they do a search online.

Let your clients, and potential clients, know what you have to offer. This video and content below are a few of the things that Spot has been doing to get the word out about our services….and it is working wonders.

 

 

Newsletters: A very simple way to reach potential clients and remain on their radar. Newsletters allow you to connect to a large number of people and track how they are responding to your message. We suggest that if you decide to send out newsletters to shoot for one every 2-3 weeks. This seems like the sweet spot that probably won’t be too aggressive but enough to keep your business in people’s mind.

Blogs: While it may not seem like you have time to consistently put out blogs, content can be another way to grab people’s attention and eventually raise the SEO of your website. Companies with ten employees or less that publish 11+ posts per month have almost three times more traffic than companies that publish 0-1.

Social Media: This may seem like a no-brainer, but social media can be a very cost-effective way to advertise to potential customers and clients. Also, through social media businesses will retain more clients. Connecting to clients and giving them an easy way to give feedback is essential. Not only will companies have a face and platform for clients but the posts will lead to conversions. If people find your posts intriguing, they can become one step closer to becoming a partner or client with the click of a button.

Videos: Let’s be real, people prefer hearing information over reading in the modern age. While content is necessary and many people still read it, videos are becoming the go-to. Video marketing is on a huge rise and isn’t going anywhere but up. In fact, including a video increases the click-through rate by a massive 65 percent and reduces unsubscribes by 26 percent.

Those are just a few things we are improving at Spot Color Marketing to enhance the marketing of our own brand. We would love to hear from you about your marketing efforts, give us a call at 503-477-4355, or visit us online @www.spotcolormarketing.com.

Read More

Why You Need Data Storytellers

Measurement tools are critical in evaluating the success of a campaign. The numbers are the evidence, but what’s evidence without an interpreter. This is where the data storyteller comes in.

Data storytellers take the information from the measurement tools and provide strategic recommendations. They use their insights to pick apart the data and find solutions and answers that will produce results.

The information is essentially useless without somebody that can pick it apart and figure out what the results mean and provide the solutions. Data storytellers will provide the strategy. Narrative is simply the way we take complex information and make sense of it. The levels of marketing that take place to derive finalize summaries are necessary and profound. As a data storyteller the goal is to explore the data, visualize and draw conclusions.

When somebody is presented with the information, “Our sales dropped 5 percent the past three months,” there is probably a reason and a solution. From that, a data storyteller might say, “Our sales dropped 5 percent because it was the winter time and people are not purchasing sunglasses at full price during the winter months. Next winter we should have a promotion for discounted sunglasses. People will then continue to make the purchases and we will remain relevant through the year.”

It may seem obvious to derive a narrative from the data, but to many data analysts it’s not obvious at all. The depth of information that can be found through measurement tools tells us how many people are consuming the content, what they are doing with it, and whether or not they like it. This information is crucial but knowing the information is just the first step. Analyzing, interpreting and finding a solution from the data is what brings it to life.

If you feel as though you could use some help analyzing and interpreting your marketing efforts give us a call! We can be reached at 503-477-4355, or give us a visit online @www.spotcolormarketing.com

 

Read More