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

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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

 

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Five Reasons Millennials are a Valuable Asset

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While the common stereotypes of millennials tend to be that they are entitled and unwilling to pay their dues, it’s time we put those mindsets to rest. Generation Y, those born during late 1980’s and early 1990’s, are a group of individuals that can add great value to an organization and have a powerful effect on your company’s culture. Hiring millennials is a true win-win for both parties. Companies will benefit from a less expensive extra set of hands and a fresh perspective. Millennials receive the invaluable experience they desire. Spot Color recommends you consider hiring millennials for the following reasons:

 

1. Millennials Bring Exciting Energy To Your Company

This generation is fresh out of the classroom where they gained tools to take to the workforce. They have been working on assignments that they have been waiting patiently for years put into real life experience. This is their time to shine! Millennials often come into the company filled with positivity, gratitude and enthusiasm. This is their opportunity to gain experience and prove themselves. Their willingness to learn will be noticed by other employees and provide a positive influence to the rest of the team members.

 

2. They’re Tech Savvy

You don’t know how to use a new form of technology, how to use social media platforms or what they are? They probably do. Generation Y grew up almost entirely with technology. They are the primary consumer of technology and have a serious interest in learning new ways to use it. Millennials will be likely to introduce apps, processes or software that help your company increase efficiency and productivity. Their high standards for the usability and ease of technology can also help to influence your current products and services to ensure customer retention.

 

3. They Promote Learning

Millennials are young, many fresh out of college, and understand there is a lot for them to learn. They are not just out there because they need a job, 65% of them say that personal development is the most important factor in their careers. While you’re expected to educate them about your company and the industry, you will be surprised to find out what you can learn from them. Keep in mind, their education is also, likely, the most up-to-date in the office. Hiring millennials can be an excellent opportunity for your employees to learn from each other.

  • 60% of hiring managers find millennials to be fast learners.
  • 68% of hiring managers have discovered a skill set in millennials that other generations do not have.

Oh and lastly, not only are they fast learners, they are quick to excel. 24% of millennials reported being placed in managerial positions in 2015!

 

4. They’re Self-Expressive

If the evolution of social media has taught generation Y anything, it is how to express themselves. You can thank Twitter for that. Growing up during an age when you can inform the masses of your everyday life, this generation has taken full advantage. While this may seem frightening and painful, self-expression can allow a team to bounce ideas around one another and put new ideas out there. A group of individuals who aren’t afraid to express their new ideas will translate to a welcoming dimension of brainstorming, new solutions and fresh perspectives.

 

5. They Can Act as Brand Ambassadors

As millennials engulf on their new and exciting careers, they have a growing enthusiasm within the company they begin working for. Recent grads have the influence necessary to produce a substantial network from their school alone. The positive public exposure allows an organization to engage with a number of people through your employee undertaking a brand representative role.

 

Employer’s Takeaways:

Don’t be fooled by the stereotypes of millennials. The truth is, this young generation is full of hard-working individuals with a thirst for knowledge. Hire the right Gen-Y candidate for your company and you will soon reek the benefits of a cost-effective and well-rounded employee. At Spot Color, we strongly believe an expressive employee with a fresh perspective can significantly improve a business’ culture.

 

-With these tips in mind you will go a long way to making your marketing efforts measure up and pay off. Need more help? We specialize in working on marketing strategies specifically for your industry. Give us a call at 503-477-4355, or visit us online @ www.spotcolormarketing.com

 

 

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Increased Performance with Analytics

Maybe it’s hard to see from the surface, but marketing in the digital age is a lot like being a gunslinger in the wild west; the best advice is to keep your finger on the hammer at all times. With access to customer insights and analytical tools we take more precise aim. It allows marketers to stay closely aware of how the consumer and other marketers are expected to react to an ever-changing environment. It’s never a one-stop pony-show either. You have to be Doc Holiday with a heightened sense of purpose and instinct to continually stay on top. There is always someone trying to get a leg up on you. There are so many angles to aim from these days via smartphones, tablets and computers. Analytics gives you the best shot at lining up your sight in the optimal spot to hit your target dead-on. Analytics is an essential function to drive business performance upward and onward, and capitalize on the never-ending trending.

Analytics of Analytics:

Google recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to perform an in-depth survey of 150 marketing, analytics, and informational technology executives that invest in digital channels as marketing tools. Of these “sophisticated marketers,” more than half claim they use well-established metrics to directly impact their business objectives. These marketers are three times more likely to hit their goals than other marketing organizations.

A complete marketing analytics spread will consist of five or more tools, and is 39% more likely to see improvement in the overall performance of their marketing programs.

60% of marketers said that analytics tools are found to be difficult to use for outside stakeholders within the organization.  Which is why the marketers are there in the first place. It takes a special breed to be passionate about finding associations between numbers, actions, thoughts, feelings and implementing them into an integrated strategy to overachieve. But that’s what makes marketing an interesting business, we have to come in ready to dodge, shake step, and shoot when the timing is right. There is an overwhelming sense of pride coming out on top when you know what you’re up against.

Do you feel your company isn’t implementing marketing analytics with its business objectives? You’re not alone. At Spot Color, we specialize in analytics metrics and integrating marketing objectives. Let us help you drive your business performance, it’s our job! Give us a call at 503-477-4355, or visit us online @ www.spotcolormarketing.com.

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