Google’s key announcements in 2022 so far

Google released quite a few updates and features in the year 2020 for over 1 billion users. Most of these updates are directed toward improving the user experience, security and privacy. In case you missed out on some of Google’s key announcements, here’s a quick summary for you.

Key highlights from Google in 2022

Android 13

Google wants to take the OEM customisation experience to the next level in Android 13. The users will be able to customise the looks of the UI with ready-made colour variants that can be applied throughout the OS and reflected in wallpapers and themes. 

As for multilingual users, the Android 13 will give a variety of options to select different languages for different apps through phone settings. 

Security and privacy update 

With the transformation to remote work and using devices outside of security, office networks have become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. To enable users to navigate online in a more secure manner Google is launching Account Safety Status for apps. 

If an account is not fully secure, a yellow alert icon will appear on the profile pic and recommend actions that the users can take to secure the app.

Latest pixel devices

As many of us expected, Google has announced a new mid-range smartphone Pixel 6A. It will be using Google’s Tensor chip and have a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a blazing 60Hz refresh rate. 

It also supports 5G and is equipped with dual cameras. Not only Google has also given a sneak into the design of Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones. 

Expanding search experience 

Google has announced that it is growing the scope of what users can do with the latest multi-search feature launched to help users search with images. Users can now search by taking a picture or screenshot of local businesses, retailers, and other goods and adding “near me” while exploring. 

Google is also putting together another feature called “scene exploration,” which will allow users to pan the camera in multi-search so that they can get more information on multiple objects in a scene.

We hope you found our summation of Google’s latest updates helpful and in case you have any questions, simply drop us a line and we’d love to help you out.

Cheers!!

Digital Marketing Services Your Small & Medium Businesses Needs in 2022

Given the recent technological innovations and technology, the marketing world is drastically changing, especially the digital one. While we can’t control what the future might bring, we can be prepared for it.

Small to medium businesses must be highly adaptive to the changing marketing trends to stay competitive in the digital marketplace. To do that they must implement the latest digital marketing services to attract, engage and delight your audience.

In case you’re looking for more info regarding digital marketing services that your brand can execute in 2022 then keep reading as we are going to do just that.

So let’s get cracking!

1) Social media marketing

Social Media Marketing is consistently evolving, becoming a powerful online marketing resource for companies and brands. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram can immensely increase exposure and interest in your business.

Search engines have already started integrating updates, Tweets, profiles, and comments into their results pages, recognising the importance of social interaction. As the internet community grows and changes, social media campaigns, as well as their tactics, have to stay one step ahead.

2) Pay-Per-Click Marketing

Competing online is quite difficult than ever. Targeted traffic attracts actual customers at any stage of the buyer’s lifecycle. Imagine reaching your customers after they have gone through your flagship product. Imagine delighting your customers with a well-structured message, engaging them to visit your website wherever they’re just a few clicks away to find out, adding to your bottom line.

That’s Pay per click advertising (PPC). Delivering a targeted ad to your potential customers at the precise moment they’re looking out. Generating qualified leads goes a lot deeper than making a number of ads and choosing some of the keywords. It involves in-depth analysis, testing, adaption, refinement, and scaling.

3) Creating Conversion Funnel

A conversion funnel basically contains all the steps through which your likely prospects engage with your brand till they have successfully turned into customers. Needless to say that creating a conversion funnel is the base for applying successful digital marketing strategies.

Your business needs to ensure that your funnel needs to be as streamlined and user-friendly as possible. Otherwise, users who engage with your brands would most likely get confused and take their precious business somewhere else.

Its highly advised that you consider consulting a professional digital marketer to help you develop a professional, memorable & engaging brand identity with an effective conversion funnel.

4) Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

SEO (Search engine optimisation) is an essential component of digital marketing, it uses a combination of on-site and off-site strategies that are focussed on bringing relevant traffic to your business website.

Google serves an uncountable number of searches each day, and the majority of searchers never look beyond the first page. Do you know where your company ranks? If it isn’t at the top, it might as well be invisible. Implementing the right SEO strategies can transform your business website above your competition.

Lastly,

Let’s face it, today’s online market is highly competitive And to stand tall within this competition, you need to understand your customer’s journey from awareness to consideration to purchase. 

Being a full-service digital marketing company, we can help your brand become known as “the best answer” wherever prospects and customers may be looking and that will drive value to your business. All your need to do is connect with us for a 30 minutes free consultation and we would be delighted to you out in any way we can.

Cheers!

Your One-stop Guide to Digital Marketing

Here’s QL Tech’s comprehensive guide to digital marketing, irrespective of your size or budget.

Whether you own and run a business, or work in the marketing department, you can’t escape digital marketing. It is the buzzword and covers a vast set of opportunities – as well as its own, unique terminology. 

In this article, we’ll cover all digital marketing comprehensively, with detailed explanations. After reading through, you’ll know what your options are, and how best to leverage them effectively. 

What is Digital Marketing

Digital marketing covers all the activities that involve reaching out to people via the internet. Its foundation is content (information), which is used to attract people to get acquainted with, and buy your products or services.

Speaking of content, remember, that even a well written (and free!) Google My Business listing counts. However, as you get savvier, you’ll want to ramp it up to increase eyeballs and revenue.

There are multiple methods and channels you can use to put your message across. Some are free. Others cost money. 

But, the internet is vast and diverse. It accommodates everyone, offering several smart ways to do it, irrespective of your size, or budget.

 

Why Digital Marketing is Hot (And Will Continue to Be)

Advertising online is the in thing. Any other reasons to join the bandwagon?

Yes, lots!

Reason #1: Digital Marketing Works, Because it’s Targeted and Relevant

Let’s explain that further. Targeted means you can show your message specifically to the people you choose to. Relevant, as you can show different messages to different audiences.

Billboards and TV ads are displayed to everyone watching it. Some may like it. Others might not even relate to it.

Reason #2: When You Market on the Internet, Costs are Way Lower

A billboard costs between $2,300 to $100,000 per month. A sought-after TV spot during the grand finals will cost even more. And that’s not counting the production costs.

On the other hand, you can advertise (with plain text) on Google search pages with a budget of a hundred.

You can also pass on your message for free, with a good content marketing strategy – we’ll be expanding on this later.

Reason #3: With Online Marketing, You Only Pay for What You Get

While there are multiple billing methods on the internet, nearly all involve paying only when a user takes an action. It might be a view or a click – you choose. 

Reason #4: The Internet Opens Up a Larger Audience

89% of Australians are on the internet. You have more chance of connecting with them on the internet, than anywhere else.

Reason #5: You Can Change Your Marketing Strategy by the Minute

Once you’ve made an offline marketing campaign, you’re more or less stuck with it, irrespective of the performance. With digital marketing, you can alter your strategy in seconds. You can change your audience, messaging and even the amount you’re willing to pay.

Reason #6: Your ROI is Measurable

It’s really hard to measure how much of your sales were due to a TV, print, or billboard ad. With digital marketing, you know which ad or piece of content resulted in a conversion. This allows you to fine-tune your messaging to a T.

Reason #7 You Can Beat Rivals With Deeper Pockets

The Internet makes the David vs Goliath story an everyday reality. You don’t need to shell out big bucks to fight for limited space on a newspaper. If you play it smart, betting on the right keywords and messaging, you can beat the competition at their game.

 

How Digital Marketing Works

Effective internet marketing is built on 3 key foundations (ranked in the order of importance):

  1. Audience

While content is king, your audience is your God. They decide what will work, and what won’t. 

That’s why it’s critical to understand who your prospects are, their likes and dislikes. You need to know where they hang out on the net. Their lingo. And their online habits.

  1. Content

Once you get to know your audience, you can then create content tailored to them. You speak their language. You address their pain points. You like the things they like. And your pet peeves are the same.  

  1. Understanding the Buyer’s Journey

In broad terms, there are 3 stages of the buyer’s journey online. 

First comes the awareness stage, when your audience becomes aware that they have a problem, and wonder what the solution could be. You know the answer – you! But, don’t shout it out just yet. Address their problem, and let them in on all the possible solutions, including any you don’t own.

Second, comes the consideration stage, when your prospects are weighing the solutions very seriously. This is the time to give your products or services centerstage, expressing why you’re the best option.   

 Finally, there’s the decision stage. Your prospects have made up their minds. All they require is a nudge into your shopping cart. Time for a discount maybe?

What are the Elements of Digital Marketing?

  1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  2. Content Marketing
  3. Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
  4. Social Media Marketing
  5. Email Marketing
  6. Retargeting & Remarketing
  7. Pay Per Click (PPC) & its Variations
  8. Affiliate Marketing
  9. Marketing Automation
  10. Sponsored Content & Native Advertising

 

  1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is the process of optimising your website and content towards search engine queries. 

Unless you’re a well-known brand or name, a search engine is the most likely place to be discovered. After all, nearly half of product searches start on Google. 

Optimizing your content for search engines is important because users may use different terms to the ones you think they do. 

Lets’s say you own a shoe store. You’re wondering which of your products should take centre stage and build your content around. Should you focus on sneakers, trainers, runners or running shoes? 

You think about it a lot, and decide that you’ll focus on the word ‘sports shoes’. After all, more people will search for a generic term, right? If you look up the Google search data, here are the results.

As you can see, the word ‘sports shoes’ is not so popular among Australians on Google. 

Here’s another insight you can get from search data. 

If a person searched for just runners, they might be referring to carpets! So it’s a term you must use carefully.

The key to SEO is to do keyword analysis on Google Adwords, and find the terms related to your product that people search for. You can then build your site content around these terms.

While at it, also create content related to your main keywords. When you’ve covered the topic completely, Google will consider you to be an expert in that realm, and direct more traffic your way. 

SEO falls into 3 categories:

  1. On-page SEO

It refers to all the content optimization efforts done on your site, like in the example above. It includes keyword research, and then adding keywords in your content (not stuffing them), especially in the headlines and subheads. 

You must also add keywords in your metatags and meta descriptions – they let the search engine bots know what your site is about. Meta descriptions also appear on the search results page, just under your page’s title. Do note though, Google might decide to take other content from the page if it feels that’s more relevant to the search query.

  1. Off-page SEO

There’s another factor besides the quality and authoritativeness of the content on your site, that Google uses to rank you for a certain keyword. It’s the number of backlinks you have. 

Backlinks are the links pointing to your site from an external source. And it’s very important to have as many of them as possible.

Consider it to be like a good reputation. You wouldn’t give too much importance to a person himself claiming to be very good. On the other hand, if many other people told you he was really very good, you’d definitely take notice. 

At the same time, if a lot of shady characters recommended the guy, you’d be downright sceptical. Therefore, your backlinks must be from good sources.

2 factors determine the quality of your backlinks.

  1. Relevant Anchor Text

Anchor text is the words within which your link is embedded. So, if you want to rank high on Google search results for shoes, it helps if the links to your site come attached to the word shoes or related terms.

It also helps if the links are from pages with relevant content. Plus, links pointing to your homepage are not as beneficial as those pointing to a page hosting the content you’re optimizing for.

  1. Domain Authority

DA is a term that gives you an idea about the quality of a website. It ranges from 0 to 100. The higher the score, the more of a ranking boost you’ll get.  

A DA score above 70 is very good, but it’s not easy to get a link from such sites.

DA between 70 to 20 is good, and that’s where you should aim to get links from.

A score below 20 is like a shady reputation. Give it a miss.

Remember, that you can’t trick Google with shortcuts like placing links in comments, or using sites that are built solely for generating backlinks. Tactics you can use are guest blogging, republishing (modified) content, and creating classy infographics.

 The bottom line is to simply create awesome and original content that others will want to link back to.

  1. Technical SEO

SEO also has a more technical aspect related to your website, and how it is structured. You need to ensure that all of your pages are accessible to Google’s search engine bot, as it crawls the internet looking to find new pages and categorise them. A good web designer will help with this.

2. Content Marketing

Content is the #1 way to stand out from the competition on the net. 

But, creating good content is not enough. You also have to put it out there, calling attention to it.

Content marketing is the process of generating quality content and distributing it across multiple channels across the net.

As you can see, there are two steps to it. First, create useful information that your audience is searching for. Next, share it across multiple channels and fora to bring visitors to your site. 

Both the traffic generated, as well as the engagement that your content earns (such as likes and shares will make Google sit up and take notice.

You can only put so much content on your main pages. So to achieve the critical mass required for success, you need to diversify into multiple content types. Some of them are:

  1. Blogs

Having a blog, and posting articles regularly is key. The first step is to figure out the broad topics that you want to cover and write a bunch of articles around each. Answer the questions your audience have on their mind. Address their pain points. Offer solutions and advice. But, don’t hard sell all the time.

  1. Whitepapers, Guides & Ebooks

 Such long forms of content serve multiple aims.

They establish you as an expert. They also give your audience something to take home and keep with them.

And the best part is, that you’re giving all this helpful advice for free. Well, kind of! Before giving away your pdfs, you can ask for their email in return. That way, you can build a database of customers – a very important part of digital marketing.

The data you collect can be loaded onto a customer data platform or CRM, and you can send across emails, newsletters, exclusive offers, and more.

The one drawback of giving access to your best information only after filling a form is that Google can’t crawl it. It means that the content in your pdf won’t help your search engine results page (SERP) rankings as Google doesn’t know you have it.

Therefore, put most of that information on the page, with a button that leads to the form.

  1. Videos

Everyone loves visual content. You’re probably watching more videos than you’re reading articles. Videos are a good way to provide value for your audience’s time.

Did you know that Youtube is the most visited site after Google? On average, an Australian user spends 18 minutes on it, visiting 10 pages every day. That’s even more time than spent on the search engine. 

Besides,  82% of all consumer traffic on the net will be directed towards videos by 2022. And here’s the best stat – your video has a 50 times higher chance of appearing on the 1st page of Google, as compared to text content on the same topic. 

 

3. Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

While SEO and content marketing are free, SEM is when you pay to be placed on the first pages of Google. Your ad appears when a user types in your keyword in the search box – this is called paid search. The ad also appears above the usual search results – also known as organic search.

This is especially useful when you’re starting, or you need a quick burst of sales volumes.

What you need to do, is first identify the keywords that you think will drive traffic and/or sales. Google Adwords indicates the volume and competitiveness of each keyword. The ideal one to pick has high search volumes and low competition.

That way, you can get your message across to a large number of people, without paying as much. 

Once you’ve picked your keyword, you’ve got to place a bid for it. That’s what you’ll pay if a user clicks on your ad. There are 2 ways to bid:

  1. Manual Bidding

You manually set how much you’re willing to bid for each keyword.

  1. Automated bidding

You set an average daily budget per click. Google then automatically places a bid, to maximize your clicks within your budget over a month.

So, do you have to outbid everyone else for your ad to be seen? No. Google decides which ad appears based on this formula:

Ad Rank = CPC Bid x Quality Score

What is the Quality Score in Google Ads?

Google measures your quality score based on 3 factors:

  1. Expected Click Through Rate (CTR)

How likely is it that your ad will be clicked on for a certain query?

  1. Ad Relevance

Does your ad content match the user’s intent?

  1. Landing Page

Are the landing pages (where the click takes users) relevant and useful to those who’ve clicked?

The gist of it is, that your ad content and landing pages must closely match the user’s keywords and intent. How your ad performs over time ultimately determines the quality score.

By fine-tuning your content, you can get your ad to appear higher, despite bidding lower than your competition. 

Another big advantage of SEM is that you can show your ad to very specific audiences. You can define who sees your ads based on demographics and current location. You can also create different content to be shown to different audiences, even if they type in the same thing. 

You can also be picky about the keyword variations your ads appear for. You can choose:

  1. Broad Match 

Your ad appears if your keyword matches with the intent of the query

  1. Phrase Match

Your ad is displayed if the keyword phrase is included in the query.

  1. Exact Match

Your shows up only if the exact keyword or a close variation is typed in.

  1. Negative Keywords

You can also choose to not show your ads if a certain word appears along with the query. For example, if you’re targeting the word ‘runners’ for your shoe store. You can ensure your ad does not appear if the word ‘carpet’ and related terms appear.

The wider your net, the more impressions your ad will receive, but it will also increase your costs.

  1. Social Media Marketing (SMM)

Social Media Marketing is simply promoting your content on social media. There are 2 ways to do it.

One is to create highly engaging as well as share-worthy content and promote it among your social communities. This is absolutely free. You can also take part in social discussions, and converse with influencers to spread your message.

Besides, networks like Instagram allow users to follow the hashtags of their choice. When they do, they are shown posts containing the hashtag, even from people they don’t follow.

So, add relevant hashtags that your audience is likely to be interested in.`

The other way to market on social media is to pay for your ad or content to be shown. This is great to connect with new audiences. 

Here’s proof. 60% of Instagram users in a survey have followed a new brand after seeing an ad.

Social media is also a great place to sell. More than 33% of the respondents in the same survey have made a purchase after seeing an ad on Instagram.

Some of the top social sites are: 

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

The most common mistake marketers make when on social media, is taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

Each channel is different, and the same audience does things differently on each. You should do the same too.

Tailor your messaging to mimic your audience’s actions. Use the appropriate content format. And focus on building a community of believers.

Paid social media marketing works very similarly to PPC. Each channel has its version of the quality score. And all allow you to target specific audiences.

But, there’s one additional variable when it comes to user targeting on social media – audience behaviour. 

You can, for example, show your sports shoe ads to people who follow a certain athlete, are part of a fitness community, or, liked/shared a post related to sports in the recent past.

This allows you to show your ad to more precise buyer personas, allowing for more clicks and conversions.

  1. Email Marketing

An email is perhaps the one means of communication that you’re sure will reach your prospect. But the drawback is that every other marketer knows this, and inboxes are flooded with emails – most of them unwelcome.

So how do you stand out among the clutter?

Here’s the step by step way to being welcome in your audience’s inbox.

  1. Create a Database of Customers

Offer every visitor to your site something in return for their email id. It could be an eBook download. A discount code. Or a newsletter they’d love to read.

You can do the same across social media channels too.

  1. Segment Your Database

Segment your users according to their personas, tastes, and stage in the buyer’s journey. 

  1. Send Personalised Emails 

Send emails that are in tune with each user segment’s needs. Also, refer to each person by name. If your database is huge, an email or marketing automation tool can help you achieve this without a sweat.

  1. Avoid Spammy Content

There are certain words email service providers use to classify mail as unwanted and send them to the spam folder. Words like FREE, offer and discount are red flags.

  1. Allow Easy Unsubscribing

Make it easy for a user to stop receiving emails. Otherwise, you might end up in the spam folder, and that’s always a black mark against your email id.

  1. Display Advertising

Display ads are visual ads that appear on websites. To put up a display ad, you can get in touch with a site popular among your audience directly, or link up with a display ad network.

The top display ad networks are:

  1. Google Display Network (Adsense)
  2. Facebook Audience Network Ads
  3. Yahoo! Network
  4. Apple Advertising
  5. Taboola
  6. Airpush 

Each of these networks has its own advantages, and it’s up to you to pick the right one. Facebook Audience Network Ads, for example, uses the humungous user data the social network has, as well as its other in-house channels like Instagram and Whatsapp. 

Apple Advertising gives access to the apps in the Apple app store. Taboola lets you display ads on its vast network of affiliate sites.

There are hundreds of display networks. Many focus on niche categories and geographical locations. So, find the sites your audience frequent, and create the appropriate messaging for each site you’re advertising on.

In addition to PPC, there are 2 more ways to decide the terms on which you’ll pay.

  1. Cost Per Thousand Impressions (CPM)

You pay every time 1,000 users view your ad.

  1. Cost Per Acquisition (CPA)

You pay only when a predetermined conversion occurs. 

 

7. Retargeting & Remarketing

Retargeting is simply sending a relevant message to users who’ve already interacted with your site before.

They may have visited a few pages without taking any real action. They may have loaded an item onto a shopping cart, but haven’t returned since. Or, they could have visited a CTA page, without filling in the form and pressing the button.

In the first case, wouldn’t it be great if you could offer a guide related to the pages the prospect was browsing? For the second, a discount on that very product might turn the tide in your favour. And in the last case, offering that CTA page goodie without having to fill the entire form (only keying the email id) – might be a nice display of empathy.

All of the above actions are possible, and it’s put into action by the humble cookie.

When a visitor visits your site, you can allow the browser to place a cookie on his or her computer. When another site is visited by the same user, you can display the appropriate ad. For this to happen, you’d have to tap into a display network, and give them a collection of display ads. The network will then display the ad.

This form of retargeting is also known as offsite retargeting.

With the help of the cookie, you can also perform actions on your site. Like an on-page popup displaying a discount, or maybe offering to take the visitor back to the page they were last on. This is an example of onsite retargeting.

Remarketing is essentially the same thing, except that you use cookie information to send highly contextual emails.

In addition, display networks also allow you to use a visitor’s email id to identify and send them the right ad. In this case, the line between retargeting and remarketing blur, to mean the same thing.

8. Marketing Automation

As you’re probably wondering, how is it possible to retarget visitors? After all, everything occurs in milliseconds. 

The visitor visits your site. Then leaves to visit another site. Between the time your prospect clicks on that site, and the page loads, the decision on which ad to display is made. And when the page content appears, your message is there too.

All of this is possible with marketing automation. It connects all the key players in your online marketing efforts – website, customer database, email engine and marketing systems – as well as your sales and marketing teams. 

The perfect marketing automation system helps you identify and segment your audience, create the right content, and automatically perform the appropriate actions based on what your audience is doing – in real-time

Here are some examples.

Email Automation

You can retarget site visitors, send thank you emails on a purchase, and send the appropriate newsletter to the right audience segment. All, without moving a muscle.

Nurturing Leads into Customers

You can send the apt information at the appropriate time to your prospects, to nudge them along in the buyer’s journey. The information can be sent via multiple channels – free as well as paid – and coordinated across your marketing, sales and service teams.

Programmatic Advertising

Targeting the right audience at the right time with the right messaging – automatically, is called programmatic advertising. All of this happens in real-time.

Measuring ROI

There are multiple ways to measure ROI. You might want to calculate your returns based on conversions, sales, or simply brand engagement. With an automated system in place, you can check all of these factors on the go. With such information at your fingertips, you can focus on your marketing strategy, recalibrating it by the minute.

Attribution Modelling

When it comes to online marketing, conversion usually happens over multiple touchpoints. A customer may have read a blog, then viewed a video, and finally clicked on a display ad with a discount before buying. 

So, which of these touchpoints do you give credit to?  

There are various attribution models. Some give credit to the first touchpoint(s), and others to the last (few). There are also attribution models that distribute the credit to different touchpoints in a weighted manner.

An automated digital marketing system can automatically attribute your successes to the touchpoints you choose. Over time, you can decipher which of your assets are giving you the most returns.

Marketing automation allows you to let the system handle all the mundane, repetitive tasks, allowing you to focus on the strategic decisions that’ll grow your business.

9. Affiliate Advertising

You can display ads from other brands on your site, to earn additional revenue. To do so, you’ll have to join an affiliate network. After you join, you can open up spaces on your webpage for advertisers on the network.

There are many compensation methods, including:

  • Revenue sharing/commissions/pay per sale (PPS)
  • Cost per action/acquisition (CPA)
  • Cost per click (CPC)
  • Cost per thousand impressions (CPM) 

Getting a commission on a sale is the most popular way to get paid as a member of an affiliate network. So, ensure that your audience, the content of the display page, and the ad messaging are aligned, for best results.

10. Sponsored Content & Native Advertising

 As you know, ads are sales-y and viewers know you’re making a pitch. To overcome this hitch, there are forms of advertising that are not so obvious.

  1. Sponsored Content

Sponsored content may be in the form of an advertorial, where a website or online publication publishes an article that conveys information about your brand and/or products. Influencer marketing is also a form of sponsored content, where you pay social media stars in cash or kind to promote your products.

  1. Native Advertising

Native advertising is creating promotional content for a site in a format and tone that looks exactly like the other material on the site. A good example is this article on the dreariness of filing tax returns on The Onion by H&R Block, a tax payment firm. 

 

Three Ways to Minimize Costs With Digital Marketing 

The key to minimizing your online advertising costs is to target your ads to as specific an audience as possible. That way, you display your ad to the people most likely to take the desired action, driving down advertising costs, and pushing up conversion rates and ROI.

Besides the targeting techniques mentioned in the article so far, here are 3 more: 

  1. Ad Scheduling

You specify the time periods when your ads are displayed, picking the times your audience is most likely to be online.

  1. Device Targeting

You choose the device on which your ad is displayed, like picking mobiles for queries with ‘near me’ in it. That’s when your prospect is most likely to buy. 

  1. Geotargeting

You aim at users within a target radius, ideally when they’re close to your store.

Conclusion

Digital marketing is the holy grail of marketing today, and leveraging it effectively is critical to win customers and make friends in the digital age. The advantage of internet marketing is that small players can punch above their weight, and quick, agile marketers can outfox the heavyweights.  

As you transform your business into an online marketing machine, remember to keep your audience at the centre of all your efforts. Focus primarily on your customers, not the competition. Create content that they’ll love. And spread it across the channels they frequent, in their everyday language. 

Remember, as the world moves online, a well-thought digital marketing strategy will give your business the immunity to survive the pandemic and its crippling effects.

At QL Tech, we’ve been aiding businesses in their digital transformation efforts with market analysis, process & marketing automation, customer database platforms, and digital marketing. Get in touch, and we’ll help you get ahead too.

8 Useful Tips to Optimize a Twitter Business or Brand Profile

When it comes to social media, the brand name of Twitter is sure to pop up in your mind as a Twitter business page. And why should it not? As of today, there are over 303 million users posting around 330,000 tweets every minute.

That’s a massive number of engaged audience posting their ideas, complaints and searching for a solution for their problems. This presents a myriad of opportunities for businesses to reach out to potential customers as well as existing customers and ensure their brand’s name stays in their thoughts whenever they need to avail their products or services.

A lot of businesses are already successfully marketing their products & services on Twitter platform and reaping the lucrative benefits. In case you have not created a brand profile for your business its high time for you to take part in the action of Twitter marketing.

However, simply creating a business profile on the platform is not enough. There are certain elements that your business profile needs to have in order to make the most impact on your targetted audience. Now the great news is that in this article we’re going to be  discussing the aspects that you can optimise for a powerful business profile on the Twitter platform,

Twitter Marketing

So without further adieu Let’s get started Tips to Optimize a Twitter Business or Brand Profile

1) Carefully tailor your Twitter Bio

Your Twitter bio is your one opportunity to impress Twitter’s internet searcher and the visits to your profile in 160 characters or less. Utilize overly pertinent watchwords and hashtags. 

While thinking about which hashtags to utilize know that the hashtags you use in your profile will be interactive and could likewise be an interruption from your profile. 

On the off chance that somebody clicks through the hashtag be careful, you are not driving them to your rivals on the off chance that you are utilizing an industry hashtag.

2. Pin a Tweet to Your Profile

On the off chance that your Twitter picture resembles a magazine spread, pin that tweet as your highlighted story. Pinning a Tweet on your business profile is a perfect way to showcase be able to content. 

Pin a Tweet to Your Profile

Make sure your pinned tweets include solid visuals, a reasonable source of inspiration, significant keywords, vital hashtags and links to your site or blogs in your website.

3. Add a Header Image

Your header picture should be like a magazine spread. Change it routinely and utilize the space to exhibit your image. You get 1500×1500 pixels, so there’s significantly more space to play with contrasted with your profile picture! 

Here are a couple of thoughts of what you include in your header picture: 

  1. Top-selling items 
  2. Team picture 
  3. Your store or office (if it looks impressive) 
  4.  Business events 

Whatever photographs you pick, make certain to improve all pictures by adding the picture record name with marked catchphrases to build your chances of being found in a picture search. This applies to your profile photograph as well.

4. Enable Your Twitter Inbox for Direct Messages

Every business owner should make their brand profile more approachable on Twitter. To do that you should optimise your accessibility, Switch the privacy off your direct messages.

How to do this you might ask?

Go to the Privacy and Safety section of your Twitter settings page.

Scroll down the page, and head into the direct message option, and check “Receive Direct Messages from anyone.”

5. Add a Location to Your Business Profile

In case, you are a local business, It’s best that you fill out the location part of your Twitter profile. Check QL Tech Twitter Profile. Using your location info Twitter’s algorithm can connect your content with other locally based audience.

6. Make Sure Your Tweets Are Publically viewable

This may appear glaringly evident, however, it should be stated that all your tweets are open. In the Privacy and Safety area inside your settings, ensure that the Tweet Privacy section is unchecked. 

All organizations and brands ought to have open tweets that are publicly viewable with the goal that they will get found.

7. Direct traffic to a Specific website Page 

Rather than sending all your incoming traffic to the traditional homepage, you think about directing them to specific pages that meet their interests or queries.

For instance, many of the audience are bloggers or journalists so it’s best to provide them with links to your blogs or business newsrooms.

Similarly, you can also provide them with links to your ebook downloads or subscription page. It all depends upon the kind of conversion your business is looking for. So In Social media marketing remember these steps to set up Twitter Business page.

8. Add a contextual Profile Image

Add a picture to your Twitter profile that defines your business in a nutshell. 

Organizations and brands should utilize a variant of their logo that is effectively unmistakable and delegate of your image. 

In the event that your logo has a great deal of content or doesn’t appear well in the little square for your profile picture, consider making an optional logo that will suit Twitter and other internet-based life profile pictures. 

Consider shading, picture size, and how it will look from a cell phone, too. 

And lastly…

Analysing what is important in Twitter is the most ideal approach to determine if your optimisation strategies are working for you. Benchmark your endeavours utilizing Twitter Analytics, Google Analytics, or tools, for example, Buffer, Hootsuite, or SproutSocial. 

In case you need more help in setting up or running your business profile on Twitter then please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll try our best to help you out With Our Social Media Marketing Service in Perth

Cheers!!

How to Promote Business with YouTube Video Marketing?

If you ask any online marketer about the most trending online content, then you’ll get only one answer. The way of the future content consumption is through videos. And when it comes to video marketing then there is no better channel than Youtube.

In fact recent according to research statistics by Cisco almost all the internet traffic will be through videos. Which is why you should seriously consider using Youtube video marketing for the brand.

Having said that, Youtube marketing does come with its own challenges. As of today, there are over 50 million content creators of Youtube, producing videos on an almost daily basis. And secondly, people aren’t huge fans marketing while watching video on his channel. So if your video content becomes overly salesy then you will definitely lose quite a few subscribers.

If you are in the process of setting up your Youtube marketing channel or planning to optimise your Youtube then you are at the right place. In this article, we’re going to discuss various strategies you can apply to skyrocket your Youtube marketing and create a niche for your brand in this competitive arena.

So Here We Go with YouTube Marketing

Let’s kickoff with your Youtube account

1) Let’s Kick-Off With Your Youtube Account

While creating the youtube channel for your business it’s highly advised that you do that using a Google brand account. 

Starting off with the brand account has an advantage over the normal one as multiple authorised users can log in together.

Your brand’s Youtube channel has lots of elements that require monitoring so it would be better, that more than one of your resources coordinate with each other to run the channel. 

2) Find Out About Your Audience

It’s marketing 101 to find out as much as you can about the people you’re planning to market to. Now the question is how Youtube video marketing channel can help you out with this?

With the help of Youtube’s analytics tab, you can get valuable info. about your audience demographics and user behaviour. When we say user behaviour we mean data such as time spent on your channel, most visited videos, engagement rate etc.

Using this data you can determine which of your videos are resonating with the public and which are not. This is perfect for optimising your Youtube marketing channel.

You can also gain qualitative data about the user’s perspective by reading their comments and interacting with them from the comment section.

3) Do Not Forget To Check Out What Your Competitors Are Doing

As we mentioned before Youtube marketing has become extremely competitive. So if you wish you wish to pull ahead quickly then its time to roll up your sleeves and start researching your competitors are running their channel.

Browse your competition and make notes about their video that are doing great. These videos will help you greatly while formulating your own Youtube marketing strategy.

By analysing the keywords your competitors are using and implementing them in your video descriptions you can boost your Youtube video search ranking.

If your competitors are posting their video links in your video’s comment section then Youtube gives you the option to block them.

4) Try Teaming Up With Influencer

Influencers are like knowledge expert on one or more topics. And they have a huge fan following on social media channels.

Join these influencers and gradually build relations with them. So you can ask them to talk about your Youtube channel in one of their videos.

Some of the big influencers might charge you a certain amount for the mention. But your channel can gain a lot of traction from this activity.

5) Curate Your Channel

Now that you have done the necessary research now optimise your channel so that more and more audience would subscribe to your Youtube marketing channel.

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Here are some of the ways you can do that.

  • Use compelling thumbnails for your videos to attract the user’s attention.
  • Make sure that you have used appropriate keywords in your video title and description so that your videos gain in Youtube’s search ranking.
  • Create an exciting story for your brand’s description giving a clear message about your products or services as well as how your consumers will be benefited by them.
  • Compile similar video into sequential playlists so that users can easily find all the videos regarding the subject of their interest.

6) Schedule Your Posts

Don’t post your videos randomly rather publish them in a specific timely manner. So that your audience knows when to expect your videos.

Doing this manually can be tedious which is why it’s best practice to use scheduling tools like Buffer so that your videos would be posted automatically on the specified day and time. You can upload your YouTube videos in advance and cross-promote them on other social channels all from the same dashboard.

CONCLUSION

Videos are the future of consumption and you should start inculcating them in your business structure sooner rather than later. You can start with Youtube and then discover more channels as your video collection grows.

We hope you found our take on optimising you Youtube marketing useful and if you require any assistance in setting up or running your channel please feel free to contact us as a Youtube Marketing Agency and we would be happy to help you out.

Things To Remember While Marketing Through Social Media Services

It’s true that without marketing it becomes very hard for every entrepreneur to sell their products. It does not matter whether your business is small or big, digital marketing services like social media play a major role in every business aspect. 

Have you ever thought about why marketing is so important for every service and product-based company? It is because whenever your business comes up with any new innovation, your customers are completely unaware of your latest version. 

However, with the help of marketing tactics, you can spread awareness and people will come to know how your upcoming service or product will help them in improving their lives. 

social media

Usually, people connect their problems with the solutions that are available in the market. Because in today’s modern world, marketing strategies are completely different. Earlier, entrepreneurs used tactics like newspapers, pamphlets, etc for publication. But, these practices are not as effective as they used to be.

Nowadays marketing practices are implemented in accordance with the Inbound methodology which is far more effective. With the help of digital marketing, you can reach out to the audience that is living far away from your location. 

The only thing required is the internet and at present, 70% of the world population spends most of their time surfing on the internet. More than half of those are always active on social media platforms.

Why social media will make you a marketing rockstar?

Well, social media is an integral part of digital marketing services especially in the awareness phase of customer’s lifecycle. 

Social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc are widely used all around the world. Which is why marketing through social media platforms has become a trend. 

These social platforms are completely free as they allow the audience to stay connected with the world.

Let’s go further and check out how to make your business popular on social media?

Choose social media platforms according to your business

It is necessary to choose the right social platform for your business before you get started with social media marketing. Not every social network will allow you to reach your goals. On every platform, you will find different kinds of audiences which are why choosing the right one is so important. 

Here we have some of the most popular social media platforms to check out.

3_Choose social media platforms according to your business
  • Facebook

Facebook is the most popular and the biggest social platform with a huge user base of more than 2 billion. It is known to be the largest social network all around the world. Facebook has great marketing potential as it is accessed by every person who carries a smart device. 

If your business is on a startup stage and if you have a certain budget for marketing then Facebook is the best social platform to choose for marketing. Facebook can be a perfect choice if your business foundation is based on B2C (Business to Consumer).

  • Instagram

Instagram is one of the most successful social platforms that follow the visual approach. According to the survey, it is been found that 60% of the audience are engaged through appealing aesthetics. This social platform is completely free to use for marketing. Free marketing involves organic marketing and it’s all about getting your customers to reach your content naturally.

Instagram can be your social network marketing platform if your ads are more visual-centric. Usually, people are more attracted to pictures and videos instead of reading long content. So, keeping these advantages in mind Instagram can help to build your brand name organically.

Twitter

Many of you may have gotten confused that “How Twitter can be used as a social marketing platform?”. To be very honest, it is the best social marketing platform for posting short and simple ads. 

With the character limit of 280, you can directly provide the information that your audience requires. Twitter can easily raise awareness of your latest ones.

On Twitter, you will find the audience who likes to stay updated 24/7. This can be a better place for your ads to reach the right audience organically. 

  • LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s biggest career platform with a user count of more than 600 Million. With this social platform, you can directly reach your ideal customers through posting Dynamic Ads, Sponsored InMails, and LinkedIn Advertising. 

You can even promote your brand name by creating your brand page using a LinkedIn business account. You can achieve high-quality leads as more than 400 Million users remain active through a day. It is a great social platform for B2B marketing.

Scheduled Posting For Consistent Results

It is a universal fact that quality always overcomes quantity. While posting on social media regularly, you will have to be careful that your content’s quality should remain consistent. 

Most of the time it happens that when the quantity increases, quality decreases automatically. So, make sure your content stays informative for your audience even if you increase your content quantity.

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For every audience, content quality is:

  • Content that connects with the audience problems
  • Provide a solution
  • It should be entertaining

Visual Impression

People are more attracted to pictures, videos and various types of visuals. These pictorial elements help them to understand things in a crystal clear manner. You can put your marketing efforts by publishing more and more visuals in your ads. 

Rather than reading, your audience can define their requirements through pictures and videos. Also, they will easily understand the usage of your products and services.

Conclusion

Social media marketing has a huge potential in building your brand name bigger in the market. Being popular on social platforms will not only allow you to increase your sales ratio but will automatically build your strong customer base. Though, marketing through social media can be free as well as paid depending on the platform you choose. 

For example, you can only perform paid marketing on Facebook but on other social platforms like Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc are completely free. 

However, marketing through social media services does not uplift your business instantly. It requires time and a handful of marketing strategies to make your business popular on social media. But the long term benefits of steady social media engagements are immense. 

Still finding yourself confused with social marketing platforms, consider connecting us @QLTech and clear out your doubts.

Social Media Marketing tips, tricks and tactics

Social media marketing is the course of gaining website traffic or catching the attention of your target audience through social media sites. Social media is a powerful and influential place. If you follow the right tactics, you can not only earn engagement and increase followers but also generate leads and grow your revenue.

QL Tech Tip: If you devise your social media marketing strategy by keeping the social media trends in centric, you will surely come up with a winning strategy.

Social media marketing provides strong support to your advanced SEO efforts in increasing website traffic and boosting brand awareness.

In this blog, we will take you through the most anticipated FIVE social media marketing trends for the year 2018. In addition, this blog also comprehensively covers social media marketing tips and tricks on how to succeed in your digital marketing campaigns.

5 social media marketing Tips and tricks

Social Media Marketing Trends and Tips

Peep into the upcoming trends that will be your secret sauce to social media marketing success

1. More preference to personalization

Social media is a crowded place. A lot many users post their content on lot many social media advertising platforms. It is, hence, a challenge for marketers to get noticed prominently. Here, personalization acts as a saviour.

Personalization helps to reach the correct audience and track their buying behaviour based on their search preferences. You can use social media marketing tools which allow you to incorporate personalized targeting feature. Post your content on social media in front of your high potential customers.

2. More attention to visual marketing

By 2019, global consumer Internet video traffic will account for 79% of all consumer Internet traffic

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Approximately 80% of the consumers are more likely to buy a product after watching a video about it. Video content is on its peak and it is not going anywhere soon. It emphasizes the need and upcoming trend of visual marketing.

On the other hand, live streaming versions are on spree. Be it Twitter Periscope, Facebook Live, Instagram Story, video sharing features of DubSmash and others, live feeds are getting way popular. Such videos can engage with your audience very well.

All you need here is powerful graphics which can fascinate your viewers.

Read here: Magic of Visual Marketing in Beating Social Media Competition

3. More expansion of native Content Promotion

If you rely on a traditional way of social media advertising, your brand will hardly survive in the highly intensified competition. Audience nowadays is more intelligent and aware of what they want, and probably from where.

Based on research, native ads are expected to reach more than $21 billion by 2018.

Native advertising is a form of paid media where the ad experience follows the natural form and function of the user experience in which it is placed. Along with the growing importance of native ads, native content will also grow.

Brands want their native advertising to look as similar as possible to the third-party site’s content.

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4. More admiration of brand sponsorship by marketers

Brands are looking for various alternate means to reach their target markets. This is because traditional advertisements have reached their saturation level. This will shift the focus of marketers towards brand sponsorship, also known as advocate marketing.

QL Tech Tip: Popular brand advocacy tools are LinkedIn elevate, Klout, Ambassador, and Influitive.Most B2B marketers (89%) agree that customer testimonials are among the most effective content marketing tactics, and 88% cite case studies as well.
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Brands will make efforts to activate micro-influencers such as employees, customers, partners, and others.

5. More focus on Marketing Automation

If you are in digital marketing, to sustain the intense competition, marketing automation is a must for you. The future of social media marketing in 2018 is hyper-focused on the context. To create these contextual experiences for users, social media marketers must realize the need for automation tools, especially marketing automation tools.

Read here: Know the best marketing automation tools for your business

According to Marketo, 91% of users believe that marketing automation is “very important” to the overall success of their marketing across channels.

Marketing automation drives a 14.5% increase in sales productivity and a 12.2% reduction in marketing overhead. Nucleus Research

Marketing automation will see an upward trend in the year 2018. Automation tools can help you in lead management, conversions, retention and feedback as well as provide insights for evaluation and future planning. The main purpose of using automation tools is to automate tasks that are monotonous and don’t require personal attention.

You need to formulate your social media marketing strategy by keeping these anticipated trends in the notice. If you are wondering how to do social media marketing, we have come up with social media tips and tricks.

11 Social Media marketing Tips and tactics

Adhere to these top 10 social media marketing tips and tricks and maximize your ROI on social media

1. Formulate social media marketing policy

For being an active and influential social media marketer, you need to formulate your social media marketing policy.

QL Tech Tip: Create a plan strategy document (PSD) for all possible media, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus, and others.

Your PSD should precisely sketch the way of how to accomplish your goals. You can incorporate your content plan, scheduling of posts, target audience, etc under this document.  Further, your policy should also include action points for the plan. All your efforts should be in line with your buyer persona.

Read here: Top 5 killer reasons why you need to create buyer persona

2. Follow the action plan and monitor your activities

Only PSD will not help to boost your social media marketing, all you need is discipline and consistency. Whether you use one social media channel or multiple, you should use a social media management system. This will help you schedule your posts, know your analytics, and manage your repetitive tasks in a timely manner.

Once you know your best time to post, you can then use a tool like Buffer, Post Planner or Sprout Social – all these are excellent social media management tools. Usage of these tools can help you plan or schedule your posts at specific intervals. Such tools also help in spreading scheduled posts out to publish throughout the day and engagement time. Moreover, its analytics also provide a social media audit report. This report provides you with enough insights on the likes, shares, impression and engagement of your posts.

Read here: All you need to know about the importance of Social Media Audit

3. Repost your posts

Most of the digital marketers make a mistake here. Once they share their blog or any business update, they keep waiting for someone to “like”, “comment”, “share”, or “retweet”.

Let’s be practical and accept that every person in the industry would be following a lot many people. Even after a refreshing feed for every five minutes, there are chances that your content gets lost and may not appear in the top of the feed. That’s why repost your posts. Schedule your posts wisely.QL Tech Tip: You can try out varied versions of your titles and images/ GIFs for the same blog post. It really helps!

4. Try A/B Testing for Ads

Among all social media networks, Facebook advertisements are the most popular. And this popularity is going to remain as is in the year 2018 too.

Now the question is how to ensure that your Facebook campaigns are up to the mark? Well, Facebook Ads A/B testing is the most effective way to successful campaigns. Its targeting options are robust.

Facebook will display your ad to the right audience only. A perfect ad can magically boost your ROI and radically increase the reach of your posts. To increase the likelihoods of your social media success, analyze the performance of your ads.

Read here: Top 6 Facebook Advertising Strategies for Instant Conversions

5. Concentrate on your social media content

Pay special attention to your social media content. It is the online face of your brand. Keep it authentic, non-plagiarized, relevant and updated. Your images, links, and titles should be fresh, engaging, and intriguing for your readers.

A tool we found to be very nifty when it comes to posting evergreen content is Tailwind.

Use visual content as much as possible. Approximately 64% of the consumers are more likely to buy a product after watching a video about it. As mentioned above, video content is at its peak and it is not going anywhere soon.

6. User-generated content

User-generated content (UGC) is the most trusted content by the users. It has more weight age than brand content.  Your social media marketing activities should encourage your fans and followers to create such content.

The best example of UGC campaign was embarked by Coca-Cola on Instagram. They had used hashtag #ShareACoke and it has generated tons of UGC. All you need to do is create a buzz for your brand through various quizzes, contests, chats, puzzles or other tactics. Leverage the power of hashtags. Create unique hashtag for your brand.

UGC campaigns work best on Instagram.

Read here: Instagram – A Booming Social Media Platform in Digital Marketing

7. Make your content bank

Don’t just create content when it is time to post. Instead, prepare your social media content bank. Based on the recent trends and updates, you can make quality amendments in your content bank.QL Tech Tip: Create your content bank now, if you haven’t yet.

It should include blogs, articles, info graphs, tutorials, webinars, videos, eBooks, cheat sheets, templates, reports, case studies and others.

8. Make the most use of visual content

Did you know 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual? It taps into the intuitive psyche of your audience and motivates them to discover more about your brand.

Visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than the text.

3M Corporation

Visual content has the ability to present complex information in a quick and clear manner. Images, info graphs, videos, memes, presentations, and screenshots are some of the types of visual content.  Visual content is easy to understand and handy to share. Your visual content will get more shares as compared to your textual content.

Read here: Top 6 Types of visuals to boost your visual content marketing

9. Explore the benefits of contests and promotions

People on social media love to interact. They enjoy participating in quizzes, contests and polls. Social media is a beautiful place for engagement. Try to get the attention by vote contest, photo contest, caption contest, and others to promote your brand.

If you promote any special offer, include discounts for your audience. It is an exceptional way to offer value through your social media channels and award people an incentive to keep on following you.

10. Keep an eye on your competitors

Sarcastic but true, competitors are real motivators. You should keep an eye on what and how they are doing on social media platforms. Notice their way of engagement, what they post, when they post, what is unique about them, etc. This will help you frame your marketing strategy in a much better and healthier way.

QL Tech Tip: Following your competitors does not mean that copy what they are doing. But it means to understand what is right and follow the best industry practices.

11. Stay updated with the industry trends

Last but not least; stay updated with what’s going on in the industry you serve. Industry trends can significantly impact your business and marketing strategy. If you identify the market trends early enough then it is easier to plan for changes. You can grow your business successfully. The best way is to subscribe to social media blogs to keep you aware of recent news, amendments, and advancements.

Conclusion

Social media is gaining huge traction for digital marketing. All you need to know about powerful and effective social media marketing is wrapped up in this blog, including trends, tips, tricks and strategies for social media agencies. Keep the latest and upcoming social media trends into notice and accordingly devise your social media marketing strategy.

Get started now with social media marketing that results in success to reach and engage your target market.

5 Tips On How to Strengthen Personal Branding

This post is by guest author, Niraj Ranjan. This article has been edited and published with the author’s permission.

What is your personal brand? Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

A personal brand is something that all of us who has at least one social media account have to worry about. Your digital and social footprint is more important than you would imagine.

A company that wants to hire you will certainly Google you before taking a final call; a research team will check out your online profile prior to granting you a fellowship; even your potential date will say yes to you only after running a quick search on you. So you see, it’s very important!

Mastering the art of personal branding can also help you become an influencer – quite a superpower in the digital age.

Here are some tips that can help you build a strong personal brand:

strong personal brand

1. Always be authentic

Authenticity, be it in personal or professional life, is well-received and well appreciated by the people around you. A fake version of you or your brand can stand only for a while and is never the best strategy. Fake also involves being overly self-promotional. As a rule, for any brand, it is advisable to follow 1:5 policy when you produce content or market. It means offer 5 valuable points to the reader; in return, earn the right to talk about you once.

In addition, being fake involves a lot of non-required work.  At last, you will end up looking inconsistent and untrustworthy. For example, if you are against the use of tech gadgets, don’t act otherwise so as to please people around you or your audience.

brand voice example by qltech

2. Communicate appropriately

The art of communication is the language of leadership – James Humes

The way you communicate has a major impact on your overall personal branding success.

It is important to have enough social intelligence on how to present yourself in a given situation. Here are some key tips:

  • Don’t address your senior executives as ‘guys’.
  • Be witty, light, and humorous while talking to a younger audience, but never sound an egoistic or arrogant.
  • Pay attention to what you say when you are trying to communicate your ideas and opinions. Being clear and crisp is the key to avoid misunderstanding.
  • Make sure that during one-to-one conversations your body language is in sync with your words. If you say that you are happy, your behaviour has to reflect that.
  • Ensure to respond as promptly as possible. For instance, use tools like email reminders to ensure that you don’t forget to reply back to an email.

3. Focus on relevant social media platforms

Social media marketing is cost-effective as well as smart medium to build your personal brand. However, it is important to choose and focus on the social media platforms that are relevant to you and your end goal.

A few examples:

  • If you want to attract recruiters and employers, a professional network such as LinkedIn is where you have to make a lot of noise.
  • If you are looking to build a brand amongst your friends and social circle, Instagram and Facebook would be your best bet.
  • If you are a critic and want to spread your reach, again Facebook and Twitter can come to your aid.

And so on…

It is important to identify your audience and figure out where they hang out the most- you can exercise this out by doing a little research online.

For instance, 67% of the internet users are on Facebook and the majority of them are women; so if you want to target women online, you should start with Facebook4. Be updated with the latest information

Updated Information

If I visit your Facebook page and see that your last update was months’ ago, I definitely would not be impressed enough to follow you. Being present and being up to date is crucial.

Everyone now has access to 3G and 4G networks. News and information travel like wildfire and so do feedbacks and opinions. If you want to build a personal brand, you need to stay with the flow or even better stay ahead of the flow.

For example,

if the purpose of your personal branding is to establish yourself as a thought leader, your audience expects you to have opinions and things to say about the latest events happening in your industry. In case a company that belongs to your industry is going bankrupt, they expect some reaction/response from you, as a thought leader.5. Avoid being the jack of all trades

multitasking man for making brand online

The first thing you need to do before making any attempt at personal branding is to find your niche. What is so unique about you? Something, which only you can offer?

For example, if you are running a blog, do not overwhelm your audience with a wide range of topics and things to say. This sort of brand confusion will lead to a very weakly established brand.

Being all over the place, having multiple interests, and trying to have your foot in every door can signal a lack of expertise and credibility in any one area.

Here are some tips:

  • Have a central theme to everything you say. For example, if you are all about gender equality, making it the central theme of every story and every message.
  • Don’t make your message/key point a riddle. The gist of your message has to be clear, crisp, and apparently obvious.
  • Again presentation matters a lot. Tailor your message to match your audience.

Final thoughts

Back in good old days, your resume was enough to demonstrate your competence; however, it’s not the case anymore. Companies and teams want you only if you show more than a list of accomplishments on one page. They need to see who you are and what your attitude is towards life. This is what building your personal brand is all about. Just like you market a service/product to the world, you market your ability and competence through personal branding.

5 Ways to Use Social Media Automation in your Marketing Strategy

Automation – keeping things simple, and making them faster

We are now in 2017, and the era of Social Media automation is truly upon us. Today, we witness a number of scheduling tools for various automation tasks. Such tasks include automation of e-mail responses, automation in industries, automation in banking services – in a nutshell, and many others. A pretty big chunk of the average person’s day is dependent on automation and automated processes. Automation, in itself, is an invaluable tool to boost productivity.

Social media – Killer Shark or a Marketing Runway?

Ask anyone born post the ’90s where the real dynamism is. A great majority of them will tell you it is social media. However, over two-thirds of marketing executives cringe at the very mention of social media. This is because of the overload of social media. Its intrinsic ease of access is, strangely enough, killing marketing. However, on the other hand, it is also enabling a rebirth for marketing, in the form of social media marketing.

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Let us move towards what exactly social media marketing is. Today we see many small businesses, libraries, and stores purely run based on their social media presence. Moreover, nowadays, we see companies use various channels of social networking to create a self-sustained marketing model for themselves. The more the employees post on social media, the more potential gains the business stands to receive.

The use of social media is not quite universal—but it is getting close. 70% of the U.S. population now has at least one social networking profile, while more than half use two or more social networks. According to CMO survey, the number of global social media users is projected to grow from 2.1 billion in 2015 to 2.5 billion by 2018.

The following pie describes the impact of Social Media Marketing on businesses

social media marketing comparison graph

A dose of insight:

Social media marketing now plays almost as large a role in purchasing decisions as does TV, and 57% of consumers say they’re influenced to think more highly of business after seeing positive comments or praise online.“

Still, some fascinating contradictions remain. Even though businesses today use social media for marketing and those efforts are expected to increase, many marketers and top executives alike find the business value difficult to quantify through this process. Today, as social media is speeding along at a lightning pace, marketing executives are huffing and puffing along in its wake. Now, it is time for marketers to catch up.

That is where the brainchild of the two – social media marketing and marketing automation – comes in. Say hello to ‘social media automation’!

When the worlds of social media and marketing automation hit into one, a union of convenience and connectivity is achieved. A broad bandwidth of experts in this domain does seem to concur with this fact. According to a recent study by Marketo91% of the most successful users agree that marketing automation is “very important” to the overall success of their marketing efforts across channels.

Five rules for social media automation

Today, a major amount of our time is mostly spent staring at screens. It seems that this trend is here to stay for long. The devices and their screens are getting more and more sophisticated as well. Keeping that in mind, here is the nitty-gritty of social media automation.

1)Post When Your Audience is up and surfing

The chances of getting higher traffic to your posts are obviously higher when your audience is online. Each business (and social network) is unique. The only way to know the best time to post is to dig into analytics. Once you are well versed with the knowledge of perfect posting times, it becomes easier for you to make data-driven decisions. Rather than throwing posts out hoping for an outcome, better you predict it. Based on our research, we highly recommend a tool called True Social Metrics if you need to understand when and how your audience is spending their time on the web.

bes time to post on social media marketing

Once you know your best time to post, you can then use a tool like Post Planner or Sprout Social – both are excellent social media management tools. Usage of these tools can help you plan or schedule your posts at specific intervals.

When content is added to a unique plan, it is then scheduled based on the pre-determined times. It can also help you sort out the best posting times depending on the type of content you are creating. No huffing, no puffing anymore! Just let your system do all the hard work, while you get some downtime!

The buffer is another important social media tool used to optimize social updates. which conveniently helps in scheduling posts on various other social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and others. It also helps in spreading scheduled posts out to publish throughout the day and engagement time.

There you go, an easy way to save a whole lot of time and effort! What are you waiting for, then?

2)Automate to drive it home: Evergreen Content

Your evergreen content is your bread and butter. This aspect of your website never gets old. In simple words, evergreen content is material that is considered fresh and exciting to your readers. It adds value to your audiences, no matter when it is posted. A tool we found to be very nifty when it comes to posting evergreen content is Tailwind. Pin your freshly churned content – be it a blog, a page, an article or a quote. Let it keep showing up on your social media pages.

3) Set up automation meetings between your heroes: multiple social networks

Perhaps another fundamental feature of automation in general, extending even to social media automation is inter-connectivity. As a marketer, you can set up a linked list of operations based on triggers. By combining one social media network with another, you can achieve greater returns and attention to your posts or websites. With a tool like IFTTT (If This Then That) you can share your Instagram post over Twitter for a wider band of users to see.

4) Set up notifications -to keep you up to speed!

Do you know that annoying pop-up which keeps appearing on your smartphone? Well, a similar feature can be implemented here as well! Except, who has the time to interact, respond, and stay engaged all the time? Timing is essence here. To stay up to speed, you need to initiate automated notifications. One such useful tool we came across is Twitonomy. Twitonomy helps you manage your mentions over Twitter, but more than that – you can see your most influential, engaged, and active users (provided you shell out the bucks for a paid version). The beauty is in its ease of use. Find a mention, click on the tweet, respond, follow, or even add to a list. Within a matter of seconds, you can interact with your audience and stay in the conversation.

Set up notifications -to keep you up to speed!

This graph depicts that an average of 68% of social media fan posts is ignored. Here is where you can get ahead of the rest. Just by being responsive and responsible, all without your own precious time being wasted!

TweetDeck is a successful and totally free desktop web app. It is the best fit for those who need to manage varied accounts, follow specific hashtags, respond to lots of distinct users, and see precisely what’s being tweeted in real-time.

On the other hand, Followerwonk is used to explore and grow your social network. It does deep digging into Twitter analytics and let you know who are your followers? Where are they located? When do they tweet? Which tweet gets more fame?

5) Don’t let it do all your work!

It is easy to get carried away these days, isn’t it? Well, automation is a time-saver, perhaps a lifesaver for so many of you marketers! However, having a portion of your work automated doesn’t mean you kick back and grab a breather. Indeed,  social media management tools are surely here to stay, but only because they free up your schedule from monotonous work. Use this time wisely to interact with your customers, to spread your content, and to build relationships!

Finally, since you do spend most of your time on social media anyway, why not utilize that to improve your productivity – as funny as that sounds? That is why, for growing businesses, developing a social presence through automation is perhaps a leap of faith they can afford.

Remember, It is never too late to start!