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To Brand Audit, or Not to Brand Audit… Is That Your Question?

Through what we call a brand audit, Pearl Marketing has helped many businesses in different stages of business growth. Perhaps you’ve heard of the effectiveness of brand audits, but haven’t taken the time to embrace one, or perhaps there’s still some mystery to it all. Whether you’re a leader of a big company making changes, or a small business owner getting your business off the ground, running a brand audit is of significant importance because it assists one in understanding the current or future status of one’s brand internally (to employees and staff) and externally (to consumers and the public). A brand audit can give you pertinent information that helps in making pivotal brand decisions that affect the success of your business. Read on to better understand when to run a brand audit and why you should run one.

When… launching a business.

Why…

Make sure your brand identity is clear! A brand serves as the heart of a businesses and sends a message to the outside world. If a business doesn’t have a solid and defined brand, you won’t have a solid and defined business. Your employees (and maybe even YOU as the business owner!) won’t know what they’re working for and helping to build, and consumers won’t know what the business is about.  A brand audit allows you to find clarity in defining your brand both internally, for employee and staff morale, and externally, for consumer recognition and effective marketing.  You might hear that a brand audit only serves for those businesses that have a brand currently, but we advocate for the perspective that running a brand audit before officially launching your business gives you a strong foundation to build your business off of. You can better understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats your business plan has and better prepare for the competition at play in your industry.

When… taking advantage of rebranding efforts.

Why…

You’re ready to start the efforts to rebrand your company. This is the perfect time to run a brand audit so you can understand the current state of your brand – what’s working, what’s not working, how your current brand is translating to your target audience, how you’ve been doing in comparison to your competition, what needs to change to improve your brand, what could stay the same. Your current brand needs a current analysis and then a fresh perspective in order to make informed rebranding decisions to carry out an effective transition. The current analysis allows you to cultivate the fresh perspective and make the best decisions for a successful rebrand. In conclusion, the brand audit should be the first step taken in your rebranding efforts.

When… your business is facing challenges.

Why…

Something is not working. You see a substantial problem within your business or company, or maybe even multiple problems. Perhaps it’s a decrease in sales or leads, or maybe a lack in employee productivity or an increase in the turnover rate. Assess your brand to find effective solutions! Often times these problems can be better understood and fixed through the process of a brand audit. Brand audits focus just as much on a business’s internal goals and values as the external because both are important and both work in tandem to get the job done and ultimately bring in revenue. Remember, your brand is the foundation and the heart of your business, and many of your challenges can lead back to that. If there’s a crack in the foundation, or a misunderstanding of the heart, a whole assortment of problems can result. Brand audits can help you find the gaps within your brand and allow you to fix them more efficiently so the internal and external goals of your brand can be met once again.

What does a brand audit through Pearl Marketing look like?

At Pearl Marketing, we run extensive brand audits that include a SWOT Analysis of your company to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of your business. They include analyzing the internal end external goals, attributes, and values of your business that cultivate a healthy and defined brand.  They also include the assessment of a brand statement and elevator pitches to ensure clear brand communication among employees and the outside world. Through market research, an analysis of relevant competitors help your business get ahead of the competition. Lastly, recommendations on how to proceed are given to either build a strong brand foundation, fill in gaps and holes, or assist in making necessary changes that will benefit the business’s current brand and future growth.

Partner with us….

To have Pearl Marketing run a brand audit for your business, contact 603-732-9070, or email info@pearlmarketing.com. Visit our website at www.pearlmarketing.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Youtube!

Strategic SEO Marketing | Pearl Marketing Design

The world of digital marketing is continually shifting, learn how your company can improve their platform visibility through SEO.

What is SEO?

Search Engine Optimization is the basic activity that increases your company’s ranking within search engines. Mostly commonly known search engine is Google, which displays links to pages that receive credible authority by analyzing the number and quality of links from other web pages.

In simpler terms. Google presents the most qualified searches first.

My content is resourceful and relevant to the services/products we sell, but we still are not ranked number one. Why?

Google doesn’t give out participation trophies. You have to earn your right to be at the top.

And that’s where proper utilization of SEO is necessary when trying to rank your website within the first few results. This means that having experts use the right tools to achieve high search rankings.

Who should manage my company’s SEO?

There are many options including hiring a marketing consultant, using a marketing agency, or utilizing your marketing department. There are also SEO companies that specifically specialize in the craft of search engine rankings.

Can’t I just use Google Analytics?

Google Analytics is powerful tool for increasing search rankings. When used to its maximum potential, it can increase your company’s traffic and ultimately convert clicks into actions.

Google’s ranking algorithms are the magic behind what companies have the best chance for audience views. The two most famous algorithms are Panda and Penguin. The animal theme stemmed from creator Navneet Panda who actually created Panda first in 2011. In brief, Panda reduces the number of low-quality sites appearing at the the top of Google’s results whereas Penguin focuses on the backlink profile of your site in real time.

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Do I really need someone to managing my SEO?

Before Google’s ranking algorithms, there was a possibility of almost anyone being able to create relevant content for consumers and potentially coming out on top. Now, it is much more difficult to do so without a professional. It is important to not only create great content to get people to link your pages, but also show Google that your pages are interesting and authoritative.

Who should I contact?

At Pearl Marketing, companies hire us for objective advice and marketing strategies related to launching a new product, service, or business idea. We have a combined 55 yeas of experience in various industries and can effectively penetrate target markets. Primary consultant and CEO, Amanda Schneck has over 13+ years of marketing and social media experience and over 12+ years of being a marketing professor at one of the top business universities in the country. Contact us today to see how we can help your company’s search rankings!

Why Hire a Marketing Consultant | Pearl Marketing Design

If you have stumbled upon this article, you might be deciding whether your business should invest in hiring an independent marketing consultant. There are many different factors that contribute to whether a company should hire a contract marketing agency to help evolve their marketing strategies. In a competitive online world of getting your brand recognized, sometimes help from a specialist might be the best option. Here are 5 advantages to hiring a marketing consultant.

If you have no marketing team or want to strengthen your current marketing team.

Marketing consultants are great resources for those who currently have no marketing strategy and are not currently looking to build out a team within the company. On the other hand, if you think your marketing team is losing a sense of direction, hiring a marketing agency could be a great solution. Often times agencies can provide unique insights and ideas that the team can run with. This can add a huge rate of return directly to your company and marketing team.

No fear of losing staff mid-way through projects.

Marketing consultants are hired on a contract basis, so there is no fear about losing staff throughout the year. Losing a member of a team during important projects or right before a large event, could take a massive toll on your company’s future financial health and success. Hiring a marketing consultant can take the edge off of that worry due to the contract they sign, agreeing to be committed to your business for a certain amount of time. This also allows your company to be flexible and decide after the contract ends whether you might want to build your own marketing team instead.

No on-board training.

Marketing professionals can immediately give you advice and tend to have experience in many industries. This will save on time and cost that a new marketing hire would have to go through with their on boarding training. The advantage to this cost savings can go directly back into areas of your marketing needs such as website development, promotional content, and other projects your consultant might recommend.

Team of experts costs less than you think.

You would think that a team of marketing professionals would induce costly expenses. Marketing agencies are formed as a team of strong professionals who have 10+ years of experience in various industries. The cost of hiring a marketing agency to place you with one of their advanced consultants will almost always cost less than hiring a whole team. This is especially important if your company is just starting to build upon their marketing developments.

Ability to ‘Shop Around’ to find the right fit. 

Every marketing consultant has a different expertise, this allows your company to research and meet with whomever could be the best fit. When researching various agencies it is important to ask yourself some questions. Does this firm’s functionality match the unmet needs we have? Is the price range flexible and can meet your company’s budget? What efficiencies are you looking for and do you think the team/consultant is the right fit to work with your company? Do you need local knowledge or a consultant that strictly specializes in one field? All of the questions answered can lead you to the best consultant to form your marketing strategy.

Marketing consultants bring a lot of knowledge to companies who need more focus. Sometimes a company might need an external perspective to figure out how to improve their marketing strategy. And in some cases, companies might have too many ideas in which they ultimately spread themselves too thin. A marketing consultant can use their expertise to ultimately determine which ideas to put into action for your company for maximum brand recognition. If you or your company identifies with one or more of these statements above, meeting with a marketing consultant could be the next step.

At Pearl Marketing, companies hire us for objective advice and marketing strategies related to launching a new product, service, or business idea. We have a combined 55 yeas of experience in various industries and can effectively penetrate target markets. Primary consultant and CEO, Amanda Schneck has over 13+ years of marketing and social media experience and over 12+ years of being a marketing professor at one of the top business universities in the country. Contact us today to see how we can help your company!

How To Use Facebook Data To Your Advantage

Facebook and its data sharing has been one the most talked about stories of the year. Americans are now becoming even more aware of the immense amount of personal data that is collected on them, and shared, daily. Pearl Marketing and Design has known this for years, and although we remain mildly concerned about our own personal information floating out there in cyber space, the tools that Facebook and Google provide helps to fuel the success of our business and our clients. To provide you with a better understanding of how this can work for your business, we will start by explaining a few facts about Facebook and Google’s data collection:

How does Facebook collect data?

  1. Actions and behaviors, aka your interactions (likes, comments, links, clicks, and saved content).
  2. Profile information, including content uploaded to your page.
  3. Digital footprint on mobile devices (i.e. location, contacts).
  4. IP addresses, operating systems, browser types, etc. on laptops or desktop computers.
  5. Through partners (i.e. companies that sell data) and cookies on your operating system.

How does Google collect data?

  1. Keywords that you are using to search for specific content.
  2. Websites you are visiting and the videos you are watching (YouTube is owned by Google).
  3. Ads you click on and keywords you searched for to find that advertisement.
  4. Your location, device information, IP address and cookie data within your browser history

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Why is collecting data important?

  1. Allows businesses to make data-driven decisions instead of acting on intuition. A lot of different companies collect your personal data (especially social media sites). Often they’ll use that data to provide you with personalized suggestions to keep you engaged. Facebook for example uses your personal information to suggest content you might like to see based on what other people similar to you like.
  2. Transactional data is incredibly important for businesses because it helps them to analyze variability in consumer trends, uncover hidden patterns, and identify correlations. This information provides insight into consumer behaviors that can then be used for decision making, strategies, and competitive advantages.
  3. Web data is important because it’s one of the major ways businesses can access information that isn’t generated by themselves. When creating business models and making important business decisions, companies need information on what is happening internally and externally within their organization and what is happening in the wider market.
  4. Sensor data is produced by objects and is often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). It covers everything from your smartwatch measuring your heart rate to a building with external sensors that measure the weather. The power of this data is its real time reporting and geolocating capabilities.

Who uses your data?

Personal data is aggregated (to privatize it somewhat) and thensold to other companies, mostly for advertising purposes. That’s one of the ways you get targeted ads and content from companies you’ve never even heard of.

What are these data “tools” we are talking about?

  1. Pretty much every website and social media site you visit collects transactional data of some kind, either through Google Analytics, another 3rd party system or their own internal data capture system. Our company subscribes to several tools that retrieve this data.
  2. Cookies are placed on your computer and track your search history.
  3. Surveys, focus groups, and interviews are tools and ways to collect data as well.

How can I use these tools to my advantage?

Data can be used to monitor competitors, understand consumer behaviors, track potential customers, keep track of channel partners, generate leads, build apps, and much more. Considering the immense amount of activity occurring online each day, there is no better way to make informed decisions for your business. It is no coincidence that today’s most successful businesses utilize online data to expand their influence and grow their enterprises.

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How can Pearl Marketing help?

Pearl Marketing & Design utilizes data collection and analytics to provide our clients with consumer behaviors and trends. This information can be used to make informed decisions on business strategies and brand positioning. Call us today at 603.732.9070 to schedule a consultation on how to best utilize data services to benefit your business. www.pearlmarketingdesign.com

Time To Analyze Your Marketing Campaigns

Your brand is getting off to a great start. But how do you know? Are your sales increasing? Are you gaining more traffic on your website?

You can search these answers by analytical reporting.

This might sound frightening to some of you – analyzing data, creating reports, and understanding complex analytical terms.

Not to worry! This blog will break down how to analyze your business, what to look for, and what analytical tools you should use.


What elements to add in an Analytical Report

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Successful brands conduct marketing analysis before they introduce a new good or service to their intended audience. Conducting research typically involves reviewing industry analyst information, getting expert opinions and contacting customers for their feedback.

Here are some elements for you to look into when analyzing your business.

  • Identify the problems your product or service can solve –  Spread out the details and features. Compare and contrast your good or service with competitors. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses.
  • List detailed info about your customers – List the age, gender, location, and interests of your customer. Describe how you plan to market your product to them in the current economic environment.
  • Run focus groups or conduct surveys – This will help you learn what your customers are saying about your brand. Their input can determine which step you need to take to continue to grow your business.
  • Estimate the size of the target market – Determine what customers might be willing to pay for your product or service. List features that differentiate your products or services from your competitor’s products or services. Identify current customer requirements and project future needs.
  • Establish a measurable marketing goal – Set measurable goals, such as increasing sales to new customers by 2% within the next six months. Describe how you will track and monitor your progress.
  • Keyword Data – Keywords can reveal exactly what features or solutions your customers are looking for. By examining keyword frequency data you can infer the relative priorities of competing interests. Keyword frequencies can identify and predict trends in customer behavior.Understand where customers are struggling the most and how support resources should be deployed.
Source – Duggan, T. (n.d.) How to Write a Marketing Analysis Report. Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/write-marketing-analysis-report-3452.html

Analytical Lingo

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Analytical terms can be complex. Here are some terms for you to know when analyzing your reports.

  • Sessions – The number of times your website was viewed during the month.
  • Users – How many people viewed your website during that month. This number will always be lower than your sessions as some people might view your website multiple times in one month.
  • Bounce Rate – % in which people came to your website and left.
  • Page Views – This is the number of pages viewed during the month.
  • % of New Sessions – These are the brand new clients who have never clicked on your website before and finding you in a search.
  • Avg time on a page – The amount of time the average person spent on your page.
  • Page views/session – The average number of page views during the time someone was on your website.

Why You Should View Your Analytics

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Analytical reporting might be monotonous and tedious. Nonetheless, knowing how your consumers are coming to your business determines what your next move is in terms of your marketing campaigns. Here are 4 important tips for you to consider.

  • Analyze your Audience/Traffic Data – This is your one-stop-shop for traffic data and the first piece of data that loads upon arrival within Google Analytics. From Organic to Paid this is where you can discover all the important bits of information that tell you how many users come to your site, who they are, what they do, and everything in between.
  • Engagement Stats – Not only do you want to see how many people are visiting your website, but you want to see what they are doing once they get there. Is there a high bounce rate? Are users spending an “x” amount of time on your website? Are they viewing more than one page?
  • Aquisition – Acquisition data can tell you everything– from which landing pages are drawing in users to what content on your site is performing the best. This is the more specific data that helps you improve and optimize your site to provide better user experience.Knowing how many users come to the site is great, but knowing how they got there and what they do after they’re there is even better.
  • Goals and Conversions – The fundamental premise of any business, online or otherwise, is to provide customers with products or services. What is the ultimate purpose of your website? Do you want people to fill out a form? Do you want people to purchase a product? Creating these goals into conversations is a process. You should set up the goals specific to your business and measure them throughout time.
Source – Alsayegh, A. (2015, May 21). 5 Things Business Owners Should look for in Google Analytics. Retrieved from https://www.v9seo.com/blog/2015/05/21/5-things-business-owners-should-look-for-google-analytics/

Analytical Tools For You!

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Now that we have identified elements in your analytical report, we will take a look at some software that you can utilize to measure your marketing campaigns.

  • Google Analytics – This feature is a free web analytical service offered by Google. This tracks traffic on your website, how much revenue you made with your goods and services, where your traffic came from, and more!  Google also offers free courses for you to learn. Click here to start today! 
  • Social Media Analytics – Did you know that Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have analytical tools? These built-in tools within your brand’s page help you understand how much your marketing campaigns are paying off.
  • Bitly – Bitly is best known as a free link shortener and its features do more than just save space. Once you’ve shortened links—and possibly even added a vanity URL shortener—Bitly gives you the tools to efficiently share those links and analyze their performances.
  • Piwik – Piwik’s free software comes with a caveat: You’re required to download the program and host it on your own server. Piwik offers similar features to other popular analytics programs, including event tracking, visitor maps, and keyword search, but what sets it apart from its competitors is its mobile app and unlimited data storage.
  • Open Web Analytics – Open Web Analytics (OWA) is an open-source software, just like Piwik. Similarly, there is no limit on the amount of data you can store or the number of websites you can measure through the program.

Don’t have the time to analyze your data? Not to worry! We, at Pearl Marketing & Design, have experts to analyze and interpret your data.

Give us a call at 603-732-9070 or email us at info@pearlmarketingdesign.com today!

The Importance of Targeting Your Marketing to the Proper Generation

Strategizing your marketing campaigns are an important factor to maximize your business. Parts of planning a marketing campaign are to draft your message, what media channels you will be using to pitch your message, and measuring the outcomes.

One thing to keep in mind is the audience you are pitching to. How does your product relate to the baby-boomer generation? Do you think your service will grab the attention to millennials? These types of questions should be asked when you are pitching your brand.

This blog will discuss how to identify and target your audience, dissect each generation, and how to determine which generation will react the most with your organization.


The Types of Generations in Marketing 

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Generational differences are commonly identified in marketing and PR to accurately pitch messages to the right audience.

Today, there are four generations that may be found in today’s workplace.

  • Traditionalists – They honor hard work, respect leaders, and maintain loyalty to institutions. They also prefer to save money and defer gratification and rewards until retirement.
  • Baby Boomers – They are known for their political skills and know how to read their bosses. They have taken to heart a message from their parents and from various cultural icons of the 1906’s: Make the world a better place.
  • Generation Xers – They learn to be independent and resourceful. They also tend not to trust companies or the individuals who manage them.
  • Millenials – They are considered the “techno-savvy” workforce. They know how to use computers and they arrive at the workplace fully expecting to have input in all decisions.

Building a Demographic 

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Knowing your audience is a key factor to pitching to the right generation. One important element is to create and identify a demographic towards your product or service.

Here are the tools to build a demographic:

  • Age – Which generation do you think your brand will fit in?
  • Gender – Can both genders relate to your business?
  • Salary – Household Income, how much does your demographic make?
  • Location – Are your audiences in urban, suburban, or rural areas?

Building a Psychographic 

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Another factor to consider is psychographics. These are mostly related to demographics, but describe the demographic based on behavior, buyer habits, hobbies, and more.

Here is an example of a demographic and psychographic together for a restaurant.

Demographic –

  • Age 18-35
  • Male & Female
  • Single
  • Household income – 30K-40K

Psychographic –

  • Loves to eat healthy and organic foods
  • Can only budget a certain amount of money
  • Concerned with health and appearance
  • Loves to go to the gym
  • Find fulfillment in their careers
  • Values time with close friends

How to Deliver your Message to Multiple Generations 

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Today’s marketing has changed the way we craft and deliver our content to our intended audiences. When creating messages, companies must consider how to deliver to different generations. Some generations are Internet-Savvy, while others may not use the internet at all.

Here are some tips to consider when constructing a message to multiple generations –

  • Research Communication Styles – Take the time to understand the needs and communication styles of the generations that you work with. Millenials may prefer texting over email, while Baby-boomers may want face-to-face conversations. Researching what your audience wants and how they want their messages delivered will reach them easily.
  • Ask/Survey – There is no harm to ask your audience of how they want you to communicate with them. Create surveys and ask how your fan-base receives your messages and how they would like to receive your content. Some may like it by email, text, social media, phone, or by mail. Once you have your information, you can determine how to reach your audience.
  • Be Flexible with Various Messaging – When you craft your message, you may have to communicate the same message it in different ways. For example, if you want to let your customer base know about a sale, you may send out a text alert to your customers that have signed up for that list, include it in your email newsletter, record a short video about it that you post to YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook, and write a personal note to your best customers that you send through the mail. In this way, you can be sure that everyone, regardless of generation, gets the message.

Sources – Reaching Your Target Market In Different Generations (2013, June 25). Direct Selling Education Foundation. Retrieved from http://dsef.org/2013/06/25/reaching-your-target-market-in-different-generations/

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