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Live Video is Dominating the Internet! Here’s How to Use It.

Live Video has continued to rise, and shows no signs of slowing down.

The use of live video in content marketing was once thought to be a novelty act used by quirky or niche brands. Those days are long gone, as the way in which brands interact with their audience continues to evolve.

It has been estimated by the Digital Information World that almost 14% of all traffic on the internet will be occupied by live video by early 2021. As every social media outlet continues to follow the YouTube and Facebook models of supporting live streams, this upcoming year you can expect the use of streaming to explode in popularity for businesses of any and every kind.

Live Video is Becoming a Must Have in Any Effective Marketing Strategy.

When scouring the internet for opinions of live video, numbers found from credible sources like New York Magazine and LiveStream.com are especially staggering.

While standard social media posting and marketing practices such as blogs (like the one you are reading now) have cemented their place as key and worthwhile marketing initiatives for years to come, the call for more live video could not be any more clear from consumers.

Percentages like 100% – or 80% of consumers reporting they enjoy live video over text are too enticing to ignore. Neglecting video in your marketing package equals less of your audience becoming customers.

Brands Are Already Using Live Video to Their Advantage.

A blueprint for successful live video is already forming, and right in line with the social media era, it lends itself to those willing to go for it and take risks.

Brands are often afraid to do something that isn’t polished and perfected. With live video, you have to ditch those instincts. Having a plan is still important, as we can’t just wing it, but the willingness to simply ask your followers questions, listen, and respond, is what creates the best live video.

People will always value a genuine two way exchange, and to create that back and forth, there just isn’t the time to always be editing down and perfecting your response. Polished video will always have a huge space in marketing, but the ability to answer quickly and immediately can bring you more customers in an age where attention spans continue to shrink.

How to Use Live Video With Your Business:

There are tons of platforms offering live video, and those who aren’t will be soon. Facebook is a place where the majority of business still do the bulk of their posting, so Facebook Live is a great place to start.

As Facebook saw more and more consumers leaving for more video friendly options, they quickly pivoted their brand model towards becoming a leader in video friendly social media.

Since then, they have already built a base of over 2 million people who consistently watch video on their site. Plus, they make it incredibly easy for businesses to post videos, or “go live”.

What are some live video ideas that work?

Something consumers love to see is a behind the scenes look at your business. It helps them learn who you really are, makes you more relatable, and creates a strong feeling of trust with your brand.

Sharing day to day activities and interviewing employees, or trusted customers, is the perfect place to start.

In addition to that, you can easily recycle blog content into great informative videos.

For example, if you had a blog post that drove a ton of traffic months ago, but has steadily decreased in weekly views as it gets buried behind new content, you can go live with the same topic and spike that traffic again with half the work.

Live video is rapidly taking over the internet. Using its easy functionality to your advantage can only help make your business even stronger.

Interested? Pearl Marketing is Here to Help!

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to video content and implementing live video into your social media marketing strategy, contact Pearl Marketing. We have a solid team of experienced marketing consultants that specialize in a wide variety of marketing services. Reach us at 603-732-9070, or email info@pearlmarketing.com

Take Advantage of our Pearl Marketing Academy!

Pearl Marketing also has an online academy with four educational courses that are guaranteed to boost your marketing know-how on topics like this and more! Our four courses involve Social Media Marketing, Video Marketing, Lead Generation, and Corporate Branding. To view more on the courses that we offer, click HERE: https://www.pearlmarketingacademy.com/, or email academy@pearlmarketing.com with your questions.

The Essential Guide To An Instagram Business Profile

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What Is An Instagram Business Profile?

Instagram is a photo and video sharing social networking platform that is wildly popular amongst teenagers and young adults. The older adult demographic usage is continuing to rise on a daily basis, leading it to become one of the most used forms of social media next to YouTube. It is currently one of the most popular forms of social media because of the variety of services it has to offer, especially through the use of an Instagram business profile. This feature allows businesses to create a page specifically for their brand to market their products or services to the world of Instagram, which is continuously growing. Within today’s society, it is practically viable to operate a business profile on Instagram if you own your own business. You may be asking yourself, how on earth are a few hashtags going to boost your sales, expand your clientele, and promote your products or services? That is exactly what we, Pearl Marketing, are here to talk to you about today.

Consumer Habits

Let’s start with consumer habits on Instagram. By being aware of these habits, you are able to cater to the consumer to ensure that they have the best experience possible while visiting your business’s profile. Consumers tend to only spend a few seconds on a business profile before losing interest in what they are viewing, so it is important to ensure that the profile is attractive and organized, all while still being able to get the overall mission of the business across. Consumers like to see varieties of colors as well as moving graphics, which are commonly referred to as gifs. 

Quality of Content

The type of industry the business is being operated in plays an enormous role in how to display content. Research prior to posts to personally cater to followers is a key aspect in operating an Instagram business profile. One of the key aspects of operating an Instagram business profile is to be consistent with how frequent you are posting. You want to keep your followers excited for future content. A profile will not acquire thousands of followers overnight, but will definitely accumulate thousands of followers over time if posts are appealing to the users eye and are being posted often. 

User Attraction

Adding hashtags and locations to posts creates more click traffic on the profile. This increases reach, which is the total number of individuals who can view the content posted. This also increases the number of impressions, which are the number of times that individuals view the content without going out of their way to click on it. Adding hashtags and location tags to posts provide the opportunity to be shown on the public page, or through the search feature using keywords and phrasing. Being shown on the public page will generate an overall greater number of followers. The location tag in particular presents the opportunity for your business’s content to be displayed on a local story, which is a great free advertising through the local community.

Stories and Highlights

One of the easiest ways to organize your business’s profile is by utilizing the highlight feature. Like many other networking services, Instagram has a story feature which leads into the highlight description. A story is a photo or short video that is attached to a specific profile for a maximum of twenty-four hours. Stories are fun and interesting for consumers to view because the content is displayed like a slideshow, rather than having to scroll through a general feed of photos. After creating a story, a business can then decide if they want to pin that story to a highlight section, which is attached to their profile. A highlight on Instagram is a category of pins that consumers will see when they click on your business’s profile. Creative covers can be added to each individual pinned story. A lot of businesses choose a particular graphic to be the cover of the pin to represent what the highlight is about, such as a paw if the story is going to show a variety of dogs. Other businesses sometimes use bright colors to create a comfortable page for the consumer to enjoy and share with friends. Highlights can be categorized and organized into whatever particular order you desire.

Swipe Up Feature

An important tool to utilize on an Instagram business profile is the swipe up feature. When posting a story, you are able to add content attached to that story that a user can engage with when they are prompted to swipe up. A lot of businesses attach landing pages to their websites through this feature that promotes products and services. This can increase revenue over time. Not only is this additional advertising, but it is also beneficial because Instagram records how many consumers actually swipe up. The only catch with the swipe up feature is that a business must be verified, or have at least 10,000 followers. One can submit a verification request through the “Settings” tab and menu on the application directly. Acquiring 10,000 followers may sound impossible, but is quite easy to do if you frequently do collaborations with other companies, follower shout outs, and sales on products or services. It is really important to develop a relationship with the Instagram community. 

Advertise, Advertise, Advertise

Instagram caters to companies by the frequent use of advertisements. When creating an advertisement, you are able to configure who you’d want your target audience to be and how often you want it to be shown in the newsfeed. The best part about advertisements on Instagram is that they are directly linked to Facebook. This is why having joint business accounts on both social networking sites pays off in the long run. Connecting those accounts gives you the opportunity to do more for your business with less action.

Be Creative

As stated previously, an Instagram business profile will not blow up with followers overnight. Building an Instagram account with high quality content takes time, effort, and creativity. One of the main aspects of a business profile is to constantly engage with users, in order for them to like and share your products or services with friends. In our opinion, Instagram is one of the best social media networks to accurately represent your brand with multiple different forms of advertising. For more direction on effective Instagram and other social media practices, consider partnering with an experienced marketing consultant, like Pearl Marketing. We have many ways in which you can contact us:

Speak to us at: (603) 732-9070

We offer a variety of services such as consulting, seminars, training, project management, and many more. Check us out on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

 

5 Tips For Reaching The iGeneration

5 Tips For Reaching The iGeneration


Generation Z is a force to be reckoned with.

This demographic, consisting of anyone born after 1996, has a powerful influence on the way brands are marketing their businesses. Unlike millennials and generations before, Generation Z was born into the digital age, where life without the internet and e-commerce is unknown. While the iGeneration is still young, the oldest being barely in their 20s, they have a prominent impact on spending in the U.S., accounting for $143 billion in spending power. Tapping into this market is attainable with these 5 marketing strategies!

1. Analyze their buying behaviors

If Generation Z is an audience that fits the profile as your ideal customer, or perhaps you are looking to expand your audience to a younger demographic, you must first analyze their buying habits and behaviors to successfully sell them. Unlike their successors, they grew up on social media, which has a great influence on their purchase decisions. Producing content that will appeal to Gen Z demands incorporating trending topics on relevant platforms to increase the likelihood that this audience will become future customers.

Pearl Marketing Academy’s social media course can provide you with expert training on how to engage your target audience on various social media platforms.

2. Make your business accessible

iGen grew up on having the ability to purchase anything online with the click of a button. Going to a store to buy the next big thing to hit the shelves isn’t their norm. They demand fast and easy access to products and don’t need to put in much effort to achieve that.

You must ensure that consumers can easily access your website to find the information they need, such as what your business has to offer and how you can be contacted. Your website design plays a crucial role in the buying process. If your website isn’t user-friendly and well-designed, users will leave your website faster than they found it.

If you have an e-commerce business, ensure that the checkout process is smooth and easy. Offer fast shipping at a low cost to keep pace with your competitors.

3. Invest in influencer marketing

Post-millennials see brands on social media being promoted by their favorite celebrities, athletes, and bloggers, and are instinctively drawn to the brands they endorse. This reflects the lead generation process for this market, where capturing their attention relies heavily on influencer marketing. When an influencer with a large or niche social media following tells their followers to check out a brand, they are contributing to the process of generating more leads for a business that will translate into future sales. Investing in someone that has an influence on your brand to promote your business is a powerful way to attract Gen Z.

4. Utilize paid social media advertising

Engaging Gen Zers to spark their interest in your brand and encourage them to complete an action towards a sale, you have to ensure that your content appears right before their eyes on the social media channels they occupy the most. This is achieved best when brands use paid social media advertising to sponsor their content so that their posts are presented directly on user’s social media feeds.

Pearl Marketing Academy’s social media course provides expert training on relevant social media practices to apply to your marketing strategy. We will coach you through the process of implementing paid social media advertising to better reach your target audience. Visit pearlmarketingacademy.com to learn more!

5. Convey your brand’s core values.

Increasing brand awareness is an effective way to attract post-millennials to your brand because they look to purchase from brands with a purpose. A large population of Generation Z is passionate about social issues and protecting the earth. They gravitate towards ethical companies who demonstrate social responsibility, environmental awareness, and equality. Being able to convey your brand’s values is essential.

A brand audit can help reassess the current needs and demands of a business’s target audience, to determine if they need to shift their focus on a new marketing strategy to better reach this audience. If this is applicable to your business, conduct a brand audit with Pearl Marketing!

Your target audience could be expanding. Considering a shift in your marketing strategy could benefit your business by bringing in new revenue opportunities. Pearl Marketing can assist you in strengthening your brand strategy so that you can make informed marketing decisions to reach more potential customers. From one-on-one coaching to seminars and speaking engagements, our promise is to educate and inspire business professionals to bring their brand to life.

Call 603-732-9070 or email info@pearlmarketing.com and unlock your brand’s potential!

Looking to improve your marketing efforts on your own? Pearl Marketing Academy provides business professionals with the necessary tools and resources to implement the latest marketing strategies so that they can successfully manage their own marketing plan. From social media, to lead generation and corporate branding, Pearl Marketing Academy empowers professionals to learn the latest marketing trends at their own time and pace with a unique virtual learning experience. Visit PearlMarketingAcademy.com to select your courses!

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How to Market Without Breaking Your Budget

Marketing on a strict budget? We’ve got you covered!

Investing in marketing efforts might initially seem like a costly venture. If you are on a tight budget, you might even be thinking about skipping out on these costs altogether. Having a solid marketing strategy will achieve more than gaining exposure; it will increase your brand awareness, expand your audience, and attract more loyal customers to your business.

Businesses should never completely cut their marketing budgets. Instead, they should shift their focus on more cost-effective solutions to allocate their budget. The goal is to receive the highest ROI (Return On Investment), which can be accomplished using these inexpensive marketing tips!

Distinguish your target consumer.

To reduce unnecessary costs from your marketing plan, take the time to discover your target consumer, the top candidate who would be interested in what you can offer them. Identify your ideal customer’s habits and interests, and deliver your sales pitch in the areas that they will be most likely to see them.

Network.

Volunteer your time and get to know the people in your community who could be interested in your product or service.

Consumers demand the assurance that they are spending their money at businesses with a mission and purpose. Networking is a valuable way to convey your brand image to consumers. This fosters strong, trusting relationships that will turn new customers into devoted ones.

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Maximize social media channels that fit your business.

Select the right social media channels based off of your audience and the commodity you sell. Determining your audience will assist in selecting the right social media platforms to utilize.

Younger audiences are most active on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a broader audience, Facebook is the perfect place to target both men and women of all ages. LinkedIn is where you will find business professionals, who can be targeted by the industry that they work in, and their job titles.

Choosing the right channel will help you focus your energy on users who will be more apt to engage with your posts. This economical approach will decrease the amount of time you spend targeting your audience… and time is money!

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Join the #conversation.

Just as important as selecting the right channel is the content you produce. The goal of social media marketing is to create content that will generate leads. Enticing content will influence consumers purchase decisions, without having to break your budget.

Attracting social media users without paying to sponsor your posts can be attained by creating a conversation or joining an existing one. Sparking conversation with your audience about a trending topic followed by a hashtag will get your post reach and engagement, and drive traffic to your page.

Micro-Influencers.

Rather than paying social media sites to promote your product, invest in micro-influencers (influencers with a niche following) who have followers that would be interested in your product. Influencer marketing is on the rise and is statistically proven to deliver higher ROI than other forms of marketing. Micro-influencers are a more cost-efficient means of influencer marketing because they will expect smaller payment for their contribution.

Reach out and offer free services in exchange for a review or shout-out on their social media or blog. This strategy can be effective if you select the right influencers because they have already established a fanbase of individuals who trust their word. When these influencers promote brands, their fans are confident that the influencer is sending them to the right place.

DIY your SEO.

Great content and marketing methods are worthless if you do not maximize your search engine optimization (SEO). If your website or blog isn’t on the first page of a search engine result page, consumers are not going to recognize that you exist.

Instead of hiring someone to do your SEO, try doing it yourself. Ensure that you have a strong SEO strategy by assigning relevant keywords to your web content and proper meta descriptions that will allow search engines to recognize the purpose of your website. Think about the keywords and phrases that your ideal customer would search for in relation to your website. Embedding these words and phrases into your site will solidify your spot on the top of search engine results.

The readability of your site is another important element that you need to ensure works well on both desktops and mobile devices. If users cannot easily view your website, they will leave before continuing to read your content.

With proper training, you can be a marketing expert on your own!

At Pearl Marketing, we provide training and seminars to business professionals who want to learn the latest and greatest marketing tools and techniques. We work one-on-one with marketing DIYers to coach them on marketing strategies that will enhance their brand and attract more customers for their business. Our goal is to leave clients feeling empowered to manage their own marketing strategies that will drive their businesses future success.

Let us help you bring your brand to life! Call 603-732-9070 or email info@pearlmarketing.com 

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Say Goodbye to Google+

Revamping Your Social Media Marketing Strategy After Google+

Google recently announced that it will be closing down its consumer version of Google+, set to take effect April 2019. If you employed Google+ as your social media marketing strategy, you might be wondering… Now What? Rest assured, Pearl Marketing has several ways you can redirect your social media marketing strategy to boost your online presence.

What’s Happening to Google+?

Google’s decision to shut down Google+ occurred after reports of data breaches that exposed user’s information to unauthorized parties. In addition to the data breaches, the number of users engaging on the platform was relatively low. If you did utilize Google+ however, you will have the opportunity to export and save information from your Google+ account through Google Takeout.

What Should I Do Now?

Now that you have the data from your Google+ account, you might be looking for ways to utilize this information on a different channel. Or, perhaps you are left to shift your focus from Google+ to another social networking site. Luckily, there are several social media platforms that are flourishing with active users looking for engaging content to interact with.

Maximize Your Social Media Strategy

As a result of low engagement on Google+, you likely weren’t receiving the best social media potential for your brand. Instead, you will want to refocus your attention on a platform that has active users who will be more apt to read your content, and in turn, like, comment and share your posts.

The more people that reference your brand and cite the information you have published, the better your search engine optimization (SEO) will be. Improving your SEO is crucial, as it allows your website and social media pages to appear at the top of users’ Google searches.

Search Engine Optimization

Improve Search Engine Optimization

Google rates its search engine rankings based off of metadata, bounce rate, and levels of engagement. When users spend time reading your content for example, it reduces your bounce rate, indicating that people are viewing pages on your website for longer periods of time. This prioritizes your content, placing it higher in search engine results, which increases the probability of having your content viewed by others. The more people viewing and discussing your content, the better!

Creating content that is enticing will assist in this process, prompting high levels of engagement from eye-catching posts. You can achieve this best with visual content that grabs the audience’s attention through images or video.

YouTube is a video-sharing network owned by Google that houses a thriving community of content creators. Publishing videos to your YouTube channel is an effective way to capture your audience’s attention quickly. These videos can also be linked to your other social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. This will increase your online exposure, by driving traffic to your website and social media.

Need More Assistance?

Pearl Marketing can help you strengthen your social media marketing strategy! If you are interested in setting up a consultation, call us at (603) 732-9070, email info@pearlmarketing.com, or visit us at https://www.pearlmarketing.com. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube

A New, Simpler Way to Access Google Docs!

Are you someone who uses Google tools like Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.? Perhaps your team at work shares them to get projects done more efficiently. If so, this blog post is for you! At Pearl Marketing, we certainly use our share of Google Docs & Sheets, so we were thrilled when we learned about the new way to access these features. It’s as simple as typing!

Here’s what you do!

This isn’t something you have to sign up for, or wait to try. You can try this out for yourself as you finish reading this blog post. Simply open up a new tab, and in the browser type doc.new. Hit enter, and voila! (I tested this and you can type doc.new or docs.new and it will still work) You should have a fresh Google Doc pop right up for you to start working away. You can do this with all of the Google tools – sheets.new, slides.newform.new.

Make way for the “new” top-level domain.

For those who might not be certain, a top-level domain, or TDL, is essentially what comes at the very end of the URL after the . (dot). For example, www.pearlmarketing.com (there’s .org, .edu, .gov.net, etc.). It is now time to embrace the .new! The .new TDL will also be a future way for businesses to start marketing products and services to the internet public that are brand new. So, even if you don’t utilize the Google tools mentioned above, you’ll still want to keep tabs on the .new TDL and how it can help you with your marketing efforts.

Your time is precious!

Gone are the days of having to click through steps to get to your Google tools. No longer do you have to click that icon of six squares at the top of your page, click the tool you want, and then click “blank.” There’s a lot less clicking and more typing to get your job DONE. This might seem trivial to some, but in the fast paced world of marketing, we sure are grateful for anything that helps us get down to business faster. Your time is precious, so we wanted to share this bit of news with you so you can use it to your time advantage too!

To receive expert marketing coaching and consulting, and to learn more about all of the marketing services we provide businesses and individuals, contact Pearl Marketing at 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!

How to Protect Your Facebook Account Amidst Another Data Breach

Another cyber-attack. Another breach.

You probably have heard in recent news that there has been another Facebook data breach, which has compromised 50 million Facebook users’ information. This latest breach has left people questioning (more than ever) the Facebook company’s intention on protecting its users’ and wondering how safe their private information really is.

What happened?

It’s important to understand what happened. Hackers were able to find a way into the code associated with the “View As” privacy tool, which allows users to see how their profile looks to others viewing their page. This allowed the hackers access to user information.

Were you affected?

As soon as the breach was realized by a team at Facebook, the company responded by logging all compromised users out. In a statement by Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, the compromised users would receive a message at the top of their newsfeed about the breach.

Has the problem been fixed?

The answer is yes! There has been confirmation that vulnerability with the code has been patched and fixed and those that were compromised are safe to sign back in to their account. The problems, however, have just begun for Facebook, as they must come up with ways to gain the trust back of and assure more security to their users.

Pearl Marketing’s Cyber Safety Recommendations in the wake of this latest breach…

Facebook is so tied in to the fabric of today’s digital marketing world as well as being one of the most popular social media networks. It’s hard to make a decision to stop using Facebook overnight, so as we mull this over and watch the fallout, Pearl Marketing recommends the following safety measures to help protect your Facebook information online.

  1. Change your password!
  • Especially if you know your account was compromised, changing your password is the easiest and “no brainer” option for protecting your account.
  1. Don’t stay logged in to your account.
  • Many people, especially on their phones, choose to stay logged in to their account to make it easier to check their Facebook notifications when they’d like. In other words, they don’t want to deal with the hassle of logging in and out, so they stay logged in 24/7. Don’t do this to give yourself a little more protection. Take the time to log in and out.
  1. Activate Two-Factor Authentication
  • This is another layer of security that will help thwart hackers to your account and will keep you better informed about something fishy going on with your account.

To receive expert marketing coaching and consulting that will help guide you in the best reaction & approach to matters like these and all things marketing, contact Pearl Marketing at 603-732-9070, or email info@pearlmarketing.com. Visit our website at www.pearlmarketing.com.

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!

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10 Types of Marketing Strategies

A wide variety of marketing strategies have made it easier for businesses to promote their products and services. When used correctly, each of these strategies can help your business beat the competition. Dig deeper into the marketing approaches below to discover which ones can make a big impact on your organization.

Paid Media Advertising

Paid Media Advertising is a tool used to grow website traffic through paid placements on search engines and/or social media. One of the most popular methods is pay-per-click (PPC).

PPC Marketing Strategy

With Google Adwords multiple campaigns can be created such as a branding campaign or product campaign. You only pay when a visitor clicks on your ad. Additionally, with built-in conversion tracking every click can be traced back to a purchase or form fill.  LinkedIn is a popular paid advertising channel for B2B selling.

Storytelling

Brand storytelling engages consumers at an emotional level. Storytelling enables brands to tell their unique tale.

Video Marketing

Typically through video (the hottest content marketing strategy out there), storytelling lets companies weave a memorable account of who they are, what they do, how they solve problems, what they value, and how they engage and contribute to the community and the public in general.

Marketing Automation

Marketing automation uses a flow (or drip) of emails to advertise and drive sales. As lead are funneled into your database you can market to them based on type of lead and where they are in the process.

Referral Programs

A referral program incentivizes people to tell others about your products or services. Implementing affiliate programs, customer referral programs, and partner programs offers the instant credibility of existing customers to grow a customer base. Referral programs are effective because they leverage the recommendations of happy customers, recognize and reinforce customers’ brand loyalty, and are repeatedly popular with customers.

Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing is a powerful way for businesses of all sizes to reach prospects and customers. Your customers are already interacting with brands through social media, and if you’re not speaking directly to them through platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, you’re missing out.

Social media marketing targets users where they spend their time—on social media! This strategy gives customers and leads valuable content to share across their social networks, resulting in increased reach, traffic to the website all while created brand advocates.

Cobranding and Affinity Marketing

Co-branding is a marketing strategy where multiple brands join together to promote and sell one product or service. Each brand lends its credibility to increase the perception of the product or service’s value, so consumers are willing to pay more for it. Tapping into established brands’ consumer base helps to further the reach of a new product.

Earned Media/PR

Earned media is publicity or exposure earned from word-of-mouth, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or shared content. It can come in various ways—a social media testimonial, a television or radio show mention, a newspaper article or editorial —but is always unsolicited and can only be gained organically. It cannot be bought or owned like traditional advertising.

Search Engine Marketing

Search Engine Marketing, or SEM, is a method that companies utilize to grow their website traffic through paid online advertising.

Search Engine Optimization

SEM is effective because of its wide range of online tools and reach, cost-effective way to generate high visibility, and because it is easily adaptable to various markets and audiences.

Word-of-Mouth Advertising

Word-of-mouth advertising is unpaid, organic, and powerful because those having nice things to say about your product or service generally have nothing to gain from it other than sharing good news. A recommendation from a friend, colleague, or family member has built-in trustworthiness, and can spur dozens of leads who expect positive experiences with your brand. In today’s digital world, word-of-mouth isn’t strictly verbal. Leveraging online reviews and opinions are equally (if not more) effective at spreading the word.

Cause Marketing

Cause marketing relationships help to assure your customers you share their desire to make the world a better place. This marketing strategy is a cooperative effort between a for-profit business and a non-profit organization to mutually promote and benefit from charitable causes. Think of popular brands that donate items or funds to people in need for every purchase made.

Regardless of the strategy you choose, marketing effectiveness is dependent on how you execute. Contact the team at Pearl Marketing & Design to discuss how we can help implement these strategies into your marketing plan.

We can help you every step of the way, from strategizing and planning through execution and monitoring. Your brand is our business!

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