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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.

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.

Search Engine Optimization

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

How Do You Know Your Marketing Efforts Are Paying Off?

You have planned the perfect campaign for your brand. Your newsletter is sent, your Facebook Ads are hitting your targeted audience, your video is posted on YouTube, and SEO Keywords are in Google Adwords. Hooray!

What now?

The next step is to analyze how much of an impact your campaign made. How do you know your marketing efforts paid off? Did I gain more business and customers? Did my conversion rate increase? What kind of numbers determine if I made an impact?

In this blog, we will dive into how to track your success and how to plan a stellar campaign with proven results.


SMART Goals

Setting SMART Goals

Before measuring success, brands must brainstorm ideas and set goals. This process helps a team focus and push them to be better.

To make grounding goals, think of the acronym S.M.A.R.T.

  • Specific – Do set real numbers with real deadlines. Don’t say, “I want more visitors.”
  • Measurable – Do make sure that you can track your goal. Don’t hide behind buzzwords like “brand engagement” or “social influence.”
  • Attainable – Do work toward a goal that is challenging but possible. Don’t try to take over the world in one night.
  • Realistic – Do be honest with yourself, because you know what you and your team are capable of. Don’t forget any hurdles you may have to overcome.
  • Time-Bound -Do be honest with yourself, because you know what you and your team are capable of. Don’t forget any hurdles you may have to overcome.

How To Measure Success!

In these next sections, we will layout tips on whether your marketing campaigns are paying off. When you are pitching your campaign to your audience, you should analyze the Bounce Rate, Organic Traffic Searches, Landing Pages, and Conversions. These four tools will help you determine your success and how to move forward!

Bounce Rate

Bounce Rate

Bounce Rate is the percentage of visitors to a particular website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. This stat can easily be ignored, but it is important to know if your content is reaching the audience and how long they stay on your website or blog.

Many sites have a bounce rate of 45 to 50 percent. Anything under 40 percent is considered a win. Though a high bounce rate may be negative, it can also be a positive. A visitor may receive all the information they need in a single page of your website or blog. Use discretion on whether your content is reaching your audience.

 

Organic Traffic Searches

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Almost everyone who has access to the internet is asking questions or searching for some answers on search engines. These queries could potentially bring people to your content–but are Google and Bing actually throwing any love your way?

You’ll get your answer by looking at the number of people who arrive at your site through organic search. Just as with bounce rate, you must monitor your numbers growing through organic searches. If you do not see steady growth, you may need to re-strategize your website or content to ensure that they’re fully optimized for search engines.

 

Click-Through Landing Pages

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Whether visitors on your site arrive through organic search, a Facebook referral, or an email link, you’re ultimately going to want to guide them from the content into a sales-focused environment.

One way to achieve this is to weave contextual links to relevant e-commerce or landing pages right into your content. Customers are more engaged by, and more likely to interact with content that contains helpful information about your brand. You can see just how effectively your blog as a whole or individual articles is driving to e-commerce or other landing pages by setting up a custom segment in your analytics program. If you’re not seeing a lot of clicks from your content into e-com, you may need to reevaluate how you’re integrating brand mentions in your content.

 

Blogging to E-Commerce Conversions

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When a viewer lands on your e-commerce page, are they making purchases?

You can set up your analytics to track the path that readers take once they enter your blog, and learn about their buying habits. You can see exactly how many purchases were influenced by the blog, the average amount purchased per transaction, and how much total revenue that part of the site generated.

Don’t be discouraged if your customer didn’t buy your product during the conversion period. They may return tomorrow, a week, or a month to buy your good or service!


Sources

Kreuser, A. (2016, March 2). 4 Easy Ways To Tell if Your Marketing Is Working. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/amanda-pressner-kreuser/4-easy-ways-to-tell-if-your-marketing-is-working.html

The Internet of Things!

We are living in a tech-savvy decade, where smartphones are now a part of society, talking to “Alexa” in finding a solution, drones capturing photos from an aerial view,  and much more!

Currently, marketers are able to receive a demographic and a psychographic based on cell-towers, global satellites, and empirical data. Now, innovators are working to collect marketing behavior by the things you touch, including FitBits, Google Glasses, even your stove, and refrigerators!

This newsletter will dive into how marketers will be able to measure demographics and marketing behavior through new tools and how “The Internet of Things” is the next revolution in the relationship between brands and consumers.

 


 

What is “The Internet of Things?”

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The Internet of Things is is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.
For example, innovators have created new ways to make grocery shopping easier for consumers. Electronic grocery lists are installed in newer refrigerators. When you enter an item on your list, it then transfers to the internet and analyzes what specific brand you are buying, how long you should keep your food/drink items, and where to find the best-priced brand of your choice.
More and more companies are hopping onto the Internet of Things, where market research can be utilized at a consumers finger tips.

Marketing & The Internet of Things!
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Marketing professionals are able to study relationships between a brand and a consumer. Currently, we can study these behaviors by studying keywords customers are using through search engines, what web pages they are visiting, and which emails they are clicking.

Each year, technology develops further into how buyers personalize with a brand. Consumers will want to personalize their experience where interactions and easy and meaningful to them.

There are an estimated 1.9 billion connected devices today and will grow to 9 billion by next year. Experts believe that there will be more connected devices than users by 2020.

With the Internet of Things growing, companies will be able to collect consumer data and determine the appropriate communication channels that are most effective with each customer.

 


 

How Businesses Utilize the IoT’s

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Some businesses today are starting the revolution of the Internet of Things. Amazon is taking flight with “Alexa” and Google “Home” is jumping onboard as well.

How does the IoT utilize and impact a business?

Here’s how –

  • Data – Businesses will have access to more data than before. Consumers can now interact in new ways with the IoT’s. Smart devices will track and record patterns of consumer behavior. Organizations can learn more from buyers, making intelligent product recommendations and customizing searches in new, innovative ways.
  • Inventory Tracking and Management – If you are a business that relies on warehousing, manufacturing, or storage, you probably use remote scanners to keep track of your inventory. In the future of the IoT’s, smart devices should be able to keep tabs on inventory changes completely automatically.
  • Speed & Accessibility – Since consumers will access new forms of research and purchasing, the buying cycle will diminish in length. Buyers will be able to find and order exactly the product they are looking for and the demand for delivery will be faster.
  • Efficiency and Productivity – Businesses will get more done in less time. The latest and greatest IoT developments will likely allow managers and workers to accomplish large-scale tasks faster and with greater precision, including data analysis and management.
  • New Consumer Needs – Buyers want things they didn’t know they wanted before, and they’ll expect more out of every new purchase they make. Consumers will also demand more integration, more efficient tools, and accessories that make their new smart home-enabled lives smoother and more efficient.
  • New Staffing Needs – You’ll need experts in IoT technology if you’re going to be successful in integrating these devices into your current procedures, and data analysts if you want to make the best use of the data. These are highly skilled positions but will serve to ensure you get the most out of your new investments.

 

Source – DeMers, J. (2017, January 11). 7 Ways The Internet Of Things Will Change Businesses In 2017. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jaysondemers/2017/01/11/7-ways-the-internet-of-things-will-change-businesses-in-2017/2/#391ee37f1ab0

 

Wearable Devices and Smart Appliances

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The Internet of Things is quickly adapting to today’s modern technology.

Let’s look at the learning thermostat, Nest. By connecting a thermostat with any laptop, tablet or phone, the Nest learning thermostat can help program straight from the WiFi-enabled device. And to protect information on the cloud, Nest uses a 128-key encryption system, blending security with customer experience.

Another IoT example would be the Fitbit. These wearable devices track your physical activities, including steps walked, sleep quality, stairs climbed, and more.

With these type of devices, marketing professionals can analyze how consumers behave. When a buyer is acting upon the device, it is integrated into data and then processed for analysis.

The IoT’s era is just beginning to expand. Stoves, Televisions, Kindles, and Car’s will soon be collecting consumer data by how they interact with a certain product through the internet.


 

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