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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.

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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.

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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

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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