What’s one common goal that the majority of business owners have in common?
To maintain a successful business that continues to attract and engage more customers. Your ideal audience is searching the web daily looking for the specific brands, businesses and services that suit their needs. Don’t let the right audience pass you by! A Media Marketing’s website team is excited to share five excellent tips on how to increase traffic to your website!
Step One: The Fast Lane Is Paid Advertising!
Paid search, paid search engine optimization (SEO), social media advertising and display advertising are the quick and popular routes to drive more traffic to websites.
Strategize how you’re going to build your brand and achieve higher website traffic for your business. The right audience has to be able to easily find your website online and on their mobile devices! Define your paid advertising objectives and decide how much you want to spend to reach your target audience. If you’re looking to grow sales on your website, then include targeting high commercial intent keywords as part of your plan to increase website traffic.
Step Two: Make Your Mark On Social Media!
Social media is one of the best and most proactive ways to reach your target audience. Establish your business or brand on social media and begin to engage your customers on some of the popular channels like: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Select the social media channels that suite your business and begin to maximize your audience! Create a social media content calendar for 30, 60 and 90 days to help you strategize your message overtime, plan for your holiday announcements and monthly highlights. Allocate a social media budget for your content calendar and make sure to run ads and boosts specific posts to amplify your message.
Step Three: Create A Wide Mixture Of Content!
The last thing you want to do is make your audience bored or unsatisfied with your website, content and social media marketing efforts. In order to avoid driving business away, make sure to create a mixture of content that varies in kinds and sizes. The more diverse content the better! Remember, your audience consists of different people who are going to prefer reading various kinds of content. Create a wide assortment of content for your website and social media channels to satisfy the different kinds of readers in your audience. Mix in short and sweet social media posts, video blasts, attention-grabbing photos, text blogs, infographics and data driven content for the biggest impact. Promote the variety of content on all of your social media channels.
Step Four: Grab Attention With Eye-Catching Headlines!
Amazing content cannot go far without an attention-grabbing headline! Don’t let your rich content go unread due to the lack of researching your headline. Think of headlines as search terms, what are the most common searches for your content’s topic? Begin to research popular headlines and search terms for your content to maximize your reach. Take your time when deciding what is the correct headline, don’t rush it and think in search terms.
Step Five: Don’t Forget About On-Page SEO!
On-Page SEO isn’t going away anytime soon, it’s sill a crucial and very important part of your website and content.
Spend extra time building your on-page SEO correctly and reap the benefits of increased website traffic and audience growth. Create internal links that promotes new content, be very specific with your image alt text and use detailed meta descriptions. On-page SEO will be your new best friend for growing organic website traffic.
The five steps above create a very powerful combination of marketing tools that will continue to drive more traffic to your website and grow your audience!
Do you need guidance with the five steps above? Or perhaps you’re looking for an excellent marketing team to create and manage your content, social media, website and more?
A Media Marketing’s team of experts specializes in personally guided marketing strategies for the serious business owner. Call us today at 813-933-2788 to discuss marketing options that suit your business and budget.
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Major changes are in store for Instagram as the photo-sharing app opens its newsfeed to sponsored advertisements. Earlier this month, Instagram and its third-party partners announced a mutual release of the advertising API, or application programming interface, and their involvement.
Acquired by Facebook in 2012, Instagram has now transformed into a notable competitor in the mobile advertising industry. Powerhouse rivals include Google and Twitter. Like its dominant counterparts, Instagram will now allow businesses to purchase ad space and design an effective marketing strategy with automated posts.
With this acclivous move, advertisers can now schedule out Instagram campaigns, cross-promote on other platforms and monitor engagement. They will also be able to utilize Facebook’s ad-targeting tools in Instagram ads. Instagram has previously released a “Shop Now” button and the ability for advertisers to link outside of the app, as well as the capability to include several images in a single post.
A representative for Instagram said, “The Instagram Ads API will help us make ads more relevant to the community, serve more diverse business objectives, and make buying on the platform easier for advertisers.”
This is not the end of development and growth for Instagram. The app’s developers plan to continue building upon the new API. Market analysts expect Instagram to bring in $595 million this year, and surpass Google and Twitter in ad revenue by 2017. Bank of America Merrill Lynch researchers predict Instagram to make $1 billion in 2017, and escalate to nearly $4 billion by 2020.
Incorporate social media into your marketing strategy with A Media Marketing! Call us today at 813.933.2788.
The best way to protect your business is to stop fraudulent activity before it starts. Take advantage of fraud fighting tactics to protect your business!
Protect your Checks!
Only use checks with holograms or heat-sensitive ink. These high-security features are often overlooked by smaller businesses. Fraudulent checks are written everyday! It’s especially important to store your checks securely and safely. Don’t keep unused checks either. Immediately eliminate any checks from unused accounts too. Improve your security by requiring secure passwords for employees that write and issue your checks. Have your accountant balance your accounts daily to ensure there are no abnormalities. Make sure to only use security pens if you use handwritten checks!
Really Read Bank Policies
We know policies can be dry and dull but they will protect you in the long run. Take the next security step and read your bank’s policy for distribution of funds and liability. Never overlook the fine print! Always keep a close eye on your bank accounts! Check your bank security settings and use instant alerts to warn you of unusual account activity.
Hide your Hard Copies!
Any kind of company information is ALWAYS kept in a secure and locked location. Think wisely before sharing this information with others. Only allow trusted employees to have access. The less people with access the better. Keep copies of any important documents in another separate location for extra safety precautions.
Eliminate Documents Ferociously!
By ferociously we mean with a cross-cut shredder. Avoid strip-cut shredders! Strip-cut shredders cut narrow strips of paper that can be reassembled. Choose a cross-cut or confetti-cut shredder to improve your document security.
New Routine - Change Passwords
Your new security routine now includes changing your passwords at least every 60 days. Never use the same password twice. Avoid short and simple passwords. Use a variety of capital letters, numbers and symbols. The lengthier the password the stronger it is.
Security Policy for Social Media
We live in world of social media! Be proactive and prevent your employees from tainting your social media presence. Create a specific policy that clearly states what company related information can and cannot be posted on social media. This is a quick and easy security task to tackle!
Smartphone Remote Security Features
Learn about the security features that your smartphone offers. Always use the strongest password protection for accessing your phone. Take advantage of smartphone remote tracking and remote wiping to protect you if your phone is ever lost.
Disaster Recovery Plans
Create a plan to protect your company from cyber attacks and natural disasters. Share your new security rules and guidelines with your employees. Check your inventory of credit cards, employee Social Security numbers, and any logs of customer databases. Business Identity Restoration services are available. These services provide secure online storage for important company information that is accessible from anywhere.
One-Liner Security Tips
Numerous personal injury cases have felt the repercussions of posting statuses about their injuries on Social Medial channels. What may appear to be an innocent post that informs your family and friends that you’re healing well from an injury may actually hurt you in the long run, especially if you’re dealing with an personal injury case.
Insurance companies regularly monitor social media channels for people involved in injury claims while tracking information they can use in court. Lawyers frequently refer to Facebook page statuses in court to prove where the defendant has been prior and during personal injury cases. They use information from Social Media postings to insinuate false injuries and provide evidence against claims.
Judges are persuaded that defendants are exaggerating their injury, all due to public postings and the easy access of the Internet. Defense Lawyers frequently use old posts to try and prove that a person’s injuries may pre-date the accident. They will use what you post against you and question your injuries.
Protect yourself by avoiding posting about any injuries, accidents, or treatments in any context on your social media channels, specifically if you’re in a personal injury dispute. Remove any images and statuses that may be misinterpreted and end up hurting you later. Monitor your friends’ statuses and image tags. Unless you have adjusted your privacy settings, others can tag you in photos without your approval.
Don’t forget to check comments that mention your name that could lead to misinterpretation. Lastly, be aware of friend requests you don’t recognize, they might be an insurance company seeking your information.
For more tips to improve your social media privacy settings refer to our De-Clutter Social Channels Blog.
Media Professionals of Florida (MPFI) highlighted their meeting on June 10th at Grownman Brand Studios with Social Media Overview Training. Leslie Laney, Director of Marketing & Social Media for A Media Marketing (AMM) led the training and discussion for MPFI. This group was more technologically savvy than most so Leslie was pleased to hear they learned a great deal from her training.
AMM, serving the Tampa Bay community for over 45 years, specializes in a full array of marketing services from Video Production, Social Media Management & Training, Web Design and Print Collateral to Advertising Specialty campaigns. Over the last three years, Leslie has trained professionals from small to mid-size businesses. She focuses on teaching others how to harness the power of social media, while integrating that power into their existing marketing plans.
The overview covers the basics: how to get started, create a strategy, develop a content schedule, and much more. Her in-depth training teaches how to integrate the top Social Media Marketing platforms into your company’s marketing mix. The top platforms she covers are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and Pinterest.
Social Media Overview educates trainees on current social media marketing strategies and explains
• How to choose which platform is right for your business
• How to claim your space in the social media landscape
• How to effectively grow the right connections
• How to improve your Social Media profiles to be easily found by prospects
Leslie’s trainees were a wonderful group of very engaged media professionals. Here are a few of their post-training comments:
• Terry Jordan – Jordan Productions, Inc.: “I learned so much at our last MPFI meeting. Leslie was a wealth of knowledge. I scribbled notes during the meeting and sold a video gig from what I learned at that meeting.”
• David Rosenblatt – Silver Image Interactive: “Leslie, your presentation was great and I know the whole group benefited from it.”
AMM can help your company as well. We are available for speaking engagements, corporate events, or in-office training. Take advantage and proactively learn about the evolving world of Social Media, and how your business can fully benefit from it. AMM provides “Personally guided marketing strategies for the serious business owner.”
Are your social media platforms cluttered? It’s easy for them to become messy over time, but don’t let the disorganization frustrate you and bury your platforms. What’s the solution? A Media Marketing developed quick tips for eliminating social media clutter. These proactive tips are easy to do, however, the adjustments work best on a computer verse mobile device. Once you’ve done the work, you’ll have cleaner timelines and easier to use social platforms.
Manage Your Friends On Facebook
Prioritize your Facebook newsfeed by organizing your friends into two separate groups. You can name these groups whatever you’d like, but for now our example groups will be “acquaintances” and “close friends.” This way your news feed will provide you with “close friends” photographs and updates, instead of posts from every contact. If you want to create more specific lists, select the person’s page, and hover over the “friends” button. A drop-down menu will appear and list a variety of options.
Choose Carefully When Following Feeds
If you don’t want to offend someone by removing them as a friend, but you’re tired of seeing their endless posts of cats and what they had for dinner, here’s the solution: Next time that “friend” appears in your news feed, simply click the arrow on the right side of the post and select “Unfollow.” This way, you’re still friends, they don’t know your not following them and you’re free of their updates!
How Many Groups Are You In?
It’s easy to accept a bunch of group invites, and suddenly realize you don’t know these groups. To view all of your groups and manage them, go to your Facebook newsfeed. Next to “Groups” in the left column click “More.” Select the icon that looks like a wheel next to each group. This will allow you to decide if you want to leave the group or simply turn off the group notifications.
Control Your Posts
De-clutter what is posted on your on Facebook page, especially if you don’t want unflattering or inappropriate tags dragging you down. To get started simply go to “Settings” and select “Timeline and Tagging.” Under “Who can add things to my timeline?” you can choose if you want to be the only one posting on your timeline.
Take the initiative and require approval for tagged photos and posts by changing your settings. If you don’t want strangers to access your page, then make sure that only your friends can view all past and present posts (including friends of anyone tagged in the photo). To make these privacy adjustments, go to your Facebook privacy settings “Who can see my stuff?” and select “Limit Past Posts.”
Adjustments For Twitter’s Privacy Settings
Most of us end up following numerous people on Twitter. Our timelines are flooded with tweets and there’s never enough time to read them all. What do you do? You could tediously unfollow a selected amount of accounts. Unless you follow a hundred or more people, then you may not have time to do that either. The easiest and quickest route is to make lists and this way no one’s feelings get hurt. Go to “Settings” and select “Lists” and then “Create New List.” You can title your lists whatever you’d like, for example, categorize them by subject or priority. You can even create a master list of necessary people whose tweets you want to receive. Or you can create a “Private” list where you can be as selective as you’d like. Remember, you don’t have to follow someone to add them to your lists.
Sum-Up Those Bios
The short bio on your Twitter profile is your best opportunity to express why others should follow you. For example, if you’ve changed jobs or moved somewhere new, maybe your tweeting about a new topic, don’t forget to add it in your bio. This tactic also applies to all of your Social Media bios, especially Facebook and LinkedIn. Make sure that your bio is up to date on your current employer, position and geological location. Many users take advantage of LinkedIn as an online resume so it’s crucial to keep your information updated often.
Our first Google training course went off with a bang last month. The participants had a great time and enjoyed the opportunity to not only learn about "The World of Google" but to network with each other and make valuable connections.
This course covers everything from establishing your business on Google and running Google Ad Word campaings, to Google Hangouts and Google+. It will give you a great overview into the many features that Google has to offer for your business.
We would love to have you join us for future classes! Check out our Social Media Course Schedule Here
Aren’t we all Sales people? It may not be in our title but ultimately if you are the owner, manager or even human resources, you are responsible for selling something. Even if you are unemployed you sell yourself when you go on job interviews. So, let’s take a moment and address that sales man or woman that is in all of us. How many times have emails or phone calls to people you would like to make an appointment with arrived at a dead-end? How successful have you been trying to convince a stranger to give you the time of day? How much time have you wasted jumping over hurdles attempting to speak to the decision-maker in an organization?
The old school mentality of successful cold calling in business sales are over. Most decision makers in a business are just too busy to stop what they are doing to take an unexpected phone call or a quick 5 minute meeting. And then they are annoyed that you stopped them from what they were doing and probably aren’t even listening to you anyway! Barriers are all around us, and forward-thinking salespeople are embracing a new approach to break through those barriers: social media.
Tech-savvy sales staffs now use various social media channels to ‘Do Their Homework’ on potential clients and even competitors. By using tools like LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter, it gives them an edge over their competition and outperforms their peers not using it by a staggering 73 percent. In a recent report, published by the Aberdeen Group in February of 2013, sales people exceeded their quotas 23 percent more often than their counterparts who did not social media.
I know for a fact it helps business increase sales and find new leads. I have seen it myself at my own company and the companies that we represent. Because the information is so valuable, we created an Advanced LinkedIn course geared around helping Sales people ‘Do Their Homework’ on prospects. Harnessing the power behind social media is proven to increase results! Sign up today and gain the knowledge you need to help improve the quality of your leads.
A few tips to get you started:
1. Use Social Media to break down the Barriers
Social media is an amazing tool to create organizational charts of companies before you even make your first phone call. People who create LinkedIn profiles give you the answers to the test. The majority of the time it is very clear what position they hold, what responsibilities they have and who you need to talk to in order to get the deal done.
2. Use Existing Connections to Break the Ice
If you have a few hundred connections on LinkedIn, there is no telling who you may be connected with in your extended network. You may have that big fish sitting right there and not even know it. If you are connected to someone that you don’t know but want to meet, look for the person you have in common and request an introduction. You are more likely to get a response and start a conversation that way.
3. Explore your Existing Connections
Many times we connect with people and never see or hear from them again. Before you know it, you could have over 500 connections and truly know only a hand full of people. So, take the time to look at who you are already connected to. The hard part of connecting is done, so just start a conversation. Ask them a question. Look for commonalities between you. Maybe you went to the same college or worked for the same previous employer. Or just maybe you see them posting on topics they are passionate about and you share the same interest. These are all great conversation starters to work on building relationships with your existing connections.
Social media’s reach is not just gripping the younger generation anymore. With the 55 to 64 year old age group becoming the fastest growing demographic on Twitter since 2012, parents and grandparents are now quickly adopting this typically “younger” platform. Facebook and Google+ are also experiencing demographic growth rates in the 45 to 54 age bracket. So what does this all mean when it comes to developing a marketing strategy for your business?