In this day and age, when competition is tough, businesses have to do everything to stand out and enjoy an edge over their competitors. And, you will be surprised how something like SEO has so many facets to it. Local SEO for small business has taken a new meaning ever since Google updated its local algorithm in 2015. The Pigeon update actually brought about a shift – one from completely local to organic factors.

A survey conducted a few months after Google changed its algorithm shows the importance of local SEO for small business. In fact, the results of that survey are valid even today.

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It’s that time of year again when we start to finish up 2017 and turn our attention to the coming year. The rate of change in digital marketing in 2018 will increase yet again, so to help get you ahead of the curve, here are five digital marketing trends to start thinking about.

Personalised experiences:

The journey towards personalization has been the stuff of dreams for most marketers: who wants to pay to talk to 100 people when there is only 1 person who you want to engage? But the trend has not been growing in just dreams. People’s exposure to advertising has been massive and this has had two impacts: people will only engage with different/sophisticated advertising and people are sick of advertising!
Personalisation could be a simple customised landing page (e.g. sending traffic from a Twitter campaign to a different page to traffic from a Facebook campaign) or it could be a fully personalized website experience, but if this is all new to you, 2018 should be the year you start to investigate.

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It’s a natural tendency for humans to copy one another, even without realizing it — we like to be a part of tribes and social communities. So when we notice our social circle is doing one thing, we tend to follow suit. One great way to make an offer more valuable is to show that other people are participating in that offer.

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So how do you use scarcity to obtain new leads? How can scarcity be used to increase leads? If you look at the principle of supply and demand, you’ll notice that when supply is limited, demand goes up. Scarcity has a psychological influence on us, making us want something even more if there isn’t enough to go around. Scarcity is great because it creates a fear of shortage, and thus a sense of urgency.

 


Limited Time Offers

Limited time offers are among the most popular in the scarcity category. Just think about your average car dealership. Practically every commercial is a limited time deal. “Get 0% financing before it’s gone!”

Limited Quantity Offers

When something is of limited quantity, it suddenly becomes more unique or exclusive. In some studies, limited quantity or supply offers have outperformed limited-time offers. Why? Because it’s hard to tell when an offer of limited quantity will suddenly become unavailable, while a time-based offer has a known end time. Limited quantity offers are great for not only getting people to say “yes” to your offer but to avoid procrastination completely.

Limited Time and Limited Quantity

Groupon is the perfect example of using both tactics. All Groupon deals end within a certain time frame, and they limit the number of people who can buy a Groupon. That’s a powerful combination. The site also packages these scarcity tactics with discounting, which is another great value-add, especially for e-commerce businesses.

Check out How To Turn Facebook Fans Into Paying Customers. 

How effective is your social lead targeting? Nowadays, buyers are sharing more openly their interest and activities on social media. Thus, it’s vital to take advantage of this medium to capture and refine available information to target the right buyer persona based on their social media activities.

Social media isn’t just about branding anymore in fact; you can get social leads from your social media accounts. You might ask, how can I turn my social media campaigns into a lead generating machine? Easy breezy my friend, let’s start with the basics. Lead generation is not about selling; it’s about bringing people into your sales pipeline, a process of stimulating and capturing interest in a product or service for the purpose of developing sales funnel. Now, think of lead generation as intelligence that gathers your customers:

  • Interest
  • Dilemma
  • Potential products to sell
  • Insights on how to make them into paying customers

Americans astonishingly open their social media account 17 times a day, meaning at least once every waking hour, if not more. Thus social media is the perfect spot to fish your target audience and turn them into a sales lead.

Right Social Media Platform = Right Social Leads

In looking for leads, choosing the right social media platform is important. It’s not safe to assume that Facebook is always the best social media to opt for. B2B marketers have generated 44% of leads on Linkedin, 39% on Facebook and 30% on Twitter. The techniques you use to generate social leads depends on the social media you’re using on. Here are some ideas to kick start.

Generating Leads on Facebook

Facebook has 1.13 billion of active users, a great place to reach new audiences. You can generate leads here for free, or you can have Facebook advertising to run. However, for free leads, you can turn your fans into leads through:

  • Contests
  • Create contact form on custom tab
  • Posting your landing pages or blogs on your wall
  • Add call-to-action on your facebook page

 

Generating Leads on Twitter

On 2013, Twitter released its Lead Generation Twitter Card that will help advertisers find and connect with Twitter users. Twitter Card let people securely share their email address to your business without the need of leaving the Twitter website or having to fill out some forms.

 

Generating Leads on Linkedin

Linkedin is the top social site to cultivate B2B leads and here are some ways to generate Linkedin leads:

  • Optimize your profile for connecting
  • Search users who match your buyer’s profile, create a list and make initial contact with them.
  • Join groups

 

Generating Leads on Instagram

This photo-sharing social network not only give us practical ways to share photos but to do so in chic. So here are some of the techniques to use Instagram as a lead generation tool.

  • Personalize your #hashtags
  • Don’t ignore comments
  • Use video

 

In summary, your best prospects are sharing details about themselves, their comforts and problems on social media every day. So start changing the way your business uses social media today, contact us for a quote today.