When it comes to marketing every firm has a budget. Essentially, for any business owner the bottom line is the same; spend less money but receive equally impactful results.

When it comes to developing a marketing budget that brings strong results, business owners should expect to spend a good percentage of their revenue as a primary source of investment for their campaigns. In fact, based on statistics, it is estimated that for a business seeking to grow at a steady and healthy rate of 20% that business would have to roughly spend 8%-14% of its total annual revenue. Knowing this can be a huge benefit in regards to estimating how much to plan for a yearly marketing budget for an established or start up firm.

The following article will focus on how to constitute and develop a marketing budget that pays dividends to a company’s marketing goals.

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If you have been a part of, or are an owner of a business that utilizes online marketing, chances are you have heard of tools such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Rightfully so, for many local business, online marketing may seem like a very daunting experience because of the scale in which digital marketing can attract. The reality is however, maybe you just want to cater to the people in your local community, or the people passing through. If you don’t sell something that can be shipped or mass-produced, there may not seem like much of a need to deal with SEO, right? Wrong.

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Ah, good ol’ Instagram… Over the years this social media platform has increased its reach to nearly 800 million active users today. In fact, with Facebook’s acquisition of the social media app, growth and global outreach has continuously been on the rise. With new users registering nearly every day. Based on this information alone, numerous social media marketers believe that Instagram presents itself as a massive opportunity. For small businesses looking to create brand identity and raise awareness this may be for you. Instagram services such as “Instagram stories” have already proven to be a major hit. In fact, this service attracts nearly 250 million active users on a day to day basis. That is a surplus of 90 million additional users in comparison to Snapchat who at one point in time specialized in providing “Snapchat stories.”

Considering the time frame in which Instagram stories was able to make such an impact in the social media world proves to individuals interested in providing content marketing that, the possibilities for Instagram stories is unprecedented. Despite the potential Instagram stories has, many content marketers fail to use Instagram as a means to create shared value with consumers.

At Sooner Marketing Solutions we are here to disprove that notion once and for all. Therefore without further adieu, it’s time to analyze why you, yes you, need to incorporate Instagram stories in your business and truly understand, how do Instagram stories work?!

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Business ProfileCongrats! You just got some new followers to like your companies Business Profile on Instagram… Nice! The only problem is you don’t just want new followers; you want to make sales! Your customer sees your product and oh man… there’s no action button for him or her to buy it! For individuals who don’t set up their social media correctly, forgetting to put an action button on your post may be the difference between having a viewer or potential sale.

The purpose of this post is to inform you on how to add Instagram action buttons to your business profile. By doing this, you open many opportunities and make it easier for your customers to purchase your product, book consultation, or request a quotation from your business.

By adding a call to action, you provide your customers and viewers a potential opportunity to interact with you and allow them to take the first step to know more about you and your business.

Therefore, without further adieu, let us run through the steps to help you set up your Instagram action buttons.

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Web Developer

Some people think it’s easy to build a website. There are many website developer tools available that allow you to drag and drop pictures, and insert wording.  Keep in mind that these tools use templates that are generic, and not specifically designed to meet your business needs. Web development requires behind the scenes coding that’s done by skilled web developers.  There are plenty of DIY projects that you can tackle yourself; Here are 10 reasons why building your business’s website should not be one of them.

 
Reason #1: Customization
Free website templates and DIY web builders cannot be customized, are very basic, and are not interactive. If you wanted to add an extra feature or additional content, a basic website template or web builder wouldn’t give you this option.  If you think you’re the first person to benefit from a free website builder, think again–there are thousands of other companies that have made the mistake of using the same, boring, generic template.  Now you’re stuck with a site that looks like everyone else’s.  How unique is that?
Reason #2: Efficiency
Web development hard work, and it takes a long time to build a great website.  If you’re not a professional web developer, the hours upon hours you spend trying to create a website could be more efficiently spent generating business and growing your client base.  Why not let someone with experience and knowledge build it, it’ll save you time and money.

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yelpWe’re excited to announce that Sooner Marketing Solutions is a Yelp Ads Certified Partner! We are now able to support and manage Ad campaigns for all of our clients – both large and small! We are so happy to have been given this opportunity as it allows us to better serve our clients. The purpose of this post is to inform you of our recent partnership with Yelp as well as the benefits associated with the coalition. 

What is Yelp and Why is it Important?

Yelp is a transactional platform consumers visit when they are looking to purchase from a local business. It is extremely important because it is emerging as the leading consumer review site for many types of businesses. Fast food, marketing, auto dealer type businesses, or anything else corporate related, Yelp has a strong influence and is highly regarded by a wide demographic of consumers. In fact, it currently receives high priority from the Google Search Engine results, generally, in the top 5 search results according to numerous tests. This means that with a good review, let alone a partnership, any businesses credibility and digital portfolio is instantly improved for the better.

When looking at the United States, the social platform has an estimated 94.3 million unique visitors on both, desktop and mobile and on top of that, is the 20th most-visited internet property for desktop and mobile combined. In addition to that, according to Nielsen, consumers rank Yelp as the #1 review site for finding local businesses and nearly, 79% of consumers purchase within a week after visiting Yelp.

Clearly, for any business, the platform has a huge influence on their potential customer base. Based on that, this makes Yelp a hugely important aspect of digital marketing for any corporation.

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1. Outside perspective

The number one reason to hire a marketing consultant is for the outside perspective. You may have assembled the most talented team of marketers on the planet, but you’ll always be blinded by some level of bias. A consultant, on the other hand, can come in and see things clearly without being affected by the issues that weigh you down.

2. Specialized skill set

Marketing consultants always have a general background and knowledge of how to handle a variety of different needs, but most have a specialized skill set to offer. For example, you’ll find consultants who specialize in PPC campaign optimization or content marketing. When you work with these folks, you can quickly target a specific area without wasting time, money, or resources.

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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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The numbers on social media marketing are impressive. More than half of small businesses in the United States are planning to increase their social media marketing budgets in 2017, and the number of businesses using social media marketing has increased, year over year, for more than a decade.

Still, social media marketing remains underrated. Business owners and marketers frequently treat it as a second thought—something for an intern to handle, rather than a strategically deep mode of building your reputation and attracting new traffic. Some have even abandoned the idea altogether, refusing to spend any time or money on a strategy that nets a positive ROI for up to 92 percent of businesses that use it.

So what’s the deal? Why isn’t everyone on board with the strategy?

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