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Content Isn’t Everything

You’ve likely heard that content is king, and while that isn’t necessarily UNTRUE, it isn’t EVERYTHING.

Content is only a piece in the puzzle. You can create all the high quality, well-edited pieces of content you want, but if it isn’t being implemented strategically, doesn’t take you closer towards a specific business objective, or is just content for the sake of content then it’s really not “king” is it?

I see a lot of gyms posting daily workout videos, which is great, but ask yourself this – is this getting me closer to having more high quality paying members? Or, is this content just being consumed by my current members and isn’t actually helping me reach out to new leads? Do potential members really care what your workout of the day is? They may not even know what those movements are or mean yet… They likely care more about the quality of your coaches, the services you offer, and where you’re located.

Having workout videos and gym content is great, but make sure this is not your WHOLE strategy. I often categorize posts into three different buckets: Promotional, Inspirational, and Informational. Within these categories are targets. Ie. Promotional post about student deals. Informational post about training during pregnancy. Inspirational post about a middle-aged father with diabetes who changed his life in your gym…

If content is king, then STRATEGY is certainly the queen. You need a strong relationship between both to drive marketing success.

Are You Guilty Of This Social Media Mistake? | Lemonade Stand Marketing

Owning a business, big or small, requires you to wear a lot of hats. You’ve got a lot on your mind, and there is always something more important that you could be doing. As a result, many business owners tend to treat their social media accounts like a lemonade stand; yelling about their promotions to the first person who will listen, undermining the value of their service with uninspired content, and spamming the reluctant few who have subscribed to your pages with the same messages over and over. Until they eventually unfollow your business’ page. We’re going to tell you how you can take your business to the next level and avoid damaging your online presence further.

 

Social media is constantly changing. Be proactive and stay ahead of your competition.

 

Long gone are the days where posting the same photos and weekly status updates could net you a steady growth of organic followers.

Watch your competitors for clues. Keeping an eye on what your competitors are doing isn’t copying if you’re doing it better than them.

Stay on top of trends. Social media is all about being at the right place, at the right time, with the right message. If there’s an event or trending topic that has to do with your business, make the most of it. Tailor your content to the audience and the context it serves. These are skills you will learn as you commit more hours to managing your profiles and pages, but it will undoubtedly pay off.

 

Stop telling. Start showing.

 

One of the most difficult aspects of creating high-quality content for your audience is to assess the value it provides. It’s easy to say that your promotions are of value to you because you’re the owner. Think about what action you want the potential reader or viewer to take. One of the best ways to capture anyone’s interest is to make them feel like they are missing out by not subscribing to your blog, your channels, or your mailing list.

Instead of simply creating an event page, think about how you can take it one step further and truly wow your audience and interest them in your event. Consider what sort of information might pique the interest of potential attendees. You could create an event page on your website that the event ad will lead to. If there’s a famous guest speaker in attendance or any other main attraction, use that to draw the masses.

If you’re a restaurant owner and you’ve got a new menu, don’t just post a picture of the new menu. SHOW US. Show us how these new and fantastic menu items can be used. Think of food pairings, or describing the history of a dish to give it a story. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good story? The point is, show your audience the value of your service. Put it to use.

Most people will search for a brand online before making any sort of purchase. With that information in mind, the content you make available to them will be your source for testimony to show the true quality and personality of your business.

 

Conclusion

 

While lemonade stands may have been a fun way to start a business as a kid, those tactics won’t work on a population consumed by digital content. Highly active brands are out there using every tool and resource available to create almost addictive content for their followers. We can all take some time to learn from these iconic brands to help us break away from lemonade stand marketing tactics. Social media isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and is best used in collaboration with your other marketing channels. Used effectively, social media can be the most cost-effective marketing tool in your arsenal.

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Maximize Social Media Ad Spend | ROI

Social Media marketing is one of the most cost-effective advertising solutions for small and medium businesses. However, if you’re not using it right, it can cost you significantly in time and headache and you might not see the ROI. Managing your ad budget can be tricky. How do you know how much you need to spend and where? What keywords to use? How do you know what’s working/ what’s not? Here are some simple best practices on how to effectively manage your ad budget.

 

Choose and Create an ad. Cast your net.

 

Sponsored vs. Promoted Posts

 

Facebook and Twitter ads: they’re all the same, right? Wrong! There is a huge difference between sponsored and promoted posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Promoted posts are organic posts uploaded to your page. They can be “promoted” by spending a little money to increase the reach of your post. A regular post will only reach a portion of the people who follow you, by default. Once you pay to promote it, the post will then reach people outside of your page’s following, or you can simply promote it to reach a larger percentage of your audience. The choice is yours!

-Promoting your top performing posts is a good way of testing the quality of your organic content if you think that you have too small of a following to generate a good measurement of engagement.

-It’s also good to use when you are running a contest and you have a post that you want to be shared. Paying to have that specific post reach way more people is an excellent tactic for this type of promotion.

 

Sponsored posts are posts you can create solely for the purpose of advertising. You can visit the Facebook Business page to see all the ad formats and their benefits. These sponsored ads are to be created for a specific audience and purpose. Ranging from website clicks to page likes, you can custom create a message that will appear on someone’s feed the next time they log on while your ad is running.

While sponsored and promoted posts will both appear on someone’s feed in the same manner, the two will achieve two entirely different objectives.

 

Start reeling in leads with repetition through retargeting.

 

The beauty of advertising with social media platforms is that you have the ability to custom create your audience.

-Facebook Pixels. This is a piece of code that you can add to a landing page on your website to track visitors. You can use this pixel code to then import an audience into Facebook’s ad manager. From there, you can actually target people who have recently visited your page (or been on a page that contains your pixel) with your ad. People who have visited your page are more likely to purchase from you because they are familiar with your brand and it is top of mind.

 

Analyze and Optimize.

 

To truly master managing your ad spend, you will need some practice with analytics. Every platform that you advertise with will have some form of analytics available to you. Use this information wisely, because it’s there for a reason. Whatever platform you are using, be sure to monitor your ads as they are running. Look for key differences and things that need improvement. These are some of the most common ways to test your ads:

-A/B Testing. This is a method that simply uses two or more different sets of ads to test which subtle changes are more effective than others. Some ad sets might be best tested to see which images are more appealing to your audience, or which caption is more enticing, etc. Then you can make sure you’re only spending money on the most effective ad.

-Audience testing. Test two identical ads but with different audience profiles to see if you are properly targeting your potential leads.

After testing your ad sets to find out which combination of settings will perform the best, it’s time to start investing in the ads that will net you the best ROI.

 

Let’s recap.

  1. Create Visibility Through Targeted Ads. (Cast the Net)
  2. Reel In Your Leads Through Retargeting
  3. Tweak with Analytics. (Invest in what’s working to Maximize ROI)

 

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