Celebrating Work This Month

There are several “holidays” coming up this month that are centered around business. March 1st is both Employee Appreciation Day and National Sales Person Day. March 8th is International Working Women’s Day. The 29th is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day and March 31st is World Back Up Day (the day you should make sure you have a back up for various electronic systems like your website and computer).

There are several ways you can choose to incorporate these into your business. Some of those ways will help your employees or business associates. Some of these can help you market your product or service. And some of these can help you spread good will. Here are a few ideas for you:

  • If you don’t have employees, send a card or email to a business associate who has gone above and beyond for you and your company.
  • Send a card or email to an affiliate who has done especially well.
  • Post a blog reminding your business customers to do one of the above.
  • Post a blog sharing about one of the people you recognized in your business.
  • Post to social media about your appreciation for a business associate.
  • Post to social media reminding them to back up their computers or websites.
  • Find a way to tie the holiday in with something your company is doing. (blog post, social media post, etc)

Looking to the conventional holidays is a good practice, but take a look at those “silly holiday” sites. They are packed with valuable information that can help you blog, connect on social media, and more!

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What the Ad Blocking Trend Means for Your Content Marketing

A couple weeks ago, I talked about why content marketing is so important for your business.  This week, I want to go into a bit of depth as to what ad blocking is telling you about your content marketing.

1. Your articles and posts should not even resemble ads!
The number one most important thing you should learn from the ad blocking trend is not to make your content marketing look like ads! Consumers are pretty savvy. They know clickbait when they see it and they can feel ads clothed in information on the information highway.  So, make sure to give your readers the valuable information or entertainment they crave without making them feel like they’re being sold!

The idea of content marketing is to give value such that the consumer trusts your company and wishes to reciprocate when it comes time to buy.  The task is to make them feel so indebted to you that they not only think of you first when they are ready to purchase but feel bad about looking anywhere else to fill their need.

2. So what do you put in there and how do you get leads?
What you write about will, of course, depend upon your audience. Do your potential customers need to know something about your industry that affects them?  Do they want to learn how to do something related to your industry? Are they looking to be entertained? See a need and fill it.  More specifically, see a “want” and fill it.   

I said this on a Facebook women’s business group and got some flack for it, but after years of being in sales and owning my own businesses, I can tell you that it’s true.  People buy what they want and not necessarily what they need.  There are those who will not buy something even though they need it and others that will buy what they want even if they can’t really afford it. 

The flack I took for that was the concept that this thinking is bad for people and takes advantage of them.  I disagree.  Taking advantage of people is almost forcing them to buy something they don’t need or can’t afford by means of trickery or deceit.  Recognizing that people will buy wants and not necessarily needs is smart business.  If you know that most people who need something won’t buy it, you probably shouldn’t sell it.  If you recognize that your customers want X with their Y, then you’d better make sure your Xs have Ys!

3. Give value!
I cannot emphasize this enough.  GIVE VALUE!  If your potential customers want to be entertained, entertain them!  If they’d appreciate knowing something, share it. If they want to be the first to have something, let them know.  Whatever it is they value that will help your company reach its goals, make sure you know about it and are actively giving it to them.  

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59% Believe Better Customer Service Through Social Media

Social media should be an important part of your content marketing strategy.  If you’re not on social media, you should be because 59% of people who are there believe that customer service through social media makes it easier to get answers.  This is an important statistic to know!

1. If you’re not on social media, you should be!
If your business isn’t already on social media, you should begin to investigate what platforms would work for your industry.  If you are already there, you should be planning to take full advantage of the many ways social media can help your company not only in customer service but in exposure as well.

The more your company is seen, the more you’ll be top of mind when your customers are ready to buy.  Being on social media helps bring your message to a wider audience and it’s important that you provide value there as well.

2. Where on social media should you concentrate?
Well, that all depends upon your tribe.  Where does your target audience spend their time? Facebook is a MUST!  Most people on social media are on Facebook.  That’s where a lot of people look for information so that’s the number one MUST social media presence.

It’s advisable to have at least two other social media platforms, but the rest really depends upon the age range and industry.  Your mileage may vary, but a rule of thumb is that the younger crowd isn’t on Facebook as much as they are on SnapChat and Instagram.  The older crowd is mainly on Facebook, but Twitter might be a good choice for you as well.  There are some new platforms that are up and coming as well. It’s best to do some research to discover where your target audience calls their social media home.

3. Think  about how do you do social media
By this, I mean how often and what you will post.  Your posts should have your goal in mind: Do you want them to subscribe to your mailing list? Click through to a sales funnel? Landing page? They should also give your customers what they want: information, entertainment…

Again, you’ll want to do some research as to what they expect, want, and will respond to.  That means looking at your competition to see what works for them and then making your own mark.  Your contribution should give your customers what they are asking for and not necessarily what they are being given already.  What’s missing from your competition? What’s not being addressed?

The last part to this is crucial.  Make sure you are posting regularly and more than just once a week! Social media is consumed daily. Make sure you are not only posting, but responding to comments in a timely manner.  If a page sits for too long with no new content, people will quit looking for you.  If you don’t have the time to make this happen, I can help!

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Why You Can Get 3X the Leads with Content Marketing

The Content Marketing Institute, in 2017, reported that content marketing can get three times as many leads as paid search advertising.  That’s a rather bold statement, but here’s why it’s true:

1.  What IS Content Marketing
In order to understand why this is true, we need to understand what content marketing is.  According to CMI, “Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.

The idea is to give your potential customers or clients information they value, which keeps them coming back to your site to consume.  This leads them to trust you and want to reciprocate your generosity by purchasing from your company when they are ready to buy-in to what you provide.

It makes logical sense that a person would become loyal to a company they trust who has gone out of their way to give them value, but to better understand why content marketing is far superior to ads, we need to identify one very powerful statistic.

2. Ad Blocking
You and I both know how annoying ads can be. We record our favorite shows so we can fast forward through the commercials. We ignore all the ads on social media, and we know friends who block ads on their browsers.  According to 2018 Marketing Statistics, here are some alarming ad blocking stats if you’re considering paid advertising as your main source:

  • 87% of people say there are more ads than two years ago.
  • Adblocker Plus, the most popular ad blocking app, has reached 300 million downloads worldwide.
  • 64% of ad blocker users do so because they believe ads are annoying or intrusive.
  • Ad blocking in the US has increased from 15%-30% since 2014.
  • 91% of people say ads are more intrusive today than two years ago.
  • 73% of people dislike pop-up ads.
  • 4 out of 5 of people have left a webpage because of a pop-up or autoplaying video ad.
  • 72% of consumers say they would have a lower opinion of a brand if they subjected the consumer to a pop-up ad.
  • 81% of consumers have closed a browser or exited a webpage because of a pop-up ad.
  • 70% of people dislike mobile ads. Mobile ad blocking has increased 90% year-over-year.

3. Here’s what you need to do
Knowing that there is a growing distaste for ads, why waste good money to place them where your potential customers will ignore them at best?  Why not give them value, make them trust your company, and bring you top of mind when they in the market for what you sell? Spending money on content marketing pays off!

However, to make it so, you’ll need to not only give them value, but be predictable and do so consistently or they won’t come back. If you don’t want to do that yourself, contact me!

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Gearing up for the Christmas rush?

It’s the end of November and we are coming to the close of 2018. I pray you have had a blessed year in your small business.

For those of you who have a service or product line that doesn’t lend itself to the Christmas rush, it’s a time of slowing down and enjoying the family events.

For those of you who have a business that depends upon the Christmas buying season, this is your busy time!  I actually have both.  My purple product line over on Grape Stuff is open for the Christmas rush this year after I revamped the site to Go Purple! ROFL  However, my Unique Copywriter business here is slowing down for the holidays.

If you’d like a last-minute holiday blog post or video, I have the time to do that for you. Just contact me and I can probably have the turn around time expedited for you.

Merry Christmas from JoJo, the Unique Copywriter.

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Ghostwriting Blog Articles Half Off!

It’s that time of year again. Whether or not you have ghosts in residence for the festivities later this month, I thought you would all appreciate my ghostwriting special offer!

If you’ve been thinking about freeing up your time to do more business in your company, I have a fabulous offer for you!  For the first ten people, I’ll write your blog article or create a social media meme for you HALF PRICE!

But in order to stand a ghost of a chance, you’ll need to contact me soon! If the spirit moves you and you’re one of the first ten people this month, I’ll write if for you half price! No tricksJust treats!!

Contact me today!

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If you’re on Instagram, you might want to read this!

Whether you love or hate Facebook, there is no denying that it is the largest social media platform out there.  However, there is something to be said for the others.  I recently shared about the changes that Facebook made on August 10th of this year, but I found that they aren’t the only ones making some changes.  Instagram is as well and here’s what you need to know.

According to this article on Digital Trends, Instagram is now allowing more users to apply for their blue verification badge.  It was specifically designed for public figures who have a large following so followers could be sure that the account they were following was the Real McCoy.

However, as someone who understands how a brand can be copied (our family business has had our product pages cloned on Amazon), I appreciate them allowing this for those other than Donald Trump, Sandra Bullock, and IBM.  If you have a smaller brand, you too may want to protect it from counterfeiters.

Facebook has had a rash of faux profiles hack into a personal Facebook account and clone itself.  These fake profiles then lure your friends and family.  You may want to protect your brand from counterfeiters or even from others who don’t know they are using your name.

If you feel you have a large enough following on Instagram, you might want to click the above link and find out how to apply for your own blue verification badge.

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Facebook Changes: Are You Ready?

Fasten your seatbelts, business page owners, Facebook has made more changes!  Don’t worry though. I’ve got you covered!  I’ve been researching this ever since I saw the newsfeed announcements and I have some good news for you this time.

My research indicates that there are three major changes to the way in which Facebook now works.  Their reasoning is to reward those who engage their subscribers with the value they like and punish those who post things they don’t like.  Here’s how this works:

1. Facebook will reward those whose posts encourage interactions.
Facebook is not only looking for “likes” and comments, but also rewards other reactions such as the heart-shaped (love), the wow emoji, and even the angry face! They will show more of the posts that get these engagements as well as shares.  Also, they like it when you reply to the comments and will reward you for videos that have a higher average time viewed.

What you need to do to maximize this engagement is to know your audience.  Take a look at your posts and see which ones got the most engagement.  Then, post more of that.

EXAMPLE: I have a (just for fun) Facebook fan page for purple lovers called, For the Love of Purple.  I have over 6700 fans.  They love almost anything purple, but what they cherish most are memes I create that share WHY they love purple or how much they love purple.  I just give them what they want and I get tons of reactions, comments, and shares.  I don’t really do much for the page other than that, and it’s growing by about 80-100 new subscribers a week.

 

A few other suggestions are to complete your page profile so subscribers can understand more about your page.  And, finally, to include subtitles on your videos for those who view your video without the sound because it’s early in the morning and they don’t want to wake anyone.  (Or they’re at work and don’t want anyone to know they’re on Facebook!

2. Add Value!
Facebook is looking for authentic and timely posts with information, news, current events items and such that add value to your subscribers.

People are looking for information and, when they find it, they are only too happy to share it so they can show their friends that they are one of the first to know about it.

NOTE: This works best when you also use keywords, famous names, and trending topics.

3. What will put your in the penalty box with Facebook:
Facebook will now penalize you for posting overt sales or overly promotional posts, contests, any links that take the user off Facebook, giveaways, posts that include overt calls-to-action, or for reusing pictures you’ve used in ads.  Anything that leads a subscriber to hide your post or unlike your page will result in Facebook showing your posts to fewer subscribers.

Facebook gives you tips too. One of the tips I found is that they don’t like posts with too much text on it.

It appears that the best way to get Facebook to show more of your posts to more of your fans is to create value for your subscribers, give them what they want, and to create posts that increase engagement.  The best ways to do that are to make them laugh, shock them with news they are interested in, or give them the information they need (and want).

NOTE: If you don’t have time to post on social media or you’d like help with your social media posts, contact me

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