When you think of corporate videos, do you think about very creative and entertaining videos? We bet not! Those boring old style profile and testimonial videos are yesterdays news and not the way you want your company to use it’s video budget for the the future. The best way to use web video today is to focus on your customer’s problems and to keep them entertaining and educational, always showing your company’s personality in the process.
Videos cut through the digital noise of the internet by requiring a viewer’s full attention. In a minute, sometimes less, a video can convey a message that will take paragraphs and paragraphs to explain. Content marketing began with text blog posts but will now morph into text blog posts with video and maybe even an infographic. The content simply has to be better since there is more competition on the internet. Those who know how to use text, video, and images together and separately are going to be those who
I recently had a prospect tell me, “Oh, we tried blogging and it didn’t work.” What he should have told me is “We threw up a bunch of stuff on our website that our customer’s weren’t interested in and it didn’t move the needle any.”
Video marketing works best when you show the right video to the right person at the right time. To do this you need to know when a lead is kicking the tires and when they are interested. You have to develop strategy that lays out when you should send specific leads specific videos to get them closer to buying your product or service. To create this strategy you need to know the stages of sales funnel for your leads. The 3 main stages in your sales funnel are lead generation, lead nurturing, and lead acquisition. Using
Companies and people buy different today! An average decision maker does most of their buying research online long before making contact. For companies to be contacted, they had better have a good online strategy to produce and deliver the content that decision makers want during the research phase. The following four strategies are the building blocks where small businesses must focus their efforts to attract the right online leads and convert them into customers and advocates. Attracting the Right Website
Getting your social media strategy in line matters to the future growth of your business whether you like it or not. In most cases if you don’t like it; you don’t understand it.
Social media is the first tool for marketing and public relations that allows you to create close, credible, and interactive relationships with your prospects and customers.
Content Marketing is now required to provide ground cover for your sales team. Decision makers are requiring it and will feel that sales people without are just “winging it.” Content creation doesn’t need to be complicated to meet the needs of your sales team. You have a ton of little facts and reasons why businesses should do business with you.
Inactive – You have a contact but for some reason so far they’ve not responded to your marketing. Aware – Prospects have seen your enewsletters, eblasts, website, blog posts, social media activity, or something else in a consistent fashion. It usually takes 7-10 marketing touches to get someone’s attention.
Most small businesses we talk to just don’t have websites that convert. Some of them are pretty but pretty doesn’t pay the bills. Website leads all start with traffic because you have to have the traffic to convert the prospects into leads.
You must rate your marketing activities by return on investment to figure where to put your time and money to best use. If you spend $2,000 on adwords and their management each month, the average spend for small businesses who see decent results, and it brings in $4,000 in month then it’s easy to say you made money. But the real question is… could you have made more money and when can you stop paying the advertising fees. The answers are yes you could have made more money by using a less expensive form of marketing and no the advertising fees will never go away. Effective blogging gets you out of this trap and lets you make more money by using articles that generate business over and over again for no new investment.