Whether you love horror movies or hate them, you have to have respect for horror movie makers who are, like many of us online marketing professionals, working on a very tight budget with limited time in order to send their vision into the eyes and ears of audiences.
Shakespeare wrote the most celebrated plays in the English language not because he sat down to create great art but because he had to pay bills. In this way, modern bloggers and content marketers are not such a far cry from Shakespeare. We make our living making words that speak to our audience and serve a purpose.
The modern consumer is barraged with advertising on a daily basis. Industry experts estimate that most people are exposed to between 3000 and 5000 advertisements per day.
How does the brain react to the constant flood of messages asking them to try, to buy, to discover, to switch, to indulge, today?
It shuts down.
Social media marketing is one of the strongest ways that a brand can interact with its clients, responding to their tweets and tailoring Facebook content to speak directly to key segments of their audience. And the best blogs are extremely self-aware. They don’t speak at their audience but rather with their audience, with prompt responses in the comment sections.
Innovative marketers are incorporating the findings of psychologists to create marketing campaigns that can reach consumers on a deeper and more effective level, a practice called neuromarketing. Sinister as it may seem, smart online marketers put aside any squeamishness about using subconscious messaging because they recognize its immense potential to steer customers toward a particular brand. When used judiciously, this type of online marketing can help increase the trust consumers have in your company.
Are you paying attention to what women want?
If not, you’re missing out on a major opportunity. Women account for $7 trillion in consumer spending and they make 85% of purchasing decisions. They also control 60% of personal wealth in the U.S. Women have a tremendous financial clout in this country, so it makes sense to create a marketing strategy that speaks directly to them. But reaching women is a harder task than many marketing experts expect; 91% of women say that advertisers do not understand them.
Remember the last viral video you watched on Youtube? Chances are, it made you laugh, cry, or get goosebumps. That’s because people are more likely to share content that creates a strong emotional response. In a world of information overload, creating content that resonates emotionally is key to breaking through and getting your message heard. Creating emotionally powerful content not only helps you get consumers’ attention; it also helps you to get them to act once you have it. After all, people make decisions (about, among other things, when and how to spend money) based on how a product makes them feel. That’s why it pays to create content that speaks to the heart rather than the head.
Your clients are overwhelmed by information. At no other time in history have humans had access to as much data as they do right this second. Ninety percent of the information that now exists was created in just the last two years. 571 new websites are created every minute. And the average person stays on a webpage for less than a minute, reading only one quarter of the text of the page.
So how do you get their attention? In a world of information overload, how do you ensure that your website stands out and gets your business’s message heard? One of the best ways is to make sure that your website is brain-friendly, meaning that the information you’re trying to convey is designed to be easy for the brain to process. When you focus on developing your website at this level, your set your business up for success.
During June, many companies experience a drastic slump in the amount of business that they do. Restaurants find themselves losing out to backyard barbeques. Retail businesses notice that their clients are spending more time at the pool and less time browsing in their stores. Service based businesses suffer because their clients have left their homes for summer vacations. While this decline in traffic might seem like a great chance to take a breather and recharge, many business owners find themselves struggling to maintain a sense of passion for their business when customers aren’t buying.
If you want your small business to thrive, you don’t need to reach every customer. You need to reach the right customer. Gone are the days when small businesses attempted the expensive and often futile task of competing with larger businesses in rankings in order to reach large numbers of potential customers. Now small businesses can focus their resources on engaging with the right customer, the one who is likely to spend money with the business not just once but over and over.