Fall is officially here, and for many retailers, this heralds the beginning of the 2017 holiday season. According to Fortune Magazine, Americans spent $8.4 billion dollars on Halloween alone in 2016, but even that was just a drop in the bucket compared to more than $1 trillion dollars spent on the most celebrated holidays in America – Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah.
December is fast approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to prepare your business for the holiday season. One way you can do this is by creating an email marketing strategy to hopefully increase sales (and goodwill) during this merry time. Here are a few ways you can engage with your customers this holiday season through email marketing.
You’ve got to admit it was an excellent idea to begin with: a small, rugged camera that can be mounted, worn or used to record or photograph millions of different things that would previously have been difficult or impossible to capture. The first HERO from GoPro was launched in 2005 as a 35mm camera, but the camera has since evolved and now comes with a variety of capabilities, including WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, water resistance, and a touch screen.
Organic reach on Facebook posts has dipped to an all-time low of 2% to 6% this year, according to Social Media Examiner. The bad news is that this figure will continue to decline. The good news is that Facebook advertising is fairly inexpensive, simple to set up and manage, and works well (when it’s properly maintained). You’re not alone if you’re wondering how to create content that will entice people to engage and share it, thus improving your organic reach on Facebook. Let’s pause for a moment and think about the types of content we tend to share the most on Facebook. I bet you’ll come up with a variety of thoughts, including pictures of vacations, kids, and pets, political thoughts and opinions, causes that people are passionate about, and, of course, funny memes. Sharing on business pages isn’t all that different. Here are a few post type suggestions to help you improve your organic engagement on Facebook:
Perhaps you’ve felt it before: a wistful affection for a time, place, or feeling from your childhood or from before your time entirely. Nostalgia, a sentimental longing for something of a time gone by, is a feeling most of us probably recognize. Maybe you wish the diner down the street from your childhood home was still open and cooking up those perfect homemade blueberry pancakes, or the toy you loved as a toddler was still being made so you could buy it for your own child. Something you may not know about nostalgia is that it’s more than just a feeling – it’s a powerful marketing tool. Nostalgia marketing, which, according to Forbes, works particularly well with millennials, is a concept that uses our emotions to sell a product or service.
Did you know that recommendations from friends are the most credible form of advertising among consumers? “Eighty-three percent of online respondents in 60 countries say they trust the recommendations of friends and family,” according to the Nielsen Global Trust in Advertising Report. Because we take the advice of the people we know and trust when it comes to purchasing decisions, a new form of social media content generation is being explored by brands big and small. User generated content (UGC) is content that’s created by social media users and support a brand’s product or service.
You may have seen it before as you’ve scrolled through Facebook or watched a video on Youtube – someone you recognize (maybe one of your favorite food bloggers or a travel guru) touting a certain product by integrating it into their post or video. This is called influencer marketing or influence marketing and it’s a relatively new concept that uses the power that individuals have on social media to advertise a product or service.
Your website may be your business’ storefront on the internet, but unlike your brick and mortar location, there’s no front door. What I mean by this is that you should expect visitors to land on any page of your website at any time. You may be wondering why that should matter to you. Because visitors can land on any page of your website at any time, it’s important that you ensure each page has elements that will lead the visitor to act. Here are 5 simple ways to improve your website:
If you have a Facebook business page and you haven’t been using Facebook Insights data to improve your overall reach and engagement, you’re missing out on one of the best features your account has to offer. Facebook Insights data offers a wealth of information, all of which can help you improve your presence on the popular social media channel.
If you’ve recently decided to start your own small business, are in the beginning stages of developing your business, or you’re even a well-established business in need of a boost, a small business marketing plan can help you make a number of important business decisions.