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The Easiest Ways to Draw Traffic to Your E-commerce Website

Ken Bowden - Monday, November 12, 2018
ecommerce tips

ecommerce tips

It is an all too familiar story: you have created a great new online store and you are carrying products that you know people will love, but nobody is coming to your store. Why is that? There could be several reasons, but the most likely one is that you are not doing a good enough job of driving visitors to your online store. Here are a few practical and proven methods to drive traffic to your website:

  1. Partner With Instagram Influencers

Instagram influencers have thousands and thousands of followers and these followers are very interested in the products they are promoting. As a company specializing in social media for business, we often advise clients with e-commerce websites to send free product samples to Instagram influencers. Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most effective marketing channels for e-commerce merchants. A recent study showed that Instagram provides brands with 25% more engagement than any other social platform.

  1. Reach Out To Bloggers

Start thinking outside the box with your content marketing strategy. One of the best ways to drive traffic to your e-commerce website is by being featured in a blog or in the press. You do not have to target the biggest and most successful people. In fact, your chances of being featured are better if you aim for bloggers and media outlets with smaller audiences – because they are not constantly bombarded with pitches from companies. Target journalists who have written about your industry and bloggers who have a big following of people who would be interested in the products that you are selling.

  1. Post Your Store On Reddit

The whole of the internet hangs out on Reddit and in addition to its front page that aggregates the most popular content on the web; there are also thousands of category-specific sub-Reddits. You can find a sub-Reddit on nearly every subject. Define sub-Reddits that are relevant to your industry by typing in the keywords you are targeting in Reddit’s search feature. Look at ways that you can contribute content to sub-Reddits without coming off as too salesy and spammy. This could involve posting a link to a blog that you have written or a video tutorial for a product that you are selling.

WSI New Media Marketing is a digital marketing agency in Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in marketing strategy and social media for businesses. Contact us for digital marketing services such as pay per click advertising programs and SEO today.

5 Ways to Get the Most Out Of Pay Per Click Advertising Programs

Ken Bowden - Monday, May 28, 2018
Pay per click advertising programs

Pay per click advertising programs

Whether you have already experimented with pay per click advertising campaigns or whether you are just getting started, it is important to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. Here are the top five ways to get the most out of your PPC programs:

  1. Plan Your Campaign

It is not enough to have a broad goal such as ‘sell more of product X’ for your paid Google advertising campaign. Your campaign’s structure needs to be planned as opposed to setting it up haphazardly. Determine the following:

  • How many keywords are you going to have in each ad group?
  • How many ads will be in each ad group?
  • Make sure that you are putting the right ads in the right ad group.
  1. Have Options To Experiment With

As most digital marketers will know, your best bet is to have a few different campaigns focused on the geographic area and product you are targeting. This will give you options when it comes to tweaking your campaigns and ads for better results.

  1. Determine Your Metrics

The metrics that you are tracking will depend on your business as well as the goals of your campaign. If you are tracking click-through rates and conversions, for example, you can go through the historical performance of your keywords to see which keywords can be considered ‘high performing’ so you can really zone in on those keywords.

  1. Experiment With A Tiered Bidding Strategy

After you have determined the high performing keywords that you want to focus on, bid on the same keyword within the different match types, namely Broad, Modified Broad, Phrase, and Exact. If you are going to spend more money on one of the match types, let it be the Exact match type as this ensures you know exactly what a Google user has typed into the search engine. With broad match types, the person could be looking for information relating to the keyword phrase and the interpretation could be much broader, which could potentially lead to a lower return on investment.

  1. Keep Adding To Your Negative Keyword List

Without a solid and comprehensive negative keyword list, you could be throwing away a lot of money. While you may have a few negative keywords to include right off the bat, it is important to continuously evaluate your results so that you can keep adding to that list.

New Media Marketing is a digital consultancy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Contact us for social media marketing, SEO, pay per click advertising, mobile content marketing, and more today.

Marketing 101: Inside marketing automation

Ken Bowden - Monday, November 20, 2017

As a business owner, marketing and especially digital marketing may seem like a very time-intensive task. How do people have time to respond to social media conversations about their brand, schedule follow-up emails after networking events and keep in touch with existing clients on a regular basis without these activities absorbing all of their time? The answer lies in the marketing automation tools that they use.

Many processes can be streamlined and automated thanks to intuitive marketing automation systems. Whether you want to improve conversation rates, get the most bang for your digital marketing buck, track traffic or tap into social media channels more efficiently, marketing automation can help you. The type of tools and solutions that you use will depend on your goals. Consider the following options and scenarios:

Email marketing automation

If you are regularly publishing blog posts or have a whitepaper on your website, then you ideally want to keep in contact with people who are reading your content or downloading your whitepaper. You can create an email marketing campaign that follows up with people who have contacted you at certain times. These messages can be customized to mention the touch-point that the potential customer had with your business and give them more information, content or product suggestions based on these interactions. Email marketing automation software helps you to create a database of your contacts and send them the right message at the right time.

Social media listening tools

Not everyone has time to post on social media every day, which is why social media scheduling platforms like Hootsuite and Tweetdeck are such a huge success. Social media tools take this type of automation one step further by notifying you when people are discussing your product, brand or topics in your industry. This gives you the opportunity to become a part of the conversation without having to do daily searches on each social media channel.

Tracking metrics

Marketing automation goes beyond process automation to help gain marketing insights into the programs that you are launching. You can prove and improve marketing ROI with solid metrics that are produced in these platforms.

Automating key processes can reduce your campaign budget because fewer human resources are needed. You can also measure and optimize your marketing investments by figuring out your conversation rates and your digital marketing’s effect on your sales pipeline.

WSI New Media Marketing in Greensboro, North Carolina is an SEO service provider that can guide you through the process of automating key marketing processes. Contact us for more information today.

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