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Effective graphical content for social media

Effective graphical content for social media

Whenever you find yourself on the Google landing page, what is the first thing that you notice? The answer is Google Doodle. This element of Google is not only informative but is also visually appealing and gives you a reason to visit the Google landing page every day and use this search engine rather than any other. Similarly, in your daily life, you come across a variety of visual content in the form of magazines, TV advertisements, Facebook Ads, billboards etc. You tend to read these advertisements only if you find them visually attractive at first glance. Moreover, you are 65% more likely to remember the information if it includes an image. Such is the impact of graphics in the field of content marketing. This implies that you need to generate effective graphical content if you want your business to succeed.

Following are a few tips that you can follow to create an impactful graphical content:

1. Decide a goal: You need to decide a goal for your social media graphic design before you start working on it. This will help you to set up a base while creating a design for your social media content. You need to start by asking yourself a few questions like:
•  Why am I doing this?
•  Who is my target audience?
•  Which social media platforms do they use?
•  Do I want to increase sales or user engagement?
•  What action do I want my audience to take once they see the design?

These questions might seem simple but they have a huge impact on the way your design gets created. Once your goal is set, make sure that you take further steps based on this goal.

Decide a goal

2. Resize image according to the platform: There are different social media platforms that allow you to post your visual content like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. However, each of these platforms has its own specifications for images that you need to understand before posting anything. You will need to resize the image and change its type according to the norms of your platform. You can familiarize yourself with the current norms and specifications by using Facebook Ads Guide for Facebook, cheat sheet for LinkedIn, etc.

3. Use free resources and tools: If you do have a problem in spending a large sum on a professional photographer for your content requirements, then you can always resort to the free tools that are available on the internet. These tools give you access to countless images that do not have a copyright and can be freely used in your posts without any implications. Following is a list of few such resources and tools:

•  10 sites for free stock photos
•  21 amazing sites with breathtaking free stock photos
•  Facebook cover photo templates
•  10 awesome websites to find free Instagram photos

4. Include your brand in the design:  According to a study, it takes about seven times of seeing or hearing your brand for someone to recognize it. This means that you need to incorporate your brand logo, color, and fonts into your design to create impactful visual content. Doing this will not only enhance your image but will also help to redirect your audience to your website. The only thing which you need to be mindful of is to make sure that the addition of your logo to a particular image does not take away the essence of that image.

Power of brand

5. Be consistent: Consistency is an attribute that has a high value in any business. You need to make sure that the content which you are posting is consistent with your brand and is successful in keeping your audience engaged. As long as your audience feels connected to your brand and understands the message you wish to deliver, you will be on a path towards success. The moment you derail from your original idea and start posting irrelevant and random content, you are bound to lose your customers.

Consistency

Along with the tips mentioned above, you also need to have an in-depth understanding of every social media platform because each of them has its own set of requirements and specifications. Also, don’t forget to be creative while designing any content for your website since it is this content to which your audience is going to get connected. Keep everything simple yet unique to keep moving up the ladder of success.

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Make sure your email gets opened

Make sure your email gets opened

Consider a scenario where you have just launched a new product and you are eager to tell your customers about it. Your graphics and content team has spent almost a week in designing a perfect email that would efficiently convey your product. You add the email addresses of your customers and hit “Schedule”. However, when you check out the email stats the next day, you find that not even 5% of those emails have been opened by your customers. This creates a storm inside your head and you start to wonder what went wrong and scout different possibilities by which you can improve the open rate of your emails. Basically, it is no rocket science to make your email look appealing to your customers and all you need to do is just follow a few basic rules which are mentioned below.

1. Write an attractive subject line: Consider that you have received two emails with the same context but one of them has a subject line “Request for review on your recent purchase from Amazon” while the other gets a subject line “Hey Sam, did you like your new product?” In this case, the second email is more likely to get opened than the first because it is personalized and has an attractive subject line which will make the customer click on it. Another way to get your email opened is to avoid using “spam” phrases like “free” or exclamation points.

Write an attractive subject line

2. Create mobile-friendly emails: According to statistics, more than 50% of emails are read on a mobile device. Thus, it becomes necessary for you to make the first four words or 50 characters of your subject line very impactful because that is exactly what the mobile readers will see. There are specific programs like DedicatedMailer which allow you to preview how your subject line renders across a range of email programs and devices.

mobile-friendly emails

3. Make it short and sweet: To be frank, no one has the time to read a lengthy and descriptive email. If the message looks too long, there are high chances that it will get sidelined and will be revisited some other time (which means almost never). Your content should always be easy to skim and you can do this by using bullet points instead of paragraphs. Also, ensure that every paragraph is not more than five to six lines so that people would prefer to read it. Last but not least, always make sure that you cover only one topic per mail rather than squeezing everything into one single mail.

4. Include a call-to-action: By providing a call-to-action (CTA) you are motivating your audience to take that step towards becoming a customer or client. It becomes the determining factor between a lead and a conversion and hence is an important part of your email. Make sure that you add one CTA per email, but include it in at least three places in the form of text, buttons or combination.

5. Segregate your list: In case you are planning to send bulk emails to your customers, make it a point that you do not use the same pitch to all of them. Try to segregate your customers according to their spending habits, locality, interests, etc. and then hit ‘send’. Doing this will also ensure that your customers will feel more connected to you which would in turn help to increase your open rate as well.

Email communication is one of the most traditional yet effective ways of reaching out to your existing as well as potential customers. This method allows you to target multiple customers at a negligible cost which makes it a very productive marketing technique. So, make sure that your email steals the show the next time you are pitching something to your clients.

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BRAND RELEVANCE

Brand Relevance

Success in the market can be measured through a customer’s preference for a brand. And that is what is known as brand relevance in the marketing language – something that you possibly can’t survive without in the corporate world. This is why even if certain brands are priced at a high value; customers prefer them over other low-priced brands in the market.
Relevancy counts majorly in a steep increment of your business ranking and once you understand the definition of relevance, it becomes very easy to generate relevant content. However, in this fast-paced world where technology and businesses are growing rapidly, even your best content starts losing its charm after a year or two. Thus you should concentrate on developing content with which the customers can actively engage or which relates to their needs and desires.

As the clocks ticks faster than before in the current era of immediate pace; brief and concise have become synonymous to relevancy. Content relevance can be achieved by generating short stories or updates about your product or service or even about the current trend in the market. This can help your customers to stay up to date with the market and also develop a trust in your brand.

Below are a few tips which you can use to maintain brand relevancy:

1. Develop customer-centric content: Everything you write, post and share about your business should be customer-centric. For doing this, you need to know your customers in the best way possible. You can start by studying the people you are targeting and understand their purchase patterns, their likes, and dislikes and even characteristics such as their age, background, job, gender, location, and income. This data will allow you to develop your content in a way that will prove to be beneficial for your customers. This content will be more relevant to your customers and they would be able to connect with your brand very easily.

customer-centric content

2. Develop trending content: No one likes to read about a service or a technology that is already on the verge of getting scrapped or updated. You need to stay up to date about the latest trends in the market and write about them so that people could learn something new out of it rather than wasting their time reading outdated content. There are a lot of sites like Facebook Trending or Google Trends that track the most viral and latest stuff in the market.

3. Personalize your content: A communication is done over the internet never leaves a lasting impression on your customer. However, it is not possible to meet every customer face to face and hence you are left with no option other than online communication. As a result, you need to maximize its effect on the customers by personalizing your content as much as possible. Make sure that you write about the region to which most of your customers belong to. You can even send a few of your followers some interesting and meaningful messages on their birthdays so they will feel special and might even spread the word about your brand. Once your audience starts feeling connected to your content, your business is bound to grow rapidly.

Personalize your content

4. Maintain consistency: Generating a lot of content on a single day and remaining inactive for the rest of the month will not make a good impression on your audience. It is vital to generate quality content on a regular basis but it is also important to maintain consistency while posting it. You need to decide a day of the week when your posts will make the maximum impact and you need to keep posting on that day every week so that it will form a pattern and your audience will know when to expect the next blog or post from your side. You can keep your blogs or posts short and crisp to maintain their relevancy in front of the audience.

Maintaining brand relevance is equivalent to maintaining the loyalty of your customers. You must take your time to understand what your customers want or might want in the future and develop relevant content accordingly, albeit by staying true to your roots and your brand values.

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Customer reviews: the best form of content marketing

Customer reviews -the best form of content marketing

In spite of businesses spending millions of dollars on marketing their products and services, the customers tend to have faith in other people and listen to their reviews regarding a particular product or service before making the final decision. According to research, almost 70% of buyers rely on customer reviews before making a purchase. This real-time experience helps people to understand the authenticity of the product and find out whether it is as useful as it is shown in the advertisements.

Few of the major factors why customer reviews play an important role in the growth of a business are given below:

•     People tend to determine the quality of business through customer reviews.
•     If the reviews are positive, then it makes the newcomers trust in your business.
•    Online reviews act just like personal recommendations and hence prove to be very helpful.
•    It is said that a customer is likely to spend 31% more on a business that has positive reviews.

Thus, it is very clear that the success of your business is, to some extent, dependent upon the customer reviews. However, if you act smart, you can utilize these reviews to your own benefit and excel in your business. Following are a few ways that can help you to do so:

1. Utilize the best reviews to attract more attention: Out of all the reviews which your business has acquired over so many years, you can select a few unedited reviews and place them at strategic positions on your website such that the visitors will be able to see them clearly at first glance. You can even add the name and photo of the customer to make it more authentic and credible. All you need to do is just make sure that you have taken permission from the customer before doing so.

Utilize the best reviews to attract more attention

2. Respond quickly to the reviews: A major mistake that most of the companies make is that they either fail to respond to the reviews or take a lot of time for doing that. And this is the case for both the positive as well as negative reviews. It is very important to immediately respond to a customer’s review because it shows that you are willing to take action in case they have any problem with your service. This also helps to build trust and makes you stand out from your competitors.

Respond quickly to the reviews

3. Create case studies: Case studies offer an in-depth look at a customer’s challenge and how you helped overcome them. They often include things like the client’s history, the challenges they faced, your approach towards solving those problems and end result. These statistics prove to be engaging for people and help them understand the efforts you have put in to ensure customer satisfaction. You can select any one of your happy customers and reveal their success story through your case study.

4. Sharing reviews on social media: Since social media platforms are among the most used online portals, it is wise to share your customer reviews on these platforms so that more people will be able to see them and eventually contact you. Social media offers a lot of scopes to create and publish engaging content which allows you to post customer reviews as per your choice. Collect some good reviews about your business and share them on your social media handles like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

Sharing reviews on social media

As you can see, just a two-liner review from your customer can have a considerable impact on your overall sales and growth. While it is no rocket science that businesses need to strive hard to get positive reviews, the negative reviews should not be sidelined as well. You need to improve in the fields where the customer says you are lacking and prove that you are worth trusting.

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Storytelling – the future of marketing

Storytelling – the future of marketing

In today’s fast-paced world, businesses are trying their best to connect with their customers on every level and take their brand name to new heights.

Social media marketing, display advertising, and blogs are some of the ways by which a business tries to reach out to its customers. However, the consistent bombardment of automated emails or even ‘emotionless’ advertisements is not enough to reach in the hearts of people. This digitally-driven system is degrading the human aspect of consumer interaction and in turn the authenticity of the business as well. There should be something about your business which appeals to the common man and makes them go for your brand. Brand storytelling is something that can help you to get the necessary boost to restore the waning connections with your customers. This method has proven to be very productive for businesses that have implemented it. So what is brand storytelling?

Brand storytelling can be thought of as a narrative that connects your brand with the customers by telling them about what you do, why you do it and how can you be of help to the people. This consists of the facts and emotions that your brand represents. National Geographic has set one of the best examples of how storytelling can lead to the growth of a business. They are present on almost all of the social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc and have over 350 million followers worldwide. NatGeo is able to amass such amount of customer engagement because they have the power of visuals and great storytelling ability. Just have a look at their Instagram posts below. These images are a lot more engaging and appealing to the viewer which helps the NatGeo to convert their visitors into paid customers.

Instagram posts

Instagram posts

The marketplace is very crowded these days with large volumes of content being generated and shared every single day. Businesses are spending millions of dollars on gathering public attention but even in spite of this, it is very difficult for brands these days to stand out from the crowd. Having a quality product or service is not enough which has increased the need for brand storytelling. You need to have something to tell about your product or service to your customers so that they can connect and engage with it on a much deeper level. Stop showing facts, statistics or testimonials with your product and use narratives instead to tell about your brand’s history, values, etc. Your audience will always remember how you made them feel rather than remembering the stats of your product.

A brand is much more than the product or service they offer. Consider the example of Tesla. This company has made people realize the importance of a healthy environment and sustainable energy and that is the reason that people nowadays are more inclined towards buying electric vehicles rather than the ones that run on fossil fuels. A business needs to concentrate on developing a close-knit community rather than just customers. If your story is creative enough and showcases your brand values, then people will become loyal to you for a lifetime and will support your business through thick and thin. There are a number of ways that can help your brand reach new heights through storytelling. For instance, you can create mini ads that allow you to harness the power of video marketing to engage customers. These short videos are easy to understand and showcase your true values within a very short time. Customer-driven storytelling is another great method of developing your brand name because who is better for sharing your story than your own happy customer? You can create an interesting story about how your product or service helped a particular individual, in his words. People often trust the opinion of others like them and it comes as an added advantage if those people have already used your services. Immersive storytelling is another modern way of offering your customers an insight into your business with the help of virtual reality. This method allows a business to tell stories and share their values and history in a creative and effective way.

Storytelling is the future of marketing in every sense. Every business has its own way of telling a story but what matters is that on what level are they able to engage with the audience and make them involved in their company by delivering personal value.

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How to drive traffic to your site through social media

How to Drive Traffic To Your Site

What is that thing which an individual never misses to check out at least once every day? The answer is “social media account”. In the advent of mobile phones across the globe, social media engagement has seen a sharp increase in recent years. More and more people are spending most of their time on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. This large amount of interaction of people with these platforms has enabled businesses to use them for marketing. Social media marketing has become the need of the hour in today’s world and business that fails to implement this strategy is bound to see a downfall in their sales chart. There is no doubt that marketing on social media is productive for a business because of a number of reasons but it all depends upon how efficient their marketing strategy is and how effectively they are able to drive traffic to their site with these platforms.

Below are a few simple steps that can help you to drive business to your site:

1. Choosing the right social media platform: While it is true that setting up a social media account is easy, you need not open it on every single platform out there. This is because it takes a lot of time and effort to manage every account and you would rather invest in just one or two platforms. Know about your customers, their likes and dislikes, age, gender, location, etc before starting any social media account. These metrics will allow you to identify the most productive platform to kick start your social media marketing.

Choosing the right social media platform

2. Create an effective profile: Your potential customers are going to learn about your brand through your social media profile even before visiting your website. Hence it becomes necessary to create an attractive and informative profile that offers the visitors an insight into your business. Be it your Twitter bio, Facebook About section or LinkedIn company page, you must ensure that you have completed these sections by filling in all the necessary and correct information about your business. Also, make sure that there is a link to your website’s homepage on your every social media profile. If people find your profile interesting, then they will surely visit your website to know more about you. You can visit the Facebook page of Barclays UK, to see how an ideal “About” section should be.

3. Share your posts: Make sure that you share your posts frequently because few people actually see your post every time you share it. If you have posted a valuable content in the first week of the month, then make sure that you share it in the second and the third week as well because only then will the chances increase of that post reaching your target audience. In addition to this, include relevant hashtags that are the recent trend in your business field so that people can find your content worth reading and might even share it within their circles. Just make sure that you do not post every 2-3 hours and fill your customer’s newsfeed with your posts because then they might think that you are “spam” and will unfollow you.

Share your posts

4. Post visually enhanced content: It has been proved that visual content is 40 times more likely to get shared on social media because posts with higher visual content are more engaging than the ones without it. Including interesting images about your product or service can create a significant impact on your potential customers as they will find your posts interesting and worth reading. Even videos are becoming increasingly popular on social media pages because of their ability to convey the necessary information in an entertaining and effective manner. Here is an example of an Instagram post of Microsoft explaining the use of augmented reality in the future.

5. Promote special offers: This is one of the most clichés yet effective way of acquiring customers. You can include some special deals for your visitors on social media pages so that it can also get them on your website. Most of these visitors will tend to purchase your products at that instant rather than some other time in the future. To acquire more traffic, you can post these deals around holidays or on some special occasions. While offering any deal or coupons, state any restrictions about them upfront because the last thing you want is an upset follower who is unable to take advantage of your deal.

Social Media Marketing is one of the hottest topics in the market right now and every business is striving hard to use these platforms at their fullest so as to drive maximum traffic from them.

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Captions for visuals – appropriate enhancement for your graphical content

Captions for Visuals

What is the first thing you notice when you look at a photo? Is it the photo itself or the caption that is written below it? According to a study, most people tend to look at the photos and then at the captions after which they decide whether or not the story is worth reading. Having said this, the importance of a caption cannot be sidelined because it gives the viewers brief information about that image which is otherwise missing from it. Captioning an image is important in every field and that includes marketplaces as well. The Enhanced Brand Content on Amazon is a feature that allows you to put enhanced images and content about your product. If a seller fails to convey the exact details about that product in its caption, then the customer would find it difficult to understand about that product and might just skip to some different seller leading to your decline in sales.

Following are a few tips which can help you easily understand the process of captioning for image enhancement:

1. Write nothing but the truth: This is one of the basic steps that you can follow while captioning any image. If the content is not authentic, then the image is bound to lose credibility which can adversely affect your brand image as well. So before captioning any image, always ensure that everything you mention in the caption is accurate and authentic. In case you are unsure about the text, it is better to leave the image without any caption rather than writing something about which you have no clue. For example, in the image given below, mention the free voucher only if it is still valid. If the customer finds out that the validity has expired, then it might negatively affect your business.

Write nothing but the truth

 

2. Describe what cannot be deduced from the image: If your caption describes the things that are already visible in the photo, then the caption becomes useless.  For example, if you are a seller who is selling an office chair and you have advertised the image given below with the caption – “Comfortable and useful office chair” then it becomes quite useless because it is pretty evident from the image that it is an office chair. However, if you caption it – “ Ergonomic office chair with push back mechanism and height adjustment” then the customer would understand that this chair offers other features as well which cannot be deduced from the image.

Describe what cannot be deduced from the image

3. Write according to your target audience: If you are writing for a specific audience, then utilize the jargon which that the audience uses. For instance, if you are selling children’s toys, then your image caption should contain funky and playful words so that the children can understand it without any difficulty. Kindly refer to the example given below:

Write according to your target audience

4. Ask questions: To increase the reader engagement, keep asking questions along with your images. These questions can be open-ended, yes/no questions, etc. Doing this encourages the reader to comment on your photo, especially if you are advertising on a social media platform. And with increased engagement, the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) of your site also improves which results in increased sales. National Geographic’s Instagram page is one of the best when it comes to user engagement.

Ask questions

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Images are a great medium to communicate with people when it comes to building your brand and hence it becomes of paramount importance to enhance these images and caption them appropriately. Science admits that brain processes images faster than any other type of data. Thus, if you are looking for an ideal way to communicate with your customers, then graphical content is the best option to do so. Just follow the above-mentioned tips and you will notice a significant increase in your sales and productivity.

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Creating user-centric product detail pages on Amazon

User Centric Product Pages

Have you ever purchased anything from Amazon? If yes, then you might have seen a page where detailed information is given about a product, such as its size, color, price, shipping information, reviews, etc. This is called the ‘product detail page’. An Amazon product detail page is where the customer discovers a unique product sold on Amazon. This page can include one or more offers from sellers or from Amazon itself. This page is a shared space that displays attributes that are common to all offers for the product.

An example of a product detail page for a glow stick is given below. 

 

Product detail page for a glow stick

These product detail pages are the foundation of Amazon’s Marketplace search. The position where your product appears on the results page is heavily dependent on the product detail page. Thus it becomes vital for the sellers and vendors to optimize their listings. The majority of the categories have the same product detail page layout but how well do you optimize your page in spite of similarity is what makes your product sell on Amazon. Since there are almost 5 million third-party sellers on Amazon, all of them compete for the ad-space, search rankings and sales. For a few of these sellers who have their own private label brands, there is an opportunity to create something new. They can design the product detail pages in such a way that they will add more value to the customer and increase the likelihood of a purchase.

Following elements can be optimized while creating a user-centric product detail page:

1. Keywords: The primary keyword of your product always has the highest search volume. Hence a seller must always ensure that the product title begins with the main keyword. This will also affect your Amazon ranking significantly and will propel you up in the search list if you have properly optimized the product title. Try not including your brand name in the product title because the name is already there as the seller and by including it again in the title you are compromising with the effectivity of your title.

2. Bullet points and product description: Shoppers on Amazon do not have a lot of time to contemplate your product. Therefore, the bullet points of your product should show how beneficial it can prove for a customer and should always highlight only the relevant details about the product. Apart from this, the description of your product should be very crisp and clear and should contain detailed information about how it can meet the customer requirements with ease.

3. Enhanced Brand Content (EBC): You also have the option of adding Enhanced Brand Content (EBC) on your product detail page which allows you to add images and additional informative content about your product. This feature enables the ‘brand owner’ to modify the product description with visually rich content. One can add enhanced images and creative content which conveys their brand story. These product images should have different views, close-ups and lifestyle photos that show the product in action.

An example of the EBC for a coconut milk shampoo is shown below:

 

EBC for a coconut milk shampoo

4. Adding text in graphics: An important feature of the product images which sellers often fail to recognize is that Amazon allows you to write text in your images. This can prove to be helpful in many ways as a seller can include product benefits, put comparison charts and include features inside the images. This can help to increase the authenticity and credibility of your product thereby making it worth buying.

Text in Graphics

Amazon.com generated a total revenue of $178 billion USD last year, making it the biggest retailer in the United States. Thus, it is clearly visible that the online retail industry is growing by leaps and bounds and so are the number of sellers on it. This leads to higher competition between the sellers and hence it becomes crucial for them to optimize the product detail page so as to generate more traffic and better conversions.

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Voice search – the future feature for your website

Voice Search Optimisation

How do you feel when you use Google Now, Apple Siri or Windows Cortana voice search? Don’t you feel like you are using some super-advanced technology from the future that allows you to do a lot of things on your phone without having the need to touch it? In today’s world, natural language processing and voice search have advanced a lot and things have become very smooth. When it was first introduced in 2010, a user would literally have to call Google and then verbally enter the keywords after which he would receive a link that would take him to the result page of the relevant keywords. Companies have spent a lot of time and money over the years to perfect their voice recognition system and implement it on various devices. While most of these ‘digital assistants’ are used in smartphones, other devices such as speakers, cameras and even cars have started adopting this technology. This technology will gain even more ground over the next few years and will become an indispensable part of human life. Thus, it has become quite important for a business to improvise its website so that it can be equipped with voice search technology.

Below is a list of some easy ways which can help you do the Voice Search:

1. List your business online: Getting the business listed online in the business directories is very imperative for local businesses. This move prepares your website for voice search and allows the users to have a look at your website. Most of the users execute the voice search through Google Assistant or Siri, but the problem is that these assistants are not able to display the search results for local businesses. But what they do show is the online business listing on which you have listed your business. Thus, you can see how important it is to get your business listed online.

List your business online

2. Optimize for ‘Near Me’ search: Consider that a person sitting at home inputs the voice command “Where can I buy a jacket near me?”. If you own a clothing store and your business does not show on his search, then you are bound to lose a potential customer. According to research conducted by Google, “50% of consumers who conducted a local search on their smartphone visited a store within a day and 34% who searched on computer/tablet did the same”. This shows that the ranking of your business in local search has a direct impact on your store traffic. Optimizing your website for local search will ensure that more users are able to see that you exist in the vicinity and will be able to take your services.

3. Make use of long-tail keywords: Whenever a user makes a voice search, it is generally more detailed. “Near me” searches are easy to determine and hence show quick results, however the long search strings which users input verbally are often not considered by a business. Long-tail keywords ensure better results in voice-powered searches because they have less competition, a lower bid for ranking and perform better on semantic search parameters.

4. Keep your website mobile-friendly: Since most of the users make use of their smartphones while operating voice assistants, it is necessary to keep your website mobile-friendly. Apart from this, most of the searches happen on the go which implies that people have less time to scroll through your website. Hence you must make sure that your website takes less time to load as every 1-second delay can bring down the conversion rate by 7%. Try to feature some interesting content along with short videos on your website which would help the visitor to find what they are looking for from your business.

5. Optimize your website for featured snippets: A ‘featured snippet’ includes a summary of the answer, extracted from a webpage, plus a link to the page, the page title, and URL. This is an advanced Google SERP feature that gives a direct answer to the user and hence has many benefits. It helps to generate more organic traffic and makes your website more dominant than your competitors. In addition to this, the device reads the snippet back to the user whenever answering a search query in voice.

Recent technological progress has shown that voice search is the future of human-machine interaction. It has already set its foot into our daily life and will continue to become more intelligent, accurate and responsive. Thus, if you wish to sail in the same boat with the current technology and make progress then you need to adapt accordingly and modify your website with the voice search.

 

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Increasing your engagements on Facebook

Increasing your engagements on Facebook

Facebook is one of the leading platforms when it comes to social networking and advertising. Ever since its inception in 2004, Facebook users have grown by leaps and bounds, thus making this platform an important tool for marketing. Facebook allows a business to share images, videos as well as the necessary content required to boost the conversion rate. But for this to happen, users must actively engage with your Facebook posts and this engagement is usually in the form of likes, comments, and shares. Checking in to your location or tagging you in a post can also be considered as engagement. This type of engagement not only helps to increase your reach organically but also helps to promote your News Feed placement with the help of the Facebook Algorithm.

The following points offer you some tips to boost your Facebook engagement.

1. Know your audience: When you are looking for engagement on your posts, you need to pay attention to your audience’s wants and needs. Facebook Page Insights offers useful information about your audience which can be used to research and identify the type of content the audience responds to. This knowledge will help you to create more engaging content with which the audience can easily connect.

Know your audience on Facebook

2. Generate quality content: Facebook is a platform where people can share and re-share the posts they feel are worth reading. Hence it becomes important to create content which is worth sharing. Always try to put in some value into your content which would help the audience to connect with it. The content should be such that it gives the audience a reason to spread the word. So before posting your content on Facebook always ask yourself whether you feel like sharing it within your own network. If the answer is yes, then you can go ahead and post it on Facebook. For example, the FedEx Facebook Page is one of the best examples of quality and interactive content.

3. Implement timely posting: Finding the right posting time is an important factor to boost your engagement. If you can figure out the time when your fans are most likely online, it will help to increase the number of comments and shares on your Facebook posts. The best time for posting depends on various factors and varies from industry to industry. Start posting at least once a day so that it will help you understand what time works best for you. You can also experiment by posting on times that are outside typical business hours like late nights, early mornings and even weekends and public holidays. If you wish to generate more engagement, then always target the best time when the majority of your target audience is online.

4. Use creative and high-quality images: Sometimes, a good image is enough to convey your message rather than lengthy content. Facebook posts that include a photo increase the chances of people sharing or commenting on it by many folds. If you have a good quality camera, then try to take close-up shots of your product or customers. In case you do not have a camera, you can even click some quality images from your smartphone and post them online. Even stock photos are a great option in case you are not sure about your photography skills. There are a number of free stock photo sites where the professionals have clicked and uploaded high-quality images that you can use for your own good.

5. Ask questions: Asking questions is a good way to develop a healthy relationship with your existing as well as potential customers. An interesting question proves to be a great way to make people comment actively on your posts. You can even ask your followers about the type of content they would like to see in your News Feed. These questions act as a call to actions by attracting the attention of people and getting them to share their views. Some sample questions are as follows – Why do you [like our brand or event]?, Do you agree with [this statement, person, decision etc]?, What’s your favorite [product, delicacy, car, song, movie etc]?

It goes without saying that the higher the Facebook engagement, the better your reach. This type of engagement holds an important place in any business marketing strategy because it helps you to reach out to your target audience organically, without spending on paid advertisements. Thus you are able to attain your business goals of generating quality leads and increasing sales.

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