10 Communication Strategies You're Still not Getting Right

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Online marketing and consumer communication is developing at an ever-increasing pace, leaving some of us (in some ways) a bit behind.

Are you or your business falling victim to any of these 10 business communication errors?

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10 Communication Strategies You're Still not Getting Right

  1. Brought to you by Wishpond 10 Communication Strategies You’re Still Not Getting Right
  2. You’re not paying attention to how your target demographic wants to learn and communicate.
  3. “There aren’t any icons to click. It’s a chalk board...” Both Millennials and Generation Z (talk) in (images) as much as they do in (text).
  4. How to Communicate with Millennials and Generation Z (born between 1976 and 1995) Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/pulse/introducing-generation-z-youngest-generation-now- outnumbers-millennials-infographic-1661412 Communicate visually across multiple screens Feed curiosity and tap into a hungry and ambitious spirit Empower your target audience with control over privacy Keep it short with snackable, bite-sized content Connect viewers with collaboration and and sharing technology Focus on education and building knowledge
  5. Generation Z 5 Screens (mobile, tablet, desktop, TV and music device) Communicate with Images Create Things Future-Focused Realists Want to Work for Success Millennials 2 Screens Communicate with Text Share Things Present-Focused Optimists Want to be Discovered VS How Generation Z and Millennials are Different
  6. Nearly one out of every five millennials are mobile-only users, compared to 5% of 35-54 year olds and 3% of 55+. Age 18-34 Desktop Only Mobile OnlyDesktop + Mobile 67% 75% 42% 55% Age 55+Age 35-54 18% 3% 5% 16% 20%
  7. You’re still not using visuals like you should be.
  8. 67% of consumers consider clear, detailed images to carry more weight than product information or customer ratings Blog content with visuals receives 94% more page visits and engagement than content without. Sources: Heidi Cohen and Jeff Bullas Page-views increase 14% when press releases contain a photograph. (The increase climbs to 48% when both photographs and videos are included.)
  9. Visual content shows your product; it doesn’t tell about it. Visual content is social media friendly. Visual content supports search optimization.
  10. You’re still not socializing well.
  11. Facebook: While not the best platform for sales generation (in my opinion Pinterest has that honor, as long as your brand fits its niche) it is definitely the best platform for increasing awareness of your brand. The sheer reach of your brand’s content on Facebook makes it a must-use. Twitter: We recommend Twitter to all SaaS companies, marketing companies, sports-related businesses, and all news organizations. Here’s why: Twitter, more than any other platform, is inextricably tied to in-the-moment developments. If your sector or business is based around things that are happening now, you need to be on Twitter. Which platform should you be on? Source: http://blog.wishpond.com/post/72672192941/social-media-marketing-which-platform-is-right-for
  12. LinkedIn: All professionals should be on LinkedIn, as individuals. We also recommend all professional businesses to be on LinkedIn, though the effort you need to maintain your presence there is significantly less than other platforms. Check in periodically to ensure your profile is stable - but focus your valuable time and energy on the more revenue-generating or awareness-increasing platforms. Google+: Tech and engineering companies as well as marketing individuals. The top three brands on Google+ are Android, Mashable and Chrome, with Android leading the pack by a significant margin. Which platform should you be on?
  13. Instagram: Image-friendly businesses like restaurants, clothes and fashion, food, architecture, technology, designers, etc. Because of the dominance of the 18-29 age group on Instagram, businesses with that target market should also be on the site. Pinterest: Fashion, photographers, jewellers, home-hardware stores (DIY). The female-dominated, image-dominated facts of Pinterest make it easy for those brands which naturally lend-themselves in that direction, and very difficult for those brands which don’t. Which platform should you be on?
  14. Posts with photos get, on average, 39% more engagement. Posts with the word “Congratulations” show a significant boost over others. Most Facebook users check the platform on their lunch breaks and after dinner, but it's worth testing to see if that's a time when your audience is looking for content. Source: https://blog.bufferapp.com/7-facebook-stats-you-should-know-for-a-more-engaging-page
  15. When to remove user content: ● advertorial content ● harassment and abuse ● derogatory or offensive language ● threatening posts ● posts that contain sensitive information When to address the content instead: ● customer complaints ● negative commentary ● and critical statements. You may not like what people always have to say, but in social, you always have to listen. Source: http://moz.com/beginners-guide-to-social-media/facebook
  16. You’re still not testing like you could be.
  17. 66% of companies test multiple landing pages on their websites… 13% think they're doing it well Data protection company Veeam Software A/B tested changing their CTA button copy from “Request a Quote” to “Request Pricing”... Doing so increased their click-through-rate by 161%. Souces: http://blog.wishpond.com/post/66587383809/15-a-b-testing-stats-that-will-blow-your-mind http://www.adpushup.com/blog/stats-conversion-rate-optimization-ab-testing/ More than 20% of businesses have reported that they do not have an effective strategy for landing page testing.
  18. You still don’t have a consistent brand tone.
  19. Persona Friendly Professional Warm Authoritative Inspiring Professorial Tone Personal Honest Humble Direct Clinical Scientific Language Complex Simple Savvy Jargon-filled Insider Fun Serious Whimsical Purpose Engage Entertain Educate Delight Inform Sell Enable Amplify Source: http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/social-media-marketing/finding-your-brand-voice/
  20. You’re still not blogging right.
  21. what you know about what your audience cares about what you should actually write about
  22. Set a tone (fun, professional, education, etc) and keep it. Schedule posts ahead of time. Meet regularly to discuss content topics and guidelines If you must promote, follow the 411 rule (four non-promotional pieces, one soft-sell and one hard-sell) Actively comment and respond to comments Stay on top of your sector and share what you know without holding back Continually re-calibrate and re-assess your content strategy Focus on KPI’s like leads, links and citations more than vanity metrics like readership or social shares
  23. Companies with active blogs receive 97% more leads Source: http://contendercontent.com/50-content-marketing-statistics-2014/#ixzz3B3AxLRJP And remember... B2B companies that blog generate 67% more leads per month than those who don’t. Blogs and social media sites account for 23% of all time spent online Blogs give websites 434% more indexed pages. Blog give websites 97% more indexed links.
  24. You’re still not personalizing or segmenting your email campaigns.
  25. Personalized emails improve click-through rates by 14% and conversion rates by 10%. The top reasons for U.S. email users to unsubscribe from their email subscription are too many emails (69%) and content that is no longer relevant (56%). Leads who are nurtured with targeted content produce a 20% increase in sales opportunities. Source: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/data-personalize-marketing-li
  26. Segment by Signup Date Such as "those who signed up within the last x days" or "those who signed up since I sent my last campaign." Overall Results Segmented campaigns vs non-segmented campaigns Opens: 11.841% better than list average Clicks: 10.501% better than the list average Bounces: .492% worse than the list average Opens: 18.852% better than list average Clicks: 21.976% better than the list average Bounces: 1.429% better than the list average Opens: 14.444% better than list average Clicks: 14.994% better than the list average Bounces: .803% better than the list average Segment by Merge Field Such as"customer_type", "ZIP code" or "job_title" Source: http://mailchimp.com/resources/research/effects-of-list-segmentation-on-email-marketing-stats/
  27. You’re still not being completely genuine.
  28. If a customer perceives that your business is indifferent to them, 68% will leave. 93% of adult Americans say that a company’s reputation for honesty and fairness is extremely important to them.
  29. Source: http://www.slideshare.net/custthermometer/22-customer-retention-stats A commitment to customer experience results in up to 25% more customer retention and revenue than sales or marketing initiatives. 80% of companies believe they deliver a superior customer experience… Only 8% of their customers agree.
  30. You’re still talking too much.
  31. 72% Of Consumers Trust Online Reviews As Much As Personal Recommendations Let your customers and regular employees talk for you. Source: http://searchengineland.com/study-72-of-consumers-trust-online-reviews-as- much-as-personal-recommendations-114152 67% 66% 62% 53% 52% 52% 43% Growth since 2009 +5 +0 +15 +4 +9 +20 +12 (+0 since 2013) Academic or Expert Technical Expert A Person Like You Industry Analyst NGO Representative Regular Employee CEO
  32. Familiarity Lift Affinity Lift Purchase Intent Lift Content Impact on Low-Priced Items ($399 or less) 142 155 105 200 100 0 Expert Content User Reviews Branded Content
  33. You’re still not as transparent as you could be.
  34. Consumer Reactions at Different Levels of Firm Transparency Skepticism Low High Trust Low High Purchase Intent Low High Attitude Toward the Firm Unfavorable Favorable 16.67% 83.33% 87.50% 12.50% 100.00% 0.00% 96.3% 3.70% 71.84% 28.16% 3.85% 96.15% 6.94% 93.06% 6.71% 93.29% Low Transparency High TransparencyConsumer Reaction
  35. How do you go transparent? Make it easy for customers to learn about you: ● Be clear in your communications (little fine print or jargon). ● Make your information easy accessible and easy to find. ● Make it easy to disengage - which will decrease the chance of it happening. Share the good and the bad: ● Share numbers and results ● Provide both pros and cons during a sales pitch or in marketing communications Allow for dialogue ● Provide the opportunity for two-way communication ● Allow for conversation between all levels of your business ● Make it easy to reach you and be approachable
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