• Essential ingredients in your value proposition that can make or break your next sale• How to set concrete, attainable marketing program goals to gauge what works and what doesn’t• Proven ways to turn your website into a lead generator to grow your organization• The #1 way to “get found” in search engine results to increase visibility and gain new business• How a “look-alike” customer analysis can profile your best customers . . . and help you find more just like them• The two best channels for customer communications to build long-term loyalty and sales• The single most important thing you can do today to improve SEO and drive more traffic (and business!) to your website
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Gear ad copy to the specific terms in your paid search accounts. Statistics tell us that visitors are more likely to convert to a sale, sign-up or other type of conversion when they see queries they've keyed into the search engines in your actual ad copy.For example, for a term like "Dyson animal vacuum," an effective ad would look something like this:Get Dyson Animal VacuumsBagless, upright vacuums in manycolors. Free shipping. Order todaywww.vacuum.com/animal_vacTry to avoid broader ads, as they are unfocused and generally tend to lead to fewer conversions. Here's an example of an ineffective broad ad:Dyson VacuumsWe offer 3000+ vacuum cleaners.Deals on Dyson vacuums.www.vacuum.com/animal_vac
Consistently across each engine. Pack them with keywordsConsider adding customer reviews and ratings.
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64%That’s how much more likely website visitors are to buy a product on an online retail site after watching a video. In addition, visitors who view videos stay on the site an average of 2 minutes longer than those who don’t view videos, comScore says.Online Video Marketing Is Not Just for Retailers403%An Australian real estate group reports that real estate listings with videos receive 403% more inquiries than those without videos. In other words, real estate ads with videos generate quadruple the leads of those without videos.59%According to Forbes Insight, that’s the percentage of senior executives who’d rather watch a video than read text. About 65% of those who view a video click through to visit the vendor website, 50% look for more information and 45% report that they contacted a vendor after seeing an online video ad. About 50% of those who viewed an online marketing video went on to make a purchase for their business.96%In 2010, an Implix email marketing survey found that including a video in an introductory email increased the click-through rate by 96%. That’s nearly twice as many people clicking through to your website when you include a video in your marketing emails.200%The Forrester Marketing group surveyed businesses in 2010 and found that video did even better. When marketers included a marketing or explainer video in an email, the click-through rate increased by 200% to 300%.75%Do your email subscribers drop like flies? Eloqua, an automated email marketing provider, noted that including video in an introductory email reduced the number of subscriber opt-outs by 75%. Maintaining that contact is a vital part of establishing a relationship with prospects.
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Summary of the 5 must-havesA few nice-to-havesMedia relationsSocial media
5 Marketing Must Haves
November 28, 2012
Presenter: Ruth P. Stevens President, eMarketing Strategy www.ruthstevens.com Moderator: Jessica Eng VP of Marketing, Allegra Network www.allegranetwork.comBrought to you by the brands of Allegra Network
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Our agenda todayIntroduction: Marketing planning – Audience identification/profiling – Preparing a Value Proposition statement – How to set concrete, attainable objectives5 Must-haves in today’s digital marketing world 1. A well-crafted website. 2. SEO & SEM. 3. Sales collateral. 4. A prospecting program. 5. Customer development communications.Wrap-up – A few nice-to-haves
“If you don’t know where you’re going,any road can take you there.”MARKETING PLANNING
Defining your target customersIn business markets In consumer markets• Industry • Demographics• Company size • Geography• Job title/function • Needs• Needs • Interests• Product usage • Product usage
Create “personas”• Persona: A fictional character representing a target segment. – Aka “profile.”• Useful in crafting relevant messaging and motivational offers. Meet Joe. Hes owner and CEO of a growing, mid-sized stock brokerage company. Joe is a gregarious guy, married, with two children. His wife works, so there’s always more to get done in the day than they can handle. Joe wears a suit to the office, but is actually more comfortable in casual clothes. He drives a roomy 4-door. In the downturn, his company took quite a hit, so he’s looking for ways to get back on track and run the business more efficiently, using technology. 9
Value proposition template Element Target For… Customer segment Who need… Customer problem Our offering… Product or offering That provides… Customer benefit Unlike… Primary competitors Our offering… Points of distinctionExample For consumer households who need a full range of pharmacy services, CVS provides a one-stop shop. Unlike the small local drugstore, CVS stores offer a wide range of healthcare products and services, at great prices.
Setting marketing objectives Examples of general business objectives 1. Build awareness of your business. 2. Find new customers. 3. Get more value from existing customers. 4. Grow topline revenue. 5. Grow bottom line profits.
Objectives checklist Generate qualified sales Achieve a topline revenue leads Achieve a bottom line Gather new prospects for profit the database and for later Gain market share cultivation Retain current customers, Enter a new market penetrate current accounts Build awareness Conduct market research Recruit channel partners Influence the press or Recruit new employees financial community Recruit strategic partners Launch a new product12
Make your objectives specificExamplesGrow topline revenue 6% within the fiscalyear, on 3% increase in sales and marketingbudget.Establish 5 new accounts in six months.Generate 35 qualified leads in the quarter.
5 MUST-HAVES IN TODAY’S DIGITALMARKETING WORLD
1. A well-crafted website Content checklist• Keyword-rich copy, tags, • • white paper research report SEO basics. • • case study archived webinar • brochure• External validation. • • eBook newsletter –Testimonials • • article reprint podcast • video or book –Case studies • • demo CD blog entries• Plenty of rich content to • • Tweets Infographic • executive interview educate prospects. • “10 Tips” document –Your #1 SEO tool
Turn your website intoa lead generation machine Motivate visitors to leave behind their contact information.
A new technique in B-to-B for de-anonymizing website visits• Matching data from the visitor’s browser with offline business data, and flagging the account as a prospect. – IP address identifies company – Company data is sourced from B-to-B databases• Providers: – VisitorTrack, from NetFactor – Demandbase Stream – LEADSexplorer
2. Search engine marketing (SEM) • Google AdWords is the leader. – Also Bing, Yahoo, vertical engines. • How to write a great SEM ad: 1. Write specific ads for specific keywords. 2. Include a motivational offer and call to action. 3. Include a dedicated landing page. 4. Test copy and keywords. Matching ad to keywords Strong example “Dyson animal vacuum.“ Get Dyson Animal Vacuums Weak example Bagless, upright vacuums in many Dyson Vacuums colors. Free shipping. Order today We offer 3000+ vacuum cleaners. www.vacuum.com/animal_vac Deals on Dyson vacuums. www.vacuum.com/animal_vacExample thanks to Mona Eleseily, of Page Zero Media
Refine your local search Local engines• Much of search queries are about local • Google solutions • Bing • Yahoo! – 30% of desktop search • Expressupdate – 60% of mobile search • localeze • Yelp!• Optimize your website copy with local • Foursquare words. • superpages.com – “Chicago life insurance agent” or “car rental in • yp.com San Francisco” • Citysearch • hotfrog• Claim and optimize your local profiles • Best Web on search engines and directories. • Nokia – Keep them updated.
5 landing page best practices1. Visually connect the In this landing page test Ion Interactive found the video lifted conversion by 300%. landing page to the ad. – Landing pages specific to the outbound message improve response by 48% according to Marketo2. Deliver on the ad’s promise.3. Ask for only the data you need.4. Pre-populate forms where possible.5. Test!
3. Sales collateralBrochures, Professional identityPoint of sale materialsmaterials
The rising importance of video Where to use video 64% Website visitors are 64% more likely to buy a • Home page product after watching a video, says comScore. • Your YouTube channel • Email 403% Real estate ads containing video generated 4x • Facebook the leads, compared to regular ads, in Australia. • Twitter 59% 59% of senior executives would rather watch • Your blog video than read text, says Forbes Insight. Best video applications 65% And 65% of those who watched, clicked through. • Product demo 96% Response rates to introductory consumer emails • Customer testimonial including video were 96% higher, says Implix. • Product usage • Troubleshooting 200% Video caused response to B2B emails to double or triple, says Forrester. 75% Including video in email reduced subscriber opt- outs by 75%, says Eloqua.Source: http://www.videobrewery.com/blog/18-video-marketing-statistics
4. A prospecting program• Prospecting via look-alike analysis.• Outreach program for customer acquisition or lead generation.
Segment and profile your customer base• Enhance your customer list with demographic information. • Up to 28 consumer and 16 business demographic overlays.• Segment the file by key variables. – Buying behavior, customer value, geography, etc.• Identify profile of best customers. – Find additional “like-kind” prospects. – Refine your messaging.
The customer acquisition process• Outbound communications.• A motivational offer.• Response management.• For lead generation: – Inquiry qualification and hand-off. – Lead nurturing.
Top prospecting mediaConsumer markets Business markets• Broadcast • Website registration or IP• Print address identification• Internet: • SEO, SEM – SEO, SEM • Telemarketing – Banner advertising • Direct mail – Social media • Trade shows
Response rate benchmarksSource: The DMA 2012 Response Rate study
Cost per response benchmarksSource: The DMA 2012 Response Rate study
Top motivational offers Type of incentive B-to-B B-to-CFree gifts 3.43 3.59Free information 3.64 2.78Free/reduced shipping 2.20 2.60 EffectivenessFree sample 3.00 2.92 rating on aFree trial 3.13 3.00 scale of 1 to 5Sweepstakes 2.83 2.67Discounts 3.33 3.47Buy one, get one free 2.00 2.94Frequent buyer/loyalty program 2.20 2.77 Source: The DMA “Getting Creative” study
Response managementConsumer markets Business markets• Capture response code. • Capture response code.• Fulfill on the promise. • Fulfill on the offer. Response code options • Conduct qualification• Unique keycode communications.• URL/PURL• Unique 800 number• Pixel Response vehicle options• Link • BRE/BRC • Email • Fax • Phone • URL/PURL
Making the link between the outbound communication and the responseA CVS email promotion links to alanding page with barcode that canbe scanned at retail.
Nurture inquiries that are not ready for a salesperson• 45% of all business inquiries result in a sale— eventually. Don’t let your competitor get the business.• Institute a nurturing process – A series of communications to build awareness and trust, and maintain contact till the prospect is ready to see a salesperson• Some nurturing tactics: – Email newsletters – Outbound telephone – Event invitations – New product announcement 34
Customer development communications • Top media for ongoing customer development: – Email – Mail – Telephone (in B2B) • Keep the messaging valuable. – Relevant – Informative – Not sales-y – No chest-pounding
Keeping your customer data clean1. Train and motivate customer-facing personnel to update the data.2. Use data-cleansing software, internally or externally.3. Standardize data and train key-entry personnel . – IBM… versus… International Business Machines4. Allow customers access to their records on your website, so they can make changes.5. Use outbound phone or email to verify.