6 SMS Marketing Best Practices for 2017

Where’s your phone right now? Do you know?

Of course, you do. If you’re like 91% of adults in America, you keep your mobile phone within reach at all times. That’s why Short Message Service (SMS) marketing is so incredibly useful. Your audience is literally within arm’s reach at any given moment.

That’s what makes SMS marketing one of our favorite tools at Performance Marketer.

It’s predicted that, in 2017, more than 4.7 billion people will have a cell phone. With 2/3 of the world’s population carrying around a mobile device, you can’t afford to neglect SMS marketing’s tremendous potential to impact your business.

As with any other marketing channel, SMS has its cautions and limitations. For one thing, it’s heavily regulated. You can land yourself in some serious trouble if you step out of line. Nevertheless, the benefits of SMS are far too great to continue sitting on the sidelines.

With that said, keep reading to learn all about how you can add this under-utilized marketing channel to your current slate of campaigns.

SMS Marketing infographic
1. Make Sure Your SMS Messages are High Value

Text messaging is an incredibly personal medium. We only give our cell numbers out to a limited circle of people. Even then, we expect only a small number of those people to text us.

That means, at a minimum, you need to know exactly who your audience is and what they expect from your text messaging. An unwanted and/or irrelevant text message from you can be about as creepy as that guy on the subway with no concept of personal space.

Instances to Use SMS Marketing:

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Strategy Breakdown: How we got 9,954 visits in one week through content marketing

Back in March, we threw ourselves a challenge—to get at least 5,000 unique new visitors to a piece of content we develop and to get that number in under a week after its publishing.

Prior to embarking on this exercise, we only had about a few hundred visitors who would consume the content that we’d publish on our blog or elsewhere.

By no means was it an easy task, but neither was it an impossible one—as I would demonstrate in this article.

So we knew that we couldn’t just rely on our usual content production and promotion tactics and that we must come up with a special effort. And we did eventually come up with one.

When the week was over, not only had we succeeded in crossing our target—in fact, we crossed it twice over—but we had scooped up a few good links along the way. What’s more important was the content piece we developed could turn out to be an evergreen piece of content that continues to deliver increased search and referral traffic over time.

This is what our web traffic propulsion graph looked like –

Content Marketing Strategy - Most Asked Questions 5

Source: Mondovolytics

So we more than accomplished what we had set out to do! I wanted to document some of the things we did, hoping that you can take some inspiration and insights for your own content efforts. There was a strategy behind the effort and there are lessons to be had. So while going through it, do see if there are similar things you could do with your own posts.

I’ve broken down the post into 4 parts:

1) The content strategy
2) How & where did we promote our content
3) Pleasant side-effects of the effort
4) Lessons learned

Chapter 1: The content strategy

The first major challenge was to come up with content that would not only sound enticing to our target audience but provide real value to them.

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11 Ways to Amplify & Promote your Content

Content Promotion starts much before you publish a piece of content. There are few things you should consider doing before publishing your content and after publishing your content.

Here is a summary of the points mentioned in the video:

Pre-publishing Phase

Step 1 – Influencer Grooming
Try to attract the attention of potential experts or influencers in the topic that you are writing about.
– Ego Bait
– Asking for Opinion
– Collaboration

Step 2- Keyword Optimization
Do Keyword Research and identify your potential target term

Post – Publishing Phase

Step 3 – Internal Linking
Make sure that you appropriately link to the newly published content piece from other pages within your site

Step 4 – Outreach
Reach out to the influencers you’ve identified in step 1 notifying them about the post. Alternatively, try to build some links back to by offering to guest post on other authoritative blogs.

Step 5 – Newsletter
Leverage your captive audience by sending out a newsletter to them updating them about the newly published piece of content.

Step 6 – Social Channels
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Understanding the Buyer’s Journey in B2B Marketing: The Key to Creating Great Content

The presence of content marketing in the daily life of a consumer has increased drastically in recent years. In fact, 76% of B2C marketers and 88% of B2B marketers implement content strategy into their marketing mix, according to the Content Marketing Institute. However, while many businesses are making use of content marketing, it does not necessarily mean that they are successful at it.

In order to implement an effective content marketing campaign that amplifies your content, it is essential that you create content for each stage of the buyer’s journey. A buyer goes through 3 different stages (awareness, consideration, and decision) before making a purchase. By tailoring your content to potential buyers in each stage of the journey, you are more likely to turn leads for your business into repeat customers.

What is Content Marketing Really About?

In its simplest form, content marketing is the creation and distribution of content. However, it’s really much more than that. In order for content to truly do its job (i.e. “drive profitable customer action”), it needs to be relevant to the buyer that it is intended for. Essentially, a successful content marketing campaign is one that provides value to a specific target.

So how do you make sure your content is relevant for your target audience? Enter the three stages of the buyer’s journey!

The Awareness Stage

When potential buyers are in the awareness stage, they have just identified an issue or need. In order to engage with buyers in this first stage, your content should bring awareness to a specific problem before aligning this problem with various business-specific issues.

To help the customers better understand this issue or need, it’s important to stick to contentthat is educational and can provide further insight. This is not the time to introduce your product – that comes later. For now, the best way to provide value to buyers in the awareness stage is by demonstrating your knowledge on what their pain points are.

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You’ll be surprised by the top 10 questions being asked on Google. [Infographic]

Ever wondered what are the most asked questions on Google?

Being marketers, don’t we constantly seek to leverage the data in our possession to attract traffic, generate leads and drive sales volumes?

I tried to do something similar with the 1.6 Billion Keywords we had in our database at Mondovo, and the results surprised me, to say the least.

most asked questions on Google

One fine day—driven by curiosity—I just slacked our data scientist and asked if he could get me a list of the top asked questions on Google—that is, all those keywords that begin with Why, What, How, When, Do, Does, Is, Are, Was, Has, Can, Shall, Will, etc. (You get my point.)

Minutes later, our data science guy replied. And to my utter surprise, I found myself staring at over a million question keywords. Read More

How to Get Search Volume Data for 5K Keywords – at the Price of a Big Mac

As content creators, you must be having tons of ideas and keywords. I have them too. Long lists of keywords saved on .txt files, saved on word docs, categorized on sheets, scrawled down on random pieces of paper strewn around my work desk, resting on the cockles of my brain, and in my thoughts and prayers.

With such freaking lists of ideas and keywords staring at me from multiple corners, sometimes I imagine, where do I even start. Which keyword do I pick? Which ones do I avoid? And most importantly, why?

There has to be some rationale right. For, as marketers, we can’t afford to be swayed by emotions but rather must rely on hard, tangible facts.

This is where I leverage the power of Mondovo’s Bulk Search Volume Tool – our in-house search volume tool that lets you find search volume and CPC data for up to 50,000 keywords (unlike any other tool in the market).

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5 Google Analytics Mistakes You Are Still Making In 2017

If you have an online business, Google Analytics is one of the tools you can’t live without. The tool has evolved over the years and gives you comprehensive data for monitoring user behavior.

According to SearchEngineLand, more than 28% of the world’s websites use Google Analytics.

While you might be using this tool for a long time now, it’s likely that you aren’t making the most of it.

After working with a lot of growing businesses at Marketing Masala, I have realized that most business owners/marketers make similar sort of mistakes while using Google Analytics.

Let’s analyze these mistakes and see how we can extract the most juice out of Google Analytics.

#1 Counting Internal Traffic And Goals

Most firms forget to block their own internal traffic. If you are running a website/app, there’s a huge possibility that your development and marketing team will check your platform multiple times a day (and even test the goals that you set).

This leads to miscalculated data which you cannot rely on.

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No Guts, No Glory. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone for True Business Success

Are you stopping yourself from succeeding because you’ve stepped into a comfort zone? There are 6 things that you should try doing at this moment to step outside that comfort zone and to be truly successful. Applicable for Internet Entrepreneurs.

Sameer Panjwani, founder of Mondovo.com, shares 6 areas in which we all fall into the trap of complacency and consequently don’t take the necessary step forward.

Here are the 7 points covered:

1) Procrastination/No Planning
2) One Skill Away
3) Speaking to Customers Personally
4) Building Relationships / Networking
5) Sharing Knowledge / Insights / Experience
7) Have Guts to Introspect on your Failures

Watch the video to know more.

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The SEO Proposal Template that Wins 80% of Clients

a winning seo proposal

Some of you might be in a hurry and hence may not want to read through this entire post. So if you want direct access to the “SEO Proposal Template That Wins You 80% of Your Clients”get the free download from here.

How often has it happened that you’ve spent hours working on a SEO proposal for a new prospective client, only for it to result in no deal? It can be frustrating and hard to take the time to come up with a customized SEO proposal for each client and then for it to not get the desired response.

So what we’re doing here is:

1. We’re going to show you how to pitch your SEO services better such that you get higher conversions
2. We’ll be including a sample SEO proposal template you could use as inspiration

Step 1: Pitch Better

If you do a Google Search for the perfect “SEO agency pitch” or “SEO proposal templates for clients“, you get over 3 million search results all claiming to have the magic formula for the ‘perfect pitch’. Being an ex-agency man myself, I can tell you that there’s no such thing. Successful pitches are done by agencies that don’t do one thing extraordinarily well, they do 10 things better than the competition. Here’s what we recommend.

To start with, here’s what a pitch typically looks like from both parties p.o.v.

SEO Agency Pitch

Even a fresh-faced intern can see the difference. I’ve seen agencies put in tremendous effort in developing the pitch. Collecting every scrap of information possible and spending agonizing hours on revision after revision only to lose the pitch in the end. So what’s going wrong? Is data not important?

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10 Sample SEO Proposal Templates & SEO Sales Pitch Decks That Convert!

Coming up with great SEO Proposal Templates & Sales Pitch Decks isn’t an easy task. It demands considerable time and effort to put one together.

SEO Proposals/Sales Pitch Decks must capture the needs of your prospects and address their pain points in a clear and cohesive manner.

To help you with this onerous task, we scoured the web and found the best SEO Proposal Templates & Sales Pitch Decks that you can use to convert more clients. We have compiled the list of the Top 10 SEO Proposal Templates we could find online and linked to all of them out here. You’ll also find a summary of the key components included in each proposal. At the end of this post, you’ll also find a summary outlining the best points that we take from each of the suggested templates so that you can possibly come up with a unique proposal of your own.

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