Why Instant Messaging is Crucial For Your E-Commerce Marketing Success

Instant Messaging & E-Commerce Marketing

Are you running a small e-commerce business?

If you are, then I’m guessing that you’re working with a freelancer, or you have employees that work remotely. 

After all, with today’s technology, it’s more than viable for marketing teams to operate without a physical office. You can use project management platforms to track your tasks, collaborate on website assets with cloud storage, and automate repetitive tasks to reduce human error, etc.

What these businesses can’t live without, however, are communication solutions that bring the team together and help them accomplish goals as a unit.

If you still rely on emails as your primary communication channel, then your teams are bound to experience bottlenecks as especially when you start scaling your business. 

Apart from the fact that employee email accounts often get cluttered, there’s also the issue that emails aren’t “instant.” All these make internal communication in your marketing team more time-consuming, less efficient, and overall unreliable. 

In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of instant messaging or IM as an alternative to emails for business communications.

But first, let’s take a closer look at the problem at hand.

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Takeaways From Google Quality Rating Guidelines That Affect Your Website

Google Quality Rating

Google is king of the Internet search and that’s an undeniable fact. It channels a staggering 89% of all search engine traffic in the world. This means that if you want your website to be found on Google, you play by Google rules.

Building a website is much more than merely slapping together a few web pages and calling it a day’s work done. There are so many details you need to consider, from choosing the best web hosting available all the way to working on your SEO for search ranking.

The problem is that there are literally thousands of websites on the Internet claiming to be able to teach you how to do so. Some are legit, some might be halfway, and some might be outright scams. To work around this issue, let’s talk about Google’s Quality Rating Guideline.

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How to Drive High-Quality Leads with LinkedIn Ads?

Linkedin Ads

Do you think to have a great product will drive in leads by itself?  No, I’d rather say marketing your product is the most important thing to generate traffic.

Advertising platforms are capable of connecting you to the right people for your marketing messages. 

But, reaching the right audience can be difficult. Instead of spending time thinking “how to attract more audience or reach the right professionals?” you must advertise yourself.

And what could be a better platform than LinkedIn? 

Stats says – “LinkedIn’s lead conversions rate is 3 times higher than any other major ad platform. Also, LinkedIn’s audience has 2 times the buying power that of an average web audience.” 

The other hard part when advertising yourself is reaching the audience that fits your ideal customer profile who would be interested in your business.

LinkedIn offers new ways to easily target the right audience – lookalike audiences, audience templates, and the interest targeting product. These measures will help you scale your marketing efforts and improve your ROI.  

  • Lookalike Audience – This trait of LinkedIn combines the rich members of LinkedIn & company data with the search attributes of your ideal customer to find a new professional audience similar to your existing ones.
  • Audience Template – This trait of LinkedIn is for those who are advertising for the first time. LinkedIn has some predefined 20 B2B audiences that could prove worthy of your business.
  • Interested Targeting – Recently released by LinkedIn, this trait is a new way to reach members that match their professional interests. With more than 200 professional interest categories you can target a highly specific audience.

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The 6-Step Digital Marketing Routine For Busy Entrepreneurs

Digital Marketing Routine For Busy Entrepreneurs

The most successful entrepreneurs follow a set routine every single day. Sounds ludicrous, right?

You’ve probably seen advertisements all over the place (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, the WWW) that talks about people working from home for just an hour a day making $100,000 or more.

Are those guys following a routine every single day?

A-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y!

Well, at least the ones that are making money are — the successful ones.

So, what are the successful entrepreneurs doing that you aren’t?

And what can you do to be successful like them?

For starters, you need to create a routine that works. One that keeps you focused and pushes you to be successful. Successful entrepreneurs get up early, put in a lot of work (especially in the beginning), and they don’t give up when things get difficult. By following a routine, they already know what to expect for the day. And when you follow a routine, you’ll know what to expect too. So, we’ve looked at several routines from successful digital marketers and we’ve come up with a 6-step approach that we feel will keep you moving in the right direction.

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6 Data-Backed Strategies to Improve Your Local SEO Ranking Factors for Google

Improve Your Local SEO Ranking

We all know that a strong SEO strategy is imperative to a growing business in today’s digital climate. Interestingly enough, Hubspot’s report found that 61% of marketers agree that SEO growth is their number one priority, but 61% also agreed that generating traffic through content marketing was their greatest challenge.

It is no surprise that lots of content writers struggle with SEO strategies. Things change quite quickly, and most of your efforts will not bring results right away.

When it comes to SEO strategies, a lot of people seem to have their own “secret formula” or set of tips that promise incredible results. Unfortunately, things are just not that simple when it comes to optimizing your website content for higher rankings and traffic optimization. Google is notoriously hush-hush about their processes.

Moreover, their algorithms seem to be constantly changing, making new strategies almost instantly irrelevant once a new update rolls out.

However, some strategies are better than others, but the only way to be sure that SEO advice is truly sound as if it is backed up by reputable data.

Let’s breakdown six of the best SEO approaches that you can start using today that have statistical proof to back them up.

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Staying Small to Make it Big: How to Be a Micro-Influencer

An influencer is to Instagram, as fish is to water; nowadays, celebrities and marketers alike live and thrive on the photo-sharing social media platform better than any other place online. 

And this really comes to no surprise. Over the years, Instagram has become home to a section of individuals who’ve figured out how to monetize content, attracting big brand and small businesses, and virtually everything and everyone in between.

How to Be a Micro-Influencer

In fact, recent statistics show that the buying decision of as much as 70% of millennial consumers is affected by the recommendations of their peers. The same survey shows that 30% of consumers across different age segments are more likely to purchase products recommended by non-celebrity bloggers because they feel they can relate more to these influencers than their more popular counterparts.

The numbers really do say it all: the Instagram influencer game used to be dominated by those with high follower counts, but such doesn’t seem to be the case these days. People are starting to turn to their peers for opinions, seeking insight and reviews from influencers who are low-key enough to be real and relatable.

These people, in social media speak, are micro-influencers.

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How 3 Smart Brands Turned Negative Reviews into Opportunities: A Quick Case Study

Negative Reviews

It’s easy to fall into the temptation of lashing out when your business receives a negative review. After all, we too, have feelings! When we’re criticized, our natural instincts take over. You could either pick a fight or simply shrug it off as if nothing had happened. But nowadays, customers have the ability to broadcast their negative feedback with just a single click. So, what’s a brand to do? 

Rather than addressing them, a lot of today’s businesses choose to turn the other cheek and ignore negative sentiments from customers. But we’re no longer living in a world where businesses are in control of what to communicate to their customers.

In fact, ignoring negative reviews might actually make matters worse for your brand. 

However, bad reviews may not be as problematic as you may think. According to a 2017 study of over one million local reviews, the number of reviews you get has a direct effect on your brand’s performance on search engine results.

In the survey, high-ranking listings were found to have an average of 38 reviews, while the low-ranking ones have an average of 14 reviews or less. The gist of this is that the negative reviews you get are still added to the total quantity so the more reviews you get, the higher your search engine ranking will be. 

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How to Get Targeted Traffic Without Adding Keywords to Content

Traffic without keywords in content

Business owners around the globe want people to visit their websites. A website is the first impression for customers looking to connect. In the old days, people would open a phone book to find a business selling the service they needed. That is not the case anymore.

Most people today will search on a computer, tablet, smartphone or laptop looking for a business selling what they want. 

Therefore, it is imperative that you have a website, and you can draw people to it. But, how do you successfully get traffic to your website? Digital marketers and agencies will tell you to trust in using the right keywords and placing them in your content pieces.

However, there are other ways of getting traffic to your website. Let’s take a look. 

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Why Your Business Needs to Upgrade to Shopify Plus

Shopify Plus

Have you heard of Shopify Plus? It’s a version of Shopify, but with a lot more features. There’s a reason why people are making the switch from BigCommerce to Shopify Plus. While the price may not be a factor (since BigCommerce charges less) the perks make the increased cost worth it. Here’s what you need to know about this great online sales platform designed specifically for larger brands.

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