Dear Brands, It’s Not You, It’s Your Story

Consumers of today’s age are more empowered than ever before.  They have tons of questions and zero tolerance for generic push marketing. In a nutshell, they absolutely hate being sold to. 

Enter: Storyteller marketing, an unconventional marketing strategy that weaves gripping narratives to help your audience think –

As Joe Lazauskas, an expert storyteller says, “Good stories surprise us. They make us think and feel. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that a PowerPoint crammed with bar graphs never can.” 

Now, while storytelling works, successfully implementing it in your marketing is no easy feat. In fact, successfully storytelling demands creativity, genuine vision, and an a-level consistency to connect with difficult consumers of 2019.

You cannot just improvise a boring story and use it as a sales pitch to attract customers. An impactful story must be emotionally engaging and focused on customers.

So in this article, I’ll answer all the questions you’ve ever had regarding storyteller marketing and further share strategies to implement.

So let’s dive in.

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How to Scale an E-commerce Business?

Have a great idea? Now you can turn it into a profitable business, even with limited capital, owing to the surge in online shopping. Yes, you no longer need truckloads of money to set up a brick and mortar store or have your business running.

In the booming e-commerce economy, it is possible to sell your products and services, straight from your favourite couch, and reap huge profits, too.

Don’t believe us?

Going by what the experts say, 95% of purchases will be made online by 2040. At present, millennials make up to 54% of purchases online compared to 49% for non-millennials. In America, 96% of individuals have made an online purchase in their life, and 80% have shopped online in the past 30 days.

E-Commerce

No wonder, starting a small business is much more convenient today as compared to the past. Once you have a solid idea and a business plan to sell online, you can set a shop despite limited capital and resources.

However, to become profitable and get the money in your corner, you eventually need to scale your business so that it starts generating revenue on autopilot.

Are you the owner of a small business or an upcoming startup? Congrats! Now that you have taken the first step, it is time to scale your business and take the next leap by following these five tips.

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4 Advantages & 3 Disadvantages of Being an Influencer

Advantages & Disadvantages of Being an Influencer

We look up to influencers and aspire to have the sort of lives that they have. The luxury, free gifts, continuous travel, etc. all make the grass seem greener on their side. However, that’s not completely true.  

Being an influencer has a lot of advantages. However, there are many disadvantages as well that you need to take into account. Although the glamor attached with the influencer way of life appears rosy, it’s the nature of being an influencer that makes it difficult too.  

Let’s take a look at both the advantages and disadvantages of being an influencer.

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How these Brands Make Billions By “Shocking” Users

Shock Marketing

Consumers in 2019 are deadly.  They’re skeptic, ask a lot of questions, and have a zero-tolerance policy for bullshit.

What’s more, the competition is intense, so you’ll have to go above and beyond to reach your target market.

Enter: Shockvertising, a creative marketing tactic that deliberately violates the norm to create a trendy “buzz” effect. The goal is to break the status quo and instead “shock” the target audience—but in the right way.

But this is easier said than done.

Shockvertising is a powerful marketing strategy, but leveraging controversial topics is no easy feat. That can go wrong than right (more on this later).

In this article, I share my insights on shock advertising and furthermore, talk about brands that have successfully shockvertised their target audience.

So, let’s get started!

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How to Retain Your Customers Through Marketing

Retain Your Customers Through Marketing

Acquiring a new customer costs five times more than keeping an existing one, according to a report by Invesp, and when businesses increase customer retention rates by 5%, they boost profits by 25-95%. 

To create successful customer retention campaigns, businesses should consider where customers are in the sales funnel and market with personalized information.  

Digital marketing agencies can be a helpful option for companies who have fewer resources to create a campaign on their own. 

In this article, we share strategies to help you resell your current customers. You can use the information to build a marketing campaign that focuses on increasing your retention rates.

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5 Early Warning Signs of a Brand Crisis You Need to Act On Immediately

Brand Crisis

It’s a competitive business world out there, and you cannot afford your brand to take a hit or to fall behind. That said, it’s only natural for every brand to reach a certain point in its lifespan when making a radical change, or simply evolving, becomes imperative.

Fail to evolve with the times, the prevailing trends, and the values of your demographic, and you will lose brand trust and loyalty. And boy, are there a lot of trends that demand of global brands to make a positive change.

Unfortunately, though, even the most experienced business leaders can miss some of the early warning signs of a brand crisis, whether it’s a lack of brand awareness, a shift in the company’s culture, diminished lead generation, negative customer sentiment, or other.

With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs you need to act on as quickly as you can.

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When is SEO Not Right for Your Business?

SEO Not Right for Your Business

It’s time to get controversial: SEO might not be right for you.

This is difficult to imagine, considering how heavily SEO is pushed from all sides. But, it’s not always a practical solution. It may be a great recommendation in many cases, but possibly not for you. Let’s take a look.

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The Top 8 Content Distribution Ideas to Meet Your Brand’s Goals in 2019

Content Distribution Ideas

You are doing everything right, but still, your content is not having the impact you had envisioned. There is a massive amount of content- articles, videos, photos, etc posted on the Internet and social media every second. That is a lot of noise and you need to be heard above the din to be effective. 

Consider this: according to BuzzSumo’s Content Trends Report 2018, a majority of the content gets zero backlinks. Only authoritative research gets more links over time. An analysis of 100 million posts published in 2017 revealed that social sharing has decreased by half since 2015.  

What’s more, here are the number of blogs posted at the time of writing this article. The screenshot is taken from Worldometers.info and gives you a fair idea of the huge amount of content that is daily generated on the internet and the competition you are dealing with.

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While creating quality content still matters, it will not get you the required traction without proper distribution. So, if your content marketing is not delivering on its promise – the reason may be because you are not distributing your content effectively. 

Just posting doesn’t make your content effective no matter how well written and informative it may be. What matters is the exposure it gets and this is only possible if you have a good content distribution strategy in place.  

In this article, we have discussed some content distribution ideas which can help you to create an effective plan for content distribution for your business.

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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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Boosting Conversions by Putting Landing Page CTAs in the Right Place

Landing Page CTA

Landing pages are designed with the sole purpose of generating more conversions. A conversion can mean closing a sale, gaining an email subscriber, getting a visitor to download an e-book, or even developing a client relationship. Every website is looking to have more and more conversions. However, according to Statista, only 2.23% of visits to e-commerce sites led to purchases in the third quarter of 2019, which is a decline from the previous quarter.

So, what if your landing pages are bringing a lot of traffic to your site, but the conversions are still low?

The problem is most likely your pages’ calls to action.

In this article, we will look at landing page best practices and tactics when putting CTA to convert more visitors who land to your site.

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