Building a Successful Video Marketing Campaign

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Videos have become an important tool in digital marketing. They are eye catching, finger-stopping, and engaging. People are much more likely to stop and watch an engaging video ad on Facebook, Twitter, or in the sidebar of a webpage than they are to stop and read a link ad.

Building an effective video marketing campaign for your digital platforms is simple when you take the right steps. Video marketing requires more than just a campaign objective and flashy editing to make it successful. To help you build a successful video campaign, we have created a four-step guide of things to consider as you navigate the video ad creation process,

Build a Story

Of course, the goal of any digital marketing ad is to push sales. While it is important to have this objective with video ads, it is not what is going to make them successful. People like videos that tell a story. It is important to keep in mind that your video ad will be competing with social media stories and content from people’s network.

Because your video ad will appear alongside your target audience’s photo of their new puppy or video of their child saying their first word, your ad has to be equally as engaging. Video ads that work connect the viewer to the brand in an emotional and engaging way. The better you tell the story in the ad, the more likely the person watching the ad will take action.

Keep in mind that your story should be concise and cohesive. You don’t want it to be any shorter or longer than it requires to tell the story. Capture your audience with the first frame and keep them engaged from there.

The First Few Seconds Are Crucial

There is a lot of content on the internet. Digital marketers compete with not only their competitors but also viral videos of cats and stories and photos of their customers’ relatives and friends.

For this reason, you have to use the first few seconds of the video to capture the viewer’s attention and keep their attention. The viewer should be able to know what they story of your video is in the first 8 seconds. Those first 8 seconds also have to prove to the viewer that watching the whole video will be worth their time.

Get the Story Across With and Without Sound

 Many video ads now autoplay with sound on, that is, unless the viewer’s phone is on silent. 85% of people browse social media and the web on their mobile devices with their device on silent mode. This means that video ads play without sound.

Because of this, your video ad needs to tell its story without sound. Using subtitles or making the video powerful without the need for any dialogue can help ensure your video’s story is getting across to those viewers watching it without sound.

While sound is an important part of video ads, today’s viewers need more than sound to capture their attentions. Use powerful and impressive visuals or a text focused introduction to capture the attention of those viewers watching without sound.

End With a Call to Action

 While how digital marketers create and use video ads is changing, the end goal of video ads is still the same. You want to end the video with a powerful call to action. People who have watched the video to the end have been captured by the story of the ad, now it is time to drive them to act.

Keep in mind that the CTA of a video ad doesn’t have to be getting the customer to click to your website or sign up for your newsletter. Video ads’ CTAs can also include the following: subscribing to your Youtube channel, following or liking your page, sharing the video with friends, commenting on the video, and going to other content.

Traditionally, the CTA would appear at the end of the video ad, but consider placing the CTA in the middle of the ad. By the middle of the ad, people have bought into the story and are more likely to act. It is always good practice to test where to place your CTA, so doing some A/B testing with where to place your CTA is a great way to figure out what works for you.

Creating video ads that work is an important part of a successful digital marketing strategy. If you would like to learn more about how to optimize your digital marketing and make it work better for you, go here to learn about my done-for-you system.

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How to Start an A/B Test

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Marc Levin

 

When you are trying to figure out which tactics work for digital marketing, it is commonly suggested that you run A/B tests. This can give you a better picture of what your target audience responds to and how to capture their attention better.

A/B testing can be used in a variety of ways. You can perform A/B tests on email subject lines, newsletter design layouts, social media ad call to actions, and more. When you are trying to figure out what works best for your digital marketing efforts, A/B testing is the best method.

How to Start an A/B Test

 A/B testing is a great way to figure out if there are better ways to connect with your target audience. If you have noticed a dip in email campaign open rates or display ad click-through rates, it could be the perfect time for an A/B test.

Running and A/B test is fairly simple. First, you need to decide what you want to run the test on. For the sake of ease, we will use email subject lines. In order to perform the test, you need to create two different subject lines for the same email.

It is recommended that you use a subject line that was previously performing well and the create a distinctly different subject line to compare it to.  Divide your email list in half. One half will get the A version with the old subject line and the other half will get the B version with the new subject line.

In order for the test to deliver usable results, deliver both the A and B emails on the same time of the same day to both the email lists.

What to Do After the Test

 After you have performed the A/B test, you can analyze the results. If you were testing email subject lines, you would compare the open rate of the A group to the B group. If the group with the different subject line had a higher open rate, you now know that you should try some similar tests.

If the alternate version of the test delivered better results, it is tempting to go ahead a change everything to fit with that test. It is strongly suggested to not do that.

After you have seen the results, you should perform at least three additional tests to prove out the theory. If the other tests deliver the same positive results, you can then go ahead and apply what you learned from the A/B test to the strategy moving forward.

Why A/B Testing is Important

 A/B testing is a vitally important part of every digital marketer’s wider strategy. When you A/B test, you get a better picture of your customers and what they respond to. Consistent A/B testing allows you to stay ahead of changes in your customers wants and preferences. This prevents your marketing efforts from falling behind and scrambling to regain lost customers.

A/B testing also allows you to consistently improve and innovate. Customers notice if you have been doing the same thing over and over and this can cause them to lose interest. A/B testing helps you stay top of mind for your customer.

How A/B Testing Can Help You

 A/B testing is one of the most underutilized forms of market research. It is inexpensive, easy to execute, and give you real-time data on your current customers. It also helps you stay abreast of changes in the customer mindset ensuring that you can stay ahead of any marketplaces changes.

Proper A/B testing can make all the difference in your digital marketing strategy. The more you know about your customers, the better off you will be.

If you want to learn more about A/B testing and how it can improve your digital marketing efforts, check out my done-for-you system.

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How to Grow Your YouTube Following

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Esther Vargas

The use of video marketing is becoming increasingly popular for entrepreneurs. The reason is simple. More people are using mobile devices and the videos are easier to view on these devices than reading a lengthy blog post.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of competition on YouTube. Getting noticed isn’t always easy. But, with a few simple tips, you can begin increasing the number of followers that you’ve got on YouTube.

With more followers, your videos are more likely to get noticed. Here are several steps that you can take right now to begin growing your YouTube following.

Increase the Value of Your Videos

The first step is to increase the value of your videos. People won’t share videos that don’t provide any real value. You can’t just create a video introducing your business and hope to get thousands of views.

Each video needs to have a specific focus. It’s much like writing a quality blog post. In fact, you can recycle your most popular blog content into videos.

Whenever you write a script for a video, always ask yourself if you’d share this video with others. The video needs to offer some benefit to the viewer. You can provide instructions, demonstrations, or tips related to a specific topic.

Remain Consistent with Your Release Schedule

YouTube offers video recommendations based on what you’ve already watched. If you remain consistent with your release schedule, you’re more likely to gain new subscribers.

If a viewer watches one of your videos without following, YouTube may recommend another your new videos as they’re released. This helps bring viewers back to your channel.

Whether you release one or four new videos each month, you should stick to a schedule. Decide which day of the week you’ll release your videos. Subscribers will know when to check back and your viewer retention rates will increase.

Ask People to Subscribe to Your Channel

Your videos should serve a specific purpose. As with your blog articles, the end of the video should include a call to action. You could tell viewers to follow a link or you can use this call to action to remind viewers to subscribe.

YouTube also provides the option to include an image or graphic to act as a clickable button overlay directly on top of your video. With this clickable button, you can include a link to subscribe to your YouTube channel.

Include a YouTube Widget on Your Website

You should also add a widget or link on your website that connects with your YouTube channel. Increase exposure to your channel by adding these features to your blog or business site.

If you use WordPress, you can find numerous widgets and plugins that allow you to add YouTube videos to your site. You could also add a YouTube subscribe button on your site.

Become a Featured YouTube Channel

You have the option to add “Featured Channels” to your YouTube channel. These are channels that you follow and recommend your followers to follow.

By getting these other channels to recommend you to their followers, you can boost exposure. There are two ways to go about this.

You can either directly ask a channel to add you or you can start following them. There is no guarantee that the other channel will follow you, but it’s still worth the effort.

Interact with People That Comment on Your Videos

You shouldn’t ignore the comments on your videos. Actively respond to these comments. People may leave a comment without following. After responding, they might rethink their decision and start following your channel.

Increasing your YouTube following is one method for improving your online presence. If you’d like to gain access to more internet marketing tips, and a way to generate new sales leads, then click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

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How to Grow a Targeted Follower Base on Instagram

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House Buy FastInstagram is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a useful social media site for any entrepreneur that wants to remain updated with the latest marketing channels.

As with most social media platforms, the more followers that you’ve got the more effective your social media marketing will be. So, to begin increasing your Instagram followers, you need to focus on a target audience.

Here’s a set of simple tips to begin growing a targeted follower base on Instagram.

Start Liking Posts Related to Your Niche

The first way to begin increasing your follower base on Instagram is to start liking posts. Like posts that are related to your niche industry.

For example, if you sell products for internet marketing, you’d want to like posts related to internet marketing.

Liking other posts is a good way to gain attention, especially from industry leaders or people with more followers than you.

Instead of simply following an industry leader, you should go through and like 5 to 10 of their posts. Make sure that you leave a comment on at least one of these posts.

Respond Promptly and Leave Authentic Comments

Commenting is a good way to gain followers, retain followers, and increase engagement. You should respond to comments as soon as possible. You can set up email notifications so that you never miss out on these comments.

Also, don’t be afraid to comment on other people’s posts. As mentioned, this can be effective when you start liking other posts.

While these comments are useful, they need to be authentic. Don’t leave a generic comment as a response.

For example, if someone leaves you a compliment, don’t respond with, “thanks!”

Instead, you should come up with a real response. It only takes a few minutes, but can have a major effect on follower engagement and your overall online reputation.

Create Your Own Hashtags and Get People to Use Them

You can start building your own community on Instagram by creating your own hashtags. Though, you also need to get people to start using them.

For starters, you can create a hashtag related to your targeted audience or niche industry. Combining abbreviations and words is a good way to create original hashtags.

You can also search for hashtags. When you create an original hashtag, perform a search to ensure that it’s not already in use.

Find Out What Your Audience Wants

If you know what your target audience wants, it’s easier to create Instagram posts that they’ll enjoy. You can start by looking at who they follow.

Look for Instagram accounts for other businesses in your industry that are followed by your target audience. See what types of posts these people put out. Also, see what types of posts your audience tend to share and like.

Continue to Release New Posts Each Day

If you want to target a specific audience, you need to remain consistent with your posts. Continue to release new posts each day.

You should also pay attention to the time of the day that you receive the most engagement from your followers. You might find that your target audience is more active during a specific time of the day. Use this to your advantage and schedule your posts to be released at this time each day.

Use High-Quality Photos and Videos

Don’t forget to use high-quality photos and videos. If the photos that you use appear to be professionally-taken photos, you’ll be able to gain more followers.

People perceive the value and quality of your products or services based on what you put out there. If you use grainy photographs, people will assume that you don’t have a quality business, as you can’t afford quality photos.

Start making better use of your Instagram account by focusing on your target audience. If you’d like even more internet marketing tips and a system for getting conversion-ready prospects, then click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

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Creating an Effective Social Media Posting Schedule

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Randy BarnesThe frequency of your social media posts can directly impact the number of followers that you get and keep.

If you post too infrequently or frequently, you’ll lose followers. You’ll also have trouble getting people to take notice of your social media accounts. For this reason, you need to come up with a schedule.

A social media posting schedule takes into consideration the following factors:

  • The best time of the day to post
  • The best day of the week
  • The topics you should post about
  • The percentage of promotional content

Determine the Best Time of the Day and Best Day of the Week

The best time of the day to post will vary, depending on the social media platform that you use. Also, your target audience may have different internet preferences.

Don’t forget to take the time difference into consideration. 80% of the US population are in the Eastern or Central time zones. If you’re in California and want to target the largest audience, you’ll want to plan your posts based on EST time.

Engagement tends to peak at the following times during the weekdays:

  • 9 AM EST – overall engagement
  • 1 PM EST – most shares
  • 3 PM EST – most clicks

Next, consider the best day of the week to post. Monday through Wednesday, people are less active on social media. The majority of the population is too busy getting into the work week.

By Thursday, people are looking forward to the weekend and are more likely to spend time browsing on social media.

User engagement peaks on the weekends. This goes against previous studies that showed higher engagement during the weekdays. But, trends change over time.

The bottom line is that you should post between Thursday and Sunday to increase engagement. You should also plan at least one post for 9 AM, and subsequent posts around 1 and 3 PM.

Find Topics That Your Target Audience Will Enjoy

Along with considering the time of the day and the days of the week to post, you need to consider the topics of your posts. Find topics that your target audience will enjoy.

The first place to start is with the platform that you’re using. Facebook makes it easy to share just about anything, but Instagram and Pinterest are more image-centric. This means that content with a compelling image included in the post will be more effective on these platforms.

The topics should also be related to your niche and provide real value to your readers. This could include:

  • News
  • Tips and tutorials
  • Advice and suggestions

Essentially, it needs to contain beneficial information.

You can explore the most popular topics by performing searches through each social media platform. Each of these networks, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, includes a search box.

Type a keyword into the search box and look at the top results. View the profiles of the original posters of the top posts. Look for posters that tend to share content related to your niche and see what topics receive the most likes, shares, and retweets.

Balance Your Promotional Content

Along with your schedule and topics, you need to balance the use of promotional content. It’s a perfectly acceptable business practice to use self-promotional posts on social media. But, if you use too many promotional posts, you’ll lose followers.

20% appears to be the median where engagement increases or decreases based on the frequency of promotional posts. This means you should plan one promotional post out of every five posts.

If you post once per day, this is one promotional post per week. If you post several times per day, you’ll share a promotional post every other day.

Start using a social media posting schedule to increase the effectiveness of your social media marketing efforts. Along with these suggestions, you can get more internet marketing tips and a system for generating more internet prospects by clicking here to learn about my done-for-you system.

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Conduct Audience Research for Free to Improve Your Marketing

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TopRank Marketing.jpgGaining a better understanding of your target audience can be incredibly beneficial for internet marketing.

It helps you write more effective sales copy, pay-per-click (PPC) ads, blog posts, and find the right content to share on social media. Market research is essential to marketing. But, you don’t have the same budget as a major corporation to conduct extensive research.

Luckily, the internet provides many resources for researching your target audience for free.

Identify Your Target Audience

You first need to know who your target audience is before you can research them. Keep in mind, you may have a variety of demographics that you want to target.

If this is the case, you’ll need to conduct market research for each demographic individually. Also, each of your advertisements and landing pages should be geared toward one key demographic at a time.

Start Following Your Followers

You don’t need to follow every profile that follows you. But, you can start to learn more about your target audience by following a selection of your followers.

Look for followers that are active on social media. You should find people that follow brands and businesses that are in involved in the same niche market.

As you follow these people, you’ll see the types of posts that they share or like. This will give you better insight into the type of information they’re interested in.

Ask Your Target Audience

Of course, the best way to find out what your target audience is interested in is to ask them. There are several ways to ask your target audience about their interests, including:

  • Customer surveys
  • Social media posts
  • Online polls
  • Questionnaires

Use these methods to solicit information. You can ask specific questions to learn more about your core audience. Find out what they fear most, what they want from products, what they enjoy doing in their free time, how they spend their time online, and anything else that helps you learn more about them.

Create a Customer Persona

As you learn more about your target audience, you can begin creating a customer persona. This is a detailed set of information about a typical customer.

You should create multiple personas to represent different types of customers. The main criteria to place in this persona includes:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Location
  • Job or profession
  • Income level
  • Education level
  • Hobbies and interests

When you write sales copy or PPC ads, you should use these customer personas.

Open the document where you’ve created your persona and keep it open as you write your copy. Imagine that you’re talking directly to this customer.

Always Ask for Feedback

Feedback is one of the best ways to learn more about how your target audience feels. Ask for their feedback in every email related to a purchase or transaction. This includes confirmations and follow-up emails.

Don’t ignore this feedback. Use it to learn more about the needs of your customers and how you can improve your products or services to better meet their needs.

Another step that you can take is to look at your competition. When in doubt, look at the type of content that they use. For example, if you’re creating a paid advertisement, look at your competitor’s paid ads. If you’re creating a press release, look at the press releases for your competition.

Don’t copy what they do. But, you can use what you find to learn from their research.

Audience research is a necessary step in internet marketing. In addition to these tips, you can find even more advice, and a system for gaining conversion-ready internet prospect each month, by clicking here to learn about my done-for-you system.

 

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