Is Your LinkedIn Account Reaching Its Full Digital Marketing Potential?

Whether we’re talking about a personal account or a company page, there are several different ways to utilize LinkedIn as a powerful digital marketing platform. LinkedIn is reported as the most effective social platform in 2017 by MarketingProfs. So, you definitely need to be asking yourself, how does your LinkedIn account compare to the competition?

Recent LinkedIn Update

Just a few weeks ago, LinkedIn introduced the “LinkedIn Audience Network”. With uncanny similarity to the Facebook Audience Network, this new product is meant to assist marketers by allowing them to reach users on apps and websites that are not currently managed by LinkedIn itself.

In short, marketers can get their LinkedIn ads in front of more people. The goal of this wider audience capability is to increase impressions, engagements, and ultimately increase conversions. AdAge released an article that includes testing results of this new LinkedIn product, which boasted an impressive 3-13% increase in unique impressions.

Helpful Hints

LinkedIn is not foolproof. There are many ways that you may be unknowingly sabotaging your digital marketing efforts through this popular platform. Christopher Heine of Adweek compiled a list of 20 LinkedIn Do’s and Don’ts, which includes first hand recommendations from highly successful digital marketers.

We here at Onimod Global decided to create a shortlist from this Adweek article of the tips that we found to be the most useful.

Do:

  • Make it Personalized: No one likes getting spammed with random messages through their LinkedIn inbox. In order to make yourself stand out and get attention, you have to give the recipient a reason to keep reading. Brittany Simpson from Site Strategics suggests, “Don’t immediately approach with an ‘ask,’ but approach with a ‘give’ of some sort.”
  • Analyze Your Target Audience: Now that LinkedIn has added more people to its audience, use it! If you already know who your target market is, great. If not, do some preliminary testing to try and narrow it down. As you move forward, Kirsten Chiala of Cisco recommends, “From that research, take it a step further and develop personas so you can customize your content to that target audience.”

Don’t:

  • Stalk Your Connections: Everyone has been in a situation where they continually ignore or delete requests from other users on social media. Take the hint, and move on. Do not waste your time chasing after connections who clearly do not want to hear what you have to say. Try to focus on generating new leads instead. If you continue down this path you will only spin your wheels, and as Rick Smith of Exos put it, “Plus … it’s kinda creepy.”
  • Treat LinkedIn Like Facebook: These platforms may be similar, but they are incredibly different from a digital marketing perspective. While you want to continually try to engage with your connections by posting content on your page, you also don’t want to take it too far and annoy them. Appearing as a pest may cause others to ignore you, or even delete you from their network. If you must post, make sure it is relevant and actually useful.

3 Ways to Become a Major Influence in the Digital Marketing Industry

Many individuals and organizations out there today are battling to become major influences in the digital marketing community. Building a major brand is no simple task and getting your name out there can take months if not years. Hosting Facts found that “over two millions blog posts are published on the internet every day.” Therefore, standing out from the crowd is a huge challenge. Listed below are some ways that could direct your organization to becoming a digital marketing influence.

1. Consistent Production of Strong and Relevant Content:
The saying is overused, but “content is king” is a reality. The focus should be on producing your own content, but sharing relevant content from big influencers time to time can be beneficial. Generating content doesn’t always mean lengthy blog posts with loads of text. Content can be produced in the form of memes, videos, podcasts, and other means. The overall goals of producing content are making sure it’s keyword rich for SEO purposes and that it resonates with your target audiences.

2. Showcase Your Personal or Organization’s Credibility:
Showing off your own personal credentials or what you’ve accomplished for an organization is another way to get your name out there. Readers will take you seriously if the content you produce is legitimate and provides real world insight. Case studies, testimonials from clients, and certifications are all great ways to display credibility. Check out some of our client Case Studies at Onimod Global.

3. Engagement is Key:
Producing content is one thing, but receiving engagement from audiences will take your influence to the next level. It’s important to point out that engagement happens on both sides – if you don’t interact with the people reaching out to you then engagement levels will decrease as a result. Another reason why engagement is essential has to do with social media posting. The algorithms on Facebook and Twitter for instance pay attention to activity level on posts. In other words, the more engagement your posts receive, the more impressions and clicks that will follow.

Contact Us: For more information regarding digital marketing expertise, visit the Onimod Global Website. We provide weekly knowledge and news on the latest in the digital marketing industry!

Google Partners Launches Digital Sales Certification Exam

Google has announced that the Google Partners program has launched a new certification exam – Digital Sales. Google Partners is a program that provides agencies access to free training and exclusive tools, as well as the guidance and support to help businesses successfully advertise on Google. Advertising agencies that are members of the Google Partners program like us at Onimod Global contain certified employees and are companies trusted by Google.

According to Google, the “Digital Sales Certification Exam has been created to assess and increase partner sales representatives’ effectiveness in selling Google digital solutions to businesses.” There are a total of five parts to the exam which include planning, the open, identifying, recommendations, and the close.

The planning section involves networking, prospecting potential clients, and preparing for the pitch. The open is about delivering an effective pitch, positioning, and setting up meetings. The identification part is just about asking questions and discovering what potential clients need. Recommendations consist of delivering solutions and how to solve client problems. Lastly, the close section is about handling objections, closing the sale, and how to generate referrals.

Contact Us: Here at Onimod Global, we are a member of the Google Partners Program and all of our employees are Google certified in many areas. If you’re a business seeking an upgrade in brand awareness, website development, or any other digital marketing service feel free to reach out to us at Onimod Global on our Contact Us page. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

3 Digital Marketing Trends to Prepare for in the Near Future

In a recent article from Forbes, there are some important trends in the digital marketing industry that marketers should be aware of. The digital world is always evolving: consumer patterns change, new platforms emerge, etc. Therefore, organizations must be prepared to adapt. The three key trends that Forbes focuses on in the article are social marketing, the talent gap, and video marketing.

Social Marketing:
If utilized correctly, social marketing campaigns can be very successful. Advertising on Facebook for example can turn a low cost investment into a high return on investment (ROI). According to the Forbes article, research has shown that “social users appeal more to offers and discounts, so even a simple 10% off to promote a product or service will greatly increase visibility.” Forbes also points out that the strategy is to “always find new mediums gaining popularity, as conventional outlets like news sites should be avoided.”

The Talent Gap:
According to the article, “the talent gap in digital marketing is the root cause of unsuccessful campaigns.” Not understanding the data, wasting money on ad spend, and not properly managing accounts are frequent problems in today’s industry. Many “traditional advertisers” don’t possess the same skill set and thinking process as the younger generation of digital marketers. Ultimately, it’s essential for organizations to find individuals who consistently deliver high ROI in a digitally dominated world.

Video Marketing:
Viral videos have a ton of power in today’s digital world, yet it’s very challenging to gain popularity online. Millions of users are streaming YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites daily. Forbes point of advice from video marketing is that “it’s not the big budgets that win, it’s the great ideas that create buzz.” If marketers can capitalize on this hot trend in video traffic, there will be high rewards.

Contact Us: For more information regarding digital marketing expertise, visit the Onimod Global Website. We provide weekly news updates on the latest in the world of digital marketing. Enjoy!

Recipe For Success: How to Utilize Digital Marketing in the Food Industry

Every industry is different. While some digital marketing objectives may be applicable over a wide variety of products and services, there are some areas in which a specialty is needed.

One of our successful clients, Theory, is an upscale sports lounge in downtown Chicago. Theory goes above and beyond in order to stay ahead in the highly competitive food industry. Offering excellent food, style, service, and all around comfort, this is definitely not your average sports bar.

You may be wondering, how does this company stay ahead of the curve? The answer my be hiding in their digital marketing tactics.

SEO

Keyword Lists: Experimenting and tweaking different groups of keywords and search terms is essential to figuring out what will work best for your business. But first, you have to start with a wide range of options.

Be sure to include several different types of keywords throughout your website and advertisements. Broad match, niche-specific, and individual brand terms can all help drive traffic to your restaurant.

Keep it Local: Try to keep many of your marketing strategies centered around local consumers. After all, these are the people who are going to be the lifeblood of your business.

Gain as much ground as possible on local directories. Google My Business is an incredible resource. Listing your company through Google will immediately boost its awareness. You definitely want your business to pop up when someone does a local search for “food near me.”

Social Media

Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are all hugely influential to customers in the food industry. Impactbnd.com compiled 49 statistics on social media. The following stats highlight the incredible affect social media can have on your brand:

  • In 2015 Facebook influenced 52 percent of consumers’ online and offline purchases, up from 36 percent in 2014.
  • 68 percent of Instagram users engage with brands regularly, and Instagram has 58 times more engagement per follower than Facebook.
  • 67% of Twitter users are far more likely to buy from the brands they follow on Twitter.

Website Optimization

Every real business needs an equally real website. A “real” a site can direct users and help to answer their most common questions.

More basic questions consist of “what is your address, phone number, and business hours?” Slightly more complicated questions may include, “are you available to cater special events or reserve a room for a private event?” All of these questions should have an answer that is clearly stated on your website.

The user experience should also be clear and efficient. A customer should be able to navigate your website with ease, both on a desktop or mobile device.

The overall visual appeal of a site is also incredibly important. If a potential customer is not pleased with photographs of your business and the food it offers, then they are very unlikely to order anything off of your menu.

No one gets a second first impression. Make sure that your restaurant gathers all the right kinds of attention with a spectacular website.

Case Study

Onimod Global was able to work with Theory of Chicago on each of these aspects. We used our expertise to build a new website, pack it full of SEO content, and spread the word about their incredible services across all major social media platforms. Take a deeper look into this project by viewing the Theory case study HERE.

How Important is Blogging for a Company?

Having a company blog and posting consistently may seem like a “no brainer,” yet it’s surprising how many organizations either don’t have a blog or don’t post enough. Many times blogs just become an afterthought and businesses don’t understand the importance of posting. Listed below are a few reasons as to why having a company blog is so important in today’s world of marketing.

Enhanced SEO:
Maintaining a blog in general will only increase online visibility and fuel your SEO. Google and Bing’s algorithms reward valuable and fresh content for specific search queries. Regardless of the industry, maintaining a well written blog is one way to appear ahead of competitors in the search engine results. The use of relevant keywords and phrases in your blog content  is what makes this happen. A client of ours for example (Theory) is a sports bar in Chicago wanting to rank well for the Mayweather McGregor fight soon. As you can see in the image below, a blog post we created is ranking first and second organically for relevant searches.

Company Blogging

Driving Traffic to Website:
Related to increasing SEO presence, the ultimate goal of blogging is to drive traffic to your company’s website. It’s a common sense marketing strategy – the more traffic driven to your website, the better chance of someone becoming a consumer of your product/service. The best way to increase blog traffic is through promotion on multiple social media channels. Most notably Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and other relevant platforms. Promoting a blog is essentially free, and if your content is interesting you will gain a following and see increased website traffic over time.

Contact Us: For more information regarding digital marketing expertise, visit the Onimod Global Website. We provide weekly news updates on the latest in the world of digital marketing. Enjoy!

How to Run a Successful Cause Marketing Campaign

Cause marketing is a relatively new term. What it boils down to is a campaign led by a large organization in order to help fund a charitable project. This idea began with American Express back in 1980.

Historically

The credit card company decided to launch a campaign that would donate a portion of each American Express transaction to fund the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. The results were wildly successful as the company generated over $1.7 million for the restoration project, and the card’s use rose 27%.

Since this marketing milestone, many other large businesses have followed suit, and have achieved the same success. But how do they do it? Sure, everyone loves a good cause, but that is not all there is to it. Follow along for deeper insight into cause marketing and how your business can reap its benefits too.

Find Your Cause

The first step behind a cause marketing campaign is to take a look at how your brand is associated with a certain cause.

For instance, Dawn dish soap has been partnering with wildlife foundations for years. Most notably, their soap was instrumental in the rescue of thousands of animals after the giant BP oil spill in 2010. This kind of direct link between grease-covered ducklings and dish soap is exactly what your business should be looking for.

Positive or Negative?

The outcomes from positive vs negative advertising have been debated many times over. While a review of 100+ scientific studies from Wiley found no definitive difference between the two approaches, there is still more to the story.

Certain types of industries tend to have different reactions to these two methods of advertising. Negativity tends to work very well in political situations. On the other hand, positivity relates well to humanitarian efforts.

Ultimately, the direction of your cause campaign lies in the stance that your business wishes to take. Get a comprehensive view on the situation. Do a little research. It may even be worthwhile to run short campaigns in select areas to see which message produces better results.

Social Media

The use of social media in marketing should never be overlooked. For cause marketing specifically, this rings especially true. Once it is time to start running your campaign across a variety of digital mediums, social media will prove to be very advantageous.

As in many marketing strategies, your goal in this instance is to tell a compelling story. The use of photos and videos is a great way to get this message across.

When consumers can actually see what their support it going toward and how they are changing the world, they feel much more drawn to the cause. Many social media platforms are constantly evolving to create more ways in which to share a story.

As mobile usage continues to skyrocket, we see users spending less time looking at each individual post on their social media feed. So in order to get your message across, you need to do it quickly and effectively. Continue reading more about the benefits of mobile advertising with our article “Why Mobile Matters.”

Conclusion

A cause marketing campaign should always start with your business. How can it help? What can it do? Once you find a connection, find your viewpoint. Determine how to tell your story, positive or negative. Finally, start sharing that message across every digital space you can think of to get people involved. This is how your company can achieve success through cause marketing.

The Importance of Transparency in Digital Marketing

As marketers, we naturally feel the need to put a fresh and positive spin on every situation. Unfortunately, this tendency can easily become filled with dishonesty and secrecy. In digital marketing this usually manifests itself in the skewing or complete obscurity of data. So how can companies better hold themselves accountable?

Customers

One of the best steps that your business can take towards being more honest with customers is letting them in. Giving clients access to all of their company platforms is a great way to remain transparent. Making sure that the client is the administrator of their own Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media accounts is crucial. This way, the customer can maintain control over their accounts no matter which digital marketing agency they decide to work with.

Paid advertising campaigns are a bit of a different story. Typically, digital marketers have top level control over all client campaigns. This gives them the ability to organize all customer accounts side by side, with as little fragmentation as possible. However, marketers can still easily grant permissions to the client through these paid platforms.

It is also very common for digital marketers to withhold access to paid platforms, so that the client does not accidentally alter any campaigns. The real problem lies in marketers who do not provide genuine reports. Any reputable digital marketing agency should provide ample proof of their advertising efforts. These reports should highlight both the successes and failures of those efforts.

Employees

Many people assume that transparency involves only the customer, but true transparency concerns every aspect of the business. All employees, from the top to the bottom of the corporate hierarchy, are a part of the company’s transparency.

An article from Forbes suggests that there are four major components to improving transparency within a business: honest communication, open doors, collaboration technology, and sharing news.

One main takeaway from these four points is for leaders to be open and receptive of all employees. This can be done in many ways. Even something as simple as literally leaving an office door open can have a large impact. Allowing employees to feel heard and respected is vital in keeping their work efforts honest.

The same article also shows a focus on collaboration. Making an effort to keep each staff member up to speed with emails and instant messages can go a long way. These techniques make employees feel connected to one another, which in turn makes them more likely to maintain open and honest work behaviors.

4 Reasons Why Digital Marketing Has Taken Over Traditional

It’s no surprise that in the past decade digital marketing has become the focal point of most organizational marketing efforts. I’m not inferring that all traditional marketing efforts have completely died out as print, radio, and TV advertising are all still in existence. However, traditional efforts are dying a slow death as more consumers continue to spend more time on the internet. According to Internet Live Stats, “approximately 40,000 searches happen on Google PER SECOND, which sums to about 3.5 billion searches per day.” Listed below are four major reasons why digital marketing will continue to take over traditional methods.

1. Data and Results are Measurable:
Many forms of traditional marketing (tv, print, radio, billboards, etc.) are very hard or sometimes impossible to figure out impressions or especially conversions. With SEO and ppc campaigns, analytics are available from any date range. Impressions, clicks, engagement rates, cost per click, and conversions are now easily traceable with Google Analytics and insight tools on all the platforms. Ultimately, we now have the ability to analyze data and this is highly valuable regarding future campaign adjustments.

2. Defined and Targeted Audiences:
Ensuring that the right people come across your advertisements should be a top priority. Platforms like Google AdWords, Bing Ads, Facebook Ads, and others contain impressive targeting options that allow advertisers to hit designated audiences. Although some traditional efforts can target certain people by location for instance, the targeting features of digital marketing are light years ahead. On Facebook for example you can target by location, age, gender, occupation, user’s interests, and other relevant factors.

3. Cost Efficiency:
Depending on budgets and how much time and effort is put into digital marketing campaigns, it can still be an expensive venture. However, for the amount of traffic online ads receive compared to traditional ads, it’s not a comparison. Cpc campaigns in particular you are only charged per click, so the amount of impressions your ads receive is invaluable. Advertising through billboards, radio, and television especially can get costly. Plus as mentioned earlier, it’s very difficult to track results so figuring out ROI can be a headache.

4. Future Implications:
Digital marketing from a general standpoint is always evolving. Search engine algorithms change, interfaces update, and the expansion of mobile users is something to keep an eye on. Therefore, focusing the majority if not all marketing efforts to digital is a step in the right direction. As more people continue to spend more time online, use social media, and Google multiple phrases per day, the digital marketing world will continually reach new heights.

Contact Us: If you’re associated with a business seeking improvements in SEO, SEM, Website Development, or any other digital service feel free to reach out to us on our Contact Us page. We look forward to hearing from you!