5 Reasons to Hire a Digital Marketing Agency

When it comes to making marketing decisions for an organization, the decision to hire “in house” or outsource marketing efforts can sometimes be a difficult decision. In the ever changing world of digital marketing, it’s in a company’s best interest to hire an agency to take on the work. The question then becomes “what are the major benefits of hiring a digital marketing agency?” Listed below are five crucial reasons as to why an organization should hire an agency for all of their digital marketing efforts.

1. Time:
Running the day to day operations of any business can be tiresome regardless of the industry. Therefore, allocating time to digital marketing efforts on top of daily tasks is in some cases impossible for certain companies. Digital agencies like us at Onimod Global dedicate all of our time to client needs and ensure high quality results.

2. Expertise:
Related to time allocation, most companies do not have the digital expertise that agencies possess. Having extensive knowledge of SEO, SEM, website development, social media marketing, and other digital skills is what agencies specialize in. Therefore, if you desire high quality results from your digital marketing efforts, hiring an agency is the way to go.

3. Cost Effective:
As a business owner it’s no secret that budgeting and spending money effectively can make or break a business. Hiring digital marketing employees in house has proven to be much more costly than outsourcing to an agency. It’s all about ROI. Digital marketing agencies place an extremely high emphasis on their clients’ return on investment.

4. Adaptability:
The world of digital marketing is continually changing as we know it. Having the capability to adapt to new software, applications, updates, etc. is something that agencies prioritize. Being able to constantly adapt also relates to time and expertise, as training and adapting to new technologies can get extensive.

5. Connections:
Some of the top digital marketing agencies in the field today have great connections with Google, Bing, and other organizations to stay ahead of the game. Being able to obtain inside information from Google for example is huge. Being a member of the Google Partners program is one of the major ways digital agencies set themselves apart from others.

Contact Us: If you’re a business seeking an upgrade in digital marketing efforts, feel free to reach out to our expertise here at Onimod Global on our Contact Us page. SEO, SEM, Website Development, Social Media Marketing, or any other digital marketing need we’ve got you covered. We look forward to hearing from you!

4 Digital Marketing Trends to Follow

The world of digital marketing is ever-changing. Constant updates, innovations, emerging technology, it all makes it a bit difficult to keep up. Here is a quick highlight of current trends to pay attention to within the coming months.

Best Advertising Platforms

It comes as no surprise that Google is the premier digital advertising channel. A report by Craig Smith states that Google earns 77% of total search revenue generated in the United States. This is not to mention the other ad variations that can be created on Google’s AdWords platform.

The second largest advertiser in command is Facebook. The social media platform recently boasted its audience of 2 billion users. This immense amount of people creates the perfect kind of market for nearly any and every business. The Facebook Ads Manager also allows for very precise targeting, which only appeals to advertisers even more. Low conversion costs and high ROIs combine with these aforementioned factors to create the ultimate advertising experience.

Benefits of Native Advertising

These two strategies are limitless in their potential. Consumers have become a bit blind when it comes to obvious banner ads. However, when an ad appears to be part of the site itself, users are much more likely to engage with it. In fact, HubSpot records that these native ads are viewed 53% more than traditional banner ads.

A lot of this has to do with the fact that users don’t trust banner ads because they typically view them as possible spam tactics. Simply put, the more natural your ad looks, the better.

The Age of Mobile

Your ads are in serious trouble if they are not optimized for mobile devices. More searches are being conducted on mobile than on desktop, which includes both browsing and actual purchases. A seamless user experience is key. Without it, 53% of these users will abandon their search, according to DoubleClick by Google.

Various platforms are changing to integrate their processes into one easy action. Facebook now allows you to generate a form within your ad that will never even take the consumer off site to complete. This is exactly the kind of interaction that individuals are looking for as they make the shift toward mobile.

Influence of Social Media

If you can get a consumer to stop and take a look at your product, they are much more likely to convert. This means pulling out all the stops. In general, it is better to create content that contains an image or gif if possible. It also helps to use hashtags or mention other noteworthy people or brands in your posts to seem more legitimate and trustworthy.

The other major component to social media marketing is reviews. Consumers trust what others have to say about a product or services. These opinions weigh in heavily on the buyer’s decision making process. A trustworthy review translates to affect 84% of consumers, according to a survey by BrightLocal. This makes it imperative to include reviews in your social media.

Client Spotlight: USA Voice & Data

Based out of Chicago, USA Voice & Data is a leading national broker of innovative and reliable business quality voice and data services. They wanted to interact with new and existing customers and share their numerous services to clients and partners; getting their messages across without the “hard sell.” With our digital expertise at Onimod Globalwe have enhanced USA Voice & Data’s social media presence and their overall brand awareness.

Initial Challenge:
The variety of service offerings provided by USA Voice & Data made it difficult to concentrate on their expanding client portfolio. Internal staff was forced to do time consuming tasks like social media management instead of concentrating on more strategic work. Our client felt that they needed an additional team that could handle and oversee unique social media projects in a seamless way and in alignment to each service, product, and brand they handle.

Onimod Global Strategy:
We offered a flexible, personalized solution for USA Voice & Data’s social media solutions. We familiarized ourselves with the client and their strategies across the different social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn; and quickly went to work managing their campaigns. In addition to the pure management of social media campaigns, we were also tasked to research, collect, and suggest content that our client used for their outbound communications.

As a business to business provider, LinkedIn was the clients main area of focus for social communication.  With that as a spearhead we went all in on the social overhaul.

The Results:
LinkedIn Q1 2014 vs Q1 2016:

  • Followers +194%
  • Referral Traffic +346%
  • Organic Post Impressions +78%

Facebook Q1 2014 vs Q1 2016:

  • Total Organic Reach +195%
  • Engagement  +628%

An explosion of organic social interactions across Facebook and LinkedIn. Our social media specialists gained insight into USA Voice & Data’s business operations and industry, working to engage clients and social media followers with an insightful mix of interesting topics and blogs.

Contact Us:
If you’re an organization like USA Voice & Data seeking an upgrade in brand awareness, social media management, 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!

Client Spotlight: Prime Portables in Chicago

Prime Portables Inc. is Chicagoland’s #1 Portable Restroom Rental Company. Prime Portables is a full service portable restroom rental company that provides services to the entire Chicago Metropolitan Area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The industry is more competitive than one may think, and with Onimod Global’s digital expertise Prime Portables continues to stay ahead of the competition.

Initial Challenge:
Prime Portables, a new business only a few years old wanted to be the premier portable restroom company around Chicago. To achieve this, they needed to be different, and people need to know who they are and what they offer.

Prime Portables wanted a bold new website to tell their story, gain their reliable reputation and truly represent their presence as a trusted and quality portable restroom company in the Chicago area.

The main challenge: Long established competition. Other companies sprang up with their own models for portable restroom rentals a long time ago. The nature of the portable restroom business—hyper-competitive in the extreme—meant that Prime Portables’ online marketing strategy had to hit consistent home runs.

Strategy:
SEO, SEM, Social Advertising, Website Development, Customer Behavior Analysis, A/B Testing, Advanced Segmentation Targeting, Advanced Conversion Tracking, and Custom Reporting. All of these combined is what our Digital Synergy Service has to offer.

Our cross-channel digital marketing expertise, data analysis, precisely targeted digital marketing campaigns make sure the brand and product meets the consumer when and where they need them.

Immediate Results:
Q1 2015 vs Q1 2016:

  • Organic Leads +5,700% (116 vs 2)
  • Google Adwords Conversions +553% (85 vs 13) 
  • Organic Traffic +44%
  • Local Map Traffic +426%

An explosion of conversions from Google AdWords and organic traffic via Google, Yahoo and Bing.  Natural rankings and subsequent traffic increases due to organic SEO and local business optimization. Essentially, with assistance from our expertise at Onimod, Prime Portables continues to stay on top of the game due to their strong cross channel digital presence.

Contact Us:
If you’re a local business like Prime Portables 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!

Client Spotlight: Vipply LED Bar Shelves

Vipply is the world’s leading manufacturer of high quality LED light shelves and light shelf tiers. Adding LED light shelves is not only a decorative upgrade to any bar or restaurant, but they have been proven to drastically increase liquor/spirit sales. The display of premium liquors with elegant under-lighting will quickly draw attention to designated bottles. Needing assistance in the digital world to overcome competition, Onimod Global has exceeded Vipply’s expectations of building online brand awareness.

Initial Challenge:
Branding, e-commerce development, data integration, digital marketing launch, ad content, and graphic design all starting from scratch. Brand new to the world, Vipply set out on a mission to dominate the LED shelving industry and needed digital experts to turn on the lights.

Strategy:
SEO, SEM, Social Advertising, E-Commerce Website Development, Customer Behavior Analysis, A/B Testing, Custom Programming, Advanced Segmentation Targeting, Reporting. In other words, the implementation of our Digital Synergy Service.

Results:
Our cross-channel digital marketing expertise, data analysis, precisely targeted digital marketing campaigns make sure the brand and product meets the consumer when and where they need them.

Q1 2015 vs Q1 2016:

  • Sales +1,498%
  • Organic Traffic +468%
  • Ad Impression +1.2M

An explosion of social interaction via custom audiences and campaigns across Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Natural rankings and subsequent traffic increases due to organic seo and e-commerce website development. Product listing ads and 3rd party resellers compliment organic sales. And as a result of Onimod’s services, Vipply and its web properties now dominate placements across all major sales channels.

Contact Us: If you’re associated with a business looking for an upgrade in brand awareness or any digital marketing service, Onimod Global has proven to generate immediate and efficient results. If interested fill out a quick form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Client Spotlight: Theory in Chicago

Theory is an upscale sports lounge located in the River North area of downtown Chicago that prides itself on being better than your typical sports bar when it comes to food, service, and comfort. It’s well known that the market for this industry is highly competitive, especially in an area like downtown Chicago. Theory decided it was time to take the next step in gaining a competitive advantage in their industry – building a strong digital presence. With our expertise and digital services at Onimod Global, we have helped Theory stay on top of the game and continue to create strong brand awareness in Chicago.

Initial Challenge:
Localization of a brand and geo-specific location via myriad digital mediums. Website development. Creating visibility for a local bar and restaurant in as saturated market as there is for this industry, downtown Chicago. Theory wanted to immediately capture new business via a new website, digital marketing and increase brand awareness while optimizing allocated ad budget.

Strategy:
Our cross-channel digital marketing expertise, data analysis, precisely targeted digital marketing campaigns make sure the brand and product meets the consumer when and where they need them.  Theory being a local business needs relevant day to day advertisements, promotions and ad content creation.

SEO, SEM, Social Advertising, Website Development, Customer Behavior Analysis, A/B Testing, Advanced Segmentation Targeting, and Reporting were some of the digital strategies implemented. This is also referred to as our Digital Synergy Service.

Immediate Results:
In the First 6 Months of Onimod Global’s ‘Digital Synergy’ campaign, Theory saw:

  • Social Interactions +538%
  • Organic Traffic +87%
  • Local Map Traffic +226%

An explosion of social interaction across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Natural rankings and subsequent traffic increases due to organic SEO and local business optimization. Ultimately, with assistance from our expertise at Onimod, Theory continues to stay on top of the game due to their strong cross channel digital presence.

Contact Us: If you’re a local business like Theory seeking an upgrade in brand awareness or digital marketing services, feel free to reach out to us at Onimod Global on our Contact Us page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Micro-Wins: The Key to AdWords Success

There are plenty of articles out there claiming to have some sort of quick fix or tip to exponentially boost your AdWords campaigns. In certain case studies these hints may have actually been incredibly successful, but that doesn’t mean the same goes for every advertiser or every business. In reality, micro-wins are much more valuable and much more attainable by most digital marketers.

 

What Are Micro-Wins?

Micro-wins are a series of tiny improvements over a long course of time, sort of like a theory of evolution on an AdWords campaign. These changes may not look like much in the beginning, but when compiled together at the end of a year, they make a very large impact.

 

Exploration

Hundreds upon hundreds of trial and error attempts are the secret to achieving these micro-wins. It’s best to begin by trying a myriad of strategies, so as not to limit your campaign based on what you think you already know. Experiment, it’s okay to fail! This is how you determine what works and what definitely does not.

 

Refinement

Once you can see where the biggest potential lies, start trimming off the fat. Take away all of the failed experiments, and all the money they’re draining, and leave those that still hold some potential for the future.

 

Optimization

Start experimenting again. Weed out the best of the best in terms of advertisements by thinking outside of normal limitations. Do not be afraid to try something new because you can always change it later on if needed. Once completed, you’ll be left with only the highest achieving and most successful ads.

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The Power of Social Media Marketing

What is Social Media Marketing?

Social media marketing refers to the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites. Social media marketing programs usually center on efforts to create content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it with their social networks.

Social media itself is a catch-all term for sites that may provide radically different social actions. For instance, Twitter is a social site designed to let people share short messages or “updates” with others. Facebook, in contrast is a full-blown social networking site that allows for sharing updates, photos, joining events and a variety of other activities.

How Are Search & Social Media Marketing Related?

Why would a search marketer — or a site about search engines — care about social media? The two are very closely related.

Social media often feeds into the discovery of new content such as news stories, and “discovery” is a search activity. Social media can also help build links that in turn support into SEO efforts. Many people also perform searches at social media sites to find social media content. Social connections may also impact the relevancy of some search results, either within a social media network or at a ‘mainstream’ search engine.

As long as you think of search and social media as separate projects and place them in silos, you won’t see the maximum impact for your business. Create a cross-functional process between the search and social so that you can integrate the search learning into social media, and the social media learning into search. The search keywords, social conversations, and the target audience behaviors are some of the key information that you should be sharing between the two.

The Bottom Line

It’s vital that you understand social media marketing fundamentals. Besides increasing brand awareness and establishing the legitimacy of the brand, social media marketing can affect the bottom line of a business by increasing sales. Learning about the importance of social media for marketing should also underscore why these efforts need to be continuous and the harm it does when social media marketing isn’t up to consumer expectations. Long story short, social media marketing is something that every business needs to do and needs to do well.

An integrated social media platform can enhance marketing campaign effectiveness, help improve brand building across the enterprise, and make a real impact on sales and the bottom line. Integrated social capability brings another great benefit by keeping the enterprise updated with the latest innovations in social media. Sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn are constantly innovating and updating their collaboration tools, content-sharing formats, etc. With integrating social capability, customers don’t need to change business functions in sales or marketing to catch up with these changes.

In today’s much-hyped world of social media marketing, integrated social capability can make a direct and positive impact on the business. Leveraging the power of content and social media marketing can help elevate your audience and customer base in a dramatic way. But getting started without any previous experience or insight could be challenging. Speak to an expert today at Onimod Global to learn how YOU can leverage your company’s social media marketing.