This is one of the best times to be a marketer, but it's also one of the hardest. On one hand, you have more technologies, tools and channels than ever before to help you target and reach your audience. On the other hand, so does everyone else.
That is to say, while you have the ability to directly message the customers most likely to purchase your products and services, those people are also being bombarded by literally thousands of messages from other advertisers every day. Creating ads that stand out is challenging — but it's not impossible.
Here are five things you can do to rise above the noise and reach your target audience:
Your marketing strategy is already turning in great results — performance metrics all indicate that channels are generating ROI for the company.
The temptation may be to sit back and rest on your laurels. After all, you've built a marketing machine that's getting the job done. However, good results don't necessarily mean that your strategy is generating the best results possible.
That's where an A/B test strategy comes into play. Even if you're happy with the results of your current digital marketing strategy, A/B testing is a surefire way to make sure you never stop searching for ways to raise your standards.
Digital ad creative is changing mostly because the devices on which we are consuming it are changing. A decade ago it was all about go big or go home. It was all desktop — all the time. In this era, the IAB introduced their Rising Stars. Big and in your face was the mantra. We didn't have to worry about the experience on a mobile device because frankly you couldn't experience much on mobile. Flash wouldn't work on most phones and mobile rich media wasn't very prolific, so static ads it was. They were small and easy to ignore. It didn't really matter anyway — after all that wasn't where our audience was, they were on their desktops and laptops. Now, as predicted by countless industry experts — that has reversed.
Almost every business has some sort of digital marketing strategy. Even if you ignore the internet entirely, it's likely that your company is mentioned online in business directories and reviews, which means it has a digital presence whether you like it or not.
But there's a simple reason these companies are deepening their investments in digital media marketing: it works. Digital marketing's benefits are numerous and are reflected not just in performance metrics, but in how they can uplift other non-digital marketing. Here's a quick rundown of why every brand has something to gain from digital marketing.
As marketers, there are plenty of practical things you can do to increase conversions. Employing responsive design on your website, auditing your SEO techniques and ramping up your content marketing efforts are all good strategies. However, if you're ignoring your "contact us" form, you could be losing consumers right at the conversion finish line. Some experimentation and A/B testing may need to take place, but here are some simple ways for you to start increasing "contact us" form conversions.
1. Take a Look at Page Placement
We know that page design already has a huge impact on conversions as a whole. Graphics placement, banners and navigation all can affect what kind of impression your Web page makes on consumers, and the same holds true for forms. Try placing your "contact us" form near the top of the page, "above the fold," so that browsers won't have to scroll down to see it.
Mapping out a landing page design may seem simple, but that's almost never the case. Rather, while a landing page can look unassuming, it's often the product of intense scrutiny and constant tiny performance improvements. That's because even great marketers are liable to introduce simple design errors, and these can undercut the landing page's potential to drive leads and conversions.
Here are some of the most common — and frustrating — mistakes that plague landing pages.
As 2015 fades further into the background, it's time to take a look back at some of the Web design trends that helped shape the past 12 months. Last year was an eventful one, with some emerging Web design trends starting to gain prominence and some past ones fading into obscurity. Let's go over some of the most popular Web design changes that made waves this year and take a look into 2016 to see how these trends will fare in the near future.
Landing pages play a central role in turning website traffic into conversions. Most companies use landing pages to welcome incoming referral traffic to their website and its offerings, but those landing pages may not be working for brands as they should. Marketers understand that landing pages wield incredible value, but when landing page best practices aren't followed, they often fall short of their potential.
This misstep shouldn't be acceptable for any brand. Landing pages are used by too many digital marketing channels for marketers to risk lose potential conversions. Established best practices and innumerable case studies offer an easy-to-follow road map when designing these pages and help explain how they complement other digital ads and related marketing content.
For brands looking to boost their conversion rate, here are four essential changes to your strategy: