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Take a holistic approach
“I have got an attractive brand logo designed.”
Many business owners feel that designing an attractive website and a unique logo is all it takes to create a brand image. It might grab the attention of your visitors for a while, but would not make them pick up the phone and call you immediately. Promotions are short-lived too, as they can be copied easily. Your marketing plan should include an optimum mix of well-planned online and offline activities that slowly head you toward your goals. Online activities do not eat too much of your budget so you can be liberal while planning them. Online branding activities include:
- Building an informative website that inches your prospects from ‘attention’ to ‘desire’ stage
- Optimizing your website for search engines to increase organic visitors
- Marketing your business online by actively participating in related blogs, forums, networks, communities, business directories, and allied websites
- Posting useful content on twitter, wikis, youtube, PRweb, ezinearticles, and the likes
- Site-targeted advertising, pay-per-click search campaigns, and banner ads based on your budget
- Opt-in newsletter, webinars, and promotional email marketing campaigns
Offline activities include print/TV advertising, marketing collateral building, event participation, direct marketing, customer support, and more. All these activities should be done intelligently keeping your core brand positioning in mind all the time. Consider other external factors too. Word of mouth can play an important role in the web-world.
Social Metrics Influencing Search Rankings
Do you really think Google will ignore social data? Crawling social sites like Twitter and Facebook was only the first step.
Expect to see Google taking social data into account for organic search rankings. There’s too much link data in social sites to be ignored. Expect to see an acquisition of a service like PostRank.
How to prepare: Sign up for a profile on the top social sites, and start growing your presence there. Learn how to properly participate and engage with the community.
Brad Mays first mentioned the idea of social fatigue during his presentation at the Social Media Club of Dallas. So much energy and time was spent extolling the virtues of social in 2009 that I think you’ll see some thought leaders start a mini-rebellion.
I expect to see some thought leaders try to latch onto the next best thing, or roll the social media category into something much broader like digital strategy or Internet marketing.
How to prepare: Never put all your eggs in one basket. If you’re not already, think about planning and executing an integrated marketing campaign that encompasses SEO, PPC, Social, E-mail, and in some cases, some offline spend.
2009 was the year of the “social media expert”. Given the young age of the social media industry, it was easy for anyone with a Twitter account to claim the status of expert. Expect to see further distancing between true social media professionals and the social charlatans.
How to prepare: If you’re a marketer – keep doing what you’re doing, experiment, play, and educate yourself. You’ll get to expert status eventually.
If you’re a client – do some basic work educating yourself about social media marketing, and be sure to ask potential agency partners to provide examples of work – and in the absence of examples, regular reporting and goal setting will suffice.
An Emphasis on Social ROI and Metrics
Many social media professionals have had the better part of two years to experiment with social tactics and strategy – the best have even more. I believe that the foundation has already been set for how to market successfully using social. Now it’s time to start backing up our work with numbers.
How to prepare: Identify measurable goals for your social campaigns, and then find ways to measure and report. Check out sites like Klout, Twitter Grader, PostRank and Social Mention. Surveys are always good too.
- Mobile boom
- Focus on the hyperlocal
- Living with less
- Social skills in demand
- Bing becomes more relevant
- Power in the niche