MARKETING TIPS #3: Improve website calls-to-action

SEO has been one of the hottest, must-do marketing tactics for any small business over the last few years. However, according to William Buist of xTen, great SEO can only take your website so far. Making it to the top of Google’s organic search list, or generating traffic with ads, won’t do your business any good if visitors don’t actually convert into customers. When it comes to improving your call-to-action, most businesses don’t need a dramatic overhaul; it could be as simple as tweaking the size, colour and location of your Call To Action (CTA) button or slightly altering your messaging.

Look at your click-through rates (CTR), bounce rates and page views to determine where in the sales process potential customers are leaving your website. Do you rank highly in Google search results but have a low conversion of visitors to customers?

Can customers find the information they need? Do they start to buy but not complete? Do you have subscribers but no conversations or engagement? Improving your calls to action is the first step to addressing these problems and converting more prospects into customers.

It’s not something you can leave – you need to measure and test, and change seeking always to improve and learn from what happens. Having a clear strategy for what to test and taking the actions to do it matter.

See also Marketing Tips #1 Implement a Strategic Content Marketing Plan and #2 Revamp your Social Media Strategy

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Marketing Tips #2: Revamp your social media strategy

Are your tweets and Facebook posts hanging somewhere in social media cyberspace or are you actually connecting with your customers? While Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn continue to dominate the social media world, depending on your business, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr and SlideShare are equally important social platforms.

William Buist, founder of xTen, believes that an effective social media strategy starts with a clear understanding of which networks are most relevant for your customers and clients. Jut like with content marketing, social media marketing requires a clear plan-of-action.

So, how do you know if your social media strategy is missing the mark? Look beyond the number of Twitter followers and Facebook likes and focus on engagement and amplification metrics. What makes content “go viral” or generate leads? Social media marketing, like content marketing drives leads to you by building awareness, attracting interest, and cultivating relationships. If your Twitter feed is a constant stream of promotional sales posts, you need to re-think your strategy. Potential customers and clients are more likely to favourite and re-tweet your posts when you share information that’s relevant and meaningful to their daily life, and then prompt them to click on a link in your tweet to learn more.

For example, tweet a surprising new stat from a new industry study and your brief analysis of this stat along with an invitation to learn more (that links back to your company blog). Keep an eye on your amplification metrics (e.g., re-tweets, shares, re-pins, etc.); these metrics are a clear sign your content is resonating with your target audience and that your social media strategy is working.

If you need help with your social media strategy then call us on 01423 861122 or email us at info@ripleytraining.co.uk and we will ask one of our experts to call you.

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