Branding your business for success

Does your business make a good first impression? Have been in business for a while and still seem to not attract the clients you desire? I see this too often with clients that have not invested any energy, money, or time in their brand. Branding is vital to the existence of your business or propelling you to the next level. Branding consist of your visual presentation, including your logo, color scheme, font, business name, and tagline.  Branding helps with perceived professionalism and creating an identity for your company.

Here is a few things to consider when creating your image.

  1. What colors are used in your industry and why? How do these colors make people feel?
  2. Define your key goals.
  3. Understand your target audience. What font and verbiage will attract this group.
  4. Project the correct content to create the persona for your company. This creates. personality and identity.

Once you have decided on the ideal branding for your company, make sure it is  consistent through your offline on online marketing efforts. Signage. social media, emails, web site, social media, and more.

 

 

Facebook Insights to Go

With Facebook Insights to Go, users can get insights faster, filter, find, download, and share latest stats from Facebook IQ. Facebook IQ offers insights, studies and research using people, advertising and industry trends coming from Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and other platforms.

These insights can be searched by different category combinations including regions, industry, people, moments, campaigns, and platform.
These insights are particularly interesting to see information on what devices are being ed.

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This particularly of interesting when broken by industry to see what habits and whey consumers make certain choices.  Like the insights below that show of people surveyed, what made them make certain decision.

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Selling with location-based data

Location-based marketing on mobile runs on opted-in location data. The vast majority of location-based marketing is powered by opted-in GPS data, received from smartphones. That is, when someone opts-in to share their location with an app, the latitude and longitude data gathered from that app is what powers location-based marketing and analytics. There are other sources that can be used, such as beacons, Wi-Fi, and IP address as well. All of these also require opt-in permission to use.

The two biggest entities using this technology to sell digital ads to location-based audiences are Facebook and Google. The two capture a combined 57% of all digital ad spend in 2018.

Let’s explore how this works.  First data taking in is the location data.  It is then aggregated and then matched to a “point of interest”, which is typically a business. This is one of the most difficult steps in the process, as it requires up-to-date business information, keeping track of which stores open and close, categorizing them correctly, as well as keeping up-to-date footprints of buildings. Many times the next step is to enrich the data, appending other demographic or behavioral insights to it to build out richer audience profiles. Marketers create a method to build or select their location-based audiences using this data. The marketer will want to take action on those audiences, serving ads or content to them across mobile, desktop, social media, or programmatic advertising.

This type of marketing can be specially beneficial for brick and mortar businesses like  restaurants, retailers, and auto dealers. For e-commerce businesses that want audiences that visit specific retail locations like competitors that sale similar product or seasonal, annual, or themed events like conferences and trade shows can also benefit.

A few examples of types of location based data technology.

 

  • Geofencing –Find real-time visitors.  Geofencing is creating a virtual barrier around a location. This can either be a radius around a large location, or a very specific building footprint. The word “geofencing” can also be used to refer to advertising when someone enters that virtual barrier. They may receive an alert, push notification, or an ad within a mobile app based upon that current location.
  • Geotargeting – Find past visitors to their locations. Geotargeting refers to delivering ads to people that were previously in, a specific location. Geotargeting refers to serving ads based upon historical location visits to points-of-interest, rather than serving ads based upon the current real-time location. Also known as geofencing campaigns.
  • Geoconquesting – Find Competitor’s visitors.  Geoconquesting refers to serving ads to people when they are currently in, or were previously in, a competitor’s location or locations. This tactic uses technology such as beacons or NFC to trigger ad delivery, alerts, or content to a smartphone that is within just a few feet of a specific location.

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Increase SEO to get more return on your investment

Are you several pages away from ranking first on an organic Google search? Spent lots of money on a web site, but the clients you would like can’t find you? It is time to concentrate on key factors to improve these results.

Sometimes less is best. Targeting qualified and relevant traffic is better than having huge views that will never use your product or service. Be sure to know who your ideal demographic is.  Pay attention to user patterns; including the time readers spend on web page (engagement rates) and what they do while there. The goal is not to get huge traffic, but traffic that will convert into an action.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is something that needs to be worked on consistently and long term. For companies expecting instant results, this will not happen.  Shares and creating amazing content help with SEO, but there are other factors that help.  Website performance, technical SEO, A/B testing, analytics, and tweaking your content over time can prevent a web site from making it to the first page of Google search results. Create a checklist and make sure these items are being worked on regularly.

It should be standard practice for your organization to look at your most valuable content every 6 months, update it, and refresh it. Make sure there is enough content to compel a reader to take an action.

It does not matter the amount of traffic to your web site, there is no benefit to having a site that is too confusing for a viewer to take an action. Evaluate the layout of your web site. Content strategy brings people to a site and entices potential customers to know more about your services and products.  Make visitors have a good experience on the site.

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Easel.ly Create Infographics

Easel.ly is an easy-to-use tool made for users to be able to create fun, attention grabbing infographics to be used on the web for social sites.  This is extremely helpful in visually representing both statistical and non-statistical data. The tool is free to use, but you do need to set-up an account to create an account.  Simply go on Easel.ly and either use your e-mail ID, or log-in directly with Facebook, or Google+.

Start creating your infographic using one of the many templates you see under the Public Visuals tab right after you sign in. You also have the option to upload your own background images and create your presentation from scratch with the many customization options.

Find out how to get started:

Summer Shindig 2015

Instead of having a North Austin Influencers‘ mixer this month, we have been invited to go south on July 30th and participate in the 7th Annual Summer Shindig organized by Pierpont Communications, one of the largest independent public relation agencies in the southwest.

Hosted by seven organizations, Summer Shindig is the best place in town to meet new connections while enjoying Cedar Door’s famous mini-Mexican Martinis and tasty Tex Mex appetizers.

Space is limited, if planning to attend, attendees must register to ensure your spot at this event at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-shindig-2015-tickets-17157068253

COST is $35 per person.

Host organizations of the 2015 Summer Shindig are:

Women Communicators of Austin
Public Relations Society of America, Austin chapter
Austin Advertising Federation
North Austin Influencers

International Association of Business Communicators, Austin chapter
Society for Marketing Professional Services, Austin Chapter

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North Austin Influencers™  is created and organized by MUNDU Media. The group’s mission is to bring people together to exchange ideas, learn through educational workshops and mixers using the expertise of top industry professionals while providing marketing opportunities to businesses.

The Importance of Color to Your Brand

By: Monica Peña   (@MUNDUmedia)

As Pantone, the global authority on color, celebrates its 50th anniversary; it is a good time to reflect on the influence of color way beyond fashion.  If used consistently through a brand’s marketing, the use of certain colors can trigger the senses and certain memories.  The use of two or more colors can generate brand awareness any time these color combinations are used.  It is particularly important that colors are consistent throughout branding, whether used in web sites, newsletters, business cards, e-mail interaction, and especially in logos.

The strategy of color selection is important depending on what the target audience is and/or what the company will stand for.  Companies that tend to be trend setters and can be more versatile about changing their image frequently, follow the present color trend. Whether you’re going for earthy hues to show your earth conscience or bolder colors like red to stand out to a different viewership, this detail is one that needs much consideration.

Take a look at this fun info-graphic that celebrates 50 Years of Pantone Color and shows various colors from wardrobe shades, social media top colors, to choices used in creating brands. Pantone color info-graphic

 

 

Goal Setting for the New Year’s Marketing Efforts

By: Monica Peña   (@MUNDUmedia)

When communicating the value of services or products to potential customers and clients, there are several things to keep in mind to make sure your company is always moving forward.

Keep the consumer in mind. Efforts should always have the correct target audience.

Be realistic. Make sure to create goals that can be accomplished.

Incorporate action items in your schedule. Taking time to strategize on the requirements to make your goals achievable will make all the difference.

Determine how to measure outcomes. The benefit of creating metrics is to define which efforts have favorable results and which do not.

When needed, modify. Don’t be scared to adjust goals as needed.

Remember that goals should not be handled as something for the far off future, but should be worked on in a consistent basis and reflected upon with pride when accomplished.

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