Around this time last year, I shared with you some of my predictions for businesses in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
While we can’t yet say that the pandemic is over, it’s a relief knowing that so many individuals and businesses in Australia (and around the world) are now on their way to regaining a sense of normalcy again.
Day by day, we are building this “new normal” and reclaiming the life that has been taken from us over the past two years.
So, before we end this year and welcome the new one with a positive mindset, let’s take a look back at the year that was 2021.
Can you believe how fast 2021 came and went? Neither can we!
We’ve been so busy as Australia has begun to reopen that we didn’t even notice these past few months flying by.
Yet, with the holiday season just around the corner, there’s still so much left for us to do! We’ve got to finish up our projects, send cards to our clients, buy gifts for our teams, arrange Christmas parties, set business goals for 2022 - the list goes on.
But if there’s one thing you can’t afford to let slide before finishing up this year, it’s planning your content marketing strategy for the next 12 months.
Here are the top content marketing trends for 2022 you need to know.
It’s that time of year again.
The weather’s getting warmer, the shops are getting busier, families are coming together and Michael Bublé is playing on repeat.
That can only mean one thing… it’s Christmas time!
While we’re all looking to reconnect with loved ones and decorate our homes with Christmas trees that will probably stay up until February, this is the perfect opportunity for your business to do a little Christmas content marketing!
Here’s how you can connect with customers during the most wonderful time of the year.
Guiding Your Customer’s Journey: How To Create Content For Awareness, Consideration, Conversion and Delight Stages
Your customers don’t just buy from you.
You have to earn that sale. Dah, right? Of course!
But what does “earning” the sale actually involve? Well, people progress through a customer journey, where they go from a stranger of your brand to (hopefully) an advocate.
In today’s digital age, both B2B clients and B2C customers are actively hunting for content to research solutions to their needs at every stage of their buying journey. That’s where you can create “content checkpoints” that fulfil their information needs at each to get them to the next stage.
Here’s a breakdown of this journey and what you need to do at each point to finally earn the sale.
Today, businesses are producing all kinds of branded content.
In fact, the most successful brands employ omnichannel marketing – like producing visual content for people who prefer watching while posting written content for those who love to read.
But what about multitasking people on the move?
One of the most overlooked and yet biggest marketing trends you can take advantage of is podcasting. This type of audio content is no longer just a hobby for creatives and people who love to talk - it has evolved into a popular marketing channel format that allows you to share your expertise and develop key opinion leadership status.
Let’s discuss why your brand needs a podcast.
The last couple of years will go down in history – and we all know why.
The global pandemic has changed so many things in so many ways, leading to what could arguably be considered a whole new era for businesses and lifestyles alike. Sadly, so many have struggled during this time, but whilst it is far from over, COVID-19 has also given us many hard-earned lessons that we should try to take with us going forward.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the things that we’ve learned throughout this trying time and make a commitment to keep them in our minds as we start to get back to a sense of normal in our lives.
There’s a philosophical aspect to giving back.
We give because it’s a human need to feel good and we know that it’s the right thing to do.
In the same way, businesses give back because they share the same virtue of giving.
Today, customers are more socially aware and expect the corporate world to align with this. That’s why, when brands demonstrate ethical authenticity and consideration for the community, they create a purposeful connection with the audience.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) marketing can make a difference by helping you improve your brand’s reputation, foster trust and influence more people to pursue what’s best for the society in which your customers live in.
Let’s discuss the importance of CSR marketing and how it can benefit your brand.
Google AdWords, re-target marketing and browser cookies are staples in today’s marketing environment. Most, if not the majority of businesses, use some cookie-based advertising to get clicks, attract leads and secure conversions.
As businesses, we are familiar with it. As customers, we see it every day.
This type of targeting works by using data crumbs or “cookies” to target audience groups based on their web browser behaviour. This cookie-based advertising allows different companies to display ads throughout a user’s browsing experience once a web surfer has expressed interest in a certain product or service.
However, digital advertising’s reliance on third-party cookies for years is coming to an end.
So, what is the future of audience targeting?
Do you often find yourself trying to justify the power of brand awareness and how it translates into measurable sales? We’ve all been there.
Every brand needs to make people aware of its existence.
That’s because no one buys what they don’t know about and don’t understand. That’s the undeniable importance of brand awareness marketing campaigns.
The goal of Marketing campaigns is to produce a Return On Investment (or ROI) so that every dollar invested produces more back in returns, revenue and profit as a result.
Both of these make perfect sense and are the basics of marketing practise.
The problem is, Brand Awareness campaigns have a reputation for being “necessary but not profitable”, meaning that there seems to be an ongoing need to balance them both, to find out how to make people aware while still producing measurable results.
In other words – compromise.
Let’s discuss this in more detail and see if we can find the sweet spot between the two.
What's the hardest part about marketing your business?
Is it holding your audience's attention when they read your content?
Perhaps, it's convincing them to take action and subscribe to your newsletter, book an initial consultation or buy your product?
If these common challenges are stopping your business from hitting your targets, then conversion copywriting is exactly what you need.
Here’s what conversion copywriting is and how to harness its power.
Can you name a business that doesn’t use content in its marketing?
It feels impossible, right?
Hundreds of brands today are posting on social media to connect with their audiences. Start-ups have learned the value of blogs to get their names known out there. Even large and prominent businesses are using the power of videos and podcasts to remain relevant in these changing times.
That’s why content has become such an important business asset - serving as a digital currency that enables you to raise awareness, engage with customers and achieve excellent results through valuable conversions.
But how do you know what types of content to use? When is it best to create and publish a specific type of content to connect with your audience?
Let’s find out!
Website best practise changes quite a bit over time.
One of the most recent trends I’ve noticed is the SERVICE and SOLUTION pages.
Sure, you may be thinking ‘this isn’t new’, and perhaps it isn’t. But it’s certainly growing in prevalence today – and for good reason. You see, you have two types of customers.
These two website pages address one each and that’s why it’s useful to have both of these pages on your website. If you don’t, then you’re losing them.
Let me explain why it’s a great idea to have both a SERVICES website page and a SOLUTIONS page and what role they each play.
You always want the best for your business.
Every manager, business owner and entrepreneur thinks the same way. This naturally involves making worthwhile investments in your people, hardware, software, marketing and more, all to help boost your brand and get results.
But are you missing something? What about copywriting and messaging?
It’s commonly overlooked, and it’s easy to see why.
Most of your team can write and they know everything about your brand.
But are you actually producing quality copy? How do you know?
While most think that copywriting is just putting a bunch of nice words on a page, it’s so much more than that – and it can be the difference between a strong brand that customers understand and a poor brand that customers ignore.
So, here’s what copywriting can REALLY do for your business – and why you should invest in it just like other forms of marketing.
Every business loves social media today.
Why? Because all of our customers are there!
The growth of active social media users around the world continues to rise and this has encouraged brands from all industries and of all sizes to join them there. It makes commercial sense! But now that almost everyone is aware of how powerful social media marketing can be, the competition has become extremely tough, with every business vying for attention and trying to stand out from the crowd.
In the scramble, some brands are losing sight of how to incorporate social media successfully into their marketing strategies – especially as time goes on and trends change.
So, to help, here are 10 common social media mistakes that you may be doing and really want to avoid.
Every organisation has its own unique flow, process and rhythm.
These daily behaviours, values, language and activities between groups of people make up your culture. We all hear about how culture empowers teams and helps us communicate with our customers in a genuine way.
The question is: how can we incorporate this culture into our marketing to strengthen our brand identity? How can we have a strong brand culture that will enable us to generate excellent marketing results?
Here’s how you can incorporate brand culture into your business’ message marketing.
Creating a business is easy today, right?
Sell a product or service, then earn the money. How hard can that be? Well, if this is your approach, then don’t get too attached to your business because it’s not going to survive for long!
Sure, your product or service may be great. But eventually, it will become irrelevant, priced out or overtaken by the competition.
However, if you work on building your business upon a strong foundation of branding that imparts value and nurtures a strong relationship with your customers, then you’re building the right foundations for the long-haul.
Here’s how strong branding will improve your business.
Everyone uses email today.
That's why it's a popular choice as a marketing channel. Simple, easy and cost-effective, email marketing can be highly effective. But that doesn’t mean it just works instantly! While everyone always keeps an eye on their inbox, they need to be receptive to your message if you want them to pay attention.
Let’s talk about the most common challenges businesses face with email marketing and how to solve them, so you can make it a viable option for your business.
When it comes to content, there are five types, based on the impact they have on your audience.
This offers a great opportunity to mix things up, for both them and your brand.
Having a blend of all five also ensures that you're engaging your customers in a balanced way which inspires them to take action.
So, let's define the five types to check if your brand is creating everything your audience wants from you.
How genuine are your brand’s messages?
How honest is your tone and communication style?
Does the information you provide earn trust?
These are critical questions to ask yourself because your customer is very savvy, suspicious and intuitive today. They have wised up to the fake and they’re not afraid to tell you, tell others and walk away altogether.
Here’s why being genuine is so critical in marketing and what that even means.
We are all consumers.
The world is filled with people buying products and acquiring services here, there and everywhere.
But no one just buys the first thing they see, right? No! A complex and personal process of decision making unfolds as they are presented with different options to choose from.
Breaking down the code to fully understand this process is a marketer’s mission! However, just like handing over the most challenging mathematical problem to a mathematician, it’s both a challenge and a pleasure for marketers to decipher how consumers behave.
Here's how to keep up with Consumer Behaviour And Customer Trends.
It’s the beginning of a new year and it should come as no surprise that there are a lot of changes to pay attention to if you’re serious about success this 2021.
Due to the evolving demands (and expectations) of both B2B and B2C customers, together with the constant growth of technology, there are so many things your business needs to pay attention to in order to keep up, and even stay ahead of the pack.
On top of all that, your marketing strategies must be constantly innovative to ensure that your brand continues to be valuable and relevant to your audience.
So, in 2021 – how do you do all of this? By raising the standards of your content marketing.
Here’s what’s happening and how to get ahead this year.
Content marketing continues to be one of the most popular and effective marketing practises today (when done right, of course).
There’s no surprise why. Your audience loves it because they gain value on their terms, and this builds a trustworthy connection between you. That’s why businesses love it too.
But today, there’s heaps of noise, so many channels and countless options available, and you’ve probably seen that quality over quantity is the key to strong content marketing.
So, what do you do? Where do you go now?
Here are some content marketing pointers to make your year a winner, whether you’ve done it for years or your brand new.
Google is at it again!
More new algorithm updates that have everyone running around afraid that their content will become null and void.
But before everyone panics, can we look at what these changes actually do first? Let me take you through a few things about Google Algorithm updates and how they affect your content marketing.
Then you can act accordingly.
Words, words, words.
What impact do they really have, right? Well… it turns out a lot. Over 80% of your marketing communications are, or come from words!
Blogs. Scripts. Website pages. Core messaging. Social media captions. Emails – and the list goes on.
But it’s easy for businesses to take their copy for granted. Industries change and customers shift, however brands often forget to evolve their wording and messages along with this.
These words are what your customers see every day – so, what are they reading? What are you giving them to read?
Let’s discuss why it’s important to never neglect the words behind your brand, especially now.
2021 is here!
So, it's the perfect opportunity to make some exciting plans for your brand.
The New Year is always a very motivating time in the business calendar when we’re all optimistic about making positive changes to the way our businesses operate and our brands behave.
But – what should you do?
Here are 8 brand improvement ideas to get your creative juices flowing and make your brand appealing.
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