How Gmail Tabs Impact Email Marketing

How Gmail Tabs Impact Email Marketing

2013 brought about some changes for Gmail. They introduced Gmail Tabs. These tabs were designed to make Gmail users inboxes less hectic and easier to manage.

Essentially, tabs divided all of your Gmail messages into five sections: Primary, Social, Updates, Promotions, and Forums. Primary was for any direct person to person communication. Social was for any and all social media updates that you have pushed to your inbox. Updates include shipping confirmations, receipts, and the like. Promotions is for any sales or promotions emails and Forums was for things like Reddit and comment boards.

While many email marketers were worried about what would happen with the new tabs, the segmentation has actually helped marketers. Here’s how it’s helped.

Google made the change for your benefit

Google did not create the promotions tab to punish you and make sure that your email subscribers don’t get your emails. They made that change so your emails would be delivered to your customers at the best time and within the best context.

It can sometimes be easy to forget that Google uses email marketing too. They are not going to design something that is going to punish email marketers.

Emails delivered at the right time

Timing is very important when it comes to email marketing. When Google designed the promotions tab for Gmail, they kept that in mind. People do not want to shop when they are sorting through their initial emails of the day.

By moving promotional emails out of the inbox and into their own area, Google ensured that your promotional email would be read when your customer would be receptive to the message in the email. The promotions tab allows marketing emails to be read and not ignored, it’s a good thing that they have their own tab.

Emails delivered in the right context

People open sales and marketing emails when they want to shop. The goal of email marketing is to drive sales. Now, with the Gmail promotions’ tab, people know where to look for deals and where to make a purchase.

Gmail’s promotions tab actually helps drives sales by making sure that your email is read when people want to shop. Segmenting marketing emails into their own tab helps put them in a place where people want them and where they will be more open to the call to action of the email.

Good content equals more sales

It is being said over and over and over but it is worth saying again. They key to driving email sales isn’t where the email goes in the inbox or what time of day it is received. The key is good content.

Create top of the line copy. Use subject lines that stand out. Find out the calls to action that your customers respond the best to. Take great pictures and shoot standout video. Keep your email marketing message straightforward and to the point.

Great content pays and if you want to have a successful email marketing campaign, you have to focus on content. Listen to your customers. Find out what they like and what they respond to.

When you take the time to learn more about the people you are emailing and selling to, you will see the sales start to come in. Keep your content fresh and on message and people will respond to it.

At the end of the day, you can spend time fretting over changes to email clients and how it may or may not impact your business’s email marketing goals or you can buckle and make good content that can stand up to any email client changes.

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Getting Profit from Facebook Ads

Getting Profit from Facebook Ads

Facebook is a powerful tool for digital marketers. From communicating to customers and getting their feedback to getting more fans and spreading the word about your business, Facebook has changed the digital marketing landscape.

Facebook advertising has been a large player in that change. Once the social media platform started to charge brands to communicate with their customers and new customers, the potential for gains and losses got much more serious.

One thing that digital marketers sometimes forget about Facebook advertising is that you can drive real profit with them. Facebook has taken the time to create different types of ads that can drive profit as well as social engagement. Here’s how to make your Facebook ads profitable.

Don’t underestimate lead ads

A few years ago, Facebook introduced lead ads. These ads allowed advertisers to gather contact information for their customers and new customers to boost their email marketing campaigns. Facebook’s lead ads are different than any of their other ads in that people fill out their contact information without leaving the app.

In some cases, the contact information is auto-filled for the customer and all they have to do is click that they confirm that they want to receive emails and hit submit. This removes one of the biggest Facebook ad hurdles: click through.

After you have collected your leads, you can download them in a CSV file or integrate it directly with your email marketing platform. Facebook supports a number of these platforms, so putting the leads to work is easier than ever.

Facebook lead ads work to drive profit in a twofold way. First of all, they get your company name out there which means brand awareness. Secondly, they give you leads. Leads are invaluable to digital marketers and allow you to remarket effectively and efficiently.

Use the Facebook Pixel

If you don’t already know about it, Facebook’s pixel has changed the Facebook advertising game. The Pixel is a little piece of code that you put in the code of your website to track that behavior and clicks of a customer.

The Pixel can be set to trigger for a number of things such as view page, add to cart, purchase, add payment information, and more. These triggers can help you more effectively use Facebook to advertise to your customers.

For example, the Pixel allows you to go into Facebook and create custom audiences. Say you have been noticing a lot of people abandoning cart recently. If you have the Pixel on your website with an add to cart trigger and a purchase trigger, you can create an audience of all the people who added something to their cart but didn’t purchase.

This creates an instant remarketing campaign. Now you can create a Facebook ad with a “Hey, it looks like you forgot something in your cart! Buy it now!” message and get those people to convert.

Use mobile ads

When it comes to Facebook, you have to embrace that most people use their phone to browse it. Mobile ads are the way to connect with these mobile users and they actually convert pretty well as far as Facebook ads go.

Mobile ads are incredibly effective when you are trying to accumulate Facebook pages likes to grow your network and application download campaigns. Both of these can be conversion and profit drivers for your business.

As your Facebook page accumulates likes, more and more people see your content and are more likely to drive profit. If you have an app and use a mobile ad to get people to download it, you open a whole new world of remarketing and app activity.

Use mobile ads to your advantage and they can pay off in dividends.

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How to Help Your Content Go Viral

How to Help Your Content “Go Viral”

As a digital marketer, one of the biggest things you can hope for with your content is that it goes “viral.” Viral is a social media and internet term that has been widely used and abused in the digital marketing world as the principle behind viral is much simpler than many people lead you to believe.

When something “goes viral” it means that it spreads and grows without any paid support. For instance, a Facebook post from a company about a marriage proposal that creatively used their products could go viral and then the company could see a boost in online web traffic and potentially even online sales.

For content to “go viral,” it needs to be three basic things: clickable, playable, and shareable. If someone is captured by your content, clicks on it, and like it enough to share it, it has a potential to go viral. The shareable aspect is where a lot of marketers miss the mark. Here are a few ways that you can help your content become more sharable and help it go viral.

Consider Personal Attributes

People respond better to ads that connect to their personal attributes. To encourage sharing, come up with an ad concept that taps into your target audience’s personal attributes. When they feel more connected to the ad, there are more likely to have it resonate with them and share it with their social network.

Take Advantage of Tribe Mentality

People like feeling like they are a part of something. Tribe mentality is a strong motivator for people to take action. Companies like Apple have taken great advantage of this. They made people feel like they needed the iPhone or iPad to be part of an elite group and it worked to Apple’s advantage propelling them to tech stardom.

Make your content tap into the tribe mentality of a certain group. This can include political affiliation, regional location, generation, or interests.

Help Push Insightfulness

Content that helps you realize something about yourself or confirms a flattering trait that you feel you have is more shareable. Tap into creating these insights to make your content more shareable.

Embrace the Humblebrag

Humblebrags are actually pretty popular now. Pointing out something about your company or organization that you are proud of or think is impressive can create great shareable content. Just make sure that the bragging isn’t too obvious.

Keep it Topical

Successful ads that go viral take advantage of current events and trends. This was seen the most recently with the “mannequin challenge.” Companies that show that they are up to date on current events can ride the coattails of the latest viral trend if they jump on fast enough. Just make sure that you don’t wait until a month after something has become popular before using it.

Create Pleasure

Your ads should delight the people seeing them. Create joy and happiness with your ads to increase their shareability. There is no shame in using an adorable puppy or confetti because those are things people like. Take advantage of small things that create a lot of happiness.

Creative Collaboration

Participate in your community and with the companies and people around you. People love to see organizations and companies leaning on each other’s strengths to create better content and products for everyone. Find people and organizations that you can collaborate with to help your ads be more shareable.

Quality Above All Else

When things look good, people notice. Do not skimp on the quality of your content for quick clicks and potentially viral content. People recognize quality when they see it and they expect content to be creative and impressive. Take time to create good content and it will pay off in dividends.

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Outdated SEO Practices to Stop Doing

Outdated SEO Practices to Stop Doing

The world of digital marketing is constantly changing, especially when it comes to search engine optimization or SEO. SEO is one of those cornerstone practices for digital marketers that make the difference between a good online presence and a great one.

Because SEO changes what seems like almost daily, the most effective SEO practices are always changing and evolving. These changes mean that SEO practices are continuously becoming outdated as we learn more about the internet and search engines change their search algorithms.

In order to make sure that your website stays on top and current with SEO, there are a few SEO practices that you should permanently retire if you are still practicing them. To help you out, here are 4 of the top outdated SEO practices that you need to stop doing now.

Focusing on Keywords and Not Clicks

This may sound totally counterproductive to SEO, but you have to stop focusing on keyword density instead of clicks. Having all the keywords on your webpage or in your articles may seem like the best way to get a higher ranking on search engines, but if they aren’t drawing clicks, the keywords don’t matter.

Having the right raw keywords is still important for SEO, but it’s not more important than getting the click. If you want to rank higher, your webpage and articles need to have the proper balance between keywords and clickability.

Take the time to write and create engaging and interesting content that will draw the click and work the keywords in as you do that. It is important to note that we are not condoning clickbait titles and descriptions, but you should take a hard look at what is drawing the clicks and how to apply that strategy to all your pages and articles.

Too Much Anchor Text on Internal Links

It use to be that heavy anchor text on internal links would improve your SEO value. This is no longer the case. Search engines are now taking into account pages and articles that are inappropriately using anchor text to manipulate their SEO ranking.

Make sure that you are using anchor text appropriately. If the internal link is in the header, footer, site navigation, or sidebar, add appropriate anchor text. If you are using it simply to manipulate search engines and it has no other value, get rid of it to ensure that you penalized by search engines for bad anchor text use.

Creating Pages for Every Keyword Variation

Creating new pages for each variation of a keyword is still a very widely used tactic with SEO specialists and digital marketers. This use to be a highly effective tactic to ensure that search engines would rank your page for a keyword regardless of which keyword variation a person searching used.

Google has since gotten savvier about this tactic. It is now suggested that keyword variations are sprinkled into a single page in an appropriate manner instead of having multiple pages for each keyword variation. This signals to search engines that your content is designed to be helpful and useful instead of just to manipulate SEO rankings.

Paying for Links

When companies started to realize the SEO value in link building, companies started to appear that offered to sell links in large directories to help boost SEO value. This worked for a while. Search engines tracked these links as link building activities that signaled that the website being linked to was an authority and this boosted their SEO value.

Google and other search engines have since realized that companies were paying for these links to just boost SEO value and started pushing websites that were using them by downgrading their SEO rank. They recognized that these directories were not a credible source and wanted to discourage the link building manipulation.

As a general rule of thumb, it is advisable for companies to not pay for any links unless it is part of a legitimate partnership. For example, paying a blogger to write about a service of yours that they use and then have them link to your site is okay and helps boost your SEO value, but paying a random site directory to list your link is bad.

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