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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How to Improve Your Email Marketing

How to Improve Your Email Marketing

Email marketing has become more and more challenging over the last few years. With people signing up for multiple email accounts, Gmail changing where your messages go, and more people deleting your emails than opening them, running a successful email marketing campaign requires a lot of work.

There are a few ways that you can take your email marketing to the next level. This can helps you send better emails to the right people at the right time. Once you strategize and streamline your email marketing, you will see a measured improvement in how your email marketing performs.

Here are a few ways that you can improve your email marketing this year.

How Gmail Tabs Impact Email Marketing

Send emails only to the people who want them

A lot of the reason that your email marketing may be looking like it is failing is because you are probably sending your emails to people who don’t want them. People who get your emails, but don’t want them usually end up deleting them without opening them or marking them as spam. These are not the people you want on your email lists.

Whenever you continue to send emails to people who don’t want them, your domain reputation is hurt. This can leave you scrambling to clean up your domain reputation for months.

Avoid this by scrubbing your email lists once a month. Take out all of the people who haven’t opened an email from you or haven’t engaged with one of your emails and send them one reactivation campaign. Getting them out of the general email list helps keep your domain reputation healthy and your email marketing profitable.

If the subscribers still don’t open or engage with your emails after the reactivation campaign, take them off the list. This leaves a lot less clutter for you to clean up later.

How to Write a Great Newsletter

Give each email a goal

If you are not sending each and every email with a goal, stop sending them. You have to have a clear goal laid out for each email before you send them. You want to cue your email recipients with the action they should take with each email.

Make sure that there are multiple ways for your email recipients to achieve the goal of your email. Add buttons with links, photos, video, and good subject lines. You want the point of the email to be clear right when they open the email.

Sending an email just to send an email isn’t going to help you or your customer. It wastes everyone’s time and makes your customers less likely to engage when you really want them to. Give each email a goal and you won’t have this problem.

Reactivation Email Campaigns

Personalize the emails for Email Marketing

Email personalization really works. When you stick with the basics like the subscriber’s name or company, they are more likely to engage with the email.

Email personalization is relatively simple now with email marketing platforms. Above all, do not send a “dear customer” or “dear client” email. It won’t get read and you will have wasted your time.

How to Help Your Content “Go Viral”

Test sending your emails on different days

There is a ton of data out there that says that sending your email on Tuesdays or Thursdays are the best days. While that may have been true at one point, it’s not the case anymore.

In order to send emails that people will engage with, you have to test sending your emails on different days. Find out what works for you and your company. What matters isn’t when the most people are sending emails; what matters is when most people are engaging with your emails.

Test sending on different days and at different times. This will help you develop the most optimal plan and get your email engagement rates up.

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How to Make Your Content Stand Out

How to Make Your Content Stand Out

The digital world is pretty saturated with content. Digital marketing is the way of the future and every single business, whether they are direct competitors or not compete with each other for digital space.

People have online content flung at them everywhere. From their email inboxes and social media feeds to display ads on their favorite websites, ads and content are everywhere. It’s really easy for your content to get lost in the shuffle.

When you create content, you want people to see it. You have invested a lot of time and money into creating ads, articles, videos and more. The last thing you want is for it to get ignored. Here are four tactics that can help your content stand out and get the attention it deserves.

Establish a solid angle

When you create digital content, you are telling a story with it. Your story needs to be relatable and have a solid angle that can be identified right off the bat.

The angle you choose can mean the difference between content that resonates and content that is forgettable. You want to choose something that will stick in people’s minds and get them to remember your brand.

Your angle should connect with your brand. For instance, if you are a personalized gifts company, gift guides for the major holidays are a great angle that will resonate with your readers and help them solve a problem: gift giving.

A few other angle ideas: explain some important research your company has discovered, answer a question on a topic your company is an expert in, and /or tell people why they should care about something.

Delight with your photographs and video

Images sometimes speak louder than copy. Photos and video can immediately grab someone’s attention and pull them into your content. They tell stories visually that sometimes don’t translate well into copy. Use that to your advantage.

Every single photo or video you choose to upload in your content has to be stunning. You want to elicit an immediate and powerful reaction from the audience. This helps them remember you and engage with your content.

When you are creating videos and photos, consider everything. Look at the lighting, angles, colors, perspectives, shadows, focus, sets, and setting. Each aspect of a photo or video is important, so don’t forget the tiny details.

Use your expertise and your network

You are an expert in your field and you know other people in your network who have done very impressive things in your field. Use that to create great content.

When you pool the collective expertise of both you and your network to create content, you are delivering value to the people who see it. When you share your expert knowledge and lean on the expert knowledge of others, your content gets better and better.

The people who see your content notice its value. When you show that you are using the added expertise of other people, your customers and new customers notice and your content stands out.

Stay trendy

While it can sometimes be a drag to stay on trend, it is important for digital marketers to keep their content trendy. Staying up to date on the latest fashion, viral cat video, and buzzwords makes your content more relatable.

When you ignore trends, people notice. What’s more, they care about it. If you are not on trend people are likely to gloss over your content. You want to stay current so your content stays relevant.

Make sure that you are following Instagram stars and popular culture blogs. Read the newspaper and stay updated on Twitter. All of these things matter when you are creating content that stands out.

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How to Reactivation Email Campaigns

How to: Reactivation Email Campaigns

Email marketing is a huge task for digital marketers. Emails are the way you communicate with people about company updates, sales, special offers, press releases, newsletters, and more.

It’s one thing to have a healthy subscriber list and open rate, but it is another to have people actually engage with your emails. Getting those subscribers who open your emails but don’t do anything once they are open can cause a lot of problems for digital marketers.

You want to get those sleepy subscribers to reactive with your emails and do more than just open them and a reactivation campaign is just how to do that.

What is a reactivation campaign

A reactivation campaign is when you create a strategy around those sleepy subscribers. You want them to get back to opening your emails and engaging with them. This can help improve sales, click-throughs, website traffic, and more.

A successful reactivation campaign involves a few steps. To help you build the best reactivation campaign ever, we have outlined those steps below.

1. Isolate the subscribers who aren’t engaging.

The last thing you want to do is waste time and energy sending a reactivation campaign to people who are already engaging with your emails. Additionally, if an active emails engager gets a reactivation campaign, they could become annoyed and unsubscribe altogether.

You’ll want to isolate your sleepy subscribers depending on how frequently you send emails. If you send one almost every day, pull out people who haven’t engaged with an email in 90 days. If you send less frequently, increase that time to 120 or 200 days.

Once you have that data, create a separate email list and start building your campaign.

2. Test everything from copy to content

Reactivation campaigns are unique in that you’ll need to perform a few A/B tests to see what will drive people to re-engage. A few things to test: subject lines, tone of voice, photos, video, offers, links, buttons, and more.

Keep in mind that you will want to do some segmentation to have successful tests. Segment your sleepy subscribers by persona, shopping behavior, demographic, location, age, gender, and/or email service.

Email service is a particularly important one. Each email service filters emails differently, so you will want to account for those differences in your reactivation campaign.

3. Reactivation campaigns are not a one time task

In order to be successful with reactivation campaigns, you need to be constantly executing them. Subscribers stop engaging in emails all the time. If you are always scrubbing your email lists for those who aren’t engaging, you will have more luck reactivating them.

Being proactive about your reactivation efforts also helps your email health and reputation. When customers stop engaging in emails, they can start to go into spam and if you keep sending emails to subscribers who are not engaging, your emails could be blacklisted.

Staying on top of email reactivation is vital for overall reactivation campaign and email marketing success.

4. Make sure people have a way out of your emails

Hiding your unsubscribe button or making it more difficult than necessary for people who want to unsubscribe hurts your email marketing in the long run. Don’t send emails to people who don’t want them. It saves your email reputation and keeps your lists up-to-date.

When you give someone the easy option to opt out of emails, they are less likely to mark the email as spam. Companies that have too many emails marked as spam get blacklisted by email clients and have to spend lots of money and time getting off those blacklists.

Additionally, unsubscribe buttons give you the opportunity to spend less time on reactivation campaigns. People will let you know themselves that they want off your email lists, meaning that you won’t have to spend time and money trying to reactivate them.

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