Nobody likes parting with money. If you’re like me, you’ve worked hard to earn every dollar.
When starting a new business, the drain on capital can cause a pain in the pit of your stomach.
But, as the maxim goes, without risk there is no reward.
To keep the stomach ulcers to a minimum, let’s focus in on three strategies to maximize the return on the investment of your valuable cash.
Interact With Customers via Review Sites
According to an article published by KNB Online Inc., “…managing and responding to reviews…sends the signal to Google that the location is, in fact, real and monitored.” This is incredibly important for ranking when customers search your local keywords. Why do local keywords matter? What is a local keyword?
A local keyword is a regular keyword, with the added context of a location. For example, “Bagels in Boston” would be a local search phrase. Google wants to give its users the most relevant results and if your organization isn’t actively engaging with local reviews, Google considers your company to be one of two things: a former local business, or a spam listing designed to trick google into providing additional site traffic.
The good news is that if you’re capable of effectively communicating, it’s not difficult to manage your company’s online reviews. For example, spending 10 minutes a day checking your company’s Yelp listing for new reviews, and then replying to those reviews, is an excellent first step. Don’t miss out on local traffic by forgetting to say “Hello!” and “Thanks for the review!”.
Facebook Advertising Is Outperforming Google AdWords
Yes, Google is the reigning king of the internet, but there’s a problem. There are multiple reports pointing to the fact that Google’s advertising channels are suffering from “advertising saturation”. Think about it. When’s the last time you knowingly clicked on an advertisement online? Our eyes and brain have been conditioned to ignore the tops and sides of websites; the location where most ad banners are displayed.
When typing a search phrase into Google, we subconsciously scroll past the advertisements to access the search results that are more likely to answer our question without advertiser bias. We’ve become conditioned to look for ads and filter them out of our browsing experience. And, if you really want to get serious about killing off website advertisements, free programs (i.e. AdBlock) can be installed to completely filter them out.
So, with all of these challenges, it’s no wonder that Facebook advertising has taken the lead in providing a return on advertising dollars. It’s much harder for the human brain to subconsciously filter advertisements presented as part of a scrolling News Feed. In addition, promoted posts on Facebook are more fine-tuned to draw in interest.
More than 1.2 billion people use Facebook on a monthly basis. That’s more than 16 percent of the global population, and more than a third of the population with access to the Internet.
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Dive Into the Data
There’s data all around you. The buzz word is “Big Data”, and it’s ridiculously big. If trends continue, we’ll generate more than 40 zettabytes of data by the year 2020. That’s insane. So how do you harness the data to create actionable insights?
Well, you could hire an incredibly expensive data analyst to work with your team and develop insights. But, you’d still need to acquire (buy or produce) the data and effectively lead an individual whose skill sets are likely far beyond your comprehension. Good news! There’s an app for that. Well, sort of.
Big Data SaaS (Software as a Service)
To harness the data around you, access to a scalable platform that can provide actionable insights is critical. Skip the hiring process and go straight to a team that can provide real advice with meaningful guidance. Recent advancements in Hadoop analysis of data has allowed companies to develop online tools to SME’s to access, analyze and extrapolate meaningful decisions from Big Data.
This isn’t necessarily new news. InformationWeek ran a story on its development back in 2014. In the world of Big Data, two years is a lifetime. But, continued advancement has refined the market and brought about meaningful advancement. Competition plus innovation means better tools and resources for your SME.
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In the exciting world of digital advertising, there’s real opportunity to leverage your business and create meaningful value for your customers. Don’t let your startup miss out on great opportunities to connect with your customer base. The benefits of responding to online reviews of your company or service go far beyond basic customer service.
Google (*cough, Big Brother) is watching. Prove that you’re alive and thriving in order to earn local search traffic. Parse through big data and get smart about your advertising spend. With a laptop and an internet connection, you have virtually limitless opportunities.