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Rebranding 101: When Is It the Right Time to Rebrand Your Business?

Rebranding 101: When Is It the Right Time to Rebrand Your Business?

There could be many reasons why it’s time for a rebrand of your business, whether it be to reach a new customer following, perhaps your business has outgrown its previous brand, maybe the market is outgrowing your business, or the old imagery of who you are just doesn’t hit home any longer. Whatever the case may be, rebranding your business across all mediums takes time and calculation, whether your business is B2B or B2C. Some of the largest marketing fiascos of all time come from poor rebranding, and at BG Digital Group, we realize how important it is to create a careful brand that’s worth remembering. Below are some of our thoughts to consider when initiating a company rebrand.

What Is Your Brand and How Does It Affect Your Business?
Essentially, your brand defines your business’ identity. To many, branding is simply the words, images, taglines, and campaigns associated with your business, and while that is partially true, there is something much deeper to successful branding. Quite literally, every single thing your business produces is a part of your overall brand, whether it is a logo or a social media post. Truly successful branding will make a potential customer remember and feel a certain way about your business. Creating a meaningful brand begins with building a clear voice to consumers that they enjoy and recognize so easily there is a natural association. You cannot do this simply through posting a logo or writing an editorial about your business. It takes time, creativity, manpower, and cohesive content… lots and lots of content.

The Greatest Brands of Our Time and What Makes Them Great
Great brands are so ingrained in the consumer’s mind that while just driving down the road at 70+ mph, someone can likely see an image and know what lies behind the next exit. How long did that consumer likely look at the road sign? 3-4 seconds. Some of the greatest brands of our time have evolved to become household logos, names, and products simply by their branding.

For example, Apple Inc. did a major rebrand prior to the launch of the first iPhone that showed they were a sleek company of virtual simplicity. Apple didn’t just stop at their logos; they brought their stores, products, packaging, webpages, social media, and even their customer service to the next level of brand cohesiveness. Apple stores are all white space with stainless finishes and tempered glass throughout. Sound familiar? Their products fit that branding design concept too. Their boxes are simple and white, their customer service is astoundingly simple, and every single store looks the same. When you visit Apple, either through their website or at their stores, you know exactly what to expect. Apple is solid proof that successful branding doesn’t just stop at logos and ad campaigns, it encompasses every single piece of the business, making a consumer unconsciously know the brand.

When Is It Time to Rebrand?
There could be a vast amount of reasons why it’s time to rebrand, and some are more positive than others. The best thing to understand before rebranding is that there is no set timeline for a rebrand. Your business could have launched just a few months ago, and it could be time for a rebrand. If your target market is ignoring you, if you feel your product doesn’t seamlessly fit with your brand, or if your market has not received your brand the way you had originally hoped are all reasons for a quick recalibration in direction. Rebranding can be done in steps over time, so testing the waters by changing a few things here and there is also a positive until you feel you have hit your stride. Your business also might want to consider a rebrand if your business has outgrown a dated branding identity. It takes years of unhinged success to create a “classic brand” i.e. Coca-Cola, Tropicana Orange Juice, Gap Inc., etc. For most companies, it’s all about following trends and understanding an ever-changing marketplace. If your business is successful but dated, a rebrand could delight your customers and be a great way to remind them of your company’s long history of successes.

BG Digital Group can help rebrand your business across every medium, whether through print, social media, video production, content creation, and more. From creating logos, redesigning a website, producing content, publishing eye-catching targeted ads, and following a cohesive, brand-central marketing plan, we boast a great team that can help every step of the way. Contact us today to help you launch the new face of your business with your unforgettable brand.

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5 Tips To Start Your New Year Off in the Right Marketing Direction

Is your business ready to overhaul its marketing plan? Starting off the New Year by planning a brand-new marketing plan is a great opportunity to rebrand, gain a wider reach, and get more business and more customers. We understand how difficult it can be to start planning your new marketing strategy. There are so many pieces to the marketing puzzle, but we have prepared a quick list of some of the most important items to focus on while planning for 2018.

1. Understand Your Brand
One of the most important areas of concern when beginning a new marketing plan is making sure you understand your brand and that it meets the image you’re trying to portray to your followers and customers. Is your logo modern and neat? Is your current brand in line with your business goals and image? Could you change your brand to meet your image goals? These questions are most important when thinking about whether it’s time to make some changes.

2. Creating Meaningful Content
One of the tips that has developed over time is that the more content your business shares with others, the better off your online rankings will be in the long-run. Making sure you have a long range plan of meaningful and engaging content will make your marketing strategy much easier to execute. Having a good idea of what content your business wants to produce, how you want to make the content, and how you want to share it with your potential and current customers makes being able to produce meaningful content easier, more concisely, and in the image of your business’ brand.

3. Overhaul Your Social Media
Overhauling your social media presence can be one of the easiest ways to make connections with possible customers and establish a voice for your business. Great goals to set when thinking about how and why you want to revamp your business’ social media plan are gaining followers, increasing engagement rates, and promoting webpage traffic. While increasing the numbers of your follower counts is not just important for your business’ brand awareness, it’s important for your conversion rates, generation of leads, and engagement rates. By gaining followers with the sharing of meaningful content, you gain more traffic to your business webpages, which can eventually be turned into true engagement with your posts. The wider your reach, the better chances you have to finding who your most promising leads will be for the rest of the year.

4. Webpage Traffic
Is your website easy to navigate, modern in design, informative, always updated, and parallel to your business’ voice? Having a great webpage can not only bring more visitors, but it makes them stay longer on your site and get to know your business and brand. In addition to making sure your site is both enjoyable and easy to use, continuous blogging and content additions are extremely important when deciding how to improve your website. Adding content regularly to your webpage is extremely helpful to increasing SEO and site rankings. Building SEO takes a good amount of time and a large amount of content, so starting off early is a great way to reach your goals by the end of the year.

5. Email Marketing
One of the greatest ways to reach possible customers efficiently is by using email marketing. Making a cohesive email marketing plan early on in the year will make following your plan easier and making edits to your plan more feasible. Using a variety of email ideas and plans will allow you to see what your subscribers enjoy reading and what attracts new subscribers. Being able to merge a redesign of your webpage, social media, and email marketing strategy allows for an easier plan to drive new subscribers, making for easier lead generation. Email marketing directly interacts with your consumers, making for higher conversion rates and repeated visitors to your pages.

While all of these focuses can lead to a great marketing plan for the new year, the most important detail to consider when trying to intensively redo a marketing plan is making sure that your goals are attainable and not overly aggressive. Gaining online recognition, a higher search engine ranking, and a large list of followers takes time to achieve, and the first step to achieving great marketing goals is realizing what is truly attainable.

BG Digital Group is a Google Partner digital marketing agency located in eastern North Carolina. We understand what it takes to create a modern, effective marketing plan, and we’re ready to take on the New Year with you and make a difference in your business’ success. From North Carolina website design, to logos, to social media management and content creation, we can do it all from top to bottom, exactly how you need. Contact us today to begin making your personal list of goals a reality this New Year.

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Leveraging LinkedIn for your Business

Did you know that LinkedIn can be used as a powerful tool for your business? It can help you create business brand awareness, promote the accomplishments of your business, make important connections that were not possible before, and foster connections to new leads. LinkedIn can help you connect to individuals who are interested in your product or service, but better yet, it’s a powerful business 2 business marketing platform as well. It’s a total game changer when it comes to social media marketing for business.

Using LinkedIn for B2B lead generation can seem like an alien concept if you’re only familiar with using the platform for personal use, but the reality is that LinkedIn is a fantastic tool in B2B marketing. Using LinkedIn to promote your business will seriously kick your marketing plan up a notch by making connections with other professionals, potential partners, or potential customers. At BG Digital Group, we know exactly how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out from the crowd. Here are just a few easy ways we came up with to make your LinkedIn presence stand out like never before:

1. Start with your Own LinkedIn Profile Page
Now, before you say, “I’ve already made my LinkedIn page. I bet it’s just fine” consider these few details. Have you added to every single part of your LinkedIn profile? The only way to build your presence and get noticed on LinkedIn is to continuously add content to your personal page. Whether that means adding new projects, recommendations, publications, skill endorsements, status updates, or certifications, more is always better. Connections are always great to have endorsed by other connections, and having unique status updates regularly promoting new work and content allows for your thoughts and involvements to be shared with a wider group of professionals.

2. Regularly Update your Company Profile to Make B2B Connections
Have you made or updated your company page lately? If the answer is no, then that’s an important step that goes hand-in-hand with updating your own profile. Using LinkedIn as a B2B marketing platform will cost you, but it’s totally worth it. By paying LinkedIn you can use your company’s profile to send content and updates throughout the LinkedIn community through sponsored updates. Like other social platforms, the more your business utilizes these sponsored ads, the more businesses and professionals will notice you. Another great tool that LinkedIn offers that other platforms don’t is blogging. Blogging not only allows you to write a large amount of content to launch to potential leads, but it also gives other businesses a feel for what your company is like, more keyword placement for SEO, and a personal “endorsement” of your company’s authenticity.

3. Use LinkedIn to Make New Employee Connections
Of course, a priority in using LinkedIn for your business is definitely making connections for your company, but what about building your company’s presence and strength? Using paid advertising through LinkedIn, not only can you promote your business’ new content, but also new career opportunities that may come up within your company as time goes on. Doing paid open position ads will help you get noticed by some of the best professionals, make connections with competing businesses to see what their teams look like, and find the best of the best to work on your team.

4. LinkedIn in B2B Marketing
According to LinkedIn, 53% of B2B businesses have generated a lead using LinkedIn’s paid advertising. The LinkedIn community is such a great place to make connections in so many different ways; it’s easy to get the ball rolling on a complete B2B marketing plan! From LinkedIn Groups to LinkedIn brand awareness to LinkedIn influencers, the opportunities are endless for making connections. One of the most important details in using LinkedIn to market your business is branding your LinkedIn address. Instead of using the generated numbers and letters, use your company’s name at the end of your profile’s web address to ensure that people can find you easily.

Overall, the key to successful marketing on LinkedIn is to create and promote appealing, relevant, and informative content for your business that will gain leads and connections all over the globe or just in your target area. Not only that, using strategic paid advertising within LinkedIn will allow your business to be broadcasted to professional groups and individuals all over the world without the annoying useless connections. While this article will kick-start your new LinkedIn experience, as an award-winning North Carolina digital agency, BG Digital Group’s team of marketing gurus know what to do to keep the ball rolling. Make an appointment today to increase your business’ B2B marketing presence, promote brand awareness, enhance profile professionalism, and continue content creation to generate new leads for years to come!

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Is it Time to Have a Social Media Campaign?

As of 2017 a whopping 81% of the U.S. population uses social media. Social media is defined as social networking sites, online picture collaborations, and messaging and forum sites. While you’re familiar with social media for personal use, social media for businesses is a different ballgame. In fact, some businesses completely operate through social media. Whether you have an online business or are looking to implement a new social marketing plan, an effective social strategy can increase both awareness and sales. Now, when is it time for your business to launch a social media campaign and how do you measure its effectiveness?

 
You’ve established a Consistent Brand
Social media is about strong branding and building relationships with potential and current customers. Whether it’s Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, keeping a brand consistent on social media creates a persona for your business that customers can learn and connect with, bringing them closer to making purchases. Your followers become your brand ambassadors, essentially advertising on your behalf.

 
People Love Your Product
Have you gotten a great response for your product(s) or business? Maybe you need to communicate in real time about deals, your hours, events, new products, or just keep a personal connection? It may be time to develop a social media plan. This social media plan will help with keeping your customer relationship strong. Make sure you know your target audience and select the right social media platform to keep connected.

 
How do I Measure my Social Media Performance?
Measuring whether a new social media campaign is working is easy. Are you reaching your target market with your posts? Have social media ‘influencers’ noticed your brand? Does a high number of followers suggest a successful campaign? Sometimes. Most social media platforms have tools to track your campaigns by monitoring who is looking at your posts, if your posts have referred people to your website, or if a post fell flat. This way you’re able to see what works and what tweaks need to be made to better your campaign.

 

We have a stellar social media team here at BG Digital Group, and whether you’re in need of starting a campaign or cleaning up a current one, we’re here to help. Give us a call today, and we can take a look into what will help make your social media marketing matter.

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Leveraging Social Media and Marketing to Promote Your Event

A well-managed, well-executed and highly-publicized event seems easy enough to achieve, right? Wrong! Effective event marketing takes weeks, months, sometimes years of preparation, especially for annual events that must keep up with social media’s ever-evolving trends and platforms. Social media is essential to successful events in today’s world. Not only does it give attendees a place to network, share pictures, memories, and engage in real-time with festival planners and goers, it offers a way for those interested to stay updated and have a vision of the event before it happens. Social media has become a critical and cost-effective tool to use when promoting events, and it allows marketers to leverage traditional advertising and digital advertising, driving down budgets, to reach a broader demographic.

 

When trying to figure out how to marry social media with traditional event coverage, it’s important to have all the details laid out about the event beforehand. Hiring an advertising agency with extensive live event social media management experience to execute your vision can be a major help, as an event can end up being a lot more work than planned. Knowing all the details, including the event’s brand image, a detailed schedule of events and guest appearances, logistics information such as parking, and a list of those in leadership roles will help an agency establish an effective marketing plan for your event and hash out a detailed social media schedule, which helps reduce last-minute chaos and allows festival management to focus on their event needs and tasks.

 

Make sure to utilize social media to boost awareness of the event, along with promotions during the event. Of course, traditional media like posters, flyers, and multiple medium ad campaigns are useful for reaching a direct local community; however, social media makes targeting those willing to travel for events easy. In the past, distance marketing was expensive and oftentimes not considered worth it for the price. Now, it’s easy and affordable to market anywhere in the world, and what better way to reach record attendance rates than to pre-promote at a low cost?

 

We know how time consuming it can be to plan an event from top to bottom, let alone market it and provide effective live coverage throughout the event. At BG Digital Group, we have extensive experience in providing award-winning event coverage, whether it be leveraging social media and marketing or purely social media marketing. Want to know more about how marketing an event works when working with us? Check out our recent case study on the Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City.

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Social Media in the B2B World

Are you interested in learning how social media can enhance your online presence and give your business a much-needed boost in the B2B market? Whether you were an attendee or are just looking for some helpful tips, here are the highlights from our presentation at mfgCon.

KNOW YOUR GOAL
One goal of B2B is branding and knowing your audience. Your target audience in B2B is typically business owners and other companies as opposed to the consumer, so by gearing your social media approach towards their likes and interests you’ll be able to start building your company’s brand. If you’re struggling to build that audience, see what your competitors are doing/using and then put your own business’s twist on it and take it up a notch.

DEFINE YOUR PERSONALITY
When using social media, you want to define a brand personality. This will help engage your audience and attract new clients. Social selling is a great tool you should incorporate into your B2B marketing plan when trying to attract an audience. Social selling is using social media to introduce prospects into your funnel. The goal is to find clients that could benefit from your product and then build a relationship by providing helpful content and value.

EXPAND
Though LinkedIn is proven to be the most effective social media site for businesses with a 63% effectiveness rating, Twitter is a close second with 55%, and YouTube is at 48%. Taking advantage of these other social media sites and using them to complement your overall marketing strategy can take your social media presence to the next level.

Content for your Social Media platforms:
Content can be as simple as a photo and short text on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. These images and/or graphics are perfect for starting a social media presence because you can post multiple times throughout the day without taking up much of your time. Try branching into creating original content for your business, through SEO-rich blogs on your company website or videos that convey your brand personality while providing viewers with valuable product information through tutorials, demos, product insights, etc… This kind of content goes much more in-depth, giving followers an inside look at your company, industry and products. Though they require more time and effort, they can really help you personalize your content and show your expertise in your field.

Well-planned content will help engage your audience and increase your brand awareness throughout the industry. If you have any questions or would like to talk further, connect with us online on Facebook and LinkedIn. Better yet, shoot us an email at sayhello@bgdigitalgroup.com.

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Top Five Reasons It May Be Time to Hire a Marketing Firm

While watching your business grow is great, it can be overwhelming. However, a stagnate or declining business is even more stressful, and at some point something must give. Marketing is key for continued growth; therefore, it should be a top priority for our business. However, when production, management, and quality control become overwhelming, often times marketing is the first area to suffer. While, hiring a marketing firm may seem expensive, it’s worth the investment to have it done right. The experts at Ad Age have repeatedly said hiring an external firm can reduce the likelihood of mistakes, and a botched reputation, which can spell death for your business.  Here are five reasons that it may be time to hire an advertising agency:

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3 Rules for Creating Content for Social Media

Are you struggling to make an impact on social media? Did you create a Facebook page because every other business was and now you’re failing to see the benefit of the platform? Are your posts getting lost in the sea of information? By following these three “rules” you can beef up your social media presence in a jiff!
 
Rule Number 1: Be open and patient.
Think of social media as a marathon, not a sprint. Growing on social media is a process and you won’t see results overnight. Similarly, producing creative content that performs well takes time and proper preparation. In some cases, it can take months to plan one short campaign. Continue to dream big and think ahead while being patient and working diligently towards the larger, long-term goals of the brand.

 
Rule Number 2: Create original content.
Whether you create videos or other posts, you’ll want to create original imagery that conveys your brand messaging. Do you want to dive into meme culture? Use your own content to create relatable memes rather than taking one from another site. At its core, social media marketing is rooted in gaining additional visibility for brands and organizations.

Use your creativity to convey your messaging clearly. Create content that speaks to your audience’s individual needs and encourages interaction and conversation. This will help you have more meaningful interactions online with customers and create experiences that were never before thought possible.

When using social media (even as an advertising tool), it is important to remember that audiences want more than a sales pitch; they want experiences, useful information, and connection. Every social media platform has its own unique properties and these affect how different forms of content perform. You must learn your audience(s) across each platform and adapt your content accordingly.

 
Rule Number 3: Plan content with consideration.
When planning your content, it is important to consider the demographic of the audience and what users expect to see online. Do you need to post something new every day? No; take into consideration the platform, algorithm updates, and audience insights to have an idea of how often you should post. Should your tweets be copied from your Instagram posts, or vice versa? No, they should reflect the culture that exists on the specific platform in order to be successful.

While it can be helpful to follow a schedule for posting, when you post and react to what is happening in real time your audience is more actively engaged. In doing this, you encourage conversations organically. Following a plan too closely can result in your content becoming stale and inauthentic over time, leaving your audience apathetic to your messaging.

 

At BG Digital Group, we are experienced, knowledgeable, creative, and have access to tools thatdetect and analyze your audience. By partnering with us, we will help you become a part of something bigger. Contact us to learn more.

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