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Social Media Advertising

Social Media Advertising: How to Execute Without Wasting Your Money

Social ads are a great way to bring your business to the widest audience possible. Being original with advertising is difficult today, especially with millions of ads being presented to your potential customers daily. Social media is changing the way the ad industry is controlled for all types of business. Now, you can target your desired customers directly, change the way ads are viewed by different customers, and have your ads viewed by people you never thought possible. Some social media platforms and firms will make social media advertising seem impossible, and that is simply untrue. The success of your social media advertising is not nearly about the size of your budget as it is how you utilize what you’re willing to spend, whether that be $100 or $10,000. Here’s a few of our tips on how to make sure your budget does not go wasted:

Know Who You Want to Reach
As a business, you know who you want to reach. That’s the simple part. Now, how do you make that into a useful detail for your advertising? Make lists of keywords that fit your target audience along with where you’re targeting. In social ads, making sure you’re reaching your target audience on a wide level is crucial to making sure every dollar is spent wisely. However, being too broad or too focused can spell disaster for any ad campaign. Our team at BG Digital Group knows how to use the right tags, locations, and customer profiles to target the right audience for your business or product while making sure your advertising money is not wasted, but well-spent. Plus, we are training by Facebook and other platforms so we are in the know!

Don’t Be Afraid to Target Those Who Already Know Your Business
Going outside the box with your targeting is a great idea, that is, if you are not too broad with your target audience. Targeting niche and creative audiences is rarely a great idea, especially if you’re advertising budget is slim. By targeting people that know your business, you will be able to reach the true core of your potential customers and generate repeat sales with new product. Retargeting is a great way to do this; especially with people you already have on your contact lists and social media pages. By doing this, you can even continue to grow your likes, leads, and email contacts.

Don’t Get Distracted by Boosting Posts! Continue to Generate Meaningful Content
Sometimes allocating your budget can distract you from making ads that will catch your customers’ eyes. Using text-heavy ads is one of the biggest mistakes to make when making ads on social media. On Facebook, ads with less text are more likely to reach a wider audience. Using ads that are bright, eye-catching, and free of wordy descriptions allow customers to make a quicker association to your business and recognize your ads quicker. Going back to targeting customers that already know your business, a customer is more likely to remember a bright ad than a wordy, hard-to-read ad.

Use Diversity with Your Ads
Using the same ads over and over can definitely make your customers uninterested, but so does using the same ad formats and wording. Changing a few aspects of the ads you’re promoting is easier to spot by customers than you think. That’s why making sure your ads are diverse, interesting, and engaging is one of the most important ways to make sure your social ad dollars are not wasted. Using images, text, video, and shared content from other users is a great way to spice up your profile and ad campaigns. Not only that, making sure new areas of your business or the less popular aspects of your business are given attention is important too. The new customers you’re reaching by using targeted posts may give way to people appreciating new areas and specialties of your business, and focusing too much on one hit product or service can make your business seem stale to potential leads.

BG Digital Group, a top North Carolina digital marketing agency, works with social advertising accounts for a variety of B2B and B2C clients. No matter the size of your budget, we know how to utilize targeting in the best way without wasting a dime. From crafting fantastic, eye-catching ads, to creating a focused, target audience, we’ll be with you every step of the way to generate new leads and impress your current customers. Don’t let another dollar go wasted by contacting us today to find out how you can expand your business’ social media ad campaign.

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Leveraging LinkedIn

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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Hacking: Is Your Website at Risk?

Being hacked is pretty common. From large-scale companies to small businesses, everyone remains a target to online hackers devoting their time to stealing information and money from innocent online users every day. Take a look at our SSL Encryption Blog regarding how many hacking attempts go down every day. Hint: it’s a lot. So, how do you keep your site safe?


Hackers simply go with the flow when it comes to intensifying their skills. Every day software companies release security enhancement updates to not only better their products, but also outsmart the savvy hacker. Keep everything on your site, computer, and mobile devices up-to-date at all times, and you’ll have a much lower chance of a cyber-attack.


SSL Encryptions
We’ve already mentioned this a good bit, but SSL encryptions are a great way to make sure your business is secure and all the information that flows in and out of your business is locked down and secure.


Secure your Passwords
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to internet security. Making sure your passwords are random, somewhat lengthy, and including symbols and capitalized letters can throw hackers pretty easily. Be creative and random! An example of a great password would be, x!Gh72T?.


Make Sure Your Site Has Security Plug-ins
Webpage creation and host engines, like WordPress, allow your business to buy or download a plethora of security plug-ins and add-ons to your site to ensure it’s safe and protected. Beware of rip-off security systems though, some of these do very little for your business, but cost a pretty penny.


BG Digital Group has a web development team that can help you meet your needs and protect your webpage. Whether it be adding plug-ins, SSL certificates, or monitoring updates, we have you covered! Call us today to see how we can help protect your webpage.

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We’re Thankful for our Clients

It’s that time of year again! The time where we enjoy cooler weather, eat delicious treats, and take a few minutes each day to reflect on our blessings. We have a lot to be thankful for this year, from good health to strong friendships, but most importantly we are thankful for our clients!


We have the best clients in the world. But they’re not just our clients – they’re our family, our partners. This year what we’re really thankful for is each and every one of them!


We represent clients all over North Carolina and beyond expanding over a wide range of industries. On a regular basis, we find ourselves working on several different, exciting tasks. One second we’ll be in the woods, crawling through mud to get the perfect shot, and the next we’ll be in a conference meeting strategizing the next realistic step for a brand. Our clients definitely keep us on our toes.


Because of our partnerships with our clients, we are also able to do work throughout our community with our #MarketingThatMatters program. Our 2017 sponsorships included: The Buddy Pelletier Surfing Competition, The Harbor Hustle 5K,  Young Life of the Crystal Coast, The North Carolina State Manufacturing Conference, the Carteret Community Theater, the Beaufort and Morehead City Police Departments, The Boys and Girls Club, and the North Carolina Pickle Festival!


At BG Digital, we work within your budget to create a lasting impact on your business’ growth. We look at every aspect of your business, big or small, and work to create an advertising plan that works to reach your goals without breaking the bank. We have digital advertising gurus experienced in Google AdWords, digital ad design, and social media management, and they’ll be ready to help you set a budget, stick to it, and get results. Call us today to talk about your options and let us help you get started on a digital advertising campaign that is perfect for your business.

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social media campaign

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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Agency News

Benefits of Using an Agency v. an Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Whether you have a small business or a large-scale company, you may have heard of artificial intelligence (AI) apps and programs designed to minimize your workload for marketing your business. A lot of these programs are geared toward trying to prove why they’re a better fit than hiring an agency. While this is true in some aspects, the true formula for achieving better results in business is utilizing both AI and an agency. In fact, most digital marketing firms use these programs to help their clients achieve results and interpret the information to provide custom advice on advertising direction.


According to LinkedIn, one of the greatest strong points of artificial intelligence is using it for monitoring ad performance and giving information on how to create great content that’s both SEO friendly and full of substance. While you could use this software on its own, that won’t give you information or direction on how to integrate the results in your marketing plan.  A seasoned marketer can give you this on a personalized level. Artificial intelligence monitors content and directs you on how you can maximize everything you put out to the world in terms of social media and content creation. As a firm, we take advantage of this daily to ensure that your ads are performing the way they need to.


There’s other types of AI platforms that advertise their ability to completely take over your marketing plan, and those are platforms that likely have millions of customers to attend to every day. Using these platforms can not only diminish your customer service levels, but also conform your business to formula marketing, which is not only common in businesses but also very similar amongst most businesses as well.


Losing that personal touch in marketing can result in decreased performance while lessening communication between the client (you) and the provider. While it’s great to utilize AI in marketing, it’s better to combine it with the amazing customer service provided at a firm and real-time communication between a team and you. There have been many debates over AI in the tech community in recent times, and it seems like the line is drawn between troubleshooting and figuring out the limits of using computer programs vs. human help.


Hiring an advertising agency will allow you to meet with seasoned, educated professionals in the field. It will allow you to be able to voice your concerns and opinions to someone who controls your marketing and understands your needs at any time of the day. Marketing is about personalization and setting your business apart from the rest in a world of constant conformity. At BG Digital Group, we are driven to show you that our marketing matters, and your business isn’t just a number to us. We want to be with you every step of the way, know every detail at hand, and take your business to the top. We want to keep marketing personal.

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Tips to Plan a Great Advertising Budget

Marketing and advertising are some of the most important and essential aspects of planning and maintaining a business. To execute a good marketing plan that will be sure to promote growth, you need to perfect your budget and maximize every cent spent. Here’s a few tips about planning a great advertising budget:


Define Marketing Within Your Main Budget
According to Entrepreneur, a new company, defined as one to five years old, should devote about 12% to 20% of gross revenue to marketing. An old company, defined as five years or older, needs to devote between 6% and 12% annually. The marketplace has evolved to be extremely competitive. It’s rare to find a truly niche product, and with product development rates and online advertising usage higher than ever, it’s important to give your company an edge in advertising by having a strong defined budget.


Define What Areas Need the Most Attention
Once you have an overall marketing and advertising budget for your company, your next step should be to determine how to allocate your budget into areas of advertising that suit your needs. How do you want to market your business to your customers? What target customers do you want to reach? What media do you want to use? Are you interested in traditional media like billboards, newspaper and TV or are you interested in using digital solutions found with Google AdWords or social media advertising? These are all questions you need to ask yourself and discuss with your advertising agency.


Track How Your Ad Dollars Have Been Utilized
It’s easiest to maximize a budget when you can see how your past budgets have performed. By looking at the results and return on investment, you’ll be able to determine what areas are lacking in performance and which areas could use a budget cut or increase in spend. This way, you know what works and no penny goes to waste.


BG Digital Group can help you manage and plan your marketing budget, no matter the age of your company or the size of your budget. Regardless of budget size, we will help you maximize every bit of your monies. Give us a call today to see what we can do for you and how we can help you reach your business goals.

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Blogs and Emails: How Do You Know Your Target Audience is Reading?

Creating a successful blog or email campaign is about one thing:  content. Here are a few tips to help make your emails and blogs reader-friendly and visually appealing, while helping your business’ SEO and rating on Google.

Using Plug-In’s and Automated Email Software
There are a lot of great marketing monitoring tools to help you and your advertising agency monitor how your content is performing, what people are reading, and how you can improve your SEO rating. For blogging, Yoast is a great tool to utilize keywords within blogs, perfect blog titles, manage URLs, and perfect meta descriptions for every bit of content on your website. Another great program for monitoring email performance, sending mass emails, and creating new content for emails is MailChimp. With MailChimp, you can utilize social media, content creation, and data analysis all within one single program.

It’s All About the Content
Now that you can track how your content is performing on multiple platforms using plugins and ad software, you need to create sharable content. What does this mean? It means keywords, originality, and links galore. Ensuring relevant keywords pop up in all your webpage content, whether it be blogs, emails, or copy on your website, is absolutely essential to a great SEO rating on Google. The key is making sure your content has keywords and links but, more importantly, that those keywords are original to your company and flow naturally for the reader . Repeated, unoriginal content with weak headlines will guarantee a low-open and click-through rating for your blogs and emails.


BG Digital Group creates visually appealing and engaging content that continually helps our clients have a competitive advantage. Blogs and email marketing work best in tandem with blogs providing readers timely and relevant content that emails further promote through clickable links leading back to the client’s website.


Our team knows exactly what it takes to receive a great SEO rating, and we have all the tools and programs to do it. Our experts can connect your site with Yoast and manage your MailChimp account, while explaining how you can track and create your own content using these platforms. Call us today to talk about your options for both blogging and email automation; we have all the right ideas to make your marketing matter.

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B2B Social

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.

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.

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.

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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What You Should Expect When Having an Agency Host Your Webpage

One of the most unanticipated, but most important, expenses that businesses will need to plan for is a web hosting cost. While it may seem like an expensive cost when starting up a webpage or switching over a current page, it’s crucial to your business page’s performance, security, backups, and much more.  Your webpage is undoubtedly one of the most important pieces of your digital footprint and presence. It’s where people go to find information, how people search for your company, and overall a go-to place for promoting your business. So, what is hosting all about, and why is it a good idea to host with an agency? Here are a few reasons:


This is perhaps the most alluring benefit to hosting your webpage with an agency. A recent study conducted by Sophos Security found that 30,000 websites are hacked daily. In fact, Google found that in the past year daily hackings have risen by 32% from that number. Moral to the story? Hackers are getting better at their unfortunate jobs. Hosting on large-scale programs or using free hosting services puts your webpage at risk for hacking due to a lack of strong firewalls and built-in sophisticated server security programs. Premium agency hosting platforms have all of the latest security advancements to keep your webpage safe and sound.



Using a large-scale free or reasonable hosting service can slow down your page significantly due to the volume of sites they currently host, making your website SEO rating on Google plummet. According to ForbesTech, people, on average, will abandon websites that take more than two seconds to load. Using an agency host can ultimately reduce load times by over 50%, making premium hosting a no-brainer.


Customer Service

Hosting with an agency allows you to have direct communication with the person in control of your website. This alone is a premium benefit because if anything goes awry, or if you have questions, this issue will be addressed immediately. Hosting with free or large hosting companies is like dealing with any corporate company: lots of waiting and little resolution.


Boosting your webpage rating is largely important when trying to increase the profitability of your marketing budget. We can increase load speeds, keep your information safe and secure, and much more. Add this important step to your marketing plan and call BG Digital Group to discuss your web hosting options today.

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