Tag: business to business

thankful
Uncategorized

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, 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.

Posted by Callie Garrett
social media campaign
Social

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.

Posted by Callie Garrett
advertising budget
Traditional

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.

Posted by Callie Garrett
blogs
Digital

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.

Posted by Callie Garrett
b2b marketing
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.

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.

Posted by Callie Garrett
social media during conference
B2B

The Ultimate Guide to Rocking Social Media During a Conference

Webinars, master classes, and conferences serve as a great networking opportunity for people within a specific industry. However, it’s not enough to just attend. In the B2B world, it’s important that attendees go the extra mile to get the most out of their experience. This month, BG Digital Group will be attending the 2017 mfgCon North Carolina Manufacturing Conference. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of must-read tips for conquering social media at the mfgCon, as well as any future business-to-business conferences you may attend!

 

Before the Conference

This stage of the conference journey is all about prep and research. Dedicate your time to learn how the conference uses social media and how you can be included in their online conversations.

Follow the conference on the respective social media platforms beforehand so you are familiar with their content, are up-to-date on the conference details, and have the potential to establish a rapport with the conference leaders.
Familiarize yourself with the official hashtag(s) that coincide with the event so when the time comes, you will have a habit of including it/them.
Begin researching the keynote speakers and the topics and presentations you’re most interested in hearing.
Write the questions you have regarding the topic so you can ask, or tweet, them when the time comes.
Follow featured guests and speakers online so they know of your interest in their expertise!

 

During the Conference

The “during” stage of conferences is about interacting. Our advice? Engage with the conference online by:

Retweeting or sharing important information regarding event details.
Commenting/replying with your input on topics when appropriate.
Posting your key takeaways from presentations.
Following other participants and presenters.

The best social platform for live updates is Twitter; however, we do not recommend creating a brand page solely for one event that will never be used again once the conference is over. Instead, adapt your regular posting on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other sites to complement and highlight your time.

Be picky about the information you share. If you’re posting on Facebook, you don’t want to overwhelm your audience with 15 posts throughout the day. Instead, keep a running note on your phone (or notebook) and consider writing a short blog that evening that encompasses your key takeaways from the day’s event. Then share a post on social media linking to the published blog.

 

After the Conference

What happens on social media after a conference is arguably more important than what happens during the conference. After the conference, be sure to follow up by posting your highlights for the event both on a personal level (i.e. employee bonding over late night dinners) and on a professional level (i.e. learning about the latest/greatest technology from Business X). Be sure to make a post thanking the event coordinators, presenters, and sponsors for a hosting an informative and successful event.
 

Keep an eye out for our event coverage during the mfgCon, and if you’re there, stop by and say hello! For more information about how BG Digital Group can assist your company with B2B business opportunities online through digital marketing, social media, and more, contact us at sayhello@bgdigitalgroup.com or 252-726-0169.

Posted by Callie Garrett
web hosting
Digital

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:

Security

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.

 

Performance

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.

Posted by Callie Garrett
price and budget
Digital

Why Price Shouldn’t Be Your Deciding Factor

You know you need to hire a marketing agency. However, is there room in the budget? This is a very common concern for most small businesses with tight budgets, but price doesn’t necessarily determine the best performance.

 

A good advertising agency will work with your budget, no matter how small, to deliver big results and growth for your business. In digital advertising, it’s important to consider that you may not need a large budget to generate strong results.  With a strong digital advertising strategy you’ll be able to test what works, observe performance, and change your budget to maintain an optimal level of success and payback.

Now that you know price is a flexible concept when hiring a marketing agency or advertising agency, a big question remains: how should you execute a plan? Before meeting with an agency, it’s important to hash out your company’s marketing needs and budget limitations. Here’s some of the essential questions to have answered before you walk into your first consultation:

What are your budget constraints? It’s very important to be realistic here because this is the benchmark for how much an agency will be able to do for your business.
What are your long term and short-term goals for marketing your business?
What specific items need to be addressed in your marketing plan? Do you need help with your social media marketing? Digital marketing and advertising? Public relations assistance? If you don’t have a focused marketing plan, take time to draft one to highlight your priorities.
Ask about results. How will you know a agency’s services are bringing you new business?
How will you and your firm communicate results and troubleshooting? Is there a reliable point of contact who will always be there to help?

 

 

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 a digital advertising plan that’s relevant and suited for your budget. 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.

Posted by Callie Garrett
Digital

How Do You Know When It’s Time for a Website Refresh?

Your webpage is the most important information source for potential and current customers. On average, according to the Nielson Norman Research Group, users will leave a webpage in 10-20 seconds if the page is not considered interesting or valuable to their online mission. If it’s been 3-5 years (or even less), since you’ve last updated your site, it may be time for a website refresh. After all, your webpage is home to the largest amount of information regarding your business.

Not sure if it’s time to revamp your page? Here are a few reasons you may need to consider a website refresh today:

Your Brand and Information Is Not Up-to-Date
This is the most important part of updating a website. Since you could have hundreds of potential customers viewing your page every day, it’s important to ensure that every single piece of information is current and reflects exactly what you want visitors to see. Having old information or an expired brand identity can cause your customers to lose trust in your business or get confused about what your business is all about.
It’s Outdated
Not only is outdated information detrimental to your online presence, so is having a traditional, dated design. With this, it’s important to make sure your page is appealing, modern, and easy to use, including ensuring your page is mobile friendly. In fact, StatCounter Global Stats, a web analytics service, claims that mobile page views of the world’s websites surpassed desktop page views.

Your Website’s Traffic and SEO is Declining
Finally, let’s talk about growth. Are you able to track the statistics of your website? If not, that’s one of the first things that should be addressed in a website update. You need to be able to see who is coming to your site, where they’re coming from, and how long they stay. A higher SEO rating places your webpage higher on Google’s search listings, increasing your traffic over time. If you can track your SEO and web traffic already, any sight of significant decline may suggest that you need an update.

BG Digital Group has all the expert advice and help you need to kick start a website update ASAP. From making a new website from scratch, to editing information, to re-branding a site, even hosting information, we have you covered. Give our website development and digital marketing experts a call or visit our website to see what we can do improve your business’ website.

Posted by Callie Garrett
SSL Certificate
Digital

Better Safe Than Sorry: SSL Certificates

In a recent study, the FBI found that there are 4,000 ransomware hacking attempts every day. These hacks are particularly alarming to business owners, as some of them are committed against customers visiting ecommerce sites. How can you protect yourself and customers? BG Digital Group has an easy answer: SSL Certificates.

What are SSL Certificates? 
SSL Certificates are a standard way to encrypt your webpage to protect users from having their sensitive information stolen or tampered with by hackers. Adding an SSL Certificate to a website guarantees that the site is authentic (not a fake landing page controlled by hackers), ensures all the data coming in and out of the site is protected with encryption, and increases load speeds for all of your pages. With an SSL Certificate, not only will your page visitors know your site is secure, Google knows too. Adding a certificate will help your page’s SEO rating on Google, putting your page higher on the list of search results.

Owning your own business can be a great pleasure, allowing yourself more flexibility, time, and control, but with those things comes great responsibility. You wouldn’t want to provide your customers with products that may place them at risk, for your own good and theirs. Being trusted by your customers is important, and the last thing you would want is someone’s precious personal information being exploited by hackers because of a visit to your business’ webpage.

In an ideal world, every site should have an SSL Certificate, as dealing with hackers is never a fun thing to deal with. Any website that collects information, whether it be logins, medical records, legal documents, ecommerce transactions, or even simple contact forms needs to be encrypted to protect against ever-evolving hacking tactics.

 

 

Lucky for you, BG Digital Group can get you the protection both you and your customers need and deserve. For an annual fee of $100, you can add an SSL Certificate to your site, which would include the padlock in the search bar (as pictured) and security against information hackers. Don’t wait for a hacker to prey upon you or your customers. The extra money is worth saving you from having to explain why a customer’s card was compromised or worse. Give us a call today, and we can add the encryption in no time.

Posted by Callie Garrett