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artificial intelligence
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.

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
social media event coverage
Social

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.

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
Digital Social Traditional

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:

Posted by Callie Garrett
social media content creation
Social

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.

Posted by Callie Garrett