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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
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
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
Digital

Learn How Digital Marketing Can Help Your Business

Digital marketing is the blanket term used for marketing products or services “digitally” or, in other words, on the internet. It is online marketing that utilizes digital channels such as Google search, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, email and other websites.

Because the internet has shifted the way customers now shop for products or services, businesses must adapt to this trend and craft a digital strategy that meets their goals and keeps them relevant in their market. Digital marketing done right, works for all brands, big and small.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity
You may believe that digital marketing will not make a difference to your business. However, recent Google statistics show that 82% of prospective buyers use their mobile devices to influence their decision in the often long purchase process.  Google calls these “Micro-Moments”.
Digital Marketing can:

Connect you with customers around the world through Google search. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) utilization will help keep your business relevant when searches are performed.
Create lasting relationships with customers by utilizing social media, blogs, and email marketing.
Allow for the data collection and research so that your business can understand your customers’ needs throughout the buying process.
Allow you to measure success by determining what traffic leads to a conversion goal (conversion tracking). This can be any sort of lead, subscription, or inquiry. This is of high importance in digital marketing.
Allow you reach thousands of potential customers that you couldn’t have imagined. You can reach new customers across the country, even globally.
Keep you ahead of your competitors.

 
BG Digital Group can design eye-catching ads that can reach your target demographic wherever they are online even when searching for your competitors. Plus, we’ll ensure that they are placed on publishing sites that your customers visit so you can stay on the top of the mind of your potential customers. Then, we can set up tracking to measure their success and conversions.

Call us today to set up a free consultation on how we can help your business. We make marketing that matters!

Posted by Callie Garrett
Agency News

What We’re Reading, Watching, and Listening To | BG Digital Group

In this industry, it’s imperative that we always stay on top of ourselves and challenge each other. That’s why we strive to stay constantly taking in information and inspiration, through books, podcasts, and even television and movies, so that we are ever growing and learning in both our personal and professional lives.
Here’s what we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to:

Posted by Callie Garrett