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About Mike Gingerich

Author: Mike Gingerich, President of Digital Hill & TabSite Marketer and Consultant. Part geek, part marketer, part strategist, total distance running junkie. Mike is an author and speaker, having presented at Social Media Week Lima, Social Media Camp (Canada) and more. He writes a tech column, podcasts, and shares about social media and business strategies at MikeGingerich.com. Mike is a marketing, social media, and business startup enthusiast with 10+ years experience building apps, consulting, and training businesses with winning integrated strategies. Mike loves deploying tactics to increase awareness, sales, and maximize ROI in both B2B and B2C markets via digital media.

Guide to Youtube Marketing [Infographic]

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Guide-to-Youtube-Marketing-315-1Youtube has become one of the most popular platforms on the internet. It’s a great place to host marketing and educational videos. However, you still have to optimize it to get the best results.

Optimizing Hits And Growing A Youtube Channel

Organizing Videos

A company should organize their videos into playlists centered around certain themes or concepts. A playlist automatically moves from one video to the next which increases video views and viewer watch time which improves a channel’s Youtube ranking. Videos should also be published on a set schedule like a TV show, this increases views. Don’t overlook uploading your own subtitles and transcripts. This improves access and can also improve search results as subtitles are read by Youtube’s search engine.

Viewer Interaction

Simple user engagement can increase your subscriber count, and in turn, increase views and overall attention. Every video should include a call to action for viewers to subscribe to a channel and receive updates. Subscribed viewers naturally watch more of their subscribed channels content. Also, replying to user comments can increase subscription numbers and views as direct engagement adds a personal touch and drives viewer interaction.

Many thanks to our friends at Headwaycapital.com for this enlightening infographic.

 

[Infographic] Emerging Trends in Email Marketing

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Email is the segment of digital marketing with the highest ROI per dollar spent. It’s the best way to get in front of your potential and current customers. Here are some trends to help you get more ROI from your email campaigns in 2019.

Respect for Privacy and Data Security a Must

Marketers are already aware of the stiff penalties that come with data privacy breaches. There will be even stricter control of personal information collected or shared by email in 2019. Thus, to avoid running into problems with the law, you must familiarize and strictly comply with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Targeted Automation the New Way To Grow Email Revenue

According to Litmus, email automation has the potential to grow your email revenues by a whopping 108.5%. However, the emails must be targeted. For example, use the data you collect on customers to determine what messages, subject lines, and sending times work best for each contact. More importantly, maintain and clean list.

Personalization Not Enough; Time To Go Hyper

If you already personalize your email messages, that’s a good start. However, in 2019, you’ll need to go one step further. To get the attention of digital consumers with shrinking attention spans on the increasingly-saturated internet, calling users by their first name won’t be enough. Therefore, you’ll have to learn to provide solutions to people who don’t know they need it.

The Domination of Mobile Ads: Statistics and Trends [Infographic]

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Mobile advertising is on the rise and for a good reason. If you’re planning to get on the bandwagon, here are a few stats to get you excited!

Mobile Ads: Spending and Reach

Total Mobile Ad Spend for 2016 Was $108.9 Billion; to Reach $247.4 Billion in 2020
That’s a 227% increase! To put it into perspective, by the end of 2018, mobile advertising will account for 75% of digital ad spend and at least 33.9% of all U.S. media spending. By 2020, that share will jump to 47.9%. Popular mobile advertising strategies include; in-app advertising, mobile video advertising, native ads, programmatic advertising, and remarketing.

Google and Facebook the Top Two Mobile Advertising Companies

In 2016, Google ads represented 54% of all mobile advertisements in the US. Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram came second and third respectively. Both Google and Facebook have been losing their grip on the market though. Nevertheless, they still control around 60% of the mobile ad market.

Mobile Apps Remain the Primary Channel for Mobile Advertisement

Currently, in-app ads are the most common form of mobile advertising. More than 197 billion apps were downloaded in 2017. Gartner predicts that the figure could reach 268 billion in 2018 and Statista projects 352 billion app downloads in 2021. These apps generated $110 billion in revenues in 2017 and are projected to generate $201 billion in 2021.

Lead Generation in 2019: Tips from Experts [Infographic]

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Lead-Generation-in-2019--Tips-from-Experts-315Online lead generation requires many elements to be a success. However, many marketers make errors in the very early stages of their marketing plans. Two of the most common errors are not correctly identifying the target audience and not making proper use of visual content and media.

Target Audiences And The Visual Aspect

The Target Audience

Many failed attempts at lead generation failed due to not targeting the right audience. A targeted audience should be very specific in their profile, wants, and needs. They are often a very specific type of customer who is in need of what a company is selling. Once a target audience is identified materials should be produced that speaks to them and reaches them on the proper platforms.  Offer incentives as a reward for responding to inquiries. This practice can increase response rates.

The Visual Aspect

For a marketing campaign to be effective it has to visually appeal to its viewers. Most people are visual learners and are responsive to visual elements such as pictures and different colored text. In addition to this visitors also respond more favorably to videos. The proper use of visual media is an attention grabber and instead of having to read paragraphs of text to make a point a visitor can understand an image’s core idea within seconds of viewing it.

Thanks to our friends at venngage.com for this insightful infographic.

Improve Website Speed to Gain Traffic

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Quality content is essential for getting visitors to your website. This makes sense—when people visit a website, they are chiefly interested in the content. Keeping it relevant and updated translates into higher search ranking, more page views, and higher visitor loyalty.

However, you should not overlook the importance of website speed. We live in fast times with fast internet connections and everyone wants web pages to load almost instantly. In a way, visitors prefer a faster website to one with better content.

Website Speed

In fact, the Hosting Tribunal points out that most visitors won’t even look at the content of a page that takes over 3 seconds to load. If it’s just the pictures that don’t load quickly, 39% of visitors will leave. Any amount of delay matters; even 1 second added to the loading time could mean 11% fewer page views.

Luckily, this means improving load times can increase traffic. Fast websites soar to the top of search result lists, attract more visitors, and have more people return.
Numerous examples support this. SmartFurniture.com improved their speed and increased traffic generated by search engines by 20%. Yahoo! achieved a 9% traffic increase by reducing their load times by 0.4 seconds. As for online stores, Walmart’s conversion rate increased by 2% per second of improvement.

Good Content and Speed Improvement

Truth be told, without good content, no amount of speed improvement can help. But if you are investing time and resources into creating content which appeals to visitors, it is worthwhile to make sure it reaches them quickly.

Maintaining high speeds is definitely in any website owner’s best interest. If you would like to learn more about the effects of website speed and the improvements you can make, take a look at the infographic below.

Thanks to our friends at HostingTribunal.com for this informative infographic.