Content Marketing

Tips To Making More Sales

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At Milkshake-factory, we’ve worked with dozens of small businesses who have realized results with their marketing efforts. We know competition is fierce. If you are embarking on new marketing efforts and aren’t seeing the traction you need, embracing these tips will help change the course of your efforts. 1. A clear value proposition A meaningful value proposition is the foundation of any solid marketing effort. It should be short, clear, and address your differentiation. 2. A deep understanding of your target customer You want to understand, demographically and philosophically, what your target customer ‘looks’ like. Size Location Industry Qualified But beyond that, you want to have a very deep sense of their pain points and business frustrations: What questions or complaints do you hear repeatedly from your customers? Do your products or services solve specific problems? Are you filling an obvious gap and providing new value? Knowing exactly what your target customer wants and needs allows you to reframe your B2B content marketing strategy from their point of view. 3. Allocated marketing budget Marketing is expensive. Website design and development calls for specialized expertise. And any strategic content marketing effort requires the ongoing development of solid resources to fuel your blog and social media communications. But we’ve found that small businesses that prioritise marketing and allocate...

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10 Tips To Nurture Your Leads

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1) Make Smart Calls-to-Action (CTAs) Smart CTAs enable you to automatically display different CTAs to different visitors based on information you’ve already collected about them in your contacts database. For example, you may want to show new visitors to your blog a CTA for a very educational. 2) Blog About Topics Sourced From Client Questions Chat with your customers, ask questions on things they are not too sure about and blog on these topics. 3) Email Content to Segments of Unengaged Leads Consider reviving a segment of your leads who haven’t engaged with you in a while by sending them some low-commitment blog content to warm them up again. 4) Add Workflows Not all content you use to nurture leads needs to be offer content that requires a form submission. You might kick start a workflow after a visitor converts into a lead on an ebook offer, sending an email that includes some of your top articles that align with the subject matter of that particular ebook. 5) Add Links for Blog Content to Other Parts of Your Website Adding links for relevant blog articles to other pages of your website that leads are likely to visit (like product pages) can reinforce your position as an industry expert and,...

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Sales Funnel Of Attracting New Leads And Converting Them

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Research Stage – solve a problem, impression is everything At this stage of the game, your prospective customers are really just searching for information. Some research suggests that more than 75% of all buyers have conducted comprehensive online research before a vendor is even approached. If you want to be on your target’s radar, ensure that you have an optimized, dynamic and meaningful online presence. And to optimize your search, you want to be feeding your website and social media channels with meaningful, dynamic and engaging content that addresses your target customer’s pain points. Show them how you  can solve their problems and establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry with: Blog posts White papers Press releases Your website On Their Radar – prove your capabilities At this stage, you’ve already been discovered. You’re on the radar. Your blog posts have been read. But now your prospective client is looking for some confirmation of your capabilities – some proof that there will be a return on their investment. This is when you want to share content in the form of: Client success stories or case studies Customer testimonials (in video format would be great) Data sheets that detail the impact of your products and services These materials demonstrate your track record and...

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Making Your Call To Action CTA Work

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Your writing blogs, but your not converting sales from it. Its probably because your not engaging your readers with your content, or perhaps your call to action isn’t compelling enough. What is a call to action (CTA)? A call to action (CTA) moves your reader to: Request more information (Download our free guide) Engage more intimately with your brand (Leave your comments below) Make a purchase (Take advantage of a sale or trial) When your call to action moves readers to ‘request more information’, they might fill out a contact form, sign up for a newsletter, download a white paper or make a phone call. In this case, you will have created access to your target client – via email or phone. So how do I write the most compelling call to action that will yield the intended results? Just like anything else that you write online, you want your call to action to be engaging and meaningful. ‘Click here’, for instance, is a pretty bland and generic call to action. Instead of telling readers to ‘Sign Up’, tell them to “read more to convert your leads by reading more.” Studies reveal that the most valuable space on your website is in the upper right hand corner, above the fold.  The eye travels here naturally, after it...

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Effective Placement Of A Call To Action

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When writing a blog, a social media post, or even a new web page, you’re probably thinking to yourself where on earth do I need to place my call to action. You’ve probably heard or thought to yourself that placing a call to action “above the fold” that is in the top portion of the screen, visible to all when the page loads, performs better than the content below the fold. Everybody knows that, right? Yes, but it’s not entirely true. What many would consider a textbook school of thought is to position a call-to-action high on the page, above the fold, may sometimes deliver substantially better results if placed lower down the page or after additional information to motivate a click has appeared first. These days, people visiting your website or reading your blog or social media posts are well-versed in scanning through your content. They are extremely tolerant of supporting information like comparison charts, videos and testimonials. And so it really doesn’t matter where the final call-to-action sits, as long as the right amount of supporting information can be accessed easily and quickly to enable a decision to be made. Of course, your call-to-action needs to be visible, distinctive and worded to elicit action, but never assume...

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Google Content-Friendly Guidelines

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As a small business owners, your probably stuck on what to write on your website or on your blog. Following these Google-friendly content guidelines to create content, will increase your demands to be read, viewed and shared by the wider audience on social media. Strategic content marketing can enhance SEO, dramatically increase website traffic, and seriously magnify lead generation and conversion.  Without high-quality content creation, you will not generate the social signals that Google is using to inform their search ranking processes. 1.  Content should be trustworthy and original, show metrics and statistics 2.  Content should demonstrate thought leadership, a trusted authority on your most covered topics 3.  Content should be information-rich, cover relevant industry trends, be objective and present other viewpoints and not merely push your services 4.  Content must be free of spelling errors, typos, and grammatical and editing oversights 5.  Content should not be created with only SEO in mind; the style and substance of content must appeal to your website visitors and blog subscribers 6.  Your website and blog should not be so jam-packed with ads and CTAs that they distract visitors from focusing on your content What Next At Milkshake-factory, we are on a mission to make your small business marketing hassle free. You will find...

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