Busy executives and marketing managers simply don’t have enough hours and hands to attend to branding, blogging, social media management, sales and so on. What’s ironic, however, is that the same tasks that seem to take time can actually save time when implemented with the right tools and processes.
America’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in September 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the lowest jobless rate in nearly 50 years bodes well for candidates and suggests that business is good, it presents challenges for employers.
Every business needs marketing, but not every business is able to staff and retain a full-time marketing team. Some will hire a marketing manager or coordinator, who will then need a team around them. Even large companies that do have their own marketing departments often turn to outsourcing.
You’ve seen the ads encouraging you to “build your own website in minutes.” Maybe you even know someone who can design this type of site for you, as a favor or on the cheap. It’s tempting, I know.
If you are considering a new website for your business, choose carefully. Your website is the centerpiece of your sales and marketing efforts. Even if you don’t visit your website often, you can bet prospects, recent acquaintances and members of your network certainly do.
Originally introduced as a personal blogging platform, WordPress has become one of the most popular website content management systems (CMS) in the world, thanks to its flexibility and user-friendliness. Businesses of all types and sizes–from mom-and-pop shops to global corporations–rely on WordPress to power their websites. In fact, WordPress is responsible for more than a quarter of the entire internet, amassing more than 22 billion pageviews per month.
Social media–Instagram, in particular–is one of the fastest-evolving tools in digital marketing. In 2016, Instagram sharply steered its algorithm in favor of engagement, meaning posts that receive likes, comments and shares are shown more prominently (which creates a snowball effect of more likes, comments and shares). Previously, posts were shown in chronological order. The shift challenged brands to make their content more relatable, rather than simply consumable. If you want to take that challenge, here’s how to come out ahead.
Most of us associate the term “branding” with big, consumer-focused companies. While the power of a brand might be most noticeable for the likes of Apple, Toyota, McDonald’s and the rest of the world’s most valuable brands, it isn’t confined to the giants. Every business in every industry has a brand – it’s just a matter of whether yours is alive or dormant.
Sooner or later, most business owners or marketing managers decide they need marketing support. The next question is what form of help? Do I hire freelancers? Bring on someone full-time? Or partner with an agency?