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How can Marketing Automation Help you Sell More

Marketing Automation is the answer to marketers’ pleas for a method that efficiently allows continuous business growth without additional workload or the need to allocate extra resources. 

All businesses, whether big or small, are constantly trying to increase productivity and improve processes. With the surge of so many new platforms and channels, it is very difficult to reach target audiences at the right time with the right message to cause an impact that leads them to conversion.

Leaving aside these external factors, in many cases the business own growth can become a problem. Let’s say your business has scaled a lot very quickly and you are receiving an overwhelming amount of queries daily but you haven’t optimized your processes. This causes you to neglect a lot of messages and leave hundreds of customers hanging without ever getting a reply. 

What does this say about you and your business?

It doesn’t look good and all of those customers are surely going to go for the business that did reply to them in a timely manner, even if your solution or product is much better than your competitors. 

So, what’s the answer to this issue? How can you ensure your business grows while maintaining excellent customer experience with the same resources and less time? The answer is marketing automation

What is marketing automation?

Marketing automation is the improvement of processes through software that automatically performs certain tasks normally done by people. This can include social media management, email marketing, lead generation, marketing campaigns and more. 

Through marketing automation businesses can respond better to both potential and current customers providing them a better user experience with personalized treatment that leads to a long-term relationship. 

There are different types of Marketing Automation you can apply to your business:

  • Customer relationship management automation software (CRM)

What Is Marketing Automation

This makes reference to CRM platforms that allow businesses to automate and manage all communications between them and their customers. Companies that have a very high number of clients need to work with CRMs as effective tools to manage their data. Otherwise, as the company keeps growing, it will be much and much harder to keep track of all queries and offer personalized and proper support to all clients. 

With CRMs businesses can make sure they don’t miss any message from customers, maintain a communication flow and answer any query on time, regardless of the amount of clients they have. Workflows are also optimized since every team member can access the CRM and get all the information needed from one place without having to ask or wait for another person to help. 

  • Marketing campaigns automation

Marketing Automation

Digital marketing automation platforms allow businesses to automate messages they send to their subscribers. These messages are usually triggered by events defined on site that, once completed, activate a sequence to be delivered in specific time to the users that completed the action. 

This technology tracks user behaviour in order to automatically send personalized messages depending on the actions they took while browsing. It can be applied to email marketing, SMS marketing and web push notifications campaigns. 

Platforms that offer marketing campaign automation, like Frizbit, usually allow you to personalize the message so you don’t feel you are sacrificing automation for quality. With the use of dynamic parameters you can hyper personalize the content to fit each individual.

  • Workflow automation

Social Media Marketing Automation

This might be the most common type of automation we are all familiar with. Workflow automation includes all softwares that allow you to manage other platforms and channels, such as social media. 

Later is a great example of a workflow automation tool. Is a social media marketing management platform that allows you to create, design, schedule, post and analyze your social media content all in one place. 

Benefits of Marketing Automation

When done properly, marketing automation can have a huge positive impact on any business:

  • Increased efficiency: automation of certain tasks can help you and your team dedicate more time to issues and projects that are more deserving of your attention. For example, instead of manually posting on every social media channel you have, you can automate this task and let your team focus more on creativity and content production. 
  • Better user experience: automation platforms usually gather user data that allows you to offer them a more personalized customer experience.The more relevant the message is, the higher the chances of an interaction and conversion. Keep in mind that these days, users are demanding more personalized experiences and will engage more with brands that offer them what they are looking for.
  • More qualified leads: marketing automation helps marketers reduce the guesswork when it comes to approaching prospects. If a business uses an automation platform to send messages to leads, and to promote said content on other platforms, sales and marketing teams can work hand in hand to analyze results and optimize the automated sequences of messages to connect with the right prospects at the right time.
  • Higher conversion rates: a personalized experience and better quality leads translates into higher conversions rates. Automation allows you to reach users that are more likely to engage with your business with messages that resonate better with them, increasing the chances of interaction. 

According to Adestra’s Marketer vs. Machine report, “Marketers say the biggest benefits of automation are saving time (74%), increased customer engagement (68%), more timely communications (58%), and increased opportunities, including up-selling (58%).”

Marketing Automation is a Win for Everyone

The thing about marketing automation is that everyone wins: you, your team and your customers. You will save time and money, improve the inner workings of your business, your team will have more time to dedicate to more important projects and tasks and your customers will be receiving a much more personalized experience, and that’s exactly what they are looking for. 

You just have to do your homework and decide in which areas of your business you want to start implementing which type of automation. Remember that, even if it sounds like a big and fancy word, automation doesn’t have to be expensive or mean a huge investment for your business.

Marketing automation is available and accessible for companies of all sizes. It’s even safe to say that small and new businesses can benefit even more from it, since automation is equal to doing more with less. 

If you are interested in learning more about what marketing automation can do for your business, check out Frizbit’s Success Stories section and see the results of our clients since implementing our marketing automation platforms. 

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Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from May 2021

Time is going by so fast it’s almost impossible to keep up with all digital marketing news and updates for every month. Google always keeps us on our tiptoes with constant updates, changes and new features for all of its products, new marketing tech is being developed every day and social media is a complete universe on its own. 

But don’t despair! As every month, we are to gather and sum up for you the most relevant:

Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from May 2021

1. Search Marketing Updates

Google previews MUM

The biggest news from Google this month is the preview of MUM. It stands for Multitask Unified Model and this new tech was showcased mid May by Google’s Prabhakar Raghavan at Google I/O. 

Since 2019 Google’s search algorithm to understand queries has been powered by BERT, an extension of Natural Language Processing. This algorithm helps searches deliver accurate results by asking questions more similar to the way we talk naturally, instead of trying to think what type of keyword or phrase will actually give us the answer we’re looking for. 

Google has now announced the preview of MUM: a new tech 1,000 times more powerful than BERT. The biggest and most important difference is that MUM can multitask to help deliver more information: it’s trained in 75 languages and it’s multimodal, meaning it can understand information across text and images. 

According to Google, they have discovered that it takes an average of eight searches for users to get the information they want and complete a complex task. With the development of MUM they aim to solve this issue and help users get things done with fewer searches. Google says:

Imagine a question like: “I’ve hiked Mt. Adams and now want to hike Mt. Fuji next fall, what should I do differently to prepare?” This would stump search engines today, but in the future, MUM could understand this complex task and generate a response, pointing to highly relevant results to dive deeper. 

Google’s mission has always been to make information more accessible to everyone. They have already started running internal pilots with MUM and says to be very excited about how this new search technology can improve Google products and user experience. 

Google’s launching new features for smart bidding

Google is rolling out new features for Smart Bidding to make marketers life much easier, better manage their bidding strategies and improve campaign performance. 

  • Top signals for Target ROAS and Maximize conversion: Top signals highlight some of the dimensions in which the bid strategy is automatically optimizing the bids depending on likelihood of users converting (device type, location, day of week, time of day, keywords). They currently report for campaigns that use Target CPA and Maximize conversions, with the launch of the new features, they’ll be available for search campaigns using Target ROAS and Maximize conversion value.
  • Seasonality adjustments at manager account level: Smart Bidding takes into account seasonality to improve the performance of the campaigns. However, for specific times such as big sales or product launches, the adjustments had to be made manually for each individual account. With new features Google makes it possible to set them at the manager account level. 
  • Maximize conversions with recommendations: Google will be showing new opportunities to opt into maximize conversions on the Recommendations Page: “These recommendations will show for eligible Search campaigns and can help you get more conversion value within your budget.”

Google Ads Maximize Conversions

  • Target Impression Share simulators to predict performance: up until now Simulators to help understand how target bid and budget changes could affect campaign performance, were only available for conversion and click-based bid strategies. With the roll-out of new features they are expanding to Search campaigns using Target Impression Share.

New ad formats for local campaigns on Google

At its annual Google Marketing Livestream, they announced the launch of new formats for local ads campaigns: 

  • Auto suggest ads: one of the new formats is called Auto Suggest Ads, which show ads based on the user’s location. When a user searches for a product or service in Google Maps, the auto suggest will show an ad of a nearby advertiser.

Google Auto Suggest Ads

  • Navigational ads: these new types of ads will be shown on the user’s screen when using Google Maps driving directions. So when a user is driving towards a destination, an ad of a nearby local business will appear on the screen and the user will have the option to add the destination to the route.

Google Navigation Ad

  • Similar destination ads: another new ad format is Similar Destination Ads. They will show when a user searches for a local business and it’s closed at the time of the search. Google will then show a similar business with the tag “Similar and Open”. 

Google Similar Places Ad

All new three ad formats will be available for local ad campaigns globally in the second quarter of this year.

2. Marketing Tech Updates

Microsoft Advertising announces Unified Smart

Acknowledging the importance of having a strong online presence for any business and how challenging it can be to manage it successfully, Microsoft has launched Unified Smart campaigns: a unified solution to manage social media presence and search advertising

With Unified Smart campaigns platform you can:

  • Run ads: this new solution allows you to run ads on both search engines with Microsoft Advertising and Google Ads, as well as social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. 
  • Manage social media: Unified Smart allows to publish, like and reply comments on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Microsoft Unified Smart Campaign

 

  • Reporting: additionally to being able to manage campaigns across channels in one single place, publishers can also see reports of search and social media in one place.

Microsoft Unified Smart Campaigns

  • Automate and optimize with AI: you can create ads, let them run for a while and then watch how AI creates additional ones for you, optimizing your campaign results. The same way you budget will be distributed by AI across channels to help you get the best ROI. 

The most interesting thing about the new Microsoft solution is that it is free to use. There are no charges, service fees or commissions. You only have to pay when someone clicks on your ad. That’s what makes Unified Smart campaigns so interesting for new and small businesses that wish to handle their campaigns all in one platform. 

Google expands its shopping integrations

Google is always considering its users needs and is now rolling out shopping integrations with WooCommerce, GoDaddy and Square. During the Google I/O they announced that they want to help retailers and consumers connect and build lasting relationships, hence the new integrations.

This open ecosystem approach means that retailers will have even more ways to get discovered across Google, and shoppers will have even more choice.

Retailers that use any of these e-commerce platforms will now be able to show their products for free across Google. A few days earlier Google announced the Shopify integration and has now revealed the expansion to the other platforms.

Digital Marketing News Google Shopping

The aim is to help people discover new and easier ways to shop, and to offer retailers more options to connect with their customers. Google says that “As this generational shift to e-commerce accelerates, having a digital presence is just the minimum — it’s now imperative for you as a retailer to stand out and speak directly to your customers.“

Zoom announces all-in-one events platform

The popular video conferencing platform Zoom has announced the launch of Zoom Events, an all-in-one solution for digital events. It is scheduled to be launched this summer and it will combine features from Zoom meetings, chat, and webinars.

One of the interesting features is that you will be able to produce ticketed, live events for audiences of all sizes. All the process of organizing, managing and billing the event can be done in the platform, as well as keeping track of registration and attendance. 

The possibilities Zoom Events present are endless. You can host internal and external events for companies and businesses of all sizes. Conferences, classes, product launches and pretty much anything that has a space in the virtual world. 

This initiative finds its roots thanks to the on-going growth of virtual meetings during Covid-19 pandemic times. Zoom understands that digital events have found their way into our daily lives and it’s trying to make it as easy as possible for big and small businesses to adapt to this new reality and offer customers the best experiences they can. 

 3Social Media Marketing Updates

Snapchat launches Public Profiles for Businesses

Snapchat had already launched Public Profiles for Creators, Shows, and Snapchatters and has now opened the doors for Business with Public Profiles: “Public Profiles for Businesses has launched on Snapchat, giving brands of all sizes a free, permanent home for all of their unique Snapchat content.”

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Public Profiles for businesses offer brands the opportunity to house all of their unique content in one discoverable place. Some of the most important features include:

  • Native store: you can link your Shopify ecommerce store to your Snapchat profile so users can browse products and even buy through the “Shop” feature. 
  • Highlights: you can permanently showcase some of your content on your profile so that new users that visit for the first time get to know your business. 
  • AR lenses: you can now publish lenses to your Public Profile so that snapchatters can discover them and engage continuously with them. 
  • Public stories: so you can share any type of content of what’s happening behind the scenes of your business. 

With this new feature Snapchat is looking to catch up with businesses’ needs on social media nowadays by offering tools that allow them to engage and connect with their audience. 

New messaging features for Facebook and Instagram

New features are coming to Facebook and Instagram DMs to give users the opportunity to express themselves better with additions that go from new themes to the ability to reply to messages with photos or videos.

Facebook messenger new features

  • Chat archives: users can now clear their inbox without deleting chats for good. With a swift “swipe to archive” option it’s possible to keep everything tidy and then access inactive chats in the future if need be. 
  • Tap to record: for all those audio-lovers out  it’s now possible to record voice notes hands-free. With just one tap is sufficient to begin recording, and one tap to finish. This feature will be available also for Instagram in the future.
  • New themes: new themes to customize chat screens are now available for both Messenger and Instagram DMs.

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Instagram DMs new features

  • Visual replies: Instagram has made it possible for users to answer direct messages with a photo or video they can take in the moment or choose from their camera roll. At the moment this feature is only available for iOS.

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  • Inbox seen states: users can now see from their inbox when someone has already read their message. This was only possible before when opening the chat. 

Twitter acquires Scroll

Scroll is a subscription based service that removes ads from new sites. From some time now Twitter has been focusing on offering content creators means to grow and monetize their content on the social media platform. 

With this in mind, most recently they acquired Scroll, a platform that removes ads from new websites for a monthly fee. The service will be integrated with Twitter into a subscription service they plan to launch in the future. 

Twitter’s VP of Product said, “As a Twitter subscriber, picture getting access to premium features where you can easily read articles from your favorite news outlet or a writer’s newsletter from Revue, with a portion of your subscription going to the publishers and writers creating the content.”

It seems that Twitter aims by this new acquisition is to offer users a subscription model to access an ad-free timeline by sharing revenue with content creators. 

Digital marketing news from May 2021

There was a lot to note and learn from the digital marketing world during the month of May. It was eventful and filled with very interesting updates to keep an eye out. 

What did you find most interesting?

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Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from April 2021

April was an eventful month for digital marketing. As always Google launched a number of interesting features for Search, Maps and Web Stories while social media platforms continue to keep us on our toes with new updates to compete with ClubHouse app.

We’ve summed up the most important:

Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from April 2021

1. Search Marketing News

  • Microsoft rolls out new price comparison beta

Microsoft has announced a number of new features for Microsoft Advertising. One of the most interesting ones is the price comparison that allows sites that use Microsoft shopping features to be eligible to show in the flyout panel that delivers discount codes. 

Microsoft Price Comparison

The price comparison will appear within the toolbar of the panel when users browse and save a product on Edge or Collection. They would have to click on it to view the price comparison results. 

This new feature by Microsoft is so interesting for retailers because they can offer relevant information to their target audience while they browse other retailers’ sites and with no extra effort from their part. The listing will grab the information from existing catalogs from Microsoft Merchant Center which means no additional work is required from businesses that already have created shopping campaigns. 

The cherry on top is that, since this new feature is in beta testing, Microsoft won’t charge advertisers for the clicks they obtain through price comparison! Right now it’s only available on desktops in the US on Edge browser. 

  • Google adds 3 new travel-oriented features to search results

Google is very well-known from listening and adapting to users’ needs. That’s why due to a recent increase in travel related queries, they have announced to add 3 new features to search results in the intent of helping people plan their next vacation during pandemic times. Google stated: 

As vaccines become more available, many people are eager to start planning vacations again. We’re seeing more searches for travel-related destination information — like travel restrictions by country and where to travel, which both recently hit all-time highs. 

When looking for travel information like hotels, flights or things to do, Search will show results regarding Covid-19 related advisories on destination. Additionally, they’re adding more detailed information regarding if you need to comply with quarantine requirements or show test results proof.

Google Ads 3 Features to Search Travel

If users are logged in their Google accounts, they can choose to receive email notifications about restrictions updates from their selected destination by toggling “Receive an email if this guidance changes.”. These updates are country specific and will include information regarding any change on lifted or reduced restrictions. 

  • Google lets users talk directly to them to fix indexing issues

As we said earlier about Google: they always have users in mind. That’s why they created a new feature that allows webmasters to communicate with them to solve indexing issues they can’t figure out by themselves.

Google Report Indexing Issue

Webmasters can now get directly in touch with Google’s search team to report any indexing problem they can’t find an answer to in the “community forums and support documentation.” The new feature is accessible in the footer of the URL inspection help document and indexing coverage report document,  as a pilot only in the US.

Webmasters that want to access the reporting issue form need to have a verified Search Console account. Once there, they’ll need to answer a series of questions that try to help the user fix the issue by himself step by step before submitting to Google.

Digital Marketing News April 2021

This solution is aimed to help SEOs fix indexing issues that aren’t related to quality or technical issues within the website, but rather with Google Search. 

2. Marketing Tech Updates

  • WordPress plugin for Google Web Stories Updated

Even though there’s still some debate on whether web stories are worthy of our time and effort or not, new features keep coming and Google has updated their official Google Web Stories WordPress plugin with a feature that allows to embed content on webpages.

Google Web Stories WordPress Plugin

The plugin had many options available for content creators, but the ability to embed web stories was still missing until now. The new feature allows to do this very easily and also offers the possibility to embed web stories from other sites.

The process is very simple:

  • Insert a Web Stories block

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  • Select the type of Web Stories you want to to embed:
    • Latest Stories: display the most recent stories. The list will update automatically as new stories are published.
    • Selected Stories: display a list of handpicked stories.
    • Single Story: embed one single story by URL.
  • Choose if you want to to display the Web Stories as a carousel, a grid, or a list.
  • WordPress wants to block Google FLoC

Google’s FLoC (Federal Learning of Cohorts) solution for a cookieless internet has been raising some eyebrows. Even though Google has stated that this new tracking system is safe and much less privacy-invasive than 3rd party cookies, some don’t agree. 

Recently WordPress made their opinion very clear and proposed to block Google’s FLoC by default on all websites created with the platform. WordPress considers Google’s alternative for third party cookies a security concern:

Why is this bad? As the Electronic Frontier Foundation explains in their post “Google’s FLoC is a terrible idea“, placing people in groups based on their browsing habits is likely to facilitate employment, housing and other types of discrimination, as well as predatory targeting of unsophisticated consumers.

This is in addition to the privacy concerns of tracking people and sharing their data, seemingly without informed consent – and making it more difficult for legislators and regulators to protect people.

This is a proposal from a WordPress developer and website admins who do want to allow FLoC on their site, can override the code. Google said that they appreciate the community taking part on this initial test of their proposal and that they will adjust accordingly to all the comments received. 

  • HubSpot acquires media company The Hustle and expands their CRM Platform with the launch of Operations Hub

The giant CRM platform announced they signed an agreement to acquire The Hustle, a media company that produces newsletter, podcast, and premium research content. Their objective is to keep offering their community very valuable and relevant content through a more diverse set of media:

For many customers, their first introduction to HubSpot is through our educational blog, Academy, and YouTube content, not our software (…) By acquiring The Hustle, we’ll be able to better meet the needs of these scaling companies by delivering educational, business, and tech trend content in their preferred formats.

With this move they show they’re listening to their audience and giving them what they want. HubSpot is betting for content marketing as their main strategy to reach out and get in touch with their target: entrepreneurs, startups, and scaling companies.

Hubspot Operations Hub

Keeping up with this in mind, they also announced they are expanding its suite with the launch of Operations Hub. The objective is to make companies’ lives a little easier by automating processes, unifying data and aligning teams’ purposes. 

With Operations Hub, users can unify customer data in a connected CRM platform, automate a host of time-consuming tasks, maintain a clean database with ease, and ultimately, play an active role in shaping their company’s strategy. 

 With the Operations Hub they want to include operations teams to the heart of the platform and help companies have seamless inner interactions. Hubspot believes that companies have to run better on the inside in order to offer a great customer experience, and the way to do so is for team members to work together in a unified CRM.

Operations Hub joins CMS Hub, Marketing Hub, Sales Hub, and Service Hub as part of the HubSpot CRM platform.

3. Social Media Marketing Updates

  • Facebook and Instagram let business schedule stories

Last September Facebook introduced Facebook Business Suite. It’s an all-in-one platform designed for businesses to manage their social media activity from Instagram, Messenger and Facebook. Since the launch new features are being added constantly.

More recently a new capability was added in which businesses are now able to schedule stories on both Instagram and Facebook. Scheduling posts has always been a desired feature for any social media manager, since it helps plan ahead, save lots of time and maintain community engagement.

Facebook Business Suite Schedule Stories

By going to “Create Story” on Home, or by navigating to the “Posts & Stories” tab on the Business Suite app on iOS,Android or desktop, businesses can create and schedule stories very easily. 

It doesn’t end here. Facebook also added a feature that allows users to edit scheduled posts. If users wish to, they can access the “Scheduled Posts”section, select the post they wish to edit, choose “Edit Post” , make the changes and save it. In some time, they will also add a feature to Create and Manage Albums and Save Posts in Drafts. 

  • Reddit announces Clubhouse competitor Reddit Talk

Clubhouse appearance has shocked the social media world and now almost all platforms are preparing to launch their own version of the audio-only chat rooms wonder. We already talked about Facebook’s option, Twitter Spaces and now it’s Reddit’s turn with Reddit Talk

Reddit announced the intention to join the only-audio social media hype with their own version. It seems to be in very early stages of testing periods but the platform has invited moderators to join a waiting list, which indicates that they are moving pretty fast on the subject.

Reddit Talk Digital Marketing Updates April 2021

The moderators will be able to start talking immediately and they can invite redditors to participate as listeners. It will be available for both Android and iOS devices unlike Clubhouse which is only available for iOS with many interesting features:

We’re testing ways for hosts to customize the look and feel of Reddit Talk through emojis and background colors. Redditors can change their avatar’s appearance to fit the talk as well. We’re also exploring features to support AMAs and other types of conversations.

Moderators will have complete control over the rooms, being able to invite, remove and mute listeners. Reddit is really focusing on creating a complete experience for each room. 

  • Twitter launches test of a new profile type called Professional Profiles

The new Professional Profiles will provide businesses a new way to present themselves on the social media platform:

Professional Profiles are a new tool that will allow businesses, non-profits, publishers, and creators – anyone who uses Twitter for work – to display specific information about their business directly on their profile. We’re starting with a small pool of businesses in the U.S. and will give more accounts access to Professional Profiles in the coming months.

Twitter Professional Profiles

This new layout for professionals shows different information than regular profiles. It includes address and contact information and other elements like products displays, image galleries and business categories are being developed for the future. 

They’re starting to test with only a handful of businesses while taking notes to make the new Professional Profiles exactly what Twitter users expect them to be. 

To sum up!

It seems to be like digital marketing news from April 2021 are all tied together by the common thread of complying with users expectations and improving user experience. Google, HubSpot, Twitter and Facebook updates are all aiming into pleasing people’s needs with features that help them improve their working processes. 

Which new feature or update caught your attention the most? 

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SMS Marketing: 7 Tips for a Winning Strategy

SMS marketing is only as effective as the strategy behind it. According to a survey by Statista, “in February 2021, nearly half of the respondents stated that on average they spent five to six hours on their phone on a daily basis”. Taking this into consideration, not having a SMS marketing strategy is a huge missed opportunity for your business. 

What is SMS Marketing?

SMS refers to Short Message Service. SMS marketing is a strategy focused on sending users messages regarding special offers, sales, reminders or updates through text messages to their mobile phones. People need to give businesses their consent to receive promotional SMS. 

There are different types of messages used in marketing that are all covered by the term SMS, but have different characteristics:

  • SMS – Short Message Service: messages that are text only. 
  • MMS – Multimedia Messaging Service: they’re messages that focus on sending multimedia files such as images, videos, GIFs or phone contacts. 
  • RCS – Rich Communication Service: rich media messaging is the evolution of SMS. They allow to send text messages that include multimedia content and links. 

Are SMS marketing campaigns intrusive?

Popular belief dictates that SMS are intrusive. However, it’s important to note that said misconception can be caused because of the abuse in sending bulk/mass SMS

These types of campaigns lack segmentation and personalisation, so they can be perceived as annoying from the users’ end. If you implement a well-though automated SMS marketing campaign, the results will shock you. It’s an amazing channel with the highest ROAS, surpassing 100x (10000%).

“Frizbit SMS marketing campaigns have generated clients a ROAS of over 100x. 

Every SMS marketing strategy should be planned carefully and thoughtfully. Is not to be taken lightly as it presents a direct communication channel to connect on a more personal level with customers. In a study conducted by GSMA, 61% of people said that they would engage more with businesses if they offered a more personalised service. 

Here are some interesting insights on the effectiveness of SMS marketing: 

  • 59% of users want their communications built into the phone – not as a separate app, that they need to download (GSMA)
  • 77% of consumers are likely to have a positive perception of a company that offers SMS. (eRetailers)
  • 83% of millennials open SMS messages within 90 seconds of receiving them. (OpenMarket)
  • 75% of millennials prefer SMS communications for deliveries, promotions, and surveys. (OpenMarket)
  • SMS messages have a 98% open rate compared to 20% of emails. (SMS Comparison). 
  • SMS messages have an average click-through rate of 36%, while email click-through-rates are a dismal 3.4%. (DSIM)
  • 90% of SMS messages are read within 3 minutes of being received. (SMS Global)
  • Using short, branded links in your mobile marketing campaigns can help improve conversions by up to 34%. (Rebrandly)
  • 77% of consumers said they opted-in to a brand’s text messages to receive coupons or deals. (Exact Target)
  • 97% of companies found they communicated with consumers more efficiently after launching texting initiatives. (GSMA)

SMS COMPARED VS. OTHER CHANNELS

CTRs by channel from automated behavioural retargeting campaigns

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Conversion rate by channel

SMS Marketing Average SMS Conversion Rate

*Data multiplied from website’s average conversion rate percentage

If you’re already on board with the idea of including SMS marketing in your strategy, keep on reading for:

SMS Marketing: 7 Tips for a Winning Strategy

1. SMS Marketing Tip #1: Create an opt-in strategy

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The first thing you need to think about when deciding to implement a SMS marketing strategy is how are you going to get people to opt-in and share their phone number with you. You have to design a strategy that allows you to collect subscribers to add to your lists. Here are a few ideas on how to approach it:

  • Website pop-up: is one of the most common methods used to capture subscribers. You can add it to your homepage and include an engaging offer such a special discount in return. 
  • During checkout: it’s normal to ask a lot of personal information through the checkout process, including phone number. Make sure you include a message that requests the users’ permission to send information and updates and be explicit about using their phone number for promotional purposes. 
  • Email: if you already have an email subscriber list, you can use it to your advantage and send a campaign to direct them to a landing page asking them to leave their phone numbers. 

2. SMS Marketing Tip #2: Exclusive Content

SMS Marketing

A marketers life is a very hectic one. It’s understandable that we might not have the time to design a different message for each one of the channels we use to communicate with our audience. However, when it comes to SMS marketing success, exclusivity of the message is of utmost importance. 

Send exclusive offers and deals to your subscribers. Include a text that indicates the offer you are sending is for VIP SMS customers only! This type of message will make them feel special, helping you create a tighter bond with your audience, which ultimately decreases opt-outs, increasing CTRs and conversions.  By using a provider such as Frizbit, you can do this by using dynamic parameters and adding users’ names. 

Take the time to strategise specifically for SMS marketing. Design sales, promos and offers that are exclusive to this channel and make users know that. When you ask them to opt-in: make it clear that they will receive special and unique benefits from subscribing to your SMS marketing channel. 

3. SMS Marketing Tip #3: Segment your Audience

SMS Marketing

You might have thousands of subscribers to your SMS channel, but each of them is an individual with unique tastes and preferences. That’s why it’s so important that you segment your audience for every campaign you send. 

Your segmentation can be as general or as specific as you want it to be. You can segment from language, location, purchasing history, gender and much more. Taking your time to do this will highly increase the effectiveness of your SMS marketing campaign. 

Let’s say you’re an online sports store. There’s a big, important game coming up between two rival soccer teams and you want to send a special sale on their t-shirts. If you don’t segment your audience only to people who have shown interest in soccer, there’s a really big chance your CTRs are going to be really bad and you might end up with a lot of opt-outs from people who will find the SMS irrelevant and annoying. 

This goes for all bulk SMS campaigns you send. You have to take your time and segment your audience to deliver the right message to the right person. 

4. SMS Marketing Tip #4: Send a Sequence of Messages

SMS Marketing

With Frizbit, you can do  SMS marketing by automating messages to reach subscribers every step of the marketing funnel. You can set up triggered SMS that are sent a period of time after a subscriber completes an action on the website:

  • Product viewed
  • Product added to cart
  • Post-purchase reminders

Design, automate and schedule a message for each event targeting users by behaviour. Event-based SMS are great to maintain a communication flow and seek an immediate response. 90% of the messages are read within the first 3 minutes after receiving it. By designing a sequence of SMS you keep your brand on the user’s top of mind with ongoing communication. 

In addition to that, by configuring a flow, you’ll have a long-term marketing strategy without extra work. The setup of the sequences only needs to be done one first time so you don’t have to invest more efforts every time you want to send out a campaign. 

5. SMS Marketing Tip #5: Include an Image

SMS Marketing

Is no secret that including images in your communications have a direct impact on click-through rates. In a study conducted by Simple Texting, they discovered that messages with an image had a 52% higher CTR than the ones that didn’t.

SMS Marketing

People are very visual and respond well to images. That’s why it’s always advisable to include a photo as long as is pertinent for the message and your industry. If you’re in real estate, include a photo of the listing the subscriber shows interest in, if you own a restaurant include mouth-watering photos of the plates you offer, or maybe you have an e-commerce so you can add images of the articles the person liked!

Remember that the objective is to make the communication as personalised as possible. Including a photo will make the message more relatable, as when users open it the first thing they’ll see is something they liked. 

6. SMS Marketing Tip #6: Include an appealing CTA

SMS Marketing

If you know anything about digital marketing, you might be tired from hearing about the “include a great CTA” tip. But the importance of the call to action justifies the repetition. The CTA is the element that closes the deal: this is when you tell people what to do. 

The copy of the call to action lets people know what to expect if they decide to click on that button. If you want recipients to finish a purchase, see what’s new, discover new products or to not miss out a sale,  tell them here. 

Put yourself in their shoes. For example, what would your reaction be if you get a SMS from a travel website with a wonderful photo of the Eiffel Tower and a copy that says “Paris in the Spring is beautiful” but nothing else. It doesn’t specify what you expected action should be, it doesn’t include a CTA saying something like “book a flight with 15% off before spring is over”. Don’t leave people hanging and include a CTA that lets them know what their next move should be. 

7. SMS Marketing Tip #7: A/B Testing

SMS Marketing

Either you’re a new or an experienced SMS marketer, A/B testing needs to be part of your strategy. You might have a lot of knowledge about your audience and have developed a strong instinct on what they respond to the best. However, these types of analysis will help you sharpen the strategy and make it the best it can be. 

Changing the CTA, the image or the copy can have a major impact on the results of your SMS marketing campaign. It’s important to try different versions of the same message, track their performance and adjust it in order to get better and better results each time. 

A/B testing your SMS campaigns will give you amazing insights on your audience likes and dislikes. You can then take that knowledge and apply it to your overall strategy to optimise and enrich user experience.

8. SMS Marketing Tip #8: Select the right provider

SMS Marketing

None of the amazing ideas you have for your SMS marketing strategy is going to be effective if you choose the wrong provider. You have to do your homework and research the features available from each option you consider.

Is extremely important that you choose a SMS marketing provider that offers automated and personalised SMS, rather than only bulk ones. The key of success with SMS marketing campaigns is automation and that’s exactly what Frizbit offers. 

In addition to complete automation and sending of campaigns triggered by users’ behaviour on the site, Frizbit also offers dynamic parameters for hyper personalisation. The SMS include:

  • Sender ID
  • User name
  • Product name
  • URL
  • Call to action

Bonus tip!

To increase effectiveness of your SMS marketing campaign, we strongly recommend you to integrate it in a multi-channel marketing strategy. With Frizbit you can implement an orchestrated campaign that includes web push notifications, email marketing and SMS to offer users an enhanced experience and increase retention. 

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Marketing Funnel Explained: Optimize your Full Funnel Strategy

Marketing funnel knowledge is key for any business owner, e-commerce manager or marketing specialist. Understanding the basic know-how of the shopping process a person goes through, will help you create a more effective strategy to achieve your business goals.

What is a Marketing Funnel?

A marketing funnel represents the stages a person goes through before they reach conversion. The journey begins when a person discovers the product or service and ends when an action is taken, whether a purchase, a subscription or any other objective depending on the business goals.

Marketing Funnel Template

Marketing Funnel Template

Marketing Funnel Template

There are many variations to the marketing funnel. Nowadays it’s even possible to find companies and businesses that have identified a specific funnel of their own process. However, in this case we are going to focus on explaining the most typical or standard one divided in three stages which will explain with more detail ahead:

  • Top of the funnel (TOFU): Awareness & Discovery
  • Middle of the funnel (MOFU): Interest & Consideration
  • Bottom of the funnel (BOFU): Decision & Purchase

The reason why it ‘s called or portrayed as a funnel is because in the beginning of the process, during the discovery stage, there are lots of people. Then, as they continue to advance to the next stage, some of them drop out, abandoning the journey and reducing the crowd. 

The objective of identifying these steps and how people go through, is to optimize every marketing effort into pushing the most of them to the bottom of the funnel and getting that conversion we’re looking for. Let’s say that we have a clear funnel path defined and data tells us that we’re losing a big percentage of people in the second stage. We can then deeply analyse what we are doing in the Interest & Engagement step to identify the issue and adjust our strategy accordingly. 

Marketing Funnel Stages

1. TOFU: Awareness and Discovery

Marketing Funnel Top of Funnel

Awareness and discovery is the first stage of the marketing funnel. This is the step in which people become aware of a problem and of your product or service as a solution. The top of the funnel refers to when someone realizes a need and starts looking for information to fulfill it. It’s during this stage that the first contact between prospect and business occurs. 

The Awareness and Discovery stage is where you have to provide leads with useful and relevant information about your product or service and how it can solve the problem they’re having. This first step is critical because it’s the first opportunity you have to catch people’s attention and try and persuade them to move forward to the next stage of Interest & Engagement. 

There are many strategies available to create content that’s both appealing and useful for this first stage. Let’s cover a few examples:

Inbound marketing strategies for Awareness & Discovery stage

Inbound marketing consists of all marketing actions oriented to connect and engage with the target audience with useful and relevant content that interests them through organic means. 

  • Blog Posts: creating consistent content that’s aligned to the interest of your target audience, opens a door for them to find you. Use the keywords they’re looking for on browser searches and create posts centered around those topics including information about your product/service with call to action. 
  • Social Media: most people have, at least, one social media platform. Having a strong social media presence, posting regularly and being where our target audience is, represents a great opportunity to make that first contact and show them how our business can fulfill their needs. 
  • Landing Pages: landing pages are great for lead generation. In these pages, offer your target audience something valuable for them in exchange for some personal information like name, email address and phone number. This way, you can create a database and contact them with more detailed information in the future. 
  • Videos: video content offers a more real and tangible contact between you and your prospects. It’s a world of possibilities where you can create various videos that engage and connect with your target audience.

Outbound marketing strategies for Awareness & Discovery stage

Outbound marketing is the opposite of inbound marketing and makes reference to actions oriented to reach a target audience through direct communication initiated by the brand or business. It consists of more traditional marketing channels such as ads. 

  • Ads: display ads, retargeting ads or social media ads all comprise outbound marketing techniques. They go directly to the target audience without them reaching out or making any type of effort to find you first by their own means. 
  • Pop-ups: emerging messages that promptly interrupt the visitor while browsing a site to show an offer, subscription request or special discount trying to catch the users’ attention above all. 
  • Cold emails: these are emails sent to a recipient you don’t know. They’re mainly used in sales with the objective of a dual-sided gain, networking or lead generation. 
  • Website’s homepage: when people look online for an answer to a question or problem, the first contact they’re bound to have with you is through your website’s homepage. This is your presentation card. That’s why it’s so important to build a website with a homepage that offers great user experience, including the most relevant information here to catch user’s attention and make them want to move to the next stage down the funnel. 

2. MOFU: Interests & Consideration

Marketing Funnel Middle of Funnel BOFU

The middle step of the marketing funnel is Interest & Consideration. In this step users already know about you, your product or service and are actively engaging with your content. Usually, during the Interest & Engagement phase, users evaluate if the option you provide as a solution for their problem is right. 

This is when prospects need to know more about you, they ask for opinions and research to find the best alternative. So during this stage it’s your job to provide as much information as you possibly can to help them learn what they can gain if they choose you.  

Here’s a few references on what type of content and strategies you can implement for the second stage of the marketing funnel:

  • Case studies: creating detailed case studies with insightful information and backed data of how your product or service performs, is a great way to provide convincing information that tilts the balance to your favor. 
  • Whitepapers/guides: whitepapers are guides that delve into a specific topic with insights that help people have a better understanding of said concept. These documents are a great resource to share with prospects who have reached this stage of the funnel with the purpose of providing deeper knowledge about what your solution can do for them. 
  • Ebooks: ebooks present a golden opportunity for you to declare your authority on the subject of your business/industry with a level of depth that a blog post just doesn’t allow. They’re also a great lead generating channel. 
  • FAQs section: a frequently asked questions section is an excellent resource to help users move down the funnel from consideration to conversion. Giving detailed answers to the most common doubts by identifying your prospects “pain points” will give you an advantage when the time for decision making comes. 
  • Website’s feature page: remember that in this stage of the marketing funnel, prospects are looking a little deeper to find out more in depth about your product or service. Having a section in your site, specifically destined to highlighting the features of your solution is a great way to solve user’s doubts.
  • Webinars: webinars are a great tool to help people to get to know you much better. You can use them focusing on building trust around your business.
  • Podcasts: podcasts are very digestible content. People listen to them almost in every scenario possible, so they have a great reach and you can get to new audiences. You can share useful information related to your business and industry offering additional value to your prospects and engaging with them. 
  • Email: with email marketing is possible to connect with users after they already expressed interest in your product or service and offer them more information. Sending more details after some time has passed, can help them move to the next stage of the marketing funnel. You can include here newsletters with infographics, white papers, guides, videos or invitations to webinars. 
  • SMS: is a fundamental for brands to nurture the relationship with their audience through a more personal channel. SMS has a 98% open rate and 45% response rate, with 90% of the messages being read within the first 3 minutes after receiving the SMS. 
  • Web push notifications: automated web push notifications offer a pathway to engage with the audience. The most interesting thing about this channel is that you can configure a different notification for each stage of the marketing funnel as it is explained on this web push notifications guide. It’s possible to design a flow of messages and send them sequentially for top, middle and bottom of the funnel. An example of a notification created for Awareness and Discovery could be a Welcome message sent to users who visit a site for the first time, informing them about a special discount or promotion they’ll receive if they decide to continue with their shopping journey.

3. BOFU: Decision & Purchase

Marketing Funnel BOFU Bottom of Funnel

BOFU, or the final stage of the marketing funnel is Decision & Purchase. It makes reference to the end of the journey when users just have to take one more step into making a decision to finally convert. In this stage users usually take under consideration budget, goals and specific solutions for their main pain point. 

This is when prospects compare different providers to choose the right fit for them. Is the negotiation stage where they need that final push into making a decision. Keep in mind that users that have gotten this far down the marketing funnel, already know you and understand the value your product or service represents for them. 

In order to give your prospects that last push they need towards conversion you can focus on:

  • Comparative Analysis highlighting the advantages between you and your competitors: during the Decision & Purchase stage, prospects are contrasting you against your competition. Is the moment to make it clear as water what you bring to table on top of them: what makes you unique and what makes you the best option. 
  • Post-purchase service: a lot of people base their buying decisions on post-purchase service. Nowadays customer experience has a ton of weight when it comes to tilting the balance towards deciding for one option or the other. Make it clear on what you have to offer prospects after they opt to choose you regarding important issues such as: 
    • Payment options
    • Timelines
    • Delivery experience
    • Customer support
    • Installation and onboarding (if the case)
    • Refunds and return policies
  • Demo/free trial: if your product/service allows it, offering a free trial period or a demo is a fantastic way to clear any doubt prospects might have by actually having direct contact with your solution. It’s a great strategy to hook clients and make them realize, first-handed, you are the best choice. 
  • Testimonials: by this stage, users are already engaged with your content. In the intent of getting as much information as possible and gaining trust on your offer, they’ll be more willing to read testimonials. They help increase trust on your solution, so make sure you ask clients to share their thoughts and opinions about your business. 
  • Website’s pricing page: prospects that have arrived to this stage of the marketing funnel are already interested in your product. Most likely one of the first things they’ll do is look for your pricing. Make it easier for them to find it by adding a specific pricing page or section in your website. 
  • Promos and discounts: a  “first-purchase” discount or “no shipping fees” promo can go a long way into closing the deal. Entice prospects to take the final step with a one time offer they can’t refuse. 
  • Nurturing emails: if users have engaged with your content by sharing their email addresses with you, take this opportunity to communicate with them with nurturing emails. Share content that’s both attractive and valuable, inviting them to visit your site once more. 
  • Nurturing web push notifications: with automated web push notifications from Frizbit you can send subscribers a message after a few days they haven’t visited your site inviting them to come back. You can also add a few manual notifications to share special discounts, promos or updates and stay in their minds through time. 

Additional marketing funnel stages

As we mentioned before, there are many variations of the marketing funnel and its stages. In some versions, there are two more: Loyalty and Advocacy. These stages make reference to what happens after prospects have become clients. 

4. Loyalty

Marketing Funnel Loyalty

It’s important to design a strategy to keep in touch with customers after they finish a transaction. You don’t want people to leave your site and then forget about you forever or until they need something from you again, leaving it to fate that they remember you and come back. 

Creating a loyalty program to build a relationship with your customers deserves your attention (or more) as all the stages that got them here. You can do this with:

  • Manual web push notifications: if users allowed them, even after they have completed a purchase they still are part of your subscribers list and you can send them bulk notifications with special discounts, flash sales or promos. With regular communication through web push messages, you can stay on the top of mind of your customers and increase the chances they think of you the next time they need a product or service from your business category. 
  • Mailing lists: asking your customers to share their email addresses and become part of your mailing list to send updates and interesting information is a great way to keep in touch through time. 
  • Innovation: you want to maintain customers engaged. Constant innovation is a great strategy to peak their interest constantly and make them want to come back and repeat. Launch new features, make upgrades, create new collections and keep things interesting!

5. Advocacy/Referral

Marketing Funnel Advocacy

Advocacy is the ultimate goal and dream for any business. This stage of the marketing funnel makes reference to the moment customers become fans of your brand. They turn into advocates and start sharing content on social media, writing reviews and recommending you to others. 

Final thoughts about the marketing funnel

When it comes to planning your strategy, the more information you have about your target audience the better. Having a clear understanding of your own funnel, and in which stage prospects are, can help you perfect your digital marketing actions and make every single one of them as effective as possible. 

Marketing Funnel

This marketing funnel offers the view of the prospects journey with a very broad perspective. Depending on your business model and your own products or services, the funnel can be much more detailed, specific and with more stages.

Based on this model, you can analyse your processes and identify additional stages. Remember that the most important thing is that you know who you’re talking to and with what purpose. 

Let us know the stages you have in your business marketing funnel and which strategies you apply for each one, we would love to know!

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Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from March 2021

Digital marketing news from March 2021 cover updates from Google Search to important social media new features. It’s amazing to witness how, every month, marketing technology changes and takes a step forward into making marketers jobs easier with new features added to existing platforms and new tech being developed.  

As we do it every month, we have gathered the most relevant marketing news and information worth revising for search marketing, tech marketing and social media marketing. you never know which new feature of technology will help you improve your digital marketing strategy. So keep on reading for the:

Digital Marketing News, Insights and Updates from March 2021

1. Search Marketing Updates

Google puts to the test displaying a cost estimate for local search queries

Google has announced that the company will be testing a new feature to show cost estimates in local search results. The feature is inspired by an alliance between Google and Homewyse, a site that provides contractors a system to calculate accurate quotes for their clients. They provide cost and pricing estimates for common houseworks, such as maintenance, repairs or remodelings. 

The new costs feature will show an estimate of the price range. Google says “The price information provided should be used as a guide only. The actual cost of service may vary widely based on the provider you choose and the specific details of your job.”

Digital Marketing News Cost Estimate Google

 

The results will show a price range for the service the users search for in the local area near their homes. According to Google, “Knowing the typical prices for a service in your ZIP code can help you estimate the cost of your job before booking it with a Local Services provider.” This feature is limited to the U.S. for the moment.

Google brings Full Coverage news to search results

Another marketing news by Google is that they’re bringing the Full Coverage feature to show on search results. This feature was already available for Google News since 2018, but the company has decided to now add it to Search Results as well with an announcement on their blog last March 8th.  

Digital Marketing News Full Coverage Google

According to Google, the reasoning behind this decision is that “People are hungry for context that helps them break down and understand (…) complicated stories from multiple perspectives.” This decision has been inspired because of how important and ongoing news and stories, such as Covid-19 or the U.S. elections are “consumed” by people. 

The “Full Coverage” page will show next to the carousel of articles that appear at the top of the Search results page when users introduce a query. If users want to dig a little deeper on any big developing news, they just have to click Full Coverage.

With this launch, we’re introducing new technology that is able to detect long-running news stories that span many days, like the Super Bowl, to many weeks or months like the COVID-19 pandemic. We then organize the Full Coverage page to help people easily find top news along with additional content like explainers and local coverage that are helpful to understanding these complex stories.

Right now the Full Coverage feature is only available for mobile devices in English and limited to U.S. users. Google says they intend to roll it out to more countries and languages in the upcoming months. 

Microsoft Bing updates search results interface

There are several updates coming up for Microsoft Bing interface. Recipe results, carousels, infographics and local answers are getting a revamp with the purpose of making the search experience more “visually immersive” for users. 

  • Infographic-like search panel experience: one of the first changes is a new, knowledge panel design. The objective was to make it more visually appealing and “provide both style and substance”. 

Digital Marketing News Microsoft Bing

 

  • Local answers with more information: when users search for anything on local answer, they’ll get more information. Microsoft Bing added more than just a single images carousel, they added more to Bing Maps, top images and reviews.

Digital Marketing News Microsoft Bing

 

  • Expandable search carousels: they also added a feature with expandable carousels that show high-level information results in order to avoid a crowded results page. A user can hover an specific result and it will expand showcasing more detailed information.
  • Similar looking items feature: when users make a search on Microsoft Bing Image Search, they can now click on it and use the “similar looking items” feature to highlight a portion of said image and get more results of images similar to that specific portion and can even directly go to a retailer’s site to purchase an item if that the case. 
  • Recipes result with more information: when looking for a recipe, users will get a list and have the option to expand them to see more. The information can go from nutritional information to, users reviews and ingredients list and possible substitutions. 

2. Marketing Tech Updates

Google Chrome can now caption audio and video

Google rolled out the Live Caption Feature for Chrome. This allows users to automatically generate real-time captions for media on their browsers. The feature works for social media, podcasts, radio, personal video libraries, embedded video players and most web-based video and chat services. 

Captions make online content more accessible. If you’re in a noisy environment, trying to keep the volume down, or are part of the 466 million people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing, having captions lets you follow along to whatever content you are watching — whether it’s viral feta pasta videos, breaking news or a scientist discussing their latest research. – Google Blog

One of the most interesting features of the new Live Caption, is that the captions are generated on real-time. This means that they appear as content plays and they work offline as well. 

To turn on the Live Caption Feature, users just need to go to Chrome Settings, click on Advanced and then go to Accessibility. The captions currently only support English and are available worldwide on the latest update of Chrome on Windows, Mac and Linux. 

Google My Business report shows how people found your business

If there’s an important piece of information for every business, is definitely how people found them. Google’s aware of this and has rolled out an update for Google My Business that shows how users got to you. 

The new performance report insights upgrade shows a section of people who viewed your business and how they found it, whether through desktop, mobile or either Search Results or Google Maps.

Digital Marketing News Google My Business Report

Businesses can access these new reports by logging to their My Business accounts and selecting the Insights tab. From there, go to the top of the page to access the new performance reports and scroll down to the section that shows “how people discovered you”. 

The reports breakdown the information by device and type of search. This feature has been available as a beta since late January and Google pointed out a few details:

  • The metric represents the number of unique users so it might be lower than the number of views found on Google My Business and in email notifications. 
  • The metric focuses on views of the Business Profile, not overall views of the Business in Google. 

Hootsuite adds new “best time to publish” feature

The social media management web platform has rolled out a new feature that shows you the best time to publish on your different social media channels. These suggestions are completely personalised based on your own publishing history of the last 30 days. 

Digital Marketing News Hootsuite Best Time Publish

The new feature aims into helping content creators “build awareness, boost engagement and drive traffic”. Knowing when to post is so important to reach as many people as possible on social media, and this feature has the objective of helping with that. 

This month, Hoostsuite also included an update that allows you to add Magento into your dashboard. This will allow you to:

  • Add streams of your products to Hootsuite
  • Share to multiple networks, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  • Schedule when posts are sent
  • Respond to users on Twitter with product information
  • Use templates for frequently used posts/replies

3. Social Media Marketing Updates

Instagram is testing new auto-caption feature in stories

Instagram is testing a new auto-caption feature for stories. It’s called “Closed Captions” and shown in the stickers tab. A social media consultant shared a video showcasing how it works and it seems the captions are really accurate.

Digital Marketing News Instagram Live Caption

After recording a video with voice, you just have to open the stickers tab and select the Caption one and the app will automatically generate a transcription. There are different options for styling the captions, very similar to the ones available for the transcription of lyrics from the music sticker. 

The feature is just under test by Instagram and not available to the public yet. However, we can expect it to be launched very soon. 

Twitter is testing new e-commerce features

Twitter is testing a new feature that links to e-commerce product pages. It displays the tweet with a different card format design that includes a big “Shop” button and showcases details about the product directly into the tweet.

Digital Marketing News Twitter E-commerce

The information displayed on these new tweets format for e-commerce show:

  • Product name
  • Shop name
  • Product price
  • Shop button

Twitter confirmed that these new e-commerce tweets are an example of a new “organic” type of tweet. The social media platform is aiming into helping content creators monetize their work with many new features. Joining forces with newsletter platform Revue a few months ago and a new Super Follow feature that will allow creators to charge followers for “exclusive content” , are definitely aiming in that direction. 

Facebook looking to launch audio-only rooms

All the world has been on a hype since the popularisation of the new audio-only social media Clubhouse. Other social media platforms don’t want to be left behind and Facebook has started working on its own version of audio-only chat rooms. 

In May last year, Facebook rolled out a feature called Rooms that allowed users to create private video chats others can join. So, creating a new one that’s audio-based only wouldn’t be a major work or effort for Facebook.

Digital Marketing News Facebook Audio Chat Rooms

The new feature will allow users to create public or private audio group rooms. It’s basically the same thing as Clubhouse or Twitter Spaces. Maybe this would suppose a threat to Clubhouse since the app still works just for iOS and it’s based on invites only. 

We can expect Facebook to roll out the new feature very soon, since the amount of work behind it is basically ready. 

Summary

This is it for the most important digital marketing news from November covering everything from search marketing, tech marketing and social media marketing. Which news caught your attention more?

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Web Push Notifications Campaigns VS. Retargeting Ads Campaigns

If you own an online store or work on any branch of the digital marketing environment, you know and value the importance of advertising on the web to reach potential customers and bring back visitors. Nowadays, there are many platforms, media, channels and strategies to do so, but one of the most popular is definitely retargeting. 

What is retargeting?

Retargeting is a digital marketing strategy used by online stores to bring back customers that visited a site but didn’t convert, whether completing a purchase, subscribed or filled a form.  Even though retargeting is mainly known for ads, There are many possibilities within the retargeting scenario other than: ads:, email, sms and web push notifications.

What are retargeting ads?

One of the most popular strategies is retargeting ads. When a user visits a site, they usually get a cookie or a pixel that tracks their behaviour on the webpage. After they leave, said cookie helps brands follow the user and show ads related to the category or product they expressed interest in the site, with the objective of bringing them back and completing a conversion.

Web Push Notifications VS. Retargeting Ads

This strategy doesn’t require users to fill forms or leave any type of information such as email or phone number, since their actions are tracked based on browser and not personal data. However, for the residents in the EU, they should have allowed cookies first.

One of the main benefits of retargeting ads is that they are directed to users that have already expressed interest in your brand and products, hence increasing the conversion rates probabilities. It’s always easier to re-engage with people that already visited the site because of an own, genuine interest than by targeting potential customers that haven’t even heard of your brand before. That’s why retargeting ads have become such a popular and powerful tool. 

Web Push Notifications VS. Retargeting Ads

Should I use retargeting ads for my website?

Even though they have a well-deserved reputation, retargeting ads also have some downsides to take under consideration before deciding to use them as a part of your digital marketing mix. 

  • Reach: One of the main advantages of using retargeting ads is that they allow you to reach almost everybody who allows cookies anywhere on the web. After a user visits your web, it practically doesn’t matter where they’re browsing next, either a blog or media website, social media or any other type of web page who shows ads open to ad exchange. If you’re using retargeting ads campaigns, you can reach them very easily and invite them to go back to your website. Consider that, even if you don’t get a conversion, by using this channel your brand will be on the top of mind of your target audience.
  • People use ad blockers: Users tend to feel harassed and can find retargeting ads creepy because of the “following around” sensation they cause. According to Statista “In 2019, roughly 25.8 percent of internet users were blocking advertising on their connected devices” and that number is expected to continue growing in time. The overwhelming amount of advertisements displayed on websites, make navigation uncomfortable for users who ultimately decide to install ad block extensions in their browsers. This means that a bunch of the budget destined to online ads is lost and the message never reaches potential customers. 
  • Dependence on deliverability: consider that people who don’t use ad blockers, are bombarded with ads on every website they visit. They are used to seeing a lot of advertisements and it’s very easy to overlook them to just focus on the content they actually want to see. On top of that, for users to come across that ad you put so much love into, they have to navigate a web site that belongs that reaches your display network, which minimizes the probability of the ad fulfilling its function.
  • Uplift in sales: you can reach up to a 10% uplift with retargeting ads if you choose your bid targeting properly. If you bid higher, you generate more sales while being less profitable, or if you want to be more profitable you bid less and you reach less people and uplift will be more limited. The point with using this strategy is to re-engage with users that have already visited your site and have expressed interest in your product or service. Since you already got their attention once, it’s much easier to obtain a conversion with them, translating into an uplift of your sales. 
  • Profitability: are retargeting ads profitable? The short and simple answer here is it depends. You have to keep in mind that it mainly depends on your CPC and ROAS objectives and also the quality of your campaign, your audience segmentation. The higher CPC you bid, you get more impressions but your ROAS decreases and vice versa. When retargeting the right audience you can see a great increase in conversion and end up with a great ROI. But one of the most important factors when it comes to using retargeting ads, is that you’re bidding against your direct competitors and if their CPC bids are higher, your ad won’t get the impressions that you expect. 
  • Retargeting the wrong audience: If you don’t do the integration properly using the “tracking pixel”, you could be losing money by reaching a customer that already bought a product because retargeting ads are not behaviour based. When users enter your site and you leave a cookie on them, if they directly decide to purchase a product on that first visit, they’re going to get an ad later. Not only will you waste your budget by displaying an ad that’s going nowhere, your brand’s reputation will be negatively affected by appearing intrusive and irrelevant.
  • Additional workload: depending on the platform you’re working with, your retargeting ads might need to be updated frequently, if you keep showing the exact same ad, with the same message and images to your potential customers, they’ll get bored. You need to dedicate time into designing and creating different versions of the ad that you want to display periodically so users don’t get used to seeing them or bored by them. This translates into an additional workload for you.

Is there an alternative to retargeting ads?

The brightside is that technology is offering marketers new, innovative ways to re-engage online visitors. The direct and best alternative to retargeting ads campaigns are automated web push notifications. They also don’t require users to provide any type of personal information, are browser based and take the lead when it comes to personalisation and reach. 

  • Ad blockers don’t affect them: ad blocker extensions don’t block or affect web push notifications in any way. When a subscriber opts-in and consents to receiving them, the message will always be delivered when users open their browsers, on both mobile or desktop, and start navigating any site. Web push notifications have a much higher acceptance than retargeting ads, especially because you give people the choice to allow or block them and opt-out whenever they want to: you put them in control so they don’t find them creepy or inappropriate. Some extensions can block them.

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  • The right message to the right person at the right time: automated web push notifications allow you to create message sequences based on individual consumer behaviour. These messages are triggered by events the users complete on your website. For example, if a user browses a product page but doesn’t add the article to the basket, he will receive a retargeting web push notification as a reminder to continue with the shopping process. This triggered notification won’t be sent if the user ads the product to the cart and so on: one event excludes the other. This automation guarantees that users will receive the right message with a high level of personalisation that retargeting ads don’t allow. 

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  • Guaranteed deliverability: one of the biggest advantages of web push notifications is their reachability. Users who opt-in receive them on both desktop and mobile devices, regardless of the website they’re navigating on. Unlike retargeting ads, web push notifications are shown on any website, not the publishers or a network display one. This guarantees that your message comes across every time. As another benefit, when it comes to retargeting ads, as we mentioned before, it’s very easy for them to get lost in a jungle of ads displayed on a site. This will never be a problem with web push notifications, as they’ll appear on a corner of the screen (on desktop) or a regular app notification on mobile devices. Users just won’t miss them. 

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  • Automation reduces workload: the setup process of the campaigns has to be done just one time only. Service platforms like Frizbit take care of the integration process in just a day and hand over ready-to-use templates that clients can customise as much as they want. This means that you won’t have to be creating, designing and changing your campaigns constantly to keep it interesting for your potential customers. Web push notifications by Frizbit include dynamic parameters that fill in automatically to make the message as personalised and relevant as it can be by adding user name, product name, brand and images and more. There’s no other retargeting channel that allows as much customisation as web push notifications do. 

Should I use retargeting ads or automated retargeting web push notifications?

To sum up, the truth is that a great digital marketing strategy includes a mix of channels combined to get the best results and achieve objectives the most efficient way possible. Retargeting ads and web push notifications can easily coexist in the same online strategy. However, the pros and cons of each channel are very clear. 

Ultimately the decision will have to be based on your industry, type of products and budget. Between both channels, web push notifications have shown to offer greater results in terms of ROAS, click-through rates and conversion rates. 

You are welcome to read our clients success stories and see for yourself what an automated web push notification retargeting campaign can do for your online business. 

Digital Marketing Insights and Updates from January 2021

It’s already been a whole month of 2021. We lived a very different holiday season with restrictions due to Covid pandemic, and most of us did all of our holiday shopping online for the first time. Online sales skyrocketed in December 2020, reaching records with over a 30% increase spent. 

This means, digital marketing professionals have to analyse and adjust their strategies to keep up with this fast growing pace. Being up to date with the latest digital marketing news and trends is completely essential. January 2021 has arrived with a lot of interesting updates and we’re here to sum them up for you. 

Digital marketing insights and updates from January 2021

1. Search Marketing Updates

New look and feel for Google Search on mobile devices

Mobile users account for approximately half of world wide web traffic and the number keeps going up. Each year, more people use mobile devices to browse the Internet and, being as user-centered as always, Google is focused on improving their experience as much as possible and launched an update to the design and interface of mobile Search.

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The new look is aimed to offer an easier to read interface with a cleaner design. “We wanted to take a step back to simplify a bit so people could find what they’re looking for faster and more easily,” says Google’s designer Aileen Cheng.

There are five aspects that drove the redesign:

  • Making information the main character: Google aimed at making the information the center of attention. They want users to get the result they searched for as clearly and quickly as possible by minimizing the elements around it.
  • Making the text easier to read: Google decided to change fonts, make the texts larger and bolder. The goal is to make the Search results easier and faster to scan so people can understand them better.
  • More space: another change is that results are now shown edge-to-edge with more white space and less shadows to make it less cluttered.
  • Highlighting with color: Google decided to use color intentionally to guide the user’s eyesight to what’s important. Contrasting color with clean, white backgrounds helps important information stand out.
  • Bubblier design: all of Google’s design is aiming to roundness and they wanted to incorporate this look and feel into the new mobile Search results design interface by rounding edges of icon and images.

Google adds a “price drop” tag to search results

Google made some important changes to its Product Structured Data page that allows search rich results to display price drops. Google uses organised information taken from websites to feed content and display it in the rich results section of search. The purpose of this data is to be eligible to communicate specific information about a web site to be shown in the rich search results.

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A product, for example, has “Product Structure Data” that contains information about images, reviews, shipping, price and offers. The new feature Google is implementing is called “Price Drop Appearance”, and tracks the price used for the “Offer” schema structured data within the product.

By tracking this information, Google will add the rich result “Price Drop Appearance” when detecting there’s been a price drop. According to Google this new feature is going to “Help people understand the lowest price for your product. Based on the running historical average of your product’s pricing”.

In order to be eligible for the price drop appearance, you just have to add an Offer to the Product structured data and the price has to be a specific number, not a range.

2. Marketing Tech Updates

Google’s alternative to third-party cookies available Q2 2021

As you surely know by now, Google is eliminating third-party cookies for good very soon. This effort into building a more secure internet experience for users, where privacy comes first, is creating major concerns in the digital marketing world. But Google’s not to leave marketers helpless and is currently developing a series of alternatives for third-party cookies.

This is where the Privacy Sandbox initiative comes in, and Google finally shared some insight on its development. The initial proposal was that Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) would group people with similar interests without identifying them individually:

Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) proposes a new way for businesses to reach people with relevant content and ads by clustering large groups of people with similar interests. This approach effectively hides individuals “in the crowd” and uses on-device processing to keep a person’s web history private on the browser. – Google Blog

Google is making this third-party cookies alternative available for advertisers to test in Q2 2021. They have been running tests already and state to have very promising results and say “advertisers can expect to see at least 95% of the conversions per dollar spent when compared to cookie-based advertising”.

The solution aims to provide both users, publishers and advertisers a solution that satisfies their needs by making the web a more secure environment that respects privacy over all things. Google has made a available a Whitepaper that outlines the FLoC’s principles if you want to run your own simulations.

Apple rolls out new privacy feature on iOs 14

Apple is riding the wave of an user-privacy oriented internet and it’s rolling out a new initiative with an upcoming iOS14 update. The App Tracking Transparency will require users to give their permission for apps to track their personal data across other apps or websites owned by other companies.

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Every app, including the ones from Apple, will be required to ask user’s for their permission to track their activities beyond the use of the app. Users will be able to access their privacy settings at any time, see which apps have requested permission and make changes if they want to.

“Privacy means peace of mind, it means security, and it means you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to your own data,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

Apps can continue tracking user’s activities as they’ve always done before, they’ll just need to ask for permission now. This iOS14 update will come early spring in March of 2021.

Google might not show teasers in web stories

We all are familiar with stories, maybe too familiar since every social media platform has added its own version: Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn Stories, Fleets on Twitter, Whatsapp Stories and so on. Web Stories are basically the same thing, but shown in the Google Discover Tab of their mobile app.

Marketers and overall publishers have been including them on their marketing mix as additional channel to communicate and engage with their audience. However, Google has detected some “bad practices” and released an article stating that they’ll stop ranking teaser stories.

According to Google, they’ve discovered that users don’t want to see content that teases them and essentially works like ads to redirect them to other content. They say “Readers don’t like to feel forced to click through to a connected blog post to finish reading”.

With this in mind, Google shared a few dos and don’ts for optimizing Web Stories strategies and content. Being kind of a new channel, it’s understandable that we’re still discovering how to really profit from it and these tips might help with that:

  • Focus on creating quality content
  • Showcase a product and share link to where you can buy them
  • Tell a complete story that inspires users to dig a little deeper
  • Create the same story that connects to an article about the same topic, but with a different angle
  • Don’t tease the audience with uncompleted content they have to click-through to finish

3. Social media updates

Clubhouse: The invite-only new social media everyone is talking about

Clubhouse is a new social media platform where users share audio-only content instead of images or text posts. It was launched in 2020 by Alpha Exploration Co. and valued at $100 millions by December 2020.

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BERLIN, GERMANY – JANUARY 26: The invitation-only audio-chat social networking app clubhouse is pictured on a smartphone on January 26, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

It’s an invite-only platform, which means you can’t join unless an existing user sends you an invitation. The app has audio chat rooms users can join and participate, or create their own. The owner of the virtual room decides who can speak and participants can raise their hand to join the conversation.

The themes of the chat rooms vary from politics, books discussions, comedy shows, debates or simple impromptu conversations. Each person gets one invite when invited by another friend, and after a while you get 3 more. You also have to be an iPhone user, since the app is only available for iOs.

Twitter acquired newsletter platform Revue

Twitter wants to offer writers, publishers and creators new ways to share their content. They have been exploring for monetization means and newsletters have always been a valid option. With this in mind, the social media platform has acquired Revue, a Dutch startup that allows content creators to send and monetize editorial newsletters.

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The main goal here is to encourage publishers to keep creating content with the incentive of monetization, while helping audiences connect with their favorite content creators.

Many established writers and publishers have built their brand on Twitter, amassing an audience that’s hungry for the next article or perspective they Tweet. Our goal is to make it easy for them to connect with their subscribers, while also helping readers better discover writers and their content.

Twitter informed that they’ll continue working with Revue as a standalone and make the platform’s pro features free for all users, while lowering the paid newsletter fee to 5%.

LinkedIn launches “LinkedIn Marketing Labs” on-demand courses

LinkedIn has launched a free new learning platform called LinkedIn Marketing Labs. It’s about online, on-demand video courses to teach marketing professionals how to use LinkedIn ad tools. It’s LinkedIn strategy to face the controversial and divided opinions marketers have about the effectiveness of ads within the platform.

The courses cover everything from a basic introduction to LinkedIn Ads, how to target audience, reporting and analytics.

  • Introduction to LinkedIn Ads
  • Using LinkedIn’s Ad Targeting
  • Reporting and Analytics for LinkedIn Ads
  • Building a Full-Funnel Content Marketing Strategy on LinkedIn
  • Using LinkedIn for Brand Awareness
  • Using LinkedIn for Lead Generation

The courses are curated by experts and you can tailor them to fit your own needs. Customer Marketing Manager from LinkedIn, Renee Lowe said that “there’s an art to using LinkedIn advertising tools, but there’s a science behind it as well.” She states that all marketing professionals, regardless of their knowledge of LinkedIn advertising tools, can benefit from the courses.

The courses are already available and users will be directed to the most interesting courses for them, based on the answers of a short form when accessing Marketing Labs.

We’ll keep tracking the most important digital marketing updates and insights every month! In the meantime, you might like:

The Future of Digital Marketing Without 3rd Party Cookies
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The Future of Digital Marketing Without 3rd Party Cookies

The definitive elimination of third-party cookies is imminent. In less than a two year period, Google will join Safari and Firefox blocking them for good from their Chrome Browser. This means the digital marketing landscape will change dramatically and marketers need to start thinking outside the box and redefine the way they reach their customers

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Even though third-party cookies blocking it’s not new, the fact that Google is deciding to join other companies, puts the final nail to the coffin. Chrome is the most used web browser in the world. According to data from StatCounter “Chrome holds 64.92% of the global browser market. If we compare that to the number of internet users worldwide, we reach a figure of roughly 2.94 billion Chrome users in 2019”.

How do third-party cookies work?

Third-party cookies are generated by a different website from the one the user is currently visiting, and its data is mainly used for cross-site tracking that allow actions like retargeting ads or contextual display ads. If you think about it, this can easily be interpreted as 3rd party cookies being invasive and represent a very poor reflection of the user, given that they did not actually express any interest in the brand or product they’re being presented with. 

On the other hand we have first-party cookies. These cookies are small bits of information gathered from users from the website they’re visiting at the time. The data stored, like language settings,  allows these website’s owners to enhance user experience on the internet. Their main goal is to recognize each user, remember their preferences and ultimately offer a more personalised navigation. 

Third-party cookies have been around for many years and have shaped the digital marketing world in many ways, helping brands to display ads to a more relevant audience. With their blocking, the biggest concern for marketers is the fear of not being able to reach potential customers, losing revenue and the overall alteration on how they track and retarget users.

Google has announced their intent to replace them with browser-based tools as part of their “Privacy Sandbox” initiative. They claim that “some data practices don’t match up to user expectations for privacy” and aim to build a more private web with this action. 

The Sandbox initiative is a solution that limits the amount of user data exchanged through websites by anonymously aggregating user information and still ensuring that ads shown remain relevant for customers, whilst keeping a lot of data on-device only. 

This initiative is still under development and Google is seeking industry feedback to keep on going. In the meantime and in addition to Google’s solution, since retargeting with third-party cookies will no longer be an option, what can be done about it?

The future of digital marketing without 3rd party cookies: How to face the cookieless Internet

The third-party-cookie-killing action that aims to create a more private and personal web experience for users, can even benefit publishers. Marketers could feel that losing them will leave an immense gap impossible to fill, but that might not be the case if they rethink first party cookies, optimize other marketing channels and create a multichannel marketing strategy. 

1. Rethinking first-party cookies

“The more the merrier” might not be the case for the future of digital marketing. While third-party cookies allow retargeting a vast amount of prospective customers, thanks to cross-site tracking, first-party cookies offer marketers the possibility of sending relevant messages to the right people. First-party collected data should become a priority from this point forward. 

Users that visit a site and agree to first-party cookies, are already saying that they find that content useful and of value, with an increased intent to buy or engage with the site when presented with a retargeting action like an ad. 

Even though marketers will have less people to send their message to, the data gathered from users that accept first-party cookies will be much more valuable for businesses. It will allow marketers to create users’ profiles with more detail and design tailored retargeting campaigns to reach them. 

The elimination of third-party cookies will make users feel they have more control over their experience online and how their personal data is handled and exchanged. This will translate into them being more open-minded to allowing first party cookies and this will benefit marketers in the long run. 

2. Optimizing existing marketing channels

Digital marketing professionals that have been relying way too much on running ads based on  the use of third-party cookies to reach their customers, need a mind shift. Mass targeted advertising will end as we know it and hopefully opens the door to a more personalised and comprehensive use of other traditional and diverse marketing channels that don’t require third-party cookies, such as web push notifications, emails, SMS, content marketing and contextual advertisement. If you have always been a 360° digital marketer, this won’t catch you off guard.  

  • Web push notifications present an all in one retargeting solution for online businesses. They obviously don’t need third-party cookies to work, but also don’t require users to share any type of personal data to subscribe. With this channel it’s possible to retarget anonymous users through every step of their shopping journey, outside of the site, with hyper-personalised messages based on their behaviour. 

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  • Email and SMS marketing have always been very powerful channels to engage customers independently from third-party cookies. They offer the possibility of sending personalised information to users based on their behaviour on your site, such as abandoning carts. They’re also great to inform about special sales, promotions and discounts as a mass communication tool. Emails usually have great CTRs and are fairly easy to configure and use, as for SMS have very high open rates and great reachability. 
  • Content marketing is aimed into generating traffic, leads and building audiences through the creation of high quality and valuable content. It’s an oldie but a goodie of the digital marketing strategy, and nowadays a must-have for any brand or business. The focus of content marketing is to draw the users’ attention, making them visit your site and finally engaging with them without any requirement of third-party cookies. 
  • Contextual advertising is the digital equivalent of hanging a sneakers shoes ad in a sports store. It’s about being present where your customers are. One of the great benefits of using contextual advertising is that users find them more relevant and much less invasive than retargeting ads shown because of third-party cookies cross-site tracking.  These ads are based on the content the user is consuming at that exact moment, instead of their overall internet behaviour, which makes them a lot more pertinent. 
  • People-based marketing uses specific data collected from one individual’s behaviour to identify them. It’s a more intelligent way to track customers and retarget them through relevant ads. Cookies are device-specific unless user id’s are merged, which means that, when a user browses a product in his work computer, and then purchases it from his phone, or changes browser, the retargeting footprints are lost. Businesses could be wasting a lot of money retargeting users that have already converted. People-based marketing avoids that by taking your customer’s data from your CRM and connecting it with all their online identities. 

3. Create a multichannel marketing strategy

All of the mentioned tools have greater power if combined in a seamless multichannel marketing strategy. It’s a practice where interaction between brands and customers take place throughout different communication platforms. Reaching out to users through a variety of channels increases the opportunities of engaging with them. 

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A correct combination of different tools will allow you to connect with your customers on a deeper level. You have to be present where they are, and the best way to reach them is designing different messages that adapt to both the characteristics of each marketing channel and your user’s needs. 

If you depend too much on third-party cookies, your digital marketing strategy will fall short and you’ll be missing out on hundreds of possibilities to engage with your audience. Combine emails, web push notifications, content marketing and any other cookie-independent channel that fits you to increase your brand awareness, reach new customers and retain existing ones. 

Cookieless future is not so dark

The news of Google eliminating third-party cookies might have come like a hard blow to many digital marketers. However, we think of it as an opportunity to sharpen our strategist skills and seize the advantages offered by more detailed data of specific customers that are willing to share it with us. 

In times of hyper-personalisation, and with all the cookieless channels available, there’s no excuse for not doing our best as digital marketing professionals to better understand our customers’ expectations and respond accordingly. 

People are seeking a balance between privacy and personalisation. So, an internet without third-party cookies might be what’s missing from the equation. Users want to receive suggestions about services or products they might like, but they also want to have a say on how and why these messages reach them. 

Brands have to focus on being genuine and building trust with their customers. If users feel their personal data is used to actually improve their experience online, and not just for businesses’ private agendas, they’ll be more willing to share it. The disappearance of third-party cookies might help them understand why their information is so important for online businesses.

There’s still time to prepare for the final elimination of third-party cookies: focus on giving customer privacy the importance it deserves and on creating well-rounded multichannel marketing strategies to deliver relevant messages. 

Here are some articles that might help you reshape your digital marketing strategy and be ready for Google eliminating third-party cookies:

Digital Marketing Insights from December 2020

It’s hard to believe that December is over. Even though 2020 was a very strange and difficult year due to Covid-19 pandemic, time flew by and the end of the year is upon us. As we do it every month, we have kept track of everything that happens in the digital marketing world and we have gathered the most important and relevant marketing updates and events for you. Here you have the:

Digital Marketing Insights from December 2020:

1. Search Marketing Updates December 2020

Google tests interactive search results

As the ever-improvement platform they are, Google has been experimenting with interactive search results pages. The newest tests add a very discrete and small icon next to the search results that, when hovered by users, show images from the respective site. 

This new feature is promising in terms of enriching user experience when browsing online. Offering the opportunity to have a preview of the content, will help users know if that site is actually relevant for them before clicking on it.

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Digital marketers have their doubts and concerns about how it will affect click-through rates. The interactive search result feature can have a major impact on sites that offer very descriptive images about their content against those that don’t. 

Even though Google hasn’t offered any official documentation so far, marketers should start thinking about their content strategy and how to adapt to this new feature. Carefully selecting descriptive images that show what the site’s about and help users know what type of content they´ll find there will be key. 

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The feature even allows search results to show more than one image when hovering over the small icon. Google’s testing will provide information and insights about how images can offer more relevant and accurate information to users about the content of a page.

Google Maps searches incorporate 4 new features

Google definitely knows how to keep us on our toes every month adding new features to all of their services and platforms (this article might as well be a “Google Updates from December” one). 

Let’s talk about the 4 new changes to Google Maps: 

1. Messaging from Maps and Search

The first and most exciting feature is the new messaging service. Google is bringing messaging capabilities into Maps and Search with the purpose of facilitating communication between local businesses and their customers. 

Every business with a verified profile can now message directly with clients from the Google Maps app. The messages will show in a “messages section” in business the updates tab.

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This new feature is only available in-app at the moment, but Google plans on bringing it to desktop as well. The messaging option can be turned on or off in the setting panels of Google Maps and Google My Business apps. 

2. New Performance Insights

Google is also adding new metrics to help local businesses track their performance by measuring the number of customers engaged via Maps and Search. The update includes insights that show queries clients are using to find their business in Maps and Search. 

The information provided will cover:

  • Amount of searches that triggered the business listing
  • Performance comparison from previous year
  • Search terms customers used to find the profile of the business
  • Time of each search term triggered the profile

With all this new data added to their performance insights, businesses will be able to know exactly how customers reached them. This is very valuable information that can help them adapt their marketing strategy and make the most out of the use of Google Maps.

4. Community feed

Google is adding a community feature to Google Maps Explore tab. Here, users will find the latest reviews, photos and posts added to Maps by other community members they follow and local experts.

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This update gives local businesses more reason to keep their information up to date. With regular posting, they’ll have the chance to show up in people’s feed and engage with customers. 

4. Street View photos added by users

The Street View feature is getting a very exciting update in which users will be able to upload their own photos to the platform using their phones. Using the app, contributors can take and record a series of photos while they move through a street and upload them to Street View.

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Google will take care of rotating, connecting and creating the sequence of images. 

2. Marketing Tech Updates December 2020

Whatsapp introduces in-app shopping 

Whatsapp introduced a new shopping cart feature to their platform. Now users have the possibility to buy products from business through direct messages. With a small shopping button, customers can access a store’s catalog directly from their chat screen.

 

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Users can browse the entire range of products, select multiple options and place their order as one unique message. Customers can access information about their order details by tapping the “View Cart” button on the chat and keep track of the process. 

This new Whatsapp shopping feature is aimed at helping out small businesses. Making the purchasing experience as seamlessly as possible, for both shoppers and businesses, is a direct bet on supporting small commerce. 

Google launches ads for Web Stories

We’ve talked about Web stories before on our Digital Marketing Updates from November 2020. They’re rapidly becoming a must to include in any digital marketing strategy. They present a conveying format to communicate and engage users. Just until now, publishers didn’t really have means to monetize web stories, other than sold ads or affiliate links.

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Google is about to change that by launching a programmatic ads solution for web stories. The new added feature opens the door for content creators, publishers and marketers to easily earn money from their web stories. 

Story ads are available for everyone that uses Ad Manager and AdSense. The ad will show in between Web Story content to optimize user experience:

“The frequency and position of Story ads in the context of your Web Story is dynamically determined to optimize both user experience and monetization potential.” – AMP

3. Social Media Marketing Updates December 2020

Pinterest boards upgraded with 3 new features

The mothership of inspiration is getting 3 new features to help you keep that creativity flowing. Pinterest boards are getting upgraded with new options to help users make a more productive use of their time in the platform. 

1. Notes to self feature

Pinterest has added a new section where users can create private notes for themselves. When saving a new pin, they can add a short comment with reminders about why they saved said pin or any type of information they want.

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2. New board toolbar

A new toolbar has been added with the purpose of making a more simpler navigation experience. It’s located at the top of the screen and it shows all the actions that can be taken on a board:

  • Exploring related pin ideas
  • Organizing existing pins
  • To-do lists
  • Viewing notes

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This new feature will surely be thanked for by Pinterest users that save an average of 150 pins in one board. 

3. Board favorites

Pinterest is adding a function that allows users to mark pins as favorites. Given the number of pins a board can have, this feature might be long overdue. 

Once a user has created a board, they can mark some of those pins with a star making them a favorite. This feature makes it so easy to revisit and find the best pins on each board without having to lose lots of time browsing through hundreds of pins. 

LinkedIn launches Product Pages

LinkedIn announced the rollout of Product Pages: a tab dedicated to showcasing company’s products. The aim here is to “help companies build conversation and community around their products”, according to LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

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They state that 70% of customers do an online research of the products they want before purchasing. Visibility and easy- to-access information is key in the decision making process of customers: your product needs to be within users’ reach. 

The new LinkedIn Product Pages promise to help businesses create awareness around their solutions, generating more valuable leads and contributing to overall company growth. The new feature allows brands to spotlight product endorsements, share testimonials and gather user feedback.

We hope our digital marketing updates from December 2020 shade some light on to what’s new in the industry. Make sure you check out our latest blog posts and Happy New Year!

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