‘80% of success is showing up‘ Woody Allen famously said about life.
Marketing in 2014 is not much different. You need to show up when consumers search for your product or service on Google; when you are spoken about on social media, or when you received a review or a comment.
Why? Because it works:
- 80% of consumers search for a product/service before purchasing it
- 70% read online reviews before making purchase decisions
- 68% of consumers begin their decision making searching for a keyword
- Websites that blog regularly receive 55% more traffic and over 80% more leads compared to websites that don’t
Yet, many businesses still miss out on the vast opportunities search engines and social media have to offer. They fail to show up when consumers search for or talk about them. At the focal point of decision making, when the purchase intent is as high as it gets, they leave their money on the table.
Do you show up? Do a quick test and Google a keyword that best describes your product or service. That’s your Zero Moment of Truth.
Today, you are not only behind technology, you are behind the consumer.
If they can’t find you, you don’t exist.
You don’t talk to them, you are not relevant.
Without awesome content, you are boring.
In a world where 80% of consumers search for a product or service before purchasing it, invisibility is a fate much worse than failure.
Search engines, blogs and social media are not the future of business, the shift already happened. Have you missed the boat? It’s time to get your act together and figure out that damned Google algorithm!
Are your sales falling despite skyrocketing investments in ads? It’s because only around 0.10% of people click on the banner ads today. So the ad industry counts and charges for ‘impressions,’ a third of which are not even seen by human. 86% skip TV ads. 44% of direct mail never gets open. The list goes on.
Marketing in 2014 and beyond is not about interrupting consumers when they enjoy content. It is about being that content.
Excuses for not doing marketing like it’s 2014
There are many reasons why you may not be using inbound marketing channels (such as SEO, blogging, social media, and newsletter) to drive leads.
You might have tried, got burned and gave up. I hear it all the time. Trust me, it’s not that inbound marketing is not working for you, it’s the other way around; you haven’t made it work for you.
You might have even got in trouble with Google or Facebook for being irresponsible. Examples include outsourcing your social media to an intern or hiring an SEO company in India that guaranteed to ‘get you on top of Google for 10 keywords’ for couple hundred bucks.
The landscape has changed a lot. Old tactics are rendered obsolete. You can no longer outsource tweeting, link building or blogging. You can certainly hire a consultant or an agency to help you, but they cannot be you. Your content needs to be native, authentic, and human. You need to be involved.
The time is now
The good news is that the time has never been better for small businesses and bootstrap marketers to reach mass-audience.
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It’s time you take action and start doing marketing like it’s 2014, and it starts with…
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