Instagram for Business: Top 5 Ways to champion this digital platform

 


Instagram has swept off the world of online marketing with impressive results in terms of building customers and relationships. Have you caught the wave yet?

 

          Instagram has come a long way from just being a mobile photo-sharing app to getting established as a critical marketing machine. With over 400 million active users currently on this social networking service, businesses can choose to ignore the potential of this platform at their own peril. Be it any kind of business, it has shown its worth consistently and thereby not just restricted to restaurants, travel companies or retailers.

 

Do you know the value of being on this platform?

 

            As per a study by the Forrester group, Instagram’s popularity is such that it has surpassed Facebook and Twitter in engaging with target users/followers. It is most useful gateway to next generation customers who are not just buying product/service but are also looking at the whole experience of dealing with your brand.

 

“Instagram is the single most important destination to build visual identity of your brand”

 

          Don’t mistake it for a tool suited to the youth-centric fun brands. It’s ability to win over routine and tedious brands like G.E and Ford is equally strong. The spectrum of Instagram covers all diverse sections in terms of age, gender, and ethnicity.

 

        Instagram users are essentially latent customers and shoppers. The medium rules out hard selling and does subtle yet powerful marketing of your offerings.

 

Marketing Matters: Top 5 Ways to digitize your business on Instagram

 

       The concept of digital identity has gained momentum and online social interactions with customers have become irreplaceable. Instagram lets you do all of this if used smartly and correctly.

 

While getting the basics right isn’t difficult, a special emphasis on mastering the following best practices will take your marketing game to all new level.

 

1)  Explore Trending Hashtags for your Business

 

 

Instagram is all about the reach. If you are not getting noticed, it is probably because you are missing the #Hashtags. Tagging top and relevant people, places, concepts, names etc. can be a great promotion tool to expand your audience span.

 

If your brand uses specific Hashtags on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, include them on instagram too. Run contests with #Hashtags that encourage storytelling and involves larger community. This turns a casual follower into devoted customer. It makes your business easily accessible.

 

Caution: Include no more than 5 Hashtags to prevent coming off as “Salesy”

 

2)  Ensure Consistency of your Presence

 

 

By this it means “Consistency of Purpose”. Your brand strategy should be always kept into perspective before posting anything on your business page. There are different reasons to be on Instagram – Popularize business, create awareness or sell products/services. Identify your goal and streamline your posts accordingly to deliver consistent message.

 

Also, your brand personality on Instagram should be consistent with your business profile on other social networks. It makes you quick to identify and gain spin off followers from other sites like Facebook and Twitter.

 

Quick Tip: Announce your debut or presence on Instagram with fun posts/promotions/contests on other social platforms as well as by adding Instagram social button on your website

 

3)  Focus on Quality and Creativity of Photos/Videos

 

 

Visual content is in demand more than ever before. However, this is not applicable to any random lackluster pictures. Your posts should have a personalized yet professional touch to standout from the crowd. Whether the pictures are of products, brand personality or customers, they should tell a story that is cohesive and appealing to your target audience.

 

Consider these while posting photos/videos on Instagram:

 

  • Use third party photo apps to edit your photos and share only high quality images. Also, size your photos for professional quality
  • Promote your products with creative, lifestyle photos that reflect your brand’s culture. At some moments, keep the pictures authentic, immediate and no-filter
  • Once in a while share positive quotes and inspirational photos related to your brand
  • Videos can generate a huge share of inbound links than written posts. Make most of this by applying unique filters, showcasing employees at work, celebrations, important achievements and brand moments

 

Quick Tip: Use videos to mark your profile debut or for introducing new events, products and services

 

4) Stick to a Balanced Posting Plan

 

 

A picture is worth a thousand words. Your business account need not be overbearing with posts uploaded every hour. Quantity has not much standing on Instagram and in fact too many of them can affect your credibility to be taken seriously.

 

Avoid saturating or annoying your followers by working out a balanced and flexible posting plan that allows you to post when you really have something interesting to share. It should spike the recall value of your brand.

 

Quick Tip: The “feed-speed” of Instagram being at relaxed pace; one post per day seems to be perfectly okay to grab attention. Identify the time of the day when your posts get maximum action in the form of likes/ comments/ followers

 

5) Network and Engage on Instagram

 

 

One way to grow your business the Instagram way is by engaging others on the network. This is achieved by:

  • Following others, liking and commenting on their photos (especially the influencers in your industry, clients and engaging users)
  • Following your followers back
  • Follow your already established followers from other social media platforms
  • Reward followers with special privileges, exclusive announcements, promo codes and discounts
  • Find brands and hashtags relevant to your business and follow them
  • Encourage your followers to be your brand ambassadors by sharing photos and reviews

 

Caution: Don’t overlook the obvious. Never leave conversations with followers one-sided. Thank followers for tags, be proactive in responding to comments and alert in managing notifications.

 

 Instagram in their own words is a passionate community that helps people visualize business in different and inspiring light. Your business can take the center stage and benefit from it too basis how quickly you adapt and ace this exciting online community.

 

Ready to roll the ball of online marketing? Flynaut has been successfully helping clients to manage their digital presence with progressive strategies and tools. Know more from our experts by writing to us @flynaut

 

Anatomy of a good E Commerce Website

Shopping today isn’t like it was a decade ago, where it would be an obsession majorly among women, and more of an outdoor activity. People would dress up and head out for some shopping at the stores and malls. The onset of the internet and the rise of E-commerce changed that forever.

 

                 Today, people enjoy the luxury of sitting wherever they want to and ordering what they please, right from kitchenware, to accessories, clothes, shoes, the works! But what is it that makes one Ecommerce website successful while the others don’t really do the trick? Before we answer that, let’s take a look at a few top Ecommerce websites in the world today –

 

 

1st place: Amazon

 

2nd place: Alibaba

 

3rd place: Walmart

 

4th place: Otto

 

5th place: JD

 

6th place: Priceline

 

7th place: eBay

 

8th place: Rakuten

 

9th place: Zalando

 

10th place: GroupOn

 

 

       Not surprisingly, probably the biggest name in e-commerce retail today – Amazon- leads the race in the e-commerce field and rightly so, owing to a variety of factors ranging from the user friendly interface, the variety of products available, the customer response rate and the existing customer loyalists. But let’s take a more in depth look at what makes these top sites click and what a successful e-commerce site comprises of.

 

            1.The site should focus on making a sale – Your e-commerce site could be the best looking website in the world, or have the coolest design but it won’t account for anything if there isn’t a BUY button next to the products and the buying process isn’t as simple as possible. It’s a very simple detail, but it can make a world of difference to your site’s performance and your sales.

 

          2.Entice the consumer – A large number of audiences surfing online retail websites don’t really know what they want. They’re just there to hang around or because they have nothing better to do. This is the market you want to be targeting, this is where the largest scope lies. To do this, the best way is to display your products using clear grids or categories where the products can be distinctly viewed and make an impact on the browsing consumer. Special deals and new arrivals are also good ways of grabbing their attention.

 

         3. Earn the trust of your website visitors – Today’s consumers are extremely smart and don’t spend their money mindlessly. They do their fair share of research in terms of finding the best price, product specifications, delivery etc. As an e-commerce website, the best way to earn their trust is by giving the links to all these questions that they may come across, on your home page itself – Shipping details, FAQ’s, Reviews of previous customers, Links to deals and discounts, payment methods etc. All of this is going to make the life of your support staff much easier, and reduce the number of pre-sales queries.

 

         4. Deals, Freebies and Free shipping – In today’s highly competitive Ecommerce Market, one cannot survive without having top discounts, offers, deals and freebies to entice the consumer to pick them and keep coming back to their website. Websites and businessmen should focus on economies of scale so that they can enjoy the benefits of large quantities and offer top deals to their consumers without going in a loss.

 

         5. Subtlety – The design should not overpower the product. That should be the key principle for any Ecommerce website. The people aren’t going to the page to buy your website, but to pick and add particular products to their cart. If they can’t see these products properly, then the question of buying them doesn’t arise at all. Keep it subtle, keep it simple.

 

       6. Product Placement – Product placement plays an absolutely key role in the success or failure of an Ecommerce website. The most popular products have to be showcased up front for the viewer to see and browse through, and then the rest can follow. Ultimately they’re your show stoppers, and if the viewer gives them a miss then it’s a lost opportunity for a sale that could’ve made your site that much more profit. Another important element of product placement is promoting similar products. The algorithm should be such that similar products pop up while the viewer is scrolling, based on his previous searches to make him look and try and get his attention, and ultimately a sale.

 

These few basic characteristics are roughly what separate a good site from a bad site, or even a good site from a great side – Depending on how well they’re implemented. Want to get an e-commerce website made for your brand? Connect with a specialist at Flynaut right away!

 

Game changing Digital Marketing Trends in 2018

If you look at the market trends over the last few years, especially the last 10-15 years, you’ll realize the growing impact that digital platforms have had on the market. If you consider advertising or marketing for example, you’ll see that from a conventional mainline or traditional approach there has been a 90% shift to digital, with only 10% concentration on offline activations. There has been a phenomenal growth in paid search, organic search, Social media marketing, and off late-mobile and video marketing.

 

When it comes to the most popular devices used, mobile phones and smartphones are leading the pack, followed by laptops and desktops.  From the last year to this year, trends haven’t really changed completely, but they have definitely evolved. Content marketing, Video marketing, Big Data are not new names, but these have continued to grow in importance over the last year to such an extent that they definitely make the list for Top Digital Marketing trends to watch out for in the coming year.

Here are the trends that a digital marketer will see this year.

  1. Personalizing the customer’s user journey – There’s nothing that works better than personalizing and making the user feel more involved and connected to the brand/product by means of customization and personalization. Websites have used this tool well, especially in the field of ecommerce, travel and finance. If a website or app is on our mind, you need to take this point extremely seriously. Customers are not interested in your promotional methods if they do not find a personal connect to the services or products being offered.
  2. Integrating Social Messaging Apps into their communication – Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger are the most widely used messaging apps today, by young and old alike. Brands and products are looking to tap more and more into these channels and inculcate their messaging to be routed through these platforms to create a desirable impact on the consumers’ minds. Imagine being able to share a product you like, on WhatsApp. Easy and convenient, isn’t it? A social messaging app icon has been an addition to the social sharing buttons on many leading websites.
  3. VIDEO Marketing – Video is the next big thing in the marketing world, and the most catchy content format today. Vox pop videos, quirky relatable videos and interesting trivia videos  seem to be making the rounds nowadays and have extremely high share-ability among today’s youth. There was a time that YouTube was the second biggest search engine, but it’s come to a time now when it has overtaken Google as the biggest search engine out there. That goes to show the progress that video has made in terms of making an impact on Digital Marketing, creating a niche for itself in terms of customized content and style of content.
  4. Focusing more on Search Marketing – What this basically means is integrating search engine marketing into your content marketing strategy.  Using Adwords and key word optimization goes a long way in helping you target your audiences correctly so that the desired message reaches the correct person at the correct time.
  5. Micro Influencers – Among all the technicalities and the jargon of the big processes, people are forgetting the main penetrative strategy that has been working so very well for businesses on social media, especially fashion and beauty brands. These Micro influencers basically act as the voice of the brand, without being direct brand advocates. They vouch for the quality of the product they endorse and influence a huge fan base to think favorably towards the product in question.
  6. Shifting the focus from one generation to another – A lot of our attention of late has been on the Millennials and how to grab their attention. But now the time has come to focus on the younger generations as well, to profit from the efforts in the decades to come. Generation Z as we know it, or the post millennials/ iGeneration or the homeland generation comprises of people born in the late 1990s and 2000’s. The oldest people in this generation are just about in their 20s. 2018 is the year to begin the shift of focus from Millennials to Generation z. Not completely, but the process needs to begin.
  7. Consumer Personalization – The best way to increase sales and engagement with the audience is to personalize your communication and send them personalized content. Chatbots do a great job as well as e-mailers with customized information in terms of name, date, data etc. Imagine you’re insured with a company that sends out information that is relevant to you as well as policy and countdown mailers with your name, and premium amount mentioned each time. Makes you feel important doesn’t it? This kind of information sharing goes a long way in terms of adding to the bond between the consumer and the business.

Now that you have all this information in store, let’s get to the next step- building and marketing your product. Have an idea in mind? Let’s discuss! Connect with a specialist at Flynaut right away! Toll free number (833-FLYNAUT)


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Website Redesign! How and when do I know if it’s due?

There are multiple telltale signs that make website redesign a pressing priority. Redesign without any delay to boost your website’s traffic and sales

 

We have seen several skin product commercials that discuss the perils of ageing, signs to spot it and miraculous means to rectify it. Digital medium is no different. Websites age too. The same website that addressed your needs perfectly at one point in time, may seem to fall short in justifying your business growth and perspective.

 

Heads Up: Website Redesign is continuous evolving process. So if you were looking for magical one-time touch up for your site, pause right there and reboot. Customer expectations change and your website needs to keep pace every time.

 

We trust numbers. Don’t we? So, consider these figures.

 

  • 46.1% of users/customers judge a company’s credibility and trustworthiness based on their website’s design (Source: Study by Stanford’s Persuasive Tech Lab)
  • Online retail sales are expected to reach $370 billion by 2017  (Source: www.techcrunch.com)
  • 25% of shoppers leave websites that are too difficult to navigate (Source: Huffington Post)

 

The overarching objective of any business is to foster strong engagement with the customer and generate sales. Website redesign helps to smoothen the rough creases that come in the way of this engagement by creating great first impressions and at the same time sustaining visitor interest/attention for longer duration.

 

Right Time to Redesign Your Website – Know and Act

 

If you feel that you are missing out on opportunities to convert visitors into loyal clients, there is something not right with your website. A half-baked website with bare minimum features or lackluster results scream of mediocrity and careless attitude of business owners.

 

Do you happen to ask any of the following questions with respect to your website? If the answer is a YES (hesitant or emphatic notwithstanding) to even one of these listed questions, It is surely the time to revamp your website. Are your ready for the litmus test? Count the number of times you say “YES” to the queries.

 

 

Why do visitors just come, view and leave my website without any action?

For action, the site needs to be interactive, interesting and appealing to the target customers. If there is nothing that can hold attention of your audience, they are sure to click away from your website, immediately after viewing only one page.

Redesigning will help to introduce new ways for your site to engage with visitors and decrease the bounce rate.

 

 

Why doesn’t my website feature on the Page 1 of Google Search Result?

As per Search Engine Journal, 75% of search engine users never scroll past the first page. This means your website should reflect your brand identity to the hilt. Your site should have the optimized content, internal links and responsive design that scores over your competition and lets more prospects find you.

 

Redesigning prevents the loss of customers by climbing up the search-ranking ladder with up-to-date and impactful content that is SEO savvy

 

 

Why my website is painfully slow?

Load time of websites is critical to keep visitors hooked on for greater duration and build more user traffic. Faster load times also mean fewer bounce rates and more conversions. As per Kissmetrics, 40% of the visitors leave website if the load time is more than 3 seconds

 

Redesigning helps you to make your websites faster to suit the attention span and patience levels of your customers

 

 

Does my website needs to be social?

It is a fact that in todays’ age, social media dictates lot of our day-to-day aspects including our buying decision. So if your website doesn’t leverage this power of social media integration, it is already miles behind. Blogs and social media linkage is the best online “word of mouth” vehicle to generate leads.

 

Redesigning helps to increase customer trust and interest by showcasing your social media followers and enabling “add this/share this” feature on your website

 

 

Why is it so difficult to upgrade and add content on my website?

A robust content management system can help your site to rise up on the web search. A design that integrates blogging and simple upgrades that allow you to add/edit/delete content without tech support dependency, can win your both – traffic and bottom line.

 

Redesigning helps to push out irrelevant and outdated content out of your website

 

 

Why doesn’t my site display properly on phone/tablet?

In 2015, Google admitted to give higher search engine ranking to mobile optimized sites. Isn’t this a good enough reason for your website to be optimized for smartphones?

 

 

Redesigning helps customers access on-demand information from your website that responsively accommodates to the screen resolution, size and processing ability of their devices  

 

Other most commonly identified signs that make website redesign utterly necessary include:

 

  • Business that has undergone changes in product/services, target customers, or overall vision/objective
  • Analytics showing low traffic,
  • Dated look and feel
  • Non-intuitive and confusing site navigation
  • Company Branding has undergone change
  • Business story needs to be told differently
  • Websites still using Flash
  • Too many words with less or nil visual engagement (including videos)
  • Website is 2-3 years old and not keeping up with tech changes

 

 

Identify the real trouble area and aim to address it through website redesign. Do it for the right reason to save on money and not because the marketing team/CEO wants to do it. Post redesign monitoring is equally important to tackle user traffic drops, sudden 404 spikes, lower rank on Google indexing, keyword rank losses and other issues.

 

Want to rely on Industry expert for smooth sailing during website redesign? Flynaut has worked on interesting website revamp assignments for global clientele with unmatched creativity and handholding.  Explore more at www.Flynaut.com

 

You can start discussion and questions using @flynaut

 

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Bursting The Bubble! Know The Top 7 SEO Myths to Steer Clear of Search Engine Fails

Pick up any field of knowledge, concept or process. It will not be devoid without its fair share of myths and misconceptions. Some of these myths are evident at the start and some become visible once people use it regularly and substantially over a period of time.

 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO), is no different. The sheer excitement and experts surrounding this domain have led to development of varied versions, each claiming to be the best one. It can be very beneficial to your business, but only when done correctly by following clean methods. And to do it rightly, it is mighty important to be aware of the pitfalls or myths that can take your SEO investments down the drain, reaping poor results.

 

Debunking the Top 7 Myths clouding the world of SEO

 

1)    SEO is nothing but sham

There is very little to be said about those who believe that SEO is not worth their time and money. Implementing SEO requires confidence in its science and methods.

 

According to one report 57 percent of B2B marketers admit that SEO has the biggest impact on their lead generation goals (Mindjumpers). What’s more, research shows that users tend to ignore paid ad listings and click on organic results instead (Search engine land).

 

SEO needs attention like full-fledged marketing strategy to achieve success with website traffic.

 

2)    SEO is majorly Links and more Links

Rise of freelance service portals has increased the maniacal obsession over links as you can get anybody to build backlinks to your website without putting any thought or connecting with your core offering. Is this what your want? – A junk of overwhelming backlinks and visitors who do no good for your ranking.

 

Instead promote building links through content, build SEO friendly content and focus to earn backlinks from relevant websites where your target market thrives. This will move you up the ranks.

 

3)    Meta-description helps big in going the SEO way

Interesting but untrue! Meta description stuffed with keywords and tags bears no relevance on your site’s ranking whether it is Google, Bing or any other search engine. In fact, Matt Cutts had made it publicly known in 2009 that Google didn’t use keywords Meta tag in web ranking.

 

You should worry about meta-description from a different perspective although. Try and make it compelling enough for it to stand out among competitors and attract more clicks from the searchers.

 

4)    Search Engine Optimisation is one-time investment

If only it was! But it is not. SEO is a continual activity that needs dedicated resources allotted to this task in terms of time, money and people. If you treat it as a one-off temporary job to be done at start of your business or just to follow a trend as everyone else is doing it, the outcome can be disastrous.

 

Factors like link degradation, rotten old website content, following dated patterns of search engine algorithms, and no regular updates on products/services can plummet your ranking as the timeline progresses.

 

SEO in no magical mojo with permanent effects! It is a logic that needs effort and attention for long-term benefits.

 

5)    SEO is exclusive of Social Activity

A lot has been said over how Google doesn’t take into account Facebook likes, comments or Twitter followers and shares. But facts that are easy to miss while assuming this proposition include:

 

  • Social signals do result in higher page rank
  • Google takes social activity as a sign of quality
  • Social activity leads to engine discovery and indexation
  • Sharing of content also enables sharing of links and shares
  • Targets most relevant users and increase web traffic

 

So those who believe SEO and social activity are not related, move the rock and be enlightened.

 

6)    Guest Blogging is overrated

No it is not! Whoever thinks that Guest Blogging is something Google discouraged, is gravely mistaken. It is again about quantity v/s quality. If the SEO is targeted towards generating guest blog content that is of poor quality but generates high volume useless link building, it will fall flat without a doubt.

 

However, high quality and relevant guest blogging can not only get useful backlinks but also attract quality visitors/customers to your site. It is reputation building via SEO mode.

 

7)    SEO is nothing but play of Keywords

There is more than what meets the eye. It can’t be as simple as relying on keyword density, keyword stuffing and keyword exact match to boost your rankings.

 

Nothing is more upsetting than looking at an ad or listing with keywords that are repeated senselessly without any objective. Using keywords intelligently to earn good quality backlinks helps to differentiate you from spammer websites and content.

 

Search engine algorithms are smart enough to understand related content and keywords based upon what the searcher needs. So bothering about number of times a word repeats, order of words or exactness of words is pointless.

 

 

Emerging from the Myths

 

Google and other search engines constantly change the rules of the game by using different algorithms at different times. They do this to counter those who play tricks to beat the search system.

 

Constant obsession about ranks and search engines is a futile exercise. The reality to ace up your SEO is smart investment in people and tech tool-kits. Developing a strong bond with customers through online and offline modes, bringing out great products/services, having quality content that is upgraded from time to time and trusting a sharp yet balanced SEO expert to guide your strategy, takes you up the search ladder.

 

 

 

Looking for an SEO expert?

 

Flynaut offers award winning SEO service to its clients that helps them to boost their sales and web traffic in a spam-free and non-pushy way!

 

Our service package is perfect for those who want to take the SEO plunge without going berserk on budget.

 

You can avail our 6-month SEO pack worth $800 a month at a highly discounted $400 a month.

 

This awesome offer* comes along with free responsive website design/redesign, SEO friendly website content and landing pages. Totally complimentary!

 

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15 Online Marketing Trends for 2016

Did you get any of your predictions about online marketing trends for 2015 right? If yes, you are one of the lucky ones. The one thing you have to realize about online marketing trends is that they change every year. What worked last year will not necessarily cut it this time round, just as last year’s trends were different from trends from the year before. Here’s a list of trends we expect to define the online marketing industry in 2016.


1. Email To Get More Innovative

Email is already one of the best approaches to online marketing. Personalizing emails to shopping patterns has already been adopted by forward-thinking companies. In 2016, personalization will be taken to the next level. You will have to send the emails at the right time, with the right topic lines, and based on a user’s shopping preferences to report more success.


2. Online Video Advertising

More people are now getting online, and video advertising has become more effective. 2016 should be no exception to this trend, and video advertising should be one of the major online marketing trends of the year as people consume more digital content through mobile devices.


3. Mobile Payments

Projections indicate that the use of mobile payments like Apple Pay will triple in 2016! Almost 38 million US mobile users are using the technology, and with perks such as loyalty programs, the trend can only rise further in 2016.


4. Location-Based Marketing To Grow

Location-based marketing has been around for quite a while now, but 2016 will take this marketing trend further. With increase in the use of GPS-enabled mobile devices and wearable technology such as smartwatches, businesses will be able to use this marketing style much better this year.


5. Apps To Be More Popular Than Mobile Sites

Smartphone and tablet users spend between up to 81% of their time online on apps. In 2016, the trend will reach new proportions, especially since most users consider apps easier to use and better designed in addition to offering better personalization among other features.


6. Snapchat To Go Mainstream As A Marketing Platform

For the years that Snapchat has been in existence, it has found the popularity enjoyed by other major social media platforms quite elusive. This year, however, Snapchat will now be at par with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All this will be due to a new feature introduced a year ago, which gives companies a means to market themselves using photos and videos.


7. Instagram Advertising To Improve As A Social Media Marketing Mode

Instagram already enjoys 400 million users, and is currently only second to Facebook as a social media company. The company is however, more than a match for Facebook and Twitter when it comes to social engagement, primarily due to its focus on the use of visual media.


8. Mobile Buying To Grow Due To Social Buy Buttons

Social media platforms are increasing in popularity among shoppers, but they lack buy buttons. This trend will change in 2016 since these apps are working towards better shopping experiences for their users by allowing them to make their purchases right within the social media platforms.


9. Site Personalization To Become A Regular Thing

The growing need for personalization in online marketing will also redefine the way marketers design their sites. In general, sites should now show products depending on location, shopping tastes and suggest products shoppers can purchase based on previous shopping behaviors. Many marketers are already benefiting from site personalization, especially because about half of all shoppers now expect personalized information from retailers.


10. Digital Assistants To Change Perceptions About Search Queries

Digital assistants help customers find what they are looking for without the need to type in a thing – a major convenience for shoppers on the go. So, 2016 should see more voice searches, and digital marketers should get in on the trend before its too late now that mobile-based shopping is becoming more popular.


11. Marketing Through Storytelling And Niche Targeting To Increase

To stand out in 2016, businesses will have to use storytelling and niche marketing to improve user engagement. Basically, businesses will also need to identify more user categories and market specifically to them to keep them loyal to their brands for longer.


12. Social Media Search Engines To Have An Increasingly Larger Role

Traditional search engines like Google will get a run for their money in 2016 as social sites like Facebook give their users fewer reasons to leave the social platforms to use traditional search engines for their queries. At the moment, Facebook is getting 1.5 million searches a day, and marketers who have posted ads on the platform have a lot to reap from this growing trend.


13. Virtual Reality Marketing To Have More Support

Virtual reality innovations like the Oculus Rift are letting shoppers have more realistic views of the products they might buy, which makes a world of difference in digital marketing. In fact, most users foresee a future where virtual reality completely changes how shopping takes place in future.


14. App Indexing and Deep Links In Apps To Increase In Importance

In 2015, US was among 10 countries where mobile searches outdid desktop searches. The trend is expected to grow further and at a considerably higher pace. And to stand out from the crowd, businesses will have to resort to app indexing and the use of deep links on the apps to increase their popularity among potential users.


15. PPC And Email Integration To Become Normal

PPC should do more than just encourage buyers to close the sale; it should at least help you capture the client’s email. With the potential shopper’s email, your business should have a larger and potentially more effective emailing list for email-based marketing campaigns. So, PPC and email should work hand in hand in 2016 to better online marketing.


Conclusion

The year 2016 should bring more growth and innovation for the online marketing industry. Any business that takes note of the above trends should be well on its way to reap all the benefits digital marketing has to offer this year.

The Rise of Digital Marketing: Why You Want to Learn The Ins and Outs?

The rise of the Internet has resulted in opportunities for all businesses to grow through uniquely digital methods. Digital marketing is, quite simply, marketing in ways supported and enhanced by digital technologies. No matter your industry or your goals, taking a digital marketing course can only help your career.

 

The big advantage to marketing digitally as opposed to more traditional methods is the potential to reach more customers. Thanks to the Internet and search engines, making your company, product or service known in other regions or countries where it never would have been heard of otherwise has never been easier. Branching out across your own country, as well as into others, will create a greater client base for you, and therefore, more revenue.


But a bigger audience is not necessarily what you want. You want to get your product or idea in front of the people who will be most likely to buy or act on it. Marketing digitally gives you a better means to establish and reach your target audience. Obtaining digital marketing training will ensure you properly engage with that audience.


Just about every company has a Facebook page or Twitter account. Harnessing the power of social media can get your idea, business or product in front of countless eyes without much expense or effort thanks to retweets and shares. Utilizing social media for marketing has simply become the norm; everyone in business needs to have some grasp of the process.


Knowing, but also controlling, how information spreads through the Internet will be invaluable in the future. Digital marketing training will help you better understand the concepts of digital marketing so your own product or business can thrive. Even if you are not a part of the business world, grasping the concept will help in other areas, such as when running a fundraiser for your favorite non-profit or trying to land a job. Creating your own personal “brand” online (how you market and present yourself) can open doors once closed to you.

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Rise of Digital Marketing: Why Digital Marketing is the Key Today to Success

It is important and also wise that any organization, regardless of type or size need to continue adapting the best digital marketing strategies for them to have any relevance in this ever dynamic market.

In short, businesses need to ensure that they recognize the online nature of modern customers and their preferences. This can be done by introducing and establishing a formidable digital marketing strategy.

Although competition in business is stiff, embracing digital marketing can be a great way to even out the competition. Being able to work with the current trends may also prove vital in achieving online marketing success.

Why Digital Marketing?

It’s almost impossible to survive in this mobile and internet age where digitalization has taken over in almost all fields. It is impossible for a business to succeed without digital marketing services, irrespective of its size. In fact, smaller businesses need digital marketing strategies in order to gain visibility and even grow faster.

Without the best and current digital marketing strategy, your business may end up losing to its opponents. This will bring about the lack of potential sales and as well as online sales opportunities.

This strategy is an online marketing key to today success and without it, your business will lack behind. In order to reap more from online marketing, you need to also understand some of the strategies that can easily yield success within a very short period. Read On!

Ways to improve your online digital marketing

  • Make Your Homepage Visual
    Make your web page attractive and compelling to customers at all time. Let them take enough time looking at what you are selling or servicing without hurry. You can use images together with videos to effectively relay your message. This is very essential especially in retention of very impatient users or first-time customers.
  • Ensure that your message is mobile friendly
    There has been a constant increase of internet users due to advancement in technology. People can now access the website via mobile phones, laptops, and even tablets. Having a mobile website will help you get more traffic that frequently uses phones. This way, you get to fish from everywhere possible without letting any stone unturned.
  • Focus on the content
    It’s a fact that advertising through magazines, newspapers and even televisions in now becoming irrelevant. Diverting your resources to digital marketing will yield success. To improve your website and keep the content up to date, ensure that you give your potential customers the very best. Capitalize on great content, SEO, and even quality to attract more buyers.
  • Harness Online Video Power
    The best tool at hand for any marketer is the use of videos. Online videos have been used in the last few years, and they have become a must have for serious websites. You can improve and move to success by embracing the same technique.
  • Get Social and Let people know that your business exists
    For you to be marketable, you need to advertise. Digital marketing can help you do so through media. You can create a page on the website or even link your website to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media websites to create awareness.


Digital Marketing
can make your dreams a reality if only you are up to date and ready to embrace every available technique for your own advantage. Remember!

The best way to defeat your competitor is to always think outside the box.

5 Ways to Improve Digital Marketing Campaigns for Small Business

It is important and also wise that any organization, regardless of type or size need to continue adapting the best marketing strategies for them to have any relevance in this ever dynamic market. In short, businesses need to ensure that they recognize the online nature of modern customers and their preferences. This can be done by introducing and establishing a formidable digital marketing strategy.

Although competition in business is stiff, embracing digital marketing can be a great way to even out the competition. Being able to work with the current trends may also prove vital in achieving online marketing success.

Why Digital Marketing?

It’s almost impossible to survive in this mobile and internet age where digitalization has taken over in almost all fields. It is impossible for a business to succeed without digital marketing services, irrespective of its size. In fact, smaller businesses need digital marketing strategies in order to gain visibility and even grow faster.

Without the best and current digital marketing strategy, your business may end up losing to its opponents. This will bring about the lack of potential sales and as well as online sales opportunities. This strategy is an online marketing key to today success and without it, your business will lack behind. In order to reap more from online marketing, you need to also understand some of the strategies that can easily yield success within a very short period. Read On!

Ways to improve your online digital marketing

  • Make Your Homepage Visual
    Make your web page attractive and compelling to customers at all time. Let them take enough time looking at what you are selling or servicing without hurry. You can use images together with videos to effectively relay your message. This is very essential especially in retention of very impatient users or first-time customers.
  • Ensure that your message is mobile friendly
    There has been a constant increase of internet users due to advancement in technology. People can now access the website via mobile phones, laptops, and even tablets. Having a mobile website will help you get more traffic that frequently uses phones. This way, you get to fish from everywhere possible without letting any stone unturned.
  • Focus on the content
    It’s a fact that advertising through magazines, newspapers and even televisions in now becoming irrelevant. Diverting your resources to digital marketing will yield success. To improve your website and keep the content up to date, ensure that you give your potential customers the very best. Capitalize on great content, SEO, and even quality to attract more buyers.
  • Harness Online Video Power
    The best tool at hand for any marketer is the use of videos. Online videos have been used in the last few years, and they have become a must have for serious websites. You can improve and move to success by embracing the same technique.
  • Get Social and Let people know that your business exists
    For you to be marketable, you need to advertise. Digital marketing can help you do so through media. You can create a page on the website or even link your website to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media websites to create awareness.

Digital marketing can make your dreams a reality if only you are up to date and ready to embrace every available technique for your own advantage. Remember! The best way to defeat your competitor is to always think outside the box. Are you thinking outside the box?

At FLYNAUT, we ensure that you get what it takes to rocket your business. Our job is to help alleviate some of that stress and allow you to concentrate on what you do best. Our job is to ensure that you have enough knowledge of digital marketing so that your business can grow online. Contact Flynaut for more information about digital marketing.

 

55 Things to do before and after Website launch

A web design is a combination of a lot of things. That’s why many people tend to forget many details that can directly affect the quality of a website.

If you want to plan on the website launch ahead of time, there are several things you need to consider. Here we have created a checklist of the 55 essential things that need to be done before and after the launch:

Take a start from the content and SEO

  1. Log into Google Analytics and find out the high traffic pages within your website
  2. Log into Google website tools and extract the most liked content list
  3. Extract the list of the highest ranking pages using SEMursh.
  4. Create a spreadsheet of these 3 lists and make sure that the important stuff is still seen on your new site
  5. Create a list of the URLs for the top pages and keep track of them when you launch your website.
  6. If you were using WordPress blog previously, export the database and import everything onto the new website
  7. Make sure the title tags start with the key phrase and make the tag of 55 characters
  8. Meta description must include keyphrase and it must be around 120 characters with spaces
  9. Check the formatting of each header and subheader
  10. Make sure you add internal links between the pages and it should be all the way there in your website.
  11. The body text/content must always contain a relevant keyphrase
  12. Include a Call to Action to each page
  13. Include an ALT tag in each image. Don’t forget to add a description and use the relevant key phrase

Moving on to the design 

  1. The design should be consist in the layout, fonts, header style, format and not forget the content.
  2. The images added must be consistent in terms of size and quality
  3. If there are any stock photos on your site, make sure that you have purchased them
  4. Every new element added should be consistent in terms of font style, imagery, spacing, line height, leading and color.

Work on the analytics 

  1. Go to Admin>>User Management and access to the analytics for managing the users, editing, collaborating an analyzing
  2. Open the configuration record and add the code for google analytics
  3. Set up the filter for removing traffic from the IP. Search for your IP address in Google.
  4. For each conversion, you are supposed to set up a goal. Configure a funnel too
  5. Enable site search. There might be a different query parameter for each site due to the CMS used.
  6. Enable the ecommerce
  7. Open Admin in Google Analytics goes to property setting for linking google analytics to the Google webmaster tools
  8. If your website has SSL, you need to have ‘https’ selected for the vide and property areas in your account

It is time to go for browser testing 

  1. You have to be sure that each everything on the website is functioning in a proper way
  2. Use the CMS for testing a file upload and make sure it does not give any permission errors
  3. Now test HTML/CSS errors on all browsers using all devices
  4. The programmed features must also be tested
  5. Use tools like Pingdom Tools and Google Page Speed for testing the performance grades

The final checklist for the Pre-launch

Make sure you don’t make any mistake over this checklist

  1. Make sure all the third party items such as social media, newsletter signup and the Flickr gallery are connected
  2. What are the things that are still not completed? Make a schedule and get them done on priority basis
  3. Use Webzip for downloading the current site
  4. Check the list of domains you see there and make sure you have access to the domain registrar.
  5. Get help from an IT consultant to help you with the launch
  6. Use WHOIS for finding your registrar information
  7. Open Terminal and go to www.domain.com to find the DNS info

The actual LAUNCH!!

If everything is clear, then you are ready for a successful launch….But here is another checklist you need to go through:

  1. If you have an SSL certificate, move to a new server
  2. It is time to change the local DNS to fully live test. The CMS, the webserver and the third party plugs must be configured for the domain. Go for a test again just to be sure.
  3. All set? Then LAUNCH…

The checklist for Post-Launch

Once the website is launched and live, you are required to do some more work… have a look at it:

  1. Make sure that Google Analytics are collecting data for you
  2. Configure to the webmaster tools
  3. Submit for the new sitemap.xml. By going into the webmaster tools account
  4. Select crawl>>Fetch as Google>> enter your domain and then click>> Fetch and Render
  5. Select Search appearance>>Sitelinks>>demote the URL which you don’t want to see in the results
  6. The pages of the site must not set to notfollow and noindex
  7. The robots.txt file must also not be set to notfollow and noindex
  8. The login areas must also not be set to notfollow and noindex

Get ready for the marketing

  1. Make an announcement about the launch of your website in your newsletter
  2. Write something about the redesign… Mention what you had to face and tell about the contributions of your team
  3. Make a social media announcement too
  4. Upload new images on your social networks, indicating about the launch of your website
  5. Use your email signature to promote the launch of the website
  6. Update your phone outgoing message about the launch of the website
  7. Don’t use the Press Release to say about the launch of the website… you can keep the Press Release for something newsworthy.

That’s pretty much everything you need to keep making sure your website is successfully launched and set