When Was The Last Time You Reviewed Your Website Content?

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the entire world it can be difficult to think about the contents of your website. If you are a business you’re likely more worried about staying afloat, keeping everything running as status quo as possible, or maybe even re-opening.

However, as the world begins to slowly re-open, and many businesses open their doors again it might be the perfect time to take a look at your website and review it. Go through your pages and make sure they are updated. Give yourself some time to make sure everything is up to date and that your website is filled to the brim with content.

You might be asking yourself why any of this is important. Well, the fact of the matter is that in today’s day and age of Google, having a website full of updated content is imperative to success. The more people who see your website are the more people who will see your business. This means more customers.

What is it that makes this successful though? Why is having a website full of updated content good for your business? Well let us start with where it always seems to begin with content marketing and that’s SEO.

Content=positive SEO

While understanding the analytics of SEO and Google is difficult, we know that ranking well on it typically leads to more success for businesses. The better you’re doing in SEO the more likely it is people searching for your service will stumble upon your business and if they’re searching for your business that likely means they want to use your business.

If you have not reviewed your website in awhile you should go through and see if there are any pages that seem particularly empty or bland. If you’re an Italian restaurant, and your website has a page about what makes your style of Italian special, consider looking at your word count. If it is anything below 800 then you are likely not giving yourself a fair shot on SEO.

The more content on your website the better you are going to do with SEO. Now, this does not mean to just start stacking your website with service pages and call it a day. You need pages that are filled with words and meaningful content that search engines like Google will give preference to.

Keep content updated

It’s good to just have your content up to date every once in a while. Maybe there’s a service on one of your pages you don’t offer anymore, or even better there’s a service you recently started offering that needs to be advertised more. When you take time to sit down and review your website this is also a chance to clean it up and keep it up to date.

Your website is like a giant billboard. You don’t want an old billboard on the interstate that doesn’t have the most up to date info and you don’t want your website to be a year behind on content. Even when a pandemic isn’t taking place it’s just a good idea to spend time once a year to make sure your update is up to your own personal standards.

An extra plus to this is that when you do keep your website updated it also helps you in SEO. When you are updating fresh and new content to your website on a consistent basis, you’re doing more to help with your SEO than if you were to just leave it alone for five years. Of course, the content always needs to be accurate and original.

 The AD Leaf ® can help

If all of this sounds overwhelming then don’t worry, because at The AD Leaf ® we have an expert team of SEO specialists and Content Marketers that understand exactly how to fill out a service page with great original content. Our team understands this better than anyone because we dive ourselves into it so our clients don’t have to.

If you need help preparing your website for re-opening, update it, or just need help understanding where to get started then give us a call at 321-255-0900, set up a consultation appointment at TheAdLeaf.com or email us at info@theadleaf.com and we can help you understand why updating your website with content is the key to success. We look forward to helping you!

SEO services

How SEO Services Can Help Boost Your Sales and Revenue

Are you a brick and mortar company that’s looking to establish an online marketing presence? Interested in marketing your products or services online, but you just don’t have additional time to learn digital marketing techniques? If you want to promote your product or services online in the most effective manner, you cannot overlook the importance of SEO services for your business. If you’re not aware, the purpose of SEO is to make sure that your website gets optimized so that you can get maximum revenue through increased traffic in the least possible time. When a team of qualified SEO professionals comes up with an effective strategy – in partnership with you – to increase traffic to your website,  it is a correlation to help increase your revenue. Essentially, the more traffic you can direct to your website, the greater the chances that you can convert them to paying customers. It doesn’t matter if you are a startup or an established firm. Quality, professional SEO services are necessary to make an impact to help boost your sales and revenue.

How SEO Services Can Help Your Business

Although we believe content is king to help you rank on top of Google and other search engines, simply loading your website with well-written content is not enough. Also, building an attractive website wouldn’t simply bring in more traffic and conversions. Understand that having a beautiful website without any marketing is basically a business card online. There is so much competition out there and so many challenges in the world of digital marketing, that it will take tremendous manpower to optimize your website and have it successful for the long term. Search engine optimization is not something you do part-time or with minimal effort. You need a team that’s familiar with SEO best practices, who understands your business goals and come up with a long-term strategy to help you achieve them. We believe this is what it takes to become competitive in 2020 and beyond.

In the end, effective SEO services are designed to bring the right visitors to your site, hold their attention, and convert them to customers. Entrusting the right SEO company with your digital marketing campaign allows you to do what you do best and focus on your core competencies, which is your business. A good team of SEO professionals will work you as a partner of your company to employ the latest and most ethical tactics to make your website rank high on leading search engines.

Here are the SEO services and techniques they can provide for you below:

SEO professionals work to implement these different strategies while keeping your business goals in mind. Their tactics allow your website to maintain its position even in the face of Google’s ever-changing search engine algorithms. A reliable firm will provide you with timely reports to let you know where your website stands and the progress that it is gradually making.

Now that you understand the importance of  SEO services, it is time to choose a high-class SEO service to optimize and improve your website’s ranking. If you are looking for a reputable SEO Company in Melbourne FL to improve your website’s ranking, please don’t hesitate to contact The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm at 321-255-0900. We’d love to help you.

 

Using Social Media To Reopen Your Business

With many social restrictions being lifted within the next month, how do you plan to reopen your business? Chances are a social media method of marketing that has come to your mind. After all, marketing is the most effective way to get a message out to the public. Whether you’re a local restaurant, a flooring center, or a specialty store you’re probably very eager to open your doors to the public and begin to operate your business again. One of the most effective ways to ensure a successful reopening is by using social media to keep in contact with your customers and keep them updated on your company.

 

Companies that have actively utilized social media during the stay at home order have the biggest advantage. By keeping communication clear and readily available they will be fresh in the minds of customers who are looking forward to returning to normal life and supporting businesses again. Companies that have canceled communication or haven’t used social media to engage with their customers will have a harder challenge when reopening. A startling fact is that 62% of Americans get their news updates from social media. With that being said, keeping an open line of communication with your customers has never been more important to your business. If your company is currently not using social media during this time, don’t delay any further, update your customers of what’s going on for your company, don’t disappear on your customers when they need you most! 

 

One of the most beneficial things your business can do on social media to announce your relaunching is by creating a Facebook ad. You can use these ads to target locations, demographics, and interests to directly target your desired audience. These ads will be able to be seen by hundreds to thousands of people per day and possibly, even more, depending on your budget and ad duration. You can also choose different campaign objectives such as brand awareness, traffic to your website, lead generation, and even a call now button to get your customers engaged and ready to do business with you. A great way to utilize these is to discuss the plans of your company when your door reopens. Are you running any specials, discounts, or events? Are you changing your companies service lines or structure? These are great things that you can promote to bring the attention back to your brand. There are also other social media ads that you can run such as Pinterest ads that also can effectively capture the attention of your target audience to bring business back to you when you need it most. Visibility and getting noticed should be one of your biggest goals for marketing at this time. Without visibility, your customers will not know if you are open or closed which can be especially damaging when your customers need you most. Many people have been quarantined for over a month and returning to normal life is one of their main priorities moving forward. Now is the time to let your customers know what’s going on and get them excited about your brand. 

 

Using social media to communicate with your customers as well as engage with them also shows that your brand has a personable approach. With everyone dealing with hard times, now is the best time to show the vulnerable side of your company. Use it to show empathy, and show ways that you’re helping in the community and with your customer. Show ways that you are helping your workers or keeping them safe such as social distancing and sanitary practices. Difficult times like our current situation show the true character and values of a company. Use this to your advantage to show your customers why they can trust you and should do business with you. Companies that can handle the situation well and show that they care will be able to capture the most business and trust of the customer. 

 

It doesn’t have to al be about business though. Social media can also be used in a lighthearted approach to keep customers engaged while also having some fun. Some great ideas would be to have customers share their experiences and photos on your company page. You can also hold contests that allow customers to engage with your account to be entered into a drawing or raffle for free prizes and services. Many social media users have been bombarded with news updates about the coronavirus and seeing a post unrelated to the virus that allows them to have a little fun can be very appealing to the customer. Change up your social media posting strategy to give your customers an escape from reality while keeping them engaged with your company. 

 

By following these social media techniques along with an effective reopening strategy you will be able to open your business back up successfully and resume business with your customers and hopefully gain some new ones in the process. Now is not the time to retreat from social media and your customer, now is the time to re-evaluate your strategy and reconnect with your customers. Are you interested in reopening your business with the help of social media? We can help you! Contact us by phone at (321)-255-0900 or by email at info@theadleaf.com

5 Reasons Every Small Business Should be Using Content Marketing

We all know that paid advertising produces results and drives traffic to your website. If it didn’t, why would we be paying for it, right? The truth is nearly over 200 million people use ad blockers on their desktop or laptop and over 615 million devices have ad blockers installed as well. This means that paid advertising just isn’t as effective as it used to be. So how do you, as a small business owner, combat the decline in paid advertising? Easy. Content marketing. 

When you hear “content marketing”, the first things that pop into your mind are probably “blogs” or “articles”, right? Well, content marketing is so much more than that. Content marketing should be a long-term strategy to help build a strong relationship with your audience and provide information that’s relevant to them. While paid advertising is designed to get something from the audience, content marketing is about providing value to your customer in order to build trust and establish yourself as an expert.

We know the time and effort it takes to write quality content probably isn’t something you’re focused on right now, but here are 5 reasons why you should consider making time:

 

1. Greater return on a small investment

Content marketing typically costs about 62% less than traditional and outbound marketing tactics. In addition to a lower cost, it usually generates 3 times the number of leads. This only works if you are utilizing your content in multiple areas of your digital marketing campaign. If you’re spending the time writing this content, you’ll want to ensure that you’re using this content in your social media campaign, email marketing campaign, and other areas when possible. 

 

2. The Ability to Promote Yourself Without Selling Yourself

While most customers follow you on social media or subscribe to your email campaign because they really do want to hear from you, they don’t want to hear about your promotions 24/7. You might get a great reaction the first or second time, but the third time will definitely fall flat. Content marketing gives you the ability to talk about why you’re the best of the best without offering a sale or promotion. The best way to do this isn’t to talk about why you or your company is the greatest thing since sliced bread. You should focus on what’s going on in your industry and how that relates to you and your consumer. This will show that you are up-to-date and in-the-know about what’s going on, further building trust with your consumer. 

3. Increase Your Organic Search Visibility

You might feel discouraged knowing that some of the big names in the game are producing content on a regular basis, but don’t let that stop you from writing. Even though big brands are taking their fair share of the market, it’s possible for a small business to take a piece of the pie too. What matters is quality content that’s relevant to your industry. When it comes to ranking organically, Google will always be in favor of quality over quantity.  

4. Solidify Your Brand as a Resource

There’s an authority in every industry, right? So why can’t it be you or your company? If I asked you who is the industry expert in your field, you’d probably be able to tell me their name right away. Chances are, the person or brand you name is cranking out content that you love and consume on a regular basis. The more your customers come to you for resources and information, the more likely they are to come back to you when it’s time to make a purchase.

5. Keep Your Website Fresh

Let’s be real, when’s the last time you updated your website? I’m going to guess it’s been a while. The search engine God that is Google loves fresh content. When crawling your website, they’re looking for things like when your website was first created, how often content is updated, and other metrics like traffic or engagement. When you’re regularly adding or updating content to your website, you’re letting Google know that you’re relevant and that goes a long way when the algorithm is trying to figure out where to rank your website. 

At the end of the day, we know you don’t have time to write content for your website on a regular basis. You’re busy running your business and meeting the demands of your customer. That’s why we’re here to help. To learn more about our Content Marketing services, give us a call at 321-255-0900.

Your Brand and Pinterest

For many years, companies have shied away from utilizing the incredibly visual platform, Pinterest. We believe this is because from early on, Pinterest began to brand themselves to speak specifically to and address the needs of a younger female demographic.

But the tides are changing.

Now, more than ever, 40% of new sign-ups are actually men, says Pinterest. Pinterest is a massive platform, though not as large as say Instagram or Facebook. But it’s growing. Pinterest has 322 million global active users, which has 200 billion pins saved.

Pinterest, according to some of these analytics, means that this platform is nothing to shy away from when it comes to your brand. 

You see, Pinterest is unique in that it’s  a place where users go to do primarily two things:

  1. They are going to make a purchase, and Pinterest helps users discover this.
  2. Pinterest users may be trying to decide what they want, and go to Pinterest to discover what that actually is.

Pinterest has a whopping 83% of its weekly Pinners actually made purchases based on the content they saw while scrolling! Seventy-seven percent of weekly Pinners discovered a new brand. The bottom line here to note is that Pinterest is a place all about the user, and a place to create something for themselves.

However…

With all of these incredible metrics, did you know that an alarming 97% of the top pins are actually unbranded? When we talk about a brand, what we are meaning is a company identity as seen through their content. Almost all of the top-pins have no identity if you will. Do you know what this means? It means there is a massive void, and dare we say opportunity, for your brand to stand out in this vast space? We believe so. This factor, along with a few other points we will mention here in a minute, show us that Pinterest may just be the secret weapon your brand needs.

So here are some helpful tips on branding from Pinterest themselves

  1. Brand Your Pins: As we stated earlier, 97% of top-searched pins are actually identity-less. They have no brand. This means that when you see a pin that may be performing well but may not be converting as well as it could because it’s not branded. According to Pinterest, when companies branded their pins and ensured there was a cross-platform brand continuity, they saw a 13% conversion rate increase! So before you go to post that pin, ask yourself if your image has a logo? What about the image itself; is it visually striking and clear? Is it vertically oriented? What about the text? Do you have a text overlay that is clear and to the point, along with clear titles, captions, and hashtags? These are just a few quick questions to ask yourself to help take your brand to the next level!
  2. Think “mobile”: What we mean by this one, and we thought it was a brilliant point, is to design for the user’s cellphone, not necessarily a desktop. According to Pinterest, 85% of their users are accessing their platform through their phones. It’s important to use your content and the pages you are sending people to are mobile-friendly. This means ensuring the font is screen readable and content is optimized for a cellphone.
  3. Brand Continuity: We touched on this a moment ago, but ensure that not only your pins but also the pages you are linking your pins to all have the same branding will help your users not feel as disjointed and create a more pleasant user experience. A simple audit of your accounts can help alleviate this with the same logos, banners, and color schemes being implemented. 
  4. Set-Up Shop: You can also create an online shopping experience through Pinterest! And with their catalog feature, you can link your brand’s page to your Pinterest page to make shopping a breeze. And if you are worried that you will have to adjust your Pinterest every time you add an item to your eCommerce store, don’t worry! Their catalog updates your Pinterest automatically though the data link so updating is not a hassle across platforms. 

Some Freebies for you on your Brand’s Journey to harnessing Pinterest

  • Pick and eye-catching image.
  • Reference Pinterest’s incredible amount of free information such as their yearly calendar that shows trends to help you research and strategize with monthly and yearly data.
  • Use video, and forget the audio (but don’t forget the text overlay).
  • Think like your audience when curating content. Pinterest is a place where people go to discover what they want, or make purchases. 
  • For more resources, check out their blog: https://business.pinterest.com/en/resources-and-guides

The more we at The AD Leaf ® research and utilize Pinterest, along with the shifting marketing landscape, the more we see Pinterest as becoming a heavy-hitter, especially for all of your visually strong brands and those who are selling items or services. If your brand is wanting to harness the power of Pinterest, or simply looking for some marketing help, The AD Leaf ® is ready to take your business to the next level today. For questions on who we can help, please visit us online at www.theadleaf.com

 

Google Ads Update

Google Ads Requiring All Advertisers To Identify Verification

Google had announced a recent important Google Ads update. They are requiring all advertisers on their platform “to complete a verification program in order to buy ads” on the Google Ads network. This idea was brought up previously. However, the program is now being activated for all advertisers now. As Google explains here, certain advertisers will be required to submit some form of verification that will prove the legitimacy of their legal business or their individual name. This, of course, will be done through providing supporting documentation.

The verification program will first begin in the United States and will apply to Search, Display and YouTube advertisements. However, over time, it will be rolled out globally. Other details include that advertisers that are required to complete the verification program will be notified and given 30 days to complete and submit the verification form. Once the advertiser submits it, it will take about three to five days for Google to verify the information given. However, failure to fully complete the given program within the 30 days may result in not only ad restrictions, but Google may also stop your ads all together.

Google will also be adding new ad disclosures to each advertisement. Such disclosures will display the advertiser’s name and country. Overall, the verification program will involve the following:

  • Business incorporation documents
  • Personal identification methods
  • Operating geography (country, etc.)
  • Possibly other forms of proof to verify who they are

 

Why Google Ads Is Rolling Out This Program

According to the announcement from Jack Canfield, Director of Product Management, Ads Integrity, Google is trying to “provide greater transparency and equip users with more information about who is advertising to them”. He also further explains the following:

“This change will make it easier for people to understand who the advertiser is behind the ads they see from Google and help them make more informed decisions when using our advertising controls. It will also help support the health of the digital advertising ecosystem by detecting bad actors and limiting their attempts to misrepresent themselves.”

 

What Changes Users Will Experience in Ads

As mentioned earlier, Google is planning to add disclosures to all ads that are verified. This disclosure will simply give details on the identity of the advertiser. A small downwards arrow will be added to such ads, and when pressed, it will show a “Why this Ad?” option. Upon pressing this option, the following option will appear:

  • Advertiser name
  • Country location
  • A toggle option to stop receiving ads from them

For Display ads, the following information will be available on the Ad Choices icon, or the “x” that is on the following banner. For YouTube ads, the disclosure information can be viewed by clicking the “i” icon, as well as the three dot icon in the ad.

 

What Does This Change Mean?

Some would argue that there are both some positives, but also some downsides to the Google Ads update. The security aspect is a great improvement, as this would help keep out illegitimate advertisers from using Google Ads and competing against real users. However, a possible downside is that there could be an influx of accidental clicks. This is due to the fact the disclosure arrow is being added to each advertisement is actually very small, and some people may accidentally click the ad rather than the small arrow symbol.

SEO Content Writing

SEO Isn’t Just About Quality Content

Over time, those who are unfamiliar to advanced search engine optimization (SEO) strategies have the perception that the quality of written SEO content is the most important factor to being top ranked on search engines. This perception isn’t entirely incorrect. However, it is misleading and can cause a casual SEO strategist to focus the wrong factors.

When you search a keyword on Google, or another search engine, and click onto a specific result, you’re most likely going to judge the page you land on based on different needs. Does the web page give you the content you were specifically looking for? Is the page easy enough to navigate and view? Does the content actually peak your interest, and does it seem accurate? In terms of quality content, many of these questions are very important to answer. They overall impact the experience of a website’s visitor and how search engines can measure the worth of the page.These elements are important for writing quality, but don’t do much for the actual optimization robots are looking for when indexing websites.

What Is SEO Actually About?

Other than writing quality SEO content, optimization done both on-page and off-page largely factors into what can rank a website greatly on a search engine. Here are the other factors that truly determine SEO success:

Time

SEO is all about time. It is not a process that is completed within a simple couple hours. It can take months, and almost years to gradually build ranking for multiple keywords. It can take a long time to build links externally, that are meant to support your website overall. Gradually and slowly, search engines will discover all connections you are trying to build within your website (from possible internal links), or even links you may have created on other websites that connect back to your site.

Link Building

Search engines could care less about content either being the best or worst if the content itself is not being found through a proper link. If your audience cannot link to it, search engines are very unlikely to even rank it and this will result to no traffic being driven to your website. Think of it this way: The more people can link back to a certain piece of content, the better its chances are of actually ranking for a specific related keyword. Quality links truly do matter, and they can sometimes push a link that has been stuck at position 5 to position 1 on search engines.

HTML Tags

Meta tags, such as title tags, meta descriptions, and keywords, are extremely important. Title tags and meta descriptions are the first impression a possible visitor could have on a specific web page you have ranked. What is displayed in the SERP can make or break whether a person clicks on your website or not.

Source of Content

Link building can play a big factor in giving a website high domain authority. But why is domain authority important? Google will give priority in ranking to those websites that have built such authority and credibility over time. When optimizing a new page, if the website already has high domain authority, they already have a huge head-start in SEO.

Other Factors

Other factors that could affect search engine ranking involve simply having more spend on using better SEO tools, or having a bigger ream of people working on the factors listed above. Another factor is also simple luck. Despite a lack of optimization of SEO strategies, some websites have specific pages ranked up well.

 

Writing the best SEO content may not be the only way to get your web page top ranked. Overall, SEO is a competition of strategy ‒ strategies that are achieved by multiple levels of optimization. However, perseverance and patience are important and are almost key to such a competition.

Different Kinds Of Content Marketing

Content Marketing is something that at first seems simple. You create content for marketing purposes so obviously it’s something only see in commercials, emails, and in those banners on websites. However, content marketing can exist well beyond those realms. There are multiple areas of content marketing that are going unexplored.

If you look hard you can see content marketing in so many different planes of the current world that it’s honestly staggering. So many ways to sell yourself, your business, and do so in a creative and interesting way. The days of just sticking a billboard on the interstate and hoping someone notices it are gone. This is a virtual age.

In this virtual age there are so many more opportunities for content marketing. Opportunities that not enough businesses are taking advantage of. If you can understand where these business opportunities are and where you can grow then there is no limit to your content marketing potential.

Podcasts

One of the quickest growing platforms, podcasts are becoming more popular every day with millions of listeners opting to listen to them while they exercise, drive, or perform chores over music. These podcasts can range from political, comical, or dive into a whole different realm like sports and video games. Podcasts are an untapped market for content marketing and one that a few smart businesses are beginning to take advantage of.

Content marketing in podcasts can exist in multiple planes. There’s the classic radio style ad that some companies choose to go with and on some podcasts it works. If the listening demographic of that podcast leans on the older side then they’ll be more willing to sit through a traditional radio style advertisement on their podcast than someone younger. A younger person is more likely to seek out the fast forward button.

Which is where a very podcast specific kind of content marketing comes in. Many companies have realized that younger listeners, especially younger ones, don’t want to listen to traditional commercials, but what they will listen to are the podcast hosts sell them a product. This is particularly useful when the podcast itself is very personality driven.

The best content marketing in podcasts usually gives the hosts a general script to follow. They can either read it the entire way through or they can ad-lib sections to help create more interest in their podcasts. These ads usually last 32-38 seconds long. Why the weird number? Because most podcast apps let you skip ahead 15-30 seconds at a time.

Good content marketing sees the untapped potential of podcasts and can create content for them. With over half of the United States listening to at least one podcast in the last year you can bet that they’re here to stay.

Webpages

Who doesn’t take advantage of webpage based content marketing? You would be shocked. Having a well built website with plenty of content on it can change your website from an okay one to a brilliant one in the span of months. Too many places focus on their homepage, and while important, the web pages spread throughout your website can bring it just as much value. They can stand alone and bring in their own individual traffic. These individual numbers can help bring up the rest of the site as a whole. Not to mention good content on one page will help push someone to keep reading on other pages.

Strong webpage content marketing will tell users what they can and can’t get from a service. These webpages are designed to draw the consumer in and keep them there. Once they’re around the webpage then needs to sell them on the service that is being provided. Not enough webpages put value in this and instead opt for quick explanations that, while valuable in their own right, don’t get the job done.

If someone is looking at an individual web page and sees only a paragraph of information there’s a strong chance that paragraph is missing vital info that the user can use. Not to mention it doesn’t do well in the analytics of SEO. Content marketing is about creating great and valuable content while also appeasing to SEO analytics. It can be a tightrope walk, but the best content marketers can do it perfectly.

Social Media

Most businesses have a social media page, but the amount of effort that goes into them is nowhere near enough to meet their competitors. Content marketing in social media is a skill in itself that involves following trends, being smart about those trends, and knowing your audience. Sadly, many companies with a social media presence don’t understand how to do this.

Content marketing in social media is usually a shorter form of writing. If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram you don’t want to read a post that’s 1000 words, because more often than not you’re on your phone. Even if you aren’t you probably aren’t looking for long form writing on those platforms. That’s why staying short, sweet, and to the point is important in social media content marketing.

Not to mention that content marketing on a social media platform is a dangerous game. Many social media posts want to go viral with funny jokes, memes, or videos, but one misstep and you’re going viral for all the wrong reasons. Posting something cute and adorable is fine, but make sure it always has good taste. Poor taste in a social media is the biggest and most easily avoidable mistake. If you have to think about it then it’s probably not worth doing.

Great content marketers understand all platforms. Even if they’re currently not working in one area they still understand this and do their best for the possibility of one day needing to work in that kind of content marketing field. Content marketing is a constantly changing world and you have to be ready to adapt with what the future holds. One day social media, webpages, and podcasts might be obsolete as something else takes their place. You always need to be ready for change.

At The AD Leaf ® we understand more than anyone how much the landscape of the industry can change. If you want to speak with a team of experts that can help you understand that landscape then why not try contacting us via our phone number, 321.255.0900, or set up a consultation at TheAdLeaf.com, or you can email us to info@theadleaf.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Promoting Positive Customer Reviews on Social Media for Your Businesses

Every business owner knows how valuable positive customer reviews are. Customer reviews have become one of the number one ways that drive new customers to businesses. All it takes to find reviews is a quick google search, and a lack of positive reviews can just as easily take potential customers away. But getting past customers to post customer reviews or give positive feedback of any kind often feels like pulling teeth so what can you do to drive your customers to give your business positive feedback. Research has shown that one of the best ways to get positive feedback and reviews for your business is through social media. Here are some ways you can drive your customers to give you good reviews on social media platforms so you can drive new customers right to your business’s door.

  • Encourage user-generated content 

User-generated content on social media means that your customers will be posting their experience at your business on social media. Most people like to put their best foot forward on social media so it is not uncommon for customers to post a positive experience at a business on social media. Encourage your customers to take pictures of your business, of themselves at your business, or of the services your business provides. You can even ask to take the pictures yourself. Customers will usually oblige, and may even ask that you share the photo with them if they are in it. The more content you can get a hold of, the better the chance of them sharing their experience online, and the more content you will have for your own social media posts.

  • Post Interactive Stories

Stories have become more and more popular in recent years. Almost all popular social media platforms now have the option to add stories, but the best thing about stories for businesses is that they can be easily interactive. Stories have options that allow your customers to directly ask you questions, take polls, rate what they like and what they don’t like, and so on. The possibilities are endless, and it often takes less than a few minutes for a customer to give their feedback. Just like customers prefer speed when coming to your business, they also prefer speed when it comes to giving feedback. Stories are the perfect way to do this, and you can post them whenever and however you want. 

  • Post about your customer reviews and your customers’ experiences

If you see a great review online why would you want to keep that to yourself? Your customers want to be heard, and posting their experience can be a perfect way to make sure that happens. A great way to share your customer reviews is by creating a graphic template where you can easily copy and paste your favorite reviews to be shared on your social media or website. You can also repost photos that your customers took at your business or photos that your customers took of your business’s product or services to show your appreciation. Tagging your customers can show appreciation as well. Social media users often want to gain a larger following and more exposure. By sharing their content, you are showing them that you value their social media posts which can be a great ego boost for many people. Be sure to request permission before posting a photo that isn’t yours and before tagging a profile to make sure the customer is ok with it. 

  • Try to leverage video testimonials

A great and unique way to promote your business while also getting positive reviews is by asking for video testimonials. Video testimonials are when customers make a video letting people know how much they love a business service or product. This is something that you may want to ask a friend who has been a customer in the past to do because it takes a little bit more time, and not everyone enjoys being shared on video on social media. But regular customers who have told you how much they love your business in the past are also an option. Regular customers and friends have probably established a close enough connection with you and your business to where they would feel comfortable doing this. You could even ask to record the video yourself. Make sure you let them know that if they don’t like the video you won’t post it. Videos like this often see a large increase in business and social media engagement.

  •  Create weekly customer features

Weekly customer features can show your brand’s appreciation for your customers and can create more customer engagement. Using customer content, tweeting about customers you appreciate, promoting reviews, and sharing positive customer experiences are all ways you can feature your customers on your social media platforms to promote more customer engagement and feedback. If your customers are expecting their experience to be shared because you share customer experiences on a regular basis, they may be more inclined to share their experience in hopes of getting a shoutout. This will increase your business’s feedback and once you share a customer experience, there is a chance that they will reshare your post because it includes them in it which will increase engagement. The more you reach out to your customers and show your appreciation, the bigger the chance of them showing appreciation back. 

  •  Create a rewards program to incentivize reviews 

Sometimes simply asking for reviews isn’t enough. Customers often need an incentive to give reviews, and while social media exposure and recognition is enough for some customers, others may not feel the same way. Creating a rewards program to encourage your customers may just be the extra push that your customers need. Offer a complimentary product or service from your business or some other type of reward system that motivates your customers to leave reviews online. The most successful reviews are ones that are authentic and relatable so this is one of the best ways to create growth online and in your business. 

At The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm, we know how difficult it can be to get the engagement you are looking for when it comes to your business, especially online, but that is why we do what we do. We are the experts in our field, and we have the research and knowledge you need to make sure your business continues to progress in an everchanging online world. If you’re running a business, the last thing you want to be worrying about is how many followers you have on social media, but your social media following still plays a huge part in the business world today. Let us help guide you through so you can worry about what’s really important to you. Call us today at (321) 255-0900 for more information or email us at info@theadleaf.com

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How Effective SEO Strategies Can Give Your Business Maximum Results

Are you looking to find out how SEO (search engine optimization) can help you rank on the first page on Google in the midst of your competitive market? When it comes to developing and executing SEO strategies, it doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, you may be over-complicating the process and spending so much time trying to out-Google “Google” that it hurts your chances to create relevant traffic to your website. However, SEO is still very difficult to understand due to the volatile nature of search engine algorithms that changes every minute. This is where hiring a skilled and trusted SEO company as The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm can do for you.

But first, lets go over exactly why SEO (search engine optimization) is important and what makes an effective SEO strategy work seamlessly.

Always Abide By Google Standards When Developing Your SEO Strategy

SEO is all about abiding by Google ‘s standards which helps Google, as well as other search engines, find your website by including the relevant keywords for your service/product pages or blog posts. If you can determine who is your customer avatar, what your target market is looking for, and produce content that meets their needs, all you need is sound SEO and strategies to make sure your content gets in front of your target audience.

Is SEO Really That Important?

With so many ways to drive traffic online, SEO can be pushed aside in favor of social media, video marketing, Facebook Ads and many other ways of marketing online, but here’s the big reason search engine optimization needs to be an important part of everything you do.

With the right SEO strategies in place, one piece of content like a blog post or an article could bring you traffic day after day without any additional work. This means you have the potential to send hundreds of visitors to your site daily from the work you’ve just done once.

In today’s platform, social media moves so fast that while it is great for building up leads, branding yourself, creating a loyal following, it is paramount to combine your social media marketing with solid SEO strategies to ensure that you create a high volume of traffic coming in.

Now that you know the importance of developing and executing a good SEO strategy to bring maximum results for your business, it is time to choose a high-class SEO service to optimize and improve your website’s ranking. SEO is very effective, however, it is also time-consuming. As a business owner, your main objective is to service your customers and to provide that service fast and efficiently. 

There are only 24 hours in a day. If you’re taking the time to learn SEO, there’s a high chance that you’ll lose customers by not focusing on your leads and increasing your sales which is the most important thing to do at this time. On that note, If you are looking for a reputable SEO Company in Melbourne FL to improve your website’s ranking and handle all of the heavy lifting, please don’t hesitate to contact The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm at 321-255-0900. We’d love to help you increase your traffic and conversions today.