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What Time Should I be Posting on Social Media?

If you’ve been managing any social media campaign, you’ve probably asked yourself this question a million times. You’ve probably heard that posting times are irrelevant now, with behavior-based algorithms having been rolled out among most platforms. While it is true that behavior-based algorithms have affected optimal posting times, it’s ignorant to think that when you launch your content does not affect your engagement rates, visibility, or the number of impressions generated. Are all hours and minutes equal in the eyes of the algorithm? The short answer is “no.” Let’s talk about why.

Is There Really a “Best” Time to Post? 

While most newsfeed algorithms are behavior-based, a few platforms take “recency” into consideration due to social media trends moving so quickly. In-the-moment updates and news are important in gauging whether or not your content should be shown to an audience, so it makes sense that they consider recency. 

As you might have guessed, there’s no one “right answer” or a “one-size-fits-all answer” to this question. The most important thing you can do when determining what time of day to launch your content, is to pay attention to your own analytics. Every target audience is different, and beyond that, every platform is different too. 

While you can apply some generalizations, like “the best time to post across industries is 9 a.m., when people are just starting work and going online for the first time” (Hubspot), it’s essential to understand that your followers could be online at a different time based on their personal attributes. 

If your target audience is mothers with young children, 9 a.m. might not be when they’re active online. They’re likely getting their kids set up for the day, so they may not be on social media until the youngsters go down for their mid-morning nap around 11 a.m. If you’re posting your content at 9 a.m., you could be missing that key audience. 

This is where your social media analytics will come into play. You need to monitor your content and pay close attention to when your audience is online and interacting with your content. You may be surprised to find out when your audience is genuinely online. 

How Do I Find Out When My Audience is Active on Social Media? 

Facebook

Facebook makes it relatively easy to figure this out. When looking at your Facebook Page, you’ll see a list of options on the left-hand side. First, you’ll select the option titled “Insights.” From there, you’ll select “Posts.” Then, you’ll see a graph at the top of the page detailing when your audience is most active. For those that are visual learners, here’s a step-by-step:

Based on the data provided above, we can see a few key points:

  • Our audience is most active on Sundays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • Our audience is most active between the times of 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.
  • Our audience is also reasonably active between the times of 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. 

After looking at this data, we should optimize our content to launch between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. throughout the week. If we wanted to switch things up, we could also launch our content between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. This will help our campaign connect with most of our audience as it may be different target audiences who are active in the evening hours versus the engaged audience in the morning hours.

Instagram

When looking at your Instagram profile’s main screen (hint: make sure your profile is converted to a Business Profile), click on the “Insights” button. From there, ensure you’re looking at a 30-day overview as 7-day analytics can provide a false positive or a false negative. The more data you’re taking into consideration, the better. Select “See All” next to the “Your Audience” section. Then, scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll be able to see the Hours or Days your audience is most active. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown for my visual learners:

In reviewing the analytics from our Instagram profile, here are a few key takeaways:

  • In terms of daily activity, our audience is pretty even across the board. There isn’t a specific day that stands out significantly. 
  • Our audience is most active between the hours of 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. across the board. 

When optimizing our Instagram content, it would serve us well to launch our content within that time frame each day. This will capture the bulk of our audience. In looking at the last graphic, it appears our audience is equally as active around 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. as well, so if we wanted to test our strategy against itself, we could choose one of those times to post as well. Like our Facebook strategy, it’s essential to consider multiple audience groups and determine which posting strategy captures your most active audience. 

This is just two out of the many social media platforms that exist now, so you can imagine it takes a significant amount of time and effort to track peak activity times across multiple platforms. As an agency, we have access to various tools that allow us to compile, track, and present this data to you, along with a comprehensive social media marketing strategy that takes all of this (and more) into consideration. If you’re looking to streamline your social media strategy, email us at info@theadleaf.com or call us at 321-255-0900 to get started with your unique social media strategy today. 

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Creating The Perfect Social Strategy with Organic and Paid Socials

If you are interested in social media marketing, then it’s essential that you develop an effective social strategy. The terms “bought” or “paid” regarding social media marketing can have a somewhat bad reputation. When these terms are present, they will often refer to a business with a large social media following but had a majority of their follows purchased through automated algorithms. This is generally looked down upon, especially if you are trying to promote your business.

However, the term “paid social” actually means something entirely different and might even be a marketing strategy that The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm LLC. can help implement for you.

Organic vs. Paid Social Strategy

If you are familiar with SEO or work with our SEO specialists for your business, you already know what organic and paid socials are like. Organic social consists of any type of activity on social media that does not have a paid advertising function. On the other hand, paid socials use advertising programs on popular social media websites to boost a page’s traffic. The ideal social media strategy uses both organic and paid socials to achieve the best results possible.

Organic Social Strategy Tips

Here are some of the ways our marketing experts at The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm LLC. recommend building your organic social following.

  • Make sure your best-performing post is immediately visible
  • Comment on similar pages and posts to yours
  • Develop a social media voice that can distinguish you from your competition

Paid Social Strategy Tips

Are you starting to see an improvement with your organic social statistics? Try and boost those engagements more with paid social activity! Here are some tips you can use to draw in new potential customers.

  • Make unique social media posts explicitly used for promotion
  • Promote new products or offers frequently
  • Publish content based on the current needs and interests of your target audience

Working with The AD Leaf

As a local business ourselves, we understand that you might have a limited amount of time to work on boosting your organic and paid social media presence. After all, you have a lot on your plate as you work to expand your business. That is why our social media strategists here at The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm LLC. can do the work for you! We will create perfect social media posts and will regularly update you with information about user engagement. 

Are you ready to take your social media presence to the next level? Call The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm LLC. at 321-255-0900 to schedule a free consultation!

Algorithm Mania

Marketing and the Facebook Algorithm

It’s pretty common knowledge that trends in social media are constantly changing, but how much do you know about the algorithms that determine what’s seen and who sees it? Let’s use Facebook as an example. While it would certainly make the lives of social media coordinators much easier, there’s no one set algorithm that Facebook uses. There are common denominators and things that affect algorithms as a whole– like elections–, but every single user has their own unique algorithm that’s generated by what they commonly interact with and who is paying to put their content in front of them. The average reach for an organic post hovers around 5% and drops more with each passing month. As with most things in business and marketing, paid ads are king.

How Algorithms Affect Marketing

Every time you log in to Facebook and check out your feed, your algorithm is updated based on what posts you’re interacting with, who you’ve chosen to “see first” on your feed, your settings, and several other factors. Up until recently, there was also a lot of information being taken from Facebook partners that helped both ad and organic algorithms hone in on their audience on a very granular level. On top of keeping up to date with normal algorithm changes, Facebook users and managers are now coming face-to-face with Apple’s new security policy, allowing users to opt-out of data sharing that companies use to target their ads. facebook algorithm

Facebook Algorithm Tracking

If you’re an iPhone owner, you’ve likely already seen the popup message on many of your apps that allows you to opt-out of a lot of the information sharing that had been occurring. While this limits ad targeting in some industries, it’s not completely stripping away the carefully crafted audiences many rely on to bring in leads. However, without the behind-the-scenes know-how of targeting and how to adjust to similar targets that are still available, you’re likely to see a large decrease in leads. This skillset is just one of the many reasons it’s so important to have a trained social media specialist on your team.

Defeating the Facebook Algorithm

For a novice, mastering algorithms is an overwhelming task, and without the proper training and know-how, it’s a real guessing game. It’s also time-consuming to monitor the latest news and updates and tweak your posting schedule and ads accordingly. That’s where we step in! The AD Leaf has a full team of highly trained and skilled social media coordinators that are always up to date on all things social media. Put your time and energy toward your business and let us handle the rest!

 

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Social Media: What Should Businesses Post?

Why You Need Great Social Media Content

So, you’ve committed to creating social media content. You’re ready to kick off your social media marketing strategy, and you’re going to kill it!

There’s only one problem. What are you going to post?

Social media is all about engagement. If your social media content is stale and lifeless, people won’t interact. We all know sharing is caring! If your audience doesn’t care about what you’re posting, they won’t share it. They won’t repost, retweet, like, comment, or follow either!

So how can you get that engagement? With valuable content, of course!

Social Media Science

There’s a science behind what people will or won’t share on social media. Studies have shown that a majority of people sharing content do so because they are entertained, and want to entertain their friends. Another motivation? Information. People like to educate themselves, and will share content that will be useful to their friends and followers. From a psychological standpoint, it’s simple: people want to look good. People are more inclined to share interesting and engaging content because it makes THEM look interesting and engaging. What’s more, great content helps people to connect with and even help their friends, family and followers.

So, now that we know what people share, what kind of content is best?

Great Social Media Content Makes You Feel Something

Feelings are a part of daily life for everyone, so it makes sense that content that invokes an emotional response will get a good reaction. But which emotions are the best ones to target? Studies have shown that positive content tends to get more shares than negative content. Furthermore, laughter and amusement are at the top of the list. So, give people something to laugh about!

Don’t Forget the Visuals

We all know the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Images tell stories, and people love storytelling! Content that includes visuals gets 94% more views than content without. That’s because the brain processes things visually. If you want to draw your audience’s eye, images are the way to do it.

When it comes to your images, size matters. Make sure you’re posting images of a high enough resolution that they’ll show up clear and sharp. Nobody likes blurry, stretched out images. Not sure where to get images to post? The best ones are the ones you take yourself! If that’s not an option, stock images can work well, too.

Attention is Everything

We live in an age of pocket-sized information. If your content isn’t immediate eye-catching, people will scroll on by. It’s easier and faster to absorb information in bite-sized pieces. Lists and infographics are the way to go! When you put things in list format, people know exactly what they’re getting when they click the link. Lists and infographics get shared more than other types of content, so they’re a great tool for engagement! Infographics are also easy to make with tools like Canva, Vizualize, and more. If you don’t want to make one, find one to share.

Who hasn’t clicked through to find out what kind of pizza matches their personality? Interactive content like quizzes are great for interaction and engagement! The benefit of interactive content is that it encourages users to engage instead of just scrolling past. Luckily, creating quizzes, polls, and other interactive content is a breeze. There are many tools made just for that.

Hashtags Get You Found

There’s a hashtag for every day. #MotivationMonday. #ThrowbackThursday. #FlashbackFriday. Daily themes are a great way to engage! This trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so get on board. Similarly, there’s a wacky holiday for almost every day, week and month as well. Did you know there are national food holidays almost every day? With a little pre-planning, you can have some great content prepared to celebrate these observances.

Want to know the best way to engage with your audience? Post THEIR content. Your best salespeople are the people who are using your products and services and talking about the experience. Take GoPro for example. What better way to sell their product than show you ALL the ways in which it can be used, and ALL the videos it can take? Every GoPro user can be a content creator. That gives GoPro unlimited resources to showcase exactly what their product is capable of.

Great Social Media Content Builds Connections

Did you notice something similar about all of these pieces? That’s right, none of them are links to your business website!

That doesn’t mean you can’t ever post about your business! In fact, there are times when that’s beneficial.

If you’ve got information that is relevant, educational, engaging and everything we’ve talked about, post it! Just don’t drown your audience in it, because nobody likes when people talk about themselves all the time.

It’s called social media for a reason. People want to connect! They want to engage with causes they care about, they want to support and help their friends and families, and they want to feel and share those feelings. Make your page a place where they can do just that!

Social Media in 2021

Social Media: What’s New this New Year

What to Expect from Social Media in 2021

Social media is an everchanging industry brimming with innovation and opportunities. Social Media in 2021 is no different. If you are looking to grow your business or social prowess it is important to stay updated on recent trends and features on social media. Social media platforms have to constantly stay innovative or else their platforms could become obsolete. Take Myspace and Tumblr for example. These social platforms were not listening to users or innovating the way their platforms operate. On the other hand, Instagram and Facebook continuously make changes to their strategies and design to keep users actively participating on their platforms.

Farewell, Facebook Like Button
On January 6th, 2021 Facebook announced that they will be removing the Facebook like button from Facebook pages. This comes as no surprise considering Facebook has been making noticeable changes to its various platforms in recent years. Facebook is attempting to more accurately gage popularity by using the follow button rather than the like button. The follow button is believed to be a far better indicator of a page’s popularity than the like button. This is because people would like a page and decline to receive updates on the page indicating that the page had a higher reach than it actually possessed. Besides the like button, Facebook is altering the overall appearance and design of pages. Pages will now have a more simplified user interface. These changes will help all users to easily navigate Facebook pages. Followers will be able to navigate pages better, and page owners will be able to operate the page easier from behind the scenes.

Hello News Feed
Another new feature Facebook is implementing is the News Feed for Facebook pages. The News Feed can be used by pages to engage with groups, other pages, and fans. This change will likely lead to more genuine discussions and interactions between users. Pages will also be able to host Q&A’s with followers, which is another great way for pages to increase their interactions on the platform.

Looking Back on Instagram Likes
Last year, Instagram sent shock waves around the world when they announced they were testing out the removal of viewable likes on users’ accounts. This of course received a lot of negative feedback. Instagram believed that by removing the like feature, users would feel less pressure to get a certain amount of likes on their photos. This is a valid point when considering the amount of pressure young people feel regarding their relevance across social media platforms. This change appears too just be temporary. Instagram has not given any updates or indications that they are moving forward with this initiative.

Suggested Posts
Instagram is an ever-evolving social platform. They roll back certain features, to make way for new ones. One of the most recent changes is their new suggested posts feature. This feature is designed to keep users engaged on the platform when they have run out of new posts to scroll through. Suggested posts uses algorithms that gage what users are interested in. This feature cannot be turned off to the disdain of more skeptical Instagram users.

Suggested Unfollow
Another interesting new feature on Instagram is the suggested unfollow section. This section can be found in your following tab. This feature showcases which users you interact with the most and the least. If you notice you are following too many users, you can use the feature to remove people that you do not interact with regularly.

IGTV Accessibility
Most social media changes have to be implemented slowly before they are accepted by social media users. People use social media everyday so when platforms are altered it’s strikingly obvious to people engaging on these platforms. IGTV is a great example of how to slowly warm users up to a new feature. IGTV slowly gained traction, and Instagram wanted to capitalize on its recent success. IGTV posts are now as accessible as regular Instagram posts. IGTV posts can be viewed on users’ profile feed and news feed rather than in a separate section.

That’s a Wrap
Innovation and modification are important factors to the success of a social media platform. Social media platforms are ever-changing, so it is vital to stay updated and use new features to your advantage. Having an active and strategic social media presence can give your brand a competitive advantage. Many companies are on social media in 2021, but they are not using it as a tool to benefit their growth strategies. Don’t fall behind, instead use social media as a tool to increase brand awareness, start conversations, and gain fans.

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What are Pinterest Story Pins?

Wondering what Pinterest Story pins are? Stories seem to be an essential feature for social media platforms today. But did you know that only eight years ago they never existed? In 2013, Snapchat made a significant update to its platform and created stories. With this new update, Snapchat began to gain mass popularity, and it wasn’t long before other social media platforms integrated this story feature into their software. In 2016, Instagram added stories with Facebook and YouTube following in 2017.  Pinterest creators developed a version of their own, and it’s a significant update!

Though Pinterest Story Pins were first introduced in late 2019 overseas, it wasn’t until September 2020, when this beta feature became available to some business accounts. Pinterest surprised many users with early access to this new feature. But don’t worry. If you don’t have access now, you can request access with merely a click of a button. It should be about 5-7 business days for granted access if your request is approved. 

Request access here: https://www.pinterest.com/story-pin-invite/

What are Pinterest Story Pins?

Think of Story Pins like a slideshow. These Story Pins can incorporate more ideas and inspiration than a standard pin, with up to 20 different content pages, including a mix of pictures and videos. Like regular pins, a user can add to an existing, new, or even a shared board.  

For most Pinners on Pinterest searching for inspiration, DIYs, how-to guides, and tutorials, the new Story Pins will be an effective tool. Tag up to 10 relevant topics related to searched content with these Story Pins. Tagging is essential and makes it even easier to get the right content in front of the right audience who care the most. Story Pins unlock the door to creativity for creators to generate even more detailed and engaging content. The limitation of a single page of text is eliminated with the option to now go more in-depth and explain a concept. Some ideas of the best types of pins to maximize this feature would be how-to guides, list posts, detailed recipes with step-by-step photos, DIY guides, tutorials, and travel tips. 

They Never Expire

Don’t let the word “Story” fool you. Unlike most stories you see on major platforms, Pinterest Story Pins ever expire! Say goodbye to the 24-hour expiration date because these Story Pins will stay on your boards forever (unless, of course, you make them disappear).

You Will be Rewarded 

That’s right! Pinterest will favor Story Pins over regular pins. With their new algorithm, Pinterest is experimenting and providing more exposure than they typically would with standard pins. To have the algorithm work in your favor, you must take full advantage of the features Pinterest provides. Users that have utilized this feature have seen an increased reach of their pins within 24 hours with inflated numbers. Pinterest is rewarding content creators for using their features with a higher chance of generating more impressions, clicks, and traffic to their website. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Creating Story Pins in 4 Simple Steps

You will find that creating Story Pins is a very straightforward process with a super user-friendly interface, whether you’re on a desktop or mobile device. Below are the four areas you will be prompted with when creating a Story Pin:

  • Upload: You can upload up to 20 images or videos.
  • Design: This is where you can adjust the layout of your images, focal point and add text. 
  • Details: Add a theme with corresponding prompts. For example, if your theme is Crafts + DIY, you will have the drop-down to choose the difficulty level and a box to fill in the supplies needed. 
  • Audience: This is where you will create your Story Pin title, choose the board it will be uploaded to, and add up to 10 tagged topics.

So What’s the Catch?

With this fantastic new feature, you may be wondering, “Okay, what’s the catch? There has to be something”. Well, this is true. The biggest controversy is that the links you provide in Story Pins are not direct links. Go figure! Pinterest’s goal is to keep pinners on their platform as long as possible. Previously pinners would search through content, and then it was easy to visit the creator’s website from a pin. With Story Pins, this discourages Pinners from leaving Pinterest by eliminating direct links, making it a little more complicated. Sneaky right? But there is a bright side. There may not be direct links, but there will now be a follow button at the end of your Story Pins, which will link back to your Pinterest business page. This prompt is an excellent reminder for Pinners to follow you, especially if they enjoyed your content enough to read until the end. 

Where Do I Go From Here?

I’ll leave you with these few key points:

  1. Pinterest will favor Story Pins in their new algorithm. 
  2. Story pins are super easy to make.
  3. Story Pins never expire.

Even though you may not have access to this exciting new feature yet, you can either attempt to request early access or sit tight and wait patiently. If you decide to wait, this is still a great time to get familiar with Story Pins until it is available for everyone. In the meantime, it never hurts to educate yourself and be prepared to elevate your business’s presence on Pinterest. Get ready for the biggest update yet! 

Ps. Remember to have fun and get creative!

Interested in Pinterest’s official release video? Check it out here: https://youtu.be/j3xzahNK27Y

 

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Business Owners and Social Media: The Struggle for Relevance

Since the beginning, social media has been a phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. Having relevance on social media is the key to attracting and maintaining an audience. The world of AIM and Myspace seems like one we lived in so long ago. These platforms have procured a more powerful influence than many of us could have ever imagined. 

Trends are made and then declared “untrendy” seemingly as soon as they begin on social media apps. If caught outside the facet of what’s popular, you can easily be seen as “irrelevant”. This may seem brutal, yet it shows us that our modern society is constantly changing, especially online. The positive of this is the ability to message a company without ever having to speak to them on the phone. This is heaven for many anxious young people, yet foreign to many of those who once relied on phone calls for so many interactions.

 

Maintaining Relevance on Social Media

 

How do businesses maintain successful social media accounts, grow, and yet still stay relevant? Of course, a successful business always takes priority, but these two concepts are intertwined. 

As a business owner, social media needs to become an instrumental part of your success. An outdated social profile could cause people to think your business is closed. Plus, those who do not feel comfortable calling your business, will not be able to message or email you.

The struggle for relevance on social media seems like an uphill battle when it comes to committing large amounts of time to the research needed to maintain a successful social media campaign. A large problem with this commitment is that there isn’t enough time to monitor and research trends and consistently post on social media while running a productive business. 

 

The Necessary Trend Research

Is trend research necessary? Why can’t I simply post business updates on my existing social media when needed? The short answer to both of these questions is yes. The long answer is more involved. Posting on social media is simple, but making it an effective use of a business owner’s time is another issue altogether. This is where research and forethought become essential.

 

Social media trends are a large part of relevancy. The average person spends 144 minutes on social media per day, and they’re looking for what’s trending. The struggle is to become involved in a trend while it’s still relevant. If the news is reporting on a trend, then it is likely it is already dying out. By the time a news company commits to verifying the information within the trend, the social media app as a whole may have already moved on. One example of this is the ALS ice bucket challenge. While obviously one of the most important and beneficial trends to come from social media, if you participated in it today, you wouldn’t be participating in something that is actively trending, and people likely wouldn’t find your post.

 

Social media, for better or for worse, has seemingly lessened the attention span of millions. From 2000 to 2015, the average person’s attention span has decreased from 15 seconds to eight seconds. Among multiple devices and millions of sources for consumption, you must first attract a user, and then manage to grab their eight seconds of attention. If you come into a trend late, the attention held for it will already be exhausted. This is why research has become monumental within the social media space. 

 

The Agency Approach

The job of a social media department in an agency partially rides on the concept of ensuring their clients stay relevant. Constantly monitoring trends and staying up-to-date on industry news are the catalyst for this. Often, this is achieved within a much more affordable price point than developing an internal social media team in your company.

Technology is frequently changing, and for many, once they’re finally comfortable with an app or feature, it is already becoming out-of-date. How do you as a business owner conquer this?

  • Use and understand multiple social medias 
  • Monitor publicly reported changes 
  • Interact daily with your followers and post multiple types of content
  • Create graphics and posts that will engage people from multiple perspectives
  • Analyze your results over time and make changes to your actions based on results
  • Create and monitor advertisements
  • Repeat

Unfortunately, many business owners simply do not have the time for this.

How an Agency Can Keep You Relevant on Social Media

How do ad agencies conquer this effectively? All of these steps are part of their daily routine. Social media is constantly consumed in both a professional and personal aspect by most specialists. Consider an agency as simply hiring an expert. Just as you may hire a professional to paint your house versus buying all of the supplies and learning through trial and error.

Hiring an agency is almost a no-brainer when considering if you should sacrifice the time to dedicate yourself to continuous research into the social media world while simultaneously running and innovating your business. Agencies are an effective use of your money and your tremendously important time. The battle of staying relevant in the essential world of social media is best won by someone constantly engulfed by the ongoing research, leaving business owners to continue to do what they do best be successful.

The AD Leaf Marketing Firm is made of experts well-versed in social media research and content creation. We would love to conquer the world of ever-changing social media and research for your company, and help sky-rocket your business’s online presence and social engagement. Contact us for more information.

How E-Commerce Can Increase Your Profit

The world has never been as digital as it is now. Companies are flocking to the web to create websites, update blogs, access social media, and set up online stores, especially with this year’s inability to shop in-person. With easy-to-use tools like Shopify, the landscape of the internet is becoming more saturated with ways to purchase goods and services. And there’s good reason, too.

You may have heard of e-commerce, but what is it really? Simply put, e-commerce is defined as the buying and selling of goods and services online. E-commerce has taken off in a way no one could have imagined during the pandemic. From huge sites like Amazon to independent online stores, people have been spending more and more online, making the demand for online shopping skyrocket. 

Think about your own experience online. Chances are, you’ve probably needed a food delivery or a quick shipment of toilet paper. Imagine if you could give your customers the same quick experience. The ease of e-commerce is one of its biggest appeals, and offering that to your customers will likely increase your sales as well as help you build your brand identity, not to mention keep your business alive as technology rushed forward.

 

How to Use E-Commerce to Increase Profits

  • Build an online site.

Obviously, you’re going to need a website in order to sell products and services online. If you already have one, site hosts like WordPress or Wix likely have an option to add a store. If you don’t have a website already, that’s okay! There are lots of options for website development that are user-friendly; The AD Leaf offers affordable and effective web design too.

  • Decide on products.

Almost anything can be sold online, but sometimes it’s easier for some products than others. If you sell ice cream and candy, for example, you might choose to only offer candy for purchase online to avoid difficult and costly shipping methods for special items. Think about what you can offer that you already have, or what you could add to your inventory that might sell well online.

  • Upload products.

Once you’ve decided on which products to sell, you’re going to want to upload them to your shop. You’ll need great photos of your stuff, which means you can either try to take professional quality pictures or seek the help of professional services. Choosing prices, layouts, menu options, and other details to fill out your shop is the next step, followed by writing up product descriptions.

  • Utilize SEO and Content Writing.

SEO, or search engine optimization, is the process of helping your business rank higher in searches on sites like Google or Bing. SEO professionals use strategic keywords and market research to help your webpages rise above the competition. SEO teams work closely with content writers who fill out your website with relevant service pages, blogs, product descriptions, and more, all to make your website the optimal marketing tool. Without proper SEO strategies, your website could suffer from being buried at the bottom of the pile of endless other sites, making it hard for customers to be able to find you.

  • Get on social media.

Your customers are on social media already, so why not reach out to them there, too? Utilizing social media channels is a great way to build your brand image, reach more potential customers, and run campaigns. You can advertise or just be present to raise awareness of your shop. If being on social media seems like too much of a hassle, there are also professionals who are experts in navigating the apps who can help take your store to the next level.

  • Run promotions.

Being active with your customers is also an effective way to drive sales. By running promotions, you are offering your customers a chance to save a bit of money while also attracting more attention to your online store. This can be done directly on your site or through social media channels as well.

 

Just like an interview, you want your business to make its best first impression. In today’s digital age, people are turning more and more to the internet to search for products and services. In 2020 especially, people can’t even go into stores to buy essentials, making e-commerce crucial for businesses to stay afloat. Keeping up with current e-commerce trends and digital interfaces can help put you ahead of the competition. Whether creating your own online shop from an online source or taking advantage of creative services like ours, get your site up to snuff for the new year.

Building a Community Through Engagement Efforts

Social media marketing has become a favorable opportunity for all businesses and continues to with the growing rate of social apps. Social media apps like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok have made a significant staple to businesses today. Despite being familiar with these social platforms, there is a deep understanding when using these social media apps for business purposes. 

Are you wondering why your current tactics are not helping your online presence? Perhaps connectivity with your audience is lacking. This compelling factor can ultimately reflect your business as a whole. Digital marketers understand these strategic aspects amplify your business image through a concept known as engagement. This concept builds a connection with your audience that fundamentally keeps current customers and captivates future customers. The online world opens the doors for businesses to target users to formulate a community that becomes advantageous in the long run. 

This online community is advantageous to a business because it brings forth a positive experience to those seeking your products or services. Your image is portrayed through how you respond either verbally or through your actions online. The more involved you are in your community the more your audience will want to be involved. Whatever goals you have in mind for your business on social media, stay creative, and find what works for your brand image. 

Whether your business runs on a more lively or professional tone, engagement is a powerful aspect that entails both in the digital marketing world. Think of the concept engagement as a get-together where you’d expect the event to be inviting between you and the guest. Furthermore, you would most likely want to stick around if your presence is going noticed. If not, then you will refuse to stay. 

Ever Wondered How This is Measured? 

On each platform, you have the opportunity to stay engaged with your current audience or the audience you seek to target at any point. Engagement on any social media platform is measured through likes, comments, and shares. Other forms of interactions employed are within a business page, posts, or direct messaging. Overall, social media engagement grows any time a user socializes with your business’s social media platforms.   

In an effort to increase engagement, a business can do so through the use of their content. A well developed strategic plan of content creation can increase the engagement you’ve been looking for. A business can express its services or products every day, but this can get you nowhere. It is important to express connectivity with posts that are interactive, informative, or relatable. Refraining from marketing posts and incorporating content like videos, polls, questions, or games that pertain to your industry is a neat way to spark engagement. 

The Significance Engagement Has on Your Business 

If you fail to incorporate engagement on your social platforms, much success of your online presence can be deteriorating to your business. People in this generation find it easier to seek information about a business on social platforms because of the easy accessibility to finding your page. Your social media platforms define what your company stands for and enables the reputation it will have. Make sure that your stance is neutral, up to date, and incorporate this significant concept of engagement. 

Here at The Ad Leaf LLC., engagement is one of the many remarkable aspects of our social media marketing efforts. Our social media team works strategically to conduct the best results for you and your business marketing endeavors. If you are looking to increase your brand’s image through social media marketing, leave it to us experts to take care of your needs. We look forward to growing your business. 

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Let’s Talk Marketing

There’s a lot of jargon thrown around in the world of marketing. As the owner of a plumbing company, hair salon, or landscaping company, you might feel overwhelmed and out of the loop when you’re on the phone with your marketing team and they’re talking about things like CPCs, Bounce Rates, and CTRs. If you’re not sure what these mean, that’s okay. Let’s talk marketing.

 

Commonly Use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Terms

  • Bounce Rate

This is when someone visits your website and immediately clicks the “back” button on their browser or exits out of the page before giving the page a chance to load. This occurs when a user accidentally clicks on your link or your website takes too long to load. It’s normal to have bounces happen as it’s simply a mis-click in most cases but the goal is to keep that number as long as possible. 

  • Title Tag

This is the main thing that appears in a Google search. The headline or main text you see before reading the description. This should be optimized to catch the attention of a quick browser. 

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  • Meta Description

This is the quick snippet below your title tag. This should be optimized to fit your target keywords as well as support the users’ readability when they’re browsing search results. 

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  • Keywords

Speaking of keywords! Keywords are individual words or phrases that someone might search in order to find your product or service. Your title tags, meta descriptions, and website content should be optimized to support your focus keywords. It’s important to put yourself in the shoes of your customer and imagine what they would be searching for and not what you would search for. You’re knee-deep in your industry so the terms of verbiage you would use to discover your own company might be lost on the typical user. 

  • Domain Authority

This refers to how a whole domain (like www.theadleaf.com) will rank on search engine results. It’s typically calculated by a combination of things like link metrics, root domains, number of other links, and other things on a 100-point scale. This measurement is used internally by Google to see how your website compares to others in regards to your keywords. 

 

Commonly Used Social Media Terms

  • Engagement Rate

This is the rate at which your followers share, like, or comment on your content. This is a great way to determine whether or not your content resonates with your follower base. A quick way to calculate this is to take the average number of engagements you’ve received on a singular piece of content (like a post) and divide it by the number of followers you have. 

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  • Pixel

If you’re running Facebook Ads and have a large ad budget, this is necessary to build strong audiences. A Facebook Pixel is a tracking code added to your website that tracks and monitors the users that visit your website as a result of Facebook. You can use the data from this Pixel to build Lookalike Audiences and build Remarketing/Retargeting campaigns. 

  • A/B Split Testing

Another fun one for when you decide to start running paid advertising on social media! A/B Split Testing is the practice of taking two different types of ads that have one variation between them. For example, you may create Ad A with a caption, graphic, and budget. To successfully conduct an A/B Split Test, Ad B should vary one of those items. If you’re stuck between two different graphics/images, run Ad A with Graphic 1 and run Ad B with Graphic 2. This will allow you to test the variables against each other and see which one was more successful. 

  • Boosted Post

You’ve probably heard this term before if you’d ever taken a peek at Ads Center on Facebook. This function allows you to “sponsor” a top-performing post and get it in front of more users. This is done primarily to grow your audience and increase your engagement. It will show it to more of your current follower base and may be shown to users who don’t follow you. Boosting posts is very different from running high-level ads as the targeting options are very limited and the capability to be creative is limited. 

  • Evergreen Content

This type of content is crucial to your organic social media campaigns. Today, most social media algorithms are based on activity and not based on chronological posts. You’ve probably noticed that if you like a post about a movie theater or a pair of sneakers, all of a sudden your whole timeline is filled with other local movie theaters or other sneaker brands. This means that content that’s posted can essentially “live forever” on social media. It’s important that you incorporate content into your campaigns that are applicable to your target audience whenever they see it, any day, any time, any season. This type of content is “evergreen” because it’s always green and is applicable year-round. 

 

Commonly Used Email Marketing Terms

  • Hard Bounce

This is what happens when an email campaign is returned from an email address you sent it to because the email address is either incorrect or no longer active. This does count against your domain’s quality score if you have too many hard bounces. 

  • Soft Bounce

This is slightly different than a hard bounce. This is what happens when an email campaign is returned from an email address due to a technical error like the recipient’s email inbox is full or their server was down and unable to receive emails for a period of time. This doesn’t count against your domain’s quality score because these are unable to be controlled. 

  • CTRs

This stands for Click Through Rate. This is the number of people who click on a link, button, or icon in your email campaign and end up on your desired landing page. An easy way to calculate your CTR is to take the number of users generated from your email campaign and divide it by the number of emails you sent. The final number is your CTR. Generally, you should be aiming for a CTR between 10-15% but this may vary depending on your industry. 

  • Open Rate

This is the number of recipients who open your email. It’s important to keep track of your open rate so you can determine whether or not the campaigns you’re sending are relevant to your audience. The way you calculate this is similar to your CTR. Take the number of emails opened and divide it by the total number of recipients on your email list. 

  • List Segmentation

Segmenting your list is incredibly important. This is the practice of taking similar groups of email recipients based on a variety of factors and creating a new list with just a select number of emails. You may want to create a list based on a recipient’s geographical location (like what State or Town they live in), the company/industry they work for, their age, their gender, or any other qualifying factors. This will allow you to craft campaigns that are unique to each subset of your email list. 

 

Don’t feel overwhelmed if you’re talking with one of our team members and you don’t understand a term we use. If you’re not sure what we’re talking about- ask! We love getting to talk through the terms we use and explain what they mean so you can fully understand the services we’re providing for you. We want you to feel comfortable knowing exactly what we’re doing for you! If you’re ready to get your marketing campaign started, give us a call at 321-255-0900 or email us at info@theadleaf.com and we’d be thrilled to take you on the journey with us!