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! 

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The Rise of TikTok and its Marketing Prowess

Over the past two decades, social media’s rise has created a drastic shift in how companies market to their consumers. However, every few years, a new platform has popped up and changed the landscape regarding how digital marketers approach their advertising strategies. The latest of these platforms to have caused this change is TikTok. This short-form video platform rise is thanks in part to its unique algorithm, known as the for you page. The for you page provides its users a personalized experience, unlike any other major applications.

This has made TikTok the fastest growing social media platform of the decade, with over 700 million active monthly users across the globe, and in August 2020, it eclipsed over 100 million quarterly users in the United States, according to TikTok. Also, the majority of their userbase is under the age of 30 years old. So, this opens companies up to the younger demographics in a place that they natively frequent.

However, TikTok is still growing and has not matured like the four major platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn), which means that it’s not saturated with advertisers, so it is the best time for companies to take advantage of its marketing aspect.

Developing a Strategy

The development of a TikTok strategy and its implementation can help businesses grow their consumer base in those younger demographics. However, it necessary that they present content in a way the younger demographics prefer. This is because they have learned to tune out traditional advertisements, but that is where TikTok thrives with its organic-centered content. Developing an organic strategy that highlights a company culture and the behind-the-scenes action allows the users to connect with a business at its core.

You Have the Views… Now it’s Time to Engage Your Audience
The content creation and posting portion are now up and running. However, that is only the first part of the battle of not only attracting but, more importantly, retaining the audience’s attention, which keeps them coming back to your page. This rapport-building is essential as it helps establish that ever meaningful relationship that can convert them from fans to actual customers. So, the key to this is being readily available to engage in the comments quickly and then expand your reach by interacting with your followers. This interaction shows you care about them as much as they care about your brand.

Leveraging Goodwill
Once those users have connected with your brand and like what value you are providing them, it is now time to convert them into consumers by slowly introducing your product or service into your feed.

We Have Organic Success… What’s Next?
Your business has built that organic following and has seen some conversion, but now you want to take it to the next level as you have developed an audience that you believe represents your target market. How do you scale this to that overall demographic?

Paid Advertisements
TikTok ads are still relatively new compared to their main competitors, which means less competition and more chances to get your content to that audience you have developed via your organic outreach. So now this pivots some of your attention to that development of your paid strategy that will focus on selling your product or service but remember that you still must interact organically with your primary consumer base. This necessary organic interaction exists because if you stop doing it, they will feel ignored and potentially start engaging in a harmful way with your page, which could turn others away.

How do I Achieve This?
This is a lot of information and ideas on building a winning strategy on the newest social media darling. However, you feel overwhelmed and do not feel like you have the time or knowledge to achieve your growth goals without guidance from the marketing world?

TikTok Strategy
Well, this is where we can help here at The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC., as we have begun the process of developing a strategy that will put you at the forefront of the TikTok platform and its business users. We know that knowledge is most of the battle that causes people to take on a new platform. So that is why we are willing and able to provide you the guidance needed for you and your team to execute a unique strategy that takes your TikTok strategy to the next level?

CONTACT US
So, looking to get started on becoming that next company that has a big break on TikTok? Well, then give us a call here at The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. at 321-255-0900 and schedule a free consultation with our marketing team and let us and our social media specialists get you where you want to be!

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Using Social Media Stories to Your Business’ Advantage

Even if they are only on your page for 24 hours, using social media stories to your business’ advantage can be very useful. If you are looking for a way to incorporate Instagram Stories and Twitter Fleets into your marketing, contact our experts at The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm LLC. today! 

  • Around half of Instagram’s total base uses the Stories feature.
  • Keeping on top of trends and new features is appealing to new customers.
  • You can track how engaging your followers find your content. 

In November, Twitter launched its new feature called Fleets. Following in a similar vein to Instagram’s Stories feature, users are able to share short-form content for a limited amount of time. You can customize this content with text, GIFs, or even links that will take whoever clicks on it to a web page. 

Not only that, but Stories is not the only interesting tool that Instagram has to offer. They also recently launched Reels in August, which are fifteen-second videos that are featured on a special part of the Instagram app. Since these are separated from the general post and Stories feeds, you are able to reach people that may not follow you yet. 

If you and your business have a social media presence, you can utilize these features to drive up business. If you are unsure of where to start, let the social media experts at The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm LLC. guide you towards a strategy that works for you.

Give Your Customers an Inside Look into Your Business

Customers are always looking for the human aspect of small businesses like yours. That is why it is a great idea to pull back your curtains sometimes to show the daily operations of you or your employees. Using Fleets and Stories are a great way to do this. As they are only on your page for twenty-four hours, you do not have to worry about bothering your social feeds with individual posts about your company. 

Offer Exclusive Discounts and Offers

As a business owner, you understand that urgency is one of the best feelings you can instill in a customer. You want to convince your audience that they should not miss a sale or opportunity as much as possible. By posting these offers on a platform that erases posts after twenty-four hours, this sense of urgency is effectively conveyed.

Interact with Your Customers

One of the major differences between Instagram Stories and Twitter Fleets is the fact that Stories is more user-friendly. This is because the platform offers “stickers” that allow your audience to vote in polls or ask questions. An idea that you can do with these stickers is to ask your customers to vote for their favorite product or service they’ve invested in this year. Although this is a feature currently not available in Fleets, chances are that something similar will be available in the near future. Using social media stories to your business’ advantage is also a great way to interact with your customers.

Customize Your Social Media Strategy Today

If you are interested in learning more about how Stories and Fleets can be used to market your business, contact The AD Leaf ® Marketing Firm LLC. today! We can work with you side-by-side to determine the best course of action for your social media strategy. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 321-255-0900.

Advertising To Your Audience on Facebook

Social media is the most relevant advertising channel for Generation Z, Gen X, and millennials. These younger audiences are open, responsive, and primed to receive advertising messages as they browse their feed. If you want to target this younger demographic, paid social media advertising will help.
 
Social media is the most effective channel to inspire potential buyers to purchase from brands. Especially if you’re ready to invest in video ads. Marketers disclosed that they are increasing their digital video budgets by 25% year-over-year since video is widely preferred by consumers. Depending on your budget, you can get super specific with ad targeting to reach qualified customers and patients.
 
The problem with a lot of typical advertising that isn’t on social media is that they have no specific audience to target to and initial campaigns waste a good chunk of money fishing in an empty pond. While eventually, a target audience may be organically discovered this way, it’s highly unlikely that it will happen overnight.
 
With social media, you’re not necessarily fishing in an empty pond. It’s more like your fishing in a pond with a massive amount of very small fish that will very quickly turn into full-grown fish that you will eventually find yourself reeling in. With over 2.7 billion monthly active users as of the second quarter of 2020, Facebook is the biggest social network worldwide.
 
Instead of marketing to the masses and getting nowhere, your audience is already on social media and primed to buy. Strategic social media advertisements pop up in front of people at the right time, educating them about your product or service and motivating them to make a purchasing decision.
 
Social media has changed how advertisers find their true target audience. With specific ways to target demographics, location and even a potential consumer’s interests, targeting your audience is now common knowledge when it comes to digital marketing on social networks.
 
The largest demographic on Facebook is men ages 18-34, making up 35% of active users. Simple things like targeting a specific gender can change your ad campaign completely. Additionally, when setting up a new campaign almost all social media advertising platforms will ask you for an objective; be it video views, website clicks, post engagements or sales. Once this has been defined, the platform will use previous user behaviour data to put your ads in front of the people that are most likely to perform your desired action.
 
Many businesses end up boosting posts on Facebook as prompted by the platform. Boosting is an easy and cost effective way to get more exposure of a post and can be very successful for competitions, photos, blog posts and other posts that are not sales orientated.
 
However, when boosting, note that you are only able to use basic targeting functionalities and Facebook will target users more likely to engage (likes, comments, shares) rather than link clicks by default. Therefore, if you are running a campaign that’s designed to generate conversions, consider exploring the Facebook ads manager platform instead.
 
With social media advertising, there is less intent, you are simply targeting someone because they meet the profile of your target audience, they may have no interest in actually using your services or buying your product. The exception to this is when you use the Facebook pixel as when retargeting previous visitors of your website, you can assume higher intent.
 
The effectiveness of a social media platform will depend largely on your target audience, product or service and budget. However, Facebook could be considered to have the most advanced advertising features of all social media platforms and also has the largest user base. A person’s social media account tells you a lot about them, and social media advertising platforms allow you to utilize this data to put your ads in front of the right people. The more interested in a topic a person is, the more likely to click an ad with that interest in mind.

Digital Marketing in Melbourne FL

The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. is a digital marketing firm located in Melbourne, Florida that provides social media marketing services for all types of businesses. Based in an industrial city with many small businesses and larger companies alike, we are proud to serve our community and other communities by providing these establishments with the highest quality digital marketing services around. This especially means making sure that the social media pages for these businesses are engaging and helping to bring in new or returning customers.

Our Services

Here at The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. we offer businesses a number of different digital marketing services to help promote your services or products online. Here are just some of the things our expert social media teams in Melbourne, FL can provide to you:

  • Content Writing Services
    • Content marketing is all about the written word. Whether you want to start a blog for your business or your website needs to add more keyword content, our content marketing team can help improve your website’s performance through detailed and targeted writing for your target demographics.
  • Social Media Marketing Services
    • In today’s online world, having a social media presence is crucial. Many people now get their news from social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. These websites are also a great way to interact with your customers! Our social media team can make the best content for your social pages that get the likes and shares you deserve.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Services
    • When you search for a specific product or service on Google or other search engines, you will see a list of companies your algorithm believes is best suited for you. The purpose of search engine optimization, or SEO, is to put your business at the top of these rankings. Our SEO team can help analyze the best keywords to use on your website so that it is at the top of your engine’s search results.
  • Google Ads Management Services
    • Google is arguably the most popular search engine at the moment. In fact, according to SEO Tribunal, “Google receives over 63,000 searches per second on any given day.” This is why it should come as no surprise that they provide ad space for businesses on certain keywords. We can help walk you through the Google Ads Management program to make sure you get the highest ad space bid possible.

That is just a sampling of the services The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. provides. We offer a large number of other services that can help elevate your business to the next level, such as web design and graphic design services.

Social Media Sites We Specialize In

In the ever-changing environment of the Internet, it can be difficult to differentiate between all of the different social media platforms that exist. No worries, because our team of social media experts can do that for you! The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. can help you establish your brand on the following platforms:

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • TikTok
  • Pinterest
  • Snapchat
  • Yelp

Not only that, but we are constantly on the look-out for new social media sites that could attract major business in Melbourne, FL and beyond. 

What Our Clients Say

The AD Leaf doesn’t believe in a one size fits all approach to social media marketing. Our agency works with clients across many industries and regions. We use our diverse knowledge to implement effective, customized strategies to fit our client’s needs and budget. The AD Leaf works hard to not only improve clients’ sales and business figures in Melbourne, FL and elsewhere, but we strive to build relationships and develop thoughtful strategies to help their companies grow from the roots up.

“I hired Ad Leaf a few years ago and honestly I thought I would only work with them for a few months because you know how marketing experiences can be. I was averaging about 7 sales per day I was hoping they could help me get up to about 10-15. 3 years later, we’re up to about 300 sales per day and I’ve had to move into 2 new warehouses since I’ve started working with them. They are a really strong marketing company, very responsive, and when they make suggestions or want to implement something, I do it immediately. I trust them implicitly and will work with them for as long as they’ll have me. These guys are the real deal and if you work with them they’ll help you too.”

“I met AD LEAF back in December signed on with them to do all my SEO work and website and social media. They are very professional and give me daily updates on what they did for me. When the pandemic hit they worked extra hard to get me leads and helped me out with billing when money was tight.”

“Unfortunately I have been on a journey with using multiple website companies over the 8 years of operating my business. I have learned and experienced some good things and a lot of bad in the process. Ad leaf has stepped up and within 2 months of working together provided a new lead stream source through social media. The lead intake was so high we need to adjust our process and add sales assets to keep up with the leads. That’s a problem any business owner would gladly take. Their team has a great organized process and approach to their monthly deliverables. I am more than thrilled we have found such a great partner and highly recommend their services to your business!”

“Here is what I posted on my LinkedIn page about Ad Leaf… “If ya haven’t noticed, I have a lot of activity for 2020 with the business and social media. I’ve hired a company called Ad Leaf and they are really doing a bang-up job. As friends, customers, or associates, I ask for your support and at the very least, your tolerance, lol. I have great products. Just time they aren’t the best-kept secret. Ad leaf is helping me with that. Thanks for everyone’s help, support, and understanding. If you have a business, I would also highly suggest Ad Leaf in Melbourne.”

“Our interactions with The Ad Leaf remains my Gold Standard of client communications. The company smoothed out our cumbersome website into an easily navigated and visually attractive source of information. Our social media ‘posts’ and ‘Likes’ surpassed our expectations. Thank you for being there.”

If you want to begin or improve your digital marketing in Melbourne, FL, contact us today! 

Why Melbourne?

It may not be a household name in the way that our nearest metropolitan neighbor Orlando is, but Melbourne, Florida is a bustling town that houses many small and large businesses. That is why The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. is so proud to be headquartered in this beautiful town. We believe that one of the best ways to give back to the community is to purchase locally and to support local businesses. Being a digital marketing agency in Melbourne, Florida allows us to give back by providing valuable resources and services to businesses so that they are able to succeed. 

Digital Marketing in Melbourne FL

Are you a Melbourne business owner that wants to take their digital marketing campaigns to the next level? Talk to one of our local experts here at The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC.! We are located at 508 N. Harbor City Boulevard, Melbourne, Florida. To schedule a free consultation with our marketing teams, call us today at 321-255-0900.

Social Media Marketing in Melbourne FL

The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. is a marketing firm located in Melbourne, Florida that provides social media marketing services for all types of businesses. Based in an industrial city with many small businesses and larger companies alike, we are proud to serve our community and other communities by providing these establishments with the highest quality marketing services around. This especially means making sure that the social media pages for these businesses are engaging and helping to bring in new or returning customers.

Our Services

Here at The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. we offer businesses a number of different creative and marketing services to help promote your services or products online. Here are just some of the things our expert social media teams in Melbourne, FL can provide to you:

Social Media Marketing Services

In today’s online world, having a social media presence is crucial. Many people now get their news from social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. These websites are also a great way to promote your business to your target audience. Our social media team can help you create the best social media advertising plan that will yield results.

Facebook Ads Services

There are over two billion actively registered users on Facebook, making this the largest social media platform currently operating. How many of these are locals who would be interested in your business? Facebook Ads are a great way to advertise your business, and our team can help create the perfect ad campaign that could produce results.

Social Media Management Services

Here at The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC., we understand that you are busy running your business almost 24/7. Managing your social media profiles might be the last thing on your mind, which is why our team can do it for you! We will report frequently on the successes of your current advertising campaign, as well as update your social media pages while you are operating your business. 

That is just a sampling of the services The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. provides. We offer a large number of other services that can help elevate your business to the next level, such as web design and graphic design services.

Social Media Sites We Specialize In

In the ever-changing environment of the Internet, it can be difficult to differentiate between all of the different social media platforms that exist. No worries, because our team of social media experts can do that for you! The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. can help you establish your brand on the following platforms:

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • TikTok
  • Pinterest
  • Snapchat
  • Yelp

Not only that, but we are constantly on the look-out for new social media sites that could attract major business in Melbourne, FL and beyond. 

What Our Clients Say

The AD Leaf doesn’t believe in a one size fits all approach to social media marketing. Our agency works with clients across many industries and regions. We use our diverse knowledge to implement effective, customized strategies to fit our client’s needs and budget. The AD Leaf works hard to not only improve clients’ sales and business figures in Melbourne, FL and elsewhere, but we strive to build relationships and develop thoughtful strategies to help their companies grow from the roots up.

“I hired Ad Leaf a few years ago and honestly I thought I would only work with them for a few months because you know how marketing experiences can be. I was averaging about 7 sales per day I was hoping they could help me get up to about 10-15. 3 years later, we’re up to about 300 sales per day and I’ve had to move into 2 new warehouses since I’ve started working with them. They are a really strong marketing company, very responsive, and when they make suggestions or want to implement something, I do it immediately. I trust them implicitly and will work with them for as long as they’ll have me. These guys are the real deal and if you work with them they’ll help you too.”

“I met AD LEAF back in December signed on with them to do all my SEO work and website and social media. They are very professional and give me daily updates on what they did for me. When the pandemic hit they worked extra hard to get me leads and helped me out with billing when money was tight.”

“Unfortunately I have been on a journey with using multiple website companies over the 8 years of operating my business. I have learned and experienced some good things and a lot of bad in the process. Ad leaf has stepped up and within 2 months of working together provided a new lead stream source through social media. The lead intake was so high we need to adjust our process and add sales assets to keep up with the leads. That’s a problem any business owner would gladly take. Their team has a great organized process and approach to their monthly deliverables. I am more than thrilled we have found such a great partner and highly recommend their services to your business!”

“Here is what I posted on my LinkedIn page about Ad Leaf… “If ya haven’t noticed, I have a lot of activity for 2020 with the business and social media. I’ve hired a company called Ad Leaf and they are really doing a bang-up job. As friends, customers, or associates, I ask for your support and at the very least, your tolerance, lol. I have great products. Just time they aren’t the best-kept secret. Ad leaf is helping me with that. Thanks for everyone’s help, support, and understanding. If you have a business, I would also highly suggest Ad Leaf in Melbourne.”

“Our interactions with The Ad Leaf remains my Gold Standard of client communications. The company smoothed out our cumbersome website into an easily navigated and visually attractive source of information. Our social media ‘posts’ and ‘Likes’ surpassed our expectations. Thank you for being there.”

If you want to begin or improve your social media marketing in Melbourne, FL, contact us today! 

Why Melbourne?

It may not be a household name in the way that our nearest metropolitan neighbor Orlando is, but Melbourne, Florida is a bustling town that houses many small and large businesses. That is why The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC. is so proud to be headquartered in this beautiful town. We believe that one of the best ways to give back to the community is to purchase locally and to support local businesses. Being a social media marketing agency in Melbourne, Florida allows us to give back by providing valuable resources and services to businesses so that they are able to succeed. 

Social Media Marketing in Melbourne FL

Are you a Melbourne business owner that wants to take their social media marketing campaigns to the next level? Talk to one of our local experts here at The AD Leaf Marketing Firm LLC.! We are located at 508 N. Harbor City Boulevard, Melbourne, Florida. To schedule a free consultation with our marketing teams, call us today at 321-255-0900.

Digital Vs Traditional Marketing: Who Will Win?

Digital Media: 

Since the rise of social media in the early 2000s, marketers, and companies saw a new avenue to market their products and services to a much larger audience. An audience much larger and easier to reach than traditional marketing channels. Social media gave marketers a fabulous way to measure the success of paid media campaigns: analytics. Analytics has given marketers a unique tool to see tangible evidence that their efforts are having an impact.

According to the 2019 Social Media Marketing Industry Report. Marketers have identified two key benefits to social media over the last 5 years. 

86%  of marketers found their social media efforts have generated far more visibility

78% of marketers found their social media efforts have led to more traffic to their brand’s social media.

Digital marketing has been on the rise as technology becomes more apparent in our daily lives. Digital marketing will only become the dominant form of marketing in the years to come as technology advances. As it is only 24% of Gen-Z watches cable tv and Millennials only 41%. 

Gen – Z is becoming known as the “cord-nevers” since they are the first generation to grow up in a purely digital age. They don’t watch cable because they grave content and are more likely to grave videos over other forms of content. Which puts traditional media outlets in a precarious position. 

Traditional media:

While traditional marketing is still effective (for now) it is however nothing new. We have seen it in one form or another whether it’s from a tv commercial, print material in big box stores, a billboard while driving, or a magazine in the doctor’s office when our cell service won’t connect. 

All though traditional media has evolved over the last 20 years the fundamental aspects remain the same and it still remains limited in the digital age and with an evolving consumer base. Some forms of traditional marketing will outperform others, radio segments and podcast advertisements will outlive tv commercials as more people move to podcasts to get updates on current events in the world instead of the mainstream media. As it is, over 63 million Americans listen to podcasts each week. This presented a greater opportunity for podcast advertising. Currently, Podcasts are projected to generate 1 billion in revenue by 2021; according to the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB). 

Who Will Win?

Both traditional marketing and digital marketing use the 4 P’s of marketing: Product, Price, Promotion, Place. 

Traditional media uses this as an integral part of creating a sales funnel and planning marketing campaigns. While traditional media can do well with price, product, and place it lacks in the fourth P: promotion. It’s too easy to ignore it and it doesn’t connect with people, it’s just there. Digital marketing, on the other hand, is very different and it uses the 4 P’s of the marketing mix effectively and in a unique way and at most times better than traditional marketing. 

The drawbacks of traditional marketing are that it does not reach about 50% of its audience, it’s more costly, you can’t measure your ROI, and can’t measure consumer feedback. As it is more marketing across all industries are shifting their efforts online, most consumers now do their product research online before making a purchase.

No matter what industry your business is in you will need to establish a digital presence and actively work to build your digital marketing strategy. We have already seen big box stores such as Sports Authority, Toys R Us, and Sears file for bankruptcy because they could not understand the importance of Digital Vs Traditional Marketing.

Social Media in Business: The Search Beyond Leads

In the marketing industry, one of the most common concerns with business owners is leads. They want to ensure, matter of factly, that hiring an agency or firm to manage their social media content will result in viable leads. 

Will consistently posting content on social media platforms result in leads? Likely, yes. However, this is not fully the point of upkeeping social media platforms, and it may take time for this result to occur. Your social media is almost entirely about creating awareness and trust with your audience. Consider applying these topics to your current perspective on the purpose of social media:

  • Brand Awareness

One of the most paramount aspects of why your company should have social media is brand discovery. 60% of Instagram users say that they’ve discovered new products while using the platform. If a potential customer doesn’t know of your company’s existence, they’ll never become a customer. Being discovered on social media means that you are now on their radar. 

An example of this would be a user scrolling through hashtags and stumbling on your plumbing company. Currently, they don’t need any plumbing services, so they may not follow or message your company, but now, they have seen it. Next time they have a plumbing problem, they may think back to that time they found your social account and search for your company again, potentially leading to a phone call or website click to inquire about your services.

  • Make Your Company Relatable

Human beings are constantly seeking connection. When people see your company standing for something, sharing something, they start to form trust. This may happen consciously or unconsciously. 90% of people use social media to communicate directly with brands. This is largely due to this humanization of your company through these platforms. Many people are uncomfortable with calling a company and speaking to a stranger, so social media becomes that missing link between human connection and gaining information about a product or service. 

Sharing photos of your product or service in action on an authentic level is something your potential customers typically would not get elsewhere. Seeing your staff and company culture forms the start of a basic human connection with your company. Testimonials from other people immediately increase that level of trust as well, which is something often found on your social media. Now, people know a real, living human being has interacted with your product, and that has more meaning than the number of followers or likes on your page. 

  • Growth

74% of consumers use social media to make a buying decision. One of the best ways to create actual, tangible numbers that you can notably say is making a difference for your company is advertising on social media. Advertisements are highly targeted, meaning that the algorithm on the social network is showing your product or service to a very specific group of people that are likely to be interested in it. However, showing this advertisement to a user isn’t usually enough. Depending on the price of your product, most people prefer to do research on the company before spending a large sum of money. Here’s where your social media page comes back into the narrative. 

A common type of advertisement is a traffic ad, meaning that once an interested user clicks on your ad, they’ll be redirected to your website. Your website should have a lot of information on your product, who you are, your mission, etc. If they like what they see, they’ll continue their research. This will lead them down the road of searching for reviews and real photos of your product and service at work. They’ll search to see if they feel that they can trust you and will generally make this decision based on your social media, if that is where they first found you. 

This is one of the reasons that your social media is essential. It cannot be simply regurgitating photos from your website. You need to be distinguished as a thought leader, as empathetic, as an expert. This is portrayed over a period of time, and will be seen in a matter of minutes as a user scrolls through the past several months or years of your company’s social media.

  • Top of Mind Awareness

We’ve talked about brand awareness, but now we should consider a subsection of this, top of mind awareness or TOMA. TOMA brings all of these points together. If you’re the plumber that was discovered by a social media user, you want to be the absolute number one plumbing service that comes to their mind when they need these services. For example, if you get injured, you may say you need a Band-Aid. This is a brand that holds the spot in the top of your mind for the bandage industry.

Once your brand has been discovered by a social media user, this is where the process starts. Slowly, they’ll begin to recognize your brand and gain the trust that we’ve talked about before. Company growth is a large step on the path to top of mind awareness as well. The more your brand becomes recognized and tested by potential customers, the more they will consider you a leader in your industry, and this is where you will procure viable leads and successful sales.

The Ad Leaf Marketing Firm LLC has been in the industry for almost a decade and kept up with every trend on Social Media in Business with careful detail. We would love to have you as a client and start taking your brand’s presence on social media to the next level.

 

 

The History of Social Media

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the History of Social Media

People seem to have a love/hate relationship with social media. On the one hand, humans are social beings. We crave interactions with others, and relationships play big roles in our everyday lives. Social media allows us to easily connect with friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers. This can be construed in a positive or negative light depending on who you ask and when you ask them. Whatever your thoughts on social media are, it’s pretty clear it’s here to stay in one form or another. So, how did social media even start? Was it when the first cave painting emerged? When the first telegraph was sent? Did it start with the invention of the internet? The answer to this question isn’t clear cut, but there are plenty of interesting facts about the evolution of social media along the way! Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about the history of social media on the internet.

 

1. CompuServe was an early online service provider that used a method similar to time-sharing.

CompuServe Information Service, a.k.a. CIS, was founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1969 as a subsidiary of Golden United Life Insurance. Initially, CompuServe had two objectives. The first was to provide computer processing support to the company, and the second was to sell excess computer capacity to other corporations through a kind of time-share system. In 1979, it began providing dial-up online information services to the owners of personal computers. CompuServe is known as the original online portal, offering message forums, online chat services, software libraries, and even online games! It grew in popularity in the 80s and 90s and was sold to AOL in 1997 with WorldCom acting as a broker for $1.2 billion in stock.

 

2. One of the first social media services was SixDegrees.com.

This social network site was named after the six degrees of separation concept, which is the idea that people have an average of six degrees of separation from each other. SixDegrees was founded in 1996 by Andrew Weinreich, and the website launched in 1997, making it one of the earliest social media sites on the internet. SixDegrees allowed users to create profiles, list their friends and acquaintances, and interact with other users. At its peak, SixDegrees had about 3.5 million registered users. Just two years after its launch, it was sold to YouthStream Media Networks for $125 million. SixDegrees was short-lived, though, in part because of the limitations of internet connectivity in the late 90s and early 2000s. It shut down in 2001. 

 

3. Users could rate the attractiveness of strangers on AmIHotOrNot.com.

James Hong and Jim Young, both engineers based in Silicon Valley, disagreed one day over whether or not a woman they passed on the street was attractive. Their solution? To create a website, of course! In October 2000, the two friends launched AmIHotOrNot.com. The site allowed users to voluntarily submit photos of themselves to be rated on a scale of 1 to 10 by others based on their attractiveness. It went viral. Within one week of launching, the site had reached nearly 2 million daily page views. The site incorporated dating and matchmaking elements.

Aspects of Hot Or Not impacted later dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid. The site was even said to have influenced Mark Zuckerburg to create FaceMash.com, where Harvard students could rate the looks of fellow students based on their student ID photos. Unlike Hot Or Not, FaceMash did not allow users to submit photos voluntarily. FaceMash received major backlash, both because students felt it violated their privacy and because it was seen as a copycat of Hot Or Not. After being called before the school’s administrative board, Zuckerburg took the site down. Hot Or Not was sold for a rumored $20 million to Avid Life Media in 2008. 

 

There are plenty of interesting stories when it comes to the history of social media. From computer time-sharing processes to rating the looks of strangers, there is a lot to learn about how social media has evolved. If you own a business, you probably know how important it is to be able to connect with your customers, whether it’s through an interactive website or your social media channels. If you’re looking for a marketing company with a stellar reputation to assist with any aspect of your digital marketing, look no further than The AD Leaf. We offer web design, search engine optimization, email marketing, social media management, digital advertising, and more! Give us a call today at (321) 255-0900 to learn how we could help you grow your business.