Why Accessibility Matters for Your Website 

On July 26, 1990, a law was created to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all avenues of modern life: at work, school, on transportation, and in all public or private zones available to the public. This law is known as the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA for short. So, how does accessible web design impact me, and why accessibility matters for your website? Title III of the American Disabilities Act “prohibits discrimination based on disability in the activities of places of public accommodations.” This means that if you provide goods and services from or at a public place, you must provide accommodations for people to access them.  

A recent example of a discrimination case on accessible web design is Robles v. Domino’s Pizza LLC, June 2021. This Ninth Circuit case deemed that Domino’s violated ADA title III due to its website not having accessible web design for visually impaired individuals. Based on a prior ruling from 2015, this case declared that while Domino’s website is not a “place of public accommodation,” its website does promote goods or services from a place of public accommodation. Therefore, if your business has a website and you sell goods or services in a public space, your website must be accessible to all individuals.  

 

How Disabled Users Interact on the Internet 

So, why does accessibility matter for your website? Individuals with disabilities rely on various forms of technology to navigate and interact on the world wide web. W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium) has created standard content guidelines that developers use to make content more accessible. Some tools that disabled users depend on use these guidelines as a structure to interpret information online. These tools can include screen readers, alternative text on images, closed captioning, and keyboard navigation.  

Screen Readers 

Screen Readers allow users to navigate through a web page’s semantic/header tags or an image’s alternative tags to efficiently read out the synthetic text output or interpret the element to a readable braille display. However, screen readers are only as effective as the website design they view.  

Closed Captioning 

For video content, deaf individuals rely on closed captioning or transcriptions to read audible content. Most content today is audible, so transcriptions and closed captioning are absolutely vital for the hearing impaired. 

Keyboard Navigation 

Users with severe motor skill impairment from disorders like dyspraxia or ALS use special keyboards that combine screen reader capabilities and have large buttons that let them navigate the screen using the palms of their hands. These keyboards allow them to interface with their computer but lower the speed they can interact on the page. Without effective accessibility tools or a well-structured user interface and design flow, your business’s website can discriminate or hinder a large swath of people. 

 

Why Accessibility Matters For Your Website

Having accessible web design promotes inclusivity of not only disabled communities but of the elderly, rural, and developing communities. Good web design also increases your brand’s reputation; users notice companies that put in the effort to include others. Today Millennials and Gen Z are the first to notice bad inclusivity practices and are more likely to condemn or “cancel” brands that are not using the best standards. 

Creating accessible design improves your site’s user experience. The best experience you can have is one that you can fully participate in. The inverse is also true; the worst experience is when you cannot participate at all. 

 

We Can Update Your Site For Accessibility!

The AD Leaf Marketing Firm wants to improve your business’ reach! Creating an accessible web design experience requires experienced developers. Our specialists are trained in the best accessibility practices 

to improve your website’s user interface and user experience, increasing conversions. They will also help maintain user flow on your website using the best modern trends. 

If you have questions about why accessibility matters for your website, a website redesign or maintenance, you can contact 321-255-0900, info@theadleaf.com, or complete our contact form. We would love to become your trusted advisor for your business!

 

Sources: 

(WAI), W3C Web Accessibility Initiative. “WCAG 2 Overview.” Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). Accessed August 11, 2022. https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/.  

Accessibility Fundamentals with Rob Dodson.” YouTube. SFHTML5, February 23, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8xUCzToff8.  

Screen Reader Demo for Digital Accessibility.” YouTube. The University of San Francisco’sFrancisco’s IT Web Services Department, May 31, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEbl5jvLKGQ.  

Sidoti, Mark S. “Robles v. Domino’sDomino’s: The Saga Continues – on Remand, District Court Grants Partial Summary Judgment to Plaintiff, Solidifying the Scope of ADA Website Liability in the Ninth Circuit.” 

Gibbons Law Alert. Gibbons, March 14, 2022.
https://www.gibbonslawalert.com/2021/08/16/robles-v-dominos-the-saga-continues-on-remand-district-court-grants-partial-summary-judgment-to-plaintiff-solidifying-the-scope-of-a-website-liability-in-the-ninth-circuit/.  

How Graphics Can Help (or Hurt) Your Content

Let’s be honest, when we read blogs, articles, or the news, we scan through the images and headings to decide if we want to donate our time to this piece of content by reading it in full. If this is the case, this makes the images and graphics we include in our content a big deal. This can very well make or break whether or not your potential clients and customers are reading your content and deciding to go through with purchasing your service.

Regarding content, graphics can either help or hurt your message. Poorly chosen or executed graphics can confuse or distract from your content, while well-done graphics can support and enhance your message. In this blog post, we’ll look at how to use graphics effectively to improve your content.

Consistency

As we all know, consistency is vital when it comes to graphics and content. The overall look of your website and blog should be cohesive, with a consistent color scheme, font choices, and image style. This helps create a polished, professional look that will instill confidence in potential clients and customers. Therefore, images should be clean, free of imperfections or distractions, and most importantly, they should all align.

Remember that game you would play as a kid, Which One Doesn’t Belong? You would be given several pictures and have to pick the one that didn’t fit in with the rest. The same applies here. The professionalism is lost if there are polished, pristine images and one or two with different lighting or style.

 

Relevancy

When choosing or creating graphics for your content, make sure they are relevant and support your message. A creative, well-chosen graphic can be worth a thousand words, but only if it’s related to the topic. Irrelevant or confusing graphics will do more harm than good.

Ensure that if the person choosing the graphics is not the person who wrote the content, they should be in constant communication, ensuring the meaning behind the message is not lost in the photos.

Often, the images are the last piece to be added to any content, meaning that they are likely done quickly, possibly with less thought than the text required. However, the images paired with content have just as much, if not more, important than the content itself. A customer can be lost because the message was misconstrued or poorly relayed through inappropriate or inadequate graphics.

Purpose

Think about what you want your graphic to accomplish before you create or select it. Do you want to inform? Entertain? Persuade? Inspire? As long as your graphic serves a purpose and supports your content, it will be an asset. If it doesn’t, it will be a liability.

If the intention for the piece of content is to support your company and persuade the customer to make a purchase, the images should show happy people with the results of their purchase. Ensure that the purpose of the content matches the tone of the purpose of the image. A poor example of this is using entertainment-based images paired with persuasive writing. This could mean the loss of a sale.

So, graphics can help or hurt your content depending on how well they are integrated and how relevant they are to your message. Be thoughtful about the graphics you use, and your content will be all the better for it. However, if you struggle to do this for your business, don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled professional team at The AD Leaf.

The Importance Of Content In The Buyer’s Journey

Think of that item you want to purchase badly right now; maybe it’s a car, a new electronic device, a service for self-care, or something you know you need. What’s stopping you? You probably don’t know which company is right for you, what each one provides, the differences in costs and services, etc. So what do you do? You search through websites, reading through the pages to learn about their services, FAQs, testimonials, and blogs full of information to assist you in deciding. The crucial part of that sentence? You read to learn about the importance of content in the buyer’s journey!

Imagine you come across a company with no blogs, no information, only a tiny “About Us” page. Their website and product drew you in, but you have no reason to trust their services. That’s why content is essential in your journey to make that purchase and is crucial to your potential clients.

When it comes to the buying process, content is essential. It can be said that content is the backbone of the buyer’s journey. Without quality content, potential buyers will not have the information they need to purchase. That’s why it’s essential to produce high-quality content that targets your audience and helps them along the way. This blog post will discuss the importance of content in the buyer’s journey and how you can use it to your advantage!

 

What Is The Buyer’s Journey, and Why is it Important?

The buyer’s journey is the potential process customers go through when considering a purchase. This journey typically includes three stages: awareness, consideration, and decision. In the awareness stage, the buyer is first introduced to the problem they need to solve. In the consideration stage, buyers evaluate their options and compare different solutions. Finally, in the decision stage, the buyer chooses the product or service they feel best fits their needs.

How Does Client Play A Part In Each Stage?

Content plays a crucial role in the buyer’s journey. Without it, they may not make it past the awareness stage.

Awareness Stage

In the awareness stage, content can help potential customers learn about the problem they need to solve and the different solutions available to them. This is where first impressions are made. Content that is valuable here is FAQ pages, testimonials, the “About Us” page, and service pages.

Consideration Stage

Content can help buyers compare the different options in the consideration stage and make an informed decision.

Decision Stage

Content can help the buyer choose the right product or service for their needs in the decision stage. For example, a blog comparing metal to shingle roofing could be what helps a customer make the purchase. They know they need a roof but can’t decide which material is best. This type of blog helps them make the decision and complete the journey.

 

What Are The Statistics?

Still not convinced? Check out these statistics:

  • Content marketing costs 62% less than traditional marketing and generates about three times as many leads. (Forbes)
  • Companies that blog receive 97% more links to their website (OptinMonster)
  • 70% of consumers learn about a company through articles rather than ads (OptinMonster)

While there are many more statistics to show that content is a huge step forward in the buyer’s journey for the everyday customer, this is just a tiny portion of the impact it has.

As you can see, content is important and can be a game-changer in the buyer’s journey. By creating helpful, informative content, you can build trust with potential customers and position yourself as a thought leader in your industry. If you’re not using content to support your sales efforts, now is the time. Contact our expert content and email marketing team at The AD Leaf to start adding to your site today!

Content: Be More Than Just A Pretty Face

Your website may be the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen, but if it doesn’t have any content, it will not do you much good. In today’s digital age, content is king. Your website needs exciting and engaging content to keep visitors coming back for more. So what can you do to make your website content stand out from the rest? Keep reading for some tips!

How Content Helps

SEO

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. This works by utilizing keywords currently trending within your content to improve and raise your site higher in the results on a search engine. Quality content is one of the main ranking factors for Google and other search engines. The more high-quality, relevant content you have on your website, the higher your chances of ranking in the search results. Keywords are determined based on the content you already have and what people are searching for when they find your site. The Ad Leaf stays up to date on the currently trending keywords and how they can be used within your content to direct traffic to your site organically.

Informative

Content is also a great way to inform your customers in-depth about your services and possibly even encourage them to move forward in the buying process. If you have a person in the buying process who is contemplating a purchase, content that better informs them about the product could be the piece that sends them into the purchasing stage.

Call To Action

Good content writing always includes a call to action. A call to action is the final push to a customer contemplating a purchase. These can include phrases such as: contact us, visit our website, and check out our Instagram. We can then include links to these outside sources and make it simpler for your customers to take action and contact your company.

Why Content Helps

Content writing is critical because it helps you better connect with your customers. Research done by the company ResearchNow, found that, “84% of online buyers have bought products based on descriptions they read in a blog.” Content on your website can answer common questions that potential customers might have about your product. This content then becomes a valuable resource for someone who may be interested in buying what you’re selling. According to Intechnic, “Posting relevant, valuable, and frequently updated information on your website will boost search engine optimization (SEO), help position you as an expert, and allow you to build relationships with your audience.”

Similar to a book, we will always judge based on the cover. This is the simple fact of life we have all come to accept. However, even if a book had a beautiful cover, we would not buy it if it had no words. The same applies to a website. Creating an eye-catching website is an excellent step toward attracting potential customers, but content can seal the deal on a sale.

How Effective Communication Can Make or Break a Small Business

          When most people think about digital marketing, they think about the latest auto-playing YouTube ads stopping them from watching their next video or the flashy ads running on their favorite websites’ sidebar. Most don’t see the other side of media creation, and that’s by design. Advertising is one of the most critical tools for uplifting small and upstarting businesses off the ground and into the limelight. Through measured and well-thought-out campaigns, a fledgling start-up can begin to challenge major players in an area and carve out their well-deserved slice of the pie. This post will teach you how effective communication can make or break your business!

          Small businesses and the teams that support them are much like a body’s critical organs. Each has a purpose, and the whole would not function without them. When the business is booming, you can feel it, like a beating heart pumping life into each cell of the body. You feel the energy from the staff, the owners, and most importantly, the customers. The difference between an empty restaurant struggling to make ends meet and a booming patio full of happy guests can sometimes come down to communication. When a business struggles to create a dialog between their customer base and themselves, it can confuse and frustrate the customer. Likewise, when that dialog is present and successfully communicates the important information from the business to the consumer, the customer leaves satisfied and will use the information to support their decision to come to and spend money supporting the business again in the future.

           When speaking with a restaurant owner our team once worked with, they said something that has stuck with us. Through the many years they had owned the company, one critical thing remained constant: the experience he tried to provide for them. He had watched some marketing teams try their best to reimagine the business and capture an audience that wasn’t there. At the end of the day, while new business is great, it is always a mixed hat trying to capture that new audience without alienating those who have been there, supporting the foundations of what made the restaurant what it was. This perspective on growth is essential, as ambition often blinds those who have it. Our function as the marketing organ inside the body of a small business isn’t to reinvent the wheel but rather to take the information most critical to the customer and the owner and communicate it effectively. In this way, marketing acts as the voice of your business. Like a voice, it speaks for the body and communicates with the world. This voice is the first impression, yet many small businesses overlook it.

           Much like marketing is critical to success, clarity is critical to successful communication. The mistake an overly-ambitious ad most often makes is a loss of clarity by trying too hard to become something that isn’t necessary. Minimalism was born out of the need in modern, fast-paced society to convey information to the near subconscious of an overly-apathetic reader. It is critical when your target audience’s gaze moves past your work that it can, without effort, consume the information you intend to convey. This clarity takes many forms, from bright, contrasting colors to bold typefaces and plenty of breathing room for the content you most need to convey. It is critical to have a marketing “mouth” that knows what it’s talking about.

           Intrigue is the tool needed to bridge the gap between minimalism and practicality. In practice, an advertisement is meant to convey information to the client. However, if there is too much information, you will scare off potential readers. The solution is to allow natural human curiosity to solve that issue for you. Making an ad with an intentionally unexpected design will often attract the eye of the consumer and give them an opportunity to explore your brand information organically, on their own time. Customers often prefer to go to a restaurant they feel they discovered for themselves rather than one that blasts its ads over the socials and airwaves. There is a certain feeling of comfort in knowing that you are a part of a business’s community rather than just the target of their advertising. This effect isn’t easy to achieve organically, but when done right, it can lead to lifetime supporters of the business, a true keystone to any successful venture. 

           Without taking this role for our customers, they would be left trying to navigate our world without our experience. Anyone would agree that this could only lead to disaster and miscommunication between the customer and their clientele. Over-communication has never caused a business to fail, but everyday businesses fail due to under-communication. We often feel our client’s relief wash over us as they realize the success they are afforded by working with industry professionals rather than trying to handle the nuance of marketing by themselves. The happiness of the business owner passes down to make happy staff and satisfied customers, and here at The AD Leaf, that’s what it’s all about.

5 Reasons Why Social Media Management is Worth the Investment

Picture this; you have the permits, license, and name registration ready for your new business. Your product or services are ready to be purchased by your target audience, your website is launched, and your social media platforms are created… You have it all ready to go, right?. Not quite.

It’s time to invest in social media management! Your presence online is not only to have a website, an Etsy shop, and a couple of social media platforms. You must dedicate time, energy, and money to create a consistent strategic message that reflects your business in all aspects. 

Still not convinced about the investment? Let’s break it down into five reasons why you should invest in social media management:

 

  1. Social media is perfect for redirecting traffic to your website.

If your goal is to have more traffic to your website, then social media is essential. Let’s put it simply, SEO is like the highway. Social media is like road signs to guide people to your website; you can track this using metrics and statistics and even incorporate google analytics into your reports! Because you ARE taking a look at the monthly reports, right?…

 

     2. Social Media Reports:

Do you know how to read the metrics for your different social media platforms? Do you know what awareness, impressions, reach, ROI, and KPI mean for your business? Do you know how to translate that into a strategy to elevate your business?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, you need help in social media management!

Social media metrics can provide detailed information about your followers and your target audience. With this data, you can create an effective social media strategy that takes into account their social media habits and how they interact with you. Additionally, social media metrics can give you insights into overall brand sentiment. By understanding what people are saying about you online, you can take steps to improve your reputation. In short, social media metrics are essential for any business that wants to succeed online.

 

     3. Chances are that your audience is present on one or more social media platforms!

Social media is great for engaging with your audience but is also an amazing tool to help your clients and provide customer service. They also expect solutions and useful information on your platforms, so it’s important to include tips, FAQs, and “how to” related to your industry, products, or services.

You also have to make this type of content eye-catching and trendy to stay current and give your audience a reason to interact with you!

 

    4. Social media influences buying behavior.

The power of social media is undeniable. According to a recent poll by Harris Interactive, 68% percent likelihood that Millennials will purchase something after seeing an advertisement or shared content from a friend, family member, or their favorite influencer on their go-to platform!

 

    5. People are likely already talking about your brand on social media.

You can participate in conversations about your company, brand, or product by setting up Mention alerts. You’ll be able to monitor all of the latest discussions related to these topics on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, where there’s a high chance that potential customers may have already discussed their thoughts regarding them!

 

A strong social media presence is essential for any business that wants to stay relevant and competitive in today’s market. But with the ever-changing digital marketing landscape, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest trends and best practices. That’s where our team at The AD Leaf comes in. We are social media specialists who are passionate about helping businesses grow. We will work with you to develop a personalized social media strategy that will help you achieve your goals. And because we stay up-to-date on all the latest changes in the social media world, you can rest assured that your campaigns are in good hands. So don’t stress out about your social media marketing – contact us today and let us take care of it for you!

5 Reasons Why Social Media Marketing Matters

Are you still on the fence about social media marketing? If so, you’re not alone. A lot of business owners are hesitant to invest in social media because they’re not sure how it can help their business. But the truth is that social media marketing is a great way to reach new customers and grow your business. Here are five reasons why social media matters for businesses: 

  • Social media gives you a voice online. 
  • Social media helps you engage with customers and prospects. 
  • Social media grows your brand awareness. 
  • Social media generates leads and sales. 
  • Social media is a cost-effective way to reach your target market.

Social media gives you a voice online.

Social media has given business owners a voice online. With more than 4.2 billion active social media users across the globe, it’s a great way to connect with customers and build relationships with them. Social media can also help you promote your business and get the word out about what you have to offer. It’s important to use social media wisely and make sure your content is relevant to your audience. When you do that, you’ll find that social media can be a powerful tool for growing your business.

Social media helps you engage with customers and prospects.

If you’re not using social media to engage with customers and prospects, you’re missing out on a powerful tool. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow you to connect with people in a way that wasn’t possible before. You can share information about your business, respond to questions and comments, and build relationships with customers and prospects. By using social media, you can create a strong connection with your audience and help your business grow.

Social media grows your brand awareness.

As a business owner, you know the importance of brand awareness. And if you’re not using social media to grow your brand awareness, you’re missing out. Studies have shown that social media is an effective way to reach new customers and build loyalty among current ones.

So how can you use social media to grow your brand awareness? Here are a couple of tips: 

1) Use hashtags relevant to your industry. This will help get your brand in front of more people who are interested in what you do. 

2) Make sure your social media profiles are complete and up-to-date. Include interesting content and make sure your branding is consistent across all platforms.

Social media generates leads and sales.

Social media presents a huge opportunity to generate leads and sales. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram offer tremendous potential for reaching new customers and building relationships with them. By sharing valuable content and engaging with your audience, you can create a strong connection that leads to conversions. One of the most difficult aspects of sales is getting an interested person to engage. Social media brings those people to you, allowing more time to improve other aspects of your business instead of going crazy trying to find potential customers.

Social media is a cost effective way to reach your target market.

You may be wondering if social media is worth the investment. After all, it can be expensive to create and maintain a social media presence. But the truth is, social media is one of the most cost-effective ways to reach your target market. With billions of users around the world, social media platforms provide an unparalleled opportunity to connect with potential customers. And best of all, social media marketing is free or low-cost to implement at its base level. Beyond posts and content, many platforms have advertising opportunities that will normally be far less expensive than traditional ads on radio, television, and print media and allows for changes to be made without additional investment.

Bonus reason! Establish your brand as a thought leader.

As a business owner, you want to be seen as a thought leader in your industry. Establishing yourself as an expert on social media can help you reach that goal. By sharing valuable content and engaging with your audience, you can position yourself as a trusted source of information. When people trust you, they’re more likely to do business with you.

Social media marketing is one of the most effective ways to reach your target audience and create a connection with them. It allows you to communicate directly with customers and followers, giving you the opportunity to build trust and loyalty. Additionally, social media platforms are an important way to share your content and help it reach a larger audience. At The AD Leaf, we know how to create social media campaigns that deliver results. We’d love to chat with you about how we can help you achieve your marketing goals through social media marketing. Contact us today to learn more!

The Importance of Human-Centric Marketing

The Importance of Human-Centric Marketing

What is Human-Centric Marketing?

Do you view your targeted audience base as a dollar sign or more as a friend in need of a service you provide? 

When you provide a service with the intention of how you can help an entity versus what this entity can provide for you, you’re practicing the art of Human-Centric Marketing. 

As humans living in a fast-paced, and carefree society, we crave more than ever to share a personal connection with those we choose to interact with. This outlook could apply to a simple conversation between two parties or be as involved as to why Mr.Rogers should buy groceries at your store versus John Doe’s, who happens to be located closer to their home. When you understand your targeted audience’s perspective, language, values, beliefs, and goals and tailor your approach accordingly, you’re expressing the traits of Human-Centric Marketing. 

How to Apply a Human-Centric Approach to your Marketing Strategy

Start a Conversation:

Listen to your audience and attempt to understand their motives. Why do they need your service or product? What benefit can you provide this person? When you can coherently understand their niche values, goals, and expectations, you promote a personalized experience. This act will result in your client possessing more confidence in your skill.

Analyze and Adapt:

Make time daily to analyze your client’s analytics. This practice will keep you well informed on your impact on this client and allow you time to implement a new strategy if needed. You will also be able to distinguish how visitors interact with your client’s site. 

Act more Human:

What’s more annoying than a decrease in an analytics report? No one addresses the decrease or provides background as to why the numbers have dropped since the last report. If you’re making all of the right moves as a marketer, you’ll know it’s sometimes normal to see decreases. Where a customer may panic and see something wrong, it is our responsibility to address all impacts our efforts have had, good or bad. It could boil down to the season. If your customer sells sweaters, then a 6 mo vs. 6 mo analytic rundown will compare sales from June. A notoriously hot month and one where sweaters are not likely to be purchased. Explaining that could make all the difference between a customer losing trust & doubting your abilities and a customer learning something new and appreciating the insight you provide, thus increasing their confidence in your Brand.

What benefits will my Brand Absorb from Practicing Human-Centric Marketing?

Identify New Areas of Growth:

Traditional Marketing practices could neglect the ability to pinpoint potential growth opportunities. When you dive into the mind of your clientele to target their specific needs, if your Brand can meet those needs, and how you can address them with strategy and success, you’re implementing a Human-Centric approach. Practice this by creating a persona for your buyer and studying them. Through this technique, you’ll better detect the areas where you need to focus your message and structure your product or service accordingly. 

Promotes Client Satisfaction:

What makes you feel better when you lack confidence in yourself and your abilities? As a human, validation can sometimes be needed. It should be one of several priorities as a marketer to place ease at the forefront of your client’s mind. They request our services because they trust our skills and knowledge and take a great leap of faith when selecting us to increase their brand awareness, generate leads, traffic, or whatever the goal may be. When they jump aboard a sinking ship, they reach for our hand to guide them out of the chaos.  

Strengthen your Brand:

We distinguish our Brand from our competitors by our trademark’s credibility and awareness. This is why many companies showcase the clients they work with, review, and repost content. It all displays to new audience members as a company with a credible reputation. Your Brand stimulates a certain image to your targeted audience, so it’s important to make clients feel valued. Deliver an experience that provides an a-ha moment for your audience, and you’ll notice a positive impact on your brand credibility.

Developing a marketing strategy can be an overwhelming responsibility. Unclench your jaw and relax those shoulders. We’re here to help!

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Understanding Your Social Media Analytics

 

As a business owner, you know the importance of social media for marketing your products and services. But what about understanding the analytics behind your social media efforts? In order to craft a successful social media marketing strategy, it’s important to understand what’s working and what’s not. This can be daunting, but with the right tools and information, it can be easy to get started. By reading and understanding social media metrics, not only will you get a better understanding of your audience, but you’re less likely to make beginner mistakes. 

Before you can effectively choose which metrics to keep your eye on, having clear and defined social media objectives and goals are crucial. Secondly, having the right tools to properly track and analyze data over time will allow you to show a return on investment. 

 

 What Are Social Analytics?

Simply put, the term “social analytics” refers to the practice of collecting and analyzing data related to a person or businesses social media page. By understanding social media analytics you can:

  • Gain a better perspective on current market conditions
  • Understand unique target audience insights and preferences
  • Collect accurate feedback to be used for better, more refined business decisions.

Accurately utilizing and understanding analytics is vital in today’s market for brands that want to make an impact. By adopting the right tools to interpret social conversations, businesses are able to gain valuable insight as to what level of impact their marketing strategies are having on their audience. Unfortunately, not enough businesses are utilizing this information, leading expensive mistakes down the line.

 

Key Metrics to Keep Track of

 

Because social media marketing goals and objectives differ from business to business, there is no one metric that is guaranteed to reach your objective. The most common metrics to track and measure social media are:

  • Engagement: Tells you the level of likes, shares, etc, that you’re posts are receiving.
  • Mentions: Shows how many times your brand name was mentioned in a conversation.
  • Impressions: Let’s you know how many users have seen your brand in visuals on a particular social platform.
  • Virality: How many times has a posts been shared across a network

By effectively understanding and utilizing social media analytics, you are able to take unstructured but valuable data, and turn it into useful information to make informed business decisions.

“Creative without strategy is called ART. Creative with strategy is called advertising”. Jef I Richards

As a business owner without properly understanding your data, creating an effective social media campaign becomes increasingly more difficult and also puts the business at risk for costly mistakes. 

Once you’re able to fully understand the data from social analytics and measure the overall success of your social media strategy, you’ll see a significant return in your marketing efforts. 

Crafting an effective social media strategy takes a lot of time an effort however, with the practical use and understanding of social media analytics business are able to:

  • Help Serve Your Audience Better
  • Help Share More Relevant Content
  • Help Understand Your Competition Better
  • Help Formulate a Better Posting Strategy
  • Help You Identify Micro Influencers Specific To Your Industry
  • Help Improve Your ROI

 

Make the Most of Your Social Analytics

We know we just threw a lot of information at you. Taking a minute to fully understand and implement a social media strategy can be time consuming. That’s why we include a full page optimization included in our social media marketing services here at The AD Leaf Marketing Firm. Our team of Social Media Specialists will not only create eye-catching and captivating content for your business, but also, optimize, monitor, and interpret all of your social media data to create an engaging social media strategy to elevate your business. 

We’d love to be your trust advisor and help you and your business grow.

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Optimizing your Instagram Bio for your Business

In the world of fast consumption of information, optimizing your Instagram bio for your business is the last thing you might think about. It’s not just a 150-character box for you to introduce your business. It’s so much more than that! With the right features and information, you can set your existing and potential customers up to make that next step. A successful business bio can:

  • Show customers where to shop for your products
  • Tell customers how to contact you and your team
  • Clarify physical addresses
  • Prompt customers to take a specific action, like clicking a link or purchasing an item
  • Provide social proof that builds trust and credibility 

 

Choose Your Username

Start with your username; they are key ranking signals for search. Ensure you think like a customer when choosing one; you have to choose something they would easily recognize. It’s smarter to use your actual business name; this allows customers to search and find your account easily. 

If your business name is already taken or longer than the 30-character limit, don’t fret! A great way to get around this is abbreviating or even adding information like city or area code. For example, take TheAdLeaf. Say that username is taken, you could try TheAdLeaf321, or TheAdLeafMelbourne, since we are located in Melbourne, Florida, and our area code is 321. Usernames can only include letters, numbers, underscores, and periods; you can change your username anytime. Doing this could confuse your followers, so try not to change it often.

Enter Your Business Name

If your username can’t fit everything a customer should know, like the name and the type of business, you can use the display name or better known as the business name. This feature also has fewer restrictions on it. It’s a great spot to list your complete business name or clarify your type of business. 

Select A Category

Adding a category to your bio lets customers know exactly what your business can do for them. Because Instagram has 1,000+ category options, more than one may apply to your business. Try thinking about it from your customer’s perspective and choosing the label they’d be most likely to pick. You can go back and update your category anytime.

Profile Picture

Your profile photo should help followers identify your business immediately. It’s best to choose your logo or a photo of your location. A headshot is generally a better choice if you’re a creator, service provider, or blogger. Once you choose a profile photo, make sure it’s at least 320 x 320 pixels to ensure it displays clearly and the circular frame doesn’t crop any details from your photo.

Business Contact Information

Instagram profiles make it easy for existing and potential customers to contact your business. You can add multiple contact options to your profile so customers can choose the most convenient one.

Call-To-Action (CTA) Buttons

For some businesses, calls and emails may not be the most efficient way to fulfill customers’ needs. Fortunately, Instagram offers Order Food, Book Now, and Reserve CTA buttons for restaurants, cafés, and service providers. 

Bio Copy

Instagram’s bio gives you up to 150 characters to introduce your business! This may not seem enough, but if done effectively and creatively, it’s all you need. Essentially any character can be used. From letters, numbers, punctuation, and even emojis! Who doesn’t love emojis? Consider describing what your business offers or the types of products and services you provide. If you have amble information about your business, emojis and line breaks can make your bio easier to read. If your business uses a branded hashtag, you can list it in your bio so customers can easily browse your content and any user-generated content!

Link In Bio

You might think this just means linking your home page, but as social media continues to grow, linking a mobile-friendly landing page allows for a better customer experience. It easily allows customers to see the information you’ve mentioned in your posts, reels, or stories. If you don’t want to design an Instagram landing page, you can choose from several third-party apps that streamline the process. There’s Later.com which replicates your Instagram grid and adds hyperlinks. In comparison, apps like Linktree let you customize text-based links.

Story Highlights

While they are technically a part of the bio, highlight albums are a great tool with many advantages but are typically forgotten about. If you post Instagram stories regularly, then you have another chance to show actionable content in your bio. Story highlights are ideal for answering frequently asked questions, showcasing products and services, or even sharing reviews and tutorials. If you’re not posting stories or reels frequently, then that’s a significant form of reach you’re missing out on. 

Your Instagram bio is essential for driving discovery, traffic, and conversions. With these Instagram bio tips, you can optimize your profile and use this platform more strategically to get your desired results! 

The AD Leaf Marketing Firm’s highly experienced social media marketers will develop an online presence that is unique to your brand. We understand how running a business can leave you little time to put intention into your social media presence. Give us a call today at (321) 255-0900 to unlock all the benefits social media can bring to your business.