Top 10 Marketing Trends in 2022

As 2022 quickly approaches, we are looking ahead to see which marketing trends you need to keep on your radar. Do you have a plan for your business going into 2022? If not, you still have time to strategize your next moves. 

 

Start by considering your goals for 2022. What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months? What do you want to accomplish in the next three years? Once you have your future goals in mind, you can begin strategizing your next steps into a successful 2022 by following these 10 marketing trends: 

 

#1 Instantaneous Demand 

Leading into 2022, consumers will continue to look for businesses that give quick responses. For example, having a plug-in on your website for instant messaging through messenger with a brand helps to build trustworthiness. Consumers will continue to look for the highest quality and highest response time. If customers do not hear back from a brand quickly, they will move on to the next brand that will be more timely. 

 

#2 Growing of Influencers

Have you ever seen a post on social media and did not even realize it was an ad? These posts are coming from not a brand but their influencers. Influencers will review a product or highlight a product that they enjoy. This growth of influencers is accurate for B2B as well. Consider looking for opportunities to partner with influencers in your industry. 

 

#3 LinkedIn Continues to Grow

If you do not have a LinkedIn Page, you might want one for your company. Not only is LinkedIn on top of updating and improving their app for better results on businesses and pages, but the number of monthly active users is also continuing to grow steadily. 

 

#4 Less is More

With new digital marketing popping up almost daily, be cautious not to spread your budget too thin. Focus on advertising through one social media platform. This tactic will allow you to have more exposure in one area vs. not being seen on multiple platforms. Focus on your primary platform and hit it with your highest quality ads and posts. 

 

#5 Word-of-Mouth

In 2022 you will see that more and more customers will see what others have to say about your company. For example, if someone tweets raving about your brand, future consumers are more likely to trust you will be up to their standards. The same goes for providing quality service to your customers quickly.

 

#6 Invest in Brand Image 

You will build a more trustworthy and legit brand by investing in your brand image. As online advertising continues to get more competitive in 2022, you will need to stand out from your competitors. This includes building up your brand image across your social media platforms because appearance matters. 

 

#7 Custom Content in Newsletters

If you have not begun newsletter marketing, you should consider this as we start 2022. Newsletters are personal since you are in your customer’s inbox vs. their newsfeed. Newsletters are how you appeal to your audience on a deeper level as you get more of their attention. Also, having your customer’s emails will allow you to do email marketing for your ads.

 

#8 Storytelling Balance

We all know consumers do not want to be sold all the time or hear about how excellent your product/service is. Consumers want you to solve their problems through a story. Tell them how your product/service helped others to solve their problem. Storytelling will make your consumers think for themselves, “Hm, maybe I should try this for myself.”

 

#9 Bring Simplicity Back

The marketing noise for consumers is tremendous. You do not need to be louder than your competitors; but instead, you need to be strategic with your posts. You can post a blog post every day, but you will create more impactful articles if you focus on quality over quantity. 

 

#10 Do Not Forget Foundation 

We all love staying on top of the newest technologies and apps, but it is essential to remember to focus on our foundation. This includes making your website easy to maneuver and ensuring your social media has the correct contact information and links. Checking you are reaching your target audience with each post or ad, building a relationship with your customers online or in person, and much more! 

 

Having a stable foundation for your business will allow you to grow organically and branch out into new social media with success while still reaching your target audience. Focusing on building a relationship with your customers will even work to boost your word-of-mouth. 

 

Since 2020, we have seen an enormous shift in the world of technology and average tactics will not get the return on your investment you desire. Get prepared for new ways of operating your business, creating content, and advertising. Have your goals set as you reign in the new year, and let’s all start with a bang! 

 

If you still feel unsure of the proper steps for your business moving into 2022, give our team of marketing professionals a call at The Ad Leaf! We will be able to help you achieve your goals. 

The Importance of Active Social Medias

The use of social media has become a necessity for running a successful business. Whether you are marketing, selling products or services, networking with potential clients, or need to stay in touch with friends and family- it is all there for the taking. However, if your account isn’t active enough, people won’t see what you have to offer, which will lead them not to do further research into your company. 

 

Let’s say a potential customer sees your restaurant on Yelp, and they explore your page. Then, they want to see recent posts, so they click your social media platforms. Your last post is from 2019. Now they are confused if your business is currently open. Why have you not posted any of the delicious plates? Now they scroll onto the next restaurant to hopefully see pictures of their possible food. 

 

In this example scenario, a simple fix would be to begin running your social media regularly. With that being said, here are four benefits to keeping an active social media presence so that your business can grow!

 

Active Social Media

Having an active social media presence will help you build brand awareness, credibility, brand recall and increase your traffic. Through these benefits, you will be able to boost your brand’s exposure organically. It does not matter how big or small your business is; you are bound to see results through your efforts.

 

Brand Awareness 

Building brand awareness through your social media accounts allows you to reach new customers that might have never heard about your company. Through a consistent social media presence, you are continuously growing your audience reach daily. Keeping your social media presence active will let your potential followers see a consistent and energetic brand. Through keeping your social media platforms active, it will organically improve your reach to more users. These steps will encourage customers to shop from your company more than a company with no social media presence. 

 

Brand Credibility 

Brand credibility is the trust you build with your customers combined with how long your company has been around. Benefits of positive brand credibility include having customers that will continue to choose your brand and advocate your business to others. A few easy ways to build your brand credibility are by sharing customer reviews on your social platforms or website. For new companies that have yet to get many reviews, you can grow brand credibility by simply running active social media or keeping a running blog on your website that posts regularly. Consumers love to see consistent posting, as this gives them something to explore in their spare time. 

 

Brand Recall

Brand recall is what instantly comes to mind when a customer thinks of a product category. Of course, everyone wants to be the first company a customer thinks of, and an active social media presence will improve your chance. As customers scroll on social media, the more often they see your brand’s posting will help them remember your branding and choose your company over another. This is why you want to be sure you are posting content that is always brand-related, and adding your logo onto your postings is another easy way to ensure your customers remember your brand. 

 

Traffic Growth

Through your active social media, you will see positive traffic growth and leads. Targeting your specific target audience through your social media will bring valuable leads. So it is crucial to decide who your target audience is as this will allow you to attract the right audience. You will also be able to interact with local accounts to your business if this is what you please. Naturally, through more exposure to your brand, you will see more interaction. 

 

While having active social media is crucial, there is another layer to consider while running your social media. When potential customers view your social media platforms, they will see your brand as presented to them. 

  • Do your logos match across all of your social media platforms? 
  • Do you post content that will attract your target audience? 
  • Are you engaging with your social media accounts enough to bring in new followers? 
  • Are you using the correct social media to attract your target audience? 

You might find that you need to put in more effort to help grow your social media presence in the way you hope. 

 

It’s time to take action! As you can see, there are many benefits of having an active social media presence for your business. To have a flourishing business, you must have active and brand-matching social media to attract your target audience. If this interests you and you want help getting started, we have a team of experts here at The Ad Leaf ready to assist with creating the perfect plan for organic growth through social media channels. We would be more than happy to help your business grow through the world of social media. This is your sign! 

Isn’t social media just regular marketing on an online platform?

Regardless of your company focus, product, or service, we can agree that marketing is a key element to long-term growth and success. We’ve seen it implied and often heard it said… “social media marketing is just like regular marketing, but through *insert online platform here*. Right?”

‘Regular marketing’, otherwise known as traditional marketing and social media marketing, strives to build awareness and engage your audience around your brand. They have both practical applications and similarities but also reflect a few glaring vital differences.

 

Traditional Marketing:

Traditional marketing is the old-school of the two because until the late 90’s many of us didn’t have online access. We have learned to recognize and leaned into the world of traditional marketing. Of course, who can think of Times Square without the cascading lights from all of the billboard screens? The grocery store check-out line has a chorus of famous faces calling us to read the magazines they adorn, in the hope of us also coming across sales pitches in the pages. Our families make memories together, watching our favorite TV series or the big Superbowl game that challenged our beliefs… but of course, we still talk about the memorable and mundane ads that were woven in.

 

Points of Traditional Marketing to consider:

  •  One-way communications – Normalized visual and audible sales pitches, talking at an audience with minimal interaction. 
  • Generally impactful, often entertaining memorable experience
  • Infrequent but tangible start to finish.
  • Examples of traditional marketing include, but are not limited to:
    – Outdoor – murals, billboards, bus/taxi/semi-truck wraps, posters
    – Print – magazines, newspapers, flyers
    – Window display and signage
    – Broadcasting – TV and radio
    – Direct Mail – catalogs, postcards
    – Telemarketing – phone and text messages.

Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing, on the other hand, yes, depends on those online platforms that we have all mysteriously found ourselves connected with, to some dedicated degree or another. Most of us have our phones loaded with apps, all notifying us of updates from our friends, family, and ongoing conversations. That relationship, depth, and integration into our everyday lives have become more apparent. 

Did you know that as of July 2021, 295 million people were on social networks across the US? That is about three-quarters of our country’s population! Even grandma has an account on Facebook. Instagram, as well as Facebook, and Twitter are expecting growth in the coming years.

Social media lives up to its name. It is, first and foremost – social! Entire communities are being built online around support groups, hobbies, interests, and advocacy topics. Interestingly, although these platforms connect us with people we love and other like-minded individuals, we are also relating with brands and the people behind them like never before. We have become comfortable with the phrases ‘follow us’ or like or comment below. There is an array of new terms to know; terms like ‘engagement’, ‘reach’, ‘impressions’, ‘clicks’, ‘leads,’ ‘organic content’, and the ever-changing ‘algorithm.’ 

Now brands are no longer only competing with each other for a commercial spot-on primetime TV. They are competing with pictures of the grandkids on their first day of school (oh! They are getting so big!). They are completing your nephew’s engagement announcement (what! He’s getting married!) and other pivotal personal news. This new competition for attention is challenging for brands but a fantastic opportunity!

Points of Social Media Marketing to consider:

  • Two-way communication – quick online connections and consistent conversation
  • Brand loyalty – Following brands, the faces behind them, and the values they represent, building credibility and trust.
  • Easily integrative – Website traffic
  • Targeted Audiences – Each platform has an audience that prefers it and tools to use to target audiences based on a variety of criteria strategically.
  • Popular Examples of social media platforms include, but are not limited to:
    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Pinterest

 The challenge is that the social media sphere is ever-changing with trends, changes to platforms, new platforms, and marketing strategies. If done well, brands that connect with us build long-lasting dedicated relationships with their audiences like never before. The brands that tend to do this best? The ones that create organic content well. Organic content is what makes your brand relatable, approachable, and authentic. These take being innovative while consistently and frequently engaging your audience and followers.

 

Beyond being social

Social media is integrative and just one part of digital marketing.

We all know that social media is not the only digital marketing avenue available. Of course, what do they do if someone gets to know your brand and wants to know more? Go to the website link of course! “Social media is an excellent tool that businesses can utilize that will increase their search engine rankings. Google and Bing prioritize businesses with a robust social media presence. Social Media should be part of your digital marketing arsenal to capture leads but should never be the sole driving force” – Robyn Lee, our Director of Operations. Who doesn’t want that for their brand? 

Here at the AD Leaf, our social media team is always ready to innovate; creating meaningful campaigns, building long-term connections on behalf of the brands we represent. While you’re here please feel free to follow us on our socials as well. Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn… We hope to see you there!

 

The Importance of Transparent Client Relationships

Iceberg Analogy

We, as marketing professionals, are responsible for having the experience, knowledge, and tools to manage our client’s marketing platforms. While marketing professionals manage a company’s growth, outreach, and strategy, the client maintains the role of ultimate decision-maker. We can form a fantastic team because we balance each other out! It is as simple as that. Clients have organic information about their business that marketing professionals need to apply their knowledge to make their brand stand out online. This is why working with a transparent marketing agency is so important. Is the client-marketing agency relationship that simple?

How to Create a Balanced Client – TAL Relationship?

Open communication. We, as marketing professionals, can -and will- develop channels of communication between the clients and our team of specialists dedicated to making their business our own. From basic concepts of social media to marketing strategies, we would take the time to explain what we will do and how we will do it.

Based on my experience as a social media coordinator, I recommend taking 10 to 30 minutes to answer questions or concerns during meetings with the client. This process helps build trust and healthy business relationships that will allow us to move forward and generate a great online brand.

I’ve had a few clients that didn’t know much about social media. They wanted to be on Facebook and Instagram because they knew it was necessary and everyone was doing it, but they did not know why exactly. I took the time to explain to them that by having an online presence, their business can more effectively reach their customers and clients. They were happy to learn and ultimately understand the technicalities of digital marketing and have become one of my best clients! They give me all the resources I need to know more about their business, and they see the results! AKA: new customers are purchasing their products or services.

Iceberg Analogy

You can see a part of an iceberg, but what about under the water? Just look at the image in this blog entry and notice where the likes, fans, comments, and followers are in the top part of the iceberg. But what is underwater? SEO, content creation, graphic design, sharing, engaging, starting conversations, researching reputable sources, branding, fonts, colors scheme, targeting, ads, boosting, looking for the audience online, editing, use of hashtags, developing strategies, keeping up with platform updates, IOS changes, new trends, and tools, etc. Yes, the iceberg goes deep! 

Having clients does not mean posting some cool graphics and exciting content after signing a contract. Rather, having a client means dedicating time to building that relationship, like a partnership. That’sThat’s our approach at the AD Leaf. We cultivate our clients ‘ businesses as our own to help them succeed and grow. 

Our transparent marketing agency wants to form a relationship with you! If you’d like to get started on your marketing journey, call us at (321) 255-0900, email us at info@theadleaf.com, or complete our contact form

 

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.

Social Media Marketing Melbourne

A Look Inside The Leaf: Social Media Marketing

Social Media Marketing in Melbourne, Florida

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 materials 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 Clients

We are proud to provide social media marketing services to a number of different clients from all over the nation! We work with large and small businesses alike to advertise their products or services on social media to their target demographics. Here are some of the companies we are proud to help support both in Melbourne and beyond:

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 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

We love our clients

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, but we strive to build relationships and develop thoughtful strategies to help their companies grow from the roots up.

Here’s what our satisfied clients say about our service:

    • “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 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 alot 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. Thats 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 there services to your business!”
    • “Here is what I posted on my Linked in 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 hire 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.”

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 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 Company in Melbourne, Florida

Are you a Melbourne business owner that wants to take their social media marketing 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.