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B2B Data Management: Marketers’ Top Goals and Challenges
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Mobile Search Intensifies Duplicate Listing Challenge, Moz Local Attempts To Solve
According to MediaPost, “Moz Local on Tuesday released an update to its Duplicate Listing Dashboard that tracks more than one billion duplicate listings across the Web. The platform aims to provide an increasing amount of data and visibility into duplicate listings — but more importantly, can either remove those duplicates or update changes to the listings through aggregators and partners.” MediaPost
Facebook organic reach is down 52% for publishers’ Pages this year
Marketing Land reports that “From January 2016 through mid-July 2016, publishers’ Facebook Pages have experienced a 52-percent decline in organic reach.” This decline, however dramatic, should function more as a catalyst for publishers to create more compelling, more engaging content like video, to increase visibility. Marketing Land
Facebook to websites: stop clickbait headlines — or else
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Cision Release List of Top 100 Sites for Marketers
Keeping up with digital marketing can feel a lot like herding cats. Things are changing and evolving quickly in the digital sphere. In order to help digital marketers stay on top of their game, Cision released a list of the top 100 sites that are the best for “the latest news in marketing, PR and SEO,” including the TopRank Marketing blog. Cision
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As a marketer, you are always looking to do more with less. You may get the sense that technology can help you do better and you’re right. Follow along as I explain exactly how you can harness this force without writing a single line of code.
1. Do A/B Split Tests and Personalization</h2
You’ve probably heard of all the merits of A/B split testing and of being data-driven, but how can you implement these different tests on each of your pages without consulting the tech team?
It’s easy enough with solutions like Visual Website Optimizer and Optimizely that allow you to drag and drop your changes across the website by simply copy and pasting a snippet of code across your website (or getting somebody technical to help you do that). Both tools allow you to customize your website for different types of visitors, and they’ll allow you to run controlled experiments to see which variations of your web pages perform best.
2. Build Landing Pages
Maybe you don’t want to optimize your website – you want to build some new pages. Maybe it’s a new campaign announcing a new product launch, or maybe you’re running an event you want to collect an email waiting list for. Whatever it is, you’ll need a web page that describes what you’re doing, a landing page. Thankfully, you don’t have to build anything in HTML or CSS. You can use drag and drop editors in Unbounce or, if you’re really looking to maximize conversion, marketing-based solutions like Leadpages.
3. Build Entire Websites
Don’t want to stop at just building a web page? Maybe you want to look to build an entire website for a new product. Thankfully, you don’t have to call a web agency to do everything for you at a high price! You can use solutions like Squarespace or Wix to build everything in your website without a line of code. And if you want to get even more customized, grab a theme from Themeforest and learn the basics of WordPress! You’ll soon be building beautiful websites with layers of personalized complexity–without a line of code.
4. Scrape Links, Content and More with Python (but use with caution!)
This script above will take all the links from a sample page (in this case the Wikipedia page for the Python language)
Here’s the raw script you can copy + paste in Python 3.5 mode:
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
r = requests.get(“https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_(programming_language)”)
soup = BeautifulSoup(r.text,”lxml”)
for link in soup.find_all(‘a’):
5. Send Newsletters and Automate Emails
Email is one of the most effective marketing channels out there, and the best for return on investment. If you can get people coming back by filling their inbox with valuable information, you’ve reached marketing nirvana.
Instead of doing all the messy work coding up HTML-rich emails, you can use the drag & drop and email list capabilities of MailChimp. If you want to automate emails a layer beyond, and take people through an in-depth series of automated emails, you could use a solution like Drip.
6. Get Data
Ever needed to take a quick look at certain data, like the demographic traits of a certain country? Need to source the latest financial data? Look no further than Quandl. You’ll be able to find all sorts of data, from the average age of first marriage for women to life expectancy at birth. Best of all, you can export that data directly in Excel, stepping away from all of the code if you needed.
7. Filter Through Data
Most people think of Google Apps as a great way to collaborate with others, but they don’t know about the full power of this suite of tools. Google built a way for you to add layers of functionality on top of their powerful software, allowing you to do so much more with different types of data. Best of all, you can copy + paste pre-made scripts and benefit from the effects without being technical!
Use these scripts for good, not evil.
8. Building Popups and Other Interactive Elements on a Website
Sometimes, you want to add an additional layer of interactivity to a website, whether it’s a popup to highlight a brand new feature, or a walkthrough that will help guide users. Thankfully, with tools like Engage and HelloBar you can add different modals or elements to your website that can help you collect emails, direct traffic elsewhere, or dictate what users should look at in a web page.
9. Dig Deeper into Websites, and See How Your Website Looks in mobile
Most people don’t know about the handy Google Chrome Inspector or its equivalent Firebug on Firefox. While most of the time it is used by developers to spot errors or mock up certain changes in the code, you can use the Inspector to check into the exact URLs of images, and how your website displays on different screen sizes, from iPhones to tablets.
The responsive design tool in these inspector tools will allow you to simulate what your website looks like from device-to-device, a crucial need to see if your website is mobile-friendly. This is a factor that’s critically important for websites with mobile traffic, and one that Google uses to rank webpages.
By harnessing technology, you’ll be at the cutting-edge of digital marketing. You won’t even need to learn how to code to get an awesome array of new powers. Save yourself time and money, and make sure you use your new capabilities for good!
About the Author: Roger is a digital marketer who self-taught himself to code but recognizes when code is useful and when it isn’t. He manages Growth for edtech company Springboard, and will often write about new technologies at his own personal blog code(love). You can find him on Twitter.
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Landing pages are intended to be simple and straightforward – a single page designed to get a specific audience to take an action.
Marketers use landing pages to get people to:
- Make a product purchase
- Opt-in to get a promotional product like an ebook or report
- Request more information or a consult
- Urge an audience to subscribe
You’d think that creating a page for such simple tasks would be easy, especially when you consider the wealth of tools at our disposal for building out landing pages.
And, in fact, the act of producing landing pages is actually not complicated – at least, until you factor in the human component of your audience.
People, the ones you want to get to take a specific action, muck up the entire process and make landing pages much more difficult.
There’s no specific way to design or configure a landing page to ensure it’s going to perform a certain way or deliver favorable conversions.
All you have is your research and whatever knowledge you may have picked up about copy and landing page best practices, so you go on intuition.
You’re not alone in that. Over 60% of marketers optimize sites based on intuition alone.
Then the testing starts. And despite everything you feel you’ve done correctly, you go through what many others experience: lackluster conversion rates.
There are a lot of changes and tweaks you can make, but don’t approach your landing page like a master control panel where you start pulling levers and pushing buttons blindly.
There are 5 key areas where you can start making small challenges to positively influence your conversion rates.
1. Trust Signals
Simply put, if you don’t have trust, then you don’t have sales. You may have been funneling traffic to your landing pages as a result of lead nurturing, but chances are you’ve got some fresh landing page traffic made up of people who have no idea who you are.
Even if you’ve been nurturing your leads via email and building a relationship, you still need strong trust signals to boost the confidence of your audience and help tip them over into a conversion.
Social proof tells your audience that you can be trusted because other people have trusted you and made an investment of time and/or money. If you’ve got the attention and business of these other people, then you must be credible to some degree.
Some of the most common ways of adding social proof to a landing page include highlighting social shares, number of purchases, subscriber counts, or social followers.
If you partner with any brand, be it a major organization or an influencer, getting their name or logo on your landing page creates an affiliation in the mind of the audience.
The audience will perceive you as more trustworthy and credible because you’re working with X brand, which must mean that X brand trusts you.
You’ll see this a lot with brand mentions that include “As seen on” logo placements.
They may not seem like much, but certifications can put a lot of people at ease, especially if you’re asking them to give you money or personal information. Using third-party certifications such as the Better Business Bureau and VeriSign create a perception of authority around your landing page and brand.
Testimonials are another form of social proof, and are one of the strongest trust symbols. According to Nielsen, 83% of consumers trust recommendations from people they know, and 66% trust consumer opinions posted online.
If you can, share the full details from customers, including their name and city if they’re comfortable with it. Because it’s easy to fake testimonials (and many online consumers know it) it pays to be as transparent as possible.
2. Fix Your Call to Action and Make it Obvious
Remember what I said above: your landing page has a single goal. The only way you’re going to get your audience to take action is if you make that goal 100% clear to the people landing on your page.
If you don’t have your call to action where it’s visible, above the fold, then it’s virtually impossible to direct people to take action.
The reason for this is because most people spend less than 15 seconds on any given web page, which means most won’t even bother scrolling. They’ll glance, their brain will decide whether you’re relevant or not, and they’ll bounce.
If you hide your call to action below the fold, bury it in clutter, or don’t make it stand out, then you’ll lose a considerable amount of conversions.
Eric Ries’ Lean Startup keeps the call to action above the fold and clearly visible.
Everything your audience needs to make a decision should be above the fold, but don’t necessarily try to put all of your content above the fold.
Likewise, it takes more than the placement of the call to action to make it effective. It also needs to be compelling.
Use power words
Avoid using corporate babble and industry jargon. Stick with practical language and power words that are proven to compel people to take action.
Use active language
Remember that your call to action is telling your audience to do something. Use verbs that inspire that action, such as “Join,” “Subscribe,” “Download,” etc.
Make it stand out
You want your call to action to stand out from everything else on the page, but you also want it to be consistent with the design and theme.
Tim Ferriss uses a great CTA design that clearly shows his audience where to begin.
I also want to point out the trust signals he uses on his landing page.
The best CTAs say the most in the fewest words, so limit them to around 90-150 characters. That’s about 5-7 words. If your call to action is too long, then you lose the hook, and if it’s too short, it may not clearly convey what step visitors should take (or why.)
Make it personal
Avoid using broad calls to action like “Start today.” Instead, personalize it to the user so it reads more like “Start your trial today.”
3. Remove the Ability to go Elsewhere
Clear navigation and links are great to use in your content marketing and on your website to help you expand on concepts and help the audience get to a destination, but they don’t belong on your landing page.
Your landing page is the destination.
You never want to give visitors the ability to click out of this endpoint in your funnel. Remove the navigation from your landing page, and avoid adding links to your content at all costs.
I also recommend adding in an exit pop-up that will appear based on user behavior, such as if the user moves their mouse toward the top of the browser. This pop-up should encourage them to stay and focus their attention on the main call to action.
4. Add Visual Engagement
If you’re getting great traffic but the conversions are low, try to incorporate visual elements as a way to improve engagement and keep the attention of your audience.
Even if you can’t create high-quality video content, you can still use relevant images to seal the deal with your audience. Include high-definition product photos, illustrations, or quality screenshots for digital services that show some behind-the-scenes product/service use.
Think like a shopper – people often want to pick up, look at, and handle a product before they purchase it. Visuals make the audience feel like they’re doing just that. This is why e-commerce sites rely on detailed and numerous product photos to help sell their goods.
5. Improve the Copy
Your copy consists of every written element on your page, especially the headlines. It should be compelling, free of errors, and written in a way that makes an emotional and psychological connection with your target audience.
It also needs to be presented in a way that’s easily scannable, with the most critical points standing out with formatting and design elements like bullets and callouts.
I can’t tell you what you should say – that’s going to be based entirely on your audience and what they need to hear, so that’s where your own research comes into play.
Test Everything You Do
Every change you make is going to have some kind of an impact on your conversions. Hopefully you’ll see a lift in conversions, but it’s possible for a change to cause them to drop.
That’s why testing is so important. There are two ways to test the work you’re doing.
A/B testing lets you pit two elements against each other so you can test one or two updates, such as a headline or call to action. Once you have a winner, you can test again or move on to another element.
Multivariate testing lets you evaluate a larger number of changes across your page at the same time, helping you find the best combination. It’s more complex to do, and many marketers prefer A/B testing over this method, but it can get you through testing a lot of changes more quickly.
If you’re getting low conversion rates, you don’t need to scrub it and start over. Make small, strategic changes to your copy and calls to action, and monitor your performance using the recommendations above. With the right approach, you should begin seeing substantial lifts in your conversion rates.
What kind of changes tend to bring you the best results with your landing pages? Share your success with me in the comments.
About the Author: Aaron Agius is an experienced search, content and social marketer. He has worked with some of the world’s largest and most recognized brands to build their online presence. See more from Aaron at Louder Online, their Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
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