Marketing is about being Significant! Cant even read a page yet they want me to sign-up…I dont think SO!!! I havent even read a page on this site yet, and theyre spamming me with a signup request!!!
PayWalls are not Significant! A Tweet leads to a PayWall protected site…no news till you pay for same is NOT a formula of significance… I havent even read a page on this site yet, and theyre spamming me with a signup request!!!
MARKETING: COMMUNICATING TRUE VALUE & SIGNIFICANCE TO YOUR AUDIENCE.
Significance is information I can use… Sophos is a treasure chest of info on security and what to do about same!
The Go To Market Engine…Simple but not Easy! You need Sales to exist. To get sales, you need to be found….or establish Contact! Once folks find you, you need to be an Authority to impress them… Once theyre impressed enough, they will join your community…. And then Sales happen!
What is a search.… Informational… Informational searching involves looking for a specific fact or topic… leopard frogs or MAC trucks Navigational… Navigational searching seeks to locate a specific web site Air Canada site or YouTube site Transactional… Transactional searching looks for information related to buying a particular product or service… low cost airfares to Mexico or iPhone 5 dealers
Google lets me search… But what if I want more info or specialized reviews?
Or I could use Social Media to ask a friend… I ask…and get answers from trusted friends…. Isnt this one of Social Medias true strengths? Yup…I agree too!
Armed with what Ive learned… I drill down on that brand and see if I think it measures up!
Search is dominant…social media not so much… 91% of users say they use web search every week…
Channels used for purchase decisions… Where are you thinking of spending your own GTM dollars? It better be in search!
Where people click: Search! A lot more people click on organic Search than PPC!!!
Budget Allocation by Channel… A lot more people click on organic Search than PPC!!!
Yet more marketing bucks go to FB & Twitter! A lot more people click on organic Search than PPC!!!
Want to really NAIL this? Simons book tells you how to find your WHY?
Significance comes in many flavours... Sometimes, significant means writing stuff that isnt directly about you or your brand. It means writing things that appeal to folks who arent even potential customers yet.
Significance also means delivering... And delivering by offering up the BEST content you can….
Significance doesnt mean Adverts everywhere! MEH! This is the trap that too many startups fall into….i.e. Adwords!
Ford gets It! I dont even drive a Ford, yet the site is truly interesting!
There is no better VALUE in marketing… There is NO BETTER VALUE IN MARKETING than great content!!! If write it yourself, it costs zero hard dollars. If you hire a fantastic pro to write it, it might cost you $500/article. If you do a video, maybe $2500. And each piece you produce is a permanent asset and authority builder. Plus every piece is a shot at a viral home run. Spend $500 on paid advertising and see if you get that! Im not saying ignore paid ads. Paid ads – PPC or otherwise – are crucial. We always put them into clients marketing mix. But they generate a proportional, short-term return. You need to also invest in something that generates a long-term, potentially geometric return. Thats all this significance stuff.
Answer Questions… It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.…Benjamin Franklin Whatever business area you are involved in Im sure you can name someone who is a leading expert in that field. You may or may not know them personally, but their reputation precedes them. People follow them on social media, read their articles and wait with baited breath for a new opinion. You may find yourself disagreeing with some of the things they say, or you may think their every word is gospel and Im sure youve wondered on how they managed to create such a successful brand reputation for themselves? They answer questions….it can be that simple to start building your rep!
Real Estate Salesman? Ask Google for help… Heres your next 4 blog post themes… You can change the items at will…and thats the cool part of using the billions of pages indexed by Google…
Technology Startup? Answer at Quora… Weve found more than one global client on Quora…this works!!!
Busy eCom Site? I just want some JEANS!!! Dont make me use filters and configurators….I just want some jeans!!!
Be simple. Be cool. Be easy to use intuitively! Simple does NOT mean crowded, too busy, screen jammed either!
Build a Community to Attract New Leads! Once you demonstrate Significance Significance via your new Authority….its time to build community. Which is a trendy term for what we used to call the house list – aka the folks you can reach out to when youre selling stuff. And its these community members who will buy…
Build a FB Community to Attract New Leads! Facebook is a sure bet to create a community of like minded individuals… Here, I wanted to see more about Bass fishing…and there are 373,000 like minded anglers! Works by passing along expertise…
Build an LI Community to Attract New Leads! Try creating a LinkedIN group that will help all of your members to learn about fishing To learn about local and regional waters and conditions too… And to build new leads!
Build a Twitter Following to Attract New Leads! Develop a group that will all Tweet about common fishing ideas or locations or threads on conditions… Remember to use information to build your community…. And to build new leads! Plus…there are hundreds more too!
But Be Careful!!! BUT remember… Social media communities can be built around anything and everything… i.e. United Airlines Suck! UPS Drivers Suck! ComCast Sucks!