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What Your Marketing Strategy for 2021 Should Include

It's no secret that 2020 didn't go the way any of us expected. Businesses have faced numerous challenges and disruptions since March, and there's no way to know when the world is going to go back to normal. While businesses can still operate, it's not as easy to move forward as it was a year ago. With 2020 slowly coming to a well-deserved conclusion, now is the perfect time for your company to invest in a marketing strategy for 2021. Below, we have some elements that every marketing strategy should include for 2021. 

4 Reasons to Write a Business Plan

For those that are starting businesses right now, it’s crucial to establish a secure foundation amidst the whirlwind of tasks that need to be done. Writing a business plan is an essential first step for all business leaders who are hoping to prepare and start on the right foot moving forward. Business leaders who take the time to write a business plan are 16% more likely to succeed than those who don’t. Below, we have four reasons why you should write a business plan.

How Marketing and Advertising are Related

If you don’t fully understand the difference between marketing and advertising, you are not alone! Marketing and advertising are certainly related and intertwined, but there is a distinguishable difference between the two platforms. Each platform has different processes and approaches to promote products and services, but they work towards the same goal. Knowing how they differentiate will put your business on the path to success.

How to Help Your Company Succeed Right Now

Businesses across the globe have had to find new ways to become relevant during this global economic crisis. Finding new ways to stay relevant amongst your competition is difficult on your best day, so it’s even more important to stick out during times of uncertainty. Below, we have four ways that your company can stay relevant during a crisis.

How to Improve Your Customer Service with a Chatbot

Chatbots are here to usher in a new era of customer service! Are you ready? Customer service agents will always be needed for the human element of customer conversations, but a chatbot can significantly assist your customer service team. Customer service agents love automated services like this because it frees them up to focus on the bigger pieces of their work. It creates a win-win situation where the chances that a customer will have to call in for support are diminished while being more productive with the time of the customer service agents. Below, we have some ways that a chat could change the way your customer service operates.

Why Your Business Can't Afford to Not Have a Marketing Strategy

You might feel as if implementing a marketing strategy is more of a guideline than a rule, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You wouldn’t play chess without a strategy, so you shouldn’t market your company without one. Sure, budgets may be tight, and it could be hard to justify implementing a strategy that would require time and, especially if it’s outsourced, money. But the truth is, you can’t afford not to have a marketing strategy. A marketing strategy is instrumental to the success of your company. Your company may barely survive without one, but it will never thrive. You can’t afford to not have a marketing strategy because without your marketing efforts will be much weaker. A company’s strength comes from its very best plans. Why wouldn’t you want to put your company’s very best foot forward on the path to success?

 

4 Ways to Leverage Your Customers to Grow Brand Awareness

Growing your business isn't easy, especially during a period of economic challenges. With all of the challenges that businesses face daily, it's important to utilize all of your available resources to generate interest. Leveraging your customer's experience is an excellent way to build brand awareness and generate engagement with new prospects and leads. Below, we have four ways to leverage your customers to grow brand awareness.

Writing an Effective Case Study

Winning over prospective customers is never an easy task. You have to demonstrate that you are capable of delivering on what your product promises. Writing case studies are a perfect way to showcase your company’s ability to follow through on what you provide. A case study examines the customer’s challenge or pain point and what it took to get a solution. They can vary in length, but the case study should measure success using metrics that your client has agreed upon. A well-written case study shows the positive impact your business has on your customer base. Below, we discuss how to write a case study that will attract new leads.

Developing Your Target Audience

Whether you are selling a product or a service, it’s intended for a specific group of customers or a target market. But do you understand anything about that group of people? This where a target audience comes, which defines that group of people. A target audience is a group of consumers characterized by behaviors and specific demographics, and knowing your target audience can help to influence decision making for a marketing strategy. Finding your target audience takes a lot of work and research so that you can figure out who exactly you want to reach. Below, we have some tips on how to find your target audience.

How to Use Video to Drive Engagement

Video marketing is a distinct niche in the content marketing world, one that seemingly requires a bunch of work and expertise to effectively pull off. The good news is that this isn’t necessarily true! No matter what your company is doing the video realm or how you feel about video in general, there’s no denying the power and impact that video marketing can have for your business. Video marketing is a powerful tool that can educate and entertain your audience at one time, allowing you to drive engagement in new, creative ways. 

4 Ways to Improve the User Experience on Your Website

What is the user experience on your website like? Today’s users are looking for a website that is informative, modern looking, intuitive, and easy to use. If your website doesn’t perform the way it should, it will negatively affect your brand awareness and engagement. Below, we have four tips to make your website more user-friendly for your audience.

Improving the Performance of Your Email Campaigns

Email campaigns might seem like an outdated marketing method, but they are a tried and true method of connecting with your audience. While perfecting the content and design elements is an essential part of creating an email campaign, it’s more important to understand how to succeed.

Defining Your Personal and Professional Goals

With as difficult as 2020 has been for people and businesses across the globe, it might be hard to take the time to set personal and professional goals for ourselves as we get closer to the end of the year. For some of us, the end of the year feels like a sigh of relief after an incredibly difficult period. Still, for others, it only stresses the already complicated challenges and obstacles we are facing. Either way, it's important to set personal and professional goals to plan for prosperity and success for next year, while instilling a sense of hope for the future. Take an objective look at where you want to be personally and professionally, with a plan of how to get there.

Building a Thriving Product Ecosystem

When you hear the word ecosystem, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Ecosystems work in a particular way, wherein the biotic and abiotic components of any particular ecosystem work together to survive. Product ecosystems are not so different! A company creates a product ecosystem when they have several products that coexist to benefit the customer. Apple is an excellent example of a company that's made a thriving product ecosystem, with its synchronized phones, tablets, laptops, televisions, and even headphones. But how is a thriving product ecosystem built? Below, we have a few pointers for any companies that are attempting to establish their product ecosystem. 

3 Reasons to Re-evaluate Your Content Strategy

Marketers tend to pour massive amounts of time and effort into specific content strategies, but they don’t always work out the way they are intended. Content is created to educate customers, move them through the customer journey, and relay the industry-specific information they need. But what happens if your content marketing strategy isn’t working? Below, we discuss three ways that your content strategy isn’t working and how you can address those problems.

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