Best 4 SMS Marketing Tools For Businesses Of All Sizes

Best 4 SMS Marketing Tools For Businesses Of All Sizes

Whilst email marketing is still regarded as one of the top ways to communicate with prospects and customers, the huge explosion in the use of mobile phones over the past 20 years, has brought another marketing channel to the fore. We are referring to SMS marketing, and given that people will read 9 out of 10 texts they receive within 3 minutes, it has become a hugely effective means of communicating and building relationships with prospects and customers.

We must point out from the start that what we are talking about here is not you or your marketing team sending SMS messages directly from your mobile phones but instead setting up a proper SMS marketing campaign and managing it through to the point where you can measure its effectiveness. To do so you will need SMS marketing software, and here we are going to highlight 4 of the best SMS marketing tools that are currently available.

Klaviyo

This has a huge advantage over many of the other SMS tools available because you can use it for email marketing as well. Having both types of marketing managed on a single platform streamlines your operation and means that you can use its features to optimise both types of campaigns.

Some of Klaviyo’s most useful features include excellent deliverability of SMS messages, A/B testing, ROI tracking, segmentation of email and SMS subscribers and two-click personalisation of SMS messages. There is a free trial to get started and tiered pricing based on the number of individual email and SMS contacts you have on your subscriber list, and how many messages you plan to send each month.

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7 WordPress Plugins To Expand The Versatility Of Your Web Design

7 WordPress Plugins To Expand The Versatility Of Your Web Design

There are many reasons why WordPress is used to create so many web designs. There is the massive choice of themes, there is the ease of use, it is free, and perhaps the number one reason, there is the option to add a multitude of features and additional functionality via the use of plugins.

Plugins are what take WordPress from being an excellent web design and CMS platform to an extremely versatile asset for any business which wishes to maximise the effectiveness of its website. Plugins can be installed in seconds, most of them are relatively easy to use, most are free, some are free with paid upgrades, and they can transform the appeal of your website, not just for you, but more importantly, for your visitors.

Now, if we wrote another 1,000,000 words we would still not come close to properly describing every WordPress plugin which is available (55,000 and counting) and some might reasonably argue the fact there are so many makes it more difficult to determine which plugins are worth installing. Instead, we are going to focus on 7 of the top plugins which all add versatility to your website.

Yoast SEO – To Help Boost Your Rankings On Google

This is one of the most popular plugins of any kind and provides website owners who find SEO daunting a simple and easy way to boost their onsite SEO. Yoast analyses every page and every piece of content and then highlights how it should be optimised for better rankings on Google.

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5 Ways SEO Can Benefit Your Holiday Resort Business

5 Ways SEO Can Benefit Your Holiday Resort Business

The holiday resort marketplace is an extremely competitive one, and therefore any holiday resort owner who wishes to boost their revenue, needs to use as many ways as they can to reach potential customers. The SEO experts at www.seoperthexperts.com.au report that there is a huge opportunity to attract free, organic traffic from the search engines, but that can only occur if you have an effective SEO campaign planned, implemented, and working for you.

One of the misconceptions that some business owners have about SEO, is that the only benefit they derive from it is ranking higher up on search engine results, and whilst that is an obvious first consequence of great SEO, it is far from being the only benefit any business will see, and that includes those in the holiday resort sector. Here are 5 of those top benefits that SEO can bring to your holiday resort business.

Higher Rankings On Search Engines

We have to start with this benefit, not only because it is the most obvious one, but also because of its importance, and the fact that most of all the other benefits that low from it. You also need to understand that whilst being able to rank your website in the top positions for your most important keywords can take some time and requires some patience, once you achieve those high rankings, if you maintain great SEO, you should be able to retain them over a longer period of time.

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7 Best Tools For Online Market Research

7 Best Tools For Online Market Research

There is a saying that states, “It is not what you know, but who you know”, and we dare say that in certain specific circumstances that might be the case. However, in most walks of life, including business, it is surely your knowledge that is all-important. When we say knowledge we are talking about knowing what is popular with your target audience, knowing market trends, knowing what your competitors are up to, and knowing how your business is currently performing, for example.

In other words the more you know about your company, your performance, your market, your competitors, your prospective customers, and your current customers the more able you are to make decisions that are going to positively impact the level of success that your business will be able to achieve.

This might beg the question, “How do I gain all that knowledge?” and the answer is there is no one way. There are several, and that is a good thing, as it means you can learn about all the areas relating to your business we have already mentioned, from several different sources.

One such source is using market research tools that provide valuable insights and quality data relating to whichever market you wish to analyse. As for what market research tool you should consider, here are 7 of the best that many top marketing experts use.

Google Trends: Where better to start any kind of market research than the biggest search engine on the internet. With Google Trends, you can see visually which search term volumes are increasing and which are decreasing giving you an indication of popularity trends. This helps you avoid joining the tail-end of a dying market and instead get a head start within an expanding market.

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The Facebook Ads Resource List For Authors Writers

The Facebook Ads Resource List For Authors Writers

Author Facebook Ads Resource List

I’m not even going to pretend I know everything about Facebook ads, or that I am some master at them. I know enough to be dangerous (in both good and bad ways) but not enough, currently, to effectively do the things I want to do. I’m learning right along with you. I’ve spent hours searching and reading and asking. To those who are on my email list that very helpfully responded with suggestions for facebook ads resources to look into, I thank you.

That all said, others have shared with me resources, and I have come across some helpful resources in my search. To save you a little bit of time I putting that list together here. This is another page I hope to keep updated when new sites/resources come upon my radar.

Don’t forget my article on getting yourself a Facebook Pixel. You will want one before you start playing around in ads if possible.

Please note: At this time I can not personally vouche for any course. This resource list is here as a consolidated page to help you in your Facebook Ad journey by saving time. In the future I hope to be able to give feedback on courses I have gone through personally and will make note of that when I can.

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5 Essential SEO Actions To Ensure Google Boosts The Ranking Of Your Wills Lawyer Website

5 Essential SEO Actions To Ensure Google Boosts The Ranking Of Your Wills Lawyer Website

As a wills lawyer presumably you want your business to grow, and by that we mean that you are able to acquire new clients. There are many ways in which you could achieve that goal such as paid advertising, and one of the most tried and tested of them, personal recommendations. However, in this modern world you cannot ignore the influence the internet has on our lives, and so that must also be an avenue you use to find new clients.

We are going to make the assumption that you have a website, although if there are any wills lawyers reading this who do not, then we strongly advise you to get one. Why? Firstly, it is almost certain that all of your competitors have websites, and second, searching and researching online is how many people find a wills lawyer, especially when they are looking for one locally.

For those that do have websites, then the next question we must you is how well it ranks on Google? In other words, when someone uses a search term such as ‘wills lawyers near me’, does your website appear on the first page of results. If it doesn’t, then it is likely that the amount of traffic that search engines such as Google send you is minimal.

Consider this…the percentage of traffic that comes from the first page of Google from a single search is over 70%. in other words if 100 people key in the same search term, 70 of them will see the websites on page 1. The other 30 will be on pages 2 and so on. Even more eye opening is the fact that the websites in the top 3 positions on page 1 will accrue around 55% of all that traffic between them.

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Why Authors Need Facebook Pixel

Why Authors Need Facebook Pixel

You’ve probably heard it thrown around, whether just the term “Facebook Pixel” or perhaps others talking about Facebook Pixel for advertising. But how many authors actually have one installed on their site? The truth is many authors don’t and when you don’t you are missing out on a very crucial and FREE advertising benefit this piece of code gives you. Authors, you need to be using a Facebook Pixel as soon as you have a website set up, and I’m going to give you some of the cool reasons below.

WHAT IS A PIXEL?
A facebook pixel is a line of code you install into your website. The main Facebook Pixel is installed into your sites header area. This main code tracks any visitor to your site, any page of your site. From here you can create secondary event pixels that you install on your pages/posts to target specific page views, actions (clicking a button) or inactions (someone who went to a product page, but never clicked through to purchase). OR you can sometimes skip the second event pixel and instead create a custom conversion audience, or a website custom audience based off the actions of your visitors.

You can also set up ads that track conversions so that Facebook can better target who they show your ad too. Ever go to a website and look around, then go back over to facebook and suddenly see an ad from the same website? That is the Facebook Pixel at work. Facebook Pixel’s are powerful, and there is A LOT of ways to use it. What I talk about here just a bit of the basics of what you can do.

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Sell online – the best cheap ecommerce platform

Sell online – the best cheap ecommerce platform

Starting an online shop and selling direct using an e-commerce software or platform is one the smartest steps a business can take. But what’s the best eCommerce platform? Is there a cheap eCommerce provider that’s also the best. Cheap – and best. That’s like e-commerce utopia, right?

Building an online store involves many considerations. Probably the first question is how you’re going to promote it, otherwise it’s the equivalent of holding a party and forgetting to tell people the address. But we’ll tackle that issue in a later post. For now, the first important decision is how to power your e-Commerce site.

We have experience of developing online stores with a range of e-Commerce platforms, so the information provided here is based on our experience.

Hosted Vs Unhosted

There’s two main categories – hosted eCommerce and self-hosted. Hosted means that your software and servers will be managed by the eCommerce provider. A hosted or ‘managed’ e-Commerce solution is hosted on a server that you cannot access to. Examples of these are Shopify and Squarespace. Self-hosted means you, or more likely your website design agency, will set-up, maintain and manage the software on a hosting provider like Media Temple, TSO Host or Rackspace, or your own company servers.

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Catalogue Designing & Printing: Best Practice Secrets

Catalogue Designing & Printing Best Practice Secrets

Printed catalogues and directories have a long shelf life so they remain popular for companies who sell a large range of products. Consumer catalogues are still widely used for fashion, homeware, consumer electronics and gardens, while business-to-business catalogues are often used for components, machines, tools and other industrial products.

Keeping in mind the costs of designing, production, printing and postage, it’s important to get catalogue printing right first time. What are the secrets to a successful catalogue marketing? It starts with design and production.

Start by thinking about size and aspects. Common, economical sizes which are typically used for catalogue printing are B5 (240 x 170mm) A5 (210 x 148mm) or A4 (297 x 210mm). Do you want portrait or landscape? This might depend on your images, especially the size and quality, but it’s very much a personal preference. The widescreen look, A4 landscape, is a popular modern style. Calico can advise you on what’s best for your products.

Colour.

Most catalogues and directories are printed in 4 colours throughout, although sometimes a fifth colour, typically a Pantone (PMS), might be specified for a specific element, like a logo, to ensure colour consistency throughout. Calico has many clients who use metallic inks such as gold or silver for beautiful effects, especially on covers.

Branding and brand identity.

Catalogues are highly effective marketing tools for your brand. Newer brands may need to shout louder than established big players, so it’s important to prioritise your brand name and graphic identity. Strong brands typically use their name or trademarks for their catalogue name. Emerging brands must use a compelling catalogue name, but might also want to describe their products on the cover.

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7 tips for Cheaper Web Design

7 tips for Cheaper Web Design

Web design costs can be reduced by thinking through the project from start to finish and preparing as much as possible in advance. This cuts web design costs and speeds up the web design process.

1. The wedding planner

We know what a wedding planner looks like, right. Never without clipboard – or App – unflappable, in control, and just thoroughly well organised. Being organised will help to reduce web design costs. Start with a basic site map (a list of links to all your website’s pages) with a Homepage, About Us and Contact Us, and then list all the products or services you offer. Place them on your sitemap in a logical order, grouping like sections together. Think about how your clients or customers will travel through your website, and crucially where you want them to end up – usually a purchase or point of contact. A good web design agency will bring lots of ideas to the table for ways you can show content. That’s their job. But it’s your job to understand your customers or clients and impart that information clearly to the web design agency at the outset.

2. Picture this: a designer spending hours looking for pictures

That’s going to cost in studio time, right? Studio time can be expensive, so we all need to use it wisely. Images are frequently the largest barrier to finishing a website on time. Get all the images you want to use up front and supply them to the web design agency in a single file, clearly marked, and ideally listed in an Excel sheet or Word document so everybody has the same record. Original, unique images are usually the best option, however some brilliant images can be obtained through stock image and video libraries like iStock and Shutterstock. So start researching as early as possible and give the web design agency a good idea of your media library before they start the design process.

3. Who da boss?

Approvals processes are absolutely critical to completing a web design project on time. Many projects get thrown off their axis when unaccounted for opinions suddenly have to be… accounted for! We’ve all been in this situation, so it’s important to get everybody’s approval as early as possible. Major design changes and upsets will frequently add cost to the overall web design project.

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