Earlier this year, Google introduced booking buttons to local search results for a small set of advertisers. Google has now opened the feature up to more businesses within the Google My Business dashboard. However, the feature is not global and only accessible for businesses that have an account with one of Google’s supported scheduling partners.
If you’re one of the fortunate businesses that have access to this brand new feature, here’s how you can get set up quickly:
Step 1: Login to your Google My Business dashboard and look for the “Sign up for Bookings” button.
Step 2: Choose your booking provider. Some of the booking partners include SetMore, Genbook, and Shore.
Step 3: Track your bookings. The Google My Business dashboard will provide a detailed summary of all booking data.
And that’s it! The integration is rather simple and can help businesses further digitize their marketing efforts when it comes to generating new leads and clients. Unfortunately, access is not global and the booking feature is currently restricted to a set of businesses within the United States. Of course, it shouldn’t take Google too long to roll this out across the globe, especially if the booking button leads to more revenue generation for local businesses.
Google Posts, a content publishing feature teased by Google earlier this year, is currently being rolled out to all Google My Business users. While Google+ was widely unpopular and faded away not too long ago, Google Posts has a lot of potential for local businesses when it comes to engaging users and generating leads.
It’s been a while since I have contributed to this blog, so I thought this would be the best way to break the ice.
Understandably, companies get excited this time of year because consumers with disposable income (and those without, unoftuantely) splurge like crazy both online and in retail stores. In fact, what used to be just a day-long event has now transformed into a week-long spending craze, starting the Monday before Thanksgiving and ending on Cyber Monday the following week. The image below is a screenshot from an email a friend of mine received this morning. As you can see, Iberostar shows their excitement about the upcoming shopping craze by advertising what they call the “Blackest” deals……wait, what??
That’s right, folks. The “BLACKEST” deals are here – and they even call it the “BLACK SALE”. Either something was lost in translation, or their marketing team really thought this was a good idea.
Stay tuned for more Black Friday marketing mishaps as this week progresses.
Influencer marketing is becoming a more effective digital tactic for brands to generate exposure among targeted niche audiences. A perfectly executed outreach campaign can provide a myriad of benefits for businesses, such as increased brand awareness, positive brand mentions, and potentially lucrative relationships with new advertising partners. Unfortunately for small and medium sized businesses, reaching out to social media influencers and content publishers can be an arduous endeavor. More often than not, though, bloggers will quickly discard advertising-based emails from unknown senders, especially when the content is geared for impersonal mass mailing. However, there is no need to fret: breaking through the barriers of communication is possible, especially when you personalize your pitches and tailor them to the individual bloggers you contact. Below are some important tips to keep in mind when managing your outreach campaigns.
There’s no doubting it: mobile will overtake desktop soon enough.
Every day, digital users access their favourite websites, emails, and social media profiles on all types of mobile devices. This presents a multitude of opportunities for businesses to leverage mobile marketing to increase brand awareness, generate leads, and increase revenue generation. An infographic prepared by Text Market illustrates seven reasons why going mobile is a necessity for brands. They are:
Users will not leave home without mobile devices.
Messages on mobile devices will get read.
Mobile is more personal than desktop.
Smartphones and tablets provide new channels for communication.
It’s cost effective.
Access to the Internet is increasing at a rapid rate on mobile platforms.
Mobile is set to surpass other platforms such as TV.
Digital media allows web users to share information, network with colleagues, and collaborate on projects online. However, any action taken online can either be indexed by Google or cemented on the web forever. In the case that negative information or content becomes viral, that can prove to be disastrous for managing your brand’s reputation online.
Luckily there are measures you can take to control the branded content web users can view on the Internet. Being proactive and protecting your brand’s reputation can provide you with the following benefits:
Cement yourself as an influencer and/or expert within your vertical.
Create new business opportunities for revenue generation.
Open channels for networking with fellow colleagues and potential customers in your networks.
Dominate search engines for you brand name and related search terms.
Within the online marketing environment, there are a number of ways to generate brand awareness, web traffic, and a positive return on investment. A recent infographic prepared by Conductor compares the four most popular online marketing tactics: search engine optimization, social media marketing, email, and pay per click advertising. The pertinent results of the research includes the following:
Organic search is still the most effective channel for generating both overall and targeted web traffic. Social media unfortunately produces the highest bounce rates.
In terms of customer generation, organic search and social media marketing drive in the most B2B conversions, whereas organic search is the most productive B2C channel.
Email marketing generates the most qualified leads for B2B marketers, just edging out organic search and more than doubling both pay per click advertising and social media.
Email marketing is a growing tactic in the online environment because it helps complement social media activities and allows businesses to strategically remarket to users. However, there is a continuous debate with regards to the optimal times to deploy email campaigns. Conventional wisdom and experience on behalf of advertisers is Wednesday or Thursday afternoon. However, according to statistics compiled in an infographic below, the best reactions may happen several days after initial email deployment:
21% of transactions happen within two days of receiving an email.
32% of purchases take place two week after the initial reception of an email.
Don Draper, the main character from the hit TV show Mad Men, is known as the adulterous and alcoholic creative director that has suffered through various family and self-identity issues. However, there’s no denying the fictional character’s flair for marketing and creativity. While modelling your personal life after Draper can prove to be disastrous, the character does impart a significant amount of marketing wisdom that can help you execute campaigns effectively. Below is a infographic showing some of his most powerful quotes based on marketing. Continue reading “16 Inspiring Quotes from Mad Men’s Don Draper”→
Social media marketing is quickly becoming a popular tactic for ecommerce businesses to generate both brand awareness and revenue generation. According to a recent infographic, there are five main trends to look our for in the coming year:
Brands will use more content produced by consumers for marketing campaigns. Brand advocates are being used more often by companies to promote their business and products in a positive light, relying on word of mouth marketing and peer recommendations to influence sales.
Social media platforms will have an impact on traditional advertising. With the use of television-specific hashtags, brands are using cross-platform marketing and social ads to generate interest for television programs.
Email marketing and social media will become more integrated. Already two key components of audience development, email and social media marketing are beginning to be blended together by ecommerce brands to push sales and expand total audience reach.
Use of social media marketing will be further developed and advanced by ecommerce companies. With the use of mobile platforms, marketing professionals will figure out how to increase the amount of purchasing activity completed on smartphones and tablets to increase ROI.
The amount of social media campaigns run by brands will significantly increase. Contests have become very popular on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, leading to many opportunities for brands to build audiences for remarketing purposes.