What’s Your Go-To Marketing Recipe?

So, I decided to make some soup one day, and while I was doing so, I realized that a lot of the requirements to pull off a good soup recipe, are the same ones that are needed to make a great marketing campaign happen.

Here is a not so quick recap of what I realized…
(If you don’t have time to watch, read below):


 

  1. Your Why…
    Identify why you want to create a marketing campaign in the first place, so that if it gets complicated and overwhelming, you remember why you started this campaign in the first place. Is it because the cash register isn’t ringing? Is your business in a lull? All to often, business owners get caught up in the frenzy of running a business, that it can be hard to make time to market your business, even though it is an essential part of growing your business.
  2. Setting SMART Goals
    Specific
    Measurable
    Attainable
    Risky
    Timely
    This is important so that you can assess whether or not you hit your goal once your campaign is over.
  3. Plan!
    The most important part of the recipe that often gets overlooked… the plan. Make sure that you set yourself up for success to accomplish your goal and complete the campaign. Outline who is responsible for what, figure out what specifically you need, and make sure that you set aside time and/or money to bring the campaign to fruition.
  4. Tools
    Marketing tools are an essential component of executing a campaign. They can help you save money, time, and make replication easier. Don’t get overwhelmed if you are looking into new tools, and you see a number of options out there. Refocus on what you need, and think of future campaigns before re-evaluating your options. Ask for help if need be.
  5. EXECUTE
    Make the campaign happen!
  6. Assess/Measure
    It’s always important to reassess what worked and what didn’t, after ALL marketing campaigns. What was your ROI? Did you hit you goal? What would you do different next time to make this recipe/campaign better, or is it best to not do this again, and try something new? Whatever the answer is, don’t get discouraged if you get less than stellar results. What you learned during the process of the campaign is really important for future campaigns. And, whatever you do, don’t give up on marketing your business if it has been a struggle. It takes practice, and it’s harder to make an impact on your business when you are reactive vs. proactive. People can smell the desperation a mile a way, so try to do something consistently every month until it becomes your go-to recipe (strategy) for success.

 

How Do I Handle Online Reputation Management?

How to handle online reputation management is a question that plagues both businesses and individuals alike.  A negative sentiment can cause a business loss of both revenue and trust.  Whereas the wrong perception of a person can strip them of job security or even bring retaliation from others.  About 5 years ago, many Facebook users were changing their real names to nicknames in an effort to keep any “negative activities” from potential employers.  The case of Lindsay Stone is a severe one, in which a single picture ruined her life.  What started as an inside joke between friends became a public controversy with many sensitive layers, finally resulting in a lost job and hate mail from veterans and their supporters.  Similar things have happened to huge companies, where the opinion of an individual created a PR nightmare for the corporation (ie. Chick-Fil-A scandal).  In addition, websites like Yelp are thriving and a common point of reference for consumers, a negative review can destroy a hard earned reputation.  The major takeaway is that if you do not monitor and maintain your brand’s image then it is at the mercy of the masses.  Here are some tips to keep you and your company in a truthful, positive light.

1. CLAIM IT – Gather all urls similar or even close to your name.  This tactic will hinder imposters from acting on the behalf of your company in an effort to ride your coat tails or simply damage your image.  Value and urgency of this process increases as you gain notoriety, also be sure to remember social media platforms, review sites, YouTube and other video sharing sites.  These efforts will keep your brand, customer loyalty and satisfaction in high ranking.

2. MANAGE IT – Make sure you have consistency in your voice, verbiage is key, and also be clear on the use of each platform.  Twitter is primarily to field client questions or concerns, while Facebook is used for reminder advertising, client interaction and company updates.  Set up canned responses so if there is any negative interaction, it gets resolved appropriately.  Also, make sure everything posted is of high quality.  This sets the tone of professionalism, giving current and future clients insight on how you run your company.

3. WATCH IT – At this point you cannot only pay attention to what you are putting out, you must be cognisant of your five W’s: Who, What, Where, Why and When.  Have you ever googled your own company?  You should, it will allow you to keep tabs on anything brewing online that isn’t in line with your brand.  You may find people complaining about you or your product/service and you will be able to rectify the situation, creating a better experience for that client and other potential clients.  Companies can also find knockoffs of their product just by looking up the hashtags they have created, so it is great practice to monitor those as well.  All of this will enable you to be proactive vs reactive to potential threats, which is essential in global business today.

Some people are unsure on how to do online reputation management, or just don’t have the time for it.  Drop us a line and we can help you out!

3 Reasons to Blog for Your Business

Writing a blog can be a tedious task for those entrepreneurs who are always busy, running around at breakneck speed, and attempting to build their business. BUT, being a consistent blogger has great benefits for your business, and here are 3 main points to help you consider making time for such a rewarding task that pays off in the future:

1. Reputation, Credibility and Relevance

Frequent blogging proves, to people looking for your products or services, that you are active and expert within your field. Writing about current projects, clients, events and updates in your business also allows people to have a “sneak peek” into your company.  This is important because it gives potential clients an opportunity to check you out and see the results you are creating for others. They will also be able to see if your company can service their needs and what kind of results that they can expect from you. If you can prove that you know what you’re doing, people are more apt to trust in you.

2. Search Engine Optimization

Having a consistent stream of new content allows your site to be indexed more by the search engines. Google and other search engines are looking for websites with a lot of content, so that they can better understand what makes sites most relevant to the people searching for that content.  Why not give them what they want?  PLUS, adding pictures, videos and interactive content will keep people on your website longer, which is also great for the user experience, and supports your goals of improving your ranking.

3. Lead Creation

If you are ready to expand your business but don’t want to rely on doing a ton of time-consuming networking, dredging for referrals or paying for leads, then this is for you. With frequent posting, leads to increased traffic, increased traffic begets a greater chance that you will generate qualified leads that want more information about what you specifically offer. Don’t be shy, put a call to action within your posts.  If people like what they read, encourage them to reach out for more information, share with others, or engage in some way with you or the content. People that like what they read are more apt to download your free e-book, schedule a consultation, or sign up for your mailing list.

Branding guru, Simon Mainwaring, states “brands, and their advertising partners, must wake up and define themselves with clarity, consistency and authenticity…otherwise they just might find themselves shouting in a ghost town.” Luckily for you, amaraREPS is well versed in all the above.  If you don’t know where to start, and need some help, contact us for a free consultation!

amaraREPS Celebrates Miranda McCroskey and Lawpreneur Radio!

amaraREPS was proud to support our client, and friend, Miranda McCroskey as she celebrated her one year anniversary of living her dream by creating Lawpreneur Radio!  Coinciding with her birthday, our favorite radio host was able to celebrate her accomplishments with friends and family. Her drive and entrepreneurial spirit have served her well through law school, obtaining a position as an associate in a private practice, and later opening up her own practice. The beginnings of Lawpreneur Radio were sparked as she noticed lawyers were not treating their practices like the businesses they are, and suffering because of mismanagement.

Miranda’s passion for supporting entrepreneurial lawyers (aka Lawpreneurs) has allowed her to share the stories and experiences of over 170 entrepreneurs and industry experts with an array of backgrounds. Learn more about Miranda and listen to an interview of amaraREPS’ Founder and Director of Marketing, Amara Omoregie, with Miranda here!

Miranda McCroskey (left) and Amara Omoregie (right) celebrating the first anniversary of Miranda's radio channel, Lawpreneur Radio.

Miranda McCroskey (left) and Amara Omoregie (right) celebrating the first anniversary of Miranda’s radio channel, Lawpreneur Radio.

10 Reasons to Keep Your LinkedIn Account Up-to-Date

LinkedIn is one of my favorite social networks. Why? Because it is a professional network. For this reason, you need to stop what you’re doing and address these 10 things. The most common issue that I find is that people tend to not pay attention to and/or update their profiles until they are looking for employment. Any novice user of LinkedIn knows that this is bad form and that it is a best practice to keep your LinkedIn fresh and up to date, even for your company, like we do.
  1. Update your current position & job description
     If your current position is up to date, take a few moments to update your job description. Be sure to highlight your key responsibilities, and brag about any major accomplishments during your tenure. Don’t be shy, but keep it professional. Spruce up your prior work experience and tailor it so that it is relevant to your current career goals. Even if you aren’t looking for new opportunities, there are recruiters constantly looking for candidates, and its great to see what options you have when you compare yourself to others within your space.

  2. Update your picture
    Putting a current picture on your profile will increase the likelihood of being recognized by previous colleagues. If you don’t have one, maybe its time to take some! Make a note, and update it as soon as possible. Your colleagues would love to see that update in their feed. 
  3. Connect with 10 people
    LinkedIn isn’t a popularity contest, unlike some social networks that shall remain nameless. With that being said, it’s not necessarily about the number of contacts you have. In fact, after you have 500 connections, your profile displays a modest “500+” to show that you are well connected. What IS important about having a number of connections, is your ability to expand your network based on your degrees of separation. For example, if you are looking to connect with someone at your dream company in the future, and you have connections with someone that has a direct relationship with that person already, you can ask for a warm intro, a recommendation, or if you are lucky, you may get an endorsement for one of your skills. Also, people move around, so you never know when one of your connections will become a much-needed asset for a project or to help leverage a big opportunity. 
  4. Endorse 10 people for skills that you know that they posses
    It feels great to get an endorsement, so pay it forward and make someone else’s day. This is one of those random acts that always has a way of coming back to benefit you many times over; you might as well do it today, and every time you login. 
  5. Write a Recommendation
     It feels like CHRISTMAS when I get a recommendation, so once again, pay it forward, and give someone an honest and thoughtful recommendation. You never know, you may get one in return. The more people that can say great things about you, and your work, the better your profile will look. This is especially true if you get a recommendation from a high profile and well-respected figure within your professional space. 
  6. Share a post from the Pulse
    The Pulse is awesome, yet somewhat addicting. I’m grateful that the Pulse content is mostly separate from your main feed, or else I would probably get stuck reading awesome content from various companies and thought leaders around the world for hours. Share a post on your personal feed. This shows that you are engaged within the platform and it shows more of your personality. You may otherwise feel your presence on this platform is under-whelming since LinkedIn is pretty much devoid of any opportunity to customize your profile visually and/or out of the context of your work experience. So share something, in fact, share a few “somethings” when you feel compelled to do so or have ideas that are too good to keep to yourself. 
  7. Add some Media to Your Profile
    You can now add SlideShare presentations to your profile. This is one of the newer features to LinkedIn that I personally love that enables you to post images, videos, and links or upload white papers and case studies that you’ve put together. Trust me, you’ll thank me later when you aren’t having to scramble to find relevant examples of your work. Show your stuff, and give your best work a home on your LinkedIn page. NOTE: Make sure you have permission from your company to share these items! 
  8. Update your miscellaneous information
    Do you have any special certifications? Affiliations to organizations? Honors or awards? Do you support any causes or volunteer? There’s a place on LinkedIn to shed a little light on these extra-curriculars. These areas tend to get overlooked by people, however, companies love seeing the philanthropic side of potential candidates, and the various additional information that LinkedIn provides fields for. 
  9. Follow a few companies
    Your dream company is most likely active on LinkedIn. Follow them, as they may post job openings and inside news. Their posts are consistent with their personality and their inner culture. So get to know them and compare them with other companies that are similar. 
  10. Schedule an hour in your calendar 1-2 months out. Wash-Rinse-Repeat. 
    Pick a day, and time, and spend an hour or two once every month or two at minimum. There are so many social networks, however, this one matters more than you think and with the proper maintenance, you could be proactively preparing yourself for your next biggest opportunity. People are watching you. Don’t believe me? Check the “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” section.

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