The Netflix Digital Marketing Midas Touch

The Netflix Digital Marketing Midas Touch

Netflix has become a staple of entertainment in people’s homes and this is partially due to their smart advertising campaigns that get people interested in their content.

Netflix subscriptions have increased from 30 million  in 2012 to 120 million today and the number is expected to keep rising. People love Netflix because of the content but also because the product is personalized to give users what they want.

Netflix focuses much more on content personalization than other entertainment companies by using proprietary algorithms to predict what kind of content users will be likely to watch and hiding everything else. Although Netflix has spent a lot of money and time investing in engineers to create these algorithms other companies can still benefit from focusing on personalization.

Using tools that help personalize websites based on what users have visited in the past can be an effective technique in creating a more personal experience like Netflix.

Another technique that Netflix has proven to be very successful with is their email marketing campaign. Netflix emails contain branded content, moving images and GIFs to catch user attention and get them interested in watching new shows or movies as they are uploaded to the site. Their simple email designs incorporate themes from the show and are still easy to read for people who to tend to skim emails.

In looking at Netflix’s digital marketing approach, making things simple yet highly personalized tends to work best in reaching a bigger audience. People want things to be easy and to be uniquely catered toward them and their personal interests. Personalization helps anticipate users needs and wants, which will make them more likely to become a loyal customer.

Personalized content and simple advertising campaigns like email marketing can go a long way to appealing to more people overall.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

What is “Content Seeding” and When Should I Start Planting?

What is “Content Seeding” and When Should I Start Planting?

The concept behind seeding is to spread something over multiple areas in order to yield more results. The same is true of “content seeding” which in the world of digital marketing refers to the strategic approach of scattering content across the internet. Of course content seeding is not haphazard or random in any way but rather a calculated and targeted strategy that focuses on placing content in the most effective way possible.

With content seeding you need to put a link to your content in a place where people are most likely to find it. This will usually mean targeting relevant influencers who are well-connected and similar to your brand. You can hire various influencers on different channels so that you can reach more people with your content.

In order for content seeding to work it is important for the content to be high quality and as relevant and creative as possible. The content itself must also be targeted to specific networks and audiences so that it will be suitable for a certain influencer. Some of the most effective sites to target with content seeding are social media channels because this is where most people view influencer content.

You can start content seeding whenever you feel that you have an established website and good quality content but simply need to spread the word about your brand. When your content is ready and you want it to be seen by as many people as possible then you need to begin a content seeding campaign. Once you start you might find that really good content begins to spread on its own after it is seeded.

As long as you have great quality content and pick the right influencers you can start to see positive results with content seeding.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Ghostwriting Your Content? Here are the Pros and Cons

Ghostwriting Your Content? Here are the Pros and Cons

Most marketers know that the quality of your content is crucial in getting the best results from a campaign. Some businesses hire ghostwriters to produce content for their website, blog or social media posts to ensure they have the highest quality. There many benefits associated with having a ghostwriter but there are also certain drawbacks as well.

With a ghostwriter you know that the content will be much more polished and in most cases perfectly optimized to increase traffic. Ghostwriters have enough experience to understand what kind of content gets results and works best for SEO or advertising purposes. A ghostwriter can also create content quickly and meet deadlines for your campaign.

However, with in-house writers there are also some advantages that might make them preferable to a ghostwriter. A business that has in-house writers usually has much more control over the type of content that they create. You can oversee everything that they create and provide your own ideas and insight so that the content is tailored to your vision.

In-house writers also typically have more in depth knowledge of the field your business is involved in. They know the day to day details of what you do inside and out and won’t need to put in all the research that a ghostwriter might need to. In-house writers can also be more affordable, give the content the specific personality of your company which might be difficult for a ghostwriter to capture.

There are pros and cons to hiring a ghostwriter but it all depends on your business goals and how you want to achieve them. Both ghostwriters and in-house writers can be useful options based on the type of content and results you are looking for from an ad campaign.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Creative Content for a Boring Business

Creative Content for a Boring Business

If your business is not necessarily in the newest and most exciting industry it might be more difficult to get people to read your content. A business that is producing content related to boring topics might struggle with lower engagement and your audience might not even read through the entire post. However, even if you aren’t in one of the more popular and interesting industries like travel, tourism or culture you can still put out creative content that people respond to.

One thing to focus on to make content more readable is to provide some helpful information that people need. Topics that are useful to readers are much less likely to be boring even if they are educational posts about something objectively dull. Essentially, if you are answering a question and providing helpful advice or information that serves a purpose then you will have more success.

The way that you write about certain topics and the language you use in your content can also have an impact on whether readers perceive it as boring or not. If you use a lot of business terms or technical jargon people might quickly lose interest. Writing the way that you and most people speak makes content much more readable and easier to connect with.

Content can also be more creative when it is as specific as possible rather than being about a very broad topic. When content is specific it can communicate to a niche audience and provide more meaningful information that they might need. Broad, generic subjects can come across as dull because they lack focus and often aren’t saying anything new to readers.

When producing content it is helpful to think about the audience and what would appeal most to them. As long as you have the reader in mind when creating content it is more likely to be interesting for the audience.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Showing Twitter Love this Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day. While you’re off being romantic today, don’t forget about showing some Twitter love! Here’s some inspiration for all you lovers out there:

Photo apps: Instagram is all the rage, but it’s not exactly Twitter-friendly… seeing that they’re owned by Facebook! Take a look at some alternatives including: Snapseed and Hipster.

Get visual: Looking to add some spice to your header image? Take a look at this gallery of creative photos to get some inspiration for your own profile.

Mind your manners: It’s not polite to spam your followers, constantly ask for new followers or ignore others who communicate with you. Apply the “Golden Rule and Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!

Take it off Twitter: Have you ever thought of embedded Tweets? This is a great way to continue the conversation, cultivate relationships and build credibility. The best part is that you’re directing followers to your website and developing relevant content.

See the bigger picture: Twitter isn’t just for fun and you should think of it as another element in your overall marketing plan. This also means not just relying on Twitter (or social media for that matter) to grow your business but to use it for its strengths.

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.

Are You Ready For Instagram Web Profile Pages?

How much does a hipster weigh? An instagram.

Now that that’s out of my system, let’s talk about Instagram’s new web profiles. As if Facebook and Pinterest weren’t enough… the world is now ready for a web version of Instagram. This move isn’t a surprise as Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion earlier this year.

instagram web profile

What does this mean for brands?
– Another platform to increase brand awareness and encourage relevant engagement (using #hashtags etc.)
– More flexibility in managing your profile because you’re not confined to editing everything on a smartphone screen
– Easily view content on mobile and desktop devices
– Potential for monetization in the future
– Showcase your brand’s content curation skills – especially helpful in creative fields like design and fashion/e-commerce

This is nothing but good news for businesses but it’s another story for consumers – it will take time to see how they react and engage. If you didn’t remember, iPhone fans cried afoul when Instagram was made available to Android devices earlier this year. Now, it’s safe to say that there will also be some people who aren’t happy that the once mobile-exclusive app is available to view on a regular desktop computer.

So, what do you think about this move for Instagram? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

Matt Ramage is founder of Emarketed a web marketing agency located in Los Angeles. He loves coffee, good design, and helping businesses improve their look and getting found on the Internet.