3 Strategies That Never Get Old Amidst The New Digital Era

3 Strategies That Never Get Old Amidst The New Digital Era

With the continuous emerging of cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning, the needs and demands of people also have changed. This has brought a paradigm shift in a way marketing works.

As most things go online and mobile, new marketing techniques emerge, resulting in some old tactics to take the backseat. But just because things have changed, doesn’t mean we can just ditch old marketing strategies.

You’ll be surprised to know that there are old marketing tactics that can still do their job. Let’s take a look at some of these strategies that still work these days.

Influencer Marketing

Influencer marketing has been around for a while now. But way back not so long ago, influencer marketing is a rather hazy and vague tactic to be used by a small and startup business. It was perceived as expensive and complex that only big players with enough marketing budget could perform.

Luckily, these days, influencer marketing isn’t only limited to big players. Both big players and small business owners can potentially benefit from this marketing approach.

How?

A survey revealed that 95% of consumers trust people as a source of recommendation when they see them as someone similar to themselves. This is an indication that you, as a small business owner, do not need to hire a famous personality to perform an influencer marketing campaign.

Your satisfied customer is your greatest influencer. To get your influencer marketing campaign running, you need to tap into the everyday people whom you have built a relationship with to support your campaign. These people you have a strong engagement with can share their opinions in a credible way which can move their connection to act in favor of your business.

Influencer marketing in the modern era of digital marketing is not exactly after conversion. It is about building the trust and confidence in your business by enhancing information sharing to capture the attention of new target consumers.

Influencer Marketing

Connecting Through Content

With the rise of innovations like AI and machine learning, data gathering has never been easier. Accessing information has never been better for both businesses and consumers.

However, this also has resulted in some backlash. The ability of businesses to utilize customer’s information in a large scale resulted in information overload.  Consumers, these days, are bombarded with salesy pitches that are irrelevant and annoying. Thus, making it difficult to capture consumer’s attention.

But with the right use of data, consumer’s impression can be reversed. Modern day technology gives light to a more efficient data gathering and analysis that are based on customer engagement and interaction. This provides a leeway for business to provide relevant and more targeted content.

The right use of data brings in an opportunity for personalization. Personalization supports dynamic content and marketing automation.  Hence, it is easier to capture the attention of your audience.

When customers engage with the business, an automation tool will gather relevant data and analyze them. It will then create relevant contents, set criteria for audience targeting based on the data analysis and send out different types of contents according to what the consumers are looking for.

This is how personalization works. This allows businesses to create contents that are valuable and answers the current needs and demand of people. Personalization enables you to craft contents that resonate the most with the users by considering their needs, desires, aspirations and problems.

Modern technology gives you an opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the consumers which allows you create a relevant content but also so you can use them in targeting the right people with the right content at the right time.

Competitor Research

Competitor Research

One way or another, your business has perhaps conducted some competitor research. Going back to the basics, competitor research is all about knowing your competitors including their strength and weaknesses.

This made most business obsessed with stalking competitors and isn’t cool. In this modern digital era, competitor analysis goes beyond swot analysis and other overrated methods. More than keeping an eye out for competitors, competitor analysis is performed to get a better knowledge of how your business perform in the industry.

Competitor analysis gives you a glimpse of how and whys your competitors perform in the current situation. This helps you determine the current problems you may be facing but you are not aware of. This helps you spot your own weaknesses and unique value proposition that you can resolve and utilize respectively.

Competitor analysis is a crucial business strategy of the modern days. Modern competitor analysis should be conducted to arm yourself with new knowledge that would guide you in performing business strategies to position yourself as a leader in the industry.

Final Words

Old marketing, in general, may not be an ideal approach in this modern digital marketing world. But that does not mean you need to toss away the marketing strategies that come along with it.

In this modern era, there are marketing strategies that just needs a little makeover to be effective. A slight revamp will help you restore these marketing techniques to its former glory.

The only way to do it is to integrate new technologies and innovations to answer the needs and changing demands of consumers.

Author’s Bio:

SEO consultant Al Gomez is the man behind Dlinkers.com, a company dedicated to provide quality digital marketing services for small business owners from Australia and other parts of the globe. With more than ten years of experience, he enjoys supporting smartpreneurs like himself achieve online success.

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.

Marketing To The Festival Season aka “Millennial Utopia”

Marketing To The Festival Season aka “Millennial Utopia”

There are hundreds of music festivals that take place year round in the U.S. alone, however the big, multi-day, even multi-weekend festivals SXSW, Ultra, Coachella, EDC, Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza usually kick off in spring and hit HARD in the summer time. What’s happened with each of these festivals is that they have transformed way beyond music and become a playground for art, fashion, food, technology and social issues. The attendees are more than just concertgoers and see these events as can’t miss experiences they love being a part of.

Of these millions of attendees, half of them are millennials. What do you do when you have a plethora of excited millennials in one place with Internet access? You market to them.

1. Geo-fence Targeting

One of the most effective marketing strategies when it comes to these large-scale events is location targeting. Marketing techniques utilize mobile device location data, lat/long coordinates to pinpoint those in that geographical location at a specific time. Think of Snapchat Geofilters that can only be accessed while you are within the boundaries of set perimeter.

Geo-fencing, is creating a virtual perimeter that triggers specific ads and content including special discounts and offers to attendees and promoting products and events that the audience would mostly likely be interested in. Advertisers are also utilizing this technique to re-market weeks after the event is over.

2. Interactive Experiences

More and more brands offer interactive experiences at festivals and let the attendees do the marketing for them. Some huge brands will showcase cutting edge virtual reality or fun new technologies for attendees to tinker with, but it doesn’t have to be that high end or complex.

Displaying new products that haven’t hit the public yet can be enough to get the buzz going. Even simple things like digital photo booths with props, cool art installations or basic chill zones can generate brand awareness because millenials love sharing these instagrammable moments. Branded booths offering sun relief or a place to charge phones and connect to WiFi are considered a festival oasis. Attendees are coming to you and you can exchange their much-needed relief for a Re-post/Retweet, hashtag share or even a sticker on their festival outfit and call it a deal!

3. Influencer Parties

Depending on your industry, hosting an exclusive party off festival grounds during the day has become priceless for certain brands especially for fashion retailers. Inviting celebrities and ”lifestyle influencers” to attend and share their experience on social media can have a huge ROI, just ask Revolve.

You don’t need an A-list guest list, ask influencers in your specific industry and create relationships. Vloggers and social media micro-influencers are happy to share and engage their followers.

Leverage FOMO4. Leverage FOMO

The fear of missing out is real, especially if it’s experience that everyone is chasing. Even if millenials aren’t at the festival physically, they are there virtually. Utilize that festival theme and plan your content around it. Email blasts, blog posts, playlists, podcasts and shareable social media images can garner you valuable web traffic without even stepping foot inside. Millenials who can’t attend are live streaming, live tweeting and are still a part of the conversation so you should join in too.

5. Experiential Marketing

Want to test something totally out of the box, this is the crowd you want to experiment with. Brands like Soul Cycle offered spin classes to attendees so they can get their workout in before they let loose inside the festival. Asics offered  a pre-festival morning hike and what these lead to were highly shareable moments that really leveraged other aspects of the festival culture.

Millennials are excited to try new things and be a part of something unqiue and the festival environment is all about having fun after all.

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.