Don’t Sleep on These 3 Digital Marketing Trends

Don’t Sleep on These 3 Digital Marketing Trends

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Digital marketing is perhaps the biggest catalyst to enable business startups, small businesses, and big corporations reach immense financial success.

You only need to review the statistics to see the phenomenal role of digital marketing in catapulting businesses to become established and well known brands online and offline.

Until a decade ago, digital marketing was mainly limited to SEO and pay-per click advertising methods.

Since then, several other digital marketing trends and technologies have emerged that present considerable revenue-making possibilities and competitive advantages for firms.

Digital Marketing Trends

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Influencer Marketing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Local Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Facebook Advertising
  • Graphic Design
  • And various other digital marketing tactics…. 

This is why it is absolutely crucial that marketers and business owners stay up-to-date with the latest digital marketing trends so they may know exactly what opportunities to take advantage of.

Here we present the top 3 digital marketing trends marketers should know about in 2016.

More Customers Use Mobile Devices

The substantial growth of mobile phones is leading many to access the internet from such devices.

Research from Global Web Index in 2014 noted how smartphone users accounted for 80 percent of internet users, a number that outweighed desktop users.

Businesses have already begun investing in enterprise mobile application development to respond to this growing trend, since mobile applications will enable them to target a considerable number of online traffic.

Moreover, the mobile platform is increasingly seen as a medium through which firms can focus on their SEO efforts.

Google, for example, has launched its algorithm, Mobilegeddon, which gives higher preference to websites that are optimized for the mobile platform.

Therefore, businesses that are looking to invest in cost-effective digital marketing tactics will be eager to invest a greater proportion of their budget on mobile marketing.

Video Marketing

If we have learned one thing about digital marketing in 2015, it was that video marketing has tremendous opportunities for businesses of any size.

With the phenomenal rise of video streaming websites, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime there lie numerous lessons for marketers of companies to enhance their digital marketing activities through the use video marketing. Facebook Live now gives the power of live video to engage customers and fans in a more personal manner.

For a start, video marketing, in comparison to other digital marketing tactics, is more personal and ‘real’ in terms of the component of human interaction.

Customers who watch a video are generally more likely to develop strong emotional connections with brands than those who use images or blogs as their driving digital marketing strategy.

Video-on-Demand technology, hence, will continue to grow in importance, and companies that utilize it will benefit from higher positive customer engagement.

Marketing Automation Part of an Integrated Marketing Strategy

Among all the other evolving digital marketing tactics and methods, the importance of an integrated marketing strategy is expected to be the key theme for 2016.

Marketing automation systems can enable companies of any size to utilize an integrated marketing strategy, owing to the synchronization of all Digital Marketing tactics including Email marketing, Social Media Marketing, Website Marketing, SEO, Pay Per Click Advertising and a lot more.

It can enable companies to benefit from a more consistent digital marketing strategy, resulting in greater brand loyalty and profitability.

End Note

In conclusion, the aforementioned digital marketing trends can help marketers provide fresh opportunities for advancing their marketing efforts.

If marketers are not quick enough in adapting to these trends, then they can suffer competitively and financially. If you are looking to an integrated digital marketing approach please contact Lenny Mauricio at 561-404-9787.

3 Key Responsive Website Design Practices

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There is little doubt in pointing out that responsive website design is by far, one of the most important elements of a business marketing strategy for online marketing in 2016 and beyond!

In a time when more and more customers are using the internet from their mobile phones, a company’s website is the first thing customers search to get a first impression about the brand and the product or service they are offering.

If the website is poorly designed and is not engaging enough, it can lead to a negative first impression on customers and cause them to easily switch to rival brands.

For this reason, we share the top responsive web design practices you need to be aware of for creating a unique website design experience for your customers.

Responsive Web Design Best Practices

 

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“4 Tips 4” Effective Responsive Web Design

“4 Tips 4” Effective Responsive Web Design

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In the era of fast paced technological advancement, keeping up with the modernization and upgrading of technological devices is a need so profound no business can ignore it.

Think about how many different smartphones you’ve gone through over the last few years. Imagine how the smartphone has helped improve your life with all the information in the world at your fingertips.

And it’s just the beginning.

With the iPhone currently on version 6s and they are coming out with version 7 soon.With the adaptation of smartphones and tablets, internet usage over all has witnessed a major shift in its patterns and behavior. And Google has taken note with their major algorithm update for mobile searches. If your website was not complaint there could be a chance that Google would punish you.

You need not necessarily log onto a site on your PC to access it – it’s right there in your palm. This has revolutionized web design strategies and practices as well, which are now directed towards these gadgets to cater to the majority of smartphone users, which are plenty!

A responsive web design is the layout of a website that provides optimal viewing experience to the users on any gadget they may be using. Whether you are on your desktop, iPad or tablet, or smartphone, your website will scale into proportion for the device you are viewing from.

This is more common a phenomenon in today’s time with the advent of smartphone and tablet culture all over the world. Companies are trying to get down to business with their responsive web design so as to ensure that the lay out, text, and graphics of a website automatically adjusts to the different size of screens out there.

What can you do to make your responsive web design better?

1.    Define Purpose

Defining purpose for your responsive web design makes it easier to focus on the targeted elements that need to be restructured in a website. Each section of the website should represent the ultimate purpose (collection of customer feedback, providing information, entertainment, online transactions etc). Effective responsive web design involves definition of purpose of the entire website, first thing but also how the end user will interact with the site in terms of conversion.

2.    The Content Comes Along With Design

When designing a responsive web design, many companies wait to let the professionals work their way and get done with it before they start adding content to their site. However, it would be a splendid idea to create content along with your design so to give it a more meaningful look (the design) and make it sound in cohesion with the entire content of your design. It also cuts down the time it takes to deliver a website to a client or partner.

3.    The Effective Image

When discussing responsive web design, images are what come to the mind instantly. Choosing the right images is one thing but developing images based on a size that fits all the devices gets a bit tricky- but is necessary anyhow. Adding pictures, infographics, and videos could enhance the quality of your website but it also has to be kept in consideration to select the images and other graphic elements with the size that is mobile friendly and easily adjusted to different screen sizes.

4.    Compression of Elements To Enhance Loading

Along with images, various elements of the website are compressed in responsive website designing. So to ensure the site works well with low as well as high bandwidth — and that reduced file sizes may fit any gadget’s display and speed — programs are used to compress the files. Programs such as GZIP allow web designers to compress the site elements to make it accessible to any type of mobile devices.

For more information on how SM Digital Partners can help your business transcend into the 21st century please call us at 954-606-5980.

 

 

The Holy Grail of Search Marketing

The Holy Grail of Search Marketing

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Our business needs to get on the 1st page of Google!

You thought the mantra of, “If we build it, they will come” would ring true when your small business or Fortune 500 company launched a new website. Days go by, months go by and you notice it’s a real challenge to get the right “eyeballs” to visit your website.

So you think…..

What are all the different solutions that a business can generate to drive more website traffic? Continue reading