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Home Services Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners

Posted by Maddie Thomas on September 11, 2018 at 2:15 PM

You've done the usual. You started a Facebook business page, wear your company logo shirt around town proudly and sponsor the Little League team. Your home services marketing tactics work pretty well, but there's still room for improvement. Whether you're fixing leaky faucets, mowing lawns, cleaning homes or helping homeowners in another way, you can land more customers by taking a structured approach to your promotional efforts.

Business operations software company Jobber shared a list of 2018 trends and predictions to help guide home services business owners. Here are a few of the top takeaways:

  • Customers seek time efficiency. The ability to book appointments 24/7 through apps or social platform messaging services trumps calling an office line during the 9-to-5.
  • Adopting new technology helps you rise above your competition. From promoting multiple lines of communication to using mobile billing and payment processes, adopt current tech trends.
  • Stay in touch with your clients. Being top of mind can only happen when your past customers hear from you regularly. Implementing a strategic marketing plan is the foundation for effective communication.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Integrated Marketing, Home Services

How to Run a SWOT Analysis to Improve Your Marketing Strategy

Posted by Carlye Creel on August 21, 2018 at 11:29 AM

Marketing analytics software plays an important role in optimizing your strategy, especially when it comes to uncovering hidden trends that can fine-tune your campaigns. But the high-level discussions around your business marketing strategy can be enhanced by a much simpler approach: a SWOT analysis.

Standing for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, this analysis is a simple but effective way to audit your current overarching strategy, with a focus on making improvements going forward. According to Entrepreneur, marketing and business leaders can use the SWOT approach to make changes to existing strategy, prioritize campaigns and reallocate budgets, while identifying new channels, campaigns and messaging worth exploring.

A SWOT analysis is easy to run, and it can tell you a lot about your marketing efforts. Here's an overview of how to guide these conversations.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Customer Engagement Metrics: A 3-Step Guide to Tracking, Measuring and Attribution

Posted by Brooke Huntley on July 31, 2018 at 11:09 AM

Strong customer engagement is often an accomplishment coveted by digital marketers. It's that special sauce that fuels referrals and brand loyalty, while providing businesses with integral input and feedback directly from their target audience.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

GDPR: What Do Local Businesses Need to Do?

Posted by Jenny Sutton on July 3, 2018 at 10:03 AM

Chances are, you've probably heard about the General Data Protection Regulation, a policy that took effect May 25, 2018, and requires organizations across the world to change the way they obtain and store customer data from citizens of the European Union. 

But, even if you're a U.S.-based local business that doesn't store information from anyone in the EU, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the policy because other regions may soon adopt similar requirements — which could have significant ramifications for your local digital marketing.

Here's what local businesses need to know: 

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Email Marketing: How to Increase Click-Throughs and Conversions

Posted by Ashley Rios on June 26, 2018 at 2:47 PM

Email marketing is one of those tactics that can produce impressive results when done right, and can hurt your brand's reputation when done wrong. Send a helpful, targeted message and you just might have a customer for life; send a misdirected blast and you could see your unsubscribe rate skyrocket. 

It's not hard to see why this is the case. Just look at your own inbox and, if you dare, your spam folder. There are a lot of people trying to reach you through email, some with dubious intentions and others with a self-serving purpose. Don't be one of those senders.

The problem with most email marketing is that messages are sent purely to build awareness or make an announcement, which is unappealing to recipients who receive several such messages every hour.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

The Google Chrome Ad Filter: What Marketers Need to Know

Posted by Pete Stafford on June 5, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Ads are designed to command attention, but sometimes the disruption can feel intrusive or overwhelming. Google realized this and in February of this year, they launched an ad filter for Chrome users that was designed to improve the user experience.

This is good news for quality advertisers, ethical publishers and irritated web users. We all want better experiences on the web and Google is taking steps to reduce annoying content by removing ads from any website that doesn't follow the Better Ads Standards created by the Coalition for Better Ads.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Google AMP: How Businesses Can Boost Their Mobile Experience

Posted by Ashley Rios on May 24, 2018 at 10:02 AM

Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) can help content creators and advertisers reduce bounce rates and increase conversions with fast-loading pages. But what is Google AMP exactly, and how can small and midsize businesses leverage the technology?

In this post, we'll give you an overview of the AMP Project and actionable tips on how you can improve your digital marketing strategy for mobile.

Prioritizing Page Speed

Page speed is just one factor on a long checklist of items digital marketers need to consider when optimizing a site for search. But it's one you shouldn't overlook — your customers' time is precious and even a few seconds can mean the difference between a bounce and a lead.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy, Mobile Optimization and Advertising

4 Reasons Your Multichannel Marketing Is Failing

Posted by Katie Farmer on May 15, 2018 at 1:43 PM

A single channel rarely brings in much business for an organization. Customers just don't behave that way. Instead, they tend to engage with a number of channels and experience multiple interactions with brands before they finally make a decision.

For that reason, brands often have no choice but to embrace a multichannel marketing strategy. If your company has deployed one but is struggling to get results, some troubleshooting might be required. Start by checking for one of these common mistakes that brands make when rolling out a multichannel strategy.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Brainstorm Tips: How Marketers Can Think Outside the Box

Posted by Carlye Creel on May 10, 2018 at 2:37 PM

As a marketer, coming up with fresh ideas is a significant portion of your job. But it takes a lot of creative energy to consistently think up unique strategies and lay the groundwork for the next winning campaign, so it's no surprise that the well runs dry once in a while. 

That's where some brainstorm tips might come in handy. The Association for Psychological Science reported that in one study at the University of Texas at Arlington, people came up with 37 percent more ideas when working as a group than when working alone. 

Brainstorming sessions are crucial to igniting creativity, but as you've likely experienced, some meetings are more productive than others. 

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

Transparency in Advertising: Which Metrics Should You Measure?

Posted by Codee Fuquay on May 3, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Amid a backlash of fake news claims online, the advertising and marketing industries are keeping a mindful eye on audience response. To maintain credibility and bolster relationships, integrity and honesty have become elevated priorities for publishers of all types. That's why transparency in advertising is the latest guiding principle for marketing pros everywhere.

In 2016, the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) named "transparency" the Marketing Word of the Year and even created a Production Transparency Task Force to police nontransparent advertising agency practices and develop ways to improve. Nearly a year and a half later, it remains as important as ever.

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Topics: Digital Marketing Strategy

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