25 Aug

Should Your Business Be Using Lead Generation?

Posted in Small Business Advertising, Synergy Suggestions on 25.08.16 by John Meloche

Now we intrude on a very heated debate in the business world. Should your business use lead generation? Throughout this blog we’ll be exploring both sides of the argument. We’ll be exploring the advantages and disadvantages of lead generation. The question now is, is lead generation a valuable service or disservice to your business?

Let’s explore its benefits first. Yesterday we mentioned how it’s a great compliment to your digital marketing efforts. Well that’s true, lead generation has been proven to increase the effectiveness of your digital marketing campaigns. It’s an ideal tool for expanding your e-commerce platforms. It further justifies the implementation of e-commerce platforms as it essentially enhances your online marketing presence. We mentioned the ways in which email and content marketing feed into your company’s digital marketing efforts. They both ease the online shopping process and thus further enhance your company’s digital marketplace.

With all this being said, there are always pros and cons to anything. The cons may be somewhat overwhelming for lead generation. These cons typically relate back to one extremely prevalent issue: finding serious leads. According to the B2B Technology Marketing Community, many B2B marketers have expressed their biggest challenge as “generating high quality leads.” Finding quality leads is extremely difficult. Many of your leads gathered from lead generation are not sales ready. The majority of leads you find, will likely be dead ends. That’s the main problem with lead generation. That inconsistency amongst leads is such a huge deterrent for businesses. Certainty is something you cannot get with lead generation, and that ambiguity creates doubt about whether it’s worth the cost.

Lead generation is an anomaly to say the least. It has the potential to be extremely effective, or it can be a bust. It’s a high risk, high reward marketing medium. So depending on how comfortable your business is with taking risks, it may or may not be ideal for you. If you have the resources, you’re confident in your leads, and you have patience, then lead generation could be good for you. It’s is a big mystery, but some businesses have cracked the code to lead generation success, can yours?

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19 Aug

3 Essential Email Marketing Strategies

Posted in Small Business Advertising on 19.08.16 by John Meloche

We’ve looked at the increased usage of email marketing throughout the business world. We’ve analyzed its fit amongst the various types of businesses. We’ve looked at how you should structure your emails. And now to end it off, we’re going to look at simple things you can do to increase the response rate to your emails and boost your ROI. Here are a couple of additional strategies you can implement to help strengthen your email marketing efforts.

  1. Nothing’s better than Free. A great way to start an email marketing campaign is to give something for free. It doesn’t have to be something great but a small little gift is a good way to start a relationship with someone. People love free things, so if you provide them with that, then you can help build relationships with thousands of your email recipients.
  2. Timing is Everything. You have to be meticulous with your campaign. Every little detail has to be perfect. Being precise with your promotional efforts is what enables you to fully display your creativity. This doesn’t change with the timing of your emails. There are certain time frames that produce greater results than others. For emails, prime time is 8 p.m. to midnight. You would think that 9-5 would be better, but people are always working and are unable to check their emails. Better results have been apparent over the night hours. Experian Marketing Services conducted a study in 2012 and found that the time of day that received the best open rate was 8 p.m. to midnight (22% open rate). In addition to a greater opening rate, this time frame also received more clickthroughs and sales.
  3. Mobile Oriented Emails. People are always on their phones nowadays. That means that people are doing more and more things over their phones. That includes checking emails. Litmus, a notable email marketing firm, found that mobile opens accounted for 47% of all email opens in June of 2013. This trend has only continued going into 2016. Lots of people are checking their emails from their phones, you have to make sure your emails are compatible with the various mobile platforms. In fact, you could design your emails for smartphones specifically. Mobile phones are computers themselves, you have to make sure they’re accounted for in your email marketing efforts.

 

These are all just little things you can do to make sure your emails are actually opened. These little things all contribute to increasing the effectiveness of your promotional efforts. When it comes down to it, it’s all about precision. You have to be methodical with your emails as ultimate care with your promotional efforts is essential for success. Precision is just one of many ingredients for marketing success, but if you follow the guidelines listed over the past couple of blogs, you could see a good return on your investment.

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18 Aug

4 Tips on Writing Marketing Emails

Posted in Small Business Advertising on 18.08.16 by John Meloche

Lately we’ve talked about email marketing and how it can benefit your business. But we’ve yet to discuss the actual structure of these emails. What makes them so compelling for customers? How should your business write these emails? Here are a couple tips on how your business can send out persuasive and effective emails:

  1. Compelling Subjects. The subject acts as a hook. It’s the first thing consumers will see from your email; you want to make sure it catches their attention. Now depending on the nature of the email, the subject will vary. But usually something that conveys some sense of urgency tends to help. For example, a subject titled “Huge Sale, you don’t want to miss out!!” would probably work at catching the eyes of your readers. It doesn’t necessarily need to display urgency; comedic and witty subjects tend to work just as well.
  2. Personalize when you can. This might be very hard to achieve but if it’s feasible then go for it. The truth of the matter is everyone is different. We have different wants, needs, and desires. While you might be emailing a similar segment of people, they all could want different things. So it would be greatly beneficial to use whatever information you have on these people to your advantage. Personalization obviously caters more to an individual’s demands and thus increases the chances of them opening and acting on your emails.
  3. Incorporate Trendy Topics. If there are certain popular events going on, then mention them. Structure your email around these events. Use these events as a theme for your email. This enables you to improve you would be incorporating the Rio Olympics into your emails. Something as little as “Huge Olympic Sale!” as a subject would be a good way of using a trendy event to create interest. Essentially these kind of events are a great way of transferring external interest to your emails.
  4. Make Your Call To Action Noticeable. Your call to action is what incites the consumer to go to your website and buy your product. You want this feature to be extremely noticeable so that consumers know where to go when they want to finalize the transaction. A big button like “Buy Now!” would be good. The goal here is just to make sure the call to action is present and hard to miss.

 

When it comes down to it, these kind of emails thrive off creativity. If your company can move its creativity and innovation to the email forums, then you can have success. The best part about these emails is that you can design them; they’re like your blank canvas, you can do anything with it. So let your creativity soar and see those emails turn into sales!

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17 Aug

3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Use Email Marketing

Posted in Small Business Advertising on 17.08.16 by John Meloche

How many emails have you received lately with the following subject “Huge sale, buy now!”? Probably a lot. That’s the new trend in our business world. We’ve discussed the rise of email marketing. But how does email marketing help you? How can it translate into success? Why should your business have an ongoing email marketing campaign? Here are 3 reasons why your business should use email marketing:

  1. Optimal Awareness. When you constantly get emails from businesses, it might come off as a nuisance or insignificant. But the fact of the matter is you remember that business. Their name, their mission, their brand, you keep all of that information in your head. It gives your business access to a very valuable commodity in the business world: top of the mind awareness. For example, let’s say you own a cosmetics company. You have an ongoing email marketing campaign and send people promotional emails regarding sales, new products, etc.. Those repetitive emails engrave your brand within the mind of the consumer. So when the time comes and they need some sort of cosmetic product, they’ll recall your company’s emails and try and take advantage of your promotions.
  2. Brand Loyalty. Email marketing campaigns enable you to develop a relationship with your customers. When you’re providing valuable products for discounted prices exclusively to individuals, people notice and appreciate it. Emails also allow you to regularly contact your customers and incentivize them to further shop with your company. Hence your building relationships with these people and contributing to establishing a loyal consumer base for your company.
  3. Increased Sales. The fundamental reason why any business pursues any marketing campaign. Sales provide the business with revenue that enables it to succeed. The reasons listed above engender augmented sales numbers. That’s the goal for any businesses’ promotional efforts. Not only does email marketing provide sales, but it does so at a low cost. Thus boosting your company’s ROI and giving you that much more financial incentive to utilize email marketing services.

 

Email marketing is yet another method of e-commerce that’s thriving and evolving. It’s an inexpensive way to display your company’s creativity and innovation all the while creating loyal customers. So join the trend and start emailing!

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02 Aug

Are Online Markets The New Norm?

Posted in Small Business Advertising, Social Media, Synergy Suggestions on 02.08.16 by John Meloche

Over the past couple of years, we have seen an emergence of online transactions and E-commerce. It appears as though those fears people once had about online shopping have vanished. This sudden spike in E-commerce demand has sparked the debate over whether or not online markets are the new norm. So today we really look at the question: are online markets the new marketplace?

Let’s start this debate by looking at the facts. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that there will be $92,801 million in sales strictly from online shopping in the first quarter of 2016. Compared to $80,569 million from the first quarter of 2015. This is definitely a sign of prosperity for online shopping however these numbers are small when comparing it to the total market. Those numbers only represent 8 and 7 percent of total sales respectively. It’s clear online shopping is on the rise but when you look at the market as a whole it only represents a tiny sliver of all sales.

Now let’s look at some other compelling facts. But instead of looking at North America, let’s analyze different markets across the globe. Specifically let’s look at the major markets that impact the global economy the most. China is a huge country that’s a compelling figure in the global economic scene. Online shopping is practically the norm in China now. According to Statista, China had 46 million online shoppers in 2007, now they have over 400 million. Almost ten times as many people shop online compared to the number from 9 years ago. This trend is expected to continue at an even more exponential rate. It’s fair to say online shopping has skyrocketed in popularity in China. So with this information being present, it begs the question: If such a giant like China focuses on online shopping, then is it just a matter of time before online shopping really hits the North American market?

The debate of E-commerce becoming the primary marketplace is a good one. It’s very easy to argue on behalf of both sides. But do you actually see the North American markets adopting E-commerce? If so, when do you think that would happen? Let us know what you think. You can tweet us at @synergymkt or you can check us out on Facebook (just Synergy Marketing), and we’re on Instagram @synergymkt.

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17 Jun

What You Can Do To Make Father’s Day Memorable For Your Business

Posted in Promotional Products, Small Business Advertising, Social Media, Synergy Suggestions on 17.06.16 by John Meloche

It’s that time of the year again. Dad’s anticipating a great day with the family meanwhile everyone else is shopping for a gift to buy. Father’s Day is a great holiday and like all great holidays that means shopping. A 2012 H&R study found that spending on Father’s Day was $9.4 billion. Father’s Day serves as a great opportunity for businesses to take advantage of the increased material demand and optimize their profits. Here are a few marketing ideas businesses can use to make their Father’s Day more memorable.

The most obvious promotional strategy would be discounts. Holidays are a great excuse for sales and discounts. This simple strategy can be extremely effective as nothing lures customers to a product like good prices. Not only that but these discounts can be easily applied to your whole store and thus can allow you to promote the inventory you want out of your store that much more.

Another great promotional strategy would be gift guides. Sometimes finding the perfect gift for your dad can be extremely hard. Why not make your customers’ shopping experiences that much easier by giving them a list of products that fathers are surely to love; making a list of products that are directly related to a father’s interests. Not only does this help your customer’s shopping experience but it also generates positive perceptions of your company and strengthens your brand. The fact that your company would go out of their way to make it easier for customers to shop, especially on a day such as Father’s Day, is appreciated.

This next strategy pertains more to a company’s online presence. Since Father’s Day is such a popular holiday it gets looked up a lot on search engines. Putting more Father’s Day material on your website will allow you to improve your SEO(Search Engine Optimization) and thus give you more opportunities to be seen via organic search. Not only is Father’s Day prominent on search engines, but it’s also a very notable holiday on social media. Using relevant Father’s Day hashtags in social media will allow you to effectively promote your posts and businesses.

Another strategy related to online presence is improving your company’s presence in the online marketplace. E-commerce is becoming more and more present in today’s shopping world. This is especially true on Father’s Day. Fundivo reported that almost 30% of all Father’s Day shopping last year was conducted online, an increase of almost 10% from 2010’s total (20.5%). This trend is only expected to continue so anticipate an expanded amount of E-commerce to take place this Father’s Day. Companies need to improve their E-commerce platforms and ensure that they allow for an easy ordering process for customers to follow online. This is a growing marketplace that you don’t want to miss out on.

It’s obvious that discounts are now not only the suitable promotional strategy. Today’s marketplace is changing and now more than ever there is an emphasis on digital transactions. If you truly want to make sure your Father’s Day is memorable then start by making sure the family can order those golf clubs that dad really wanted on your website.

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25 Mar

Online Business Promotion: A Modern Day Necessity

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 25.03.14 by John Meloche

Hand and shopping cart iconThe online presence of a business is integral to its success in 2014. Yes, we’ve blogged about the importance of promoting your brand online before. But with yesterday’s blog highlighting our decision to change our domain name from a dot-com over to a dot-ca, it further demonstrates the need to take advantage of the worldwide web. These days, if you’re not online, you’re non-existent.

At least, that’s what the majority of Canadian consumers believe. It’s not even news anymore to report that Canadian shoppers tend to visit company websites long before they visit physical locations. So what are you doing to ensure that your online presence is strong? On Yola.com, a list of ways to promote your business online is provided. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss that list in an effort to boost your brand recognition.

Build your website. Pretty obvious one, right? You’re not truly online if you don’t have a website. Yes, social media is important – and we’ll get to that – but as Yola.com points out, deciding upon a domain name, creating a compelling homepage and offering easy-to-follow navigation are key ingredients to making your business website work for you. Don’t forget the all-important contact page either!

Get your business on Facebook. This tip has been listed countless times on the Synergy Marketing Blog. And it’s something that we practice on a daily basis. Yola.com reveals that Facebook currently has 25 million active small business pages. In other words, being on Facebook is practically a mandatory step to take in the business-promoting process these days.

LinkedIn for your business professionalism. According to Yola.com, “LinkedIn is a great professional online presence to have, connecting you to potential customers as well as colleagues and others in your industry.” Consider it your online business card. It’s important to be able to connect with your clients and colleagues, so be sure to create a business page that includes your contact details.

Use a location-based service, if your business is location specific. Yola.com explains a “location-based service” as one that allows users to search for specific types of businesses in specific locations. You can also read reviews on these businesses. Yelp is used as one of the most popular examples. It works to influence buying decisions. So you may want to put your business on Yelp and ask your top customers to review you.

Be an expert – contribute to a blog in your industry. Blogging is yet another very popular tip found in many of our blogs. Go figure, right? If you’re an expert in your field – and you know you are! – share your expertise with others. Not only will contributing informative material help build your status in your industry, but it will work to get your website many new visitors through being picked up more often in search engines.

At Synergy Marketing, we post our blogs to our Facebook page every business day of the week. So, in many ways, the above mentioned tips can work in conjunction with each other. Nothing quite helps a business like placing links to its website in as many areas as possible. For more information on how to promote your business – especially with our amazing promotional products – contact us at 1-877-748-9884.

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30 Jan

5 Ways To Amaze Customers Using Social Media

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 30.01.14 by John Meloche

Social media conceptWe all want to boost our brands. It’s the trait that binds us all as business owners. Who doesn’t go into business wanting to defeat their competition? Who doesn’t want to succeed in greater ways with the passing of each year? If you’re not up for building upon the success that your business has already enjoyed, then there’s no point in continuing to run a business. Is there?

We don’t mean to be harsh. But the harsh reality is that your competition is working on ways on beating you out. Your complacency should be non-existent. There is always something new that you can do to elevate your company’s level of success. On Forbes.com, Karsten Strauss addresses the topic of brand boosting through his interview with Taylor King.

King is the associate account manager of Inward Strategic Consulting. This Boston-based consulting firm has advised such brands as Walmart, HP and Campbell’s. So what does he suggest are the keys to boosting one’s business? Not surprisingly, he points to one’s use of social media and how it can gain a greater deal of respect for your brand. He offers some tips on how to make this so.

Authenticity. It’s great to offer special deals, run contests and throw engaging events. “This may draw a bump in interest but ultimately does nothing to set them apart from the pack,” says King. But what will truly set your company apart from its competitors? Come up with a way to generate publicity for your brand in ways that no other company has before. Do something that is uniquely you. Generating buzz has a lot to do with being original.

Reputation. Getting customer feedback and making it public is a great way to build a strong reputation. Perhaps, this is one way you can promote the authenticity of your brand. Ask your customers to review your business in their own blogs or in their statuses on Facebook. As King points out, “with so many social media outlets and a myriad of voices being projected and heard in real time, being aware of what people are saying has never been more important.”

Response. Social media doesn’t just give you the ability to share information about your business, it allows you to respond to the information being shared with you. Twitter and Facebook can be the perfect avenues for you to address customer complaints. Not only do they give you quick and direct access to your customers, but they showcase to other friends and followers examples of your professionalism and courtesy.

Romance. Don’t think you have to take your customers out to dinner. But King does note that building closer relationships with your customers is important. And social media certainly helps you to do that. “Taking in feedback from the masses and collecting metadata on customers is fine but for a closer relationship with individuals, companies and brands have to go the extra mile and offer tailored experiences,” he says.

Availability. Social media allows you to be so much more accessible to your customers. Nothing is worse than not getting back to a client who may be in need of something you offer. Poor examples of customer service will lose you customers no matter how great your products and services are. Utilize social media to be in constant touch with those who mean the most to your company.

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