5 Digital Marketing Tips to Help You Succeed in 2016

If you joined our free webinar: 25 Digital Marketing Tips to Get More Local Customers in 2016, you heard a number of actionable tips you can use to improve many different aspects of your online marketing. Here are 5 of the tips we covered along with some stats that illustrate why they’re important for your digital marketing.

1. Answer Your Phone

Let’s start with an easy one: Make sure you’re answering your phone, and if you can’t for some reason, make sure you’re following up in a timely manner. 50% of consumers will choose to do business with the company that calls them back first. If you aren’t answering your phone or following up quickly, you might be losing potential customers.

Related: 5 Signs You Might Suffer From Phone Failure

2. Use SEO to Boost Advertising Results

If you don’t have a search engine optimization, or SEO, strategy in place, now is the time to invest in one. SEO helps your business get found in local search results and works great in tandem with other online advertising methods. Business owners who have combined search advertising and SEO have seen clicks to their website increase by 50% or more.

Related: The New Rules of SEO [ebook]

3. Bid On Your Business Name

Bidding on your business name gives you more shelf space on search engines, which translates to more brand recognition for your business and a higher chance a customer will click to your website. One study found that clicks increased by 31% when a branded ad was on the same search results page as an organic link. It’s also common practice for competitors to bid on each other’s business name keywords. If your competitor is showing in search results for your business name, you could be missing out on leads.

Related: Why You Should Bid on Your Brand Keywords

4. Stand Out With a Great Reputation

Online reputation is incredibly important in today’s world. In fact, 90% of consumers said that a positive online review has influenced their purchasing decision. Take control of your online reputation by sending out follow-up surveys after a customer interaction, regularly monitoring your review sites, and responding to reviews.

Related: Tips for Responding to Negative Reviews

5. Get Leads from Mobile Consumers

Did you know that consumers spend an average of three hours a day on their smartphones, and 86% of that time is spent in apps? If you’re not reaching out to customers with in app mobile advertising, you’re missing out on a way to target local consumers. Mobile in app advertising uses geofencing technology to show your ad to consumers when they’re within a certain radius, and they can take action, like contacting you or downloading a special offer, without ever leaving the app.

Related: How It Works: Mobile In App Advertising [Video]

These are just 5 of the tips we covered in our webinar: 25 Digital Marketing Tips to Get More Local Customers in 2016. To view the rest of our tips, download our free webinar here, and visit our website for more information about how you can improve your marketing in 2016.

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Stephanie Heitman

Stephanie is the Sr. Marketing Manager for USA TODAY NETWORK | LOCALiQ. She has experience in digital marketing, social media management, and content creation for SMBs. Stephanie specializes in helping businesses improve their online reputation and appreciate the impact social media and digital marketing can have on their brand. When she isn't researching the latest online marketing tips and trends, she enjoys watching reality TV with her husband and her dogs.

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