Investing in your business can be expensive. Advertising campaigns can cost you thousands of dollars and even then there's no guarantee they'll be successful. Fortunately, there are quite a few free marketing strategies. These are ideal for both newer businesses with limited funding or established businesses trying to save money on expenses. Here are some of the top free ways to grow your business.
Marketing has changed. The sales process has changed. Consumers have changed. In order to reach your potential customers and really get them into your funnel so that you can nurture them into customers, intrusive outbound marketing just doesn't work anymore.
UPDATED September 22nd, 2017.
Creating great content is what separates businesses on social media. Do you like seeing sales pitches with every single post? HECK NO. We want to see interesting, engaging, and fun content that relates to us. The companies that figure that out and deliver on that are the businesses that see the value and benefit of a great social media content creation strategy. Like we talked about in Social Media Content Creation: The 80/20 Rule, we recommend focusing 80% of your efforts on creating engaging content and only 20% on sales material.
Finding great content is the hardest part. Let's take a look at eleven resources that will help you create, develop, and share great content on all of your social media pages.
If you've read much of our content, you know that we're big believers in high value content and some of the most powerful pieces of high value content are white papers. White papers are great tools to generate new leads and educate your prospects, but they have to be valuable and well written. So today we're going to teach you how to write a white paper.
While almost every website has a "Sign up for our Newsletter" form, how many leads are actually being generated from that form? If you're like most businesses, the answer is probably not many. Forms like that have a very low conversion rate. The trick to generating leads online is giving something in return. Very few businesses have the following and content to get a visitor so excited about their business to sign up for their newsletter with a simple form like that. For almost every business, a form like that is one of the lowest converting calls-to-action.
In order to gain information from your visitors, you need to offer something in return. That is where high value content offers come in.
It's no secret that content is one of the most effective forms of marketing. The fact of the matter is that consumers are doing a TON of research on their own before reaching out to companies for more information. In fact, 57% of the sales process is actually complete before a prospect ever reaches out to a salesperson! This is because we, as consumers, have access to so much information that we feel there's a lot we can do on our own prior to contacting a company. Although it might be concerning, this is no different for businesses in the legal space. When a person is faced with a legal issues, oftentimes the first place they'll go to learn more information is Google. Not only do you, as a law firm, want to make sure that person finds your firm to work with, you also want to make sure that they're getting the best information available so they don't end up ultimately hurting their case. Content marketing is a great way to do both of those things! While blogs, social media, website design, and email marketing can be very valuable tools for legal marketing, one of our favorite content tactics for lawyers specifically are high value content offers. Let's take a look at why and how it can help your firm.
Everyone likes getting something for free and now is the time to give it to them. Like we've talked about in many of our blog posts including How to Use Calls-to-Action in Your Lead Nurturing Campaign, 8 Ideas to Generate More Leads Online Today, and 5 Reasons Your Content Marketing Strategy Sucks; if you had the best website ever created, but didn't give your visitors a reason or a way to become a lead, you might as well not even have a website.
I know what you're thinking, "DUDE! It's only September! I'm not ready to start thinking about snow and the holidays!". Well, unfortunately, it's time to start thinking about it. The companies that perform the best during the holidays are the ones that start planning and implementing their campaign ideas now.
Do you know what specials you're going to run (if any)? How will you stand out amongst the noise this holiday season? Let's take a look at four campaign ideas that can help you brand your business, engage your past and current customers, and even entice new customers to do business with you!
There are a lot of moving parts to digital marketing and creating content. There is no magic bullet to creating great content, but there are definitely rules that you should be following in order to show up correctly and increase engagement. Character count comes up a lot with digital marketing, but it's usually only a big deal when you're talking about Twitter. Yes everyone knows that you're very restricted with your character count when it comes to tweeting, but character count has a major impact on many other parts of digital marketing. Let's take a look at some best practices for character count across your digital marketing.
As we've talked about in the past, blogging is an incredibly important digital marketing tactic. According to research from our partners at HubSpot, companies who blog regularly generate nearly 2.5x more leads than companies who do not blog.
However, a blog cannot stand alone. Think about it in terms of the age old phrase, "if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" If you write a blog and no one can find it, does it make a noise? Does it matter? Is it worth your time? No! If you write a blog and no one reads it, then it's not a valuable resource for your prospects and it's not a good use of your time. But if there's no one reading your blog, that's not their fault, it's yours. In addition to writing blogs, you have to promote them and help people find them. So how do you help your prospects find your blog? Let's look at 4 ways: