Time is running out! Perceived urgency can be a strong motivator to make a purchase. Here’s how we can carefully use urgency as a strategy, and why this is an advantage for small businesses over larger competitors.
Employing Scarcity: Online Store Strategy 201
When a customer is ready to make a purchase, there are only two strategies you can use to gently influence them to complete the sale: Scarcity and urgency. Here’s a rundown of all the ways to use SCARCITY to up your conversion rates.
Making the Sale: Online Store Strategy 201
Your online store is the last and most important point in the customer’s journey. In the first episode of this 3-part mini-series, I cover how to set up your store site, optimize product pages, and gather the data you need to make smart strategic adjustments.
Content Marketing Has Changed
Have you noticed that social media is not as effective anymore? That your website traffic is down? That people aren’t opening your email newsletters as much? Content marketing has changed – a lot – over the past 5 years alone.
Are You Famous?
Are you famous? Have I heard of you before? Most of us don’t have the luxury of being able to answer “yes” to these questions. In a world where attention gets more and more scarce, what can we do to overcome this – without resorting to cheap stunts?
The Internet Is One Big Rickroll Now
The promise of the Internet has been ruined by advertising. There is no article you can read, video you can view, or social feed you can scroll through without being interrupted by some advertiser’s desperate attempt to steal your attention. Every time I experience this, I feel like I’ve been Rickrolled.
Advertising Offset Credits: Calculating the Cost of Ad Pollution
If we look at advertising like pollution, could we make the worst offenders pay a price for making us suffer bad ads? In this week’s episode, I explore the concept of Advertising Offset Credits and the cost of aggressive, self-serving advertising.
Consistency in Content Strategy
Consistency is one of the best ways to earn trust. So in your content strategy, a “toe in the water” approach isn’t going to cut it. You simply have to commit to being consistent. That means that you’re going to have to love the process – not just the results. Are you up for that?
Know Your Customer: Using Data-Driven Marketing
Data-driven marketing is becoming a must-have, even for small businesses. Here’s a brief case study of the Starbucks Star Rewards Program – and how to apply the lessons to your own business.
You Only Have to Tell Me One Lie
In your marketing, does what you say about yourself match what your customers say about you? If it doesn’t, you may have a trust problem – and you may not get a second chance to repair the damage.
Respect Your Audience
Your audience will come to you. Give them time. When it’s their decision, it will be a stronger bond between brand and consumer. Are you willing to give up some control for a deeper relationship with your customers?
Me as a Customer
Today’s consumers are savvy. Before a purchase, they’re going to research you, read reviews, and ask their friends about you. They’re going to make determinations about you – even before the first “touch.” Are you set up to influence the process? Let’s take a look.