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When I go to the doctor, which I try to avoid, he typically asks questions and perhaps even runs a couple of quick tests before he prescribes a custom solution to remedy my situation.
I’ve never walked into his office expecting a prescription for something without his initial analysis. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way. When it comes to my health, I want to know “why” something is being prescribed before we get to the “what.”
Is you experience similar?
How We Work
Over the years, I’ve often thought about this analogy is terms of how I work. It’s also how Fruition Interactive begins any client engagement. We like to ask a lot of questions before offering solutions. We typically like to get a 360 degree look at someone’s business (or situation) before we recommend the “what.” We wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it any other way.
Mainly, it’s because most people (not all, but many) don’t think about online marketing in the right context. Sure, they know what they want (brand awareness, leads, sales), but they think tactics, not strategy.
They ask the “what” questions:
“What’s our web site (and blog) going to look like (do)?”
“What can we do on Facebook and Twitter?”
“What’s it all going to cost?”
Start Asking Why
Everyone gets so excited (and busy) about launching new sites and social media initiatives that sometimes they completely put aside strategy (the why).
Instead of asking “what” ask “why”:
“Why should people come to our web site?”
“Why should we be on Facebook and/or Twitter?”
When you understand the “why”, you’ll then know why people want to be a part of your community, buy from you, and tell others about you. You’ll know what success looks like.
This is what we help you do.
We ask a lot of questions to help you figure out the “why” (before the what).
So, when’s the last time you had a check-up?
About the Author:
Mitch Fanning is the VP of Strategy & Business Development for Fruition Interactive. He’s spent 10+ years (and put in his 10,000 hours) working with businesses of all sizes, from global brands to Canada’s fastest growing Internet companies ranked in the PROFIT 100. At any given moment, Mitch can be brainstorming ideas for a client, writing for blogs he contributes to, or resting under a tree in a quiet vineyard with @treatqueendiva.
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One of the questions we like to ask our clients when we start working with them on an engagement is “how are we measuring the success of this?” And often clients aren’t sure how to measure the success of their online marketing efforts. So we help them establish some Key Performance Indicators — important things to measure that drive the health and success of the business overall — and put in place analytics systems to measure those things.
Recently we evolved that practice to include creating something we call an Online Marketing Dashboard. It’s a simple spreadsheet that we use to capture a birds-eye view of important online success measures on a month-to-month basis.
So what does an Online Marketing Dashboard look like. Well, for us — Fruition uses one, of course — we identified 4 key things that online marketing does to build our bottom line as a company:
- Creating awareness of our company
- Engaging potential customers with our ideas and perspectives
- Spreading the influence of our ideas
- Generating leads
And for each of those general categories, we identified some measures that would indicate the extent to which we were being successful at doing each of those things. For us, our main online marketing vehicles are our Web site, our blog, Twitter and LinkedIn and our metrics reflect that.
So, for instance, to measure the growing (we hope) awareness of our business, we track our Web and blog unique visitors and total visits, our Twitter + LinkedIn followers and our Google PageRank. To measure our success at creating engagement with our community, we track comments on our Blog and on our LinkedIn posts, Twitter ReTweets and mentions, average time spent by visitors to our site and blog as well as the number of page views per visit on our site and blog.
It goes on like that, but I think you get the idea.
To be truly effective, your Online Marketing Dashboard needs to be tailored to your business goals as well as to your specific online marketing activities.
How about you? Are you measuring your online marketing success? How are you tracking your success? I’d love to hear your tips and insights, too.
In a recent blog post, I discussed the importance of making sure your home (on the web) was ready to entertain guests (generate leads).
If you’re past that point and are in the process of assessing your digital marketing efforts (or lack of) to investigate new ways to build influence and attract clients, undoubtedly you’ve run into the term content marketing.
Simply put, content marketing is creating and publishing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire, and engage a clearly defined target audience – with the objective of driving profitable action.
Think About It
How do you find useful information to make decisions?
Sure, you might call somebody you know (a “go-to person” on the particular subject), but if that’s not an option you (or someone who works for you) probably jump on a search engine, blog site you’ve bookmarked, or social network.
Well, according to Nielsen, that’s what you might do . The recent study revealed for the first time ever, blog sites and social networks are visited by three quarters of global consumers who go online – an increase of 24% over last year (Google and Bing were #1 and #2 respectively).
Are the people you’re trying to reach any different?
Maybe your prospective clients have been online today searching for you (or someone like you). Imagine for a moment, when they found “you” they spent 15, 30, 45 minutes consuming your online content (then contacted you).
This is the power of content marketing.
How To Adopt a Publishing Model
In almost every introduction to content marketing, you’ve undoubtedly heard (or read) phrases like, “you are the media” or “think like a publisher. Most people, however, have a hard time conceptualizing what this means or how they can successfully apply the concept in their business.
Here are the 4 crucial steps to consider:
Often, the first step (or obstacle to overcome) to publishing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire, and engage your target audience is changing your mind-set on “what you do” as a business.
Companies that have made this mental leap see themselves as ‘publishers’ (first) who just happen to sell stuff (or provide services). They create content that teaches and inspires action. As a result, they build a tribe of profitable and loyal repeat clients.
Most importantly, however, small to mid-sized enterprises who change the way they think about content output start delivering content through multiple outputs and creators – i.e. tweets, videos, photos, podcasts, blog posts. Instead of just one output, there might be 5, 10, or even 20 pieces of content being created by multiple people in the company at the same time.
What if the entire company told your story online?
As a rule, when someone mentions “Fruition Interactive” online we want to know about it so we can comment. However, listening also helps to make better decisions on the kind of content that is important to your clients.
Set up Google alerts to target keywords that are important to your brand. Next, identify the blogs, social networks, and other places where your clients (readers) might hang out.
Now just watch and listen.
Recruit an internal champion
Adopting a publishing model for your business won’t just happen. You need an internal driver. Find someone internally to champion this initiative (someone with real passion for using social media). This person will be your lead trainer and evangelist.
Find content rock stars
Speak to your employees and determine their interest in becoming content creators. Set up the tools for each of your employees and develop a social media policy that will help employees tell your story.
Train each employee how to write effectively for the web and share their experiences through the web and social media. Next, consider recruiting key content creators (bloggers and subject experts) from your industry to align with your publishing brand (web site and media properties). Most organizations have just a few key content creators, why not have an army.
What did I miss?
About the Author:
Mitch Fanning is the VP of Strategy & Business Development for Fruition Interactive. He’s spent 10+ years (and put in his 10,000 hours) working with businesses of all sizes, from global brands to Canada’s fastest growing Internet companies ranked in the PROFIT 100.
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Ian Elmes (my father-in-law-to-be) is a distinguished architect for the Quartek Group. Like most traditional professions, when someone mentions they’re an architect, it’s inherently understood what they do.
For the most part, architects plan, design and supervise the construction of buildings for people to occupy and use. Most importantly, architects along with their team of planners, engineers, and designers bring “living space” to life. They create “destinations,” which meet both the requirements of the client and their guests and visitors.
We Create Homes Too
More and more, as the digital marketing landscape grows in complexity, I often remind people that creating a web strategy is very similar to building, decorating (re-decorating), and inviting guests to your home.
Before you ask people to come over, you need to get your home (website) ready. If you’re in the building or re-decorating stage your focus should not only be on your needs, but on the needs of your guests (entertainment & education) and what will encourage them to stick around (interactive media & content).
Next, start to think about the different rooms in your home and how they all serve a different purpose, from the decor and furniture (branding and design) to the living room (community and conversation). Once your home is ready for guests it’s time to show them how to get to the front door (advertising).
Lastly, before your guests leave, make sure you get permission to connect with them again to let them know when the next ‘get-together’ is (loyalty).
Before fiddling around with search engine marketing, social networks, email, mobile applications, wikis, widgets, and all the other buzz words you hear on a daily basis, make sure your home (on the web) is in order and ready to entertain guests.
So when can I expect an invite?
About the Author:
Mitch Fanning recently became VP of Strategy & Business Development for Fruition Interactive. He’s spent 10+ years (and put in his 10,000 hours) working with businesses of all sizes, from global brand (NBC.com, Nestle) to Canada’s fastest growing Internet companies ranked in the PROFIT 100, creating, selling, implementing both traditional and digital marketing opt-in strategies.
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