Why good copywriting is vital to digital marketing success

“The secret of all effective advertising is not the creation of new and tricky words and pictures, but one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships.”

– Leo Burnett

Copywriting is one of, if not the, most important element in marketing. It’s the tool you turn to when you want to get an audience to take action! Effective copywriting informs, creates awareness, and persuades a reader to do something. 

While effective marketing is a mixture of other essential elements like graphic design and strategy. Copywriting is what’s used to communicate with the reader while leaving a positive and lasting impression.  While good design can draw a reader in, it’s the copywriting that does the ‘motivating’ to take the next step.

Not all copywriting is the same

To be effective, copywriting has to match its medium. In situations where a reader only has a limited amount of time, like a passing billboard, to read and receive a message, the copywriting has to be clear and concise.

Other mediums, like flyers, allow for more reading time and an opportunity to write copy that entices and pursues a reader to take the desired action.

Aligning the copywriting with the type of marketing ensures its effectiveness and impact.

Copywriting vs Content Writing

While both material writing, there is a fundamental difference between content writing and copywriting. Content writing is writing that informs and shares valuable information with a reader on a specific topic.

Copywriting is text specifically tailored for marketing materials like headings, digital and print adverts, email marketing, brochures, and calls to action.

Good copy and content writing go hand in hand. Without quality copywriting good content would never get the proper attention it deserves.

Creating an image through copywriting

Differences between brands are not only limited to their logo and the colours they choose to use. Their identities are also shaped by the tone, style, and language of their copywriting.

Copywriting reflects a brand’s character as much as the visual elements of their branding. The tone of your copy should effectively communicate the values and emotions you want readers to feel.

The perception a reader has of a brand will ultimately impact their behaviour and buying habits.

Copywriting and Google

Good copywriting can also boost your SEO efforts. With search engines continually improving their algorithms, good copywriting has become a key element in allowing search engines to identify, understand, and rank quality content.

It’s important to remember that the best copywriting strikes a balance between sharing valuable content readers will want to read and being tailored towards making Google and other search engines happy.

As digital marketing’s importance in connecting with global audiences continues to rise, the importance of good copywriting will become more significant. The ability to make readers excited and curious will be crucial to inspiring action and ultimately the success of your digital marketing efforts.

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The Importance of Following Up On Your Social Media Strategies

Information’s pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.   

Clarence Day

Up until now (if you’ve been following our latest articles on social media and digital marketing) we’ve covered various topics that help entrepreneurs and brands shape their digital presence through defining their strategies and audience, work on their content creation and communication, all while being thoughtful about how the style and design of their content impact their social image and voice.

Like anything in business all the effort put into these steps, amounts to nothing if we don’t monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the approach and how to react to it.

Social Monitoring

Social monitoring and social listening are ways for brands to monitor, listen in and analyze the conversations happening around their name, products, services or industry in general.

By monitoring what customers are saying directly on your social media channels and responding to reviews, questions or complaints your brand is actively engaging in a reactive social media monitoring strategy.

The importance of having a good social media monitoring strategy cannot be overlooked. Responding to customers quickly can help increase brand loyalty while effectively managing potential PR crises or other issues that may have gone viral without your knowledge. There are many tools to help streamline your monitoring process, assisting you to respond to not just the @ mentions you receive directly but all the mentions your brand receives without being tagged.

Social listening, on the other hand, differs from monitoring in that, social listening has a wider view and monitors not only your brand’s mentions but that of your competitors, industry and related business keywords. Social listening helps you build insights that may be beneficial to future business decisions by understanding how people feel about your brand.

Brand Reputation

Listening in on the conversations around how people perceive your brand and being able to quickly and easily collect and analyze that data, gives you the upper hand when managing your reputation online.

Being able to make proactive decisions on how to handle negative comments about your products, services or company allows you to turn a negative into a positive outcome, or take the conversation offline and out of the public eye.

Analytics

As a brand, it is helpful to think of social analytics as a map that could help guide you to a treasure chest full of customer insights. By dissecting these insights, you can uncover more information about your customers’ behaviors and lifestyles leading to better engagement and more informed business decisions.

Effectively using analytics tools can help you understand more than just your audience, but also which social networks your brand performs best on, what types of content you should create and what your competitors are doing.

Having a sound strategy when it comes to monitoring and tracking what is being said about your brand online is no longer an option but vital if you wish to stay ahead of the pack and create a favorable image in the minds of your target audience.

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Using Analytics to Improve Your Social Media Presence

The goal is to turn data into information and information into insight.

Carly Fiorina

When you think of number-crunching, you might picture accountants, data scientists, or auditors. Now, think about the smartphone that’s undoubtedly sitting not-too-far-out-of-reach. What about social media? Your social media apps are home to valuable information that can be tapped into. To provide insights to your past activity and guidance for your future campaigns.

And yes, there are people out there who are social media number crunchers. (Like us!) Your posts you’ve shared and the engagement you’ve received from your followers all work together to give a comprehensive overview of your digital activity. Working with someone who knows how to use this information can be extremely beneficial to your social media success.

So how do social media analytics help?

1. Understand your audience

Have you ever posted something on social media and hoped that no one would see it? Of course not. The purpose of social media is to share information with your network. But if you’re sharing updates during times when your audience isn’t active, what good is that doing you?

Social media analytics can give you information about your audience to better help you target them appropriately. Maybe they’re most active around 7:15pm, so that would be a better time to post than at 5pm when they’re heading home from work. Analytics can even tell you about your audience’s demographics – age, gender, location – to help you connect with them further.

2. Create better content

It’s likely that your brand utilizes multiple social media channels – maybe Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Remember that each type of social platform is used in a slightly different way. Instagram, for example, is much more visually focused than the others. And Twitter is used for short, catchy thoughts with a limited number of characters.

When looking at each platform, analytics can help determine which types of posts are performing the best so you know what to focus on. Maybe you find that one particular social platform isn’t driving engagement quite as much as the others. It could be better to let it go and give more attention to the higher performers.

3. Adjust your strategy accordingly

Some posts are better received than others. Some are more popular, and some stimulate more engagement. But it’s unlikely that your very first posts were the very best. In social media content creation – as in life – we rarely get it right the first time. We continue learning, growing, changing, and evolving into something better.

Using numbers and metrics give us concrete data about the results of the content and campaign strategies. And when you notice posts that aren’t performing as well as you hope, you know that it’s time to make a change. Back to the drawing board, or maybe a pivot back to a more successful strategy. When you have numbers backing you up, you can feel confident in the decisions you make.

If you’re looking to bolster your social media analytics strategy – or start from scratch – we at Brieffin are here to partner with you through the process. We have 8+ years of experience and are enthusiastic about sharing our knowledge with our clients as we work together.

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3 Things To Know About SEO

Having an open mind is the most important precondition for creating new ideas.

Eraldo Banovic

Search Engine Optimization – often known as SEO – is something that has become increasingly in the forefront of digital marketing over the past years. You likely have an idea already about what SEO is. Put simply, it’s the way that your content ranks when someone performs a search using a search engine. You might even have heard a little bit about how the “algorithms” work, which what everyone wants: to understand the algorithm and use it to their advantage.

Since the digital world changes so quickly, it’s important to keep an open mind to the new changes if you’re interested in adapting the best practices. Here are a few things you may not know about SEO for your brand or business.

1. It’s more than just keywords

Keywords are probably the first thing that comes to mind regarding SEO, but it’s far from the only thing. Another way to make your page rank is by utilizing “snippets,” which are small text boxes that display under search results. Not only does this help your page rank higher, but it also makes it more enticing for potential customers. They get a little preview of your content, which could make them more likely to click through to your page if they want to learn more.

And, applying your target keywords to your snippet helps to reinforce the search algorithm. Add a photo for even more SEO power!

2. Optimize photos and videos… and more

Speaking of photos… did you know they can be optimized as well? The same is true for videos and other types of media. Just because it isn’t text doesn’t mean it can’t be optimized! Captions, alternative text, descriptions, and even file names can be strategically populated with your target keywords to further bolster your content’s SEO position.

3. Don’t forget about mobile

Having a mobile-responsive website is more than just about aesthetics and ease of use for consumers in an increasingly mobile-dependent society. In fact, Google recently changed its SEO algorithm to prioritize mobile results. And considering that 58% of Google searches take place on mobile devices – and 87% of smartphone users conduct at least one search daily – this isn’t surprising.

Mobile technologies are solidifying their role in the future, and the search engine algorithms will adjust accordingly. It’s all about streamlining the user experience.

If all this information about SEO makes your head spin a little bit, don’t worry. Whether you feel like an SEO expert already or you’re just getting started – or you’re somewhere in between – Brieffin can help. We have all the tools you need to revolutionize your social media, digital marketing, and SEO strategy.

After 8 years, we know how much and how quickly things change. But we’ve committed ourselves to the challenge of staying on top of it all and sharing that knowledge with others.

Reach out to us, and let’s get started. Together.

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Why Good Website Design is Important

Creativity is a combination of discipline and childlike spirit.

Robert Greene

It’s 2019, and long-gone are the days of the “old” internet. The days when having a website at all was an achievement, rather than an expectation. The days when websites were designed using handwritten – hand-typed? – HTML and CSS codes. The days when the idea of visiting a website via mobile phone was completely unthinkable.

Now, things are totally different. Good web design – including appealing visual design, a strong user interface/user experience design, and responsiveness – is crucial to the success of any company, brand or personal brand, or business. 

But if you’re not convinced, here’s a list of four reasons why good web design is something you’ll want to aim for.

To make a good impression

When your customer visits your website, what is the first thing they’re going to see? Within just a few seconds – maybe without even scrolling – they’re going to make a judgment about your brand. It might not necessarily be a fair assessment, but it’s going to happen. So it’s important to be prepared.

According to a study by Adobe, consumers prefer to look at something that is beautifully-designed, rather than looking at something plain. With an uninspiring designed website, customers may be more likely to leave the page.

To build trust

It’s harder for an audience to want to trust a brand if a website isn’t mindfully done. As we’ve discussed in prior blog posts, most people still seek and crave human connection, even though we’re living in the online world. A clean, well-designed, updated website gives an important insight into the type of brand you are.

Your website can even serve as the first contact when it comes to customer service. It’s important to make your audience feel welcome when visiting you online.

To increase SEO

Search engine optimization – SEO – has become increasingly important over the years. If brands want to capitalize on the search engine algorithms, then it’s essential to create, and index, website content accordingly. Even the little things, like including photos and tagging information in the right way, can make a big difference.

It all comes down to visibility. Web design can be challenging – though it’s a bit more manageable with content management platforms, and good practice of SEO fundamentals are what can really help your website get a step ahead in the search engine algorithm game.

To stay competitive

Even if you’re skeptical about all these other reasons listed above, there’s one more that might make you think twice: good website design is essential if you’re planning to keep your brand or business competitive in your industry. The truth is that your competitors might already be working on designing the latest, greatest website.

With more than 1.5 billion websites online, why should audiences spend any of their time on websites that don’t offer a thoughtful experience? You can probably remember times when you’ve been searching online, and for whatever reason, you didn’t like or trust the website you were on. (Maybe you were on your phone and it wasn’t mobile-friendly.) What did you do? You probably left the page in search of the next website that met your needs. Good web design will keep your audience from doing the same thing to you.

We know web design isn’t easy, especially with the never-ending changes and evolutions in the technological landscape. At Brieffin, our digital marketing focus has led us to a wealth of experiences in the web design space. We are proud of the websites we’ve created in cooperation with our clients over the past years.

If you’re looking for a partner to help you achieve your website design goals, we’d love to chat with you – so reach out to us!

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5 Important Digital Marketing Buzzwords

Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.

Theodore Roosevelt

What’s the difference between branding and a campaign? Or content creation and social media? The world of digital marketing is constantly evolving, meaning there are always new puzzle pieces to fit into a comprehensive marketing strategy.

Some companies hire an expert to handle all or part of their digital marketing, like we do social media for our industrial clients (and we love it!). Others might handle all of it in-house. And others still might be interested in learning more, in order to feel that they’re taking a fully hands-on approach to their marketing.

No matter which category you fit into – or maybe it’s a different one altogether – we wanted to provide a refresher on some of these common digital marketing buzzwords.

Branding

Branding is what your company or product looks like in the eyes of your customers. As we say, “your brand is your message.” Your brand is the message that you’re sending out into the world.

Think about your own favorite brands. What images pop into your mind? More than just physical features of the product being offered, branding can also be about an emotional connection. What words do you associate with the brand? How does it make you feel? What does your association with the brand say about you as the consumer?

When you create your brand strategy, you’re breathing life into your product or business. You’re establishing its personality, its likes and dislikes, its values, and more. While other aspects of your company may change with the seasons, your branding should be less temporary. It should only become stronger and more consistent with time.

Content Creation

This one may be the biggest buzzword of the past few years. And how can it not be, given the influx of Instagram influencers who call themselves “content creators” as their job titles? Regardless of whether you find that to be superficial, content creation is very much a legitimate need for many businesses, and a crucial part of a comprehensive strategy.

Almost anything we consume is considered to be content. How-to articles, news articles, blogs, gifs, memes, social media posts, YouTube videos – that’s all content. And the point of this content is to have someone reading, watching, or interacting with it.

That’s where the need for content creation comes in. When brands are able to create meaningful content for their consumers, they’re more likely to bring that consumer to them, rather than needing to go looking for them. Good content has the ability to gain repeat visits from those consumers, and it accomplishes another important goal: building trust with the target audience.

Campaigns

Remember how during the branding section, we mentioned that some aspects of marketing are more temporary? Well, campaigns were one of those temporary things. Simply put, a campaign is generally an activity outside of your daily marketing tasks with a fixed timeframe that aims to accomplish specific goals.

Whether it’s a new product launch, a contest, or just a new perspective on the brand, campaigns generally seek to augment customer interaction with the brand, bolster brand awareness and positive impressions of the brand, and convert new leads.

One recently memorable campaign was U.S. feminine hygiene brand, Always. Using the hashtag #LikeAGirl, they got the world talking about their campaign as they endeavored to change the negative connotation of this phrase into a powerful mantra. You can learn more about how their campaign got started, and find out the numbers behind the campaign’s success.

Social Media

Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Snapchat. Pinterest. LinkedIn. YouTube. Tumblr. Reddit.

At Brieffin, we’re firm believers in the power of social media. It’s a great way for brands to magnify reach, enhance relationships, and exchange knowledge with others. But we’re on the topic of definitions today, so let’s stick to what social media actually is.

Since “social media” was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2011, let’s see what they had to say:

social media (noun): forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos)

Long definition short, it’s where users go to share content they’ve created with each other. And of course, brands entered this space long ago. There’s a lot of outreach that can be done on social media, but you have to remember: consumers want human connection.

SEO

Can you remember the last time you Googled something? (We’ll guess it was probably today.) Now, can you remember the last time you went to the 10th page of search results? What about the fifth page? The second?

And here we have in essence the importance of SEO, or search engine optimization, for your brand or business – no matter how amazing your content is, if it’s not showing up as close to the top as search results as possible, you’re not going to get the consumer engagement you want.

When you create an SEO strategy, it’s all about keeping the almighty Google in mind. Google arranges its search results with a very specific algorithm. It takes into account your keywords, but not only that – your snippets, your images, and even your site speed! Even if you have the best keywords in the world, your site won’t rank highly if it’s slow.

There are many ways you can improve your search engine optimization. From hiring a professional, to taking advantage of the tools your content management platform offers, SEO is something worth investing in.

At Brieffin, we understand that these topics can be confusing or even overwhelming, but they don’t have to be. We’re always here if you need us.

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