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competitor analysis

Here’s Why Your Business Needs to Invest in Competitor Analysis

competitor analysis

Imagine this. It’s a new year and you are a small business owner. You are committed to taking your business to the next level and trying new marketing tools to achieve your goals. However, you are unsure of how much you should be spending. Should you run the risk of spending too little, causing yourself to be overpowered by your competitors with larger marketing budgets? Or what about the risk of overspending and a possibility of losing your leads to those who are quicker than you? This is where competitor analysis comes to play.

There is no exact science to what your business should be spending on marketing/ advertising, but through a thorough competitor analysis, you’ll have a good starting point.

 

COMPETITOR ANALYSIS

You may be wondering what exactly is a competitor analysis? In short, it is a report that is a compilation of what your competitors are doing online. Such research outlines their strengths and weaknesses, but most importantly, the opportunities and potential your business has to be successful in the digital realm.

If you’re still wondering whether your business needs to invest in a competitive analysis in 2019, here’s another good reason. Unless your competitors employ a dark web wizard who is able to hide all of their online actions (which I guarantee they do not), they are leaving a small digital footprint from which we are able to draw and interpret data from. We are also able to compile estimated search volume and bid prices for specific keywords on major search engines. Not to mention, generate an intelligent estimate as to what your competitors are spending on a monthly basis for certain keywords.

competition Analysis

Are you wondering how this helps you?

Well, with this data we are able to guide your marketing investment decision based upon what available marketing dollars you have. More simply put, we consider your available budget and suggest the route that is most beneficial for your business. This saves your business from failures such as getting caught in the middle of an unwinnable pay-per-click war with a competitor with a substantially larger marketing budget than you.

 

Ready to invest in your future?

Famous WSI Results is proud to offer a competitor analysis from now until 1/31/18 at half the cost! For $495, we will put forth our proven and tested practices towards giving your business the competitive edge it needs to take the next step in 2019.

 

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

Here Are Our 2019 Digital Marketing Predictions

Here Are Our 2019 Digital Marketing Predictions

Here Are Our 2019 Digital Marketing Predictions

Can you believe it’s almost time to say goodbye to 2018? As we close in the fourth quarter, we can’t help but reflect on this part year. There was surely a lot going on in the digital marketing world! From Google Chrome security updates, Facebook and Instagram algorithm changes to rise of new smart technology, we can’t wait to see what 2019 digital marketing tactics are going to trend!

Speaking of the new year, do you have your new marketing strategy in place? If you still haven’t thought of new digital marketing trends that 2019 might bring, here are our predictions: 

 

2019 digital marketing trends to watch out for: 

 

  1.  Optimize Content for Voice Search – Now is the time to brainstorm new keyword strategies that will cater to all those customers who love using the latest smart technologies (Alexa, Siri) in their search queries.
  2. Diversify Your Content Strategy – In the past year, digital creators and marketers focused more on long-form content (+2,000 words) to rank higher in search. However, it’s been proven that blogs or articles don’t have to be long to be considered valuable. That’s why it’s good to focus on both short and long-form pieces in the new year, so you can cater to those with shorter attention spans as well.
  3. Consider Influencer Marketing – This form of marketing/ advertising will only continue to grow in the next year. Partnering with influencers and content creators to promote your products or build brand awareness is an excellent and effective way to organically reach more valuable customers.
  4. Produce More Video Content – Video is already getting a boost in search from all voice queries, so don’t neglect it in 2019. Producing video content is a great way to liven up your marketing strategy!
  5. Invest in Chatbots – According to Forbes, research “predicts that the chatbot industry will grow significantly as enterprises are enabled to substantially reduce operating costs”. Needless to say, consider investing in this kind of a 24/7 customer service representative to take your business to the next level in 2019.

 For more on the future of marketing, please read this WSI article. 

 

Can you see these digital marketing trends to grow in popularity in 2019? What are your predictions? We would love to hear your thoughts! 

 

Do you want to take 2019 by storm?  

Contact Famous WSI Results! Our mission is to increase our clientele’s brand awareness through the use of proven marketing techniques and unparalleled customer service in order to create a greater return on your investment.

We specialize in internet, television, and radio advertising, and are particularly vested in search engine optimization, website design, mobile website design, pay-per-click campaigns, and original content management in order to help our clientele claim their share of the marketplace.

 

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

5 Tips on Protecting Your SMB from Cybercriminals

5 Tips on Protecting Your SMB from Cybercriminals

5 Tips on Protecting Your SMB from Cybercriminals

Just because you are a small to medium-sized business (SMB) does not mean you are not a target for online criminals phishing attacks.  In fact, it’s the opposite.  Being a small to medium-sized business makes you an easier target for cybercriminals.  While targeting a larger corporation may lead to more lucrative payouts, these larger corporations typically have IT departments that catch these attacks.  Typically smaller businesses do not have full-time IT help that assists them in their cybersecurity.  Cyber-attacks will mostly be initiated through email, here are 5 tips on protecting yourself from cybercriminals.

1.    Attention to Detail:

You may receive an email from what appears to be a co-worker or even superior.  This email may have some odd request like requesting an invoice or for you to send the company’s credit card information to pay a vendor.  In this situation, check the email address for any characters that are out of place.  Cybercriminals will attempt to mimic the email addresses of your co-workers to try to deceive you into releasing valuable company information.  In the event of this happening, contact to the supposed sender via telephone or in person to question their request.

 2. Download a Free Anti-Phishing Toolbar To Your Browser.

There are plenty of free Anti-Phishing browser extensions available.  Some are only available for certain browsers, causing you to have to download multiple extensions to different browsers and learning how each one works.  If you are looking for an Anti-Phishing browser extension that is compatible for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari we suggest Bitdefender Trafficlight. This extension protects from phishing attacks, filters out malware, identify trackers, and scans links.

Read more: The Danger of Using PHP 5 into the New Year

3. Be Careful With Your Browser Updates.

While It is always important to update your browser, you must be cautious with your updates.  These updates are created to protect you from online phishing and malware, and phishing predators are fully aware of these.  You may receive a notification telling you it’s time to update your browser or a new version of your browser is available for download.  Do not blindly trust these and automatically download them.  Simply take the time and perform a simple internet search to see if it is, in fact, a true browser update.  If it is not, I can almost guarantee you are downloading a nasty malware onto your computer.

4. Frequently Back up Your Data!

In a world with cybercriminals attacking small businesses with ransomware, backing up your data has never been more important.  A ransomware attack encrypts your hard drive, locking you out of your computer and work files.  The cybercriminal will then ransom access to your files in the form of a crypto currency like Bitcoin.  If you have backed up your data to a remote hard drive this attacks will leave you unaffected.  Simply back up the existing backup files and wipe your primary hard drive clean.

5. Question Authority.

Cybercriminals may attempt to target you by posing as an authoritative figure in the digital world.  This could be them pretending to be Google or Microsoft telling you an update is available for your Gmail or Outlook account.  Much like browser updates, do your due diligence to conclude the authenticity of the requests.

Phishing in the USA – Why SMB Need to be on Red Alert

Navigating the cyber world can be a difficult and intimidating task, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity.  Not only is Famous WSI Results here to build and spread your digital brand, we are here as a source of knowledge for protecting your digital property, allowing you to spend the time necessary to run your business.

At Famous WSI Results, we have prepared ALL of our client’s websites for the coming new year. We actively backup, maintain and update all our websites to keep them secure and running seamlessly. If your website was designed years ago and it has not been maintained, it is a ticking time bomb.

Need Help? Get in Touch:

302-407-0430 | mdoyle@famouswsiresults.com | FamousWSIResults.com

outsource digital marketing

Why Should You Outsource Digital Marketing Services?

outsource digital marketing

We live in a fast-paced world, when nearly every piece of information needs to be delivered right away. These days we rely on technology so much that being constantly connected to social media became a bit of a job. Not to mention, there’s a sense of responsibility to be present online whether you know digital marketing or not!

So how are small business owners who deal with daunting day to day operations of running a business supposed to manage it all? Well, they don’t have to. That’s when you outsource digital marketing services!

You see, a digital marketing team you hire will not only stay abreast of all new digital marketing tactics, but they will also know how to help your business adapt to the changes. Trust us, nothing ever stays the same in the digital world! Just in the last year, Google Chrome made a number of changes to their security requirements, Facebook announced a new “community commitment” and Instagram updated their algorithm every few months. Is your business able to keep up with all the updates without the expert knowledge of how to navigate this digital space?

outsourcing digital marketing

WSI experts said it best: When it comes down to it, working with an agency is better than going it alone – even if you’re a solopreneur – because there is so much to learn about the digital world. We say it all the time, but it’s tough to keep up with digital marketing trends, even for marketers and agencies. And we live this stuff, every single day!

When you work with an agency, not only do you solve the “time is money” problem and escape the sell-do loop, you also gain access to the knowledge of people and resources who can take you – and your business – to the next level. Gaining knowledge is power, and it’s also so much better than struggling by yourself.

Makes sense? Next time you worry about the numbers and not enough leads, do yourself a favor and think about outsourcing digital marketing experts! They will assess your online presence from every possible angle and come up with a solution and marketing strategy that’s catered to your needs! They will also make advertising for your industry simple and straightforward.

 

Ready to outsource digital marketing?

Contact Famous WSI Results! Our mission is to increase our clientele’s brand awareness through the use of proven marketing techniques and unparalleled customer service in order to create a greater return on your investment.

We specialize in internet, television, and radio advertising, and are particularly vested in search engine optimization, website design, mobile website design, pay-per-click campaigns, and original content management in order to help our clientele claim their share of the marketplace.

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

 

holiday marketing tips

8 Holiday Marketing Strategies To Try This Season

holiday marketing tips

With Thanksgiving only about a month away, now is the time to get your holiday marketing strategies in place. Don’t know where to start? Think of ways to connect with your customers emotionally and tap into the spirit of giving back. 

If your goal is to increase conversion this busy holiday shopping season, we got you covered. Here are 8 holiday marketing strategies that will maximize your advertising efforts. 

 

8 holiday marketing strategies: 

 

  1.  Offer Special Deals – Reward your best customers for their loyalty throughout the year by giving exclusive discounts or personal gift based on their purchase history. 
  2. Create Holiday Landing Pages – Create holiday landing pages that you can send customers to from your social media and emails campaigns. Be sure to have several different designs and do some split testing to determine the highest converting pages. 
  3. Start a Social Media Campaign – Use holiday specific images, hashtags and special offers to attract customers willing to spend. This is the time when they are starting to search for deals! Encouraging social media interaction will also get people in the holiday spirit of shopping. 
  4. Focus on an Email Campaign – Use email more often to get customers excited about upcoming deals. Make sure to triple your marketing efforts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Offer a contest, game or countdown to get more engagement. Don’t forget to add a popup subscribe form to your website and welcome new email subscribers with a discount code as well. 
  5. Focus on High Sales Days – Take advantage of the highest selling days of the season. Offer special promotions for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. 
  6. Give Back to the Community – Show support to the community by sponsoring a food drive or collecting clothing and toys for needy families. Many of your customers are looking for ways to make the season more meaningful by sharing with those less fortunate. 
  7. Send out Holiday Cards – Let your customers know how much you appreciate their business by sending out a holiday card with a personalized special offer just for them. For example, if Customer A repeatedly purchases a certain product or service, provide them with a coupon for that particular item. Continue to send out cards that may invite them to a special event, sale, discounts or free gift promotion. 
  8. Create a Holiday Video – Get your team together for a fun and inviting holiday video. There’s nothing more personal than sending good wishes to your customers and showing your fun personality at the same time!

Read more: 25 Days of Email Marketing Tips for the Holidays 

 

If you’re looking to up your sales this holiday season, contact Famous WSI Results. We help small to mid-sized business owners who are too busy running their businesses to focus on their marketing and advertising efforts. We can help with your digital marketing plan this holiday season, so get in touch.

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

 

legal compliance and user trust

What Does Legal Compliance and User Trust Mean in 2018? 

legal compliance and user trust

So far, 2018 has been a big year for enforcing legal compliance (GDPR) and user trust (HTTPS), which are both critical elements to running your business online these days. The important question to ask now is: When was the last time you updated your website? 

If lately you’ve been noticing less traffic and conversions, it’s time to make changes. Without these important updates to your website’s functionality, you’re doing your own business a disservice. Here’s what you need to take care of immediately. 

 

GDPR (legal compliance) 

The sooner you get your business GDPR compliant the better.  According to this regulation approved by the EU Parliament, any company in the world that stores or processes data of people who live in the European Union needs to be in compliance with GDPR by May 25th 2018. Otherwise, you might face hefty fines – up to $24million (20m Euros) or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is higher 

Now, how to get your business compliant with GDPR? First, assign someone on your team responsible for reading the provisions of the GDPR to fully understand the requirements and specific circumstances your business might be involved with. Then make sure all your employees are aware of the new laws.   

Bottom line is, you need to immediately update your Privacy Policy and have it visibly displayed and easily accessible on your website. See our example here.  

Next, you need to inform your online visitors of the cookies available on your website and give them a choice to opt in or out. 

It should look similar to this: 

user trust cookies

User Trust and Data Security 

Data security has been the top concern in 2018, and it all comes down to establishing and maintaining user trust. Google Chrome announced a lot of changes to their online functionalities, especially regarding old http websites. The question is: Have you implemented the SSL Certificate on your website yet? 

What is SSL Certificate? 

According to Go Daddy, a certificate serves as an electronic “passport” that establishes an online entity’s credentials when doing business on the Web. When an Internet user attempts to send confidential information to a Web server, the user’s browser accesses the server’s digital certificate and establishes a secure connection. 

4 Benefits of Upgrading Your Site to HTTPS

(what you see when you enter old http websites) 

 

In other words, if being authentic and making your customers feel well taken care of is your top priority, this update is crucial to running your business online. Trust, confidentiality, protection and better search (SEO) are some of the major benefits of upgrading your old http website to https.  

 

Need assistance with implementing all necessary changes to your website? Contact Famous WSI Results today! 

 

At Famous WSI Results, we look to partner with our customers to help make their advertising dollars go a long way. By implementing a few reputation-protection measures and taking the time to consciously monitor your online reputation, we lessen the chances of having to spend countless dollars cleaning up your reputation.

 

Get in touch:

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

 

facebook template

Choosing the Right Facebook Template for Your Business

facebook template

 

Managing a Facebook business page can be intimidating, but thankfully there is a certain feature that can guide you through this process. We’re talking about a Facebook Template! Choosing the right one for your business can be detrimental to capturing leads, so make sure you give it some thought before you start setting up your business page. 

If you’re a Facebook Business Page admin or manager, you probably received one of these messages from Facebook recently:

 fb template update

The primary benefit of updating your current template to the one that suits your business the most, is the fact your customer will have a better understanding of what you have to offer as soon as they land on your page. 

If right now you’re not sure what Facebook template is best for your business, here’s a breakdown of each option.

Facebook Templates 

 

  • Standard Template  – Good for all Page types, with buttons and tabs to help showcase what’s important to you. 
  • Services Template – Designed to help people find your services and get in touch. Recommended for most businesses. 
  • Business Template – Designed to help you manage your business, including ways to post jobs and special offers. 
  • Shopping Template – Designed to showcase products and make it easy for people to shop online. 
  • Video Page Template – Designed to showcase video content on your page. 
  • Politicians Template – Designed to help politicians reach their supporters and communicate their message. 
  • Restaurants & Cafes Template – Designed to highlight photos and important info about your menu, hours and location. 
  • Venues Template – Designed so you can highlight useful info like your venue’s hours, location and upcoming events. 
  • Nonprofit Template – Designed to highlight your cause and encourage people to fundraise and donate to your nonprofit. 
  • Movies Template – Designed to highlight show times for your audience. 

 

Want your customers to connect with your business faster and easier? 

If you haven’t updated your Facebook templates before August 23rd, 2018, don’t wait any longer with making any necessary changes. The process is easier than you might think! Once applied, you will not only enhance the user’s experience but also make sure your business mission is loud and clear. 

Need help? Contact our social media experts at Famous WSI Results!

 

At Famous WSI Results, we look to partner with our customers to help make their advertising dollars go a long way. By implementing a few reputation-protection measures and taking the time to consciously monitor your online reputation, we lessen the chances of having to spend countless dollars cleaning up your reputation.

 

Get in touch:

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com

How to Run a Successful Facebook Contest

How to Run a Successful Facebook Contest Campaign

How to Run a Successful Facebook Contest

Being the most popular social media platform out there, Facebook is a great marketing tool these days for any business out there who’s looking to either convert or build awareness around the brand.  

If your ultimate goal is to grow your business through new clients and sales, it’s time to consider running a Facebook contest. Here’s everything you need to know about setting up and running one: 

Determine Your Goal 

  • Lead Generation – If your goal is to collect more email addresses for your newsletter or email promotion blast, a Facebook contest is a great tool for that.  
  • Getting new customers – Offer a new discount or promotion to those who sign up for your contest.  
  • Growing your account – Ask your entrants to like your business Facebook page when participating in the giveaway. 
  • Promoting an exclusive offer or a sale – Offer a product or service that’s already on sale as a giveaway prize to get people interested in what your business has to offer.

 

Choose a Giveaway Prize: 

Offer a relevant prize to all your potential customers, in other words – entice them to enter your Facebook contest. The goal is to give away something that people will be willing to take action for. Furthermore, your prize should be relevant to your target audience, so make sure to allocate an appropriate amount towards a prize (product or free service).

 

Select an Entry method: 

Don’t ask for too much from your participants, so they don’t get discouraged or confused. Be clear and direct about how to enter your giveaway. We recommend sharing up to 3 rules of entry: 

    • Like a business’s Facebook page 
    • Comment 
    • Tag a friend 
    • Fill out a form on a landing page – great option for collecting emails 
    • Offer an additional entry for those who share your post on their page

 

Include These Giveaway Post Must Haves: 

  • Design an appealing post – Decide what’s the best way to grab people’s attention keeping your target audience in mind. Next, make sure that you include important information (prize, deadline, your logo, etc.) in the image as well as the giveaway caption. Try to be as specific yet concise as possible. 
  • Include what’s the giveaway prize 
  • Share the rules for entry 
  • Determine who can participate and what are the entry deadlines 
  • Include how and when you’ll select a winner 

 

Important  

Check Facebook Contest Rules to make sure that your promotion doesn’t violate any platform rules, such as ‘Acknowledgement that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.’ 

 

Promote Your Facebook Contest: 

  • Pin the Post – Make sure your giveaway post is pinned to the top of your page for the duration of the contest and when you announce the winner. 
  • Facebook Ad and Boosting – Put some money into running an ad or boosting your giveaway post on Facebook to reach more people and to target the right audience. 
  • Social Media – If your business is active on other social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat), let your followers know about your Facebook contest as well. There’s a good chance they will be willing to enter on Facebook if they’re already active users on those platforms. 
  • Blog – Write a blog post detailing the contest and the prize or include a blurb about the opportunity at the end of an article you’re currently promoting. 
  • Custom Giveaway Hashtag – If you’re promoting your Facebook contest on Twitter or Instagram, create a custom hashtag to grab more attention and to monitor the giveaway entries. 
  • Email blast – Send out an email blast to your current subscribers to give them a chance to participate. After all, they are your most loyal followers and they will most likely be more inclined to spread the word about your giveaway. 

 

Once you select a winner, don’t forget to announce it to the public and thank everyone else for participating!  

Last but not least, make sure you measure your results so you can run more successful giveaways in the future. 

 

Need help setting up and running a Facebook Contest? We can help! 

 

 

At Famous WSI Results, we look to partner with our customers to help make their advertising dollars go a long way. By implementing a few reputation-protection measures and taking the time to consciously monitor your online reputation, we lessen the chances of having to spend countless dollars cleaning up your reputation.

 

Get in touch:

Famous WSI Results | 302-407-0430 | info@FamousWSIResults.com