1) Online organization
“New year, new me” goes the cliche, meaning businesses have to update their online profiles, whether on social media or the website, or perhaps both! What we suggest is that we must update all the information we show the world, so that we are prepared for new business whenever it comes. It’s the simplest of tasks and can make a big difference in the weeks to come.
Yes, it’s exactly what you’re thinking. It’s the nth time we speak about this, because it really is quite important. Social media is becoming more and more about video, because that’s what drives the most engagement! It can consist of anything, from 360 to Live and also ads (least recommended?).
If you want to develop a more personal connection with your audience, good quality videos about what you do or see is a great way to get their attention. Because most are on mobile too, they just like to hold their devices and watch motion picture for a few minutes – take advantage of this!
3) Social Media Strategy ‘refresh’
Just like #1, a new audit should take place for all social media of your business to see where it went well and not so well. It’s probably time to set new goals and try something new, perhaps? Instead of focusing on selling, focus more on documenting your journey? Audience would appreciate it much more!
You always want to keep the audience and clients happy, so feedback is important. Word of mouth marketing is stronger than you think, with most people making purchase decisions solely based on that, even if price is beyond their budget!
Just don’t be afraid to ask! Negatives can be important to turn into positives.
5) Optimization for search
On the slightly more complex and technical side, don’t forget to optimize for mobile and keep track of analytics to stay relevant in Google Search.
You need to see where your money would be best invested so that less is wasted on digital marketing efforts, especially for marketing that is paid such as google ads and so on…
When customers reach you, ask them how they got here; there may be a trend for you to double up on.
6) Trend awareness
2017 will bring new trends that will be a hit, which the online community will want to catch on and use for their entertainment or advantage. Marketers like us will need to keep an eye out for those to use for business reasons, in a suitable way if possible.
If you recall, one of the biggest mobile trends last year was Pokemon Go, and the ‘mannequin challenge’, which businesses appeared to use to their advantage but the hype only lasted a few months. Analyze every situation before jumping in it; not all will stay popular for long.