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We’re heading for another big shake up in marketing next year (what’s new?). And now that it’s December, it’s time to roll up our collective sleeves and get stuck into the changes that will be coming our way. As always, what actually happens is going to be very different to how most of us imagine it to be. Chatbots, not people, will be talking to our customers, and marketers are going to be getting more and more invested in the ad blocking arms race as savvy consumers try to hide their personally identifiable information from businesses and governments they see as a threat.

Check out these interesting and sometimes outright weird marketing trends expected to arrive in the year ahead.

ROI Metrics Will Dominate

At the moment, companies are using things like CPMs to measure the performance of their websites. The idea is that the higher the rate of conversion on their websites, whether it’s downloads, signups, or purchases, the better. But the problem with these data is that they are very mono-dimensional. Companies aren’t able to measure what the return is on their investment very easily. After all, different conversions have different values, and converting one set of customers can be a lot more costly than converting another set.

In the coming year, it is expected by Forbes and other experts that ROI-based performance metrics will come to dominate. Companies will be able to get real-time information on how much it cost them to generate an individual conversion, as well as how much that conversion cost relative to the amount of value generated by it. This new approach will then make it easier for companies to dedicate their precious marketing dollars to those instances that will generate the highest return.

Businesses Will Uncover Dark Social

Knowing where customers came from online is important. But right now, many people are choosing to keep their identities hidden, thanks to ever-increasing intrusion on their lives by governments and to a lesser degree, companies. This has led to the widespread adoption of encrypted, private messaging apps that effectively block out the ability of businesses to collect data. The problem with this is that companies rely on knowing which channels people are coming from to optimize their marketing strategies. If for instance, they’re getting lots of traffic from Facebook, but not very much from Twitter, it doesn’t make sense to plow investment dollars into Twitter.

Next year, companies will get tools that will help them uncover the world of dark social. GetSocial.io, for instance, can help firms find out where their customers are coming from, without revealing any personally identifiable information. It’s the best of both worlds, where consumer data remains private, and where companies get the information they need to better target their marketing campaigns.

Third-Party, Social Media “Buy Buttons”

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The future of ecommerce looks surprisingly different from the present. At the moment, the paradigm is that online retailers have to have their own website to which their customers arrive and make purchases. There’s a lot of money being spent right now on these sites to make sure that they have high visibility on general search engines.

But thanks to the fact that people never seem to tire of social media, social media itself will soon become a shopping platform in its own right. Facebook and Pinterest and currently investigating ways to include buy buttons next to products or items. For Pinterest, this is a particularly interesting idea, since it is a site dedicated to hosting and organizing photographs, usually of beautiful, bespoke products. Companies wouldn’t have to invest their marketing efforts trying to improve their rank on Google; they’ll be investing in enhancing their visibility on platforms like Pinterest and making sure that they produce the most alluring photographs possible. New social media marketing is something you can learn more about at Simplilearn here.

Marketing That “Gives Back”

Customers want the brands that they consume to have a feel good element. They want to know that when they buy a product that at least some of their money will be going to a noble cause. There are all sorts of companies that are doing this already. Take Warby Parker, the online glasses seller, for instance. This company proudly promotes the fact that “for every pair purchased, a pair is distributed to someone in need.” Regular, everyday companies need to think of ways of resonating with their customer base and making them feel as if they are improving the world with every purchase.

Native Advertising

Internet users are getting more and more savvy to the marketing tactics of online advertisers, hence the growth in the use of adblockers. Next year companies will have to focus more exclusively on native advertising – advertising that is expertly weaved into the content of an article or a video. Advertisers are going to need to target bloggers and vloggers and get them to incorporate their own products in a way that adds value to consumers. People don’t want yet another banner ad promising to save them money: they want something that actively helps them to understand something or somewhere that gives them unbiased information about a product. Product reviews, as well as videos showcasing how much fun a product can be, will form the lion’s share of marketing going forward.

Yet More Market Segmentation

You might think that we’ve reached peak personalization for online marketing, but according to experts, it’s going to be going up another notch next year. Personalization means targeting advertising based on a person’s habits and preferences online. The basic idea is to give consumers only the advertising content that they want, rather than bombarding them with information that they are not interested in. In a world of information overload, this may be the only approach marketers can use to get their message to stick.

Marketing Will Become Mobile-First

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Long gone are the days when the PC was the dominant platform through which people consume online content. The market has spoken, and it turns out that people prefer their mobile devices, despite the fact that they only provide a fraction of the screen real estate. This new reality means that businesses are going to have to optimize first for mobile, and then for desktop after, to make sure that they are prioritizing their experiences in the correct way. Right now, many website builders have a desktop-first approach, which will have to change as we go forward in 2017.

Chatbots Will Talk To Your Customers For You

If you’ve ever gotten interested in artificial intelligence or computer science, you’ll have heard about the Turing test. The Turing Test was a test devised by Alan Turing, the esteemed computer scientist depicted in the film The Imitation Game. It said that artificial intelligence was achieved if an expert couldn’t tell whether he or she was talking to a person or a computer.

It might surprise you to discover that we’re not far off the world that Alan Turing envisioned. Today’s chatbots are being developed by the world’s most advanced AI companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon. They’re all in a sort of arms race to build an AI that is able to chat with customers on behalf of business, find out their preferences, and feed all those data into a central repository where it can be analyzed and made use of. Chatbots, as they are called, will soon provide users with news updates on the products that they are interested in, as well as personalized responses to their queries, slashing the costs customer service in the process.

Companies Will Deliver Their Own Breaking News

Top tech companies are already making a habit of live streaming their events. You can now watch the biggest product launches, right from the comfort of your own computer as they happen in real time. As we go into 2017, live streaming technology will continue to push boundaries. For example, Instagram has now integrated its live stream option into its new “Stores” feature, meaning companies are able to keep users apprised of the very latest developments at company HQ.

Without Influencers, Companies Will Be Nowhere

We’ve already discussed just how important it will be for companies to find bloggers and vloggers who can act as hosts for their native advertising efforts. Next year, they’ll have to reach out to these influencers more than they ever did in the past. The reason for this is that people tend to trust influencers a lot more than they do the company’s own, direct marketing. Smart companies realize that to be successful, they have to reach out to influencers to gain credibility and sell their product. They need people who are seen as leaders in their own particular social field to promote, review and use their products if they are to be successful.

So there you have it – the big marketing trends to look out for next year. We haven’t even talked about things like VR or interactive content here because they are enormous topics in their own right. Suffice to say that 2017 is going to be very different – again.

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Branding Basics – Quick Tips

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Automated social media, a virtual assistant who can do three jobs at once, traffic continually coming in for your business. These are amazing things. When it all comes down to it, your branding is the key to making sure all of these things happen. Your branding will help people recognise you, and your work. 

When your branding is right, it will give people the impression they can trust you, and people who have worked with you already, or made a purchase from you are likely to return.

So what is branding? Branding is basically your name, symbol, design, and the colours you choose. And then it extends to the tone of voice you use, your email signature, and how you communicate on social media. 

It is a representation of everything your company is And will become recognisable as such. Good branding is vital for any business to succeed. It is how you will become known to consumers, and this is how you will build loyalty too.

Style

Most people have an idea in mind for the style already. And we are lucky to have access to a lot of tools to help us create something that works in our budget. And at a skill level. Of course, what you want to do ideally is head to a professional to help you create the initial logos and colour pallets. 

It is often the case that we don’t have the budget to do this initially, but you can use tools like Canva and PicMonkey to help you create the basis for all of your branding. Just make sure you try a few different colour combinations before settling on anything in particular. 

Try to use the psychology of colour to help you get it right.

Vision

Your vision for your company is going to be the driving force behind your branding. This is applicable to a blog, you as a person, and influencer, a business-whatever it is. Your brand vision will be a combination of all the ideas, strengths, goals, and it will appeal to your customers too.

Clarity

While there is always space for a beautifully delicate, swirly handwritten font- but can everyone read it? If you decided on a pale yellow geometric dear for example, how is it going to look in print and how is it going to look online? 

You need to make sure that everything is as clear as possible on all of the platforms before you drive into getting anything made. And you should make sure that the font that you use is mobile compatible, and this should translate to printed materials too. 

For example, when you are getting your promotional items printed from Dynamic Gift, you’ll need to make sure that everything is crystal clear.

Consistency

You will need to make sure that your logo and tagline are on everything from your social media to pay but invoices. You need to make sure that you double check that even your photos are on-brand too. 

If you are presenting as a bold and bright brand, but your Instagram feels black-and-white monochrome the two things don’t match up. It will not feel on-brand. And this discrepancy will ruin your brand reputation. People need to be able to look at anything on any of your platforms and make the connection between that platform and your business.

And always remember that the story of your brand is what makes you different from everybody else. And this is the exact reason the customer will buy your products and return in the future.

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It is crucial to give the necessary importance to online marketing and online strategies in all kind of business. Knowing the effective ones will definitely make your business grow. Because believe it or not there are many specific tools for beauty centers, from creating a web page to starting to work on its social networks. Do you want to know which ones are the best? Keep on reading!

Promote your beauty business

Technology currently allows us to have easy access to unlimited data, because we’re living in the Information and Internet Age. And of course there are professionals who can directly help us. However, we can also follow their advices. In this case, the ones specially made for beauty centers. The challenge is imminent in the daily fight against all companies, which are becoming visible on the Internet. This is why it is never too late to act. Start now!

What can beauty centers do to reach all their potential clients? A meticulous study of each business is mandatory depending on its needs. The objective is to get the largest amount of potential customers, in order to come out in the top positions of any search engine, such as Google. This way your will anticipate competitors on the Internet. It is very ambitious to ensure a global strategy that works 100%. Likewise, it’s critical to know the basic principles in order to start.

Tips to promote your beauty company

  • Your beauty salon name has to be simple and has to sound good. Choose an easy one and you’ll see the results.
  • Analyze other businesses in order to apply them to yours, such as https://activerain.com/blogsview/5468873/four-tips-to-help-you-start-and-run-a-successful-spa-business 
  • Send Newsletters, they are also a good marketing tool. You will be able to send mass mailings to all your contacts.
  • Make a professional web page of your beauty center so that it exists on the Internet. This this way your competitiveness will boost. In addition, your website must be properly optimized to be able to place your company in the first Google search results. Plus, this will give your business a more professional image.
  • Being present on all social networks is crucial, because if you want to make yourself known without them you will be practically lost. It is part of the evolution and the new era. By this means you can share a wide variety of beauty content.
  • Manage advertising and promotions on the Internet. You can do them through Google and Facebook, both give out the best results. A professional Facebook Fan Page is a clever idea, and advertising on Google Adwords too, they are effective and not so expensive.
  • Open a blog of your own company. It will help you to position your website organically on Google. Take notice you will have to post frequently.

If we want to get immediate results, promoting our beauty business advertising on the Internet is the best, as well as having a professional and beautiful website of your beauty business. These will make your business more competitive and it will help your company get good results.

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Safety Matters (Here’s How To Improve It In Your Business)

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There are several reasons why safety needs to be a top priority in your business. The first is that you have an obligation to keep your customers and workers safe. While the second is that employees will always be more productive in an environment in which they feel secure. Finally, accidents can cost your company big in a variety of ways, including delays, compensation, replacing equipment, and even in terms of your public relations. With that in mind, your business must be as safe as possible. Read on to find out what you can do to make it so.

Make sure the physical space is a safe one 

The first consideration concerning safety that your business will need to make is the physical surroundings you provide for your workers. The good news is there is a lot you can do to improve this. 

In particular, being aware of any hazards and either resolving them or signposting them, so any employees and visitors know about them beforehand are vital. Additionally, making sure you have good quality, reliable equipment that is regularly maintained and serviced is so necessary as well. 

Also, do not forget that the structure that your company resides in matters when it comes to safety as well. In fact, many businesses use professionals like this commercial flooring company to ensure their locations flooring is as flat and safe as possible. Something that can make a huge difference when it comes to minimising accidents at work. 

Consider psychological safety and well being 

It’s not just risks to physical safety that can harm your business, but emotional and psychological ones as well. In fact, studies have shown that mental stress from work causes a tremendous amount of absence and can contribute to high employee turnover. These both being things that can cost your business a lot of money over the long term. In addition to that, psychologically stressed workers will be unhappy and suffer in terms of motivation and productivity as well. 

That is why it is so vital to work towards a positive atmosphere within your company. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone has to get along at all times. However, a culture of respect, humility, and teamwork can go a long way to keep people’s psychological well and safety at work. 

Of course, that means having obvious expectations of how all your employees are expected to behave. Along with reasonable and scalable consequences for anyone (managers included) that do not adhere to these. 

Educate employees on safe practices 

Finally, when it comes to safety in the workplace, one of the most valuable things that you can do is to educate your workforce. After all, there is only so much that you can do without the cooperation of those that work for you. 

To that end, implementing a robust safety education program that educates both new workers and tops up the knowledge of those that have been with you for some time is essential. If you are truly dedicated to showing safety matters in your business.

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