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What's In Store For Mobile Advertising

Mobile Advertising is sweeping through every type of marketing campaign and now is the time to get on board with your company. From email marketing to social media, mobile advertising is a powerful tool in capturing your leads on-the-go. So how do you keep up with mobile marketing? Below is a cheat sheet for what's new in 2015 for mobile advertising. Catch up today!

Social Media and Mobile Advertising

Facebook is the social media king and when you're wondering what is the best way to reach your market with the Facebook app, it's never been easier. Facebook advertising has their own section of their site dedicated to teaching you dimensions, best practices, and mobile optimization for every ad. In fact, when you boost a post you can now be confident that every single ad looks great on mobile. See below image for an example of how to use the Facebook Advertising tools to create mobile ads that look great!

Responsive Landing Pages And Mobile Marketing

This year, many landing page companies are releasing a much more customized version of responsive marketing. This means that rather than your site scaling down for your visitors on a mobile device, you can completely rearrange the page to make the mobile version better suited for a phone. A huge part of mobile advertising is creating an online environment that is easy and straightforward to use for clients no matter what device they are on. Mobile advertising is more than looking for gimmicks or sending an SMS campaign, a large part of it is simply creating great graphic design. Below is an example of a recent Admail West mobile landing page. Note the simplicity and straightforward call to action.

Email Marketing On Mobile Devices

The thing we are the most excited about for 2015's mobile advertising is responsive emails and automated programs. What's so awesome about email softwares we work with are their heightened ability to create really custom graphics. You can do so much more than simply scale down your images. Some softwares now let you swap out different images for mobile compared to desktop and if that's not a huge step forward in mobile advertising, I don't know what is!

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Optimizing For Mobile Marketing And The Benefits

Mobile Marketing is taking over the internet and it’s time for your company to jump on board. So how do companies do it? Responsive design is the backbone of a mobile friendly design and strategy. To start using mobile campaign, you’ll need to apply mobile design concepts to every aspect of any marketing strategy. And why do you need it? At this day and age, you have the ability to reach your clients in their element on their cell phones, long after they have have stepped away from TV’s and computers. Mobile marketing is the strongest aspect of big data and it’s time to start using it.

Landing Pages

Landing pages are psychologically one of the easiest ways to close a sale or convert a lead online. Now take that same logic and apply it to mobile marketing. If people are clicking on your ads online from their cell phones, they need to be routed to a mobile friendly page or site. When it comes to landing pages on mobile devices, you can ditch a lot of your design and stick to the bare bones for responsive layout. When it shrinks down there are only a few important aspects: a header with your logo, a phone number, and a form to fill out. Try and focus on those and you’ll see high conversions in your mobile marketing.

Forms

While many forms are small, they are not automatically responsive all the time. Mobile optimization for great marketing starts with a testing everything for mobile. You need to be sure about how it works from the users perspective. Keep in mind that long forms can be extremely difficult to fill out on a form so stick to the essentials for a truly mobile optimization.

Website

If your website is not responsive, it’s time for a new design. According to many web consultants 31-45% of your website traffic is generated through mobile devices. This means if your site doesn’t scale beautifully, you’re going to miss out on leads and fans. Keep a sleek design that is easy to navigate online for the ease of your clients. If you’re unsure of how your website fare on a phone, pull out yours and look now. The number one rule of understanding mobile marketing is testing it out for yourself. Look at your site on a mobile device and a tablet and keep notes on what is up to par and what could use some extra help.

Email

Emails need to be responsive because more than half your subscribers will check their emails on a mobile device. This means, if an email newsletter doesn’t render correctly or in a visually appealing way, you’re going to miss out on opportunities and potentially lose some of your followers. Optimization for mobile is an essential aspect of email marketing so ensure that your marketing firm or email designers really understand the task at hand. Emails can be condensed or stacked. Just remember that as some aspects shrink others may become larger so be cautious of buttons getting too big or written CTA’s getting to small and you’ll be set.

Facebook Ads

Advertising on social media has many options for mobile layouts. When you post an ad, places like Linkedin, Twitter, Google PPC, and Facebook will allow you to make an alternate for mobile views. Always utilize this option to really maximize on your adspend. If you don’t make a specific mobile ad, then these programs will try to make them for you with an automated program. We can guarantee it will never be as nice as if you make it intentionally. A little bit of extra time on responsive design will be worth it in leads when the time comes.

Apps

We are frequently asked by clients if they should offer a mobile option for their clients in the form of an app. This comes down to a few things. First, what industry are you in? Not all companies can benefit from an app. We encourage people in industries like insurance, retail, online sales, and entertainment to consider apps. However, if you’re selling something like solar or a non-profit service, there aren’t a whole lot of reasons to get an app. Another important thing to consider is how much you are willing to spend. You will need to make sure that your database, your website, and your app sync automatically. While you don’t need to spend a fortune, you’ll want to make sure the job is done right because a malfunctioning app can do damage to your online reputation fairly quickly. In any case, an app can be a very beneficial tool to you in mobile optimization.

To find out more about how to mobile optimize your marketing campaigns, contact us at Admail West today. We want to ensure excellent customer service and remarkable results in all your advertising.

Is Your Social Media Hurting Your Brand?

Social Media is an amazing outlet for your company to develop a personal voice online. With millions of users and customized demographic targeting, many companies in many industries take advantage of the reach social media provides. However, social media is an art and when done incorrectly it could create a poor representation of your brand. Studies show that most customers do online research before making a purchase. If your social pages rank high and are not accurate representations of your company, you could be missing out on conversions. Things like unbranded posts or irrelevant content may be creating a misleading customer experience but luckily, with the right experience, each issue can be resolved fairly easily.

Branded Posts

Social media posts that do not represent your brand or at least have your logo pose a major threat to your pages. Part of the issue is that your content can be stolen or used by other companies on their social media. What makes posts powerful is that yours stand out and represent your company. Support your brand by creating professional and unique posts to your page. Include a wide variety of images, statuses, and shared links that all represent some part of your company and services. Furthermore, don’t repost anything without giving the proper credit. And finally, brand your page. Make sure your profile photo, header, and about your business segments reflect your website as closely as possible. Aim for professional and inviting.

Relevant Posts

Many companies enjoy sharing memes and other humor from the internet. Before you post, shy away from anything that isn’t consistent with the people in your client base. Avoid curse words and other crude humor (unless that’s your niche) and don’t repost anything that doesn’t look nice. Being active on social media is so much more than throwing some things on your timeline here and there. Be sure that your posts are relevant to your following AND your company. For example, if you’re in the restaurant business focus on food and drink or luxury items. Or if you’re in insurance post articles about local stories relating to insurance. Relevant posts show that you understand your audience and engage with current events.

Posting Consistently

A major part of social media posting is creating regular content. When client’s look at your page, they are able to tell that you’ve only posted a few times in the last six months and this shows a lack of attention to detail. If you have a small team, make sure someone posts once a month. Spreading out the responsibility lessens the hard work and makes it more varied in applicable content. If you have an adspend, hiring a marketing company like Admail West to create your social media posts is another efficient way to not only get a great branded social media page but also turn it into a lead generator for your company.

Adspend And Demographics

The last way your social media could hurt your brand is when there are not correct demographics applied to your advertisements. When you boost a post the money needs to be allocated to the right group of people in order to turn into ROI. This requires testing and an understanding of marketing tools. Advertising firms like Admail West offer social media marketing services that can help craft ads and target the right people. To better reach your demographics, ask Admail West for an analysis of your social media platforms. You just might be surprised with the results.

5 Things You Must Know Before Web Redesign

Web design allows your company to create an office space online where customers can visit and understand your services. A website communicates your unique brand and offers that can help make the difference between a page on the internet and an online marketplace. With major advances in coding the past few years, more industries are seeking updated websites, but before you sign a redesign contract, there are some vital factors to take into consideration. A website is an investment in the future of your company and with Admail West, your company’s needs are put above all else.

1. Your Web Design Goals

There are varying levels of skill required for each type of website design. Some things like custom social media platforms and forums require expertise you can’t always find in an out of the box, website template. Before you decide to use an online service with strangers, make a list of what is most important in your website redesign. Do you need a high or low level of customization? Our web design services offer a wide selection of tiers and pricing that can help you break down your needs into affordable bits. Whether it’s just a new homepage or a completely new look, we’ve got it.

2. Necessary Integrations

Many companies in all industries use a CRM like Salesforce to keep up with their leads and sales process. Nonprofits frequently use a donation software. These are important aspects of a website that go much deeper than the graphic design and they require a lot of knowledge about apex coding and integrations. To ensure you get an accurate quote, list out any integration needs you might have. This will save you time by making sure it’s done correctly the first time.

3. Branding Your New Website

Do you have a consistent brand deck? If not, a website design is the perfect time to evaluate your brand needs and guidelines. Many development companies offer a dual service in both re-branding your company and re-designing a site. This helps to extend your new identity long past your url into social media, collateral and beyond. Take the web development process as a step to get your entire brand in line with your organization's vision. Create a brand voice that speaks even when you’re not present. If you do have a brand clearly defined, then this is the time to make sure you communicate your requirements.

4. Project Timeline

Website builds, depending on the level of customization, can take quite awhile. Make sure that you have an accurate depiction of your time needs. Once you establish your list of needs from above, have your design company draw up a strict timeline with a start and end date that you are comfortable with. Make sure there is extra time for delays and collaboration.

5. Portfolio Of A Web Development Company

The most important aspect of any web development job is to know that you’re working with someone you trust. Any web design company should have a solid portfolio that displays capabilities that line up with all your needs. At Admail West, we only sell services we are completely confident we can deliver. Fill out the form to the right for a sample portfolio of our most recent web designs!