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Eric Dalius On the Best Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

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With a society highly saturated in marketing content and audiences with decreasing attention spans, it is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to stand out from the crowd, especially when these businesses do not have the resources to compete with Fortune 500 empires.

For smaller businesses who do not have endless marketing resources, every dollar counts and needs to provide maximum ROI. Marketing professional and entrepreneur Eric Dalius shares his insight on the best marketing strategies small businesses can use to maximize their investment.

The Importance of Content Marketing

Content marketing is a form of inbound marketing, in which your business brings customers directly to you instead of reaching out via ads and cold outreach.

It consists of creating high-quality content that serves the following purposes:

  • Gain the trust of your prospects
  • Display your knowledge in your industry
  • Improve your search engine optimization by making your website a useful, educational online destination

What is considered high-quality content? Dalius suggests following these guidelines for any content your business outputs:

  • Unique and from your business’ unique point of view
  • In-depth, educational, and actionable
  • Solves a pain point for your prospects
  • Optimized for the web (well-formatted

What types of content gets the most attention?

  • Blog posts
  • Infographics
  • Video tutorials
  • Live videos on social media
  • Case studies
  • White papers

Have a Powerful Social Media Presence

Social media platforms are still growing every month. Facebook alone has approximately one billion active users – Instagram has over 100 million monthly users. It is the perfect tool to reach a larger audience and use both organic and paid content to gain more customers.

However, do not make the mistake of spreading yourself too thin. With limited resources, Eric Dalius states that small businesses are better off concentrating on just a few social media platforms.

The key is in choosing the right platform for your target audience and the type of product or service your business provides.

For instance, many Pinterest users go to this platform when making a purchasing decision – this network tends to be popular for households with over 100k of yearly revenue. On the other hand, Instagram is the go-to platform for millennials and younger individuals.

Social Media Tips

  • Optimize your profile to get your branding on point
  • Post on a regular, consistent schedule so people expect your posts
  • Encourage engagement from your audience by having a call to action with every post

Use Effective Paid Content Strategies

Online advertising through Google, Facebook, and Instagram can be very effective to grow brand awareness and generate more leads, but this strategy can be a hit and miss.

Instead of setting up a promotional campaign and forgetting about it, Eric Dalius instead advises you to target your ads to a very specific group of people. This way, every single dollar you are paying towards this ad is getting used adequately to promote brand awareness to an audience that has potential interest in your business.

Additionally, you’ll want to retarget your ads. What does this mean? If a prospect visits your website, do not show them the same ads as someone who knows nothing about your business. Furthermore, if a customer clicks away before making a purchase on your online website, use this data to retarget the appropriate ad to them.

Wrapping it Up

By having a strong online presence that essentially provides value to your audience, you will gain the respect and loyalty of your prospects. In time, Eric Dalius states that these loyal prospects will provide you the best return on investment for your small business.

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How to attract new patients to your practice (and how to keep the ones you have)

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One of the biggest struggles healthcare providers and dentists are facing in 2019 is attracting new patients to their practice. Physicians could be attending to the same patients for years without leaving room for growth.

Everyone needs a doctor, dentist, or other specialist, but how can you be sure your service is reaching the right people? As medical technology continues to advance, there are countless ways to market your practice to prospective patients.

1. Increase online traffic for your practice 

When looking for a PCP or other healthcare provider, the first thing someone will do is conduct a simple Google search. You want your practice to be one of the top results of that search, while also complemented by good reviews from patients. Other ways to increase your practice’s online presence include social media plugs, blogs, and journals.

Share informational content related to your practice. Writing and publishing articles on blogs and other educational websites is a way to let others know you are informed about the industry you work in. Create backlinks for everything you publish that leads to your clinic’s website. Readers can find your practice this way, by stumbling across your work on a blog or journal and then being directed to your clinic.

When publishing content online, the goal is to have your message reach as many people as possible. Keywords for search engine optimization (SEO) allow readers to find your content easily through relevant and commonly used words. Keywords can be filtered by subject (ie. health, business, travel) and can be the deciding factor of whether someone finds your content or scrolls passed it.

2. Strengthen your referral marketing techniques

Patients will see a doctor who they trust will give them the proper care they need. If your patient refers your clinic to others, you are building patient loyalty while also attracting more to your practice (without having to spend money!). Referral marketing can happen through various mediums: word of mouth, online reviews, and surveys. Giving your patients incentives to review your practice can make a difference in whether prospective patients decide to make an appointment.

Remember that top reviews is one of the first items people see when they search for a business. You want to ensure that your reviews are positive and invites others who are looking for care. Convince long term patients to review your clinic online as these patients will most likely have effective and beneficial content to share.

3. Use a referral management system

Referral management systems have become an essential tool for healthcare clinics. They provide a platform for doctors and physicians to connect and provide specialized care for their patients. Many clinics receive new patients through referrals from PCPs,and adding your practice to a referral database will increase referrals from other physicians.

A referral management system with a built-in provider database is very advantageous to any healthcare practice; it eliminates the extra time it takes for doctors to research specialists for their patients. Having a referral program with both dental and other healthcare providers will greatly benefit your patients by providing them with a diverse amount of resources, beneficial for various patient cases.

Adding your practice to an online database also builds your online presence and increases the opportunity for incoming referrals from other clinics. Grow your practice and patient numbers through networking with other providers.

4. Convert to a digital practice

Converting to a digital practice will create an accessible and organized clinic. Waiting lists for appointments today can be weeks long. Allow patients to fill out health and consent forms online, prior to appointments. This will reduce waiting periods and allow you to see more patients per day.

Connect with other physicians through eConsultation platforms to speed up the process of scheduling appointments. Research shows that delayed patient care may result in unfinished cases. Consequently, patients lose a sense of urgency if they are not seen right away which may damage their health. Case collaboration in real time through instant messaging or video calling is more efficient than faxing papers or waiting for emails so you can complete more cases.

Going digital will save you from hours of mundane administrative work that comes with your practice. Using electronic medical records (EMRs) provide a secure organized means of storing patient information. Management tools for healthcare providers are available with EMR integration features so your practice is available to you on any device, wherever you are. Creating an accessible practice will benefit both you and your patients as time sensitive tasks can be completed outside of the office as well.

5. Interact on social media 

The most common way for people to find businesses is through social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are well known platforms and your clinic should actively engage on. Build your followers and post relevant content to your practice: articles, promotions, case studies.

What types of posts goes on each account?

Twitter 

You can interact with your followers through twitter by sending out polls. Gather feedback from patients and other clinics on services, new technology, and other aspects of your practice. By engaging with your followers in this way, your patients sense that your practice’s primary focus is on their healthcare and satisfaction. Connect with other practices as well and build a network (and increase referrals!).

Facebook

Facebook has hundreds of healthcare related groups which you should join; share information about your practice, the services you provide, technology you use, ad build connections with other specialists in your area. Facebook users are more responsive to still images rather than animations; use this platform as an opportunity to share testimonials from patients.

Instagram

Instagram mainly focuses on photos; insta-users are going to skip passed long, wordly posts. Engage your Instagram followers through photos of your medical team, patients, and tell a story through your posts. Since the platform is more light-hearted, common posts include memes and gifs which can be funny and relatable for your followers.

Optimize the resources available to you and revolutionize the way you run your practice. Bring new patients to your clinic through these methods and keep your schedule filled while attending to more people than before.

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Where Influencer Marketing Is Successful

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Not that long ago, if your business had a sizeable marketing budget, it would engage a celebrity use and share their experience your product or service with their followers on their blog or social media.

Nowadays, with influencer marketing, it doesn’t take an actor, sportsperson or movie star with thousands if not millions of followers to reach a broad audience.

Relatable Influencers

Businesses can use an ‘average person’ influencer. Not all influencers are indeed celebrities, and they’re in high demand and get paid handsomely for social media activity like sending an Instagram post. Many businesses prefer endorsement from more relatable people.

Younger people, in particular, are less impressed with celebrities and ‘fake’ endorsement and choose to follower people they can relate to personally, and this has been great for Instagram and also good for business.

Instagram Growth

Did you see it coming, Instagram leading other platforms in the number of users and annual growth percentage? Twitter is looking less attractive with just less than 330 million users while Instagram has broken through the billion user mark, an achievement secured in a year ago in June 2018. The question on everyone’s lips is when it will surpass Facebook?

If the statistics are anything to go by, you wouldn’t bet against this platform’s continued success. The proof is in the statistics, of course. By the numbers, influencer marketing statistics presents critical supporting data in an infographic.

The popularity of Instagram is evidence of the success of engagement via sharing images and a few words of recommendation.

Key Statistics

In the infographic, some of the key statistics are:

  • Nearly 50% of users rely on influencer referrals or recommendations for their purchases
  • Not all influencers need millions of followers the so-called ‘micro influencers’ with 100K or less are attractive to marketers, and it’s the largest influencer group on Instagram.
  • No surprises here, the industries using this marketing the most are lifestyle, beauty and fashion.

Other sectors with a high representation of influencers are health, food, travel and can you believe it – DIY. Who would have thought the do-it-yourself sector would outperform entertainment and technology among other notable groups.

How Can Businesses Get Better Results?

It’s all very well hearing about how well your competitors are doing with their influencer marketing campaigns, but how can your business do better with it?

Quality Content

Believe it or not, like all other marketing strategies, the quality of your content will determine your success and this might be disheartening to know, as your business might struggle to generate interesting content.

Well, even the most tedious businesses in sectors like tax, accounting and law are driven by people. With ingenuity, marketers and outreach agencies will create sharable content for influencers as that’s what they’re good at and your internal team can focus on sharing tips on what your business does best.

If you’re in the business sector influencer marketing is not less popular than the groups mentioned above, e.g. lifestyle and fashion so you’ll want to be selective with who you choose as your influencer.

Choosing Influencers

One of the biggest challenges for marketers irrespective of the sector is how to select the most appropriate influencer. The reason is the whole strategy is new, and it appeals to young people, so it stands to reason most influencers are young and many are teens. Engage a marketing agency with expertise in creating influencer marketing campaigns.

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How To Boost Organic Visits To Your Website

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Do you feel like your drowning in marketing strategies that everyone says work but even with your best effort to try a lot of them, you’re still not really making any headway? You’re not alone.

Attempting take on nearly everything you’re told works and giving equal time and investment to too many tasks will see you left ragged without the results to show for it. Digital marketing does need to provide an acceptable ROI, so we recommend putting in place a foundation of actions that always work to channel visitors to your website.

Targeted marketing does make sense however if we overdo it the strategy can actually reduce our sales funnel providing fewer prospects for the sales team. To boost visits to your website you want to avoid the trap of focusing just on your targeted audience.

Here is our ‘one size fits all’ approach to marketing, or what we call the digital marketing foundation from which all other strategies are added and removed as and when required.

These marketing strategies are perfect for the start-up business and the time-poor among us.

A combination of targeted and far-reaching strategies mostly online i.e. digital marketing works as a solid foundation for businesses of any size. Remember all marketing is about filling the sales funnel so you want to do these tasks continuously.

Blogging

You’ve got a website and it has a blog. Now it’s over to you to publish regular content on it. A daily post is ideal. Keep to a plan on the type of content you put on your blog. Make sure it’s not homogenised and thus will become too predictable and lose the interest of your visitors.

Make sure the blog content is high quality and a true reflection of your brand. different types of content relevant to your website visitors.

Blog Content Types

  • Videos – share videos and provide commentary on why they interest you and are relevant to your blog visitors. Also, create your own videos, it’s fun however make sure they are professional and in a style that has a positive impact on the perception of your business.
  • Articles – write or get written by copywriters articles on topics that work in well with your business and what it provides. Sharing knowledge, tips, and at some level educating your visitors will keep their interest even if they are not yet customers. Returning visitors to your blog will increase the page views of your website which is core measurement for marketing.
  • News & Views – Standing out among your peers sharing your views on what’s going on in your industry can be risky but very rewarding when it’s done well. Become a subject matter expert and then be invited to participate in the creation of news items that end up on higher ranking websites. This strategy is sure to increase your website visitors.

E-Newsletter

A regular eNewsletter is an email marketing initiative that’s a must do for all businesses. It’s common knowledge that email marketing is a low cost and high return marketing and sales strategy.

Your newsletter with interesting content that includes links to your website is sure to deliver a spike in visits.

Plus you don’t have to spend hours creating the content for each newsletter as you’ve already got it on your blog so use it as the basis of each newsletter edition. You can also include a targeted message and special promotion in the newsletter for your email subscribers to improve engagement (opens and clicks).

Social Media

Some say Facebook is the Internet and it can seem that way as you can do so much on that platform include run a business. However, there are a few other social media platforms that offer lots of opportunities too. With social media, you need to know what you want to achieve from it, as time spent on it can chew up a lot of time and resources which is not good for the time poor business owner.

Social Media Plan

Create a plan for each platform you which to have a business presence on, including LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and many more. In your plan, state your goals, time and investment. Stick to the plan, you can change it but it’s important to use it to keep you on track.

Share your blogs posts with your social media followers and also share news, videos that reside on other sites too. View the analytics of engagement to see how well received your posts are with your followers. This is trial and error, so don’t be disappointed when some posts are not getting the engagement you want. Be open to the feedback and change what you post and share to get a response from your followers.

Summary

Three fail-safe digital marketing strategies that should form the foundation of all other digital marketing. Commit time and investment to your blog, email marketing and social media presence and then add and remove shorter campaigns that may include SMM, or google advertising.

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