Stay on Top of Your Insta-game with These New Features

Instagram Marketing

Nearly ten years ago, a new social media platform entered the scene, entirely geared towards the fast-scrolling, low attention span browsing we’ve all become accustomed to. Ten years later, Instagram is beginning to revolutionize the way people shop online. Giving birth to “Social Influencers” and sponsored ad content, Instagram is an increasingly useful tool for businesses. Instagram, which is now owned by Facebook, is now rolling out new features to help eCommerce shops realize their full potential.

Ensure that your business stays current with these new trends and features rolling out to Instagram in 2019.

Instagram Shopping Carts

What was almost certainly inevitable is the leap from browsing to buying. What was once a delicate process of enticing potential buyers and then directing them off of Instagram and into your shopping cart is now becoming a straightforward process. Slowly rolling out with a few accounts, Instagram is beginning to allow users to complete the check out process within the app itself. In-app purchasing has enormous potential to revolutionize the way influencers sell to their customers. Now instead of having to direct customers to their bios or links in the comments, they can instantly sell to their followers right there in the app. Expect the availability of Shopping Carts on Instagram to expand rapidly in the next year.

Shoppable Tags

On Instagram, there are Creators or Influencers whom brands use to push their products through various sponsorships. These Creators have previously been pigeonholed into linking click-through sites in comments and bio descriptions. Now, Instagram is rolling out Shoppable Tags. Creators can now tag a product in a photo or post and have that tag link directly to the website for purchasing information. Pushing viewers directly through to the site will exponentially decrease purchasing time and increase conversion rates from Instagram.

Share Posts in Stories

Finally, the feature everyone has been asking for: You are now able to share posts on Instagram in your Story. No more screenshots! This new feature is perfect for businesses owners with an eCom store. Now you can share users posting about your products directly to your Story. All you have to do is select the “Create a story with the post” option from the dropdown menu within the airplane button. And that’s it! Viewers can now tap on your shared post story and be linked directly back to the original user’s post. Your users get publicity, and you get free referrals!

Polling in Stories

Now creating a user poll is easier than ever. With built-in quiz stickers, you can now add multiple choice options to your stories for instant customer feedback. You will now be able to A/B test your customers in real time and see just what their opinions of your products are. Interactivity is endless with this feature. Imagine you’re a boutique which is going to buy clothes at a trade show. You can now instantly poll your customers and see which styles they would prefer.

Donations

With crowdfunding and cause-based marketing becoming more and more popular, Instagram is adding a way to raise money directly in the app. With Donation stickers for stories, you can create a button that directly links viewers to donate. These donations will go right to the designated nonprofit you have selected. There is also the option of viewing how many donations users have given.

Creator Profile

Instagram is now getting into the business page game with Creator Profiles. These profile pages will give analytics on engagement, demographics, and viewing stats allowing businesses to know exactly how their influencer sponsorships are being utilized. Ultimately, this new feature may be the most important in a long time as it will allow businesses to shop for their best CPC advertising dollars when looking into influencers. It will also enable top influencers to charge more accurately with the statistics to back it up. One of the more useful features for Creators will be the DM (or direct message) filtering, which automatically sorts by relevance. Now you will be able to see who is contacting you for what reason without having to sift through unwanted messages.

Hiding Likes

Perhaps the most controversial and game-changing feature is the ability to now hide the number of likes a picture has gotten. The owner can see the running total, but viewers cannot. Hiding likes is all in an attempt to decrease the competitive nature and give way to a more authentic service. The goal is to diminish viewer judgment of photos based on their amount of likes and more on the content of the post.

Whether these changes will dramatically impact the future of Instagram and online marketing remains to be seen. Some of the new features are in beta testing and only on select accounts with 10k+ followers. In the coming months, we will see them be rolled out more widely or adapted as feedback from Creators rolls in. For all the latest Social Media Marketing and for advice in running your campaigns, contact Lafayette LA Website Design at 337-223-3305.

Things to Know Before Launching a Successfully Monetized Website

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One of the most exciting steps for any new business owner is when their website finally goes live. Having an effective website can make or break your business. Launching the website is only half the battle, turning it into a successful part of your business is another animal. Perhaps the most crucial part of a new site is having a solid content strategy to build your brand authority. These are some of the most critical steps you can take before launching to monetize your website.

Choosing the right Web Developer and Hosting to give you the freedom to modify your website.

At Lafayette Louisiana Website Design, we pride ourselves on giving our clients the tools to succeed. No one knows your business as well as you do. By building websites using WordPress, it allows clients to easily edit and create webpages and blog posts on their own without having to rely on external help. Of course, having a helping hand when you get stuck on the technical side is always important. It’s so user-friendly that over 30% of the internet uses WordPress as their websites content management system (CMS).

We supply you with the tools and methodologies to make changes to your website, but we also make sure everything is to code and won’t penalize you on Google. Some clients don’t want to bother with the technical details of their website. For those clients, we can create pages for you and even have industry-leading content developers for solving your writer’s block.

What is your company’s purpose?

Defining your purpose is the first step in creating a clear marketing plan that is clearly defined. Your marketing strategy should strengthen your company’s brand, and authentically relates to customers’ needs. Through sharing your experiences and beliefs as a company, you establish a personal connection with your audience that shares similar experiences.

Defining your brand is a critical step in developing your Mission Statement, and will make developing a marketing strategy ten times easier. Your brand builds trust with your viewers and will ultimately drive them to become customers. Conveying your purpose through your Mission Statement is the best way to set your company apart from the competition. How does your business affect the lives of your customers? How are you achieving your company’s purpose? These are all things to consider when writing a Mission Statement.

Affiliate marketing is the easiest way to begin monetizing your site.

Wouldn’t it be great to have your website make money for you without having to sell your actual products or services? Well, that’s the beauty of Affiliate marketing! The most common way to begin affiliate marketing is to write about the services and products that you enjoy. If readers of your blog then purchase the services or products through an affiliate link, you get a commission.

The best part? It doesn’t cost anything to get started! Businesses everywhere want you to write about and recommend their products. It’s a genuine and low effort way for them to advertise. Some companies are willing to pay big money for those endorsements. We spoke about your company’s purpose. Keep in mind the purpose of the company you are affiliating with to align with their brand values.

Affiliate marketing income can be earned without having to work hard to make the sale. All you need is to have a decent following and convince them of why a product is worth buying. As you grow your audience, so will the income you earn on the purchases they make. Just be sure to keep reliable records of your click-throughs and viewer numbers.

Email Marketing is a delicate balancing act, but getting it right can yield great results.

Typically, email marketing is a way for businesses to turn their viewers into frequent returning customers. It’s the perfect way to launch a new product or promote sales to drive more customers to your website. Before email marketing can work for you, you have to build up a subscriber list. There are numerous ways to begin building your list. You could advertise with a newsletter link in the footer of your website, a popup when they first view your blog, promotional giveaways and free giveaways upon signup.

Giving your subscribers useful and relevant information is the best way to build your brand loyalty. You will slowly begin to convert casual readers into loyal followers who trust your expertise.

Startups have to have a growth model if they want to level up to monetizing their site. With these critical factors in mind, you can develop a strategy to earn money through the content you write. Have an end goal in mind. Prepare for your inevitable following by being ready to implement the conversion methods mentioned above. These steps will ultimately lead to success in reaching your long term monetization goals.

Curating Your Blog and Catering to Google

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With so many acronyms and buzzwords in online marketing, it’s hard to keep track. Get ready to learn a new one because E-A-T is becoming more and more important in Google’s algorithm. E-A-T stands for expertise, authority, and trustworthiness. These three factors are essential to building your Google Search ranking. It is no longer “if you build it, they will come.” With so much competition online, Google has put more weight on the reliability of the content’s source.

You should be incorporating these tenents into your content strategy if you plan on climbing to the top. Google has emphasized delivering the most relevant content to the search intent, but now is beginning to focus on delivering more accurate content to searchers. With so much misinformation out there, it’s possible for search results to provide inaccurate and potentially harmful information to users searching for health advice. That’s why positioning yourself as a reliable expert in your field will benefit your ranking. E-A-T is how Google plans on enriching the search experience for everyone.

If your website offers psychological, health, or financial advice, E-A-T is essential for you to understand.

One critical criterion Google reviews when looking at a website’s reliability is the credentials of the author of the content. They want to see who wrote the article and it needs to be easy to find. The author of your blog should have a link to their profile using data that tells Google about the author. Make it easy for web crawlers to find the author’s name and information on other websites where they might have other works.

Expertise

Being an expert in your field means that you are incredibly knowledgable in your particular area. Having expertise does not necessarily mean that Google will see you as an expert. You have to prove that through credentials and reputation. Being able to show receipts of your knowledge is what will give you credence and drive traffic to your blog. You not only have to communicate and instruct others based on that knowledge effectively but also know what your audience is precisely searching for and what will help them.

For example, if you’re targetting users who are new to your industry, then your content should not include a lot of technical terms. You should also be incredibly descriptive and instructional, so your new readers can easily understand your content. Consider using visual aids, such as graphics and video, so that your content is easily digested and keeps your audience’s attention. Be prepared to answer further questions that might logically arise after reading your content. A quick link can keep your readers engaged and increase your conversions.

Authority

Expertise is only the beginning. To build domain authority, it takes networking and backlinks to your site from other reputable bloggers. When more people cite you as a source of knowledge, it gives you more authority. Google then views you as having priority over other content providers. Links are fantastic, but mentions can be just as effective. When news outlets or high-quality links mention you in their content, it gives your site more authority.

Shared content is also the sign of a website with increasing authority. When it’s retweeted, followed, and shared authentically, your reach and expertise are recognized as an authority in your industry. The more people search for your particular company, the more the specific keywords you would like to rank for are associated with your company. This will increase your likelihood to rank for those terms.

Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness is the newest trend in Google algorithms. Proving that you’re trustworthy can be difficult. Without it, your rankings will suffer, and you will be heavily penalized by Google. How does Google judge your trustworthiness? Usually by your customer satisfaction. This means your reputation management needs to be on point if you hope to rank highly. When you receive a negative comment online, you should address the situation proactively and hopefully get the feedback removed or managed.

Conversely, receiving positive reviews and comments gives your domain more trustworthiness. Especially when those reviews are on reputable sources from verified customers. Several factors go into your trustworthiness score, including contact information, physical locations, secure domains, clearly defined policies, and conditions, to name a few.

Key factors in maintaining your E-A-T

With specific health-based industries, your E-A-T is essential in ranking on Google. Google doesn’t want to recommend search results that could potentially harm searchers. They have taken the responsibility of providing searchers with accurate information. That’s why following the E-A-T framework will keep your company clean in the eyes of Google and help you rank for quality terms in your industry.

Remember, it’s a marathon,