Mid Year Online Marketing Checklist
Mid-year is an exciting time. It's time to take stock to see if you're on track with the goals you set at the beginning of the year. Many entrepreneurs set social media goals at the beginning of 2015. We have a checklist with a few things to do's first so that you know exactly where you stand BEFORE you make your new spot-on plans.
1. Claim Your Pages: Most brands have many rogue pages living online. These pages may have been created by well intending staff members but were later abandoned or they may have been created by customers checking in to your location. Either way, it’s time that you claim them as yours. This gives you the ability to merge with your current page if it is a duplicate or you can keep the page instead of starting from scratch if you do not have a page on that platform yet.
2. Google Yourself: The first thing people do when they hear your name or company name is Google it! We all do it, but do you know what comes in the search results? Give it a try!
3. Do a Source Search: Knowing what’s already popular can really steer you in a direction that will help you get more exposure. A favorite tool for this is to see what people are already pinning from your site. Just type this url http://pinterest.com/ source/delegatesolutions.com, but of course, use your url.
4. Check Search Inquiries: Similar to a Source Search on Pinterest, this search tells you what people are searching for on your site. If there is a popular search that you don’t have content for, it is the perfect opportunity to create popular content and to rank higher on Google.
5. Do a Keyword Search: Knowing what people are searching for helps you pinpoint your content strategy. The most simple way to do this is access Google’s Keyword Tool. You’ll look for keywords and phrases with a high amount of searches and low competition.
6. Look at Your Open Rates: Right in the same vain, check out what’s been popular content from your email marketing efforts.
7. Know Your Analytics: Google has a suite of helpful tools for small businesses. One of these tools is Google Analytics. This shows how many people visit your site, where they come from before they get to your site and what they do on your site–very helpful information for developing your online strategy.
8. Check Review Sites: There are many review sites out there; the most common are Yelp!, TripAdvisor and Urbanspoon. Take a look at those sites to see what people are saying. It’s likely there are positive and negative reviews. The negative reviews are a great way to find areas to improve for the mid year!
9. Do a Related Search: This one is fun! It’s always helpful to know what your competitors are (and aren’t) doing. Pull up a Google search page and type related: yoursite.com (example: related:delegatesolutions.com) . When you click search, Google will pull up pages that are similar to yours.
10. List Influencers: Influencers are powerful. These are people who are already in front of your target market. People (and your target market) are spending hours a day online. What blogs, websites, thought leaders, brands, local pages and celebrities does your audience already follow? These are influencers for your brand! The action step is to put them on a Twitter list and a Facebook list so that it is simple to engage with them frequently.
11. Invite Email Subscribers: It’s no surprise that I love email and it’s still very powerful. People on your list have already raised their hand to say that they love your brand and they want to hear more! Fan gating content on your Facebook page and inviting your email subscribers to get the content will no doubt increase your Facebook fans with quality prospects.
12. Set Up Monitoring: Daily, there are millions of tweets and posts going non-stop. In your Hootsuite account, add a panel that searches for your keywords. Include your name, your company name and relevant industry keywords. This will help you know what people are saying about your industry and brand.
13. Search Tweet Chats: Tweet chats are a wonderful way to connect with like minded influencers. This opens the door to partnerships and gets you in front of their audience too.
14. Subscribe to Alerts: Another one of Google’s suite of business tools is Google Alerts. When you sign up for this, Google will send you an email whenever there is an article for the topic. I like to set Google Alerts for my name, company name, “Call for Speakers” and industry trends.
The mid year is fast approaching. What’s one thing you’ll do to get your ducks in a row?
Contributed by our Team Member, Katrina