Digital advertising comes in many different varieties, including display advertising (those web banners next to your favorite Youtube videos), sponsored ads (such as those on Google and Facebook), and of course, search ads—just to name a few!
So where do you start?
While there are so many online options to choose from, reaching your intended audience will still require a little bit of work. Luckily, using digital advertising to get your message across is easier than you think.
Pick the right Platform: In 2008, only 24 percent of the United States had a social media account. Today that number has skyrocketed to 81%. While traditional mediums such as television and newspapers still have their place, most companies are turning towards digital advertising for the majority of their needs—and who could blame them?
As of 2016, tech titans Google and Facebook together control over nearly 76% of total internet revenue growth. Furthermore, in the third quarter of the same year, Google and Facebook together controlled 99% of advertising growth, with this number projected to be on the rise). So why would you settle for anything but the best? Pick the right digital platforms and go where you’ll be seen.
Know your Audience: knowing your target demographic is undoubtedly one of the most beneficial tools in your advertising toolbox. Why? First off, not only does it give you a leg up for reaching the most likely people to buy your product or service, but it also helps to pick the appropriate platform and technology to deliver your message. But be warned. Once you have their attention, there’s still plenty of work to do!
To push all the right buttons, advertisers need to know exactly what to say. Great content moves people—and in turn, products. It keeps audiences engaged, entertained and coming back for more!
Did you know the average click through rate of display ads across all formats is a measly 0.06%. From the moment that first browser opens in the morning until that last cat video before bed, internet users are bombarded with dozens of digital advertisements. By the time they get to work they’ve seen so many digital ads that they’ll likely only remember one or two, if that.That’s why it is vital to have the most creative content on the web to achieve that long sought after CLICK.
When YouTube celebrities Rhett and Link rattled funny bones as the ‘Commercial Kings’ in the late 2000’s, they were an instant hit. Their witty (and often outrageous) videos generated millions of views for small businesses. How, you ask? By parodying cheesy retro-style TV ads. And while you don’t have to break out into 90’s jingles and fake mustaches, you can win over big crowds by being entertaining, and authentically you. So go against the grain and dare to be different!
As the internet continues to advance, media is consumed differently. More and more people are getting their entertainment and news from streaming options such as Netflix, Roku, Hulu and YouTube. So what does this mean for digital advertising? Interaction! Interactive ads get a higher click through rate of around 6 percent, whereas most digital ads remain at a fraction of one percent.
Good advertisements tell a story that engages the audience. If you’re a restaurant owner, enticing future customers with a snappy ad no longer cuts the mustard. But when you intrigue potential buyers with an eye catching video, a hilarious one-liner or a captivating call to action, you give them autonomy. Don’t tell customers what to think, but instead show them why buying your product is the best decision.
Keep it short and sweet don’t say too much:
Short messages that pack a wallop and avoid cliches go a long way in the digital advertising world. Hook readers in with a memorable joke, a one liner, or a quick play on words.
Tug at their heartstrings:
When Coca Cola launched their Remove Labels campaign it gave audiences a friendly reminder not to judge someone by their looks, but by their words. And whether your message is sensitive or funny, at its core it should come across as authentic.
Today’s audiences are smart and expect more than basic pandering. They want engaging content that scratches beyond the surface of a product and relates to them on a meaningful level. That’s why today’s most memorable campaigns reject tradition in exchange for something more sincere.
While traditional word of mouth will always impact local business, the trick is to give them something positive to talk about. The most important thing about your digital advertising campaign should be about connecting with your audience. A little passion goes a long way.
Successful digital advertising plucks viewers’ heartstrings and entices with humor. It takes you on an emotional roller coaster by conjuring up feelings of forgotten memories and nostalgia. Most importantly, whatever your approach, be sure to make an emotional connection with your audience—leave them breathless and standing in awe, or contemplative with the warm fuzzies. Make your digital ad memorable and appealing, and thereby your brand. Remember, if you think your message is fun and entertaining, so will your audience! Click here to schedule a appointment to discuss your church/business digital marketing needs or call us at 888-521-0660
Promote your church or business on the most visited sites in the world: Google Search and Maps.3 out of 4 online customers use a search engine to find a church or a business, and 7 out of 10 online customers made a purchase from a business they found using a search engine. Source: Google.
It’s no secret: Google My Business has become a wildly important service for local businesses. Not only does a well maintained and regularly updated Google My Business listing improve SEO, but posting promotions and upcoming events will increase your client’s customer engagement.
When a customer Googles a business, they typically look at hours of operation, location, website, and reviews. Posts that promote certain items or events for the business add to the value of having everything under the Google My Business listing; more to see, less to look for.
Through this service, your church or business can receive:
Roughly 1 in 5 searches on Google are related to location. Additionally, nearly one-third of all mobile searches are related to location, and location-related mobile searches are growing 50% faster than all mobile searches. Google My Business posts not only appear in search results, but also on Google Maps. This is a massive opportunity for local businesses to promote their brand.
Our talented team can create one promotional GMB post per week for your church or business. We will communicate with you to gather all the necessary content and insights to develop a GMB posting strategy that suits your brand and their marketing goals.
To learn how to begin implementing Google My Business/Church into your marketing strategy contact us today @ 888-521-0660 or click here to schedule your first consultation complimentary.
Here are a few problems many pastors and ministry leaders face right now regarding engaging online audiences: Unfamiliarity of online marketing strategies and tools; lack of understanding who their target audience online might be; Posting the right messages at an ideal time.
One important fact is that many potential church members all have one thing in common, they all engage in social media at least 40% of their time.
Thus, without your congregation's presence and engagement on these platforms, your church will begin to decline in the area of recruiting new members, which means less opportunity for your church to grow.
And, worst of all, many Pastors, Media Ministry Leaders, and Church Communications Directors can't get past the idea that even though it's not true, they believe that posting a few fliers of church events and live streaming on their websites is all that is needed to grow their congregations online actively.
Understanding this massive problem for ministries, I have created a Church Social Media Marketing Guide that will show you how to introduce your church and engage your ministry's online presence.
"The Church Social Media Marketing Guide" is for every Pastor, Communications Director and or Media Ministry Leader reveals how to introduce and engage its congregation and ministry online using social media.
Solutions to these problems are answered in a concise and easy to read manner in this book. You will FINALLY learn how to introduce your ministry to the online target audience space, engage and create appropriate messages to engage potential members!
So, if you're a Pastor or Media Ministry Leader whose ministry needs to engage more with social media but don't understand how or where to begin, try reading "The Church Social Media Marketing Guide," you won't be disappointed!