Written by: Elizabeth Ritger
Like any part of your business, digital marketing is an investment of both time and money. As an advisor and business owner, you always want to know how your marketing is performing so you can be on track with your goals. Otherwise, you risk being inefficient and wasting precious resources.
Before we dig into whether or not your digital marketing strategy is working, we must discuss what’s at the center of all your digital marketing — your website! This is where first impressions are made and conversions happen so it’s incredibly important that your advisor website be in tip-top shape before looking into the specifics of your digital marketing strategy.
Myers Capital is a site that is clear and easy to use across devices.
Having an effective website means creating a site that is easy to navigate and read with clear guidance. It should be easy to see the next steps consumers need to take to move further down your sales funnel. You should also be creating a site that is optimized for mobile devices to improve the user experience. Before beginning, if you’re unsure that your current site meets any of these requirements, contact us now and let us help!
When you review your firm’s marketing, there’s a lot of questions you may ask. Where should you spend your next marketing dollar? What will the ROI be by spending that extra money? When it comes to setting the initial goals for your digital marketing it’s most important to ask yourself, is this measurable? Unless you’re focusing on things that can give you actual numerical data and analytics, it will be difficult to know what’s actually working and what changes you should make.
If you’re unsure what exactly to measure, here’s 6 things that can help you maximize your efforts!
1. Your Organic Keyword Rankings
In the time you’ve read this sentence 40,000 people are typing queries and questions into Google. Are they landing on your site? You’ll be able to answer this by taking a look at your Google Search Console. Like your overall site traffic, you want to see your organic search numbers increase steadily from month-to-month. If you’re not seeing this increase, then you should consider taking a look at how you can optimize your content and site further for search engines. SEO is very important for improving your digital presence and can be the key to gaining more sales through your site. Some ways to improve your SEO include meta descriptions, building out links, using local keywords and blogging.
When potential clients make searches like these, you’ll want your site as one of the top results.
2. Google Analytics
Website traffic is a better indication of success than Google rankings because it includes all sources of traffic and segmentation of data. There are a ton of different metrics you can pull from Google Analytics and many of them are very helpful in improving your marketing goals.
To us, the one most important metric to check would be your bounce rate. Bounce rate is the percentage of visitors who visit your website and then navigate away from it after only viewing one page.While your bounce rate likely won’t change much from month to month, this is one metric you should keep an eye on. Yes- even over site visits. Why? Because getting visitors to your site doesn’t mean much unless they stick around to learn more about your services and engage with your business. Many sites have a bounce rate of 45 to 50%. For most sites, anything under 40 percent is considered a win. A few quick ways to improve your bounce rate would be making sure your site is mobile friendly, avoiding excess pop-ups and consistently updating your blog.
Google analytics provides data in a way that makes it easy to read and track.
Calls-to-action are a key part of your website design and are crucial to helping a potential customer take the next step. Therefore, any action a user can take on your site adds value to your digital marketing efforts. The CTAs will differ for each site, but some examples include newsletter signups, white paper or case study downloads, event signups and video views.
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