Clean Up Your Marketing Channels for 4th Quarter

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In the marketing industry, September is a crucial month. This month is your chance to prepare and lay the groundwork for Q4, when consumerism is at its peak and your anxiety levels are also likely to spike. It’s the calm before the storm—your last chance to tackle the digital housekeeping that will put you in position to ride swiftly through the season, all cylinders firing. (Are you tracking all those metaphors?)

At Good & Gold, we often conduct 360° audits for clients, giving them a sense of what’s working and what’s not, where the weak points lurk, and where the opportunities lie. As we do that, we see patterns emerge—businesses have gaps in their digital marketing strategies, all of which are relatively easy to patch with effective solutions. Here, we’re sharing tips for addressing some of the more common gaps we find.

1. Clean Up Your Email Templates & Automations

When is the last time you redesigned your standard email templates? Does each one use standard font styles, contain clear calls to action, high-resolution imagery, and TK. Are your emails performing at industry benchmarks or higher? If not, it’s time to give those templates fresh eyes, and make sure they’re optimized for engagement. This is also a great time to check in on your email automations. Do you have your 4 basic email automations set up? Are they performing well? It’s a good idea to check in on your automations regularly, and update your imagery, language, and workflows to suit your evolving brand and audience. Carve out some time this month to give these campaigns a close look.

2. Audit Your Website’s SEO Performance

If you’re like most businesses on the internet, you’re wondering whether you might have an SEO problem. You feel like you should be ranking higher for certain organic searches, and you feel like your traffic should be growing a little faster—but you’re not exactly sure what’s normal. Now is the time to stop wondering and check the pulse of your website by running a simple SEO audit. This will help give you a sense of where you stand, and how much help you need. Start by following our handy list of 5 ways to check your website’s SEO.

If you have a physical location or serve a specific geographical market, there’s another crucial piece to the search marketing puzzle: Local SEO. Local SEO is the process of ensuring that your business appears in all sorts of local searches, from Google and Bing to Yelp and FourSquare.

3. Expand Your E-Commerce Presence

You can’t ignore it anymore. If you sell products online, it’s likely time to focus on Amazon, and make sure your presence on this behemoth of a platform is set up for success. Download our e-book on getting started with Amazon to begin your journey. You’ll learn all about Sponsored Product Ads, bidding and keyword strategy, automatic targeting v. manual targeting, and more.

Next, make sure your Google Shopping campaigns are up and running smoothly. Google Shopping campaigns allow you to land at the top of the page within very valuable real estate, with a visual representation of your product for high-intent searches—i.e. people who are in the market for your particular product. Since launching in 2012, Google Shopping has rapidly become the single most effective way to sell retail products via paid search, and we’ve helped clients yield returns of up to 600% on the platform.

4. Super-Charge Your Paid Media Efforts

Let’s assume you’ve covered your paid media basics: you’ve got goals and benchmarks in place, you’re doing some retargeting, and you’re chugging along with search and social marketing. It’s time to take it to the next level. First, consider implementing dynamic display ads, which have a 9% higher click through rate and a 37% higher conversion rate than traditional static banners. Finally, take a close look at your paid social media strategy—are you following our 7 tips for boosting your reach and engagement?

5. Dust Off Your Content Strategy

Do you find yourself scrambling to create or clean up content, with no real sense of the bigger picture, or how this content is affecting your business? You’re not alone. Yes, the content you create should feel authentic, helpful, on-brand, and delightful...but it should also create measurable engagement and provide actionable data. Follow our guide to developing your content strategy to fine-tune your system and see how you measure up.

Hopefully, you’re feeling empowered by all of this powerful digital marketing wisdom. These are the keys to the kingdom! That said, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, and you’d rather talk to us about getting your business dialed in for the holiday season, we’re always happy to help.