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Private Equity Digital Marketing

A 2013 study calculated that over 500 websites are created each minute.

That is a HUGE number.

Let’s be conservative and say that today in 2016, 75 of those new websites are being created and are scheduled to replace an existing website every single day.

That is a very large number of sites putting themselves at risk!

 

How are they putting themselves at risk you say?

 

Well, let us give you an example.

 

Imagine you have a website that looks so 2005.

You want to update the look, the copy and make it responsive.

All with the goal of turning more visitors into customers.

These are Awesome goals!

Let’s say your site has an average conversion rate compared to the industry and 75% of your site traffic comes from Organic Search.

 

HERE IS THE THREAT!

When migrating your website in most cases, your URL structure will change.

This will make all of your old URL’s or links to your site break and generate either a 404 error or some other server error.

If that happens:

  • Visitors are very unhappy and will leave your site

  • Google will penalize you for a bad user experience

  • Your rankings will drop

  • You could be dropped from the search engines completely for a while

 

What can you do to FIX This?

Map your current website URLs to your new website URLs

Create 301 redirects (using .htaccess or a plugin or whatever you use choose to create this)

Test the redirects to make sure they are correct

Submit a new Sitemap to the search engines

This is the Number 1, Most Critical Step in Preserving Your Website’s Current Authority, Visibility and Integrity.

If you don’t, then you will most definitely use the acronym FML in a tweet, text, post, etc. soon after.

 

I recently posted an article on the History of Snapchat, What it means for us Today and direction on How to Use it Well.

I’ve been experimenting with posting on different platforms, so you can the full article on…

Medium – https://medium.com/@johnbracamontes/the-history-of-snapchat-how-to-use-it-well-9a28db7eb8e7

or

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/history-snapchat-how-use-well-john-bracamontes

Below are a handful of GIF tutorials on how to use the platform

Snapchatting a Video vs. Photo

How to Add Filters and Double Filters on Snapchat

How to Use Snapchat Video Filters

How to Save a Photo or Video on Snapchat
 

Accounts to Follow on Snapchat

This is just a short list of people who are killing it on the platform. There aren’t that many yet because people still aren’t taking it seriously. So get on it now.

DJ Khaled: @djkhaled305
John Bracamontes: @acumenstudio
Casey Neistat: @caseyneistat
John Bracamontes: @johnbracamontes
Diplo: @diplo
Kate Hudson: @khudsnaps
Gary Vaynerchuk: @garyvee
Eva Longoria: @realevalongoria

Google released a paid search update recently.  It is a second line of structured snippets that can be inserted into PPC ads.

This new update gives ads more space in the search engine results pages and allows companies to callout different things about their business. Below, a shutter company, uses the headers “Styles” and “Services,” to highlight unique product offerings.

 

updated_snippet_imageThis new ad format looks great, but what it will do to help your marketing and ultimately your business?

Below are a few tips, benefits and structured snippets tests across PPC & SEO channels to highlight how this update will help drive more qualified conversions to save your business time & marketing spend.

Utilize categories to show unique product offerings

While PPC experts like us were initially loving the news of new structured snippets, our smiles began to fade as we read the fine print. There are a limited number of headers you can choose from for your snippets and there are only a few industries. The following headers are available:

  • Amenities
  • Brands
  • Courses
  • Degree programs
  • Destinations
  • Featured hotels
  • Insurance coverage
  • Neighborhoods
  • Service catalog
  • Shows
  • Styles
  • Types

Industries that really benefit from this category extension are those that have a high cost per click. Insurance keywords are responsible for 24% of Google advertising revenue, which is most likely why “Insurance Coverage” was added as a distinct header. On the same note, 4 out of the 12 headers are related to travel, which also have historically high CPCs.

 

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In the future Google will expand the number of header options, but until then, advertisers have to get creative on ways we can utilize them. For instance, financial institutions could use the “Types” structured snippet for No-Fee Savings, High Interest Savings or list out the types of certificate of deposits they offer (3 month, 6 month, 12 month, etc).

Raise awareness for additional service lines

Your business may have one very well known product or service, but it’s struggling to get the word out about the additional items it offers. By adding structured snippets into your PPC ad account, you can use the new headers to bring attention to the business’ additional offerings.

An example of this is Drexel Online. Many people know that they offer online bachelor’s programs, but everyone may not know that they also offer master’s programs and certificates. By utilizing structured snippets, Drexel can inform searchers about other aspects of their business.

Create more effective call to actions

PPC continuously has the ability to test call to actions within search ads. With the new snippet feature, PPC ads can test more specific styles and service lines to hone in on the language and format that best connects with consumers. From these tests, your marketing team can vet the call to actions that convert the most, to identify what phrases and styles to use within SEO content, such as meta descriptions, headers, and call-to-action buttons.

Google may still choose to create their own meta description based on the search term, but in many cases your well crafted meta description will now show up with an even better chance to convert due to the PPC tests.

Save money & avoid a negative brand experience

This extra PPC snippet will enable searchers to be better at self-qualifying themselves for your business. Let’s say you own a wedding dress company. If customers are looking for a specific type of wedding dress, for example, A-Line, Mermaid, Ballgown, Trumpet, etc. and it’s not listed in your snippet, they know not to visit your website. Great! One less unqualified person potentially filling out a contact form asking your team about it.

There’s also a big cost-saving here. By having better pre-qualified leads coming to your site, it saves the call center or whomever reads submission forms time. If the call center charges per minute, every call – whether it’s profitable or not, costs your business money. However, if more incoming calls were qualified, the more profit you could get out of those calls.

In addition, setting the expectation of what your site contains before the person clicks, will help ensure that customers never have a jaded customer experience. As structured snippets give you more room to discuss your business’ offering, it could prevent shoppers from leaving a poor/mediocre review because your site doesn’t have what they’re looking for.

For example, when conducting a quick search on reseller.com ratings for “limited selection,” “small selection,” and “didn’t have,” we found time and time again that customers left mediocre reviews because the store did not carry the products that they had expected.

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By using structured snippets, www.reseller.com could have set better expectations up front about what they do, and do not, carry, to avoid these negative ratings.

Learn & test for organic SEO

From Google’s past PPC tests, we predict that Google will measure the success of the new category PPC snippets, before rolling out additional rich snippets to organic SEO category pages. Currently, as the example shows below, Google indicates only the following for organic product specific pages:

  • Ratings by star
  • Number of people who rated
  • Price
  • In-Stock
  • Number of stores nearby

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Before I click on the product in the SERPs, I already know if it’s in stock, within my price range, how many people loved or hated it, and if a store is located nearby.

In organic results, Google also has sitelinks, although these don’t show up for everyone and don’t include all styles:

 

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Right now, these sitelinks indicate some categories, but do not touch upon all of business’ product offerings. It would be great to see a Style snippet in the SERPs before I click, indicating that RevZilla offers Motorcycle Touring, Half, Hi-viz neon, or race helmets as well as the categories pulled in through sitelinks.

In the future, as Google aims to improve user experience, it seems very likely that Google will roll out a style snippet for organic results. If it does, you’ll already have PPC data to work with to know which Types or Styles convert the best for users interested in your products.

Increase your paid search real estate

While there are pros for both PPC and SEO with the new structured snippets, there is one aspect that makes organic SEO practitioners not so happy. With this additional line of structured snippets, paid search gains a new way to obtain more real estate in the SERPs, while simultaneously pushing organic results farther down the page.

Contact us Today if you want to get your Paid Search up to date in 2016.  Fill out the form on this page or give us a call!

Make 2016 The Year of Marketing Intelligence.
Understand what your marketing dollars are producing for you, identify waste & optimize your marketing efforts!

Here John Bracamontes discusses what Acumen Studio does and how we can help you generate greater visibility online, generate new customers and more revenue.

Digital Marketing
Digital Strategy
Content Marketing
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PPC / Pay Per Click / Paid Search
Social Media
Email Marketing
Analytics, Analysis and Inisghts

The Connected World, Now commonly known as the Internet of Things is a large and growing area of M&A.
M&A activity in the Internet of Things grew 45% from 2012 to 2013 and those numbers will continue to rise.

The Internet of Things is a web of physical objects and appliances that use the Internet to connect with other machines as well as the external environment.
Connected Home, Connected Auto, Connected Everything!

Check out the video below which speaks to Investor Activity in the space:

M&A Finance and the Internet of Things

Not only are VC’s in the IoT space, but Strategic Investors are also present, knowing that they need to be here now to capitalize on these massive opportunities later.

Check out more information on our Private Equity Marketing Services.

digitally connected financially minded baby boomers study

 

The Original Baby Boomers are a major force in Finance today.
They are the Decision Makers and they have the Money.

1. Financially-Minded Boomers are better plugged in to the internet and search than their younger counterparts (Gen X and Y) when it comes to making financial decisions.

2. Search Engines and Social Channels are highly used to compare and narrow financial choices.

3. Sponsored links and videos are effective media vehicles that connect with financially minded boomers.

These individuals are looking for resources online to help them make financial decisions and the presence of financial providers online gives those providers the ability to communicate the value of their services effectively as well as build credibility and trust.

Fill out the form below to download our full study with statistics on how they engage, where and why.

Download the Full Study on the Digitally Connected, Financially Minded Boomers

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Why would anyone follow Financial Brands on Twitter?
We have listed here a list of 10 Reasons why people do it.

1. They Like the Brand
2. To be notified of Offers or Promotions
3. Getting updated brand news
4. Learn about new products or services
5. They are current customers
6. To take part in competitions
7. To Tweet interesting content
8. To get something for free
9. Access to exclusive content
10. Give Brand Feedback

Thanks for reading! From the #1 Digital Marketing Agency for Financial Services

10 reasons people follow financial services brands on twitter

Branding for Private Equity Firms

In the past Private Equity firms had the option of worrying about their brand or not. Communication took place in an organic way through partner networks and personal connections. Results produced by the Private Equity firm could stand on their own, demonstrating the value and strength of a firm.

Today this is slowly fading away. A Private Equity firm is now virtually required to participate in building and growing it’s brand.
From the Name, Logo and Colors to the Voice of the firm and what sets it apart, all of these things are becoming more and more important to potential investors and business targets (not to mention consumers who voice their opinions about firms).

Listed here are some specific reasons that Private Equity Firms should care about Branding:

An increase in competition: There are more firms out there now due to growth in popularity of Private Equity. This is making it imperative to stand out and communicate efficiently an ever increasing number of firms in the US and Globally.

A maturing market: When it first began, Private Equity was new and sexy, but now that initial luster is over everyone is back to business. Investors were extremely eager to give their money over to firms in the early days, but now they are looking to invest with solid brands that ensure them with trust and performance.

Defining the offering: Private Equity as a term has been blurred for many investors and individuals. When so many things come to mind while speaking about private equity it is extremely important to define what it is a firm actually does, specializes in or does not do. The constituents and prospects need that clear distinction.

An increase in publicly documented commentary: In the past Private Equity firms did not need to worry about public scrutiny or even journalist comments. No one seemed to have anything bad to say. Then the media began to demonize practices within the industry and the public joined in. Social media has amplified the ability for investors, consumers, journalists and more to voice their opinions about firms or specific transactions. It is important to be there to control the message.

Regulatory changes: Recent regulatory changes in regards to general solicitation and advertising (the JOBS Act) has essentially told firms to start marketing & advertising and strengthen their brands. If one firm does not work on positioning themselves one way, it is most assuredly that their competitors are out their doing it.

Don’t get left behind and start Marketing your Private Equity Firm.

PPC for Private Equity

Private Equity has traditionally sourced deals through personal and professional networks, direct and referral. PPC (Pay Per Click) has not been used much in the industry.

Why hasn’t Private Equity used PPC?
The simple answer is they haven’t had to.
Now deals are becoming harder to source and competition has increased through the creation of many new PE firms.

How can Private Equity firms use Pay Per Click?
The search engines give you the ability to look inside at what people search.
We can identify search queries that are relevant to your firms offering.
“St. Louis Private Equity Firm”
“Investment Options to Grow my Business”

We can bid on terms like these and drive paid traffic to your firms website, where they can learn more about their options, contact you via email or call you by phone.

It really is that simple.
New Traffic = New Leads = Increased Deal Flow = More Closed Deals!

Knowing who to target
By matching search queries to intent we can identify what type of person is conducting the search.
A business owner, industry parter (Broker Dealer, Retail Bank, etc.) or a professional service provider (Advisor, Attorney, Accountatn, etc).
This is important because we can present the most meaningful information to them.

How else can this be used
Using search data, we can generate marketing or industry insights for your firm when considering a new business. This can be done industry wide or at the stage of feasibility.

PPC is a great tool within the entire spectrum of the Private Equity Digital Marketing suite.