Landing Page Optimization Tip: White Space Improves User Experience

Make sure there is white space in your landing page (optimization). This improves the user experience and makes your call to action stand out. White space (negative space) is any portion of a page that is left unmarked — the empty space on a page. In design terms, white space can be defined as the space between text, margins, columns, graphics, and any other page elements. White space increases readability, Improves focus, and again…enhances user experience.

Your call to action button (link) should be 20% larger than your logo (depending on the size of your logo). Place button at top of page (left). Web readers tend to track through content in a rough “F-shaped” pattern. So format important images flush left. Display the secondary action below the primary action. Make it obvious which button to click to complete an action. By using white space in your copy, you’re able to de-clutter the text, allowing the visitor to have a more enjoyable reading experience. Finding the right balance of your white space is key to converting website visitors into paying customers or new clients.

 

The Importance of Basic Content Marketing in 2021

Besides driving traffic to your company’s website, good sticky content reinforces your brand – The brand becomes a more noticeable name online as people share your content and start commenting on it, retweeting it, and helping it to build trust. These effects “gel” over time and you will see the website traffic increase, SEO benefits (rank higher on Google) and hopefully a conversion (website funnel strategy) in the end. Strong pieces of content can help you become more visible online, both on search engines and in social media. Your social media platforms are one of the best ways to connect and share content with your target audience.

Content creation success is measured many ways including:

– Spike in visitor traffic and page views on a specific content post.
– The number of Shares, Likes, Pins, ReTweets on Social Media.
– Media mentions and stories covering your business or firm.
– Website ranking (SERPs) increase.
– Conversions. Actual product sales or new clients (example: Financial Services).

If you lack the resources for generating content, outsource to an agency or freelancer for help. The basic purpose is to create content and try to post at least 2-3 times per week. Content is scalable and you can add as needed or when more resources become available. Content Marketing is important! Without it, you’re going to struggle to attract the attention you need to collect leads and convert them into sales or clients!

Basic Content Creation Strategy for Financial Advisors in 2021

Keep it simple but make sure its thorough! Content Strategy Answers the Question ‘Why’ You’re Publishing Content.

  1. Understand your firm and how it works. Clients and brand considerations. What do you specialize in? Retirement? Wealth Management? Trusts? Client demographics. The specialization (client persona demographics) will dictate the kind of content you should plan to generate.
  2. Collect data. Competitive analysis, Keywords, Customer (client) research.
  3. Audit your website. Google Analytics. Traffic data. Conversion and bounce rates, etc. SEO metrics.
  4. Prospect company’s key influencers and where your customers or potential live online. Do they live on Twitter? Facebook? Do you think they would gravitate to you via another platform such as YouTube if you made instructional financial videos? or maybe subscribing to a Podcast?
  5. Create useful, exceptional content (blog posts, landing pages, contact forms, eBooks, videos, infographics, case studies) according to steps 1-4. Rank them in importance and create content accordingly. Ensure that editorial standards are being followed. Make sure the content is compliant if you are a Financial Advisor. Pictures and videos should be high-resolution.
  6. Measure content performance. Google & Social Media Analytics. A/B testing, etc.

If you lack the resources for generating content, outsource to an agency or freelancer for help. Content strategy is the foundation on which successful content marketing is built. Content marketing is the journey towards success, content strategy is the blueprint that directs it.

Which Social Media Can Help SEO in 2021?

SEO is especially important in the inbound marketing world, which relies on potential customers finding you through their own research process — a process that often involves organic search. Social platforms have built-in search functions, and search engines like Google + Bing are starting to take your social presence (use of “social signals”) into account when delivering results

Adding a social media presence to your SEO / traffic strategy is key now. However, the relationship between Social Media and SEO is complicated. As a general rule, the more social media signals you generate, the “better” your prospects of ranking higher. Make sure your business has a Facebook page, Twitter account, and a LinkedIn page. Be consistent with all of them when posting content. Use the same announcements, content, pictures, branding, description, etc. Also, make sure your website is more shareable. Rock-on!

Financial Advisors: 6 critical metrics to measure business blog performance in 2021

  1. Measure Visitors. Traffic measures the number of people who visit your blog.
  2. Measure Leads. Measuring “leads” can be as easy as a vistor filling out a contact form. Set up a goal in Google Analytics. Goals in Google Analytics measure actions you want visitors to take after reading one of your blog posts. That might be signing up for your newsletter, or filling out a content form. Looking at how many people subscribe to your blog or newsletter provides a solid indicator of the quality of your content.
  3. Measure Social Media Shares, retweets, likes or clicks. Social media can be a key driver of short-term traffic. Keeping an eye on your social analytics can help you understand spikes in your shares and the impact of your shared blog content on your overall engagement rate.
  4. Average length of stay. The average length of stay on the blog post’s web page is a metric that gives you an indication of how compelling your blogging is to the reader.
  5. Page views per visit. Page views per visit is a metric that quantifies your success at encouraging multiple interactions.
  6. Inbound links. You need to get well respected, “authoritative” domains linking to your content. More inbound links occur when another website links back to your site. Inbound links is an indicator that your site has high-quality content, making these links one of the most important elements in search engine optimization (SEO).

What is your Brand’s Story? Are You Prepared to Capitalize on it?

The best way to get into the press is by having an amazing brand story. Once you figure out your Brand’s story, its time to dial-in the digital marketing aspect. Time to get some media attention. Start building relationships (example: Twitter) with Journalists before you need them. Distribute Press Releases. Create a website Resource Center for media. Write guest articles. Make Podcast appearances.

Now its time to capitalize on it! The next biggest thing you need to figure out is where your readers & visitors are going to go after hearing about your company (brand) product or services. The target should be company website or specific landing page. The focus should be on a conversion strategy and website funnel design. Ideally, this should be figured out and created BEFORE seeking media coverage. Once everything is in place and the website conversions play out out, its manifest destiny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive Website Traffic Home with Content

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My best advice for new website owners: Just write!

It doesn’t matter how much content. Long form or short micro form (1-3 quick sentences and a great image to go along with the article). Complete your thought process before publishing. Don’t over stuff it with keywords and spam. Just write good, quality, sticky content. Write ideas down on paper & pad when creativity  and new ideas hit you. You can always go back to the content you wrote down on paper and flesh them out when creating a blog post.

Content is king, especially when first starting out. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the SEO tricks and page optimization guidelines. Fresh content increases search engine rankings (SERPs) and traffic as well as getting quality links from other sites. If there’s not enough relevant content for your brand or business, it pretty much defeats the purpose of having a website in the first place.

Write the content first, grab a solid image that will go around the content theme. Once its up in “draft” mode and completed, pick the SEO low hanging fruit and edit:

    • Add a few keywords that sum up your article theme and target audience. Don’t spam keywords.
    • Make sure your images are catchy, contextual, and load fast.
    • Add basic Meta tags like Title Tag, and Meta Description Tag. You can go back and add more fine tune the other type of tags such as Meta Keywords Attribute, rel=”canonical” Link Tag, etc., when you get time.

The basic purpose is to create content and try to post at least 2-3 times per week. Keep iterating. Keep in mind that as you build this habit, the more easier it becomes as well as the quality of the article post. Once a new article post is published, make sure to “share” on on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Financial Advisors: Use Twitter’s Referral Traffic to Convert Prospects into Clients

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Twitter should be part of your firm’s marketing strategy. There are a tremendous number of potential clients out there on Twitter looking for Financial Advisor (advice) help. As social media continues to increase with financial advisor usage – Advisors are using platforms such as Twitter as a powerful tool in increasing traffic back to their respected website.

Twitter is a tremendous source of delivering traffic to your website and hopefully (with the help of a superb website funnel) will convert them into quality leads. Twitter is an attractive channel for Financial Advisors (see statistics below) to not only reach prospective clients, but to nurture relationships with existing clients as well.

    • Around one-in-five U.S. adults (22%) say they use Twitter
    • According to 90% of marketers, their social media (Twitter included) marketing efforts have increased the exposure of their business, and 75% say they’ve increased traffic.

Dedicate a small portion of your day on Twitter promoting your firm’s original content as well as engage with users looking for financial advice. If your busy with current clients and have no time for social media marketing, hire a freelancer that specialized in FINRA & SEC compliant best practices.

9 Real Time Social Media Tracking Tools for 2021

Social Media monitoring is crucial to your marketing campaign. These tools will help your business or service keep track of every conversation, keyword, and hashtag related to your accounts. You can also use the data to look at trends and insights. Will help you “iterate” and dial-in your Social Media marketing efforts.

SocialMention. A social media search and analysis platform that aggregates user-generated content into a single stream. Track and measure what people are saying about you, your company, your product, service or any topic in real-time.

Mention. Listen and make sense of posts across social media. Uncover trends in conversation, filter and analyze data from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Pin-point important conversations. Easily monitor sources across the web daily, including press articles, review sites, forums, and blogs.

Google Alerts. Monitor the web for interesting new content. How often. As-it-happens. At most once a day. At most once a week. Sources. Automatic. News. Blogs. Web. Video.

Social Mention. Social media search engine with Real-time social media search and analysis.

Buzzsumo. A tool for content research, and also monitor your Facebook pages. What day is the best to post, how long your posts should be, what types of content works best, and monthly stats over time.

Keyhole. Hashtag Tracking tool to measure your social campaigns in real-time. You can also create reports on-demand.

Unbox Social. All-in-one data-driven influencer marketing platform to discover, evaluate & track campaigns at scale. You can also compare hashtag performance to see how well your brand hashtags are being received by your target audiences.

SparkToro. Instantly discover what your audience reads, watches, listens-to, and follows. Discover the websites, blogs, podcasts, social accounts, and publications that reach your audience.

 

Video Marketing Success For Financial Advisors

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Video Marketing is really intriguing to me. From watching countless of Financial Advisor videos, the delivery & production can be really good or really bad.

Video is an incredible tool to market your Financial Service if done right. Good sticky video content can increase brand awareness, website visit lengths (time-on site), lead generation, as well as compliment your YouTube channel. Video is the perfect type of content to share across social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Sharing will maximize the most coverage.

A speaker’s charism must be “trust worthy” and compelling. The trust part is crucial if you want me to buy a product or gain a new financial service client. It really depends upon the charisma aspect, production quality and the actual subject. Video marketing is a powerful lead generation tool when done well.

Before looking into Video marketing, think about the ROI first.

    • Time resource to make the actual video
    • Produce the videos in-house? or do you outsource to a production firm?
    • Costs of production (fly out a small team from a production firm or use a remote solution). Costs can also include equipment, script writing, etc.

Basic video success for Financial Advisors depends on the following:

    1. Length (1-5 mins).
    2. Production quality (high-resolution). When it comes to shooting and distributing your videos, it’s important to know about image resolution.
    3. Subject. Financial subjects include Medicare, Retirement, Social Security, Investing, Wealth Management, Personal Finance, etc. If the script is great and spot-on, the more clicks and visitors traffic back to the website = potential new client leads.
    4. Speakers charisma. Charismatic people are confident and need help establish trust for the video to interest potential clients.

Remote Video Creation solutions such as OpenReel & Vidyard offer great ways to add video into your emails & website. These services can film from anywhere remotely on a user’s computer or smartphone. Upload your compliant financial advisor videos and drive engagement and lead generation on all channels (website, social media, YouTube, email).

Upload the videos onto your website as well as YouTube channel. You can even host it on Vimeo where you can publish videos to any channel, customize the player and add powerful marketing tools to bump up engagement.

Most important – Be authentic, know your client “persona” target and provide FINRA & SEC compliant original video content. Focus on your financial service specialty!