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5 Digital Marketing Tips For Growing Your Website in 2017

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5 Digital Marketing Tips For Growing Your Website in 2017

If you are managing your own small business or have a hobby that you are thinking of making money from then you will know that you can’t get far in life without the help of a fully functioning website. Traditional marketing alone is no longer a viable option to succeed in business and your time and effort should be focused on reaching your customers directly through a digital marketing platform, such as a website or a blog.

Digital Marketing Fundamentals

Online business statistics show that 81% of shoppers conduct online research before making big purchases. If your website is easy to find and navigate through it makes for a more comfortable user experience. Furthermore, understanding how to set your website apart can make the difference between a customer clicking off and making a purchase, or recommending your website to a friend. One thing we can all agree on is the sheer volume of advice out there for how to grow your digital marketing strategy can be overwhelming so let’s start by breaking down the fundamentals into five categories.

  • Carry out website audits
  • Develop a structured roadmap
  • Create high-quality content
  • Go mobile
  • Monitor and analyse results

Carrying Out Website Audits

Let’s assume you have created your website and it has been up and running for several months. Regardless of how well you perceive the platform to be performing, there is always a possibility that a certain aspect can be improved upon, either to solve a problem that’s holding you back or enhancing a feature that could be working harder for you.

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The first type of audit you will need to conduct is to assess the technical makeup of your website. Typically this exercise should be handled by a web developer or SEO specialist who will have an eye for knowing which parts of your website to check.

The second type of audit is for the content you are writing, short and long form. Again, this is best handled by a copywriter or editor, although if you possess high-caliber writing skills then you may wish to take this on yourself. Guides for conducting a content audit vary in format, and there are plenty to be inspired by online.

Developing A Structured Roadmap

The outcome of both the technical and content audits will make you more aware of the scope of the tasks you have ahead of you, which will form a large part of your digital strategy for improving the visibility and potency of your website. Use a method of sorting tasks by type, priority, duration, and resources needed. By focusing on the details of each task and then scheduling it in, you will begin to build out a roadmap both you and other colleagues can follow. Editorial calendars and task templates are useful guides to work with.

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Creating High-Quality Content

Google loves content, there’s no denying that. These days only the better quality content gets the most attention. There are different types of content for different objectives so understand the significance of all written, visual and multimedia content material that you want to work with for growing your website. Some examples can include:

Data visualisationdata-rich content is heavily referenced by external sites, which can allow you to become a trusted source of authority

Video and photo galleriesmultimedia content can attract new users and generate higher engagement and conversion rates

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Social media – extend your online presence by publishing content on popular social channels, allowing for a new source of traffic and customer engagement.

Going Mobile

Whilst it is true that the uptake of internet use via mobile devices is more rapid than desktop usage, there should always be a dual focus on each type of device when upgrading your website. Nevertheless, mobile is something that many business and website owners neglect and this comes at a huge cost now that Google is adamant about penalising websites that aren’t mobile-friendly. Stay one step ahead and incorporate mobile website changes into your roadmap and digital strategy.

Monitoring And Analysing Results

Google Analytics is one of the best tools out there for checking in to see how well the pages of your website perform and what kind of effect they are having on your website’s overall growth. If you haven’t setup Google Analytics, then pause your current actions until this is in place. Conduct daily and weekly checks and learn to understand the value of each type of page in order to continue with or change course for how you go about expanding your website platform. Key metrics you may want to keep a close eye on are the number of sessions, bounce rate per page, page conversion rate, and time on site.

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I hope you find these digital marketing strategy tips to be beneficial for your individual circumstances. Remember, building and maintaining a website or blog is a journey. Stick with it, learn from your experiences, and share your knowledge with others!

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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