3 Attention-Grabbing Content Marketing Tips to Be Thankful For

3 Attention-Grabbing Content Marketing Tips to Be Thankful For

We all know the problem: your readers are busy and their attention is hard to grab. People are multi-tasking, checking email on mobile devices, and powering through busy workdays. What is the savvy marketer to do? Here are three tips to help. 1. Keep it Classy Write relevant, quality content, and your readers are sure to respond. It may be easier said than done. However, when you take a close look at what your readers need to know, and respond by providing them with that information, you deliver on their needs. This cultivates brand awareness and helps generate leads. To get an understanding of what your clients really want to read, interview them. Select several key clients and ask them what kind of information they would like to be receiving from your firm. Conversations with your clients may help you brainstorm multiple topics from a single point. This type of direct client feedback is a valuable asset to your content marketing. 2. Invite Friends Guest blog post or newsletter articles from business partners can provide you with thought leadership pieces that your team won’t need to write. This is often a simple strategy because guest writers are often thrilled for marketing opportunities that help them get in front of new audiences. Often, these collaborations also open up opportunities for reciprocity, allowing you to reach new markets as well. Guest contributors offering meaty content can grab your readers’ attention. Think about your connections from conferences, industry events, trade shows, seminars and community events. Even your clients and ancillary service partners may make ideal contributors to your content marketing calendar. 3. Style...
We Had a Great Time in New Orleans at the 2018 Apex Conference

We Had a Great Time in New Orleans at the 2018 Apex Conference

We had such a great time in the Big Easy during the Apex Conference last week! Here’s a recap of our fun highlights from the event. This year’s Apex Users’ Conference had an excellent line-up of industry knowledge sessions with plenty of tips to help payroll providers sell more services and grow their business. After networking at the event, it was time to hit Bourbon Street and celebrate the New Orleans experience with other conference attendees. Here are some fun photos from our time in the Big Easy: Thank you to Apex HCM for putting on such a spectacular user group event! For those of you who stopped by our booth during the conference, thank you for joining us. If you missed us during this year’s event and you’d like to get a look at what the IndustryNewsletters platform can do for you, be sure to >> BOOK A MEETING NOW. We’ll show you how we can help you utilize email marketing to keep your ancillary services top of mind, access unlimited monthly email distribution, get warm leads from prospects delivered right to you, create automated launch schedules to maintain consistent communications, monitor your success with metrics and reporting, and more. Looking forward to the 2019 Apex...
3 Tips for Attracting and Managing New Leads

3 Tips for Attracting and Managing New Leads

If your company’s leads are being be generated largely by word of mouth and referral source connections, this may mean your strategy is only a passive effort. Implementing a solid plan behind your initiatives can help lead generation efforts gain momentum. Here are three digital marketing strategies that will help you consistently generate new business. 1. Nurture Your website, blog, email campaigns and social media marketing all work together to nurture your clients, prospects and referral sources. These access points help interested onlookers find you and give “tire-kickers” a feel for the benefits of connecting with your business. Take the following steps to move prospects from cold to qualified: Provide relevant and engaging content to your clients and prospects Amplify your content by allowing multiple access points to that content through your website resources, email and social media channels Include calls to action in your messaging Maintain consistent communications to create repetitive touch points Experiment with a fresh approach as needed – be willing to try something new 2. Monitor Set notifications that alert you when prospects click through on content that has a direct tie-in to your products and services. You will also need to keep an eye on the data being captured in your online marketing platforms’ reporting tools. If you don’t monitor the metrics behind your marketing efforts, you’ll never know who is responding to your messaging. You’ll also miss out on determining which content is garnering the most interest. Metrics and reporting pull double-duty by helping you connect with nurtured clients and prospects while also giving you a feel for what’s resonating with your audience....
Is This Your Situation? “I Need More Staff Contributions for My Content Marketing…”

Is This Your Situation? “I Need More Staff Contributions for My Content Marketing…”

Content is powerful. Good content provides information for your readers and leads for your firm. When you integrate effective content strategies into your digital marketing, you’ll always know when one of your readers is interested in learning more about your firm and your services. However, it can be difficult to create content strategies that last. Good content should always: Keep your clients and prospects up to date on key issues Help drive traffic to your website Help boost SEO rank when you incorporate relevant, keyword-rich articles Generate new leads, and help mine additional engagements from existing clients At your firm, billable time may be an issue with your professional staff, and it might also be difficult to consistently get staff involved in producing engaging content. There are challenges associated with creating original content. It’s hard to find the time, there’s an effort behind creating good content, and a-la-carte outsourced articles can get expensive. However, there are ways to overcome the obstacles of time, money and effort. Get Buy-in from Your Management Team – Develop a support system within your company’s leadership. Develop Internal Accountability & Rewards – Writing responsibilities can become a burden without support, accountability and incentives. Keep your content production objectives fun and interesting by offering a reward system for those who contribute to your efforts. Efficiently Manage Your Resources – Leverage content that may be available through your memberships with various associations or organizations. You may also supplement launches with curated content, or purchase additional content to augment content submitted by your professional staff contributions. Maximize Time Management – Make sure professional staff is contributing to your...
Tips & Tricks for Inspired Marketing Articles

Tips & Tricks for Inspired Marketing Articles

What will fill your marketing editorial calendar in the months ahead? It can be daunting to lay out writing assignments for your marketing efforts, but it does not have to be. With a bit of forethought and planning, you can tap into writing inspiration on a regular basis. Who are you writing for? Your first step should always be to consider your audience. To really craft meaningful lead-generating content, you need to develop buyer personas. Lay out focused profiles of your target market audiences, and keep these personas in mind while crafting content. The goal is to keep your readers’ needs in mind while also keeping your firm’s growth goals in mind when you’re writing marketing content. What are your goals? Map out a hierarchy of what is most important to your firm when it comes to lead generation. Looking to generate more leads and grow your firm? Seeking to improve client retention and nurture relationships? Attempting to create more repeat business with existing clients?  Want to stand out in a competitive marketplace? Growing a base of brand evangelists? Why are you writing in the first place? Lead generation is the main purpose of your marketing content. It is important to consider your goals so you may begin building lead-generating content that has a pain/gain approach. Your articles should shine a light on your readers’ needs and provide a path toward solving pain points. Think about how your services or products could tie into an article and offer an obvious connection back to your firm for help. Focus on providing just enough relevant advice to give your prospects the confidence that...