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How to win business in a recession

It’s no secret to anyone that the economy has been in a tough spot the last few years and it’s been tough for both consumers and business owners alike. Let us help you gain confidence and show you how to win business in a recession.

 

One of the first things our minds shift to in a pre or post recession economy is cutting extra costs. That could be from things like overhead, small business expenses that add up and even marketing costs. 

 

The thought process makes sense. You see a decline in sales and revenue so you immediately start to cut discretionary expenses like marketing. 

 

What’s interesting though is that research shows that marketers who cut their media spend risk losing up to 15% of their business. McGraw Hill did a study of companies during previous recessions and found that companies who continue to advertise during a 2 year recession saw 256% higher sales than their counterparts who saw virtually 0% growth. 

 

Why is that? Because your competitors aren’t cutting marketing and advertising costs so they get your business. 

 

It’s easy to think in the short term and just start cutting costs that you might consider to be luxury, but the reality is 55% of advertising is digital. And the ROI for email marketing alone is $36 returned for every $1 spent. 

 

These are numbers you want to capitalize on! How can you do that? Great question! 

 

The only way to get through a recession and prosper is to invest in your brand and your relationships with your customers. Why? Because if you don’t, it will undermine your growth. 

 

More than 60% of brands that increased their media spend during the last recession saw ROI improvements! 

 

Why? Because you’re keeping your brand at the forefront of your consumers’ minds, setting you up for success when the economy rebounds. The worst thing you could do is fall off the face of the earth to your consumers, then when the time comes for them to invest in your industry again, they’ve chosen to go with someone else who invested in their marketing during the lonely months. 

 

So, have we shown you the importance yet of why you want to keep that marketing budget in tact? 

 

Spectruss offers 8 different services that you can invest in on an a la carte basis to fit your specific needs. Let’s say, for example, you have a killer website, but you really need help with google ads, social media ads and daily management of those things. We can help!

 

Or maybe you have a great digital marketing employee, but they don’t know how to build a website that will increase your business. We can help with that too! You can have a custom website built and live in as little as 4 weeks. 

 

We want to make sure that you not only survive during a recession, but thrive. Contact us to get your marketing and advertising plan started today!

 

Sources: 

https://www.marketingdive.com/news/marketers-increase-media-spend-recession-gain-ROI/628712/

https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2022/04/19/digital-marketing-statistics

https://www.wearemiq.com/blog/advertising-during-a-recession/ 

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Business Design Digital Marketing eCommerce Marketing

Why Do I Need Digital Advertising?

Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “digital advertising”. Chances are you fall on one side of the spectrum about that topic: you understand it or you’ve just heard about it and don’t really know where to start. Hopefully by the end of this, you’ll understand why Digital Advertising is vital to your business.  

Digital advertising is a way to get your message out across multiple different digital platforms where your consumers spend most of their time. Some platforms that digital advertising are most effective on are Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google. Did you know that there are almost 3 billion users on Facebook? That’s more than a third of the world so that’s a great place to start digital advertising. 

What is digital advertising? 

In its simplest form, it’s creating a campaign (or ad) on one of the platforms mentioned above highlighting your product or service to potential customers with the goal being to entice them to buy your product or visit your website to learn more. 

A way to make that the most effective it can be is to put money behind those ads while targeting your specific audience. The truth is we live in a world where the market is oversaturated with messaging. So, with that in mind, we want to make sure your message gets out to the right audience so that the money you spend is actually providing results. 

The magic of digital marketing is finding your customer before they find you.

Why is it important? 

The nature of business is that you need a steady stream of customers coming in to keep your business alive and thriving. That means you need more sales, more website traffic, more leads, more brand awareness, more digital presence. 

Digital advertising is a fun and creative way to get that stream of customers coming in. It’s like you’re leaving a breadcrumb for them everytime they see an ad and each breadcrumb will ultimately lead them to make a purchase. 

It’s important to craft the perfect ad buy strategy when thinking about your business. This is where Spectruss comes in. 

How can Spectruss help? 

Glad you asked! We’ve done digital marketing for some amazing brands including: Royal Highnies, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, Brewski, the Chattanooga Choo Choo, RefinedLooks Plastic Surgery & Spa and Liberty Safe. 

The Mount Everest of goals when it comes to digital advertising is having a viral hit. Well, with Liberty Safe, we climbed the proverbial Mount Everest. In 2016 they approached Spectruss with a problem – Facebook announced they were banning all advertisements that included firearms. For Liberty Safe, a national gun safe company, this presented a challenge for ad buys. 

We had to think fast. Working around the parameters was a challenge, but we creatively censored a way to bypass Facebook’s ban resulting in a massive viral hit with over 6 million global views. The numbers on this ad were: 6+ million views, 35k+ shares, 10k+ engagements. 

We bring a lot of expertise to this area and we believe digital advertising can be the catalyst for your business to soar. 

How do I get started? 

The first step is a Zoom discovery session where we will go over your goals and start laying out a strategy for your ad buys. We’ll talk about budget, design, messaging, timing, correct platforms to use, and more. After we design your ads and you approve them, we can get the ads running inside of one week! 

What will this cost me? 

Well for starters, for every $1 spent on paid advertising $2 is returned. This is crucial for your business with that kind of ROI (return on investment). The pricing will vary based on the agency’s work and the ad buy itself. 

The ad buy depends on the campaign itself, what platform is going to be used, the size and audience, etc. An example package starts at $1,000 and can include: Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, Linkedln Ads and YouTube Ads. We offer payment plans and financing as well. 

Here at Spectruss we believe in transparency. You will always know exactly what was spent, where it was spent and what the ROI was. We provide clear reporting and use hard numbers and data for our digital advertising campaigns. 

So, are you ready to start advertising your business online?

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Design Digital Marketing eCommerce Marketing

Why do I need a custom website?

In the world of web design your homepage is like a firm handshake the first time you meet someone. It’s important. It tells a lot about you without you having to “say” anything.

Building a strong online presence builds trust with your consumer. They feel like they get a glimpse into who you are as a company and what you have to offer them. A strong web presence also builds your credibility. There’s nothing more sketchy than wanting to check out a product someone offers before you make a purchase only to find they don’t have a website… or a good website. Did you know that 75% of consumers decide the credibility of a business solely based on their website? Wow! 

BRAND AWARENESS

Having a great website also helps build brand awareness. You want people to know who you are and what you can offer them without you having to spell it out everytime. Everytime they look at your logo, that leaves an imprint on their minds, so it’s imperative that your website is able to back up your brand and help solidify who you are to build consistency across the digital world.

Something else that your website is great for is what we call conversions. In the marketing world, a conversion is the moment that a potential customer takes a desired action previously decided by you. An example would be signing up for a newsletter or making an online purchase. The overall fluidity and design of your website are the most important steps to get conversions. 

This is where Spectruss comes in. Here at Spectruss we believe that first impressions can make or break a business which is why we provide web design as a service for an affordable rate and in a timely manner to ensure all your needs are met. After all, you can’t make a second first impression.

FINANCING YOUR CUSTOM WEBSITE

You can have a new custom website built in as little as 4 weeks AND we offer financing. In a post-covid world, cash flow can be hard to manage so you can choose between a 6 or 12 month plan to pay for your custom website. 

We don’t just build websites that are aesthetically pleasing, we care about the content. We care about giving you a competitive advantage in your industry which is why we strategize with you about what to say, the flow of your website, and how your custom website is going to aid in making your business the most successful it can be. 

Why do I need a custom website?

WHAT HAPPENS NOW 

So, let’s say you’ve recognized the need for our web design service and you’re interested in financing with us, the first step is a Zoom discovery session. In this first call, we’ll chat about what your goals are for the site and establish a strategy that will provide you with results. 

After this, the fun begins! We work with our specialized team to design the look of your website in Photoshop. Once we have your website checking all the design boxes, we give it to our programmers for them to begin making your website compatible for all screen sizes. Since most online traffic comes from mobile devices, it’s important your mobile site offers the same experience as the desktop version. 

So what happens to your website after it goes live? It’s all yours! You have total control of what happens to it. We will show you how to access the site through one of our hosting partners and then from that point we can be as hands on – or off – as you’d like.

If the digital world is still a little overwhelming to you, we offer ongoing support and maintenance packages after your website is live. What does that mean? That means anytime you have an update to the site, we take care of it for you. 

Spectruss boasts 10+ years of expertise in website design and development, so we’d be happy to help you maintain your website. 

LET’S DO THIS

If all this is getting you really excited to build your new site – we totally get it! We recommend scheduling a free consultation with us where we can go over those goals and strategy we talked about earlier, and you’ll also receive a quote

Web design is just one of the 8 services we provide on an a la carte basis, but it’s a great place to start! 

 

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Marketing Uncategorized

Marketing To Gen Z

Are you stumped on how to reach 20% of the population? A.K.A Gen Z. Media savvy and always on their phone, let’s talk about marketing to Gen Z. 

 

Don’t be boring.

That’s right. The old TV commercial tactics are not going to reach them. Quite frankly, they sniff out any content that is not “genuine”. Speaking of boring- they don’t have a long attention span. It’s better to give them tid bits of content at a time, and grab their attention as soon as the camera starts rolling.

 

Important Notes

  • TrustworthinessGen Z wants to know what your brand stands for. Think about your beliefs and values (environmentally friendly, charities you support, etc.) Know who you are and what your company stands for. Boldly remind your audience of these things.
  • Influencers– Gen Z is more likely to listen to their favorite influencers than celebrities. Invest your ad dollars into an influencer and incorporate them into your next campaign. 

 

Need help marketing to Gen Z? Contact us today!

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eCommerce Events Marketing

Boost Sales With Live Streaming

Did you know that people spend 3x longer watching live videos that they do watching pre-recorded videos? Boost sales with live streaming on Facebook and Instagram. Going live is a great way for marketing your business online and promoting your brand’s awareness. Whether it be a new product launch or a surprise sale, people love to shop with you online! 

Boost Sales With Live Streaming

Let’s say your business sells something other than clothing or accessories. If you sell electronics or musical instruments, your audience will more than likely need an in-depth tutorial on how to use the product. This is a great time to do a deep dive into the functionalities on your item of choice. By doing this, your customer also has the opportunity to ask questions on your live- further enhancing your engagement rate. 

 

Other Ways To Promote Live Streaming

Going live doesn’t always have to be about sales. Let’s continue with the idea that you sell guitars. Go live and show your customers how to nail the perfect guitar riff that can be difficult for some. When you take the time to educate your customers, instead of just selling to them, they take notice! 

 

The concept of live streaming on social media can also be used for events. Maybe you have a wedding venue or are a wedding planner. Live streaming a behind the scenes look of an actual wedding day can be very beneficial to your business. 

 

Remember, just because these videos are “live” doesn’t mean that you can’t use them as marketing materials in the future. You can download and save your live and use snippets of your film in the future. A win-win! 

 

How to go live on your mobile device on Facebook: Click here. 

Need further help promoting your business? We build stronger brands. Click here to contact us today!

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Business Marketing

Get Rid Of Spam Accounts On Your Business Page

It’s time to spring clean! Get rid of spam accounts that follow your page, and make room for REAL followers who actually want to view your content. Fake accounts do not interact with your posts consistently, which hurts your engagement rate, and we all know the algorithm doesn’t like that. Keep reading for tips on how to get rid of spam accounts on your business page. 

 

Manually Remove Bots:

Okay, I know it doesn’t sound fun, but you will need to manually remove bots from your follower list. Don’t download any software to do this for you. Take 5-10 minutes a day and go through your follower list. Does their profile image look suspicious? Click on it and review their profile. If you expect they’re a bot, remove them from your account.

 

How To Remove A Bot:

  • Go to your followers list
  • Click the three dots beside their name
  • Click “Remove”

 

Warning Signs: Could This Be A Bot?

If you expect the account is fake, then it probably is. Here’s a few signs that could indicate your follower is fake:

  • No profile picture
  • They follow a lot of accounts, but have little to no followers
  • Their bio is straight up weird & doesn’t make sense
  • They are from another country and do not speak your native language 
  • They have no posts, or only a few from a long time ago
  • Images look fake or are someone else’s

View Instagram’s article on how to get rid of spam accounts on your business page: https://help.instagram.com/413012278753813

Need Social Media Management? We are here to help! Contact us here: https://spectruss.com/contact/

 

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Business Marketing

Budgeting Your Business For The New Year

January 1- it’s the perfect time of year to implement your business’ new year budget. We recommend to start thinking about this ahead of the New Year. Early December is the perfect time to sit down and put some thought into your budgeting needs. Below are three tips that you may have not thought of before.

 

  • Ask your employee’s their needs

That’s right. See if they are in need of any new supplies. If your printer is on its last leg, think about incorporating that cost into your new budget. What a great Christmas present for your employees. We all want to be thought of.

  • Plan for the “oopsies”

This one is pretty simple but most people do not implement this concept into their budget. You never know when a camera can break, or you need to call pest control because Sharon keeps leaving her food out.

  • The slow months 

Most businesses have slow months. It’s a normal part of the sales cycle, but this is a great time to utilize a new marketing campaign. Think about your ad dollars here. 

 

Want more tips on this subject? Let us know and we will do a part two! 

Contact us here for further advise on how to implement your business’ new year budget.

@spectrussllc

 

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Digital Marketing Marketing

Improve Your Reach With Search Engine Images

Chances are if you have a business, you have it registered on Google and Bing. Did you know that you can upload photos to your business page on these search engines? Choose pictures that showcase your business and add in the keywords that would better help your future customers to find your image. Improve your reach with search engine images. Let’s get started!

 

Here are a few photo categories that you should consider uploading:

 

 

  • Pictures of your business
People want to see the inside and outside of your building! Don’t forget the parking area. 

 

  • Your staff
Mix in a few smiling faces of your staff. Show that you are friendly and welcoming!

 

  • Your business logo
Someone could have seen a vehicle or billboard with your logo. If they are searching for you, this will be an easy way to prove who you are!

 

  • Your products or services
Products: Show them what you sell! Many times when people are shopping, they will simply search for the item on Google. If you sell gym equipment, upload a photo of a basketball goal with the EXACT title of gym goal. 

 

Example: The E715 Adjustable Basketball Goal. Be sure to use the exact title with any supporting keywords such as the color, etc. 

 

Services: If you have a Heating and Air business, show your employees performing these services. Ideas include changing out an AC unit, duct work, etc.

 

Adding photos to your Google or Bing profile is extremely helpful and easy! By doing this, you will improve your image SEO and land more customers. Try this easy tip today!

Find tips directly from Google here.

Need additional help? Contact us today!

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Business Design Marketing

Tips On Designing Your Billboard

Are you looking to advertise your business on a billboard? Good idea, it’s reported that over 70% of drivers look at billboard advertisements while driving. That’s a lot of eyes on your ad! Let us give you some tips on designing your billboard. We’re pros at this!

 

Here’s a few beginner’s tips to think about:

 

Keep Your Design Simple

You only have 5-10 seconds to capture your viewer’s attention. If your ad is busy and overcrowded, they will not know where to look. Don’t let your design overpower your brand’s messaging- keep it short and to the point!

 

Your Billboard Colors

Contrasting colors are key to a great billboard. If a billboard has colors that are similar and competing beside one another, they will “wash out” and be hard to view from a distance. For digital billboards, remember to use RGB colors that are bright and bold. 

 

Incorporate Your Business Branding

The ad should tie in to your brand. Don’t forget to add your business logo, URL, or social media handle. To note, you do not need to do all three. Depending on your ad, how long your URL is, etc. will depend on what you should put on your billboard. If you need further help with your billboard advertising, contact Spectruss today!

Trying to find available billboards near you? Insert your zip code here to find your next advertising location!

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Business Digital Marketing Marketing

Cultivate Your Blog Strategy

Ah, what to blog about? The task can seem daunting to some. Let’s cultivate your blog strategy and start driving more traffic to your site!

To start, let’s view this like we would a business plan. Think about your niche and what your business has to offer. You will want to write blog topics that go hand-in-hand with your business. Random topics that have nothing to do with your line of work should be avoided.

 

Let’s say you are a General Contractor. You will need to write about topics that go along with your trade. Here are some ideas:

  • What To Look For When Selecting a General Contractor
  • Five Crucial Things To Consider When Selecting A House Plan
  • The Best Time To Start Building Your Dream Home

 

Do Some Research!

See what your local and national competitors are writing about. It is important to research both as your local competitors are who you are challenged by on a daily basis. National leaders can help paint a bigger picture- it’s always important to aim high with your goals!

 

Implement SEO

This is a biggie. Without good SEO, your blog will not reach your intended audience. It’s ok if this is over your head. You can always hire help!

 

Add Visuals

Break up your text with engaging visuals. Bonus points if this is your own imagery! Stock photos are acceptable, but your viewers want to see the real, raw content!

 

Scheduling Your Blog

If you are just starting out, plan to write two blog posts a month. Once every other week is perfectly fine and will give you adequate time to write an exceptional blog post!

Some find in hard to get good imagery for their blog, especially when starting out.  Find free blog images here.

Needing further help? Contact us today!