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Business eCommerce Marketing

Marketing in the Covid-19 Age

To say that 2020 is a unique time for businesses around the world is an understatement. There is no playbook for a health crisis such as COVID-19. This global pandemic has significantly altered consumer behavior and attitudes, ultimately changing the way people interact with your brand, find your site, and access your products. The ever-changing cultural window of COVID-19 is requiring brands to create at significant speeds just to keep their content relevant to the consumer.

Challenging times like these require marketers to be extremely nimble and develop an actionable plan to optimize business performance. This is where smaller, more agile agencies such as Spectruss have the upper hand. At Spectruss, we have the ability to quickly pivot in our marketing strategies to help businesses adapt in changing circumstances. By closely monitoring data, our team can test, learn, and adjust in real time to ensure your brand messaging remains relevant and your advertising efforts are correctly allocated.

As a marketing agency who has worked closely with brands during this time, we have found that businesses who quickly adapt their messaging, digital, and e-commerce strategies set themselves up for success. During this time of social distancing, our team implemented new digital solutions for our clients, allowing them to continue to serve their targeted audience in a unique way.

Social Media Campaigns

With the stay at home order sweeping the nation, cosmetic surgeons and medical spas were drastically affected, as they rely on face-to-face consultations with patients. For one of our clients, Refine Aesthetic Studio, we launched a social media campaign that offered virtual consultations for their clients. Utilizing digital technology gave the studio the ability to continue to help their patients, even with their office doors temporarily closed.

E-commerce

As consumers stay home and shift their shopping habits towards online, it was imperative to quickly provide an e-commerce solution for our client, The Furniture Shoppe, a high-end furniture store in the Chattanooga area. Our team took immediate action towards building a beautiful, functional e-commerce website which significantly increased the store’s online presence. This not only gave our client a solution to continue sales during the lockdown, but also created a platform that would maximize their revenue intake for years to come.

During this constantly evolving time of consumer behavior, it is imperative for businesses to quickly adapt. While we all hope that things go back to “normal” soon, companies must be prepared for the lasting impact on the consumer landscape. Brand messaging, digital, and product strategy may need to significantly evolve in the post-COVID-19 age.

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Digital Marketing eCommerce

The Key to Building a Profitable Ecommerce Website

The future of e-commerce is booming. In fact, e-commerce sales are forecasted to increase from 15% in 2020 to 25% in 2025. If you’ve been considering starting an e-commerce business, now is the time!

When it comes to building an online store, there are many important factors you must consider to ensure you are creating the best performing e-commerce website for your business.

In the video below, Spectruss showcases the key elements necessary for an outstanding, profitable e-commerce website.

Excited to start your e-commerce business yet?? We sure are. Read below to learn more about how you can make sure your e-commerce website is a success!

Platforms

The platform your ecommerce store is built on serves as the foundation for your business. In order to maximize your online success, it is crucial to choose a platform that best represents your overall business goals. We highly recommend building your e-commerce store with either Woo-Commerce or Shopify, depending on your unique business needs.

WooCommerce uniquely offers the capability to build on top of WordPress – which accounts for 60% of all content management systems. It also offers complete website control, source code ownership, and customization options that other platforms simply do not have. With over 3.8 million companies using the WooCommerce platform, it’s clear that this is the preferred choice.

For companies looking for a more affordable option, Shopify is the recommended platform. Businesses using Shopify are limited to the platform’s themes, plugins, credit card processing system, and hosting fees. Despite the limitations, this platform remains a good option for budget-friendly businesses looking to launch a store quickly.

Fully Responsive

Fully responsive means your site works seamlessly across all screen sizes, such as mobile, tablet and desktop. With over 50% of online transactions taking place on mobile devices, it’s crucial that your e-commerce store is optimized for mobile! Utilizing responsive design ensures that your customers will have a smooth user experience from start to finish, no matter which device they are shopping on.

Product Photography

Eye-catching, beautiful product photography is crucial for showcasing your merchandise online and grabbing the attention of your potential customers. The right lighting, positioning, and brand language makes all the difference!

PCI Compliance

Implementing PCI compliance on your ecommerce site ensures that all credit card transactions are secure. This alleviates you of any potential liability and builds trustworthiness with your potential customers.

Analytics

Gathering data from your website is extremely useful for increasing your online sales. As you begin driving traffic to your new site, it’s critical that you have proper analytics set up to help you understand your customers’ behavior. Measuring this data will help adjust the way you advertise, maximizing your your user traffic and online sales. If you don’t have tracking tools properly set up, you could miss out on huge business growth opportunity.

Ready to get started with an AWESOME e-commerce website? Our team at Spectruss would love to help!

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Business eCommerce Marketing

Why Web Analytics are Crucial for a Successful Business (Video)

A strong online presence is crucial for the growth and success of your business. So how do you ensure your website is performing at its best and you are getting the best possible ROI on your digital marketing efforts? It all starts with web analytics.

Tune in to the video below as CEO of Spectruss, Sam Silvey, discusses the importance of website analytics, the key data to focus on, and how you can use it to prove a return on investment for your business.

The Best Platforms to Use

Over 55% of the top 10,000 websites in the world use Google Analytics, making it the most highly recommended data measurement platform for businesses today. Not only is Google Analytics free to use, but it also gives your company the ability to analyze in-depth details about the visitors on your website.

In addition to Google Analytics, HubSpot is another extremely useful analytics tool that manages tracking codes to collect important website user data. By bringing all your Google Analytics and HubSpot data together, you can analyze and report across the entire customer journey, ultimately allowing you to devise a successful strategy for your business.

Know the goal for your website

As mentioned in the video, the goal for your company website is to direct traffic towards your call-to-action, whether that be filling out a contact form, buying a product, or clicking a phone number. Once you have a clear call-to-action for your website, your company can then move towards maximizing conversions.

After you have identified your call-to-action for your website, you must then discern how much that conversion is worth to your company. Known as a conversion value, assigning a numerical value to specific conversions is crucial for determining their impact on your business. This gives you the clarity to optimize and make decisions based on real ROI data.

Understand your website traffic

Monitoring the traffic to and on your website helps your business better understand your online visitors, potential customers, and interactions with your site. Google Analytics is a great platform for tracking this important data, giving your business the ability to pinpoint exactly how your website is performing, and in what areas it can be improved.

In order to make your website more successful, you must first analyze how traffic navigates on your website. Tracking data from product purchases, abandoned shopping carts, bounce rates, page clicks, and session duration gives your company a clear picture of where the drop off is on your site, what content your potential customers are looking for, and where you want to spend your ad budget to drive more traffic.

Collect data from mobile, tablet and desktop

With content consumption drastically increasing on mobile phones, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your website is optimized on all devices. In fact, we are now seeing up to a 60% conversion rate take place on mobile phones. Comparing conversion data from mobile, tablet, and desktop versions is extremely important for reviewing inbound traffic and identifying the success or failure of how your website is performing across all devices.

Manage advertising spend to identify what converts best

Now that you have been collecting and analyzing data, it’s time to start advertising to drive more traffic to your website. Return on ad spend (ROAS) is one of the most important metrics for digital advertising. Essentially, ROAS answers the fundamental marketing question, “If I put X amount of money in a marketing channel, what will I get back in return?” Using the website analytics collected from your digital ads helps you to know if your ad budget is actually providing a return on investment.

If you’d like to learn more about how to make your website perform the best it can and really prove a return on investment, give us shout! We’d love to talk with you.

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Business eCommerce

What E-commerce Platform is Best for Your Business? (Video)

In this new digital age, many companies are shifting their focus towards selling products online. In order to maximize your online success, choosing the right e-commerce platform for your business is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Watch in the video below as Sam Silvey, founder and CEO of Spectruss, discusses the best solutions for building your e-commerce business.

As Sam described, there are many ways to move your business online. With so many e-commerce platforms available in today’s market, choosing the right one for your business can be challenging.

Our Experts at Spectruss Recommend:

As mentioned in the video, WooCommerce uniquely offers the capability to build on top of WordPress – which accounts for 60% of all content management systems. WooCommerce offers complete website control, source code ownership, and customization options that other platforms simply do not have. With over 3.8 million companies using the WooCommerce platform, it’s clear that this is the preferred choice.

For companies looking for a more affordable option with less barrier to entry, Shopify is the recommended platform. Shopify boasts over 500,000 active online stores, accounting for over 20% of all e-commerce websites. In addition, our experts at Spectruss can launch new websites using this platform in as little as 72 hrs (with rush delivery request). However, businesses using Shopify are limited to the platform’s themes, plugins, credit card processing system, and hosting fees. Despite the limitations, this platform remains a good option for budget-friendly businesses looking to launch a store quickly.

Platforms such as SquareSpace and Wix are advertised as cheaper options, but these platforms are limited in their functionality. For example, Wix promotes itself as a free, self-build website platform – but we advise caution. The fees to unlock “premium features” that come standard on professional platforms can be significant. In addition, lower visibility and website traffic due to subpar design may cost thousands in lost revenue. According to our CEO and founder of Spectruss, “I would personally not invest in Wix or SquareSpace”.

While some may choose to cut corners with self-build websites, smaller platforms, and less secure software, this approach can create problems in the long run. Building an online presence that maximizes your ability to reach customers, grow your business, and offer a seamless user experience is critical for a return on investment and long-term success .

In short, if you are looking to start a new e-commerce site, or looking to update an existing site, Spectruss suggests building with WooCommerce or Shopify. If you need help designing and developing your e-commerce site, our experts at Spectruss are ready to help. Give us a shout at 423-800-8633 or send us an email at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation.

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Business Digital Marketing

Showcase Your Business Online

Yes, we are open and we are here for your business during this difficult and uncertain time. Our heart goes out to all of the doctors and nurses working tirelessly to fight this virus, the grocery store clerks and truck drivers working overtime to keep our shelves stocked, and the many businesses who have closed their doors in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

We believe your company can continue to prosper and your mission advance amidst this virus pandemic. During this time of social distancing, it is imperative that businesses adapt to serving their valued customers with digital options.

Now is the time to showcase your business online.

And we are here to help you do it.

If you don’t currently sell online, it’s time to start now. We can promote your products online with our flexible e-commerce platforms, giving you the ability to sell 24/7. Whether your business would benefit from platforms such as Shopify, WooCommerce, or Facebook Marketplace, our experienced team can provide you with online selling options that will continue sales and serve your valued customers from the comfort of their home.

During this current situation, we have seen a significant rise in digital advertising to drive sales online. If your business already sells online, it is more important than ever to implement advertising strategies that will increase your online visibility and drive traffic to your e-commerce website.

Whether your business needs an e-commerce website, digital advertising management, or council on next steps to take, our dedicated team of experts is here for you. Schedule a free consultation with us today!

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Design eCommerce Marketing

Spectruss Builds Custom Platform for New Medical Spa, Refine Aesthetic Studio

The Client

Refine Aesthetic Studio, an affiliate of Plastic Surgery Group, is a new premier medical spa located in downtown Chattanooga, TN. Our team at Spectruss used creative design and e-commerce web development to build a custom website for Refine Aesthetic Studio.

We also manage their digital marketing, advertising and social media platforms to help build brand awareness and increase online visibility. Other creative work includes event planning, PR, promotion and creative packaging.

Check out our work in the video below!

Web Design

Our creative team was eager to design a beautiful platform for Refine Aesthetic Studio that would readily attract clients. We thoughtfully chose color schemes, images, and layouts that would provide a visually appealing online experience and successfully portray the company’s overall brand image.

Ecommerce

We built a custom website with ecommerce capability to offer online ordering for Refine Aesthetic Studio’s skincare lines. Our goal was to create a convenient online shopping experience for clients to easily purchase their favorite skincare products. Designed to be responsive on all platforms, customers can use any device to shop on Refine Aesthetic Studio’s site.

Social Media

Social media is an effective platform for your business to gain exposure and build customer relationships. Our team managed Facebook and Instagram platforms for Refine Aesthetic Studio to build brand awareness through engaging content that showcased their services, products, and upcoming events. In just one month, Refine Aesthetic Studio saw significant social media growth.

Print

Using print materials is a great way to present potential customers with valuable information about your business in a small, portable form. Our creative team designed visually engaging literature to help build a recognizable brand and promote the offered services for Refine Aesthetic studio.

Photo + Video

From headshots to Instagram stories, we captured quality content to utilize on Refine Aesthetic Studio’s website and social media accounts. Our team will come to your business to create engaging videos and take beautiful pictures that will showcase your company brand.

Paid Advertising

Paid advertising is an excellent way to increase business growth by driving traffic towards multiple online platforms. Our team created and implemented advertising strategies to reach a specific target market and grow brand awareness for Refine Aesthetic Studio.

Event Planning

Our creative team organized events for Refine Aesthetic Studio from start to finish. We designed promotional materials, creative packaging and sent out a press release to local news outlets to help drive foot traffic to the new medical spa.

Interested to see what Spectruss can do for your business? We’d love to chat! Give us a call at 423.800.8633 or email us at [email protected]

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Marketing

Don’t Hold Back Your E-Commerce

Take a risk. Increase your e-commerce business to new levels.

 

If you follow these steps, the payoff will be well worth the hard work:

 

Research the Current Competitors in Your Marketplace

Knowing where your business stands among competitors is the most important step to take. Why? Because there are numerous choices online for consumers to choose from. In order to ensure your business is attracting the most attention, it is imperative to see what your competitors are doing well and capitalize on what they are not.

 

Use Google Adwords

With Google Adwords, there are two networks to use in hopes of achieving the highest position possible on SEO:

Search Network

When you advertise on the Search Network, your ad can show next to search results, on other Google sites like Maps and Shopping.

Acquiring the perfect list of keywords is vital to the success of all search campaigns. Fortunately, there is a tool called Keyword Planner that sorts through all past searches for specific words and gives ideas for other words that might work best within the campaign.

Display Network

Advertising on the Display Network allows you to capture potential consumers on their favorite websites, YouTube, Gmail accounts, mobile devices and apps, through different types of ads.

Four different types of ads on the Display Network: 

Responsive Ads

Uploaded Image Ads

Engagement Ads

Gmail Ads

The Display Network gives the opportunity to grab the customers’ attention earlier in the buying cycle. Everyone knows that ads can be very boring and repetitive but by creating ads that are appealing to the eye, consumers’ attention can be caught quickly and efficiently.

 

REMARKETING IS ESSENTIAL

Remarketing ads on both the search and display networks helps potential customers remember your business.

Tip: Tag your site for remarketing – Add the remarketing global site tag and event snippets to your website to show ads to people who have visited your desktop, mobile website, or app.

 

Create Ads to Run on Social Media Platforms

Running ads on social media platforms helps:

Raise brand awareness

Gain bigger followings on social media channels

 

Rigorously Post on All Social Media Platforms

Ideas for potential posts:

Introduce new products

Run promotions

Discuss current social topics

 

Send Email Campaigns

Promote new things happening within the company

Give information about upcoming promotions

 

Applying these steps to your e-commerce business model could help your business reach new heights you never thought possible.