When surfing the Internet consumers are impatient and often have ADHD. A one-second delay in page load time could mean a decline of 7% in conversion, 11% fewer page views and a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction. 57% of consumers will abandon a website if the page does not load within 3 seconds and 80% of these people will not return. While there is a rush into digital marketing a lot of companies are forgetting basic processes to ensure a good consumer experience.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that senior management is demanding more accountability from marketers. Even though, for some companies, profits are at record levels other brands are struggling to get and keep fickle consumers. Marketing, at its heart, is still about getting consumers to purchase your product. What has changed is that consumers have too many devices and have the attention span of someone with a severe case of ADD.
There are those that would have you believe that marketing has changed dramatically and for some products that may be true, but don’t believe the social media experts and agencies that would have you believe that you need their help to get it right. Here is a list of marketing truisms based on reality, not a sales pitch…
Though marketing and public relations are generally divided as tasks and not taken together, as time goes on, and business-consumer relations become more transparent, the two disciplines become more and more interrelated and inseparable. By coordinating marketing and PR efforts, companies can gain access to a whole world of consumer information and insights.
28% of Fortune 500 companies (139) have public-facing corporate blogs this year, according to data from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, released in August. This represents a 5% point increase from 23% in 2011 and 2010, and is up 75% from 2008, when just 16% of the Fortune 500 had public-facing blogs. 2 of the top 5 corporations (Exxon and Wal-Mart) have public facing blogs, while the remaining 3 (Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Berkshire Hathaway) do not. Why are BLOG’s so important ? Because with a BLOG you’re going to reach more people and index higher in organic search.