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Data-Driven Marketing

Data-driven marketing is the process by which marketers use data to gain insights into customer needs, desires, and behaviors, then use these insights to create personalized marketing strategies aimed at the highest possible return on investment (ROI). Made possible by the introduction of customer relationship management software (CRM), data-driven marketing allows marketers to enhance and personalize the customer experience by taking the answers to questions like whom, when, where, what and translating them into practical marketing strategies. 

Benefits of Data-Driven Marketing

Data-driven marketing is gaining popularity as both businesses and consumers benefit from the approach. Benefits include:

  • Efficient Media Buying: Analyzing data collected enables marketers to remove guesswork thus improving media planning and buying. This type of marketing facilitates the identification of the content that leads prospects through your sales funnel allowing you to decide where your time and budget are best spent.
  • Consumer Targeting: Data analysis results in a deeper understanding of the customer profile allowing marketing messages to be customized and shown to the appropriate audience. 
  • Relevant Messages: For most companies, generic marketing messages are over. Data-driven marketing enables you to be relevant, for your message to resonate with consumers’ interests. 
  • Multi-channel Marketing: Marketers can reach beyond email, extending their reach across multiple networks and ensuring that the message is consistently reaching each customer at the perfect place and time. Data helps you discover which channels are best to engage your audience now and in the future.
  • Improved Customer Experience: The data collected brings an understanding of customers’ triggers and pain points, allowing marketers to determine specific areas for improvement of the customer experience. 
  • Improved Product Development: With more data leading to a better understanding of your target audience, your business can reduce product failure rates by focusing product development on goods/services best suited for a particular market.
  • Prediction of Consumer Preferences: With the right data, you can pre-target consumers tailoring your marketing message while the customer is still in buying mode, delivering a one-to-one customer experience on a massive scale.

How to Begin Data-Driven Marketing

There are some basic principles that can help you start a data marketing strategy or improve your existing data marketing program.

  • Determine Your Goals: Decide what data is worth collecting. Focus on gathering information around key performance indicators (KPIs). Consider collecting information regarding your target market, customer and prospect data (persona, transactional data, online activity, social network activity) and marketing/social media analytics (click-throughs, impressions, conversions).
  • Adopt Automation: Use an automated process that allows for personalization and lets your marketing strategy function for you even when you’re not working.
  • Collaborate: Utilize processes that manage data ensuring that it is shared across your entire organization, reaching all departments and teams. 
  • Evaluate and Take Action: Using your KPIs, evaluate the data collected. Use this data to inform your market strategies. 
  • Consistently Monitor your data collection to identify which strategies are giving you the best results. Continue to draw conclusions and try new strategies to maximize the results of your marketing efforts. 
  • Explore Marketing Channels: Use data analysis to help you understand which channels are working for you and inform you of new channels and formats worth adopting.
  • Observe the Competition: Let your competitor’s successes and failures inform your marketing strategy. Learn from their mistakes. Adapt and implement what works. 

Data drives most marketing decisions in today’s competitive marketplace. Take the time to collect and analyze data and adjust your marketing efforts accordingly. Let data help you make better decisions regarding the timing of your advertising, customization of marketing copy and personalization of experiences for your target audience. Data-driven solutions are essential to successful marketing campaigns. 

Need help with your data-driven marketing strategy? Call CAYK at (403) 456-0072 or request a marketing proposal.  Allow us to be your very own marketing department! Connect with our tightly-knit team of knowledgeable digital-first consultants, each eager to help your business grow.

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Web Crawling, Click Fraud Detection, and Coffee. Oh My!

CAYK’s Current Research & Development Project  (Part 1) 

11,407,243 – This is our current count of websites that have participated in the Google Ad Network to date. (Websites that allow Google to place their ads on them.)

Now that you know that, how do you pick which websites to show your advertisements on? That’s a big number after all, and it’s the only representative of the ad placements that we’ve come across during this R&D project. After all, Google isn’t publishing that list anytime soon, so we’re left to build the list without their help.

It’s not difficult to rule out large portions of available ad placements with the tools provided within the ad management platform. However, even a small targeting change often wipes away millions of domains without actually knowing with any degree of certainty whether or not they would have otherwise brought value to a client’s advertising campaign. Worse is that the placements that remain after targeting updates haven’t actually been vetted. While this is the nature of the industry, it’s certainly not good enough for us.

Data-Drive Marketing vs Research and Development
Where lies the line between the two?

By the very nature of digital advertising, every online advertising decision is bordering on a big data project. Selecting advertising placements is a great example of this phenomenon, with millions of websites that can be targeted, how do you decide which are worthy of advertising funds, and which are not? It may be a bold approach, but we’re working towards vetting each one individually.

It starts with tracking down domains participating in the ad network. This means first crawling as many sites as you can and gathering previous crawl data wherever you can find it. Of the 248,555,113 domains in our overall database (248.5 million!), approximately 4.6% have had tell-tale embed scripts or DNS calls that show participation in Google’s Ad Networks.

The scope required to do anything on this scale has led to a long journey of learning with the singular purpose of doing the best job we possibly can for our clients. It’s been actively worked on (nearly every single day, (weekends too!), for over a year! In our upcoming mini-series, we will break down some of the key milestones of this project, speak to the many hurdles and challenges which needed to be surmounted, as well as help explain how these learnings are already bringing value to our clients!

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Website Development

What Makes a Business Website Mobile-Friendly?

Mobile technology has revolutionized the way that consumers get the products and services they need. Expectations are higher than ever, and every business needs to stay mobile friendly if they want to compete. So what exactly makes or breaks the mobile-friendliness of your site?

Design & Usability

One key factor determining the mobile friendliness of a website is how usable it is for mobile users. Your site’s ability to adapt to the dimensions of the device (also known as responsiveness) is only one part of the picture here. The mobile-optimized layout of a site must be designed to account for the specific demands of mobile browsing. Larger buttons, precise text formatting, and streamlined navigation architecture are just a few examples. If your mobile site isn’t properly designed will all of the right elements in mind, 57% of visitors will not recommend your business. Mobile users are expecting a smooth experience!

Technical Factors

Of course, there’s more than just surface-level design to consider. A variety of technical and backend factors can add up to affect the mobile friendliness of a site. Viewport meta tags, for instance, are crucial for ensuring that your site is responsive to the dimensions of the user’s device. Meanwhile, page load speed has a considerable effect on bounce rates. If your mobile site takes more than three seconds to load, 53% of your users will leave. Everything from your use of images to how you implement JavaScript and CSS will contribute to this. Finally, using Flash on a mobile site is a big no-no, since it’s not supported by Android or iOS devices.

Mobile SEO

Since 2015, Google has given increasingly more weight to mobile friendliness as a ranking signal. In fact, over the past year and a half, their system has begun to index mobile sites first and their desktop counterparts second. In other words, your mobile site has more influence than ever over your company’s visibility and mobile SEO is pretty much non-negotiable. This probably has something to do with the fact that over half of Google searches are mobile. By having a responsive site (the form of mobile-friendliness preferred by Google) that is both highly usable and technically sound, you’ll have some of your most essential SEO bases covered.

When the web design and development team at CAYK builds a site for your business, they’ll ensure that it meets every standard for mobile use and mobile SEO. Don’t miss out on the mobile traffic and conversions that you need, call (403) 456-0072 to mobile-optimize today!

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Website Development

5 Ways to Get More Traffic to Your Business Website

The amount of traffic flowing to your website is directly related to how much new business you take in. Not only this, but it is highly influential in helping to maximize client retention. You, like everyone else, probably want as much as you can get. Here are five ways to make it happen.

Develop a Strong Inbound Strategy

The more reasons you give people to visit your business website, the more of them will show up. Of course, these can’t be just any reasons, they have to be good ones. Build a compelling and distinctive brand with excellent content and skillful use of social media. Explore not only written content, but also video and eye-catching graphics. Do your research when it comes to keywords so that you can keep your SEO as sharp as a tack. Build an audience and nurture it!

Conduct Smart and Effective Ad Campaigns

PPC advertising is generally seen as quite technical in nature, but don’t be fooled. It can be as nuanced as it is challenging. Your ad copy must compete with those of countless other ads from your competitors. Your landing pages must be carefully designed to cater to the specific needs and interests of the visitor so that you can lock down those conversions. Don’t underestimate the importance of effective bidding either, both in terms of keyword research and budgeting.

Track, Measure, and Report

From your advertising to your SEO, social strategy, and beyond, the progress and results of nearly every aspect of your plan can and should be analyzed on a routine basis so that you can make adjustments and key decisions as necessary. Considering how powerful today’s analytics tools are, and how skillfully your friendly neighborhood marketing experts can use them, you don’t have much of an excuse to slack when it comes to tracking and measuring your efforts!

Make Sure Your Site Can Convert

Even with quick-witted social media posts, a solid reputation on review sites, and masterful ad campaigns, more traffic means very little if your site can’t convert. It should be mobile friends, intuitive, and visually appealing. Devote resources to conversion rate optimization as well. This is not only critical for securing new customers, it can even supplement your inbound efforts by giving you more insight into your audience and creating a better experience for your visitors.

Utilize Marketing Automation

Speaking of a better experience, another powerful means to get more traffic to your website is marketing automation. This represents a diverse set of tools, but one of its central capabilities is creating more personalized experiences for your audience and guiding visitors to your site based on their interests and the history of their engagement with your brand. This is particularly useful for turning mailing list subscribers into clients, but the possibilities extend far beyond this!

The team at CAYK can help your business get more traffic than ever, but that’s far from being our only area of expertise. From boosting customer retention to creating top-notch content, we’re here to strengthen all of your marketing efforts. Call us at (403) 456-0072 to get started!

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Website Development

What Defines the Usability of Your Business Website?

It’s common for people to assume that a great-looking website will earn you big points with the visitors you’re hoping to convert. This isn’t necessarily false, it’s just one part of the picture. Visual appeal must be coupled with high usability, and there are several ways you can secure it.

 

Predictability

 

No one wants to be called “predictable”. Your business website, however, should be. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t explore new design trends and find ways to stand out. It means that, immediately upon arriving, the user needs to understand how to navigate the interface of your site to get where they need to go. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when deciding where a menu bar or your contact info will be located. Place them logically and intuitively!

 

Page Load Time

 

This is one of those things that seems minute and subtle, but in reality has a significant effect on a user’s impression of your site, and in effect, your company. This issue doesn’t even need to be particularly pronounced to be harmful. Psychologically speaking, even a slightly sluggish site can detract from the overall experience that a lead has of your brand. Work with smart developers who design efficiently and use a CMS or hosting service with dependable servers.

 

Design & Readability

 

The design of a site isn’t just for show. Web developers who understand user experience and interface design know that the fundamental building blocks of shape and colour can be leveraged to excellent effect. All the better if your developers also happen to be marketing experts. They’ll know how to draw your leads in with great content and maintain their attention by enhancing that content with a visually enticing yet highly readable manner of presentation.

 

Mobile-Friendliness

 

Last but certainly not least, it should almost go without saying that the all-powerful factor of mobile-friendliness encompasses not just search visibility, but usability as well. There are few experiences more unpleasant than arriving at a company site via smartphone or tablet only to find yourself squinting at its desktop-designed layout squeezed clumsily into the frame of your miniature screen. Avoid this unflattering incident at all costs and make it responsive!

 

Creating a powerful, marketing-driven website is an essential step in capturing your audience and fostering credibility for your enterprise. Infused with our extensive marketing expertise, our custom web development services are second to none. Call us at (403) 456-0072 to get started!

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Internet Marketing

Strategies to Maximize Customer Retention

With all of the time and resources you put into establishing relationships with new customers, it’s only right that you take the necessary measures to nurture those relationships too. Customer retention is all too often overlooked, but a few of our tips should move you in the right direction.

 

Refine Your Customer Experience

 

It’s simple to define what you offer as a company when it comes to your products and/or services. Defining the experience you offer, meanwhile, is more nuanced. Keeping clients loyal is about more than providing a quality product, it’s about creating an experience that is, from end to end, as enjoyable as it is distinctive and recognizable. Determining what sets you apart from your competition in this regard is an ongoing effort, but it’s one that should never be underestimated if you want to maximize retention. Continuously refine this experience, from your branding and use of social media to your website, customer service, and beyond.

 

Foster a Sense of Community & Transparency

 

A company that seems out of touch with its community or unaware of its needs and concerns will inevitably have trouble retaining clients. You can’t expect to have long-term trust and esteem by default, it has to be earned. Show them that you care and that being their preferred business for the products or services you offer is important and fulfilling for you. Not only this, but be communicative, honest, and available. Make your contact information clear on your site, utilize a live chat system, and leverage social media and review sites to engage directly with those who ask you questions or offer feedback. Integrity is the key to strong and lasting client relationships.

 

Explore the World of Automation

 

For the most fruitful results, all of the above principles should be combined with concrete, tech-driven solutions. Marketing automation, for instance, offers some of the most powerful means of not only bringing in new business, but keeping retention high. This is because automation is built on the information you have on the people in your audience, and your established customers are the people you know best. Automated email campaigns, for instance, can be designed to remarket and re-engage existing clients based on their needs and past activity. If you’re driven to retain customers, modern automation tools are a must-have.

Keeping customers loyal is a dynamic and multi-faceted effort, but it’s far easier when you have truly powerful marketing resources at your fingertips. We’re here to assess your needs and help you implement the best solutions available. Check out our marketing automation services today!

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Internet Marketing

The Importance of Reporting and Trackability

Executing a marketing strategy is like driving a vehicle. You have to be observant of the environment around you and continuously assess and adjust the way you navigate it. This is why carrying out effective reporting and maximizing trackability are non-negotiable elements.

 

Guiding and Sharpening Your Strategy

 

Everything about today’s world of commerce is dynamic, and every marketing endeavour you undertake should be reflective of that. Search trends change and seasons affect the market and user behaviour. New analytics tools are created and existing ones become more sophisticated. In addition to external changes in the climate of your industry and in digital marketing at large, your own enterprise changes as well, with new lessons emerging as you learn more about your customer base and the strengths or weaknesses of your business plan. If you want to keep up and remain competitive, never regard your marketing strategy as a set-and-forget solution.

 

Interpreting the Data

 

Analytics, tracking, and reporting are key to the success of a digital marketing strategy, but they take many forms. A process like SEO, for instance, requires time and patience. Having the latest multi-metric tracking tools at hand makes all the difference, helping you determine which aspects of your content and other optimization factors are performing well and which ones need work. The right PPC platforms such as Google Ads (formerly known as AdWords) will also offer you powerful tool sets for analyzing and tracking the performance of your ads, helping you to improve their copy, how you budget them, the landing pages they lead to, and more.

 

Your Marketing Agency

 

Reporting and analytics tools demand both skill and many hours of focused use to pay off. In an ideal situation, you as a business owner should have the legroom to keep an eye on the performance of your marketing efforts without compromising the level of attention you dedicate to your company. The best digital marketing agencies strive to make this a reality. If you work with marketing specialists who commit to routine planning and review meetings, you’ll get a dependable and consistent breakdown of the data behind your strategy. This is without a doubt the best way to get the most out of today’s standards in analytics, reporting, and trackability.

 

Your business deserves an experienced holistic marketing agency that can keep you fully informed and empowered to track and optimize your strategy. The CAYK team is devoted to providing you with nothing less. Request a consultation today to learn more about what we do!

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What Makes Marketing Automation Successful?

Marketing automation seems great as a concept, but does it live up to the hype in practice? Like any approach to digital marketing, this depends on how you implement it. If you want to properly leverage today’s best automation strategies, you’ll need to know what determines their success.

 

The Tools

 

There are plenty of automation solutions out there, but not all of them will serve you best. A marketing agency with enough automation experience will be able to implement the tried-and-true tools that are suited to your needs. Combining these tools in a versatile manner allows you to cover a significant amount of ground, offering more than self-directed campaign initiatives and workflows alone. It will allow you to automate the business processes that define your company, the client retention efforts that keep your customers loyal, and the countless techniques that comprise an inbound strategy that consistently draws in and converts leads.

 

The People Behind Them

 

Even if you’ve done your homework and have managed to pinpoint the best marketing automation tools in the industry, the people behind the wheel make all the difference. This may seem strange, considering the fact that “automation” is the name of the game, but an automation strategy is no less a human endeavour than any other aspect of your marketing plan. The technology will streamline and carry out a sizeable load of the work, but it still requires a skillful team of digital marketing specialists to execute and track your automation efforts successfully. Besides, it gives you the time to focus on operating an excellent business!

 

Speaking of Your Business…

 

The human element is a major factor determining how well your marketing automation tools will improve conversion, retention, efficiency, engagement, and more. However, this pertains just as much to your business itself as it does to the marketing team implementing your strategy. Particularly with regards to email campaigns and other client-facing endeavours, it is of the utmost importance that you avoid a mechanical and impersonal approach. Don’t forget to allow the unique voice of your business to speak through. Successful marketing automation never obscures or dilutes the rich and distinct personality of your brand, it strengthens and amplifies it.

 

If you want your business to make the most of marketing automation, the CAYK team can help. Our MA/CRO service enhances today’s finest automation tools with skillful conversion rate optimization to make for a truly powerful combination. Call us at (403) 456-0072 to learn more!

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5 PPC Mistakes That May Be Damaging Your Marketing Plan

Working with PPC platforms like Google Ads can be a highly nuanced and often challenging endeavour. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most essential elements of your marketing plan. If you want to get the most ROI from your ad budget, you’ll want to avoid these five PPC mistakes.

Ad Copy That Doesn’t Stand Out

 

The copy in a PPC ad is one of the most influential factors determining its CTR. It goes without saying that this text should be persuasive, but many business owners conduct ad campaigns with copy that too closely resembles that of their competitors. Your social media and content aren’t the only things that should express the unique voice of your brand. Your ads should too.

Focusing Too Much on Sales Conversions

 

Perhaps the most obvious form of conversion is a sale. You’ve officially earned a new customer. As crucial as this is for your bottom line, it’s a mistake to see this as the center of your PPC universe. Countless forms of conversions exist at all stages of the funnel, such as content downloads and email list signups. These “soft conversions” should be part of your strategy!

Bidding Too Broad

 

Keyword bidding is tricky, so there are plenty of dangerous temptations that business owners give into when trying to make it easier. One that you should be extra careful of is bidding on a higher quantity of keywords rather than opting for quality and precision. For instance, in many situations, going straight for broach match can quickly drain your budget and tank your ROI.

Inadequate or Flawed Remarketing

 

Each lead goes on a journey when experiencing your brand, and your remarketing technique needs to be designed accordingly. Too many companies approach this without proper segmentation or other essential steps. The ads that a lead or client experiences should dynamically depend on what you know about that person and how they should be re-engaged.

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

 

Even experienced marketers face difficult obstacles when building and maintaining PPC ad campaigns. It’s not an aspect of marketing that should be taken lightly, yet it’s quite common for business owners to dive in headlong without a precise strategy or without expert help. You’ll always get the most value from your budget when you have a marketing team at your side.

CAYK is proud to offer sophisticated marketing solutions for hard-working business owners like you. With comprehensive expertise and total commitment to our clients, we’ll never let you down. Call (403) 456-0072 or contact us here to schedule a consultation, we’d love to meet you!

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Website Development

The Importance of Thank-You Messages

Much of your effort in marketing your business will be directed towards major components like SEO and advertising. Still, it’s the little details that often go overlooked. Thank-you messages are a key example, and their effect on customer experience and loyalty shouldn’t be underestimated.

What Are Thank-You Pages?

No matter what industry it may operate in, your business website offers you plenty of opportunities to thank your leads or clients. This is best done with a well-written and carefully structured thank-you message. It may appear when a potential customer has signed up to your mailing list, when a long-time patron has completed an order, or in many other circumstances. Unfortunately, far too many entrepreneurs get this step wrong or skip it completely, seeing it as simply a polite but inessential formality. This assumption will lead you to fall short of your potential not only when it comes to esteem among your audience, but ultimately your revenue.

Promote, Convert, and Retain

Thank-you messages are one of the most underrated tools when it comes to promoting your business, maximizing conversions, and keeping customers loyal. Companies who use these pages to their advantage will outfit them with social share links and other methods for spreading awareness of your brand. These messages can also function as bridges from one conversion to another. Guiding new customers to follow your social profiles or displaying special discounts for new mailing list subscribers are examples. Finally, providing links to your best content posts, displaying testimonials, and other actions can also contribute significantly to client retention.

Gathering Essential Data

Saying thanks can go a long way in the context of more customer-facing techniques, but it can also make things easier behind the scenes. Every successful marketing strategy is driven by high-quality data on your leads and clients. Depending on the action that leads to the thank-you page, it can be the perfect time to ask visitors to fill out a quick survey or offer feedback on their experience. The data you extract from this can give you a better picture of their needs, interests, or preferences, as well as input on how you can improve. This is powerful information, especially when combined with strong marketing automation and effective email campaigns.

The CAYK team has helped Calgary businesses of many types and sizes reach new levels of success, and we’ve done it by combining big-picture thinking with a keen eye for the details. With us, no aspect of your marketing plan will go overlooked. Call (403) 456-0072 to learn more!