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Zack Propst

What iOS 14.5 is and How it Will Affect Facebook Ads

The Apple update that Facebook has been dreading will soon be in the pockets of millions of Americans sometime next week. iOS 14.5 will come with new features along with an adjustment to Apple’s privacy policy, which will require applications and advertisers like Facebook to follow Apple’s new App Transparency Tracking Guidelines.

What is App Transparency Tracking?

App transparency tracking is a new set of rules requiring apps that use IDFA for ad targeting to request user data before collecting it. Basically, right after a user downloads the update and goes into an app like Facebook, they will be asked to consent to share their data with the platform. It’s important to note that this set of rules only applies to applications that use IDFA to personalize ads. IDFA, or Identifier for Advertisers, is Apple’s unique software ID on every iOS device that advertisers like Google and Facebook have been using for years to personalize ads.

In preparation for this update, Google actually started using SKAdNetwork instead of IDFA for its personalization. Since SKAdNetwork isn’t as robust as IDFA and has time limits on how long it tracks users, it’s not targeted by the ATT. Google’s ads will continue uninterrupted.

How iOS 14.5 Will Affect Advertisers

At face value, this is concerning news for anyone who uses Facebook and Instagram to deliver ads. In the past, Facebook users had to go into their settings and turn off data sharing in order to stop their information from being shared. This was something only 25% of iPhone users ever did. With the new update, however, users will have to consciously consider allowing their data to be tracked by advertisers. Although some polls suggest only 20-40% of users won’t consent, according to Hootsuite, 47% of Facebook users don’t trust the platform to protect their data and privacy.

Given these stats, it’s safe to assume advertisers will slowly stop getting updated data from users once this update is rolled out, and Facebook and Instagram ads will see a slow but significant drop in reach. How much, specifically? That’s yet to be determined.

The End of Facebook Advertising?

Not by a longshot. As mentioned before, Google has already moved over to SKAdNetwork to exempt themselves from the ATT rules and Facebook already has plans in place to do the same. When this is implemented, Facebook ads will still have similar reporting and reach as they do now, but the data won’t be as accurate as it was when using IDFA.  If you are concerned that this will impact your business, however, it’s worth considering how much money you put into Facebook ads in the future.

How to Prepare for the Update:

First off, don’t panic. Facebook ads aren’t going anywhere. The data they provide might not be as in depth and in real-time as before, but it will still be much more accurate than throwing up a billboard on a highway.

Additionally, although Facebook might seem like the center of the world when it comes to digital marketing, it’s only a small piece of the overall pie. Google and their robust advertising suite will be unaffected by the upcoming update, and their PPC and Display Network ad services will continue without interruption after this update is rolled out.

If you do have concerns about the constant changes to online advertising, selling and advertising on Amazon worthwhile move you can take. Since all of their advertising functions are tracked and executed natively, they will never come under the crosshairs of phone updates. (And Amazon has much higher conversion rates than both Google and Facebook!)

If you have any questions or concerns about how your online advertising is going to be affected by iOS 14.5 we’d be happy to help. Contact us Here!

 

 

 

Tips To Improve Remote Working

Remote working has become the social norm thanks to the pandemic. We had a historical shift to remote work that happened almost overnight at the beginning of the global health crisis. Currently, almost twice as many employees are working from home as at work. 

 

According to a survey from Stanford, only 51% of the respondents say they are able to work at an efficiency rate of 80 or more. This means half the people are experiencing difficulties adjusting to working from home. 

 

Reasons can include distractions, not having a dedicated space, not being tech-savvy, and disliking being on a computer for more hours. However, there are a lot of people who do enjoy the freedom to wear sweatpants in a virtual meeting, the ability to take a break and walk your dog, and fewer distractions from co-workers resulting in more focused work time. 

 

Whichever category you fall under, the adjustment to remote work can be a change. Here are some tips to improve remote working. 

 

Set yourself up a dedicated workspace

Employees have complained that working remotely has removed the separation of home life and work. If you set yourself up a dedicated work area, you will feel focused when you sit down to work. When you get up from this dedicated space, that is when you can “turn off” work mode and enjoy being “home for the night.” 

 

Buy a monitor to avoid neck strain 

For some, the jump to remote work meant sitting on your couch and working from your laptop. That was fun at first, but after a few hours, your neck will inevitably hurt from looking down at your laptop screen. It is best to purchase a monitor and set it up at your dedicated workspace so that you can work at eye level. You can even get a laptop stand for your laptop and utilize two screens for better productivity. 

 

Make a productivity plan 

Your schedule has probably changed some before your office days. Some are finding themselves working more at night, and some are taking longer breaks throughout the day to do things like walk your dog. As long as you are managing your tasks and staying organized, most companies have gotten more flexible with their hours. There are some great productivity tools out there such as Monday.com or Asana.com that can help you stay organized with your team from wherever you are. Even a simple checklist at home can help you stay focused and accomplish your goals. However you choose to organize your productivity is fine, but having some sort of organization is important. 

 

Overall, remote work is here to stay, so we recommend trying to adjust the best you can. If you are interested in how Elemerce can help your company with marketing productivity, contact us today! 

Best E-Commerce Platforms For 2021

E-Commerce is selling things over the internet. This has been a growing trend over the last few decades, and it is predicted that by 2040, 95% of sales will be through e-commerce. This means if you are considering selling your products online or starting an online retail front, now is the time! 

To get started selling online, you will most likely decide to use an established e-commerce platform to list your products, host your website, and handle transactions. Deciding what platform to use can be overwhelming because there are so many options. 

The top 3 platforms for e-commerce are WooCommerce (23%), Shopify (21%), and Wix (15%). Here is our comparison of these 3 most common platforms and why they are ranked the best. 

WooCommerce

WooCommerce integrates with an existing WordPress site seamlessly, which makes it the most popular choice for any business that already has a website through WordPress. There are over 75 million websites built with WordPress, so this is why WooCommerce has such a high percentage of users. WooCommerce is great for complex stores and companies that have a development team to customize their coding to make it personalized. They offer a plethora of resources, development tools, and support. Their pricing varies on if you need hosting, themes, etc. so check out their breakdown of costs to determine if this platform will fit your needs. Overall, if you already have a WordPress site, then WooCommerce will probably be the easiest way to get selling quick! 

Shopify

Shopify is a great platform for a novice user to even a developer. It has an easy to use back end with a wide selection of apps to easily integrate. It gives you great stats reporting on your store and it starts at only $29 a month for the basic plan. It is great for businesses of all sizes and can be integrated with your web service to have a “store” page on whatever platform you already use. If you don’t have a website yet, it is easy to create one with one of their free or paid themes. They offer support to get your store started and have options for a Shopify developer to create customized pages too. A lot of our clients at Elemerce use Shopify and we definitely think it is a great platform to get started. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us today to discuss more. 

Wix

Wix is a great platform to build a flawless looking website with simple drag and drop features. Their back end is so seamless that any beginner can use, and if you get stuck they have Wix members ready to assist you. Wix offers an excellent app market to integrate and make your website top notch. Their pricing is affordable but varies depending on the features your site offers, such as credit card transactions and online bookings. Overall if you want to be able to design your website on your own without any coding knowledge, then Wix is the top choice for you. 

This is just an overview of the top 3 e-commerce platforms used, but there are really so many excellent options out there, so it is recommended that you do your research before deciding. Some other notable options to consider are BigCommerce, Magneto, and SalesForce Commerce Cloud

As you do your research, consider your coding abilities, what you are selling, and any apps you want to integrate. Elemerce is here to help you sell more, so contact us today to discuss how we can help your online business.

Tips On Text Message Marketing

Email marketing can be effective, but successful open rates are around 10%, which means if you have a list of 1,000 contacts, then only 100 are actually opening your email. 

For text message marketing campaigns, you can get almost 100% rate. 

Since we are all glued to our phones, an incoming text message is often instantly read, making it an effective way to reach your audience with sales and promotions fast. 

Text message (MMS) campaigns can be expensive though, and are often purchased on a credit-based system. Sending an image or long form text (SMS) often uses more credits, so it’s best to brainstorm the best ways to effectively use your budget. 

There are various strategies you can use for successful text campaigns to drive sales, offer discounts to customers with abandoned carts, and increase your overall revenue. 

Here are some tips for effective text message marketing: 

  1. Promote your text list – Let your customers know that you offer text message promotions and give them an easy way to opt in. This can be social posts with “Text this number to sign up for our text list for exclusive offerings and be the first to know about our sales!” You can also add pop ups on your website offering a discount for enrolling in your marketing lists, and then can receive an instant text for 10% off for their first purchase. 
  2. Write copy that is to the point – A text message campaign can only be a limited character count. This means you need to get to the point of your offering fast and effective. An example, “24 Hour Sale! All hoodies are 50% OFF for today only! Shop now! LINK”
  3. Always include a link with call to action – Text message campaigns should always have a call-to-action that links to your website or whatever you are trying to promote. Even if you are advertising a sale that is in person, use a link where they can sign up, view specials, enter a giveaway, or learn more. An example of this could be for a restaurant – “Free Appetizers today only at Joe’s Burgers! Check out our menu and make a reservation! LINK”
  4. Offer special promotions for your text list – Make your customers feel special for being on your text list. Instead of blasting them with every single promotion, carefully cater exclusive deals that they will feel are valuable. An example of this – “Thanks for being a loyal customer! Use exclusive code TEXTME for 10% off your purchase.” 
  5. Use text messages to announce exclusive releases – Since text messages are often read very quickly, you can do exclusive announcements using this tool for limited releases or on-sale-now promotions. An example of this – “The greatest band ever is coming to town on March 15! Very limited tickets are on sale now! LINK”

With any successful campaign, you want to increase customer awareness and loyalty, without driving customers away. This means you don’t want to send text messages daily to your customers. Brainstorm the more important times and days you want to get your messaging out there, and stick to a schedule. If you blast people too much, they will get annoyed and are more likely to opt out. 

It is best practice to always let your customers know how they can opt out if they wish to stop receiving your messages. You want to add text like, “To stop receiving special offers, reply STOP.”

Overall text campaigns can be a great marketing tool that will increase your sales and help you get your messaging out there. You can also promote contests, events, and whatever else your business needs to succeed. Get in touch with us to see how Elemerce can help your business grow today! 

 

 

Why is Digital Advertising and Marketing Important for Your Business?

Digital marketing and advertising is a must have for businesses. Advertising drives awareness, and with more people shopping online than ever before, advertising needs to take place more and more where customers are already doing their research and their buying. But the term “digital advertising” can still feel overwhelming in terms of options and reasons why businesses should continue to invest in digital marketing efforts. 

What “Counts” as Digital Marketing and Advertising? 

The possibilities for businesses to engage in digital advertising are endless. It can depend on the type of business, product, and target audience, but there are options for every budget and almost every investment of time. 

Some examples include:

  • SEO: Search engine optimization focuses on creating optimization around keywords that potential customers may be searching for in an effort to help content rank higher in searches through Google and Bing. 
  • Pay-per-click ads: PPC ads help businesses rank higher in search, as organizations will pay for placement, which can drive traffic, but also comes at a higher price for advertisers. 
  • Social media ads: Social media ads function similarly to PPC search ads, in that businesses will pay for their ads to appear to certain audiences based on certain criteria, usually based on demographics of their target audience like age, location, and more. 
  • Email marketing: Email marketing is a direct form of advertising and marketing that reaches customers who have opted-in to communications or bought previous products and offers businesses a way to upsell, cross-sell, and continue to engage with interested audiences. 
  • Influencer marketing: Another form of digital marketing is connecting with people who have a significant following on social media. Businesses will pay these influencers  – with money or product – to use their products and talk about them online to their audiences. This can increase brand exposure, although Instagram and other platforms have very specific guidelines about making sure that influencers and affiliates are transparent about which posts are being sponsored by advertisers and businesses. 

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, it represents some of the more common ways that businesses of all sizes choose to invest in digital marketing. 

In addition to the fact that digital advertising aligns with the way that modern people shop – online – the capabilities of digital marketing often help drive better, more tangible results and return on investment than traditional advertising. 

  1. Personalization: Google advertising, Facebook ads, LinkedIn ads, and plenty more offer hyper personalization to target people most likely to benefit from your product and services. You can also re-target anyone who’s interacted with your social page or website, which is a great way to stay top of mind and help drive more engagement and ultimately convert to paying customers is linked to robust reporting. Almost every type of digital advertising offers an analytics dashboard that can track clicks, engagement, reach, and plenty more metrics to help you understand how your messaging is reaching audiences and what behavior it’s driving. This can help you tweak, adjust, and optimize your content. 
  2. Scalability: Digital ads are easy to scale back and also increase spend on, depending on your budget, product availability, seasonality, and plenty more. Traditional ad buys – radio, print, TV – are often set for a certain amount of time and run until the contract is over. 
  3. Accessibility and Reach: The biggest reason for putting time and money into digital advertising is that it meets your consumers where they are – at their desktop computers, on their mobile devices, on social media, email inboxes,  and much more. Research has shown that organizations using social media ads regularly outperform their peers. 

If your business needs guidance, direction, or support in your digital advertising marketing efforts, our expert team can help. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help grow your business with the right mix of digital advertising. 

 

The Creation of the Content Game

The incorporation of content into marketing resources has drastically improved over the years in the retail space. As you consider the marketing strategies of your business, find the content your customers want to see. 

The customer wants to feel engaged and a part of the brand you are building. Don’t be afraid to incorporate content that shares the story of your business. Making yourself relatable through content will share your story, take you places you never thought possible. 

When faced with the challenge of where to incorporate content into your ecommerce or retail marketing, consider the following: 

  • Publish content on a daily basis, at least
  • Have a wide variety of material: infographics, blogs, social media and product reviews
  • Don’t forget to include videos
  • Provide your research and data, if applicable
  • Create ORIGINAL content

Ecommerce Marketing Experts

The marketing world is complex and at times, overwhelming. As a business owner, if the idea of undertaking a retail marketing strategy feels daunting, let us take that off of your plate. At Elemerce, we have created the perfect relationship between ecommerce and marketing services. 

So if you’re ready to take the guesswork out of marketing your brand, let us help. Contact us today for a free consultation