Tag: advertising

20
Jun

Website Design: 5 Reasons Why Most Websites Fail

After only six months of making our presence known here in Steinbach, Three Marketing has already helped several businesses created websites that prove to bring in more sales than ever before. We take pride in designing webpages that pay for themselves.

When it comes to websites and web design there are many misconceptions that business owners have. The biggest one being:

Why can’t I get away with buying a $500 website?

The cold hard answer to this question:

You get what you pay for.

A website that costs you $500 is inexpensive for several reasons:

1) Poor Google/Search Engine Rankings

This is the biggest problem a business can have with their website. The goal of your website is to be a 24/7 salesman. This is met by showing up on Google. You may be saying “Yeah Mike, but if I type on Google “my business name Steinbach” I show up just fine”–that’s not what I’m talking about. When a person in need of a service or product, he or she goes directly to Google…it is just like going through the yellow pages. They will search “Steinbach Marketing”, not “Three Marketing”. You’re website will do it’s job when people find you organically in that manner.

2) Poor design

The average time a viewer spends on a site when searching for a product or service is less than 7 seconds. If your site doesn’t contain grabbing information accented with a sleek and easy to read look…you’ve lost a potential client to the next competitor on the list.

3) Poor Functionality

If your website is built by a designer who isn’t up to date with the changing online world, your website will most likely be flawed or end up with coding errors that won’t be maintained or fixed.

4) Brand Confusion

Very often, web designers aren’t graphic designers. They don’t understand the essence of your business’ brand. This often results in colour clashing and even worse a confused customer.

5) Lack of Content

Your web designer doesn’t spend the time he/she should to fill your site with information that your customers care about. Having a web site built for you with just a logo and your contact information is just a glorified business card.

 

22
May

Is “Advertising” a 4-letter Word?

Is “Advertising” a four letter word?
In the past, “Advertising”  has been associated with many different presuppositions: radio ads, t.v commercials, billboards, newspaper ads–and a whole lot of money to throw at all the other “swag” you need to buy. This might have been true in the past, but with modern marketing methods there are more cost effective and measurable (not to mention less tacky) ways of running an advertising campaign for your company.
With social tools such as “Facebook Ads”, you can run an ad to assist your campaigns goal while targeting the exact demographic that you are after. (down to age, sex, interests, geographical location). Running this in coherence with a well planned advertising campaign can prove to be a very powerful tool.
There is a misconception that running an advertising campaign needs thousands and thousands of dollars. Yes, some do, but you can create a clear, concise advertising campaign to promote your product/service to the exact people that you would like to reach without spending your entire marketing budget.
While you are forming your marketing plan this spring, instead of using your entire budget on multiple, separate, forms of marketing, why not launch an advertising campaign that will help maximize your efforts. The synergy between different marketing mediums can create huge results.
You may be surprised at some of the tools in “new marketing” that will provide powerful results and help you stretch your dollars.
Contact us to find out what an advertising campaign can do for your company.
16
May

Steinbach Web Design

Three Marketing

Has now been up and running for 5 months. All we can say is that we are absolutely THRILLED at the response we’ve received from our clients! We have been nothing but busy working with some of the greatest clients we could have ever ask for.

When it comes to marketing in Steinbach, the biggest topic that comes up seems to be Websites and Web Design. This is no surprise to us as more and more Steinbach businesses are learning that the internet is here to stay. Having a website built is no longer a luxury–it is an industry standard.

Web design is based around more than just a page with a logo and your business’ contact information. At Three Marketing we ensure that websites not only look their best–they also do their job…and that is being a full-time salesman.

In the 90’s, when you wanted renovations done in your house, you picked up the yellow pages and searched “Renovations”. You would then call the first ad that jumped out at you. The Google is the new yellow pages, and your website is that ad that has less than 5 seconds to pull the customer in. Making sure that your website shows up in the first 3 rows on Google is how businesses are becoming more and more successful.

How do I get my website to show up first?

You ask? The answer is simple…CONTENT.

Filling your website with valuable information about what you do and how you do it is not only important to your customer, it’s important to Google. In this blog alone, I’ve already mentioned “Steinbach” and “web design” or “websites” several times. This will prove to boost our ratings on Google within weeks. Remember, Google is LOCATION BASED. That means for the most part you don’t have to worry about competing with Joe’s Renos out of BC.

What comes after content?

Aside from having an engaging website with detailed information for your customers to research and Google to eat up…you need to make sure your site LOOKS good. Web design, though most won’t be aware of this, is an art form (at least that’s what we creative directors say to keep our egos afloat!). The average human spends LESS THAN 30 SECONDS on a website when they are looking for a service. If your site is an eye-sore in any way, shape or form–You are losing customers. Nobody likes to hear this but it’s the harsh truth of the new millennium. Customers are picky and skeptical when it comes to the online world.

Tips for website/web design success:

Brand it! Get your logo up, match your colours and be consistent.

No cheese! Gimmicks no longer are a selling feature (sound effects, music, flash player)

Use your face. People like to see that your business is trustworthy. What better way then having an “About Us” page showing you and your winning smile?

Update, Update, Update. Keeping your website current is a great way of letting your clients know you’re still around…it also boosts your rankings on google.

Link it. Have links leading to your site. Use Facebook, friendly companies and free listing sites to send traffic to your site.

 

For more information on websites and web design in the Steinbach area, contact Mike@ThreeMarketing.ca or phone 204.346.4418

24
Feb

Advertising Vs. Marketing

A common misconception people make is “marketing” and “Advertising” are the same thing. “Marketing” is the communication of a business to its viewers. “Advertising” is an outlet of marketing. Creating a marketing strategy for your company does not have to break the bank. Many different approaches can be taken to accommodate many different budgets. However, industry standard tells us that marketing budgets should be anywhere between 2-8% of gross annual sales. Taking huge risk by setting budgets that you can’t afford is as harmful as not setting any. Balance is key in all parts of life, the extremes of a marketing budget is no different.
Seth Godin has soon good advice in one of his latest blogs:

Too many companies don’t run many ads for themselves

Spending money on your own account is a difficult psychological hurdle. Lots of small businesses get stuck in this chasm, happy to pitch, to network, to send out proposals and to work far into the night, but hesitate when it comes time to pay actual cash money for marketing, trade show booths or other sorts of media.

For the bootstrapper, for the woman who has worked so hard to get to postive cash flow, it feels dangerously daring, on the verge of insanity.

The question is: do successful businesses spend money on media, or does spenidng money on media make you successful?

(I think it’s some of both.)”

Read more of Seth Godin’s blogs here: Seth Godin Blog

Three Marketing Inc. is Steinbach’s most trusted marketing agency. To contact Three Marketing call 204.346.4418 or email Mike Burnard at Mike@threemarketing.ca

23
Feb

3 Easy Tips to Strengthen Your Brand

In the “small business” world, it is very common for businesses to be unaware of the effects their brand has on it’s viewers. Small business owners don’t have as much time to focus on their brand because their work and employees usually take priority. That being said, in a world where starting your own business is becoming more prevalent, it is more important that ever to be aware of your brand and the impacts it has on your clients and future customers.

What If McDonalds Had Green Arches?:

Colour is the first thing the eye notices–it is also the fastest acting agent in visual memory. Has your business selected a color to coincide with your brand? This colour choice would be used for your logo, signage, decals, etc. If the graphic on your truck is yellow and the sign on your building is green, you are sending mixed signals to potential clients. Consistency in colour help build brand equity while having an inconsistent colour scheme will confuse your market. When clients come to us for branding we like to take the phycology of colour into consideration. Here are some very basic examples of how color impacts the human brain:

Blue: Represents trust and security
Green: Encourages growth, and prosperity
Red: Creates a sense of urgency or hunger (it is the most recognizable but also the most common in some industries)
Yellow: Encourages appetite (although it can be the hardest to read)
Orange: Associated with ambition and energy

The use of colour is a very effective tool in branding and marketing. Everything from the shade of the colour, to the frequency of its use plays a large roll in how the brand is received. As we learn more about consumer perception and the psychology that surrounds it, we can increase the strength of our marketing.

The Thing About Slogans:

Does your company have a slogan? Slogans are very often overlooked or misused in small businesses. There is a common misconception that slogans have to rhyme or be more catchy than the business next door — this is not always the case. Instead of looking at it as a slogan, think of it as a “one sentence opportunity” to let your viewers know: “What you do and why you do it”. For example, hundreds of companies use initials–very often it’s initials of full names or a partnership. Let’s say you are “ABC Builders” … is your viewer aware that you do residential work? If you had a clear, concise slogan stating what your company does, you are clearly communicating to your potential clients. If they don’t know what you do, chances are, they will move on to the “XYZ” company that is the same company, but has more effective communication and branding.

Remember, branding is communicating with your audience. Provide your market with the easiest channel to understand who you are, what you do, and most importantly (for the sake of growth), make it as easy as possible for them to buy your product.

Mobile Billboards:

The title isn’t as complicated as it sounds…do you have a company truck? A trailer? Employees? These are all examples of mobile billboards. Decals are becoming more and more affordable. This gives you dozens of square feet of free ad space. Driving up and down streets with a strongly branded mobile billboard will make your business more recognizable and more memorable. If you have a handful of employees or an entire workforce, you can place your logo on their shirts, jackets, hats, etc. This will give your business a professional look and shows customers that you care about your brand. Your employees will be more than happy to walk around advertising for you everywhere they go.

These are just a few ideas that are worth looking into and exploring. Strong branding doesn’t mean that you have to have an unlimited marketing budget. These are very cost effective ways of achieving your marketing goals.

As the world around us becomes more and more competitive. You should be proud of your brand and it should support the quality of service or product you provide.

If you have any questions regarding this email feel free to contact our creative director Mike Burnard: Mike@threemarketing.ca or 204.346.4418

We would be more than happy to sit down and talk about what your brand can do for you!

Three Marketing Inc. is proud to be Steinbach’s most trusted marketing agency.

08
Dec

9 Easy Ways to Use Facebook Effectively for Your Business

Despite what you may think, more people use Facebook than your teenage daughter and her peers. Facebook is now the home to over 800,000,000 active users today.

Before we go on to write about the steps to turning your small business into a Facebook success, here are some stats from “Search Engine People” to encourage you about the effectiveness of using Facebook as an efficient lead generator.

If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest in the world!

Canadians use Facebook more than ANY other country.

The average user spends 20 minutes per day on Facebook

44% of women aged 18-24 check their Facebook status BEFORE going to the washroom when they wake up in the morning.

If you want your business to grow, you need to meet your customers where they’re at. Facebook is doing nothing but growing. This is a chance for your company to have an interactive presence, while creating mind-share.

OKAY!!!

Now that I have your attention, lets make Facebook work, shall we? Here are 9 suggestions for you to use to make your Facebook page a lead generator!

1) Be interactive!

Since we are gearing this blog towards smaller sized businesses, we can truly focus on giving your company a personality. Facebook isn’t a high-strung, game-face, cutthroat environment–it’s a comfortable, relaxed and personable place for people to communicate. If a person comments on your status update or leaves a wall post saying “I love your work”, show them love right back! Be sure to spell check and be polite.

2) Update Update Update:

If you are choosing to use social media as a tool, remain vigilant with your updates! Setting up a schedule or reminders on your phone are great ways to stay consistent with your online presence. If your viewers see that you haven’t checked your page in 3 weeks, chances are they won’t be dropping you a line.

3) Photos:

Recently have a company BBQ? Have a client win a monthly draw? These are all occasions when photos are taken and people are interested in. Don’t be afraid to show candid shots of your employees laughing…or you for that matter!

4) Tell Your Friends!:

There is no shame in inviting all of your friends on Facebook to your company page. The more the merrier. If your friend Joe has another hundred friends and he “likes” your business page, they will see! Who knows how many people your friends can influence!

5) Polls:

This is an underrated tool that Facebook provides for free! Right above your status update, there are options listed. One of these options are “Questions”. When you use this feature you can ask your followers any question and list choices for them to select. Facebook automatically tallies the votes and lets you know what your audience wants!

As you can see, I could go on forever about Facebook. The possibilities with social media are endless! The backbone being Facebook. Feel free to follow us on our Facebook page and be sure to check out our blog next week about how Twitter is taking over the nation and how YOU can use it to bring in even more business for your company!

25
Nov

Get Noticed in Your Online Community

“Does my company NEED social media?” is a very common question these days. You will hear people from smaller communities (such as Steinbach) who are willing to fight to the death denying the importance of social media.

The reality is Social Media is here to stay.

More and more people are turning to the internet for their source of information. According to Search Engine People (an online internet marketing company) there are statistics to support this statement (keep in mind, these stats are from 2010–meaning according to growth trends these numbers are more than likely higher now):

The Canadian Population is over 34,000,000 strong.
25,086,000 (or 73.78%) of those Canadians use the internet (Yes, even your spouse’s mother is using it! (also this blog contains more brackets than it should.))

97% of internet users USE THE INTERNET TO RESEARCH PRODUCTS OR SERVICES IN THEIR LOCAL AREA!!

Canadians spend an average of 44 hours online per month. Double the global average.

Over the next few weeks, Three Marketing will be blogging about each of the main Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn) to inform you on the importance of each web tool. We will explain in detail how to utilize these sites to your full advantage.

Remember, one good review has the potential to bring in 30 new customers. Think about putting your website in front of the eyes of your entire community

Your clients are out there searching for you right now. Will they find you?

21
Oct

Does My Company Need Marketing?

“Does My Company Need Marketing?”

Do you often ask yourself “Does my company need marketing”? If the thought is there then you probably do. Statistics Canada shows that 52% of small businesses fail within the first five years. 75% of small businesses don’t have a marketing strategy. There is a correlation there between two statistics that should not be ignored.

The answer is “yes”. The question small businesses should be asking themselves is “What can marketing do for my business”. There are very basic steps to start with to kickstart your company and follow through processes to keep the momentum of your company going.

Successful fortune-500 company owners all agree that marketing is an investment rather than a cost. Developing a strong brand creates an emotional attachment between your valued clients and your company. U.S. Small Business Association suggests “You may want to increase your marketing budget figure to as much as 10% of expected gross sales”. At Three, we do not want you to take it to the extreme of 10%. We are able to work with any budget and are glad to do so.

Logo

Changing your company logo is not an easy choice to make, however, in some cases it’s necessary. Sometimes it is to re-spark your company’s moral, but often you just have to keep up with the ever-changing world.

There is more to a logo than most people think. There is a definite psychological implication behind every choice you make when creating a logo. Shapes, fonts and colors ALL set of triggers in the human brain. Some are calming, trusting, exciting and some trigger impulse. (The almighty McD*****s for example has two very powerful impulse colors, red and yellow).

Website

Websites have the potential to be your greatest tool. Having an active web presence is no longer an indulgence, it’s a necessity. If you want to at the very least keep up with your competitors, a website is a must. 80% of internet users search for products and services online. Putting your company’s site on the front page of Google is now one of the most effective forms of advertising your business will ever invest in.

Facebook

Facebook is no longer just an internet site that your children fight each other for to the death over. It is now an active online social connection to over 800,000,000 active users. How does this affect your company? Even though it’s an “online world” it is still community based. In North America, the majority of users are the new generation, and middle-aged women. Statistics are now showing that in over 75% of North American homes, the wife is the final decision maker when it comes to finances. If your company utilizes Facebook’s “Company Pages” function, you are now putting the face of your company in front of thousands of potential valued clients.

There are many more ways to market your company. I am only scratching the surface in this blog. I hope it has been helpful for you. If you have any questions at all be sure to call us!Marketing and strategy

06
Oct

SEO

Search Engine Optimization

Having a website built around SEO essentially means: “show up first on Google”. Google is the most used search engine on the internet today. Building your site with SEO in mind increases the chance of you showing up FIRST when the name of your product or service is typed in on Google.

When someone is new to a region they rely on Google as a referral tool. For example, if they are looking for a hair salon, they won’t know the names of the salons, they will simply type in “Steinbach Hair”. A list of related categories will then show up. Instinct on the internet is to examine one of the first three choices. At this point they will look for a comfortable brand, functional website and client testimonials.

Building a website with clear and concise content is essential for attracting relevant Google searches; but a website needs to stay active and current.

Here is a list of ways to keep your company’s website current and SEO friendly.

1) Blogging
Blogging can be integrated into your website. It is a great way of communicating with potential clients that have landed on your page. Whether it’s an engaging topic or a monthly sale special, it is the easiest form of staying current with your site visitors.

Functionality
If your website doesn’t function properly, contains dead links, or is only a one-page site–Google will not find it. It is imperative to maintain your site and have path links throughout your site to prove it’s functionality to Google.

3) Back Links
Back-links are one of the most effective ways of grabbing Google’s attention. Some company’s pay thousands of dollars a year to for active pages to host back-links. Social Media, however, is a free way of achieving this. Social Media is one of the strongest marketing tools within your reach. It focuses on local communities and gives your company an interactive online presence while hosting back-links directly to your website.

Google AdWords
Paying Google a monthly fee is an easy way of ensuring that your company shows up at the top of the page.

06
Oct

Hello Steinbach!

Steinbach has a new face in town! Three Marketing is proud to announce our branch is now open for business in Steinbach, Manitoba. Our physical location in Steinbach is currently under construction, however, we are still taking on numerous clients! Be one of the first companies in Steinbach of your trade to work with Three and watch your business leave your competitors in the dust!

Three Marketing is a full services marketing agency with a fresh perspective and decades of combined experience. We offer virtually limitless service with dedication to deadlines.

Not from Steinbach? Not a problem! Three covers the majority of southern Manitoba. Call or email us to find out what we can do for you!