It’s 2018, a brand new year! Most businesses are taking some time to reflect on 2017’s successes and failures, and how to improve in this new year. Part of those plans should include advertising. It has never been more important than now to begin advertising your business. I’ve heard from many different industries, and they all tell me the same things. Markets are too competitive, we don’t have enough budget to run ads, etc. etc.
Do you know which forces will drive your businesses’ marketing efforts in 2018? Do you understand how to quickly have an impact on your conversions and sales, even if your knowledge of such complex topics as SEO, content personalization and A/B testing is limited? If the answer is no, fear not. Here’s what you need to know.
According to Kylie Rowe, a local Reno professional who recently gave a presentation on personal branding at a Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET) event, your personal brand exists whether you like it or not. Personal branding is about taking ownership of your actions online, choosing to play an active role in your own process of unfolding, and deciding to leverage the web to build your networks in a way that supports the goals you want to achieve. It also is consistent with your life offline.
We live in a digital world and who we are online is (almost) everything. Sure, we can argue that face-to-face relationship building and in-person contact is the most memorable, effective and lasting, but there are billions of us online and that’s where we spend most of our time learning and connecting. If we don’t take control of how we’re perceived through our personal brand and how we digitally represent ourselves, then we’re leaving it up to the world wide web, or the last time your wildest Facebook friend tagged you in a public post.
If panelists of the 2nd Annual NCET State of Digital Marketing luncheon were knights of the round table, then content would still remain king. But being king is more than simply owning a position. It’s leading with a vision and mobilizing villagers to take action toward something more meaningful. While the tone of the inaugural event in 2016 revealed trends on content positioning, the 2017 event had a strong emphasis on influencers and customization.
Elko, Nevada, is no Silicon Valley. Yet it’s here, in an unremarkable warehouse in the foothills of the Ruby Mountains, that Barrick Gold Corp. has created an in-house coding hub to design software for its nearby Cortez operation — one step in its plan to use technology to revolutionize the business.
Digital is kind of a big deal these days. This year, digital advertising spend will surpass television for the first time in history. And by 2021, digital is forecasted to represent a whopping 50 percent of all ad spend, with television down to just 33 percent. While this growth is truly amazing and a great opportunity to acquire more customers, it creates additional pressure for businesses large and small.