Lagos StartUp Week 2017: “10 Things Every Business Should Do with Digital Marketing”

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“10 Things Every Business Should Do with Digital Marketing”

The Lagos Startup Week 2017 was themed “Visionary”. An annual event organized for visionary entrepreneurs, local leaders & SMEs whose inquisitive minds and unconventional ideas are transforming Africa and tackling the world’s challenges. Following on from the success of 2015 and 2016 editions,  Lagos for the third consecutive year, played host to 50 sessions, 160 speakers, and 2000+ attendees. Five days to learn, build momentum and opportunity around our local market ran from the 25th – 30th of September 2017 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki.

The Day 2 of the event was packed with a lot of interesting activities which included: RDM’s Digital marketing Masterclass; User experience and product development; The Future Innovation in Lagos; Art of Photography; And Fashion Innovation.

Present at the event was the Ringier Digital Marketing (RDM) African team which consisted of Zubby Emodi (Head of RDM African hub), Oluwaseye Dipo Adebule (RDM Online Marketing Manager), and Debo Ajayi (Head of RDM Academy) who Kicked started the event with “10 Things Every Business Should Do with Digital Marketing.”

  1. Set Online Marketing Goals

Digital marketing is not complete without a specific goal. The key is to plan your marketing goals, objectives, strategies and tactics thoroughly before jumping into anything. How do you set marketing goals? Marketing goals are set by doing the following:

  • Creating Awareness
  • Engagements
  • Conversion
  • Loyalty
  • Advocacy
  1. Use Analytic to Make Business Decision

Remember, if you don’t quantify results, you will never run a positive social media campaign. Analytic tools tells you what is working and what is not. Analytic is all about measurements and what do you measure? The answer is “Data”, the data collected can be used to make changes to your campaign. It helps you track and measure how your customers are responding to your content. Analytics tools that can be used:

  • Facebook insight;
  • Twitter Analytic;
  • Simple Measure;
  • Hootsuite;
  • Buffer;
  • Klout;’
  • Social mention.
  1. Engage your Audience

Digital Marketing is all about interaction. Engagement is the most important tool of Digital marketing because it gives your customers a sense of belonging to your product or services. Different studies has proven that customer loyalty is based on how engaged the customer is to your product or services. So therefore, interact with your customers and know who they are this will help in achieving your marketing goals.

  1. Understand your Audience

The only way and best way you can know what your customers want is by listening to what they have to say. Beyond engagement, understanding your audience is key to business growth. It is important that you use your social media platforms as an extension of your customer service, where you can engage on a daily basis with your customers.

  1. Use Digital Tools

Digital tools is one of the success of the 21st century. It makes digital marketing easier, this is because a lot of things can be achieved when these tools are implemented effectively.  However, a lot of entrepreneurs are of the notion that digital tool are expensive, but here is the good news. There are some digital tools that are free and very easy and effective to use. These free tools includes:

  • Hootsuite
  • Google Analytic
  • SEO: Adwords Keyword Planner
  1. Have a Digital Marketing Strategy

With both competitors and potential customers constantly online, digital marketing is the only way to stay ahead. Be very clear about you are offering, do not sell to your target customer what they are going to refuse.

  1. Invest in Having a Digital Asset

Get a good device to market your products or services. If you are into a business that involves taking a lot of pictures or videos. Investing in an expensive digital asset is not a bad idea. Get a good and expensive asset that can help you depict your services. Many entrepreneurs are of the notion that they don’t have to buy an expensive gadgets to grow in their business. This notion is wrong, a good gadgets helps you pass a clearer message to the audience especially through the use of pictures and videos. So therefore as entrepreneurs start investing on digital assets.

  1. Pay attention to content

“Content is king” Make sure that your message is relevant to your customer. The more you can help you customers the more they will remember the useful information you disseminated to them. Tell a story, there is nothing better than when a customer remembers your products or services based on a story or testimony.

  1. Don’t Spread yourself too Thin

You don’t have to be on every social media platform. Discover what channels works for you. The problem with most business owners is that they feel the pressure to use all the social media platform which can be challenging and handful. Discover what platform works for you, utilize it by engaging your customers frequently and I can assure you that you will see an improvement on your online business.

  1. What you can use Digital marketing for

Digital marketing can be utilized for the following:

  • Social media marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Content Marketing
  • Training/Education
  • Advertising

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