I LOVE reading. My family recently moved houses and the boxes of books surprised even me. I’m always on the lookout for new books and have found some fantastic resources for the best small business marketing, non profit marketing and leadership books I haven’t read yet.While I enjoy the ease of reading on my phone or tablet, I also want to make these books available to my team, so I’m buying hard copies to build a company library for Momentum Consulting.
This week I sat down with a Mississippi small business to talk about 2018 goals. We started working with this relatively new company just over a year ago and set some specific, measurable and reasonable goals.
Every month in our marketing meeting we reviewed the numbers and for the most part they exceeded their objectives almost every month. In fact, if we averaged out their monthly KPIs, they exceeded their goals by over 17%!
And yet, morale is down and turn over is high.
This month we re-evaluated those goals. I asked their team three questions:
Almost ten years I launched Momentum Consulting to fill the need of small and mid-sized companies for a consistent marketing and advertising strategy. Originally, the digital marketing company consisted of me, my laptop and our family’s dining room table. The company eventually grew out of my house and beyond what I could do alone.
I waffled between limiting the company to my own capabilities or expanding and hiring staff. About that time I read the E-Myth by Michael Gerber. Gerber spelled out my two choices:
For a long time medical providers questioned the value of social media. Could it help spread the word about your services and reach prospective patients? Could it help you connect with your current patients in a more meaningful way?
Since its launch in 2008, Houzz has become the go-to online site for finding ideas, products, and contractors in the home improvement and home construction industries. One of Houzz’s most popular features is the stories section. There you’ll find articles covering everything from how to feed plants for a healthier garden to “tours” of Houzz’s favorite homes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself getting lost in stories like “What It’s Really Like to Live in a Frank Lloyd Wright House” or “How to Refresh Your Kitchen on Any Budget” when I’m updating a page for a client. I’m sure if you’ve spent any time at all on Houzz, you’ve done the same and so have your clients, which brings me to today’s point--Houzz’s most popular stories topics are crucial to an effective home improvement marketing strategy. Here’s why:
Nonprofits are focused on the greater good of humanity rather than financial gain, which means content for nonprofit websites has to be geared toward the problems nonprofits are addressing and how they are solving them. Earlier this year Firespring.org, a Certified B Corp that provides integrated marketing solutions for nonprofit organizations, surveyed constituents of 17 different nonprofit organizations. Their results give us a snapshot of what donors want to see when they visit non-profit websites.
This report provides a wealth of information for organizations who are brainstorming blog ideas. When it comes to content, Firespring says, “Constituents are most interested in content that explains your organization’s ability to affect positive change”. According to Firspring, the four topics that constituents find the most important are Programs and Services, Goals and Objectives, How Donations are Used, and Stories of Work. We would like to help you cover all four of these in your blog posts.
Today, we’re continuing with part two of our three-part series on content auditing. In part one of this series, we defined content auditing and shared why your company needs to perform an audit. In this post, we’re giving you a step-by-step guide on how to conduct a content audit.