Happy Holidays (and big news) from Condron Media

Happy Holidays!

Condron Media is unwrapping BIG NEWS for the holiday.

That’s right – we’re moving!

New year, new digs.

We want to wish our clients, partners, and friends a happy holiday season.

Condron Media will be ringing in the New Year from our new home in the Abington Forum building in Clarks Green.


As of January, 2019 you can find us here:

120 North Abington Rd
Clarks Green, PA 18411


Our address will be new, but some things never change.

You can still call us at 570-344-6888, and you can still expect the same dedicated service and creative marketing solutions from our team.

We’ll be ringing in the new year from our new office, so remember to update your address book and stay tuned for Phil’s annual letter next month.

We want to thank you for your business.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

A Beginner’s Guide to Google Ads

Consumer expectations are constantly changing across all industries. People expect fast, accurate information at the touch of a button, and customers are searching for products and services in more ways than ever before. Few have the patience to dive any deeper than the first page of search results, which is why results rankings are so crucial for brand exposure online.

So how can your business stay ahead of the competition and in front of the consumer’s line of sight? Your organization can gain increased brand awareness, website traffic, and conversions by appearing on the first search results page through Google Ads.

What are Google Ads?

Google Ads, formerly known as Google AdWords, is an online advertising tool that allows your business to gain exposure across numerous devices and networks. The unique network options that Google offers include graphic display ads, YouTube video ads, text-based search ads, or in-app mobile ads, giving you plenty of ways to reach your target customer.

If you use Google like the rest of the world (Google holds 74.5% of the global Search Engine market share, processing 3.5 billion searches everyday), you’ve probably seen sponsored search results before. They appear at the top, side, or sometimes bottom of the results page and are denoted by a small green icon that indicates you’re viewing a paid ad.

How Does It Work?

Ads are intent driven. Your ads can appear if the words people type into the search bar match your list of pre-set keywords. Your keywords need to be relevant to the search term to appear.

So, an effective Ads campaign relies heavily on understanding the customer journey and recognizing the intent behind why a customer might be searching for a particular keyword.

Setting Up

Campaigns need a few basic elements to be effective. First, each campaign requires at least one Ad Group. An ad group organizes your campaign by containing only ads that share a common set of keywords. You determine the keywords you wish to target.

For example, let’s say you run a local coffee shop.

You might have one ad group for “beverages” and another ad group for “breakfast menu items.” Each ad group should then contain multiple ads that target the same set of keywords. The beverage ad group might target coffee, tea, and juice, while the breakfast menu items ad group targets bagels, egg sandwiches, and donuts. The keyword list in each ad group tells Google’s system to show ads for these products only in searches related to them.

While you do have the freedom to lump all of your ads into just one ad group, your campaign will stay more organized and your results will be more effective following a segmented structure with multiple ad groups and multiple ads. We recommend creating at least three rotating ads per ad group. Remember that different ad groups should target different sets of keywords.

The effectiveness of a Google Ads campaign is also based on the quality of the ad, the relevance of the ad copy, the landing page on your website, and your budget.

One of the best budget-friendly features of an Ads campaign is that it follows the pay-per-click model, meaning that the total ad spend is based on clicks, not impressions. This means you only pay when someone actually clicks on your ad to get to your website. Each dollar spent drives traffic to your site.

Ads campaigns are most effective when they are managed consistently and adjusted properly over the life of the campaign.

Don’t Let the Details Scare You!

Maybe our Google Ads breakdown made perfect sense to you, or maybe it seems like we’re speaking Greek. We get it. Ads is a fully-customizable tool that certainly has its intricacies.

Don’t let the process scare you away from a potential opportunity to grow your business! Google Ads is a fantastic addition to any digital advertising campaign. Let Condron Media help your organization navigate through the fickle world of search networks and keywords with our digital marketing services.

25 Content Ideas for Social Media

We always say that consistency is the key to successful social media marketing, and that includes keeping an active posting schedule online.

But what happens when you run out of ideas?

Don’t risk losing followers just because you have nothing to post!

Here are 25 social media post ideas that any business can use to spark creativity and keep up engagement.

  1. Behind the scenes footage
  2. Share an article
  3. Tips and tools related to your products
  4. How-To’s or DIY tutorials
  5. Take a poll
  6. Trending hashtags
  7. Throwback Thursday photos or facts
  8. Quotes related to your industry
  9. Statistics about your company
  10. Customer Q and A
  11. Employee spotlight
  12. Snapshots of your workspace
  13. Go live!
  14. Testimonials
  15. Announce an event
  16. Record videos of your products in use
  17. Shout out to a special client
  18. Teaser content of things to come
  19. Contest or giveaway
  20. Share your brand’s origin story
  21. Something seasonal
  22. Ask a question
  23. Promote another platform – newsletter, other social, etc
  24. Company milestones
  25. Thank your followers

Try to always keep fresh ideas flowing across all of your channels!

Tweets That Get Attention

This past year, Twitter doubled its character limit for tweets. Posts were initially condensed to 140 characters, but now people have the freedom to speak freely up to 280 characters.

After this new update with character limits, statistics show posts with greater than 140 characters getting more attention than those of less wording.

The more words you write, the more retweets you can get. But, if you don’t have a lot to say, don’t worry!

There are plenty of ways to get noticed using Twitter. Here’s how you can stand out:


It all begins with your profile.

When viewers click your page, the content on your profile is essential. Use color and photos to your advantage. For example, at Condron Media, we keep our brand colors consistent in our Twitter feed throughout our profile picture, header photo, and posts.

Make sure to be clear, direct, and concise as to the image of your business you are portraying to your audience.

Another way to grab viewers’ attention immediately is by pinning a tweet to your profile. Is your business hosting an event? Promoting a product? Showcasing an award or accomplishment? A pinned tweet becomes the first thing people see when they click to your profile.

 

Personalize your retweets.

Personalizing quoted retweets is one way to grab attention from an audience. Many click the retweet button, but do not necessarily post a blurb with it.

Why would this matter? Adding a comment to a retweet can educate your audience on a topic that you care about. You allow your voice to be heard by stating your opinion.

Consider sharing an article more than once. Use different links to share articles. This will avoid confusion from followers thinking your profile is spam.

Visual content is key. Our brains process visual content 60k times faster than text. When competing with 500 million Twitter posts, your goal should be to attract attention and stand out. Photos and videos are a great tool to incorporate on your profile. At Condron Media, we find it vital to post both visual and text content within most of our posts.

 

Hop on the bandwagon.

If companies or individuals are sharing something you find amusing or relevant to your business profile, find a way to incorporate this content into your posts!

Using hot topics and trending hashtags will draw more viewers to your profile. As a result, you may gain more followers and see higher engagement.

In addition to hot topics and hashtags, links also increase your chances of being retweeted. Share interesting data in hopes that your followers will click the link and enjoy it too!

 

Your audience matters!

Connect and engage with people on Twitter. In addition to sharing articles and personalizing your retweets, your brand should tag, tweet, comment and continue to repost other content to keep a conversation going. This will build a network for yourself and the business.

You want to be memorable. Use clever phrases, slogans and puns to be unique.

Be like your audience. We cannot stress this enough! Speak casually and freely. Show the human side of your business through your social media.

 


What’s your favorite Twitter tip? Leave a comment below and let us know! Or, follow us on Twitter and remember to @ us if you try implementing any of our social media tips.

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Happy Tweeting!

What Does It Take to Create Compelling Ads in Instagram Stories?

Since the premier of Instagram Stories back in 2016, brands have been connecting with their customers in more creative ways than ever. The business community on Instagram has fully embraced advertising opportunities within Stories – the vanishing content feature that rivals Snapchat – with more than half of all business accounts posting to their stories during a typical month. Stories get used by brands to share behind-the-scenes content, Q & A sessions, tutorials, polls, and breaking news. Over 300 people use Instagram Stories everyday!

But what does it take to get an ad on Instagram Stories right? The app’s parent company, Facebook, conducted a study for advertisers about the way people perceive video ads on social. Here are some of the key takeaways from that study, according to Instagram.

– Relevance matters.

On average, top-performing Instagram Stories ads ranked higher on relevance than lower-performing ads. They also grabbed attention, were easy to understand and fit the advertised brand.

– Seconds add up.

On average, top-performing ads in stories were shorter and contained branding earlier than lower performing ads in stories.

– Fast pacing pays off.

Among ads in stories that contained multiple scenes, on average, scenes from top-performing ads were shorter than those from lower-performing ads.

– Product demos boost results.

Only about half of the Instagram Stories ads that were tested showed the advertised product in use, but those that did performed better on key metrics.

– To be effective, bespoke ads must be mobile-optimized.

Nearly half of the ads tested were built specifically for Instagram Stories, but few performed in the top third of all Instagram Stories ads studied — perhaps because they took longer to reveal the key message and contained longer scenes.


Instagram Stories

Whether your business posts to Instagram Stories like a pro or has never taken advantage of the feature before, these tips are worth remembering. Shorter, attention-grabbing ads that are optimized for mobile will be top performers. Let your creativity shine by using stickers, filters, and hashtags, or try out Instagram’s newest updates – the emoji slider and the questions sticker!

Maybe you want your business to succeed on social media, but just don’t have the time to post. Condron Media can help. Get in touch with us to see which of our digital marketing services can fit your needs at hi@condronmedia.com.

Launching a Social Media Campaign? Remember These 3 Tips!

1. Choose The Right Platform for Your Audience

The first rule of running a successful social media campaign is knowing your audience. Ask yourself: Who are you trying to reach with your branded message? Understanding the identity of your target audience will allow you to determine which social platforms will work best for your message.

It’s tempting to make an account on every single social media site in existence, but not always necessary. Choose wisely. If your audience is more likely to be on one specific network, don’t waste your time on a different site where your posts go unseen.

For example, 46% of U.S. adults log on to Twitter daily while nearly 70% of U.S. adults are on Facebook. You need to look carefully at each platform, and determine where your target audience is spending the majority of their time. Choose the right platform for your message by centering your strategy where your audience is.

2. Keep Content Relevant And Engaging

After you’ve identified your audience and chosen a channel to launch your social media campaign, you need to be be selective in the content you share. Your posts should be relevant, engaging, informative, and interesting to your audience, all while maintaining the core of the campaign message.

Remember to share posts that your followers will want to interact with, like colorful photos, fun facts, reviews of your products, or tips that complement the services you provide. Successful social media campaigns will forge a personal connection between your business and the consumer, so remember to give your content a personal touch.

3. Analyze Your Metrics And Make Changes Along The Way

Most social media channels will offer insights into the reach and level of engagement of your posts. You can gather all kinds of information about the content you publish, the people who see it, and the success rate of your efforts.

You can gain further insights into the users who comprise your audience, as well. What time of day is your audience engaging in your content? Who shares, likes, or comments on your posts? Use these metrics to determine what’s working, and what isn’t.

More importantly, don’t be afraid to make changes! If something isn’t working, try a new tactic or make changes accordingly. Use all available feedback to continuously improve your strategy.

Over 70% of small businesses use social media, which means that regardless of which channels you choose, you’re going to be fighting for space in the crowded social media landscape.

A social media presence doesn’t guarantee success, which is why we stress the importance of strategy at Condron Media. We work with our clients to develop custom posting schedules and create unique, relevant content. We offer a range of services that include planning, process, full creative and publishing management to fit businesses of every size. Want to learn more about our social media services? Give us a call to start working with us on your next project or campaign!

Consumers Still Look to Traditional Advertising

After 23 years providing marketing, advertising, and public relations to successful clients, it’s safe to say we know a thing or two about traditional marketing here at Condron Media.

Although we offer both types of advertising for our clients, the “traditional marketing versus digital marketing” debate is endless. Both have certain advantages and disadvantages. We believe the power of traditional marketing in our region is still strong. Conventional tactics, like traditional broadcast and print media, allow promotion through tried-and-true methods offline with a proven success rate.

Print media such as newspapers, billboards, direct-mail postcards, posters, and brochures are all forms of traditional marketing that have unique benefits over digital marketing, particularly in this market where our median age is appreciably higher than the national average.

Despite an increase in online trends, a recent study found that U.S. consumers prefer print advertising mediums equally as much as advertisements on social media. Consumers have also reported that traditional mediums are more trustworthy than online advertisements. Television/broadcast and print media rank highest in the consumers’ eyes, proving that traditional marketing is alive, well and effective.

Trustworthiness of Advertising Mediums (1)

Traditional marketing and digital marketing work well together to optimize exposure for businesses of every size. If you rely solely on online advertising to promote your organization, you will be missing out on opportunities for exposure from traditional media outlets.

Condron Media has perfected the balance of online advertising with traditional marketing methods to put your message in front of the right clientele. The real key to a successful marketing campaign is a blend of both digital and traditional tactics to balance consumer trust and online exposure. If you’re wondering whether traditional marketing is dead, work with us and leverage over two decades of our experience to see firsthand that it is alive and well!

Facebook for Small Business

In the world of social media, Facebook is an undeniable powerhouse. The platform reported surpassing more than two billion active users last year. There are countless eyes on content, and Facebook can be an incredible tool for growing your small business. But how will you stand out in an increasingly large crowd?

At Condron Media, our job is to put your message in front of as many of those eyes as possible. Here are some tips for making the most out of your Facebook presence.

Grow your audience: Simple things such as “Like us on Facebook” buttons on your website, or a poster in your business inviting people to like your page can help increase your number of fans. It’s always easier to reach people who like you in the real world, but even devoted customers might need an extra push to join your Facebook audience. Consider attention-getters like hosting contests and giveaways, featuring customer photos, or posting seasonally-themed content. People will share content that interests them, and every Facebook friend of a follower is a potential new “Like” for your business page!

Grow Your Audience

Ads and boosted posts: Facebook users are bombarded with hundreds of posts in the timeline of content when they sign on. Your post may get lost in the shuffle for your devoted fans – Boosted Posts can help catapult you to the top of the list. Facebook ads can also help break free from the boundaries of those who “like” your page and put your message in front of specific demographics. These tools, when used correctly, will attract new customers and promote your business to existing fans. Condron Media can help you find the right fit for your marketing dollars!

Reach out and be responsive: Visitors who come to your Facebook page directly are probably already interested in your business. Some people may visit to leave a review or send a message asking about products and services. Always take the time to foster positive interaction with those who send messages or leave comments. American Express suggests partnering with other small businesses to enrich the audiences of both businesses. In the same way a summer sidewalk sale can attract passers-by to multiple businesses, cross-promoting fellow small businesses can increase your audience on Facebook.

The social media landscape is ever-changing, but right now Facebook is the biggest place to be. At Condron Media, we are always excited to see our clients and partners succeed. Contact us today if you’re interested in taking your social media strategy to new heights!

Marketing Your Business on LinkedIn

Social media marketing trends are increasing every year. Many popular platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram give businesses of all sizes a way to communicate with their target audience. Facebook reigns as a top social media giant, with 42% of marketers reporting that the platform is critical or important to their business. However, LinkedIn is a social networking site that is often overlooked as a way to reach consumers and create value for a brand.

LinkedIn Company Pages are free to create. Much like a Facebook Business Page, you can design your brand’s profile with your logo and a cover image, as well as a description of what your company does and what makes it stands out from its competitors. Colleagues, customers, and other LinkedIn users can follow your Company Page. Your employees can add your Company Page to their own profiles, which will also increase buzz for your business.

Posting to LinkedIn is an easy way to build brand awareness and attract followers once your page setup is complete. Share company news, milestones and industry trends, or ask followers to weigh in on relevant topics. Your posts will appear on your Company Page as well as your followers’ news feeds. You can choose to promote your brand with sponsored posts, too.

New data shows that creating the perfect LinkedIn post takes some finessing. Posts with links have the best reach, but text-only posts are pretty good too. Unlike other social platforms, hashtags and emojis are simply not as effective on LinkedIn as they are on Instagram or Twitter, so it’s best to leave them out.

Condron Media can help optimize your Company Page’s appearance in search results and build an audience on LinkedIn. We specialize at creating effective posting schedules, creating original content, and leveraging analytics that will engage your followers. If you do not have time to create, update, and monitor your Company Page, we can certainly do that for you. And if you think your business wouldn’t benefit from exposure on LinkedIn, think again. Don’t underestimate this powerful social media platform!

Audio Advertising Is More Powerful Than Ever

We consume content through a number of mediums these days. Mobile, desktop, video, social media, billboards, TV ads, and more are all competing for our attention. Despite this, one surprising medium has outlasted and outperformed all the rest. Traditional radio reaches more Americans each week than any other platform. A whopping 93% of U.S. adults are reached by AM/FM radio, compared to other types of media including television, smart phones, PC, and mobile devices, which only reach 89% or less of the population.

Who is listening, and where?

Here’s a breakdown of the stats:

  • -Americans spend 87% of their AM/FM radio listening on their three favorite stations
  • -58% of all listening goes to just one station, the listener’s top favorite
  • -Format preferences differ by listening habits, geography and even demographics
  • -65% of American adults listen to the radio away from the home between 6am and 7pm during weekdays
  • -Consumption peaks at 75% outside of the home during the afternoon drive time, between 3pm and 7pm during the week
  • -Americans who are employed listen to AM/FM radio more than those who don’t work
  • -Listeners who are employed full-time engage with radio 2.5 hours longer per week than listeners who are not

What does this mean for advertisers? Well, it’s important to keep in mind that audio advertisements transcend a variety of demographics, and the popular platform is not going away any time soon. We have decades of experience with traditional radio campaigns for our clients. Here’s a sample of some our favorite radio spots:

Meal Prep Grind

 

Jiffy Lube Talking Gas Pump

 

Keystone College

 

Jiffy Lube Time Bandit

 

Other Forms of Audio Content

Audio platforms have evolved along with the rise of technology, and so has Condron Media. We recently launched our own podcast, Campaign Critique, where listeners can enjoy industry tips and tricks as we break apart a different marketing campaign in each episode. We examine what lessons small businesses can learn from major marketing efforts, and dissect the successes or failures of that particular campaign. The podcast is available through iTunes, the Google Play store, or any preferred RSS reader. You can learn how to subscribe to Campaign Critique, or any other podcast, in one of our previous blog posts.

Happy listening!