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Is Your WordPress Website Loading Speed Slow?

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One of the biggest problems with websites nowadays is its appearance and speed. With studies showing that slower websites rank poorly, you really need to speed up your site pronto!

You might be thinking that you know your website is slow but as you are a marketer you don’t know how to develop sites; you could be struggling to find a fix. First Digital Media are here to let you in on a few simple tricks that can boost your site speed without having to send it back to the developers.

Always back up your WordPress website before installing any plugins and making changes to the site.

Speed Is More Important Than You Think

We all know how annoying it is when you are waiting for a site to load and quite often we are only too eager to leave the site before it is even finished loading. Earlier this year Google stated how important site speed really is saying that “marketers who are able to deliver fast, frictionless experiences will reap the benefits”.

The faster the site, the lower the bounce rate is and it is a low bounce rate that you ideally want for your own website.

Image Optimisers

There is no doubt about it that your images on site will be the biggest element of your site speed being slower than normal. If you have amazing images that span across all pages and are responsive to tablet, phone and desktop size, they are going to be of a certain size and will take much longer to load.

However, this does not mean that you have to suddenly have poor quality images on your site just because of how long they take to load. There are simple plugins that can be added to your site to reduce their loading speed and to compress their size.

WordPress Cache Installation

This is one of the simplest tasks to do with your WordPress website. By installing a cache plugin, you are able to drastically improve your page speed time and most of the time the plugins are free which is an even better perk.

This works by caching certain larger elements of your website so that when the site has to load, a lot of it is already stored ready to show on your site right away. “No matter what, faster is better and less is more”, Google.

Optimised Homepage

Your home page is the first page that most of your audience will view, so if it is slow, you could be losing custom without even doing anything wrong! There are a few really easy steps you can take to improve the speed of your homepage including:

  • Rather than showing full posts, show excerpts and entice your customers to travel further through your site
  • Reduce the number of posts on the homepage
  • Remove sharing widgets that are unnecessary on the homepage
  • Check over all plugins and remove those that are no longer needed/broken
  • Keep your homepage minimal in terms of content, no one wants to read paragraph after paragraph when they just landed on your site

Get in Touch

If you are having trouble with optimising your site, get in touch with First Digital media today and call us on 0845 094 1830.

12 Steps for an Effective Social Media Strategy

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When it comes to social media strategies, First Digital Media know only too well what works, what should work and what doesn’t work.

Are you struggling to your business the reach online it needs to be successful? Are you falling behind on your social media strategy and feel like you’re getting nowhere? Then our social media marketing team are the people you need to speak to!

By putting together the top 12 steps to creating an effective social media strategy, our team are able to plan, implement and monitor your results so that you don’t have to lift a finger!

1.      Find Your Target Audience

Finding your target audience is number one priority on your steps to social media strategies. When it comes to your potential consumer reach and your actual customers you need to be targeting those that are actually interested in your business.

Without the proper attention paid to your customers, you could be gaining followers, likes and shares from an audience that have no interaction with your business and you could be wasting your time. People you need to target include:

  • Current customers
  • Potential customers
  • Associates of current customers and potential clients
  • Bloggers
  • Journalists and editors
  • Suppliers
  • Affiliate businesses

2.      Research Your Buyer Personas

Behind every great social media strategy is a lot of research. You need to know your audience and their interests or you can be far from ever meeting their needs and desires. With a clear understanding of your audience and their personas, you can create a clear visualisation of them and somewhat humanise them online.

HubSpot recently stated that:

Buyer personas (sometimes referred to as marketing personas) are fictional, generalised representations of your ideal customers”.

You need to have a clear understanding of your buyer personas to drive sales, target content and keep customer retention high.

3.      Find Out More About Your Influencers

Your influencers don’t have to be your enemies. Look at them as family and you’re just looking for some guidance in your own growth. If they’re doing well in a certain area, check out what their consumers are interested in and follow the same paths.

It is not copying them or stealing their data, it’s just simply identifying what works for a certain audience and matching it with your own audience. You can then target them directly and build the relationships needed to get them on board with your business.

4.      Check Out Social Media Platforms Used by Your Buyer Personas

By using several social media platforms and searching for target keywords for your industry, you are able to follow conversations and topics that are already out there on the platforms. This can then lead to interviews with your current customers on their habits and the chance to watch how your audience travels through the social media platform.

Instagram is great to follow keywords by using the hashtag to search for certain topics of interests. See what people are posting, what is out there to share and what will interest your own followers to get them hooked on your business.

Business 2 Community said in 2015 that social media platforms drove 31.24% of traffic to websites, imagine what that figure would be now two years later?

5.      Check Out Your Competitors Platforms

It is also isn’t a crime to check out what your competitors are doing online. If you have a direct competitor who has launched a new social media strategy, see what they are doing!

Other websites that are performing well don’t necessarily hide their secrets when it comes to social media marketing. There is only so much that you can do with the platforms and find out what works best for you is easy enough found with a few trials on methods. This can give you an insight into what platforms will work best for your industry, rather than guessing and hoping for the best.

6.      Create Content That Will Target Your Buyer Personas

Of course, you need to create content that will resonate with your consumers and audience. If you are not creating content that will entice your consumers, then why not? Nowadays, businesses have no excuse to be sharing boring content with their audience and hoping that something will stick. With software, experts and First Digital Media around for you to make use of, why would you risk it?

Match your content with the right channel, engage with the times that your audience is most active and delve into conversations with your consumers. As we have said before, video content on Facebook is growing fast, so why would you not share some videos?

7.      Start A Content Back Log

By building yourself a content backlog of useful articles, news posts, images, videos and blogs, you never have to run out of quality content again. If you have a consumer ask a question you should be prepared to answer to the best of your ability and without pre-empting those questions with the material in a backlog, you could end up being caught out without an answer.

Having detailed content to fall back on at all times gives you time to plan other areas of the business and also lets you create a solid social media strategy that falls into a plan with your business. You should also look into creating infographics, images, videos and other content that will break up sections of blog posts and articles.

Remember that all consumers interact with different content formats, not just one!

8.      Build Relationships with Consumers

Of course, you have to create a relationship with your consumers otherwise you could be losing out on potential customers for your business. If you are getting a lot of conversation on your posts on social media, get involved and respond to what they are saying amongst each other. It’s time to engage with your consumers and make sure they are enjoying your content otherwise you might as well not bother!

9.      Create A Cycle of Content Publishing

Keeping your publishing cycle consistent with the times your consumers are most active will give you the highest chance of interaction. By following steps 1-8 you should have content aimed at your audience that meets them on certain platforms, in different formats. Using this in an organised manner is essentially your social media strategy and the rest is monitoring results!

10. Make an Investment to Get More Social Followers

First Digital Media also advise certain customers of ours to make investments into getting more social followers. If you are looking to getting more social followers, you need to invest both time and effort into building your audience.

First Digital Media specialises in building social followings and engaging with current audiences. Trying all natural techniques, we advise on paid advertising to get new followers where necessary. We don’t suggest to buy followers ever as that is bad marketing techniques but we do take the time to carefully plan your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn ads to gain the right target audience, not just as many followers as possible.

11. Put A Plan in Place for Sharing Content

We are all aware that social media marketing takes time as there are so many platforms and methods to use at one given time. With there being so many networks to spread yourself across, you need to work through all of these 12 steps to create a plan with our team that works for you. Whether you leave it all to us or do some yourself, we need both be on the same page so that your audience get content that is targeted to their needs and purpose of your business.

12. Evaluate The Results and Work On Your Strategy from Here

Once you have gathered all of the evidence of your strategy, you can then see what worked and what didn’t. One of the steps that our team have mastered is number 12, as we can clearly see what works for our clients and what needs changing.

Using your results allows you to perfect the social media strategy you currently have, remove the weak links and create a solid strong plan to follow over the year. If after reading all of this you are panicking that you dont have the time or the insight into social media marketing, then you are in the right place. First Digital Media are only a call away!

Get in Touch

To arrange a call with a Digital Marketing Executive today give us a call on 0845 094 1830. We are here, ready and waiting to take over your social media platforms and totally transform your online presence. With 92% of marketers saying social media is important to their business, What are you waiting for?

Monitor Social Media Success with These Metrics

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Are you struggling to follow your social media success? First Digital Media have the solution right here!

Monitoring social media success doesn’t have to be difficult and can be done by both professionals and yourself. Following metrics, like those stated below, can be easily done but the hardest part is knowing how to use the data and how to act on it quickly.

First Digital Media are social media marketing experts for all kinds of industries and when it comes to monitoring metrics, we certainly know a thing or two. Acting on data and figures is what we do best and we have put together a few simple metrics you can follow yourself from the comfort of your own home.

Followers

Followers on twitter, likes on Facebook and followers on Instagram all come from a fan base that want to follow your business posts and updates. As they are interested in your business, it would be great that you were interested in them and follow the rate in which you are gaining followers and learn how you can improve those figures.

If you are gaining followers on a quick basis then you are doing something right clearly, if you are losing followers or not gaining as many as liked, maybe take a look at the topics of subjects you are posting and look at other methods of sharing with our social media team. With online marketing and social media marketing working closely together, followers are great but you can’t just rely on those figures for business success.

More and more young people are using social media and with the platform taking over TV as a news source, it really pays to get them on board on social.

Shares and Likes

Its quite obvious to watch how popular your content is when customers are sharing and liking your posts or your page but it can be quite hard to figure out what to do with those insights. If you can see that your audience are following your business online and are hungry for more information, you need to be sharing similar content that will entice them to delve further into your business and encourage others at the same time.

These figures can also show you what topics you should not be sharing, i.e. the ones your customers have no interaction with.

Social to Website Traffic

Ultimately, the end goal is to get traffic to your website and then using or buying your services/products. Social media is all well and good at interacting with your customers but your customers are only useful if they are actually doing something within your business.

Use Google Analytics to watch over your website traffic and check where the referrals came from. If the answer is social media, you are doing something right, if it isn’t high on the list, then you need professional social media marketing from First Digital Media.

With a total worldwide users of social media being 7.3 Billion (as of 2015), there are clearly a lot of customers you could be targeting, but what if they never go to your website?

Be The Leader in Your Industry

As well as monitoring your own stats and insight data, it can also be handy to monitor your competitors’ data. If they are the industry leaders, learn what they are doing and implement the methods into your own social media marketing skills.

Seeing what actually resonates with your customers is worthwhile and particularly helpful in getting customers to your website. You can track their movements and their interests to entice them into your business and give them the most information possible that they could ever need.

Listen and watch your customers to make content that interests them and become a leader in your industry.

Get in Touch

Learn more about metrics, social media marketing and Google Analytics with First Digital Media by calling us on 0845 094 1830.

How to Maximise Your Marketing Efforts with Facebook and FDM

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Facebook are constantly posting updates and news into how you can make the most out of their platform and their latest instalment is no exception to the rule.

By letting their users in every now and again on some secrets and tips, Facebook has managed to stay on top as the leading social media platform for businesses and personal use alike. With a specific focus on video content and imagery, Facebook have released a new report on how to attract your consumers and how to maximise your marketing efforts.

Changing Consumer Behaviours

Facebook’s new report, titled “New medium, new rules: video advertising in the mobile age”, focuses on the use of video in the new mobile age we are all living in. Starting by carrying out a quick test into how users consume media and at what given times, they found that people were using the platform the most in the adverts of their favourite TV shows.

This insight shows that consumers are avoiding the TV adverts and moving onto social media in the ad breaks. So, why not advertise there?

Although TV ads is still a $72.01 billion industry in the US, it is clear to see that watchers are paying more attention to their phones and social media in the ad breaks than the TV ads businesses are paying big dollars for. With the TV no longer holding watchers’ attention span and their mobiles giving them the option to avoid content they don’t want to see, it is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to target potential consumers.

Create New Advertising Content

What you are advertising isn’t wrong and the way you are delivering it isn’t necessarily incorrect, it just needs to change in the way that you connect you with your customers. If you are aiming to reach customers, you need to be aware of the declining attention rates across all platforms and grab their attention within the first few seconds.

With users scrolling through their Facebook feeds at the speed of lightening, you need to get them to want to stop at your ad, post or content within seconds.

Create A Strategy, Run It, Then Re-create

Its all well and good creating a marketing strategy that works but it might not work again in three months’ time. Online marketing changes like we change our socks and needs updating and re-creating over time to work with the statistics you find from the previous plan. You don’t want to miss out on major trends and sticking to the same routine of posts and content could see your marketing efforts fall short of your competitors.

It does take more time to be constantly monitoring your social media efforts and the return on investment, but that is why the team here at First Digital Media manage it all for you with online marketing skills and social media marketing expertise.

Measure All Results, It All Matters

Although it is so easy to monitor likes, shares and followers, you really need to monitor all of the results you get, not just the most obvious. At the end of the day, you want your business to be getting larger reach numbers and the potential to turn viewers into customers.

Facebook actually said “An advertiser’s ability to measure the right things properly will be the biggest predictor of their mobile advertising success” and this is exactly what our team focus’ on.

Get in Touch

To find out more about digital marketing and social media marketing with First Digital Media, simply call us right now on 0845 094 1830. “The best marketers, whether they’re digital native, direct response or brand, are working with the diverse consumer behaviours in the new mobile medium, not against them”, so call us today to find out more.

E-commerce Is So Much More Than Online Shopping

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The majority of internet users will have come across or used an e-commerce site at some point in time but little did you know, they are about to take over the world (almost)!

E-commerce sites have shown a steady growth in numbers over the years and now, in 2017, they are seen as one of the hardest websites to compete with. With an ever-growing market and more and more competition out there, it was about time that e-commerce sites upped their game and upped their game they certainly did!

Retail Online

Although there was a major scare in the retail industry that online retail would outrun high street stores, this is not the case. As it stands at the moment, there is only a small 8% of all retail sales carried out online in the UK, clearly showing room for e-commerce to storm forwards and develop.

With major contenders like John Lewis expecting online sales to account for almost half of their yearly intake, is e-commerce still just an up and coming phenomenon to think about, or is it already the king of retail?

E-Commerce Let Downs

Although a lot of the hype surrounding an e-commerce site at the moment is positive, there are some let downs that can affect how a site performs and how the customer interacts. With a massive 39% of users shutting off a website because it takes too long to load, it really pays to pay attention to your e-commerce site.

Never let it stand alone online, with so much competition it is about time you did something about your e-commerce site.

First Digital Media are aware of the e-commerce challenges and focus our attentions on mapping the customer journey throughout the site. With a major 61% of marketing teams mapping the journey also, we see ourselves as innovative leaders in the world of online, covering all bases in e-commerce and not just making it look great like other agencies do.

Case Study

The team here are always looking out for new and upcoming designs, websites and e-commerce sites to check out what is new on the market. We recently took the time to look at an industry giant online, ASOS, and found some great information we wanted to share with you.

As one of the biggest e-commerce sites out there with an avid following of loyal customers, clearly ASOS are doing something right. One element we noticed they were doing right was covering all bases and platforms, not just desktop. With conversion rates on the increase across all platforms, especially tablets and smartphones, it pays to make your e-commerce site responsive.

With speedy shopping features, loyalty rewards and everything their customers want, ASOS really hit the mark and will forever continue to grow in the online world if they keep doing what they’re doing.

First Digital Media

Our team pays close attention to various elements throughout your e-commerce, not just the front cover your customers get to experience. We look at:

  • Site searches and navigation options
  • Product pages and their content
  • Checkout process and shopping bag facility
  • So much more

Top Tip- make sure your product pages have video content, with video on the rise, your customers need to and want to see exactly what your product entails, rather than a flat photo of an object.

Get in Touch

To arrange a consultation regarding your e-commerce site and to find out more about First Digital Media, call us on 0845 094 1830.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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2016 has been a great year for First Digital Media and we want to take the time to say a massive Thank You to all of the team involved and to our valued clients.

Building on customer service is what we are proud of and our growing list of clients is a testament to the team’s hard work and dedication. As social media and the internet never sleeps, we are here over the Christmas period, answering calls, taking emails and making sure our clients are ready to take on the new year with full force.

Let’s look forward to 2017 together and keep moving forward with the digital world.

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wish you all a great New Year from everyone here at First Digital Media!