Posted by Allison | December 1, 2014 | Comments Off on Make 2015 Your Mobile Marketing Year
It’s now officially the last month of 2014, which means it’s time to think about next year! There are probably a number of items on your business’ to-do list, but you should also consider mobile marketing as an addition to your goals.
This year, mobile devices overtook desktop Internet usage for the first time ever – in January, mobile devices accounted for 55% of Internet usage in the U.S. It’s safe to say that mobile marketing is here to stay! Below are some tips for making 2015 your business’ mobile marketing year.
Assess your mobile readiness
Before you start creating your mobile marketing strategy, assess your business’ mobile readiness. Do you have an optimized mobile website? Is your business’ website responsive on all devices? Do you have the ability to create a mobile app for your business? Answering these questions can help you determine where you should start and how far your strategy can take you! Remember that there’s no sense in dedicating time or money on mobile marketing efforts if you’re not ready to provide a good mobile experience for potential clients.
Enhance your existing mobile presence
Mobile websites are different from their desktop counterparts in that the screen is much smaller and there’s no mouse, so the way a person uses your website will be different. They’ll need big, easy-to-click buttons rather than text links, and you’ll want to break up the copy on your web pages to make them easier to read on small screens. If you don’t have a responsive website design, you can easily create a mobile website with our Mobile Website Creator. Our tool allows you to paste a quick bit of code to your website, which will make it so your website is optimized for mobile devices.
Posted by Juliet | November 14, 2014 | Comments Off on Top Apps to Help You Work Smarter
In this day and age, smartphones have become a lifeline for business operations. We use mobile devices to schedule, analyze, remember, and complete all sorts of tasks both for our business’ and our daily lives.
Luckily, there are a ton of great apps available to help you be more effective and help you get more work done. We’ve compiled a list of great apps for Wedding Pros that will help maximize your productivity and keep you organized!
Need an app to manage to-do lists? Wunderlist is the app for you!
With Wunderlist you can…
Create to-do lists that you can access on your smartphone, computer, or tablet
By now your wedding business should be aware that mobile marketing is on the rise. While you know it’s something your business should be doing, it’s another thing entirely to start up a mobile marketing campaign or program! You can mobilize your website, Storefront and emails, but those are not your only options for reaching engaged couples on their mobile devices.
If you’re interested in sending immediate information on a more personalized basis, here’s a brief introduction to mobile opt-in marketing!
What it is
Traditional marketing tactics do not require your target audience to opt-in because most traditional marketing tactics are 1-to-many – meaning that one business is communicating with many people with one message. Traditional marketing tactics include print advertising, direct mail or radio and television ads. With the social media revolution, social networks opened up two-way communication with their audience. Now users can “like” your business’ page on Facebook and interact directly with your business. This change caused other changes in marketing strategies to shift from sending a mass message to crafting more relevant and timely messages based on behavior.
Opt-in marketing means that users have given your business permission to send them information on a 1-to-1 basis. The best and most popular use of opt-in marketing is email marketing – if you don’t have explicit permission to email a given person (whether they opt-in through your website or establish a business connection with you) you’re likely to be marked as spam and suffer other penalties.
Mobile opt-in marketing is very similar to email marketing, except that instead of giving you permission to send them emails, users are giving you permission to send them voice, text or other mobile messages to their smartphones or cell phones. Mobile opt-ins go beyond being able to interact with your business via smartphone; the user is giving you permission to push messages directly to their phone number.
How to do it
If you’ve ever opted-into an email newsletter list for a publication or individual business, you’ve seen how easy it can be! You’ll need to create a form to collect the phone numbers as well as some simple legal language to lay out your terms and conditions. These terms will explain in detail what you are and are not allowed to do with the user’s phone number. CTIA – The Wireless Association and Mobile Marketing Association have some great best practices for messaging consumers in the U.S.
Posted by Allison | September 16, 2014 | Comments Off on 7 Productivity Apps for Wedding Professionals
Wedding and event professionals are often out of the “office” a lot, which means you’re depending on mobile devices to keep you up to date with everything. It can be frustrating enough to get work done while you’re on-the-go, so it’s important to use the right apps to keep everything straight! Here are seven of the top productivity apps for wedding professionals from our Pinterest board, Apps to Make Your Life Easy!
Have trouble keeping up with your to-do list? More than just a to-do app, Carrot rewards you for completing items on your list! Each time you complete an item, Carrot awards you points which unlock other features. These upgrades to the app make it easy (and addictive) to keep checking off the tasks on your list. We promise you’ll want to keep adding tasks so you can cross them off!
If you’re wondering where all your time goes, look no further than Chronos. Without having to manually enter your time and tasks, Chronos automatically categorizes your time to help you analyze what you do each day. You can also track progress towards personal goals to make sure you stay on track.
The DocuSign app provides a simple and secure way to electronically collect signatures. This app eliminates the hassles, costs, and lack of security in printing, faxing, scanning, and mailing documents! If you don’t have access to WeddingWire Client Sites, it’s the next best thing to being able to quickly and easily get the documents you need from your clients.
Have trouble managing your email? The Mailbox app is for you! Mailbox combines your accounts to one place where you have the option to snooze certain email conversations so you can focus on more important items in your inbox. Plus, the app learns from your actions to help keep your accounts under control – the way you would organize it yourself!
Posted by Allison | July 7, 2014 | Comments Off on 3 Advantages of Having a Mobile Presence
Spend time walking around a public place and you’ll see the majority of people using mobile devices in one way or another. Whether texting, surfing the web or playing a game, people are on their smartphones and tablets at an ever-increasing rate. As a wedding and events professional, you may find it hard to understand how you can take advantage of this trend – but you can (and should).
While the core of your business is the same – you’re still selling the same product or service – mobile customers expect a different experience when searching for their perfect Pros. Your business’ information needs to be easily found, read and digested so those searching during a free moment can learn all they can quickly and efficiently!
Don’t just take our word for it – below are three advantages of having a mobile presence for your wedding business:
Conduct business anywhere, at any time
When potential customers can interact with your business on mobile, it makes it easier for them to keep your business in their consideration set. If a potential customer cannot find or access your business’ key information from her phone, she might cross your business off her list and keep moving forward with a competitor. WeddingWire’s mobile site allows potential customers to find your Storefront and inquire about your business on-the-go, meaning that you’re never out of touch. Our Mobile Website Creator also makes it easy for your business to optimize your website for mobile in a few easy steps, without having to consult a website developer.
Improve customer service quality and responsiveness
Posted by Allison | November 5, 2013 | Comments Off on 7 Surprising App Stats
It’s no secret that mobile technology is quickly becoming an all-in-one platform to which we’re all connected. In fact, within 4 months mobile use will actually surpass desktops, and within 9 months there will be more mobile devices than people on earth! We’re in the middle of a mobile revolution – is your business ready? Check out these seven mobile app stats that may surprise you!
Posted by Allison | October 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Mobile Apps: Don’t Worry, Be Appy!
Yesterday, we hosted our monthly educational webinar for premium members. This month, we focused on mobile technology and the best mobile apps to help you run your business! WeddingWire CMO Sonny Ganguly gave the latest stats on mobile apps adoption and growth as well as shared a list of 41 apps you’ll love (since the average smartphone user has 41 downloaded apps!).
Communication has evolved rapidly over the past 50 years. We’re in the middle of a mobile revolution – mobile use will actually surpass desktops within the next 4 months! To keep up with the mobile growth, make sure you mobilize your website, emails, payments and your client experience. Also, don’t forget to mobilize yourself by investing in a smartphone and/or tablet if you haven’t already!
Posted by Allison | October 17, 2013 | Comments Off on What We Learned at Digital East 2013
This week, members of the WeddingWire team attended Digital East 2013, DC’s premier gathering of marketers, entrepreneurs, web strategists and other professionals in the digital realm. Speakers included representatives from industry leaders such as Twitter, Buzzfeed and Facebook. WeddingWire’s own Senior Email Marketing Manager Matt Byrd also spoke on email trends, tools and tactics.
We had a great time learning about content strategy, mobile marketing, customer engagement, social media, email marketing, search marketing and more, so we can share some of the best education with you and work to apply it here at WeddingWire!
Check out our highlights of upcoming digital trends from the conference:
Only 20% of what you post on social media should have a conversion goal (get a new lead). The other 80% should be split between providing information, entertaining your followers and prompting interaction. Prompt interaction whenever possible – remember, interaction is the “social” in “social media.”
Visual content is on the rise. In fact, on average, articles containing relevant images have 94% more total views than articles without images. Try out visual networks like Pinterest and Instagram. Make sure your blog posts have images to break up your text and link posts on Facebook and Twitter with images for increased engagement.
The growth of mobile is driving new strategies for content creation, content consumption and advertising. Businesses need to be smarter about how they are interacting with consumers on mobile devices. The first step?Make your site mobile-friendly!
Marketing is becoming more and more data-driven. The ability to track the success of marketing tactics is becoming more important in determining the true return on investment (ROI) for marketing dollars. This trend can be seen across all industries, from business to politics.
Interacting with customers on a variety channels is becoming the norm. New technologies will not kill older forms of media – just as TV didn’t actually kill off radio – but they will change the way we consume certain types of media. It’s important to keep all these channels in mind, such as social networks, websites and blogs, when coming up with strategies.
Changes in search engine optimization (SEO) tactics and regulation are making it more important than ever to not only understand the keywords your customers are using, but also what those keywords say about the customer’s behavior. The better you know your customers, the better you can anticipate and predict their needs to be their top business choice!
We enjoyed meeting the best of the best in the digital world, and we’re so excited to use what we’ve learned to help power our Pros! What do you think about these trends?
Have you mobilized your business? The worldwide phenomenon of mobile technology is creating a booming market, and it is reported that consumers will spend a whopping $860 billion dollars this year on mobile devices! More importantly for our businesses, a shocking 80 percent of consumers will leave a mobile site after just one bad experience. Don’t miss out on these potential clients interested in your services just because your business has not gone mobile.
Still not convinced the power of mobile?
Here are some stats to get you up to speed on our mobile future:
By 2014 mobile is predicted to overtake desktop Internet usage
According to a new report, more than half of American adults now own a smartphone (and 91 percent of adults own a cellphone of some kind)
The higher your earnings, and the younger you are, the more likely you are to own a smartphone
43 percent of email is opened on a mobile device, this means think “simplicity first” when designing your email campaign and make your message clear
All of these stats make it very clear that clients are no longer only searching for their perfect Pros on desktops or laptops. This means that you need to create a strong online presence for your business – today!
Luckily, WeddingWire makes it easy to create a mobile site for your business in just a few minutes for premium Pros as part of membership! Get started by logging into your account, navigate to the “Marketing” tab, and select “Mobile Website Creator.” Then, easily optimize your website for mobile and tablet devices. Simply copy and paste your custom code to your business website to get mobile and tablet friendly versions of your site!
Make your business mobile-friendly this year with this mobile goals checklist:
Track your mobile Google Analytics to see how your business is doing with mobile visitors.
Mobilize your business emails to make your messages optimized for smartphones and tablets, with simple, relevant content and large buttons and a clean design.
When you visit your mobile site, make sure your business is easy to contact with a quick form or direct button to email or call for more information to maximize leads.
Keep your directory updates accurate on sites commonly accessed on the go, including: Google Maps, Google+ Local, Yelp and more. Provide a simple description of your services, your hours of operation, your phone number, your address and a link to your website.
Don’t be afraid to embrace our mobile future! By following these Pro tips, you will connect with more new clients searching on the go and positively impact your business this year.
By now you know the future is mobile. You have heard our webinar last month about Entering the Mobile Revolution, but have you mobilized your website yet? Here’s a quick video that walks you through the steps. It’s time to go mobile!