How can a small business with no digital experience get started?

Now that digital has replaced physical, how can a small business with no digital experience get started?

Women running a small business in the digital era

With everyone racing to the top of the digital mountain you’ve got to stand out across media to be seen. Brand awareness gets maximum results!

No matter what your budget is, digital marketing is accessible for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Have you recently started a business? Or maybe you have a small business that you’re trying to get off the ground and running.
Here are …tips to get you off the ground and running.

1-Optimize your content for search engines

The visitors you need are the ones actively searching for the services you offer online. It is easy to convert these visitors because they are highly targeted.
What are the first steps to get started with SEO?

Keyword research-> this will allow you to improve your search engine visibility.
You will find the words your future customers are using on search engines through keyword analysis. You may use a tool such as @Semrush to start your keyword search to help. It’s easier to target long-tail keywords as a new enterprise (three or more words).

These long-tail keywords have three big advantages:

  • They have clear intent.
  • They have low competition (and therefore it’s easier to get those top spots).
  • They account for a large portion of searches.
  • Half of all search queries are long-tail keywords.

If your keyword/user intent strategy isn’t targeting these terms, you’re missing about half of your audience and half of your potential leads.

2-If you run a local business, optimize your business for local search.

  • Upload your business details to the local listings
  • Collect reviews from your customers

Once you’re ready to start with paid advertising your up and running SEO will mean quicker results as you target the best keywords that match your business.

3-A Blog that’s up to date!

Content is what is going to guide your potential customers. Customers read before they buy. The average person consumes 11.4 pieces of content before making a purchasing decision, according to Forrester.

Top tips:

  • Create posts that solve problems for your audience
  • Guest blog on other industry websites to reach a wider audience
  • Generate inbound links that lead back to your own website as this will boost your website’s SEO.

To keep up to date with what to publish consistently. To help, you can create an editorial calendar so that you can publish new content consistently on your blog.


What are the benefits of updating your blog regularly?

It helps you rank for more keywords which means more leads.
HubSpot found that companies that published 16 blog posts monthly got 4.5 times more leads than those with zero to four posts.


4-Personalised emails

Top tips:

  • Personalised subject lines are 26% more likely to be opened.
  • Invest in a provider of email services that support automatic emails. This way, based on their preferences, you can send emails to your subscribers and make sure that your emails are always customised, automatically.

Now, you need to send personalized emails to your subscribers to get them to open your emails and click-through to your website.

5-Invest in native and contextual advertising.

-> Content distribution to a relevant audience

  • Repurpose content to connect with your audience.
  • Use visuals like images and videos as they attract higher engagement.
  • Share relevant industry content with users who are already interested.
  • When you consider that consumers look at native ads 53 percent more frequently than other ads then you know you need to take it seriously.

With the right strategy, the right mindset, you’ll be much better equipped to stand out and generate real results from digital platforms.

What does 2021 hold for digital marketing?

The sectors that came out winning from 2020 were media streaming businesses, mobile gaming and e-commerce propelled forward by peoples’ increased confinement for long periods of time.

As we creep towards 2021, however, our hopes are also tentatively gearing towards normality returning so let’s see what we think the two main trends for brands are:

  1. Creativity: In order to build unique and engaging experiences the future of native includes, without a doubt, the increasing integration of creative features and assets. Brands were already demonstrating more involvement in how its messages were being marketed but with Covid this process has accelerated, with brands using their in-house resources to develop new ideas when it comes to promoting what they have to offer.
  2. Flexibility: Given the historical moment we are currently experiencing, flexibility is everything. As distributors of digital campaigns Vertis Media are having to adapt extremely quickly in order to react to the changes that are occurring, sometimes on a daily basis, with the brands we work with. In a world in which things are changing at a faster pace than we could have ever imagined before (and that’s pretty fast because we basically lived on-the-go before anyway!) monumental changes are taking place which will affect how people behave. As a company we are supporting clients through a process that needs to reflect and adapt to the change in order to continue supplying users with the necessary support.

There are two important messages that we as a company assisting in the distribution of brand messages need to be sending out right now:

  1. Reassurance: brands need to let their consumers and audience know that they aren’t just still up and running but that they are, even more so than before, here for the long haul. Brands need to show that they are still able to provide the products, services and offers as they have done before…even in a situation of drastic change as with Covid.
  2. Innovation: ensuring that how the company is adapting to the current change is being made known to people as this is a demonstration of flexibility and strength at a time when many of our certainties are crumbling.

At this stage, it is impossible to predict what will happen and what our new normal will be. One thing is for sure: gone are the days when companies and brands were able to plan their marketing strategies months in advance.

It is of the utmost importance, therefore, to adopt a strategy that has within it the potential of adapting rapidly to changing messages that reflect the rapid change of the unpredictable times we are living in.

So how do you get started with native and contextual advertising? It’s easier than you think.

With 10 years’ experience, we’re experts in taking ideas, injecting creativity and distributing your branded content to the right audiences with your marketing objective in mind. To get things rolling contact us.


Are you doing these 5 things to look after your customers?

If there is anything you can do to make your digital marketing customers happy then now is the time to ‘do a Nike’ and JUST DO IT.

Is it time to shift the focus from making completely new customers to instead investing energy in those “casual customers”?
Who are casual customers? They are those new visitors that have already purchased something the one time and are just one step away from making that valuable second purchase.

Consider this likelihood of success:
Selling to an existing customer 60-70% vs selling to a new prospect 5-20%. Now is the time to build a solid relationship, company to customer, by interacting with them with informative content during each phase of their journey.

Here are some of our tips on how to turn one-time buyers into loyal customers:

  1. Use special occasions to promote your products. Is it New Year? Xmas? An anniversary or 5 years since you launched your business? Celebrate this! It’s an occasion to talk about your brand by reminding customers when they first bought your product or send them wishes on their birthdays. These a great way of reminding them that you are there. Even if they don’t take you up on your offer of a discount they will appreciate that you remembered their birthday!
  2. Let your customers know about price changes. If your customer was one step away from making a purchase then some additional information on the price can really influence them when it comes to making that transaction. What’s important here is conveying a sense of urgency when it comes to them adding the product to their basket. These messages with purchase updates create more engagement and promote stronger ties with the brand.
  3. Send a top-up reminder. Has the customer already bought a product that could be running low now? Ink, water filters, copy paper? Now is the time to send a reminder that they should reorder and this will encourage repeat purchases and make sure they don’t go to a competitor for the same product.
  4. Reward Loyalty. Make sure you make the customers who stay loyal to your brand feel that you appreciate their support. Either premium content or exclusive early access to a sale, for instance, encourages commitment to your business.
  5. Reviews. Has your customer made a purchase? Following it up with a request for a review will make sure that your company gains visibility in the eyes of other customers- especially if it’s positive!

Strengthening your Brand in a Time of Crisis

Is it time to think about what type of content is likely gain consumer trust?


One of the many consequences of the Pandemic in consumer spending has been the increased awareness customers have on how best to spend their money. People everywhere are becoming more switched on when it comes to how best to spend their money.

Let’s be honest, it’s just not the best time for people to splash out or try new things. They will for sure go for brands they trust and that provide the continuity that the outside world cannot right now.

This makes brand values and how money is spent more relevant than ever and that must be the focus for marketers that want to engender trust and survive in a new market.

Why is it important to know what your ideal customer looks like?

The lockdown has meant spending more time in front of computers with increased online activities which includes, of course, online purchases. Of course online shopping was already a thing but from being a mix of both face to face and online, stats show that 90% of consumers admit to avoiding physical shops as much as possible and this change has consequently meant how consumers interact with brands has also changed.

Engagement with the increased digital communication on behalf on brands has increased notably but understanding what your ideal customer looks like and needs is important, now more than ever.

How can you create interesting content that inspires loyalty?

So, what helps build this picture of your brand’s ideal consumer? How can you give your customer, the customer who will invest and remain loyal to your brand, a face?

In this increased pandemic digitalized scenario, tracking what customers are really interested in has become possible through a type of advertising that sits within relevant content accessed by those customers. In addition to being relevant it is also content that, because it seeks not to disrupt the flow of the general context, tends to engage on an emotional level with your shopper creating engagement and a longer lasting impression.

In short, this is content aligned with that customer’s personality engendering success as a consequence. Both liked and trusted, your brand is now situated in prime position to achieve the best results. How? Through engaging content.

This Reuter’s survey states that 75% of consumers admit that if the content is interesting to them, it is guaranteed they will somehow interact with it.

Taking Ikea as an example, with whom we work with all year round on the Italian market, you can see how their brand message adapted to these turbulent times through native advertising.

Following changes in their communication, ecommerce went up by 60%. Why was that? Is it just because people are on their laptops, tablets and smart phones more? Perhaps. But crucially, native advertising makes sure the right eyeballs are seeing the right content.

Think of the office worker who has been asked to work from home: they’ll most likely do some research on how to improve their home office – or perhaps how to assemble one from scratch. They search for an article detailing this… and there is Ikea. Offering solutions to a problem the person is researching, within the very article that the person is reading. Not a generic banner ad at the top of an irrelevant website, but targeted to the very people who need to see it at the very time they are searching for it. The right place at the right time.

Speed was of the essence for these campaigns at the start of lockdown and the great thing is here that you can repurpose content you already have, and can you imagine…Ikea has tons of it…Ikea’s messaging resonated with people because it still reflected its values: adapting to what your situation is and making the best of it, promoting a type of space that can allow a sense of togetherness even through difficult times.

Do you think your brand is worth it try a type of advertising which can get you the results that will carry you through these difficult times? I’d love to hear from you on how you plan to boost your brand for 2021!

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs? Weather based advertising is officially a thing!

Vertis Media have been using weather-based advertising for a while now. This involves targeting consumers based on the local weather (past, current, or future).

Weather based advertising

This means that ads are delivered based on the weather conditions that the user is experiencing. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? For example, adverts for particular beachwear could be presented to people during a heatwave, or antihistamines could be promoted to audiences located in areas where there is a high pollen count. An efficient way of doing this is through a weather targeting platforms, which enables users to trigger ads and automate bid adjustments dependent on real-time weather news.

In a world where we are ever more in control of our every day, it is strange to think that weather has a firm grip on nearly all aspects of the consumer purchase experience today.

Starting from what we eat, drink and an array of other activities that are fundamental to us as humans are all influenced by the fluctuations that weather throws at us.

An understanding of this relationship can be extremely fruitful for all parties. Data relating to weather can be used to advertise products at the most profitable time and in the most impactful way.

We broken it down here: this is how weather influences consumers in three different ways.

  1. Purchase method: weather affects how people make purchases. For instance, during a hot day, physical shops often enjoy more footfall, whereas during colder periods of the year, traffic to online portals is likely to increase.
  2. Mood: The second way in which weather influences consumer behaviour is through its influence on mood. Sunlight, in particular, can have a huge impact on a consumer’s mind frame and by consequently the the amount they choose to spend.
  3. Product choice: Weather drives product demand. More pharmaceutical products will most likely be bought on days where the temperatures are at a particular level. Colder temperatures will determine a higher spending on soups, porridge and lip care products for instance.

How will AI change digital marketing and advertising?

Designed to understand consumer preferences and deliver relevant customer experiences, in today’s world, AI (artificial intelligence) influences many aspects of our everyday in the form of smart devices, chatbots, and self-driving cars, for instance.

AI has been a hot topic for a while now, especially when it comes to digital marketing. Why? Because when it comes to improving customer experiences and saving time & money, AI is your technology!

What is Artificial Intelligence?
AI enables machines to “think” about, respond to, and perform tasks in the way that humans would. It also helps machines learn from experience and adjust to new input.

Why is Artificial Intelligence becoming so popular?

  • More work efficiency- lower margin for errors
  • It performs an analysis for high volumes of data without overseeing the most important insights.
  • It is a valuable addition to the capabilities of devices though its algorithms: GPS trackers, voice assistants, and home automation systems are just a few examples.
  • Its constant adaption to new input through progressive learning algorithms.

AI is revolutionizing industries with its astounding ability to adapt and analyse data- exceptionally useful for digital marketing. Let’s take a look at how.

How AI is impacting the landscape of Digital Marketing?
Because of the way AI is able to identify marketing trends and analyse data, the world of digital marketing, in particular is able to save money and time through AI:

  1. It helps understand audiences: AI can use the way it analyses data to predict what users are most likely to buy.
  2. It improves user experience: AI data can help you give your audience what they actually need.
  3. A more impactful type of marketing: AI helps to create a more effective marketing strategy for your company, because of the way it handles data.
  4. It can increase productivity: AI algorithms can increase productivity and this will save your budget and eliminate time wastage.

Artificial intelligence really is a technology that can add value to your brand.
Using AI digital marketing strategies will help brands deliver improved customer experience and do more effective marketing. It will also ensure faster problem-solving for consumers.