Everyone in attendance during the SMX Advanced presentation with Amy Bishop and Michelle Morgan got an amazing deep dive on the utilization of paid media channels to effectively steer users from finding to transition. There was a ton of information in this session I couldn’t fit into this summary, but I wanted to share my main takeaways Amy and Michelle presented.

Know your market

It all starts with knowing your marketplace segmentation. You should conduct an exercise( links to the templates in the image below) and characterize in each area which product and service is the best fit based on which troubles you are trying to solve. Besides the best fit, you should also try and figure out which customers may be the worst fit for your business.

We likewise must separate the buyer’s journey from the sales journey. Maybe people consider the two to be the same, but the expeditions are completely different. The marketings crew is looking at their job performance and doing what is best to get consumers to close. The purchaser is becoming aware of a problem and then researching what to buy and where to buy it from to solve their initial trouble. It’s our task as marketers to figure out who the audience is, but since users’ paths can be completely different, we need to research audiences in ways that make sense for each user.

Utilize audiences in a meaningful lane

As people take different turns in their buyer’s journey, we can utilize audiences to better craft our strategies and sell to these users. One of very good things in our industry is most of the major advertising platforms offer audience insights tools. The biggest takeaway is that these tools tell you how your audience or personas translate into the exact targeting alternatives on the platforms.

Facebook Audience Insights- This is really great for creating targeting personas. Identify top converting demographics and zero in on those first. Further segment by layering interests and other demographics. Identify new interests to target, and then monitor performance to flesh out and substantiate your persona. Google Ads Audience Insights- We can look at any audience we have( must have at least 1,000 consumers in it) to see which in-market and affinity audiences your base audience belongs to. Look at customer rolls, converters, high volume purchasers, etc. to get a better understanding of how these audiences are comprised. Google Analytics- Likewise has in-market and affinity data in a broader scope, but we can layer on many other demographic revelations.

There are many ways to look at your audience data between the canals. Look for motifs in between the platforms to find which ones should be tested first depending on the persona and where that persona might be in the buyer’s journey.

Map it out to make sure you know the information each user needs, what machine they typically use, what action you crave the user to take, and how you can measure the success of that activity. And as we create different acts from each persona, we can build audiences off of these actions to create remarketing audiences to use to keep steering the subscribers to eventual purchase.

Calls-to-actions that make sense

We need to always keep in mind what we are asking our customers to do. It’s not about what we as business owners( or marketers) want the subscribers to do; it’s about what’s best for the user in that moment. We already mapped out the path to purchase in the section previous, but what action is holding these customers up that is preventing them from moving forward? We need to work to figure this out to make sure we can have the proper content and CTA to keep them moving further along.

Ideally, you want to have CTAs for all stages of the funnel. Video sentiments are great for top of funnel marketing because we’re not asking for a firm commitment from someone who may not even know who your brand is. This is going to be more effective than asking for the demo on the first interaction because the user most likely doesn’t know who you are or why they need your brand. But as customers get deeper in the funnel, we can be more aggressive with our CTAs as the subscribers presents more concern as occasion goes on.

Messaging in multi-channel

We likewise have to back away from the thought that people simply use one channel throughout the buyer’s journey. Users do not only application Google or only use Facebook. You can’t stir people use a channel. Advertisers have to get going where their consumers like to go. Many of these channels can be used from top to bottom of the funnel. And as we expand our marketing message throughout these canals, we need to make sure the CTAs likewise match from all the regions of the channels to make sure we’re serving the same message to users depending on their persona.

Here are targeting suggestions from Amy and Michelle depending on where the user is in the funnel.

Top of Funnel- Utilize interest-based targeting, lookalike/ similar audiences, affinity and in-market audiences as well as other custom-made audiences to fill the funnel. Be sure to eliminate your lower funnel targets to make sure the top of funnel message doesn’t get repeated as users continue the journey. Centre of Funnel- Go after guest traffic, repeat purchasers and loyalists, video onlookers, and anyone else who engaged with social media posts or your mid-funnel content. Underside of Funnel- Cart abandoners, shape abandoners, guests of high-intent pages like pricing, low-spirited funnel patron match audiences.

Let the user convert on the channel of their choosing. Create identical audiences for each stage of the funnel on all applicable channels if you can. Also, don’t forget about creating identical exclusions to make sure you’re not showing users any ads outside of where they are in the funnel. The more we deter our ad message and audience targeting to the persona across each canal, the better chance we have of getting the user to move further along in the funnel to eventual purchase.

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