by Kaitlin Krull
Some people think that working from home must be like a dream: wake up, have a cup of
coffee, and leisurely complete all our work with no effort at all. However, those of us who work
from home will tell those people that the experience is often fraught with distractions and less-
than-ideal work spaces. We at Modernize understand this struggle and have tons of ideas for
beautifying your work space while increasing productivity. If you are living with the same kind of
work-from-home problems, check out the following tips to help your home office go from
distracted to productive.
Keep work and home life separate
One of the most important things to do when setting up your home office is to clearly delineate
your work space. A home office is best kept in its own room if possible, otherwise in a quiet
corner of the house with access to natural light. Your home office should ideally have a layout
similar to that of a traditional office, with a desk, chair, and filing or storage units. If you are
interested in a diverse work environment, which is said to increase productivity, then consider
having a larger meeting table and a comfortable sofa or chairs for informal chats in addition to
your regular desk space.
It is easy to get stuck in a social media rut and develop tunnel vision on your current campaign. But social media doesn’t stand still, so your tactics and strategies have to keep pace if you want to squeeze the most revenue out of a constantly evolving platform. Here are a few actionable, real-life steps that you can take today to boost your social media revenue.
Develop a Social Media Editorial Calendar
A social media editorial calendar does four things:
- Measures the performance of content.
- Keeps track of important dates and events that need special social promotion.
- Assigns responsibility, creates accountability, provides transparency and fosters a sense of ownership.
- Gives every member of the team an overall snapshot of the strategy for the upcoming weeks and months.
It is absolutely necessary to work off of a calendar, but there is no right way or wrong way to build one. Here is a good tutorial that explains the central elements every calendar should contain.
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Develop Reusable Templates
Success on social media requires consistent, repetitive engagement. Save time and resources by automating anything you can. Create templates that can be used over and over for tasks on both the editorial side and the administrative side. Create infographic templates and photo cover templates on the creative side, but also build purchase order templates and billing templates to reduce errors and improve customer service on the back end.
You only have to create boilerplate templates once, but that original investment will save you time and money with every task you don’t have to start from scratch after that.
Track Content Using Alternate Analytics
It takes money and know-how to track metrics and run in-depth analytics campaigns. Boost your returns by spending less in the first place. Consider Bit.ly — you know it as the service that turns long, annoying URLs into short, manageable URLs. Bit.ly attaches a tracking code to every one of those newly shortened URLs. Follow your content on its journey through social media and see which users are more likely to amplify which content more frequently. Here are some free webinars on how to use this service to track and analyze your social content.
Use Social Media Posts as Testimonials
Testimonials are like personal references on job applications — they don’t carry as much weight as they used to because lots of people fabricate them and everybody knows it. But when someone says something nice about your product on social media after a purchase, they’ve become an ambassador for your brand. Not only did they convert, but they went even farther down the funnel and given you free word-mouth-advertising to all their followers.
But you can get even more out of that gift. Take a screenshot of that glowing tweet and display it on your blog or website. A social testimonials page tells your visitors that real people are actually talking about you online, unlike a quote on a webpage attributed to “Bill from Denver.”
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Automate whatever you can, squeeze even more out of post-sale mentions from brand ambassadors, simplify your content tracking and start with a good foundation built on a strong social editorial calendar.
Baby boomers love to travel? But what are they really looking for?
some tips for the travel industry when catering to boomers
Baby boomers are looking for different solutions as they age.
How to market to baby boomers today. What do they want and what do they value?. See the changes you need to make when marketing to baby boomers
Web Video and Content Marketing
With the Internet seeping ever deeper into every pore of modern day life, our consumer habits are drastically changing. As a result, most people have turned their backs on conventional marketing. They skip television ads with the help of various technologies such as DVRs, often ignore magazine marketing, and are proficient in surfing the Internet in such a way as to disregards banners, buttons and pop-ups. In order to reach out to a new consumer, useful content is of paramount importance. A marketing strategy has emerged to address these issues, and it is called content marketing.
The idea is not to simply push a product and make it visible, but rather to provide the target audience with information that will be valuable to them, and that they will enjoy, share and think about. Not only does content marketing create increased visibility and engagement, but it also attracts and retains customers. The focus is on consistently and methodically creating and curating valuable, interesting and relevant content with the goal of enhancing or modifying customer behavior. Rather than having potential customers avoid your ads (the well-known process of channel switching during commercial breaks), the goal is to design your content in such a way that they actively seek it out. If customers enjoy the content, think about it and ultimately learn something from it, they are more likely to buy your product, or at the very least have a positive view of your company. There is a wide array of content marketing tools that you can utilize, just as there are many types of content. The four most frequently used types of content marketing are infographics, web pages, podcasts and videos. This article will deal primarily with web videos, but first a few quick words regarding marketing theory.
The Buying Cycle
According to a well established marketing theory, there are four basic steps in the buying cycle: awareness, research, consideration and, finally, buying. Awareness refers to the first phase when the customer becomes aware that there is an available solution to their need. It is then that they research the desired product and educate themselves on what is available on the market. The consideration stage occurs when the customer begins comparing various products from different competitors in order to ensure a quality product at a reasonable price. After the first three steps are completed, the customer makes a final decision and goes through with the purchase. Conventional marketing and advertising excel at targeting the last two steps, as they increase the awareness of a product and show off its best assets while, in most cases, presenting a competitive price. In contrast to this, content marketing focuses on the first two stages of the buying process: awareness and research. Content marketing aims to educate potential customers. By providing them with valuable and interesting content, content marketing teaches customers about a product that they may not have contemplated buying before.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth at least a million. Online video content has never been so cheaply and readily available to such a large portion of humanity. Hi-tech personal devices such as tablet computers, smartphones and laptops are everywhere and they make video viewing possible at any time and in almost any place. Videos have many advantages over printed advertising, the most obvious of which is that it is easier and more entertaining to watch a video than to read a long article. And there are solid facts and research to support this. According to a study carried out by Implix in 2010, adding a video to email marketing increases click-through rates by more than 96%. In the same year, Comscore found out that people are 85% more likely to purchase a product if they have first watched a video about it. Another telling fact is that 70% of Google’s top listings include video material of some kind. However, the advantages of videos are not limited to consumers. Forbes Insight found that an impressive 59% of senior executives would rather watch a video than read a lengthy document. If these figures are not convincing enough, web videos have a number of advantages over other marketing tools.
Advantages of Web Videos
When compared to other (often expensive) types of advertising, such as TV commercials or magazine ads, web videos are far more cost efficient. If you are on a particularly tight budget you can even film a video yourself and upload it to the Internet free of charge. If, however, you would like a higher level and quality of production, there are many professional external production companies that specialize in producing web videos. A well filmed and produced video will undoubtedly go a long way in building trust in your brand. The key is to maintain a personal tone throughout the whole video. Avoid using stock footage at all cost, as using real footage of your business gives potential clients greater insight and builds trust. Another thing to avoid is scripts and direct marketing approaches. If someone is appearing and speaking on camera, the viewer will be put off by a mechanical and calculated approach, coming across as natural is key. Not only are web videos great for capturing the attention and sparking interest in potential buyers, they are also a great tool for search engine optimization. Web videos are a tried and tested way of optimizing your results in search engines such as Google and increase the traffic to your website. They are also versatile as they can be posted on almost any online platform or social media. You can post your video on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and even local online business listing sites. As a result, one single advertising web video has the potential to reach a huge number of future consumers.
Web videos are a powerful method of content marketing featuring great potential for growing your brand and boosting sales. With the significant fall of production costs and a staggering rise in global Internet usage, there has never been a better time for investing in web videos. If done right, a good web video can be a foundation for the expansion and advancement of your business. The key word is value – provide value and everything else will fall into place.
From 79 million baby boomers in the US, 43 million of us are taking care of someone older than 50.
Baby boomers are also not getting any younger. Every day 10,000 boomers hit 65 years of age and since all boomers want to live forever, they are conscious about their health and consume more supplements than any other group, they might as well become the first generation to take care of its parents for as long as it cared for its children. But they want to do it their way.
Care giving is really becoming a common word in any boomer vocabulary.
Even though care giving might be the right word, many boomers just see themselves as the spouse, the son or daughter and they see themselves doing what is expected of them without any labels. Boomers after all don’t like labels. But this can also be an issue since they don’t tend to look for resources related to caregivers which impact them as caregivers as well as the aging parent.
For businesses selling online this means thinking outside the box when looking for keywords. The obvious is not what people search. They search for a solution to a problem according to their views.
For example, instead of searching for a “bed rail” for an aging parent, he/she might search for “stop falling out of bed”.
Because boomers want to live forever, talking about aging or care giving can lead to a stressful conversation but is also important that this type of conversation occurs.
Again, to make this conversation easier specially when addressing the fact that baby boomers are aging, refer to “a new phase in life”, just never call a boomer “old”
Freedom is an important concept to boomers specially when we take into consideration that most of them are empty nesters really immersing in a whole new phase in their lives. They can easily understand the importance of being independent when relating to their aging parents. These are concepts to explore in your marketing as well.
The concept of their parents being safe and having peace of mind is also crucial when we take into consideration that many boomers become distant caregivers and parents tend to stay into their own homes longer.
When marketing to boomers, words matter a lot. They want innovation, a honest conversation, freedom, peace of mind and are not so price conscious as their parents.
This different behavior might provide an extra challenge when marketing to this generation but can be extremely profitable since this group is known to be big spenders and hold a tremendous buying power.
There are 90 million baby boomers between US and Canada (baby boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964.) Although this generation is known to spend 2 trillion a year and is said to have a disposable income of $24,000 a year, a significant part of this population is in trouble when it comes to retirement.
Yes, baby boomers want to live forever, we are entering middle age kicking and screaming, and we say we never want to retire because we love to be active but reality shows that many boomers wouldn’t be able to retire even if they wanted to.
First we are big spenders. We like to buy, we love Infomercials, we fall for advertising all the time because we grew up with it, and we don’t save.
- 50% of boomers don’t expect to retire before 65 and 24% before age 70.
- 13% expect to never be able to retire.
- On average most boomers figure they will retire around 68.
According to a survey done by EBRI, here are some staggering numbers when it comes to baby boomers and savings:
- 60% have less than $100,000 in retirement savings
- 43% have saved less than $25,000
- 36% have saved less than $10,000
As a point of reference, of all workers surveyed:
- 76% have less than $100,000 saved
- 57% have less than $25,000 saved
- 46% have less than $10,000 saved
Just to put this into perspective, one night in a hospital could cost you over $10,000
You can add to these grim figures the fact that a lot of baby boomers work because they have to, and not because they are connected to their own higher purpose, and baby boomers want to live their purpose, they care about leaving a legacy, participating and becoming relevant in their communities.
So, is there any hope for baby boomers or is it too late?
If you didn’t start saving early can you still have a confortable life and be finacially free in your late years?
Yes you can if you consider network marketing. Yes, I know, there is a lot of prejudice in this industry, but there is a lot of prejudice in other industries as well. Any car sales people out there?
Network marketing is just a distribution method where your investment to start is usually very low, no prior knowledge or degree is necessary, and a lot of support is provided! Very different than starting your own business from scratch where you have a lot of uncertainties, have to go without a salary every now and then (probably more often than you would like to admit,) you have to erase the word security from your vocabulary, and you have to figure out things on your own all-the-time!
Network marketing offers you recurring income which means you know how much is coming in for the month. It comes when you get sick, or when you travel, or when you spend a week visiting grandchildren.
It is a great way to supplement your retirement income.
Network marketing companies offer a lot of personal growth resources which is always very appealing to baby boomers, but most of all it is a channel through which you can impact other people’s lives, live your passion and feel relevant.
Yes, some people never accomplish anything in network marketing companies, but the sad truth is that for most that is mostly just a matter of attitude and wrong mindset. If you stop to think about it, network marketing has a simple model that is aligned with the sharing economy we now live in.
In the end it comes down to a simple choice: to spend the rest of our life working without being connected with something that really matters to us and be afraid of not having enough in our late years, or to align ourselves with a passion.
Now, in order to save your retirement you need to start fast, and start as soon as you can. Time is our most precious asset and we don’t have enough of it.
Which type of network marketing company should you choose? There are many options out there and the compensation plan is a key point to look at carefully.
Remember that we tend to duplicate with people like ourselves and baby boomers have a new appreciation for a healthy lifestyle. This group spends a lot in diets, supplements and exercise. The diet, nutrition and personal care industry is a 56 billion dollar industry and it is expected to double in the next five years.
Shahar Boyayan is a marketer that specializes in Selling to baby boomers. She hosts a weekly TV show called Boomerology Revealed and yes she is involved in networking marketing.
She has a thriving organization in a Natural healthcare company where we educate people on essential oils. They are phenomenal, affordable and effective. You just educate people.
She is looking for leaders that want to build an organization and have around 1 hour a day to devote to it.
If interested call me at: 801-680-7220 or write: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some 67.5 million American adults lived in a household with annual income of at least $100,000 (“affluents”), a 5 million (or 8%) increase from last year, details Ipsos in its latest annual study of the affluent population. As such, 28% of the adult population can be classified as affluent, as can 23% of all US households. So who are these affluents?
While Millennials (18-32) comprise 22% share of affluents, roughly two-thirds of affluent Millennials qualify on the basis of their parents’ income rather than their own. (The definition of affluence is based on living in a household with annual income of at least $100,000, rather than personal income of that level.) The most highly represented generation is Boomers (50-68), who represent 38% of the affluent population. (For details on advertising to this prized segment, see the MarketingCharts Debrief, “Advertising to Baby Boomers: The Why and How.”)
The affluent and wealthy also are far more likely than the general adult population to have postgraduate coursework (study or degree), with 31% of affluent adults and 43% of the wealthy having at least 5 years of college, versus 10% of the adult population at-large.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, these high-income adults also tend to be in managerial and professional positions: 63% of affluent adults and 66% of wealthy adults hold these roles, compared to 23% of adults in general.
When it comes to race/ethnicity, the data indicates that the affluent and wealthy adult populations are less diverse than the population at-large:
84% of affluents and 83% of wealthy adults are white, compared to 79% of general population adults;
6% of affluents and 5% of the wealthy are black/African American, versus 12% of the adult population; and
8% of affluents and the wealthy are of Hispanic descent, compared to 15% of the general adult population.
Past-year affluent spending was greatest for the following categories:
Automotive – including the purchase price of vehicles and motorcycles, as well as auto maintenance and supplies ($398 billion in aggregate spending; 20% of total spend);
Personal insurance ($227B; 11% share);
Home & garden ($208B; 10% share);
Education expenses ($201B; 10% share); and
Groceries ($193B; 9% share).
While total spend on automotive, education, alcoholic beverages and groceries grew the fastest, those aggregate increases were driven more by the increase in affluent population size than to average spending per affluent, which decreased across most categories.
Online recommendations might be as influential as in-person ones, but the vast majority of word-of-mouth (W-O-M) impressions about brands occur offline, at least among Millennials (18-34). That’s according to new figures released by the Keller Fay Group, which show that some 84% of Millennials’ word-of-mouth impressions about brands take place offline – with 71% the result of face-to-face conversations (versus just 3% over social media).
Not surprisingly, digital media acts as more of a W-O-M driver for Millennials than for other adults, referenced in 25% and 19% of impressions, respectively. (Of note, social media takes a backseat to brand websites and internet ads within the digital media category.)
Second to digital media is TV, referenced in 17% of Millennials’ brand word-of-mouth conversations and 18% of all other adults’ (aged 35-69), suggesting that TV remains a force with this cohort even if they’re watching less than older generations.
Understanding how and why brands are discussed in Millennials’ conversations is particularly important given research suggesting that word-of-mouth has a high degree of influence on Millennials’ purchase decisions and tends to act as a bigger influence on consumers than any paid or owned media.
There’s tremendous logic in advertising to Baby Boomers in the US: they control by far the largest share of discretionary spending of any generation, and they are heavily reliant on advertising as a product information source.
Yet only a small portion of advertising dollars are targeted to them, with many Americans complaining that advertisers fail to cater to aging consumers. Marketers must also overcome obstacles, such as Baby Boomers’ skepticism about advertisers’ trustworthiness.
A report released in late 2012 by Nielsen and BoomAgers estimated that less than 5% of advertising dollars are targeted to adults aged 35-64. In other words, an even smaller portion of advertising dollars are aimed at Baby Boomers – and many Americans indeed note that advertising fails to cater to aging consumers.
Despite some Boomers’ use of smartphones for shopping – which is mostly limited to search (66%) rather than applications (4%) – they estimate making 74% of their local purchases in-store. That compares to an average of 56% among the 18-34 bracket.
Points to Remember When Marketing to Boomers
- Boomers are at a time in life when they really don’t want to compromise their authenticity.
- For Boomers, process is at least as important as the end result. They want “the ride.”
- Boomers like to inspire others. Help them feel helpful.
- Boomers have been around long enough to know there are few absolutes, little is black or white.
- Accentuate personal style over rote action or blind ritual.
- Boomers are oriented to the human dimension, that’s the only real thing. They can see the humor in most situations.
- What Boomers really dislike is felling put upon by arbitrary power, feeling trapped, conned, boxed-in, and being thought of as one of the masses.
- Boomers are both creative and conservative (“A beautiful garden is wild and tended”).
- Boomers go for what gives voice to things they are thinking and feeling, but haven’t fully worked out yet.
- Boomers respond to what stands out by its presence, not its loudness; and what shows them it really listens and, therefore, understands.
In its recent list of Top 10 Consumer Trends for 2010, trendwatching.com identified several trends that closely match with Boomer trends. These include a need for companies to be transparent and honest about their efforts to conduct environmentally sustainable business practices and genuinely collaborate with their customers rather than try to dictate to them. In addition, consumers are increasingly using social networks as part of everyday life and respond well to products and services which have a charitable component.