How to Find the Perfect Picture

October 19, 2017

Whether your blog is about financial planning, being a mom of three, marketing tips, or a lifestyle guru, you need pictures! There are many things that make a blog interesting, but including at least a little imagery is crucial across the board. The hard part is choosing an appropriate image.

First of all, finding pictures in general should be the easy part. There are so many great stock photo websites out there. If you are having trouble finding images, here are a couple sites you can check out: Pixabay, Shutterstock, Pexels or Getty Images. There are so many more, but that should get you started!

The next thing to keep in mind is that while of course you want your images to be relevant, it doesn’t have to be a direct translation. For example, if you are writing about workplace relationships your image does not need to be of an office! Find a metaphor or message that you are trying to get across, and then be creative.

The most important thing when choosing your images, tags or any other creative aspect of your blog, is keep it relevant but personal. A blog is supposed to be informational, but personal. Talk to your readers and clients in a way that is conversational but professional, and your imagery should reflect that. It doesn’t always need to be a stark photo. Pick something warm and welcoming that draws readers in to see more!


How to market your content to potential clients

May 25, 2017

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Taking the time to produce marketing content can be difficult. It’s not always easy to consistently come up with topics and ideas and over time you can start to feel like you’ve come to a dead-end. If you’ve been doing it for a while however, you know as well as I do that dead-ends are just an illusion. We always manage to come up with new ways to push forward; and so with all that work, of course we’d like to think that our readers are absorbing everything we have to offer, right?

That’d be nice, but I’m afraid not. I challenge you to ask a friend, that you know follows your publishings, how many times on average they actually read every word of your content. There’s a good chance you won’t like what they have to say; but try not to get discouraged. Time is valuable to people and sometimes it’s easier to just skim through the paragraphs rather than reading everything on the page.

In marketing, we are always trying to formulate new ideas and strategies to keep our techniques up-to-date; so much so that we can easily lose touch of the basics. One fundamental key principal of content marketing is BENEFITS over FEATURES.

Let me explain… Benefits are just as they sound. They are the value that the potential customer would receive from your services should they decide to become a client. For example, one way you could pitch a benefit is to say something like, “10% Increase in profitability guaranteed!” This is a benefit, and with all things that benefit us, we tend to give them more of our attention. In order to keep your content’s target audience interested and engaged, you need to make sure the benefits your services offer are standing out as much as possible.

Features are kind of like your credentials, so-to-speak. One example of a feature would be something along the lines of, “With over 25 years experience” or “Recipient of Best Firm Award”. These are features, and although they earn you credibility with whom you’re trying to market yourself to, they don’t necessarily capture the attention of the reader. Now, this is not to say features are bad. In fact, including them is very important; but you don’t want to make your pitch focused so much on your features that your benefits don’t get the chance to stand out.

As a rule of thumb, I like to recommend a ratio of 80/20 in favor of benefits. This way, you have a good percentage of features in your content so that your target audience can see what you’ve accomplished for others like them, but they also stay engaged in what you’re trying to sell them. Benefits are the key to getting people to pay attention to you. If you miss the opportunity to capture their attention, you miss the opportunity to serve them as your client; and nobody likes missed opportunities.


5 Tips for a Great Blog

October 29, 2015

You’ve heard of blogging, and you might have even started your own blog. Good for you! Blogging is the best way to get clients to come to your site organically. You might be having some trouble coming up with ideas, or making sure you’re using best practices. Here are 5 tips to for a great blog.

  1. Blogging TipsPictures are worth 1,000 words. Make sure to include an image in your post. Make sure you have the rights to the photo, or look for websites with free stock photos. Fill out the Alt Text to improve your SEO. You can use the title of your blog if you would like!
  2. Make it interesting! Try not to write about the same things over and over again. You want to keep readers involved in your blogs by changing up the topics. Check out this site for a collection of blogs for inspiration.
  3. Add links. This may seem counterproductive, but make sure to add hyperlinks in your blog. These can link back to other blogs on your site, but make sure to include links to other high traffic sites as well. It’s important that when you hyperlink a word to have it open in other webpage. Don’t have your reader leave your page!
  4. Focus on your CTA. What is a CTA? It’s a call-to-action. This is what you want your readers to do. That might be downloading an eBook you wrote or requesting an appointment in exchange for their email address and name. This way you know this particular person is pretty interested in your company and can pursue them further.
  5. Make them look.  Make your headline stand out. You want people to take notice and read your blog. You can read our blog about email headlines for inspiration here.

What are some tips you have for blogging?


Social Media: More Than Just a Website

February 4, 2014

Company sites have been all the rage in online marketing throughout the 2000s.  They can provide sufficient details on services, mission statements, FAQs, contact information and more with the simple search of a company name.  While these websites still readily host all of this content, new platforms have recently taken the front seat in marketing strategies of business firms and organizations.Business-Social-Media

Companies are devoting more time, people and resources to having a social media presence through blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.  The interactive nature of these sites and applications allows businesses to connect with existing, and prospective, clients on a deeper level to create a tighter relationship.

Focusing too much on your website?

We’re not saying your company site isn’t important.  Clients still want to have all your information available to them in one, easy to use location.  But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be able to interact with you as well.

So, why not just give clients a call or send out traditional snail mail? 

Professionals born into this digital generation have no hesitation utilizing social media in business practice, but not everyone sees the benefits.  In order to keep a traditional organization afloat in an increasingly technological world, companies need to be wherever their clients are.

Think your clients aren’t using social media?

It may seem that companies you connect with still aren’t on social sites, however these online databases are the quickest growing channels of communication. Read the following statistics on the use of social media and its impact on business practices.

  • 76 percent of companies are using social networking for business objectives.
  • 55 percent of Americans aged 45-54 now have profiles with one or more social networking sites.
  • Every second, two new members join LinkedIn.
  • 53 percent of Twitter users recommend services or products through their account.
  • Close to 50 percent of legal firms reported that blogging and social networking helped produce leads for new clients in 2012.

The direction in which today’s business world is heading suggests that companies need to set an online presence.  Social media can be one of the simplest, quickest, most economical ways to promote your services – and to get others to do it for you.  If you want to dive in, but aren’t sure exactly what you’re doing, a good place to start might be finding out which social media sites your clients, competition, and similar or partner organizations use.

Have you joined in on today’s social media marketing? If not, are you ready to get started?

Three Point Marketing offers marketing support for professional service providers such as financial planners, attorneys, and accountants.