Finalist for eCommerce Small Agency/Consultant Of The Year

Finalist for eCommerce Small Agency/Consultant Of The Year

Instagram Strategy | Ryan Marketing Solutions | Ireland

We are delighted to be a finalist in the Irish eCommerce Awards in the eCommerce Small Agency/Consultant Of The Year category! 

The Irish eCommerce Awards is the sister event of eComm Live, Ireland’s leading eCommerce conference. The Awards recognise and reward the organisations, teams and individuals who are helping shape the thriving internet retail industry across the island of Ireland.

Looking forward to meeting all other nominees winners at the gala awards ceremony in The Round Room at The Mansion House, Dublin on Friday 23 September 2022

“It is amazing to get this nomination and wish all other nominees the very best of luck” – Catherine, CEO/Founder

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What Is A Marketing Coach and Do You Need One?

What Is A Marketing Coach and Do You Need One?

Marketing Coach | Ryan Marketing Solutions | Tipperary

If your business is not growing, it’s dying, there’s no middle ground. The world is quickly passing by those that are standing and perhaps satisfied with simply getting by your business growth is fuelled by marketing.

Not every business is in a position to hire someone else to handle their marketing. Most businesses have to do some or all the marketing themselves. The problem is most business owners are not marketers by trade and they have limited knowledge of how to structure & implement a marketing plan. This is where a marketing coach comes in to help. 

What is a marketing coach? 

A marketing coach is an expert consultant who works closely with business owners to help you build your own marketing capabilities. With their help you can more easily identify challenges and build a fully systemized approach to marketing.

This coach has years of experience generally marketing high-growth businesses. Their job is to understand your business values, mission, and goals, and to advise strategies for success. 

Five signs that you may actually need a marketing coach in 2022

#1 YOU FEEL STUCK AND DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT

There is a lot of noise out there so having a marketing coach that has seen what works has actually implemented those strategies themselves they’re able to see what’s going to be the best move for your business. They’re going to be able to really narrow down that ROI and be able to tell you this is the right next step for your business and then hand hold you through that process, so that you don’t have to learn from the mistakes that others have made before you. Allow those marketing coaches that have made those mistakes before be able to guide you through that seamlessly.

#2 SUCCESSFULLY UTILISE THEIR SKILLS

 This because they’ve tried all the things and they just don’t know what’s working. This is different from the person who doesn’t know what the next right step is. There is definitely people out there that will try all the things and then maybe have a successful launch or quarter or maybe not and then they look back and they really don’t know what to attribute that. They are also people out there that are doing more than they probably need to and so being able to kind of look at all of those tactics that you’re doing and then be able to eliminate the ones that really aren’t going to be helpful for your business can really be valuable to the time that you’re spending on your own marketing. Therefore,  if you’re doing 10 things a week let’s narrow it down to the really the three or four that are moving the needle the most and maybe that’s really all you need to be doing. This can be extremely beneficial in giving you time back in your day

#3 REACH THEIR IDEAL CUSTOMER

Many of us will assume that we know what our customer is and as we get more customers then we can really fine-tune that down. You are think questioning where are those people hanging out online, where are they spending their time, so that I can then leverage those places and those opportunities to make them good marketing opportunities for me. Therefore, sometimes this can be getting a little creative and not just looking at your demographic and find which magazine it fits. This may work for some but for others a marketing coach is looking for a better ROI, more targeted and better analytics.. This will allow you to really see what’s working and what may need to be tweak. So that can come along with some creativity to make sure that you’re reaching those ideal customers

#4 YOU’RE DOING RANDOM ACTS OF MARKETING 

So let’s say you’re using Facebook Ads, cold calling, digital marketing, and all of that. If it’s working for you, then great. But think about it. Implementing tactics without a solid strategy leads to the “bright shiny object syndrome,” which keeps you chasing the wrong things. You need a strategy, which is the big-picture planning you do prior to the tactics. So instead of doing random acts of marketing, having a solid marketing plan that fulfils your goals and objectives.

#5 YOU NEED MORE SUPPORT 

There are several business owners that I work with that quite frankly they’re just not ready to go to the next step, so they can only reach and achieve a certain amount before they really need to employ somebody that does marketing day in and day out.

That’s when a marketing coach comes in handy, so if this is something that you think you would be interested in exploring kind of how a marketing coach can help you?

Final Thoughts

A lot like any other coach, a marketing coach is a guy that can put you on the path to achieve optimal results. A marketing coach can eliminate the guessing game that is not working for you. They will take the time to help you understand how marketing works and get you focused on the activities that really matter.

A marketing coaching is not just for busy business owners. It’s also perfect for people just starting their businesses with no marketing experience at all or for larger companies with in-house marketing personnel who need help realigning their marketing strategy & outlining actionable marketing activities. It’s perfect for someone who needs a structured plan to follow and a person to hold them accountable to getting it all done 

Some  false assumptions:

  • First, you can’t simplify coaching as a tool. 
  • Second, coaching is not only for failing businesses; it helps the good become the best.  
  • And third, coaching doesn’t provide band-aid solutions.

Do you need help to get off the ground? Are you trying to upscale your business? No matter what your definition of success is, a marketing coach will help you make that happen

Drive your Business Forward Faster with a Award Winning Marketing Coach!

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Winners of Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards in 2022

Winners of Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards in 2022

Social Selling | Ryan Marketing Solutions | Ireland

We are absolutely thrilled to have won Boutique Marketing Consultancy Firm of the Year – Ireland in the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence awards! 

When Catherine started Ryan Marketing Solutions less then 2 years ago, she never expected that her company would be winning awards at this stage 

Thanks to the judges & organisers, thank you to all our clients and to YOU for being part of our journey!!

These awards celebrates the success and achievements of firms & individuals that have taken an innovative approach to demonstrate exceptional business performance. With more categories and an even greater international spectrum, these awards honour those who standout as consistently showing best practice in every aspect of their work 

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All you need to know about Social Commerce & Shoppable Posts

All you need to know about Social Commerce & Shoppable Posts

Social Selling | Ryan Marketing Solutions | Ireland

Have you come across products or services displayed on posts on Social Media channels and wondered what they are? Want to know how can you create these posts? Want to find more about it? Then check this blog post where we will cover all aspects of social commerce and shopable posts..

Simplified, social commerce allows consumers to buy a product or service directly from a social media channel. Basically, the discovery of the product, information about it and the checkout process takes place on the social media platform.

According to “Statista 2021” research shows that 11% of social media users make a purchase immediately after discovering a product or service. Furthermore, 8 in 10 US businesses anticipate selling on social media platforms within the next 3 years. These figures show that social commerce has exploded over the last years and a substantial amount of purchase is motivated by impulse buying.

In the early days of social media brands, businesses used social platforms (Facebook , Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter) only to post images or short videos about their products or services. Now, because of a plethora of social media native social commerce tools businesses, brand can sell their products or services directly on these social media channels. The customers does not have to leave the platform as they have the option to See it, Click it or Buy it the product or service.

Social commerce solves an issue that many buyers faced when trying to buy a product or service. Most of the times buying process takes time and involves clicking or leaving the social platform (going to an e-commerce website) in order to buy the item. Now, if a customer discovers a product or service on social media channels he/she no longer require leaving the platform.

At the moment social media platforms that offer social commerce services are:

In order to set up and use the native social commerce services in the above social media channels you have to switch to a professional profile. This is done during the installation or afterwards (is an easy process anyway). In Facebook this is done via your page settings.

You can sell almost anything on these platforms. However, some items such as digital products, weapons, alcohol, cigarettes, subscriptions, event tickets are prohibited. If you intend to use social commerce it is a good practice to check the merchant guidelines for the each social media channel network.

Facebook and Instagram Shopping  allows users to manually create a catalog of products or service or upload an existing catalogue from ecommerce platforms such as WooCommerce (WordPress e-commerce plugin), Shopify, BigCommerce or Magento(CMS).

At the moment TikTok Shopping is only available to Shopify merchants with a TikTok business account. TikTok Shopping allows the content creators to directly sell products and promote products or services on the platform.

As a tip when adding product images focus on image quality and style. Every product has to have at least 4 high resolution images and at least three attributes such as size, colour, and material.

Product description should include as many details as possible, use business phrases, keywords. Bear in mind that the product title should not have more than 34 characters.You could add business keywords in it too. You can add links in the product description too but at the minute they are not clickable. The general idea is that every field from the product or service catalogue should be populated.

TikTok Shopping is only granted for UK, US customers and for Canadian (only few companies) customers. This is expected to change in the near future.

Pinterest allows users to convert all entire product catalog into Rich Pins, all at once. Pinterest rich pins works by displaying metadata from marked up pages (product, shop) from your business, brand website. If you’re using Shopify for your online ecommerce store you don’t have to do any extra work as the products metadata is already by default.

It is proven that when businesses add Collections Ads Shopping  to their Pinterest mix, they see an increase of 3x the conversion and 2x the positive incremental return on ad spend (ROAS). Pretty awesome isn’t it?

According to the latest statistics buyers on Pinterest spend up to 40% more per month than shoppers on other social commerce platforms. Don’t have Pinterest set up? Let Ryan Marketing Solutions help you.

Did you know that on average viewers are watching over 700 million hours of YouTube content on TV daily? That’s why YouTube is enlarging the ways content creators can monetize their content(educational videos, entertaining videos, conversational streams, life blogs, playing games videos, etc), interact with viewers, and create new ideas for their social media own channels.

 YouTube Shorts is getting new tools, features (video effects, ability to reply to comments, enhanced editing capabilities) in 2022.  YouTube Shopping (Shoppable Videos, Live Shopping) is going to be generally expanded on across the platform more widely. If your business sells products or services online YouTube Shopping is a tool that you can’t afford to miss.

Now, the question is how to convert your social media followers into customers. There is not a magic formula to do this. But if you integrate shoppable tags in your posts, allow UGC (User Generated Content), answer questions and offer interesting and valuable content the chances are that some of your followers will turn into customers.

Another way of turning followers into customers is to utilize influencers. But many of us don’t know how to find these influencers or do not know what they are.

An influencer is a person that has the potential to persuade potential buyers of a product or service by recommending or promoting the items on social media platforms. To find an influencer for your market niche you have to do hash tags searches, check your competition follower list, use Google searches or use influencer marketing tools such as BrandWatch, Awario, Brand24, etc.

If you researched and discovered influencers first step is to select the influencers with the highest engagement rate and big follower number. Some of them would require a payment for content creation, promotion and some would do this pro bono (challenge to find them nowadays).

The idea to use influencer marketing is that they have the power to bring customers to your business. For example, when an influencer uses shoppable tags on Instagram, they push the potential buyers to your shop.

Final Thoughts 

We all know that social media is a very powerful tool at our disposal. It’s up to us to discover and utilise all of its features. This social media trend is still on the expansion (many new channels and feature), meaning you’ll want your business to jump on board as soon as possible so you don’t get left behind (can you afford that?).

If your business is looking for Digital Marketing, Marketing Strategies, Consulting & Coaching services don’t hesitate to contact Ryan Marketing Solutions. . If you find the information from this blog post useful please share it with your friends.

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Second Group of Digital Marketing Students to Win Project Presentation

Second Group of Digital Marketing Students to Win Project Presentation

Delighted to provide continuous mentoring to the up and coming Digital Marketers from the @futureintech.pathways, with the programme being delivered by @cenit.college and @dmigroup

This was Catherine’s third coherent of students that she has mentored, with the last two claiming winners in their project presentation.

The mentoring programme aims to build confidence and relationships, to develop resilience and character, or raise aspirations, rather than to develop specific academic skills or knowledge

Congrats to all groups that took part, but a special one goes out to my students – ye did an amazing job

If you want to start a career in digital marketing then this programme could be the best fit for you – check out www.futureintech.ie ‼️

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Why Networking is Important as a Small Business Owner

Why Networking is Important as a Small Business Owner

Instagram Strategy | Ryan Marketing Solutions | Ireland
Small business owners should use networking as a means to form relationships with others, in like or related fields, that help to expand their business’ ability to find new customers, partner and grow.
A key element to effective networking is to make you known. The premise being that the more people you meet, the more people there will be to get to know and remember both you and your business. You should use every professional and social opportunity to meet & connect with new people.
Here are some key reasons that clearly outline why networking is important for small business:
1. Business Leads – using the contacts you make when you meet people can open doors for business opportunities.
2. Identify Best Practices – learning from what others do is a valuable strategy for all businesses.
3. New Business Trends – can help you stay on the cutting edge of technology and new business trends.
4. Increased Confidence – by pushing yourself to talk to people you don’t know, you will get increased confidence the more you do this.
5. Connections – “It’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know”
This is why Catherine is part of the Midwest Business Network group and partakes in a weekly meeting, where connections are made, business is discussed and support is provided from like minded people 🥳
Last Friday, she presented to the group talking all about #ryanmarketingsolutions and what area of the business she wishes to grow 🚀
No matter what stage of business, or what problem you face, networking is vital – so start TODAY!

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