Digital Marketing agency

Looking to promote your business online?

If you’re on this page, you surely understand the potential of digital marketing and are interested in exploring it for your business.

And if you’re indeed looking to make use of this potential, read our EIGHT IMPORTANT points on how we can help you with your digital marketing:

  1. Digital marketing is for every business, be it B2B or B2C. The potential is immense.
     
  2. Over the last 6 years, Alloy has handled over 150 clients, curating more than 300 innovative campaigns using Social Media, across both B2B and B2C industries.

  3. Our specialty lies in laser targeting the audience, analyzing the existing business data, curating innovative campaigns, and content with one clear focus: Conversions.

  4. Our strength is the ability to fully utilize social media platforms to generate leads for your business. We’ve generated over 1000 valuable leads to our clients in the past 6 years.

  5. We’ve helped clients across different industries, with their digital marketing: Restaurants, Hotels, Construction & Real Estate, Corporate Services, E-Commerce, Technology and many more.

  6. Be it Lead Generation, Branding, Customer Engagement, we’ve done it all. Our team consists of experienced individuals and enthusiastic, fresh youngsters. You would thus get a bend of experience and freshness in your campaigns, helping your brand scale sizeably in the online world.

  7. Worried about the budget? We do not have a fixed budget. Our budget depends upon the amount of work required to be done and the value of your commodity, usually varies in the range of INR 15,000 – INR 60,000 per month.

  8. This is so because we promise and deliver a positive ROI always. And this comes with a money-back guarantee for the first two to three months.

As the world moves towards digital, so must marketing and advertising. Instead of running an Ad in a newspaper or putting up a hoarding like in the old days, now you get to control who sees your Ad, when, and how they interact with you! 

Help us reach out to you by filling the form below, so we can discuss your company’s digital marketing in detail:

 

Digital marketing for businesses

5 things every businessman MUST do to promote their business online

We’ve arrived into the digital era, where everything and everybody is online and digital marketing is a must. But having a mere presence online with a social media page or a website does not suffice. The zeal to drive in business from the world of internet must be there, in order to fully explore the immense potential of digital marketing. 

From helping the local outlets of global franchises such as Barista to target the restaurant going crowd in the city of Visakhapatnam to generating leads for a steel construction company, Volta Green Structures, with a niche target audience, to popular boutique hotels such as Le Sutra, Alloy has helped brands not just establish themselves but also thrive in the digital world, by generating great leads that eventually resulted in business and by increasing the brand outreach.

We’ve, over the years, come to focus on a few very important things. For any businessman out there who would want to venture out to explore the potential of digital marketing, here are 5 things you MUST focus upon: 

1. Concept Photoshoots for the Products: 

It is important to realise that the internet is a fast moving world where the attention span of the user ranges to only a few seconds. It is thus, challenging to connect with the user and sell the product, in a span of seconds.

The solution? Make your product the salesman of your brand and let your product do the talking for you. Take a great concept photoshoot of the product, pictures that narrate the story and journey of your brand, to your audience.

Alloy has always believed in the age old adage that “Pictures speak louder than words.” We’ve dealt with a lot of concept photoshoots for our clients and have always used them to drive in leads and business for them.

For any help with a concept product photography shoot, contact us here!

2. Content Creation

People are always online and reading. Great content can therefore, help connect with the users and grab their attention. Blogs are a great way to engage the audience on social media.

But ensure that the blogs don’t just promote the business but also add some value to the customer. Users wouldn’t click on a random blog unless it adds some value to them by giving them some interesting information or narrate a story, which indirectly promotes the brand.

Some of the greatest blogs that have met with immense success have all been stories or information that wasn’t previously easy to get. For example, for a local restaurant in the city of Hyderabad, Alloy wrote a blog about the restaurant’s journey, the vision and a few popular delicacies served there. The blog got in traction and the orders of the dishes mentioned in the blog, increased. 

Another example of great content marketing is to take advantage of a trend. For instance, Alloy wrote an in-depth analysis of the Government’s newly introduced INR 20 Lakh Crore package, and how it can benefit steel construction for a client from the industry. Such information adds value to the reader and is more likely to increase the brand engagement and connect across the target audience.

Searching for good content writers or bloggers? Reach out to us and help us solve the problem for you! 

3. Website

A website is a must for any business in this day and age. But most companies stop after getting a website done. Having a website is like having a child. You need to spend time on it and nurture it.

To explore the potential business online, your website must be optimised, not just in terms of its looks and feel, but also with its reach. A great website is one which reaches out to the target audience by itself, when they search for a similar topic. 

Ensure that the website is updated time and again with blogs and keywords. Promote the website on social media, diverting the traffic to your site. Make sure Google Analytics is connected to the site, so that all the data can be tracked. This data is essential as it helps create a funnel for the business.

Looking for a great way to promote your site, or to even build a site? Fret not, Alloy’s here!

4. Social Media Presence

Just like with the website, while it is essential to have a presence on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linked in or Pinterest, it doesn’t suffice. One has to use the social media to his/her own advantage by pushing in engagement and the reach, driving in traffic with an aim to generate and convert leads. 

A lot of content types go into social media including pictorial graphic designs, videos and blogs. While it depends on the type of business and the target audience to select the best content type, it is also important to mix and match the feed with various forms of content. This helps in keeping the online content related to the brand fresh and interesting to the target audience. 

Over the last 6 years, Alloy have curated over 220 campaigns online, for the clients, that resulted in a ton of leads and business for them. These campaigns were planned offers, events or targeted lead gen Ads. This process is gradual though. Social media can be minted out successfully only with a thorough digital marketing strategy, that will be seen in the next point below.

Looking for innovative campaigns for social media marketing? Contact us now!  

5. Digital Marketing Strategy

A website and social media presence will work only with an effective and strong digital marketing strategy. It is important to understand that the process of generating business online is like a funnel approach.

The first step is to identify the target audience and find the most suitable platform. Post which it is important to catch the attention of this audience, using graphic content or blogs or videos, and to divert this traffic to the website.

Analyse the data and re-market the call-to-action for the business, to the people who have visited the site, increasing the chances of their conversion. 

Alloy has always believed and worked on the funnel approach, refining it over the years. With a successful list of recurring clientele, we bring to the table a strong, experienced and innovative digital marketing strategy.

What matters ultimately is the amount of business generated and the Return on Investment (ROI). Brands and businesses that do not focus online or do not focus on generating business online, or even those who do not focus on the ROI, tend to lose a lot in this ever competitive world.

For help with your Digital Marketing or for more info, reach out to us today! 

Social media during COVID 19

The impact of Social Media during COVID 19 – On people & businesses

If the craze for social media was high before COVID 19, it has now reached a skyrocketing level. In the past month alone, social media traffic has increased by over 70%. Online streaming companies had to reduce streaming bitrates to avoid traffic congestion.

Since everyone is online and has an opinion on everything, social media feels clustered today. The impact of aggravated use of social media could be a boon or a bane; it depends on how we use it.  

During these trying times, when newspapers are being avoided, and not many people trust the national news channels on TV, social media is being used as a news source by people. The sheer increase in the circulation of fake news across the social media platforms is concerning, to say the least. 

For instance, a viral Facebook post advised drinking water every 15 minutes to flush out the virus in the system. Yet another post promoted drinkable silver as a cure. Both have been proven false, since. 

Having said that, there has not been a better time or situation for businesses to increase their growth. We at Alloy, handle the marketing for clients across different industries, including B2B and B2C businesses. We have observed that the cost per engagement and cost per click has reduced drastically. We’ve advised our clientele to focus on bringing up practical solutions and share good content online now, to increase traffic. 

For one of our clients, a steel construction company, we used LinkedIn to promote their new product of steel structures for quarantine facilities, isolation wards, and testing centres. This would help boost up India’s healthcare system, helping us in our fight against COVID 19. To take this forward, we had to catch the attention of high ranking government officials and industrialists. 

We connected with different people working with the Ministry of Steel and the Union Health Ministry on Linked In and Twitter, wrote them messages, and pursued them, along with running In-mail ad campaigns to the target audience. This helped us generate good leads for them that enabled them to take the projects further. 

We also found people on Twitter to connect with including industrialists such as Anand Mahindra or Ratan Tata and the official handles of the ministry, and tagged them frequently on our posts. We engaged with these profiles, so as to leverage the maximum effect of their audience, in an attempt to increase the organic reach. 

Entrepreneurs are also using the current situation to do something meaningful. Amit Jain, the founder of Mitti Ke Rang, a Pune-based women empowerment NGO, is a great example. As an avid networker, who loves making new connections, he has been traveling across India on a shoestring budget to grow his network during this pandemic by reaching out to people at the grass-root level. 

With everything under lockdown in the country, he realised  that the daily wage earners and labourers are the worst hit. Mitti Ke Rang, in conjunction with an NGO dealing with labourers, ran a fundraising campaign to raise INR 1 million. They raised it all in a mere nine days using just social media. Their first step was to ask people to contribute to their cause, and a lot of them pitched in because of their connection with Amit.

After the initial buzz died down, they started the INR 100 campaign, asking all their contacts to contribute only INR 100. With over 4000 contacts of Amit, it did not take them long before they became viral and achieved their target, with some paying more than INR 100. 

The success of the fundraiser is the success of humanity. Such positive news moves us and shows why this is a time to think “we” instead of “me.” It also shows us the immense power of social media and how, if put to good use, it can work miracles!

Businesses should come forward and utilise the immense potential of social media and online marketing during these dire times. But make sure the content you share is relevant to your target audience and that it creates a positive vibe to the user.

For help and support with your digital marketing, contact our team at Alloy. 

5 Easy Ways to Better your Social Media Marketing!

Social Media Marketing has seen staggering growth over the last few years in India. With more users spending more of their time on social media, it’s given rise to various opportunities for companies to reach out to their customers in previously non existent ways.

And the graph is only about to go up. In 2019, it is estimated that there will be around 258.27 million social network users. The Indian digital advertising industry, currently pegged at around Rs 8,202 crore, is slated to see a growth at 32% CAGR to reach Rs 18,986 crore by 2020. 

Given the immense opportunity that lies ahead, its important for all kinds of businesses to cash in. All that matters is how effectively you use your channels. 

Here are five primarily important ways in which you can channel growth and generate leads through your social media:

#1 Videos or HD Photos

Videos are one of the best tools you can use to tell your story, to share quality and engaging content with the audience. Videos help you increase your engagement and are the best means of viral content that can be created online.
HD Photos are the next best means of engagement.. Moving or enticing photographs that convey the message themselves are worth their weight in gold on all social media platforms, be it Facebook, Pinterest, Zomato or even twitter, not to mention Instagram.

Putting up texts reduces your reach and is a waste of money, time and efforts as well. Remember, engagement is the key. The more people who engage with you on social media, the better opportunity it is for you to increase your conversion ratio.

 

#2 Instagram Stories & Live

Probably one of the most underrated channels at this moment from the companies’ point of view would be Instagram. It’s still picking up pace, but if your target audience is the younger crowd, this is the platform to capitalise on, much more than Facebook itself.

Instagram has introduced a hoard of new features on its stories, making the stories as engaging as possible. It’s an amazing opportunity to connect with your followers on social media.
Another powerful feature is Instagram Live, allowing you to interact directly with your followers and target audience. If you aren’t utilising these to the full extent yet, you soon should.

 

#3 Influencer Marketing

Often, it becomes difficult to create a certain loyal fanbase for your business. This needs organic growth in terms of reach and engagement. If you solely rely on paid promotions, you would end up spending way more than required.

This is where influencers come into play, an amazing concept which again wouldn’t have existed if not for social media. People who’ve built up their profiles with great following would recommend your products, redirecting their followers to your page in return for some incentives. This creates new leads and a loyal fanbase. 
But remember, before you jump in and fix on an influencer, do check their following, whether they have real followers, engaging followers and their age groups as well. Every step here has to be carefully analysed. This is a form of social media marketing that shouldn’t be ignored. 

 

#4 WhatsApp for Business

Another new turn taken by Facebook, is bringing WhatsApp to the mainstream social media. Connect your WhatsApp to your Facebook page so that your customers can directly reach out to you on the same. This could change the face of social media marketing in the future. 

With WhatsApp for business, you as a business get the data, can interact with your customer at ease and in a very informal way.
If you haven’t connected it to your page yet, do it right away!

 

#5 Remarketing

Remarketing is one of the best ways of social media marketing, to connect with the people who already have interacted with your business. Contrary to the popular belief, remarketing isn’t necessarily only about website.
Once you run engaging campaigns on your page and they generate interest and engagements from various people, you can remarket call to action campaigns to them. This is an effective way to first capture their attention and then sell your product.

 

 

 

The above are but a few basic features of social media. Your results eventually depend on your content, that’s relatable to the respective target audience.

Join the social media bandwagon now and pump in some revenue from the digital world. In case you still need help, we’re but a click away.

Social Media Useful for Restaurants?

Restaurants and Social Media? Is it just a Hype or is there a real ROI?

Can social media get a positive Return on Investment (ROI) for your restaurant? YES, Definitely, social media can produce a healthy ROI. BUT then, not always.
As in any other form of marketing, ROI in social media depends on a hoard of factors, including and primarily, the target audience with whom you would engage, interact and possibly convert as well. 

In this article, we shall talk about social media marketing that makes the most sense for a restaurant and how to optimise the efforts that are put in to get a positive ROI. 

Wait, firstly, what is Social Media ROI?

ROI is basically a measure of your income to your expenditure. Social Media ROI is a measure of the income generated for you through social media to your expenditure.
When you talk of expenditure, don’t just include the money, but also include the time and the efforts put in. But, how can they be quantified? We shall talk more about it later in the article. 

The Right Audience at the Right Platform

First off, determine who needs to see your Ads, whom you want to reach out to and engage, in the hope of further conversions. 

Classify your audience into two basic categories:

  • The current loyal audience, that you should reach out to, so as to drive in repeated walk ins
  • An entirely new segment of people who haven’t checked you out yet. 

Are you a Pizzeria, looking to appeal to a younger crowd, or a fine dining restaurant looking to reach out to the older audience?
Are you a brewery looking to tap in to the middle aged, middle income guys?

Consider your job half done once you’ve classified your audience and segmented them thoroughly. Next step is to ask yourself: “Where would you find these guys?”
Generally, the younger crowd in India “lives on” Facebook & Instagram primarily, while the elder crowd are restricted more to Facebook yet.
But platforms like Twitter and Google plus do have a good number of users and that must be kept in mind before further strategising. 

Mind you, if you speak to the wrong audience or on the wrong platform on social media, you’re just wasting your time and of course, Money! Trying to increase your engagement would then only seem harder & frustrating.

The Right Guy!

Finding the right guy, like in many other aspects of life, is of utmost importance in social media as well. You would need someone who’s thorough knowledge and experience of your restaurant and of the social media platforms, to handle your social media. 

Your social media go-to guy has to be able to articulate his thoughts clearly and communicate well with good graphic designs & content. 

At the end of the day, you don’t want to use social media as just another cool timepass thing, but rather, to as a tool to grow your business. 

This guy has to be accountable for your social media ROI and therefore, take time, but choose well. 

You could either hire pay more and hire a guy who would need another designer/content writer or hire a digital marketing agency, with good experience in the field. 

Measuring Social Media ROI

Here are the 6 steps to ensure that we are getting a positive return on investment from our social media efforts:

1. Be specific and have measurable goals

First of all, you need to understand that just a small percentage of the people who follow you on social media or who see your Ad, would actually buy from you. 

But in order for you to know what that percentage is and to grow it, you need to track your results and analyse them consistently. 

Most of the time a regular industry standard is about 10% of followers who would become your customers, this percentage can be increased but in order to do so you need to know these 3 things:

– Number of total clicks on your Ad

– Number of unique clicks on your Ad

– Actions taken (Such as orders put in or tables reserved online)

These are some of the actions to be tracked online. There are also ways to track your progress offline:

– Call phone to reserve or order (provide a special code to mention)

– Small surveys with the check (always asking “Where did you hear from us?”)

– Redeemable coupons or promos the user has to print out or show on their phone.

2. Track the conversions

Talking strictly about the online aspect now, because you can’t see peoples faces or talk to them on social media, how do we determine the best course of action?

To track your conversions online and be able to measure the numbers we discussed earlier you need to have a Tracking service in place.

Run every link you share on social media through the tracker and install a “tracking pixel” on your website to monitor activity on it.

With this, you will be able to see what ads get clicked on the most, how many people actually order or reserve tables and how many people end up leaving.

With this data, you can see if you need to do more of the same or change your strategy to increase your percentages, at the end of the day online marketing is all about experimenting and split testing.

So make sure you know your numbers so you can get the most social media ROI.

3. Determine how valuable each conversion is to you

Another super important number to track is the lifetime value of your customer. 

If you know the average bill per table is, say, INR 300 and they tend to come back twice on an average each month and it costs you INR 50 to acquire that customer then your customer is worth INR 550!

Of course, this is before food, labor and other costs. But you can see that much like placing a price on a dish, marketing and particularly social media marketing, needs to always make sense to your business on the money side to make sure you get a healthy ROI.

4. Keep a close watch on revenues from each platform and channels

Since social media marketing is more effective when you’re in multiple channels, it’s important to be aware of how each of the platforms is performing.
You would also need to run multiple ad campaigns to get in traction, and so it is important to keep an eye on each campaign consistently. 

For example, if your Instagram is getting in a lot of engagement from your right target audience, but your Facebook page isn’t (either it isn’t getting in any engagement or the ‘wrong’ people are engaged there), it’s better to focus your time, efforts and more importantly, Money, on Instagram. 

Also, if you find an Ad Campaign to get in more page likes and to increase the reach of your page, not resulting in more post engagements or conversions, stop it and focus on what’s working. 

Figure out what your audience responds to best and do more of that.

5. Now calculate your return on investment (ROI)

It all needs to make sense from the business stand point.

Factor in what you’re spending on marketing to acquire customers, then divide that by the number of customers who were actually generated through your social media marketing.

Then factor in how much money do those customers represent and subtract your marketing costs and you have got your ROI.

If you are not spending money on ads or social media experts you should then factor in the hours you or your employees devote to social media and how much does it cost you. You should be able to determine a number from the numbers of hours spent and awarding a sum of money per hour, depending on the monthly salaries paid in the field in your area. 

If you are using a social media marketing service, it’s easier to figure out the costs, as they come with monthly reports. 

6. Optimise the channels that provide the most ROI

Once you calculate your ROI, you would need to figure out which Ad campaigns and platforms work better than others. You would have to optimise your Ads accordingly, so that you can increase your numbers. 

Social media is all about conversion through engagement. If you give people good content, content they can relate with, content that they like and would love to share, your numbers and ROI would go up with ease.

If you feel that the response is low, or that the conversions are fewer, you would need to recheck once again. Compare your social media ROI to other channels in your restaurant marketing campaigns, like banners or magazine Ads and determine if your social media needs optimising or not!

 

Here’s what not to do:

When it comes to social media you need to give value, value, value and then a pitch. If all you post all day are pitches such as lunch specials, offers, or new dishes’ promotions, people would soon stop responding to your posts and your social media efforts would produce diminishing returns.

People want to be either informed or entertained. If you can keep people informed and entertained you will always succeed.

A good rule of thumb is to always make your posts 80% value through engaging content and 20% pitches.

Having said that, keep in mind not to give in value and not to have a sales pitch, as then you would end up with a lot of fans but with no conversions.