Or, what I would do to market my booth at the Arnold Health Festival
The Arnold Sports Festival happens in Columbus the first weekend in March every year. With over 800 health nutrition exhibitors competing for attention, I can’t help but have trade show marketing on my mind. I wonder, how many of those companies are advertising their booths at local, health-related businesses before and during the event. I know I would. Thinking outside of the walls of the expo is an inexpensive way to advertise a health nutrition brand, and a great way to target the types of visitors you want. Here are 5 local places I would consider for marketing my booth: Continue reading →
3 ways to create a stir and drive more traffic to your booth
Participating in trade shows is a great way to create a buzz around your brand, but it can also be expensive and time-consuming. If you’ve ever prepared for a trade show, you know how many man-hours go into making your booth “just right”. That’s why it is especially disappointing when you don’t garner the traffic you expected.
I have been attending the annual Arnold Sports Festival (www.arnoldsportsfestival.com) in Columbus, OH for 10 years now. Every year, I am struck more and more by how difficult it is for trade show booths to grab attention. The sports supplement category is highly competitive, as is the health and wellness industry in general, so it is critical to find unique ways to set brands apart. At the Arnold Sports Festival, the booths that get the most traffic aren’t just hanging better banners—they are creating an experience.
If you are participating in a trade show like the Arnold Sports Festival, you can’t stand around giving out fliers with your URL and hoping to see results online. It’s time to focus on winning your customer in the real world with these no-hold-barred guerrilla marketing tactics:
4 reasons why earned media is a cost-effective alternative
Earned Media may not be a term that you’re familiar with, but if your health nutrition brand has generated social media followers or positive social mentions, then it is already working for you. Unlike Owned Media, such as your website or blog, or Paid Media, such as Facebook ads, Earned Media is an organic, constantly evolving discussion between customers about their experience with your brand. In short, earned media reflects the reputation you have earned in your market.
Here are 4 reasons why earned media deserves more of your attention:
4 tips for creating content that will bolster your brand
Content marketing is an idea most marketers are beginning to feel comfortable with, but what many brand managers don’t realize is that there is a lot more to it than a couple of generic blog posts and social media status updates. Content marketing efforts need to be consistent, focused and most of all engaging.
What is exactly the purpose of content marketing? The main goal is to connect with your customers outside of traditional selling tactics. In the past, marketers blasted their customers with messages that told them what to think and what to buy, and sometimes it backfired. Content marketing strives to position your brand as an expert in its industry, and offers your customers something for interacting with your brand—relevant, engaging content.
Consumers now spend as much time consuming content as they do sleeping or working, so providing that content is a smart way to connect with them and build trust for your Health Nutrition Marketing brand. The idea is to win customers without pitching your brand. Here are 4 tips that can make your content marketing efforts more successful:
How to use ingredient-focused keywords to boost sales
Marketing natural beauty products in the same way as general cosmetics will be largely ineffective, because the competition for beauty-related keywords is so fierce. Consumers who are interested in health and health-related beauty products speak a different language. If you really want to drive sales, you’ll want to be sure you are speaking that language, too. My suggestion is to think like a health nutrition brand, and focus on ingredients.
Most natural beauty brands will rely on the keywords general keywords like “organic”, “all-natural”, “plant-derived” or even “chemical-free”. This is an approach that will keep you on par with the competition, but not help you pull ahead. To rise to the top in search results, you will want to consider adding keywords that are more specific to your product or brand. Usually, this means focusing on a trendy ingredient.
Leveraging a trendy ingredient will help carve out a niché for your product. If you sell multiple products, you’ll want to isolate one ingredient for each item. Some examples might be a beauty product that contains hemp. Google “hemp beauty products” right now; I’ll wait…
4 reasons using existing employees to manage your social media is a bad idea
As more and more businesses see the real and measurable benefits that social media can deliver, they are trying to find inexpensive ways to keep up. The usual approach has been to put existing employees in charge of their social media management. But all too often, social media tasks and development that are simply “added on” to the responsibilities of existing employees are not done well.
Many Health Nutrition brands are home grown, and their culture is extremely employee-focused. The idea of promoting from within probably seems natural. But if you want your social media efforts to drive traffic and conversions, you should avoid tasking an existing employee with the challenge. Hiring a full-time Social Media Strategist or a social media agency is an absolute must. Here are 4 reasons why:
4 ways to get started with image-centric marketing
Image-centric marketing is the newest marketing buzzword and for good reasons. Customers are overwhelmed by information, search options and online advertisements. They need information served up in a way that is simple and easy to digest. Breaking up text with images is a great way to do this while still grabbing their attention.
If you are just now getting savvy with Social Media, image-centric marketing probably seems like one more time-consuming “to-do”. In actuality, creating image-related content is not as difficult or mysterious as it may sound. It can even help drive search results in a way that text can’t. Here’s how to start incorporating images into your Health Nutrition marketing: Continue reading →
4 ways to gain the confidence of nutritional supplement customers
Recent surveys report that nearly half of American adults regularly use dietary supplements to support or improve their health or to maximize their athletic performances. Supplements can be made from plants, algae, seafood, yeasts, fungus, and many other food substances or extracts, which may explain why consumers rarely know exactly what they are getting.
The effectiveness of advertising on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn is no longer in question. From small startups to large corporations, businesses use social media to increase visitors to their website, bring in new business and improve brand awareness and visibility among their target markets.
Unfortunately, as businesses become comfortable with using social media, they often use the same old approaches over and over again. This is natural, but it is your job to create a buzz. Keeping your social media strategy fresh will help separate you from the competition and keep whatever momentum you’ve already built up going. Here are some ways to push your strategy: Continue reading →
Conventional advertising wisdom dictates that brands should stay positive by talking about what they are, not about what they aren’t. Lately, I’m finding very good reasons to do just the opposite. In a marketplace brimming with gluten-free, fat-free, sugar-free (and the list goes on) options that contain unnatural substitutes, consumers are becoming VERY interested in what isn’t in their Health Nutrition products.
Health-conscious consumers have had to learn to read between the lines, so when they see a product advertised as “sugar-free”, for instance, they no longer take that at face value. Instead, they mentally substitute the artificial ingredient they know is there: sugar-free = aspartame, Fat-free = more sugar, etc. Continue reading →