What Makes User Engagement One of the Greatest Metrics to Measure Ranking 76

What Makes User Engagement One of the Greatest Metrics to Measure Ranking - letsreachsuccess.com

This is a guest post by Connor Douglas, an experienced entrepreneur who currently operates Rocket Updates. He enjoys writing about his experiences in all facets of branding, marketing and social media.

User engagement is one of the greatest metrics to measure ranking-movement.

While Google has denied user engagement as a SERP-changer, independent experiments like the ones done by Rand Fishkin on Twitter and many, many more have confirmed. User engagement (including when directed from off-site social) has HUGE impacts on your rankings.

Social media is a giant pool of people. It is a great way to access engaged users who can improve your rankings. It can connect you with people that like your stuff, and if your audience does not have an online presence, it’s one of the few places they will be.

1. Access to Engaged Users.

Engaged users are a gold mine for traffic gains and raising your site’s rankings in the SERPs.

Those engaged users will click through, explore, and in an ideal situation, eventually purchase your goods. Them clicking through will add to your rankings. That means that social assists you in accessing the huge amount of organic traffic that goes through Google.

Engaged users are the ideal users on your site. They are users who care about what’s there.

To ignore the enormous potential on social media is to ignore a giant group of potentially engaged users (which is just a silly thing to do). You can attract them in droves (and help your SERP-results) when your wonderful, engaging content is correctly hash tagged, mentioned, or tagged on social media.

2. Improved rankings.

The best reason to access user engagement on social media is because engaged users funneled onto your site is a SERP super-charger.

The click-through rate, bounce rate, and the volume of users all matter to your SERP rankings. Tapping into the enormous number of people on social media and turning them into engaged users helps your site show up higher.

That means way more traffic, and an ever-green influx of users who like your site.

3. Engaged Users Who Might Not Be Online.

The best part of getting traffic through social media is that it cannot only tap into people who like and read about your products, but it helps gain traffic from non-internet consumers.

If your ideal audience is poor, elderly, or just doesn’t Google what your selling, social media is the fastest way to reach them and improve your rankings.

Using user engagement from social media is a really smart way to access engaged users who are typically not heavy internet consumers (who won’t respond to guest posts, or resource pages).

Social is smart SEO.

It accesses a larger pool of engaged users, and if done well, can target the ideal on-site user. It’s amazing for the SERP changes that can come from engaged users and because it’s a great way to access users who aren’t Googling your product all the time, but totally need it.

If you’re on site is sharp, and your content is great, consider branching out into some smart social and get your site the attention it deserves. 

How To Do This Magical Task

Everyone is on social, but getting noticed and connecting with your consumer base can seem impossible.

You’ve probably tried paying for a few Facebook ads or creatively using hashtags, but until you really connect with your consumer base, you won’t see the results you’re looking for. One super-star of social to look at as an example is the way Denny’s connecting with their late-night crowd on Tumblr.

They started with stellar content that was easily shareable on mobile devices and subsidiary social medias (Tumblr feeds Pinterest). That gave their posts a huge amount of traffic.

While you may not be trying to connect with the alt. crowd at two a.m., their methods are still reusable.

Creating shareable content that your users want to connect with that can be shared on a variety of platforms is important.

For your blog, think something like an infographic with a link back to your own site that can be embedded elsewhere. That’s a really useful, shareable image that contains a ton of information. You can also use that infographic in your own guest posting on other niche sites, and use it in a variety of marketing platforms.

Smart social is about finding your users and addressing them in a relatable way. Hashtags, @, and tagging will only get you so far if your content isn’t mobile friendly or relatable. There are huge benefits to connecting with the giant pool of users on social. If you’re interested in connecting with more engaged traffic online, you should definitely be trying out some social.

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The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience 11

The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience

Providing a flawless customer experience is the ultimate goal for any business.

There’s a lot that goes into creating a customer experience that keeps your clients coming back for more. In fact, there’s so much involved that it can almost seem overwhelming.

However, providing a flawless customer experience becomes much easier when you approach the task through these five distinct elements:

Time
Understanding
Ownership of Emotions
The Unexpected
Follow-Through

Time

When it comes to your customers’ satisfaction, time is essential. Think of how a great experience at a new restaurant quickly sours if you’re left waiting for your food to arrive. Think of how your excitement over a great department store sale turns into frustration as you stand in line for what seems like hours.

Time is your most valuable resource and it is up to you to make sure you’re using your customers’ time wisely.

This is why restaurants have comfortable waiting areas with drinks and appetizers, or why airports have lounges with restaurants, shops, and even bars.

If your customers are being forced to wait for a service, make them feel as if their time spent is not wasted. The more positive drivers you offer customers, the less likely they are to grow dissatisfied with their experience.

Think of how you can implement this in your own business. Are there places where you can help fill customers’ time? Are there places where technology can be used to cut down on the time it takes to complete a task? Remember, it’s the customers’ time that should be valued, not your own.

Understanding

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You must understand what your customers want, when they want it, and how.

While this may seem daunting, getting a better understanding of your customers doesn’t take millions of dollars, complex data analytics, and a degree in psychology. Instead, all it takes is a simple look. Watch their process, engage with them, ask them questions, and listen to them.  

How are customers interacting with your product? What’s the first thing they do when they enter your store? What’s the last thing they do before they leave? How long are they spending in each department? Do you notice anything that hampers their experience?

Take a look at your competitors. How are your potential customers interacting with them? What does this business offer that you don’t or vice versa? What is your, as Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen says, “job to be done?” What are your customers hiring your product or service to accomplish? Understand why your users are turning to your products.

Ownership of Emotions

Many companies have already taken hold of their customers’ emotions, though cynically. Subliminal advertising is a key example. However, the ownership of emotions does not have to be cynical. When used correctly, it can be the “holy grail” for companies.

Owning emotions begins with the aforementioned ability to understand. When you truly understand a customer’s choices and then act to make the experience better, you’re building a relationship of trust. That trust is the foundation of emotional ownership.

One way to build this trust is to reduce the “emotional” noise that surrounds your customers. Let them know that, even on their worst day, your business or product is there for them and that it will be a constant in their lives.

Think of restaurants and the long wait times you have to endure when they’re busy. Think of how angry—or “hangry”—you feel as you stand around, waiting for your table, and listening to your stomach growl. However, think of how some restaurants are able to reduce that emotional noise by serving you finger foods and drinks as you wait.

Also, seek to understand what emotionally motivates your customers.

Why should they be motivated to visit your store or use your product? To feel confident? Free? Unique? Secure? Successful? Research shows that all human beings are motivated by one of those factors.

The Unexpected

Experiences become stronger and more memorable when they’re accompanied by an element of surprise. Surprise can be addictive, which will only keep your customers coming back for more.

Think about mailing your customers or clients small packages with gifts and swag. Everyone loves to get mail and everyone loves free stuff, especially when it’s least expected.

A surprise doesn’t have to be a huge flash mob (though it could be!). Hand out snacks at your store. Is it a cold day? Give your customers hot chocolate or warm punch. Is it a client’s birthday? Send a card! Even a small note of thanks for a customer’s business is a nice little surprise.

The most important thing to remember: simply be sincere and don’t become predictable. Chocolates on hotel pillows were once a great surprise for guests. However, now that their wow-factor has faded, hotels are continuously trying to get back to the “unexpected.”

Follow-Through

You’ve made promises and established goals. The only thing that’s left is to follow through on them. This starts with creating your mission statement, one that you, your employees, and your customers can commit to it. This will define your customer experience.

Your mission statement must promise to impact yourself/your business, the community, or the world. It may commit to impacting one, or all three. However, whatever it promises, you must follow through on. Your customers’ trust, and thus their experience, depends on it.

More about these five elements can be discovered in Unforgettable: Designing Customer Experiences that Stick, to be published in 2018.

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Kyle H. David has made a career in technology and entrepreneurship for nearly 20 years. In 2001, he formed The Kyle David Group, now KDG. Over the past 16 years, KDG has grown at a rapid pace, attracting clients ranging from the United States Senate to major financial institutions, international nonprofits, and Division I universities.