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The current landscape between financial services firms and their customers remains precarious and dubious, to say the least. Firms are having to navigate boundaries that stand between complete transparency and understanding to develop symbiotic relationships with their customers. Digital marketing helps to bridge the gap between these firms and their customers – something that has been realized and become increasingly essential to firms all over the world amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Read on further to learn about 5 powerful and proven digital marketing strategies for any financial service firm.

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When you look at financial services firms, the first thing that comes to mind is accounting, financial planning, legal and management consulting firms. Although the breadth of professional services firms is much greater than that and includes marketing and recruitment, it’s our financial and legal counterparts that really struggle to stand out from the crowd.

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Atlanta has become one of the biggest hubs for technology companies in North America - with good reason. Not only is the city a great place to do business, it also has an abundance of talent, affordable real estate and cost of living.

With so many technology company startups, the need for out-of-the-box marketing solutions that help brands stand out from the crowd is heightened. "If you always do, what you've always done..." you may not have clients moving forward. 
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Content marketing is constantly changing, and so are the interests of consumers. While it's easy to get caught up in experimenting with new materials, it's also critical that we keep track of how our audience reacts to shared content. If you're looking for new ways to engage your target audience and keep them engaged, our four essential tips below can help you achieve this.

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As restrictions have been brought upon us, almost everything has been temporarily shifted to the digital world. In early 2020 as you know COVID-19 was reported, and since then, we’ve had to adjust to new unprecedented ways to live.

Working remotely has become the new norm, and face-to-face contact has been shifted to the cyberspace world. This global pandemic has forced us to change the way we interact on a personal and business level. Who would have thought that going to work would be as easy as rolling out of bed and working from home? Work meetings, job interviews, events, and even shopping are all done online with just a click of a button. Businesses are now forced to turn to webinars and virtual events to showcase and expand their reach. So, the question lies here, ‘what will events marketing look like in 2022?’

You see, many things are constantly changing in the world, and we as marketers need to be ahead of the game and adjust to current trending marketing landscapes.

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When you go to college you learn two things 1) There’s a deadline for everything 2) If you start something, you need to finish it.

In truth, you learn a lot more than that, but these two points are a given. They also relate to life, work and for those Instagrammers, “living your best life”.

Each day I talk to entrepreneurs and business leaders. They tend to ‘like’ their marketing managers but there is one common thread that always comes out of their mouths. “I don’t know what they do and whether it works or not.”

For business leaders and entrepreneurs, uncertainty doesn’t sit well. It nags at them like this irritating voice in their head that never shuts up especially when sales are down, or everything isn’t going to plan.

Many entrepreneurs and business leaders do not function well in uncertain situations and find them stressful and distressing.

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The past 18 months has been a blur for many of us, particularly if we have been working from home. Waking up each morning, brushing our teeth and hopping on a Zoom call usually takes us up until lunch. Then after a quick Netflix show and a few more Zoom meetings, it's time to try our skills in the kitchen. 
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Being afraid for your job can be deliberating. It can create the wrong type of mindset where marketers are afraid to make the wrong choice or stop progress due to the fear of their job becoming redundant.

After interviewing more than 30 marketers over the past few months, it has become apparent that the biggest issue that marketers are facing is their ability to keep their jobs and remain secure, when in fact, the whole industry was built on risk.

Risky marketing tactics that paid dividends made entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Steve Jobs. Nike didn’t hold back when they called out golf courses that had bans on certain ethnic groups playing on their courses with Tiger Woods advertising campaign, and again with BLM campaigns that cut through the clutter and while they may have offended a few, the marketing campaigns paid dividends.

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Make your business known 

Nowadays, with over 30 million small businesses in the country, standing out from the crowd isn’t as easy as just having a great product or providing an excellent service; you’ve got to have a strong marketing strategy. An effective marketing strategy is one that lets the public know about your business - enhancing your brand recognition and increasing the chances of brand recall when they decide who to purchase from. This means putting your small business on the map! 

As a small business trying to build your customer base, there’s nothing more important than getting the word out and promoting your brand. It’s crucial to recognize that these efforts extend to a commitment to excellent customer service, which will help raise and develop high-quality expectations from your business. 

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No one can deny the phenomenal impact TikTok has left the social media landscape since its launch in 2016. It only took TikTok two years to become the most downloaded app on the Apple app store, taking over already established social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. 

TikTok is perhaps most famously known for its dance challenges, with many TikTok users either creating their own dances or reposting trending choreography. Top influencers such as Charlie D'Amelio and Addison Rae have amassed millions of followers through posting their own dance videos on this app.  

However, TikTok has always been much more than just a platform for dancing videos. With the level of engagement and influence, TikTok holds over its users, for marketers to ignore TikTok or label it as a mere 'trend', would be to neglect a monumental opportunity for growth and brand awareness.

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On Monday, I volunteered to an organization called Open Hands in Atlanta. My intention was to use the public holiday wisely and by giving back, it was a good start.

It’s kind of like making your bed each morning. If you do that, it’s one less thing you have to do in the day, and when you return in the evening, you see the fruits of your labor.

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Facebook is the largest and most popular social media platform with 1.39 million active users. Facebook revolutionized social media and can be accredited with monetizing social media platforms with the use of Facebook advertising. Facebook's ad platform offers companies the chance to specifically target not only their prospective customer group but go a step further and target segments within your potential customer base.

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Social media is taking an increasingly larger portion of any marketing strategy, where, as of 2021 - there are 3.96 billion people using some form of social media. It’s an ever-expanding landscape that allows for a multitude of interactions where influencers are partnering with brands for paid promotions, and brands are leveraging influencers to boost their brand awareness.

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Figuring out how to say less, create less noise, and become more deliberate with your messaging, audiences, and targeting, is about learning to listen better as a marketer. The depth and amplification of your marketing can be achieved by listening more to what consumers are saying and less on the quantity of advertising. Let’s explore why every marketer should be a better listener, and how they can do this.

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