5 Things to Check Before Making Your 2023 Marketing Plan

Are you ready for the new year? Staying up to date on the latest digital marketing trends helps you keep up with what’s happening in the industry and take advantage of new opportunities when creating your own marketing plan. But before you start, it’s important to understand how you performed in 2022.

In order to help you set some great goals for this year, check out these five things to do before you plan your 2023 strategy to succeed.

1. Audit Results From PPC and SEO Campaigns

SEO and PPC annual audits are a great way to inspect how your business can start fresh in the new year. Examining and tracking the short- and long-term performances of your SEO and PPC campaigns is critical to scale your business. These insights will enable your business to drive results and capitalize on areas of opportunity left on the table from the prior year.

Ensure you dive deep into metrics such as:

  • Landing page conversion rate
  • Traffic from organic vs referral
  • Average cost per click
  • Top performing keywords
  • And much more!

2. Social Performance and Response

Understanding whom you are trying to reach is essential if your company wants to be successful social media marketers. By developing a deeper understanding of the type of content your target audience consumes most frequently you can better cater your future social ads to meet those desired preferences.

Looking into metrics like CTR, engagements, response rate, conversions, top-liked posts, and overall interaction time can help companies move the needle in creating a richer social media presence.

3. Website User Experience

To improve your landing page or website’s overall performance on mobile devices, different browsers, and various screen sizes, you’ll need to ensure it was made within a responsive coding framework so that the presentation of your site automatically adjusts for every user.

Metrics such as time spent on a page, bounce rate, and more can help determine where your site stands. Or, tools such as BrowserStack can allow you to see for yourself.

Another thing to check is how fast your webpages load, you can do this using sites such as Google’s PageSpeed Insights. In your CMS, check various settings to see if you have a cache in place or other things such as minimizing JavaScript. Such settings can produce quicker load times for visitors. If you don’t have them in place, be sure to do your research and add them to your 2023 plan.

4. Email Marketing Engagement

Do you send out marketing emails? If so, do you keep track of their success? On average, many marketers would say a reasonable email response rate to aim for is 10%. This number could be higher or lower by 5-10%, varying on how much work has been put into the campaign, how big your email list is, and much more. If you find that your email could use improvement in 2023, here are a couple of ways to make your email marketing campaigns stand out among competitors:

  • Include and bring attention to the most relevant content first.
  • Keep the messaging personal to the recipient, this can be done by either segmenting out your lists or adding in automized personal tokens.
  • Add some personality by testing different colors, emojis, and more.
  • Keep your messaging concise with a clear purpose, and link out to longer content.
  • Pay attention to what days and times have produced the highest open rates. For example, studies show that mid-week is the best.

5. How You Cater to Customer Experience

While doing your audits, take note of what types of content succeed most on your site, as well as in your emails and social posts. Is it basic, “how-to” type materials? Or deep dives into things only industry pros would know? Breaking your customers into educational categories can be a helpful tool in understanding the best types of ads for your segment customer audiences.

Based on what you uncover, it can reveal what types of content you should spend more time producing in 2023. For your highly informed and educated customers, give them case studies, and thought leadership content that goes beyond the obvious facts. For customers new to your industry, give short clips, infographics, and blogs that quickly and clearly answer their questions about what base problem your company is going to help them solve.

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