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Everything You Should Know About Zoom Backgrounds

Over the past month, businesses and schools have experienced a major change in their work environments. Now, employees and students are connecting online through Zoom, the popular video conferencing platform. Taking these calls at home also places the pressure of finding a clean, at-home space to chat in! In order to solve this issue, there is a feature which remote workers can use to make working with colleagues more fun: Zoom Backgrounds. 

Now, you may not have heard about this feature, and you may be wondering, what it is and what it does. We are here to answer all of your questions. 

1. What is a Zoom Background?

On the platform Zoom, there is a Virtual Background feature which allows the user to display an image or video as their background during a Zoom meeting. Examples include more professional options such as your company’s logo, an office space, a solid color background; or more playful options, such as the beach, a city, or your favorite destination spot! 

2. How Do I Create a Zoom Background?

There are multiple ways to create a Zoom background, such as Photoshop or using a JPG image of your own. At The Public Relations and Marketing Group, we are here to assist you in your Zoom background needs! For more information and to submit your Zoom background requests, you can contact John Zaher at JohnZaher@theprmg.com or call (631) 207-1057.

3. How Do I Change My Zoom Background?

As mentioned previously, there is a Virtual Background feature on the Zoom platform. Once inside the platform, you can access this option through your settings. All you would need to do is navigate to this option and select the “plus” sign to upload your image.

    

4. What is The Purpose of a Zoom Background? 

Not only are Zoom backgrounds a creative way to make the most out of working from home, during the COVID-19 situation, but it also provides you with the opportunity to maintain professionalism while connecting with your employees or clients. In a few years, you and your colleagues will be looking back on this moment when you all bonded over the backgrounds on your Zoom call! 

As a reminder, our team at The Public Relations and Marketing Group is happy to assist you with your virtual needs. Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Part III: Promoting Your Webinar

Part 3 of a 3 part series

Now that you have learned why you should host a webinar and what you should consider when choosing a webinar platform, it is important to ensure you are taking effective steps in promoting your webinar.

Prior to promoting your webinar, consider who your target audience is. Once you have determined who you are seeking to reach, you can begin developing a digital marketing strategy to generate registrations on your upcoming webinar.

Below include a few steps you can take to share your webinar to your target audience:

  1. Social Media Advertising
    • Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn
  2. Email Marketing
    • Introducing the webinar, reminding recipients of the webinar, and following up to thank them for attending
  3. Static Social Media Posts
    • Graphic to promote the webinar
    • Video “Teaser” to highlight the webinar topics
  4. Updating Your Website to Promote the Webinar
    • Website Calendar
    • Hello Bar
    • Website Pop Ups
  5. Adding the Webinar Landing Page to Your Email Signature
  6. Writing a Blog to Promote your Webinar
  7. Encouraging Employees to Share the Webinar with Family and Friends

Efficiently planning, launching, and promoting a webinar takes time and it is easy to forget essential steps. If you are interested in hosting a webinar and would like to ease the process, our experienced staff is here to assist you. For more information, please contact johnzaher@theprmg.com or call 631-207-1057 Ext. 107.

 

 

Part II: Choosing a Webinar Platform

Part 2 of a 3 part series

Choosing a webinar platform can be challenging. At the Public Relations and Marketing Group, we are here to assist you with your webinar needs. We will choose the most cost-effective platform for your business and walk you through a step-by-step process on preparing and hosting a webinar. When choosing a webinar platform, it essential to consider the following:

What are you looking to achieve from the webinar?

  • Brand exposure
  • Lead generation
  • Relationship with customers

What tools and features does the webinar provide?

  • Multiple presenters
  • Presentations
  • Screen sharing
  • Live chat
  • Question and Answer sessions

How often do you plan to host a webinar?

  • Once a week?
  • Once a month?

How can you use webinars to measure success of your company?

  • Email leads
  • Customer feedback
  • Consumer questions/concerns on your products and services

Overall, there are various factors to consider when choosing a webinar platform. If you are interested in hosting a webinar please contact johnzaher@theprmg.com or call 631-207-1057 Ext. 107.

Part I: Why Host a Webinar? 4 Benefits to Consider

Part 1 of a 3 part series 

Webinars make connecting with your audience easier. Presenters can use video, audio and screen sharing to market products and services to viewers anywhere. Begin building personal connections, engagement, and trust by inviting attendees to a webinar and engaging them through question-and-answer sessions, live polls and more. If you are considering new ways to build your business and attract new customers, here are 4 benefits to consider. 

  1. Hosting Webinars Raise Brand Awareness

Webinars provide the opportunity to utilize video conferencing technology to reach a wider audience. With this technology, your business can reach consumers across the globe and increase brand exposure. In addition, the people viewing your webinar are showing their interest, and therefore, are most likely potential customers. If they are satisfied with the webinar, they may even encourage family and friends to engage with your business. Overall, this word of mouth communication is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression for your brand. 

  1. Webinars Assist in Building Relationships with Potential Customers

By speaking to a group of potential customers, you have the ability to understand your target audience on a deeper level. A few examples include what they are interested in, what concerns they may have, and also understanding what motivates them. In opposition, viewers can get to know you as a person and gain your trust. They are able to connect to the video call while they are in the comfort of their own home or office, therefore there is no pressure. Accordingly, they will have the option to participate in interactive question and  answer segments. With each webinar hosted, you can establish a strong relationship with potential customers.

  1. Webinars Build Your Email List and Generate Qualified Leads

Sign-up forms for your webinar enable you to collect lead information such as email addresses, phone numbers, and job titles. In correlation, the details that you provide in your webinar educates and qualifies your audience. Examples include informing them about your background or services your brand offers and responding to questions or concerns your audience has.  

  1. Webinars Can Allow you to Stand Out Against Competitors

Are your competitors currently hosting webinars? Right now, is the perfect time to stay ahead of your competition. Building a strong online presence is essential in promoting your brand. In today’s world, 97% of consumers find businesses online first. By responding to these consumer actions and standing out online, you have a higher chance of growing stronger than your competition. 

Overall, there are various benefits to hosting a webinar. Most importantly, webinars open up a new entry way in growing your business. With the eligibility to invite and promote consumers, share your brand message, raise engagement, and analyze and convert leads, webinars are the perfect option. If you are interested in scheduling a webinar for your audience email johnzaher@theprmg.com or call 631-207-1057 Ext. 107.

Video Services at PRMG

Television and video content seem to be main sources of how we get both our information and entertainment. Commercials, news announcements and even the short clips we find on social media platforms all aid in gaining interest of its viewers. Video content plays a significant role in advertising and marketing your company to the public. When fliers, brochures and emails only do so much, leave it to video content to really engage potential clients with visual stimulation.

At PRMG, we can create content that is sure to gain both the intrigue and interest of viewers. We offer various video services that will benefit your company all while remaining cost effective. With the help of our experienced team of creators, we can produce high quality videos, including social media posts, TV commercials, Public Service Announcements and overviews of your company or organization. If you have ideas already, our team will turn them into reality right on the screen. If not, leave it to us to create a video that exceeds your expectations and displays your business in an interesting, original and professional manner.

Many of PRMG’s clients, such as law firms and non-profits, have seen the benefits of promoting their company through social media videos, commercials, direct marketing videos, and web content. In the past, we’ve worked with restaurants, law firms, parks, festivals and many more facets of business. On our website, you can find all our past work for businesses all over Long Island and New York City. If want to reach consumers through high quality videos, consider using PRMG for all your video marketing needs. Our extensive background and talented team, we will make your vision come to life.

To view our past video projects, click here. For more information about our video production services, call us at 631-207-1057 ext. 107 or email Johnzaher@theprmg.com

Which Social Media Should I Put My Efforts into for My Business?

Due to issues with privacy and security, Google+ is shutting down in April of 2019.

On November 6, 2018, Google+ users were faced with the exposure of their private profile content. Alphabet Inc, Google’s mother company, revealed that a bug allowed 52 million users’ private information to be compromised and given to outside app developers without the users’ consent.

“Protecting the privacy and security of our users has long been an essential part of our mission,” says Google, Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai. Yet, in October of 2018, there was a similar breach of privacy which also provided outside app developers with Google+ users’ private information, including full names, email addresses, genders, birthdays, photos, places lived, relationship statuses, and occupations. It was after this glitch that Google initially announced the demise of Google+, which was to be terminated in August of 2019. Considering the second privacy violation, the date of termination was moved up four months to April 2019.

So, with all these major changes from Google, which platform(s) are most practical and provide the most security for your company?

Google My Business (GMB) is presumed to be the platform of choice for business owners. GMB is a free tool for businesses to supervise their online presence throughout Google, including Google Search and Google Maps. This platform allows customers to find your business’ location as well as inform them about your business, its hours, and contact information.

Within your GMB account, there is a section called Insights which offers new analytic features. Among these are queries used to find your business, customer actions like visiting your website, making phone calls, and direction requests. The platform also allows business owners to place ads, write posts, upload pictures, and update company information. Another aspect beneficial to business owners is that GMB allows for customers to leave a review of the company and compiles them in an easy-to-read list. These reviews can be responded to by the business owners.

Other Social Media You Should Use for Your Business

Social media is the basis of which most customers are going to learn more about your business. Many companies use various social media platforms to not only connect with their customers but to gain visibility throughout the internet as well. It is most beneficial to your company if you utilize multiple social media outlets to market your business. But which ones are worth it?

LinkedIn is the most professional social media platform and allows businesses to network with other people or companies and draw potential customers or clients to your business. On your company profile, you can share any awards bestowed, your accomplishments, and post in detail about current and past projects. In addition to these features, you can post and share articles, videos, and photos on your newsfeed with your network of connections and followers. You can even develop your own articles using LinkedIn Publishing. Another great aspect of LinkedIn that is ideal for business owners is the ability to list job openings and review applications from potential employees. LinkedIn is a one-stop-shop for all your social media, marketing, and business development needs.

Facebook has specific pages and profiles for companies and business professionals. These provide the business with analytics, ad opportunities, and the ability to post events and updates along with photos and videos. Keeping your clients and customers up to date on all that’s happening with your business has never been easier or more condensed into one outlet. Facebook Messenger also provides more interaction with customers. Messenger allows customers to directly message a business and discuss any questions or concerns they may have.

Instagram is perfect for sharing photos and videos from company events and posting promotional graphics to market your products or services. There is a business profile option which will allow you to connect your email address, phone number and website at the top of your Instagram page. Interaction with customers and clients is extremely simple with Instagram’s comments which, depending on your privacy settings, give anyone the ability to write a comment on a post.

Twitter is another great social media platform for businesses to post last minute updates to their followers about promotions, events, or cancelations due to weather. In addition to these updates, Twitter is also a great source to repost from Facebook and Instagram.

Not sure which social media platform is best for your business? Focus on what your company is providing to the public. If you have a lot of photographs to share with your customers, Instagram is a great option to allow your pictures to highlight your business. If your business hosts a lot of events, consider utilizing Facebook to create ads and invite customers to these events. Additionally, Twitter is great for making quick updates to schedules and keeping in contact with clients. If you still aren’t positive about what platform to use, start with one you are personally using. This way, you already have some experience with the platform and can utilize your prior knowledge to increase your business’ exposure.

You may find that you want to have presence on more than one social media network. Being present in multiple areas will increase your company’s visibility and help you reach more potential customers.

Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts

It may seem as if managing multiple social media accounts can become overwhelming. However, there is no need to fret. There are terrific software programs that help consolidate all your social media accounts in one space. Among these are Hootsuite and Buffer.

Hootsuite integrates multiple types of social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter into one interface. Other sites such as YouTube, LinkedIn, and WordPress blogs can be incorporated. If you have multiple businesses or organizations you manage, you may add these organizations along with all their respective social media accounts. Buffer is very similar. You can include multiple organizations as well, and each may have multiple social media accounts. Among those covered are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

These integrations are wonderful because they provide you with the ability to create a singular post and share it on all your social media platforms with just a few clicks. You can also schedule your posts to go out at a later date or time, even months in advance! Both Hootsuite and Buffer provide analytics and the ability to respond to all your comments within the same window.

When it comes to choosing which social media management software is best for your business, it is best to research each software to find one that fits your needs and budget. For further information please contact us at 1-855-PRMG-123 or email us at info@theprmg.com.

YouTube’s Popularity Can Help Your Business

YouTube is a video sharing and hosting platform owned by Google. Users can upload content to their own YouTube pages and share the videos on other social media platforms. Oftentimes, YouTube is used for tutorial and how-to videos, company overviews and event videos, music and gaming videos, and clips from popular TV shows. Some videos go “viral” which means they are viewed by millions of people from all over the world and are shared on other media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

In 2006, Google acquired YouTube for 1.65 billion dollars. Since then, YouTube’s worth and exposure has grown exponentially. What started out as a site for posting funny home videos, is now a site where Google splits its revenue with content creators to produce high quality content. Due to these advancements, according to the YouTube Global Internal Data in 2016, the number of advertisers on YouTube increased by threefold over the last two years.

How to Utilize YouTube to Grow Your Business

Video advertising is a great way to showcase all your business has to offer. Viewers can get a genuine visual of who your company is and the area in which it specializes. You can use videos to highlight specific products your company sells and how they work. Or if you’re a service-based company, you can create videos discussing your services and how they help your customers.

Did you know that during TV’s prime time, more 18-49-year-olds are watching YouTube in the United States than they are watching prime time shows? This was determined by a Google-commissioned Nielsen study in 2016. Another result from the study declares people 18 and over spend more time watching YouTube than traditional television. That suggests an ad on YouTube has the potential to be more effective than traditional TV and broadcast advertising.

How to Setup a YouTube Ad

Setup a YouTube account

To get started, you are going to need to have a YouTube account for your company. It is necessary that you have a video pre-made and uploaded to YouTube before you advertise it on the site.

Create a High-Quality Commercial Video

If you don’t have a video, it’s recommended you hire a professional to create one for your company. While YouTube provides you with tips on how to make a good quality video on your smartphone, often the most effective way to have people watch your ad is to ensure it is high quality by using high-tech equipment and a professional editor.

Choose Who Should See Your Ad

If your company sells makeup products, you probably want your ads to be presented to users who consistently watch makeup tutorials. You can also select a geographic location to display your ad to people in a specific region.

Set Your Budget

From small businesses to large corporations, YouTube has advertising options for companies of all sizes and budgets. Sometimes, YouTube even has special offers for advertising services.

With YouTube’s continuously growing audience and Google as its backbone, video advertising on YouTube is beneficial to companies in any U.S. region, of any size, and of any purpose or service. YouTube’s wide range of content provides businesses with opportunities most suitable to their products and services.

So, what are you waiting for? To learn more about advertising your business, please email us at johnzaher@theprmg.com or call 1-855-776-4123.

Client Breakdown: The Types of Clients We Serve

The Public Relations and Marketing Group (PRMG) is a full-service public relations and marketing firm based in New York. Our company was founded in 2002 by John C. Zaher, who at that point, already had over 10 years of experience in the PR and marketing fields. Fully equipped with an expert staff, PRMG has the tools to successfully meet our clients’ needs.

PRMG provides a full evaluation of your current marketing strategies and develops a customized plan that matches your needs, budget, and target audiences. So, who are the types of clients we serve?

Our Clients

We service professionals, corporations, non-profit organizations and government entities, as well as tourism and entertainment clients. Some of our clients include Gershow Recycling, the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc., The Long Island Game Farm, Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen, the Village of Islandia, and McPeak’s Assisted Living, just to name a few. Along with these clients, our subsidiary company, PR4Laywers, services law firms such as Tully Law, P.C., Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP, Mart Grossbach P.C., amongst others.

Additionally, we work with public sector entities such as town villages, school and library districts, as well as fire districts. One of the great aspects of PRMG is that while we also have multiple clients in the tri-state area, many of our clients are located in Long Island. This allows us to understand the typical Long Island customer from multiple areas of concentration and local demographics.

Our Services

We work with clients on specific projects such as branding, TV and video production, web development, advertising, and more. However, we also work with clients on retainer to continue meeting their social media management, website hosting, SEO, public relations, newsletter, and direct mail needs, among others.

Here’s what some of our clients have said about the quality of our services:

“PRMG has an excellent handle on all marketing aspects for our non-profit organization. From garnering continued media coverage of our top-tier robotics events, to growing our social media presence, PRMG helps us reach the audiences we need to expand our presence across Long Island.” – Bertram Dittmar, executive director of School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

“John is excellent at implementation and execution of marketing plans and ideas. PRMG is ‘quick on the draw’ when timing is of the essence. John’s long-term approach is what separates him and his company from other agencies.” – James P. McPeak, Owner, McPeak’s Assisted Living

“John is an experienced manager and result oriented. His vision and ideas are right on target and his results prove that. His attention to detail and his knowledge of business do help in reaching his goals.” – Allan Dorman, Mayor of Village of Islandia

How can we help your business grow? Visit our website or contact us at 631-207-2057 or send an email to johnzaher@theprmg.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t Say Goodbye to Traditional Advertising

Direct Mail Still Crucial Component for Successful Marketing Strategy

Many businesses struggle when it comes to marketing decisions. Whether the brand is just starting out or looking to reinvent itself, business owners may ask themselves which kind of marketing approach will bring a higher return on investment, attract more sales, or gain greater brand exposure. As goals vary, there is no one answer. Businesses may choose between traditional marketing, digital marketing, or a mixture of both strategies.

To explain the terms, here is a summary: advertisements in newspapers, magazines and other publications is one example of traditional marketing. Other examples include direct mailers, fliers, television and radio commercials, and billboards.

Digital marketing, on the other hand, may include developing or updating a website, search engine advertising such as Google Ad Words, social media advertising on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, uploading videos to YouTube and other streaming sites, and responding to business and product reviews on sites such as Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Angie’s List (etc).

Deciding which of the above tracks to pursue can be challenging. In recent years, businesses have been increasingly opting for digital marketing. But it’s important not to overlook the benefits of traditional marketing. These include:

    • Ad-in-hand
      Consumers are more likely to open, pay attention to, and remember items they receive in the mail than they are to interact with emails of a similar kind. Having a physical copy of an advertisement, such as a paper menu, coupon book, postcard, or sales flier, leads to increased visibility and a higher likelihood of brand recognition.
    • Minimal effort for audience
      Physical ads require less cognitive effort to process and are more familiar to most audiences. Traditional marketing is easier to understand and remember; this type of ad involves spatial and emotional processing, so consumers have a greater rate of internalization. According to a study by Canadian neuro-marketing firm TrueImpact, when asked to cite the brand of an advertisement they had just seen, recall was 70 percent higher among participants who were exposed to a direct mail piece than a digital ad.
    • Synergy across platforms
      Businesses that use a combination of both traditional and digital marketing benefit from a certain legitimacy. Advertising across various platforms (ie: direct mail, Facebook ad, website, e-blasts, etc.) not only increases brand awareness, but also validates an otherwise unknown brand.
    • Personalization
      Thanks in part to the digital boom, niche targeting and direct mail personalization have become available; it’s easier than ever before to tailor your ads to a specific audience.

Integrating old-fashioned modes of communication in your business’ marketing plan doesn’t make you old-fashioned; it makes your business more relevant than ever. As consumers become increasingly put off by the overwhelming number of emails and online ads they see every day, direct mail continues to be an important marketing tool, outperforming email marketing by as much as 37 percent, according to recent research by Printing Impressions.

Data-driven, targeted direct mail is a key component of a strong marketing strategy. But that’s not to say it should be the only component. An omnichannel method of approach, one that utilizes the unique benefits of traditional marketing and the convenience and accessibility of digital marketing, will perform best.

To learn more about both traditional and digital marketing, and which strategy will work best for your business, please email us at johnzaher@theprmg.com or call 1-855-776-4123.

 

What Is a Micro-Moment, Anyway?

or, the Future of Mobile Marketing

The term “micro-moment” has lately been passed around the net as an opportunity to snag potential clients at the time when they are researching something on their mobile devices. Micro-moments occur when people turn to a smartphone or tablet to act on a need to learn, discover, watch, buy or do something. The ease of reaching into a pocket to answer almost any question has developed a new culture of “ask and ye shall receive”; in other words, consumers expect answers at a moment’s notice, and companies are expected to deliver crucial information immediately.

Businesses that take note of this increasing trend are better prepared for new marketing strategies and solutions that reflect the way Americans consume media.

Mobile Marketing and its Influence

E-commerce and digital marketing have exploded since the introduction of smartphones nearly a decade ago. In fact, 77 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, up from 35 percent just seven years ago. Mobile devices have become such an indispensable part of our daily lives that they are changing the way people consume media. It’s estimated that Americans spend an average of 4.7 hours on their mobile devices every day. Nearly two-thirds of smartphone and tablet users have made a purchase online using their device in the last six months and 80 percent of shoppers used a smartphone or tablet in a physical store to research product reviews, compare prices or find alternative store locations.

Thanks to the increased use of mobile devices, mobile marketing is now an essential part of an overall marketing strategy. Companies that notice and react to the so-called “micro-moments” are at an advantage.

Make Your Ads Stand Out

These days, consumers browsing the web are bombarded with content, from search engine results to social media – making it easy for potential customers to scroll right past your ads. Additionally, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent News Feed plan may make it more difficult for advertisements to gain feed time on the social site. To stand out, companies must create engaging and interesting content that a reader will click on and share, not something written with little effort and targeted at the wrong audience. The object of micro-moment marketing is making the most of just a few seconds in an effort to draw the target viewer in. Offering the consumer something they value, whether that is information, insight, or a special offer, is key to successful engagement.

When potential clients click on an online ad, they come from a variety of mindsets. Some are prepared to buy now, and businesses should be ready for this option, but not all viewers are necessarily ready to make a decision yet. Many are simply browsing, comparing products or services, or researching a topic in-depth.

Businesses looking to advertise online should ask themselves, “What would be the target consumer’s intention upon seeing my ad?” Understanding your target audience’s needs and predicting how they will come across your ad are both parts of a strong marketing strategy.

The Take-Away

The impulse to pick up a mobile device to research, discover, or purchase can work to your advantage. According to Google, consumers experience micro-moments 150 times a day (on average). Create engaging content that offers a reader something of value. Take advantage of those first few seconds with compact, easy-to-consume posts, ads, pictures, and videos, which are more likely to capture someone’s attention.

Realize that not every ad click will transition to a purchase or even a lead. Make your website and purchase options easily accessible, but don’t force them on potential customers.

For more information on mobile marketing, contact the expert team at Digital Drive. Located in Patchogue, New York, Digital Drive is a full-service search engine marketing, web and social media advertising agency with over a decade of experience. We service the New York Metro area, including Suffolk, Nassau, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, and Staten Island. To learn more about our services, please call 855-776-4123 or email info@digitaldriveny.com.