Well the weather is definitely reflecting the season and ads are already pouring in for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas Present ideas. It’s that wonderfully rushed time of the year! Can you believe we are only short 8 weeks away from today until the New Year? I know I can’t and I have been planning holiday marketing for a while now, but time has flown and it’s here. Don’t worry the next blog will be on Friday again, I just decided to do the blog today due to the countdown to next year.
What’s on your list
As the leaves continue to fall, the weather grows more crisp, new products are launching, items are going on sale and that means it’s time to make sure you are ready for the hustle and bustle. I do not know about you but I enjoy playing music while I work. My daughter got me an Amazon Echo Dot and I must admit, I am sold! Of course, now I am looking at all the other things Alexa can do, including coffee… Something that I did notice and have already began using is the ‘list’ feature. I can just ask Alexa to add an item to my shopping list and it’s there on my phone. Which means I can add items as they pop in my head and suddenly, I have a working list.
Wouldn’t it be great to have the same functionality for those precious books you have written or read and want to share? Well Alexa can do it… My granddaughter gave me a quick lesson in that when instead of specifying a song, Alexa wanted to know if we wanted her to read the book to us. In the past we have mentioned how AI is taking shopping to the next level and you do not have to have an Alexa to make it happen. Smartphones and other AI devices, including your computer, can search for the item you want and then read to you. With this new way for busy buyers to access your products, maybe it’s time to look at how you have listed them.
Search Engine Changes & Shopping
Google Assistant is one of those AI’s that can help you find products just by asking it and until recently we were all phrasing items as questions. However, Google Search has changed again and those phrases (questions) are going to generate new results. Now of course if you have been using true SEO methods and Marketing, then you are doing good. Just do a quick search (without being logged in or use Private Browsing) and see what populates about you and specifically one of your products. Now with books, that might come across a bit disappointing, especially if you have only been posting your books with the meta content the title alone. However, if you are an avid blog follower then you know it’s you and not your ‘books’ that people should be looking for. Book Marketing is this… People need to remember your name… Not the title of your newest book, well at least not just the title alone. Amazon has a perfect example of this … ‘Follow’ the author. No matter if you are shopping online or at a local bookstore you are looking for the author first and then seeing what’s available. Granted I go looking for a specific book, especially the new releases, and I am looking at the title but I am also checking to make sure it’s written by the author I want. There are millions of books out there and some have the same name, right down to the exact spelling and punctuation. However, the defining factor is the author’s name and the cover representing it. So, if you want your book to standout then make sure it has a selling cover and that your name is easily visible. (Check La Roe’s Curse for a bad author name placement and yes, thankfully, Cindy is fixing it for me).
Additional Blogs on Seasonal Marketing
Real Marketing for Organic Growth: Life Happens
Real Marketing for Organic Growth: Seasonal Marketing
Real Marketing for Organic Growth: Thanksgiving – To Advertise or Not
It’s That Time … Holiday Marketing
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