Writing for Digital

LeadPoint Digital’s Director of Digital Marketing Carrie Cousins is set to share some of her insights on user experience and website marketing at an upcoming conference. On July 19, Carrie will kick off two days of presentations about online writing at the UX Writer Conference, an online event produced by Welinske & Associates, which has been hosting events for tech writers since 1991.

Storytelling With a Twist

Drawing on skills from multiple disciplines, UX writing is carving out its own space in the tech industry. With more than 15 years of experience in media, design, and content marketing, Carrie is one of the leaders in the field. She’s learned that storytelling is at the heart of every good website design. Her talk, Good UX Writing is Storytelling (with a Technical Twist), will discuss how to craft a beautiful narrative that humans want to read while optimizing how people use websites.

In addition to her work for LeadPoint Digital, Carrie’s UX writing has been featured in publications such as Design Shack, Webdesigner Depot, The Next Web, and Fast Company.

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Featuring speakers from companies like HBO Max and Google, the UX Writer Conference aims to share ideas and connect the UX writing community. It’s not too late to sign up for this incredible online event. Visit the UX Writer Conference website to register.

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Welcome to the Team!

LeadPoint Digital announces the hires of two familiar faces in the Roanoke Region.

Matt Brown joins the team as our new Account Manager. With more than 20 years of experience in design, art direction, marketing, promotions, project management, and social media, Matt’s wide range of experience and customer-centric approach make him a client’s best advocate.

“I’m excited to join work closely with our clients to help them achieve their digital marketing goals,” Matt said.

Prior to joining LeadPoint, Matt spent seven years at a local agency as an art director guiding client creative projects. He spent 13 years in the newspaper industry where he held a variety of positions, including creative director of the advertising design department and creative director of their recreation/lifestyle magazine.

Matt is a graduate of Roanoke College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He is a longtime member, and past president, of the Roanoke chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF). He is also a former two-time governor of Virginia for AAF and in 2015 was named National President of the Year by AAF.

Sarah Wardle Jones brings her creative ability and writing skills to the team as our User Experience Specialist. She is skilled in design thinking, user experience and user interfaces, and writing for the web.

“I’m thrilled to join LeadPoint as UX Specialist! I’m looking forward to growing and learning as part of this fantastic team,” Sarah said.

Additionally, Sarah is a creative professional with a background in non-profit arts management and has spearheaded the digital presence of numerous art organizations in the region. Prior to joining LeadPoint, Sarah enjoyed 7 years as Community Engagement & Education Director at the Roanoke Symphony. You may also know Sarah as a skilled flutist with the Alma Ensemble.

She holds degrees from Taylor University and Bowling Green State University and has a UX/UI Certification from CareerFoundry.

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Another Great Feat for Cousins – and LeadPoint!

LeadPoint Digital is thrilled to announce that our very own Carrie Cousins was awarded Ad-verting Person of the Year by the American Advertising Federation, Roanoke Chapter. Carrie was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field of advertising and marketing on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Western Virginia American Advertising Awards Gala in Roanoke.

As LeadPoint’s Digital Marketing Director, Carrie leverages her 15+ years of interdisciplinary experience in marketing, design, and media to help businesses tell their story and get better results through practical digital marketing strategies. Carrie established herself as a leader through her work building several award-winning marketing programs, shaping the marketing voice for Roanoke Outside and Get2KnowNoke before joining LeadPoint last year, and teaching the next generation of marketers at Virginia Tech.

“It’s a breath of fresh air to have a colleague like Carrie on our team,” says Brad Timofeev, LeadPoint Digital’s Managing Partner. “I honestly don’t understand how she keeps up with it all and maintains her enthusiasm and upbeat personality. I’m not shocked she won this award because she accomplished more in one year than most ad professionals accomplish in a lifetime. She is well-deserving of this award every year and LeadPoint’s clients are lucky to have a pro like Carrie on their side.”

In addition to her fantastic work on the LeadPoint Digital Team, she also serves as AAF Roanoke’s current President and donates her time and talents to help non-profits through Buzz4Good. In her spare time, Carrie enjoys serving as Star City Canine Training Club’s Pres-ident, training her own dogs, and running marathons.

Congratulations on your award, Carrie! We look forward to what you have in store for 2022.

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Cousins Speaks on Her Career – And Marketing

Carrie Cousins, the senior digital strategist for LeadPoint Digital, was recently featured for her design and leadership expertise in an interview with 20i, an innovative British web hosting company.

In the interview, Cousins spoke of her longtime interest in design and writing — both dating back to her childhood. In addition to her design and digital marketing work for LeadPoint Digital, Cousins writes extensively about design — especially user experience design — for websites like WebDesignerDepot, Design Shack, and Fast Company.

Though she didn’t get a degree in graphic design, she sought out extensive training once she got involved in design during her days in newspapers. “I wanted to ensure that my visual ‘gut’ instinct aligned with some of the practical theory and technical skills to ensure that I was designing and not just decorating,” she said.

“One of the hardest parts of design is keeping up with trends”, Cousins said. “Visual evolutions seem to be happening on fast cycles,” she said. “The challenge is that a design can begin to look dated fast. This makes it more important than ever to be agile and create with an element of urgency.”

20i also asked Cousins about her marketing expertise. “Every business – from a micro-business to a small location with a few employees – needs to connect marketing to actual business goals,” she said. “It’s not enough to do marketing because ‘you should.’ Marketing with a strategy rooted in goals and outcomes will generate the best potential results. It’s ok to start with small goals and grow them with your business.”

Cousins also recently delivered presentations at the AAF District 3 Conference in Raleigh, NC; and was on the RBTC WoTech Women in Technology panel during Game Changer Week in Blacksburg, VA.

If you are interested in working with recognized leaders in digital design and marketing, contact LeadPoint Digital.

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Writing for Digital

Brad Timofeev, the managing partner of LeadPoint Digital, is spending a few days in Hilton Head, SC, to participate in and lead several sessions at the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association Annual Conference. He’ll advise, provide market data, and lead a workshop on the value of digital marketing.

Brad will speak on the following this week:

Advising Sessions

Brad will sit with the SCMA Board, Marketing Committee, Executive Committee, and National Concrete Masonry Association Representatives to showcase the impact LeadPoint Digital and the SCMA have had on the concrete masonry industry. The session will result in a general advising session on how this can be replicated on a national scale and bring to light untapped digital marketing opportunities that will continue a path of exponential growth.‍

General Session Market Recap

Brad will be recapping the digital marketing efforts for the Southeast Concrete Masonry Association and inspiring continued exponential growth through digital marketing. Since starting with the SCMA in 2017, LeadPoint Digital has been an integral part of making the SCMA a national leader and advocate for concrete masonry being the trusted building material of architects, engineers, contractors, and more.

Where to Start Marketing My Business?

Brad will be giving a workshop to members of the SCMA on how to start marketing their concrete masonry unit producer businesses through a quality website and search engine marketing.

‍How to Get Started on Social Media & Generate Revenue?

Brad will be giving another workshop to members of the SCMA on how to get started and generate revenue on Facebook and Instagram.

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As a certified digital consultant with many other certifications from Google, Brad possesses a pool of knowledge that leads our clients with the goal of creating long-term exponential value. Throughout his 15+ year career, Brad has been the digital advisor for a national marketing agency, other regional marketing agencies, and Fortune 500 companies.

His accomplishments have many recognizing him as a digital marketing thought leader.

Want to get to know Brad or learn more about what digital marketing can do for you? Contact us.

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Another Win for LeadPoint

Senior Digital Marketing Strategist Carrie Cousins, who joined LeadPoint Digital in April, has earned her Facebook Community Manager certification. This certification is awarded to candidates who pass a stringent exam testing proficiency in community-building strategies, best practices, and knowledge of the skills and tools needed to lead, moderate and engage an online community.

“Since Carrie has joined us, she has brought invaluable expertise to our content marketing and social media marketing programs for our clients,” said Brad Timofeev, managing partner of LeadPoint Digital. “This certification supports that Facebook and Instagram see the same value we do in our social media marketing plans and results.”

Elite Accreditation

The Facebook Community Manager certification is an elite accreditation in digital marketing, involving rigorous testing and security. A certified Facebook monitor conducts the assessments under strict protocols to ensure no cheating or foul play.

Cousins is also a Certified Digital Consultant, has a Google Certification, and has won awards from PRSA Blue Ridge, American Advertising Federation, and Outdoor Media Summit.

Achieving the Facebook Community Manager certification recognizes the expertise Cousins has developed in her years as a digital strategist helping clients build online communities and scale and sustain their Facebook presence while improving engagement with their followers. This certification is a great asset to help scale and sustain Facebook followers, and improve engagement with those followers, for LeadPoint Digital clients.

Enhance Social Media Engagement

The LeadPoint Digital team believes in continuous learning and understands the value of earning industry accreditations that help us guide our clients in making the best marketing choices for them. Our team has certifications from Facebook, Google (Analytics and Ads), Yelp, Yext, and more.

LeadPoint Digital can help you grow your social media presence and engagement. Contact Brad Timofeev for more information.

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What is the Digital Marketing Funnel?

There’s a well-known concept in marketing that most people understand – the marketing funnel. The marketing, or sales, funnel is a concept that helps you understand the process from creating awareness and interest all the way to generating leads and conversions.

When it comes to digital marketing, there’s a similar funnel. The digital marketing funnel has four levels: High Funnel, Mid-High Funnel, Mid-Low Funnel, and Low Funnel. Each level requires a different advertising message and a different measurement of success.

High Funnel

This stage often represents your potential customers’ first exposure to your brand. The messages you put out for this audience should generate top-of-mind awareness. They’re meant to get people familiar with your brand and what you provide.

Advertising at this stage doesn’t produce an immediately high conversion rate. It’s meant to make impressions and capture the attention of potential buyers. With commitment and time, high-funnel marketing will drive sales to the lower portions of the funnel and closer to a purchase or relationship.

Digital marketing at this stage is typically paid and might consist of display ads and sponsorships on newspaper and local news websites, or a network of sites.

Internet radio also falls into this category. Traditional forms of high-funnel advertising include sponsorships, billboards, and bus and bus bench advertising.

Mid-High Funnel

At this level of the funnel, you’re still creating top-of-mind awareness, but your audience is already aware of your brand and what you do. The message is typically value-based (features, benefits, perspective, etc.) and designed to separate you from your competition.

This form of advertising still doesn’t have a great conversion rate, but because of the type of message it is, it’s more likely to push people down the funnel.

Digital marketing in this stage of the funnel is still primarily paid, such as display advertising on interest-specific websites, or sponsorships that are related more closely to your audience’s interests.

Because social media advertising can be targeted based on demographics and psychographics, it can be an effective channel for reaching people at this level of the funnel. Streaming audio and video also float between the high funnel and mid-high funnel.

Content marketing is the most popular form of digital marketing that falls in the mid-high funnel.

Television and terrestrial radio are complementary channels in traditional advertising.

Mid-Low Funnel

Once you hit this part of the funnel, you’re starting to drive sales. Advertising messages should be incentive-based and include coupons, promotions, and exclusive offers. The goal at this stage is to move people to action.

Digital marketing in the mid-low funnel is a mix of paid and organic. Email marketing, re-marketing, text message marketing, and, in some cases, social media. These channels deliver a targeted, incentive-based message to your audience.

Equivalents in traditional advertising include direct mail, newspaper ads, money-saver ads, and coupon books.

Low Funnel

Low-funnel marketing provides the best immediate return on investment (ROI). Messaging is 100% call-to-action, encouraging your audience to contact you.

Companies spend most of their digital marketing budget in this stage of the funnel. It includes search engine optimization, search engine advertising, and local directory advertising because search engines and directories are where people go when they’re ready to buy.

In traditional advertising, that used to be the phone book or direct mail pieces.

Applying Digital Strategy

After you’ve identified which audiences you want advertising to reach, you apply appropriate digital marketing and traditional media tactics. Digital marketing can be an effective way to move prospects through the buying cycle.

LeadPoint Digital can help you to identify which forms of digital marketing will help you meet marketing goals. We’ll help you create a customized plan with a focus on business objectives and lead generation for different parts of the market funnel and sales cycle.

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We Are Opening in Roanoke!

ROANOKE, Virginia – Local digital marketing agency, LeadPoint Digital, located at 10 Church Ave SE, Suite 300 in Downtown Roanoke, will celebrate its new office space with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 14 at 10:00 am. The event will take place outdoors in Century Plaza, located at 14 Church Ave SE. Small group tours and refreshments will be available after the ceremony inside the LeadPoint Digital office on the 3rd Floor of the Spectrum Building.

While many companies have scaled back during the pandemic, LeadPoint Digital continues to grow rapidly. The agency doubled its team in the last year and relocated to a larger corporate office that maximizes creativity and communication with clients, both virtually and in person.

Following the event, tune into RVTV Channel 3 or visit www.BizRoanoke.com for an interview with the City of Roanoke and LeadPoint Digital’s Managing Partner Brad Timofeev.

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Personas are the anchor of many digital marketing agency strategies. Understanding your client’s audience is vital to building a successful digital marketing strategy that delivers results.

The Problem with Personas

Think about it: Personas are your client’s “perception,” their audience’s “perception,” which results in your own “perception,” which ultimately becomes the “persona(s).”

It doesn’t just sound confusing; it is confusing to mix and match so many perceptions of the same reality. But it doesn’t have to be.

Apple built their entire company based on what people don’t know they want!

Aha! Moment for Building Better Personas

Every other month, we hold communication training for our team because it’s an undeniable skill present in every aspect of agency life and our personal lives. At the end of every 2-hour session, we make it a point to apply our training to real scenarios.

After nearly 10 years of bi-monthly communication training, the “aha!” moment hit me. All the things we discussed in our training were never part of persona building. Let alone any persona our client provided us, or we saw from other competing agencies.

Using Communication Laws to Build Better in Personas

There are many studies, research, and formulas that make people better communicators.

Trust us. We’ve been through them all. But they all boiled down to these primary laws, which allow you to build personas that digital marketers actually get value from.

1. Representation Style

This is how people process the world and things around them. This gives you a medium on how to best communicate to this persona, which includes:

  • Visual (see)
  • Auditory (listen, read, write)
  • Kinesthetic (touch, smell, taste)

2. Attitude

All people have 6 attitudes that perceive value to them. Everyone holds all these attitudes, but your personas will have attitudes that carry more weight than others. Using this gives you the formula to create value props for each attitude:

  • Theoretical (more facts and figures)
  • Utilitarian (wants good investment)
  • Aesthetic (needs to look good)
  • Social (what will others think of me)
  • Individualistic (how do I make product/service better)
  • Traditional (needs to fit with personal values and global outlook)

3. Language & Behavior

Like the game of telephone, everyone deletes or distorts information based on their behaviors and language. These behavioral characteristics will help identify how your persona makes a decision:

  • Motivation = Proactive vs. Reactive (avoid future trouble or is in trouble)
  • Direction = Toward vs. Away From (solutions to get closer to a goal or reasons why goal can’t be achieved)
  • Source = Internal vs. External (makes a decision on how they feel or make a decision based on validation from another)
  • Reason = Options vs. Procedures (likes control in decision making or likes clear path to decision)
  • Scope = Specific vs. Global (small details vs. lofty bigger picture)

4. Human Relations

Being able to understand people and their nature allows you to communicate with your persona skillfully, which includes:

  • How to make people feel important
  • How to set peoples’ moods
  • How to influence people
  • How to convince people

Here’s the Point …

It’s great to understand your audience’s demographics, interests, geographics, and psychographics. But it doesn’t do your digital marketing any good if you don’t know how to utilize that data to sell more products or deliver more services. Incorporating human nature laws and communication behaviors into your personas enables you to craft marketing messages that resonate with your entire audience and deliver results.

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LeadPoint Digital Welcomes Top Talent

ROANOKE, Virginia – Local Digital Marketing Agency, LeadPoint Digital, announces that seasoned marketer Carrie Cousins has joined the company as Senior Digital Marketing Strategist. Most recently the Director of Communications at Roanoke Regional Partnership, she led marketing efforts for the organization and its family of brands, including Roanoke Outside and Get2KnowNoke.

At LeadPoint Digital, Cousins applies her rich marketing strategy expertise to help local and national businesses elevate their digital marketing efforts. She brings a combination of extensive design experience, innovative content creation, and entrepreneurial leadership to her work.

“I’m thrilled to be joining some of the best in the business at LeadPoint Digital,” Cousins said. “We have immense opportunity to think creatively, tell brand stories, and strategize ways to help businesses maximize their digital marketing potential.”

Cousins is one of several new LeadPoint Digital hires in 2021. The digital marketing agency continues to enjoy rapid growth by fostering top local talent. In January, LeadPoint Digital expanded into a new office at Downtown Roanoke’s Spectrum Building and hired Rebecca Duncan as a Digital Marketing Specialist. Duncan has extensive experience working in the digital departments of Fortune 500 companies, including The Andersons and Therma-Tru Doors.

“We want to be well-known in the southeastern US for delivering lean and practical digital marketing programs that yield tangible results,” said Brad Timofeev, Managing Partner at LeadPoint Digital. “Our success starts by recruiting and hiring leaders in the Roanoke and New River Valley area. Carrie and Rebecca both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that complement our team and client base.”

The LeadPoint Digital team is here to help you realize your marketing goals. Whether you are looking to develop a new digital strategy, optimize your existing strategy, or build a new website, they are your “lead point” for inbound marketing.

About LeadPoint Digital

LeadPoint Digital is an inbound marketing agency specializing in digital marketing and website design. Through a deep understanding of user behavior, it develops and executes practical inbound strategies that drive results. With more than 50 years of experience serving national and local brands, LeadPoint Digital is designed to meet any challenge.

Whether your business is new to digital marketing or looking to improve your inbound efforts, they are your lead point for strategy and execution.

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