Marketing to Afghanistan can be difficult.
Afghanistan's sluggish broadband connection speeds, network restrictions, and sanctions present marketers with a unique set of challenges. As a result, international businesses often find audiences in Afghanistan are difficult to reach.
Ultimately, this means marketers working outside Afghanistan often find themselves unable to raise awareness effectively, generate leads, and build the kinds of datasets they need to do their best work.
GoConvert's step-by-step guide to marketing to Afghanistan can help.
We've broken it into two parts: infrastructure and campaigning. The first part is based on our experiencing launching localized marketing assets in Afghanistan. The second is based on customer campaigns we've run in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world. Together, we hope this guide not only adds to the growing body of work concerned with Afghanistan marketing but stands as the clearest and most comprehensive Afghanistan marketing guide available.
Learn how GoConvert helps customers launch marketing assets, conduct paid marketing campaigns, and track the ROI of marketing spending in Afghanistan.
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Launching marketing assets in Afghanistan involves a number of different kinds of tasks. We’ve organized these into five categories below. While the categories aren’t strictly linear, you’ll find the process runs as smoothly as possible if you start at the top and make your way to the bottom.
Step 1: Hosting
First, you’ll want to set up a hosting account with a company that has data centers and CDN points of presence (PoP) in Afghanistan. A Google search for “Afghanistan web hosts” will give you some options.
Step 2: Administration
Set Up Business Entity (Optional)
You may want to create a legal entity for your business in Afghanistan. A Google search for “set up Afghanistan business entity” or “incorporate in Afghanistan” will uncover a number of vendors who can help with this process as well as some DIY “how to” articles.
Check Special Requirements
In some countries, internet content creators are obliged to meet certain requirements and/or have certain licenses. To learn more about the requirements in Afghanistan, click here.
Register .af TLD (Optional)
Registering a country-specific top-level domain (TLD) is optional, and doing so often requires the registrant to meet certain residency or citizenship requirrements. Unless your site is blocked by its national network, you can serve your Afghanistan-based site from any valid TLD, subdomain, or public IP address. However, some organizations may want to use a country-specific TLD for branding reasons. If youâ€™re interested in registering a custom .af domain, a Google search will reveal a host of vendors.
Marketing to Afghanistan Insight
To speed up your web content, we suggest having your DNS resolve inside Afghanistan. If you registered your domain and/or manage your domain’s DNS elsewhere in the world, requests for your domain will need to constantly enter and exit Afghanistan’s national network. This will slow your site speed considerably. To get around this, either register you domain with a registry in Afghanistan or use a cloud DNS service like Amazon Route 53.
Step 3: Content
There’s no shortage of payment processing solutions available. PayPal/Xoom, Stripe, Square, Payoneer, and others can all help you accept payments from customers around the world. If you find your preferred solution doesn’t operate in Afghanistan, find an alternative in this list.
Translate all site copy and SEO resources/meta tags into To reach the greatest number of people in Afghanistan, translate all site copy and SEO resources/meta tags into Pashto, Dari,Uzbek, Turkmen, Pashai, Nuristani, Balochi, and Pamiri. Google Translate can help create a first draft. However, before launching your site, have a native speaker and/or localization professional review the translated copy to ensure it communicates clearly and reads comfortably.
Localize Social Media
In addition to whatever marquee, global social media services you want to use, review this list of social media sites and find any that are popular in Afghanistan. This will help you cultivate a local audience using the channels it prefers.
Step 4: Development (Launch Prep)
Google Analytics is free, and adding it to your site will give you granular insight into a range of website activity including where your traffic comes from, how long visitors spend on your site, and which (and how many) pages they view. If you’re unfamiliar with Google Analytics, Moz has a helpful beginner’s guide.
Use Google Search Console to manage sitemaps, review indexing frequency, check for crawl errors, &c. (Bing has a similar solution.) If you’re unfamiliar with Google Analytics, Moz has a helpful beginner’s guide.
Make sure your images are less than 50k, that you’ve minified your front-end code, and that you use caching mechanisms. If your organization can make do with a static site or landing page for Afghanistan (vs. a database-driven CMS), you’ll improve your page load time and harden your security.
Step 5: Development (Post Launch)
After you launch your site, you’ll want to test site forms, chat applications, and any other third-party integrations to ensure they’re working normally. Moreover, you’ll want to review these regularly to ensure they haven’t suddenly stopped working. Marketing automation tools, data tracking solutions, custom fonts and icon sets, embedded maps and videos, API integrations — these can put upward pressure on site load time and, if the connection fails, make your site render incorrectly or prevent it from loading altogether.
This article lists a few resources that will allow you to test your site’s load speed. Google Analytics and Google Search Console will also help you identify any performance issues.
How does GoConvert help customers market to Afghanistan?
By combining the self-sufficiency of an application with the expertise of an agency, GoConvert uses four actions to help customers quantify results, maximize ROI, and achieve their marketing goals.
GoConvert uses all available data resources — ad vendor data, social media intel, analytics, contact information, and other digital signals — to continually fine-tune our customers’ audiences. We always know whom we’re speaking to and how well we’re resonating with them.
GoConvert uses audience intelligence to build highly-relevant marketing collateral. This helps ensure content topics, social media channels, and ads align with known audience variables. Now, marketing spending has the potential to generate exponential returns.
Lead Generation & Nurturing
We use audience-specific marketing assets from the first section to generate a steady stream of leads for our customers. This allows them to nurture prospects along a well-defined conversion path and creates additional front-line intelligence we can use to fine-tune our various audience hypotheses.
Measuring, Analyzing, Reporting, Learning & Fine Tuning
We use engagement data and other digital signals to constantly learn from our marketing efforts and improve our audience models. This allows us to fine-tune collateral resources, improve lead generation, hone conversion workflows, and improve overall marketing efforts (on- and offline).
“What makes GoConvert different?”
Discover how these philosophies help our customers maximize the ROI of their marketing spending.
i. Awareness-Stage Afghanistan Marketing Guidelines
When running ads that target audiences in Afghanistan, marketers have a lot of vendor options. Generally, GoConvert uses low-cost initial spends to identify the highest performing channels. Then, once we find the channel or channels that deliver the best CTR, CPC, and lead/customer conversions, we steadily increase spending with those vendors.
Those You Know
Most marketers are familiar with these companies. GoConvert automatically aggregates data from these vendors, which allows us to build powerful trend models for our customers.
Here's a snapshot of the real-time awareness-stage performance of the GoConvert customer network, including Afghanistan marketing campaigns.
CPM Performance Snapshot
Currently, our customer network pays $7.66 per thousand impressions. That’s 69.36% below the agency benchmark and 17.72% below the ad vendor benchmark.More Digital Marketing Benchmarks
ii. Interest-Stage Afghanistan Marketing Guidelines
CTR & CPC
When marketing to Afghanistan, it’s critical for marketers to track click-through rates (CTR) and the amount they pay per click (CPC). Luckily, no matter what ad vendor you’re using to raise awareness, these work the same way in Afghanistan as they do elsewhere in the world.
And your goal is the same as well.
Fine tune audience data, and use that intel to improve the alignment of channels, messaging, and creative. This will maximize the number of clicks and minimize the amount you pay per click.
We call this the “virtuous gap.”
It’s marketing in its most harmonious state: putting sustained downward pressure on CPC (red) while simultaneously putting upward, even exponential pressure on CTR (gray). More often than not, the virtuous gap has positive collateral effects on lead flow as well.
Learn More about the Virtuous Gap
By automatically aggregating marketing data, GoConvert helps customers build models like these, whether they’re marketing to audiences in China or elsewhere in the world. This helps our customers build powerful trend models, reveal actionable insights, and maximize the ROI of marketing spending.
Here’s a snapshot of the real-time interest-stage performance of the GoConvert customer network, including Afghanistan marketing campaigns.
CTR Performance Snapshot
Currently, our customer network sees 4.96% CTRs. That’s 118.50% above the benchmark.Case Study: GoConvert vs. Traditional Digital
CPC Performance Snapshot
Currently, our customer network is paying just $0.25 per click. That’s 82.88% below the benchmark.Case Study: GoConvert vs. Traditional Digital
iii. Engagement-Stage Afghanistan Marketing Guidelines
Afghanistan Lead Generation
To generate leads in Afghanistan, marketers can rely on the same CRM, marketing automation, and form solutions they use elsewhere in the world.
Use web forms to write leads to your CRM, marketing automation system, or other contact database solution.
GoConvert uses Googleâ€™sÂ® reCAPTCHA v3 to score every lead that enters our system. Customers can ignore lower-quality leads and focus on those with higher scores.
GoConvert also helps customers collect everything they need to start building effective relationships with leads. Data points include location and IP information, name and email, gender, age, and phone number. And if a contact is missing info, GoConvert works around the clock to automatically fill in missing data. Audience insights get better all the time.
Respect Data Privacy
It's unclear what, if any, data protection protection laws Afghanistan has enacted. Monitor this resource and this article for updates.
If you want to be proactive, manage lead data in accordance with other regulations from around the world like CAN-SPAM, CCPA, and GDPR.
Here’s a snapshot of the real-time engagement-stage performance of the GoConvert customer network, including Afghanistan marketing campaigns.
Lead Conversion Rate Performance Snapshot
Currently, our customer network sees 19.77% LCRs. That’s 327.00% above the benchmark.Case Study: GoConvert vs. Traditional Digital
CPL Performance Snapshot
Currently, our customer network pays just $1.24 per lead. That’s 98.96% below the benchmark.Case Study: GoConvert vs. Traditional Digital
iv. Conversion-Stage Afghanistan Marketing Guidelines
Win Rate & ROI
When marketing to Afghanistan, it’s critical for marketers to track both win rates (the percent of customers you convert vs. the number of leads you generate) and ROI of their efforts (the amount of income you generate for every dollar you spend). Luckily, these metrics work the same way in Afghanistan as they do elsewhere in the world.
And your goal is the same as well.
Boost the ROI of your marketing efforts by increasing efficiency and decreasing waste, using actionable insights to keep ad creative and content well aligned with your audience’s interests, and bringing qualified leads into your funnel. This will help you build a returns-driven, holistically-healthy funnel.
“What is a holistically healthy funnel?”
Holistically healthy funnels are effective funnels. They keep sales and marketing aligned and ensure companies know which metrics and stages need work and which are doing well. After all, an awareness challenge is different from a click through challenge, and both differ from engagement and conversion challenges.
Learn More about Holistic Funnels
Whether they’re trying to reach customers in Afghanistan or elsewhere in the world, GoConvert helps our customers know exactly where they need to focus their attention. As a result, we help them keep effort and impact tightly aligned.
Here’s a snapshot of the real-time conversion-stage performance of the GoConvert customer network, including Afghanistan marketing campaigns.
Win Rate Performance Snapshot
Currently, our customer network sees 1.93% win rates. That’s 43.73% below the digital benchmark.Case Study: GoConvert vs. Traditional Digital
ROI Performance Snapshot
Currently, our customer network sees a 6.36x ROI on its marketing spending. That’s 75.69% above the benchmark.Case Study: GoConvert vs. Traditional Digital
in Real Time vs. Traditional Digital
Curious about how the GoConvert customer network is currently performing against traditional digital benchmarks? Review the real-time data below.
|CPM ?Cost Per 1k Impressions||$25 ?Agency Rate|
|CTR ?Click Through Rate||2.27%|
|CPC ?Cost Per Click||$1.46|
|RCR ?Relationship Conversion Rate||4.63% ?Lead Conversion Rate|
|CPR ?Cost Per Relationship||$119.34 ?CPL|
|IGRCR ?Income-Generating Relationship Conversion Rate||3.43% ?Digital Win/Close Rate|
|ROI ?For every dollar I spend, how many will I get back?||3.62x|
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