5 Tips on Online Marketing
Every week Business Blog
provides you with 5 Tips for increasing your business productivity. This week we’ve decided to touch up on the internet marketing tips and common assumptions that business owners make about the websites and online stores (e-commerce). Please, read below and make any comments you think are appropriate to this post.
1. Don’t assume that if you’ve done search engine optimization at one time it is still valid. SEO landscape changes very quickly and is very unstable with all new releases of Google algorithm updates. Search Engine Optimization is a constant practice
that has to be done by professionals and through eligible sources. You have to stay on top of all optimization that is done to the website. For example, make sure that you know at least several keywords and their exact positions. This will give you an ability to monitor your positions and overall optimization efforts.
2. Currently, there is a huge trend in users accessing websites and spending time online by using their mobile devices. Therefore, you have to make sure you have a mobile optimized website for your current and potential clients. Google has release a great mobile website builder, check it out here: http://www.howtogomo.com
. It is a very inexpensive and great tool for creating a simple but very useful mobile website.
3. Make sure that your website is user optimized. So, let’s say you’ve spent your time and money on online marketing, you finally got a visitor to your site, but the site is not user friendly – you’ve just wasted your time and money. In addition, most likely you’ve lost future customer because he had an unpleasant experience. Your website is a critical first impression tool! Think about it, people visit your website in order to meet you and review your services.
4. In order to keep up with all your online marketing initiatives, please create a schedule and make sure you follow it. It is vital in making sure you are progressing and increasing your marketing reach.
5. Be constant! You don’t have to spend all your time on marketing for your business, you can do a bit but in a constant flow. After several months you’ll see it adding up to a wider funnel of opportunities. Marketing is a constant practice of reaching out to your target audience
and capturing leads from all expected places. As mentioned you don’t have to spend much time, rather you have to be constant on message delivering and all your activities.
Increasing website’s traffic and customer flow
I’d like to start by explaining why you as a website owner should be looking into every opportunity to increase your website’s traffic. Being a business owner you should be relying onto several different sources for gathering leads and creating potential customers. One of a very good ways to pick up new customers is to create a lead funnel from your business/corporate website. Employing your website for customer gathering is a very cost effective and useful way. You have to realize that they’ve spent some time looking for a product or service online and were able to find you as a source. At that stage it is very important to keep your customer at your website and make sure he delivers the needed action of conversion. It is important to understand that every visitor to your website is a potential customer. This is the main reason why you should be increasing the amount of visitors on your website. By increasing your website’s traffic you are increasing your chances to better and higher conversion rates, such as: check-out, newsletter subscription, service subscription and other types of website conversion. There are multiple ways to increase your website’s traffic; the most useful is to perform internet research
on the needed topic before implementing any internet marketing. Internet marketing is very broad and holds many different strategies, techniques and practices. Everyone involved in the internet business or even having a website and wanting to be found must employee if not all, at least some techniques to “advertise” online, in order to attract the needed audience.
Here are the most used online internet tactics to increase traffic to your website:
· Article, PR and online writing
· PPC and SEO (Search engine optimization)
· Link building and Blog posts
· Video making (YouTube)
· Campaigns and landing pages
Employing all of the above techniques should give you a great chance of increasing the customer’s flow to your website. Please keep in mind that in order to convert your customers into buyers you have to have a good website design and user friendly navigation. As mentioned above there are multiple practices to increasing traffic: you can buy YouTube views
, optimize your website in search such as Google and Bing; however in order for those techniques to succeed you have to really optimize your website for user’s benefit. Optimizing your website for user friendly browsing is the key in making customers want to stay on your website. The more time they spend on your pages reading the information the higher chance they will convert to a customer. Different studies have shown that “sticky” content makes reader or visitor willing to come back and interact with you. Even if they don’t buy right now, but they’ve spent some time on your website and theoretically enjoyed it they might come back. Another theory is that when the need for your product/service arises they will be more willing to go back to your website. Optimizing online marketing activities
and optimizing your website are two key components of a successful online business.
Internet for Business
Internet use for Business Operations
Internet provides many different opportunities for business operations. Business can tremendously grow by employing internet means and discovering the full potential of social networking. Every day more and more businesses select internet as their main source for many different practices, such as: contacting customers, offering customer service, generation leads, finding and creating new customer and constantly advertising their services. It is now known that many companies select internet as one of their primer source is for advertising and media relationship building
. Traditional forms of advertising such as television, radio and billboards are very expensive and usually can only be afforded by the large organizations. With that said internet offers a much lower price for “its service”. When compared with how much needs to be spent on producing just one TV or radio ad versus internet spending’s one can clearly outline the price difference and the outcomes.
Here are several ways of how the internet can be used to achieve your business goals, strategies and lead generations:
· Internet marketing
· Search engine optimization (SEO) and Google Pay-per-Click (PPC)
· Article and PR writing and distribution
· Social networking and social media
· Use of forums, blogs and communities
One of a great ways that internet might help you is by giving you an ability to find out what the client want or need, and the best part is that the internet gives you an option to use it almost for free. You will not be paying money for your online marketing research and target development
as internet is not as expensive as traditional forms of marketing research.
Internet offers great ability to find new customer and directly contact them by constantly delivering a unique message that can appeal to the needed market. An ability to develop a good communications message
is a MUST, as you have to make sure that you target audience is interested in what you are planning to deliver to them. Internet offers a wide variety of sources to provide business with support they need and bring cost effective solutions.
Identifying new leads and opportunities
Every business is determined to live upon finding new leads and opportunities
and converting them into customers. Without customers and sales there is not business. Business can only be successful if all sales cycles are met and the customer is willing to buy service or product. Depending on the business you might have different challenges with one remaining constant throughout all organizations striving to get more sales through acquiring new lead and generating new customers. Generating new customers
is somewhat challenging especially at the beginning stage of business. When you are in the early stages of business it is hard for you to get a constant customer flow and big numbers of sales, but don’t worry it’s almost the same for everybody. At the early stages when you don’t know many tricks and pitfalls you are destined to make business mistakes. It is better to do them now with lower amount and lower risks then when you have big sums and big deals.
Now, let’s come closer to identifying how to get new leads and where to find new opportunities.
First of all, let’s not forget about the oldest way of unintentional marketing that is transferred by your customers – word-of-mouth. It is the oldest and probably one of the most influential forms of “marketing” that the world knows. Each customer’s reference is a powerful tool and has a very high chance of converting into a sale. People trust each other and share information. Therefore, if your product is good and reliable be ready for some customer references. However, to be successful in word-of-mouth you have to be sure that you have a good solid product or service; otherwise people will be sharing their negative experience with their friends!
Second, there are many and many business/professional directories where you can find business names including contact information such as phone and emails, or at least you can get the name of the person or persons you want to reach. Having a name of the person your contact is critical. You can always find out extra information such as email or phone number from contacting the firm directly and talking to the reception and telling them that you’d like to send something to Mr. or Ms. so and so but don’t have their email. One of good business directories is Jigsaw
. Certain information is free such as: name, position and title; however the information that you need the most such as email and telephone number is paid.
Third, traditional forms of marketing. For a very long time marketing played a very important role in any business, its primer role is to create awareness, attract customers and communicate with them through the means of marketing messages. If this is applicable to your business you should be trying traditional newspaper and magazine advertising, billboards, direct mail, radio ads (if the budget allows you) and other forms of traditional marketing.
Fourth, online forms of marketing. With the internet expansions there are many different forms of marketing that you can engage yourself into, they range from email marketing, banner advertising, paid targeted websites ads, Pay-per-click by Google
, SEO (search engine optimization), affiliate programs with other websites and other types that would suite your business.
All those sources should work cohesively to create a good funnel and a fresh flow of leads and opportunities for your prospect to customer conversion.
Brand Building - Building more than just a brand
Brand is a very important aspect of your daily business life. Brand defines everything you want your business to be. Brand can be associated with the feel and vision customers get after being in contact with your company. You can make it almost anything you want. For example, think about Disney
! What is the first thing that comes to your mind? Most likely it is fun, childhood, toys, ice cream and great time! Then think about Nike
, it is sport, action, move, running and anything related to sport activities. Your brand has to have the same kind of message. Although your brand is not as known as those mentioned above, when you’ll be getting more customers and referrals you’ll notice that people do differentiate you by your brands, mission statement and vision
Building brand is one of the most important marketing strategies. Many successful brands are successful because customers can differentiate them by just looking at the logo or colors. In order to make your brand stand out you have to create a unique logo and brand yourself with something memorable and easily recognizable. Usually a good graphic designer will be able to create a unique logo for you. Use catchy colors for the website and brochure design. Make them all look in the loop and close to each other, so that is makes sense for the customer who saw your flyer, brochure or business card and your website to recognize you as the same brand. Small tip: don’t go on too many colors, the more colors you include on the print material the more it’ll cost you to print. Usually anywhere from 2 to 3 is the most optimal color range. However, don’t be afraid to use little bit more colors on your website. For example, you can have a header in blue, menu bar in light blue, main body in white and footer in blue or something that would resonate with the color range. Successful branding has to be spread across all marketing channels
going from the most cost effective and reliable to the next affordable level. One thing to keep in mind is you have to experiment with your marketing push across all different marketing channel platforms. In sometime you’ll find out that some work better than others and others bring more profit. It is always a trial and fail with some marketing strategies. You have to do regular things that bring the constant steady results while experimenting with new techniques and strategies.
As mentioned previously marketing push has to be done through the means of different marketing strategies, here are several examples: internet marketing
, press release, news and other types of press marketing, advertising, lead generation and peer groups, etc.
One of the most cost effective and result driven marketing strategies is the internet marketing. With its ability to be spread out in a short amount of time to a large amount of users, it brings a good return on investment while being relatively at the low cost if compared with traditional forms of marketing. Google and Bing both offer a PPC (pay-per-click) advertising that can be placed in search. In addition, search engine optimization
is a good source of defining a landscape for your website in a competitive web space.
Brand building is one of the most challenging and most rewarding marketing practice’s, it offers many benefits to those who are willing to invest time and resources into it.
All you need to know about Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing
Let’s begin by saying that those two are not the same; while Internet Marketing is a wide practice
and is under the umbrella of the marketing itself, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
is just a tool that is being used as a form of marketing implementation. Internet growth gives many options for any size of business that wishes to grow. Anyone selling or delivering its services online can take a great advantage over the internet marketing offerings. Many online marketing agencies offer great services as SEO, PPC, online PR, networking, web development and many others. With all those services offered you don’t have to worry about being visible to your customers.
You have several options with the Internet Marketing, you can do all by yourself, which will require you to learn the practice or you can hire someone to do it for you. In my practice most of the time people don’t like to do it by themselves as it requires them to invest a reasonable amount of time and sometimes money or they simply don’t have the time as they run their daily business operation.
Search Engine Optimization – is a way which can help you make your website visible to many customers by refining the website layout, making it more useful, adding helpful information for the user, and not engaging into any spam activities! SEO is a great way to show your customers your products and services
, or simply deliver the important information. Please keep in mind that SEO is not only made for your current customers to help them find you, it is meant for all audience who is interested in the topic of your discussion. You can use search engine optimization to demonstrate your work or share the information with the world. Search Engine Optimization found their ways back in 1995 when the first major search engines were born. Now internet marketing is a big part of any marketing strategy
, it offers lower costs, higher customer reachability, faster way of delivery and several other important aspects of the marketing.
In order to successfully use internet marketing one must understand that it is not a onetime practice; it has to be done over and over with new and different strategies to be used. There are tons of different ideas and strategies that one can apply to be successful with the online campaigns. Every campaign is going to be different and full of exciting discoveries. For example, you can set a goal of attaining hundred visitors for the first hour of you campaign in addition to 20% conversion, therefore you’ll have a goal of 100 people visiting your page with 20 of them buying, signing up or doing other activity that they are required to do. Conversion doesn’t only mean that the customer has to buy, conversion means that the customer has to perform a task that you need him to do. There are several ways to reach your goals: 1. You have to spread your content though social networks, such as facebook
(I personally find it to be the most of use). 2. You have to have many friends and like in order to spread the content fast and to have an ability to ask to spread your content. 3. Make friends with websites in the industry, you can ask them to advertise your post or event.
As said there are tons of ways to implement internet marketing, it all depends on what you need and the amount of time you can allocate towards it. If you have any questions please contact us.
From Business Idea to Business Success Business
is always full of rewards that come with the risks. All those days that you work hard to establish your business and create it from your business idea will eventually pay off, however sometimes they can be very daunting and challenging. It is common misconception that to have a successful business you have to have a large amount of capital, large workforce, and many connections and it is true to some extent however everybody started from somewhere.
Economic climate is always a challenge, you can predict it for a while but in a long term you have no idea what the economy is going to look like tomorrow. Tougher economy makes it harder to start and to establish your practice; however there is a benefit to it as well. Bad economic situations make businesses smarter as they have to figure out how to survive. It is not to say that those that don’t survive are not smart! There are industries that are dying themselves just because of what they do, for example traveling industry is slowing down dramatically in the crisis as people tend to spend less on leisure, the same goes with the entertainment. In this post we’d like to give you several tips on increasing a chance of survival and a chance to convert your idea to the actual business.
1. Business Idea
Your idea is the main source of fuel for your company. Idea and your will to accomplish your goals drive you to success. You have to create a solid view of what you want to do. It doesn’t have to be something totally new, although it is more beneficial. What you have to be sure of is you have to have a market for your idea. You have to ensure that your business will be successful by checking if someone needs what you want to offer.
2. Business Plan Business plan
is critical and is a must to do task. If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail!
You have to develop a solid, concise and very well thought trough business plan. It has to include several sections, going from mains idea, executive summary
, financial needs, marketing strategy, workforce and many other sections. The easiest way to do it is to create a check list and name all the necessary sections. You can search a sample of a business plan in Google
searches, there are plenty of them and they are offered for free. Also, you can look at the government resources for business; they always have many sources available for business individuals.
3. Cash Flow
You have to stay on top off your record. Many businesses fail because they fail to collect payments or check customer's credit
if the transaction seems suspicious, they are sloppy with invoices, and they are not paying attention to how much they can spend and save to invest. A good accountant is a must! But if you don’t have a good accountant, then be one until you’ll find the right individual. It is critical to save and invest more into the business at its growing stage. Business needs cash and you have to be on top of what is being spent. If your creditors or customers don’t pay, it is your responsibility to get the money out of them. Start by talking and if it doesn’t lead anywhere cut off the service and move on to the collection agencies.
4. Marketing Marketing
is a must for any business! If you don’t market yourself no one will know you. You have to spend on marketing and advertising. People come to those they see messages from, think about yourself you only know about many products or services because the provider has marketed and advertised it to target the audience which also means they've done market research
. You can use many different techniques, from traditional direct mailing, posters, banners, newspaper ads, to online marketing and advertising, SEO (search engine optimization)
, PPC (pay-per-click), to blogging
to social marketing on Twitter
and other social websites. Marketing is never enough therefore the more you do it the more potential customers might see you.
You have to sit down and rationalize all your marketing ideas, cut out everything you don’t like. Check your marketing efforts every week to set up a base for you activities. See what’s working and what’s not to eliminate unnecessary spending.
And remember your marketing strategy will be a guide for you to establish yourself on the market as well as it will help you to understand who your target market is.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
The power of Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Search Engine Optimization (SEO
) – has dramatically increased its popularity due to the internet growth. SEO is a great source of increasing the popularity of your website on the internet. It is very useful for any kind of business that has an online presence because primer role of SEO to attract and/or increase the number of visitors to your website. Search engine optimization goes back to as early as 1995 with several search engines available on the internet. The basic idea is to help search engines to analyze and determine websites with a specific content and optimize them so that they appear visible to the public who is looking for the same terms or subjects. Although SEO is very helpful many individuals made it a tool of spam as they would over use it and use techniques that would potentially harm safe search for users.
For example, SEO can be used to trick search engines into thinking that the website is about shoes, however when you would visit the website you’ll see that there are no shoes but the owners are trying to sell you cheap watches. Because of those issues major search engines made it possible to battle spammers and overcome those issues by developing complex algorithms to calculate and websites parameters.
Search engine algorithm is a unique piece of code that is designed to calculate many criteria of the website, such as: websites name, page urls, page headings, page content and many more. Search engines use such as Google
use crawlers to crawl websites for the information that helps to analyze all of its content to make judgements if the website is sufficient and relative enough to the content it is providing and to the keywords that it is being optimized for. SEO
is a tremendous source for any business owner to use as it provides efficient, cost effective and high on return results. The down side of course is you cannot measure it. You can’t calculate the exact number of leads, calls or conversions generated from it; however you can approximately see the scope and definite increase in the business cycle. One important thing to mention is, if your website has never been optimized and it is a first time or it has been optimized for some time and then it stopped, it might take anywhere from 3 to 6 month to notice first progress.
Website optimization is a good technique to increase your website’s visibility and increase the amount of new users visiting your website. In addition, there are many techniques that can be used for SEO; we will discuss some of them in our future posts. Please stay tuned.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Business
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Business
When I speak to business owners, CEOs or entrepreneurs, whether it is a group or one on one, about the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) I often feel a sense of unease and uncertainty. This is very good example of individuals or groups who had never experienced the power of SEO. Most of the time people/searchers think that the results on Google, Bing and Yahoo are created by search engines and websites are randomly appearing in search, and this is a falls assumption to some point! Most of the time people think this ways because of the next several reasons:
1. They don’t think about anything else except what they are looking for.
2. If they think about how the results get there they think that the results are always the same and maybe the websites take turns in appearing in search.
3. People think that if the website is on the first page it must be very old, very popular, and very reputable.
Half of the times reason number 3 is correct, however you don’t have to have an old, very reputable and popular website with thousands of visitors per day to appear on the first page. First page is just a sign that your website is performing much better then another hundreds of the websites in the same industry. You might ask: “so, how do I get there?” The answer is with the help of Professional SEO. SEO specialists help putting the websites on the first page for specific keywords and making them rank high so that the website is appearing on the first page.
But wait, isn’t it called spamming? NO, it is not; simply because SEO Specialists are fast forwarding the websites ability to rank well and to be able to get to the first page. Without SEO many of the good websites with a high quality ranking wouldn’t be given the right to appear first. Why? Because then it would only rank on the amount of time that one has spent on the internet or its name, something like A1 to be first in the Yellow Pages.
When you have an internet business and/or e-commerce it is critical to appear on the first page as it is your business. But, it’s not only critical for the online businesses to appear first. It should be important for everyone because it all matters who sees you first. If the customer sees your website first then he/she will be able to contact your business and do a small research on your website regarding the products or services that you have to offer. If, the customer hasn’t found your website online then how the customer supposed to find you? In today’s industry every customer matters a lot, and it is very important to keep your customers as opposed to handing them in the hands of your competition. Online search engine optimization gives you a unique opportunity to make your website visible to thousands of users every day.
Keep in mind Search Engine Optimization does not happen over the night, in many many cases for the brand new website to become visible on the internet it takes from two to six months to appear in search results. Another thing, in many cases it doesn’t really matter whether your website is old or new, if it hasn’t been optimized before. It means if you had your website for ten years but never done anything to it from the search optimization prospective then it is counted as a new website.
Here is why:
Search Engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and majority of others can capture the data about your website if there are things going on with it. For example, someone is mentioning your website in comments, or sharing a link on the wall, or talking about your business or putting your website in the Links section of their website.
This is the way your name gets around the internet and all of the sudden it appears unique because people are sharing it and if they are sharing it, they click and visit your website for the content you provide.