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Effective Business Advertising: Four Obsolete Marketing Methods in the Digital Age

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Welcome to 2013! The internet and mobile revolution has brought on many changes to business marketing strategies. Advertising that once worked splendidly has lost impact due to the changes in the way consumers communicate and seek out information. Many people, for example, forgo a home phone and every member of the household has a cell phone. With the advance of computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones in virtually every aspect of our lives, people are reading more of their information from online sources than any other. This changed reality has resulted in an array of new and inexpensive advertising opportunities that allow you to reach your target audience any time day or night, no matter where they are or what they are doing, and in more personal and meaningful ways.

 

Online Advertising

Technology is everywhere: At home and work, when playing and shopping, sitting down and on the go.

 

Companies that are slow to embrace new technologies and continue to focus their advertising budgets on methods that worked decades ago are being quickly outpaced by more modern competitors. As a result, they are losing potential customers every day. A business with outdated advertising practices that wishes to remain competitive must modernize and optimize their advertising strategies to eliminate ineffective marketing methods. In most industries, increasing the effectiveness of marketing investments means embracing the digital era and moving their advertising efforts to the internet.

 

How can a business, currently entrenched in marketing methods that worked a decade ago, take advantage of the upgraded advertising opportunities available to them and get ahead digital era? This article is designed to detail four obsolete business marketing methods, why not to use them for your modern business, and how to replace them with more effective advertising technologies. Stop wasting your money on advertising that simply does not work. Abandoning these four obsolete methods of traditional business promotion can lead to an increased return on investment when they are switched to more cost-effective methods online.

 

 

Telemarketing

Cold CallingTelemarketing, or cold calling, was a popular form of marketing for many years. The concept works similar to door-to-door sales, only over the phone. Simply obtain a list of potential clients, call them at their home or business, and read a professionally written script. Ideally, the phone calls are made quickly with minimal talk time, with an attempt to talk to as many people as possible while minimizing rejections.

 

Why not?

This may sound like a great marketing strategy, however, there is a major downside. People generally have become annoyed with these types of calls. When the concept was fresh, people happily answered their phones and many of them would listen to what you had to say. In today’s world, people are used to communicating quickly and have access to a wealth of information digitally, eliminating the need to learn about products or services over a forced and disruptive telephone call.

 

In addition, call screening and gatekeepers have become common. Digital telephone systems exist that screen out calls from unwanted parties. With the increased use of smartphones, many people have downloaded apps specifically designed to identify and block telemarketing calls. Because of all these factors, it is unlikely that your target audience will be reachable by phone, making telemarketing obsolete.

 

What’s better?

Use social media to your advantage for a much improved, non-intrusive way of reaching potential customers. A professional marketing campaign on sites such as LinkedIn or Facebook can help your business target and reach out directly to people who have already expressed interest in or a need for your services. With the use of marketing content such as website landing pages, infographics, and videos, you are able to provide useful information and advertise your business to potential clients. In general, people are more receptive to companies they find via their favorite social websites, especially when they recognize one of their friends as having ‘liked’ or endorsed your business in the past. This form of promotion is inexpensive for the value and, when done correctly, can produce a much higher return on investment than telemarketing.

 

 

Direct Mail

Junk MailDirect mail is one of the oldest forms of promoting products or services. Businesses gather a mailing list of potential clients, usually tens of thousands, and put together a clever letter or post card. This method is most commonly used for coupons, store newsletters, or as a way to inform people about new products. The material is then mailed to the target client’s home or business address. Often times a single ad from one company is combined with dozens of ads from multiple companies, resulting in a single mailer of ads sent via bulk mail to the advertiser’s targeted list.

 

Why not?

Direct mail has another term associated with it: “junk mail.” These mailings often go directly into the trash can and are often not read. This creates an inconvenience to the client and is a waste to businesses. It can become expensive to print and distribute high color advertisements via mail, so it is important to see a high return when using them. Unfortunately, “Junk mail” does not usually result in a high sales return.

 

In addition, the United States Postal Service has begun to limit its services, offering limited services on Saturday and no service on Sunday. In recent years, the mail industry has seen a seen a heavy decline is overall sales. Businesses are now limited to advertising via this method Monday through Friday, the busiest days of the week for most people and the days where they are least likely to have time to sift through disruptive advertisements. Plus, if addresses are written incorrectly or the client has moved, it is even less likely they will see the advisement. High cost, poor targeting availability, and low return on investment has made advertising by direct mail obsolete.

 

What’s better?

The better solution to reach tens of thousands of people in a cost-effective way is by building an internet marketing strategy using video and social media advertising campaigns on popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube. Advertising via social media allows your businesses to reach targets based on highly specialized criteria, narrowing down your targeting to people who are specifically interested in your message. This form of business promotion is far less limiting than a piece of paper, giving you the opportunity to present your potential client with videos, long pieces of information, images, or interactive content. This can be used to create an overall deeper relationship with the client, giving them a greater sense of loyalty to your brand. “Going Green” with your advertising will not only result in less wasted paper and an overall better outlook for the environment, it will also result in lower marketing cost with a much higher return. And, unlike sending “junk mail” with the USPS, there’s nothing to print, no postage to buy, and you can reach people any time day or night, seven days a week.

 

 

Yellow Pages

Phone Book AdsThe yellow pages within a phone book are a listing of all the businesses in a particular area organized by category and name. Businesses can buy ad space for their respected categories, up to a full page, in hopes they will catch the eye of the person seeking the type of service or product the company offers. Phone books with yellow pages are often dropped off at a telephone customer’s home or business address, usually in a bag on the ground near the door.

 

Why not?

People readily access most information online or on the go with a cell phone, making an advertisement in the phone book yellow pages rather ineffective. The printed copies of business directories often make their way into the trash bin immediately upon delivery. While many yellow page directory services have created online versions to go along with the printed book, these are equally as ineffective. No one uses business directories to locate information on products or services, preferring instead to directly search for information on a search engine such as Google or Bing, or via social search in Facebook. Due to the high cost of advertising in yellow page and directory services, and the dwindling number of people looking to them for answers, the Yellow Pages are obsolete when it comes to advertising your business.

 

What’s better?

People go directly to search engines to search for service providers in their area, and use search engine relating mapping services provided by Google or Bing to locate products or services nearby. Creating search engine listings and having a modern website listed in online search is vastly superior to yellow page advertising. With search marketing, instead of a small, single advertisement on a piece of paper, you are able to drive interested customers to a website full of robust pages of information, contact forms, interactive media, videos, and integrated social media components unique to your business. As a bonus, search engines are available on the go, so potential clients can find you while on the road and away from home. In addition, these searches are conducted using keywords typed in to a search box, allowing you to laser focus your advertising to only those people who are most likely to need your products or services. Search engine marketing provides your business with a quick, accurate, round-the-clock advertising method, helping you drive interested clients straight to your location or website.

 

 

Newspaper and Magazine Ads

Magazine AdsNewspapers and magazines are a common place for advertisements, especially for local products or services. Each newspaper or magazine is printed and distributed to thousands of client’s doorsteps on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The ads can be placed in a number of different sizes ranging from as little as one forty-eighth of a page to a two page ad, depending on the paper.

 

Why not?

Print newspapers and magazines are becoming less and less common. It’s a dying industry with rapidly shrinking readership. This is due to the ease of finding information, including news, online. Many traditional newspapers are no longer existent or have moved their operations online in the form of dedicated blogs or E-newspapers. Most magazines have replaced printing in favor of digital copies that incorporate video as well as images.

 

Traditional newspaper ads can also get quite costly depending on the size of the ad and the following the newspaper has. While small ads are often available at a reduced cost, they may be overlooked by readers depending on the placement. The traditional paper size is 15 by 22 and a half inches, and one forty-eighth of that amounts to a tiny ad space, a little over an inch. The fact that readership of printed magazines and newspapers has declined, and your tiny ad often blends in with the page and is seldom seen, makes advertising in paper newspapers and magazines obsolete.

 

What’s better?

Online display advertising allows you to publish high quality color advertising images and online videos to targeted websites at a fraction of the cost of a printed ad in a newspaper or magazine. Many of these websites are visited on a regular basis by your ideal customers, so a steady flow of potential clients will see your ad. In addition, online display ads can link those viewers directly to your website, putting them just a click away from a wealth of information about your products or services. Display advertising allows you to target readers with a particular focus, making it possible to specialize further and show your ad only to people who are likely interested in what you offer.

 

From a creative standpoint, this type of promotion is far less limiting. It is possible to have full color, beautiful ads for your business, where as a traditional newspaper will usually limit the ads to black and white or low-quality color ink. This means that not only are you targeting potential clients effectively, but you are creating more interactive ads that allow you to engage your target audience in meaningful ways. Display advertising ultimately provides a higher return on investment than printed newspapers and magazines, allowing you to provide more relative, higher performing ads for less.

 

 

In addition to all of the benefits outlined above, there are several additional reasons why digital advertising methods via search engines, websites, and social media far outpace telemarketing, direct mail, yellow pages, or newspapers and magazines:

 

  • Advertisement Performance Tracking and Analytics: Internet advertising provides the ability to measure advertising effectiveness. You can quickly compare cost vs. performance via mechanisms that track the number of times your ads were viewed and the number of times they were acted upon. Detailed performance tracking makes it easy to determine if your advertising is working or needs to be adjusted.
  • Advertising Campaign Scheduling: Online ads can be scheduled to run according to your precise needs. You can run ads at only certain times of the day, certain days of the week, or start and stop advertising as necessary based on the needs of your business.
  • Detailed Control Over Budget: With internet advertising, you are not trapped into a pre-determined set price for your ads. You can allocate the budget that’s right for your business at the time, and increase or decrease your advertising budget as your goals change.

 

This is the dawn of the digital age. Looking at your business advertising plan and reallocating it now is a wise decision. While finding the most effective marketing strategy for your business can be a difficult task, eliminating useless business advertising methods is a good first step towards that goal. If your business is investing in any one of the aforementioned methods, you are probably wasting your money that could be better invested online. Add up how much you are spending monthly and yearly on useless business advertisements and write that number down. That’s the amount of money you should be investing into high impact internet advertising instead.

 

It’s common sense to advertise where your potential clients are, and chances are good that most of them are online. Roughly 80% of Americans use the internet for an extended period of time on a daily basis, and that number continues to grow each year. Compare to the only 23% that read printed newspapers on a semi-frequent basis. Because internet advertising is significantly less expensive than traditional marketing methods, and most of your competitors haven’t yet figured this out, promoting your business digitally will yield higher results. Get started now to help establish your company early on and gain the competitive edge.

 

So, what’s the next best step after making the decision to replace outdated advertising with digital marketing? If you want quick and reliable results, find an expert internet marketing company in your area that is knowledgeable in the pros and cons of marketing your business online. These firms can help you create a new, custom marketing strategy based on a professional website, content marketing, display advertising, social media ads, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, and interactive online videos. The right company can help your stand out from the competition, allowing you to grow in a modern and highly-effective way.

 

 

 



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What is 64,000?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

 

Hi, I’m the Social Network Princess with seenBEST and today we’re going to answer the question:
What is… SIXTY-FOUR THOUSAND?

 

Sixty-four thousand is the number of monthly searches for Auto Mechanics in the Phoenix area. That’s a lot of people who are searching for someone to fix their car. If you own an auto repair shop, and you’re not marketing to those sixty four thousand searches per month, you’re losing potential customers to your competition.

 

This high volume of searches for local businesses happens in every industry. For example, each month in the Phoenix area:

  • 34,000 people are searching for Realtors
  • 52,000 people are searching for Dentists
  • 47,000 people are searching for Lawyers
  • and 5,400 people are searching for a Landscaper

 

Whatever your industry, thousands of people are searching for you every month. We can help you capture that business.

 

We build you the best website, enhance it with calls to action, optimize for search, and employ expert search engine marketing techniques that place you on top of the competition. Get found when customers search for your products or services, get seenBEST.

 

seenBEST provides comprehensive website design, web development, and internet marketing solutions. If you have any questions about how we can help you get your business found online, call us at (480) 256-9010 to schedule a free consultation.

 

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What is Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC)?

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

 

Pay Per Click Advertising, otherwise known as PPC, is a modern internet advertising method used to drive targeted traffic to a website.

 

Businesses most commonly utilize PPC advertising to buy listings on Google and Bing. These paid ads then appear in the search engine alongside other non-paid search results. Since ads are sold at auction, your individual bid determines how high your listing appears on the page. The cost you pay per click varies greatly depending on your industry and other factors, such as the quality of your website and advertising copy.

 

Any time a potential customer clicks on your PPC ad while searching, they are sent to your website and arrive on what’s called a “landing page”. This is a page that is relevant to your visitor’s interests and helps convert those visitors into a lead or sale. Some of the many advantages of pay per click, when done correctly, are:

  • You can begin to generate new customers almost immediately
  • You have complete control over the days or hours your ads are displayed
  • You can use a vast array of media to market your business including videos, images, custom website pages, and online stores
  • It is possible to track the effectiveness of your ads in detail
  • PPC ads costs a fraction of what you’d pay with other forms of paid advertising
  • Since your marketing budget is delivered to a highly targeted group, your return on investment is much higher than with other forms of paid advertising

 

The goal of PPC campaigns is to attract better qualified visitors to your website who are more likely to buy. Through the use of keyword phrases, PPC campaigns limit the visibility of your ads to only those customers in your target market who are searching for your products or services.

 

Working with an experienced internet marketing firm to build your next pay per click campaign can maximize your return on investment and stretch your marketing budget further. When using the right combination of complex Google Adwords configurations, keyword strategies, advertising copy, and website design techniques, a PPC advertising campaign can be an extremely powerful and cost effective way to increase profits.

 



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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012



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How Geo-Targeting Affects Your Online Marketing Campaigns

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

This article is part of a series of twenty articles. Click to read: The Top 20 Web Marketing Concepts Your Next Website Design Company Should Know

 

Recent technological advancements in the field of internet marketing have made sophisticated targeting methods possible that will forever change the way local businesses market products and services. It used to be that a company first needed to purchase an expensive address or telephone number list in order to target market their message to customers in a specific area.  Thanks to geo-targeted placement of online advertisements, that expense is gone! In the digital age, businesses have more control than ever over who sees their ads. Geo-targeting features are built right into the advertising platform at no additional cost, with no list to buy or maintain.

 

What Is Geo-Targeting?

It is the process of limiting the display of your ads to a certain segment of people who are filtered out by location. Groups of people are usually included or excluded by Zip Code, City, State, or Region. The correct implementation of geo-targeting practices will enhance the success rate of your ads by displaying advertisements for your products or services only to potential buyers in the areas you select. Almost every online advertising medium offers the ability to geo-target your ads. Google, Facebook, and other platforms offer useful controls to target an audience geographically.

 

Potential Benefits of Geo-Targeting

The most important benefit of geo-targeting is the ability to maximize your advertising budget and focus all of your expenditures into bringing you the most qualified leads possible. Geo-targeting can have a significant impact on an internet marketing campaign because, as mentioned above, it helps to restrict your visibility. If you are a local business that only has the ability to service a single city or metro area, promoting your business globally won’t help and will actually lead to wasted marketing budget. Here comes geo-targeting to the rescue, restricting your ads so you’re only spending money to advertise your message to visitors that live or work in your serviceable region.

 

Another benefit of location specific advertising is the ability to include specific languages and promotions to different people in different areas. For example, let’s image you own a pizza delivery restaurant in Phoenix and provide delivery service valley-wide. You may have found over several years of doing business that people who live and work in one specific area of Scottsdale order pizza more frequently than another group of people located in Apache Junction. You can take advantage of your unique business knowledge by creating a different advertisement for each group of people, each ad with unique language and even displayed on different schedules.

 

In addition, you have an opportunity to relate to your customers by directly mentioning the areas you are showing ads in while geo-targeting your ad campaigns. If your ads are being displayed in individual Arizona cities, you can mention the city name in the ad copy for each ad. You can further appeal to each demographic by pointing different ads to different physical store locations, always advertising your nearest local shop to the targeted area.

 

Implementation of a successful geo-targeting campaign is not an easy task and should be performed by an internet marketing expert. To conserve advertising budget it is important to consult with an online marketing company that has detailed knowledge of online advertising and can help you cost-effectively advertise your local business.

 

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Ad and Website Copy Relevancy – Giving Visitors Exactly What They Are Looking For

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

This article is part of a series of twenty articles. Click to read: The Top 20 Web Marketing Concepts Your Next Website Design Company Should Know

 

It’s no secret, driving targeted traffic to a company website via Search Engine Marketing (SEM) will result in one of the highest marketing investment returns currently available. One critical step in the process to create a winning search engine marketing campaign is the writing of compelling ad copy. A perfectly written ad copy can enhance CTR (Click-Through-Rate) and will dramatically increase the amount of useful traffic to a website. However, even if an ad is perfectly written, if it is not relevant to your website it’s practically useless.

 

Ad and Website Relevancy, Why Does It Matter?

It is a fairly common to find SEM campaigns that fail to convert even though ads in the campaign have been clicked on at a high level. The number one reason for the lack of sales from a campaign with high click-through-rates is irrelevant ad copy. SEM ad copy and the copy on your website landing pages work hand in hand during the online lead generation process. While ad copy is the lure that draws potential customers in, the web copy and content is what converts those visitors to leads and sales. Ad copy that compels someone to click on your ad with a landing page that doesn’t mention what’s offered in your ad will almost always result in failure to convert.

 

Keeping a high level of relevancy between your landing page and ad copy ensures that visitors are not surprised when they visit your website. The way to maintain relevancy is to ensure that all keywords triggering your ads are found prominently on both the ad copy and the landing page itself. If you maintain a close relation between ad copies, keywords, and landing page your rankings will increase, the cost-per-click will go down, and your conversion rates will skyrocket.

 

Tips for well-written PPC campaign ad copy:

  1. Write several copies of ads, each targeting different important keywords
  2. Address the needs of different types of buyers separately
  3. Keep the psychology of your visitors (customers) in mind
  4. Be creative and include compelling calls to action
  5. Analyze performance of your past ad copies and make necessary amendments
  6. Always keep the contents of your landing pages in mind
  7. Perform variation testing of ad copy on a regular basis

 

Tips for landing pages that convert:

  1. Create one landing page for each distinct product or service being offered via ad copy
  2. Focus exclusively on the specific keywords related to the ads that drive your visitors
  3. Include appropriate content discussing the benefits of products or services being offered
  4. The landing page should contain a clear call to action

 

Well written ad copy, proper relevancy between your ad copy and search phrases, and website landing pages that contain matching sales copy will result in an extremely high return on investment. If you’re looking to create search engine marketing campaigns that convert, with compelling ad copy and relevant landing pages, consider hiring an expert, local internet marketing team to assist. Contact seenBEST to help you rapidly grow your business and bring on new clients from the internet. In addition to high conversion rates and increased sales, the added benefits of an expert internet marketing review are improved search rankings, a higher number of relevant visitors, reduced CPC, and customers who are satisfied by the usefulness of your website.

 

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