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Why YouTube Should Play a Role in Your Online Advertising Strategy

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Online advertising plays a key role in the success of any modern business. At the cutting edge, internet marketing experts employ viral marketing techniques through social media to create instant buzz for brands, establish an online identity, and secure customers. One of the most important marketing methods to further this cause is Video Marketing. However, not all video is created equal. While many video sharing websites exist and many have similar features, only one carries a tremendous user base that will contribute to increased visibility for your products and services.

 

YouTube, when used for the promotion of a business, provides the perfect platform for the interactive advertising via social media and the web. YouTube is the 2nd most visited website in the world. Every month, over 4 billion hours of video are watched on YouTube and it receives over 1 trillion page views per year. Internet users visit YouTube for a variety of reasons ranging from entertainment, information, news, music, or to simply pass the time.  Those millions of YouTube users comprise a massive audience just waiting for your video content and eager to help share and promote your business. When used correctly, YouTube becomes an excellent resource to target potential customers.

 

YouTube Marketing

Business owners advertise their businesses on YouTube by creating and branding unique channel where they can later create and upload promotional videos. These videos can be embedded from YouTube on website landing pages or blogs and distributed through social media properties. The type of videos that are often created to advertise a business depends on the needs of the business and the goals of the campaign. Typically, online marketers have a variety of different types of videos they use for promotion which include product demonstrations, customer testimonials, virtual tours, how to, and support videos.

 

 

However, creating an impressive video and uploading it to YouTube is not enough for success. In order to drive traffic, increase visibility, and see increased sales you need to attract viewers to your videos. Success in YouTube marketing depends upon the quality of video content, its interactivity, the call to action, and most importantly video optimization. An expert internet marketing firm with video production services can help produce and optimize videos for maximum views, and will:

  • Create keyword rich video channel and description text based on existing SEO campaigns
  • Include relevant and informative video content
  • Include the appropriate call to action in the video and in the description
  • Brand videos with appropriate product logos and slogans
  • Embed subscription options and overlays within the video
  • Share the videos on established social media accounts
  • Embed the video on all necessary websites
  • Create advertising campaigns for the video to increase visibility and interest

 

You can instantly promote your business and see results through the use of YouTube, a powerful platform for business video advertising. There are so many different ways to market products and services using YouTube that each type of business often requires a unique strategy. Contact us today if you’d like to get started right now with a custom YouTube marketing strategy and videos that have been scripted, produced, edited, and promoted for your business. In the future we will address unique marketing and promotion strategies for different types of industries via a series of additional blog articles under the title “YouTube Video Marketing”.

 

Stay Tuned. . .



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Are Your Marketing Dollars Working for You or Against You?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

I recently spoke with a small business owner in Ahwatukee who called with some questions about Internet marketing. He was spending over $1,000 a month on magazine and yellow page ads, but heard that Internet marketing was more affordable and could be more effective than other types of advertising. Like many small businesses today, his operating budgets are tight and marketing expenses are often the first to be cut.

 

When a new client comes to me and is considering Internet marketing for the first time, I usually ask if the business has some kind of method in place to track the effectiveness of current marketing expenditures. How does your business track the source of inbound leads? Many companies don’t have even basic leads tracking systems in place, such as asking new callers how they heard about the company and recording their responses. Owners often don’t know:

 

  • How prospects find them.
  • How to track results to determine which marketing programs are working effectively.
  • How much money they’re spending on ineffective marketing programs.

 

The owner followed my suggestion and began asking all new customers “how did you hear about us” when they contacted his company. He trained his staff to ask the same question when answering any new inbound call and had everyone record the answers. He was shocked to learn that over a 30-day period, not a single new inbound lead came from those magazine or yellow page ads. The end result? We learned that he was wasting a lot of money on advertising that did not work.

 

If your traditional marketing programs aren’t producing a reasonable return on investment (ROI), consider redirecting those dollars to a more effective method, such as Internet marketing.

 

 

Be Where Your Audience Is Looking

 

Consider the stats: 78% of U.S. adults use the Internet and 78% of those search for information about a product or service they’re considering buying (Pew Internet and American Life Project Tracking surveys). Given the sheer numbers of potential buyers online, business owners can no longer ignore the power of the Internet for marketing.

 

People today access information any time they want it via Internet marketing (websites, social media sites, blogs). People increasingly control how, when and where they receive information. They are also finding more ways to ignore unsolicited information coming via traditional marketing (TV, radio, print ads, direct mail). Consider this:

 

  • Television ads are often avoided through the use of TV capture devices such as TiVo
  • Radio ads are often avoided through the use of Pandora and/or advertisement free satellite radio stations
  • Many magazine and newspaper companies have gone out of business – the same information that was once printed can now be obtained for less cost online

 

The internet has made it possible for people to obtain the information they need at the exact moment they want to find it. That driving force can lead to overwhelming success for your business. Web marketing allows your business to display advertisements only when an interested person is searching for your products or services, or is reading information that is relevant to your business. With Internet marketing, your marketing is delivered with laser-like focus to a highly targeted crowd of interested buyers.

 

In order to increase ROI through effective Internet marketing, you need to know:

 

  • Who your target audience is.
  • What they may be thinking about when they need your product or service.
  • Who your competition is and what is their message.
  • Which of the many Internet marketing technologies are best suited to produce results for your business.

 

The answers to these questions build the base upon which an Internet marketing campaign is created. An experienced internet marketing firm can help you achieve success by:

 

  • Developing effective branding for your products and services.
  • Creating clear and concise marketing messages.
  • Clearly communicating value to your potential clients.
  • Evaluating your marketing budget to employ the technologies that are most effective within that range to accomplish your goals.

 

Your campaign may be comprised of a mixture of various technologies, including websites, social media, SEO, online promotions, content, blogs, email marketing, and PR. They can all blend together seamlessly as part of a well-defined strategy. However, once you create your ideal online marketing platform, the work isn’t finished. These digital tools allow you to go further than ever before with your marketing, and give you the resources to constantly analyze online marketing effectiveness to make changes as needed that will help you maintain a competitive edge.

 

Measuring Internet Marketing Results


So, how will you know if your internet marketing campaign is providing you the results your business needs to succeed? How can you know what changes need to be made and when to make them? Have you seen an increase in:

 

  • Website traffic?
  • Conversions?
  • Click-throughs?
  • Visibility/brand image?
  • Sales revenue?
  • Number of subscribers?

 

The ability to track every aspect of your marketing campaign is one of the most powerful results of marketing on the internet. Virtually every statistic can be measured and, more importantly, adjusted in real time to increase results in specific areas. A well-planned Internet marketing campaign will start off with advanced configurations, and grow and shift over time as the needs of your business also change. Online marketing is flexible, allowing you to modify, in real-time, factors such as ad scheduling, ad copy, your budget, geographic targeting and more.

 

The ability to modify your campaign in real-time, monitor it, and improve it will allow your business to create awareness, build trust, and develop more leads than ever before, resulting in increased sales and repeat business.

 

If you could increase visibility, leads and sales while decreasing marketing costs, how long would you wait to start? Investing in a marketing campaign designed by Internet marketing experts like seenBest Web Design in Phoenix, Arizona, will cost no more than a few traditional ads, but can produce greater long-term results. Contact seenBest Web Design today at (602) 456-0150 to schedule a free consultation and find out just how successful an effective Internet marketing campaign can be.

 

 


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Email Marketing – The Third Most Effective Online Marketing Method

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Online marketing today offers an incredible number of methods, a select few being more effective than the others. Search Engine Marketing and Search Engine Optimization rank number one and number two in terms of marketing effectiveness and possible ROI. So, what ranks number three? When done properly, the third most effective online marketing method is email marketing. If your business is working on a limited budget, employing SEO, SEM, and email marketing would alone guarantee significant business growth. While blogging, social media, videos, and several other techniques are still recommended as part of an overall online marketing strategy, they don’t come close in effectiveness to email marketing.

Spam in MailboxSEO and SEM are pretty straightforward and easy to understand, but email marketing confuses a lot of people. When using the term email marketing, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is SPAM. Everyone hates SPAM, right? Mass bombing your message to thousands of strangers is NOT an effective email marketing method. However, there ARE many ways to use email as a marketing tool without getting your domain blacklisted and blocked by the internet. Some examples of non spammy ways to make email marketing work for you:

  • Monthly newsletters
  • Event reminders
  • Sale confirmations
  • Quotes
  • Invoices

Just about anything your business currently does via mail can be turned into an email marketing opportunity. Emails that are already being generated for routine functions can be turned into email marketing by adding a simple line to each email pitching a new product or service, or announcing a special sale. In this fast paced world no one has time to think about the millions of messages that we are all bombarded with every single day. That’s why effective email marketing works so well. You are using a message that your intended recipient is expecting, and sometimes excited about. Since they are checking email, chances are good that they’re working, so your message will reach them in a decision making mode.

With 93% of all consumers today receiving business data and product information through email every day, any business that ignores email marketing is making a serious mistake. Once you have decided to take on email marketing for your business, the only thing left to do is find an experienced online marketing firm that is willing to sit down with you and help you put everything in place. Competent internet marketing firms will have plans setup that can help you get an effective email marketing campaign off the ground. They will work with you to integrate email marketing into your existing processes and can design a campaign for you that matches existing branding.



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Web design- It’s like word of mouth for your business

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

From my experience with the web design, online marketing and SEO industry, I know what it’s like for a lot of business owners to struggle with marketing questions. Website design is similar to word of mouth marketing. Think of it this way. If someone is speaking about your products or services to friends and colleagues on a regular basis, it will provide your business with opportunities that you wouldn’t have otherwise known about.

The same case applies with online marketing. When you promote your business and your website with proper SEO techniques and your efforts are linked with social marketing sites, opportunities present themselves to you. Traffic towards your site, and potential clients for your services, will be automatically generated every day and as a result you will receive new business. In today’s economy, this is exactly what most business owners need. The business is out there, but most people are completely unaware of the volume of money that is changing hands now online. The belief in internet branding will open several doors for your potential to increase sales and grow your business.

Online Marketing SuccessA great website is similar to a great song. When the song is picked up by a singer with great talent, the impact is priceless. However, when the wrong singer takes the song and presents it, not even the best lyrics can help the dull voice. With your website, even if the design is perfect, a lack of online marketing or no marketing done poorly will leave your website without visitors, and your company without sales.

There is great care taken in the field of online marketing and SEO to ensure that you are delivering a clear message to customers who are ready to buy. That’s where InfoClicks comes in. We help you create the most effective marketing strategy for your business within the budget you have available, no matter how big or small. Using an array of modern techniques including SEM, SEO, and Social Media we help you create gain new customers. The customers are out there. They can either go to you, or to your competition.

seenBEST Web Design provides professional website design, online marketing and SEO solutions to rapidly grow your business.



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Web Design and Online Marketing Together for Business Success

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Customer Selecting ProductPicture yourself standing in a supermarket aisle in front of the canned vegetables. You are making a new recipe tonight and it calls for one can of peas. You have never purchased a can of peas before and don’t have a preferred company or brand of peas in mind, so here you are with thirty different cans of peas in front of you to choose from. Each can has a unique label and manufacturer and most of them are exactly the same price. Which can do you pick up?

Next you walk over to the fruit aisle. You want to make an apple pie for dessert and look through all of the red apples in stock. It appears that some of the apples are old – they are withered and stale looking. The fresh apples are bright, crisp and fresh looking. Which ones do you choose for your pie?

Research has shown time and time again that looks sell. When people are presented with a choice between similar products that are similarly priced and offer similar features, they will almost always select the one with the brighter, more colorful packaging. A colorful, shiny label will always outsell a dull, bland one. A shiny, bright apple will sell faster than old fruit.

Studies are also very clear in identifying the unmatched power of the internet for business marketing. Search engines give your business power to place advertisements for your products and services directly in front of your target customers the moment they are searching for you. Google and Bing are supermarkets for business, and your products can be grouped with others in a similar category, just like cans of peas. Now, imagine a client searching the internet for your product or service, but really they are standing in the supermarket in front of cans of peas. What happens when YOUR can of peas (website) is placed on the shelf in front of them, right next to all of the cans of peas provided by your competitors?

Trying to design a do-it-yourself free website for your company, or going with the cheapest possible web design offering from the kid down the street working from his moms garage, is like one of those pea manufacturers handing a child a crayon and saying “Go ahead, design a label for our peas.” There are certain things that a professional marketing company will know about label design that a child will not. Important details will be missing from the final design such as branding, calls to action (buy these peas now!), ingredient labels, and all of the other secrets that are so important to help a consumer make the decision to purchase.

When a business website is designed by an amateur, cheaply without concern for quality, or by a web design firm that does understand online marketing, guess who buys the peas? No one. You could have the best peas in the entire world. They could be juicier, tastier and softer than all of your competitors peas. None of that will ever matter. Your potential customers will never get far enough along with your product to pick up your can of peas, read the label, or take it home to find out what’s inside. Considering the importance of online marketing to today’s business success, you could miss out on thousands of dollars in new sales. At the extreme, based on what your competitors are doing online, your business could fail due to an inability to compete in your industry.

“Build it and they will come” is absolutely incorrect when it comes to a new website for your business. Business web design and online marketing firms such as seenBEST Web Design give your new website the upper hand. New websites designed by seenBEST Web Design are built using cutting-edge technologies and incorporate the latest in coding and marketing techniques. Give yourself more than a new website, give yourself a proven marketing vehicle for your products and services.


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