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Why Internet Marketing Works

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The Internet marketing industry has existed since only 1994, and sales have grown from $300 million in the U.S. in 1996 to an astounding $200+ billion in 2010. Online marketing is thriving, and businesses that have invested in successful Internet marketing campaigns are reaping the rewards today.

 

Internet marketing stands as an essential business development tool for today’s successful companies, as traditional “old school” marketing has seen a substantial decline. Internet marketing makes information about your business available anytime consumers or clients are looking for it. But traditional marketing – print and media ads, telemarketing, and direct mail – relies on pushing out a message and hoping someone will want what the company is offering at the time they see the ad. Joseph Jaffe, consultant and author of Life After the 30-Second Spot, suggests, “Consumers are starting to outgrow us. They know what to buy and where to buy it, and they don’t need us to tell them anymore.” Accepting and addressing this major change in consumer behavior is the key to why Internet marketing works.

 

Internet marketing is successful because:

 

  • It is more cost effective than traditional marketing methods. Internet marketing campaigns are inexpensive compared to the thousands of dollars spent on traditional ads.
  • You can target specific audiences. A personalized message encourages people to take the action you desire. The Internet provides endless opportunities to tweak and tailor your message for every type of buyer wherever they may be. And your message is there when they’re looking for it – when they are ready to buy.
  • Your return on investment is much higher. A well-orchestrated Internet marketing campaign can deliver substantial increases in profits, with a much lower cost per lead than traditional marketing. Even a small budget campaign can produce an impressive ROI and the viral nature of Internet marketing keeps your campaign moving and expanding, providing a steady stream of leads.
  • There are many ways to measure results. Traffic to your site, conversions, number of sales or subscribers, inbound links, brand image…these are just a few of the numerous web metrics and analytics you can track to determine the success of your campaign. Having this information at your fingertips allows you to make changes on a regular basis, even daily if necessary, to improve results.

 

For local businesses, Internet marketing can be especially successful. The Pew Research Center ‘s Internet & American Life Project’s Spring Tracking Survey 2011 found that 78% of American adults who use the Internet look for information about a service or product they are thinking of buying. Small companies can compete head to head with larger businesses, and companies in smaller towns can compete with companies in major cities. The cost effectiveness of internet marketing makes it possible for you to compete on a small budget and go up against much larger competitors. An attractive and effective new website for your business can make your small business appear more attractive to a potential customer than larger competitors, especially if you are providing local services. Online marketing using SEO and SEM targeted to you area also helps to create a level playing field. Finally, there are several affordable internet marketing tools that can be employed for client retention and content distribution, including social media branding and email marketing.

 

One necessary ingredient in a successful Internet marketing campaign is patience. To see the results of your efforts, it takes time and requires constant monitoring and analyzing of web analytics and metrics. Using an Internet marketing expert to help you develop and maintain your campaign is the best way to achieve your goals. The professional Internet marketing team at seenBest Web Design in Phoenix, Arizona are experts in all aspects of Internet marketing and will work with you to design an effective campaign. Are you ready to build leads, increase sales, and maximize profits for your business? Call seenBest Web Design today at (602) 456-0150 and put their Internet marketing experience to work for you!

 

 


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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: Keeping Clients Informed

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

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

 
Email marketing is one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to keep the name of your business in front of your clients on a frequent, consistent basis, and has become an exceptionally popular form of advertising. If you aren’t taking advantage of the benefits of email marketing, consider these statistics:

 

  • A study by the Direct Marketing Association estimated that email marketing would generate an ROI of $42.08 for every dollar spent on it in 2010, outperforming all the other direct marketing channels studied.
  • Nearly 90% of consumers use email (2010 Digital Marketing Fact Book).
  • In 2011, 88% of business-to-consumer firms and 71% of business-to-business firms are using email marketing (Forrester Research).
  • U.S. online retail sales (excluding auto, travel, and prescription drugs) are forecast to reach $248.7 billion by 2014 (Forrester Research).

 

So – what is email marketing?

 

Email marketing is sending electronic mail to a list of customers and prospects to deliver your marketing messages and help you stay in contact with people on your list. Companies send regularly scheduled emails to build customer loyalty and trust, increase sales, and strengthen brand recognition.

 

However, a successful email marketing campaign today is not just about selling your products or services. It is important to understand: consumers don’t want to be sold. According to the Custom Content Council, 73% of consumers prefer to get helpful articles rather than ads from companies. And 61% are more likely to buy from those companies. By sending relevant, informative email communications on a regular basis, you can build a strong relationship with your readers. This relationship will set you apart from the competition, companies that send messages that are often viewed as SPAM in the eyes of the recipients.

 

What are some of the benefits of email marketing?

 

  1. Save money and time – Email is an inexpensive and fast way to reach large numbers of people.
  2. Build your company’s reputation as an expert – If you are too busy to generate your own content, a professional online marketing firm can generate and publish industry specific content for your business.
  3. Grow your prospect list – There are multiple ways to expand your list of email contacts, from website embedded subscription forms, to social media, giveaways, events, and more.
  4. Keep your company visible – Put your name in front of people often so they’ll remember you when they or their friends need you.
  5. Track results easily – Numerous web analytics are available to learn how effective each email was and how to improve future email performance.
  6. All marketing campaigns increase in effectiveness – Combine email with social media, website, newspaper ads, bulk mail, and radio … and multiply the results.
  7. Communicate with people who want your email – Use opt-in lists and advanced email marketing tools to ensure the highest open rates and avoid being blacklisted.

 

There are several important ingredients that must be present in order for an email marketing campaign to achieve the desired results. Great content is only one of those ingredients, successful email marketers know that other processes must be followed closely. To create powerful results, email marketing campaigns must:

 

  • Provide fresh and relevant content.
  • Utilize regularly updated sources of email contacts.
  • Brand the email message properly at time of distribution.
  • Use a compelling subject line to cut through the clutter.
  • Maintain proper controls over the system of email distribution.
  • Empower email marketing with social media and sharing tools to help spread the message further.

 

Our team of online marketing experts at seenBest Web Design in Phoenix, Arizona, help your business maximize email marketing results. We help build email lists from client databases and other sources and then import those lists into the proper email marketing software, based on marketing objectives. We then help brand the email message to match your business cards, websites, and other marketing collateral. We provide content writing services that will create fresh, regular content to use in email marketing campaigns and help inform and energize your client base. From start to finish, we help your company create and manage a regular newsletter email campaign, including template design and content selection. We help embed newsletter/email sign-up forms on websites and utilize other sources, such as social networks, to expand your list and maximize the distribution of your message.

 

We have been helping businesses achieve their marketing goals throughout the Phoenix, Arizona, metro area since 1995. Contact us today for a free expert consultation and find out how we can help your business increase sales and maximize ROI through the use of email marketing. Call (602) 456-0150.

 


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Strategy, More than Just an Eight Letter Word

Monday, September 20th, 2010

What a mess we’re in.

The online marketing industry right now is saturated with poorly trained freelancers, scam artists, and under-skilled web design companies that know little, promise much, and eventually wind up under-performing. When a business owner responds to a piece of spam that promises him SEO that will deliver 3,000 new leads per day for $20 a month, buys it, and gets nothing in return it really hurts the perception he has towards this industry. In his mind, SEO doesn’t work, and it’s very difficult from that moment forward to change his opinion. So many people have been burned this way and they are hesitant to participate again, even after they come in contact with a firm that really can deliver proven online marketing results.

Adding to the problem is the fact that online marketing methods have become confusing and difficult to follow for many business owners. SEM, SEO, PPC, Keywords, Blog, Social Media, PR, Linking, Meta Tags. Most people just scratch their heads and turn away. They don’t have time to figure this out, and most people don’t purchase services they can’t fully understand. Why should they? It’s hard to see real value in any service if you don’t first understand how it works.

Marketing StrategyAdding even FURTHER to the problem is the basic fact that strategy is more than just an eight letter word. Sure, you could go out and hire a self-proclaimed “Social Media Guru”, but what good is that going to do you when those efforts are not intelligently linked to your overall marketing efforts? Very little unfortunately and therein lays the dilemma. Business owners who have been burned in the past, do not understand the industry, but are willing to give it another try often end up trying some type of piecemeal approach where they hire several different people or companies. They may have a web design person, a social media person, an SEO person, some company in another state handling search engine marketing. Usually most of these organizations never sit down or meet with the business owner. This is a recipe for failure. These strangers, each handling some different aspect of your business presence, do not care whether or not your business generates new leads. They will be more than happy to take your money, however, and as a result you will end up with poor results and the attitude once again that online marketing does not work for you. Wash, rinse, repeat. The cycle continues.

If you own a business and want to become wildly successful you absolutely must establish a successful online marketing strategy. That strategy cannot consist of a piecemeal approach. The game has become very complex and, much like football, it is going to take a trained, well-coordinated team effort to win. Imagine if the owner of the Arizona Cardinals walked outside, pulled 11 complete strangers together that have never met before into the stadium, and had them play a quick pickup game against his team without any prior practice. What would happen? Those poor guys would get crushed. In similar fashion, your business will get crushed by your competition if you don’t hire a complete team that knows the game and has a solid game plan.

seenBEST Web Design knows the detailed methods of online marketing, how to make them work for you, and more importantly how critical it is for all of them to work together in order to bring success to your business. Our team will sit down with you, determine exactly what your business goals are, and then explain to you point by point the online marketing methods that are most cost effective for you to achieve results. We will not suggest driving traffic to your website, for example, without first making sure that your website is adequately designed to convert those visitors into leads. We will not suggest that you build a killer new website without first giving you pointers on ways to design it that will make it easier to market it once it’s complete.

We do these things at no additional cost, first because we understand the industry and we can, and second because the success of our clients is very important to us. SEO, SEM, Social Media, Email Marketing, Blogging, and Web Design are all interlinked with each other. You need to think outside of the box to target, plan for, and achieve business success. The way to do this is through an expert team that will communicate with you, educate you, and work together with your company to bring in real profits! Break the cycle, pull your online marketing team together, and let’s start generating new sales.



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Does Your Best Sales Representative Dress Poorly?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Merriam-Webster defines company as: “An association of persons for carrying on a commercial or industrial enterprise.”

The key phrase in all of this being ‘persons’. We all know that companies are comprised of real people, people that are doing all of the talking, all of the selling, all of the business. If a company has a story to tell, the people of that company are always ready to deliver the message. But what if your company was its own person, with its own voice? If your business could speak for itself what would it say? Wouldn’t it be great if your company, as an entity, could walk around on its own accord, talk to interested parties, and bring in new business all on its own? Interestingly enough if you have a website for your business that’s exactly what it’s doing. Most people don’t think of a website in this way, but that IS the reality of what is happening. In this digital age no one makes a purchase without first looking over the website of the business where they intend to buy.

Long after the lights go out at night and when all of the employees are sleeping, on major holidays, even while your best human sales representative is at home in bed sick with the flu, the company website is still there. And it’s talking. It’s constantly networking, shaking hands, telling stories about your business and singing sales jingles into the ears of its visitors. Your website is your very best sales representative, working longer, harder, and more effectively than any other person on your team. So if your website is dressed poorly, is shy around strangers, or knows very little about the products and services your company has to offer things are going to start going downhill really fast.

A well designed website has unlimited potential to sell products and make money for your business. It can talk to 20, 50, 100 people all at the same time. It can talk to anyone, anywhere, without boundaries. So if your website is your best sales representative why wouldn’t you want it to look as sharp as possible? The internet is like a large banquet hall stuffed full packed with competitors. For every one interested buyer there are 100 other representatives from 100 other companies ready to compete. You better hope that your sales rep is pretty darn impressive if you’re going to walk out of that room with a sale! That’s where seenBEST Web Design comes in. We are the personal stylists, image consultants, and speechwriters for your website. We go into that banquet hall, look at everyone standing in the room, and take detailed notes about how they look and what they say. We then put together a look and script for YOUR sales representative that beats them all.

Your Best Sales RepresentativeWe design websites for your business using all of the latest web technologies and the very best graphic designs. Remember, when your website walks into that room we want it to be sharp. Not too flashy, however. We don’t want your website to walk in with a goofy looking fluorescent green suit because that’s not going to be effective either. We want it to look professional, clean and crisp. Looks, however, are only part of the equation. Remember when your mother told you that beauty is only skin deep? If your website is beautiful but cannot speak clearly and effectively in front of others it will never amount to anything. That is why we sit down with you and your team, learn everything we can about your business, who your clients are, who your target audience is, and the story behind your company and why it exists and is successful. We then wrap all of that into a clear and concise message. When all is said and done, your website is not just beautiful; it is speaking words of gold to everyone close enough to hear.

And after your website is looks and sounds amazing we can do a whole lot more. We can deliver truckloads of new leads to come visit and listen to its sales pitch (online marketing), we can get it first in line at the ticket counter to every hot business mixer in the city (SEO), and we can give it a bullhorn to shout your company message out to a crowded room (Social Media). But first and long before ANY of that happens, let’s again double check and make sure that it looks and sounds perfect. Otherwise, you’re just paying a lot of money to send out a poorly dressed sales representative that knows nothing about your business. Now how effective do you think that will be?



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The right website design: Do your web pages reflect your business philosophy?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

You are a business owner, you have a website, and you’ve worked hard to promote your website on the internet. Yet, for some reason, you fail to generate income or significant leads or calls online. Consider for a moment the possibility that you are using the wrong message, or marketing techniques. As a website service provider, I have seen this on more than once occasion. A company will come to us looking for help with their internet marketing. Everything seems to be right. They have strong traffic, they have a good product. Big warning signs go off, however, upon further examination of their website.

A good website that results in sales must include several elements that are critical to making a sale. Effective calls to action, easy to use navigation, a pleasing look, crisp and clean images, and clarity of message. These elements aren’t easy to wrap together, especially when a website has been pieced together over years – and that’s exactly what happens. Most companies have a website designed all at once, and then spend several years hacking in pictures, text, and little snippets of code here and there to add features. Usually it’s all done without aid of a professional website designer which makes matters worse.

The first thing we will evaluate when a client comes to us with this problem is whether or not it’s worth the time to ‘save’ the website. Some websites in disrepair can be salvaged, and it makes financial sense to do so. Other websites, on the other hand, are so badly managed that the best way to go is a complete re-design. A website should be a copy of your business, an extension of your companies values and benefits. The information must be presented in an easy to read format and must quickly make a positive impression on the visitor. In most cases, it’s easier to start from scratch and design a new, modern website that captures these necessary elements.

Think from a customer’s point of view. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in your website, after all, it’s yours! And if you’ve worked on it yourself, you could be proud of what you’ve done. But it’s often more beneficial to stand outside of the role of business owner and look at your website from the eyes of a complete stranger. Will they really care about what your website is saying to them? If they are in a rush, will they have the time to read through long pages of text? If they have never seen your website before, will it be obvious to them how to find the information they are looking for? And most importantly, will the website be attractive to all customers, not just a few people who are ‘in your industry’?

There really is no point in designing a website without first evaluating all of these ideas. A good website design firm will sit down and meet with you, then they will make a genuine effort to understand your industry. They will understand what your business provides, the values, the benefits. And they will try to understand the philosophy of your company. Quite simply, all of the words, pictures, videos, blog content, links, background colors, links, tabs, and everything else pertaining to your website should be fashioned in a way that matches YOUR business and appeals to YOUR customers.

Your website is the very best tool available to offer up an image of your company to the world. Get that image wrong, and you’ll find that you have a colorful website and no new business. Make sure that your web design company is ready, willing, and available to take the time to understand YOUR needs and your wants and will help design a website accordingly.

seenBEST Web Design is a Phoenix, Arizona web design and online marketing company.

We offer professional web design services. Our initial contact with you will be a free consultation, where we will talk to you about your exact needs and wants for a website or online marketing campaign. After this consultation we will be in a better position to provide you with exactly the right package for your needs. Please feel free to give us a call anytime for a free consultation: (602) 456-0150.



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Leave Your Competition in the Dust.

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

For a couple of years now I have watched beautiful things happen to a business that has put together an effective web design, coupled with a solid SEO and online marketing plan. There are tools that we use in the industry to track traffic, and you can literally watch traffic climb higher and higher with every passing day. Comparing the traffic reports of company websites, before they began focusing on going after online business, and after, is a real eye opener. If you haven’t already seen it for yourself you would be amazed at the difference in traffic between a top ranked page and one that falls further down the list, several pages deep.

Guess what all of this traffic results in? More sales, more phone calls, more opportunities. I shudder when I find a client that tells me they can’t afford to spend as little as $80 promoting their website. First, because it’s not really spending. You are investing in your business – the goal is to recover those costs, and a whole lot more, via increased business. Second, because it’s so affordable. I’ve seen clients waste thousands of dollars on marketing that doesn’t work – like yellow page ads, printing up fliers, etc. then turn around and tell me that they can’t afford an $80 online marketing plan. It’s nuts!

I’m not saying that people don’t have valid reasons for not wanting to spend money. There are so many people out to scam businesses in our industry. You see spam email every day of SEO providers that promise results. Some people have come to us after being taken by these companies and tell us – well, I’ve done that, it didn’t work. Guess what? It didn’t work because the people took your money and didn’t deliver! That’s the toughest thing about working in this industry, there’s a constant need to prove your worth, prove that you can deliver what you say you can, because other people have placed doubt into the minds of many. In this regards, online marketing and SEO is a lot like automobile repair. Sure, there are a lot of people out to rip you off – they take advantage of the fact that you don’t really know the details of what they are selling you, so you can’t verify that you’re getting anything in return. But the flip side to that is, every once in a while, you find an honest mechanic. Just like auto repair, there are honest companies out there that can and will work wonders for your traffic and sales.

Leaving your competition in the dust

(PS, if you live in the Phoenix area and you need an honest mechanic that does great work, let me know. My friend owns a business called Mile Auto Repair in Tempe. Always honest service!)

Anyways, back to the point. Investing (not spending) a little extra money to build your business base through SEO and online marketing is worth it in every way. Simply adding your business link to a few online directories and making a Facebook page is not enough to expect results. You need to engage in a serious effort to get found, with strategy and planning that will put your products and services in front of the people that are ready to buy from you. It all starts with a keyword analysis and a consultation to determine exactly who your ideal target client is, and the best ways to reach them. There are multiple tools that get called into play to help do research and isolate important keyword phrases that will help your website perform its best. At the end of the day, your website shows up and the competition does not.

Soon you will see more people asking you for business. If you’re not doing this right now, you’re being beaten by companies who are. If you’re trying and you’re not seeing results, you’re being beaten by competition who is. Building your website for higher traffic and positions is like leaving your competition in the dust. The higher your ranking, the better response from new customers, and the further behind your competitors will fall to your trail. Remember, it’s called the information SUPER highway for a reason. Online search is the future of all business transacted and if you’re driving along in an old, beat-up pinto – sooner or later you’re going to break down.


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