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Get an Advantage Over Your Competition With Strategic Internet Marketing

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

If you have a website now but it’s not topping the search results page, then it’s time to invest in strategic Internet marketing. Business crucially depends on marketing. To make a profit, you need to develop a marketing strategy to attract the right customers and keep them. In years past, the strategy combined physical location, signage, TV and radio ads, newspaper and Yellow Pages ads, fliers, and other print media. Today, people make buying decisions by searching online to find everything from armoires to zhu zhu pets, from accountants to zumba classes. So your marketing strategy needs to have a strong Internet component.

 

How will strategic Internet marketing help your business?

 

Your website can powerfully market for you 24/7. A well-designed website can be your most rewarding business-generating investment when used as the cornerstone of your strategic online marketing campaign. A carefully planned campaign will create awareness, build trust, and develop leads, which will result in increased sales and repeat business.

 

An Internet marketing campaign should begin with an effectively designed website and be integrated with:

  • SEO. Your website needs to rank well on search engines to be seen. SEO keyword strategies help improve your ranking. For local companies wanting local business, be sure to include your city or neighborhood in your keywords.
  • Social media. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn…social media marketing is perfect for small businesses with limited budgets. The more “friends” and “followers” and “connections” you get, the more people will see you.
  • Pay per click advertising. Ads placed on the right websites with the right customers and lots of traffic can be a very efficient method of promoting your business.
  • Content. Fresh content added frequently, at least once a week, increases your search ranking and attracts new customers.
  • Blogs. Blogs are one of the easiest ways to drive people to your site. Add to your blog at least one-two times weekly. And comment on other blogs so you can link back to your website, another way to improve your rankings.
  • Online promotions. Everyone loves a deal. Drive people to your site with specials only available online or only advertised online.
  • Email marketing. Your email list targets only the people who want to hear from you. Use an appealing subject line, persuasive content, and a call to action to convert more readers to customers and to grow your email list.
  • PR. Submit press releases to multiple online PR sites for more visibility.

 

Five ideas to get your strategic Internet marketing campaign moving

 

  1. Invest in pay per click advertising. Google rankings are either “organic” (resulting from its algorithms) or “paid” (such as pay per click ads).  Organic search can take many months, even years, to get you to the top – if ever. With pay per click advertising, you get higher and immediate Google priority ranking.
  2. Create an SEO content strategy. Make a list of the keywords that you would like the site to rank well on, then take a look at how to insert those keywords throughout your existing content. It’s possible to overuse keywords or use them inappropriately – Google’s “black hat” policy looks for misleading use of keywords and can ban websites from their search results.
  3. Create new content. Regularly updated content, such as articles and blog posts, help a site rank well. Google prioritizes sites with frequent updates, assuming they must be more relevant. The number of incoming links from external sites is a huge way to climb in search rankings, so get other sites to link to your great content.
  4. Advertise on Facebook. Facebook offers small companies an advertising package that provides a more targeted campaign for companies on a low budget. With over 400 million active users logged on to Facebook in any given day (Source: Facebook’s Press Room), a well planned and executed Facebook ad campaign has proven to be a cost effective method of marketing a small business.
  5. Create and execute a social media marketing campaign. Use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube to engage in conversation with your customers or prospects. Keep in mind that the conversations should not, for the most part, be a sales pitch.

 

Internet marketing success requires patience

 

One critical ingredient in a successful Internet marketing campaign is patience. The results of your efforts take time and require constant monitoring and analyzing. An Internet marketing expert can help you develop and maintain your campaign to achieve your goals. The professional Internet marketing team at seenBest Web Design in Phoenix, Arizona, has extensive experience in all aspects of Internet marketing and will work with you to design an effective campaign. Call seenBest Web Design today and learn how strategic Internet marketing can 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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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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