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SEO May Be the Best Investment for Your Small Business

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

For most businesses with a website, the foremost source of traffic to their website is user searches. Over 70% of users click only on the top 10 results from a search, and ignore the search results that fall further down on the page or beyond the first page. How do companies get the number one spot? Or one of the top 10? Or at least one in the top half of the first page? Answer: by recognizing the power of optimizing their websites for search engines. Search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc., use complex algorithms to determine the order in which companies will appear in the search results. These algorithms include hundreds of ranking factors that determine the position a company website will appear when a user search is made.

 

SEO – search engine optimization – is one of the most important marketing tools a small business can invest in. SEO can produce an extraordinary return on investment (ROI) by increasing a website’s online visibility, thereby attracting visitors who convert into customers. Company listings displaying in the top half of page one search results capture 99% of consumers, which could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue per year. Most business owners miss out on the vast majority of internet traffic, and sales, that would otherwise be theirs if their website was optimized for search. Small business owners must not underestimate the value of SEO and its impact on the bottom line.

 

Online marketing success requires setting goals and developing a strategic plan to achieve those goals. Some of the elements of search engine marketing – SEM – strategy include:

  • creating an attractive website with rich, constantly updated content
  • developing a carefully researched and employed keyword list to use in headlines and copy
  • properly designing video, photos, graphics and other website features
  • having all of website code reviewed and optimized by an SEO expert
  • developing a strategy to acquire high quality inbound links to the website
  • using metrics to track traffic and rankings

 

A well executed SEM campaign assures your advertisement and website link appear immediately at the top section of page one in the search engines. How sure can you be that SEM will work? How long will the process take? As with other forms of marketing – newspaper, yellow pages, TV, radio, direct mail – there are no guarantees. However, unlike other forms of marketing, SEM allows the small business owner to track rankings, traffic and sales to see quantifiable results.

 

Let’s go on a short journey into cyberspace and review an example of what this might look like.

  • Let’s pretend you are a hair stylist.
  • You cater to the Phoenix, Arizona market.
  • Your business name is “Swank Salon.”
  • A Google search for “Swank Salon” lists you at Page 1, Rank 1.
  • Fantastic!

 

As the owner, you might be overjoyed that you rank well for that search term, but does a high ranking on your name profit you? Probably not! Searches on your company’s name will rank your company high in search engines. But searching on your business name only works when the user already knows it. Usually, new customers will not know the name of your business. They may only be searching for a company that can help them fulfill a need and will instead search for a keyword or phrase that describes what they are looking for in their own words. If your goal is to increase traffic to your site and attract new clients, you need more than high ranking on your name – you need to rank well for the right keywords.

 

Are you using the right keywords in your content for your local market and target audience? Let’s Google “hair salon phoenix” to find Swank Salon. Are you attracting the largest number of local visitors possible to your site with these keywords? At this point, comprehensive research is needed to determine the search terms your business should be ranking well for based on the amount of search engine traffic tied to those terms. This research draws upon specific information collected from the business owner about the top competition, target client, and the industry.

 

As we conduct deep research for Swank Salon in SEO for the hair stylist industry, we learn:

  • 2.8 million people search for “haircut salons” every month
  • 2.3 million people search for “haircuts” every month
  • 1.8 million people search for “hair salon” every month
  • Fewer than 100 people search for “swank salon” every month

 

From this research, the company that can gain the most business from online shoppers is optimized to rank well for “haircut salons.” Only a proper SEO review can ensure that your website is using the correct terms to rank well. If Swank Salon relied on the keywords “beauty salon haircut” for SEO or the keywords “swank salon”, they would get fewer than 300 searches per month. The salon would lose out on the 2.8 million other consumers interested in their services who are searching on “haircut salons.”

 

So how does Swank Salon rank in “haircut salons phoenix”? Doing a Google search places them near the top of the list. But they are not the top. The sites at the very top are pulling in 70% more traffic from these 2.8 million consumers. Swank could use an SEM and SEO campaign to get the number one spot. Is search engine optimization all you need to bring in business? Not quite…

 

What happens when you click on the link to the Swank Salon website? Ugh! The poorly designed website will cause most of those 2.8 million visitors to back out of the page and find a salon with an attractive website that is easy to use. For a small business to achieve a high return on their SEO efforts, visitors must both (a) see the site listed near the top of search results and (b) like what they see so they stay on the site long enough to make a purchase. For example, take Cloud 9 Spa, a competitor to Swank Salon. While Cloud 9 Spa has a superior website design that appeals to their target client, their ranking is horrible. By appearing on page 2 for most relevant searches, they are getting very little of the total traffic available. Their website may be superior, but they suffer from low visibility. They could benefit from increased SEO and SEM that would place them above Swan Salon. Their superior website design would then capture thousands of dollars in increased revenue as a result.

 

SEO is one of the most successful marketing tools today. To take advantage of the tremendous online opportunity to grow your small business, you have to invest either money or time. As a small business owner, do you have time to become an SEO expert? SEO success takes a lot of work and time to achieve, even with the most sophisticated SEO techniques and skills. You may be able to learn the basics, but your business will grow much faster and you’ll see a greater ROI much sooner by using an online marketing firm experienced in web design, SEO, and content writing. You will also save a lot of money, by investing your marketing budget into the proper areas immediately via the expert strategy and guidance your SEO team provides.

 

In addition to expert search engine optimization, you should find a firm that will do more than promise to drive traffic to your website. As demonstrated in the example above, money spent to drive traffic to a poorly designed website will most likely result in lost sales. The professional team at seenBest Web Design in Phoenix, Arizona, provide you with comprehensive online marketing services at affordable rates. We provide you a complete team of experts in the fields of online marketing, content writing, web design, SEO, SEM, programming, and social media. We will design the best website for your business. Then we will drive traffic to your website, and get your website ranked above all of your competitors.

 

Can you afford to let your competitors capture the bulk of the sales from your target market? Give us a call and let us design the best website for your company, and then put expert online marketing strategies in place to get your website seen first, before the competition. We offer a free one hour consultation and will sit down with you to learn about your business and provide a custom plan tailored for your needs, call (602) 456-0150 to learn more.

 

 


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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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