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Inbound vs Outbound Marketing: It’s Not an Either/Or Debate

Monday, April 23rd, 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

 
There is a time and place for both inbound marketing – search engine optimization (SEO), blogs, content publishing, subscriber emails, and social media – and outbound marketing – print and TV/radio advertising, telemarketing, trade shows, and cold calling.

 

The debate should not be about which one is better, because both have merit. But for small business owners who can’t afford a large marketing staff and don’t have a large advertising budget, the debate should focus on where to spend your limited time and advertising dollars to get the highest ROI (return on investment).

 

That said, the reality is that people are increasingly going to the Internet to learn about the products and services they want to buy and to find places to buy them. Last week I decided to buy a patio umbrella. I wanted to make sure it can withstand wind and rain, and would not fade in one summer. Did I want to wait to get a direct mail piece selling patio umbrellas? No. Did I want to wait for a radio, TV, magazine or newspaper ad to tell me where to find one? No. And even if I did see an ad, how much can they possibly tell me about patio umbrellas in a 30-second spot or a 4” ad? I don’t have time to wait for an ad or drive around to several stores until I find what I want. In a few minutes online I found several manufacturers’ and local stores’ websites, read consumer reviews, and learned all I needed to know about patio umbrellas, including prices. I chose a nearby store from the ones I found online, and when I went to the store to look at the umbrellas, I already knew they carried what I was looking for. All I needed to do was decide which color I liked best, buy it, and bring it home. I saved gas, time, and money using the Internet to do my leg work. That experience shows the power of inbound marketing.

 

Inbound (“digital”) marketing “pulls” people to your products or services. Inbound marketing strategies and techniques are designed to attract people at the moment they are online looking for information about something they want to buy. Companies must to provide useful information and tools, interact with potential customers, and develop relationships to meet the expectations of today’s online consumer.

 

Outbound (“traditional”) marketing “pushes” information about your products or services to the public. Promoting your business with outbound marketing keeps your name in the public view and creates a sense of urgency to buy what you sell.

 

What is the trend in marketing today? Industry sources estimate the ROI on email marketing at 4,300%, making it the most popular form of marketing by small businesses. Numerous studies and surveys indicate a movement toward inbound and away from outbound marketing. Consider:

    • 84% of Americans do Internet research before going to a store. (Google – Zero Moment of Truth)
    • 70% of consumers trust online consumer reviews, an increase of 15% in four years, more than any other source of brand information and messaging except referrals from friends and family. (Nielson)
    • 42% of total retail sales in 2009 (online and offline) were affected by the Web, with sales growing to 53% by 2014. (Forrester)
    • 87% of companies now employ Twitter as part of their social media marketing strategy, while 82% use Facebook.(eConsultancy.com)
    • 86% of TV viewers skip ads. (The Guardian)
    • 44% of junk mail is thrown away unopened. (About.com Environmental Issues)
    • 74% brand recall is experienced by consumers when the advertiser’s integrated strategy is carried across mobile, TV and online. (NYTimes/Google)

 

The bottom line: Your inbound marketing strategy is critical to the long-term growth of your business. Get your share of the $224.2 billion estimated online sales in 2012. Contact seenBEST Web Design to help you develop an online marketing strategy that gets results.

 

 


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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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Online Marketing Gives Your Business the Competitive Edge

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Phoenix, Arizona, businesses are increasing their customer base and sales by leveraging their online marketing presence. Are you? Or are you still stuck using the marketing techniques of the 1900s that no longer work effectively to grow your business? Consider this: when is the last time you…

  • used a printed phone book?
  • read a print newspaper?
  • purchased something that was advertised via junk mail?
  • paid attention to radio and TV ads?

 

Was it yesterday? Last month? A year ago? Or longer? You may still encounter those types of advertising from time to time, we all do. However, if you’re like most people, the first thing you will do before making the decision to purchase a product or service is research that product or service online. Reaching the new breed of consumer at this critical moment, at the time they are researching and formulating their purchasing decision on the internet, is the most cost effective form of advertising available to businesses today.

 

Over 78% of people in the U.S. look for information about products and services on the Internet before they buy. That number is rapidly growing as sales for mobile devices and televisions with internet enabled browsers take off. Even if a friend gave you a referral, you likely still used the Internet to find a phone number, an address, a list of products and services, a price list, or customer reviews.

 

When your Arizona business markets on the web, anyone anywhere can find information about your company. As a 21st century business owner or manager, connecting with and educating your customers through Internet marketing gives you a competitive edge. To develop your web presence and online marketing campaign, consider these key elements:

  • Web design
  • Pay per click (PPC) advertising
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Social media marketing (Faceook, Twitter, Google+)
  • Blogging and content writing
  • Online video marketing
  • Email marketing

 

Over the next few weeks, we’ll cover the basics of these online marketing elements and share tips for maximizing your online presence and increasing your customer base. Our next blog article will focus on web design, giving immediate tips to boost effectiveness and longer-term strategies for extended success.

 

An online marketing expert from seenBEST Web Design can give your Phoenix area business the best ROI for your marketing dollars by developing an integrated campaign. We are savvy in all areas of online marketing, and will custom tailor an online marketing campaign to effectively meet the needs of your business. Making sense of the new age of online marketing does not have to be confusing or expensive! We are your complete online marketing team, with affordable prices designed to maximize your return on investment.E-Commerce and Online Marketing

 

Please give us a call for your free, no obligation one hour consultation to discuss the needs of your business and the ways we can help you today: (602) 456-0150

 


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