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Owning a business is tough and today’s competition is more intense than ever. Business owners looking for new ways to increase sales should definitely be looking towards new technologies and the internet for competitive solutions. One of those new technologies, internet marketing, leads the way as the most cost-effective way an established business can generate leads.
The emergence of e-Commerce and utilization of the internet for consumer research on any given topic provides all businesses with an opportunity to reach a wider audience. On the other hand, as more and more companies set up shop online, competition intensifies. This heightened level of competition raises the level of effort required to generate leads online. So how, in an increasingly competitive industry, can a business stand out to grab their slice of this growing digital audience?
Online lead generation is an art requiring a diverse skillset. Some key talents that contribute to successful lead generation on the internet: SEO expertise, an understanding of core marketing methods, the knowledge of data tracking and analytics, graphic design abilities, and a firm ability to communicate the industry benefits of a company in a way that is easy for the average consumer to understand.
This unique combination of bundled talents is very difficult to come by, and the business demand for high-quality SEO, SEM, and design services is high. At the same time, options are plentiful, with no shortage of firms promising to deliver but, ultimately, failing to live up to the challenge. It is very important for any company seeking online advertising to carefully evaluate their available options. They should focus on finding the best internet marketing firm available. But one question remains, how to effectively evaluate one internet marketing firm versus another?
The best internet marketing firm will listen closely to their goal. They will demonstrate a strong interest in learning as much as possible about the products and services being advertised. Finally, and most importantly, they will be able to explain clearly how they plan to accomplish these key objectives that are critical for online lead generation:
Having A Good Design – Design makes the first impression – good or bad. It is the most decisive factor for potential buyers no matter how they visit, either via website, social media property, or email marketing piece. If not impressed by a good design, potential customers will simply hit the back button and be quickly on their way, off to greener pastures.
Adding Value with Quality Content – The marketing copy that appears on a website, social media profile, and other pages can help create the buzz necessary to convert a visitor to a lead. Quality content adds value to a brand and can convert even the most skeptical of visitors into an interested customer.
Strong Calls To Action – Marketing pieces missing relevant calls to action suffer reduced lead generation. How big of a reduction? It can be as high as 80%! The utilization of a strong call to action is what separates a good internet marketing company from a website design hobbyist. A call to action should not only be engaging, it should also be compelling.
Getting Relevant Traffic – Not all traffic is created equal. It is one thing to send ten thousand random visitors to a website. It’s another thing entirely if all of those visitors are interested in the products or services being offered on the website. Without relevant traffic there are no leads! For traffic to be relevant, it is important to first understand the needs of potential buyers and how they think.
Analyzing Results –In addition to all of the above, it is necessary to analyze the effectiveness of the marketing campaign on a regular basis. Patience is important; the complexity of a good internet marketing campaign dictates that immediate success is not impossible. Success is only accomplished through regular and systematic analysis, comparison, and improvement of all facets of the campaign.