It is easy to get lost in the shuffle of all the different marketing tactics. We cover the recommended elements of online marketing to make you successful.
Online marketing is not rocket science. As a small business owner, you know you should promote your business in some way both offline and online. The biggest questions are what, how, when, and how it can all work together.
A business needs a balance of different types of marketing to be successful. You let one slide, and the business will be malnourished.
So let's look at how to feed the beast.
Be when your customers are.
No, that isn't a typo. It is important to be visible when your customers need you. Search engines are the best for this since people use search engines to look for products and services they are interested in buying.
People search for products when in a competitor's store. They are checking on price and availability. If you arent there, you just lost a customer.
First off, the second page of the search engines is a graveyard page one is where the action is.
There are two ways to get listed in the search results; organic and pay to play or PPC.
Organic rankings depend on many things that would take a few more articles to explain, but here it is in a nutshell.
Ranking organically is not overnight, and it takes a qualified hand to achieve results.
Paying your way isn't that easy either. Depending on your competition and your budget getting yourself in the top 2 -3 positions takes a little know-how as well as budget.
Email addresses and permission to send to them is like a gold mine. Most email companies allow you to set up different lists so you can organize your contacts. This allows you to send the right message to the right people.
Again, it will take more than this article to explain it all but here are a few key takeaways.
Yeah, there is a lot more to it than that for sure, but those are the key questions we get asked. What networks you focus on and when you post to them will depend on your target market.
This part is a little tricky. One you need likes to show that you are a recognized business, but you need actual followers to see a good ROI on social media. So it is important to ask your customers to follow you and to get potential customers into your social media funnel.
Geofencing is a fairly new technology that creeps people out. Here is how it works. You are waiting in line for a table at a restaurant. On your phone, a message pops up that another restaurant around the corner has tables with no waiting and even offers a free appetizer if you mention you saw the ad. The other restaurant created a fence around the competitor's location to show their ad.
This technique is great for many business types other than restaurants.
Another fairly new concept for many is content marketing. You are using high-quality, informative articles to attract your customers to you. So if you sell widgets, you would write articles about how those widgets help solve a problem, product demos, and other things that are of interest to your customer that have a relation to your widgets.
Often you will hear the term content marketing with search engine optimization. This marketing method provides high-quality content on your website that can help you rank better. Look at it this way, high-quality content that provides information for your customers is what the search engines AND your customers want and are looking for. So give it to them.
In the beginning, I mentioned offline methods of marketing your business. If you are a national company, this may be seminars, booking a booth at a conference. If you are a local company, you will attend chamber events, networking groups, and participate in community events.
The key is that you can use offline contacts to help feed your online marketing funnel.
Marketing your business is a full-time job. It takes time, energy, and often money to stand out and accomplish the goals you have for your business. Working with an agency can help bridge the learning curve and can allow you to devote the time and energy to working your business and serving your customers.
If you have a question about how to market your business, we would be glad to help.
Richelle is the founder of Lighthouse and has over 25 years of experience in online marketing and website design. Richelle enjoys meeting with clients to pinpoint their goals and come up with a strategy to achieve them. She is active with many groups; including a mastermind group for business owners, a podcast, as well as industry groups to stay current with current marketing, search, and design trends. When not helping businesses, she spends time with family including her fur-kids which you may see pop in to say hello during one of her podcasts.