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How Internet Marketing Services Can Help Your Business Thrive

The world wide web is transforming the way people do business. It has re-shaped the relationship between companies and their customers in a way never imagined before. Instead of setting up offices and branches in other cities or countries, now all businesses have to do is create a website and they can grab the attention of the entire world in an instant. Not only is it much more cost effective, but it is a thousand times faster than opening a physical office or point of sale.

The role of a website has evolved from being a promotional gimmick for a business. It is now a vital part of any promotional campaign. In truth, there are thousands of companies that operate solely off of an internet presence. Nevertheless, to make the most of a website business opportunity you need to be familiar with the intricate formulas of online marketing, and this is where an internet marketing service can help you.

Instead of wasting time running around in circles, uncertain of what you are doing, and hoping you got it right, the prime option is to acquire top expert advice and tips from a knowledgeable online marketing professional. Just simply putting your site up and hoping for the best will not grant you business success online, it takes so much more to become profitable.

A web marketing campaign can be highly as complicated, in truth, a thousand times more intricate, than conventional promotional drives. Despite this, there is a plus side, that contrary to conventional promotion channels, internet marketing campaigns can be closely and easily observed for their efficiency as the results are simple to extrapolate.

Your business entity can grow rapidly if you utilize the web intelligently, However, to use it intelligently one needs to have time to gain the relevant experience. There’s an old proverb: a smart man learns from the errors of others, a buffoon learns from his own. In short, a smart person will learn from the mistakes of others if they’re displayed broadly for all to see.

There are so many internet marketing services, offering valuable information that can save you enormous amounts of time and money. It would be a total travesty for you not to be able to access all the resources at your fingertips. Successful business owners and entrepreneurs often have the same successful habits, they learn very early on that they cannot do everything themselves. In order to reach their goals they must leverage the time, resources, and expertise of others whilst they focus on the big picture.

Unfortunately, not all internet marketing services offer the perfect solution, at times you may need to go through a few wannabe experts before finding the genuine article. But here are a few important services any professional worth his salt must be able to provide your local business.

1. One to one consultation and evaluation. The very first thing an IM service should be offering is an in-depth conversation with your company to establish your history, background, philosophies, ambition, vision of the future, and what your online dream is. In addition to this a full analytical breakdown of your web property and what adjustments need to made to improve exposure.

2. Strategic development. The success of your online promotion will hinge on the plans developed in the early consultations. As no two companies are the same, it is important that a bespoke advertising and promotion campaign is devised that best reflects the core values, circumstance, and position of the business represented. Failure to capture the true essence of the business and it’s personally could be disastrous.

3. Lead Generation. The ability to produce useful information that creates interest and forces action is crucial for a business online. An internet marketing service must have the technical knowledge and capabilities to implement lead generation systems for list building, email marketing, and product development, through multiple channels to drive new and valued custom to the business.

4. Know the numbers. The most vital service your professional liaison must provide is knowledge. The landscape of online business is a volatile one. It is constantly shifting and re-shaping itself, a professional in this environment has to be on top of the latest developments in techniques, strategies, tactics, and technologies. Falling behind in terms of practices could lead to loss of market share, position, and profits, not to mention penalties for search engine violations, if you’re not tuned into the latest updates.

As your business progresses into the online arena, you may find the services of a professional internet marketing consulting company extremely beneficial. Nevertheless, most businesses believe they can do everything themselves, and go it alone to save money as there is a lot of free information online. This is fine as long as you act on what you learn, there is little reason for it not to prove beneficial. Regrettably, though, the lack of action is the major eliminator of online business success, people just fail to take action on what they’ve learnt.

Nevertheless, one has the chance to lift their business to unparalleled heights by building a significant internet presence, and you can do it all with the expertise available from a local internet marketing service.

Naked Web Marketing – Part 1

Less means more

It’s possible to do too much and it happens with SEO where sites get penalized by search engines for stuffing keywords. It happens with web design where the graphics compete too much by complicating the navigation and minimizing the marketing content. It happens in web marketing when the sales hype or the boastful language gets too repetitive and turns customers away.

The thing to remember about bragging is that when you really are that good other people do the bragging for you.

Is naked web marketing a frightening thought?

Marketing without pretense should be a welcome idea. You cannot get close to your market when you are not yourself. When you look and sound like something you are not how can your web market relate? And why is it so important to relate to your web market?

If you can’t relate to the person you are talking to then how can you create a customer relationship? But even before we build relationships we have to understand how different the web is from all other marketing mediums.

The web is not like anything we have known before, so we can toss out the idea that we can market like newspapers. We can toss out the idea that our web site can market like television with a bit of video. Nor is our web confined to marketing like print advertising. All of the above are too limiting.

There is no time or space on the web

The reality is that the web swallowed all those marketing mediums and then altered how they would be used on the web. It was not the web that adapted to earlier media, but rather the other way around.

In a medium that has eliminated time and distance the rules for marketing are going to change. The only limitations about time or distance for the web is that of hardware issues and the speed of light. For all intent when a web site gets published it is available to all people everywhere in the world – at once.

And then consider the volume of space that any web site can make use of. For small business web sites we can say the space is limitless because the hosted space is megabytes more than we need.

Our small business web site can pack enormous amounts of info and be accessible everywhere at once. We can work toward turning the accessibility into more visibility as we shuck off those pretentious robes and get real.

We can’t run out of time

Suppose your web site just went live today. In a year it will still be there. In 4 years it will still be there. Just keep paying your hosting fee and the site will always be there.

Newspapers come and go, TV channels come and go, Best sellers come and go, but your web is isn’t going anywhere. This is important to know.

Your web site is not going anywhere because it is actually a destination – not a vehicle. We are conditioned to think that our business web site is going somewhere, like up the ranks with search engines or maybe Oprah will feature our site and it will really get going.

The truth is that our web site is stationary and the only thing that moves is our market if, and when, we attract them.

The web has a huge marketing potential

So why is our business web site not reaching anywhere near its potential? The main reason, in my mind, is because we are not letting our web sites live up to the web’s potential. Our marketing is too limiting as it is based on old offline marketing concepts. The world has changed and we are still using 20th century marketing concepts.

The 20th century marketing methods were always based on our business, our products, our location and our services. This focus is no longer appropriate for web marketing.

Small business web sites will need to look away from their own self interests and use their web site to cater to the needs of their market. No business web sites are doing this, other than just paying lip service. Do you see your market as the boss and do you take the time to know them and to give them what they want?

Imagine your market as millions of tiny kings and queens which require your attention, and your web site as the servant giving them that attention. How would you like to serve a million kings and queens and take their gold?

What does the web do better than any other marketing medium?

I keep asking this question because the answer is going to put wind beneath your wings. The answer is simple and in hindsight it stands out as a no-brainer, and yet it seemed like a revelation at the time.

Do you want to try and answer that question on your own?

Naked web marketing (part 2) will start off answering this question and tie it into other naked marketing methods. The goal is to see how a shift in awareness can be an experience where you have both a change of mind – and a change of heart.

The Difference Between Web Marketing Channels and Destinations

Sometimes within web marketing, we can be guilty of placing all of our hopes on our favourite web marketing channels, be that SEO, social media, PPC or another latest technique for overnight success. Any method of sending visitors to our website is a “marketing” channel”. Web marketing however isn’t just about generating traffic, it’s also about enticing that traffic to act. Equally as important as our marketing channels are our marketing destinations. In simple words, “channels” are how we entice people to our site, “destinations” are the places we send them to within our website and/or web properties. This article looks at why we need to consider our marketing channels and destinations as individual parts of an overall online marketing strategy.

People often come into web marketing with an excited focus on one, or more, marketing channels. They have recently read an article outlining why LinkedIn can unlock the true potential of any B2B business, or how the latest changes in Google AdWords allow them to follow their B2C customers around the web. Often, people come into web marketing with the belief that if they can simply get traffic from whatever popular web marketing channel people are talking about today, they will be instantly successful. The truth is that NO web marketing channel can be the sole solution to all of your business dreams. Marketing channels are great at generating traffic, but once we have traffic, we then have to make it as easy as possible for our traffic to find what they are looking for and act.

I Get Traffic But No Customers From My Website

One of the most common statements within web marketing is “I get traffic to my site, but hardly ever any leads or new customers. Web Marketing doesn’t work for me.” If we are getting lots of visitors from any web marketing channel, but not in turn getting at least a handful of new enquiries, then something has to be wrong with the relevance of our web pages with what people are looking for when they find us? The most common reason for lack of conversion is the “destination” we send people to from our chosen web marketing channels. For example, if we “tweet” about white chocolate, but then send people from that tweet via a link to our website homepage that shows many kinds of chocolate, then we are asking our website visitor to do some work in order to find what they were interested in.

So what should I do?

Let’s look at another example. Let’s suppose you let holiday homes in some wonderful seaside, holiday town. Let’s also suppose that some of your homes are dog friendly. Let’s say that you currently run ads via PPC for dog friendly holiday homes in your seaside town. If everyone who clicks on one of your ads lands on your generic website homepage that’s simply shows images of random holiday homes, then we are asking our website visitor to filter out the dog friendly homes from the others. They have to so some work to find what they are looking for.

Alternatively, with a little more work on our part, we could send people clicking on our PPC ads to a dedicated page that only shows your dog friendly homes. Maybe we also show a few great reviews for each one and perhaps even include some images of happy dogs spending time at our pet friendly holiday homes? Our website visitor has landed on a much more enticing and relevant page. We have both given the website visitor less to do and, more importantly, shown them exactly what they were searching for. It’s easier for that website visitor to now act.

In this second instance, our web marketing channel (PPC) and website destination (dedicated dog friendly holiday homes page) work in tandem to promote our holiday properties much more effectively. You may have read/heard the phrase “Landing Page”? A landing page is the most commonly used phrase to describe a website destination used online. I prefer the term “destination” because it helps me envisage an exciting place we send our website visitors to where we help them to “do” something they are interested in.

So, channels and destinations? Anything more?

Last week we went over that the difference between “connect” and “buy”. We can also apply this principle to our work on web marketing channels and destinations. Let’s suppose that a good number of our website visitors to our holiday homes page are not quite ready to purchase their holiday today. Maybe they are unsure where to go on holiday? Maybe they even want to know what would be the best destination for a dog friendly holiday? At present, if they land on our dog friendly holiday homes page, we currently only have a call to action for people ready to buy now. What can we do to “connect” with all those people currently researching where they want to go on holiday with their dog?

What if we offered a free downloadable guide to “Great Dog Walks In and Around Our Wonderful Seaside Town”? If we offer this guide in return for our website visitor’s email address, we have given them an action they can take today that will help them decide whether our seaside town is the place for their holiday, or not. We also gain the ability to continue communicating with that website visitor beyond this initial visit to our webpage. Perhaps some of our website visitors won’t book this time but will next? Perhaps some might book another destination that we offer holiday homes in? Perhaps they were even researching on behalf of someone else? Whatever their reason may be, by giving them an action to take and “connecting” with them (via our free dog walks guide), we have the ability to communicate with them continually about dog friendly holidays. The onus is, of course, on us to communicate well.

Web marketing has never been just about channels. SEO, social media or even PPC are never a sole answer to your online success. To be truly successful, we need to think about where we send people to and how relevant that is to their point of interest. We also need to think about what we offer people as a next action to take. If people are ready to buy great, if however they want to learn more, then we want to help them do that too. Business is a path of customer care, when people come to us we need to look after them every step of the way.