How To Promote A Business Online? – Tasks That Repeat – Part Seven B

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How To Promote A Business Online? – Tasks That Repeat – Part Seven B

We continue the How To Promote A Business Online series with the 2nd part of the 4-parter – Tasks That Repeat. CLICK HERE if you missed the 1st Part.

Up to speed on this series? Continue reading, my friend.

Social Media and Social Networking

“Investment in Social Media Will Become a Necessity, Not a Luxury” – Forbes, 2013

The above was reported by Forbes in 2013, and since then this has proven true. The report said that social media will evolve from ‘should have’ to ‘must have’.

How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Social Media MarketingAlready, businesses are realizing that they need to integrate their social media efforts with their overall marketing strategy. Many businesses are seeing the impact of social media in terms of lead generation, referral traffic and increase in revenue.

The benefits of social media are many, and they include the following:

  • Create strong branding
  • Increase brand exposure and brand awareness
  • Improves social signals (which is a factor in search ranking algorithm)
  • Enhances buzz marketing; also known as word-of-mouth advertising
  • Increase customer loyalty and trust
  • Improve audience reach and influence

Of all the social media networks currently available, you should definitely be on Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter at the very least. These social networks are very important digital marketing tools that can help businesses create a strong online presence.

However, to achieve that you need to post updates on each social network regularly. Some believe posts must be done daily. That is all right as it doesn’t hurt the brand, unless you are posting irrelevant topics.

For me, I believe in quality postings. And I find that, while it is all right to post daily initially, in time it is more efficient to post during times when most of your fans or followers are online. After all, it is best to fish in the area where and when there are most fishes, right?

After some time, after studying data analytics and insights, you may discover How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Analytics can help improve your digital marketing strategythat these optimum times could be just 3 to 4 times a week, these would be specific days and timings when a majority of your fans and followers are online, and watching your Facebook Page, Google+, Instagram or Twitter accounts.

Even then, it takes a lot of time and effort just to do research and find interesting and relevant topics to post. After all, you don’t just always post about your products and services. While people who are your fans and followers are interested in your products and services, they are also interested in news and information related to the field and industry your products and services are within.

And to gather a constant flow of such news and services, besides just information about your products and services, can be daunting. Don’t forget you need to do copywriting.

Don’t just share an online article without adding your own thoughts to it. Social media is about engaging people. You need to write copy that is interesting and engages your fans and followers. Especially when you want them to take action and lead them to your website or make a purchase.

How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Photos and videos brighten up a blog post, makes it more interesting, easier to consumeAlso, not all photos look great. So you will need to know a bit of digital imaging to make photos look good enough to capture your audience’s attention.

Remember, your posts will be on your fans and followers’ newsfeed. You need to catch their attention amongst all other postings on their newsfeed. And surveys have found that posts with photos or videos definitely capture people’s attention.

I know all this can be intimidating. Especially for those who are short on time and resources, or who isn’t a fan of social networking. But if you want your digital marketing strategy to be successful, you need to be on social media, and be regularly active on the aforementioned networks. An alternative is to outsource to a digital marketing expert or firm, which is a good idea as you can leverage on their expertise.

When building your social networks, be sure to also engage with your fans and followers. They will interact with you, and leave comments. Be sure to reply to their comments. Even if there are negative comments, do reply.

Take this opportunity to clarify points, convert people to customers, and build good PR and brand that will give a good impression to the public as well as your existing customers. You have an opportunity to build and develop a relationship that is becoming increasingly important to people when deciding who they choose to do business with.

There is another aspect of social media that many businesses often overlook. You can befriend other businesses that are complementary to yours. One of the advantages is that when you like or comment on a post on their social accounts, their fans and followers get to see it. This way, you have just increased brand exposure and awareness to another group of potential new customers.

Besides Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter, here are a few more social media sites that you might like to consider:

  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Social Bookmarking Sites

Blogging

Many business websites have jumped on the blogging bandwagon. This is because they have realized that it is one of the most effective ways to get to the top of search engine results for chosen keywords.

Google and other search engines love such applications. They visit blogs often How to Promote Your Business Online? - Blogging is an essential part of promoting your business online. It is one of the Tasks That Repeatsto re-index the content found there.

Do consider having a blog on your business website. Blog regularly, and your site will get increasingly better results in search engines.

Blogging is one of the repeated tasks that does take up a lot of time, effort and resources. Yet, it is easier and faster to produce compared to articles and press releases. Blogs can be shorter than an article, and has fewer guidelines than a press release.

Do take note that you should apply SEO techniques for maximum effectiveness.

For example, you should focus on keywords, especially long-tail keywords. At the same time, be careful not to stuff keywords into the text. There should be a natural flow to the style of writing.

Also, write in a way that people will enjoy reading your blog, and will want to keep coming back to it. The best is when they like it so much that they subscribe to your RSS feed.

Here are some tips for blogging:

* Most Important Tip: Use keywords in the title, and in one or two paragraphs within the blog.

Keep your blog posts within 800 – 2,000 words

Of course, do not be too restricted by this tip. Write naturally, and let the length be how much it should be. This tip is just a guide.

Add Graphics, Photos and Videos when possible.

These days, people don’t like to read anything with too much text. They only do so when they are really interested, and wish to get more details.

Also, studies have discovered that people prefer blogs, articles and postings with photos, graphic images or videos. It attracts them to the blog, article or posting.

It is a break from the amount of text. It is interesting. A picture tells a thousand words. Plus, it encourages them to dive deeper and continue reading.

Schedule Posts Regularly.

Scheduling a post is very subjective. It all depends on the industry you are in. At the same time, it is ideal for your blog to have a new post on a regular basis.

Start with releasing a new post every 3 days. Monitor the response. Then try to post more often, and see if this schedule attracts more people.

Relevance

Your blog should be relevant to the latest news, happenings and events in the world. Especially if you are in an industry that follows trends, do keep up with it, and keep your blog trendy.

* Tip: Here is a Do Not. Don’t use your blog to rant about something. It is not your anger management tool or punching bag. Keep it professional. Keep it informative.

There are ways to draw and increase traffic to your business website using blogs. You can create more back links when you submit your offsite blog posts to social networking and social news sharing sites.


The Importance of Blog Comments

Your blog offers an opportunity to interact with your customers, and people interested in your product and/or service. Those who make comments are likely to be existing customers or potential customers.

How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Engage your customers when they give feedback via comments. Be professional - positive, polite, pleasant.Remember this is your business blog. Keep your responses professional, polite and friendly.

You must always answer all valid questions, reply to comments, and even respond to complaints. The way you handle negative comments and complaints speaks volumes to all watching and following your blog.

First thing to note – do not delete negative comments or complaints. They are also feedback from your customers, and you can learn a lot from these negative comments and complaints, which is very valuable. Your next big product or service could be waiting to be discovered in the feedback.

When people share with you the little things that bother them most about your product and/or service, or what they would like as an ideal addition to it, you are receiving free advice on how to create a new and improved version of your product and/or service, or invent a totally new one. This interaction allows you to garner valuable knowledge that can help your business grow.

Get active on other blogs, too. Comment on blogs that are related to your field, and leave your business website address to create more valuable back links.

But be careful.

There is a thin line here. Do not callously just make a comment in order to advertise for your business. It is frowned upon, and may even be deleted eventually. Write relevant and helpful comments. Leave your business website URL only in spaces provided.


Video Marketing

We live in a culture that grew up watching television shows. It has become a natural thing to do. We watch TV when we awake, we watch it when we come home from school or work, and we watch it on weekends.

It is no surprise that as the Internet bandwidth get wider, and video gets higher in resolution, watching videos on the Internet is gaining popularity. More and more people prefer to watch a video to get information rather than reading for it.

How to Promote Your Business Online? - Video Marketing is the Future

Hence, Video Marketing is the next wave in digital marketing.

It is an ideal method to get a message across to a large audience. More importantly, it is very cost effective, more so than advertising on print or TV. Plus, mass media often has a lot of wastage. Video Marketing can be a form of targeted marketing.

There are a wide variety of options when creating your video. One of which is to educate through the use of slides. It is just like a live presentation. The information is displayed like a slideshow while a narrator explains in further details.

As explained in the Blogging chapter, make good use of graphics and photos to give your video a great visual effect. Sometimes, sound effects and music can add that extra touch to your video, making it entertaining while being informative.

Another option is to use an actual video clip or edit video clips into an entire video. You may also consider combining the use of slides with video clips, too.
Video Marketing is very powerful. It allows you to:

  • Provide Information About Your Products and/or Services.
  • Give Instructions on How to Use Your Products.
  • Deal with Questions.
  • Share Expert Articles.
  • Do Demonstrations.
  • Offer Solutions to Common Problems.
  • Show Amazing ‘Before’ and ‘After’ Results.
  • Conduct Webinars.
  • Share Testimonials.
  • Show Company Overviews.
  • Give a Tour of Your Facilities.
  • Present the Owner of the Company in an Interview.

There are many more uses for video marketing. More importantly, it can meet a variety of marketing needs, such as:

  • Branding.
  • Public Relations.
  • Building Trust.
  • Use it to inform and/or educate people.
  • Use it to grab the attention of visitors, and have them explore your business website further.
  • A lot of people are busy, and always on the go. Hence, they have very little time to read mass amounts of text. They would rather watch a short video.
  • Use it offsite to grab searchers and redirect them to your business website or call your phone.
  • Use it to get rankings for multiple keywords.
  • Use it to spice up external landing pages, and Web 2.0 digital properties.

It is not that complicated to create quality video. But it does require a lot of time, and some knowledge. Do consider a video production company, or have your digital marketing firm add this as part of your digital marketing strategy. This way, you can save time and focus on your business while leveraging on their expertise.


We’ve come to the end of the 2nd Part of Tasks That Repeat. This is a 4-parter within the How to Promote A Business Online series. Part 7C will be published soon. So do come back and visit, or subscribe to our newsletter to get updates.

If you have ANY questions about this post, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Blessings to all.

How To Promote A Business Online? – Tasks That Repeat – Part Seven A

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How To Promote A Business Online? – Tasks That Repeat – Part Seven A

In Part 6 of this How To Promote A Business Online series, we talked about One-Time Tasks. Once those tasks are done, you can commence on the next phase; that is start on the Tasks That Repeat. These will become a regular part of your routine where some are done every month, some every fortnight, some a couple of times a week, and some daily. There may be a few that needs to be done less often, too.

Here is the list of tasks that you will need to do repeatedly, in order to build your digital presence, and drive as much traffic as possible to your business website:

  • Local SEO
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  • Directory Submission
  • Web 2.0
  • Social Media
  • Blogging
  • Video Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Article Marketing
  • Press Releases
  • Pay-Per-Click campaigns
  • Adding Testimonials
  • Testing and Tracking
  • Report Generation

Dealing with Tasks that Repeat

There are various ways to deal with these tasks that repeat. One of the ways is for you to do them yourself. Another is to delegate to one of your staff.

How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Get Digital Marketing Expert to do the job - Digital Marketing Consultant Singapore TimotheusThe best way is actually to subcontract them to a third party who specializes in digital marketing. By hiring experts in this field, you can tap on their expertise. This is especially useful and time saving since this is digital marketing is constantly evolving.

The experts will naturally be always on their toes, and be always updated. This takes up a lot of time and effort. You or your staff may not have the time and resources to be continually updated, unless your staff is specially hired for this role.

Even then, it is quite a monumental amount of work for one person to be constantly at the pulse of all things digital while doing all the tasks required. Leave it to the experts, I say. Most digital marketing consultants or firms can offer you an à la carte option, or a package covering all your online marketing needs.


Scheduling the Tasks that Repeat

While I advocate hiring a digital marketing consultant or firm to do the repeated tasks, I do understand there may be budget constrains for some smaller businesses. As such, when you choose to do the repeated tasks yourself, it is best you learn the digital marketing strategies of each task. Also, you need to plan each task into your work week, with some scheduled fortnightly, monthly and maybe even quarterly.How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Schedule The Tasks

Doing these tasks regularly and consistently is vital to the success of your digital marketing plan. I highly recommend that you add each repeated task into your calendar, perhaps with reminders. This will ensure the tasks are done with the frequency that is necessary.


Local SEO and Natural SEO

There can never be enough emphasis on how important Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is vital to the implementation of your digital marketing plan. The concept was introduced in 6 Things You Should Be Doing chapter, to get your digital marketing plan started successfully.

And now, to maintain that success, to keep your local business results and your natural search results ranked high, you must constantly monitor and update this.

Local Business Results

Local business results can impact your business significantly. More traffic will flow to your business website. And as a result, your phone will start ringing more frequently, bringing more business to you.

I have clients who bemoan that their phones hardly ring, even after months of setting up their businesses. Little did they know that they need to be listed in the local business results. It is because their phone number will be listed in the same local business results.

How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Get Your Website First Page On GoogleOnce their business is successfully located at the top of these results, people will start calling, inquiring with interest to make a purchase from them. The same can happen for you when you do the same strategy.

And what is this marketing strategy? It is simple. Just submit your business details to the three major local business results sites. When you secure top spots on these sites, do monitor and update your listings regularly, and make sure they are search engine-optimized.

Here are the three major local business results sites that you must be on:

Google My Business

This is, without a doubt, the most important local business result site to be on. Google owns slightly more than two-thirds of online traffic. Hence, being on Google My Business is vital to your success.

Bing

Bing was launched in May 2009 as a fundamental upgrade from Microsoft’s previous efforts into search – MSN Search. It is growing in importance, and hence secures its place as the second major local business results site that businesses must consider.

Yahoo

Once upon a time, Yahoo was a major player in the search field. It has since declined, but still maintained its position as one of the top three major local business results sites.

Follow these 7 essential tips to put your business in the top 10 search results:

1.   Optimize every aspect of your listing with strategic keywords.

2.   Reviews can raise your site’s ranking. Get reviews from your clients.

3.   Acquire back links from local online directories.

4.   Strategically choose the areas you want optimized, even if you need to establish different addresses and phone numbers for other areas.

5.   Always get listed in 4 to 5 categories related to your business.

6.   People love deals. So place coupons with the listings in order to increase conversion rates.

7.   This is a little known trade secret – when naming your YouTube videos and photos, use your keywords in the title.

Local business results pick up on select keywords, and use different local How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Keywords to Get Your Website Ranked On First Page On Googlemodifiers when ranking listings. The challenge is that most listings will include address, phone number, maps and directions to your physical address, website address, and customer reviews.

So what will improve your chances of higher rankings? It is customer reviews. Listings with the best reviews containing targeted keywords, in addition to location modifiers, will find their way to the top of the search results.

It is not enough to be listed on the three major local business results sites mentioned above. You should seek out other directory listings, and be on them, too.

Regularly track any changes in your business, and update your listings so that they remain relevant and consistent with your website and other online collateral. It will also help you monitor what works, and what doesn’t.

Also, be patient. This is not something that can happen overnight. Give it 3 to 4 weeks for the results you desire.

Natural Results

Natural results are basically results that you do not pay for. They are generated by search engines, and often referred to as organic results.

How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Get Your Website First Page On GoogleThey are typically placed below local searches with map, and paid search results. Most people would consider these to be the most valid type of search results.

It is possible to achieve a variety of listings in the natural results. To be included in natural results, you must have relevant content, especially content that has been search engine-optimized.

Search engine rankings can include the following:

  • Your Main Business Website
  • Social Media Content
  • Social Bookmarks
  • Directory Listings
  • Articles
  • Blog Posts
  • Videos
  • Press Releases
  • Other Web 2.0 content
  • Landing Pages

As mentioned before, keyword research is vital to the success of your business website, especially ranking in the natural results of search engines. So do not take this step lightly. Remember, relevance of your content is essential to placement.

Here are the other ranking factors that can cause an impact on your rankings:

  • Keywords in Content.
  • Keywords in Page Links.
  • Congruency and Consistency in Content.
  • Back links.
  • Links Pointing Back to Your Business Website or Content.
  • Google Page Rank.

When you are able to get more back links to your business website, you will get higher ranking in search results. So do get links to your site from local directories, blogs, article marketing, social bookmarks, and video marketing.

In fact, good relevant content, with keywords and back links can assure you of being at the top of many categories within a given period of time.


Directory Submission

Links are one of the keys to getting listed high in search engine results. Focus on getting your business website listed in as many places as possible.

One of the excellent places to list is on directories. Directory submissions get How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Get Listed on Directoriesyour business website’s link out there. Do not let naysayers tell you that business directories are outdated. They still have great value in getting back links to your website.

When you get listed in directories, you validate your company’s existence for search engines. This creates back links and citations that help the search engines index your company.

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Newer directories with Web 2.0 capabilities, such as adding reviews, results in creating even more content for a site. This means better natural search results and local search results for your business.

Your presence in relevant directories will get you near the top of results. As a result, your website traffic and phone inquiries will increase. This is why directory submissions are a solid part of any digital marketing plan.

But be wary when someone offers you a directory submission service that submits to hundreds or thousands of directories. These services most probably submit to low quality directories that Google frown upon.

What you want is to submit manually (either by you or a true digital marketing expert) to a handful of good web directories that have a real human reviewing each submission. Most directories are free of charge. Some may have a fee associated with them. If it is a reputable and powerful directory, it is definitely worth the investment.

Directories that you should submit to are as follows:

  • Major Directory; for example Yahoo Directory where Google crawls all the time.
  • Local Directories, and Specific Group Directories.
  • Industry Specific and Niche Directories.
  • Phone Listing Directories.
  • Review Directories. These directories serve a variety of purposes, such as:
    • Back links
    • Reviews
    • Local Rankings
    • Building Customer Trust
    • Citations

This is becoming one of the most important reasons to have your business in Review Directories. It is a 3rd-party endorsement of your business, and is a vote of confidence that Google can rely on in order to place your business at the top of search results.

Citations also create credibility in the eyes of search engines. In other words, the more citations you have, that are linked from other reputable sites, the better for you.


The Importance of Web 2.0

Web 2.0 refers to applications on the Internet that allow users to interact. Social networks, video sharing sites, wikis and blogs are some examples of the more commonly used Web 2.0 applications.

How To Promote Your Business Online - Tasks That Repeat - Get on Web 2.0Businesses use them as an effective part of a digital marketing campaign. In fact, because of the interactivity of these types of applications, many companies use them as an excellent resource for feedback.

The feedback received offers a wealth of opportunities:

  • Comments and suggestions from customers is very important feedback. It offers you insights to your products and/or services that otherwise is almost impossible to get, or will cost a lot to acquire.With the feedback received, you can tweak your products, improve your service, and better serve your customers. You can now be on target with their needs.
  • Testimonials received by customers can help you build credibility and trust. When others see these testimonials, they are more likely to buy from you.
  • Complaints are opportunities. Deal with them with patience, goodwill and professionalism. As you do so, you strengthen your brand and your reputation for good customer service.

Another usefulness of these Web 2.0 applications, a major one that drives traffic to your business website, is to create back links to your site. To that end, you will need to make comments on these sites, with links back to your own sites.

You will also need to create and update your own blog, videos, and social network identities so that you can share useful information to potential customers. Fans and followers can then easily share all this with others. You are now opening your business to explosive massive growth.

When embarking on any writing on the Internet, remember to use keywords strategically in your content, and keep it search engine-optimized. Again, this will ensure that you get the best ranking possible in relevant searches.

Currently Google, the leading search engine worldwide, loves Web 2.0 content such as:

  • Videos
  • Articles
  • Press Releases
  • Hub Pages
  • Squidoo

Therefore, careful use of search engine-optimized content on these sites will help give you the ranking you want in the search engines.


We’ve come to the end of the 1st Part of Tasks That Repeat. This is a 4-parter within the How to Promote A Business Online series. CLICK HERE to continue to the 2nd Part of this 4-parter.

If you have ANY questions about this post, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Blessings to all.