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.

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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.

How To Promote A Business Online? – Start With One-Time Tasks – Part Six-B

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How To Promote A Business Online? – Start With One-Time Tasks – Part Six-B

This is part two of a 2-part article. It is better to read the first part, then this part, so as to get the whole picture. If you have not read the first part, here is the link – How to Promote A Business Online? – Start with One-Time Tasks – Part Six A

How To Promote A Business Online - Start With Lead Capture Systems

Add a Lead Capture System to Your Website

Driving traffic to your business website alone is not enough. You mustn’t be a passive participant who waits for people to contact you and purchase your product and/or service.

You need to take control of the communication process by adding a lead capture system to your business website.

A lead capture system enables you to have the opportunity to acquire the names and contact information of those who visit your business website. You know what this means, right? Now, you can capture information of potential customers, build it into a database, and market your products and/or services to them!

Effectively, you have created a database of sales leads. This is something tangible to work from to get more sales. I am sure you can see the value of having a lead capture system by now.

Lead Capture Systems Defined

A lead capture system comprises an opt-in online form on a web page where visitors can enter a name and an email address in exchange for more information; for example a free report, free audio, free online video or free eBook. Sometimes it is simply to subscribe for e-newsletter to be updated on latest news of a product or service.

Some lead capture systems may ask for more details such as a mailing address and/or a phone number. When setting up a lead capture system, try to refrain from asking the visitor to provide too much information. It will turn people off, and reduce the likelihood of them completing the sign-up form, or worse they won’t submit it.

Those who visit your business website, and opted in to be on your email list have actually indicated to you that they are interested in your products and/or services. You can be confident that these leads will mostly likely be your future customers.

After setting up the lead capture system on your business website, you need to nurture the leads that eventually end up in your database. You must keep regular contact with these people, and you can do this by sending them newsletters regularly, keep them updated on new sales and offerings, make them feel special by offering unique deals only for those who are in your email list (a good way to generate business when sales is slow).

The entire lead capture system requires not just an opt-in form. As part of an entire process, you need to do some of the items mentioned in the 6 Things You Should Be Doing chapter. For one, you need to have autoresponders in place. This is so that when people sign up, the autoresponder will automatically send them a greeting, a welcome email to acknowledge their inclusion in your email list.

In that same welcome email, take the opportunity to introduce a little more about your products and/or services. Over time, with regular e-newsletters, you can feed more information about your products and/or services so as to encourage them to make a purchase.

As you build your email list, and market your products and/or services to them regularly, with useful information, you will enjoy the power of a larger customer base, and be able to generate cash on demand.

Building an Email List

Most large businesses recognize the value of email lists. And lately, more and more small and medium businesses are beginning to realize the benefits of having an email list, too. Here are the advantages to having an email list:

Multiple Selling Opportunities

Without a lead capture system, visitors to your business website may just leave without buying anything, and they may be gone for good, too. At least, with a lead capture system, you will still be able to maintain contact with them. This way, you have lots of opportunities to sell your products and services to that visitor in the future.

Selling to Existing Customers

Your existing customers should be on your email list. If they are not, you should make sure they are. Then have some form of indication in your database to show that they are your existing customers. Every now and then, create special offers and promotions to your loyal customers, to induce further sales.

Referral Opportunities

With an email list, you can write to them and ask for referrals. Chances are you will most probably get it.

Deals and Offers

People love specials, deals, offers and sales. So when the time is right, send these out to your email list. It is known that during festive season, people are more in a buying mood. And sales usually go up during these times. So take note of all festive seasons, where you are at, and send out that holiday special in a timely fashion.

Branding and Image

Communicate regularly to your email list, especially with useful information that positions you as an expert in the field. Again, building a brand and image creates trust. And with trust, people are more willing to buy from you.

As you can see, effective use of your email list can help your business to thrive, and you will be able to see growth in your sales.

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Making Personal Branding Changes

Strong branding can establish you as a trusted expert in that field, in your local market. Figure out the kind of feel you would like your website, and all other online property where you have a presence, to have. They should reflect who you are, and what your brand is.

By tapping into the unique resources the Internet has to offer, you can have strong branding. You can increase traffic to your business website, and create more buying customers, too.

Today, the people who surf the Internet are a sophisticated audience. Compared to the past, they are savvy, and wary of things marketers throw at them. Most will conduct some form of research before making purchases. Their attention spans are relatively short, and they make quick decisions.

More and more of them are comfortable with buying things online, especially the younger generation. Of course, often they buy from brands they trust. When they come across your business website, you would want that trust from them, or at least build that trust with them.

As such, you must show them who you are, what your company is all about, your commitment to service, and most importantly, your trustworthiness.

The right and accurate content on your business website can help you build that trust, and your brand. It can reassure these people that you are able to offer them the right products and services with good quality.

These days, especially with the advent of social media, people want to get up close and personal with businesses. You should do the same. Get to know the people who are interested in your products and/or services. Engage them, and let them know who they are doing business with.

Unless the field in which your business is in requires it, try to stay away from the ‘stuffy’ corporate type of website or any online presence that you have. Some tweaks to your business website can give that impression, and help increase sales for you.

Here are some of the things that you can include on your business website to help you create that special personal touch:

    • Photographs of the owner (you) and your staff, plus information about them.
    • Expert articles that you have written.
    • Professional Associations.
    • Business Groups that you are a member of.
    • References from other businesses.
    • Audio or video message from the owner (again, that’s you)
    • Audio or video testimonial from clients.

As mentioned earlier, you and your business need to be perceived as friendly, not stuffy. Take some time to invest in personal branding. You will discover that it is worth it as it will attract more and more buying customers. Also, you can gain the trust you needed to be successful in the online marketplace.


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How To Promote A Business Online? – Start With One-Time Tasks – Part Six-A

How To Promote A Business Online - Start With One Time Tasks

How To Promote A Business Online? – Start With One-Time Tasks – Part Six-A

Now that you have created your Simple Digital Marketing Plan, the entire project may seem rather daunting. Do not feel overwhelmed. There is a way to approach this that will make you feel at ease.

Take a good look at the list of digital marketing tasks. Many of the items on that list are important and can make a difference to your digital marketing strategy. Some are ongoing tasks, and some are just one-time tasks.

Start with these one-time tasks:

1.   Identify and find your ideal customers.

2.   Do detailed keyword research.

3.   Do onsite Search Engine Optimization updates.

4.   Add a lead capture system to your business website.

5.   Complete personal branding changes.

These tasks are the foundation of your digital marketing plan. They are essential for increasing your online presence. Without them, many of your other digital marketing strategies may fail.

Similarly, they must work together with your other digital marketing strategies. If you only do these tasks, there is no guarantee your business website will rise to the top of search results, or even on the first page of it.

So it is very important for you to take note that you cannot simply do only these one-time tasks, and then stop. You need to do the other tasks, too. To help you and to make sure you do that, set yourself a deadline for the completion of these tasks. Then once all have been completed, move on to the other digital marketing tasks.

How To Promote A Business Online - Start With Finding Your Target Audience

Identify And Find Your Ideal Customers

In the previous chapter, Your Simple Digital Marketing Plan, we discussed about this. All you have to do is to sit down, and think of who your target audience is. Consider the following:

    • Who uses your product or service?
    • What need do they fulfill when they purchase your product or service?
    • What is the motivation to buy? For example, are you adding pleasure or removing pain?
    • Who is the decision maker that says the final yes or no to the purchase of your product or service?
    • What is their gender?
    • What is their income?
    • What is their occupation?
    • Where are they located?
    • When do they buy your product or service?
    • What other interests do they have?
    • Do they have any concerns about products and services like yours?
    • Why should they buy from you rather than your competitor?
    • How do they like to be communicate with?

These are just some examples of questions that can help you identify and find your ideal customers. Feel free to add more questions that can help you achieve that.

How To Promote A Business Online - Start With Doing Detailed Keyword Research

Doing Detailed Keyword Research

Carrying out detailed keyword research goes hand in hand with identifying and finding your ideal customers. After discovering who your ideal customers are, you need to find them, lead them to your business website, and successfully convert them into actual paying clients.

Remember, they are prospects until they buy your product and/or service. Then they become your actual customer.

Detailed keyword research is typically a one-time task that should be done at the beginning of your digital marketing campaign. I say ‘typically’ because there are sites that require ongoing keyword research. For example, an ECommerce site that is always adding new products will require keyword research for every new product.

But for most, this can be a one-time task. My advice is to delegate this to a keyword research specialist for they are very good at this job, and can yield extremely effective results.

The Necessity of Keyword Research

In the past, you may have been stumbling around in the dark, wondering what your potential clients are searching for and what words and phrases they use in search when they look for similar products and/or services like what you have to offer. Keyword research is like turning on the light.

When you do keyword research, you will no longer guess, but you will know exactly what words and phrases people use when they look for products and/or services like your products and/or services.

Fortunately, this is a task that needs to be done once. It is repeated only when you have a new line of products or services to offer, or when you open a new division of your company. You get the gist, basically when your products and/or services are affected by changes.

To find out what are the keywords that people use to find products, services or businesses in your field, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

How Will People Search For You?

Ask yourself these questions:

    • What types of phrasing do you think your potential customers will use when searching for you?
    • Will they look for an occupation, a type of business, an industry, a type of solution, or perhaps even a product or service type?
    • Will they use geographic modifiers such as a city, a country, or even a region? What about motivation?

Some people are motivated by certain factors to search for a particular product or service, and it can come through in their search by using specific words such as ’24 hour’.

Here are some examples for your three considerations:

Specific person:

“Plumber”, “plumbing contractor”, etc.

Geographic modifiers:

“plumber Singapore”, “plumber Kowloon”, “plumber Budapest”, etc.

Motivation levels:

“emergency plumber Taipei”, “24 hour plumber”, etc.

A keyword research tool can be very useful, and you should employ it as a critical part of your keyword research. There are many such tools available in the market.

There is a free tool that is of great help as it can also generate keyword ideas for you as well as synonyms is Google’s Keyword Tool. It also cross references your keywords with geographic modifiers. This becomes very useful and effective in getting your business website ranked for strong keywords.

Alternatively, consider hiring a digital marketing firm to do it all for you. Besides building a list of long-tail keywords, your digital marketing expert can help you find out which specific keywords are most valuable. Plus, they can also gather intelligence on keywords that your competitors are using.

Document Data for Future Use

It is always good to keep records of everything you do. Archiving allows you access to past efforts or even use data for current or future projects. This is why it is wise to keep a tab on all the keywords that you discover. Also, it will reduce the need to repeat any keyword search.

The keywords will become very valuable to you. They can be used in every aspect of your digital marketing. This research that is done one-time and in the beginning, about your ideal client and what he or she searches, will be used in all your online content. You can use the keywords for the following:

    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Social Media
    • Ads
    • Videos
    • Audios
    • Articles
    • Blogs
    • Press Releases
    • Tags

Use a couple or more keywords from your keyword list every month. Just by simply adding one or more traffic methods to your existing traffic generating strategies can produce significant results.

How To Promote A Business Online - Start With Doing On Page SEO

Do Onsite Search Engine Optimization Updates

This is a one-time activity that will that will transform your business website significantly. Your site will be changed from its current state to a search engine-optimized version that will be very attractive to web crawlers.

It is a very important step that gets your business website ranked as high as possible in search engine results. Many website owners are not aware that while some features on a website may look aesthetically pleasing, they may not be appealing to a search engine. In fact, some of these fancy programming can be detrimental as they can produce negative results from search engines.

Analyze What You Have

First of all, you must analyze your current business website. Check the following items:

    • The look and feel of your business website; for example does it reflect the type of industry your business is in?
    • Is it attractive to your target audience? Etc.
    • Is your business website optimized for visitors?
    • Is your business website optimized for search engines?
    • Does your site work for multiple browsers?

These days, more and more people surf the Internet on their mobile phones. The small screen on a mobile phone does present some problems with viewing the content of a website. To meet this need, many websites are now done with responsive web design.

This is a form of design that provides optimal viewing experience for the user. Websites with responsive web design adapts the layout according to the device used. As such, here is one more item for your checklist:

Is your website with responsive web design?

Critical Components of a Good Website

Over the years, when we did audits of many a website, we did discover many critical components missing. It is quite disappointing to find some web creators not providing their best for their clients, or perhaps they too are not aware of these critical components. Nevertheless, do know that these components are essential for the success of your business website.

They will make your business website appealing not only to visitors but also search engines. Go through this list and make sure all are in place. If not, include them immediately for the best results.

Easy Navigation

A website that is easy to use will encourage your visitor to stay a little longer and explore the site. Keep the navigation straightforward; for example, clear menu options that are always displayed at the same location on every web page.

Vital Information ‘Above The Fold’

Not everyone will bother to scroll down, go to a next page, or click on a link to another page unless you made it so enticing for them to from the home page. So it is best to place all the important information on the home page for the visitor.

All Links Working

It is frustrating to visitors and search engines when a link is broken. Make sure all links are working well at all times.

Home Page, Products Page, Services Page, Testimonials, About Page and Contact Form

Do ensure that, at the very least, all these pages exist on your business website, and filled with useful and timely content.

Lead Visitors Through The Site

Once you captured your visitor’s attention, lead them to where you want them to go on your site. Do this in order to eventually have them make a purchase.

Specific Instructions

Be specific with any instructions on any page on your business website.

Multiple Calls To Action

Encourage your visitors to take action throughout your site. Of course, do it elegantly. Don’t be loud, or scream at your audience, or be tacky. Use motivating words like ‘Call now’, ‘Buy now’, etc.

Pictures Used Correctly

Pictures should match the content. Better if it provides explanation of the content. After all, a picture tells a thousand words. Using pictures correctly includes proper sizing of pictures as well as captions for it.

Non-Distracting Design

The design should not distract the visitor from the content, unless the design is the content. For example, do not use animated background that is too distracting. Also, keep the fonts simple and standard. Do not use funny looking fonts, try to avoid italics, and preferably do not underline any text.

Dark Text On A Light Background

Studies have found that people find it easy to read when the text is dark and the background is of a light color. Keep that in mind, and make it standard on your business website.

Multiple Ways To Contact

A contact number and/or email address should be available on every page, discreetly and elegantly positioned at the same area. This makes it easy for the visitor should he or she decides to contact you.

Trust Factors

Your business website is the best place to showcase your trust certificates and awards. If possible, find a way to highlight this on your home page. If not, have at least a link to web page that features these.

Testimonials

Nowadays, testimonials are displayed on the home page, especially websites with responsive web design. Some even make the testimonials displayed using a slideshow. Testimonials are a great way to build trust for your brand. When visitors see what others have to say about your brand, they feel confident to do business with you.

Personal Branding

As discussed in Your Simple Digital Marketing Plan chapter, a strong brand is a valuable asset. Besides a logo and a slogan, there are many other elements that make up your brand.

For example, in your About Us section of your website, pictures of you, the management, and your staff communicates who you are, as a brand, to your audience. Other forms of communicating your brand include branding vehicles, online videos, audios, social media, and many more.

Optimization for Keywords

I have said it before, and I will say it again for I believe repetition to be a good learning style. You must take the time and effort to do keyword research. This is so that your keywords are optimized properly.

Using good keywords is a huge plus for search engines. For example, one way of using your keywords is to have them in your business website with title tags, meta tags, the URL, the headers and description of a web page.

Also, ensure that all the text on your business website is search engine-optimized with strategic use of keywords. At the same time, beware of duplicate content. This can have detrimental effect on search results of your website.

Relevancy

Search engines love it when websites contain content that has relevance to the main subject of the website. You can create relevancy by starting broad, and then drilling down within themes. Tip: Always optimize for one keyword per page. Don’t do it for multiple keywords per page.

Lastly, Avoid Flash and Frames

These do not add any value to your business website, especially when optimizing for search engines.

By now, with the implementation of the above critical components, your business website should naturally move closer to the top of search engine results.

But a word of caution here. Do not just rely on this alone.

You need to also implement the other tasks in your digital marketing plan; for example, maintaining a blog, regular updates on social networks, implementing other Web 2.0 applications, submitting articles with links back to your site in order to increase traffic, building quality one-way links, etc.

There are two more one-time tasks to discuss, and it will be in the second part of this article. It is in two parts because having all the information in one part is too long, and I have had feedback that it is too much to read at one go.

Continue reading – How To Promote A Business Online? – Start With One-Time Tasks – Part Six-B

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How To Promote A Business Online? – Your Simple Digital Marketing Plan – Part Five

How To Promote A Business Online with a Simple Digital Marketing Plan

How To Promote A Business Online? – Your Simple Digital Marketing Plan – Part Five

As with most things in life, to achieve success, the best way is to have a good and effective plan. It is the same with Digital Marketing. You must have a structured and scheduled plan, know exactly what needs to be done, and work through it in order for your online marketing efforts to have successful results.

Here is a Simple Digital Marketing Plan for you:

Your Target Audience

How To Promote A Business Online by Finding Your Target Audience

First, you need to identify who are your ideal customers. They will be part of your target audience. Get into their minds, think like them, and figure out what keywords they would use to search for products, services and businesses like yours. Better still, if you can do a simple survey, and ask people (friends and family can work too) for the keywords they will use in a search.

Branding

Next, commit to Building Your Brand Online. A strong brand is very important, and becomes a valuable asset to your business. For customers, when choosing a product or service, they naturally will gravitate towards a brand that is strong, and also preferably one they are familiar with. To them a strong and familiar brand reduces the risk of a purchase, and is a promise of quality and trust.

One of the tools to build your brand is your business website. These days, a website is like an online brochure. It sits on a specific space on the Internet, waiting for people to drop by and have a look. So do make efforts to have an attractive, well-designed, well laid out, and professional looking website. And of course, your content must be engaging, and motivates them to dive further or take action and make a purchase.

*** TIP! Don’t forget to set up an autoresponder on your website, and build an email list.

Search Engine Optimization aka SEO

SEO Tactic on how to get Backlinks by Digital Marketing Consultant Singapore

After your website is done, you have to have Search Engine Optimization going to draw traffic to your website. I will not repeat this information as it was already discussed in the earlier post –  How To Promote A Business Online? – 6 Things You Should be Doing – Part 2. Please click on the link to learn more about SEO, and why it is one of the many strategies you must be using to have success with your internet marketing efforts.

Social Media

Also, discussed in that same post – How To Promote A Business Online? – 6 Things You Should be Doing – Part 2 – is Social Media. Again, I will not repeat the information because you can go to the post via the link to read all about it. Also, this will be further elaborated in a later part of this series.

Online Local Domination

How To Promote A Business Online using Online Local Domination

In addition to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media, you need to add the 4-point online domination to your internet marketing plan. Again, as mentioned in that article, the 4 points are local business results, natural search results, Pay Per Click results, and content results. These, including SEO and Social Media, will help to raise your ranking in the local business search results.

During our discussion on Online Local Domination, we touched on the topic of Pay-Per-Click Results. I would like to reiterate that this is one of the very powerful ways of reaching your target audience. Again, it is one of the fastest ways to get traffic to your site using targeted local keywords and geo-targeting generic keywords. Truly, a very valuable part of a digital marketing plan.

Directories Listings

Another item to add to your online marketing plan is for your business to be on all (or as many as possible) the online business directories. These directories are what Yellow Pages used to be for print media. It is one of the digital places where people are turning to in order to find a product or service.

To add your business to these online directories is easy (and often free). But don’t just list in a few. Every individual directory that you submit to is another chance to get found online, so it’s important to make sure you’re listed in every directory possible. Here is a List Of Directories to be listed on, most are FREE.

Being listed on online business directories does help a little with natural search results as you are getting links to your business website. In addition to directories, get tons of links to more local sites to get high natural search results. Another way of creating backlinks is to get into and participate in local discussion forums, especially forums that discuss topics related to your business. One more is to be listed on classified ad sites such as Craigslist.

Article Marketing

Article marketing is not new. It is a technique used in the past where professionals provide content to a newspaper or magazine on timely topics. Today, the same is done online. The difference is that business owners and marketers submit an article to a number of online article directories.

The article includes the author, job title, business name and contact information. Visitors to these directories who will then read your article, and this increases awareness of you and your brand.

This can also increase traffic to your business website when they are interested to find out more about your products and services. Also article directories with good web page ranks can strengthen your ranking with search engines.

Blogs

How to Promote Your Business Online? Blogging creates fresh content that Google Loves!

Blogs have gained a reputation as having the potential to boost your SEO rankings. By using long-tail keywords, you can push your business website up the rankings of search results. So it is good to have a blog on your business website.

But before you make this one of your to-dos in your digital marketing plan, you have to be sure you have the time and resources to keep updating the blog. It is the same with social media updates. If you don’t have the time or resources, do consider outsourcing this to your digital marketing partner.

Online Video

How to Promote Your Business Online? Use Online Videos, they are the future of Digital Marketing

Also mentioned in the 6 Things You Should Be Doing article is the fact that Online Video is the next wave in digital marketing. So add this to your online marketing plan, and get aesthetically pleasing and professional videos done. Then upload them to your website as well as video sites such as Vimeo and YouTube.

Internet Audio

Internet Audio, like online video, can help to raise awareness, and spread word about your brand, products, services and business. And similar to online video, upload them to your business website and distribute them on local audio and podcast sites.

Press Releases

Press Releases were originally designed as a communication tool between a company PR or public relations firms and the media. Now, Online Press Releases are effectively used as a direct to media as well as direct to consumer communication tool. Submit your press releases to progressive wire services, like PR Newswire or PRWeb, to receive maximum exposure for your brand.

Data, Analytics & Tracking

How to Promote A Business Online - Data & Analytics can help Test and Track your Marketing Efforts

An essential part of your digital marketing plan is to test and track your marketing efforts. For example, how much traffic is going to your business website and from where? Are visitors being converted, and where did they originate from? How did your keywords rank? These are some of the useful information you can gather from analytics that can help you further modify and optimize your internet marketing plan.

What’s Next?

It is rare that a digital marketing plan is perfect. With analytics, you can figure out what works, and what does not work. Or maybe it is not that it is not working. If so, then changes need to be made so as to make that your marketing efforts successful.

This is all the tips for a simple Digital Marketing Plan. Of course, the plan can be expanded into a more sophisticated version that can take your business to the next level. For a start, consider the points above, and start thinking about your basic Online Marketing efforts that can lead to your business success.

I wish everyone great success in their businesses.

Don’t miss any of the articles in this How To Promote A Business Online series. Part One starts with an Introduction to Digital Marketing, and gives you an overview of the series topic.

Part Two continues with a big tip on the 6 Things You Should Be Doing to get started, and get on your way to success for your business.

Part Three is about Online Local Domination, something that you should strive for to boost brand awareness and increase sales.

Part Four helps you to do an Audit of your current Digital Marketing Efforts. Always good to know what you have done before and where you are at. And then move forward with an improved digital marketing strategy.

If you have already read the earlier parts, continue with Part Six. It is a two-part article. Start with the first part – How To Promote A Business Online – Start with One Time Tasks – Part 6A.

 

Blessings to all.

P.S. I would love to hear from you, so please do write a comment. Thanks 🙂

How To Promote A Business Online? – Digital Marketing Audit – Part Four

How To Promote A Business Online - Do A Digital Marketing Audit

Audit Your Current Digital Marketing Efforts (if any)

Before we discuss about creating your new Digital Marketing Plan, let us do a simple audit of your past online marketing efforts (if you have any so far). Let us look at what has been done previously for your business on the Internet; for example your website, any social media network, blog, etc.

Let us be thorough, and evaluate your current online presence so that you can see where you are at. Only then can we create a good and effective digital marketing plan for you to know where you want your business to be, how successful you want your business to be, and what needs to be done to achieve that.

Assess Current Digital Marketing Checklist

How To Promote A Business Online - Do A Digital Marketing Audit
Do A Digital Marketing Audit

Here is a checklist for you to assess your current internet marketing (if you have any):

  • How do you currently market your company?
  • How do you currently promote your online presence?
  • Why are you thinking of putting a digital marketing in place?
  • Have you spent any money on advertisements?
  • Which media are these advertisements on?
  • Are the advertisements on these media working?
  • Have you used Pay-Per-Click ads in before?
  • Do you have a business website?
  • What techniques do you currently use to drive traffic to your website?
  • How much are you spending each month to get that traffic?
  • How many unique visitors does your business website get per month?
  • How many enquiries do you get from those that visit your website?
  • What percentage of revenue currently comes from leads generated by the Internet? And from which platform?
  • How many sales/leads do you get per month from your website?
  • What is the current value of your average sale? What is the average revenue per sale? What is the average profit per sale?
  • How many current customers do you have?
  • How many of these current customers bought your products and/or services?
  • How often does a customer buy from you? (get full statistics and average)
  • Do you regularly keep in touch with your customers? If yes, how do you do it? And how often?
  • Is your business capable of exponential growth?
  • Are your sales team trained?
  • Does your sales team receive training regularly?
  • What type of training does your sales team undergo?

The above checklist is just a guideline. You might think of more questions to help with the audit. By the end of this exercise, you should have a pretty good report card on the overall health of your current Digital Marketing Plan. And you should know if it is working or not. Also, you will uncover some missing pieces as well as potential growth for your business.

Current Digital Marketing Plan Audit

How To Promote A Business Online using Checklists for your Digital Marketing Audit
Checklists for your Digital Marketing Audit

It is also good to conduct an audit of your current digital marketing plan for each of your line (if you do have any):

  • Do you use Email List Building on your website?
  • Do you use Search Engine Optimization? Especially to be displayed on the first page of natural search results?
  • Are you on any social media platform? Which ones?
  • How often do you post on each social media platform?
  • How many fans and followers do you have on each social media platform?
  • What is the increase rate of fans and followers on each social media platform?
  • Do you engage with your fans and followers on each social media platform? Do they engage with you?
  • Do you do any form of advertising on these social media platforms?
  • Do you target Local Business Results on Google?
  • Have you registered your business with local online business directories?
  • Do you use article marketing?
  • Do you have a blog on your business website?
  • How often do you post on the blog?
  • Do you have people following your blog?
  • Do people engage you on your blog?
  • Do you have videos on your business website?
  • Do you place videos on video sites such as Vimeo and YouTube to promote your business website?
  • Do you use online Press Releases?
  • Do you use Pay-Per-Click advertising?
  • Do you test and track your website as well as all other digital platforms?
  • Do you use online Classified Ads sites?
  • Do you use online Local Forums?
  • Do you use Audio Marketing on your site, and also syndicate the audio on other popular sites?

Most of the above checklist should be done for each of your product lines or services you carry. When the checklist items are in place, you will be more effective at marketing your business on the digital space.

If you are targeting different markets, do consider using different approaches to reach each market. While you may attract them to your business website, your emails, Pay-Per-Click campaign, landing pages, content on classified ads sites and local forums, online videos, online audios, articles and blogs should be tailored to each market accordingly.

This is the shortest of my blog posts so far. And I hope you enjoyed it just as much as the longer posts? Please write a comment and let me know your thoughts on this part 4, the rest of the How To Promote A Business Online series so far.

Don’t miss any of the articles in this How To Promote A Business Online series. Part One starts with an Introduction to Digital Marketing, and gives you an overview of the series topic.

Part Two continues with a big tip on the 6 Things You Should Be Doing to get started, and get on your way to success for your business.

Part Three is about Online Local Domination, something that you should strive for to boost brand awareness and increase sales.

If you have already read the earlier parts, continue with Part Five that will help you come up with a Simple Digital Marketing Plan. You are ready by now.

Blessings.

How To Promote A Business Online? – Online Local Domination – Part Three

How To Promote A Business Online using Online Local Domination - a technique you must know!

How To Promote A Business Online? Part Three

Online Local Domination

How To Promote A Business Online using Online Local Domination - a strategy you must know!
How To Promote A Business Online using Online Local Domination – a strategy you must know!

The term sounds ominous, doesn’t it? In fact, some people have said that maybe it would sound better if named as Online Local Authority. It doesn’t really matter what is the name given, what matters is that this is the state of being that you would like your business to be in. It is when you have become the Number One Authority for your local market on the Internet. It is a sign that your business has become a huge success.

This distinction is earned when your business was previously unheard and unseen on the Internet, and then became visible online virtually everywhere. This title is given to you when your business is frequently listed on the first page of local search results, organic search results and Pay-Per-Click campaigns. Also, you would have received numerous consumer reviews, more than any other local business in your market.

At this stage, your business would consistently be the most popular one on any type of online search. Wherever people look, they see your brand, and they will quickly come to recognize that you are the authority in your field. They will consider you as the best in your industry, and will prefer to do business with you.

After all, we all want to do business with the best, don’t we?

When you achieve Online Local Domination, your business is the easily found business of its type in a given local area. In addition, your business is always at the top of local search results, normal search results and geo-targeted generic results. When your business can be found at the top of normal search results without any indication of an area, you have reached a higher level than Online Local Domination. And this is better, much better. But that’s another topic for another day.

To be the master of local online search results, you need to understand how the searches work. Also, you need to understand what are the different keywords that individuals use when they search for businesses similar to yours. With this better understanding, you can apply different and more effective digital marketing techniques that can help your business to be listed at the top of search engine results, or at least on the first page of it.

To be on the first page of online search results is where you need your business to be.

Important Note:

91.5% of people who does online search will choose a business from those listed on the first page.

91.5% of people who does online search will choose a business from those listed on the first page
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Of course, it is so much more better when you are able to be in the top 3 listed on the first page of online search results. This raises the chances of getting prospective clients to your web site. Businesses that are not in the first page or top 3 ranking are losing out a lot of business.

Professional digital marketers know how to get a business to that Number One spot of a search result, for local keywords in Google. They have the knowledge and skill to do it. Plus, most local keywords have very little competition because not many businesses are doing it. Therefore, this state of being – Online Local Domination – is ripe and easily available for anyone with the knowledge and skill to achieve.

4-Point Online Domination

To achieve Online Local Domination, there is a 4-Point Online Domination technique that can make it happen. Start doing this today and you can be the one in your industry that dominates the Internet locally. Here is the 4-Point Online Domination:

  • Local Business Results (Google My Business)
  • Natural Search Results
  • PPC Results
  • Content Results

Local Search Results – Google My Business

How To Promote A Business Online using Online Local Domination - Have a Google My Business account that can help you rank higher on search results
Be on Google My Business

In order to achieve online domination, one of the criteria is to be highly visible and prominent on local search results. You can achieve this with Google My Business.

Playing hard to get may be good for dating, but it is bad for business. When people search for businesses using keywords, there are often map listings at the top of natural search results. You must do all you can to get your business listed there. One of the ways would be to ensure that your business is listed for a variety of keyword phrases. Don’t forget variations of these keyword phrases as well as your business name.

Another way, more powerful and sure, is to have a Google My Business account. You will be surprised to know that even businesses that don’t have a website can get listed on Google My Business. These businesses use Google My Business to post articles about their business and related topics, videos and other information that will be interesting to their community.

Google My Business is an important tool for business owners. You can put the right information about your business on Search, Maps and Google+ so that customers can get in touch with you. You just need to understand how to use it successfully to market and grow your business online.

It is important to know that Google’s local search algorithm considers 3 major factors when determining where to rank your business, what terms to rank it for, and how high to rank it relative to other businesses. The 3 major factors are:

1.  Relevance

Of course, a match to keywords searching for your business name will be most relevant, and can result in top ranking on search results. But what about natural searches done by people who do not know your business name?

For example, when someone searches for a bakery in Seoul, Korea, then the search results will only show bakeries in that area, not other types of businesses. A bakery that has the right keywords and a Google My Business account will rank higher than other bakeries in that area, too.

2.  Prominence

This factor looks at how popular and well known your business is. Google considers backlinks, mentions of your business on other websites, and social media. The latter is becoming an increasing Prominence factor. Regular (and relevant) status updates, number of likes and comments, and even mention of your social media pages are critical. Businesses that know this are wisely getting on the social media networks, and hiring and leveraging the expertise of a digital marketer to manage them.

3.  Distance

This factor is the only one of the three that you can least affect or influence to help you with your search results ranking. It simply considers the general location as entered by people, if they do enter a location in their search keywords. If not, then Google will look at the distance between the person doing the search and local businesses nearby, and offer a list of search results based on that.

One digital marketing technique to enhance your search results ranking is to pay for Search Ads on Google. This will place your listing at the top of the search result page, with a little green ‘Ad’ icon. On Google Maps, your business will be shown within the info cards beneath the search box, and on the map.

One of the keys to market online successfully with Google My Business is to complete the profile completely, accurately, and regularly. Invite customers to review your business as this is vital for search rankings. Plus, it is always useful to listen to what your customers are saying about your products and services, and find out how you can improve them to better serve your customers and attract new ones.

Natural Search Results

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Do SEO to get natural organic rankings

When a search is done on the Internet, a list of website and web pages relevant to that search will be shown on the search results. Sometimes, there would be sponsored ads and local search results at the higher portion of the first page listing. After that, would be the natural search results.

Due to the way natural search is done by search engines, you must pay attention to the use of keywords because they are all commonly found ranked in natural search results. Here are some ways to use keywords:

  • Articles
  • Off-site blogs
  • Press releases
  • Social networking profiles
  • Social bookmarking profiles

Pay-Per-Click Results

Pay-Per-Click is a form of advertising online that directs traffic to websites. Advertisers pay the publisher only when the ad is clicked by people. You can buy Pay-Per-Click ads from search engines, and have your business listed at the very top of search results.

Like all advertising, the copy of the advertisement is important. A well written advertisement that is captivating with words that encourage people to click it can bring you great results and conversion of visitors to customers. It is wise to hire expert and experienced copywriters who know how to get this job done for you well.

Do note that you must have a budget for Pay-Per-Click ads. Monitor the spending of this budget. After an advertising campaign, it is good to review the results, and then create and execute a strategy for a new advertising campaign that can bring you even better results.

There are business owners who may be reluctant to spend on online advertising. Perhaps they have spent on advertising before and never saw any results. What they don’t realize is this is very different from advertising on traditional media. Advertising on newspapers or magazines often result in a lot of wastage. A lot of money is spent, and they don’t reach your target audience.

But online advertising is different and more efficient. It is a form of targeted advertising. For example, if your business sells stationery in an area called Redhill, and someone types ‘stationery Redhill’ in a search box. Your ad will appear at the top of the list. You have just reached your target audience. This is one of the fastest ways to get traffic to your site, and is a very valuable part of digital marketing strategies.

Content Results

How To Promote A Business Online using Online Local Domination - Content Is King! There's no denying it. Quality Content can get your site ranking on 1st Page of search engines
Content Is King!

One of the signs that you have achieved Online Local Domination is when your business website, web pages and content are at the top of search results based on your keywords. For example, someone does a search using a keyword that you are using in your digital marketing strategy, and that person arrives at a page of search results that ranks your website as number one, your online video as number two, your social media network (page or content) as number three, and your press release as number five, you know you have achieved Online Local Domination.

Chances are the searcher will acknowledge that you are an expert in that industry, in that business, and would most likely choose you for his or her needs.

Getting results like that is relatively easy, especially in the hands of an expert digital marketer. All it would take is to get your content out there with social media, Web 2.0 applications, online articles, press releases, videos, apply Search Engine Optimization, and many other digital marketing techniques, and you will find it the norm for your business to be always listed at multiple places of search results.

Remember this 4-point online domination model. Use it wisely and use it well. And for sure, you will be able to achieve the exceptional results that you have expected.

I hope you enjoyed reading this. Please like and share this post. And of course, definitely leave a comment for me. I would love to hear from you.

Don’t miss any of the articles in this How To Promote A Business Online series. Part One starts with an Introduction to Digital Marketing, and gives you an overview of the series topic.

Part Two continues with a big tip on the 6 Things You Should Be Doing to get started, and get on your way to success for your business.

If you have already read the earlier two parts, continue with Part Four that will help you do a Digital Marketing Audit. This is an important step that many often overlook. An audit can help you understand what digital marketing efforts you have done before, where you are at now, and what steps to take so that you can improve your digital marketing strategy.

Blessings.

How To Promote A Business Online? – 6 Things You Should Be Doing – Part Two

How to Promote Your Business Online? - 6 Things You Should Be Doing - Part Two

How To Promote A Business Online? Part Two

6 Things You Should Be Doing

Over the 26 years that I have been doing Digital Marketing, I have met business owners who simply set up a website, did nothing to promote their business online, and just hope for the best.

Then there are those who think they know how to promote a business online. So they create a website and set up a few social network accounts. Unfortunately, this group thinks that posting on their social media once in a blue moon is good enough for people to find them.

Of course, there are those who have an inkling what Digital Marketing is all about. But they only use a select few techniques to drive traffic to their site.

Which of these types of business owners are you?

At the same time, I must say that I totally empathize with all types of business owners. The reason is they are not in the business of marketing – whether online or offline. So it is not reasonable to expect them to know much about it or be an expert at it. As a business owner, it is understandable that as you are focusing more on your core duties and responsibilities to run and grow your business. And leave the marketing to the experts like me. Still, it is worthwhile to know at least what online marketing is all about. So it is good you are reading and learning more about it now.

There are times when you will find that many internet marketing efforts require some testing to find out what works and what does not work. For example, Facebook Ads with hard selling copy may work for a certain target audience, but may not for another. All that testing will take up a lot of your time and effort.

The good news is – with this series – How to Promote A Business Online? (start reading from part one if you have not done so) – you are given an enormous advantage. From a wide variety of tried and tested internet marketing methods, I have narrowed it down to a few for you to start. These are ideal for you to see real results in your sales.

Here, I present 6 Things That You Should Be Doing to enhance your digital marketing efforts. Not many know of all these 6 tried and tested marketing methods. And everyone and every business should be doing them. So when you do apply all six of them, you can produce some serious results.

And – drum roll – here they are:

1.   SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

2.   Social Media

3.   Blogs

4.   Online Videos

5.   Build a List

6.   Free Reports

1.    Basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Did you spend a lot of money for your business website to be created?

Whether you did spent a lot, not so much or very little, the more important question is – did you spend enough or at all for your website to be search engine optimized?

If your website is not search engine optimized, it will never get ranked high in the search results. The effect of this is nobody will know the existence of your business website, your business and your brand.

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SEO – Search Engine Optimization

SEO is an important digital marketing tool to promote your businesses online. More and more people are becoming aware of this, and are doing it for their websites, whether by themselves or hiring professionals to help.

So how does SEO help to promote your business online?.

Search engines use an Internet bot, often called a spider, to collect information on the World Wide Web, and build lists. This includes strategic use of keywords, backlinks, and more.

When your website does not have any strategic use of keywords, plus a significant number of links to your site, and many other SEO elements, your website will have a hard time achieving ranking on the first page of search results. Without online visibility, it will be virtually impossible for people to learn about your business through online means.

Important Tip for SEO!

Do not use sluggish elements like Flash.

For years, I have highly recommended to many clients to not have Flash on their website, especially the home page. While it can look impressive, websites with Flash do not get indexed properly by search engines. The simple truth is that search bots cannot read Flash content.

Nowadays, having Flash can even hurt your search rankings as search engines have begun blacklisting such sites. They regard these websites as deceptive, having no keywords, and no content.

2.   Social Media

Today, for every business, Social Media is a must have.

In 2013, Jayson DeMers reported on Forbes that:

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

Today, those prophetic words have proven to be true. Social Media is a priority for your business, and complements as well as augments your SEO efforts. It will improve your website’s search rankings and allow your business to be found.

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Social Media

As part of your marketing and PR (public relations) mix, it will help your business to increase brand exposure and enhance brand awareness. This makes it a great tool to establish a stronger brand for your business.

You can use social media to build a community of people interested in your products and services. It is an excellent tool to share your expertise and knowledge on your products and services as well as interact and receive valuable customer feedback.

All business owners know that marketplace insight is very valuable. With social media, you can get this valuable information direct from the source. Never before has businesses had such access that can help improve and grow the business.

Social media has many other benefits. It can also be used to drive traffic to your website, generate leads, and boost sales by converting loyal fans to customers.

3.   Blogs

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Blogging

Important Tip for SEO!

Search engines Love new and fresh content!

Blogging is one way of keeping content fresh on your website. This will enhance your chances of being at the top of search engines. Also, you can blog such that your content has all the right long-tailed keywords.

In addition, when you blog posts that are interesting and captures the attention of people, you can build a following. This following is immediately your potential customers ready and ripe for you to market your products and services to.

After all, when they follow you, it means they have an interest in what you are offering to them. Again, just like social media, they can be a valuable source of feedback and marketplace insight.

4.   Online Video

Online videos are the next wave in content marketing.

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Online Video

You can create a simple video using text slides, and do a voiceover with or without background music. Or a video presenting your products and services. The content for video is virtually limitless.

And the best part is that more and more people love watching videos rather than read a lot of text. Hence, you now have another hot digital marketing vehicle to reach numerous customers and prospects. For maximum effectiveness, just be sure to place the online video where people can find it; e.g. social media, your website, YouTube, etc.

5.   Build A List 

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Build Your List

One of the goals of your online marketing plan should be to build an email list. It is a database of people who opt in; that is they consent to receiving emails from you about your products and services.

To capture such data and increase your email list, you need an autoresponder. This is an indispensable tool for all businesses. It saves time for you because it is there on a page of your website, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, ready to accept input from people who wish to sign up and receive emails from you.

It is a set of standardized letters that are set up once, and the necessary contact with each new individual who opts into your email list is taken care of automatically. Hence, it is actually very good for lead nurturing that is absolutely essential in demand marketing.

6.   Free Reports

Everyone loves free stuff, especially when there is some valuable information available that is pertinent to their interests. When you offer free reports on a particular area of interest to your potential customers, you will firstly establish yourself as an expert in that particular field.

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Free Stuff

Of course, first you need to create reports that are of value to others because they offer useful information. When you have that, you can offer them on your website. Get people to provide their name and email address (at the very least) in exchange for a free report. As you can guess by now, this is another way to build your email list.

Conclusion

When you apply the above 6 Things You Should Be Doing, you will find that your website will be placed higher in search engine results ranking.

As a result, more and more people will be able to find you on the Internet, and connect and engage with you. You will now have more opportunities to communicate with them, and convert them into customers.

I am sure you noticed that this is just an overview of the 6 Things You Should be Doing. There will be more details in future blog posts. Do sign up for my newsletter to be updated. Or Connect With Me on Social Media where I will post updates, too.

I hope you enjoyed reading this. Please like and share this post. And of course, definitely leave a comment for me. I would love to hear from you.

Click this link if you missed Part One – How To Promote A Business Online – Introduction. If you had already read Part One, continue the series to Part Three – How To Promote A Business Online – Online Local Domination.

Blessings.

How To Promote A Business Online? – Introduction – Part One

How To Promote A Business Online? A series of articles that will help business owners (or anyone with a website) to learn what are the essential strategies to help create awareness of your brand, to have high online visibility for your website and brand

How To Promote A Business Online? Part One

Your Customers Are Searching For You Online … Can They Find You?

Are you a local business owner? Or a business targeting a specific region?

Over the past few years, have you noticed a drop in demand for your products or services?

Or perhaps you are a new business, and sales has been really slow or not at all?

In my years of experience, I have met many businesses that were facing one of the above two situations. Of course, there were many other situations a business could be facing. Some businesses could be doing well and yearn to do better but do not know how to achieve that growth.

Whichever one of these situations that you are in, this series – How To Promote A Business Online – is for you. You will learn ways to increase brand exposure, Enhance Brand Awareness, draw traffic to your website, engage with people who are interested in what you are selling, and tactics to heighten the chances of converting prospects into customers.

To help you achieve all that, I will share with you the following:

Before all that, I will share with you why traditional marketing doesn’t work anymore, and why it is imperative that you start marketing online.

Traditional Marketing Is Not Working Anymore

The Internet revolution is well under way, and the way to reach and communicate with your target audience must change. Today, your target audience that you seek has become increasingly fragmented due to new technologies that allow them to experience media in myriad platforms.

The fact of the matter is that traditional media such as television, radio, magazines, and newspapers are well on their way to the fate of the dinosaurs. Advertising on traditional media to reach your market may work in the past, but it is no longer as effective as before, and will not bring in business as expected. This is particularly true for print media that many people do not pay attention to anymore.

Businesses that are still using such outdated forms of advertising are throwing away many thousands in expenses on ineffective marketing every month. It is easy to do a quick survey to find out if this is true. Simply ask a few people where their copy of the Yellow Pages is. The answers will astound you.

Some may say that they have it in some storage area, gathering dust. Some may have thrown it away (may even cite waste of space as a reason). How does that make you feel about the money you’re spending?

So where are people going to when they need to find products and service?

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People are shopping online

The answer is the Internet.

They are scouring the Internet to connect with their friends and family, and search for products and services they need. So businesses that want to reach out to existing customers and have new customers find them simply must have a quality online presence. And this means not just having an ineffective website that looks like it was done as a school project.

Today, most websites are well thought out. The design, layout and content are interesting and informative. The interface and experience are personable. Due to the fact that many people now surf the Internet on mobile devices, many websites have become what is known as responsive websites.

All these effective websites utilize a myriad of savvy digital marketing techniques that improve their search rankings and make them stand out from their competitors. For example, if you have a site with no keywords in it and almost no backlinks, you are missing the boat and will never get to the top of the search engine results.

And having a website alone is not enough for your business nowadays. You need to be on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Youtube, etc., where your target audience is hanging out and communicating. Social media enables you to reach out and communicate with your target audience on a personal level. This is very powerful, and has never been available with traditional media.

Of course, besides having a website and being on social networks, there are other digital marketing techniques and strategies that you must do. We will discuss and explore all these in the rest of this series.

Why Is Internet Marketing Important?

In every form of media, there are specific marketing strategies that apply to that particular media. The Internet is no exception.  In order to get traffic to your website, you need to stay on top of these digital marketing strategies, and implement them. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on one of the most efficient and lucrative sources to get new customers for your business.

In my years of experience, I have encountered many local business owners who did not apply any digital marketing strategies to grow their customer base. This is simply because they have no idea what needs to be done.

It is understandable as digital marketing is so new and foreign to most business owners. They are so busy running their business, managing their staff, and taking care of their clients. And that is all right as they should rightly focus on their core business.

How To Promote A Business Online? - Which strategies to use? Where to start? Are many of the questions business owners often ask
Which strategies to use?

Some don’t even know where to start. Most don’t have the time to learn what digital marketing is all about. Plus, it is constantly evolving. So to keep themselves updated takes up quite a lot of time and effort.

Then there are those who know and understand the value of digital marketing, and how it can bring increasing returns to their businesses. They are aware of some digital marketing strategies, but don’t have the time and resources to do it. Like the other business owners mentioned in the previous paragraph, they are bogged down by the running of their business, staff management, and providing the best services and products to their existing clients. They, too, know that this is an arena where it is always evolving.

To find out if you are familiar with digital marketing, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are long-tailed keywords?
  • What is keyword density?
  • What is Web 0? And Web 3.0?
  • How do you set up an autoresponder?
  • How do you change the tags on your website?
  • How do you create videos and audios for your website?

If you don’t know the answers to the above questions, don’t panic. It is okay.

It is absolutely normal. You, like most business owners, have wisely spent your time focusing on your core role; that is to manage your business and ensure it become successful. You have mastered other aspects of your business that were crucial to your business.

But now, you need to learn more!

It is time for you to discover what needs to be done in order to have an effective Digital Marketing Plan for your business.

The Importance of Having a Good Online Presence

Today, most local business owners are running lean and hungry. Hungry for more business. Hungry for that sales phone to ring. Hungry for more customers to walk in through the door.  But the economic and business landscape is always changing, always in constant flux.

Today, reaching your target market cost-effectively is nothing like it was a decade or decades ago. Business owners need to understand these changes, adapt accordingly, and meet the challenges they are facing. This is essential to the survival of your business

Case Study:

In 2011, I was the newly appointed Business Development Manager of a local business that was spending thousands of dollars on Yellow Pages advertising. The business has been doing that for the previous past years, and nobody was tracking if this expenditure was bringing in any new customers.

A quick survey and phone calls to our current clientele proved that not one customer used the Yellow Pages to search and find that local business. Needless to say, when it was time to renew the advertising contract, I put a stop to it, and saved thousands of dollars for the company.

There would be those who are not savvy at digital marketing, and would be at a loss as to what to do with that big budget so as to get the best possible returns on the company’s marketing investment. All that money could be poured into online strategies that might either fall flat or backfire. The learning curve is sharp and unforgiving.

As someone who had been practicing digital marketing for 25 years, I knew and understood that this big budget needs to be re-channeled to advertising on the Internet so as to get the best possible returns on the company’s marketing investment.

Just like me, there are entrepreneurs who realize that the Internet is the future. In August 2014, Google reported that they now process “over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide”. This number grows by more than 40% to 60% each year. In fact, 81% of people search online before they make a purchase.

What is more important is that a large majority of these people search online for local services and products before making a buying decision. Very few turn to the local newspaper to find what they want. Even fewer think of the Yellow Pages anymore. This is why it is essential that local business owners need to have an online presence, and have effective digital marketing in place.

Unlimited Potential for Growth

Understanding how digital marketing works, and using the tactics and techniques correctly to promote your business can easily result in huge increase in sales. When your digital marketing strategies work effectively and there is increased sales, you create positive impact on your own business that can have positive effect on the world around you.

When you encourage more money to be spent locally by having a steady stream of new customers, you also improve your local economy. There could be fewer downsizing and layoffs. Sometimes, new jobs could even be created.

How To Promote A Business Online? - Digital Marketing can lead to High Potential Exponential Profit Growth
High Potential Exponential Profit Growth

In fact, no matter how the economy changes, because you are able to reach those who are interested to buy from you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and your business will grow. And that is what effective marketing is all about!

Digital marketing has the potential for exponential profit growth. If you’re not ready for your business to double or even more, stop reading now!

Important Statistics You Need To Know

Statistics are great for understanding your customers. Here are some statistics that show you how people are using the Internet to search for what they want:

  • Over 5 billion searches occur every day, and 1 in 3 searches is local.
  • 91.5% of people searching on Google will choose a business that is on the first page of their search results.
  • 5% of clicks go to the #1 ranked site of search results.
  • 6% of clicks go to the #2 ranked site of search results.
  • 4% of clicks go to the #3 ranked site of search results.

From the above statistics, you can see how important it is to have a strong online presence, to be ranked high for search results. Thus, it is imperative that your business develop and implement an effective digital marketing strategy. This is so that those looking for products and services that you provide can find you. Even when they don’t know your brand or business name.

Making Changes to Your Online Marketing Methods

You would like to get maximum results from your digital marketing plan and strategy. To achieve that, you will need to make some pretty drastic changes to your digital marketing methods. To help you with that, here are some insider facts you need to know.

First, it is a fact that there is a potential to grow your business using digital marketing. And that potential can be phenomenal, no matter what industry you are in. You just have to learn what needs to be done, and cultivate this opportunity.

There are six extremely useful digital marketing techniques that you should be doing. Again, you have to learn these techniques. Then put them into practice and you will be able to outperform your competitors quickly.

Have you ever heard of Online Local Domination? Well, this is a goal you need to accomplish. And you can do by learning and mastering a four step process. When you follow the four step process diligently, you will have higher chances of getting the results you desire.

Every marketing effort needs a good plan, and has the best results because of it. You will need to create a Digital Marketing Plan and follow it as closely as possible. A plan is essential for managing all the crucial tasks that can take your business to the top of the search results as well as attract new customers for you.

It is critical to do an Audit of Your Past Marketing Efforts, if any. By taking the time to thoroughly analyze what you have been doing in the past, you are better equipped to create and implement a new and better digital marketing plan. Also, you can measure the progress by comparing past results to results from your new digital marketing efforts.

Most business owners can get overwhelmed by the number of tasks required from the new digital marketing plan. This need not be so. You just need to make the tasks more reasonable by breaking them down into bite-sized chunks. A good place to start is to do the Tasks that are One-Time Jobs. Especially those that are also the foundation of your digital marketing plan. For example, content for your website. Make them into a checklist and have fun ticking them off.

Once the one-time tasks are done, focus next on the tasks that repeat. These would be the long-term commitments that require monthly, weekly, or even daily attention. For example, blog updates or Facebook postings.

Speaking of these long-term tasks that repeat and require constant attention, you should consider hiring a vendor to do this role. Perhaps even the entire digital marketing plan. The reason is these tasks take up a lot of time. You need to do research to find fresh, interesting and relevant articles or spend time creating your own unique ones. Then there is the copywriting to be done. This itself is an art.

Good copywriting captures people’s attention and inspires them to act; e.g. visit your website or make a purchase. Plus, good pictures and videos not only captivate an audience but also reinforce your brand image. Now, videos are the choice form of communicating with your target audience. Videos are great as they can appeal to the senses, touches the emotions, and is easy to digest. I believe the future is Video Marketing, and will share more about this later. All this require the right digital marketing partner with the right experience, expediency and skills to help you make your digital marketing a success.

Finally, you need to create a system for tracking the results of your digital marketing efforts. More importantly, it can determine and improve your Return On investment (ROI) thereby measuring the increase in your business income.

This is just an example of how tracking your digital marketing results are useful. There are, of course, many other ways to track and measure the performance of your digital marketing efforts. By doing so, you know how your business is growing, and how to further enhance the growth through digital marketing.

That’s all I have for the introduction. I know it’s lengthy. I did think of breaking this introduction into two parts, but thought better not to. After all, it is an introduction. And also I was concerned that when done in two parts, the essence of the points may be diluted.

I hope you enjoyed reading this. Please share this post. And of course, definitely leave a comment for me. I would love to hear from you.

Continue the series to Part Two – How To Promote A Business Online – 6 Things You Should Be Doing.

Blessings.