Choosing the right marketing communications channel strategy to distribute your messages to your target audience and create a stronger relationship with them is now more complicated. With all of these choices, what’s important is to focus on selecting the right media channels for your business, both online and traditional.
Updated: August 28, 2018 – Keyword research is one of the most important and valuable activities in marketing, not just search engine marketing, but marketing in general and should be the starting point of your marketing plan. Consider keyword research as a component of market research that helps us better understand what our target markets are interested in and what terms they use to find what they need.
Updated: June 17, 2018 – There are many people who offer online marketing services. There are also many people who call themselves online marketing experts because they know how to execute a particular marketing strategy like Google Ads or Facebook advertising. All good stuff and important because digital marketing is complex. But do these experts know marketing? Or are they experts in executing a particular tactic?
If you want your marketing to be effective, you need to treat marketing as a process – a series of actions to achieve your particular marketing goal. But unless you create a marketing system, your marketing process could be inefficient and inconsistent, producing results that are less than you had hoped.
Many small businesses feel that having a brand is not something necessary to successfully market their products or services. Some think it is something only large companies need. And although some might invest in a logo, they miss the fact that a brand identity is so much more than just the visual impression of your business.
Small businesses have many marketing challenges, but one of the hardest things small business owners need to do is determine what makes their business stand out from the competition and present it in a way that attracts their ideal client. Being able to differentiate your business by communicating your unique capabilities that your competition does not have is paramount to attracting your ideal client.
Marketers like to talk about the benefits of creating a marketing plan for your business. While doing so is important, there is more to implementing a successful marketing campaign than just creating a marketing plan. To implement your marketing plan, you need a process for each marketing campaign or initiative – lead generation, content marketing, email marketing, search marketing or social media marketing to name a few – so that it achieves a significant ROI.
There are advertising opportunities across all the major social media platforms to drive demand for your products and services that are well in the reach of many small business budgets. Whether you choose to advertise on Facebook, focus on Google AdWords or branch out into Twitter or LinkedIn, your ad needs to click through to a landing page created specifically for that campaign and designed to convert visitors into leads and ultimately into customers.