Category: Online Marketing

Social Media Marketing: Does Your Small Business Need a Facebook Page?

These days, small business owners are flocking to social media networks to promote their businesses. Social media marketing provides ample opportunities for businesses to strengthen customer loyalty, generate buzz, and attract new customers. Social media is not difficult for anyone with basic computer and Internet skills. However, there is a learning curve for each network. Twitter and Facebook don’t function the same way or share the same purpose. LinkedIn is targeted to a different audience than Pinterest. In order to truly benefit from social media marketing, it’s crucial to examine each social media network and decide whether it’s a good Read More

How to Conduct Comprehensive SEO Research

Research is one of the most important steps in optimizing a website to increase search-engine traffic, and it’s one of the steps that laypersons often skip or complete inadequately. Before starting on research, you need to know what information you’re looking for. But research also requires some critical thinking. Once you get the information, what are you going to do with it? How will it impact your SEO project? For example, let’s say you’re a personal trainer. You want people to be able to find you online, so you figure you’ll optimize for the keyword “personal trainer.” You create content, Read More

The Benefits of a Mailing List for Small Businesses

We recently asked (and answered) the question, what is a mailing list? Put simply, it’s a list of mail contacts. Traditionally, a mailing list included physical mailing addresses, but these days, most mailing lists are filled with e-mail addresses. Mailing lists allow businesses to reach out to people who have opted in to receive communications from them. Let’s find out why mailing lists are so important to small businesses.

Building Brand Recognition with Online Marketing

A picture is worth a thousand words. Branding and marketing professionals understand the power of image. Think about the Apple logo, the Nike swoosh, and Starbuck’s emblem. These symbols are burned into our minds, and they immediately prompt brand recognition as well as the feelings and attitudes we hold individually or collectively toward the companies and products that they represent. We’re used to seeing logos and image-based branding on business cards, television and print ads, and product packaging. However, there is no medium more powerful for propelling brand recognition than the Internet. In today’s technology-driven world, online marketing is the Read More

Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

We’ve already defined social media marketing. Now let’s look at some best practices for small business owners who want to leverage social media to reach their customers. Many small business owners are setting up social media profiles and trying to use these networks to market their products and services. Some are seeing great results: an influx of traffic, connecting with existing customers, and getting those customers to promote their products and services online, which draws new customers. Indeed, the benefits of an effective social media marketing campaign can be far-reaching.

An Introduction to SEO Keywords

Whenever I’m working on a website copywriting project, I ask my client to fill out a questionnaire that helps me understand their business. This enables me to write copy that truly represents the client’s company, mission, and goals. One of the items on the questionnaire used to be “Please list any keywords related to your website or business.” I quickly found out that very few small business owners understood what I meant by “keywords.”  Sometimes, they would jot down something like “use your best judgment.” Usually, they’d list a few keywords, but it was clear that they weren’t researched keywords Read More

What is E-mail Marketing?

There are many different marketing strategies that a small business can employ online: blogging, social media, and ads are just a few examples. But one of the most powerful (and often overlooked) marketing strategies is e-mail marketing, which involves using e-mail outreach to share your business offerings with existing and prospective customers. The roots of e-mail marketing can be found in old-fashioned marketing via snail mail — yes, all that junk mail that clogs your mailbox on a daily basis. But e-mail marketing offers several advantages over snail-mail marketing and other marketing efforts: first and foremost, it costs a lot Read More

Online Marketing: Thinking Like a Customer

With all the available outlets for online marketing, many small business owners are confused and overwhelmed. There are blogs to post, social media profiles to update, and newsletters to send out. Coupons, directories, search engines, and ads all demand attention. The online marketing strategies you’re supposed to be engaged in never end. To make matters worse, small business owners have a hard time latching on to a clear and meaningful message. Some websites are full of industry jargon that customers can’t relate to. Some business’s tweets are self-indulgent braggery (we’re number one!) or desperate pleas (please buy from us!). Small Read More

How Online Marketing Levels the Playing Field for Small Businesses

When I was a kid, there was this little Mexican restaurant in town. It sat right next to a movie theater, and it was a hot spot. Those folks made a mean burrito! Kids always stopped in on their way home from school for nachos, and whenever we went shopping or to the movies, we’d grab a bite. It was cheap, tasty, and popular. My favorite dish was their wet bean burrito. Delicious! But apparently, this little restaurant wasn’t popular enough for the owners of the shopping center, because in 2003, when a big-box store wanted to move in and Read More

Does Your Small Business Need a Google Plus Page?

Every time a new social media network hits the scene, small businesses sign up and do their best to leverage it as a new and innovative marketing platform. Google Plus has been around for a few years now, and it’s no exception. Businesses small and large have established presences there, and some have found it to be a useful way to connect with audiences. Many marketing gurus will insist that every small business must join every social media network available. It’s essential, they’ll say, and that’s almost never true. Whether or not Google Plus (or any other social media network) Read More