The Internet is no longer a secondary place of business; it is a primary outlet for commerce for companies worldwide. To be successful, you must have a strong and engaging Internet presence. In this post are some excellent tips to help get you there.
Explore article marketing. Writing articles about what your business knows best, and distributing them for free is a top notch way to market your company. These articles help you and your company become thought leaders within your industry. It’s a powerful role to have as the solutions and insight you offer as a thought leader help build brand awareness and loyalty for your products and services.
Create a newsletter that features your articles and links back directly to your company’s website. Newsletters are a very powerful tool. They allow you to build an opt-in subscriber base, so in essence, you are building a list of your most engaged potential customers. Partner that with your well-crafted original articles and you have a recipe for real engagement with your subscribers. It won’t be long before they are converted to paying customers!
Don’t overlook social media! Whether you like social media or not, the simple truth is social networks are here to stay and they offer powerful means by which to reach millions of potential customers. Find the right social networks for your business. Not all are alike. Explore Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and any networks that may have been created for your niche. Don’t feel like you need to join all of them. The goal is a quality presence, with consistent and engaging communication. If you try to be everywhere, you may become overwhelmed and quit altogether.
Consider free product and service giveaways and raffles. There are few things more powerful than freebies when it comes to drawing a crowd. Build giveaways into your Internet marketing strategy throughout the year, and you’ll see a major jump in your company’s brand awareness. Be sure to promote the giveaways. You can’t count on people stumbling on them and passing the word.
Position yourself as a trusted authority within your market. Along with writing original content to build your thought leadership, find ways to become active and show leadership to your potential customers. This could include creating a popular community event (whether online or live), exhibiting at trade shows, presenting at conventions, starting your own online forum and more. While it’s important to give your new followers your contact information, be sure to avoid the hard sell at all costs. It’s hard to build trust if someone feels like you are trying to always sell them something.
Create a simple and engaging web address. These days, there is no excuse to use a company web address that is convoluted, filled with random numbers and letters, or layered with multiple forward extensions. Your web address is your calling card, and it must be easy to remember! Take the time to find one that is right for you. If your company name is taken, you can look into purchasing the web address or consider an alternative that may be just as accessible and rememberable.
Developing a strong Internet marketing strategy is critical to your company’s success. Begin by using the tips here, but don’t stop investing in your Internet marketing knowledge. The more you know, the more successful you will be!