Content marketing is all the rage, and for good reason. With the right pieces of information on your website or blog, you can draw in visitors from Google, Facebook, and even YouTube. Not only is content central to search engine optimization and inbound marketing, but it’s necessary if you want to establish credibility with buyers.
The only problem with these positive aspects of content marketing is that your competitors know about them, too. They are adding new material to their blogs and social feeds all the time, just like you are. So, it takes something special to stand out online.
How can you give searchers and customers what they want and set yourself apart from all the other businesses in your industry? Today, we want to share four of our favorite tips to help you improve the quality and effectiveness of your content marketing campaigns…
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One of the best and worst things about the digital age comes down to the fact that customers have more power over businesses (and especially smaller ones) than ever before. If buyers say good things about a company, that positive feedback will show up on search engines, social media sites, and review platforms like Yelp. Then, more customers will come flocking and the cycle will go on and on.
On the other hand, just a single bad review can dissuade new customers from even investigating a business, particularly if the feedback is recent or particularly sharp. That means you always need to be ready to protect your online reputation or lose sales opportunities before they even materialize.
Knowing how important customer feedback is, and how hard it can be to recover from an online complaint or criticism, let’s look at what you can do to keep a negative online review from killing your sales and marketing efforts…
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When it comes to online video marketing, the majority of all business owners tend to make three big mistakes:
- They don’t take advantage of the effectiveness and affordability of video at all, ignoring a big marketing opportunity.
- They produce video clips that aren’t ever going to help them get the attention they want from buyers.
- They come up with great video clips but fail to take the right steps to ensure they will be seen by their target audience.
Because you’re reading a post on video marketing for small business owners, we are going to assume you won’t make the first mistake. And, if you read our first post in the series, you’ll have the advice you need to produce marketing videos that stand out. That just leaves the third mistake, which might be the worst one of all. Why go through the trouble of shooting and editing a great clip if no one is going to see it?
Today, we want to give you some solid advice you can use to get big views – and bottom-line results – from every online marketing video you produce…
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For most business owners and executives, it’s relatively easy to look at work folio samples or website mockups and find a preference. Most of us know what we like and don’t like when we see it. However, getting an effective website for your company isn’t as simple as choosing the right layout or visuals. If you really want your site to help you make money, you need a design that actually works.
What do we mean by “works” in this context? We are referring to the idea that, in addition to appealing to your artistic instincts, the look and layout of your website help you to meet your business goals. Or to put it another way: if your site isn’t drawing in visitors, convincing them of your competitive strengths, and turning them into sales opportunities, then why have it online in the first place?
With that perspective in place, let’s take a look at three things that make a new web design work…
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Google AdWords and Facebook advertising are built on a similar premise: show your marketing messages to the right people and you can generate an instant response. However, they represent entirely different platforms that work in unique ways. It’s no surprise, then, that so many marketers try to transfer the success they’ve had using search PPC to social media advertising and come up short.
To use Facebook advertising profitably, you have to follow an approach that’s tailored to the social network itself. That means avoiding a few all-too-common mistakes that small business owners tend to make again and again.
Let’s look at a few common blunders you should watch out for in your Facebook advertising campaigns…
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Online reputation management is a relatively new topic in the world of internet marketing. For that reason, it’s not so surprising that a lot of business owners either don’t know what kinds of reviews have been posted about them online, or aren’t too worried about it.
However, we want all of our clients and readers to understand that negative feedback on the internet can absolutely kill your sales. That’s because a bad online reputation is like a hidden expense on your bottom line. It robs you of sales and leads without ever showing you the opportunities that have been lost.
That happens because new customers and referrals are likely to Google you, or look you up on their favorite social media platform, before they ever contact you. When they come across negative reviews, they are less likely to take the next step. Or, if they do decide to investigate more, they may be skeptical about your business. In that way, revenue can be lost even though a business owner isn’t aware of the real reason (or in some cases, that there was even a chance to make a sale in the first place).
So, how do you stop bad online feedback from affecting your bottom line? Here are some quick steps you can take starting today…
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Did you go looking for the cheapest hosting you could find after you had someone design a website for your business? If so, you shouldn’t feel bad – experience tells us that’s the “normal” way for a small business owner to choose a place to park their new web presence.
However, a high-quality web design team (like the one we have) will recommend you host your site with the same company that designed it. That’s advice you should take, and today we are going to give you a few important reasons why.
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There are some things your online competitors—and their web design teams—hate to see on your site. We know, because there are certain things we come across that tell us we’ve got some work to do if we’re going to make up ground on another company for one of our clients.
What kinds of things give us headaches when evaluating the competition? We are glad you asked, because today we’re going to share seven things no other business owner wants to see on your website…
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