Word of mouth marketing is still a small business’ number 1 way to generate more business. Referrals from current customers and warm leads from your strategic partners will still be the way most relationships start. Now put yourself in your prospects shoes for a minute. Someone just told you about a company and how they can help you. What will you do? You will check them out online if you’re like 9 out of 10 people! Probably 10 of out 10 in 5 more years.
I recently had a prospect tell me, “Oh, we tried blogging and it didn’t work.” What he should have told me is “We threw up a bunch of stuff on our website that our customer’s weren’t interested in and it didn’t move the needle any.”
As social media because more noisy, frustrating, and expensive, businesses will start concentrating on their owned digital assets more. Businesses don’t own their space on social media channels and some have found this out the hard way as organic access to the feeds slowing disappears. The website and the blog become the library for a company’s owned content and distribution of that content will more and more be driven by email and niche social media channels and groups/communities inside the larger social media channels.
Most small businesses we talk to just don’t have websites that convert. Some of them are pretty but pretty doesn’t pay the bills. Website leads all start with traffic because you have to have the traffic to convert the prospects into leads.
Brick and Mortar locations who have frequent repeat customers (ie. restaurants, bars, retail stores, salons, fitness centers, hotels, etc.) can use local online marketing and mobile smartphones to their advantage in ways that other companies can’t. New technology helps Brick & Mortar companies collect their customer contact information and communicate with them using software and […]
You must rate your marketing activities by return on investment to figure where to put your time and money to best use. If you spend $2,000 on Google Ads and their management each month and it brings in $3,000 in month then it’s easy to say you made money. But the real questions are… could […]
Content – Content is King. Nothing works online without it. Websites, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, and Email marketing will have no effect without it. Prospects and customers are scouring the internet looking for ways to improve their businesses and content is the way to get them interested in your products and services. Once you prove that you are a thought leader, those decision makers will keep coming back, sooner or later they will do business with you.
We tell our customers that networking, a business card, and internet marketing should be their top priorities to grow their businesses and that all other forms of marketing are luxuries. Luxuries that can produce results, but luxuries none the less. After you meet a prospect at a networking event, the first thing they are going to do is check you out on LinkedIn and then check out your company’s website.
Videos cut through the digital noise of the internet by requiring a viewer’s full attention. In a minute, sometimes less, a video can convey a message that will take paragraphs and paragraphs to explain. Content marketing began with text blog posts but will now morph into text blog posts with video and maybe even an infographic. The content simply has to be better since there is more competition on the internet. Those who know how to use text, video, and images together and separately are going to be those who
Companies and people buy different today! An average decision maker does most of their buying research online long before making contact. For companies to be contacted, they had better have a good online strategy to produce and deliver the content that decision makers want during the research phase. The following four strategies are the building blocks where small businesses must focus their efforts to attract the right online leads and convert them into customers and advocates. Attracting the Right Website