About Blog Michael Brenner is CEO of Marketing Insider Group providing content marketing strategy, content development and content marketing workshops. Marketing Insider Group provide consultants who have built successful marketing programs from the inside and know the challenges, the politics, the budget constraints, and the pressure to show real results.
Publicity: Getting your business featured on media outlets can be a great way to reach new customers, but connecting with the right people to make it happen can sometimes be difficult. You can always submit and post press releases for news and announcements from your business through online press release distribution services. While press releases can work, they can also be time-consuming and are often ignored. Another option that often produces better results is to sign up for media requests through Help A Reporter Out. Once you sign up, you'll receive emails listing requests for professional sources from media outlets, including newspapers, magazines, radio and TV programs, blogs, and podcasts.
Today, people spend time on that, more than any other website in the network, except, perhaps, Google. If you want to sell your business on facebook.com, it would be advisable to establish a separate account for your business, but your personal account. If you want to increase your brand image and visibility, you could create a fan page, where you can share your business opportunities. Fan pages rank very well with search engines so if your fan page is quite popular there is a possibility that it could appear on the first page of search results Google.
If you don’t know what Google Analytics is, on a surface level it’s an automated way to gather data on your potential customers. It will help you answer questions like “How long are customers spending on my site?” or “Why did they get all the way to the checkout page and not make a purchase?” Google Analytics has the power to track every movement on your website that a customer makes.
While email marketing is not new, a fairly unknown concept is marketing to a rented list. This process allows you to target individuals who have opted-in to receive promotional emails and have typically provided some information about who they are and their interests. Check out our previous blog post  on effective email marketing for more in-depth information.
As more and more advertising has shifted online, marketing departments have evolved their curriculum to reflect all the newest trends. A focus on digital and new media marketing will be standard as part of any marketing program. Students will learn both the fundamentals of advertising and their application for new forms of marketing. This kind of balanced marketer is exactly what today's companies are looking for. A marketing degree will give students the foundation and the vision that they need to make a real impression online.
Using Dr Dave Chaffey's approach, the digital marketing planning (DMP) has three main stages: Opportunity, Strategy and Action. He suggests that any business looking to implement a successful digital marketing strategy must structure their plan by looking at opportunity, strategy and action. This generic strategic approach often has phases of situation review, goal setting, strategy formulation, resource allocation and monitoring.[60]

Great post Morgan! Establishing a definitive brand is a huge part of proper marketing and overall client outreach. A good way for small businesses (who already have the fundamentals in place) is to ask existing customers what lasting impression they have--whether it's a small mom-and-pop shop or a more cutting-edge company. Once you have a clear vision which direction you want to move in and how you want to personify your business, the marketing strategy will be much easier to develop. Also, you have to be patient as it does take time for a brand to reach the masses. After all, Apple didn't become a success overnight :) ~Vishal
This article gives several important and major steps to take in bringing a small business closer to being on par with the bigger and more financially able super corporations. It takes an overwhelming task and breaks it down into smaller and more manageable pieces using categories and sub-categories. It begins with defining what a brand should and shouldn't be. It also outlines several helpful resources that can be utilized to greatly increase chances of success, such as online opportunities, social media, etc. It provides tips to really narrow down and determine your target audience to even further maximize overall success. The strategies explained are easy to understand and follow. The information given is very knowledgeable and should be taken advantage of by any and all who want to grow their small business and make it better than ever.
Prioritizing clicks refers to display click ads, although advantageous by being ‘simple, fast and inexpensive’ rates for display ads in 2016 is only 0.10 percent in the United States. This means one in a thousand click ads are relevant therefore having little effect. This displays that marketing companies should not just use click ads to evaluate the effectiveness of display advertisements (Whiteside, 2016).[42]
Not only is it important to update your content, but if your website looks like it’s from the 1990s it’s time for a total makeover. Website design is constantly evolving, so it’s important to keep up with the current trends so that you can compete in your market. Old website design can give out spammy vibes to customers who will quickly leave your site and move on to one that is more aesthetically appealing.
In addition, providing quality content through online forums is another successful Internet Marketing strategy since it extends the company’s brand to all the readers of the website. Other strategies, such as sending sales copies via email, work just as well to reach new and existing customers. The “call-to-action” makes people want to read a website, click a link or buy almost anything the company offers for sale.

Optimize your images using a tool like ImageOptim (for Mac) or RIOT (for PC) to speed up your website. Page speed is a significant consideration for Google when ranking your site in search engine results and customers love a fast website. So, optimizing your images is an easy win for SEO. Large images take a longer time to load, so decreasing the size of your image files means your website pages will load faster and images are more likely to successfully appear. When your website moves faster, customers are more likely to stay on your site and click through more pages. No need to add another plug-in to your site for this task — the resources above are quick, easy to use and great for optimizing images in bulk before you add them to your website.
Let's make this final step more concrete with an example. I worked with a tech consulting and recruiting firm that had a history of success in the immediate area, but was looking to attract people from the greater region as well as gain new client companies. In order to stand out from the other technical consulting firms and get people excited about working for them, we knew that they had to have more than a website that stated they were a consulting firm. They were going to have to develop a brand. We ran through the steps above with the following takeaways: 

This piece comes across as extremely negative in tone. Both the intro and conclusion focus on how small businesses have limited resources and how overwhelmed they feel. What a great way to make a small business owner just give up before they get to the useful parts.Both intro and conclusion could be reframed to convey that there is untapped opportunity here. Furthermore, it is something of a greenfield since most small businesses do not have a well-develeped web presence. Thus, if they put in some time and effort, they can be the only small business in their niche that anyone can find online. The example you use for your case study is also off putting. Even very talented people suffer from self doubt. It makes it feel like you can only help me if I am totally awesome. What if I feel very ordinary?
Affiliate marketing - Affiliate marketing is perceived to not be considered a safe, reliable and easy means of marketing through online platform. This is due to a lack of reliability in terms of affiliates that can produce the demanded number of new customers. As a result of this risk and bad affiliates it leaves the brand prone to exploitation in terms of claiming commission that isn't honestly acquired. Legal means may offer some protection against this, yet there are limitations in recovering any losses or investment. Despite this, affiliate marketing allows the brand to market towards smaller publishers, and websites with smaller traffic. Brands that choose to use this marketing often should beware of such risks involved and look to associate with affiliates in which rules are laid down between the parties involved to assure and minimize the risk involved.[47]
Increased trust via testimonial and reviews - because Google Places allows previous customers to review you, using an unbiased rating and review system, testimonial placed here is often seen as trustworthy. After all, it’s in Googles best interests to weed out unscrupulous business owners who like to spend an afternoon creating fake accounts for fake reviews.

Say your small business is a coffee house. I hear it's been wicked cold there lately. I'd hire an army of baristas to dress in branded winter clothes and jackets and give free branded cups of coffee to people who are waiting outside in the cold for buses and the T. Tell everyone from The Boston Globe to Universal Hub (a website feed of the posts of local bloggers, if it still exists) and more beforehand. Get the people who get the free coffee to take photos and videos and spread them online.
60 Second Marketer is an online magazine that consistently delivers awesome marketing suggestions, tips and ideas. The blog is updated with fresh content almost daily, whereas most of it is practice oriented. 60 Second Marketer is especially notable for publishing outstanding 'how-to' tutorials with enviable constancy and it's the resource newbies should definitely follow if they want their marketing efforts be channeled in the right direction with clear instructions.

Mark Schaeffer’s Grow blog has been providing useful information on digital marketing and technology for years, occasionally venturing into controversial territory (most notably with the widely discussed content shock post a few years back). The blog includes a mix of general marketing advice and thought leadership pieces that analyze what’s happening now in digital marketing and what’s to come.
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