At Distilled, we have a whole team responsible for reaching out to bloggers and publications in order to get our clients and their content featured in the right places. Their work not only helps build brand awareness but, when our clients' work is covered and linked to, also has the added SEO benefit of natural links and, in turn, a stronger site.
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
In February 2011, Google announced the Panda update, which penalizes websites containing content duplicated from other websites and sources. Historically websites have copied content from one another and benefited in search engine rankings by engaging in this practice. However Google implemented a new system which punishes sites whose content is not unique. The 2012 Google Penguin attempted to penalize websites that used manipulative techniques to improve their rankings on the search engine. Although Google Penguin has been presented as an algorithm aimed at fighting web spam, it really focuses on spammy links by gauging the quality of the sites the links are coming from. The 2013 Google Hummingbird update featured an algorithm change designed to improve Google's natural language processing and semantic understanding of web pages. Hummingbird's language processing system falls under the newly recognised term of 'Conversational Search' where the system pays more attention to each word in the query in order to better match the pages to the meaning of the query rather than a few words . With regards to the changes made to search engine optimization, for content publishers and writers, Hummingbird is intended to resolve issues by getting rid of irrelevant content and spam, allowing Google to produce high-quality content and rely on them to be 'trusted' authors.
I’ve yet to meet a business that didn’t have some kind of questionnaire or cheat sheet or assessment they made new customers fill out to help them get started. Usually, it’s a one-off sheet printed or emailed to the customer. Why not turn that thing into an online tool that people can fill out before they ever contact you? Make it helpful — have it spit out a nifty personalized report after they answer the questions. Be sure to get their contact information in the process — like any good marketer should do.
You might think that as a business manager, you don’t need to learn everything about marketing promotion strategies, and you don’t need to cover all the technical details; but you’ll soon learn that even if you don’t do everything yourself and you hire somebody to help you with certain areas of your marketing promotions, you still need to learn the basics of how online marketing works in order to get results (and not get ripped off).
It's important to note that even if a campaign runs over the course of a couple of years, it doesn't make it a strategy -- it's a tactic that sits alongside other campaigns to support a larger marketing strategy. For example, ETF Securities (cited above) hosted a campaign to increase its followers on LinkedIn, using the digital strategy of sponsored content (a form of paid media). This one strategic campaign might be one small part of a larger digital marketing strategy that serves to generate more leads for one of its products or business lines.
SEO.com's blog discusses the latest news, topics and events related to search engine optimization and internet marketing. Being updated once every few days the blog is particularly a nice resource to follow if you want to receive practical advice and tips on marketing and search engine optimization that will boost your efforts and let you stay current.
Gather representatives from your sales and marketing teams, as well as decision-makers in your organization, around the table for a collaborative workshop. Take this time to determine exactly what website users expect to do when they reach your site and how they accomplish those tasks. Chances are, you’ll quickly identify holes in your user experience. Use the data you’ve gathered to rework the flow of your website. Until this is running smoothly, you can’t expect your marketing efforts to do all the work.
The truth? Today, rising above the noise and achieving any semblance of visibility has become a monumental undertaking. While we might prevail at searching, we fail at being found. How are we supposed to get notice while swimming in a sea of misinformation and disinformation? We've become immersed in this guru gauntlet where one expert after another is attempting to teach us how we can get the proverbial word out about our businesses and achieve visibility to drive more leads and sales, but we all still seem to be lost.
Mimic the successful marketing strategies of your competitors. Your market research should tell you how many followers your competitors have on Facebook, how many people they send their email list to and how many people comment on their blog entries. This means that the demographic responds well, and these campaigns should be the first on your list for your strategy.
Delta Air Lines is a prolific user of social media, specifically on its Twitter handle. The brand uses this account to engage potential passengers in a variety of ways that are both timely and emotionally stimulating. Last month, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company began sharing personal stories from Delta employees directly through the company's Twitter feed. Here's the beginning of one story's thread, below.
How Is Your Business Perceived Online…and Offline? The online reputation audit checklist below can also be used to evaluate the perception your prospects and customers have of your offline reputation. While the quote at the right makes a good point, your business reputation is serious business. Many business owners and managers overlook some easy ways…
Internet marketing specialists help businesses promote their products and services using online marketing strategies. This can include email marketing, social media, search engine optimization (SEO), and more. The internet marketing specialist might act as a consultant, assessing the businesses' current situation, identifying strategies, setting up systems, and then turning over the actual marketing tactics to the business. Or he might be hired to implement and manage the Internet marketing plan on-going.
Figuring out how to choose the best wording to get a sale has been a part of marketing for as long as marketing’s existed. But digital marketing has introduced a number of new channels and contexts for marketers to figure out. CopyHackers provides research-backed advice on how to write in a way that gets conversions across the wide world of the web.