It is estimated that 1 million businesses will go digital by the end of 2017, start of 2018. This is because of recent success in business growth through social media. Below I have featured the marketing tools you should implement that will make your business one in a million! Get it?
PPC Advertising or Paid Search Marketing
PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising is great! Yes, it costs money but the rewards for your business can be amazing if you do it right (or hire an expert to do it right). For those of you who aren’t sure what PPC is, it is a mode of advertising that allows you to target people who may be interested in your business and only pay when they click on your advert. Google Adwords is the obvious choice but there are others such as Bing ads, Yahoo ads and Microsoft ads. There is a learning curve involved but like I mentioned earlier its well worth it. However, your best option would probably to get a PPC specialist or PPC agency to manage your account if you don’t.
SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is probably one of the most talked about online marketing strategies. What is SEO? The definition is literally in the name. It is to optimise your website to rank well on the search engines. This is not just a way to market your business but it is actually a must if you want your business/site to be visible to your target audience. It is a long term strategy that takes thought and careful planning. It is a difficult way to advertise which requires patience but as always if you don’t know what you’re doing then hire a professional or SEO company.
Social media can be a great tool to create awareness for your business. Not only does it allow you to target the right people but it is also a great way to learn about your audience. For example for Twitter you can use a thing called Twitter Analytics which gives you key information about your audience. This will enable you to make your campaigns customised to what your market responds to. Best thing is that social media is a free tool so you can generate leads for your business without getting your wallet out! Unless of course you want to invest in Facebook ads or Twiter ads.
Believe it or not but if you want more organic traffic then having a blog on your site is essential. The main thing it will do for your business is help you to establish some authority in your niche. It is a long term strategy which will take a lot of good quality articles, but the results are well worth it. If done well you should eventually start seeing a lot of traffic coming to your site. This traffic will already be targeted because of your articles, so all you have to do is convert them!
If you think email marketing is no longer a valuable marketing tool, think again because email is here to stay and has never been more useful for businesses (read our article “Is Email Marketing Dead” for a deeper analysis on this). The great thing about it is that all other marketing ties in with email marketing. For example if you have a new article published, you can let your email subscribers know to get that initial traffic. If you’re promoting a new product or service, promote it to your email list. You will obviously need to have built up an email list but that is a topic for another day (stay tuned). A well thought out email marketing campaign can work wonders for your business so don’t be without it!