This is something that everyone wants to do. Sadly, not every online business is able to fully achieve this and that is why they can have issues like low visitor numbers and low conversion rates. All these things will result in low sales which is not good for any business.
Generating leads is all about finding the people and being visible to the people who are looking for you. This is easier than you might image.
The first step is obviously to understand and identify exactly who is looking for what you are selling. There is often a temptation online to just blanket market to everyone. While this will certainly pick up a certain level of traffic to your website, it will not properly target the warmer leads that are actually ready to buy and actively seeking out a company like yours.
Pay per click and other formal internet marketing activities can help ensure you are visible and seen by the right people. Google AdWords for example, is a great way to ensure your company comes up in any searches which match your own unique combination of keywords.
Another way to generate leads is to harness the power you have at your fingers tips on your social media pages. Twitter is a great way to communicate with the masses and pick up a healthy following that will be attracted by the content and tweets that you share and these can lead them right to your website, blog or any content that gives them more information about what you are selling. Continue reading
Yes! The answer to this question is a definite yes. Deals and offers that are genuine and provide the consumer with something additional for their money are always successful. The promotions and offers that are not successful tend to fall down as a result of a few things. Here are some things to avoid when you are developing your own promotional offers to boost sales and customers.
Promotions should give customers something additional. This could be money off, a free item, or the chance to experience, win or own something. Whatever the addition is, it must be perceived as valuable by the customer or they may not take up the offer. Continue reading
Continuing on form our last blog here is part two of our feature on Google Panda.
The clues to how your website is really performing are in your Google Analytics.
Look for high bounce rates of over 40% – this indicates you are not holding your visitor’s attention. Look for low page views – 2 pages or less means your website is not attracting their full interest and giving them incentive to read more.
Look for patterns in visitor behaviour to your site – which page is landed on most often? Where are the views coming from? Most companies will find their pages views are coming from existing connections and this shows they are not attracting new visitors.
Where are the new viewers? They are there, millions of them! And you really can attract more people and boost sales by paying closer attention to and improving the content, the look of your website, the calls to action you give your visitors, and the way your website is designed to function. Continue reading
There is no doubt that the nature of the blog has changed. It is no longer a free pass to publication and millions of followers. Every day another new blog is added to a website or to one of the many blogging platforms like Blogger or Tumblr. However blogs still have a powerful role in quality content creation, SEO and online marketing. Here’s how –
Blogs help you carve a niche in your industry as an expert. They help you share your thoughts and ideas with your own audience in a way that gives them more information about you and your business. People still want to read articles and information and if they are written well they still have a place online. You can also use your blog to strengthen your brand and to share the types of work you do.
Whatever your business, whatever industry you belong to, if your blog shares new information or a new perspective and lets your voice be heard, it is a powerful thing and will have a positive effect. Continue reading
Getting to know our customers is the best way to effectively market and sell to them. This is well known in marketing circles. The more you know and understand your customer the easier it is to find them, attract them and engage with them. Google has become a master at helping us do this.
While many people often object to the notion that Google follows our every move online, the fact is that as a marketing device, getting to know your audience is still the key method of successful marketing and consequent sales. Continue reading
Choosing SEO services is very like choosing any professional service. You need to do some research and find the company that has a good reputation and proven expertise in SEO and internet marketing. There are so many companies online claiming to be expert in SEO that it can be very difficult to discern between the good companies and the not so good companies.
The first step is to establish exactly what services you are looking for. You don’t need to be an expert in SEO to do this. All you need to do is list the issues you wish to address and the objectives you would like to meet. Here are some examples to help you –
- Improve ranking on search engines
- Increase visibility
- Increase visitors to website
- Increase content
- Increase sales
- Improve company reputation
- Promote new products or services Continue reading
Doing regular special promotions online are a great way to boost interest in your company and boost sales. Unfortunately, not all promotions have a long lasting effect and this can lead business owners to believe they are ultimately a waste of time, money and resources.
We believe, just like every aspect of internet marketing and SEO, that special promotions can only reap longer term effects if they are designed to do so. If a company offers a discount on a certain product for a week, and nothing else, then the promotion will have no real impact on the over-all business.
The secret to promotions is to create additional activity which does have a lasting effect on the business, and which can be benefitted from long after the promotion has ended. Here are some tips to help your promotions have more of a positive effect on all aspects of your online business.
Encourage customers taking part in the promotion to register or engage with your in some way. This could be via social media or by supplying their email address. This will allow you to contact them again, and it will build your database, so even after the promotion you have this information about qualified leads – people who were interested in your product. Continue reading
You may be wondering why you would need a customer database for SEO. Traditionally, customer databases are only kept as a way of being able to connect directly with customers, keep records of their past purchases, and contact them with news and updates. However, a good customer database can also help you with your SEO activity. Here’s how.
When you build a customer database, you keep a record of the customers spending habits. This is important information to use for internet marketing because it will give you a real clue about what products are most popular. This in turn will give you a solid lead on the best choice of keywords and keywords phrases to use. For companies that sell a variety of products this can be especially important. For example, a clothes retailer may sell clothes for men, women and children but their best sellers may be shoes, ladies dress and men’s suits. These are the keywords that would be more effective, rather than ‘clothes retailer’
A customer database will also have some information about geographic location, social media engagement and how the customer found you. This information is vital to use as a guide to where you should target PPC and online adverts, and it will also help with any SEO and marketing you do specifically for mobile web to attract local customer. Continue reading
Does your website suffer from a high bounce rate?
A bounce rate reflects how quickly your visitors leave your site after arriving at it. So the less time they spend on your website, the higher your bounce rate will be.
The rate, as a measurement, is the percentage of visitors who leave your site after seeing only one page.
So for example, if you have an 80% bounce rate, then 80% of the visitors to your site leave after seeing only one page. For most website owners, this one page is normally the homepage or landing page since this is usually the link that is shared most often. Do you know what your bounce rate is? To find out your bounce rate, log in to Google Analytics and check.
Here are some tips to help you improve your rate. Continue reading
We often share hints and tips on SEO and internet marketing tactics that reap great results. We thought it would be helpful to also share some of the marketing faux pas that we see regularly, but that simply do not work.
Buying likes and followers – This is regarded as cheating, and a black hat technique. And yet, there are still many companies that pay to have their following or likes on social media increased. It is not illegal for a company to offer services like this, but the customer could easily be realised if found out. And in our opinion, the risk to the good name of the brand is a price that is far too high to pay. Question any marketing service which offers you this type of service as a way to succeed online. They are not marketing professionals and do not understand how true SEO works. Continue reading