Posts Tagged ‘Search engines’

postheadericon SEO – Where to start?

Search engine optimization is like pushing a heavy ball down a specific path.  Once you “get the ball rolling” so to speak, the momentum will help continue to push it forward.  However, when you are just starting out, it can be difficult to find your bearings.  The energy it takes to just get going past the point of inertia can seem daunting, so we’d like to take this time to give suggestions that anyone can do.

SEO can be an expanding spiral of growth if treated in the correct way.  The more people that visit your site, the better it will do in search engine rankings.  The better your site does in rankings, the more people will visit your site.  SEO strategies like keywords and video are all very important, but the main driving point in the beginning is just to get people to visit, and in this way it is fairly identical to marketing in the real world.

Friends Matter:

Sometimes it is who you know that counts.  Talk to your friends and recommend they go to your website.  Have them tell their friends about it.  Even if it only gets a few people to start visiting, it will create a trend.  While you are at it, talk to them about forming an online partnership.  We at ActiveNation have prided ourselves on linking to all of our clients websites, including Party Perfect, Diploma Company and Ross Locklear on our website, while they all have a link back to us on their website as their website developer/designer.  A link exchange, in which you put a link to your friend’s or client’s website on your own in return for them putting a link to your site on theirs, is a good way of increasing traffic to your site and is a free advertising tool.  The inbound link created on your friend’s site will also help to boost your website’s rankings.

Paper Pushers:

Once you have a website, put it everywhere.  On your advertisements, on your business cards, on the walls of your office for when people visit.  People are growing more an more used to using the internet for research on whatever company they are going to and one of the first websites they visit is the company’s own.  You can even use it to make your advertisement’s cheaper by ending with the words “Visit our website for more information.”  This means your advertisements are shorter and you are driving more people to your site, increasing your marketing reach and search rankings simultaneously.

Social Media Speaks Loudly:

These days, a large majority of the population has some social media account, be it twitter, facebook, or linkedin.  These allow you to post something for the whole world to see.  While creating your own page for your business can be helpful, it can also be detrimental if it is not constantly updated.  However, posting something on your personal account, such as a link to your website with a blurb like “Check out our new website” can be effective in driving online “friends” and visitors to your website.

postheadericon 2011 Internet Marketing Trend Watch

So the year is already almost over, and whew, how fast it came and went right? At the end of the year it’s only natural for people to become motivated and inspired to do things differently in the New Year that’s vastly approaching, and that even includes business marketing strategies. 2011 seems pretty promising with new digital marketing trends for brands to adopt in an effort to increase their performance and of course ultimately their ROI. Why don’t we just take a peek into some of the predicted trends that could possibly take over and maybe even change the way we use the internet to advertise, sell, and purchase?

  • The whole “engaging with your customers” revolution has begun, and I love that this is going to be more sought after by businesses. I’ve always been able to appreciate a company who actually shows interest in their customers and don’t just only see dollar signs. You can expect to see companies reaching out to consumers whether it is through social media, follow up phone calls and cards. When it comes down to it, it really does make a difference on whether your customer will remain loyal to your company or not. Often times consumers can become emotionally attached to a brand, and as we’ve mentioned before customers look for [other than the product and service quality] reliability and honesty when choosing a business to represent their needs.
  • Expect to also see an increase in mobile device use for advertising, email marketing, purchasing and many other web marketing tactics. We’ve already seen a glimpse into the evolution of the mobile phone with their apps for everything you can think of, but with accessibility to the World Wide Web and social media through your device, it’s only made it somewhat easier for companies to come up with new and innovative ways to market their target audiences on the go. This is not only smart but convenient.
  • Micro-blogging and blogging isn’t dead yet especially with sites like Facebook and Twitter who will continue to rule over every other social site, I’m sure. I think we can confirm now more than ever that social media isn’t going anywhere, so I’m expecting to see more social platforms develop and groundbreaking enhancements for how we use these social networks and how effective they can be from a business perspective. I do hope to see more companies [especially smaller ones] to join the social media world that already haven’t. These sources are not only outlets that will help company heads the opportunity to interact and engage with their customers but it’s also a creative outlet for businesses to win over consumers and promote their brand’s identity through their own management.
  • Search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing will only continue to take over the web with new search improvements to make our search life more convenient and beneficial. In a constant battle to top each other and win over users, we can expect some changes that will probably merge with social media so that web users will eventually only need to go to one site to get their social fix and do some retail research all at the same time. Not to mention optimization of performance, conversion rates, and search engines with the integration of various online tools.
  • Prepare to also see a change in buying trends, consumers will research and shop online a whole lot more, especially during the holiday seasons. People are starting to realize that it’s no point in waking up at dawn just to be at a store to hopefully get the product you want. While it helps to physically be in front of that product or meet face to face with a consultant, new online approaches to these same factors have made it simpler and a lot more tempting to just sit in the comfort of your own home, on your own time and shop without long lines, traffic and to avoid stepping out in inclement weather conditions even. Just the click of a mouse will soon be able to handle everyone’s shopping desires. Imagine that!

While these are only a handful of trends, these are perhaps the heavy hitters and most important of the laundry list. It’s inevitable that there will be many digital marketing changes so it’s safe to say that we should expect more companies to jump on the bandwagon and reap the benefits of the endless opportunities the internet world has to offer for both the company and the consumer. I foresee a whole lot more convenience, creativity, and effort in the digital marketing realm. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to see what happens next!

postheadericon The Crystal Ball of Internet Marketing

What Does the Future of Internet Marketing Hold?

It’s no secret that internet marketing has proved victorious over traditional marketing and has increased brand awareness for businesses. But what does the future hold for business internet marketing campaigns? We know it’s prevalent now but will it always be this way and how?

With the creation of budget friendly online marketing tools such as Search Engine Optimization, Pay-Per-Click, Social Media, etc., it’s no surprise that companies are jumping on the bandwagon and taking their marketing campaigns viral. Not only has internet marketing provided a relief in the financial pockets of CEOs all over, the digital world has offered a more effective and convenient way to reach out to mass consumers without breaking a sweat. No longer will we live in the Stone Age of traditional marketing but instead we should expect to see enhancements of what we’ve already gotten a sample of, from the digital marketing world.

Social Media has definitely paved the way for the future of web interactivity amongst users.  With sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs you can’t deny that they, amongst other social sites, have set the bar for what the future may hold not only for consumers and web users but for businesses as well. Now, I usually don’t like to use the word never, but in this case; marketing campaigns will never be the same again.

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and Blogs can only make us anticipate so many different possibilities for how social media could advance, but for the benefits of marketing and advertising is another story. I’m guessing we can see more direct connectivity between company websites and their social media pages, when I say that I mean we just may start to see websites and social pages collaborate into one site.  Can you picture that? Imagine having a company site where you have members, fans, or followers and they can interact with the company and each other through comments, likes, links, videos and other methods of sharing. You’ll only need to visit one site to get their facebook, twitter, blog, website all at one time. Pretty cool huh?  With sites like these and future advancements, brand awareness and social image will more than likely be easier to develop and maintain. It’ll be much easier to keep track of client requests and reviews while also offering feedback more conveniently.

Perhaps another form of progression in the marketing world would be mobile advertising and marketing. We’re seeing mobile devices advance more and more and it’s pretty exciting to think about. Mobile devices will not only be just a tool for communication but also a source for marketing, shopping, and sharing. Consumers can just go to their hand-held device whenever they want to search for a business, product, video, etc. Newsletters and email marketing could also excel their performance through mobility considering people are continuously connecting their email to their mobile phones so that they don’t miss out on anything when they’re on the go. Now imagine ads and such within those applications. Not to mention mobile phone service providers will continue to find ways to make phones more user friendly which both consumers and marketers can benefit from.

Search engines will also face big changes, I predict. Searching, just like mobile devices, will become more user friendly, faster, and cleaner. All in all search, will be a lot more convenient for web users. For instance, Yahoo recently has enhanced an image search and applied a pane module that allows users to flip through different types of information regarding what they’re searching for. Basically users get a preview of all forms of social marketing that site or subject matter has to offer all at one time. I can only imagine how much improvement we can expect to see with enhancements like this with major search engines like Yahoo, Google, and Bing. Perhaps we can see a preview to a website regarding our keywords in the search engines? That would be pretty cool! Or maybe even a voice activated search where you don’t even have to type anything, just use your voice to guide your search through your mobile phone and computer. We also can’t rule out a possibility of a new search engine debuting sometime within the next decade. Even one more powerful and popular than Google?! Yikes!

So as we see there are some pretty key elements when it comes to predicting the future of internet marketing. Social media has definitely set the tone for the expansion of marketing possibilities and will be the leader for future advancements when it comes to corporate marketing campaigns. Who would’ve thought business could be so hip? We should not forget though, that word of mouth will never die out. It’s the best form of marketing there is, or at least that’s what I think. You can never go wrong from having positive buzz about your company and sharing will only become more popular as we see the web make it much easier to accomplish that. With all of the possibilities out there in the digital world,  it’s inevitable for business competition to become much more stiff, and I can only see internet marketing working for, rather than against, your company’s campaign. I think it’s pretty safe to say that internet marketing isn’t going anywhere, in fact, it’s moving faster than ever and it’s future is looking better than ever.