If you are wondering what online marketing is and how you can get started then I am writing this blog post for you.
Online marketing is a blanket term that includes many tactics like SEO, social media, blogs etc. It can be very confusing and overwhelming when starting out so try to think of it simply as relationship marketing. Online marketing is about how to use these tools to build awareness and offer customer service and sales. All these different tactics are different vehicles to be more human with your marketing in ways you can’t do with paper ads.
It’s important to offer that personal touch because they are more likely to do business with you if they feel like they get to know you. it creates a more well rounded approach to business. If you consider that it take an average of 7 touch points to make a sale, this personal touch with a human face helps that.
You might be thinking that getting too personal would be bad for your brand and that is very valid for certain businesses. For those brands you want to think of this as the place to focus on what you do for local charity organizations or way that your company performs community outreach etc.
Whatever you end up doing, plan to start with creating content. Content is the king of online marketing, whether you are a small business or an enterprise. Blog posts, articles, ebooks, videos, podcasts, anything that can be seen as thought leadership in your industry. It’s the absolute best thing you can do to kick off your online marketing engine. Because it’s the gas that drives the engine and the best part is, it never burns up. The more you create the farther you will go. This all doubles for search engine optimization which is usually a vital segment of most online marketing strategies.
So, say your a small business and your starting to get a little overwhelmed with all these online marketing tactics that you have in front of you. One thing you can do is just start watching and observing what other organizations are doing. You should also just start playing around with the different social networks and start to get a sense as to how other brands are using them. You have to consider what you can mindfully manage and enjoy doing because if you like facebook but get annoyed with Twitter than with out a doubt just start with facebook. You may find that one or two social networks is all you can handle for now and that is a great start.
One of the best reasons to use online marketing is that you have proof of how successful it is. With a magazine ad you have no way of tracking who saw what and which specific sales came from it. With online marketing you can track someone from the point of entry onto a webpage or twitter account all the way to their purchase. That is the reason why everyone is moving more of their marketing to online strategies because every interaction with every person who engages it is tracked and you can then test, measure and compare tactics to then focus on what works best.
I will be writing more posts that will break these specific tactics down but please let me know what questions you need answered in the comments below.