Basic Internet Marketing Strategies to Use Now

If you own a business in the state of Missouri and are using internet marketing, you may find that things can sometimes get stale and sales will slow. One way to perk them up again is to examine your internet marketing strategies. A simple back-to-basics approach may be all that’s needed. Here are some fundamental marketing strategies you may not be using to your advantage.
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How to Hire a Good Internet Marketing Consultant

When your business is ready to take its advertising approach to the online medium, you will want to keep up with the latest practices to generate the best results. If you are not sure where to begin, working with an internet marketing consultant can be a great first step. Finding the right professional is never easy, however, so be sure to consider some of the following things when you look for a reliable consultant.

To begin with, one of the best ways to figure out what consultant will be right for you is to determine your own professional needs and goals. With those in mind, it will be much easier to visualize a future partnership with a candidate. Continue reading

Responsive Web Design: A Must for Mobilegeddon

The web is an ever-changing platform and it would not be good to be left behind. Recently, Google announced that another major change in their search algorithm is forthcoming. Part of this is what the web industry is calling “Mobilegeddon” – the search engine will be penalizing websites that are not optimized for mobile devices in mobile searches. As announced, the update will take effect starting April 21, 2015.

While some are in panic with this announcement, others are not surprised. Google has always stated that their goal is to provide users with the most relevant and usable content. Today, a huge percentage of internet users do it on mobile devices, with mobile internet use actually exceeding its desktop counterpart. It only follows that Google will be giving importance to a site’s mobile-friendliness.

Those with responsive web design (RWD) sites are prepared for this. RWD is a web design method that allows a website to respond to the screen size of the device where it is viewed on. So, whether a user is viewing the site from a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, the site will be optimized for use and viewing. For those who don’t have a responsive website yet, it’s time to make the shift. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that RWD is now a must.

Avoiding Internet Marketing Mistakes

Having a responsive website is as far as most startup businesses go in terms of internet marketing. This is one of their major mistakes. Even if everything starts with having a functional web design, businesses should do other things to maintain a good presence online. Here are a few other mistakes businesses do:

Once in a Blue Moon

To provide updated content to your readers, you should blog at least twice a week and regularly publish informative content on all your social media pages, especially Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube. For companies with market niches, choose at least one platform to accommodate most of your customers. If you post “once in a blue moon”, your market would forget you easily.

Text Heavy

Visuals are known to attract more following than pure text. Make sure your site has quality images. It’s also helpful to be active in photo-sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram, particularly when you have female customers. In shopping, women were found to be more into visuals than men.

Keyword Stuffing

Stuffing your content pages with too many keywords and hyperlinks is a common mistake even large companies commit. This creates a red flag with Google’s more sophisticated algorithms. Instead of adding links all over the pages, have a single primary page that flows with the rest of the website one click at a time.

Neophyte businesses have yet to understand how their online habits could affect their bottom line. Avoiding these mistakes is a first step.

Is Your Website Faring Well in the SEO Game?

Some websites of small businesses have been successful in generating more traffic and raising their search engine results page rankings, while others haven’t been that successful. Ask yourself these few questions to see how you’ve covered the bases of essential online marketing basics:

Have you been utilizing Social Media?

Many small businesses have been ignoring social media in order to save costs and resources. While your business might have a social media profile, it won’t count for much unless it is constantly being updated and reworked with strong content. A strong social media presence is important in raising your website’s search engine results page (SERP) rankings. Continue reading

What to Expect in Internet Marketing for 2015

Have you yet to take advantage of digital marketing strategies that can propel your business to success? If you say yes, 2015 is a good time to change all that.

Not to undermine the power of traditional marketing techniques like direct mail and newspaper or magazine ad placements, but if your company can’t pride itself with an established online presence, it’s going to be a long, arduous road to success. Before you embrace internet marketing methods, however, acquaint yourself with these trends:

It’s the year of “storymonials.”

Storymonials has yet to be part of the Oxford or Merriam-Webster dictionaries, but in the world of internet marketing, it’s cut out to be the “word of the year.” Storymonials are basically customer testimonials on video, and are believed to be more powerful than testimonials because people respond more to visuals than text.

Mobile will take over.

Are you still relying on your old laptop or desktop PC for net surfing? If you say yes, you are way behind the times. Today, majority of people go online using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, pushing laptops and desktops closer to extinction. As such, make sure your website is already mobile-optimized or mobile-responsive.

Viral videos with positive messages rule.

Spreading a message—good or bad— is easier than ever because of social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube. Put your online power to good use and help spread positive messages with creative media that can, at the same time, boost your company’s public image.

Three Content Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Content marketing, when executed correctly, can easily boost the traffic your website sees on a regular basis, as well as the amount of sales you enjoy. Of course, the operative phrase in that statement is “executed correctly”. If you are currently doing content marketing, avoid making these three mistakes and you’ll improve the ROI your content gives you:

Poor Quality Content

Poor grammar and convoluted sentences will only confuse your readers and distract them from the message you are trying to get across. Furthermore, Google has created an algorithm that specifically penalizes websites with poor content. Take the time to proofread your work before you post it on your company blog. Continue reading