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What is Online Marketing?

 What is Online Marketing? It’s simply marketing products and/or services by hosting a blog or website on the internet. The marketing information or content added to a blog or website should be relevant only to what is being marketed. This online advertising can be done by the person or company who provides the service or product, and in many cases the marketing campaign is hired out to a 3rd party web-marketing company.

What is online marketing benefits?

Some of the greatest benefits of internet marketing from a perspective of the advertiser is that you can target very specific segments of customers using good SEO techniques. Costs are cheaper than traditional direct marketing methods since a web page is virtually free, no mailing costs, and the biggest benefit must certainly be the results of a campaign are seen almost instantly.

To target a specific demographic you will want to tailor your advertising content specifically to that group. You will want to make sure you’re using the right words that they would be using to search for a solution to their problem, you would want to deliver your message in the media your target customer would want to receive it in, some people like to read, others prefer listening, and still others prefer to watch a video. Think about how your customer would want to consume your content.

What is online marketing techniques?

 There are many different techniques used in online-marketing just as there are in traditional advertising. Several techniques are to use banner ads, pay per click, email marketing, driving traffic to an e-commerce site, email capture pages, and more. However the signel most effective technique is to followup with your customers. Without that they cannot buy the product or service. The list is only limited to your imagination as someone will always find a way to combine things to create a new way to get a marketing message out.

 Wikipedia defines: What is online marketing? as

“Internet marketing, also referred to as i-marketing, web-marketing, online-marketing or e-Marketing, is the marketing of products or services over the Internet.

Today i-marketing is much more than just sending an email to an email list with a message to just buy a product or service. Most people are too used to seeing these blatant pleas to buy and ignore them. Due to this more savvy customer or client most online marketers are beginning to incorporate more social aspects to their marketing efforts.

Campaigns now are longer, more engaging with the customer to create a conversation around the product or service, and usually show the customer exactly how what they are going to sell will solve your customers pain, and lastly almost always current e-marketing campaign’s give away additional products or services to add more value than what you are paying for. Lastly please remember to make it easy for your customer to do what you are asking them to do.

This post is not meant to be a comprehensive list of everything about marketing online.  If you have any comments, questions, or need any help about what is online marketing, please leave them below.  I will do my best to answer them all and would absolutely love it if you became a fan of my Facebook page, see the badge to the right.

SMX Advanced | Seattle

I am lucky enough to live in the great city of Seattle, the same town that this year’s SMX Advanced Expo and Seminar is being held.   It’s 2 days, June 8-9, 2010 downtown at the Bell Harbor Conference center, Pier 66 on the waterfront.  Some nice views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic mountains.    I registered for it a few weeks ago online and today was Day 1.  I ended up having enough time to go to the Expo this evening. 

I arrived a little later than I had expected but found the registration reception folks still nice and friendly, it was great to see that at the end of what must have been a long day.  Today was the first day of the Expo and Seminar.  Once I got my badge, I found some popcorn and a drink. 

I set out to talk with at least 4 different vendors.  Since they were almost all still there after 6pm I was able to talk with 4 of them.  

My favorite one of so far of the bunch I talked with was Optify

They make Analytic, Keyword, SEO, Lead Capture Tools and Analysis Reporting easier.  One specific tool to look out for is their Dashboard where everything the make can be accessed in one place.

I talked with a couple of their sales reps for a little while at the end of the day.  They really took the time to understand my business and market segment I am serving right now.  Then they showed me ways using thier easy to use tools, like back link builder, the keyword reporting, the dashboard, and how their search engine optimization tools could help me be more efficient in serving my own Seattle client’s SEO needs.

In talking with the guys at the booth I learned they are also based in Seattle which makes them very appealing to me since they are a local company. 

The reps knowledge of Search Engine Optimizationand how I could apply their tools to clients sites to streamline a few processes was really helpful and professional.  They were not just sales reps they knew clearly showed that they knew the tools, the market audience, and the subject matter.  A welcome combination in a Seminar Expo envrionment and not always the case.

I think Optify is worth a detailed second look and a certainly try out.  I’ll follow up this post and report back with my experience.

I’m looking forward to going back for Day 2, to see SEOmoz, snap some photo’s, networking, and much more.  I thought I saw a glimpse of some yellow shoes late in the evening.

Will

Marketing in the Age of Google

I just attended a local Seattle marketing event this evening at The Garage.  The Seattle Direct Marketing Association  had their last event for this years “season” with a mid week mixer.  

To top off their year they invited Seattle author, Vanessa Fox, to speak about Search, the event was titled Your Online Strategy IS Your Business Strategy .   Ms. Fox’s new book  is titled Marketing in the Age of Google.   She’s most famous for starting the “Webmaster Central” part of Google back in the day.

Marketing in the Age of Google.Her talk started with how we are using search now as opposed to what it was for 9 and 10 years ago.  Her point of how ingrained we are now to use search was an interesting point. 

Think about the last time you used a search engine to find something.  It’s all too common to see someone using a phone to find a restaurant, bookstore, bank, etc.    

She even suggested that the human animal is hard wired to seek, searching creates a need for us to search even more!  We’re addicted to search!   A very interesting idea, that I am sure psychologists will have a field day with.

The real meat of her presentation was about how businesses should think of their websites in terms of search and searchers.  

She pointed out a few ways that some very large established businesses failed to understand how their customer had found their site or was searching for it. 

All businesses that have an online presence should understand or create a customer profile so they can understand better what the customer is looking for. 

Searching and the Internet are not going away any day soon, and statistics are showing the opposite, that we in fact are becoming more and more tied to it everyday.

I was very glad to have had the opportunity to hear her presentation and about her new book, Marketing in the Age of Google

I bought my own signed copy, from what I have read already I know there are new insights to be gained.  I am certainly going to read it and do some experiments.  Any Seattle business considering an online marketing program would benefit from reading this well thought out book.  Buy your copy today!

Inital thoughts so far in reading.  Her book is one that many business owners should read if they are beginning to think their business would benefit from Organic Search traffic.  Any business that realizes they need an online presence would be smart in first looking at their organic search strategy. 

Ms Fox’s book goes into details on how to best plan a search engine optimization strategy for businesses that have yet to think about such subjects.  Fox’s book is not heavy on the technical aspects of SEO for businesses but in reality she guides them very thoguhtfully to first understand what their customer is searching for.   

Will

Search Engine Optimization Using A Keyword Tool.

This Is A Great Search Engine Optimization Tool.

Watch the Video below.  Do you think you know what your site pages are all about?  You’ve chosen all the keywords you can think of for your terms . 

Put them all over in the text in good SEO fashion, but some how still you’re not getting the targeted traffic you think your site should attract.  What can you do?  (read more below)

If the traffic your getting isn’t converting as much as you would like.  Then it’s time to see what the search engines think your site is relevant for. 

Search Engine Optimization is clearly about having relevant words in the content of your site.  So keeping an eye on what the search engines think your site is relevant is important.  The above Seattle Online Marketing video is all about how to use 1 specific keyword tool to find that out.   Click on the seattle SEO video now.

Inbound BackLinks

In bound links are not like a message in a bottle.

Long before the Internet, to link to someone far away, you could have sent a message in a bottle.

Everyone votes all the time by choosing something to buy, eat, do, etc.  When someone adds a link to your Seattle Business website, they are casting one vote for you.  It’s also called backlinking.

Google looks at the links on other sites pointing to yours as a vote and uses that in some algorithm to help establish a measure of authority.  Just like with the keywords the relevancy of the site linking to yours matters. 

When there is a site that is higher in authority linking to yours then that is the best since they are saying you also are very highly looked upon. 

Inbound Link Quality Matters.

The converse of that is also true.  Although the number of  backlinks matters and so does the quality of where they come from.  It’s a little like high school, but you can also think of it this way. 

When you are professional in some field you usually belong to some association which just by belonging gives you a little more profe4ssional credibility, that is how I think Google looks at inbound links.

There are ways of getting these and I believe the speed at which they appear also matter, which relegates this task to be like a gardening project.  Your always pulling weeds and so your always looking for another link. 

Comments on blogs count, forums, and a number of other places, just make sure that it’s relevant to your subject matter. 

Campaign’s to increase inbound links can be time consuming but the right one could make a big difference you are looking for.

Keyword Research

Keywords are the pieces to the puzzle

Getting the Keywords right makes the puzzle pieces fit.

Just like puzzle pieces the right Keywords matter.

We believe that keyword research is one of the most important tasks to be done very early in the Search Engine Optimization, if not the most important.  This is the foundation from which your Search Engine Ranking will come from. 

From the keyword research results vedry useful information such as, competition for what bids will cost is discovered, keywords that have hi or low competition, how searchers are searching, how many pages are indexed for keywords or phrases, this research will show how relevant some words are more than others. 

The time spent doing this activity is well worth it because it can eliminate having to clean up mistakes later on. 

If you do not choose the right keywords and related ones.  You may think your site is about one thing, but due to how the Search Engines see it they could see your site in a completely different way.  

Luckily for you Seattle Online Marketing knows a way to see how Google sees your site for keyword relevance.  At least you can test your content against it to help narrow that gap if there is one.      

Google looks at a website as you would a new aquatinece or doctor. 

Here’s, what I mean by how Google looks at your site as person.  When you first meet a new friend, you start by talking and listening to what they say, how they describe things, and hold conversations. 

You’re subconsciously evaluating them for truth, depth of subject matter, etc.  It is clearly evident what someone knows when they start speaking about a specific subject.  In your discussion you learn their depth of knowledge.  

If you have some knowledge in that area you listen for corollary words that pertain to that subject. 

In looking for a doctor you would ask about degrees they have,  where they went to school, how long they’ve been practicing, new methods they’ve picked up, how he she acts, and dresses.  Do they all fit the part.

Google is looking at each website for it’s own search customer.  They will only send them your link if you look to them as an expert or knowledgeable in the field of your keywords. 

 Be multidimensional.

They are looking at websites as you would a person, and looking for the multidimensional aspects of that person.  No one is single or bi-dimensional only.   Your website also needs to have supporting keywords and language to round out your site as being an expert on your subject matter.  

If you have no desire for organic free traffic and being listed in the Top Search Engine Results.  In that case to get targeted traffic you will be buying traffic using Pay per Click ads, and other paid methods.  Then this is of less of a concern for you but that kind of site is not the usual local busienss site.

For example all the SEO work in the world will do no good if you are trying to rank for the term Seattle Online Marketing and your content is about all the different kinds of Marketing methods there are in the world.  

However if your domain name were Marketing.com the Online Marketing would certainly be something to have on your site.

Market Research

Hit the bullseye with market research.
Hit the bullseye with online market research

Market Research is Key

Since your business is already running and started and you have an online presence you have done some kind of Market Research.  The market research that needs to be done pertains to online, where do the crowds for your products or service congregate. 

It is much easier to find a crowd and stand in front of it then to try to get it to congregate in front of you. 

From this perspective of finding where the crowd is we can then ascertain many more features that are valuable to know such as demographics, likes, dislikes, interests, and so on. 

From that information you can start to formulate a plan of how to market to them online.  Each crowd is a little different with respect to the niche, product or service they are seeking, talking about, interested in. 

You can find crowd information like this on blogs, websites, forums, etc.

Finding your competition and identifying what they are doing is also a large part of online Marketing research.  Knowing how they are advertising, keywords they are bidding on in google AdWords, seeing, reading, and analyzing their content all helps to put the big picture together.

Content Creation and Re-purposing

 

One of the biggest drivers of traffic and Search Engine Optimization is having real, quality, and  helpful information.  Creating new fresh content for your blog or website does not always have to be all typed, or take a long time to create. 

Being able to describe a service or product with a photo, piece of hand drawn art, an audio file, or video is just as valuable or more so than writing 1000 words to say the same message. 

The important parts are that your content is helpful, interesting, centered around keywords and phrases of your subject matter, and delivered in the modalities that your visitors want to consume it in.

What value would there be in someone who is looking for an ebook to read immediately but have to wait for it in the mail?

Re-purpose what you have

 If you look at what you already have I’m sure there are peices you have that could be re-purposed into a different form.  For example do you have any video or products or services? 

Those can become standalone reports, white papers, an audio, maybe a series of audios, and so on with very little cost. 

You can then either sell them or use it as list bait.  Again here is where creativity will reward you.  Right now there is a perceived higher value on video than anything.  So the more video you can publish in your area of expertise the more your business will flourish. 

The Internet is fast becoming a multimedia rich environment that we will use more and more as the years wear on.  We will not become less dependant on it in the future.

Looking at what kinds of content you have already; Seattle Online Marketing will be able to guide your business in the choices of what to do with it. 

We can develop new pieces and also re-purpose what is existing.  Contact us to discuss a plan in more detail.