Posts Tagged ‘online marketing’

Common mistakes business owners make when hiring a marketer

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Lead management, online marketing, market investigation, branding, corporate communications – with the broad range of marketing areas it can turn out to be quite challenging to find the perfect marketer for your business. And while larger enterprises have a whole team of specialists for each area, smaller companies are faced with the problem of finding a marketer that covers the whole spectrum of their marketing requirements. Let us point out what is really important by hiring a marketer!

 

Point 1 – You do not have to find an overall specialist! Instead, figure out what your company needs, what you want to focus. You want to attract more leads? Increase your market share? Or do you need a whole new marketing strategy? Only if you are clear about what you need, you will find the right marketer.

 

Point 2 – Expertise is an advantage, but no requirement. Of course, someone, who has already worked in the similar or same industry you are in, brings in valuable knowledge about products, your target group and the market. But this knowledge can be acquired within weeks, so this should not be a prerequisite for your future marketer.

 

Point 3 – Professional skills are an essential prerequisite, but so are personal abilities, such as the following. A marketer should know about the importance of customers for the business. He/she should be able to relate to the demands of their customers – not by identifying how the target group should be but by identifying how your target group is, thinks and demands. Furthermore, a marketer must bring in a deep understanding of the market, of your competitors, your products and brand. He/she must represent your company philosophy, understand and communicate the idea and value of your business and convey your company philosophy. Additionally, communication is highly important in marketing. To be convincing, you must be a good storyteller. Only if you know how to attract your target group, how to write persuasive content you will receive attention. Furthermore, besides the development and implementations of measures, the ability to set goals and measure developments and results is a must-have in marketing. A marketer should be able to evaluate and analyse marketing measures and react to results. A further ability a marketer should bring in is the willingness to learn. Marketing is constantly changing; there will always be new platforms and possibilities to reach your customers. That is why marketers should always be up to date about the latest trends and developments if they do not want to stay behind.

 

Online marketing tactics – tips & tricks of the trade

Monday, January 19th, 2015

From email marketing to social media, websites, search engine optimization or blogs – there are numerous ways to market your business online. The internet is one of the most cost effective ways to attract new customers and to advertise your brand. But to be successful in online marketing you have to be first and foremost diligent and dedicated!

 

Beginning with your website – an attractive design and appealing content are the first step to drawing interest and encouraging people to visit your site again. Convey the impression of value, give insights on your company and provide information your customers are looking for. Regarding your website, you should also take note of the increasing usage of mobile devices. Simplify the use of your website with mobile phone or tablets by providing a mobile version.

 

Furthermore, to ensure you reach your target group, you have to know what they are interested in, what they are looking for and with which medium you can reach them best. But no matter whether blog, e-newsletter or social media, your articles should be interesting, on-topic and posted regularly. According to studies, the use of pictures persuades more users to read your posts. If you write about topics related to your service or products provide links, to drive more traffic to your website. Arouse interest with catchy headlines. Make sure to keep them short but still expressive.

 

In addition, consider that today people often are overflowed with information, especially online. Nevertheless you want to get your customers to read your articles. The tactic hereby is to keep your information short. So called micro contents are easy and quick to read but still informative – tailored to people, who have no time to read long and wordy texts.

 

A further important aspect of online marketing is social media. Even though it can be very time consuming, to optimize your online marketing you have to take the time to set it up, complete and manage accounts in various media like LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ or Facebook. Incomplete profiles and neglected accounts appear unprofessional so you might want to get youtube dislikes. Also, make sure to insert social buttons to your website, newsletters, email signatures, etc. to encourage your customers to share your articles.

 

Deploy social media to spot your customer’s demands. Ask them directly what they are looking for, what they would like to see improved upon, etc. Maybe you can even start a regular Q&A, where you can answer your client’s questions about your product or services. Revisit these topics in your blog and provide in this way exactly the information customers are looking for.

 

Smart online marketing offers various possibilities to promote your business successfully in the internet and is a perfect way to build up trust – and trust secures customers’ loyalty.

 

Free Tradeshow Pass to F5 Expo for first 2000 registrants – April 7, 2010

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

F5 Tradeshow is all about social media, mobile, online marketing,

Hurry and register today before tickets run out: http://www.f5-expo.com/register.

Vancouver Convention Centre EAST WING, 999 Canada Place

I just got mine yesterday!

Is online marketing always the best choice for advertising?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Not necessarily! The best option for advertising will ultimately depend on the target market you want to reach. For example, if you are trying to reach elderly with your products or services, a vast majority of them are probably not on the Internet which means your marketing will not be effective.