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If you are just starting your online business it is important to find unique ways to stand out from the competition while on a shoestring budget. It is a continuous challenge to compete and stand out in a market where there are so many large and established companies online. Many of these companies also have huge marketing budgets but don’t worry. I am going to share 3 tips to effectively market your online business. You want to carve out your own unique path to success, so let’s get started!
As an online business owner you need a detailed marketing strategy for advertising that does not break the bank. You must define your target market first. A target market is defined as the consumers that can benefit from your product or services. In the beginning you should streamline all of your marketing efforts to one specific target market this will generate the largest return.
Marketing on a Shoestring Budget:
Reach out to Power Players
The power players in your chosen niche include companies or brands that target the same audience as you and they have established some type of success online through their website, blogging, or social media. Offer the power player something for free and suggest that you would love if they gave it away as a gift to their readers. Since you share the same target audience, make sure it is a compelling and enticing freebie so you can create a buzz for your business. Ask a power player for an interview to go on your website or blog. People love talking about themselves so the power player will usually promote the interview to his audience which will bring traffic to your website. Another effective way to reach out to power players is by offering to write a guest blog post on a topic that you know their readers can benefit from. When you write a guest blog you want your focus to be centered on providing value and current information to the readers. It is important in your journey as an online business owner to be open minded and willing to learn from other people surrounding your niche.
Create a Group on a Social Network
A group is free to make and it is an excellent way to establish yourself as an expert in your chosen niche. You can also use the social platform to drive traffic to your website or blog. Any social networking platform you choose to utilize for your business should be used to connect with like minded people. You should always provide valuable content for free that is useful to your target audience. While you are growing your online presence you are actively connecting and engaging with your target audience, which will give them a reason to trust and like you, assuming you have a great personality. When you do everything in your power to help the consumer it becomes obvious that you are in business for the consumer.
Create an E-Book
You can upload an e-Book on Amazon for free, you do not have to worry about using an expensive publishing company or those costly distribution fees associated with selling a physical book. Amazon does takes a percentage of every sale so you should keep that in mind when determining a price. I recommend keeping your e-Book reasonably price. Writing an e-Book for your business will help you build brand recognition, brand loyalty, and give you a platform to display your expertise in your niche. Stay current in your niche so you know what topics will make a good e-Book. Your e-Book should be filled with current and useful content that the consumer can benefit from. Amazon lets consumers preview the first few pages of your book before they decide purchase, use this to your advantage and add links to your website, blog, or social media in the beginning to generate more traffic and leads.
Marketing on a shoestring budget is the reality for many online business owners. The Internet is about forming a connection with consumers so they trust you and your guidance. If you are offering a product or service that solves a problem that they have, you are on your way to running a successful online business. The goal is to communicate and engage with your target market so when it is time for them to purchase they know that anything you offer will be filled with relevant, useful, and valuable content.
Are you a business owner and ever want to know…
The popular search terms in your industry?
What your customers are talking about?
How your competition is doing?
Well, with Google Trends you can answer all of those questions plus more. Google Trends is a free tool that displays search query information, it analyzes Google web searches for a selected term. Instead of showing the number of people that have searched for a particular term, Google Trends will display a graph that shows how popular a search term has been over a time period.
Google has the largest catalog of keywords so using this tool for a small business is important and can be very useful.
Here are 3 ways that business owners can use Google Trends:
1. Effective keyword research, Google Trends allows you to see the most popular keywords and it also makes suggestions for related keywords. This information can be used to create SEO friendly content for your business.
2. Get inspiration for new content ideas for blogs, articles, or social media networks. You can search current terms and see what people are talking about in relation to your business and industry. You can also spot trends and see the locations in the world with the most interest. You can attract more traffic to your business website by staying up to date with any changes in your industry.
3. Spy on your competition by analyzing what keywords and terms they use that has been successful or ones that you should stay away from. As a business owner Google Trends should be used to support your marketing campaigns. Google Trends can help you reveal great options when trying to create unique and up to date content for your business.
Establishing an online presence is very important when you are working toward having a successful online business. An effective website can help your business attract the right consumer and convert them from a casual browser to a buying customer.
Websites are supposed to be easy to naviagte and understand. In this fast paced world you have a very small window of oppurtunity to keep the consumer interested in your products or services. If your website is not user friendly the consumer will not hesitate to move on to your competitors website. As a business owner your focus should be centered around building an online community of “fans,” these are the customers that trust you, like you, and are loyal to your products or services. These customers are your number one source for word of mouth advertising. You start building these important consumer relationships by having a website that showcases your products or services professionally and accurately.
To be successful your website must implement the following 5 steps:
1. Be well designed
2. Use keywords and speak in the language of your target audience
3. Establish you as an expert and build creditbility in your chosen field
4. Collecting an email list of consumers interested in your products or services
5. Have a way to generate revenue
The instructors at IMTC teach the most current strategies to get your buiness website up and running. Your consumer does not want to think, so don’t force them to by using tricky navigation, poor design, or difficult to understand copy. Make visiting your website an exciting experience and not a confusing journey. As a business owner, if you make a concious effort to always keep the consumer in mind and think how your target market thinks you will cover each of the 5 steps easily and your online business will be on the way to success.
Visit us at IMTCVA.org to download our career brochure for free and start your journey toward being a successful online business owner.
Mobile interaction may be the answer to increasing brand recognition, customer loyalty, and profits for your business. There are over 5 billion active mobile devices worldwide and that number will continue to grow. Consumers always have their mobile phone within arms reach. Most text messages are read within three minutes.
This is a great opportunity for business owners and marketers because mobile marketing gives you the ability to connect directly with the consumer. The world has gone mobile, there are more mobile phones than computers. Why wait to implement a mobile strategy into your marketing plan?
Mobile communication is very personal, the consumer has to give you permission to send them advertising messages. Depending on your business you can use different incentives like coupons, contests, freebies, and or promoting through other mediums to build a mobile list of consumers interested in your products or services. As a business owner or marketer once you get permission you have to know the correct steps to follow to capitalize and influence the consumer to take action. There are important strategies that need to be implemented to build a great mobile marketing relationship with consumers.
Engage the consumer
As a business owner or marketer it is only natural to think “how am I going to get more sells?” Although, sells should remain a goal, your focus should lean toward building a relationship and helping the consumer with whatever problem your product or service solves. Engaging the consumer with relevant messages will get the consumer to take action. Jumping right into an aggressive sales pitch will be a guaranteed way to lose consumer interest. Asking the consumer for their opinion, have a contest, new product releases, and special events, or upcoming sale details are all ways to actively engage your mobile list.
Have a clear call to action
This is where mobile marketing can get a little challenging. Each advertising or marketing text has to clearly state what you want the consumer to do and whats in it for them, in a 140 characters or less. Make sure your message is clear and concise. Yes, the world is mobile which means we are always on the go and most consumers lose interest when they have to take too many steps or if the message is hard to understand.
Create a way to increase profit
Use the 80/20 rule, 80% engaging content and 20% sales. Know when it is best to contact your consumer based on your unique business. The mobile world has changed the consumers’ attitude toward advertisements, to be effective you have to create urgency and you have to advertise at the right time to produce real time results.
If you are a lunch diner advertising a discounted new menu item, contacting your customer during dinner hours the day before with the promotion will be a difficult sale. As a marketer you have to research your target market and understand their habits. For a lunch diner, the working adult would most likely be the target market. You have to contact the consumer when you can make an impression and motivate action. To be effective, I would recommend contacting the consumer mid morning right when they are sitting at their desk, stomach growling, and thinking about lunch.
Build brand loyalty
Another great benefit for mobile marketing is that the consumer will remember your brand when they are ready to purchase. By sending friendly, useful, and relevant information and not just trying to force sales you build a relationship with the consumer. Consumers are always looking for reasons to stay loyal to brands and your marketing messages can set you apart from the competition when it is time to take action.
Mobile marketing is a great way to engage with your target market, make a positive impression with consumers, and establish a long lasting relationship. Although, mobile messages is just one aspect of mobile marketing, it can be used by business owners and marketers in almost any industry to increase profits.
Have questions about how mobile marketing can help your business contact us today!
Web copy can persuade an individual to take action or make decisions. If you have a way with words and want to start a career in Internet Marketing we can help at IMTC. You can make a lucrative income by applying the art of copywriting to either your own business or for someone else’s.
Good web copy is very important when you are growing a business online. You have a very limited and small time frame to grab the consumers attention and persuade them to take action online. We teach all the top copywriting techniques at IMTC that will help you understand and write effective web copy.
You don’t have to be an excellent writer, but with practice and implementing the correct techniques you can become an effective copywriter. Our distance learning program provides students with easy to understand lessons that will help perfect your copywriting skills. A great copywriter must research the market and the target audience so you can place yourself in the consumers shoes and write the words that will encourage action.
Jump start your Internet Marketing career today, visit us at IMTCVA.org.
Content marketing is a technique used to create and distribute relevant and valuable content that is used to attract and turn consumers into a profit. You want to attract consumers that are interested in purchasing your products or services and content marketing can help with that.
Using content to market your business is very popular and effective for either large or small businesses. There is a lot of value by having an integrated content marketing plan for your business. At IMTC our instructors always teach our students the power of content marketing. Content marketing is effective because it takes the sales pitch out of the sale. Content marketing will allow you to deliver info that will educate your target market. Times have changed and consumers are bombarded with sales pitches so they automatically have their guard up, but with content marketing the process becomes a win-win situation. You can establish and build rapport with your target market without being a pushy car salesman.
The classes offered at IMTC will give you the knowledge needed to create quality content that will keep your target audience coming back for return visits. You will also be prepared to deliver content that works best with your unique business and target market. The most popular content marketing methods are blogging, video tutorials, email newsletters, telesiminars, and e-books. Our instructors will teach you how to make a profit from each of those methods.
Visit us at IMTC to discover how you can jump start your business with content marketing.
Here at IMTC we strongly recommend using WordPress websites. WordPress is a popular tool for building websites because it is not extremely complicated and it allows the user to completley customize the functionality by adding “plugins.” A plugin will allow you to change or add a functionality to your WordPress website. We teach you everything you will need to set up your own WordPress website, it may seem overwhelming but with basic computer knowledge and a open mind you can master the basics.
Our user friendly WordPress Website Creation lessons will walk you through the steps to install and set up WordPress website. Our lessons include a combination of videos, articles, and screenshots to cater to every learning style. The diligent instructors have even complied a reference guide of frequently used, and mandatory plugins that will be very useful to you as you walk through the WordPress Creation lessons.
5 Reasons IMTC Loves WordPress
Ease of Use
WordPress is so simple to update on a regular basis. You can add new pages and blog posts quickly and effectively. Skip trying to learn Dreamweaver or any other complicated HTML editing software.
With the many different theme, widget, and plugin options you can make a unique website that shows your personality and reflects your business accurately to consumers. Adding your social networking links, a calendar, or an opt in form to your website are a few popular options that are available and easy to use.
Built in Blog
Make your website more interesting by blogging. Blogging will establish you as an expert in your field and you will be able to interact with your consumers. RSS, comments, and email subscriptions are all possible with a WordPress website.
Search Engines like WordPress
SEO becomes a breeze because you will have full control over the meta tag keywords, descriptions, and titles. The simple interface also makes it easy for search engines to read and index your website. If done correctly you can get more visitors to your website.
You can set up multiple users to manage the site.
If you are a business owner we believe that you should understand how WordPress works so you can edit and update your own website without having to rely on a web designer for the simple tasks. After mastering the WordPress Website Creation lessons you will have the skills and knowledge to be self sufficient in running your own business website or you can be a WordPress consultant and help other businesses set up their own WordPress websites.
The options are open to you and here at IMTC we make sure you are well prepared and qualified. Check us out and start your career in Internet Marketing.
Crowdfunding is raising funds to start a business idea by reaching out to your community and friends. Crowdfunding has become popular because of social networking. To date there have been thousands of business’s that were funded by a crowdfunding project.
Everyday people push their business ideas to the back burner because they do not have the money to start working on their dream. This is where crowdfunding comes into play. There are multiple crowdfunding platforms:
It doesn’t matter which platform you choose, they are each unique so do your research. In order to be successful with a crowdfundong project there are a few steps that you must follow and execute.
1. Promote, you have to reach out to all your friends, family, and social networks so they can help fund your project. In this case the more the merrier.
2. Engage your supporters by making it a competition by offering a reward for the highest bidder.
3. Communicate your goals and let your social network know your current progress and be passionate and personable.
4. Make sure you pick an realistic time goal to raise your money. If its too short your project will not have enough time to win the interest of your network. If it is too long you will annoy your network. A good idea is to let your community know your plans and create excitement before you post your crowdfunding project.
These are just a few tips to get you headed in the right direction when looking to fund your great business idea. Make sure you stay motivated and positive through the duration to get your supporters excited fpr your new business venture.
Step 1: Be specific when defining your goals
Most people fail at Internet Marketing because they haven’t decided on a specific goal.
Step2: Know your target audience
Online marketing involves understanding your target audience and knowing what they want and don’t want.
Step 3: Know your competition
Know what Internet Marketing Strategies they are using. If your competition is successful, take notes. If your competition is not successful, and take notes to learn from their mistakes.
Step 4: Measure progress
Measure and check to see if your goals were achieved. This is the only way to gauge the success of your Internet Marketing efforts.
Step 5: Know when to outsource
Making the decision to learn how to make your own logo or hiring somebody to do it for you is very important. As a business owner it is your responsibility to decide what is more cost effective for your business.
Here at IMTCV we teach our students each one of these important steps in Internet Marketing. Just skipping one step will greatly hinder your marketing efforts. Make sure you understand how to implement each of these steps into your business marketing plan. If you want to learn more visit IMTCVA.org.
Internet Marketing careers are in high demand. There are many businesses that are not online yet and need your help. If you are reading this you probably already know how powerful the Internet is, and you are looking for a career in Internet Marketing. Lucky for you there are many options for anybody looking to tackle the Internet head on.
One popular topic in the Internet Marketers world is search engine optimization or SEO for short. SEO involves using strategies and techniques to increase the amount of visitors you get to your website because your page ranks higher than the competition.
Over the years the job of an SEO Specialist has become more complex. Most business owners simply do not have time to learn SEO and use it effectively, so your services will allow them to focus on what they do best. To be a good SEO Specialist you must:
- Always be learning because the search engines are forever changing.
- Be a great communicator because you will be collaborating with webmasters, copywriters, and graphic designers.
- Pay attention to detail.
- Love solving problems to get the desired search engine results for your client.
- Be a creative thinker because thinking outside of the box will keep you ahead of your competition.
A good SEO Specialist is a very valuable asset for any online business. Here at IMTCVA we teach the best and most current SEO practices to get websites ranked higher in search engines. Start your career as a SEO Specialist now!