Create at least one to two articles per week, either on a professional blog or designated area of your website that provides insightful and authoritative information for your target audience. WordPress, Medium and Tumblr are just a few of the dozens of blogging platforms available to small business owners.
You’ll want to combine a mixture of personal research with strategies from your successful competitors. Look at what people are already doing and learn from their example while making adjustments where appropriate.
Portent is a handy free marketing tool for businesses, allowing you to come up with unique and fabulously shareable ideas for content. Portent will generate some eye-catching content titles at the click of a button.
Jesse – thanks your note, but Google is merely focusing (still!) on placing a solution. If you email me, I’ve just written a paper on the entire set of systemic issues that need to be managed that are outside our purview and idiosyncratic, based on change, consensus, buy-in, relationships, etc. There are 13 distinct steps (starting from an idea) that buyers go through to enlist colleagues, figure out if they can fix a problem internally, etc, that buyers go through before they can bring in a new solution. Sales enters at step 10. The Google material isn’t doing anything really different. email@example.com and, btw, my first name is ‘Sharon Drew’ 🙂
Eric Elkins is the CEO and chief strategist at WideFoc.us, a real time social media company that uses social media to create constellations of brand experiences. Elkins has nearly two decades of experience in writing, marketing, ePR, social media and education. He has been a teacher, scientist, content editor, new media practices manager and more, using his diverse background to excel at integrating online/real world marketing.
Kevan, thank you so much for sharing this amazing list of tools! I’ve been experimenting with Canva lately and it is super user-friendly. In addition to their free images, I have found https://unsplash.com/ and http://deathtothestockphoto.com/ to be helpful resources for beautiful photos.
Online marketing consists of the digital channels (i.e. your website, emails, banners, social channels, videos, etc.) that businesses use to attract and capture customers and prospects. Whereas traditional marketing focuses on reaching massive mainstream audiences using tools like radio and television, online marketers concentrate on reaching niche audiences through digital interfaces.
Have you ever wanted to get started with design so that you can create your own images for social media and marketing? This “Graphic Design Basics” from will set you up with a solid foundation to branch out as a beginner designer.
In short: Your digital marketing strategy is the series of actions that are going to help you achieve your goal(s) using online marketing. The term ‘strategy’ might seem intimidating, but building an effective digital strategy doesn’t need to be difficult.
Also be careful when Googling things. Since you’re just starting out in internet marketing, you will likely be Googling a lot of things. Try to find safe sites for the things you do frequently that you can come back to over and over again (like Wikipedia, Warrior Forum, and Amazon). Clicking on obscure search results is always a bit risky.
Instead, start with 5–10 ads. Run them for 1–2 weeks, and then select the top 2–3 performers. Next, take the top performers and run them across 5–10 demographic/interest variations within your target customer profile. Select the top performing 2–3 demographic/interest profiles.
I’ve heard Segment described as the one and only interface you’ll ever need for all your third-party apps. And I sure do see it recommended a lot. From what I can gather, Segment makes it easy for anyone—engineer or not—to connect new software to your website; once the Segment snippet is added, you can connect other apps like MailChimp, Google Analytics, etc. just by clicking around in your Segment dashboard. Segment handles all the visitor data for you.