If your company has been using only traditional marketing methods to generate new business, you need to read this!
2017 is the year of change and improvements. Marketing strategies have grown beyond word of mouth and Facebook posts. Let us show you how your business can reach new heights using digital marketing strategies.
Why Digital Marketing?
- First and foremost, digital marketing is a tremendously cheaper marketing method than the traditional offline methods – just think about those print runs, radio campaigns and television ads that you couldn’t afford 15 years ago! Digital marketing is much more accessible, even for those with small marketing budgets.
- It’s a great way to increase your online market share
- **According to Hubspot By 2016, more than 50% of money spent in the US will be influenced by online marketing campaigns. ** How long before we can say the same thing here in the UK?
What is a digital strategy?
Having a digital strategy is, in essence, a plan. It allocates time and money to all the relevant platforms and helps you to gain insight into statistical data which will help you to reach your goals. Market your business using multiple platforms like Social media, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Email Marketing, SEO PR, and so much more.
How to begin building a digital strategy
- The first thing you need to do is be clear on your aims and objectives.
- Analyse how your company performed in the previous year.
- Research your target audience and preferred digital media channels
- Create your content
- Allocate paid advertising budgets
- Create a timeline
- Evaluate and improve your strategy
Why you NEED to set aside a budget for an SEO and digital marketing company to help you
- By now, you must understand the importance of digital marketing. One thing that will help you reach that increased ROI is a thorough and well thought out digital marketing strategy.
- It can be a daunting task to do yourself
- You’ll save money in the long run
- Work alongside a professional to gain a fresh perspective
- Utilise their resources and evaluation techniques
It’s that time of year when retailers shift up a gear to cope with the influx of Christmas shoppers. With more and more people shopping online – last year’s Christmas period saw a huge increase in online sales and stats are predicting further growth this year – gearing up your ecommerce site to cater for this festive audience is absolutely imperative.
So, how can you get your website ready for the Christmas shopping season? Here are our top tips:
- Be mobile friendly – ever since Google launched its first mobile friendly algorithm back in April 2015, sites that cater for the smartphone and tablet audience have received more recognition from the search giant in the form of better rankings. With festive consumers more likely than ever to reach for their phones to browse the latest deals as opposed to firing up the desktop, can you really afford to miss out on this audience? You can use this Google tool to check the mobile friendliness of your website.
- Be fast – increasing internet speeds and more choice of products online has made us, as consumers, more impatient than ever. No matter how good your organic or paid search presence is in the run up to Christmas, if your landing pages take too long to load, searchers will become impatient and move on to your competitors. Experts suggest that a load time of less than 2 seconds is acceptable, but if your site is graphics heavy or your hosting is not up to speed you could find yourself losing out on potential custom. Check the load speed of your site here with Google’s PageSpeed Insights.
- Be aware – we talk a lot about consumer UX, why? Because it is so important. If you can experience the journey your customers will take when visiting your site and anticipate their needs, you can deliver a website that caters for them, which means you are much more likely to convert your traffic into sales. Specifically, you can check for broken links, 404 pages, missing page elements such as images or prices and ensure that the checkout process is working perfectly.
- Be willing to adapt – nothing is more damaging to your sales than a static marketing strategy. Over the festive shopping season people will be doing things outside of their normal routine, so you need to adapt to this by monitoring and measuring their behaviour and changing your site or strategy accordingly. For instance, if you notice a high cart abandonment rate in the run up to Christmas it could be time to review your prices and delivery times against competitors as your online visitors are obviously getting so far but falling at the final hurdle.
Following these simple tips will help you to improve conversion rates in the busy Christmas shopping period and beyond! If you need help with your online marketing strategy give the SEO it Right team a call today on 0121 308 0219.
Aside from queueing and talking about the weather, there is nothing more British than a tea party. In the quest to give our international work placement student, Catrina, a taste of what us Brits typically enjoy for afternoon tea we rose to the occasion and brought the cake stands, scones and dainty finger sandwiches to SEO it Right.
This was also the perfect opportunity to thank Ollie, our work experience student, for his hard work, dedication and fantastic attitude this week. It’s been a pleasure showing Ollie the ropes here at SEO it Right and thanks to all the team here for making him and Catrina feel very welcome.
Ollie has been working hard all week, running usability tests on websites, doing keyword research, and collaborating with Catrina to make this fantastic video below on why businesses should use social media. He even attended and passed his very first interview with Office Manager Claire – she tells me he got the job!
It’s been another hectic week of desk swapping (for me anyway) but what a fantastic way to end, with food, drink and the great company of the SEO it Right team.
Have a great weekend!
Very Useful video produced by Google for new start-up companies venturing into the world of on-line marketing. Maile Joined Google in 2005, Maile works closely with Google’s Search and Webmaster Tools teams as a Developer Programs Tech Lead. Her goal is to support and advocate on behalf of all site owners.
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SEO helps because
•• More Reach means more visitors.
•• More visitors take more Actions.
•• More Actions lead to more Results.
•• Results can be improved with more targeted Reach.
•• More targeted Reach leads to more qualified visitors.
•• More qualified visitors take more desirable Actions.
•• More desirable Actions lead to better Results.
And so on.
While the client might value Result metrics the most in a
routine report — and you might front-load a report with them —
you may still want to show Reach and Action metrics as backup for
your current strategies and suggestions for future improvements.
For example, are you successfully increasing Reach metrics, but
there’s not a parallel increase in Actions over time? Perhaps the
website’s visitors aren’t the business’s target audience, and for SEO
reasons you need different or better content to reach the target audience.
Or let’s say that both Reach and Action metrics are improving, but
Results aren’t. Perhaps your client’s website needs improvements to
its navigation, content, forms, shopping cart and so on — all things
that your online marketing agency can test and optimize.
The bottom line: measure and report metrics that you can sell and
a client will buy because the need for your SEO services is obvious.
Once the initial need is filled, your reports will indicate the next obvious
need in the cycle of online marketing.
Chances are, your client will hire you again.
Article excerpt from Raven Tools
Black hat SEO is essentially a sneaky way of tricking Google into ranking certain websites favourably. However, these methods are often unethical and are not to be recommended! The strategies may include cloaking, keyword stuffing, hidden text and also spamming other sites. Black hat SEO is basically a short term solution to a long term problem, as search engines will eventually penalise those sites which have been subjected to black hat techniques.
White hat SEO is the correct way of carrying out SEO. The techniques are organic and are fair to all internet users. White hat SEO will include producing brand new and original content for websites and blog posts and creating natural links between different sites.
As the internet is not currently regulated, it is very difficult to prevent some users from carrying out unethical and sneaky methods of pushing their sites onto page 1. Google carry out regular updates to their algorithms, partly as a way to banish black hat SEO and unfavourable techniques. It is also a way of keeping white hat SEO specialists on their toes; you can never take it for granted that a popular website will stay at page 1 forever!
Although some black hat techniques may produce much quicker results than white hat, Google will undoubtedly at some point pick up on these methods and will penalise those sites which have been optimised using black hat strategies. The rankings can completely disappear off the major search engines and it can take months to correct the faults.
It is therefore worth sticking with the ethical option to ensure that Google will reward the genuine hard work and effort put into a website and hopefully keep it at the top of the listings for as long as possible.
If you would like to learn more about SEO then we would love to hear from you!
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