Does your business have a website? Yes – Do you have a website marketing plan to help you achieve your goals and objectives? No – Than you should definitely join the online community asap otherwise you will continue losing money (sales, revenue, profit, you name it) and customers.
2013 has already started, nevertheless there’s always time to evaluate and revise our business and marketing plans making sure that we’re on the right path.
The Modern Distribution Management had this to say recently…
Ignore your website at your own peril. You’ve put it off long enough; it’s time to get serious about your website. (…)
The changing face and needs of your customers, combined with the rise of online technologies in the workplace, have rendered your neglected website inadequate. If you use Google on a daily basis to research products and companies, don’t you think your customers do too? Make it a priority in 2013 to turn your website into a customer-focused sales machine.
Tips To Consider When Creating Your Website Marketing Plan
What other online marketing ideas are worth considering when developing a successful website marketing plan?
Abandon ‘megaphone marketing’ tactics.
Megaphone marketing is shouting at many with the hopes of attracting a few; 2013 is the year that successful companies will realize that megaphone marketing tactics just don’t work. Examples of megaphone tactics include print advertising, yellow page advertising, directory advertising, untargeted banner advertising, cold calls and mass email blasts. Megaphone marketing tactics no longer work because of a fundamental shift in customer behavior. Customers don’t want to be interrupted and megaphone marketing is an interruption. Customers want to be in control of the information they receive. With megaphone marketing, the company is in control….
- Embrace ‘magnet marketing’ tactics.
Magnet marketing overcomes the problems of megaphone marketing by putting the customer in control. Magnet marketing helps you get found by customers at the very moment they have a need for your products and services. It allows you to earn trust by providing customers with information they value to attract them to your website to do business. Examples of magnet marketing tactics include content marketing, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising and social media marketing.
Not only do magnet marketing tactics generate more leads and sales, but they are also less expensive. According to research, companies that focus on magnet marketing tactics have a 62 percent lower cost-per-lead than companies that focus on megaphone marketing tactics.
- Content marketing is becoming the new advertising.
Search engines, blogs, social networking sites and other online platforms offer you a tremendous opportunity to engage directly with customers. However, to get in front of them in the first place, you need great content. In 2013, spend less time focusing on traditional advertising, and spend more time creating great content.
People don’t choose to do business with you just because you offer the right products at the right price. They choose you because you and your team have valuable, specialized knowledge about the applications of your products. Lead with that specialized knowledge in your marketing by writing best practice articles, filming ‘how to’ videos, producing an insightful blog and creating educational guides and whitepapers. By marketing your knowledge instead of just marketing your products, you will create a unique differentiation in the marketplace.
- Prepare for the mobile marketing revolution.
According to Gartner, in 2013 mobile devices will pass desktop computers to be most common way people access the Web. Are you prepared for the coming mobile marketing revolution? Check out your website on a smartphone. If it’s difficult to read, you may want to consider creating a mobile version. (…)
Also, include more video content on your website, because it’s easier to view than text. Perhaps you should create an app to help your customers and salespeople be more effective. Whatever your strategy, start thinking about how you should optimize your business for the small screen.
- Personal online branding is hitting the mainstream.
More and more these days, people are ‘googling’ names of people they deal with before they do business. What will they find when they search on your name? If you haven’t started building your personal online brand, it may be time to start. It will come in handy when you’re trying to make a sale, find a job or form a business partnership. Begin by creating a content-rich LinkedIn profile for yourself. Consider registering a domain name with your name and start producing a blog. Start writing articles and submit them to online trade publications. You have an online brand whether you like it or not, so you might as well take charge of it.
- Make marketing accountable for revenue and profits.
It’s time to stop relying on gut feel or subjective measures when evaluating the return on your marketing investments. Marketing needs to be accountable for revenue and profits so you can easily identify the activities that are working and not working. The best way to accomplish this is by embracing analytics. One of the great things about online marketing is you can measure everything. Leverage Web analytics, trackable phone numbers and a CRM system to track leads and sales generated by each marketing activity. With this process in place, you will know what to cut and what to continue.
Short recap of the online marketing suggestions outlined above:
- Embrace Target Marketing that is switch from ‘megaphone marketing’ to ‘magnet marketing’
- Lift your Content Marketing to the next level and keep providing valuable content to your audience.
- Go mobile with your website.
- Focus on your Personal Branding.
- Analyze, measure and be accountable.
How are your going to implement these marketing strategies?
Remember, all your marketing efforts come down to the results you achieve. A proven and tested website marketing plan is your roadmap to online success.