You can hire the most talented copywriter available, but a photo will attract more attention to your business than even the most cleverly crafted words. Pinterest and Facebook often come to mind when businesses consider visual marketing, but with almost 100,000 photos being uploaded every hour, Instagram is an application that shouldn’t be neglected. With a bit of creativity, you’ll find that Instagram can become a tool to spread awareness of your business. The best part? It’s free.
Create Striking Content
In the realm of visual media, as with the written word, content is king. Take care to share only your best photos, and people will be more likely to watch and interact with your photo stream.
Take pictures that demonstrate different ways your product can be used. For example, if you sell cakes, upload photos to your Instagram account that show your cakes in a variety of settings – weddings, birthday parties and...
The thousands of so-called SEO gurus on-line face a bleak future. After years of plugging their miracle methods to anyone who will listen, they are faced with obscurity and empty inboxes. The truth is that SEO has got boring, and that is just how search engine behemoth Google wants it.
Google has declared war on SEO cheats and dubious website practices. Its constant search engine updates make it harder and harder for poor quality websites to rise through the results rankings. Gaming the system is becoming a waste of time. Websites and blogs now have to focus on making themselves attractive to real people instead of machines.
In the bad old days, invisible keyword-stuffed text and phoney backlinks were enough to push a website to the top of the rankings. To combat this, the search engines have handed their searchers the keys to the kingdom.
Google has eliminated SEO skulduggery by including social media popularity in its algorithms. Sites that get...
Any online business lives and dies with its customers. It doesn't matter how cheap the business is to run because it is online. If it does not have customers, it will starve financially and it will die. The focus of any business, online or offline, is to attract customers and convert them into sales. The problem is the first part - people have trouble attracting customers online.
Knowing how to attract customers is the first step in creating and running a successful online business. Attracting customers and converting them to sales boils down to two things – getting them to go to the website, and getting them to stay.
Pricing for Your Audience
Generally, businesses want to sell products at a high price. It's a common practice to prefer average sales at a high price per unit rather than a lot of units at a lower price. However, determining what is a “high price” is important. If you're targeting an audience that...
Slow-loading websites are still one of the top annoyances for internet users today. But when can a website be called slow, and does having a slow website really turn off users?
The loading speed of a website is integral to a user's experience of that site. However, the consequences of a slow loading site are not limited to user experience alone. It can also have a negative impact on your site's SEO (search engine optimization). Let's take a closer look at slow websites.
When Is a Website Slow?
To start off, it is important to understand when a website is slow or fast. These seem like subjective terms, and sure enough internet users' expectations have changed over time. Users nowadays expect websites to load much faster than they did a decade ago. In addition, users' experience of what is “slow” depends on the type of website that they are using and the results they expect to get. That is why, for example, an...
Your business is already customer-friendly. You offer a lowest price guarantee. You have a generous return and exchange policy. And for longtime customers, you're flexible on your payment terms.
Isn't that more than enough?
Actually, it's not.
If you want customers to rave about your business, you need to really spoil them. It's easier and less costly than you think. Here's how to make your business a service standout - one that customers can’t wait to recommend to family and friends.
REPLY AS IF IT'S THE PRESIDENT CALLING
Promptly reply to your customers' calls, emails and texts - on the same day and even better, within an hour. If it's a question, answer it. If it's a problem, solve it. If it's a compliment, offer gracious thanks. Make sure you reply to Facebook posts and tweets, as well. An attentive company makes for very satisfied customers.
TRUMP EVEN THE BEST GIRL FRIDAY
Most everyone is familiar with the old saying about “winning the battle but losing the war.” In the world of SEO, however, it is not an either/or proposition. When it comes to search engine optimization for your website, it is imperative that you win the battle and the war.
There is an abundance of information, ideas, and tools available regarding SEO techniques and practices. The SEO technician can pick and choose which ones and what combinations work best for his particular situation. These are the tangible parameters and will take you a long way toward winning SEO battles. However, there are also some intangible factors that all SEO craftsmen should be aware of and incorporate into their arsenal as well. It is these intangibles that are the key to winning the war.
The intangible elements referred to here are consistency, persistence, and attention to detail. Being somewhat generic in nature, these items can be applied to most anything...
Google AdSense is one of the most well known ways of monetizing your website. However, many people fail to realize just how money they could make off it. Properly optimizing your profit from Google AdSense will require a lot of work and a little cunning, but it can be done. Here are a few ways you can do that.
Optimize Your Site Layout: Not all layouts are the same. Some layouts are more welcoming to Google’s AdSense advertisements. A layout that makes it easy to incorporate a horizontal, vertical, or square advertisement is effective. Keep it simple. Keep it clean, and people will be more likely to click an ad on your site.
Place Them High and to the Left: Most people only scroll down to the point where it is relevant to their interests. For that reason you should keep your AdSense ads high up on the page, where they’ll see it no matter what they want from your site. Putting them on the left increases the chance that they’ll notice...
Many of us would love to have our own website or blog for various purposes. Some of us may want a personal blog where we can just talk about our lives while others may prefer a monetized site to earn additional or even full-time income. But whatever reason, we fail to bring about this blog due to our lack of knowledge on how to make websites. We fear that making our own site will be nothing more than a time-wasted effort. Part of this fear is because we believe a lot of technical know-how especially on HTML is a must to create a website. This may have been true before but the internet has changed drastically. Today, anybody can create a blog even without using HTML.
1. The Quest for a Topic
Before you go into the actual process of creating a website or blog, it is imperative for you to figure out what your site will be about. This may sound simple at first (I want to make a site about cars!!!) but you will have to research your topics carefully. If you're...
Pinterest.com has exploded onto the social media scene within a year. It is the most visual of the networks, and also the one with the highest proportion of female members. This has led many to dismiss it as a craft and hobbyist's site with no real importance to marketers. Others hail it as the future of social media marketing. So who is right?
Pinterest is currently the fastest growing website in the world, according to Comscore.com. It is also climbing Hitwise.com’s list of the ten most important social networks. It now has over 12 million users and added a million new ones between December 2011 and January 2012. 70 percent of its users are women!
Whether Pinterest is relevant to your marketing plan depends largely on what industry you are in. If you sell lifestyle goods or services that appeal to women then you need to get pinning! The site inspires massive loyalty, largely because it has resisted allowing any advertising on its on-line...
By imagining what a social network's real life equivalent would be, you get an insight into who hangs out there and what they do. Can you imagine Pinterest.com as a charity lunch attended by rich, image conscious women, or Linkedin.com as an invitation-only business conference? This is what the most important social networks would be if they left the Internet and became real places.
Imagine Facebook.com as your favourite bar: You go there in your free time, or during your lunch hour, to meet your friends and catch up on the gossip. There is no need to be formal in the Facebook.com bar, as you know everyone that you talk to. Nobody wants to buy anything in the bar, unless it is a really good deal. The clientele isn't quite sure if the barman gets them, or just thinks they as walking wallets!
Twitter.com is like a giant networking event in a giant hall. There is no door policy and you can introduce yourself to everyone there. If you don't like...