Online Marketing is Gold for you Business

sunOK, so it’s no secret that the Internet has kind of, well… taken off. Yea, I guess you can say the cat’s out of the bag on this one…

So my question to you now is, how developed are your online marketing services?

With almost 100 million people using the Internet in the United States alone, I hope your answer is very.

Yes, I know there are so many options and offers floating around out there. They are all intended to help you and your business drive traffic to the website and generate leads through inbound tactics, but the question is, what is right for you?

Unfortunately in today’s hard and fast world of information there is no shortcut to marketing your website online. If you want your business’s website to get the kind of attention that draws customers to your services, you have to develop a basic strategy with three core fundamentals.

So What are They?

The path to successful online marketing begins with an understanding of these modern marketing essentials:

1)      Search Engine Optimization

2)      Content Marketing

3)      Social Media Marketing

 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is the practice of organically boosting the visibility of your website on search engines. With Google and YouTube as the top search engines of the time, it is important to research how your site can cater to the preferred means of optimization for these engines.

There are many tactics and best practices to enhance the ranking of your website. A few that I strongly suggest are:seo

  • Precise, one-of-a-kind page titles
  • Better quality page structure
  • Rich, genuine, appropriate Keywords on all pages
  • Backlinks from respected websites
  • Consistently updated, relevant content that is shared
  • Images and videos rich with important words  and descriptions

Basically, constructing a firm SEO strategy starts by providing genuinely solid content that incorporates keywords pertinent to the content you have chosen. It takes time and genuine effort to maintain a search engine’s endorsement, but through content sharing, keywords, and a great site you could become successful through your SEO practices.

It is said that almost all searchers click on the first site that appears on the search engine, so if your website is how you intend to gain business, SEO is pretty important!

Content Marketing

Ah yes, the content marketing strategy that you can no longer ignore. Before the days of web surfing, finding your prospects was your job and your job alone. But now, everything has changed. It is your job and your job (well hopefully not alone) to make it so that your prospects can find you.content marketing

How do you do this?

Through providing valuable, genuine, relevant content! Nobody wants to be told what they should do and why, not when a world of information is available at their fingertips! That’s why you need to provide content that shows your potential and current customers why your products or services are right for them.

Online content can be many things. A few ideas for are:

  • Blogs
  • White papers
  • Podcasts
  • Educational videos

Keep in mind that search engines like Google monitor content, so like I’ve said before, creating/acquiring genuine content is a process that takes time and effort. As a marketer for your business it should be your intention, regardless of shortcuts, to provide authentic, germane content in the name of the products or services you provide.

Social Media Marketing

Once you have your content and SEO packaged neatly, apply a social media strategy to tie it together. It is important to know that search engines take the number of likes and shares of a page into consideration when ranking.

 

social media marketingAlso, consider why it is called ‘social’ media. Regardless of the number of fans or followers you have, without interaction your efforts are meaningless. In order to be successful with search engines the content you provide can’t be dormant. Active engagement and sharing is absolutely required in order to boost your ranking through social media. Besides, search engines aside, these networks give you the opportunity to communicate with your current and potential customers the way they want.

 This is My Point

In conclusion, if you want to be successful in today’s marketplace, the Internet is where you need to be. Yes, it’s different from the generation running the workforce today and the previous generation, but it’s impossible to deny that this form of communication is now the driving factor of commerce in most countries throughout the world.

Now more than ever before,  understanding SEO, content and social media marketing is worth it’s weight in gold.

Webinar Announcement: 5 Best Practices For Inbound Marketing

On Thursday, December 13, at 2:00 pm EST, Tom Barry and myself (Lou Cimaglia) will be hosting a webinar entitled, “5 Best Practices of Inbound Marketing – And How Grow Socially Can Help.”

Register Today!

 

Date: Thursday, December 13

Time: 2:00 pm to 2:40 pm EST

Who: Sales Executive Tom Barry and Content Marketer Lou Cimaglia

Topics covered will include:

  • How to turn your website into a lead-generating machine
  • Creating engaging and original content and boosting your SEO
  • Next generation and responsive web development and design
  • Strategic outbound marketing, email marketing and social media
  • The importance of analytics

Register Here!

Navigate to Tomorrowland: Join Me at Printlandia

Join our CEO John Foley, Jr. as he delivers multiple presentations at the upcoming PPI Regional Conference: Printlandia!

I am quite excited to share the news that I’ll be attending and speaking at Printlandia!

What is Printlandia? Well, it’s actually the name of this year’s PPI Regional Conference.

This conference is being held from September 14th through the 16th at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Portland, Oregon.

It is being promoted as a “a weekend of networking, education, inspiration & epic events around the future of print communications”… and after looking at the schedule and agenda, I absolutely agree that this conference will deliver on all of those fronts!

Here are the details of the presentations that I’ll be delivering:

Title: How Inbound Marketing Can Work For You

Description: No matter what your business objectives may be — whether it’s to attract new prospects, increase customer loyalty, generate more awareness and demand, etc. – inbound marketing tactics can help you to achieve your goals. During this presentation, I will provide actionable insight and ideas to help you effectively build, manage, execute, and measure, inbound marketing initiatives. I will share best practices for improving your website design and your social media and SEO efforts.

Title: Make Money from Mobile

Description: Mobile technology is changing the way that people communicate and consume information. Devices such as smartphones and tablets are having a dramatic effect on everything from marketing, to sales, to customer support, to fulfillment, and more. However, there are plenty of opportunities for print, mail, and fulfillment services providers to grow their business by incorporating mobile technology. During this presentation, I will share actionable solutions, case studies, and provide plenty of inspiration. I will discuss items such as QR Codes, Augmented Reality, Near Field Communication, mobile commerce, and more!

I am quite excited to be able to play a role in this great event!

There are a number of other tremendous speaker on the agenda, including Peter Muir, Joe Marin, and Gerry Michael.

I hope to see you at  Printlandia as we navigate tomorrowland!

Click here for more information on this event >>

The Cloud, Mobile, and Social: Learn from John Foley, Jr. at Graph Expo

Graph Expo 2012 Logo: interlinkONE and Grow Socially are exhibiting at this event, and our CEO John Foley, Jr. is delivering multiple presentations.

With Graph Expo just several weeks away, there is a lot of excitement brewing at the interlinkONE and Grow Socially office at 21 Concord Street.

We will be exhibiting in the Marketing Pavilion at Booths 1071 and 1072. We’d love to see you there!

But one of the biggest items that we’d like to share with you today involves this news — our CEO John Foley, Jr. will be delivering TWO of the educational Graph Expo seminars!

We wanted to share this news with you as quickly as possible because registration is required for these events. Here are the details of the two seminars that John will be presenting:

Mastering the Triad: Social Media, SEO & Your Website

Date: Monday, October 8th
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

You Will Learn:

  • Why SEO is critical to your company’s success
  • How to identify which keywords and types of content drive the best website traffic
  • Steps for creating an effective social media strategy
  • Ways to determine which social networks you should be on today
  • How to turn your website into a lead-generating machine

Register Here >>

The Cloud and Mobile Demystified: Good For YOUR Business?

Date: Tuesday, October 9th
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

You Will Learn:

  • Everything you need to know about cloud-computing – the Pros and Cons
  • How to identify if your daily business activities could be improved by using the Cloud
  • The tools that you need to effectively incorporate mobile into your business
  • Ways to use mobile to generate leads and provide customer service

Register Here >>

This year’s Graph Expo promises to be one of the busiest and best events of the year. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions about these events, our Booth plans, or if you’d like to make an appointment to meet with our team at Graph Expo, please just let us know.

Bridge Conference: Inbound Marketing And You

2012 Bridge Conference Logo: interlinkONE and Grow Socially CEO John Foley, Jr. will be speaking at this event on How Inbound Marketing Can Work For You

On August 8th, our CEO John Foley, Jr. will be speaking at the 7th Annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference in Washington, D.C.

John will be delivering a presentation entitled “How Inbound Marketing Can Work For You”.

Attendees can catch this session from 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM in the Baltimore 2 room.

John recorded this brief video to provide attendees with a sneak peek as to what they can expect at the conference and his presentation:

Some of the items that John will cover during his presentation on inbound marketing are:

  • Developing an inbound marketing strategy that will be tailored to your business needs
  • Using social media to effectively reach more prospects and customers
  • Converting your website into a lead-generation machine
  • Taking steps to humanize your brand and promote your cause and/or benefits
  • Creating content that can be used for each step of the buying cycle — from generating an inquiry to converting a lead into a sale
  • Measuring the impact of your inbound and outbound marketing tactics
  • And more!

If you’ll be attending the Bridge Conference this week, we hope to see you there! Make sure to connect with John on Twitter before or during the show as well.