Wow, we have made to the final lesson of the Starting A Small Business Crash Course!
I sincerely hope that you have learned some valuable information that you can use to help you start your own small business.
In this last lesson we are going to jump right in and talk about the importance of having an online presence and developing an internet marketing strategy for your small business.
These days advertising your business online has become a must for any company large or small. it’s vital to your success that you develop some type of online presence because 81 percent of consumers begin their product search for products and services with Google.
When it comes to this form of marketing you have to run an even tighter and more planned campaign than if you were doing it for a large business with a big budget.
The smaller the business, it seems, the more tightly the plan should be. Large companies have a much larger advertising budget, so even if their online marketing strategies aren’t very successful, traditional advertising can make a huge difference for them.
Typically smaller businesses don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on the more common forms of advertising. Internet marketing often becomes the main thrust of the marketing campaign, so it’s necessary that it’s done effectively.
One advantage that small businesses can have over large corporations when it comes to marketing online is that they’re more likely to have a very focused specialized niche. While large companies have niches, too, sometimes larger companies market a variety of products and services over a very broad customer base.
When using internet marketing for your small business, you’ll probably only have to worry about one very specific niche. You’ll know exactly what your customers are looking for, and you can easily focus on filling that need with every aspect of your marketing plan, rather than having to spread the campaign over many different groups of consumers.
Search engine optimization is one method of internet marketing that you can use for your small business. There can be some expense involved especially if you hire a marketing professional or an SEO service to manage this part of your marketing campaign, but the money spent will probably be well worth it.
The key to a successful SEO campaign is to make sure that your website content is optimized for the search engines. Otherwise it will be very difficult for someone to find you unless they’re searching for your company specifically.
Just keep in mind that people search for what they want, though, not the company that might have what they’re looking for. So when you employ this type of marketing for your small business you should always include a plan to get your website higher in the search engine rankings on the best keywords for your company.
Another part of your search engine efforts should involve getting other websites to link to yours. Search engines don’t just take optimized content and keywords into account, they also pay attention to a website’s popularity with other sites. The more sites that link to yours, the more valuable your information is according to most search engines.
These methods of internet marketing for small business can get a small company’s website ranked well ahead of a corporation’s, all while spending much less money on advertising.
Of course SEO isn’t the only internet marketing technique that you can use for your business. There are many others like pay- per-click, banner advertising, email, newsletters, blogs and article marketing just to name a few. They are all very effective and often less costly then more traditional offline methods. The key is to a good internet marketing plan is to consistently track your results and focus on the methods that work the best for your business.
Well we have come to the final lesson in the Starting A Small Business. I hope you’ve found some of the advice helpful.