Q: I’m ready to start selling my art online. Please visit my website and tell me what you think. What about paying for gallery or exhibition space or a web page on large art websites or links on large art websites with lots of other artists?
A: Selling art online can be a bit of a catch-22 for artists. One of the main ways people get to your website is to type your name into search engines like Google, locate your site on the results page, and click over to it. People who don’t know your name but who might be interested in your kind of art probably won’t find you. Sure, some might land by chance through searches that happen to match words on your site, but they’re usually looking for something else and are generally not inclined to stick around long enough to take a good look at your art, let alone buy it. Fortunately there are ways to keep accidental vistors on your site, but more about that later.
As for setting up galleries or pages on large art and artist websites, that can be pretty futile and not necessarily the best use of your money. Numerous group art websites exist, each with anywhere from dozens to hundreds of artists, some with more, and practically all promising the world. But those promises don’t necessarily pan out, especially on the larger art websites. Just because you throw your art into the mix is no guarantee anyone will see it. Unless you’re able to drive traffic to your page and convince people to take action while there, the chances of people landing by chance are comparable to entering your art in a group show with anywhere from several thousand to hundreds of thousands of pieces and hoping someone somehow finds yours.
Large art and artist websites used to make more sense than they do now. Before social networking, joining them was a great way for artists to publicize their art. But these days artists have far more options for getting the word out. Large group art sites were also good because they handled everything from payment to shipping. Now artists can do this themselves. With options like Paypal and Square, handling your own sales is getting easier all the time.
The great news is that thanks to social networking, any artist can now present their art online, bypass the limitations of search engines and bulk art/artist websites, cultivate their own followings and ultimately make sales. Enterprising artists are regularly attracting hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands and sometimes even hundreds of thousands of followers. Those who do it best post regularly, maintain consistent and engaging narratives, provide insight not only into their art but also into their lives and adventures as artists, and are good about interacting with their fans. But let’s not forget their art– these artists also tend to be productive, dedicated to their profession as well as to maintaining their online profiles. They make it clear, even if only by the amount of work they produce, that they’re serious about this art game and in it for the long haul.
For many many artists, social networking has been instrumental in transforming the Internet into an important avenue for introducing and presenting their art, getting exposure, attracting not only collectors but also exhibition opportunities, and for making sales. But even though plenty of art is already selling this way with more and more selling all the time, actively maintaining your online profile exclusively on social networking sites can be a risky business. For one thing, you have no control over your content, layout of your pages, or the surety that what you post today will be there tomorrow. Worst case scenarios are that a website where you maintain a page gets purchased by non-art-related interests, changes focus or direction, is abandoned by users for a site with a better interface, or disappears off the Internet altogether.
The single best way to protect yourself against the hazards of setting up shop on other people’s websites is to establish an online location where you control the show and nobody else. In other words, you have to own and maintain a website dedicated entirely to your art. Websites are the artist portfolios of today. They’re the places where artists introduce themselves and their art, organize and display their art, present their credentials, and provide contact information and details for anyone interested in finding out more or hopefully even buying. Regardless of your current situation, whether you have a website or not, you can build one that works for you.
Now you don’t just build a website and let it sit there, hoping that somehow “they” will come. You have to operate, maintain and integrate it into your social networking activities; that’s the single best way to drive traffic to the site. Traditional ways of getting exposure can also get people over to your site, like showing at bricks & mortar locations wherever and whenever you get the chance, networking within your art community, participating in juried and non-juried shows, and so on. Assuming you’re doing all of this and more, and assuming you’re respectful of any galleries or agents who currently represent you, here are some ways to spiff up your online profile and your website in particular:
Free websites and fee-based multi-artist web hosts can also compromise the presentation of your art by placing obtrusive advertisements or links to their companies on your pages. Incentives for visitors to leave your site and go somewhere else are NEVER good. Some of these sites can even compete directly against your site in online searches. For example, if you search your name on Google and a page from the company hosting your site that happens to have your name on it ranks higher than your actual site, or appears in close proximity to your site in the search results, you can lose valuable traffic if people click to those company run pages rather than clicking directly to your site. As for free websites that place unrelated promotional or advertising links on your pages, they may have lower rankings on search engines or worse yet, give the impression you don’t care about your art because you’re not willing to spend any money on a website.
Once you’ve got a domain name, make that website about one thing and one thing only– YOUR ART. Do not show pictures of your dog, talk about your garden or drone on about how bovine growth hormone is depleting the ozone layer unless, of course, any cause you espouse is an integral aspect of your art.
Personalize your website. Make it feel like a place, an environment, somewhere that’s uniquely you. Selling art with images on a computer screen is very different from selling art out of your studio or at a gallery. In a sense, you have to build a “gallery” around your artwork, create an online atmosphere that displays it at its absolute best. Websites that do nothing more than mimic artist portfolios of pre-Internet days are not only out-of-date, impersonal and often boring, but they also tend to be hard to understand for people who don’t know much about art.
While classic portfolio sites may be good for presenting your art to gallery owners or professionals in the trade for possible shows or representation, those people represent only a mini-microscopic percentage of everyone online. You want your site to appeal to anyone who appreciates art, especially to regular everyday people who may not know much about it, but who like and buy it because it attracts, enthralls or excites them in some way. Your gallery section will still be fine for the pros; they know exactly where to go and what they’re looking at. But the online reality you create should be welcoming and understandable to anyone who happens to stop by to see what you do, no matter how or why they end up there or how much or how little they know. Making yourself accessible is ultimately what sells your art.
Write about yourself and your art in the first person. The Internet is impersonal enough already without your having to make it even more so. You’ve decided to show your work to the public; talk about that. Why are you an artist? How do you use art as a form of expression? What’s your perspective? What do you want your art to communicate? Being able to answer questions like these in a conversational way is good no matter what the circumstances. Talking about who you are and what you stand for makes visitors feel like they’re getting to know you, like there’s a human being creating this art, like your work is more than an abstract impersonal commodity. Simply put, people who feel some connection to an artist are more likely to buy than those who don’t.
For you artists who don’t like to write, think about this– search engines can’t find a website with little or no text. The less text you have, the less accessible you’ll be through online searches. Now this doesn’t mean you saturate your website with mountains of text simply to be visible to search engines, but rather that you make sure to include all those facts, terms and descriptions unique to you and essential to understanding and appreciating your art.
Whenever possible, use social networking posts to drive traffic to your website. Rather than upload an image of your latest art to an album on Facebook, for example, and then mention it in a post, put a link in your post directly to that art on your website. The same image will still appear in your post, but people who click on it will go straight to your website instead of to an album on Facebook. You want people to see your art, but it’s always better if they see it on your website where they’ll have opportunities to look around and check out everything else that’s there.
Speaking of navigating your website, think of yourself as the curator of your own museum. Provide enough in the way of organization and explanatory for anyone who visits to orient themselves quickly and easily and find their way around. Assume visitors to your site know little or nothing about either art in general or you as an artist. Keep things simple, start at the beginning, explain what you do step-by-step, and move them on to your image pages as quickly and effortlessly as possible. Most importantly, write in language ANYBODY can understand. People like having some kind of grip on what they’re looking at. If they can’t figure it out, they’re sure not gonna buy it. People who already know you or who know art will skip to the appropriate sections. Those who can’t get enough and want to know more will contact you.
Update your website regularly. There’s absolutely no point in using social networking to drive traffic to a website that doesn’t change. When you send people to your website, either send them somewhere they haven’t been before or send them somewhere new. A stagnant website rarely reflects favorably on an artist.
If you decide to have a links page, keep it to a minimum and make sure every single link relates in some way to you and your art. The worst links pages are full of fun and entertaining links that are better than the artist’s site itself. I can’t tell you how many times I go onto a website, check out the links page, click on one that looks good, and leave never to return. You don’t want that! Provide only links that serve your cause– like those of galleries that currently represent you, blog interviews, features about your art, and so on. Make sure those links connect to pages specifically about you and your art, not to homepages or other pages on those sites that have no information about you. Quality links pages can increase your respect and standing among visitors, and may even end up driving more traffic to your site.
Use effective keywords in your title lines and text. Keywords are your ticket to higher rankings on search engines and one of the best ways for people who don’t already know you to find you. For example, good keywords can be used to attract people who collect the kind of art you make, but who have no idea you make it. If you sculpt coat hangers into baby ducks, use keywords that attract coat hanger baby duck sculpture collectors. If necessary, hire someone who can suggest keyword strategies based on your art. Don’t get carried away though and go keyword crazy; only use keywords that relate specifically to you and your art.
Resist the temptation to show every work of art you’ve ever made or to dump them all into the same gallery, and make sure the large majority of what you do show is current work that’s available for sale. Your gallery section must be organized so anyone can understand and navigate it. You can show sold or older works, but keep them in separate galleries and away from the current works for sale. Show too much sold work though and people who visit the site will feel like all they get to pick from are leftovers. It’s generally a good idea to limit your total selection to a maximum of 50 pieces or so. Too much work or too many different kinds of work overwhelms and confuses viewers and makes them less likely to buy. Those who want to see more will ask.
Several additional pointers:
► Use good clear detailed images of your art that load fast.
► Make sure all art that’s for sale is priced. Most people don’t like to ask prices and rather than ask, they leave. You can either have a price next to each individual work or you can do like the galleries do and have a price list at a separate location on your site. That way, dollar signs won’t intrude or interfere with people’s experience of your art.
► Provide plenty of contact information and encourage anyone with questions to ask. Answer all questions or inquiries fast.
► Provide clear instructions on how people can buy your art and how you’re going to get it to them.
► Make your art easy to buy and easy to pay for. Accept credit cards, sign up with a payment service like Paypal or Square, and so on. The more ways people can pay for your art, the more art you sell.
► Offer an approval period for buyers, say a week to ten days, where they’re allowed return your art for any reason should it turn out to be other than what they thought they were buying. Don’t worry; I’ve heard very few stories of people returning art.
To market the product by writing articles is currently a trend, but to make the articles should relate directly to the product to be marketed And to ensure the probability that your articles will be accepted, here are some important points to remember before you go into submissions.
1. Check and proofread your own article.
Some authors do not proofread their articles because they find it takes a lot of time. But if you want your articles to be accepted quickly and easily, it is your duty to make help out the publisher. How do you do this?
The first thing you should do is to check and review you grammar and spelling more than once. You might have missed something when you checked the first time around but you will come upon it the second or third time.
It is also best if you have and know someone that will review it for you. Ask that person to look for anything that does not seem right. This would be from grammar to sentence formation. They are more likely to see mistakes that you have missed.
When writing articles, you get very familiar with the content that you will not anymore aware of mistakes committed.
It is very easy for writers to miss out obvious mistakes. Adding some familiarity into them does not help either. You will just commit more because of this. By having someone read article, this problem will be eliminated.
2. Your articles should have value.
If you want free traffic for your site, articles are the best ways to do it. But keep in mind that they are not supposed to be an advertisement. That is why you are using them in the first place. Making your articles appear like one will make publishers delete them so fast you would not know what hit them.
Put yourself in the publishers shoes. Their primary concern is to look for some new, fresh and useful content to supply to their readers. For them, good articles are personal commentaries about the latest trend in the industry or reviews about a certain product.
Trying to include a link to your site is obviously advertising. The instant they see that, they dispose of them quickly without bothering to read that you have written a good content. All you efforts thrashed.
Try to go back to the time when you were just new in the article marketing business. You were hungry to get the freshest and the most valuable information. Your articles were all precious to you.
Every writer has the right to a resource box space at the end of each article. This will serve as your advertisement. And this is as far as you can go. Readers who have found your article interesting would surely want to go visit your site to get more information about you and what you are offering.
As small as they seem to be, resource boxes serve much greater purpose if you compare it with others that are promoting visibly and with obvious advertising mediums posted.
When writing your resource box, try to be as brief as you can. They do not have to be near as long as your article. Try to also limit the number of links you put into them. The standard resource box consist of only 4 to 5 lines.
3. Articles should be straight and up to the point.
An article is written with one key point in mind and that is to be informational. Do not beat around the bush, be as clear as you possibly can. Keep in mind that your readers are of varying intellectual capacity. Not all can understand idioms or figures of speech.
It is said that an article that is appears to be boring to you may be clear and understandable to your readers. You should have a writing style that is not too difficult to follow. Nothing turns a reader off more than reading an article that seem to go on circles.
Creating a quality article can be easy. Just try to consider your content, your readers and the publishers and you are on your way to a fast and steady start to profits.
Online marketing, also known as Internet or digital marketing, involves using the Internet to promote a business. The goal of online marketing is to spread awareness about a business and its products or services via the Internet.
Internet marketing encompasses a variety of different strategies, including search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click advertising, reputation management and both social media and content marketing. The majority of businesses today use at least one of these strategies to promote themselves.
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DigitalSherpa is an online marketing company that specializes in content marketing and social media marketing. Its content marketing services include writing customized and unique content for websites, writing blogs and creating branded social media content. Additional services include social media management, social media marketing analytics and custom-built Facebook and Twitter pages. DigitalSherpa is based in Norcross, Georgia. digitalsherpa.com
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First Port Marketing Solutions
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Internet Marketing Ninjas
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The Marketing Zen Group
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Main Street ROI
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Steven Cortez Digital Marketing Consulting
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Getting started is super easy as well. On BreezeAds.com, you go to the Advertiser Sign-Up Form, compose your first campaign (including images)-and submit the form. Once your account is open, you add a deposit, whatever amount you deem appropriate. It should be at least $10 to start, but there are no limits on how long you have to spend whatever you deposit. Also, there are many options to pay (in U.S. dollars) with PayPal, AlertPay or even bank wire transfer. Usually, once your account is set up and funded, approval is nearly immediate.
You just have to be sure that :
(1) you have enough funding for the submitted campaign;
(2) you have specified the current date or one in the future (if you erroneously select a date in the past, your ads wont be displayed);
(3) your Minimum CPC bid is equal to or higher than other advertisers for the same contextual network category.
You can figure this out easily by clicking View Recommended CPC, and then bidding the same or more.
That is the whole process and after the first time, it takes just a few minutes. Then the BreezeAds system takes over and their algorithms match you with the right Publisher sites for your ads to get the best exposure. Their high tech support monitoring analyzes each and every click and impression your ad gets to make sure you get high quality traffic. They automatically filter fraudulent traffic with their IP geo locator and secure solutions. Basically, once you submit your ad and deposit, they do all the work to make sure your ads get the best and most views possible by the appropriate audience contextually. Their customer support is always available and they can help you troubleshoot any problems you might have. BreezeAds.com works with you to keep the quality high and the traffic real, all within your budget.
You probably already bored with your routine office work, and maybe you see some people succeed with online entrepreneurship so that you are interested to try it. Starting a business online is easy but practically difficult, unlikely but real and that’s online business. That must be understood when doing business online is the knowledge of Online Marketing. Here is the secret information into an online marketing success is taken from page www.copyblogger.com
Actually, there are three secrets that work together. To be blunt, these three magic success secrets separate the winners from the losers. Master them and you’ll start to move forward. Slowly at first, then you’ll pick up momentum and things will start to move amazingly quickly. No baloney, no tricks. These three secrets are . . .
#1: Take action
Every year, hopeful entrepreneurs buy millions of dollars’ worth of “how to succeed” or “how to start a business” products. The market isn’t limited to doing business online, but the idea of working at a computer making “six-figure incomes in our pajamas” is especially irresistible.
95% of the customers for these products will spend thousands of dollars, then turn around looking for the next magic pill before their credit card gets a chance to cool off. So are online marketing products all garbage? Are they just hype and spin?
There are some junky products out there, but the truth is that many of them are excellent. The “gurus,” as they’re (not always affectionately) called, have a lot of sound advice to give. Their advice can make you lots of money, if you know the success secret:
You actually have to do something with the advice.
Most customers for “business opportunity” products value the dream more than they do the result. They want to get out of the cubicle, out of their crummy apartment, out of credit card debt. They might even want it desperately. But they don’t take action.
I’m not saying this to be flippant or harsh. It’s not actually all that easy to go from advice to action. If you don’t have a good track record for that, if you’ve spent a lot of time or money on how-to products but never really done anything with it, you may believe you’ll never master it.
Your new productivity methodology
Get a little notebook. This is your to-do list for your project.
If you’re a content marketer, most of your actions will revolve around creating content, creating products, or delivering services. Be sure and maintain a long list of content ideas, so you’re never at a loss when it’s time to knock out a post or a podcast.
Write down all the actions you must take to get you to the next step. Add more actions as you think of them. Cross them off when you’re done. When the list is a mess, rewrite it.
You don’t need an elaborate system that wastes more time than it frees up. Your system only needs to help you know what to do next.
Work every day (7 days a week, no exceptions), even if some days you only have 15 minutes. Working every day will increase your productivity by spurring your unconscious mind to come up with more ideas. This is helpful for entrepreneurs, and critical for content marketers.
Make a daily habit of one hour of action on your biggest goal. You’ll be astonished at how quickly you start to make progress. Ready, Fire, Aim author Michael Masterson recommends an hour of work on your dream goal every morning, as a way to start your day with a terrific rush of productivity. I’ve been doing just that for the past few months, and I’m starting to get used to the “whooshing” sound as the pieces fall into place. Not only does it work, it feels great too.
You can spend that hour all at once, or divide it into two or three pieces. Make it work for you. And once you develop the hour-a-day habit, you’ll actually find yourself making excuses to do more work on your project.
Success is built on lots of small steps. Start taking them. You’ve built this up in your head to be 1,000 times harder than it is. The fact that you have historically been terrible at getting stuff done is not relevant at all.
Just start taking action. It honestly is that simple.
#2: Have a plan
The down side of “just taking action” is that if you do a lot of random tasks, you tend to get a lot of random results.
You need to put together a simple, reasonably logical plan. If you want notoriety and attention for its own sake, put together a Paris Hilton sort of plan. If you want credibility and trust from your customers, make it more of a Copyblogger kind of plan.
There’s an old saying that when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem tends to look like a nail. Fight that kind of thinking as much as you can. Your plan may call for expertise you don’t have, or actions you aren’t very good at. So make some room in your plan to partner with someone else. If you’re great at connecting with customers but lousy at technology, find a partner whose strengths and weaknesses perfectly complement yours. Believe me, that person is out there and wants desperately to work with you.
Making too many plans can be the enemy of success secret #1. Be sure your plan has plenty of room for “actions I will take.”
For most of us, grandiose plans don’t get implemented. It’s great to have spectacular goals, if that inspires you. But put together plans for relatively simple, manageable projects. A dumb, simple little project that gets done is infinitely more valuable than an impressive one that gets 99% done.
The reason “back-of-the-napkin” project planning is a cliché is because simple, compact plans tend to get put into action, while 1,000-page strategies to create business empires tend to gather dust.
Keep your project plan in your little notebook. If your plan doesn’t fit into a small notebook, make a smaller plan.
If you want to make a million dollars online, start with a project to make $10. Figure that out, then scale it. It sounds simplistic and even silly, but it works.
#3: Your secret sauce is you
This is the one that’s going to take #1 and #2 to a completely new level. Success secrets #1 and #2 can make you a decent living. Add #3 to those and you’ll start to create an extraordinary business that supports a meaningful life.
As a content marketer, you’re going to need to create interesting, useful and compelling content pretty much every day you’re in this business. Your blog posts, free reports and email newsletters all contribute to one goal: to establish you as a trusted authority on your topic.
If you’re just going to regurgitate the usual stuff in a lame me-too blog, you’re not going to find too many customers. You’re betting off spending your time surfing or skateboarding — at least with those, you’ll get some exercise and you might meet somebody cute.
You have a unique view of your market’s problems. You have a unique set of techniques and approaches to solve those problems. You have a unique set of experiences to put the problems in a fresh light. Share those unique perspectives in your content.
If you need more expertise to establish yourself as a credible authority, get out and start asking questions. Be a reporter. Look for case studies. Look for real-life examples, even if they’re tiny. Look for lessons in your own life. Make connections no one’s made yet. Bring someone else’s expertise to light in a new way.
If you’re a Franciscan monk, write about the Franciscan monk’s guide to brewing better beer. If you’re a doting parent, write about the toddler’s guide to success. If you’re an indentured servant for a big corporation, write about how to avoid doing all the really dumb stuff your company does.
There will always be people — often thousands of people — who know more than you do. Acknowledge that so you stay humble and open. Then put it to one side and speak up anyway.
Keep whittling down your topic until you’re speaking with an authentic voice about something you genuinely know and care about. Stay curious and you’ll find the path that works for you and only for you.
The real secret
Nearly everyone will read this, feel inspired for about 45 seconds, then go off to hit Starbucks and check out what the hottie on the 2nd floor is wearing today.
But you’re going out at lunch today to pick up your small notebook. As soon as you get back, you’re going to scribble a simple plan and a good handful of actions that will make the plan happen. You’re going to put some thought into how you can execute this plan in your own inimitable way.
You’ll make 10 minutes and take an action today, even if it’s small. Tomorrow morning, you’ll start working for an hour every day, 7 days a week, toward your biggest goal. And just like that, you’ll be on your way to true, meaningful success, however you define it.
Send me a postcard when you’ve reached your dream. I’ll be very jazzed to hear from you.
source : www.copyblogger.com
Market and sell products that behavior is already a job as a marketing. But what is the measure of achievement as marketing can be said to be successful and unsuccessful? Target. Yes target of becoming a benchmark achievement as marketing. How to determine targets for marketing? will discuss steps to determine the target so that conducted marketing achievement is reached. This also applies to online businesses.
principal of Sticky Marketing Club explains how you can identify your target customer
1. Understand the problems that you solve
The starting point in defining the target market for your proposition is to understand the problems that you solve. Once you have a good idea what these are, you can start to work out who is most likely to suffer from these problems.
2. Paint a picture of the customer
Start to list all the different types of customers that suffer from the problems you solve. Once done, you can start to build up a picture of these customers. Group them by location – for example, high net worth individuals tend to live in certain postcodes. Group them by market sector – are they manufacturers, recruitment agents, and so on.
Ask yourself other types of relevant questions about these people. Are they married? Are they male or female? Do they play golf? Define them in as many relevant ways as possible.
3. Who will gain from the value in your offer?
– To whom will these problems be most troublesome?
– Who will have the most to lose by not dealing with these issues?
If you can demonstrate that the cost of NOT sorting out the problems is GREATER than the cost of dealing with them, then your case becomes compelling.
Remember to take into account aspects like emotional upheaval, stress and the risk to reputation when implementing your solution, as well as a bottom line cost. It is all these factors that make up the value in your offering.
4. Think about your market
Today we live in the world of niche. For example, we are no longer prisoners of television schedules. We can watch what we want at our convenience from almost anywhere in the world; meaning every person can enjoy a unique viewing experience.
The web is fantastic at delivering personalised products and services, cutting out many of the distribution challenges that previously existed.
It is these factors that mean it is a more effective strategy to be a big fish in a small pond rather than the other way round. It will be easier to build your reputation and gain referrals. You will also find you get more from your marketing endeavours.
Therefore, with the previous knowledge gained, start to segment your market. Do you want to work:
* with particular types of people – high net worth individuals, men, women, golfers, and so on?
* in certain geographical locations – Peterborough, The North West, and so on?
* around tight market sectors – manufacturers or accountants, and so on?
5. Look internally at your company
One way of deciding on the right markets to pursue is to think about your company and your business.
– Do you have particular areas of expertise?
For example, have you a lot of experience in particular markets, such as working with lawyers?
– Do you have unique knowledge of a specific geographical area?
– Are you better at getting on with certain types of people?
All these factors could help you establish a particularly attractive offering.
Take an accountant working alone in Manchester, for example. For a start, working all over the country is probably not practical. They may therefore decide to only work with clients in the North West.
It may be that before going alone they worked in-house for a couple of different entrepreneurial businesses. Therefore, the accountant may decide to make their marketplace ‘Entrepreneurs in the North West’.
Suddenly, if you are an entrepreneur in the North West, this is an accountant probably worth knowing. By solely working in this area they are more likely to introduce you to the right people and have more market knowledge of schemes and funding available to entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, by concentrating in this marketplace, the accountant knows which websites to look at and belong to, which publications to read and possibly write for, and which networks to attend. Within this market it will be quite easy for the accountant to become known. Without limiting their market it would almost be impossible to know where to start.
6. What else is available?
Once you have decided the answers to some of these questions you must look at the market to see what else is available. The question you must have an answer to is:
– Why am I uniquely placed to solve the problem?
It may be that for some marketplaces there is no answer. However, in certain sectors or geographical locations there may be a compelling response to that question.
If you are unable to answer the question, you either have the wrong target market or the wrong offering. In this case, more work will need to be done before you start targeting your potential customers.
Written by Grant Leboff of Sticky Marketing Club.
Source : http://www.marketingdonut.co.uk
Local SEO isn’t just about optimizing your business website any longer. It’s about maintaining a healthy presence online within the community and engaging with your customers and prospects through your site and on social media.
One of the newer search engine ranking factors that I predicted will become more popular this year is “overall visitor engagement,” particularly through social media. In fact, Google admitted that, in 2009, it embarked on a 10-year plan to integrate social media data into its organic search algorithm.
Therefore, combining content updates on your website with social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram can lead to greater engagement and more site visits, resulting in higher search ranking.
This is particularly true for a local business. You should keep everything, from location details to hours of operation to prices, up to date.
But what about other types of content? What else should you be posting to your website and social media accounts on a regular basis? Let’s look at four options and discuss the benefits of each.
1. Add a Blog to Your Website
A blog is ideal for regularly posting updates about your products, services, customers, and the local community. Consider these ideas, for blog posts:
Take a photo of customers who visit your store or business frequently and post their story. Conduct an interview where you ask customers questions about themselves and get their recommendations on ways to make your business better at serving them. Then, publish the interview and photos to your blog, with their permission. Follow up with a post on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Instagram, with a link back to your blog post. Regular postings like this will keep your fans and followers engaged. They will see that yours is a business that cares about its customers.
Take pictures of your business at different times of year — even one per week (or day). Update the blog with the latest photos, describing each one. Also, post the photos to your social media accounts with a link back to your site, and update your local listings on sites such as Google My Business, Bing Places, and Yahoo Local with the photos.
Feature a particular product, service, or even an entrée (if you’re a restaurant) on a regular basis.
Find “horror stories” related to your business, and include photos. If you’re a dry cleaner, for instance, post about a really dirty wedding dress that you cleaned. Find out about the bride and how the dress got so dirty. Regardless of the nature of your business or industry, I’m sure there’s a “horror story” you could write about, post on the blog, and share on social media.
2. Connect with Community Influencers
Use social media to connect with influential people in your community, such as a local television personality, radio DJ, the mayor, or another prominent figure. And don’t just follow them, but react to their posts and tweets with likes, shares, and comments.
I happen to live in a large television market, Dallas, and connect with many local television personalities regularly via Twitter. You may be surprised to know that they will respond and have conversations with you, even when they’re on the air. (During commercial breaks at least.)
Connecting with local personalities will help you in the long run because, whenever you have a story to tell, they are more apt to listen and will help you promote it through social media if you connected with them previously.
3. Take Something Viral
Even though yours is a local small business, that doesn’t mean that you cannot do something that will go viral.
When something “goes viral” on social media, people will start engaging with your business and will search for your brand or company name — and search engines will take notice as a result.
For example, a local hair salon I worked with on website optimization was doing something that I thought worth promoting. If you were unemployed and going on a job interview, you could come to the hair salon, and a member of the staff would do your hair for free.
[T]he hair salon received some outstanding local news coverage, which we leveraged by creating fresh content.
I mentioned this to some local news personalities with whom I was connected on social media, and also wrote and distributed a press release to local news outlets. As a result, the hair salon received outstanding local news coverage, which we leveraged by creating fresh content.
We added a blog post and an article on the website and posted photos of the news media that showed up to report on the story to the salon’s website and social media channels.
4. Connect with Your Local Community
Your business is a big part of the community. One way to connect with it is through local events.
When an event is taking place, take some photos and post them to your website and social media accounts. It’s possible that your fans and followers will share them, and others in the community will be made aware of your business.
Source : http://webmarketingtoday.com
The major search engines offer this kind of advertising. Advertising that is driven with keywords popular keywords are searched on and if you have the highest bid your ad appears first in the list of ads on the search page. The search engine displays your ad and when someone clicks on it you pay for the click. It is a really great way to advertise and get lots of hits to your website. But do not think it is all easy. If you do not watch very close you could make some costly mistakes. Like an ad that gets lots of clicks and no sales. You can run up a very big advertising bill very fast.
So you are just starting out you have built a great website ready to sell your product or service what do you do to get traffic. It takes time to get listed with the major search engines to start getting traffic from them. A very quick and dirty answer is by using PPC or pay per click advertising. PPC can produce results very fast within hours of putting up your ad you can start getting traffic.
All the expert say Google is by far the best resource for PPC advertising. The others offer it at different rates. The biggest search engine gets the lion’s share of the traffic so it would be your best bet for fast results. Their service provides a lot of training and help picking the keywords and a very good interface for setting up your campaigns. You can program your daily limit you want to spend, start and stop times for your ads. They also have utilities to do some analysis on how your ads are doing.
A very easy way to get an understanding of what PPC is and how it works is go to one of the major search engine sites. Go to their search bar and type in a word like (boat) and press enter and see what comes up. In the main body you will get what is referred to as content information. It comes from thousands of sources. Like Websites, blogs. Forums, Articles and many more places. Then down the right hand side of the page are the PPC Ads. Try adding (boat service) to your search and see what comes up. You can put in phrases and ad brackets or quotes to get different search results. Play with it so you can get a feel for how the search engines find what people are looking for from the keyword or key phrases.
After you design your add you will bid on the keyword or phrases to make your ads appear in the searches. The cost of the bids can be as low as $.05 cents to hundreds of dollars a click for a phrase of keyword that is in a very big demand and very popular. The higher your bid the higher your ad placement will be. It may not be the most important thing to be first as it is to be on the first page. The people doing the searching will select from the first page and rarely if ever go more than 3 pages looking for something. The majority of clicks come from the first 10 ads and the first 3 spots are the best. One great thing about PPC advertising is the fast results and being able to change the ad for different results and not having to wait very long. To learn how to do this kind of advertising find and read some books on the subject get two or three points of view for the best results. There is a lot of trial and error with PPC but the rewards are bigger than any other kind of advertising. So just remember to do your home work first.
David Nettles lives in South Florida and runs his home-based business full-time. He is also the publisher of http://www.businessathomeincome.com