When it comes to sales, the competition is high in every industry, but in today’s digital world the competition is only getting tougher. Website visits to review product or service recommendations and a company’s reputation are all completed digitally before a customer decides to buy or visit your store if the purchase is not online. So you need to have the attention of those customers before they even start their buying process and then work out how to turn those visitors into leads, and leads into new customers.
Successfully delivering appropriate messages will help you to inform customers and then lead them step-by-step through their buying cycle; this is where marketing automation becomes extremely valuable. Marketing automation enables you to set up a workflow of highly personalised marketing messages designed to convert website visitors into leads, and then your new leads into paying customers. Continue reading →
Email marketing continues to be one of the most effective ways of connecting with your audience –regardless of the device they use. The following five best practice techniques will highlight new opportunities to publish targeted email messages that build customer loyalty and increase sales.
1. Targeting and Segmentation
The foundation of an effective email marketing plan is to better understand your customer by developing buyer personas. Understand their personal circumstance, lifestyle and buying habits. You can then create appropriate groups and segment your email list accordingly. Continue reading →
Electronic commerce, or eCommerce as it’s more commonly known is the process of selling goods or services online utilising digital payment and a website with a shopping cart. The rise of eCommerce has allowed small businesses to compete with global brands and reach customers half a world away. A virtual shop requires far less initial investment and on-going maintenance than a bricks and mortar location whilst offering almost infinite space for products. Just as in the offline world a business may choose to sell their products not only in their own ‘store’ but in multiple larger stores, this is where eCommerce becomes a multichannel selling revolution. A business can sell their products on a dozen of their own eCommerce websites, a dozen marketplaces like Amazon, Ebay or Etsy and also offline in shops or at trade shows.
Many business know they need a new or updated website but struggle to articulate what they need from that new website. Pointing out what’s wrong with the current website is a useful start but simply fixing what is wrong with an old website won’t lead to the best possible new website. In order to make creating a new website as simple as possible we’ve simplified the process into the 7 key steps of website development.
In the world of SEO the (right) tactics that were being used years ago are still the things that work. Good on-site SEO combined with good quality, relevant content distributed across your online channels will bring good organic search results – eventually. Remember, achieving rankings through organic SEO is not something that will happen overnight; it takes time and effort. It is a marathon, not a sprint, and is something you have to keep doing. If you want quick and immediate rankings, then you need to consider paid search advertising.
Along the way there have been some people who have discovered loopholes that may have allowed them to claw their way up the organic search engine rankings quickly in the short term. But the truth is, as the search engines improved and got better at identifying those loopholes, those short term gains turned into very long term penalties for those that adopted the practices. Continue reading →