Your small business has been growing and thriving thanks to the stellar service you’re providing and the unique way you go about doing it. Word of mouth has probably been extremely helpful in growing your business, and you’re seeing a great customer return rate.
But now, you’re ready to expand your marketing efforts to reach more people. Clearly it’s time to invest more effort in an online marketing strategy, but knowing where to start is difficult.
If you’ve ever Googled “how to market my small business online,” in all likelihood you have fallen down the rabbit hole of strategic marketing blogs. It’s easy to spend an entire day researching online marketing only to walk away more confused and overwhelmed than before you started.
To make things a little easier, here are 3 smart steps for marketing your small business that are easy to get started on right away. Dip into online marketing with these proven methods and see how even these small steps will noticeably benefit your small business.
Email marketing is a frustrating endeavor. Writing a good email is simple; lots of us fire off emails all day long to partners, clients, customers, bosses, and coworkers. So it is easy to assume that sending out a successful marketing email is only a matter of making a clearly communicated point and then blasting it out to as many contacts as possible.
But if you want your emails to land in inboxes and to actually entice the recipient to open, read, and respond in some way, you’re going to need to refine your tactics.
Whether you are reaching out to long-time customers or to people you think may be interested in what you have to offer, the goal of any email marketing campaign is to convince someone to engage with your business. With a clear goal in mind of what you hope to achieve, use these tips before you send out your next email campaign, and see better results from your efforts.
Whether you are structuring a brand new website or want to optimize your existing one, as a business it is imperative that you have a visually appealing website that gives an idea of who you are and what you provide.
At its core, a website should be a resume for your business, including details of your products or services, a background of your business, and contact information. If designed well, your website will act as the most effective member of your sales and marketing team.
As 2017 is in full swing, it’s time to check in on some of the most effective trends in SEO content marketing so far this year, how you can leverage these trends for greater conversions, and where the future of SEO is headed.
How To Leverage Ratings, Reviews, and Client Testimonials to Market Your Business
A good online review can act as more than just affirmation of a job well done. A recent consumer study shows that 88% of consumers have read reviews online to determine the quality of a local business, and this same percentage agreed that they trust these online reviews as much as personal recommendations. Analytics suggest this trend will only continue to grow. But few businesses know how to leverage these successes into a concerted online marketing strategy.
Encouraging Online Reviews
There’s no contending the power of a referral to drive new business to your door, but unless your satisfied customer leaves you a review online, how do you leverage their happiness with your job well done into new customers?
For many small businesses, it’s not unusual to enjoy early success without having to do much marketing. Perhaps you launched your brand in response to a local demand for a specific solution, and word-of-mouth quickly spread and business boomed. But at some point, you will likely find yourself in need of new customers. Whether to grow or simply sustain your business, active marketing is needed to reach people who have never heard of you.
There’s no contending the power of email marketing. For every $1 spent, email marketing generates $38 in revenue. That’s a 3,800% ROI – a statistic that social media simply can’t touch.
But today’s business owners are inundated with email, and it can be difficult to get their attention. We’re not talking about a catchy subject line or attractive offer (although those are essential ingredients); we’re talking about email targeting to ensure you’re getting the right message, to the right person, at the right time.
It’s a complex science to be sure, but taking the time to develop targeted email campaigns can jumpstart your marketing, get your brand in front of new prospects, and ultimately grow your revenue.
Whether you’ve been wildly successful with a previous marketing strategy, or you’ve just been making stuff up as you go and getting lucky, there comes a time for almost every business where marketing initiatives just seem to… stagnate.
Feeling like you’re stuck in a rut? Read on to find out why your marketing plan is stale, and what to do about it.
We are very excited to announce our latest service offering, The EmoryDay Strategic Marketing Plan. After years of writing marketing plans to help strategize our Business Accelerators, we started receiving requests from clients who wanted this as a stand alone service. So we honed the processes to make the Strategic Marketing Plan a separate product offering.
Knowing a good Strategic Marketing Plan is the springboard for a small business’s marketing efforts, we priced the plan affordably at $950. It provides a clear roadmap for everything your business needs to grow and succeed including:
For small business owners day-to-day operations can be so time consuming that planning for the future gets put on the back burner. When all their time goes into goes to managing the business, figuring out how to market the business can be overwhelming.
Many businesses start inconsistent marketing efforts, but aren’t sure if their attempts are worth it or add up to success. To grow a small business, a highly actionable, strategic plan should be created and executed with a plan to track results.
Get our tips on how to use a strategic marketing plan to take your business to the next level.