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5 Things All Business Should Know About Online Marketing

It is not really possible to exaggerate just how quickly the world of online marketing evolves. It was not too long ago that having a website was an optional extra for most businesses. However,  not only must your business now have a website, if it is not optimised for viewing via a mobile device, you could now find yourself being penalised by Google! Things really are changing quickly!

99.9% of business owners are in their chosen market sector to make an impact. Forward progress & making money, rather than treading water and staying still is the order of the day and maximising your online exposure offers a great way of doing this.

No-one expects you to understand the ins and outs of this complex marketing method but to help you along the way, we have highlighted 5 of the most important things to understand about promoting your business via the internet

No. 1 – Putting All of Your Eggs in the PPC Basket Is a Bad Idea

A conversation with Google would quickly have you signing up for an Adwords PPC account and although a few years ago, Pay Per Click marketing offered a highly effective solution, today, however, PPC has less of an impact.

Running a short term PPC campaign can still prove to be very effective, however, it is absolutely crucial that you understand that the moment you stop adding money to your account is the moment your PPC advert disappears.

Pay Per Clicks are just as they sound, you are not paying for each enquiry or order you receive, you are literally paying each time someone clicks on your link.

Searching for a long term marketing strategy, such as organic SEO, is a far more cost effective method of approaching online marketing.

No. 2 – Effective Online Marketing Is Not Free!SEO Horley

Whoever said that ‘the best things in life are free’ was obviously not a business owner! The truth is that an effective online marketing campaign is likely to cost you a certain amount of money. You should though always view any online marketing costs as an investment rather than an expense.

Effective online marketing costs money. If you want to do things correctly, you will have to hire the services of a professional to write quality content, publish quality content, handle your social media accounts and cover all other aspects of online marketing, all of which will not come for free.

The thing to focus on though is that if you are prepared to spend the time and money required to market your business in the right way, your online marketing efforts can have a powerful ROI.

No. 3 – Never Underestimate The Power of Good Content

There is absolutely no getting away from the fact that they internet is content. The World Wide Web is made up of literally millions of articles, blogs, Blogging For Businessesinfographics, websites, tweets, status updates, videos and photographs to name just a few.

To stand out from the crowd, your website or online marketing venture needs to be founded on high quality, unique and informative content.

This can be broken down into one simple sentence ’Online marketing IS content marketing’.

No. 4 – Mobile Optimisation is a Must!

The most recent shake-up of the online word relates to Google’s ‘mobilegeddon’ update. Google’s latest algorithm change ensured a polite request to make websites ‘mobile friendly’ was replaced with an ‘or else’ ultimatum.

Essentially, if your website is not mobile friendly, it is highly likely to be penalised by Google during mobile searches.

There is no need to be concerned about this change though, mobile friendly websites are no longer just for huge companies with limitless funds, our expert team can quickly and easily convert your website to ensure that you fall in line.

For more on this, please check out our recent blog ‘Is Your Website Mobile Friendly? Find Out Why It Needs To BeIs Mobile Optimisation The Future of SEO

No. 5 – Visitor Numbers Rather Than Rankings Can Make All The Difference

We certainly don’t believe that web rankings are irrelevant but it is far too easy for people to become consumed by achieving high rankings for certain terms.

Achieving excellent rankings is an output that many SEO firms can easily sell because they look good! However, it is an increase in relevant visitors which is often the most important SEO factor.

With so many different methods of driving visitors to your website, social media, articles and online directories to name just a few, there are a variety of methods of not just driving visitors to your website but driving the ‘right’ visitors to your website.

Without an increasing number of the right visitors, you are highly unlikely to generate leads or sales–the outcome you need and this is why you should place your trust in SEO firms with a focus on delivering outcomes, rather than outputs.

If you would like any more information, please contact the Footprint team on Tel. No. 01883 372488 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

By | June 17th, 2015|SEO|Comments Off on 5 Things All Business Should Know About Online Marketing

Is Mobile Optimisation The Future of SEO

This news may not come as a surprise to everyone but we now have confirmation from Google that the number of online searches conducted on a mobile device has now overtaken those completed on a desktop or laptop.

Last year we heard informal statements from several Google employees that mobile search queries would probably overtake desktop queries some-Is Mobile Optimisation The Future of SEOtime this year. Google just confirmed this has now happened.

The company says that “more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan.” The company declined to elaborate further on what the other countries were, how recently this change happened or what the relative volumes of PC and mobile search queries are now.

For more on this story, please visit the Search Engine Land website.

A Popular Topic

Mobile optimisation is becoming an increasingly popular topic, and for good reason. With the balance tipping in the direction of mobile views over desktop views, taking the steps needed to ensure that your website not only displays correctly through mobile devices but also ranks highly for mobile searches is now more important than ever before.

The Footprint Way

The Footprint team will ensure that your website is fully optimised for mobile usage. Essentially this means that we will design your website in a way that makes it easily viewable on mobile devices, you have nothing to worry about.

Until recently this would also have helped to receive a small ranking boost in the search engines over sites that are not mobile friendly, however, with Is Mobile Optimisation The Future of SEOthe recent ‘Mobilegeddon’ on April 21st, this ranking boost may now be far more significant.

For more on this story, please take a moment to check out the following BBC article – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32393050

This recent update is further confirmation that Google is firmly committed to ensuring the best possible online user experience, no matter what. As mobile trends and technologies evolve, you can certainly expect more algorithm updates of this nature to roll out and shake up the rankings.

What is ‘Mobile Friendly?

As for what qualifies as “mobile friendly,” that is still a little up in the air, but Google does offer this handy test to determine whether or not your site is currently seen as optimised for mobile.

Retrospective Changes

If you are concerned that your website will not or does not pass the ‘Google test’, the good news is that we can retrospectively update your website to become mobile friendly, (i.e. it is not the case that only new websites can be optimised), so if you have any concerns, please give our friendly team a call on Tel. No. 01883 372488.

By | June 10th, 2015|Mobile|Comments Off on Is Mobile Optimisation The Future of SEO

5 Ways Twitter Can Help Your Business

It is highly unlikely that Twitter has not had some type of impact on your life. Whether your experience relates to using a personal Twitter account, seeing friends or family members update the world about their life via their account or seeing a story on the news, Twitter is everywhere!

But are you using it for your business; if not, why not?

Building The ‘Business/Customer’ Relationship

The relationship between a business and its clients has changed dramatically over the last few years, with a greater emphasis on the flow of Could Twitter Soon Be Taking On New Importance For SEO?information between both parties. Businesses know they can command greater loyalty from their client base if they make them feel involved; clients are more willing to trust a business if they feel that business is trust-worthy.

Twitter provides a platform to allow this flow of information. You can let your clients know about upcoming deals or events, interact with people personally (dealing with both praise and grievance) and reach an international audience.

Setting up a Twitter account is easy; follow the URL www.twitter.com, enter your details and you’re away! However, if you don’t have the time to create and maintain your Twitter presence, Footprint can do this all for you.

5 ways Twitter can work for you

  1. Microblogging. Tell the world what you’re doing, what’s coming up, success stories or ask your followers to get involved. Set quizzes and questions that’ll get people onto your website and sharing your details.
  2. Market research. Want a quick census on a product/decision? Your Twitter audience are your clients; ask their opinion directly and you’ll have the right answer (you will also have made your clients feel valued).
  3. Industry. Following your competitors and other names in your industry is a great way to keep abreast of progress, changes and market trends.Social Media For Business
  4. Dealing with praise and complaints. It’s now commonplace for businesses to allow their clients to contact them through Twitter. Praise on Twitter can reap huge benefits in terms of swelling your number of followers. Conversely, if someone complains publicly? You can deal with it instantly – letting everyone know your side of the issue and how you propose to deal with it. People who complain are generally just looking for someone to listen; do that and you’ll turn a negative into a positive every time.
  5. Increase your audience. Twitter has allowed businesses to reach a global client market. The above points will all help you work towards getting your name out there; to potential client sources you didn’t even know existed. Inciting your existing followers to share your posts and feed back using “hashtags” (which we’ll go into in the next blog) will ensure their followers become your followers.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss this in further detail, please give our team a ring on Tel. No. 01883 372488 and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

By | June 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 5 Ways Twitter Can Help Your Business
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