Finding Internet Marketing Services Right for Your Business

The Internet is huge. No one will deny that, and the role it plays in business is becoming more and more important as well. It is no longer sufficient to do business offline, if you want to succeed in this technology driven new age, then you will have to do a bit of Internet marketing.

There are a number of Internet marketing services available to you, whether it is in the form of companies that specialise in it, or various standalone apps or tools that, if you have the time and knowledge to do so, can provide information on number of visitors, clicks, purchases and such forth.

If you are looking for Internet marketing services for your business then, what aspects of it should you particularly focus on?

Design will be more important than ever this year. It could be a wise idea therefore, to look for companies specialising in internet marketing services that also offer web development and design as part of the service.

Not only will they be able to offer typical SEO and PPC services, a vital part of any strategy, but they will also be able to offer services above and beyond others, by specifically tailoring your site for the purpose of attracting customers.

With a site tailored to not only your needs, but to attracting customers and getting them to make that all important purchase, you could soon start to see an increase in revenue from the online side of your business.

Social media will continue to offer internet marketing opportunities; however, it might be worth considering services that focus on the visual aspect of campaigns too. Photos, images and videos are a great way of drawing in customers to your site. Many studies suggest a picture or video is a lot more likely to stick in our memory than a bulk of text.

On the social media side of things, there are many tools and apps out there to best utilise social media platforms for your business. Whether it be Wildlife from Google or analytic programmes like SproutSocial. Do a little research into the advantages and disadvantages of these for your company.

You should also look for Internet marketing services that know a thing or two about the potential of mobile, if you find an Internet marketing firm which is not aware of mobiles potential, you definitely need to look elsewhere. Mobile is getting bigger than ever, with more people picking up smartphones, tablets and the like and surfing the web.

Many people will even surf the web on their phone or tablet whilst watching TV, so a product that generates an interest on the TV will quickly get them tapping away on their smart device to find it or similar products.

It is also important therefore to make sure that any marketing that you do online is cross transferable, whether it’s for desktop, tablet or smartphone. Look for Internet marketing services which offer you the best way of utilising all of them.

Content marketing is another vital component of a company offering top level Internet marketing services. Google is constantly punishing sites with substandard or copied content, so it is well worth your while to either invest in companies offering tailor made content services, or looking to do something yourself via company blogs and other such things.

Internet marketing services will be vital in anyone wanting to move or even consolidate themselves in the online world this year, so it is vital to get a grip on them.

How You Can Create Advertising That Sells

A well-planned and properly executed marketing program should include a sufficient commitment of capital resources to an on-going, well executed advertising program. Yes, this includes your business.

Businesses spend too many dollars, however, on ads that simply will not result in increased sales and profits. These ads are poorly conceived, poorly written, poorly designed, poorly targeted, and poorly placed.

Sounds like a poor way to do business, doesn’t it?

I often ask clients (as tactfully as possible), why they have run a particular ad. I get a lot of blank stares. A few tense moments will pass while the client tries to think of a clever answer. “To get the company name out in front of the public so I can get more business.” they reply, with some relief.

This poor soul has just described a lack of a well defined goal, which leads almost inevitably to what I call an institutional ad. An institutional ad can best be described as one which identifies the advertiser and lists address, telephone number, hours of operation, and (maybe) the company logo. That’s it. What a terrible waste of money!

Unless your company grosses a billion dollars a year, you can’t afford to do institutional ads. If your company does gross over a billion dollars a year…you’re probably too smart to run institutional ads.

Every ad you run must result in increased sales and profits and an enhanced image for your company. Every ad should make the customer a solid offer and give the customer sound reasons to buy from you now. Remember, the customer is sitting back and asking, “What can you do for me?” If you’re careful to answer that question with a powerful offer and reasons to buy now, you’re on your way to advertising success…which results in increased sales and profits.

How can you improve your chances of increasing sales?

Let’s look at some profit-producing ideas…

SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP

Very few businesses are prepared or qualified to produce quality advertising. If you spend more than $2,000 per month in advertising, you should seriously consider hiring a qualified advertising professional. There are any number of skilled freelancers who can develop strategy, and create your marketing materials with a keen eye to using proven methods and techniques.

Good advertising talent always pays it’s own way through increased sales and profits, improved cost-effectiveness, reduced selling costs, and shortened selling cycles.

If your resources are limited, don’t feel lost. There’s no reason why you can’t learn to write an effective ad. That’s what the rest of this article is all about…how *you* can create advertising that sells.

FOLLOW A PROVEN FORMULA

One of the oldest and most useful formulas for ad design takes its name from the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verde. In this case the letters A-I-D-A stand for ATTENTION, INTEREST, DESIRE, AND ACTION.

In it’s simplest form this formula serves as a structural blueprint. It guides us to: (1) Get the prospect’s Attention, (2) Foster his or her Interest in your offer, (3) build Desire for your product or service and (4) Generate some type of Action on the part of the buyer.

As we expand on each of these elements individually, you’ll discover for yourself how to apply the formula to your specific situation.

ATTENTION (The Headline)

Hit your prospect right between the eyes with a magic wand. How? With a powerful benefit headline. The headline is the most important single element of your ad. You have two to three seconds to stop the reader as he or she passes by. You must stop the reader, and interest them in your benefit, if you expect them to read further.

A powerful headline will (1) stop the reader (2) isolate and qualify your best prospects, and (3) pull your reader into the sub-heads and body copy.

How do you write the attention-getting headline? First, carefully review all the benefits of-use of your product or service. Second, take your most important benefit and weave that benefit into your headline. Use action words to describe the benefit to one individual reader.

Here are some examples…

“Save 50% On Office Supplies…Send For Your Free Catalog Today !”

“How YOU Can Create Advertising That SELLS!”

“New! Amazing Techniques That You Can Use To Land A High-Paying Job…Today!”

“How To Design Profit-Producing Web Sites That SELL!”

APPEALING TO BUSINESS EXECUTIVES

When writing your ad to a business-to-business audience you should keep in mind the six key benefits most likely to get attention:

1.Save Money 2.Save Time 3.Increase Sales 4.Increase Profits 5.Enhance Image 6.Boost cash flow

Most other benefits are subordinate to these key six. I call them the”Business Benefit Six-Pack.” Show your customer how your product or service provides these benefits, and you will dramatically improve your results.

INTEREST AND DESIRE> (The Offer, Body Copy, Benefits-Benefits- Benefits)

You build interest in your product or service (and the desire to buy) by making the customer a compelling offer and by describing as many benefits as possible in simple and interesting terms.

Tip # 1: Top ad pros always write the ad first, then buy whatever space necessary to display the ad message with clarity and power.

Tip # 2: Words sell…graphic design displays the words in a visually appealing way. Don’t confuse the two. No amount of trendy design will make a poorly written ad sell for you. Good design reinforces good copy…it cannot take the place of it! The implication for internet marketers is that content is king. Avoid glitsy, moving graphics that only distract from your message and increase load times. Good design and good copy should work synergistically.

Tip #3: Long copy sells…as long as it’s good copy. I call it “greased slide” copy. You get the reader on the top of the slide when he reads a powerful headline, and he can’t get off until he has taken the action asked for (i.e., ordered the product, made the trip to the store, dialed the phone, clicked the order/inquiry button, filled out the on-line order, etc.).

ACTION (Ask For The Order)

Now comes the moment of truth. You must ask for the order. Give reasons for the customer to buy now…and make it easy for him to do so. In direct response marketing, this will involve a coupon for mail orders, a toll-free order line, an e-mail address, an on-line order form, a fax order line..any means to make it easy and simple to order!

Take the fear out of the purchase. Give solid guarantees. Offer secure ordering for on-line customers. Show testimonials from satisfied customers.

Show what the customer is going to lose if he doesn’t order now.

If you are a retailer, include a map to your store(s) (newcomers love them). Show the credit cards you accept, list the hours of operation, tell them about your friendly staff, include a special coupon or other incentive. In other words, “Roll out the red carpet.”

INVEST IN FUTURE PROFITS

So there you have it. A primer on good advertising. If I’ve piqued your interest to learn more, then check out the other articles available at this resource.

Remember, bad advertising…no matter what the media…is an unproductive expense.

Good advertising is an investment in future profits!

Good advertising and good management go together. You can’t have a successful business on-line or off-line—without both.

I’m Mad as Hell and I Refuse to be an Advertising Victim

I stopped being an advertising victim in 1992 when I was first introduced to Dan Kennedy Marketing, and it is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned. I’m happy to say I haven’t been an advertising victim for 13 years.

If you have been in business for awhile, it has already happened to you – probably more than once. In fact, probably often. And if you are new to the retail world, you can bet the mortgage that it will eventually happen to you.

What is it? It’s when you get that big black checkbook out of the center desk drawer, and you sit down across from some media salesperson, and you write out some kind of a check for some amount, for some kind of promotion advertising expense, and you have no earthly idea whether you made a good decision, bad decision, when you’ll know, how you’ll know, if you’ll know.

I detest that kind of uncertainty. I don’t like to play guesswork games with my money and I bet you don’t either. I’m going to tell you how to eliminate it, how to make every dollar you spend on advertising and marketing measurable and accountable.

The Best Place To Spend Your Hard Earned Money On Advertising Is Direct Response!!

All advertising can be one of only two types – either “Institutional Advertising” or “Direct Response Advertising.” It is monumentally important to understand the difference.

Most advertising in magazines, newspapers, on radio, TV, and billboards is institutional advertising. It is Institutional advertising because in most cases, there is no way of accurately tracking response. Most advertising agencies like institutional advertising since, without tracking, they canNOT be held responsible for zero results. If an ad campaign does not produce the results they want, they blame it on:

1. The economy
2. The weather
3. You didn’t run the ad often enough
4. YOU (your merchandise, your service, your image, etc.)

You Can’t Deposit “Creativity” In The Bank

Unfortunately, most advertising agencies are interested In being creative and cutesy.

That’s what wins advertising awards. I think this is absolutely ridiculous. The advertising field gives awards based on creativity, not results. Many ads that have won top awards didn’t produce any substantial increases in sales.

Direct response advertising, on the other hand:

1. Contains a headline that flags your prospect and creates curiosity
2. Creates interest in the merchandise
3. Creates desire in the prospect
4. Has a specific offer
5. Has a deadline
6. Has measurable results

Why is this so important? Two reasons:

1. Most businesses have limited capital to spend on their marketing and advertising (unless you are a multi-billion dollar company). Since you have a limited budget, why waste it on advertising that you are not sure is working?

2. The only reason a business would advertise is to get more customers and sell more merchandise. A direct response ad concentrates only on this purpose. First, it contains a headline that attracts the attention of the specific customer you want to in your store(s).

Then, it makes a complete and compelling case for the reason for your offer. Next, it proves to the customer that the reason for the offer will solve some problem in the customer’s life or provide some valuable benefit to him.

It states specific reasons, facts, and statistics, as well as testimonials from other customers to validate the claims. Then it tells the reason why you are able to make such an attractive offer. It tells the customer what to do in order to gain the benefits of the offer.

It creates “urgency” by telling the customer that he must act now in order to gain these important benefits, and why this offer is so limited, either by time, or by the quantity available.

Finally, it must contain a way for you to track exactly what sales or customers were generated by that particular ad.

Now that I have defined for you the difference between institutional and direct response advertising, here’s the big question that you have to ask yourself before you make every future marketing and advertising decision. Does the advertising that you are considering meet all six of the criteria that I outlined above? If is doesn’t, then pass on it as quickly as you can say:

“I’m Mad as Hell and I Refuse to Be an Advertising Victim Again!”