The internet is a powerful business tool - knowing how to effectively market your services online can help generate potential leads
With online marketplaces so diverse, entrepreneurs and small businesses may be missing out on significant amounts of relevant visitors should they fail to effectively promote their products and services online. There are an enormous number of ways to do so; make sure you are using a variety of methods to maximise effectiveness.
Get a decent website
Websites are your central presence online and represent everything your business stands for. Ensure your website is professionally designed and standards-compliant so it can be viewed successfully by all visitors. You’ll need to get hosting and a domain name for your website.
Distribute authoritative articles
Article distribution is a great way to establish yourself as an authority in your niche, increase your brand’s online exposure and also benefit search engine optimisation strategies to increase the chances of relevant visitors finding your website. Writing and distributing an article is not hard although you’ll want to target the best distribution sites to ensure you reach your ideal audience.
Establish yourself on social networks
Social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn allow you to connect with relevant professionals and potential clients in your niche. Both also aware other focused benefits such as targeted advertising, the ability to hold polls, conduct market research and establish authority. Read our guide on using LinkedIn to promote your business for more information.
Distribute press releases
Online press release sites allow you to distribute timely information to a journalists and media publishers worldwide at the touch of a button. Both general and industry-specific distribution is possible, making it easy for you to reach your target audiences. Press release distribution is generally split into paid and unpaid submissions, the former of which typically deliver your press release to wider audiences, prioritise its exposure and deliver greater search engine optimisation benefit.
Start a blog
Blogs are fantastic tools for businesses, allowing them to engage with online communities and share industry knowledge and information on new products and services. Blogs are cheap to set-up and can be very beneficial to search engine optimisation strategies as most major search engines favour the kinds of rich, fresh and regular content found on blogs. Read our guide to starting an online blog to find out how to get yours off the ground.
Communicate on forums
Niche forums are fantastic ways to find users interested in your industry/products. Don’t appear too commercial; you’re looking to engage with other forum visitors rather than simply instruct them to buy your products and services. Even if you don’t generate leads, you’ll be increasing brand awareness. Any links in your forum posts will also help increase the amount of links going back to your website, an essential part of successful search engine optimisation strategies. Read our guide to promoting your services via forums for more information.
Implement search engine optimisation strategies
Most people looking for information online will use a search engine, typing in relevant keywords and selecting one of the results returned. If you want to be listed amongst the top results you’ll need to implement search engine optimisation campaigns, which are designed to increase your rankings in the major search engines. A range of techniques are used, including ensuring all pages are standards-compliant and increasing the number of websites linking to your site. Read our guide to search engine optimisation for more information.