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The X Factor: Effective video marketing

Over the past few weeks, I've talked a lot about different online marketing strategies you should think about using - social media sites, pay-per-click, continuing to advertise through email, and so on and so forth. Until now, I haven't given nearly enough attention to another extremely effective measure: video marketing.


Arguably the biggest difference between traditional marketing and online campaigns is that, in the latter's case, successful strategies require that you find ways to engage your customers. They're tired of you constantly telling them why they should buy a product; now they want to be entertained, they need visuals and they want to have a voice in the matter.


Video campaigns provide you with the chance to accommodate all of those desires. 


Kill two birds with one stone

By now, you've probably heard so much about social media marketing that you're getting a little sick of it. You've been told that social networking sites are a gold mine, that they're a great way to communicate with customers, they're effective for targeting your messages and improving the likelihood you come up in local searches. 


And those are just the benefits I've talked about. 


If it's any consolation, social media marketing has proven to be more than worth the hype. In fact, a recent study, which polled a group of SEO experts, found that social marketing is the top driver of website traffic for small businesses. SEO was also found to be a large traffic generator for small businesses.


Want to boost your website traffic? Dig deep into keywords

Not too long ago, I compared your marketing campaign to the human brain. While other business components - from your website to sales representatives - compose different organs, the brain is what makes everything function the way it should.


Another apt analogy would be that online marketing is really like cooking, where you need the right amount of each ingredient, and if you don't have all of the ingredients the outcome can be quite disappointing.


Keywords: The "butter" of online marketing

If you're a baker, then pretty much everything you make includes butter at one step or another. 


Ignoring pay-per-click strategies? Do so at your own peril

Whether you're an online retailer or a book reseller, it makes sense that you want to ensure relevant people are ending up on your website.


There are many different ways you can go about it, not the least of which is utilizing pay-per-click (PPC) strategies.


Two effective PPC strategies

Simply put, PPC is a cost-effective marketing tool designed to increase traffic to a company's website. 


Are you worried about your marketing campaigns taking up too much time, or costing too much money? No problem. Here are two very simple, yet very effective, PPC strategies that any company has the resources to utilize. 


How SEO can boost your website traffic

I'm not a psychic, but I feel comfortable making one prediction: you want as many people to visit your website as possible. 


If I'm right, and you want to find out how you can optimize your website for searches, keep reading.


Breaking down SEO's ironclad front

Still with me? Great! Now it's time to get to the fun stuff.


Simply put, search engine optimization (SEO) involves putting your website in the best position to come up in search results when a person is looking for something related to your company, industry, products, and/or services. But when it comes to SEO, Google is extremely secretive about revealing which factors are weighed the heaviest.


Improve brand recognition and boost ROI with SEO

The core value of any successful marketing plan centers around spending a reasonable amount of your budget on advertising in a manner that boosts traffic and revenue. 


With online marketing a necessity, you've probably had a few "must-have" terms thrown your way, and I'm sure search engine optimization (SEO) has been talked about ad nauseam. You might be thinking right now, "Is SEO really worth all the fuss?"


According to a recent study, it most certainly is. In fact, the report's findings make it a wonder that every company isn't making SEO a top priority, with the benefits including:


Small business falling dangerously behind with digital marketing strategies

With so many new marketing tools available for cheap, and even for free, you should be near the front of the line when it comes to utilizing these new trends. But if a recent study is any indication, the opposite is the case right now for many smaller companies. 


Most small businesses operate the old-fashioned way, with little recognition of the internet as a channel or a source of leads. Many small business owners are not even aware that they have an online profile that they could be actively managing on many popular sites.


The results from the study are alarming, and if they're at all accurate, small businesses have fallen dangerously behind larger companies in adopting digital marketing strategies. Some of the findings include:


How to win your customers' loyalty back!

The other day, I was listening to a friend of mine vent about her "horrible" experience with the local oil company. She was running low on oil at home, and with a snowstorm coming, she wanted to fill her tank to make sure it didn't run out.


However, when she tried calling the company, she was placed on hold for what felt like an eternity. She then tried getting in touch with someone on Twitter and Facebook, and low and behold, the company had yet to set up an account.


"I'm never doing business with them again," she vowed. Just like that, a nearly two-decade relationship was terminated. 


Do social media well or don't do it at all

You've probably seen the flashing lights and heard the emergency warnings by now about the importance of social media: You absolutely need to have a Facebook and/or Twitter account going forward if you want to be able to compete.


Yes, it's true that you will need to implement some form of social marketing strategies, but keep in mind that's far from the entire truth. 


Social strategies can affect your sales - both ways

Whether you're a social media fanatic or not, chances are a large portion of your customer base is. 


Social networking sites, from the aforementioned Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Pinterest, have essentially become regular mediums of communication. People use them to stay in touch with relatives, friends who have moved away, former colleagues and, apparently, their favorite brands. 

Don't miss the boat: Market to your mobile audience

Many, many years ago, marketing experts and analysts were declaring that you needed to launch a website, as online shopping was going to be the next big thing. 


They were right. A recent eMarketer study revealed that the global ecommerce market surpassed $1 trillion in 2012 - and it isn't even close to peaking just yet. 


Nowadays, the focus has shifted to deploying a mobile site, as - you guessed it - mobile shopping is going to be the next big trend to take off. 


The notion of a full-functioning mobile ecommerce market might be a bit of a fantasy right now for some, but its potential isn't. If you want some proof, look no further than a recent study, which found: