Category: internet marketing

28 Mar 2017
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Steps to Sizzle Your PPC Campaign

Pay per Click is recognized as an effective advertising campaign solution to get traffic to the website and increase conversion rate. On the other hand, some owners would consider this a risky campaign because of their limited understanding on how to set up and run it.

Goal Setting. The most challenging stage is to set goals for your campaign. Campaigns fail because owners and marketers alike do not put enough effort in the preliminary stages.

Take some opportunity to decide what you want to achieve and how you want to do it.  Take a look at the latest PPC trends and perform an initial analysis to help you define clear and measurable goals.

 

Choosing Keywords. Determining what keyword should go with your marketing campaign is the next step. Looking for potential keywords for your business, beginning with the most precise and relevant phrases for your niche or topic, is one of the most important steps to optimize your campaign.

 

Budget. In any project, budget settings come as the next essential step especially when there is plenty of keywords competition. However, if you have a tight budget turning PPC campaigns on and off based on the season(s) or a holiday would be a comprehensive strategy for maximizing your returns on investment (ROI).

 

Ad Placement Targeting. Another strategy to work is to create a placement targeting of your Google Adwords. Placement Targeting allows you to choose websites or a section of where you want your ads to show. It is a strategy to test out advertising on a site or section of the site that has a rate card beyond your current budget. Decide on how and where your ad will appear and how to drive visitors to your landing page. Get it to your target audience.

 

Location. Target a specific location to ensure that people who are in the geographical market will see your ad.

 

Language, Network, and Devices. Ensure your ads will appear on specific devices, are available on your product’s dominant market language, and ad servers are up all the time.

 

To make your PPC campaign sizzle, synchronize the message you want to push in your PPC ads and the message in PR, online media buys as well as print advertising. Through this, your company’s presence, brand recognition, and product/service trust are solidified.  Determine which PPC strategy is best for your online business and always test which works best.

27 Mar 2017
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Short Form Versus Long Form Content

A content marketing strategy can either have a long-form or short-form content. With people around the globe more connected than ever, long-form and short-form content can be a great tool to help online customers looking for answers to their questions about a product or service. For businesses, this offers great opportunities to reach new leads and engage with loyal customers.

But is the short-form content better for your business than the long-form content? Short form content may lack ideas and of little depth, and long-form as tedious. Each content has its potential downsides, but both types of content play an essential part in your business marketing mix for you to see the results you want. As business owners, you have the control on how to serve your company’s purpose by planning and executing good content. Digital marketers nowadays see to it that the content they want to read also meet their needs. Consider and understand the needs of your target audience and write impressive content that addresses their needs.

There is no proven process to determine the best length of content to write for your online marketing success. However, the best length of marketing content depends on your target audience, your product or service, and your business goals.

If you want to capture and gather engagement from your audience, then the short-form content is advisable. Short-form content is usually around 1,000 words. Examples of short-form content include blog content, infographics, and social media posts.

If you wish to educate and inform it is best that you go with the long-form content. Long-form content is typically around 1,500 – 2,000 words. Long-form content is the best marketing strategy when your product or services

a. require more commitment to purchase,
b. if you need to showcase the quality of your product,
c. if you’re into information-based marketing,
d. if you have a new product or service that your audience has little knowledge and you need to explain properly for a proper pitch.

Examples of long-form content include webinars, long blog posts, e-books and case studies.

You can try to convert short-form to long-form and vice versa to repurpose your marketing content and make it available to a broader audience. Need help with your content marketing strategies? Call Drive Traffic Media at 1(888) 375-3058.

10 Jun 2016
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Online Marketing Strategies That Work Today

In today’s fast paced environment, many businesses instinctively know that they need to look for various ways to ensure that their business succeeds. What is going to get them more money? Online marketing! The problem is that most business owners are unsure on how to do it and where to start.

First, you need to make sure you have a budget. Now, how much budget should you allot for online marketing? You need to spend at least 10% of your business income. You need money to run or maintain your website, to pay your employees, software that you use and all kinds of marketing needs. These are the things that you need to prioritize. Business people cut their online marketing budget at the first sign of slow business. Marketing should have been the last thing that you want stopped. Cutting it out means to stop your most productive means of lead generation and the potential to get more clients. Cutting it out means that you won’t have any way of turning these potential clients to paying clients and that means your revenue loss.

Look for a marketing plan that works for you and your business. Online marketing  is by far the best strategy because the internet world is where customers now seek answers, products and services they need.

Here are the important online marketing strategies that work best:

The first best way by far is Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Organic or white hat SEO will make your website as a reliable and trusted industry source by the search engines. Go after some focus keywords- the exact terms that you want to be found for and implement it through blogging. Share it on your social media, offsite blog distribution sites,social sharing sites, forums, etc. Make sure that your URL structures are implemented properly too.

The second trusted and most effective way is Pay-Per-Click (PPC) marketing. Most of the traffic is in the multi dollar company Google. You can pay Google to run a good adwords campaign for you.

Next step is Pay-Per-Click marketing in social media. Different social media accounts have actual ad platforms like LinkedIn marketing, Pinterest marketing, twitter placement ads but the most powerful is Facebook. Facebook has the most information on people to get more leads. As what we mentioned in our previous blogs, you need to be consistent with your social media marketing. Make sure that you are consistently posting relevant and interesting content about your business.

Email marketing by sending out email messages to solicit sales, request business or to build brand awareness is also an effective online marketing strategy.

Don’t get left behind! Your customers and your competitors are already online, you should too! For more online marketing strategy to help your business succeed, call Drive Traffic Media at at +1 888 375 3058.

14 May 2016
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Internet Marketing Budget: How Much Should You Spend?

It takes money to make money in order for your brand or product to boost sales and grow your business fast. So first we need to invest money into digital marketing so we become visible in the online world. Why? because most of your potential customers are turning online too looking for products and services they need; and of course, many of your competitors are into internet marketing too. Will you pass the chance of losing these potential online customers?

So how much should you spend on digital marketing?  If you spend too little, your  message might not be delivered to the audience and  if you spend too much, it might blow up your marketing budget. So, here are some of the effective tactics we can use :

  1. First, we need to start with a clear direction. You have to have a marketing goal before setting up the budget. Are we doing this marketing for brand awareness?To increase customer base in a certain percentage each month? or  just to engage better with the existing customers you already have? These are the things we need to consider as it will be a great help in narrowing the focus of our goals.
  1. Allocate budget to different strategies based on their success and not the actual cost. For projects that did not go well, figure out on how to improve them or spend the money elsewhere. We do not recommend throwing your money on ineffective marketing channels.
  1. Research on what your competitors’ marketing strategy is; and be updated on the industry trends before engaging in any campaigns to ensure that website  is not only current but is search engine-friendly and mobile-friendly too.

It depends on your tactic to either catch up or stand out. If this works with others, make it work for you. But if you see it stumbling, figure out how to stand out and get ahead!

We advise and recommend that you invest 10% of your gross annual revenue into your strategic marketing as a start up or if you are to launch a product or service. And if you want to ramp things up, invest from 20 to 30% of your projected annual gross revenue. Again, you have to spend money to make more money.

Need other internet marketing tips for your orange county business? Call us at 1(888) 375-3058 today.

12 Feb 2016
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Domain Name as an Internet Marketing Tool for Your Business

 

Each computer has what we call an Internet Protocol (IP) address which is a set of four numbers separated by periods but we can’t remember all our favorite websites with just number combinations, can you? That’s the reason why domain names were created, that way, we don’t have to memorize as each of those numeric IP addresses are given unique names instead.

Why would businesses care for domain names, anyway? As an Orange County business owner, owning a domain name is not just limited to getting a technical shortcut of the numerical combination. In the world of internet marketing and sales, it could make your presence known to the cyberspace or it can ditch your business to the netherworld.

 

  1. Credibility. Buyers would trust your services and products if you have a domain name. Why? Because if you put effort and invested money to buy a domain name, that would signal consumers that you’re also willing to place effort in creating products or services that have value.

 

  1. Mindset for the Future. Owning a domain name implies that you’re ‘trendy’ and “future-oriented” in a sense that you keep your business on what’s latest on the technological breakthroughs.

 

  1. Uniqueness. A domain name which is similar to your business name reinforces reinforces the value of your brand to your consumers so it’s easier for your customers to remember your business and return to it. The possibility of passing it along to their friends also increases when they talk about your business amongst themselves.

 

  1. Portability. You have the choice of transferring hosts if you have your own website or domain name. You also have the option to transfer it to your own in-house server if you have one. On the other hand, if you don’t own your domain name, you will have to change or take a new URL, thus, destroying the branding which you have built up and nurtured with your old website URL.

 

  1. Search Engine Value. Search engines give importance to unique domains than those which are just sub domains or a part of another domain name and once your homepage is optimized, you get to enjoy the website traffic which is important for you to get even more web visitors and online conversions.

 

  1. Professionalism. Your domain name gives you the ability to create email addresses that are patterned after it and which you can use for the different roles or various departments in your organization or business.

 

Building the online reputation of your business is tough but if you really want to leave an impression or lasting mark to your online presence, boost your brand and get conversion in the process, then you have to understand the importance of owning a domain name. Need help in your internet marketing especially here in Orange County? Call us at (949) 800-6990 and receive your free online reports today.

 

Sources:

Why Domain Names Are So Important by allBusiness

Importance of Domain Name and Why you should own one? By Steps to Make your Own Website

 

 

03 Nov 2015
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How to Defend your Orange County Online Reputation from Negative Attacks

How to Defend your Orange County Online Reputation from Negative Attacks

 

Audience nowadays are very active in their roles as customers, thus, a need for businesses to manage their business online especially since the buying tendencies of consumers are influenced mainly by the number of positive reviews they read about the company they want to buy from. In fact, Yelp has it that nearly 90% of Yelp users are making purchases from the businesses they found on Yelp in a span of a week with 51% of these Yelp users making a purchase decision after they have visited the business website. Such is the power of online reputation and the need to manage it.
Aside from its influence in the consumers’ buying decision, online reputation management also addresses public criticisms and feedback made by disgruntled and unsatisfied customers especially since 45% of consumers nowadays share their bad experiences of a company product or service through social media. Sadly to say, some of them were posted by fake customers, underhanded competitors or even the company’s ex-employees.
These bad reviews couldn’t be ignored as the presence of just one negative review will cost a business 30 customers. Another survey stated that 24% of consumers won’t purchase a product once they have read at least 2 bad reviews and 39% of them won’t make a purchase after they have read 3 negative or bad online reviews. Negative reviews that are not addressed are ultimately your competitors’ gain.
So how do we protect our Orange County businesses from bad reviews and defend our online reputation? Here’s a few tips your business need to note of:
• To prevent a negative criticism from escalating, address any bad reviews your company gets immediately. You can activate Google alerts to assist you in monitoring for new reviews ‘as it happens.’ As I mentioned earlier, the public these days are very vocal about their opinions and 58% of them are now sharing their customer experience of a product than they did 5 years ago. You can use private messaging to communicate with your reviewer and see to it that you use calm, professional and friendly responses when providing resolution to your bad reviewer’s issue or issues.

 

• Look at negative feedbacks as opportunities to improve your product or service instead of responding negatively about it too. From your negative reviewer’s standpoint, seeing you correcting the issues they have help rebuild their trust and wipes their bad experience off.

 

• As for fraudulent reviews that were posted on your business, post only one public polite comment and then ignore it completely.

 

Online reputation management is not just about reacting immediately though. It’s also knowing when and how to react to certain scenarios and taking a proactive yet positive approach in dealing with customers who are less than satisfied with your brand.

Never let bad or negative reviews ruin you. Drive Traffic Media will help your Orange County business attract good reviews that will streamline your sales and drive more happy customers your way. Call Us at 9498006990 today!

 

 

Sources:

Infographic, When Yelp Attacks!
Online Reputation Management: The Basics by Gyles Seward of Elementary Digital

28 Sep 2015
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Want Clients to Give In? Social Ad Marketing is Key!

Want Clients to Give In? Social Ad Marketing is Key!

 

You got quality contents and you’re very excited that it’s going to get so much engagement so you post it on your social media accounts to let your viewers see the benefits of your content and then…BOOM! Just one or two ‘Likes’ and worst case scenario, you get nothing at all.

Let’s face it. Regardless of the fact that you spent so many hours on a great content, in the hopes of providing your readers the answers they need about your products or services, only a few of them gets to see your content on their newsfeeds. It is very difficult to get organic results in social media marketing nowadays, especially for Orange County businesses which are utilizing social media to promote their web contents.

The question is, why is this happening and how would a social media company address this? Here are a few insights from Kelly Shepsko of Business 2 Community.

1. To get social media engagement, you need a social ad budget. Do you know that even if you have thousands of social media followers on Facebook, only about 1-6% of them gets to see your company update on their newsfeeds? That’s right! And with that depressing percentage in mind, only a few get to actually see it as it is piled up with other updates on their newsfeeds. Not really a happy thought, eh? So since social media platforms are making it difficult for business owners to promote their contents, which you either paid or spent many hours to create, you need to promote it via Facebook ad marketing. Why? According to Kelly, even the HubSpot founders agreed that you need to allocate a social ad budget for your business to survive. As I mentioned earlier, gone are the days where high organic social media marketing results are obtained easily.

2. You need to implement Social Ad Retargeting until your potential clients are ready to Buy or use your service. Have you noticed that when you visit a certain shopping site, the items you click are the same items you see posted on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages? This is called social ad retargeting and it’s a very powerful tool that would allow you to “nurture grow and convince” your potential customers even after they have visited your website and moved on to their respective social media accounts. The good thing about this is that they’re the ones who expressed interest in your product or service, the only thing that the social ad retargeting would do is to “follow-up” with them until they buy or subscribe.

3. Social Media Marketing is cheaper compared to other marketing campaigns. Instead of thinking of the costs, think of the returns this will give your company. Ad marketing and remarketing are not limited to large business corporations anymore, even small business owners need to do it as only a small percentage of your followers get to see your updates (Remember, only 1-6%). Your contents need to be seen and appreciated so you have to boost it and give your viewers the ‘push’ to buy in. Besides, ad marketing is way more effective but cheaper compared to traditional means of marketing so why not boost what’s helpful and necessary to your audience?

 

Drive Traffic Media implements ad marketing along with our social media marketing for Orange County businesses we serve in order to get your audience to view, engage and channel their interest towards sales for your company. Call us at 9498006990 to find out more and receive your free quote!

 

 

Source: Social Media Advertising: The New Kid on the Inbound Marketing Block by Kelly Shepsko of Business 2 Community

09 Jun 2015
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Attributes of an Internet Marketing Manager

Attributes of an Internet Marketing Manager

 

We have been in the hype to get the best web-design and the most catchy video but we forgot that the key element for any online campaign is a good manager. Whether the business is a start-up or an established one, internet marketing  should be considered, as people nowadays turn to the web to search for things or services they need to purchase or subscribe to. Depending on your marketing budget, target audience and goals, your internet marketing manager should possess several of these things:

Reputation. If you’re looking to hire a manager for internet marketing in Orange County, ask for referrals from other businesses with successful online campaigns. Referrals come in handy as it will gauge the manager’s capacity to handle your marketing campaign. Remember, you are investing not just money but your brand and without a manager that knows his way around internet marketing, it might cause your company’s growth and progression or its decline. Checking for testimonials or reviews from previous clients of your prospective manager can also help as it will verify the expertise (or lack thereof) of the person who will become your voice in the online world.

Knowledge. Well, it’s pretty obvious. You wouldn’t want to hire a manager who does not know what he is doing. Set up a meeting or go over proposals with your selected candidates to find out what their strategies are in helping your campaign. This is another way of checking whether your manager has the same goals as you are to promote your business.

Trust. You wouldn’t be comfortable discussing your business strategies and plans with a person whom you don’t trust. Without an amiable atmosphere between you and your manager, ideas will just bounce back and forth without implementation. And worst, you’ll be leaving the campaign with less money and no proof of success.

On your part, though, make sure that you provide your manager all the details he/she/they need to run a successful campaign for you. All of your social media credentials, photos, logos, pictures, etc. should be provided in advance for your manager to device a plan that would work best for your campaign. Remember, it takes two to tango so without cooperation on your part, your manager or the team’s best wouldn’t be enough. It would also help to set proper goals and expectations at the start of the campaign and be clear and reasonable with what the plan or package you subscribed to includes. You can’t expect your internet marketing manager to work on a new web design if you only paid for social media management. Similarly, you can’t expect your manager to do all things at once. Campaigns, in order to be successful, needs a lot of time -time to build your online presence and your business’ reputation.

Drive Traffic Media’s reputation and its team’s knowledge on internet marketing in Orange County is tested and proven. Ask around. We’re more than capable of bringing your business the success it deserves. Call us at (949) 800-6990 and receive a free quote today.

08 Jun 2015
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Evoke Viewer Buys through Video Marketing in Orange County

Evoke Viewer Buys through Video Marketing in Orange County

 

Video is a powerful tool in getting the message across to consumers so its no wonder why media companies are scrambling to get the most audience for the videos they upload- in the hopes of getting more consumer buys for their clients and of course, money for the internet marketing company itself.

How can we create a video that audience will subscribe to, though? Here, we have complied a list of things that the video marketing company in Orange County should remember.

I have mentioned in my previous blogs that a video needs to be mobile-friendly. Well, I could not reiterate further its importance as almost all who go online are doing it on their smartphones or tablets. People are always on-the-go so what better way for them to view or search for items they need than online thru their mobile devices?

Videos should also be short but “deep” in a sense that it should evoke a certain feeling or response from the viewers. It should appeal to the emotions of consumers for them to want to buy your product or service, however, it should be concise and short that they’ll look and ask for more. Uploading videos per episode will do the trick. It will keep your audience engaged and would keep them in your site as they look for additional clips to the first episode they saw. And what will come of it? Website views that will easily be converted to a buying-audience.

Aside from the things mentioned, It’s not just enough that we create an informative video nowadays. It should also tell a story- a story that will capture their interest or “move” them. A story that viewers would want to share and post on their own social media sites.This is very powerful in boosting your campaign’s reach because what can these viewers do to you? They’ll bring in more subscribers!

Video marketing holds a lot of promise for media companies and businesses at Newport Beach and the rest of Orange County alike- not just because it’s easier for viewers to read the message by watching videos but because it’s the best way to keep up with the social media evolution.

We, at Drive Traffic Media, always keep up with the ever-changing trend in video as well as other internet marketing strategies in Orange County. Call us at (949) 800-6990 now to learn more!

29 Jun 2014

The importance of on site seo and off site seo

The key to having a well optimized seo campaign is to have your onsite SEO optimized to the fullest so when all of your off site seo directs back to you site with ease. On site seo consist of an immense amount of optimization you don’t even see from the website. Some of the more simple onsite seo consist of having a site map, keywords, Google map intigration and images properly tagged. Off site seo consist of any link that is directing back to your website like Social Media, articles, blogs forum posting and much much more. The key to having the proper amount of onsite and off seo will determine how Google ranks you. This is why we have 2 employees just running test campaigns to see what is working best and to make changes to get the edge on your competitors. We have learned that posting manually with no automation is the key so every post is done by hand.SEO Drive Traffic Media