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Effective Email Marketing – 10 Email Marketing Tips To Implement Now

Email MarketingEffective Email Marketing

Email marketing is an effective marketing option for many companies as it is so affordable. Effective email email marketing will bring in very targeted traffic to your website, when done right ! It can also be used to stay in touch with customers and keep current and any prospective customers up to date with any special offers you may have.   Email marketing is simply just writing an email and sending it out to customers that would have signed up to your list. These people will have been interested in your products and services so should be looking forward to your newsletter every week. It is important to have a “sign up to our newsletter” on your website for this very reason. But in order to have an effective email marketing solution for your website there are a few simple rules you need to follow.

1. Firstly, make it easy for anyone to subcribe. Paste a sign up form on your blog, facebook page, and any other social media channel you may be active in.

2. Send information to your customers that your list has signed up for. So if they have signed up to receive special offers, news announcements, tips, dailes etc send them offers on special offers. It is important to let people know what exactly they are signing up for.

3. Send a welcome email. Tell them they are now subscribed and let them know what they will be receiving. Tip:Try and include some sort of special discount in this email.

4. Try and make your email stand out from all the other emails by using some engaging subject titles. Ask a question, add some symbols, etc do not make any wild claims or use the word FREE in the subject line as this will usually go straight into the junk folder of your intended recepient.

5. It is also important to keep your email short and sweet and try not to bombard your reciepents with emails every other day.If they signed up for a weekly newsletter. Make sure to send your newsletter out weekly.

6. There are some people that will sell you email lists that you can use to send your newsletter to. However, we advise against this as you will be not sending emails to your targeted audience. More than likely will get alot of unsubscribes over time as well

7. Make sure the content of your email offers value and make sure what  your saying to your customers is the truth. You can also include any links, images and advertisments within your emails. As previously mentioned it is important that your email copy is of value to your readers. Linking to articles on your website is also a popular method of drawing traffic to your website.

8. Design your email to fit your brand. Many of the email programs such as mailchimp, aweber, contant contat let you design your own email. Use this feature to your advantage.

9. Try and put together a publishing calendar for your subcribers. It is important to make sure your newsletter arrives into your reciepients email every week. Either share the responsibilty among staff members or nominate someone to be in charge of sending out newsletters every week.

10. Think of mobile? Make sure your newsletter can be read on all mobile devices. Try some test emails first and tweak the email to suit your platform. Make your newsletter shareable! It is important to make sure your newsletter can be forwarded to friends, family etc Adding social media links to your newsletter will also increase your following on these social media platforms.

If you are looking to adopt an effective email marketing strategy into your business. Try implementing some of these tips into your newsletter now and see the results !

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SEO or PPC?

PPC or SEO

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The internet is a huge advertising medium with lots of consumers waiting to buy your product or search for information on your website. However, this comes with a few obstacles. More competition and more choice for your target consumers.This means you have to fight for their attention. Setting up a website and simply hoping that visitors will flock to your website will not get you far in todays world. Instead, you have to market your website  to the right people and let them know you have something of value to them. Your average visitor will arrive at your site through direct traffic, paid traffic or referrals. In this article i will discuss the differences between PPC and SEO and what you should choose to market your website.

Search engine Optimisation

. Otherwise known as SEO research has shown that as much as 80% of people will search and look for reviews before they purchase their desired product or service. So in order to stand out from the crowd you need to implement some basic SEO on your website in order to get found on Google.  Implemeting meta tags, Alt tags, and writing some unique content will improve your seo rankings and bring in some more visitors to your website. These are some quick easy fixes for any website. The good thing about SEO is that it is entirely free apart from your labour of course. Unlike PPC, you also do not need to pay for clicks so there will also be no extra cost either.  However, bear in mind SEO takes time and work and sometimes it may takes weeks to see your results

PPC Advertising

Paid advertising otherwise known as PPC. This is a huge revenue stream for Google. You create an advert aimed at your target customer. When this customer goes searching for your product they will then see your advert looking at them within the paid listings which are located on Top and right hand side of each search results page. Once they click on your advert they will then be brought to your website where they will then make a purchase. This is paid advertising.  How much you bid will determine where your ad will appear in the search results as your competition will mostly likely be doing the same thing. The good thing about this type of advertising is that it is highly targeted and you can control how often your ad appears within the search results. There are other metrics such as location, time of day your ad appears etc. PPC Advertising is targeted traffic instantly to your website or blog. It is also important to set up a maximum budget you are prepared to spend every month on your Paid advertising otherwise you may find yourself with a big bill.

SEO or PPC?

When deciding which method is right for your website it is important to set out what you want to achieve.  There are clearly pros and cons for both of these methods and of course one of these methods costs money. I think SEO is a long term strategy for your website and any work that is done in this area will be rewarded  by increased organic listings. PPC is of course instant traffic and will certainly drive sales  for your website if needed.   Like anything, both methods require research to see which is the best method for you. Take your time and consider your options.

Digital Marketing and SEO – Why Digital Marketing Does Not Work Without SEO

Digital Marketing and SEODigital Marketing and SEO

When it comes to digital marketing  search engine marketing otherwise known as SEO is an important part of the digital marketing Strategy as there is so much to be gained from making this a large part of your overall strategy.

Alot of websites at the moment fail to properly optimise their website which causes the lack of potential traffic to your website . Traffic = Revenue, so this is why digital marketing and SEO should be implemented together in any digital strategy. In this article I hope to explain the significance of SEO and why it is needed in any digital marketing campaign you may be looking to implement in the future.

Search engine Optimisation is a process of obtaining high rankings for your website/blog in the search engines. There are many ways to achieve this result along with certain strategies that must be implemented in order to achieve the desired goal. In this article i have provided some instant tips that you can implement straight away to see improved search rankings within a few weeks.

1. Social Signals

It is imprtant that you have a social media presence online and that you contantly engage with your customers and encourage social sharing. Whilst Google still take notice of text links to your site ( as long as they are relevant to your content). It is also important that you build up your links over a period as anything else will see you get penalised by Google.

2. Meta Tags

Meta tags are used to let the search engines know what your website pages are about they are also used as links from the search engine to your website. Without implementing meta tags across your website you run the risk of low search engine rankings. It is also important that your website pages are focused around one action and one keyword. Then focus your meta title tags around this keyword.

3. Unique content

Writing content is tough but it is also the best way of bringing traffic to your website . When you write keyword rich articles you increase your chances of ranking for that keyword within the search engines. This is how digital marketing and seo really come together. It is also wise to have a content marketing strategy in place so content is produced on a daily basis. Write for the reader  and Google will reward you. Engage in keyword  stuffing and you will find yourself being penalised. You have been warned!

4. Google Plus

Are you on Google plus? If your company is not on Google plus its is also important that you submit your details to Google and claim your Google places listing. This is a vital tip that most companies fail to do which loses them lots of ranking potential. So if you have no Google places listing for your business go and claim your listing now !

5. Bloggers

If your a business selling a range of product it might also be worth making contact with the prominent bloggers within your industry. Giving them FREE product will encourage them to blog about yourproduct which will results in increased brand exposure for your business .

6. Alt Images

Alt Images are also  an important ranking factor in Google. If your website or blog has lots of images on the website check to see if you have optimised your images for the search engines by hovering them. Most will show 2622626.jpg! It is now time you went back and changed all these image name to a description of the image. This will let the search engines know what the images are about and will be another reason to rank your website higher in the search engines.

7. Mobile

Finally. Make sure your website is optimised for mobile. Everybody has smartphones now and research has shown that more and more people are using their mobile phones to search for their information. If your website is not optimised for mobile your potential customer will go elsewhere.

I hope you have found some of these tips useful and if you can implement one or two of these on your own website as part of your digital marketing and seo strategy you will gradually notice the difference over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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