When it comes to Internet Marketing, United WebWorks is your all-in-one solution for driving sales with a business website that performs
Marketing and sales are closely related elements of commercial enterprise, both focused on the goal of persuading customers to choose a particular product or service. Consumer choice drives marketing activities; as long as buyers are offered multiple options between similar products or services, marketers are required to create interest in a single option. Some businesses consider sales a subset of marketing because of the broad scope of business operations that marketing can affect.
Modern marketing uses extensive research into customers and their decision making processes, influencing entire product or service offerings from product development and packaging to customer loyalty. The advantages opened by internet communication has revolutionized marketing, giving businesses the ability to zero in on more valuable sales leads in less time.
Some components of internet marketing include:
Website design and development- using a company’s website as a persuasion tool, giving visitors a clear idea of what, why and how to buy what is being offered. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the practice of conforming website content to standards of authority, relevance and trust set by search engines. When done correctly SEO can raise a company’s visibility on search return pages.
Let's face it, you don't really want a website or a Facebook page. You want more revenue. While your competitors are stabbing in the dark to see which different options produce results, you could have an inbound marketing campaign that will:
Best of all, you can measure the performance each and every step of the way. You will know:
And that’s just the start.
At United WebWorks, we take lead acquisition and lead nurturing to a whole new level.
Interruptive marketing. TV ads, cold calls, spam emails, even magazine and other print ads seem to be the bane of our existence. Since the rise of Madison Avenue advertising, mass media messaging has become ubiquitous to the point of being ineffective. Success is very difficult to measure, but it’s a given that there’s a low lead yield per impression.
In one sense, mass marketing is simply background noise that we can and do ignore, but people are also so annoyed with interruptive techniques that inventors have built businesses to satisfy the demand to stop them, like ad-blocking apps and commercial-removing video playback systems. Despite an increasingly negative and ineffective climate, outbound marketing still claims a good chunk of some marketing budgets. The good news is that you don’t have to buy billboards and yellow pages ads anymore.
Internet marketing allows companies to engage in what can be called “inbound marketing.” Not only is it much less interruptive and annoying, costs drop dramatically when you target your marketing messaging to people who are actually interested. People don’t feel disrupted by your message because they are already looking for it.
of US Internet Users who search online before making a purchase decision, even if the purchase is made locally
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increase in leads per month for companies that blog compared with those who don't
Local businesses here in Savannah come in to meet with us about their website, usually because they aren’t happy with their current one. When we ask them why they want to make a change, sometimes we hear these reasons:
"Because our competitors all have them."
"We like to tell our customers all about our company."
"Because we have a web address in our yellow pages ad."
"So people can Google us and find our phone number and location."
All valid reasons. And then we get to tell them some good news! These answers show us that your expectations are too low— your website can be so much more if it is part of an orchestrated internet marketing strategy.
Let's start at the beginning. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Internet. It's powerful and when used well, it becomes an indispensable weapon in your marketing arsenal. It allows businesses to escape the marketing practices that are withering in their effectiveness as the information age matures.
One reason for the decline in revenues for network broadcast television is that the alternatives allow viewers to skip commercial messages. Online streaming providers like Hulu and Netflix got serious about our distaste for interruption and use subscriptions as a more palatable revenue stream. Let’s just say it: Commercials INTERRUPT! Is your business still interrupting people to insist that they listen to your message?
The onset of almost unlimited access to information has allowed consumers to research products and companies like never before, on their own terms, Success in this new reality means finding ways to deliver marketing messages to filtered, qualified buyers who are interested enough in your product or service to type a relevant search query into their phone or computer.
There's still a place for mass media advertising, but generalized public ads are no longer an automatic choice. They can serve a supporting role to internet marketing strategies that help you build your visibility on the screens or people who are already looking for your products and services. Search engines actually help you do this because they are committed to providing relevant results to searchers, playing matchmaker between you and your prospects.
B2B companies, you're included! Use the information you find online to tailor your pitch to accounts, answer their questions and — best of all — eliminate their pain points!
The sooner your business adopts an inbound approach, the better. It means that you no longer need to rely on print ads, the yellow pages, outbound cold calls, radio and TV ads or billboards. Our favorite, word of mouth advertising can be supercharged by taking conversations online in social media, online reviews, product forums, and so on. It makes better sense in our media-saturated world where personal choice is seen as an inalienable right and interruptive ads violate that sense of choice. Among other more effective marketing practices, internet marketing inevitably leads your company to excellence in meeting customers' expectations, selling solutions instead of merely selling products.
Some eye-opening statistics from HubSpot's State of inbound 2018 report have helped convince decision makers. Here are a few things they found in a survey of 6,200 companies across a mix of industries, sizes and nation of origin.
Inbound Marketing involves thinking about the ways you communicate your marketing messages, your brand identity and the integration between your sales, marketing and customer service teams.
If you want to get found by new customers, the sooner you accept that content is king, the better. Blogging is normally what people think of when the idea of content marketing is raised, but there's more to it than a weekly article on your industry. While blogging can form the core of a content strategy, there are white papers, guides, social media posts, videos, infographics, and many more examples of creative content aimed at inviting buyers to trust you as the industry leader in your field.
Orchestrated and planned for maximum effect, every content piece you produce over time builds your relevance and trustworthiness, your authority and thought leadership, not only in the algorithms of search engines, but in minds of people who keep seeing your content links or references wherever they look online.
It does take time for content to build your relevance, so start now!
Social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are places people talk about their experiences, negative and positive. It's crowdsourced marketing. If you engage in conversation, even negative comments can turn into wins for you. Companies who do social media well put resources into paying attention to what customers are saying, addressing their pain points and tossing out juicy bits of content that make people curious.
Reviews are another place you should be looking to mine leads. Google Business, Yelp, and industry directories (such as "Ten best Widget Makers in Savannah, GA" lists) are great places to start. While it's tricky to ask for positive reviews, come up with a way to gather as many as possible. You can also feature positive review content on your site as trust builders.
Would you rather be interruptive or invitational?
Would you rather spend more on messaging that appeals to one out of a thousand, or spend less on messaging that is attractive to one out of ten?
Would you rather keep shouting to a mass public, or have conversations with the already interested?
Seeing it this way can help you make the jump to internet marketing. Are you a small business with only one to five employees? There are ways to transition that don’t require a large outlay of time or money. We’ll even train you how to grow your online footprint on your own! Start a conversation with our friendly staff about improving your place in the marketplace. We don’t succeed until you do!
Savannah Rae's Gourmet Popcorn has been working with United WebWorks for almost a year now and it was one of the best decisions this new business has made!
Our [former] web designer left the site 3/4 of the way finished and I had no idea what SEO even meant. United Webworks finished out the website and explained how everything functioned. About 6 months later we had them work on the SEO and our website traffic has increased by almost 40%.
Anything technology-related used to be very intimidating to me but everyone at United Webworks was as patient as they are knowledgeable. Now I feel much more comfortable making small changes to the site on my own. A small business is always changing and with web presence being such an important factor, I know that we will have a long and profitable relationship with United WebWorks.
- Jamie and Donna McAllister, Savannah Rae's Gourmet Popcorn