Our Favorite Ways To Drive More Traffic To Your Website

October 14, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips

Get More Visitors!

Get More Visitors!

Now that you have a great new web design for your company, you want to make sure people are actually visiting it. There are many ways to attract people to your website besides waiting on your search engine optimization efforts to bring you to the top of Google. Depending on your business, some methods of bringing more visitors to your website might be better than others. Here are a few ways we recommend driving more traffic to your website.

Social Media

The verdict is out: you need to be involved in the social media community! Remember, your goal with social media should be to get people to visit your actual website. By getting involved in the conversation on sites like Twitter and Facebook, you can discuss relevant information with people and start to develop groups that all share the same interest. Getting involved may take some time, but social media will only help your business as much as you let it. Facebook also has advertising functions that might allow your company the right exposure. It all depends on the market you are trying to attract and how many of them are using Facebook.

Blog

By having a blog for your company and updating it frequently, your website will have new, fresh content that the search engines like to see. Maybe more importantly though, you are sharing valuable information with people out there that you want to visit your website. You should also find other people’s blogs that have relevant information for your company. By following them, you will learn more useful tips and stay on top of the latest trends. It is a good idea to post comments on other blogs too, because that will get you involved in the conversation and help you grow valuable relationships. Some blogs even allow you to leave a link going back to your main website. Make sure your comments are of value though, because writing “Great post!” will not make people want to click on the link you provided for your website.

Google Adwords

Google is a powerful way to attract people to your website, even if your SEO doesn’t have you at the top of the keyword search results. By setting up Adwords for your company, you have the freedom to list your online advertisements how you want to. Your ad will appear at the top or the side of the search results page, in the area that says “Sponsored Links”. Adwords allows you to customize the ad, pay as much as you want to each month and make your advertisements appear for the keywords that you want. By using these targeted keywords, you can run very cost effective advertising online.

Other ways to get involved in online conversations and develop groups of people to communicate with include online article submitting sites like ezine.com, press releases and forums. There are a lot of people blogging and communicating on forums online. Start out by finding a few that are worth following and try adding a couple each week. By staying in contact with more and more people, you can watch the number of visitors to your site grow.

How To Create and Promote Your Facebook Fan Page (1)

October 13, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips, Testimonial, Uncategorized

Lancome on Facebook

Lancome on Facebook

Unlike groups, Facebook fan pages are visible to unregistered people and are thus indexed (important for reputaion management, for example). They are great ways to promote yourself to the general public.

Facebook Pages are different than profiles. You have a profile for you, Jane Doe, but your business can’t have a profile — it can have a Page. A Page is a place to house all the pertinent information about your company. They’re so useful because you can include everything that relates to your business in one place with a built-in potential audience:

Here’s the #1 reason to have your own Facebook Page (as well as your own Profile):

More people can find out about your business because your Page gets indexed and is searchable inside and outside of Facebook.

Other reasons include:

* Because the number of Fans you can have is unlimited (whereas the Friend limit is 5,000).
* Activity on your Page helps increase what I call “viral visibility” on Facebook.
* You can establish your brand even further.

To create your Page scroll to the foot of any Facebook web page and click on Advertising, then click the button to Create Facebook Page.

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Or, watch this video introduction then read the instructions below to get going with your Facebook Page!

5 Most Useful Social Media for Small Business (2)

September 17, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

The Latest Business Social Media

The Latest Business Social Media

View 5 Most Useful Social Networks for Businesses (1) Here
Below are 2 social networks that especially designed for small business owners or marketing purposes:

We know social media takes a lot of time to stay on top of, but if you’re running your business and are using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn already, you’ll probably want to check these two out for the next step in your social media campaign. Our professional web design company is benefiting from more than just the basic social networking sites.

4. Biznik

Biznik.com is a fast-growing online community of entrepreneurs and small businesses dedicated to connecting and helping each other.

Why Use it:

  • NOT “another LinkedIn clone”.Biznik is for people who are building real businesses, not looking for their next job.
  • It’s for sharing ideas, not posting your resume. It’s the place where real conversations about small business and entrepreneurship are taking place.
  • Local, face-to-face meeting to build real, lasting business relationships.

5.Google Connect

Here we talk about tons of different social networks, aiming in one single goal the to rank our web sites better in Google or to get more effective traffic from Google. What if Google itself is developing a social network? Although started low-key and only connected very limited web sites, you won’t be regret that you have read this post today!

Check out how Google Connect works below:

SEO Link Building Strategies for New Websites (3)

August 31, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips

Social Bookmarking Builds Links

Social Bookmarking Builds Links

Here is the last installment of this three part series. Did you find this article from Greg Shuey interesting? There are so many ways to build links out there, and they can get overwhelming sometimes. Just keep in mind that link building is going to help you in the long run and make sure you manage the time you spend on link building effectively. Remember, design your website first with the user in mind and then for the search engines.

Submit Your Site To Local & Industry Specific Online Business Directories

Seek out local directories and directories that are specific to your business. Submit to these first and take your time filling out all of the information that they ask for. These will be some of your most valuable links since they are so relevant to your website and business. Make sure when someone searches for your Chicago area web design company they can find you.

Social Bookmarking

You can waste a lot of time social bookmarking if you are submitting to the wrong sites. I limit my social bookmarking to Mixx, Propeller and sometimes Kirtsy. The trick to social bookmarking is to not only bookmark your website, your blog posts, and other things related to your website, but bookmarking lots of different things that interest you, like experienced Chicago web designers.

Write An Article And Submit To Article Directories

Writing articles and submitting them to sites like Ezine Articles is a great way to get links back to your website. Take time to write a very detailed article about your industry and submit it to a few article directories like the ones I listed above. You will get links back to your website by properly using the author resource or bio box at the end of the article. You should tell a little about yourself and your company, while adding keyword rich anchor text links pointing back to your website.

Credit: Greg Shuey

Social Media Easy Tips: 1,2,3, Start!

August 17, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

By: Nan Ke

Get Connected in Social Media

Get Connected in Social Media

While I’m saying it’s really easy, I mean it. Give it a try!

Follow these, and you’ll grasp all you need for social media and jump start in a few hours.

1. Where to Social for Small Businesses?

A: Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and your own Blog.

These are what so far I found most efficient for small businesses. Forget about hanging on 50+ different social media sites unless you have a same sized marketing department and dollar as Dell. It is completely time-and-money-consuming business.

2. How to be Social?

A: Be yourself. Be personal. Start with your own blog and try to update weekly at first.

Research! Listen 300% more what other say. Then you talk.

Try publish more often, 5+ daily . Commit.

3.What to Social?

Blog and Twit about You, Your Family, Your Business , Your Customers, and Your Goals.

Being personal and sociable is very important. Comment on other blogs. Remember to be RESPONSIVE to your audiences, twitter followers and facebook fans. Answer their questions and involve in their discussions.

Small Business: Why Use Social Media?

August 17, 2009 By: admin Category: Marketing Tips, Uncategorized

One of the biggest misconceptions with online marketing is that social media is only for large brands. Truthfully, a small business that invests its time wisely can improve customer (or client) loyalty and traditional word of mouth marketing efforts.

Social media is useful for almost every type of business. Cafes, retail stores, and even professional services can build their online reputation and increase trust. By taking advantage of social media, businesses can make themselves more accessible, more personable, and maintain long term connections. For a small business looking to increase referrals, social media can be a powerful tool.

Here are five ways small businesses can capitalize on this new form of marketing.


Why use social media?


Social Media for Small Businesses

Social Media for Small Businesses

The best way to illustrate why small businesses are using social media is with a story. Think back to the days of the wild west. In those days, towns had one general store, and the store owner knew everyone. People trusted him and knew what they were getting. Enter the industrial age, and efficiency trumped personalization. People didn’t mind where they bought from, as long as goods were cheap.

Now, that mentality has changed. Consumers are once again reverting to a need for personalization from businesses large and small. The need has been rekindled by the Internet and our ability to find anything we want, as well as a mistrust of advertising (think used cars salesmen).

We’ve reached a point where the consumer wants to know the store owner’s name and that he can be trusted. Small businesses must look beyond their want to grow into corporations, and instead focus on their core customers. Thanks to social media, we’re able to foster these relationships easily and quickly.