Without web traffic your business may face an uphill battle trying to solicit new sales, or leads! Even more challenging, is trying to get your business website to the top of search engines organically – and staying on top, is not an easy feat (depending on your industry). The competitive landscape of the online marketing world is fierce and one has to embrace and deploy several strategies to stay ahead. The more competitive your industry (insurance, real estate, finance, medical) the less chance you have of ranking organically in Search Engine results. But fear not, because Google PPC campaigns and Social Media Marketing campaigns offer businesses an affordable means to successfully marketing their products or services, instantaneously.
At Inspire Digital Studio we focus on the TOP 5 most important digital marketing strategies: Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media Marketing, PPC Advertising and Email Marketing. We believe a sound online marketing campaign focused on deploying all of the above mentioned strategies, will keep the sales coming in the door. The key is creating a defined marketing message, targeting your audience, allocating a budget, monitoring the success of the marketing campaigns, and ultimately repeating all the steps that prove to have the best ROI.
SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is the process of getting quality traffic from free, or organic, search results on the search engines (like Google and Bing). It’s important that the traffic you drive to your website is relevant to your industry. If you manage to attract a high volume of visitors searching for Macintosh computers while what you actually do is selling raincoats, the traffic will do you no good. SEO is one of the most important types of digital marketing. By optimizing your content for search engines, you can increase a steady stream of relevant traffic that will only grow over time. Without search engine optimization, people simply won’t be able to find you on the Internet. Some optimization techniques include: researching relevant keywords and including them into your website copy, optimizing your website titles, description and loading speed, building relevant backlinks.
Simply put, social media marketing refers to the process of using social media platforms to attract traffic and attention. By using social media, you can increase exposure and build meaningful relationships with your customers. While everybody can benefit from SMM as a type of digital marketing, B2C and SaaS companies tend to get the most out of it. Social media marketing is all about listening to what your customers have to say, engaging in the conversation, and sharing valuable content. Together, content marketing, SEO, and social media marketing constitute what is called “inbound marketing”. It is a marketing methodology that aims at attracting, engaging, and delighting leads. Some goals of inbound marketing include attracting users’ attention, driving relevant traffic to the website, and converting it into happy customers.
Content marketing is a type of digital marketing that focuses on creating and distributing content for a target audience. The content aims at being valuable, relevant, and (ideally) consistent. Its ultimate goal is to drive a profitable customer action. The crucial part here is “valuable” and “relevant”. This is what tells content marketing apart from traditional spammy advertising. The target audience should want to seek the content out and consume it. In the broader sense, content marketing is part of every other digital marketing activity, be it social media marketing, SEO, or email marketing. Quality content should be the core of every other marketing activity you pursue.
Email marketing is one of the most popular types of digital marketing. To put it shortly, it’s the use of email for promoting one’s products or services. If you go a little deeper, email marketing might also refer to building relationships with your customers. Ideally, emails you send out to your clients should not only speak at them but also encourage meaningful interaction with your brand. There are many things that contribute to the success of your email marketing strategy, from the content you create to the time you send your emails. One thing is certain, though: email marketing is far from being dead and should definitely be part of your overall digital marketing.
Pay-per-click is a model of advertising where marketers pay a fee every time people click on their ad. Basically, it’s the process of buying visits to your site, as opposed to getting them organically via SEO or other types of digital marketing. PPC is one of the types of paid search. It’s similar to SEM (search engine marketing) but can also include display advertising (cost-per-click based), and affiliate advertising.