Internet Marketing – Communication With Your Target Audience Is Key – 5 Tips

Why does success in the world of Internet marketing seem to come so easily to a few, while the rest seem to struggle with it at every turn? There are a few reasons for this common perception:

a. in reality, most Internet marketing “overnight success stories” are actually 5 or more years in the making; of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t start making money online right away – but to break 6 and eventually 7 figures online, you need to put in some serious sweat equity and have a steep learning curve

b. the most successful online marketers go to the trouble and expense of investigating and then harnessing tools that can magnify their own efforts by 10-100 times

c. successful Internet marketers know how to strategically align their online efforts with the needs of a hungry audience just looking for the content they are delivering

In particular, to be successful in Internet marketing, communication with your target site visitors is key. Here are 5 tips to attract and communicate with your target visitors:

1. Align your content with keywords that your target audience is looking for:

Think of the online marketing process as a tunnel (similar to the concept of a sales funnel). The would-be buyer needs to get into the tunnel, go past all of the other content out there, and arrive at your site’s landing page. Then, they need to go from that landing page to your online store page, affiliate links or content with AdSense ads. The easier they can make their way through that tunnel, the faster they will arrive at your door with cash in hand.

The more you can align the messaging and keywords in the content you create (both on-site and off-site) properly with the needs of your target group, the shorter and straighter that tunnel will be. Short, straight sales tunnel —-> more sales —-> happier Internet marketer.

2. Create content using media they relate to:

The name of the game is creating good off-site content that will get people to your site. Be sure to create content in multiple formats or modalities, including text (articles, blogs, lenses, hubs, microsites, etc.), video, audio, and Flash.

3. Build Web pages optimized for specific long-tail keywords:

All of this good off-site should be linking back to your primary website – this is where your money is made. This site needs to be comprised of multiple pages – at least 20 or more, if possible (don’t worry – you can add more over time if you don’t have that many now). Important: be sure that each page is optimized for a different unique long-tail keyword.

For example, if your site sells tankless water heaters, you may want to have various pages optimized for highly-searched long-tail keywords like “cheap tankless water heaters,” “wall-mounted tankless water heaters,” etc. Use a good keyword research tool to help you find a list of good keywords.

4. Create valuable content:

Of course, optimizing your site is a must, but make sure you are not just creating content for search engines. Rather, you need to be making excellent and valuable content for your target audience. Otherwise, once you get them to your site, they will go away as quickly as they arrived. Give them a reason to stay and buy from you.

5. Keep your visitors’ “buy buttons” in mind:

Focus intently upon just what it is that motivates your customers to buy from you. Remember, it is the value that they perceive – not the desire to give you money – that makes them buy. Spend some time thinking about their “buy buttons” and then optimize your site for those. A good guide is the techniques found in neuro-marketing and related fields.

Follow these 5 tips for success in Internet marketing through better communication with your target visitors.

Sales Incentive Programs Thrive With Effective Marketing Communication Plans

Your company is ready to unveil a brand spanking new sales incentive program geared toward improving the performance of your employees and channel members. There is a highly enticing and exciting award for winners, such as an all-expenses paid trip to the Caribbean or incentive card loaded with thousands of dollars in value. You have a clever, fun theme for the program that everyone is sure to love. The success of the program which is measured through increasing sales, improving employee performance, and fostering employee engagement and channel participation, will however, hinge largely on your ability to successfully create a cohesive, compelling marketing communication program that spreads the word, lays out the rules, and elicits interest.

Successful marketing communication plans effectively employ tools that can include:

– Program Websites – A responsive design website, which creates a user experience that is optimal regardless of device utilized, will go a long way in improving communications. Responsive web design allows the page to appear consistent on mobile devices, tablets, laptops, desktops, and browsers of all kinds, and is critical and uncomplicated in this day and age. If the website does not show up in an aesthetically pleasing manner the first time they visit the site, they may abandon it and not return or participate in the program. The program rules should be communicated clearly and with an aesthetically appealing design.

– Email Blasts – Communications that are engaging and to the point will yield the best results. Language should be playful and inspiring. Selecting subject lines that yield high open rates is very important.

– Announcement Brochures – These printed pieces combine effective copy with awesome aesthetics that catch the eye. The copy should be very easy to comprehend and digest. Utilizing bullet points, small blocks of text, and compelling headlines will optimize reader comprehension. Bright colors, attractive images, and other enticing graphics will strengthen the appearance of the brochure and keep the reader engaged.

– Promotional Products – Tangible items that are branded and bear the program logo can be another effective way to reinforce the program to participants. Items that are fun and useful, or placed in high traffic areas for participants, will keep the sales incentive program in the front of their faces and in their minds.

– Text Message Alerts – These text messaging alerts allow users to opt-in to receive updates and news about the contest sent directly to their mobile device. This communication medium is an excellent way to keep motivation high, update progress, and remind participants of the prizes that they can win.

Key Messages – A Key in Marketing Communications

If you’ve started up a business or are looking to revamp one there are a million things you need to do. When it comes to your marketing communications, however, there’s one task that should be one of the first on your list, and that’s the development of key messages.

Key messages are often called unique selling propositions and key points of difference and the reason your business needs them is simple: To highlight to potential customers why they should be using your business.

So how do you start to develop your key messages?

One of the first things you should do is to think about the image you want to portray to your target audience. How do you want clients to view your business? Do you want to be known for discounted prices, for excellent service, for fast delivery, for high quality products, etc. etc.? There are way too many possibilities to include in this article but it’s a good idea to list everything that is relevant to you and your business.

When you are developing your image list – and indeed your messages – it’s important you be honest. If the image and key messages you develop is not matched by your business, the products or services you sell and your staff, customers will notice. And they’ll most likely share their insights with family, friends and social media connections.

After you’ve made your list of the how you want customers to perceive your business, developing your key messages is relatively simple. If you want your accommodation business to be portrayed as one that provides great service, a message might be: “Our staff will bend over backwards to make your stay a comfortable and memorable one”. If you’re a retail store that sells cheap products, a message might be: “We have discounts on your discounts!”

When you’re developing your key messages remember these short bits of information will form a significant part of your communications with clients. So, be anything but boring. Consider your target customer and write messages that are engaging, interesting and informative.

Once you have developed your key messages, use them: In brochures, on your website, on business stationery and any other marketing communications you produce. In fact, you can also use them when greeting customers and in networking opportunities.

Marketing Communications – Changes in Technology, Customer Behavior and the Economy

It is no secret that the Internet and related new technology has changed the face of marketing communications. Much like the inception of radio and television affected business communications years ago, the Internet is turning marketing methods of the past on their heads and recreating the environmental landscape of buying and selling. History has shown there will be winners and losers in the midst of these changes, but you can stay on top by making sure your Online Marketing and Advertising efforts are current and applicable to today’s customer.

What is happening NOW in marketing communications?

Search engine optimization, video, social media, audio and RSS are just a few of the terms that are becoming an integral part of relevant marketing strategies. A shift in customer thinking and behavior has required business owners to leave behind old advertising methods and learn how to use these aforementioned tools to reach customers.

While ten years ago a banner ad may have pulled in the customers, today many customers will immediately view the ad skeptically. Replacing traditional advertising are customer recommendations and word-of-mouth through blogs, message boards and other forums.

In a way, this takes some of the financial pressure off of your shoulders, which is a relief in today’s fragile economic times. You don’t have to have deep pockets or break your revised budgets to purchase the big ads and flashy marketing in order to compete. Instead, you must know your niche well enough to provide the quality information customers are seeking. You also must learn where your customers are hanging out online, so you can join in their communities and discussions. We are transitioning to a new profession that takes dedication, insight, authenticity and smarts to succeed.

How can you become a marketing communications winner?

No business owner or brand manager wants to lose out on customers just because the world of advertising and marketing is changing. Good news–you don’t have to! In fact, you can thrive and see your business go to new levels if you implement an effective strategy that works in today’s market.
Below are three simple tips to help you find your way to success:

o Research in order to know your niche, your customers, your competitors and your keywords. Your research goal is to become an expert on not only your business niche but also your customers. You want to know who they are, where they go online and what words they plug into the search engines. Free search engines and keyword tools (such as the Google Keyword Tool) make this step simple.

o Get comfortable with the idea of using social media. If you want to connect with customers, you are going to have to tap into social media. By participating in blogs, networking sites and other online communities, you can work with your prospective customers on their level. These relationships can turn into dollar signs.

o Offer something of value to potential customers. Once you have made a connection with people online, you want to make sure you keep them engaged by offering them quality information and solutions to their problems. Doing this helps you to build rapport and trust as well as keep you in the fore-front of their minds when they are ready to buy.