I was browsing one of the internet marketing forums the other day, and stumbled on a thread titled “What happened to the 4 pillars of Internet Marketing?”.
For those of you who don’t know what the 4 original pillars of internet marketing are, here’s a quick recap:
1. Product. Product is very important, I mean, that is what you are selling, right?
2. Price. 95% of all the selling propositions are being turned down because of the price. Probably this is the reason 1$ trials work so well.
3. Promotion. Traffic, Copywriting, PPC and basically anything related to generating traffic and driving leads.
4. Place. You can’t go to a synagogue and try to sell pork chops. I mean, you can, but…Trust me, you don’t want to. *Hint: big rocks and your head.
Those are the 4 pillars of internet marketing, according to the old school Gurus. However, world is rapidly changing, and we must keep up with it.
Those pillars no longer apply when it comes down to 21st century’s internet marketing industry. They probably still do when selling tea or rice, but when it comes to sophisticated customers who shop online, nahah! Different approach is required!
After taking a cold hard look at the internet marketing industry today as we know it, I have created a new internet marketing pillar blueprint. I am not saying this is going to go global right away, but I do believe it what is needed to be done, if you want to build a profitable internet marketing business.
1. Traffic. You can say it goes under promotion, but Traffic is not about promotion anymore. Today, when the customer gets destructed so easily, traffic has became more about grabbing attention. If you know how to grab person’s attention when he is surfing the web, you got traffic!
2. Conversion. Internet Marketing is all about conversions, are you kidding me? Capture pages, click through rates, bounce rates etc. Everything is needed to be tested, modified, customized and tested some more!
3. Growth. Growth applies to you, the person behind the product. The only way you can be providing more value and getting more sales is by growing. Not in height, but in mind. Growing your knowledge base and raising your personal value through the roof.
4. Content. This is actually an inevitable byproduct of growth. Providing quality content is what is going to separate you from the spammers, self promoters and uneducated newbies who have no clue how to market online.
This is my personal view on the 4 new age pillars of internet marketing. You can support me, or you can dispute me, the choice is yours and comments are welcomed, however, remember that marketing isn’t about you or your product going viral, it is always about the consumer.
I’m not sure why some Winnipeg companies are frightened of the Internet over traditional media. They are clinging to an old business model. Some of these traditional media have come to monopolistically control everything, and thereby get 100% of the profits.
They don’t look to the future, they look to the past. They don’t embrace change, they fight it.
With the net the public have the power to obtain what they want, when they demand it, and most importantly the power to choose what they want without buying the full package.
Winnipeg change is HERE
Winnipeg based Fresh Traffic Group – one of the worlds leading Internet Search Marketing companies – today announce that they have acquired two Canadian web companies – Betop Internet Marketing and Red River web design – to operate under the Fresh Traffic umbrella.
Jerry Booth CEO of Fresh Traffic says “Having in house graphic and web designers can only help further the services already offered by Fresh. We can now build websites for our clients using all the good practices usually missed by other web design companies, that together with award winning search engine optimization and Internet marketing, will make for a very strong end product.”
The company started to relocate their headquarters to Winnipeg in September 08 with the goal of having the US & EEC offices acting as satellites. The latest acquisitions will only strengthen the Winnipeg, Canada link.
If you happen to look around, even slightly, you’ll learn that there is no “quick fix” when it comes to Search Engine Optimization. It’s an investment in yourself and your website, wherein you hope your content is better than the next guys.
But if you own the goose that lays the golden egg in your market niche, how can you possibly wrangle your way to the top of Google to shout out to the land? The tried, and true, SEO; correctly performed and implemented, and practiced will drive you there. But just like a journey of 1000 steps starts with the first, so does the journey to the top of the Search Engines starts with day 1 and building your site with proper coding, and SEO practices in mind.
In the first 30 days you’ll be noticed by the spiders, as they crawl your content and start finding where you fit into the billions of already indexed pages out there.
In the first 60 days, if you’ve built your site properly and have had optimization done onsite, you’ll start to see yourself climbing “the ladder” in your market niche. You may already start to make brief appearances in the top 20, exciting times for a new business.
Nearing the end of your first 100 days of properly constructed, and optimized site, your site will start to hang around consistently in the top 15 or so, top 10 if the search engines love your site, and perhaps top 5 if your market niche is that particular.
All in all, the first 100 days of a newly constructed, optimized site, can be viewed as a beginning benchmark to your strength within the index. If you’ve followed the rules, been properly optimized, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labours and investments for a long time to come.
Magic! Mysticism! Mystery!
Nope, guess again. Search Engine Optimization, is to a lot of people, full of magic and mystery. It has none of these qualities, yet when it’s done right, it can definitely provide the illusion of it.
Proper SEO, can change a companies future, drive internet marketing and sales, give that needed visibility for your campaign race, and more! When the rules are followed, and the steps are taken, it can be magic.
That being said, there’s the black magic out there of course. The not so legal tricks, cloaking, hiding text, keyword stuffing, just to name a couple. The temptations for fast results, often come with the just rewards, barring of your site, to outright banning your site from the index.
In the end, the good guys win, and the bad look for a new way to use their tricks.
Which hat will your hero wear?
What does SEO, American Idol and Hell’s Kitchen have in common?
Nothing really apart from the leading men are all Brits.
You have Simon Cowell the cocky straight talking British judge who just tells it as it is on Idol and other shows,and he is usually right. He also just happens to makes millions of dollars do so.
Then theirs Gordon Ramsay, the F Word expert chef in Hells Kitchen who curses more F’s B;s and C’s explicits in a 30 minute cook show than most people hear in a month.
Then you have Jerry Booth a World Renowned SEO Expert who has been called a mix of both the above.
I met Jerry over 9 years ago, I have worked with him on numerous occasions in that time with large and small clients worldwide, is he like the above? ABSOLUTELY.
Hot headed, quick tempered, impulsive, impatient and impossible. Hates taking orders, fearless, energetic, gloriously independent, wonderfully ambitious and eternally hungry for a new adventure.
There is of course, an element of truth in all this but there’s a lot more to the story. We’re talking about a wise thinker and careful planner, someone with amazing willpower and initiative, but above all that he is a WINNER.
So if you love Cowell and Ramsay, You’ll love Jerry, no ego’s get stroked,a few dented maybe, he treats everyone the same, I have been in his presence when telling some very famous people who most would be clambering for autographs, pictures or even fainting in there presence just exactly what he thought with explicits included.
The world is full of talkers, but not many do the walking too, here’s 3 that do.
There are always the articles and posts about “How to SEO” or “SEO Tips and Tricks”, but it isn’t too often there is any discussion of what not to do from an SEO perspective. So, very briefly, lets go over some of the points of what not to do from an SEO view.
SEO Mistake #1 – Improper Use of Your Title Tag
The title tag is extremely important when it comes to website optimization, and serves multiple purposes. It tells the search engines what your site is about, it gets displayed in the search results for your page and is displayed at the top of your visitors browser while they are on your site.
SEO Mistake #2 – Improper Use of Your Keywords Meta Tag
Once upon a time the keywords meta tag was was used by search engines to determine the relevance of your website. These days even well-written keyword tags are largely ignored by Google and the other major search engine players. But that doesn’t mean you may ignore, or abuse the keyword meta tag. You could possibly wind up being penalized by the search engines instead of ranking well with them.
SEO Mistake #3 – Keyword Stuffing
More does not always equal better. Page content with too many keywords typically doesn’t read properly, and “hiding” keywords, using white text on a white background, is highly frowned upon and dealt with.
Your best bet, is to work up well written, relevant content for what your customers may be looking for, and let the web work it’s magic.
SEO Mistake #4 – Using Irrelevant Keywords to Attract Traffic
May seem like a common sense point, but to reitterate. Using irrelevant or useless content and keywords to attract traffic to your site will only lower your overall rankings with the search engines.
Aside from the few points from above, there are a great deal of mistakes you can make as a website owner that can hurt, or hinder your rankings with the search engines. Cloaked pages, doorway pages, poor coding practices, page labelling, and the list goes on and on.
The Dallas Cowboys will be using search engine optimization (SEO) to increase organic traffic to their sites One of the most popular sports franchises in the world has jumped aboard the search engine optimization (SEO) bandwagon as the Dallas Cowboys plan to increase organic traffic to sell team merchandise.
To generate traffic and get the most targeted visitors to its sites, the Dallas Cowboys’ Pro Shop has partnered with a well known web development company to increase its search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM).
All companies should focus on more than just traffic, “If you are running marketing campaigns and don’t have solid data in regards to your true ROI, you could be wasting your budget,” “Many of our clients come to us looking for traffic. We respond with: It’s not all about traffic anymore. It’s about solid analytics, maximizing targeted visitors and building websites that convert.”
According to a report from Forbes in December, statistics from SportsScanInfo – a company that tracks jersey sales – show the 10 most popular jerseys in all of sports were from the NFL. Of that 10, three belonged to the Dallas Cowboys
Whenever I ask a prospect what their goals are, all too often their answer is, “We want to rank in the top three results for keywords A, B, and C.”
Is that really a goal?
Now, I understand that high rankings (or, rather, organic search traffic) are important. I sincerely believe that a sound organic search strategy should be the core of every business’s marketing efforts.
This goes back to the old adage of running a business (location, location, location). You must be where people are actively searching for your product or service offerings.
However, imagine that you had the perfect retail location and yet your storefront was filthy. Perhaps there isn’t as much as a sign with your company’s name on the front of the building. Perhaps, once you get into the location, not a single item has a price tag and the salespeople are nowhere to be found.
That traffic coming through your parking lot isn’t going to help much, is it?
There are three basic rules that you need to follow to have a successful Web presence:
1. Brand matters.
2. Usability matters.
3. Search engine optimization matters.
The look and feel of your Web site is a key component to success on the Web. For example, last summer, a retailer that was enjoying great rankings in the search engines approached my company about a possible redesign of their Web site.
When I pulled the site up, it was very evident that these folks needed a facelift (the site was very ’90s, with no brand — not even a logo — and it was poorly organized). This e-commerce Web site was typical of many: it was graphics-heavy (not even formatted consistently) and had little to offer in terms of (keyword-rich) product descriptions.
Bottom line: there was no way that I would drop my credit card info on this Web site. I didn’t trust it. If I were a common searcher, I’d probably spend about five seconds on the page that I landed on, then hit the back button and check out the next result.
Build a Web site that exudes credibility and trust with your target audience. Because online, a competitor is always next door to your perfect location. And, next door to them is another competitor. You get the picture?
OK, let’s assume your Web site looks great now. So, if you manage to get the traffic to your site, you probably want people to fill out a lead form, call you, or buy a product.
Too often, prospects tell me that a phone call is a major point of emphasis for them, yet you can’t easily find their phone number on their page. Check some of the most successful e-commerce or lead-gen Web sites and you’ll notice that most of them display their phone number on the top right of every page. Little things like this can have a dramatic impact on your success.
Every click/visitor to your Web site is valuable. Yet many don’t put the effort to get the most out of every click.
Once you get people to your site, what do you want them to do? Download a white paper? Sign up for a newsletter? Complete a lead form?
Now, be honest with yourself. Are you making this action obvious to your visitors? People on the Web have very short attention spans.
Search Engine Optimization Matters
Now, just because I put SEO last on this list doesn’t mean that this is the last thing you should do. Oh no. The creation of your information architecture absolutely should be done in conjunction with your SEO efforts.
Your SEO team should research (or at least approve) the content management system and coordinate the design and site development. SEO is the foundation of your efforts.
Funny thing about how SEO and usability go hand-in-hand. Visitors to your Web site like content. They may be researching and need to read those detailed product descriptions.
And, coincidentally, search engines like that content, too. So, the more search engine friendly you make your Web site, the more usable the site will become. If your content is good enough, people might want to link to your Web site.
You know what else users like? Blog content. They love finding “unbiased” helpful/resourceful information. They love reviews. They love forums.
Guess what. Search engines love this stuff, too! Ever seen Wikipedia show up in your searches on Google?
So, next time you’re trying to determine your SEO goals, stop for a moment and think about the bigger picture. SEO is just one part of Web success.
Search Engine Marketing (SEM); – SEM, paid search, Pay Per Click (PPC) – why would this particular form of online advertising appear to be just about recession-proof? Google’s continued growth in such a down market is just one example of how SEM continues to grow at a faster pace than nearly any other form of marketing.
It is expected that SEM/PPC will grow at a rate of 13% a year up to 2013, even where print, broadcast and other offline mediums are stagnating or declining.
What is it exactly that seems to make SEM recession-proof? SEM does what marketers need a marketing medium to do in a down economy: it generates better returns on the smaller budgets organisations have to work with.
The true power of Search Engine Marketing lies in the fact that a search user is telling the advertiser exactly what he or she is looking for, and search engines provide the relevant results to the user. Other forms of advertising by contrast push a message to the consumers who may or may not be interested in them.
The fact that advertisers place their messages in an environment that is relevant to the user mean that SEM is a powerful tool for branding as well as achieving customer acquisitions and conversions.
SEM is cost-effective and efficient. Because you are getting the right message to the right people, at the right time, there is far less wastage than there is in most other forms of advertising.
The flexibility which SEM provides is another key strength. One could easily set up a branding campaign that will see a longer tail of keywords and the possible use of the content network. The focus is on achieving critical mass or to reach it in a cost-effective manner. Sales-driven campaigns by contrast, will be more targeted with a strong ROI focus.
Around the world, industry is buying into search. Research conducted by Forrester in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe shows that 85% of marketers are using, piloting or planning to pilot search marketing programmes this year.
Search marketing should be a cornerstone of any marketing strategy. Any company which isn’t visible when users are looking for their services or products online is throwing away opportunities to capture new sales and customers.