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Online Marketing Orientation for Entrepreneurs: Part 2

Online Marketing Orientation for Entrepreneurs: Part 2/3

Social Media, Blogging, and Targeted Online Marketing for Beginners

[Editors’ Note: This is the second part of a three-part series by Joshua Lyons about online marketing. Read his previous article, Online Marketing Orientation for Entrepreneurs: Part 1.]

Social Media Marketing Strategy

Social media is one of the most frequently implemented tactics for entrepreneurs. Social media can be done with a marketing budget of $0. Although, nothing is free, right? A deliberate social media marketing strategy can be very effective, but it does take time and dedication. Whether the entrepreneur wishes to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or a different social media platform, it will be important to first answer a few questions:

Which social media platforms are being used by my target audience?

It’s not a strategic marketing practice to invest hours in LinkedIn marketing if your audience doesn’t use LinkedIn. First, figure out where your audience is, then use those platforms. It’s not necessary to be on every social media platform.

What content will my target audience engage with?

A common mistake new marketers make is to create a social media account and publish whatever they can find in order to appear active on the social media platform. It’s good to be active on social media, but it’s equally important to post content your audience will engage with. If you can’t post something interesting, then don’t post anything at all. Doing so will cause your followers to stop following you. Check and see what other businesses in your industry are posting. See what their audience engages with. Then, craft your own social media marketing strategy accordingly.

Will I have the time to manage my social media on a regular basis?

Many new businesses set up some social media accounts, manage them for a few weeks, then get frustrated and stop. After some time passes, a potential customer or client goes to the social media account and sees the company is not good about maintaining its social media. If you have time to use social media for online marketing, that’s great! Do it. If there isn’t enough time, don’t stop completely. Maintain it, at least somewhat, so you don’t appear to be closed or unconnected with your social audience.

The ROI on Email Marketing

Email marketing has an incredible average ROI of 3,700%! There is no other marketing tactic that comes anywhere near that type of ROI. It’s a no-brainer that most online marketing professionals and entrepreneurs should leverage the power of email marketing.

There will be many aspects to consider when creating email campaigns. For example, how often should you send emails? Will you set up auto emails? Can you use A/B testing? These various aspects will impact the effectiveness of the emails that are sent.

Although email is a fantastic way to connect with your audience, it can be difficult to get started. In order to be effective at email marketing, it’s necessary to have people who are subscribed to receive your emails. Without subscribers, your emails won’t be very valuable.

How does an entrepreneur convince people to subscribe to their email list? There are several ways to do this. One way is to create amazing blog content on your website. Then, encourage people to subscribe to your email for updates about new blog posts.

Build a Blog

Blogging is another type of online marketing that can be done with a marketing budget of $0. All that’s needed is subject matter expertise, time to write the content, and a platform on which to publish the blog posts. There are free platforms for bloggers who do not have their own websites. Some platforms include WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr.

Blogging can accomplish several things for marketing. Here are some examples:

  • Become a thought leader. If you want your business to be seen as a leader in the industry, then there needs to be a way to separate yourself from the competition. Most businesses don’t blog. So, actively blogging will instantly push you up as a thought leader.
  • Increase your credibility. Fakes don’t blog. Fake marketing professionals don’t take the time or have the skill to write quality blog content. The same thing is true for many industries. Just by actively blogging, an entrepreneur can set himself or herself up as a credible person, or company, in the industry.
  • Boost website rankings. Most businesses that take search engine optimization seriously will have a blog. Blogging is a great way to get relevant content added to the website on a regular basis. As more content is added, Google has more content to read. This helps Google decide if your website should be ranked higher in their search engine. Also, Google likes to see websites that regularly update their content as opposed to having stagnated content. Active blogging keeps a website fresh, and this is good.

Pay Per Click Advertising

SEO can make your website rank at the top of Google, but it typically takes about three to six months to see results, depending on your industry and level of competition. Pay per click (PPC) or cost per click (CPC) advertising, on the other hand, can get your website to instantly appear on the first page of Google.

PPC ads are paid ads. If you do a Google search on “How to do my taxes,” you will likely see an ad for H&R Block or some other tax preparation company. They show up at the very top because they are paying Google for this placement. However, they don’t pay to be placed in that location. They only pay when someone actually clicks that ad.

Pay-per-click advertising is usually much more expensive than SEO, but it can give you instant exposure on Google. For entrepreneurs with a large marketing budget, it might make sense to spend some money on this type of marketing. It’s great for when you are waiting for your SEO efforts to organically put your website on Google’s first page.

Create Your Marketing Plan

The marketing tactics we have presented are all effective, key elements to many marketing plans. Now, it’s time for you, the entrepreneur, to decide what you think will work best with you, your audience, and your budget. Take a look at these tactics and decide what you will use. You can even do a little more research to see if there are other tactics we didn’t mention.

Also, think about traditional marketing. Do you need a billboard, radio spot, or postcard mailers? Take some time to go through everything you know about your situation, then come up with a marketing plan. It’s best to put this down on paper, so you can visualize what you wish to do and create a marketing timeline with deadlines for each tactic.

[Editors’ Note: This concludes Online Marketing Orientation for Entrepreneurs: Part 2/3. The next post in this series will provide information on executing, monitoring, and adjusting your online marketing. If you enjoyed this article, you may also be interested in The Communications Decency Act and the Rise of the Trolls. To learn more about this and related topics, you may want to attend the following on-demand webinars (which you can listen to at your leisure and each include a comprehensive customer PowerPoint about the topic):

This is an updated version of an article originally published on May 23, 2019]

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About Joshua Lyons

Joshua Lyons, Co-Founder of CRE Marketing Group, has been part of the marketing world since 2009. He began his marketing career upon graduation from the University of West Florida, with an education in public relations and marketing. Joshua worked for several companies, developing and implementing proven online marketing strategies and boosting their exposure and revenue. After many…

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