How to save 62 percent of your budget with inbound marketing

Get found, Convert, analyzeEvery business wants to succeed. But not every business is doing what it needs to succeed. As for the past years corporate blogging and social media has increasingly earned popularity because auf its successful use, there are still a majority of businesses which still do not engage in these said marketing opportunities.

During the past years inbound marketing, which consists of strategic and buyer persona oriented content creation and content distribution like corporate blogging, engagement in social media, lead generation and lead conversion through lead nurturing and measurement through closed-loop analysis has grown in popularity.

The increase of inbound marketing popularity is no fad but the outcome of  measurable and proven results which studies like the MIT study certifies.

ROI of HubSpot: An MIT & Babson Joint Study

 

Furthermore it is a proven fact that companies which rely on online lead generation are 25 x more profitable than companies who do not.

 

Some examples why inbound marketing is so successful:

Content creation

Companies who operate a corporate blog and update it frequently have 55% more website visitors. 57% of companies which operate a corporate blog report to have acquired new customers through their blog.

 

Social media

67% of B2C and 47% of B2B companies report to have acquired new customers through Facebook. 47% of companies who use Twitter report to have acquired new customer through it.

 

Lead generation

Inbound marketing has a 62% lower cost per lead than traditional marketing strategies. Inbound marketing way generated leads have an 55% higher lead conversion rate than lead generated through traditional marketing strategies.

As inbound marketing strategy consists of buyer persona oriented content creation, social media engagement, lead generation, lead nurturing and closed-loop analysis; it covers the necessary areas for a successfully operable strategy.

 

Some suggestions to jumpstart your inbound marketing:

  • 1. Identify your buyer personas. (Download this free buyer persona sheet)
  • 2. Produce remarkable content (blog articles, whitepapers, eBooks, photos, video, press releases and FAQs) for your buyer personas.
  • 3. Distribute your content online through your corporate blog and in social media.
  • 4. The more you publish and share the better. As you increase the amount of pages of your website and blog articles you get increasingly more digital outpost to get found better online.
  • 5. The more articles you publish the more opportunities appear to get Backlinks from other websites and blog who also like your publications and you will be recognizes as a trusted source.
  • 6. Build relevant landing pages and clear call to action to generate leads.
  • 7. Nurture those leads with important information and not with sales pitches.
  • 8. Measure what you do, optimize and repeat.

 

Infographic: Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing

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Get up to 25 times more business leads with Content Marketing

content marketingContent Marketing has become a significant part of online marketing strategy. Content Marketing has proven to be the best and most cost effective way to drive traffic to a company website and convert this traffic to leads and customers.

The most popular ways of Content Marketing are blogging, social media and video. Studies show that 57% of companies which operate a corporate blog get customers through their blogging effort!

 

4 Reasons to start a corporate blog:

  • 1. Blogging companies get up to 55% more Traffic
  • 2. Blogging companies get up to 97% more Inbound Links
  • 3. Blogging companies get up to 434% more indexed pages in search engines
  • 4. Blogging companies get up to 25x times more business leads

 

Social Media Marketing has become a powerful tool to spread remarkable content to reach a wide audience.

For companies who engage in social media and show presence in these channels can open wide opportunities to get in touch with their audience. This leads to an increase of credibility and unfiltered feedback of the target audience and can lead to an improvement of products and services.

New studies show that up to 65 percent of today’s consumers expect a brand to listen and to respond on questions, comments and complaints in social media. Studies also show that companies which use social media actively to communicate with their audience are more successful than companies who do not.

 

7 Reasons to start your social media marketing:

  • 1. Increase customer perception in the marketplace
  • 2. Build long term relationship with customers and partners
  • 3. Can respond to customers in real-time
  • 4. Taylor products and marketing campaigns based on customer preferences
  • 5. React and resolve on negative buzz in real-time
  • 6. Decrease costs of marketing
  • 7. Improved time to market for products and services

 

Most people think they need to be Steven Spielberg to make a video to put it online to get a positive impact for their business. But this is not true.

You do not need fancy equipment. The only thing you need is a video camera and for the beginning it can be the one from your smart phone.

The most successful video examples come from ordinary people who could not even be considered amateurs. To become successful with your video marketing, with video content, there is only one secret: Just go and do it, do as many video as you can. Publish it and let your audience judge.

 

6 Reasons to start your video marketing:

  • 1. 200% to 300% more monthly unique visitors
  • 2. 100% longer average time-on-site per visitor
  • 3. 3-minute average time spent on pages with videos
  • 4. 157% increase in search engine traffic
  • 5. 100% increase in unique visitors
  • 6. 63% increase in page views

 

Infographic: Content Marketing

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—What do you think about content marketing? Are you doing one or all three or other content marketing strategies?

 

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Social Media can be thread to your reputation

why-reputation-managementCompanies engage increasingly in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other forums and platforms. They go to step into conversation with their audience to offer better service and support and to strengthen the band between actual and future customers.

Social media is a great way to grow brand awareness for the business and to expand the reach to get more customers. But social media can also be a trap for those who are not familiar with managing their reputation online.

Everything a company is communicating on the web and in social media can travel a far way and have an impact on the reputation of the brand.

On social media people are talking about your last blog article, your service, products, about you and your brand. With or without your involvement.

As content which is published on social media also can be indexed by the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing the chances are great that also the content you have distributed will appear in the search engines search results too.

For you it is important to know where you or your brand name has been mentioned so you can respond. Therefore your best strategy to keep a good reputation is also to be active where your target audience is talking about you. So you can respond professionally and show your opinion.

You should care about your online reputation as the web has a wider reach than small town gossip. Future business and future contacts will be influenced by what the people find about you on the web.

Your behavior on the web and what other say about you will affect your future for sure.

To keep a good reputation you need to take care of the WHAT, WHERE and the HOW.

WHAT do you publish on the web and in social media?

You should avoid do praise your products too much. Do not make the mistake to use social media as a distribution channel and overload your audience with dump sales pitches.

WHERE do you publish your content?

Publish content topics where they belong and where they are appreciated. Therefore you need to listen carefully to your audience and give them the information they demand.

HOW do you communicate?

Always communicate in a professional and friendly way. Try to be helpful and show expertise and avoid sounding like schoolmasterly.

How you present yourself on the web can win you business and respect. To achieve this you should take the time to establish a good digital branding and biography.

Infographic: Reputation Management

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–How do you protect your reputation on the web? Let me know what you think. I am looking forward to your comment.

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IBM Study reveals that social media is the Marketing Priority worldwide

Social Media brand messageA recent IBM study shows that 82% of CMOs worldwide are planning increase their technology investment in social media within the next three to five years.

These are interesting data. As social media evolves and more businesses jumping o this bandwagon it looks for me that three to five years are not an appropriate time frame to step into conversation with existing and future customers.

The more companies engage in social media two way communications the thinner the air becomes for those who start later. Those who come late will experience a massive uphill battle to gain positions which their competitors already have secured.

Companies which like to position their business to gain a competitive advantage need to act now, and not to wait three to five years.

Moreover companies who decide to take action within the next five years will be under risk to vanish from the customer radar and sink.

As social media is evolving at a very quick pace businesses also need to evolve to stay on track.

Content creation is the key to get found on the web. Your audience is researching o the web fist. If your audience can’t find you when they research for products or services which you also have to offer than you will lose potential business.

The three big search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing are indexing content form social media. So if you are in social media your chances increase to get found on the web.

What can you do to position your business today?

If you want to do business in the next five years and beyond you should take the opportunity to jump into social media as a valuable communication channel.

A. Register the most important social media networks for your brand as they are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Slideshare and any other sites or forums where your target audience is around.

B. Complete and customize your profiles there to have a social media branding to get recognized by your audience.

C. Listen to the social media conversation and contribute if you feel you have something valuable and helpful to say.

D. Start a corporate blog where you write about topics which your audience is interested in. Share your articles in your social media channels and ask your audience about their opinion.

E. Train you staff to become your brand ambassadors on the web and I social media and give them the freedom to decide how to communicate by establishing clear social media policy.

F. Measure your doings and check out what is working and what is not working. The things which work for your business you should intensify and the thing which do not work the way you have expected you should cut back.

G. Set realistic goals! Be realistic with your social media engagement. Rome wasn’t built in a day as well. Be patient as any strategy needs time to breathe to show up results and social media marketing a blogging are no exceptions.

Infographic: The ROI of Social Media

–How about you? What are your experiences with sociel media? I am looking forward to your comment below.

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SHOCKING: How to Destroy your Business Reputation? BUY leads!

buy business leadsToday as I went through LinkedIn a group got my attention. It was the group about Online Lead Generation which I am a member of and where I contribute if there is a topic where I can help?

But today I went through the posts and I thought OMG, they are talking about buying leads. The word “Business Suicide” went through my brain.

Especially one provider caught my attention and I went to look into his background. This provider claimed to „generate thousands of real time leads in just about every vertical”!

Puhh I thought, this is a tough proposition and let’s see what’s behind them! I checked his website and guess what?

  • – An Alexa Rank of only 2,170,186 (means about 5 -10 unique visitors daily)
  • – 13 Google Indexed Pages (lesser pages means, lesser chances to get indexed and found on the search engines)
  • – Only 92 Backlinks (Qualified back links are one of the SEO strategies to get found, the more the better)
  • – No Corporate Blog (content marketing through blogging is the key to get found and to get leads)
  • – No presence in social media: no Facebook Business Page and no Twitter (43 percent of all online consumers are social media fans or followers, if you are not there you are missing them)
  • No Web DNA…. (maybe a ghost 😉 )

 

I asked him two question, I am curious if I will get any educated answer.

  • Q: How did you establish a business relationship to those leads?
  • Q: Why should those leads do business with the people who buy those leads from you?

 

Disussion Update

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Why did I done this you might ask?

Simple answer: I was shocked by that proposition made there and more shocked me that businesses believe this kind of fairytales and put their business on risk without to know what they are doing!

To buy leads is a waste of time and money and WILL harm the reputation of your business FOR SURE!

When you buy leads it is the same like you open the yellow pages and start cold calling from A-Z.

The people you reach do not know YOU, they did not requested to be contacted from YOU and they did not explained an interest in YOUR products and services previously!

By buying those leads – their addresses and bother those people you only show one thing, that your business has no USP and your products and services have no value for them.

You ask why?

If it would be the opposite you wouldn’t be dependent on paid leads! Instead of you would generate leads and customers automatically!

Boooom. You don’t like what I say!

So before you think about to pay for addresses, you should ask yourself why do you need to buy them and why do you not generate enough recommendations and leads from your existing customers actually?

To purchase leads is only a drip onto the hot stone. This will not solve your long-term issue and will not bring you closer to your business goals.

The opposite is the fact: The longer you depend on bought leads the more your chances will decrease to gain a competitive advantage!

Believe it or not you will loose business in the long term!

Stop buying leads and start build relationships. Build trust and credibility through content publishing (blogging) and two way conversations in social media. This is where you can generate highly valuable target leads with an PROVEN up to 55% conversion rate.

Start inbound marketing strategy by starting your own corporate blog ASAP!

69% of Businesses Attribute Blogging to Increased Leads [Data]

Inbound marketing is the marketing strategy that focuses on getting found by customers when they research online for products and services your business also has to offer.

With inbound marketing businesses earn their way to the customer, by publishing helpful information on a blog, in social media and forums.

Inbound marketing includes Blogging, Social Media, Lead Conversion, Lead Nurturing and Closed-Loop Analysis.

Inbound marketing can help you to:

  • A. Save up to 62% of your marketing budget.
  • B. Stand out of your competition.
  • C. Generate a massive amount of leads.
  • D. Get up to 55% higher lead conversion rates.
  • E. Increase your customers and sales.

 

“Get seen and you get visited! “

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Social Media Marketing Daily Tasks or How to eat an Elephant?

insane social mediaMost people who are interested to market their business on the web and especially in social media become overwhelmed of the necessary tasks which need to be done to achieve any serious results.

They feel that they need to handle an avalanche of information and requirements to get the necessary steps done.

And I fully agree with this. Inbound marketing which also includes, content creation as blogging and marketing this content through social media channels is a very time consuming business!

As any other marketing activity you cannot expect to do all the necessary tasks at once. You also need a strategic plan where you set timeframes to do your necessary inbound marketing tasks and which you can stick to. Discipline is a key factor!

Above in the title I ask how to eat an elephant? This is very simple, bit by bit!

As any other work you need to split your inbound marketing in daily tasks. You have five working days you can use. You need to determine how much time you can invest daily and from this point you can start.

Inbound marketing includes Blogging, Social Media, Lead Conversion, Lead Nurturing and Closed-Loop Analysis.

Content creation – blogging

As blogging is a key factor for lead generation we suggest to blog no matter which kind of other content you have or want to publish!

Which kind of content is the best fit for your target audience, your buyer personas?

Can you reach your audience with video, eBooks, reports, whitepapers, and pictures, blog commenting or any other piece of content?

Find out which kind of content has the best opportunities in your industry, and this does not mean it must be the same old way like your competitors do it! Be creative. When you competitor does eBook, than you can do video! When they do video than you can do eBooks! To get ideas and inspiration just look through other industries how and what kind of other content thy produce.

Social Media / Forums

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and industry related forums are great place to get seen from your future clients. These places are also great to improve your of page SEO. When you are active there, means when you get into the conversation and share your content there than you increase your chances to found in the search engines!

Lead Generation / Conversion

Content creation and social media marketing are great tools to drive interested visitors to SEO optimized landing pages (lead capture pages) to get them into you database to follow up and to make them paying customers through the time.

Lead Nurturing

As you generate leads you should stay in touch with them. But avoid sales pitches. Instead of do the same which whom you have generated your leads. Inform them with interesting and share worthy content, solve problems, answer questions and simply stay in touch with them, stay visible!

Closed-Loop Analysis

Analyze your doings to determine where your lead and revenue coming from measure refine and improve your content creation, social media marketing, lead nurturing and analysis.

Repeat this process above!

Example: The daily inbound marketing tasks!

Monday

  • Facebook 15 minutes
  • Twitter 15 minutes
  • LinkedIn 15 minutes
  • Forums 15 minutes

Check email / Leads 30 minutes

Blog commenting 30 minutes

Draft blog article 30 minutes

Tuesday

  • Facebook 15 minutes
  • Twitter 15 minutes
  • LinkedIn 15 minutes
  • Forums 15 minutes

Check email / Leads 30 minutes

Blog commenting 30 minutes

Draft blog article 30 minutes

Publish blog article 30 minutes

Market blog article in social media

Wednesday

  • Facebook 15 minutes
  • Twitter 15 minutes
  • LinkedIn 15 minutes
  • Forums 15 minutes

Check email / Leads 30 minutes

Blog commenting 30 minutes

Draft blog article 30 minutes

Thursday

  • Facebook 15 minutes
  • Twitter 15 minutes
  • LinkedIn 15 minutes
  • Forums 15 minutes

Check email / Leads 30 minutes

Blog commenting 30 minutes

Draft blog article 30 minutes

Publish blog article 30 minutes

Market blog article in social media

Friday

  • Facebook 15 minutes
  • Twitter 15 minutes
  • LinkedIn 15 minutes
  • Forums 15 minutes

Check email / Leads 30 minutes

Blog commenting 30 minutes

Draft blog article 30 minutes

Check analytics 15 minutes

Refine tasks 30 minutes

———

To effectively profit from your web marketing efforts you should plan to invest about 2.5 hrs. daily and more, this depends on your business goals.

You also can split this work to different persons in your company.

— What do you think and how get you the daily web marketing tasks done?

 

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Bloggers, Stop Thinking… “Just Do It”

blogging-done-rightWe all know that a personal blog and professional blog are inherently different to the core. A professional blog is set up to drive traffic and conversions, but I feel strongly that running a successful corporate blog is less about running a “business” and more about simply grinding out quality content.

I’ve been in online marketing for a little more than a year, and one thing I’ve learned is that the majority of online marketers are “thinkers” and there are very little “doers.” People who will go out of their way to evaluate needs and fill them immediately themselves are doers.

Thinkers can understand needs but they make plans to do them. The inherent problem here, is that not everything is going to run like a well-oiled machine in blogging, so thinkers get caught trying to correct non critical problems when the doers are out engaging.  In this post, I’ll explain how the motto “Just Do It” explains why the doers are successful in the blog world, and the thinkers are left thinking.

Blogging Is Raw, Organic

One of the most appealing aspects of blogging and reading blogs is the fact that it is real. Blogging is inherently a less corporate and more human way to communicate with your audience. Thinking too much about what you are saying strips the human, organic elements that make blog posts engaging. As we all know, successful blogs are shareable and engaging.

De-corporatizing your blog and encouraging informational, fun posts will improve your social influence and will help you build a community faster. Just think about the links you click on Twitter. Chances are you are clicking on “6 Things Bloggers Can Learn From Dr. Seuss” over an article called “6 Tips for New Bloggers.”

Don’t Plan…Write

Thinkers research keywords for titles to rank for and plan out posts based on targets. Doers write about content that is exciting to them. Forcing a blog post based on keyword opportunities and Google Trends is inhibiting your writing. I’m willing to bet 9 times out of 10, a blog post that is written from emotion and necessity will trump engagement over a post that is written from SEO opportunities.

What I’m ultimately trying to say is, blogging is simple. It doesn’t need to be a systematic process of checks and balances to be effective. It simply needs to make a reader want to share it with his/her friends.

Now this doesn’t mean that utilizing blogging “street smarts” won’t help you. Reaching out to contacts to help promote content and going the extra mile, sometimes pays off in big ways. For the most part, however, don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep a consistent tone and write consistent blog posts you take pride in, the readers will follow!

 

 About the author:

Matt KrautstrunkMatt Krautstrunk is a writer on topics ranging from social media marketing to credit card processing at Business.com.  You can reach Matt on Twitter @mattkrautstrunk, LinkedIn and Facebook.

 

 

 

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4 Powerful Reasons to Start Your Corporate Blog

corporate-bloggingThe Technorati Study: “State of the Blogosphere 2010” shows Corporate blogs have become a powerful business marketing tool for companies.

With the increasing demand of finding new and creative ways to get the attention of future buyers and recent customers, corporate blogs are established as a trust and credibility building way to show expertise and to get in touch with target audience.

Companies like IBM use blogging to get seen online. Every person there who wants to write a blog gets the chance to write about the things they are interested in, not only about IBM related products.

As blogging is a clear way of communication a business should be authentic and communicate in a human way to become successful with their blogging, content and social media marketing.

Businesses that blog expand their blogging engagement with the help of strategic social media engagement to spread their content and to step into a two way conversation with their audience. Studies show that 57% of companies who blog get customers through their blogging effort!

Blogging used with the power of social media sharing brings blog posts to a wide audience. This audience is interested in this kind of content as it is their primary source to research for products and services on the web.

“Reach” is the key factor which decides the success or failure of a corporate blog.

These days buyers’ research proffered on blogs and in social media to find products and services.

4 reasons to start a corporate blog:

  • Blogging companies get up to 55% more Traffic.
  • Blogging companies get up to 97% more Inbound Links.
  • Blogging companies get up to 434% more indexed pages in search engines.
  • Blogging companies get up to 25x times more business leads.

 

These numbers are good reasons for a business to consider blogging for content marketing!

Blogging is the basic way of content marketing. Which means it is very easy to start with reasonable marketing investment.

There is clear context between the number of published articles, website traffic and generated business leads. The more articles are published the more outposts are there to get found from future customers on the web.

To be successful with corporate blogging, increase reach, web traffic and leads it takes these points:

— Publish high quality articles, which are interesting and share worthy.

— Participate in social media and in top rank forums to gain larger exposure.

— Submit your blogs to blog directories and to top ranked Blog Search Engines.

— Offer free reports to visitors to increase their interest in your website.

 

Blog Economy

There is no question that businesses who utilize blogging gain a massive competitive advantage against those who do not blog.

 — What do you think? Do you use a corporate blog?

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3 Ways how to use Online Video for Business Lead Generation

video marketing for businessThe average internet user is watching 30 minutes of video online daily! These people mostly lookout for entertainment.

This opens wide opportunities for your business to get your products and services in front of potential future buyers when they are looking.

The use of online video is growing as people also increasingly watch videos from their mobile devices.

Videos made as product pitches are not a good bet to attract interested people. Also image videos do not work as a potential viral marketing tool.

Your business should use online video to inform and to entertain your audience. Take care to also optimize your video for mobile. As the smart phone use grows you should keep in mind that these users are also able to see your videos on their mobile devices. Here is an interesting article about video sizes.

Smartphone Trends Infographic:

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For information / education: You can show your products in action or explain product features in a more understandable way through video. Let your satisfied customers talk about your products and publish and market those videos everywhere on the web.

Watch this video:

 

For communication: You can do a video blog, where you instead of to write articles can do videos. Steve Garfield’s video blog.

Steve Garfield is a videographer and video blogger based in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the Internet’s first video bloggers, Garfield began experimenting with the technique in 2002 and launched his own video blog on January 1, 2004.

For entertainment: Nobody says that a product video needs to be boring! You can be creative and do an entertaining product video which people like and share.

Watch this video:

 

If you have a lack of ideas just crowd source your video to your audience, for example to your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

Do a contest for the best crowd sourced video! So you can create a buzz on the web, get a lot of attention from your target audience, a ton of creative videos online which mention your brand and can lead further interested people to your business.

Online Video Facts Infographic:

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The easiest way for you to profit from online video for your business is to do videos by yourself and publish them in your corporate blog on Youtube, Facebook and other videos channels on the web.

You can simply start your video by using the camera you already have. This can be the cam from you smart phone or any other cam you have. Start doing videos of your company and your products. Ask your collages to explain one of your products in plain English and upload, add a descriptive title, tag and describe this video to help search engines to index it and your audience to find it.

Embed it to your website, write a blog post about the video topic and embed it in your corporate blog. Market it on your social media channels and ask for comments and opinions.

Than do the next video and so on.

Don’t try to do a perfect video. There is no such thing like a perfect video on the web!

With the time you will get a better routine and your videos will become better and better. But this will only happen if you start doing them.

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3.5 billion Reasons for Content Marketing on Facebook for Lead Generation

facebook marketingMore than 3.5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, videos, etc.) shared each week on Facebook.

Facebook is accessible in 70 languages and has about 750 million users worldwide and there is actually 1,5+ million active business pages online.

There is no doubt if you want to reach your target audience the chances are good that they are on Facebook.

Facebook has become a true business machine which has the power to lift up business in the same speed like its progress. Groupon and other popular brands have experienced this effect in a very successful way. Not to mention the thousands of small businesses who have embraced social media networks like Facebook.

With its massive global reach Facebook has become some kind of a state by its own. And with its technical possibilities like Pages and apps it offers a large toolset for businesses to get seen on this powerful globally accessible network.

But what’s in for your business you will ask now?

My question: Are you active on Facebook, because if not, than nothing. But if you are seriously active in Facebook than this question should have been answered in a positive way yet.

Businesses which want to be active in Facebook but don’t know how to make it happen have two options:

1.) They can do the steps by them self, because there is a truck load of free information on how to establish a business outpost on Facebook. The only thing a business needs to get started is to do the first step and to register a personal account on Facebook. From there you can do one step behind another. From completing your Facebook profile to the registration of a business page.

2.) Or you could shorten your learning curve and save time and money through trial and error by hire a professional agency to help you with your social media marketing like Facebook.

Facebook is a great place to get seen from recent and future customers. Moreover you can attract new customers targeted through the help of Facebook and direct them to your business and your products.

Facebook can become your automated 24/7 business leads machine if you know how to handle it.

How mentioned above there are more than 3.5 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, videos, etc.) shared each week on Facebook.

You could be one of those smart marketers who are doing content marketing on Facebook to generate new business leads.

Facebook offers you to connect your corporate blog with your personal profile and your business page. So every time you publish a blog post it is also showing up on your personal profile and your business page.

Also you can connect your Twitter with Facebook. Every time you tweet something it also shows up on Facebook.

These above are great ways to spread your content to reach your target audience.

Facebook pages offer you the opportunity to establish custom tabs with your content which you can also optimize for SEO.

By the way when you use Facebook, take care that all what you write there is SEO optimized and tagged the right way. This makes it easier for search engines to find your content and to index it.

Facebook pictures are also in the game of content marketing. Pictures are content as well. Upload pictures from your products and events and describe and tag them right.

Facebook video: A great way to show videos from events, product description and testimonials of satisfied customers.

Avoid speaking about you self. Publish interesting and share worthy content. Publish content with your audience in mind.  Allways have your target audience in focus!

Again! Take care that all what you write there is described correctly, SEO optimized and tagged the right way. This makes it easier for search engines to find your content and to index it. Social media marketing is the new SEO.

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Marketing takeawy tipp: To publish and market your content on facebook will increase your brand recognition and your credibilty. Produce share worthy and helpful content with your audience in mind.

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Quality Lead Generation through Blogging

Business online are now planning new strategies for promoting their business online. As main target of any business is lead generation and customer feedback, they tend to research for new techniques and tools to improve their business. One of the best way to generate reputation among your online customers is through business blog.

corporate blogging, content marketing, social media lead generationThis article discusses some of best ways to generate leads for your business and some of the top blogging tools which help you to drive traffic for your blog.

 How to change your business blog to lead generating machine?

With recent advancements in social media, it is very useful for businesses to get their business into major social media sites. Blog is one of the best ways to get your business into social media.

Through your business blog, you can attract readers from different geographic location in to your business. With Google plus entering into social media world, social media is going to impact more on business networks.

By writing articles regularly in your business blog, it is easy for you to share your articles in social media. If you are thinking of starting a new business blog for your business online, it is important to select best blogging platform for your business. One of the best blogging platforms that supports businesses in generating leads in WordPress.

Using WordPress to generate business leads

WordPress is one of the top blogging platforms that is been used by many businesses and professional bloggers in web. There are even many blog driven websites that are powered with wordpress.

Main advantage of WordPress is that it is easily in synch with social media sites. There are some top wordpress plugins, Mozilla plugins and blogging tools that help you to share your content in social media when you post a new article. Such is the power of wordpress.

In simple words, you can reach market faster and improve business for your products by reaching social media faster. This can be made possible through some of the popular tools that help to auto post your content to social media.

Among this powerful business tools, onlywire provides some of the powerful tools for businesses.  It provides onlywire wordpress plugin that autoposts content to social media when you submit a new post to your website.

It also provides downloader that can be downloaded to your website and with which you can submit your favorite content to 41 social media communities in one shot. You can read the full review of this onlywire tools

This is one example of powerful business tools that you can use for your business with the help of wordpress blog.  Another strong of advantage of using blog is to get wordpress plugins for contact form and also driving traffic to your landing pages. Start using these powerful wordpress plugins. There is also some powerful back link creating plugins like BlogGlue WordPress Plugin that helps businesses to link with their niche and partner websites and create huge back links that increases their search engine rankings.

 Using Email Marketing to generate leads

With blogs, you have the power of content and it is upto you in how you wish the traffic to be driven to your landing pages. Generating leads is made easy with the help of quality content.

Another advantage of blogging is to capture leads either through feed or through email marketing. With powerful email marketing software’s, you can easily engage with your blog or website readers.

Using Video marketing to generate Leads

Also you can upload videos and generate leads through Video Marketing.  5 Advantages of Video Marketing helps how to get started with Video Marketing.

Everything in website depends on how effectively you organize your landing pages. Landing pages are very important for lead generation. 10  Lead generation Tips helps in bringing quality leads for your business online

Finally, Blogging is one of the top business lead generation strategies implemented online. If you are not having a business blog for your business, you are missing potential leads for your business online.

About the author:

Sriram Raj is a software engineer, blogger and article writer from India. He is blogging on trending topics. Blogging is his hobby and he is spend his time writing about latest trending topics in web.

Interested in Marketing Help but Marketing Challenges NONE

Every day we generate leads through our various landing pages online. We offer helpful information for free download. The most traffic, about 60% we receive from Google to our blog articles.

get found on googleWhen the visitor lands on our landing pages we ask some question for lead pre qualification. Questions like “What’s your biggest marketing challenge?” and we get various answerers to this important question.

Answers like:

  • Attracting new clients
  • How to put it all together? I need to find a resource that puts all the pieces together in one place.
  • Being seen
  • Reaching the various audiences within multiple age groups
  • Getting new clients
  • List building
  • Traffic
  • Leads
  • Consistent source of qualified leads.
  • Reaching the right customers
  • Finding clients
  • Get new clients
  • And some much more!

 

These above are all legitimate answers.

But today one answer captured my attention. On the question “What’s your biggest marketing challenge?” the lead wrote “none”.

Mhhhh. No marketing challenges?

It is a challenging thing to know about issues and to fix them but it can become dangerous to even do not know you have a problem. That’s what I thought when I read this “None”.

So when you are in business and you want to grow it without losing an arm and a leg on marketing spending than you need to become aware of your marketing challenges ASAP!

Today you can compare your performance with your competition very easy online. You can identify very quickly where you stand and what to do to improve your market position to grow your business better than your competition.

The internet offers various opportunities for businesses to get seen from their target audience. No matter if you sell locally or globally your audience is online researching for products and services you have to offer first.

You need to get found to get them as potential new customers. You need to be visible when they are looking and be there when they want to buy.

Do a test drive and type some of the most popular keywords and phrases in to the Google search and see what’s coming up. Look out for your competition if they come up as well.

Try all keywords and phrases your customers would look for to find your company. Write down how often your business is displayed in the search results for each search term.

When you are done you will have a much better picture what to improve for your business to get seen on the web when your audience is looking.

As soon you have the certainty what and why you have to take action you have done the first step to get seen better from you potential new clients when they are looking on Google for products and service you also have to offer.

One of the easiest ways to increase online visibility is to start your own corporate blog.

Companies who blog get:

  • Up to 55% more Traffic.
  • Up to 97% more Inbound Links.
  • Up to 434% more indexed pages in search engines.

 

Studies show that 57% of companies who blog get customers through their blogging effort!

These above are pretty good reasons to take action before you competition do.

Here you can find some great tips on blogging.

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Inbound marketing targeted low cost lead generation and where to start?

When businesses become aware of inbound marketing strategy they don’t know where to start.

low cost lead generation, sales lead generation onlineThe necessary tasks which need to be done to do an effective sales lead generation online sometimes look overwhelming for most of the business owners and company marketing professionals!

Mostly the question occurs “where can I find one resource to tie all the loose ends together” to get started the easy way?

But on the end there is no easy way with inbound marketing. This strategy is a “the more you put in, the more you put out game”.

For example: Blogging

When you start blogging than your motivation is to get found from your target audience through blog – content marketing! The more blog articles you publish the more your chances increase to get found from people who are looking what you have to offer.

But how many articles should you publish? Should you publish daily or weekly? Again, the more you put in the more you get out. Studies show that companies who blog on a daily basis get five times more leads than companies who do not!

Companies who blog daily more often 2 – 5 times lift their chances much higher again. Studies also show that you increase your chances to get found online when you reach 300 blog articles and more.

When you would ask me where to start? I would suggest to start a corporate blog and to write helpful 600 word articles from out of your customer support requests and customer email conversation. So you can ensure that you address your audience directly with solutions to their problems.

You should consider to do blog – content marketing with social media. Market your content on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to expand your reach.

I further suggest starting your corporate blog with one article a week and when you have become comfortable with blogging to increase to 2 articles and then to 3 articles per week and so on. And you will see, in a couple of month you have published a ton of helpful customer attractive content.

To get leads out of your blogging and blog articles you should include a call to action to the end of each article. You could offer them to subscribe to your newsletter and offer some valuable in exchange for their name and email address or you could offer them a phone number for a free consultation.

To enhance your content marketing and social media activities you could involve further people of your team by simply teaching them what you have practiced  how to write blog article and how to market this piece of valuable content online in social media. This will expand your reach and you can increase the strength of your published content explosively and the chances to get found as well.

Here are some facts about blogging an inbound marketing:

Inbound marketing is the marketing strategy that focuses on getting found by customers when they research online for products and services your business also has to offer.

With inbound marketing businesses earn their way to the customer, by publishing helpful information on a blog, in social media and forums.

Inbound marketing is 62% cheaper than traditional marketing.

Facts about corporate blogging!

Companies who blog get:

  • Up to 55% more Traffic.
  • Up to 97% more Inbound Links.
  • Up to 434% more indexed pages in search engines.

 

Studies show that 57% of companies who blog get customers through their blogging effort!

Marketing Tip: By doing a corporate blog with frequently published articles which are market with social media helps in low cost lead generation. A blog helps you to stay in touch with your customers and readers, to collect important feedback and keep your audience updated.

 

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6 Tipps how to Increase Website Traffic with a Corporate Blog to generate more business leads

Every company tries to reap in the most out of the available set of resources.

Businesses with a small budget have to consider different plans to attract more customers than expensive campaigns and celebrity endorsements.

corporate bloggingOnline world has become the most prominent mode of publicity and marketing now days, may be that is why everyone who is online gets to see a number of ads and promotional videos on every webpage they click on.

A cost effective way to get attention of the target audience is corporate blog.

Blogs articles can be written by in-house bloggers or even hired journalists, which depends on the strategy and the budget of the business.

Corporate blogs should be clear targeted and grammatically correct short notices which can be read easily by an average online user.

“Reach” is the key factor which decides the success or failure of a corporate blog.

Here are some tips to increase the reach and the web traffic to your corporate blog:

 — Write  high quality articles, which will instantly Increase Web Traffic
 — Participate in top rank forums to gain larger exposure to the masses
 — Submit your blogs to blog directories and on any top ranked Blog Search Engine
 — Recycle blog content whenever necessary
 — Offer free reports to visitors and increate their interest in your site
 — Find newer ways to know how to get traffic with the help of consultants and observing your competitors if necessary

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Why to connect your corporate blog with social media

Connecting your blogs with a platform where you could attain more exposure sounds extremely interesting for any type of business.

Building and maintaining online blog helps you in staying current with the social trends. Having business blog helps your business to be updated in social media to get seen from your audience and to generate business leads.

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How to promote your brand in social media using a blog?

Getting a thirty-foot tall billboard to promote your brand is really very expensive for any business. Connecting your blog with social media helps you to get closer to your audience on the major social media sites such as twitter, facebook and LinkedIn.

Blogs helps in generating targeted web traffic for your business. Targeted web traffic is directing more interested prospect to your landing pages and your chances increase to convent those traffic to leads and customers.

Business leads generated through inbound marketing are 62% cheaper and have an up to 55% higher conversion rate!

Tools to connect a corporate blog with social media

Blog tools available on social media sites can increase the effectiveness of content marketing. Businesses have the opportunity to get their blog articles seen on the right place where their audience is located.

There are many tools such as ping.fm, dlvr.it, tumblr, posterous which automatically updates social media sites when you publish a blog post in these blogs. Getting your blog in synch with social media sites helps in generating more leads for your business.

Social networking sites have hundreds of millions subscribers connected to them all the time, thus using those sites as a platform to promote your blog content would be very helpful to get seen and visited from your target audience.

Facts about corporate blogging!

Companies who blog get:

  • Up to 55% more Traffic.
  • Up to 97% more Inbound Links.
  • Up to 434% more indexed pages in search engines.

 

Studies show that 57% of companies who blog get customers through their blogging effort!

Marketing Takeaway Tip: Blogging connected with social media helps in generating business lead. A corporate blog helps you to stay in touch with your customers and readers, to collect feedback and keep your audience updated.

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