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Why So Many Businesses Get it Wrong About SEM

Posted Wed, November 20, 2013 by Julie Short

A lot of businesses treat search engine marketing – that is, paid listings in the results you see on Google and other popular search sites – the same way owners and executives always treat things they don't understand or haven't been successful with yet. Which is to say, they ignore it.

In fact, if you happen to mention to your colleagues that you're even trying search engine marketing, you'll probably get a few encouraging recommendations, along with a healthy dose of "helpful advice" that it's "too expensive," or "just doesn't work."

But, we have seen time and time again that you can find new customers, efficiently and profitably, by making the most of search engine marketing. So, why is it that so many businesses get it wrong?

In our experience, there are four main reasons:

1. They devise campaigns that aren't targeted enough. A lot of companies, when first beginning search engine marketing campaigns, assume that they want to bring everyone they can to their website. Without very specific targeting, though, you're just setting yourself up for a big budget with very low conversion rates.

2. They fail to pay attention to their quality scores. If Google and the other search engines don't think your ads are relevant to searchers, they are going to charge you a lot of money to run them. Few things will sink your search engine marketing campaign, and your return on investment, faster than low-quality scores.

3. They don't make the most of the clicks they receive. If you aren't doing everything you can to turn visitors into customers, then the rest of your search engine marketing campaign is wasted. It's hard to overstate the importance of landing pages and offers, since they'll ultimately determine the profitability of your investment.

4. They give up on search engine marketing too soon. Occasionally, search engine marketers have success right away. More often, though, it's a mixed bag at first, with small improvements leading to dramatic results over time. Give up too soon and you could miss the big payoff that’s waiting for you down the road.

If you've always assumed that search engine marketing wouldn't work for you, then it's time to find out what your company has been missing. Call or email WebRevelation today and let us show you what the right keyword and advertising combinations can do for your Internet marketing efforts.

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEO , Search engine marketing


What Separates the Winners From the Losers in Search Engine Marketing

Posted Wed, November 13, 2013 by Julie Short

In many ways, search engine marketing is a "winner takes all" sort of endeavor. That is, in most markets there are a few companies that are attracting the lion's share of traffic, dominating the top sponsored listings and converting visitors into clients or customers at a much higher rate than their competitors.

While this is common knowledge, though, the factors that separate the "winners" from "losers" in search engine marketing aren't. So, if you're tired of putting together campaigns that seem to be overshadowed by other advertisers, here are the three things you need to be sure you have:

1. The very best keyword and market research. Many search engine marketing campaigns fail before they even get off the ground, simply because they aim for popular keywords and search phrases instead of profitable ones. In order to find the right buyers for your company, and avoid wasting money on the wrong keywords and phrases, it's important for your research to be targeted and specific. In addition, you want to know everything you can about customers you're trying to attract, beyond the search terms they prefer.

2. The right offer for every search phrase and add combination. If most of your search engine marketing simply leads potential buyers to your site's home page, then you are probably missing out on sales and marketing opportunities. Instead, you have to create the right partnership between search terms, ads, and marketing offers to envision what a potential customer might have in mind and suggest the next step that makes sense for them.

3. Some sort of mechanism for following up with potential customers. In most markets, very few people are going to make a purchase, or even request a personal meeting, the first time they visit your site. But, if you can convince them to sign up for your email newsletter, for example, or follow you on social media sites, then you've laid the groundwork for a relationship that can grow and continue in the future.

Because search engine marketing campaigns are optimized one incremental percentage point at a time, the real success – and the key to smashing your competitors – lies in constantly improving and becoming more efficient. Keep these three factors in mind, and you'll have a head start on all the other companies you’re bidding against.

Need help making your Internet marketing campaigns more profitable and efficient? Let WebRevelation help. Call or email our team today to request a free consultation and see what we can do for you.

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEO , Effective campaigns


4 Reasons to Start Trying Search Engine Marketing Today

Posted Wed, November 6, 2013 by Julie Short

Although most business owners and managers are at least familiar with the concept of search engine marketing by now, many companies are still hesitant to invest the time and money needed to attain a better search ranking – especially when it comes to paid advertisements or sponsored listings.

But, as experience has shown us time and time again, search engine marketing is something that virtually any company can benefit from, so long as their campaigns are structured the right way. To help you see what we mean, and why it can be so profitable, here are four reasons to start trying search engine marketing today:

1. Paid search marketing is a great way to supplement organic SEO. Just as there are some people who never click on paid Google ads, for example, there are others who prefer sponsored listings more. In other words, whatever you can do to attract targeted web traffic to your site can be helpful to your overall Internet marketing plan.

2. Sponsored search listings tend to attract a different kind of buyer. Many Internet marketers believe that searchers turn to organic listings when they want information, but skew more heavily towards paid listings when they are actually serious about making a buying decision. That means search engine marketing could help you attract visitors who are ready to take action.

3. Search engine marketing lets you test new keywords and offers. One thing businesses love about search engine marketing is that it allows them to test new keywords and offer combinations very quickly. If you want to see how potential buyers might react to your message, but don't want to take the time necessary for a traditional organic SEO campaign to kick in, search engine marketing might be your best bet.

4. Search engine marketing doesn't have to be expensive. The best place to start with your search engine marketing campaigns is on obvious keywords and phrases (like your own company's products and brands, for example). Doing so is a good way to keep costs down while converting a high percentage of visitors into customers.

If you think search engine marketing isn't something your company can use, think again. Unless you don't have any need for a cost-effective way to find new customers and clients, it probably deserves a place in your ongoing marketing mix.

To find out more about search engine marketing and business web design, get in touch with a member of the WebRevelation team today.

 

Posted in : SEO/SMO/SMM | 
Tags : SEM , Search Engine Marketing


4 Ways WebRevelation Can Make Any Manufacturing Company Smarter in 2013

Posted Wed, October 23, 2013 by Julie Short

Although we are best known for web design and development, the work we have done with manufacturers over the years has given us a keen insight into the different ways that technology can make them smarter and more efficient. In fact, having consulted with many successful businesses to examine the way they use websites, mobile devices, and software platforms, we have developed a unique perspective on the steps these companies can take to improve their bottom-line picture.

Could we put our expertise to work for you and achieve dramatic results? We certainly think so. 

To give you a sense of why we are so confident in our abilities, here are four ways that WebRevelation can make almost any manufacturing company smarter in 2013:

1. With a better manufacturing website. Far too many manufacturers invest in websites that are little more than online brochures, when a modern web presence can do so much more. Things like real-time inventory and production tracking, lead generation, and project management are all relatively simple upgrades that can make a huge difference in day-to-day operations.

2. By reviewing their current technology. If you aren't taking advantage of things like mobile technology, customer service apps, or custom web programming, you probably aren't getting all you could be from your company's technology. Often, a simple audit and consulting session is all it takes to find the efficient, practical answers your business needs.

3. By introducing high-ROI CRM systems. With effective customer relationship management, sales opportunities don't fall through the cracks and you can keep a closer eye on the pulse of your customer base – not to mention keep accurate account details and history at your fingertips. These types of platforms pay for themselves very quickly, and make it easier for you to connect with the buyers who keep you in business.

4. With better information (that leads to better decision-making). Better manufacturing technology isn't just about what you can do, it's also about what you can know. With detailed analytics about your website, customers, marketing, and other areas of your company, you can make better, more confident decisions and investments going forward.

Interested in seeing how WebRevelation can help your specific manufacturing company? Give us a call and arrange for a free consultation. There is no obligation, and we’ll be happy to show you what we can do for you. 

Posted in : Websites , CRM , Business Strategy | 
Tags : N/A


Why a New Website Can Give You So Much More Than a New Online Look (and What the Difference Can Mean for Your Bottom Line)

Posted Wed, October 16, 2013 by Julie Short

For a lot of companies, the time for a new business website comes around at the exact moment that management decides the old site "looks old." While that's not a bad way to judge the aesthetics of your web presence, it's not a great measuring stick for trying to decide whether a new site can help your company be more profitable and efficient, either.

That's because a new business website can give you so much more than a fresh online look… and the difference in functionality can actually make a huge bottom-line difference in your company's future.

To give you a sense of why this is, and why the real value of the new site is in programming and business power, here are a few things a modern web presence can help you with:

Improve your marketing (even if it's business-to-business). Although Internet marketing is something nearly every business owner or executive already knows a bit about, most don't realize how effective it can be in building business-to-business relationships. At the very least, your site should add to your company's credibility and support your other offline sales and marketing efforts.

Make inventory control and logistics more accurate and efficient. With customized databases, real-time information entry, and even the integration of mobile devices, you can keep better track of what's going on at your production facilities and warehouses through your business website.

Help with routine customer service and account management tasks. Why make customers call you on the phone when they could place recurring orders or update their account information online, or through a mobile app? That reduces the burden of time and expense for you and your clients or customers. 

Move potential buyers along with lead automation. Do you or your sales teams spend a lot of time following up with individual leads? An automated response system can distribute marketing literature, steer them towards answers to common questions, and even perform lead nurturing tasks on your behalf, so your time is freed up to finalize concrete sales opportunities.

Help you manage employees, vendors, and projects. There are a variety of tools you can use and install to make your business website support collaborative, real-time project management, even if you have employees or vendors in other locations around the world.

If your business website isn't doing all for your company that it could be, we encourage you to get in touch with the WebRevelation team today and let us show you how we've been able to help other businesses accomplish more online.

Posted in : Websites | 
Tags : web applications , websites


5 Reasons Every Manufacturer Needs a Powerful CRM Platform

Posted Wed, October 9, 2013 by The HVAC Girl

Manufacturers tend to love technologies that make production faster, cheaper, or more reliable while casting a doubtful eye on new ideas that can help other parts of the company. Part of that probably has to do with the fact that manufacturers work in environments where there are very often slim margins and lots of competitors. That means there is very little room for mistakes… but it also means that there are bigger incentives to get smarter and more efficient.

In no part of the manufacturing business is that more true than when it comes to customer relationship management (or CRM, for short). CRM packages allow you to keep track of buyers and prospects, automate communications, and record important details in a way that would be impossible to duplicate in a spreadsheet or simple database.

To see why this is such a difference-maker for manufacturers, here are five benefits you get from installing a powerful CRM platform:

1. You spend less time on marketing, customer service, and account management. Because CRM platforms automate a number of important tasks (like account details and contact information update), you and your team can devote a lot less time to routine tasks.

2. Your company has detailed information about buyers ready to use. The more you know about your customers, the easier it is to give them what they want – both individually and collectively. On the one hand, detailed buyer records and account histories tell you everything you need to know about a particular contact; and on the other, it's easy to find the information you're looking for about all customers, those in a particular geographic area, or the ones who have received a specific offer at a glance.

3. Fewer sales opportunities slip through the cracks. Spreadsheets and other manual systems are subject to far more human error than CRM platforms are, especially when it comes to following up on new sales opportunities. In this day and age, no one can afford to let customers "get away," and the CRM can help you manage contacts and new opportunities.

4. It's easier to spot trends in the market, and in your company. Because the right CRM system can give you detailed data across customer groups, date ranges, etc., it makes it easier for you to spot developing trends or concerns. By adding flagging customer keywords to different keywords and search terms, you can even see what buyers are talking to your staff about on a regular basis.

5. CRM platforms lower costs across the board. One of the best advantages of moving to a CRM system is that it can help you save money. Fewer wasted contacts, less time spent chasing the wrong opportunities, and more focus on the right parts of your business all mean better efficiency and bottom-line improvement.

Want to learn more about customer relationship management, or how the latest tools and software can make your company more profitable? Get in touch with WebRevelation and let us share some of our manufacturing success stories with you.

Posted in : CRM | 
Tags : CRM


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