Creating your own online marketing strategies can be daunting for SMEs, especially if we don’t have a dedicated social media manager in our company. However, you may also find success by starting small and work your way up.
Here are the 9 steps you can follow for Online Marketing DIY
1. Get Involved In Social Media
Social media isn’t a mystic language; it’s just networking. If you’ve ever attended a networking event, you can handle social media. Don’t let jargon like “retweets” and “likes” scare you off. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Ask questions. Engage. Don’t push your sales agenda.
Secret Tip: Use a social media dashboard like HootSuite or SproutSocial to schedule updates to all your social platforms. You’ll save a ton of time and make it look like you’re constantly on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
2. Start Blogging
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it; you might surprise yourself with the quality of your writing. You’ve already got an arsenal of topics to cover, since you know your industry inside and out.
Blogging has many benefits, such as building brand awareness, credibility, and authority. It also has been shown to increase conversion rates and even search engine rankings.
Secret Tip: Writing a blog post isn’t the same as writing a college essay (that may be the last thing you wrote). Use tips for formatting that allow for easy skimming and digestion of your content. Also, keep a spreadsheet of ideas handy so you never run dry on topics.
3. Build Relationships With The Media
Public relations is an important tool in expanding your reach online. But PR consultants don’t have the corner on building relationships with journalists and bloggers. In fact, many members of the media might prefer to work directly with you as the business owner.
Secret Tip: Follow journalists on Twitter that cover your industry, and start sharing their content and responding to their tweets. Comment on their articles. Get on their radar long before you want to pitch your news.
4. Offer Content Your Audience Wants
Connecting with potential customers is easier when you deliver tailored content that they can actually use. In fact, 61% of consumers are more likely to buy from a brand that delivers highly relevant content.
Secret Tip: Keep your audience’s pain points at the center of your content marketing strategy, and develop whitepapers, ebooks, guides, and blog posts that provide value to your customers. Center them around a particular product or marketing goal you have, then amplify their reach through social.
5. Pay Attention To Analytics
It’s simple: the channels that send you more web traffic are those you want more from. Those that aren’t netting you results should be discarded. You don’t need to pay someone to understand that.
Secret Tip: Set up your analytics platform to send you a weekly or monthly report so you can stay on top of how well your marketing strategies are working. If, for example, guest blog posts are sending tons of traffic your way, write more of them.
6. Make Sure Your Emails Speak To The Recipient
Despite all the other marketing tools at our fingertips, email still remains a successful way to get in front of customers and get them to buy from you. And the more targeted these messages are, the more successful they are at sending people to your website.
Secret Tip: Spend more time on your subject line than anything else; 64% of email recipients open emails based on the subject line, so it’s worth the extra time to craft one that will guarantee opens. And remember: subjects with 10 or fewer characters can see open rates of 58% or better, so keep it short and sweet.
7. Perfect Your On-Site SEO
Make sure the keywords on your website are the ones you want to be found for. If they’re not, you’ll have a higher bounce rate and fewer conversions, not to mention lower search rankings.
Secret Tip: If you’re a local business, don’t overlook local search trends. They’ll help people near you find you faster. And avoid duplicate content. Google doesn’t like it, and will lower you in search results if you have too much of it.
8. Try Guest Blogging
You can only reach so many people on your business blog, so expand that number by contributing guest posts to other more popular blogs that target your audience.
Secret Tip: These are the outlines exactly how to kickstart your guest blogging initiative: “The Ultimate, Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Business by Guest Blogging.”
9. Make Sure The Pieces & Parts Work Together
All these moving parts are easy to focus on individually, but make sure they all move together toward a common goal.
Secret Tip: Before you do any marketing, establish what you want to accomplish. Do you want to increase traffic to your site by 50%? Grow sales by RM200,000? Boost sales of a particular product? Every marketing task you complete should move you toward that goal.
DIY Can Get Great Results
If you’ve got the money and are short on time, hiring a marketing consultant can help you get the results you want. But for those small business owners that thrive on DIY and aren’t afraid to dig in, these strategies are all easy enough to do and to show great results.
Try one at a time so you know what’s working, then after a few weeks, add another technique to your to-do list. Give it a try!
Original Article by Jason DeMers