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The Internet Marketing Academy  Internet Marketing  Download free books at

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Download free ebooks at 2 The Internet Marketing Academy Internet Marketing

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Download free ebooks at 3 Internet Marketing © 2011 The Internet Marketing Academy Ventus Publishing ApS ISBN 978-87-7681-815-9

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 4 Contents Contents Preface 6 1 Introduction 8 1.1 What is Marketing 8 1.2 Old vs. New Rules of Marketing 10 2 Te Five Ps of Internet Marketing 13 2.2 Product 14 2.3 People 16 2.4 Price 17 2.5 Place 20 2.6 Promotion 22 3 Website 101 – Y our Front Line of Internet Marketing 24 3.1 Introduction 24 3.2 Design Basics 24 4 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO 28 4.1 Introduction 28 4.2 Understanding Keywords 29 Stand out from the crowd Designed for graduates with less than one year of full-time postgraduate work experience London Business School’s Masters in Management will expand your thinking and provide you with the foundations for a successful career in business. The programme is developed in consultation with recruiters to provide you with the key skills that top employers demand. Through 11 months of full-time study you will gain the business knowledge and capabilities to increase your career choices and stand out from the crowd. Applications are now open for entry in September 2011. For more information visit email or call +44 020 7000 7573 Masters in Management London Business School Regent’s Park London NW1 4SA United Kingdom Tel +44 020 7000 7573 Email Fast-track your career Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 5 Contents 4.3 Determining Y our Keywords 30 4.4 Keyword Placement 32 5 Additional SEO Techniques 36 5.1 Introduction 36 5.2 Article Marketing 36 5.3 Using Blogs and Forums 39 5.4 Social Media Sites 41 5.5 Video Sites 43 5.6 Press Releases 46 6 Additional Internet Marketing Strategies 48 6.1 Introduction 48 6.2 Email Marketing 49 6.2 Internet Advertising 50 6.3 Afliate Marketing 53 Resources 54 © UBS 2010. All rights reserved. Looking for a career where your ideas could really make a difference UBS’s Graduate Programme and internships are a chance for you to experience for yourself what it’s like to be part of a global team that rewards your input and believes in succeeding together. Wherever you are in your academic career make your future a part of ours by visiting You’re full of energy and ideas. And that’s just what we are looking for. Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 6 Preface Preface Introduction To Internet Marketing Internet Marketing can look a little daunting with all of its many components. SEO PPC Social Media Blogs plus much more – it can all be quite overwhelming. In this textbook you will cover the essential topics that make up Internet Marketing as an activity. It covers where the internet has been and where it is today and it describes what all of the main marketing activities are online. Sean McPheat a serial entrepreneur and internet marketing authority is the author of this publication. Sean owns many successful online businesses ranging from an International Training business through to dozens of mini sites selling diferent products and services online. Sean is the founder of the Internet Marketing Academy which aims to improve the standards of internet marketing around the globe. Sean has been featured on CNN BBC ITV on numerous radio stations and has contributed to many newspapers. He’s been featured in over 250 diferent publications. Sean is a high in demand consultant and speaker on topics related to internet marketing and making money online and estimates show that he has created over £20000000 of leads and £6000000 of sales all through the internet. Tat does not include all of the millions that he has helped his clients to make Download 6 Internet Marketing Cheat Sheets Please visit our website to download some of the very internet marketing cheat sheets that Sean has used to build his online empire.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 7 Preface Contact The Internet Marketing Academy Online: Web: Email: Telephone: From Te UK: 02476 233 151 International: ++ 44 2476 233 151

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 8 Introduction 1 Introduction Te Internet has drastically changed the way that companies design their marketing strategies. Whereas marketing may have once been limited to a specifc geographical area the Internet has meant that marketing strategies and targeted demographics can be greatly widened since the web knows no true geographic boundaries. At the same time the easy access of the web also means that your competition has changed as well. Before you might have had one or two major competitors in town now you’re competing against everyone who has a website. Still that’s not all bad news. Particularly if the competition doesn’t fully understand how the rules of Internet marketing are diferent from the rules of traditional marketing. With this ebook you’ll learn the basics of Internet marketing and how you can use that information to stand out from the competition. But frst let’s start with a basic review of what we mean by marketing and its related activities. Marketing is the full range of activities that you undertake - both on and of the web - in order to make certain that you are meeting your customers’ needs and that you are receiving enough in return for doing so. 1.1 What is Marketing When you think about what marketing entails are you clear on exactly what is included A good defnition of marketing is that it is the full range of activities that you undertake - both on and of the web - in order to make certain that you are meeting your customers’ needs and that you are receiving enough value in return for doing so. Note that we said ‘enough’ value you need to be receiving enough in return that it is worth the time and investment that you are taking to provide the service or product that you ofer. Marketing is related to advertising promotion PR and sales but is actually a distinct activity that helps prepare you and your organization to perform the related activities thoroughly and well. Y ou could actually think of advertising promotion PR and sales as being infuenced by your Internet marketing strategy such as in Figure 1 below. Figure 1: Internet Marketing Infuences Other Related Activities

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 9 Introduction Internet marketing like marketing of-site of of your website requires that you know enough about your customers and markets that you know how best to price sell and distribute your product or service. Doing so requires a level of marketing research and the development of a marketing plan. But before we discuss marketing research and planning let’s look further at how Internet marketing is related to other activities by defning each one and how they are performed in the online environment. 1.1.1 Advertising Advertising is the process of bringing your product or service to the attention of your prospects and customers. For Internet marketing this means fnding new ways to drive trafc or visitors to your website. Online advertising can take many forms: banner ads pay-per-click PPC ads links placed on other websites and more. Usually advertising is focused on one product at a time or one segment of your target market at a time. So your Internet marketing plan might require several diferent advertising campaigns in order to help generate the number of customers and sales that you need. Advertising can and should also occur of-line through direct mail commercials personal representation or other collateral always including your website address so that customers can learn more about you online. Advertising may also involve ways of letting your customers know about special ofers or pricing that is limited in time or scope. 1.1.2 Promotion Promotion can be thought of as the way to keep your company product or service in front of your customer. It can help to generate more demand for the product as well. Whereas it might include advertising as part of your promotional strategy it also includes publicity public relations and sales. Some of this promotion can be done online through sales eforts press releases ofering a free information product or writing targeted email campaigns but some will also be done of-line. Any efort that you make to improve or enhance the image of your organization sell more products or get the name of your organization into the thoughts of your customers and potential customers is part of promotion. 1.1.3 Public Relations Public relations or PR involves developing your company’s image and brand so that it is perceived by the public in the way you want it to be perceived. For example you might want your company to be seen as the leader of the pack in your feld or you might focus on showcasing the community service that your company provides in the areas where they operate. When you are speaking about an online form of public relations you need to consider frst and foremost what your website looks like and how it operates. Is it young and trendy because that’s who your target audience is Or is it more traditional and less focused on social media because your products appeal to an older demographic Y our website can be thought of as the “front line” of your public relations strategy. PR also involves representing your organization to the media. Y ou should have someone designated to speak to the press who is able to represent your organization’s interests and strengthen the image you want to portray – as well as answering any questions about your products or services. Y our PR department or representative would send press releases announcing new products or services answer complaints that the press might have picked up on and generally be ‘the face’ of your company to the public. Tis might require adopting some form of technology on your website so that the press and customers can both communicate with you.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 10 Introduction 1.1.4 Sales Tis activity is the easiest to understand. It’s the act of locating informing and agreeing on terms of the purchase with your customers. Before the Internet this would have happened by attempting to drive customers into your store or onto your phone lines. Today many people will frst look for you online. So in online sales you need to help your customers fnd you. However the Internet is full of other websites clamoring for the attention of the same customers. Y ou will need to actively market your company your services and your products to reach these customers. Tere are a number of strategies that we will discuss that will help you do just that. You need to be familiar with the “new rules” of marketing if you are going to develop an efective Internet marketing plan. 1.2 Old vs. New Rules of Marketing Before addressing specifc steps towards Internet marketing let’s look at how marketing has changed in regards to the “digital age. ” Due to the fact that so much of a company’s presence is now dependent on multiple streams of media the way that marketing activities are implemented has changed. Y ou need to be familiar with the “new rules” of marketing if you are going to develop an efective marketing plan. 1.2.1 The Old Rules Te old paradigm of marketing was focused on delivering a one-way message from the organization to the potential customer. Te idea was that the more creative the message and marketing campaign the more likely the customer would be to respond by purchasing the product or service. Other characteristics of the old marketing rules include: • Advertising was key • Advertisements were meant to appeal to the general public • Advertising campaigns ran for a specifc period of time • Awards were pursued for advertising campaigns • Audience may have felt interrupted by advertising messages • PR was a separate function from advertising

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 11 Introduction PR had its own set of rules that companies would follow. Te main goal of the public relations department was to generate a press release that would grab the attention of members of the press and then use that attention to show that the audience was getting the message. Some other aspects of the old public relations format: • All efort was focused on getting the message out to the public • Te press release was the most important tool • Te PR department was at the mercy of the press for success • Successful PR required creative ‘spin’ 1.2.2 The New Rules Since the advent of the Internet information is everywhere and available to everyone. Instead of getting the attention of the press in order to be successful marketing and public relations now require that a company get the attention of the individuals surfng the Internet. Te most successful marketing and PR campaigns are the ones that get the organization ‘found’ on the Internet. Some of the new rules include: • People are well informed and expect the truth rather than ‘spin’ • Interruptions won’t be well tolerated in the age of DVRs and email flters for SPAM • People demand value for their time and money and will use the Internet to get it • Marketing and PR are designed to appeal to niche audiences • Marketing and PR employ multiple techniques to reach those audiences • Content stays online permanently so there is no end to a campaign

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 12 Introduction Marketing and PR can now also take advantage of the new tools available. Media is no longer limited to just articles direct mail TV radio newspapers telephone and press releases – it is multifaceted and requires multiple methods of approaching the customer in order to be efective. Te new marketing paradigm requires that the company deliver quality content via a number of the tools available today such as: • Web sites and pages • Blogs • Social media sites • Articles in directories • Videos and video blogs • Podcasts With all of these tools available companies have to be able to adapt their marketing and PR tactics in order to reach their customers in the ways that they are now available to be reached. Y ou have to be where the customers are if you want them to hear the message or messages that you are trying to deliver. How you will do so is what you will determine with your Internet marketing plan. Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 13 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing 2 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing One popular defnition of marketing is known as the Five P’s of marketing. Te fve P’s refer to the type of decisions that you will have to make when you efectively market your product. Tese decision categories still apply in Internet marketing though the decisions you make around them may difer when you are dealing with an online environment vs. a “brick and mortar” store or location. The traditional Five Ps of marketing: Product People Price Promotion and Place still apply in Internet Marketing. Tese decision categories are: • Product – Te physical product or the service that you are ofering to the customer. Y ou will decide what to sell or ofer how it should appear what customer service support will come with it and any warranty or additional aspects of the product that will be included. Y ou may be ofering the same product or service as dozens hundreds or thousands of other websites so you’ll need to somehow distinguish yourself from the pack if the customer is to choose your ofering over all the others. • People – Te people decisions that you will make are those that refer to how you want your customer service representatives to interact with your customers. How will they be instructed to work with the customer How will you make sure they have the information they need to help the customer How will you incorporate your current customer service strategies into your Internet strategies Will you ofer live support even to online customers • Price – Pricing decisions are made based on proft margins pricing that competitors use and the demand in the market. Y ou will also have to make decisions regarding when to ofer price discounts and whether or not you’ll allow fnancing or other payment arrangements. With the Internet market you’ll need to compete on price but also on shipping charges and any other fees that might change what the customer pays for the product or service. • Promotion – As described earlier promotion decisions will need to be made regarding how you will communicate and sell to your potential customers. Y ou’ll have to decide what you can aford to spend on promotions as well based on the expected return on investment ROI. If not done carefully you could easily spend thousands of dollars on promotion activities that do not provide any signifcant return on investment. Pay-per-click PPC advertising is one example if it’s not delivering you buying customers you will spend a lot of money for little to no results.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 14 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing • Place – Also sometimes called Placement these decisions regard how you will distribute your product or service to the customer. Will you have a store front shop in addition to your website Will you deliver the items yourself or will you simply resell someone else’s products for them called being an afliate Will you ofer immediate delivery of electronic information products or just use your website as a tool to drive customers to a live location Let’s look at each of the P’s in more detail. 2.2 Product As mentioned above each P in Internet marketing refers to a series of decisions that you are going to need to make. For the Product aspect of Internet marketing you need to make decisions regarding the following: • Functionality – what does the product do What does it not do Tis is a list of some of the features of the product. Tese are the basis for the benefts that help a customer determine which products they will purchase. In an online environment remember that your website itself is part of your product ofering. If it is difcult to navigate confusing or it’s hard to fnd what the customer is looking for you will lose them. If a customer can’t fnd what they need on your website they are more likely to click over to your competition’s site than to call you and ask for assistance. • Appearance – will you make the product look modern Vintage Rock and roll Sleek and sophisticated Y ou have to appeal to the person that you hope will purchase your product or service and the appearance of the product and even the appearance of its packaging is important in conveying the message that you want to send to the public. Again the appearance of your website is crucial here as well. It should match what your product or service is and it should convey an image of your company that you want it to convey. • Quality – the quality of your product or service needs to match the message you are sending to the customers in your marketing. If you promise luxury and deliver poor quality your reputation is going to sufer greatly. Y our quality should at least meet and hopefully exceed what you promise to the customer. Additionally your website order fulfllment follow-up emails electronic information or any other online interaction with the customer should convey that same sense of quality. • Packaging - What does the packaging communicate to your customers Is it consistent with the message that you’ve been sending in your marketing It should communicate the same level of quality and functionality you promised. It should match with the ‘vibe’ of your marketing – youthful funky upscale high tech – whatever you’ve been promising. Te packaging should always complement the product. Te copy should highlight the major benefts of the product for those who haven’t decided to purchase it yet. What features and benefts are the true sellers Be sure to reference them on your packaging - and of course on your website.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 15 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing • Brand – Is this a new brand Is it a new version of an existing brand How are you making the connection between the new and the old Or how are you being sure the new brand is distinct enough from the old brand that people will recognize there has been a change Is there a new name a new color a new style New features If your branding isn’t clear to you it won’t be clear to the customers. Y our website and any Internet marketing you do should strengthen and complement your brand - customers should recognize your company whether they see it online or live. • Warranty – Te warranty has multiple afects on your product. First of course there is the fnancial implication of a warranty that needs to be considered. Second there is the practical side of implementing a warranty – how will it work How long will it be What will it cover and what will it not But from a marketing perspective you need to consider the message that your warranty delivers to your customers. A short warranty communicates that the quality might be low. A long warranty communicates a standard of quality that the customer can depend on. How you design the warranty depends on what message you want your customers to get. In an age where so much business is done online an efective guarantee might drive a customer to choose your product or service over the competition’s site where there is no warranty given. your chance to change the world Here at Ericsson we have a deep rooted belief that the innovations we make on a daily basis can have a profound effect on making the world a better place for people business and society. Join us. In Germany we are especially looking for graduates as Integration Engineers for • Radio Access and IP Networks • IMS and IPTV We are looking forward to getting your application T o apply and for all current job openings please visit our web page: Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 16 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing • Service/Support – It’s inevitable that a customer will eventually have a problem with your product or service. Customers know this – they have experience with similar products or services that have told them that. So when you are marketing your product you need to consider what level of service or support you want to communicate to your customers. What can they expect from you if there ever is a problem How will they receive help Will it be easy or difcult Are there multiple options for getting help or only one number that constantly rings busy or places them on hold for a long time When you are marketing your product or service you need to consider what level of service or support you want to provide to your customers. Remember that some customers may expect you to ofer some kind of “live” support particularly when doing business with you for the frst time. It’s been said that one satisfed customer will perhaps tell someone about their experience with your company. But a dissatisfed customer will tell at least seven people about their negative experience with you. Te level of service or support you ofer could mean the diference between whether or not a customer is satisfed. Tis is even more true in the Internet age where forums blogs videos and other forms of customer feedback can fnd a wide audience. At the same time positive reviews of your products on your website can help communicate a lot about your company to new potential customers. 2.3 People When you are marketing a product or service you are also marketing the people that provide that customer or service. In an Internet era that ofen means that you need to establish yourself in a niche by building a reputation or brand for your expertise or the service that your people ofer. Y ou want to consider how you will do that particularly considering the following: • Knowledge - If you have spent any time online there are probably a few sites that you visit regularly because they ofer you the level or type of information or product that you want. Y ou have come to expect that same level of information or that same type of product or experience from them. Y ou may view them as a reputable source of information or a reliable expert who has demonstrated their knowledge to you. Now if that person or website recommends a new product you are more likely to purchase something from them than if you saw it on a website that you were not already familiar with. For this reason part of your Internet marketing strategy may be to establish yourself or your company as a source of reliable valuable information. Tere are a number of ways to do this that we will discuss in a future chapter. • Service – Do you know what your customers expect from your salespeople your customer service people and your technical support people Are you ready to provide that level of service even in an online environment Have you planned to train your people so that they can provide that level of service How will your need for providing service impact the way that you hire your staf How will you make sure that you communicate the importance of service to your customers How will you monitor an online environment to ensure your customers are getting the service they want

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 17 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing • Attitude – Although you might not think about this one initially the attitude your people carry - even through online transactions emails or other forms of communication - will also communicate a message to your customers. Are they responsive and helpful answering emails texts or the phone quickly and with the desired information What do you want the impression to be of your people when your customers leave their online interaction with them Tink about how you will encourage the right attitude from your people even in an online environment. 2.4 Price Pricing is one of the most challenging areas of your Internet marketing strategy to address. Tere are websites and web- based services designed to search through the Internet and return with the best prices available on a certain product or service. In this kind of price-centric environment how do you decide what price to set for your product or service In one survey of 1000 adults 43 responded that price was the most important factor when choosing to make a purchase online with an additional 18 saying that free shipping was most important. Y ou need to price your products and services competitively but at the same time set them high enough that you cover your costs and provide yourself and any other workers with a salary. But there is more to pricing than just covering your costs and overhead. Te strategy that you use to price your products and services depends on the type of industry you are in the quality and position of the competition you have the activity in the market itself and several other factors. 2.4.1 How Important is Price In the Internet marketplace pricing is vital. In one survey of 1000 adults 43 responded that price was the most important factor when choosing to make a purchase online with an additional 18 saying that free shipping was most important. Te next highest rated category was special promotions or coupons at 8 followed by 7 claiming recommendations and product reviews as most important. When you have to compete in such an environment how you set your pricing could be the diference between success and failure. Plus you may need to be much more responsive to pricing changes in the market than you would have to be in a “brick and mortar” environment. For example if your competitor drops his price you may need to drop yours as well. Whereas in a live environment there are barriers to comparison shopping like driving to and from multiple stores those barriers don’t exist in an online environment. Clicking through several sites or searching for the lowest price is a matter of a few seconds. If you cannot compete on price due to your costs you will need to work harder at positioning yourself in the marketplace as an expert or by ofering other benefts to the customer that your competition will not. Tat might be excellent customer service an extended warranty customized features faster delivery or any number of other oferings that could make you stand out as the clear choice despite price.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 18 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing 2.4.2 Demand for the Product or Service Do you have an understanding of how your price will afect demand for your product or service If you do any market research that involves identifying your potential customers what are they likely to be willing to pay for your product or service over the competition’s If you raise your price 10 what percentage of customers will you lose If the answer is none then raise the price. If the answer is 50 you will want to rethink that pricing strategy. Y ou can determine a lot by studying your competitors’ pricing but you also might want to hire a market research frm for more detailed information. Te phenomenon of Internet shopping can also drive prices much higher when demand is high. With websites like eBay. com auctions can drive the price of a highly desired item much higher than the normal pricing for that same object. Tis is not what you see in regular “brick and mortar” stores - for example at Christmas time local stores don’t hike up the price of a popular toy by a hundred percent simply because it is in high demand. But you will fnd that kind of pricing on certain websites. Of course customers have a long memory so hiking up pricing when demand is high simply for the sake of making additional proft may damage your business in the long-run. But this is an example of a pricing decision you might face in Internet marketing that you wouldn’t have to consider otherwise. what‘s missing in this equation maeRsK inteRnationaL teChnoLogY sCienCe PRogRamme Y ou could be one of our future talents Are you about to graduate as an engineer or geoscientist Or have you already graduated If so there may be an exciting future for you with A.P . Moller - Maersk. Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 19 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing 2.4.3 Your Environment In some cases your pricing will be infuenced by factors in your environment that are entirely out of your control. For example there may be government or other legal restrictions on what you are allowed to charge. In e-commerce electronic commerce or Internet selling you may need to charge sales tax to customers who you are shipping the product to who live in the state where you are licensed to do business. Check with your Secretary of State’s Ofce to fnd out what your responsibilities are for charging and reporting sales tax. Also consider whether or not you have an online and ofine sales environment. For example if you have a “brick and mortar” shop where you sell the same items as you do online will your pricing be the same in both locations Tere are arguments for and against making your pricing the same. First it communicates a consistent face to the customer whether they come into the shop or go home and shop online. Remember that some customers might come into the store or onto the website frst but then make the purchase through the opposite channel so having diferent price points for the diferent channels might communicate a poor image to a customer. However at the same time if it costs you less to provide your product or service online and you are doing your best to compete you may feel that reducing the online price will broaden your appeal to customers who will never enter your live store due to their location. Y ou will need to make your decision based on what you believe your customers need and want from you. 2.4.5 Pricing Strategies Tere are several other pricing strategies for you to consider. A few popular ones include: • Maximize the quantity sold. If you can get a good reduction on the costs of production by maximizing the number produced known as economy of scale then you might want to just sell as many products as you can even if it means a smaller return on each individual item. Tis can be a powerful strategy for penetrating new markets as well and may also drive trafc to your website that otherwise wouldn’t visit it. • Target return pricing. In this scenario you determine your price by frst deciding what you want your Return on Investment ROI to be. Tis can be important if you have investors to whom you have promised a specifc return on their investment or if you have invested your own money in your company and you need to recover that investment in a specifc amount of time. If this requires that you price yourself above the competition you need to make sure that you ofer enough value in other ways so that Internet-savvy shoppers will still be willing to pay your price. • Value-based pricing. Using this strategy you determine what the value is that the customer places on the product or service and charge accordingly. For example if you produce something that will cut a customer’s costs or increase their revenues you may be able to charge a higher rate even if it only cost you 10 of that price to produce it. In many cases this can be the most proftable way to price products and services because it is dependent on what people are willing to pay rather than what you had to spend to produce or deliver your ofering. Remember too that your perceived value will increase if you can establish the niche expertise that we discussed earlier.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 20 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing • Popular price points – Tese are prices which people are conditioned to paying or are conditioned to perceiving as value for their money. Examples include 99 cent menus at fast-food restaurants or prices like 19.99 or 49.99. Even if a popular price point is lower than where you would have otherwise set your price you might make up for it by increasing the volume of sales that you receive. Since Internet shopping is a highly visual experience setting a visually appealing popular price point is a very good idea. • Fair pricing – In this strategy you are charging a price that is within the range of what a customer considers to be a fair price for that product or service. Even if you are the only provider in your area customers will resist you if they perceive your prices as ‘price gouging. ’ If you choose this strategy you should set your prices by doing market research to make sure that your potential customers will consider your pricing to be fair for what you are ofering. With the ease of Internet shopping you should always be aware of what your competitors are ofering and what customers are saying about a company’s pricing. It may take some time for you to identify the best pricing strategy for your business but eventually you will learn what the market and your customers will accept as a price for your product or service and you will be able to make your decisions accordingly. 2.5 Place Gone are the days when you could consider only your local geographic area as a possible place for selling your product or service. With the advent of the Internet customers no longer stay just in their local neighborhood when they are looking for something. Tey could buy it from someone across the country – or even across the globe. So you need to think about several aspects about where you will sell your product or service and how it will afect your online - and ofine - operations. • Channel Motivation – each channel you sell through you need to be able to motivate your customers to take action through that channel. For example if you sell a specifc product you could sell it through your own website as well as through a major retailer like Each sales channel may require diferent marketing advertising and promotional activities so that you can recoup the investment you’ve made in that marketing channel. Y ou also need to monitor the efectiveness of each channel so that you are sure you are getting the kind of customer response that you need. • Market Coverage – what range of the market are you going to attempt to cover with your marketing eforts Which other websites will you advertise on and how will you choose them Of course this requires some understanding of what you already have gained in terms of marketing coverage as well as knowing where your customers are already surfng. Will you start by attempting to maintain customers you already have from your “brick and mortar” business or will you be aggressive and attempt to gain a certain new percentage of customers the frst year you roll a new product out Y ou can drive many of your other Internet marketing decisions by this decision.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 21 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing • Logistics – For each decision you make on where to whom and how you plan to sell your product or service both online and ofine you have to be able to carry through on the operational logistical side of the sales equation. For example do you have the means to fulfll the orders from all the channels you use If you use multiple websites to sell your product can you comply with their fulfllment requirements Will you have to maintain certain levels of stock ahead of time or can you develop it as it is sold Do you have delivery channels in place What about support channels All of the logistics need to be in place if you are going to be successful on the fulfllment end of the marketing process. • Service levels – In this aspect of the Place decisions you want to consider if you will ofer the same level of service both online and ofine. As we’ve mentioned providing excellent customer service for online customers could be the key to keeping a customer from clicking over to the next website. It all starts at Boot Camp. It’s 48 hours that will stimulate your mind and enhance your career prospects. You’ll spend time with other students top Accenture Consultants and special guests. An inspirational two days packed with intellectual challenges and activities designed to let you discover what it really means to be a high performer in business. We can’t tell you everything about Boot Camp but expect a fast-paced exhilarating and intense learning experience. It could be your toughest test yet which is exactly what will make it your biggest opportunity. Find out more and apply online. Choose Accenture for a career where the variety of opportunities and challenges allows you to make a difference every day. A place where you can develop your potential and grow professionally working alongside talented colleagues. The only place where you can learn from our unrivalled experience while helping our global clients achieve high performance. If this is your idea of a typical working day then Accenture is the place to be. Turning a challenge into a learning curve. Just another day at the offce for a high performer. Accenture Boot Camp – your toughest test yet Visit Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 22 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing 2.6 Promotion When it comes to online promotion you have a myriad number of choices. Most companies will focus on one or two of them but might not capitalize on all of them. For you to compete successfully your Internet marketing strategy should take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to attract and keep visitors on your website. • Advertising – What kind of advertising will you put in place for your product or service How will you integrate any online advertising with ofine advertising One strategy is to use your ofine advertising to drive your visitors to your website where you can then advertise anything and everything you want. But knowing how to blend online and ofine advertising requires that you know who your customers are where they will be on the Internet or of it and how they can best be reached. • Personal selling – Will you still have personal selling as in will you be doing personal face-to-face marketing Remember that if your website is the sales channel there may still be salespeople behind it who need to close the sale - or fulfll the sale. Also building relationships with your client base online is key if you want to become known as an expert and someone that your customers will buy from again in the future. Y ou have a number of ways to still sell with a personal touch online even if you are never face-to-face with the customer. We’ll talk about these possible strategies more in later chapters. • Public relations – A company’s reputation is critical in sales. Te PR eforts you undertake both online and ofine can make the diference between a customer choosing your product vs. the competition’s. For example are you a community-oriented organization Do you talk about that on your website or link to press coverage about it from your homepage Is your product or service more earth-friendly than others Again do you tell customers that on your website Te image you communicate to the public – your potential customer base – is something to consider when you choose Internet marketing strategy. • Message – Can you condense your marketing message down to a few words Y our elevator speech so to speak If you boiled down all of your promotional eforts to one phrase this is the message – it is the basic information you want every customer to know about your product service and organization. It could be the basis for all of your online and ofine advertising and what you want the customer to walk away remembering about your ofering. • Media – what additional types of media will you use and how will you integrate them with your online advertising and marketing Te answer to this depends on whether or not your customers would receive your messages in those other channels. Does your target customer listen to the radio Which stations Does your target customer read magazines or newspapers Which ones Y es you can market solely online but consider what you will do if you have customers who want to “see something in writing. ” Will you just ignore those potential customers Many people will choose to focus on online advertising and marketing because of the low cost of entry you don’t have to pay for thousands of brochures or more for media time. But eventually a well thought-out Internet and ofsite marketing plan will involve all media channels where customers might be located.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 23 The Five Ps of Internet Marketing • Budget – Finally your promotional eforts are limited by the amount of money that you have to spend on them. Again many internet-based marketing methods can be relatively inexpensive or even free - but then some can be very expensive. For example you could pay tens of dollars per click on Pay-per Click advertising that lands you on the frst page of Google’s ads for certain keywords or phrases we’ll discuss this more in a later chapter. If each click results in a thousand dollars of sales that rate of cost will be worth it. But most businesses will need to fnd a balance of Internet marketing methods that will drive trafc to their site and then experiment to see what methods prove to deliver the most sales. In Paris or Online International programs taught by professors and professionals from all over the world BBA in Global Business MBA in International Management / International Marketing DBA in International Business / International Management MA in International Education MA in Cross-Cultural Communication MA in Foreign Languages Innovative – Practical – Flexible – Affordable Visit: Write: Call: Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 24 Website 101 – Your Front Line of Internet Marketing 3 Website 101 – Your Front Line of Internet Marketing 3.1 Introduction When you want to compete in the Internet market everything you do is geared towards driving site trafc or people surfng the net to a desired website. Tat could be your website’s sales page your homepage or even another provider’s page if you are an afliate of theirs an afliate is someone who sells another company’s products in exchange for a commission on the sale. But if the website that the visitor is directed to is not optimal you will not get the sales that you want. When you want to compete in the Internet market everything you do is geared towards driving site trafc to a desired web site. Additionally the website itself is a form of online marketing for your business. If it is designed correctly search engines will recognize your website as having the results that your potential customers are looking for. In this chapter we’ll talk about how to optimize your website so that it both attracts and keeps customers. 3.2 Design Basics Y our website should be designed with your end goals in mind. For example if you want to sell products on your website you will need some e-commerce sofware and applications so that you can create a product catalog and complete a sale. But if your website is designed to be informational so that you can draw visitors and build a reputation for yourself you won’t necessarily need e-commerce applications. Here are some basic considerations for creating a website that will help you with your Internet marketing goals. What do you want your web site to do You can’t design it until you know exactly what type of experience you want your customers to have and what actions you want them to take when visiting it. 3.2.1 Your Domain Name Te domain name or address for your website is an important step in efective Internet marketing. It needs to be easy to remember easy to spell and ideally somehow related to your business name or idea. If you are already established ofine then a good domain name will be the same as your business name. If you are not yet established ofine and are creating just an online business then the domain name you choose is up to you. It should be catchy and it should contain your keywords. We’ll talk more about keywords when we discuss search engine optimization SEO of your website but they are the words that someone searching for you would enter into a search engine in order to fnd you.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 25 Website 101 – Your Front Line of Internet Marketing For example if you sell cell phones in Texas a possible domain name would be However some people argue that the shorter the domain name the better. Shorter names tend to be easier to remember for the average customer. Whatever method you use for choosing a domain name there are always exceptions to the rule. Tink about one of the largest sales channels on the Internet. Teir name is now their brand but it was one that had to be built from scratch. The new Top Level Domain TLD .co is gaining some recognition as a global TLD particularly with the conversion of companies like to Also consider the Top Level Domain TLD - the ending or endings you will use for your domain name. Tey are designed to be used as follows: • .us .uk or other two letter country designations identify the country of the business • .biz is for business use • .com is for commercial websites • .net was originally designed for networking technology companies but is now general use • .edu is for educational organization websites • .gov is for government websites • .org is for nonproft organization websites • .info is for informational websites • .co is a new domain that is global but not yet as recognized as .com If you are concerned about competition using your domain name but with a diferent top level domain ending you can always purchase more than one domain and set the second or third domains to “point” to your main website - or even to a specifc page on your main website. Tis is helpful for another reason as well you can have more than one domain name so that you can do some split testing in your marketing campaigns. For example you could use one domain name in one campaign and another domain name in a separate campaign and see which one pulls in more customers note that you don’t need to have a separate domain to run split tests - you can ofen get the information you need from the advertising platform’s sofware. You can always choose to have more than one domain name with diferent TLDs and then have them “point” to your main homepage.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 26 Website 101 – Your Front Line of Internet Marketing 3.2.2 Your Contact Information Although it should be obvious make sure that your customers have easy access to a way to contact you about your business and your website - even if it is only an email address for a virtual business. Include a phone number fax number email address and if you have a “brick and mortar” location include your physical address and ideally a map application that allows the customer to fnd you and get directions. Consider the fact that in a web-based interaction customers may still want to speak to a live person - particularly when doing business with you for the frst time. Also you may need to build a customer’s confdence in you and your site before they are willing to conduct business with you entirely online. Consider what hours you might be available by phone if someone wants to talk to a live person and put that information up there. Y ou can also hire companies that provide chat assistance to your customers or that will answer a 1-800 number so that your organization appears larger than it is. Whatever you decide to provide as far as contact information be sure that the customer will be able to get the information they need - preferably when they want or need it. If they can’t get that information just realize that they might go on to the competition’s site instead. 3.2.3 Appearance Y ou get less than fve seconds to make a frst impression on a visitor to your website. If the appearance of the site is too busy too “loud ” too full of blinking fashing ads or too devoid of immediate information you are not going to keep that customer on your site. Te design should be pleasing to look at and convey the brand image you want your customers to have about your business. Fonts should be easy to read and clearly understood. Graphics should focus the reader’s attention where it needs to be focused but not be overly done. Be sure to look at the website of multiple competitors to see how their sites appear. Next you need to make sure that the site works. You get less than fve seconds to make a frst impression on a visitor to your website. 3.2.4 Functionality and Maneuverability Te key question you need to answer when designing your website is this: what do you want it to do Make a list of all the things you want your customers to experience on your website. Do you want them to see every product you make Do you want them to be able to fll in a form that will result in a customized ofer Do you want them to only read the contact information plus a few facts that let them know who you are so they can call you on the phone or come in to your shop Or do you want your site to be THE place that visitors come to when they have a question related to the product or service that you ofer Beyond that think about what you want automated on your website. In lead generations online one major thing anyone should want their website to do is to somehow capture the email addresses of the people that visit the site. Why should they give you an email address What are you ofering in return What will need to be automated so that the customer receives their ofer right away Plus what data will you want to collect behind the scenes What information do you want to know about your customers when they visit your site

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 27 Website 101 – Your Front Line of Internet Marketing Make sure you also consider what you want the person to do when they are done at your site. How will you gauge whether their visit to your site has been a success Will they have clicked through to someone else’s site to make a purchase Or will they have purchased something directly from your site Will they sign up for your newsletter Y our e-zine We’ll talk about these things in a later chapter in more detail. Make sure you also consider what you want the person to do when they are done at your site. How will you gauge whether their visit to your site has been a success Y our site needs to support the functions of everything that you have decided you want it to do. Of course this may be expensive so you may need to create the site in stages. Talk to your web designer about how you can stage the design so that customers will still be drawn to the site and will still take the action you want them to. Also think about what information is “fxed” and what information will change over time - and be sure that your website design allows you to change this information easily when needed. For example your homepage may not need to change much information from time to time. But if you have a calendar a news page or even a product page with prices on it you will want to change that information from time to time. Be sure you know what will be involved if you can’t make the changes yourself - including what time frame is required and what the costs will be. Remember that some information on your website may be “fxed ” and rarely if ever need to change. However some information such as news updates prices promotions or more may need to change on a regular basis. You want to be sure you have the ability to change it when needed. Finally one of the most important things you can do is test the site to make sure it is user-friendly. Links should make sense and be organized well. For example if I’m looking for pricing information it should be under the tab where I would look for pricing information - be it in a catalog or in a rate sheet that you can update and change from time to time. If you aren’t sure where information should go on your site create a “Frequently Asked Questions” FAQs page and divide it into categories that make sense to the reader such as Ordering Shipping Warranty Repairs Returns Technical Support Free Quotes or whatever makes sense for your type of business. Next have someone else navigate the site and attempt to perform whatever functions your site is designed to perform. Do they get the right information Does the site redirect them to the right page once they have made a purchase or signed up for something Are all the links on the page that are internal to the site leading to other pages on your website and external to the site leading to other websites on the Internet working Y ou’ll want to routinely check that the links leading to other pages are still working otherwise it can make your site appear out of date. Be sure you have identifed a webmaster for your site - whether it is you or the company that designed your site so that you have a way for people to let you know when there are problems with the site.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 28 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO 4 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO 4.1 Introduction Search Engine Optimization SEO has become a buzzword with Internet marketers. In fact it is so important for drawing targeted trafc to your site that there are companies that exist only to help you optimize your site for the search engines. Terefore this is an introduction to SEO and how you can use it to your advantage however it is not an exhaustive explanation. Plus the rules that govern how search engines read your site and how they rank your site are always changing. There are companies that exist only to help you and other website owners optimize sites for search engines. However there are some basic SEO rules that will help you with your Internet marketing by helping the search engines fnd your site when people are looking for information that you have on your web pages. Afer all any marketing strategies you enact should be designed to drive trafc to your site in hopes that they will make a purchase or complete the action that you hope they will complete. By 2020 wind could provide one-tenth of our planet’s electricity needs. Already today SKF’s innovative know- how is crucial to running a large proportion of the world’s wind turbines. Up to 25 of the generating costs relate to mainte- nance. These can be reduced dramatically thanks to our systems for on-line condition monitoring and automatic lubrication. We help make it more economical to create cleaner cheaper energy out of thin air. By sharing our experience expertise and creativity industries can boost performance beyond expectations. Therefore we need the best employees who can meet this challenge The Power of Knowledge Engineering Brain power Plug into The Power of Knowledge Engineering. Visit us at Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 29 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO 4.2 Understanding Keywords Keywords are the search terms that people might but into a search engine to fnd your website. For example if you sell a weight loss supplement a few of your keywords might be: • weight loss • lose weight • weight loss supplements • nutrition supplements • diet pills • diet supplements • weight loss pills • weight loss powder Te more likely someone is to use that keyword phase the more important that keyword will be to getting your site popped up in the results - however the more challenging it will be to do so because so many other people will be trying to do the same thing. We will talk more about competing for keywords when it comes to paying for online advertising. “Long tail keywords” are longer phrases that someone still might use to search for you product or service on a search engine. However there are also what are known as “long tail keywords ” which are longer phrases that someone might use to fnd what you ofer but fewer people would use them because they are so precise. For example instead of “weight loss ” a long-tail keyword might be “weight loss supplements for diabetics. ” Because it is so specifc a search phrase fewer people will enter it - but fewer sites will also be competing to be the results for a search for it. So ideally you should have a mix of short and long-tail keywords used naturally on your site. We’ll talk more about what is meant by natural keyword use later in this chapter. Y ou cannot have too many keywords as long as they are relevant to the content on your website. If you simply stuf words into your site in the hopes that the search engines will rank your site higher it will not work. Instead you should focus on making each page on your website relevant to one or two diferent keywords focusing on those and adding rich useful content that readers will actually want to have access to.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 30 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO 4.3 Determining Your Keywords Some of your keywords for your website will be common sense. For instance if you sell pet food your keywords might be: • pet food • dog food • cat food • bird food • hamster food Free tools are available online to help you generate lists of keywords related to your site. But there are bound to be keywords that you won’t think of of the top of your head simply because not everyone searches for what they want in the same way. For example additional keywords for your pet food site might be: • diet dog food • senior dog food • healthy dog food • gourmet dog food • natural dog food • puppy food And those are just additional ones related to dogs. When you truly fesh out the keywords for your site you may have dozens of keywords and keyword phrases.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 31 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO Tere are several free resources on the Internet that will help you to choose keywords that you will want to use on your website. For example Google AdWords has a free keyword tool while other sites may charge a small fee. In these applications you can use the tool to enter one keyword such as “weight loss” and the system will generate a list of related keywords for you. It will also tell you more information about the keywords such as: • Te rate of competition for showing up in the results when someone searches with that keyword • Te number of global monthly searches that are made using that keyword • Te number of local monthly searches for that keyword So for example if you put “weight loss” into the Google keyword tool then sort it by the number of global searches per month the top 10 keywords and the related number of searches as of this writing are estimated by Google to be: 1. weight loss - 7480000 searches 2. how to lose weight - 1500000 3. weight loss diets - 450000 4. weight loss diet - 301000 5. diet weight loss - 301000 6. diet and weight loss - 301000 7. diet for weight loss - 301000 8. best weight loss - 246000 9. weight loss pills - 201000 10. weight loss tips - 165000 It’s important to note that these estimates are the approximate monthly average according to Google that each phrase was used to search for something on the Internet . Tat’s why some of the phrases have the same statistic. Also notice that even using a plural version of the word can change the results diet vs. diets. When you consider your keyword list you should create plural versions of singular words or phrases and singular versions of plural words or phrases when possible. HTML is full of commands where you can place additional keywords which the search engine bots will pick up on. However if you enter the long-tail keyword we mentioned before “weight loss supplements for diabetics ” as of this writing there were only 46 global monthly searches for that phrase. So if you ofer dietary supplements for people with diabetes using the keyword phrase “weight loss supplements for diabetics” is not likely to be a valuable keyword phrase for you. Once you have determined your keywords you need to place them in the most strategic positions on your website so that the search engines will pick them up. However you want them to appear multiple times so that the search engines understand that your site is about content related to these keywords.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 32 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO 4.4 Keyword Placement Tere are several places on your web pages and website where you should place your keywords so that the search engines will fnd your site when someone is looking for a site like yours. Tese are a type of easy-to-miss Internet marketing strategy that you can use to optimize your website for the search engines. Tink of it as “behind the scenes” Internet marketing. There are several important places on your web pages and website where you should place your keywords in order to impact how the search engines will rank your site. 4.4.1 META Tags Web pages are built using Hyper Text Markup Language HTML which is full of diferent commands that execute what you see when you load the page in your web browser. When designing your webpage you want to be sure that your keywords are used in your META tags. Tis tag on each page defnes the date purpose author and name of a web page. Te search engines read this information and use it to help “catalog” your site in comparison with other sites. Note that the META tag is specifc to each page of your website. So the tag on each page should contain a diferent keyword that is still related to the site but is specifc to that page. For example your homepage might have “weight loss supplements” as the META tag keyword but then you might also have a product page with the META tag “weight loss pill” and another with the META tag “vitamins for metabolism” or whatever the main topic on that page might be. Think of the following keyword placement information as “behind the scenes” Internet marketing. MITIGATE RISK REDUCE COST ENABLE GROWTH The financial industry needs a strong software platform That’s why we need you SimCorp is a leading provider of software solutions for the financial industry. We work together to reach a common goal: to help our clients succeed by providing a strong scalable IT platform that enables growth while mitigating risk and reducing cost. At SimCorp we value commitment and enable you to make the most of your ambitions and potential. Are you among the best qualified in finance economics IT or mathematics Find your next challenge at Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 33 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO Y our META tag feld can also include a description of your website. Y ou should write a description that includes the main keywords for your site and that describes the context of your webpage. For example for your weight loss supplement site the homepage META tag description might read “our weight loss experts have designed the best weight loss supplements for healthy weight loss and decreased appetite. ” 4.4.2 ALT Tags HTML for a site includes an ALT tag that is used by the browser to describe an image if the image cannot successfully be loaded. However since it is more information about your website it can be used strategically to give the search engines another dose of information regarding what your website is about. For example if your weight loss supplement has a picture on the main page of a smiling ft woman you could use the ALT tag to describe it as “healthy weight” or if it is a picture of pills describe it as “weight loss pills. ” 4.4.3 Page Name Every web page has a fle name that is used to identify that page or fle on the web server. Although the ending of the fle name has to be either .htm or .html you can create the rest of the page name so that it includes your keywords as well. For example if you have an order page instead of calling it order.htm call it order-weight-loss-supplements.htm. Or if you have an order page specifc to a product name it by the product name such as “metabolism.supplement.order.htm. ” 4.4.4 Page Title Use the page title space to create a title for the page that includes the main keywords for the page. Te search engines will notice and use this information as well. Do not leave this valuable space empty and do not fll it with vague information like “Welcome to Our Site ” or any other generic information. 4.4.5 Page Headings Search engines will scan your web pages and will add weight to the headings on the page more than the words in the body. So be sure that your headings on the page are also versions of your main keywords. Don’t be afraid to be more specifc to the product or content on the page with the page headings than you would be with the page title. 4.4.6 First Sentence Y our frst sentence is important for both the live human and the search engine bot. Not all search engines will review your entire page of text before determining what your page is about just like not all humans will read beyond the frst sentence or paragraph before deciding whether or not your site has the information they need. Be sure that the frst sentence of your page includes the keywords for that page and that it is a clear description or summary of what information can be found on that page. Your frst sentence on a page is important for both the live human and the search engine bot. Just like a human reader the search engine may make a decision about your site in part based on the frst sentence.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 34 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO 4.4.7 Text Inside Links If you create any links on your site whether to other locations on the site or to another site the text that is “clickable” is another way to include your keywords for the search engines. Text links are highly weighted by the search bots so be sure you use the tool appropriately. 4.4.8 Keyword Rich Content If you have ever visited a product website and found that it is full of useful information that is related to that product you’ve found someone who understands SEO. Y es it may be a natural response to customers to develop content that provides them with information they want or need when buying your product but it can also be a strategic decision. If you have quality keyword rich content on your website the search engines will give additional weight to your web site in its search engine rankings. Tere are two important keys here: 1. Te content needs to be high-quality relevant and useful to your readers. 2. Te content needs to use your keywords naturally. To elaborate you need to understand that search engines have gotten smarter over time. Do you remember seeing a site that had a list of keywords “stufed” into the bottom of a web page At one time just having keywords on a site would help pull that site as a result when someone searched for one of those keywords. But now the algorithms that determine search engine results are able to recognize “keyword stufng. ” So instead to get into higher rankings on search engines you need to create content that uses keywords naturally - in language and in contexts where people would normally use them. Content must be high-quality relevant useful to your readers and include your keywords in a natural context. Some ways you can incorporate keyword rich natural content on your website include: • Writing articles that give the reader information about your products or services • Creating a FAQ page that includes the keywords on your site in diferent ways that people might search for them • Creating and ofering a free informational product such as an e-book or white paper that uses all of your keywords • Writing a company newsletter or E-zine electronic magazine that includes relevant keyword rich content • Creating a blog where you use and discuss keywords and related topics and continually refresh or update the content

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 35 Basic Search Engine Optimization SEO • Writing product descriptions or summaries that use the keywords • Allowing visitors to the site to write their own summaries or comments assuming that they will also use the keywords somewhat Some of these options have additional benefts that we will discuss in more detail but know that adding quality content to your site is a powerful way to draw search engine results. Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 36 Additional SEO Techniques 5 Additional SEO Techniques 5.1 Introduction Te previous chapter talked about optimizing your search engine results with actions you take on your own website. In this chapter the focus will be on another aspect of Internet marketing that can be even more important - driving trafc to your website through of-site SEO activities. Although the methods may vary the main point of any additional SEO techniques discussed in this chapter is to drive additional trafc to your website by getting links to your website placed around the web. Many of these are free actions - they only cost you the time to take them. It is because of the time investment that many companies will choose to pay another organization to perform these activities for them. However if you have the time you can certainly do them on your own. Driving trafc to your website through of-site Internet marketing activities can be just as important - and even more important - than the strategies you implement on your own website. Tese activities include: • Writing and submitting information to article directories • Using blogs and forums • Using social media sites • Using video sites • Writing press releases We’ll now look at each of these in more detail. 5.2 Article Marketing Article marketing is a way for you to generate interest in your site by someone frst reading an article that then guides them to your website. Y ou can think of it as one way of building the reputation as an expert in your feld. Y ou generate or pay someone else to generate unique content for your articles that is rich with the same types of keywords as the ones you have used on your site. Y ou can even write articles that are not directly related to your website but that would be of interest to people who would fnd your website interesting as well. Article writing is a way to motivate people who are interested in what you write about to visit your website.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 37 Additional SEO Techniques At the bottom of the article and throughout the article if it is allowed you can include a link back to your website. Tose links count as backlinks which help build your ranking when search engines rank your site. Tat way when someone reads your article if they fnd it helpful or interesting they will be motivated to click on a link and visit your site. Ideally the link in an article will direct the customer to a page on your site that will contain exactly the information or product that they want. So where do you put all these great articles that you are writing Y ou can submit them to dozens of article directories that exist around the internet and that accept submissions from anyone who meets their criteria. Normally this will require that you allow the site or other users of the site to reproduce your articles in another location. However since you want that article in as many places as possible that shouldn’t be a problem. There are dozens of article directories where you can submit your unique quality articles - and each one will provide a backlink to your website. Be careful that you don’t submit the same article to multiple directories. Y ou want unique content associated with each article site in order to get the greatest boost in the search engine rankings. In fact some of the top article directories will reject your submission if your content is not unique. Y ou can use a sofware program to generate new articles from one existing article but they are not automated you will need to create multiple versions of each paragraph or even of each sentence and then the sofware will mix them together randomly to create a new version of the article. New article directories are being created all the time but some of the most common and popular ones include: • eHow • Ezine Articles • Go Articles • Amazines • Article Dashboard • Article Blast • Article Alley • Articles Base • Associated Content • Bukisa

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 38 Additional SEO Techniques • Buzzle • Examiner • Suite 101 • Technorati • Bright Hub • Helium • iSnare • Te Free Library Y ou can also create articles on your own “page” on certain websites where you submit your own articles on diferent topics and can even build your own following. Some of the sites will even share residual income that they get from advertisements that are placed on the pages you create. Challenging Not challenging Try more Try this... Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 39 Additional SEO Techniques Some of the most popular sites for this type of article submission are: • • • • • • • • 5.3 Using Blogs and Forums In a similar vein to writing articles you can also create blogs or forum posts that will help build your reputation and can guide readers back to your website. “Blog” comes from the term “web log” and was once a type of online diary for individuals. But now businesses use them to create an interactive environment with their readers and to add an additional location in cyberspace where they can demonstrate expertise to readers who might want to know more about you your company or your products and services. Y ou may also have a blog on your own site where you spend the majority of your time interacting with customers - but this strategy requires that you create additional blogs out on diferent sites. “Blog” comes from “web log” and was once mainly a type of online diary for individuals. But now businesses use them to create an interactive environment with their clients and customers. Blogs can develop quite a following over time. Particularly if the information that is provided is topical and relevant to the type of person who would be reading your blog. For example if you were a clothing designer one blog post might cover the latest fashion trends seen on TV . Y ou would then provide a link to similar products on your website at the end of the blog. Or you could write about how the fashion industry has cut prices in response to the recession and add a link to your sales page on your site.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 40 Additional SEO Techniques Just like article directories there are multiple popular blog sites where you can create your own blog page. Some of the most popular include: • WordPress • Tumblr • Live Journal • Blogger • TypePad Again unique content is important on these sites search engines are too smart to be fooled by cut and pasted content that you plug into multiple blog sites. Te key to getting your best return on your time investment with blogs is to make sure you vary the content on a regular basis and that you build a following of people who will believe you when you tell them that you have the best product or service in the category they are looking for. One other way you can use blogs to your beneft is to ofer to be a “guest blogger” on someone else’s website. Particularly if they already have a heavy following ofering to write a blog post could strengthen your own site’s search rankings. Y ou would only do this of course if the site is willing to include a link back to your own site. Y ou can even ofer to have the owner of the blog come and do a guest posting on your website where you will allow them to post a link back to their own site as well. Tis is one form of what is called “link swapping ” where you each help the other person by providing backlinks to each others’ sites. Ofer to be a “guest blogger” on someone else’s site. Particularly if they have a strong following you can get a great boost in the search rankings from a backlink on another blog. You can ofer to allow that blogger to be a guest poster on your site as well this is one version of a practice known as “link swapping. ” When you create a blog you will have the option to allow readers of the blog to post comments on what you have written. Tere are benefts and drawbacks to doing so. It can be an excellent way to engage your customers and potential customers. If you monitor the blog comments carefully you can delete any negative comments or comments from anyone who seems to be just advertising on your blog. However if you allow anyone to say what they want you can develop a reputation for having an honest unbiased blog - something that could help you in the long run. It depends on what you are comfortable with and how much time you can dedicate to monitoring the activity on your blogs. Forums are like digital question and answer boards. Someone posts a question or a comment and others respond. If you ran a clothing website you might fnd forums on fashion and post comments for other readers then include a link back to your site if they are interested in learning more.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 41 Additional SEO Techniques Forums are like digital question and answer boards. In some cases you can actually “sign” your post with what amounts to a mini-advertisement for your site. In some cases you can actually post what amounts to a mini-advertisement at the bottom of your forum posting so that you don’t even have to be commenting on a related topic but your link is still posted. Y ou will need to be sure that you understand the rules of a forum before you begin posting. Otherwise you could end up being blocked from participating in the forum again. 5.4 Social Media Sites Nothing has changed the way we interact in the 21st century as much as the proliferation of social media websites. Tese sites provide a virtual community for users where they can communicate and share with each other about their interests the events in their lives and their relationships. Just like blogs social media sites have been adopted by businesses as another way to interact with their clients customers and potential clients and customers. In some cases following or communicating with a business through one of these sites is a way for businesses to ofer a special deal in exchange for the person participating in that company’s social media site. Nothing has changed the way we interact in the 21st century as much as the proliferation of social media websites. Stand out from the crowd Designed for graduates with less than one year of full-time postgraduate work experience London Business School’s Masters in Management will expand your thinking and provide you with the foundations for a successful career in business. The programme is developed in consultation with recruiters to provide you with the key skills that top employers demand. Through 11 months of full-time study you will gain the business knowledge and capabilities to increase your career choices and stand out from the crowd. Applications are now open for entry in September 2011. For more information visit email or call +44 020 7000 7573 Masters in Management London Business School Regent’s Park London NW1 4SA United Kingdom Tel +44 020 7000 7573 Email Fast-track your career Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 42 Additional SEO Techniques As for SEO entire books have been written based on just how to best use social media. From the point of view of Internet marketing social media sites are another way for you to draw trafc to your blog or to any other section of your website. In some ways you can consider social media interactions as a form of “priming” the customer for a sale with you. Afer all if they are already interacting with you online following your news stories reading your blog or watching your videos they are much more likely to take the next step and make a purchase. Plus you have a “captive audience” in terms of the network of people who follow you on a social media site. Tey have already given their permission to interact with you so now your messages are more likely to get to them. Tis is one way in which social media has revolutionized Internet marketing instead of sending email that might end up in a SPAM folder or a trash folder you’re sending messages or posts or tweets to people who have already expressed an interest in you your product or your service. Social media sites help you create a “captive audience” who have already shown they are interested in your product or service. . Some of the most popular social media sites include: • Facebook • Twitter • LinkedIn • MySpace • Ning • Tagged • Orkut • Hi5 • Flickr • Digg • Stumbleupon • Scribd • Reddit

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 43 Additional SEO Techniques • MyY earbook • Meetup • Badoo • Bebo • MyLife • Friendster • Multiply Y ou may already be participating on some of these sites on a personal basis but consider creating a profle for your business itself as well when appropriate. Just like with forums be sure that you know what the rules are for each type of site before you begin using it so that you don’t unwittingly violate a rule and end up getting banned from the site. 5.5 Video Sites Some of the sites we’ve already mentioned allow you to post videos to share information with visitors. But there are also some sites that are designed specifcally for posting videos. Y ou can use these sites to your beneft in several ways. Using a video site lets you get the benefts of videos about your company without having to provide the technical support for the videos on your own website. First these sites are designed with the sofware and tools that will play video for the majority of people. Y ou don’t have to worry about using a video player on your own website that some people might not be able to operate on their own computers. Second you don’t have to store the video on your site. Video can take up a great deal of storage space on a server and you won’t have to provide it on your own site if you use a video site to showcase your company’s videos. Tird you don’t have to have the bandwidth available on your site for streaming video for multiple viewers at a time. Again this capacity is provided by the video hosting site.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 44 Additional SEO Techniques So you recognize the benefts of using a video site but you’re not sure what kind of video you could create for your company. Why would someone want to watch a video about your product or service Furthermore what would you possibly make a video about Here are some suggestions: • Create a “how to” video that demonstrates technical aspects of your product such as how to assemble it repair it or clean it • Create videos that show how to use the product in creative or useful ways that the customer may not have thought of on their own • Create testimonial videos from customers that have used your products or services and can share their experience in their own words • Develop a video that gives customers an overview of your company so that they can learn more about what you do • Share employee stories and experiences as part of a video aimed at recruiting new team members • Give customers a “frst look” at upcoming product releases or promotions • Create presentations that teach your customers or others something about the industry the product or the service - another way of establishing yourself and your company as experts • Show videos of your company’s community service eforts and the results • Showcase how your company is “going green” Tese are just a few ideas of how you can put video sites to good use in your Internet marketing plan. Y ou can develop videos for virtually any aspect of your business. Make certain that they are high-quality and deliver the image of your company in a professional way. Always keep in mind what your customers or potential customers might want to know about your company - and then ofer it to them in as many formats as possible Make certain any videos you create are high-quality and that they refect the level of professionalism that you want associated with your company.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 45 Additional SEO Techniques As we said some social media sites already mentioned will allow you to include video clips. But some other popular sites include: • Y ouTube • DailyMotion • Metacafe • MegaVideo • YVideo • Vimeo • LiveLeak • Break • Videosif © UBS 2010. All rights reserved. Looking for a career where your ideas could really make a difference UBS’s Graduate Programme and internships are a chance for you to experience for yourself what it’s like to be part of a global team that rewards your input and believes in succeeding together. Wherever you are in your academic career make your future a part of ours by visiting You’re full of energy and ideas. And that’s just what we are looking for. Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 46 Additional SEO Techniques Of course you need to always include information in your videos about your company and your website and provide the same information on your membership or account page on each video service. Tat way customers can still fnd their way to your website and complete the action that you intend for them to complete. Remember to add the addresses to the relevant pages on your website to both the videos themselves and to the membership or account page on each video service you use. 5.6 Press Releases Y es press releases are still around even in the age of Internet marketing. Y ou should not underestimate this traditional means of drawing attention to your company and any news-worthy events or announcements that you might have. However you will not just send them to the traditional press outlets that you would have before the Internet you will also use them to splash backlinks to your website around the net. Start by developing a well-written press release that includes all of the information that you would normally include: • Y our contact information and website address linking to the announcement or the area of interest on your website • A summary of the event announcement or news that you are sharing • What this means for your customers - current and future • Another link for more information particularly if it is to a diferent page on your website than your contact information As you write the press release you should include the keywords that are related to the area of your business that you want the press release to draw attention to. Follow the same rules that you have for using keywords in an article be sure to use them in the opening sentences and make sure that any use of keywords and keyword phrases is natural and suited to the context. Follow the same rules that you have for using keywords in an article be sure to use them in the opening sentences and make sure that any use of keywords and keyword phrases is natural and suited to the context.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 47 Additional SEO Techniques Once the press release is ready you can submit it to a number of distribution sites on the Internet. Just like for any of these Internet marketing strategies you can pay for services to do this for you. However there are some free press release distribution sites you can use as well. Below is a list of the most common press release distribution sites some of which may require a fee: • • • • Newswire.Ca Canadian site • • British site • • • • • • • • • • If you would like to see how efective your press release marketing campaign was set up a specifc page on your website that you design specifcally for use in your press release campaign. Ten use that link as the one that you guide people to on the press release. Y ou will be able to track how many people land on that page giving you an idea of how many people actually visited your site as a result of the press release.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 48 Additional Internet Marketing Strategies 6 Additional Internet Marketing Strategies 6.1 Introduction Until this point the Internet marketing strategies we have discussed have been low or no cost and are ones that you can implement on your own without the need of any special programs or sofware. In this chapter we will look at some additional Internet marketing strategies that will require either some fnancial investment or a more advanced level of knowledge and sofware applications to implement. This chapter gives you an overview of Internet marketing strategies that require either some fnancial investment or a more advanced level of knowledge to implement. Since each of these strategies is slightly more advanced they will be reviewed briefy as part of this overview to Internet marketing. Once you have mastered and implemented the techniques already listed in this ebook you can and should consider implementing any or all of these strategies as well depending on the results you have already seen and the budget you have available for investing in your Internet marketing strategies. Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 49 Additional Internet Marketing Strategies 6.2 Email Marketing To send email marketing messages you frst need to have access to a list of email addresses. Y ou then need to fgure out a way to avoid the SPAM bin. Tere are two main ways for you to generate an email list of customers that you can market to in the future: one is to create your own opt-in list of customer email addresses and the other is to purchase lists of customers from market research companies. Since purchasing an email list is expensive and likely outside of the budget of many people who are starting out with Internet marketing you can instead focus on building your own list of customers that you can then contact with your marketing eforts. There are two main ways for you to generate an email list of customers that you can market to in the future: one is to create your own opt-in list of customer email addresses and the other is to purchase lists of customer email addresses from market research companies. Tese “opt-in” lists are so called because they require that a customer frst choose to give you their email address and even to choose which types of email that they would like to receive from you in the future. Tis greatly limits the chance that you mail will automatically be categorized as SPAM. Of course this means that you have to give the customer a reason to opt-in to your list. Y ou can do this on your website provided that you have the application via sofware or plug-ins on your site that will capture and store customer email addresses. Te easiest way to get a customer to give you his email address is to ofer him something in return. Some suggestions include: • A “free report” on something important to customers in your target market • Coupons or other discounts • A newsletter that is full of information related to your site or topic • Access to “frst to know” information about your company such as special sales or promotions • Tips or trends on the industry • A free quote for your services • Access to special areas on your website • Any other “freebie” you can ofer to your customers in exchange for their email address

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 50 Additional Internet Marketing Strategies Once you have the customer’s email address you can use email management sofware that is specifcally designed for running email campaigns. Te sofware will let you do things like: • Track which emails seem to “work” by the response you get • Add and delete email addresses as needed • Set up automated emails for things like sending a thank-you when a customer makes a purchase or registers for your newsletter confrming an order or responding when someone sends you an email. • Send mass emails without getting fagged by your email server • Allow customers to “opt-out” of email a legal requirement Tis sofware is ofen available as part of a web hosting package or as part of a customer management application. Y ou can fnd some sofware that you purchase one-time and other services that you will pay for as you use them. It may take time to build your own customer email database but it will be a very valuable part of your marketing plan once you have it. Since the customer will have already had one form of interaction with you when they gave you their email address they are much more likely to make a purchase from you in the future. 6.2 Internet Advertising Tere are several diferent forms of Internet advertising. Since the goal of Internet marketing is to draw visitors to your site this section will look at advertising of your site not advertising on your site. However you may want to look at adding advertising to your own site in the future when you have enough trafc that others would be willing to pay for space on your site. Tis is one form of what is known as “monetizing” your site and is outside the topic of this ebook. 6.2.1 Advertising on Other Websites When you decide to purchase Internet advertising there are two main forms of advertising you can invest in. Te frst is paying for advertising on other websites where you know your customers will already be. Y ou have seen this kind of advertising on many websites that you have visited. Te ad will be a “banner” at the top of a webpage or to the side of the webpage and will be designed to entice the viewer to leave the site they are on and visit your site.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 51 Additional Internet Marketing Strategies Ads on another website can vary widely in price. Some of the factors that will afect what you pay include: • Te size of the ad you choose - the larger the ad the more expensive it will be • Te location on the page where you want your ad displayed - ads at the top of the page will cost more than ads at the bottom • Te amount of trafc that the website receives - the more popular the website so the more people that will see your ad the more you will need to pay for that ad • Te competition for ad space on that site - the more people that want to have an ad on that site the more you will need to pay for that ad • Te percentage of the time that you want your ad to appear - your ad won’t necessarily appear every time that the site is loaded by a visitor. Instead you can pay less if your ad “rotates” in display with other ads your chance to change the world Here at Ericsson we have a deep rooted belief that the innovations we make on a daily basis can have a profound effect on making the world a better place for people business and society. Join us. In Germany we are especially looking for graduates as Integration Engineers for • Radio Access and IP Networks • IMS and IPTV We are looking forward to getting your application T o apply and for all current job openings please visit our web page: Please click the advert

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 52 Additional Internet Marketing Strategies If you want to advertise on another website start by looking for an “advertise with us” or “about us” page and contact information for the person you need to speak with. Be sure to ask questions about: • Te site’s trafc - what demographic information do they have on their visitors you want it to match the demographics of your average customer • Where does the majority of their trafc come from when they arrive on that page • How many times your ad will be viewed • How long do visitors tend to stay on that page before leaving • How do they usually leave that page • Whether you will have to pay any additional fee each time the ad is clicked Remember that in addition to the cost of the advertising itself you will also need to invest in the creation of the banner ad. Unless you are familiar with graphic design sofware you will need to hire a designer to help you develop the ad. 6.2.2 Pay Per Click PPC Advertising When you want to only pay for Internet advertising that gets a response - a “click” - you want Pay Per Click PPC advertising. In this case you are usually talking about text ads that appear to the right of search engine results or on websites that have monetized their sites by allowing advertisers to place ads on the site that the advertiser believes that site’s customers will be interested in. Tis is diferent from purchasing ad space directly from the website because instead you are allowing the advertiser to choose which sites your ad should be shown on. Te most commonly discussed form of PPC advertising is Google AdWords though similar programs exist on all the major search engines. In these types of advertising you are competing with other advertisers for keyword-based ads based on what you are willing to pay to have your ad shown frst. To explain this more clearly let’s go back to the weight loss supplements example we used earlier in the ebook. Imagine that you want to write an ad on Google that will display to the right of the search results when someone searches for “weight loss supplements. ” In order for your ad to appear you need to be willing to pay more per click for your ad than other advertisers who want their ads to be shown when that same keyword phrase is used. Tis sounds simple enough but it can actually be a complicated science to determine how much to pay per click so that you get enough trafc to your site but so that you don’t end up paying thousands of dollars for clicks that you can’t aford.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 53 Additional Internet Marketing Strategies In Pay Per Click PPC advertising you are competing with other advertisers who want their own ads displayed when someone searches for the same keyword phrase you are using. To help you determine what your ad might cost you can use the same keyword tool that Google ofers to help you fnd your keywords for your site. Instead of choosing “keyword tool ” you will use the “trafc estimator tool. ” Y ou simply enter the keyword phrase that you want to buy PPC ads for then the maximum amount you are willing to pay per click the “cost per click” or “CPC. ” To get an idea of what you would actually have to pay put in a high value for your CPC like 10 or more. At the time of writing the results in the keyword estimator tool for “weight loss supplements” showed that there are an estimated 74.000 global searches for that keyword phrase each month. If my ad was to show up in the top position it would cost me approximately 3.75 each time that someone clicked on the ad. However I need to know how many times someone is likely to click on my ad out of those 74000 searches. Google estimates that 345 people would click on my ad per day. At a rate of 3.75 per click that results in a daily charge of approximately 1294.85 per day. Now your job is to determine whether or not that level of cost is worth it in terms of return on investment. If I know that my site makes a sale for 2 of the visitors that come to my site and that each sale averages 150 then 2 of 345 customers would mean approximately 7 people would by from me at 150 each. Tat is nowhere near enough return on my investment to even cover the cost of the ad. However I might be willing to pay that cost if I know that my website tends to sell to 10 of the people who land on it and that each one of those people tends to buy 500 or more of product. PPC advertising is only going to provide a good return on investment if once the customer arrives at your website they are actually motivated to make a purchase. In other words the true value of PPC advertising depends on the value and quality of your website. If you get all the trafc in the world to your site but it doesn’t convert visitors to buying customers then PPC advertising is never going to be a good investment for you. However if your website converts people to customers at a high rate then you want all the trafc you can get and PPC advertising may be worth the investment. If you decide to try a PPC ad campaign start slow. Be sure to set a daily limit on the amount that you are willing to spend and monitor the trafc that the ads bring in. If you fnd out that you’re not getting any good sales from the ads it’s time to rewrite the ads and/or reevaluate your website and see what needs to be tweaked in order for you to get a higher rate of conversion. 6.3 Afliate Marketing Te fnal major category of Internet marketing is afliate marketing. In afliate marketing you get other people to drive trafc to your site in return for a percentage of any sale that is made as a result of that visit to your site. In other words you allow others to do part of your marketing for you. However afliate marketing is not suited for every product. In order for it to work you need to have:

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 54 Additional Internet Marketing Strategies • A high enough proft margin that you can aford a commission for your afliates • An attractive product or service that other people will be motivated to promote because a you pay a good commission and b the product is relatively easy to sell • Y ou are able to support the demand in your product that afliates could bring in • Y ou are able to support the additional customers that afliates could bring in • Y ou are able to support the afliates themselves with training advertising and other promotional materials • Y ou are willing to pay for a service or sofware to help you track your afliate sales • Y ou have the time to monitor your afliate’s marketing eforts so that you know they are representing your company as you would want them to in their promotions Y ou can register with large afliate “marketplaces” that help manage your afliate programs for a fee. Some of the most popular include: • ClickBank • Commission Junction • PayDotCom • AfliateMarketplace • Click2Sell • PayGear Y ou will need to register with these sites and then people who want to be your afliates will be able to fnd you. Of course you can manage your own afliate program but when you are frst experimenting with afliate marketing it will probably be easier for you to use one or more of these services.

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Download free ebooks at Internet Marketing 55 Resources Resources Afliate Power Group. 30 Ways to Get FREE Website Trafc in 30 Minutes or Less. Chapman Lisa M. Rules of Marketing: Old vs. New. Delegge Peter. Internet Marketing Basics. Faceweb: Marketing Mix. Marketing Charts: Price Most Important Factor for Online Shoppers. Marketing Mix Te. Te Five P’s of Marketing. Internet Marketing Basics. Superbad Internet Marketing. Internet Marketing from A to Z in 2054 Words. Generic Top-Level Domain. Wissler Jacob Jr. Internet Marketing Basics.

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