Category Archives: Internet Marketing

Internet Marketing for Multiple Clients

For those of us that work in the consulting world, internet marketing for multiple clients can pose a particular challenge as well as some benefits. With the explosion of social media over the past year or two, it is a given that you will market your clients via websites like twitter and Stumbleupon. Of course, we all still reach for that brass ring; massive hits through search engine queries, but nowadays it has become more and more likely that a good chunk of your blog traffic will come from social media as well. This is where it can get messy, because if you are working for several clients, you have to try and find a way to represent them individually.

One of the reasons I love twitter so much is the fact that you can set up more than one account, which makes internet marketing for each client relatively easy. I say relatively because it can get quit confusing and time consuming to bounce back and forth between each account and keep track of each set of followers you have. The problem comes in when other social media sites you are utilizing such as Stumbleupon, only allow you one account. Now you can try and set up different accounts for each of your clients, but I’ve been hearing that Stumbleupon sees that as a big no, no and will ban you from the site if they notice different acccounts with the same ISP address. And given the fact that I have acheived very good blog traffic through Stumbleupon, I don’t want to do anything that will get me banned. Oh, and you’re also not supposed to stumble your own articles, so that’s where building up a good relationship with your friends on this site comes in because they will submit them for you.

Finally, my biggest issue with internet marketing for multiple clients is the lack of consistancy. This may just be the clients I work with, but I’m finding that they get very excited to start the process and want me to post several articles a week, but after a month or so their interest begins to fade. What many clients don’t understand is that marketing through social media, or any new media for that matter, is not a quarentee of huge sales and that it can take quit a while to build your brand image and reputation on the internet. I know the most active people on twitter are aware of this because it is a big topic of discussion. One of the main things internet marketers focus on is blog traffic, and this doesn’t happen overnite. But, if a client is willing to be patient the rewards can be immeasurable and result in thousands of hits to their blog or website a day.

I’ve been doing the internet marketing thing in one form or another for the past four years, and to be honest, I’ve been seriously considering giving up on the consulting jobs and thinking it may be time to find a permanent home. Of course, in today’s economy that is nearly impossible to find. That being said, I’m interested in what you all think and have to say. Do you consult? If so, how do you handle multiple clients, and which social media sites do you utilize the most. Are you frustrated with consulting? What are you ideas, suggestions and questions? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Marketing Your Blog Through Comments

Marketing your blog is vital, if you want to get as many people as possible to hear what you have to say. There are a lot of different ways to go about doing that, but one of the easiest and most effective ways to market your blog is through comments. I’m not talking about the blog comments left on your post, I’m talking about the comments you leave on other people’s blogs. You can also do this on many websites as well. The more the better, but there are some things you should think about when using this marketing approach.

Find Websites or Blogs in Your Niche

When you start utilizing the website to find blog posts or articles to leave comments on, try typing keywords into google that match your niche, or interests. It isn’t much fun reading through a bunch of posts that bore you to tears, and besides, there are so many blogs out there that you are bound to find plenty that truly interest you. And if marketing is your goal, you’ll find much more success on blogs or websites that are talking about the same topic you do. One of the goals here is to grab attention and interest with your comments so that other readers will want to check you out. If your comment provides new ideas, insights or even controversy, people are more likley to click on your name and pop over to your blog to see what you are all about.

Leave Blog Comments That are Sincere and Honest

I do not advocate commenting just for the sake of marketing, I am emphasizing how it can help you market your blog. One of the worst things you can do when leaving a comment is spam (by this I mean leaving your URl or advertising your services) a blog or website. Besides many bloggers moderate their comments and wouldn’t approve anything like that anyway, so it’s just a waste of time. Only leave a comment on a blog, if you feel you have something to add to the conversation, even if you just want to tell them how their post has educated or helped you. Sincerity and honesty are hard to fake, and if the blogger or other readers really think you’re providing something of value, they will consider you much more credible, and in my opinion, credibility is the cornerstone to any good marketing campaign.

Keep Up With Responses to Your Blog Comments

The key to marketing through blog comments is starting a conversation and networking with other people in your field. Leaving one comment and forgetting all about it after that, negates the work you put into the original comment. Most blogs allow you to sign up to get emails if there is a response to your comment, I suggest you take advantage of this. It’s a great way to build those business relationships and learn a lot about your industry as well. Another plus to this is that, in many cases, leaving comments on other people’s blogs will enhance your chances of getting comments on yours. You’re putting your name out there and marketing who you are, what you do, and the service or product you provide, so people will start to recognize your name. That being said, it can take quit a while to get a lot of comments on your own blog. In fact Chris Brogan wrote a great post about blog comments that talks about how do deal with that.

Marketing your blog is part of what all bloggers should do. There is a lot of different ways to go about it, but I have found this one of the best, easiest, most educational ways to to this; besides it’s fun getting to know people this way. What do you think about marketing your blog through comments? Has it worked well for you? Do you support other methods of marketing you feel work better? Why not leave me a comment, and tell me what you think?

Why Your Business Needs Internet Marketing

Internet marketing sounds like a new term to many people, but it has actually been around almost as long as the internet itself. Any business that has a website is probably already familiar with this. For those of you that don’t know what this type of marketing is or why it is so vital, especially in today’s economy, pull up a chair and read on.

What is Internet Marketing

There are many aspects to this type of marketing strategy; to begin with anything you do online that has your company’s name attached to it is internet marketing. Whether you are simply sending out an email with your business website address in the signature, commenting on interesting posts you are reading online or signing up for some type of service that asks for your URL, you are marketing your business. Computers today and the software that goes into them are so sophisticated that they can track these website addresses and that in turn gives your website’s information to the search engines. Ok, that part might be a bit more technical than you are interested in, but the point is these are all tactics used by marketers to get your company’s name out there.  But there is much more that goes into it.

When you hire a professional to market your business for you one of the first things they will probably do, and if they don’t you should question who you hired, is set up accounts at the social media sites lite twitter and bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon. Again, these are tools on the internet that help build your brand identity. With social media the goal is to build up relationships. This is really no different than the concept of joining your local Chamber of Commerce only on a much wider scale. The same conversations you would have at a networking event are the ones you should be having on these social media sites. You want to engage in conversation, not hit people over the head with your product; some people call this “schmoozing.”

Why Internet Marketing Is So Important

Here’s the deal, there are billions of people floating around the World Wide Web, and if you aren’t taking advantage of the access you have to them, you are missing out on one of the best marketing platforms out there. I’m not saying you should ignore traditional marketing for your business, after all it is tried and true. However, internet marketing has the ability to help leveling the playing field between you and the big guns out there. People on twitter are just as likely to listen to what you have to say as they are to Wal-Mart. On top of that, many of these marketing avenues are free, so why wouldn’t you at least try them? Creating a website is just the first step, making the most of your website by using it to market your business has really become a must. I’ve mentioned a few of the ways you can market your company and business through the internet, please feel free to leave me your thoughts and suggestions on avenues for marketing I may have left off.