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you would like to advertise
your business within
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you would like to advertise your business within
Search Engine optimisation (SEO) is the practice of providing your web content in such a way that search engines will favor it and rank it higher in results for applicable searches. A search engine wants to be trusted by its users, so the more information it can obtain about your website, and the more consistent that information is, the better you will rank. Online business listings are a great way to support and supplement your already existing information to give it that extra validation.
It is possible to get on the first page of Google through SEO practices but it can take a few months to start seeing results. Online business directory sites, on the other hand, have been around for a while, have high amounts of traffic, and are for the most part trusted by search engines. Since Google likes these characteristics, its first page of search results regularly contain pages from online directories. If you get listed in an online business directory, you have a chance of benefitting from their well-established SEO and showing up on the first page of Google.
Online business directories have immense benefits, and neglecting them can actually hurt your business. So get started today with creating, claiming, and updating your listings online.
For some, blogging is a way to jot down thoughts, for others it’s a way of engaging with an online community of like minded people, but for small and medium sized businesses a blog can mean the difference between cold leads and successful sales. It’s reported that businesses that own, maintain, and update a company blog regularly with fresh, relevant content boast 55 percent more website visitors on average, compared to businesses who don’t engage in content marketing. The big question is - how does blogging make such a significant difference?
Content marketing is closely related to brand awareness and online visibility, and this occurs through two means. The first is SEO, and ensuring that content is thought out and researched thoroughly to incorporate keywords and phrases that improve Google ranking. The second is indexing. Research shows that businesses with a blog have 434 percent more indexed pages than companies who don’t blog and, as you’ll know, the more indexed pages, the greater visibility and the more website traffic and leads you can expect.
Keep Them Coming Back for More
When businesses first started to budget specifically for marketing campaigns, there was one ultimate aim - to get customers in the door. Today, however, the concept of marketing has changed somewhat. Successful businesses today should be less concerned with getting customers in the door, and more focused on keeping them there. Known as ‘new marketing’, this concept is starting to be used by more and more small and medium sized businesses, and blogging is an excellent platform for doing so. By posting regularly, customers will keep coming back for more.
Insider Information & Insight
Your blog is a chance for you to show off your products and services in ways that a traditional product description doesn’t allow. It allows you to elaborate, to demonstrate benefits, and to get away from the technical side of specifications. It’s a chance for you to show customers why they can’t afford to miss out on a product or service, and to promote your company. According to the Custom Content Council, two thirds of customers cite a business blog as an aid in making purchase decisions.
Sense of Trust
Although buying online today is relatively safe, especially with the introduction of Secure technology which removes the need for businesses to store client data, there is still somewhat of a stigma attached to online shopping, to a point where customers are always looking for the most trustworthy businesses to deal with. Reports show that 82 percent of customers feel more positive about a company if they maintain an up-to-date blog, while 70 percent feel closer and more loyal to that company.
Business blogging is simple, but it’s important to get it right. Be sure to research keywords and phrases thoroughly to maximise visibility, and incorporate these into content so that the article flows and is readable, rather than forced. Ensure you post regularly and produce fresh, relevant content, and try to engage readers by encouraging feedback or discussion. For small and medium sized businesses, blogging could be what sets you apart from the competition.
Yazoomer.com is a leading online directory offering promotion for small to medium sized businesses looking to strengthen their online presence. We promote all our Premium customers to our 12,000+ social media followers and offer a prominent spot our home page, not forgetting your very own you tube channel link and all this for £5 a month.
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It’s no secret that we’re seeing a competitive market dominated by major brands. For small to medium sized businesses, the challenge isn’t in the creation of beneficial products or services, it’s in making potential consumers aware of the brand. Digital marketing is arguably one of the most effective ways of improving brand strength, but how should it be done?
Social Media Networks and a Consistent Message
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest… today, small businesses have a wealth of options when it comes to social media, but which do you choose? The answer - all of them. Demonstrating a presence across multiple platforms can have a significant effect on brand strength, assuming you’re building a consistent brand image across each network. Studies suggest that businesses that use consistent branding are typically 20 percent more successful than those that don’t.
Analyse Digital Marketing Trends and Adapt
A common mistake made by young businesses is to focus on creating brand equity and then leaving the brand to essentially manage itself. A strong brand should be able to adapt to changing trends while still maintaining that same strength. Small to medium sized businesses should look to their competitors, and study and analyse current trends in digital marketing to remain relevant and up-to-date. Imagine if we were all still using MySpace!
Natural, Readable Search Engine Optimisation
While many consumers do feel loyal to specific brands, don’t forget that 89 percent of online shoppers begin the purchasing process with a search - this gives small to medium sized businesses an opportunity to shine. Digital content marketing should not only focus upon common keywords, but also upon search terms inspired by any other form of marketing you’ve engaged in. Keyword density is overrated - it’s readability and engagement that counts.
Remember that there’s no agreed definition when it comes to brand equity - rankings are variable and highly subjective, so there’s no definitive goal for businesses to aim for. There are, however, many ways to monitor how your brand is growing in response to digital marketing, including utilising social media platforms to gather consumer opinions, studying post shares and engagement, and analysing visitor statistics.
It’s also worth noting that Google Adwords can generate more direct conversions over the more broader social media approach. By carefully when selecting the right key words in order to target your niche business area which will result in generating leads to your website. Google do advise to select the more competitive key words but be warned some of these can cost you over £1 per click, so this could result in you having to increase your budget.
Yazoomer’s Social Media Channels
For a short period of time Yazoomer are offering social media exposure for all new signups which is currently a subscription based Premium Service. What does that mean? We will post your company logo together with a short description of your business onto our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter channels, some of our customers are already seeing 600-700 views on their posted averts placed by Yazoomer. This is why it is imperative to have your social media channels in place and more importantly connecting with Yazoomer so we can also increase your brand awareness.
While more businesses are using online directories than ever before - and the market is expected to see a steady growth by around 2.4 percent by 2017 - this method of digital advertising is still heavily underutilised by many small and medium businesses who place too much importance on SEO and SMM alone (we will be posting blogs on these topics within the coming weeks). Here are some of the key benefits businesses could enjoy through placing an advert in a global online directory:
There are many benefits of blogging to a global audience, yet many businesses shy away from international marketing due to the stresses and hassles of optimising content for foreign audiences using different keywords, key phrases, and cultural references. Placing an ad in an online directory is one of the most effective ways to reach new audiences without alienating.
While advertising to a UK or global audience can be beneficial, word-of-mouth marketing is still a major player when it comes to building a local reputation. It’s important for businesses to promote themselves, their products, and their services to the local community through location-based advertising on online directories, encouraging customers to spread the word in the locality.
At a time when on-site content marketing is proving to be so effective, many businesses are becoming sucked into the SEO world and are failing to see that, for SMEs, SEO isn’t everything. Optimised web pages should be used in conjunction with digital advertising forms such as online directories that work to introduce consumers to businesses they may not have found otherwise. Online directories also push your details onto Google, try this by simply typing ‘Barfia Yazoomer’ into Google the results speak for themselves.
Together, these three primary benefits do what they’re supposed to - they bring in business. A study by the The Editor & Publisher Co found that more than half of all business owners who advertise in online directories plan to renew their ad when it expires due to success and overall satisfaction.
Yazoomer is currently offering a FREE listing with an option to upgrade to Premium for £5 which offers a lot more benefits, most importantly enhancing visibility of your business not only online but to our 10,000 followers!!
It’s reported that 93 percent of marketers today use content marketing to promote their business and reach target audiences, but it’s important to remember that there’s a very significant difference between content, and good content.
64 percent of content marketers claim that their biggest challenge today is producing enough content to keep their audience hooked, but perhaps it’s time to stop focusing upon quantity, and instead make quality more of a priority.
When questioned, experts in the field claimed there were three distinct aspects that, when combined, help contribute towards killer content:
Audience relevance has been proven to be vital in both B2B and B2C scenarios. In terms of B2C, 82 percent of blog readers report a preference for reading relevant content rather than generic content, while in a B2B context, 79 percent claim they’re more likely to choose a vendor that displays relevant content online.
Keeping a blog relevant needn’t be a difficult task - it’s simply a case of doing a little research. Keep up with trends and news within the industry, take into account what direct competitors are posting, and perform keyword analysis to determine what modern consumers are looking for.
Engaging storytelling is often cited as important for brands, but why? Many believe that it all comes down to human science and the fact that ‘human memory is story based’. In order to remember information, the brain converts information into a story, and so we’re naturally more inclined to engage with data if it’s presented to us in a story-like format.
Creating a compelling storyline is actually much more simple than it sounds - it’s about following the Monomyth structure. This structure is often found in fiction, but it can easily be applied to blogs - begin with the familiar, discuss challenges, risks, concepts, and ideas to lead to a revelation, finally returning to the familiar to conclude.
A true measure of whether blog content has triggered a response in its audience is whether or not the content goes viral. Blog readership figures are essentially pointless if none of that audience are influenced to an extent that they feel compelled to take action - to share information with a friend, to follow the brand, or to make a purchase, for example.
Experts state that an audience is more likely to react to content that is positive, rather than negative, to content that arouses emotions and pushes buttons, and to content that is practical and useful within day-to-day life. Incorporating these aspects into blog content is vital.
The Key to Success
Whether your content is considered ‘killer’ or not isn’t determined by one single factor - it’s about having the right combination of factors that work together to create content that’s original, meaningful, and, ultimately, influential.