Having a website used to be enough. But the rise of social media platforms and multiple online review websites has redefined what it means to have an Internet presence. Today’s consumers are online more than ever before, and their purchasing habits — even for major purchases like travel and lodging — have adjusted accordingly. From desktop computers and laptops to mobile devices and tablets, the traditional buying cycle has been replaced with customers expecting to engage directly with brands and businesses in a multitude of places — places they choose. “It’s about being available wherever your customers are,” said Roger Laurendeau, CEO of The Web Guys, a web design and Internet marketing agency in Carmel, Ind. “Sure you have a website, but you may just have missed out on acquiring a customer because they found a negative review on a Yelp listing you didn’t know you had, or because they … Continued
As you’ve probably noticed, public relations and advertising are important parts of running your business since these efforts help bring in more customers, who in turn help your business grow and succeed. If you’ve been trying to increase your PR presence, but you think you’ve exhausted all the possible outlets, think again. One way to up your PR presence on the web is to write a press release for your business. According to Wikipedia, “A press release, news release, media release, press statement or video release is a written or recorded communication directed at members of the news media for the purpose of announcing something ostensibly newsworthy.” Now, you might be thinking that you can’t write press releases because your business doesn’t do anything that is really “newsworthy,” but this isn’t true. If your company has recently started offering a new product or service, won a local award, or set … Continued
There are many companies on the Internet that claim to be legitimate and reputable Internet marketing firms. It can be difficult filtering through the grandiose claims each company makes in order to make a proper business decision. The best way to make the correct decision is to do your due diligence and follow the steps below: 1. Verify Their Company Information If the SEO company you are talking with gives you a physical address, Google the information they provide to make sure it’s a real location recognized by Google. Call the number they provide to see if they answer the phone, or if an answering service or automated system answers. This is important considering you need to be able to talk to your trusted SEO partner when you need to. 2. Talk To Current and Previous Customers One of the best ways to check up on a company before doing … Continued
Data from a recent survey from the Society of New Communications Research stated, “74% (of consumers) choose companies / brands based on others’ customer care experiences shared online.” In today’s world of Facebook, Twitter, online reviews, testimonials and news, a company’s reputation online can be made or destroyed in minutes.