If you are just starting out a new business, whether it be online or off, you might be overwhelmed when thinking of how you are going to promote it. I don’t blame you. After putting a lot of time, thought, and effort into getting a business up and running, you certainly want people to know about it. And, word of mouth and repeat customers take a while to build up.
So, many of the successful businesses have put a little effort and money into promoting it right in the beginning. However, not all businesses that are starting up have the luxury of excess money to spend on the expensive trappings of traditional advertising.
However, I just listened to a Coffee Talk podcast with James Martell. He is a very successful internet marketer and has been sharing tips and advice for over a decade to those who also want to be successful in online business. His guest on this particular episode was Rusty Wood, another successful internet marketer. They had some interesting tips for avoiding the high cost of traditional advertising.
Out with the Old
It used to be that businesses had to rely on print advertising such as newspapers, magazines, and the Yellow Pages. Unfortunately, they were very expensive and could cost in the thousands for just one decent ad. Even more unfortunate, some of those options lasted a day, maybe a week.
They will still love to take your money, but I would avoid it. Print media is being pushed away by consumers, as they are flocking to the Internet for gathering their information. I can’t remember the last time I even had a Yellow Pages book in the home.
So, if consumers are turning to the Internet, you need to as well. Of course, that means it would probably be a good idea to have a good website. If that intimidates you, have no fear…
Building a functional and high-quality website no longer requires a degree, or even deep pockets to develop. In fact, you could build one yourself in a very short time…and for free.
James and Rusty gave great reviews for WordPress, which is a tool for professionals and amateurs alike to easily develop a professional website. Many people are using it with great success, due to the ease of use, and variety of themes and plugins to work with…in fact, almost 20,000 plugins to date.
You can update and change your content anytime you want, and again…for free.
There are many Social Medias you can take advantage of when it comes to promoting your website. Here are the top 3 you should take advantage of:
So many people have accounts through these sites, so the exposure could be great, if you utilize them effectively. First, create a page for your business on all of them, and load it with information and photos of whatever your business is all about. For example, if your business involves ordering checks by mail, place photos of the most unique styles you have to offer, along with the traditional. And, if you have a link on the page, then people can go directly to your site.
Pinterest in particular is growing exceptionally fast, among business owners as well. People search the site for various things they are interested in. So, I would recommend placing as much information and photos as you can on this one.
And, always communicate with your ‘guests’. In other words, if someone posts a question, make sure to answer it as quickly as you can, with relative information.
Use Google+ Local to replace the Yellow Pages. It’s free and used by many people as a source for locating businesses. In fact, Google is the number one search engine, and actively drives traffic to sites they favor. I’ll get into their rankings, in a minute.
First, I want to emphasize the importance of creating a full and appealing profile on this site. You will be able to put your business name, phone number, address, what you have to offer, hours, photos, videos, and more. Another perk about Google+ Local is that you can change and update information whenever you want, and all for free.
When listening to James and Rusty, I heard a story about Dr. Jeri Anderson, a chiropractor who only uses the free Internet marketing I’ve been discussing. She has been very pleased with the results, as an average of 4 new patients come to see her each week.
The last thing I want to touch on is ranking with Google. They are a powerful search engine that can really help drive traffic to your door. However, they are very choosy in their rankings. If you have high quality content, Google will notice and rank you high, presenting your site to people who are searching, typically by relative keywords.
So, make sure you offer informative and relative content that will benefit the seekers. It’s also important to update and refresh content to keep readers interested.
There you have it. You have many easy and effective options to advertise your business, and the best news is that they are at no cost to you.
About the Author
As a freelance writer, Mark Harris often looks to the Internet for inspiration on new projects. For instance, he was visiting www.buychecksbymail.com, when he thought about writing a series on online business and their financial concerns. Mark and his wife reside in White Rock, B.C. where he enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible. He’s an avid hiker and kayaker, and often enjoys a stroll on the local beaches.