When it comes to online marketing, everyone starts off thinking they know how to do it. But, the truth is, online marketing is not very different from other types of marketing. The tool is different, but the way you go about it really isn’t.
You still need to understand who your audience is, what your product or service is, and know how to explain to your audience why it will solve their problems and why you are the one to offer it.
The following mistakes can lead to problems with getting more business.
1. Not Sticking to One Brand
Don’t try to recreate your brand for every social media network. Keep the same brand image, slightly changed up for each network’s platform and features. You want your customers to know who you are, no matter where they connect with you.
2. Not Watching Your Competitors
You don’t want to copy your competitors, but watching them will help you stay one step ahead of them. Be aware of what type of products and/or services your competition provides and be ready to do them one better.
3. Not Having a Goal
It’s imperative that for each type of marketing you do, you have a goal in mind. Whether it’s content marketing, pay-per-click marketing, or social media marketing, having a goal to reach will help you know whether or not you’ve accomplished your mission. Plus it will help you know how to move forward.
4. Not Having Diverse and Regular Content
It’s no longer enough to simply put up 500-word blog posts and expect to get a loyal following. Today you need longer blog posts, video, podcasts, infographics, memes and more to ensure that you are reaching all parts of your audience.
5. Not Having an Email List
It’s surprising how many business owners there are who don’t realize the importance of building an email list for successful online marketing. But it’s true; some people don’t build an email list, and they should.
6. Not Having Well-Written Content
You can’t just slap anything up and expect it to be successful when it comes to content marketing. You need original, unique content that speaks directly to your audience. In addition, you need curated content from other experts which you comment on.
7. Not Focusing on Benefits over Features
It’s tempting to discuss all the features of your product or service instead of the benefits. All marketing messages, even on your “about us” page, need to be focused on your client and how your products or services benefit them. That can be difficult to wrap your brain around sometimes, but it is imperative in order to get more conversions.