Search engine optimisation takes time to work

When it comes to websites, we all want our site to shoot to the top of the search engines and get a load of traffic to the site as soon as possible. If you opt to use Google Adwords then you can do this but it is often very costly. Alternatively, you may want to do some SEO on your site.

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, it is a way of optimising your site so that it ranks higher on the search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Many companies are now realising the importance of SEO and are turning to marketing companies to assist them with this.

It is important to remember that SEO is not a quick fix and it can take a period of time before you start to see any effect from it. Any changes that are made to a website, can take weeks to start to take affect and even months to see the full effect. You cannot simply have one month of SEO and expect to see your site suddenly soar up the search engine results pages.  It is also important to remember that it needs to be on going. If you stop doing SEO on your site then you can expect any positive affects you have had from it to start to diminish over time.

Ideally you should trial SEO for a minimum of 6 months but ideally 12 months to start to see the benefit.

Online marketing cannot be completed overnight

Many businesses make the mistake of thinking that online marketing is something that they need to do in one go a few times a year. They will often spend time and money on online marketing – start to see results and then wonder why they start to drop back down the search engines or lose traffic when they stop.
Online marketing offers a wide array of ways to market your business to people through the internet. It can be done through your website, social media sites or through email marketing for example.
It can be tricky to know which forms of online marketing you should invest in, especially if your budget is tight. Some forms of marketing are fairly expensive but offer quick instant results such as Pay per Click. Others will take months and months to build up but will cost less in the long run and should give you firm foundations to continue to build upon.
You need to allow 6 months or so to see if your online marketing in terms of link building and SEO is having a positive effect. Be aware that if you stop doing it you may find that all the hard work you have done to achieve the current positions you have starts to unravel.

Social media marketing on a budget

Do you already have a firm marketing budget in place? If so how much of that should you be putting towards social media marketing? We explore the budgets that small to medium businesses should be investing and what response you are likely to get from it.
According to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, marketers are allocating close to 10% of their budgets to social media marketing. This means if you have a budget of £10,000 per year for all your marketing then at least £1000 of that should go to social media, but this is not a lot when you split it up over monthly amounts. To get someone to work on your social media profiles you will probably have to look at putting at least £150- £200 a month towards it to be able to get some results. Too little budget will simply be lost and may give you very little rewards. If you are going to be doing the social media marketing yourself then you may be able to allocate this budget to just use on paid for social media ads rather than accounting for your time. Some experts suggest that it should be more like 25% of your total budget is invested in social media marketing especially in business to consumer industries.
Social media networks have evolved, from being platforms where you meet new friends – to a business hub – a way to promote brand awareness, share blog posts, encourage user content, and increase income.

Building up traffic to your site through social media marketing

Social media is being used more and more by businesses who are wanting to increase their presents online and also to get referring traffic to their website. One of the many advantages of social media is that it is free but if you want to go the extra mile then you may consider doing some paid for advertising such as Facebook ads.

The great thing with the paid for advertising is that you can tailor your ads to create a specific group of people to show it to. This allows you to keep control of your budget and ensure your ad is only showing to people it may be relevant to. If for example you had a product that was most relevant to people between the ages of 18-35 then you could create them as your target group. You can also narrow it down to only show to certain geographical locations.

When using social media to build up traffic to your site, you need to give people a reason to click on a link that is directed through to a page on your main website. This may be a competition where people have to complete their details on your site or you can give someone a few lines of an article and allow them to read the rest of it on your site.

Calls to action on your website

A website can be created to do many things such as to give more information about your company or as an online shop. Some sites are there purely for information and to inform visitors of the products or services your business sells, whilst others allow visitors to purchase off the website or login in to carry out certain tasks.

Even if you are only trying to gain enquiries through email, contact forms or telephone, every website needs to have call to action placements. The purpose of a Call to Action or CTA’s is to get the visitor to complete an action based on your recommendations. Some call to actions are simply a “click here” button that takes the viewer through to an enquiry form, whereas others will be stronger and require the customer to complete a purchase.

How a CTA is displayed can differ vastly from site to site and even from page to page with some being created to look like an advert you may see in a magazine to others simply showing a phone number to call or a live chat button to click on. It is important to give your visitors direction on your site so they find it easy to do what they came to and CTA’s are a great way of doing so.