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7 Internet Marketing Tips for Small Business

Jinger Jarrett
May 16, 2008
If you're running a small business, you probably don't have the employees, if any, or the working capital for a big budget internet marketing campaign, or any marketing campaign.

You may even have to write and submit your own marketing materials when you're first starting out. That doesn't mean you can't create an effective marketing campaign for your business.

You can. You may have to limit the number of different ways you market, or you may have to do less, like writing and submitting articles. If you do just a little each day to market your business though, it will pay off. Consistency is the most important element of marketing your business. You have to let others know about your business, and there are plenty of ways to do it.

You'll also find plenty of information available on the internet to help you decide how you want to market your business, as well as help you decide if you want to spend any money in marketing your business.

Here are several tips to help you you get more from your internet marketing, as well as business building efforts.

1. Create your own website. You want to give a professional appearance on the internet, but it's really not as hard as you think. There are plenty of website building tools and scripts available you can use, and many free ones too, to help you give your business a professional appearance.

2. Make email marketing a priority. List building is absolutely crucial to your marketing efforts when you're building a business online. Sending email is free, making it available for everyone. Building a list is one of the easiest ways to recycle your traffic and earn more money from the same amount of traffic.

Those who've joined your list, whether you're offering a newsletter or some other premium, have asked for your offers. You can use these offers to help you build a relationship, increase your conversions, and make more money. Vistors who have agreed to receive your offers are far more valuable than wasting your time sending out through services who promise to send your emails to 100,000,000 people.

3. Get involved in social networking sites as well as groups. Not only do you get a chance to connect with your potential customers, but you can build relationships with potential business partners. You may even have the opportunity to swap products and services and apply leverage to your business.

4. Write articles that target your specific market and encourage visitors to visit your site. Article writing allows you to create effective marketing messages without "selling" your visitors. If you sell services, articles are especially beneficial for showing your visitors you can solve their problems.

Writing articles, building blogs, and sending out press releases are all effective ways to write about your business. Because your visitors are looking for answers to their problems, you can use your writing skills to adapt your products and services to meet customer needs, as well as show your expertise.

5. Implement a search engine strategy for your business from the beginning. One of the easiest ways to reach your targeted to market is to understand what they're searching for and then create content, as well as optimize your site for those terms.

If you don't know what searchers are searching for, or you don't know what keywords best describe your business, then you really don't know your market.

Search engines are the primary way I use to find things online, and millions of others do the same. If you don't implement a search engine strategy, you're likely not be found online, or worse, you'll be found under the wrong keywords. Why make it harder to connect with your market?

6. Connect with media in your area. Get to know these people. You are more likely to get your press releases and other news accepted if you can connect with the local media.

Although public relations online allows you to connect more easily with not just the media but your market too, sometimes the most valuable press you can receive are from publications related specifically to your market.

7. Regardless of whether your product is physical or digital, giveaways can sometimes help you get more business. Coupons for your products and services are also another way of connecting with your market and introducing others to your products and services.

Remember to develop your marketing strategy for your business based on what you know, as well as how you can help your target market solve its problems. Fine tune your marketing plan as you go along, and you will succeed.
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Jinger Jarrett is the author of the book, "Internet Marketing for Free: The GUIDE." It's available on Amazon.
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