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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Offline Website Marketing Tools

#1 – Put Your Website Address on Your Business Signs

If you are like my company we have spent thousands of dollars on advertising signs on our business at our location in Townsville Australia but it still amazes me as I visit other places and even countries, that businesses with really effective websites still do not advertise their web address on their signs.

Let me throw a few things at you … How would you like 37,000 per day to see you! You would do anything to get that sort of traffic wouldn’t you? Course you would. Well there are 200 – 300 business on the street where we are located and we have coming past our building everyday 37,000 vehicles, free traffic. Then why wouldn’t you as a business owner have your website address plastered all over your business signs. Do you realise that of the 200-300 business less than 10 actually have their website address on their business?

How crazy is that! This is free traffic. Never underestimate drive by traffic, and if you do not believe me then ask yourself a question, “Why do companies like Walmart, Harvey Norman, Coles Myer etc put their stores on main roads?” For the drive by traffic! It doesn’t matter whether you only get 100 cars a day or 1 million cars a day, having your website address on your signage means that as people go to work and see the address, they are more likely to have a look at your website as soon as they get to work than any other time. If a person has a particular need for your products, studies have shown, they are more likely to first check out your website, than actually come into your store.

#2 – Put Your Website Address On Your Vehicle

Just like the previous offline website marketing tool, this is a no brainer. If you have sign writing on your car for your business, would you forget to put your phone number on the car? Course Not (Mind you I have seen a few cars that have even forgot that) then why would you forget to put your website address on your car. If your business sells products and services via the internet, then you need to tell your customers where to find you.

30% of our car detailing traffic that I own actually comes from our vehicles and within that 30% over 60% of our business is derived from people seeing our cars on the road, then visiting our web address to see our prices and services and then booking their cars in. Never forget your website address on your vehicle.

#3 – Put Your Website Address in Your Yellow Pages Advertisement and White Pages Advertisement

The world seems to be obsessed with the Yellow Pages. It is truly a phenomenon. We page thousands of dollars to be in the Yellow Pages and the three things we check to make sure are in there are our Address, Telephone number and web address. Most people before they ring you, will in fact check out your website first. If the website address tells me nothing, then I simply move on to the one that has a website address that tells me what I need to know.

#4 – Put Your Website Address on Your Business Cards

Look this one is another one of those no brainers. Everybody in business should have an email address and website address and they should both appear on your business cards prominently. Since a large proportion of business these days is done through email then not having just your email address is costing your business. I know of some businesses that will not communicate with you through anything but email and the phone. They simply refuse to deal with people who have a fax because they want to save money.

Get your website address on your business cards. If you have only just gone and got them printed then go down to your local stationary supply company and buy some small stickers and stick them on the back. Might look tacky but at least your customers will know how to contact you.

#5 – Put Your Website Address on all Media Advertising

When ever you do any advertising at all, whether it is a leaflet drop or billboard advertising in Time Square (Nice if you can afford it) make sure that your website address is on the advertising. When people see your website address they are more likely to visit your site first before coming into your store. Many many important sales are made won or lost long before you ever see the customer and in many cases your website could be that deciding factor.

#6 – If you are sponsoring a Charity or Sports Group have your website included next to your name

If you have decided to sponsor a Charity or Charity Day or even a sport group then make sure that the Charity or Sporting group includes your Name and Your Website on their printed material. The human race is really quite bizarre as they are more likely to remember your website address than your telephone number. Just like before, if they see your details at a Charity or Sports function, then they are more likely to goto you then your competitors because your support your community, then make sure that the Charity or sporting group gives the customers a way to find you.

Remember to have your website address on all of their printed material and signage if possible.

#7 – Put Your Website Address on your Uniforms

One of the core reasons we give our staff uniforms is so that they are easily identifiable when they are out and about but more so, the uniforms make my staff walking billboards for my company. Most companies when developing their uniforms will only include their logos. My recommendation to everyone is to include your website address as well.

Many people have told me they have seen my staff at the shopping centre and seen our web address on their uniforms and that is how they have found us. Some of our biggest customers have come from the website address on their uniforms. This is one of the cheapest and free website marketing tools.

#8 – Put Your Website Address on all of your Business Merchandise

If you are creating merchandise to give to your customers, make sure you include your website address on the merchandise. In fact, it is less intrusive to include your website address on your merchandise than it is to include your telephone number. Let me give you an example. I am sitting in our business writing this article and I looked over at a Stainless steel mug that my brother gave me from Canada. The mug is a merchandise item from Prince George Savings Credit Union. I tried to look up their site and put in the usuals but all I got was spam sites. It was simply to hard for me to find them so I gave up.

I should note that this stainless steel mug takes pride and place on my desk in my office and I use it all the time. If they had their website address on this stainless steel mug then I could have easily looked up their website and maybe set up a bank account or invested some money with them but they have made it too difficult to do so.

If your merchandise is designed to push your name or market you in the workplace, then make sure you make it easy for your customers to find you. Remember, most people will go to your website rather then to call or visit your store first, simply to avoid the heavy sell.

#9 – Incorporate Your Website Address Into Your Logo

When I work with our SEO clients and their business coaches one of the things we look at is their logo. When I first setup our training and car detailing business, one of the things I did was to incorporate our website address in the logo. The core advantage to this is that where ever our logo is our website address is and it allows people to find an easy way to contact you.

Often when you are sponsoring teams at football games, the only information about you they allow is your logo. This means sometimes that it can be difficult to find you but if you include your website address in your logo, your customers will always have a sure fire way to find you.

#10 – Put Your Website Address On Your Press Releases

When ever you release a press release ensure that you put your website address on it. Many a time, media companies will actually include your website address, in particularly when they post information about your press release on their websites. I have noticed a trend at MSNBC, Ninemsn and CNN to do this. The advantage to you as the website owner is that the link they include in the text will be treated as a high quality link than any other, because most of these three sites have PR rankings of 8 or more which means this will help you in your webpage rankings in the search engines.

The other point to this is that you may find a traffic peak whilst your article is actually visible. For example, as a proud Australian I was heartbroken to hear about the death of Steven Irwin an Australian Icon and Legend and a proud Queenslander like me but when their family did the press releases they included the Wild Life Warriors website address on the press release. Virtually every single media outlet around the world has posted the website address on their websites which means this website is doing outstandingly well. At least in this tragic circumstance there will be some good come out of it.

 

Why Marketing Plan is Important?

# Figure out how much money is in your budget.

As we all know, marketing of any kind costs money. How much money you are willing to commit to the cause is going to determine some key factors about how that money can be best spent. Remember, you want to be economical but you also need to be realistic on what it will take to pull in the leads you need to close new and repeat business.

# Determine your target market.

Who is most likely to buy your product? Are they married? Are they business owners? What is their income level? These are the people that you want to target. One of the most common mistakes in marketing is answering “Everyone” to the question “Who is your target market?” It may be that you have more than one target market, but there is no product in the world that appeals to each and every person. Even Coca-Cola targets different people with different messages. Decide who is MOST LIKELY to buy what you have to sell and target them. Your message to teenagers will be different than your message to housewives even if the product is exactly the same. Different markets may require different mail pieces or advertisements.

## Using the Right Mailing List.

In making sure that your message is getting across to the right people – people who are in the market for what you’re offering – it usually comes down to finding the right mailing list.

There is a great deal to know about mailing lists. There are pointers you could follow when buying a mailing list that tell you what to watch for in a mailing list company to make sure they’re reputable. They are:

i) Get references. Talk to other people that have purchased mailing lists from that company.

ii) Do they guarantee on delivery? That means due to the inevitable number of bad addresses there are in a list, can they still guarantee a high percentage of deliverable addresses. That number should be 90% or better. People move all the time so a mailing list company cannot guarantee 100% deliverability – but they should guarantee at least 90%.

iii) How often do they update their information? They should be able to answer this question and should be updating their information monthly.

You can get burnt on mailing lists – it is the most expensive part of your campaign. Ask friends who own businesses. Don’t just purchase from the first person that tries to sell you mailing lists. Do your research.

# Select what media to use. (i.e., Direct Mail, Television, Radio, etc.

This decision will depend on both your budget and your target market. If you have not done a good deal of marketing in the past we recommend picking one media to start. This is much easier to keep track of and you will better be able to tell whether or not it is working. Also, since repetition is the key to marketing success, using one media to begin with will help you reach the same people multiple times. If you run a newspaper ad and send out a postcard, you run the risk of the majority of the people only seeing your ad once. However, if you send out the postcard twice you can guarantee that you get your message to the same people twice and you will start to build recognition.

Once you are getting the returns that you want from the first media, or if you decide that it is not working for you, you can branch out into another form of advertising. Over time you will build up a very diverse
marketing plan.

# Make a Schedule and Stick with It.

Figure out how many people you have in your target market. For this example we will use Direct Mail Marketing. If you have a mailing list of people in your target market that has 1500 names, figure out how many times per month you can mail a postcard to them and still stay within your monthly budget. Once you come up with this number, do it!

How to Identify who Our Ideal Clients Are?

Here is the best way to do this. I recommend (right now) writing down traits that your best, ideal clients have. Think about the people you LOVE working with more than anything else. If you dont have anybody in mind, think about what they will be like when you do meet them. Let me give you a few traits of my ideal client…

My ideal client is friendly to work with. They have money and can afford to hire me. They are interested in marketing and growing their business. They like to learn new things as much as I do. We learn from each other. They provide feedback on my work. They pay me on time. They have ongoing work. They challenge me. Underneath it all they love helping people (even if they are not in healthcare). We are friends and enjoy each others company. I could go on, but this gives you an idea of what we’re trying to do here.

On the same piece of paper farther down the page write down things you don’t want in your clients – so you can identify these bad traits when you come across them. For example…I don’t want clients that don’t pay in a timely manner. I don’t want to work with clients that are not open to my suggestions — clients that think they know everything. I don’t want clients that only care about making money and not doing the right thing. I don’t want clients that are always in a rush and frantically running behind.

You get the idea.

Taking the time to think about and identify the traits of the people you want to work with, or attract, will help you know them when you see them.