The Internet has now become an important medium for product and service advertisements. Almost every company that can afford print, radio and TV advertisements have also ventured into placing ads on the Internet.
But with millions of websites out there being visited by millions of computer users, how can you make sure that your ad can be seen by your target customers and that your leads will be followed by these users? Here are a few tips.
- Place an ad on the websites frequented by your target customers. Before doing this, you need to define who will be your target customers. Placing an ad on sites that they usually visit will increase the possibility that your ad will gain attention and will be followed by your target customers.
Also, consider the website’s search engine placement, traffic, external linking and the other ads placed on it. External linking will determine if other sites link to this site. This will mean that people can get to the site where your ad is placed, even if they are browsing a different site. Check if many of your competitors have ads on this site.
- Placing ads on some sites cost some money. However, some sites can place a link to your site, product or service in exchange for having their link displayed on your site. This is also true about the newsletters sent by site owners to their mailing list members regularly.
Also, having helpful links placed on your site and having sites linked to your pages help in boosting search engine ranking. This is similar to making a statement that your site’s content is important and that other sites have links to your web pages.
- Pay-per-click (PPC) is also a good method in Internet marketing. You will only need to pay for the ad if the link is clicked. If you prefer this method of advertisement, make sure that you are using services that set limits on daily expenses. Some services help you determine effective keywords and monitor the PPC results.
- Choose your domain name wisely. It is still being debated if domain names matter when it comes to search engine placement. Whether it does or not, having product-related domain names help consumers remember your domain, and they can go back to your site even without the links.
- Make sure you have useful content on your sites. While keyword density is important in search engine placement, having useless information or annoying repetition of keywords will not increase your customer’s confidence in your site. It may even affect the traffic of your site and can get your site removed from search engines. So make sure that keywords are used strategically.
- When thinking of keywords, think like your target customers. What do you think are they going to search so they can get to your site? Also, use specific keywords or key phrases. Submitting a single word or a very general phrase to a search engine will not get you to the top of the search results compared to submitting specific keywords that describe your product and services perfectly.
- Track your ads. Always check how much you have spent on placing links on frequently visited sites and PPC. Some services allow you to monitor PPC transactions and how many of these end in sales. You always need to consider if the ads that you have placed on these websites are getting you to your target consumers and if these ads can lead to revenue.
One final tip on marketing products and services, sell the benefits. It will greatly help your marketing strategies if you highlight the benefits of choosing your products and services instead of merely discussing the product specifications. Product specifications may not mean much to customers unless they know what these stand for (how these specifications affect the quality of the product or service).
Many say getting to the top of search engine results is difficult since millions of websites exist that can be using the same keywords. While this is true, this doesn’t mean that your website has to be stacked under your competitors’ websites when presenting search engine results. Strategic advertising and linking with useful content can also get you to the top of the search results.