Even with all the hype surrounding online marketing and advertising, very few people actually understand the techniques that work. Perhaps because it is so new and so much of the information about it has come from the media, not the actual internet. However, there are a few truths about marketing and advertising on the internet that all internet marketers should know.
The most important part of online marketing is getting customers to click through to your site. In order to do this, you need to build trust with your customers. If you have an attractive, free product that you offer, but your customer does not see the offer page or the price, they will not take the bait. To build trust, the words ‘free’buy’ are the first things you want to consider. If the product is too good to be true, they will think the same about the offer.
If you run a small affiliate store, there are ways to keep people coming back. For example, to get them to sign up for your newsletter, you can provide them with a bonus. A bonus you can offer for signing up would be a free gift. But do not forget the small print, since you need to tell them that you will be sending them something by mail. Otherwise, they may never return.
Another way to get customers to buy is to offer special offers, like ‘buy one, get one free.’ So when a customer enters their email address and creates an account, they will have access to a certain number of free items. This gives you a chance to try out different methods of promoting your products and services.
You can also use free gifts for direct marketing purposes. Give away emails to people who sign up for your newsletter. Email may sound funny, but many people put in their email addresses to send out newsletters. It will look funny if you send them a regular email with the special offer and the offer gets taken up. So use email marketing to get people to give you their email address.
Send out free email to people who have opted-in to your email list. This means that they have told you about you want to get to know them better.
One final method of online marketing is to combine traditional methods with online methods. This will allow you to target a wider market and give your business a little more exposure than you could otherwise do alone. By creating a ‘virtual’ office, which you will be able to access over the internet, you will find yourself surrounded by a number of prospects who are using the internet to find exactly what you offer.