By now, you can plainly see that an expertly crafted Internet marketing campaign can open up a whole new world of opportunities for your business. You may be tempted to jump right in. However, it is important that you take the time to create a plan and coordinate all of your online marketing efforts. Otherwise, you will likely cause confusion among consumers. And, these days, the typical web savvy consumer can spot a company with a disorganized online presence from a mile away.
Marketing on the internet allows you to overcome barriers of distance. You can easily reach billions of consumers in other cities, provinces, and countries, which can widen your target market. This can enable you to drastically increase your revenue by marketing to audiences that were previously unavailable to you—you no longer just have to rely on placing flyers on car windshields in your small neighbourhood.
Online reviews have become one of the most important components in purchasing decisions by consumers in North America. According to a survey conducted by Dimensional Research which included over 1000 participants, 90% of respondents said that positive online reviews influenced their buying decisions and 94% will use a business with at least four stars. Interestingly, negative reviews typically came from online review sites whereas Facebook was the main source of positive reviews. Forrester Research predicts that by 2020, 42% of in-store sales will be from customers who are influenced by web product research.
Your Brand Persona and Target Audience. When you eventually start creating content, you have to know who you’re talking to and tailor your brand voice to appeal to them uniquely. If you aren’t targeting the right audience (those people who will lean in to hear what you’re saying), you won’t find success. And, if you can’t find a way to stand out, you’ll blend into the hordes of other brands competing for attention in your industry.