Modern marketing offers several opportunities that weren’t available even a decade ago. In this modern world of virtual office environments and cloud computing, you can sell just about anything online; this opens you and your company up to a worldwide audience, no matter where you’re starting from. The Internet is the great equalizer. Webpages are the new storefronts. Money is less necessary to make those storefronts appealing to potential customers than creativity is, but four fundamentals remain.
Modern Marketing Understands Top-of-Mind Awareness
Just as it is for businesses inside a traditional shopping mall, your target market is a fluid and ever-changing stream of old and new customers. You need to stay in front of them. Why? So that, when they’re ready to buy what you’re selling, they’ll recall your company ahead of all the others. In the world of advertising, sales, and marketing, this is known as creating top-of-mind awareness.
Some of the traditional ways that businesses create top-of-mind awareness are to place regular ads on television, radio, and billboards, or in print media outlets such as magazines and newspapers. Repetition is the key to success in any advertising campaign, and this can get pretty expensive in these traditional arenas. We’re talking hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars per month to run enough ads to achieve top-of-mind awareness with the general public, depending on how large a trading area you’re trying to reach. Luckily, there is a virtually free online alternative known as blogging that utilizes the power of keywords to draw people in from anywhere in the world that has Internet access; there is also the benefit of free social media websites to super-charge those blogging campaigns.
Modern Marketing is Cost-Effective and Unobtrusive
In addition to cost-effectiveness, possibly the greatest benefit to blogging and social media marketing is that these are unobtrusive forms of advertising. Traditional advertising methods (e.g., print media, television, radio, and billboards) try their best to “interrupt” customers into noticing them. Blogging appeals to the audience that is already in the market for your products and services. No need to try to interrupt anyone to gain his or her interest; if he or she is typing those keywords into a search engine to try to find you, it’s because he or she is already interested in what you have to offer. All you have to do is to be there in the top organic search engine results. And voilà! You’ve got your prospective customer’s attention and hopefully some new business to go with it.
Modern Marketing Uses an Attractive, Accessible Storefront
All your blogging and social media marketing efforts will be profitless unless you’re using those vehicles to consistently redirect people to the webpage where they can buy your product or service. We live in an “instant soup” society filled with customers that want quick and easy solutions to their problems. So, make it quick and easy for them to find the place to buy from you once they’ve read that compelling blog post or viewed that interesting tweet on Twitter. And make the page so attractive, they’ll want your book, product, or service even more.
Modern Marketing Includes Convenient, User-friendly Purchase Options
Some people are more comfortable with online shopping than others are. One customer may want to pay for a purchase using PayPal. Another will prefer to pay via the credit card of their choice. And there are still those individuals who would really appreciate an old-fashioned “pay by cheque or money order” option. As such, the more purchase options you can provide, the more convenient and user-friendly your online storefront will appear. It’s the equivalent of casting a much wider net to catch a greater variety of fish.
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