Time and again, question come up on how to promote your business online. There are a plethora of options available these days on how to go about it. This article focusses on small businesses who are running on a tight budget.
1. Keep working on your SEO for organic traffic
Search Engine Optimization or SEO can be a very helpful tool for businesses in getting that organic traffic on your website. Every conscious website owner wants to get the business online so the SEO constantly evolves and that’s why it’s important to keep up with trends.
2. Go that extra mile with SMO for social traffic
Social Media Optimization or SMO enhances your company’s presence and online reputation through interactive communities. These days SMO is not just Facebook and Twitter, but also blogs, forums, and anywhere your business is mentioned or linked to socially.
3. PPC helps you get traffic in-organically
Pay Per Click or PPC is a model of internet marketing in which advertisers pay a fee each time one of their ads is clicked. Essentially, it’s a way of buying visits to your site, rather than attempting to “earn” those visits organically. Each month set up a small budget for promoting your business online through ads offered through google, Facebook or LinkedIn based on what type of business you are running.
4. List your business online
Google Places makes it easier for someone to search and find your business on google maps. This can be done by filling a form and getting verified through a confirmation process. Yahoo Local and Bing have a similar service but nothing beats good ol’ google.
5. Start a blog
A good informative blog can help you attract customers and gain good followers in the online circuit. Obviously, you need to be always current on the topics and remember that an abandoned blog is as good as not having a blog.
6. Multimedia on YouTube and Flickr
The zero-cost way to distribute creative promotional videos is just few clicks away. Always make sure that the content of your video is relevant to your business. There is nothing more annoying than watching a video that has nothing to do with your business.