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 Work at Home Moms > General Internet Marketing Articles > Exploring New Marketing Techniques And Opportunities

Marketing Tactics and Opportunities

Marketing your business is essential. After all, if no body knows about your business, how will you make any money? If you’ve been in business for any length of time you’ve probably noticed that certain marketing tactics work quite well for you and others do not. The tendency is to stick with what works and let go of the rest. This is a good strategy, it saves resources and provides the best return on investment. However occasionally business owners become stuck in a marketing rut and forget to look at other marketing options that may in fact add a tremendous boost to their bottom line.

Let’s take a quick look at offline and online marketing tools you can use to build your business:

Direct Marketing. Many online business owners neglect the power of direct marketing and they could be missing out on a tremendous amount of profits and customers. Direct marketing takes many forms:

• Postcards
• Sales letters
• Coupons
• Brochures
• Newsletters

These items can all be printed and distributed to purchased, rented, or borrowed mail lists. When exploring direct marketing campaigns, start small. Direct marketing can be expensive. One of the most cost effective tools is the postcard. They’re inexpensive to mail and print. Spend time crafting a compelling offer, send it out to a hundred or more potential customers and track your results.

Article marketing is an excellent way to not only drive traffic to your website but to establish credibility as an expert and to generate publicity. Article marketing online involves writing articles and posting them on your website for visitors to read and posting them on the available article marketing websites. http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/freebies/article_distribute.htm offers a list of some potential article sites and you can even post articles here at Internet Based Moms. One important thing to include in every article you post on another website is a link back to your website.

Articles can also be written for relevant publications. If you own and operate a business that dropships camping and outdoor equipment, you can write an article for a camping magazine or your local outdoor club. Again, always include your website in your article bio.

Book publishing. The internet has made self publication a very simple and straight forward process. Having a book published in your name not only builds credibility, it can increase brand awareness and turn into a very powerful business card. Imagine being able to tell potential customers, “Let me send you my book.” Best of all, you can hire a ghostwriter to create the book which saves you a tremendous amount of time and POD options make it easy to print only the amount of books you need.

Advertising. Advertising can take many forms. You can advertise with banner ads, purchase ad space on a relevant businesses website or ezine, trade advertising space, and even take part in Google’s pay per click program. The key with advertising of any kind is to start small and track your results. You may find that a particular ad generates tons of traffic to your website but no conversions or sales and another ad generates few click throughs but results in a sale almost every single time.

Social Networking. Social networking encompasses a wide scope from MySpace to industry specific online forums and chat rooms. There is a forum dedicated to just about every topic under the sun. Focus your time and energy on a few forums that are relevant to your business, visit them, read the registration rules and a few posts. If it feels like a positive group and you’re allowed to post your website in your signature when you register, go ahead and register. Forums and social networking venues give you an opportunity to both learn from others and to provide value. As relationships are made, businesses and opportunities grow.

Speaking engagements. Get involved in your local community. Do you have a small business association? Is there a free university of community education program where you can teach a class? Getting involved in your community and speaking to interested groups can be a tremendous boost to your business. It will increase local exposure, public relations opportunities, and expose you to a whole new audience of customers and prospects.

Getting stuck in a marketing rut, while comfortable, may in fact hamper your businesses ability to grow. Exploring new marketing options can expose your business to an entirely new demographic, broaden opportunities and exposure, and increase brand awareness – all necessary for continued growth. For more information and resources visit http://www.internetbasedmoms.com/internet-marketing-tools/

 

 

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