Some digital marketing agencies will tell you that SEO planning is primarily a technical activity, inferring that clients are unable to provide any meaningful input into their search engine optimisation strategy.
Whilst it is undeniably true that SEO is a technical process to some degree, it’s not all as technical as it used to be. The only way to rank in today’s search engines is to create a digital strategy that is supported by search engine algorithms.
And that’s not to say the technical performance of your website is not important. It is. A website has to load quickly, be intuitive to navigate, be responsive across all devices, and provide a great user experience (aka ‘UX’).
There are very few businesses that don’t have a sales function. The generation of leads is an absolute must for a healthy sales pipeline, and they must be of sufficient quality and quantity to meet the financial goals of the business plan and to deliver its projected sales forecasts. That is why a search engine optimisation (SEO) marketing strategy is always worth considering…
There are very few organisations that would not benefit from being active in social media marketing strategy – and that includes start-ups and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), to whom this article is predominantly aimed. There is no one-size fits all solution when it comes to any form of marketing activity. Different companies have unique needs, and what is right for one, might be wrong for another. Getting the strategy right is, therefore, key. We must always remember that a digital marketing strategy forms part of an overall sales and marketing plan that works in conjunction with the strategic and creative brand proposition to deliver the financial objectives outlined in the business plan. This relationship cannot be stressed enough. All elements ought to be clearly aligned to ensure that an authentic strategy is created.
It almost goes without saying that it is inconceivable to think of any business that would not benefit from having a better website design – one that helps to fulfil its key objectives, which for most companies is to create sufficient awareness and interest in the products and services that the company is involved with to take the next step (e.g. place an order/ask for more information/request a meeting/etc.).
When people talk about recognition and reward programmes, they normally think they involve sending top performing sales people to a VIP location to rub shoulders with senior management. These types of rewards do have their place, of course. But there is so much more finesse that can be applied which will help to improve the strategic efficacy of the campaign.
When we talk about online marketing, we predominantly refer to search engine optimisation (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, and social media. The general objective of these activities is to drive traffic to a website and/or to perform an action that leads to a sales conversion, either directly or indirectly.