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Why Are Many People Struggling with Internet Marketing?

Why Are Many People Struggling with Internet Marketing?

 

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Millions of people are struggling with Internet marketing everyday. How do I know this is true?

Consider this. Have you ever been to an Internet marketing discussion forum? The Warrior Forum is a great one.

In a discussion forum you can ask questions and interact with other members. One of the most common threads that continually comes up is the best way to do various things as they pertain to Internet marketing.

Of course Internet marketing is where you are going to market in various ways online. This is constantly changing and it leaves many people extremely confused.

Struggling With Internet MarketingWhen you get right down to it most people are struggling with Internet marketing because they do not have Internet marketing skills. I remember a fairly well known Internet marketer once saying that the best thing you can do is master one or two Internet marketing traffic generation skills.

Think about that! You need to become an expert on getting traffic to your website and the best way to do that is to become an expert in one or two methods.

This does not mean that you should jump around and try the new idea of the day club. If you’re subscribed to anyone’s mailing list that does Internet marketing you are going to be bombarded with the newest and greatest thing on a regular basis.

Nothing wrong with that except it does take away from your focus on what you’re currently doing. You should be spending the majority of your time getting website traffic and not purchasing the newest method for making money.

Successful Internet marketing is all about setting up a system and putting in the work. You may do a lot of the work yourself or you might outsource some of it.

You might do paid advertising or focus on free advertising. The point is you need to get a system in place and stick with it. Find one or two ways of driving traffic to your website and really become good at that.

What do I suggest if you are struggling with internet marketing?

If you have funds the fastest way to get traffic to a website is but solo ad clicks  and  to do pay per click advertising. Google Adwords is the largest PPC program, but there are many other effective options.

For example, Yahoo and Bing have combined forces to create a very good PPC advertising program. There are other programs such as 7search where you can find extremely affordable advertising that will work depending on the niche you’re in.

Of course you can also do free advertising such as article marketing, forum posting, placing classified ads, and so on. All of these things will work if you become an expert on how to do them correctly.

There’s not a lot of overnight success that comes from marketing online. If you’re struggling with Internet marketing chances are you’re either not doing it correctly, or your have not focused on one thing for a long enough period of time to see if it will work for you.

Become an Internet marketing expert in the way you choose and watch your results improve dramatically over time.

 

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The Shocking Reason Some Businesses are Still Struggling in the Online Marketing

The Shocking Reason Some Businesses are Still Struggling in the Online Marketing

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Why do you think so many marketers have a hard time cutting through the clutter and reaching more customers online? Take a guess before you read the next line because in a moment I’ll show you some data that might surprise you.

Do you think marketers struggle because they don’t have a social presence? Do you think it’s because their competitors are outranking them? Is it bad content? A poorly designed website?

Or what if it was something that very few marketers are even thinking about? Just take a guess at what the biggest obstacles are, and let’s see what the data says about how close you are…

The Naked Truth About Online Marketing

Go to any authority website or magazine and look for an article on business growth. I bet you my shirt that 99% of them give marketing advice. Everyone seems to think it’s about marketing. Could this be why only 1% of 1% of small businesses ever grow? The data suggests that if you want to grow your business, you might need to look to the internet for more than just marketing.

For starters, did you know that (according to MediaPost), 45% of B2B businesses are now using some kind of automation software, but less than 20% of small businesses have started automation in their marketing?  The study also found that small companies who use automation tools in their marketing are almost 50% MORE likely to report revenue growth.

Think about that one for a moment, are your competitors using automated marketing tools? Are you okay with them having something which you know will increase their sales? Meanwhile, are you trying to increase your sales by using out of date methods and technology?

So if you want to grow your business using the internet, marketing isn’t the only thing you need to consider. You also need the right technology.

That’s not that only paradigm buster either.

Depending on the stats you read, anywhere from 7 to 9 out of ten customers will consult online peer reviews before making a buying decision. Yet only 43% of B2B leaders believe their company could respond to a negative online review or post within 24 hours. More than 10% of companies stated that they don’t doanything to respond to negative comments (source: The Backup List).

Most marketers are obsessed with making sales, while customer service is viewed as an afterthought. But over a trillion dollars which are spent OFFLINE are spent by customers who claim that their decision was “web influenced.” (source: Forrester Research). What are those customers looking for?

Advertisements or peer reviews and high quality information? Do you think your customer service practices impact whether your customers leave positive or negative reviews online?

Do You Know What Your Customers Really Want?

Finally, e-Strategy Trends, reported that while 76% of marketers believe they know what their customers want, only 34% have bothered to ask. Are you starting to see the trends here? Marketers are still applying the same “in your face” direct marketing tactics and thinking that’s the key to business growth.

But the internet has changed the way people make buying decisions. If you want to stand out today, you need to educate your prospective customers, not just market to them. You need to take great care of your existing customers and watch your online reputation like a hawk.

If you’re not doing this, you might be one of the 76% of marketers who assumes that they know what their customers want. If you’re ready to team up with a company who can increase your positive online reputation and your rankings, you need to call MSI right now. Don’t just assume you know what to do. If you’re not growing today, chances are you won’t start growing until something changes.

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Online Marketing: A Checklist for Struggling Businesses

Online Marketing: A Checklist for Struggling Businesses

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For the past several weeks,it has been posted topics ranging from social media optimization to creating headlines for business blogs. We understand that most of these topics are overwhelming when taken individually, which is why we created the below checklist to help online marketers get their content strategies back on track for those struggling in business & avoiding burnout.

Social Media

Creating social media from scratch is one of the more challenging aspects of content creation. It’s essential, of course, especially when platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are capable of pushing your content out to more readers and potential converts (i.e., site visitors who sign up for newsletters, buy products, or perform any other pro-marketing action).

The first step for all of these profiles is to create accounts. Next, you need to fill out the various info sections (links to sites, “about us,” etc.) and use a profile picture that emphasizes brand awareness.

Facebook

  1. Post links to original content and info relating to your business on a daily schedule.
  2. Intermix “marketing posts” with outbound links to related articles, infographics, visuals, and anything else that could generate follower interaction.
  3. Find pages, groups, and organizations that align with your business. Share their content when appropriate.
  4. Like, share, and respond to followers at all times.

Twitter

  1. Start by posting several tweets a day with relevant hashtags and links.
  2. Follow industry-related businesses, organizations, and professional Twitter handles on a regular basis (Note: Your “Following” and “Followers” should be even).
  3. Repurpose Facebook-style content and don’t be nervous posting anything that comes to mind (as long as it’s appropriate for marketing).

Google+

  1. Emphasize the profile creation and make sure all open fields are filled out.
  2. Like FB and Twitter, add professionals and other businesses into your circles.
  3. Use G+ as a sounding board for the rest of your content, but make sure the posts are original.

Blog

Blogs are where everything happens. Whether you have dedicated pages on your site or run a blog through a WordPress platform, these are much different than everyday websites. For one, you always need to be creating posts. What kind of posts? Anything that is interesting, entertaining, and related to your business and marketing campaign. Here are a few tips for getting a blog rolling:

  1. Start by posting twice a day. One can be shorter, perhaps commentary on a trending news article, but the other needs to be highly informative (like a how-to) and lasting.
  2. Actively monitor comments, follows, likes, and re-blogs. Your first wave of followers will help your business blog reach new readers.
  3. Organize content into pages and comprehensive lists.
  4. Every post needs to be shared through social media.

Now, a few pieces of advice for maximizing the effectiveness of every post:

  1. Headlines need to be attention-grabbing and tease at what readers will learn.
  2. Use links to increase authority and exposure to other websites.
  3. Multimedia is a refreshing way to break up big chunks of content. Use pictures, videos, infographics, charts, and even cartoons to illustrate your articles.
  4. Always have a call-to-action or “About the Author” section at the end to help readers “learn more” (i.e., visit your business’ site).

Website

Company websites are what tie blogs and social media together. Without a solid website, businesses lose out on a huge chunk of marketing potential. Every site is different, of course, especially when businesses hire outside contractors to create them. Even so, businesses need to be on the lookout for a number of market-friendly tools, including:

  1. Obvious social media buttons leading to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
  2. A news-style section that links visitors to dedicated blog pages.
  3. A completely filled out About Us and Contact section.
  4. Easy-to-use navigation bars.
  5. A landing page plus a home page (one is for selling; the latter for explaining what a company does).

 

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Struggling with Burnout

Struggling with Burnout

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During the last couple of weeks I went from ‘hit the ground running’ to running a marathon with one goal in mind – to just get caught up. Sometimes when you are trying to get caught up, the everyday stuff just doesn’t get done. In fact it felt a bit like a mud run – rigorous and messy.

For three months I have been working 7 days a week, sometimes 10-14 hours a day. That is not good for either your mental or physical health and I found myself struggling with burnout. So I made a decision to let some stuff go.

All of you, at one time or another have experienced burnout, and you know what I mean. Many of you are balancing a couple of businesses, and you’re hoping at some point that one of the businesses you are running will actually support the lifestyle that you desire.

So how do you know when it is time to ‘let go’? To shift your focus from the multitude of goals that are just not working anymore, and redefine where you are going and what you are going to accomplish.

Let’s look at some clues that you are struggling with ‘burnout’;

1. You can’t escape the stress.

2. You are always feeling tired and weak, achy all over

3. You stop pay attention to the details

4. You become forgetful

5. Instead of striving to be the best, you strive for being good enough.

6. You are no longer excited about the work, you’ve lost the passion to be the best

7. No time for family or friends

8. Your voice mail or email inbox is full of unanswered mail

9. You haven’t seen sunlight in days

10. Life is just not FUN anymore.

These are all classic signs of burnout, and I was struggling with every one of them – so how do you recover from burnout?

Step 1. Examine any resentment that you are feeling towards your work.

Dig deep to find out what are the root causes of your burnout. Now would be a good time to start a stress diary; document what is causing the stress and make note of the things you need to change to avoid that stress.

Step 2. Focus on your physical health.

I have been so stressed that I have not been eating right or exercising, and my sleep has been been affected. Now might be a good time to focus on foods that fight stress;

  • The complex carbs in whole grain cereals and breads increase the serotonin levels in the brain, boosting your mood and helping you relax.

  • Calcium (in cottage cheese) relaxes your muscles, ginger aids in pain relief,

  • Avocados have lots of potassium which will lower your blood pressure,

  • Broccoli and other vegetables with B vitamins and folic acids relieve stress, anxiety and depression

  • One cup of spinach provides enough magnesium to fight irritability, indigestion, fatigue and stress,

  • A small handfull of nuts provides enough selenium to fight depression, fatigue and anxiety, Strawberries, raspberries and blue berries provide vitamin C which helps curb the levels of the stress hormone cortosol

  • Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and tuna can help balance stress hormones, fight heart disease and tame mood swings.

  • Bedtime foods; a glass of milk provides the necessary calcium to sooth anxiety and calm mood swings, and a whole grain crackers of toast provide the serotonin to help you relax and fall asleep more quickly.

Exercise fights stress and I have all but given up on it due to time constraints. Oh sure, I’ve exercised here and there, but not enough to really fight the stress I’ve been dealing with. So, now that I have let some stuff go, I’m committing to at least a ½ hour a day, 6 days a week… stay tuned I will let you know if I have been able to do that.

Getting enough sleep has always been a problem for me since my early twenties. However, most of the time I make it a priority and even if I can’t sleep, I usually crawl into bed between 9- 10pm – except during the last couple of months when I was working late, sometimes til 1am.

Step 3. Reassess your goals.

Burnout occurs when your work is out of alignment with your long term goals and values. You are experiencing frustration because things have shifted and you no longer know what your goals are. It’s time to reassess and redefine your goals;

You all should have a mission statement, and if you don’t it is time to think about gives you meaning in your work and write one. A mission statement helps you define the elements (or goals) that you need to work efficiently, with integrity and focus.

My mission statement is: Committed to providing simple, smart SEO strategies that empower small business to compete with big business on a level playing field, regardless of budget.

If you find that your current role at your job or in your business does not line up with your mission statement, then it is time to reassess your goals and get them back in line with your mission.

Step 4. Learn how to say NO politely

It’s a good idea to not only shed some responsibility, but also to learn how to say NO to requests for your time and energy that are not in line with your goals and mission statement. Learn how to say Yes to the person, but No to the task.

This might mean that instead of spending time one-on-one with someone, an alternative might be to provide a step-by-step written guide on how to accomplish the task that the person needs help with. The added advantage of a written guide is that once it is created it can be shared over and over again, thus saving you a ton of time in the long run.

Step 5. Remember the power of positive thinking.

By nature, I am a positive thinker. In fact I believe that each morning when I get up, I make a decision to be happy… and most of the time that works. However, when you are struggling with burnout – sometimes it is hard to see the ‘positive’ in a situation.

Here are some ideas for readjusting your attitude to ‘happy’.

  • Make a list of all of the things you have to be thankful for. At the end of each day read that list… and count your blessings.

  • Make a list of things you want to accomplish, then celebrate each of those accomplishments; go out to dinner, buy yourself something you want but don’t need, host a party… and count your blessings.

  • At the end of each day, think about the one great thing you did that day at work, or at home… and count your blessings.

  • Understand that things will not always go as planned, but everything happens for a reason, look for that reason… and count your blessings.

  • Read positive and inspiring books. These books serve to encourage you, inspire you, and teach you. By focusing on something positive, it helps you keep a positive mindset… and count your blessings.

  • When you are feeling sorry for yourself, take a look around you – you will see someone in way worse shape than you are… and count your blessings.

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