Three High-Impact Fixes for Your Marketing Woes

3 High-Impact Fixes For Your Marketing Woes

How many times have you lost business to a competitor because your marketing strategy was lacking or even overwhelming?  Some of my clients feel they simply can’t compete or they don’t have the money to afford marketing support. May times the problem is that we often feel that we’ve got to come up with some grand plan in order to get our business skyrocketing again.  Don’t be fooled!  Getting back on top of the market isn’t as tough as it seems if you try these high-impact, easy-to-use fixes.

1.The Magic Number – 1

Implement a “promote 1 item at a time” motto for your marketing strategy.  Does that mean you can’t SELL more than one item at a time?  No… but sometimes it may be best to wait until AFTER the sale is over.

When a customer sees more than one product or service offered at a discount, they may get confused.  Which one is the better deal?  Which one do they prefer?  These questions encourage procrastination – one of marketing’s greatest thieves.  Instead, offer the customer a product that compliments their business, helps them achieve their goals, or helps them expand and grow their business.  Instead of losing a sale, you’ll add value to your relationship with your clientele, and add more profit to your bottom line.

2. Outsmart Your Competitors

Your competition is looking for you in all of the usual places, and using all the usual marketing methods.  Don’t be like everyone else.  Quietly look for new methods of promoting your products and services and new markets to target. 

Niche markets provide the perfect sneak tactic for reaching new clients.  Here’s they key… sub-divide your current market into smaller, more specific niche markets.  Familiarize yourself with the needs and concerns of the niche, then present yourself as the solution to their challenges and problems.  Leave your competition in the dust with the intensity of new prospects that will come your way.

Modernize an old marketing technique that still carries a wallop – postcards.  Yeah, these small, inexpensive marketing tools still carry a personal message that is quick and easy to read, but with new high-impact colors and designs that capture the attention of clients.  With the inexpensive marketing opportunities of the Internet and social media, most of your competitors no longer use the US Mail as an option to reach clients.  Postcards are still an affordable option to reaching your clients and prospects and give them something to hold onto for when the need arises.Your competition won’t even know that you’re using them! 

3. Encourage Communication

Communication is crucial to understanding your clients.  Encourage questions before the sale, during the sale and after the sale.  Make it easy and comfortable.

Provide convenient contact information on all of your sales materials, including Websites and social media platforms.  If you find yourself overloaded with questions, create a frequently asked question page where clients can get the answers they need without claiming as much of your time.

Confused customers, tough competitors and communication mishaps won’t steal profits from your business when you fix things up with the 3 quick tips.

Jeannine Grich, CVA, MVA, EthicsChecked™, provides marketing and social media support, training and consulting to busy entrepreneurs. For information about finding a VA, download her FREE 10-Step Guide to Finding the Right VA, or to learn why Social Media should be an important part of your marketing plan with her FREE Report, Social Media Marketing Benefits, visit: https://accbizsvc.com, or contact her at Jeannine@accbizsvc.com

Four SEO Tips for Blogs

Four SEO Tips for Your WordPress Blog

WordPress has become the most popular self-hosted blogging platform around, with over ten million different users utilizing the technology as their blog back-end of choice. Offering a huge range of features, customization options, widgets, plug-ins and controls, it is no wonder the platform has achieved such immense popularity amongst bloggers, web developers, and serious Internet professionals.

Marketers are especially fond of WordPress, for a number of reasons. It is easy to customize, giving marketers the power to create text-heavy sales pages, multimedia website intros, and call-to-action service pages on a single platform. Alongside the customization is another powerful marketing aspect, its incredible search engine optimization (SEO) benefits.

As blogging platforms go, WordPress is the reigning champion of SEO. From extended page URLs to pingback links and header tags, these four tips can help you turn your WordPress blog into a powerful SEO resource.

1) Enable comments.

Comments add great things to your website: fresh content, and outbound links. The first is a godsend in the eyes of search engines. While other marketers slave to produce fresh content for their websites manually, a relatively popular WordPress blog can live off the SEO-friendly content produced by the comments it receives.

2) Be visible.

Sometimes the most basic mistakes are also the most devastating. Almost all modern versions of WordPress include a range of visibility options. Users can select to make their blog visible to all, block it from any viewing, or simply block search engines from indexing the content.

Of course, no marketer would want to block their blog from search engines. However, some automated WordPress installers — particularly Fantastico and cPanel installers — block WordPress from search engines by default. To reverse this, simply use your WordPress dashboard to change privacy options back to “visible by anyone”.

3) Use the All-in-One WordPress SEO plug-in.

Simply put, no other WordPress plug-in is as valuable to online marketers as the All-in-One SEO Pack. Offering a buffet of SEO options for marketers, this plug-in allows its users to optimize their post URLs and categories for maximum SEO power, override default meta and title tags, and even highlight potential keywords to target. Simple, quick, and powerful — this plug-in is a must for internet marketers using WordPress.

4) Use keyword-heavy titles.

Keyword density was once thought of as the ultimate measure of a website’s search potential. Marketers would stuff their content with keywords, often until the point where it resembled machine-style nonsense.

Now, most marketers know that keyword density is not the ultimate measure of SEO value. Websites that rank typically do not use keyword-heavy content, but keyword-heavy post titles. Whenever you are writing a blog post, research keywords first to get an idea of what your market is searching for to help make the connection far easier for your reader.

Try these four search engine optimization tips on your WordPress blog and watch your analytics to see how well you’ve done.  What other challenges are you facing with your blog platform?  Leave your comments and/or questions below!

Jeannine Clontz, IVAA CVA, MVA, EthicsChecked™, provides marketing and social media support, training and consulting to busy entrepreneurs. For information about finding a VA, download her FREE 10-Step Guide to Finding the Right VA, or to learn why Social Media should be an important part of your marketing plan with her FREE Report, Social Media Marketing Benefits, visit: https://www.accbizsvc.com, or contact her at service@accbizsvc.com