If you want to increase your online visibility but not sure what to focus on this year, we’ve got the best advice for you from top marketing experts.
We asked these marketing experts the same question: What one thing should business owners do in 2020 to increase their online visibility?
Here are their responses….
The one thing business owners should do to increase their online visibility is to “show up” online. Showing up is about engaging and connecting with your customers wherever they are hanging out. If your customers are on facebook, reply to threads and be involved in conversations. There could be opportunities to link back to your blog or instagram post during these conversations. Showing up online and talking about what you do or what you sell is really how others will know what it is that you do. This is exactly the method I used when my sister first started making custom furniture. I started talking about her furniture online and showing them off, and before she knew it, she had so many orders that she ended up with an 8-week wait list. In addition to being an online marketing expert, I also have a small skincare brand and I apply the same method. I show up, I post about them, I provide education, and now almost every post converts to a sale. The trick is to do this in a non salesy way.
Here’s another example of showing up. If you’ve written a blog, it’s not enough to just write it and hope that people will stumble upon it. You still have to push it out. Post the link where your customers are and look for opportunities in the facebook groups you belong to where it makes sense to share your blog. You can do so many things online (social, paid ads, etc) but for you to increase and continue being visible is really about connecting and engaging and essentially, showing up (but not salesy!).
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Author, See You on the Internet: Building Your Small Business with Digital Marketing
This may sound counter-intuitive, but my advice for business owners to increase their online visibility in 2020 is to actually be in less places. We’re all stretched way too thin, trying to maintain a presence across multiple social media channels, email marketing, online advertising, and websites and blogs. Unless you have a devoted team member managing all of this for you, odds are you’re not using each channel to its fullest potential. Instead of trying to be everywhere, cut back and devote more time and energy to a smaller number of digital activities. Be like Marie Kondo. Take stock of your digital marketing activities, and if one or more of them aren’t helping you meet your business goals, thank it for its service and let it go.
Owners should ensure that they have created a personal brand presence on social media and a website. If their name is taken they can also secure a variation of there name. For example, “Sarah Matthews” can be “LifewithSarah.com” or some other version.
With the prevalence of social media and mobile devices with two-faced cameras, it’s clear that being up close and personal is a game that everyone has to play whether you’re sitting on the bench or not. Professionals that choose to hold off on their engagement will miss out on this billion-dollar industry called internet marketing. For goodness sake, we have celebrity’s running and winning presidential races with social media. Even without political experiences, they skip out on using the traditional resume, and instead, they use their influence that they have created based on their values and personality. More than ever the business landscape is willing to look past your education if you can connect with them deeply through human connection, trust and likeability.
Therefore, it’s not about what you know, or even just who you know. It’s about who you are. Personal Branding.
Read the full article Personal Brand Marketing for Opportunities, Sales and Clients: https://www.cherenefrancis.com/blog/personal-brand-marketing-for-opportunities-sales-and-clients
Short of making the time for consistent, meaningful and strategic engagement, is leveraging trending hashtags. When you do find relevant hashtags trending, one tactic that works well is to go into your scheduling tool and add those hashtags to the posts you have scheduled to go out in the next hour or less. A few more insights here – https://www.crystalmariesealy.com/blog/hashtags-save-time-and-increase-visibility-2019-12-8
Business owners wanting to increase their online visibility in 2020 should close their social media accounts. No, not all of them, but all but one or two. Then business owners should master those two remaining networks. Focusing on no more than two networks will likely lead to more engaging and share-worthy content as business owners can put more time and energy into creating quality posts.
Coming from the Google perspective, stop producing content just for the sake of creating content – identify the 20% of content that drives relevant traffic from Google and either optimize or delete that other 80% while continuing to create only content that falls into the 20% – aim to shift your ratio in 2020 so that 80% of your content is driving relevant business!
Need someone to identify that 80% of your content that is not serving you well? We can do that at DriveTraffic – drop us a note https://www.drivetraffic.ca
There are so many ways to increase your online visibility… and I’m going to share my tip that is a bit outside the box. I want to and recommend make a [physical] product. Like workbook, journal or planner? Sharing something that you’ve made is a great way to promote yourself online. I call it your next big idea. I’m amazing at helping others get clarity on their big idea, so feel free to book a no-obligation call with me and share your big idea! https://liquidink.ca/book-a-call/
Figure out where your target audience is hanging out online and make sure you’re showing up there regularly. For example, my clients tend to be more active on LinkedIn than other social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, so it’s important for me to be active on LinkedIn as well. I’ll share articles and blog posts that I’ve written, updates on speaking engagements or other notable achievements – anything to give my audience more insight into what I do and show them that I’m a credible professional in my field.
Leverage knowledge sharing to grow your profile. Consider joining Facebook or LinkedIn groups, hosting a niche event, speak at a likeminded conference and, of course, engage media. Move conversations to your CRM and remember to promote everything across owned touchpoints (ie. blogs, social. email lists). Everything you do offline, will lead to online relevancy.
One of the best ways to make your brand more visible online is to make videos … lots of videos…and have a heck of a lot of fun doing them! Showcase your passion and brilliance in your field on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Be a guest expert in other communities where your perfect customers hang. Let people fall in love with the real you by bringing your personality and play to the forefront. (Ahem, remember to keep it professional!) Most importantly, don’t let fear stop you. You’ll quickly get better with practice, just as you’ll get bolder, more creative, and so much more tuned in to who your market is and what they love about YOU and your brand! If you’re needing inspo or just a kick in the pants to get creating come join my online community for entrepreneurs, Rad Connectors, and see how others are showcasing their brilliance through videos.
Make your marketing all about meeting your customer’s needs. Turn all of your content around from being about you, to showing how you understand them, how you can solve their challenges and provide them with great value. You’ll attract more genuine connections by making sure their stories live in all of your marketing elements, from your brand’s voice to website copy and SEO, social media and targeted advertising. While your competition is shouting about how amazing they are, you’ll be showing your customers how invaluable you are at helping them to be amazing. Getting your customer’s attention can be time and resource intensive, so you’ll need to be attentive, committed and patient as you build a strong, value-focused brand. We can help you build connections to larger, more valuable audiences while you focus on the essentials of building your business. Get in touch at www.caveastudio.com/contact
Most business owners are really under-utilizing Google My Business. We are so passionate about getting leads using Google My Business that we wrote a book on it!
The truth is everybody uses Google. Whether you’re buying a car, looking for advice, or trying to improve your business… you’re probably “Googling” it. If your business isn’t set up on Google properly, you miss a huge opportunity to be found by the right people, at the right time, in search of the exact products or services you offer.
Here is a link to our book on Amazon: Get More Customers Using Google My Business
But whether you buy our book or not, we highly recommend that you get your Google My Business account set up!
We are bombarded with content and we only have 3 seconds to grab the attention of our potential consumer. If you want to increase online visibility in 2020, video is the way to go. By creating a combination of professional and social media videos, you will instantly create that visibility as well as credibility. Don’t forget that consistency is key. Finally, make sure that you leverage search engines like YouTube and Google My Business by posting to these platforms in order to improve your SEO/Searchability.
One thing I want you to do in 2020 to increase your online visibility is to go to your calendar right now and schedule a small amount of time each week to plan what you’ll be doing that week to increase your visibility. Now when those planning time slots pop around, you take that time to plan out the actions you’ll be taking, including a rough idea of the topics and content format, and schedule time to work on them and post dates in your calendar for that week.
I like to plan on a Sunday. So on Sunday I would sit down and write in my calendar a rough idea of what I’m going to do that week and the topic I’ll focus on. It might be blocking out an hour to record a video on Tuesday and another 30 minutes on Thursday to upload and post about it. Whatever it is that works for you, you should be planning and taking action every week.
If you’re not sure what to work on to increase your online visibility, check out my PDF guide: 20+ things you can do in 20 minutes (or less) to increase your Online Visibility in 2020
If you are not personalizing your customer experience across marketing channels, I promise you, you are not engaging at a level that people expect and are now used to receiving. Integrating your engagement across platforms has never been easier and more cost-effective. For instance, it is now possible to track and engage with your customers on email, website, social media, events, etc. as the same user? Measuring and perfecting your marketing “Return on Investment” is also quick and easy with the right automation system. If you want to understand how you can extend that personalized experience through segmentation and personalization, here is an article with lots of practical advice and tips: https://www.stirlingmarketing.ca/2019/09/16/marketing-tips-in-2020-segmentation-and-personalization/#more-1749
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Businesses should be reaching out to bloggers and digital media with interesting stories that are relevant to the news conversations happening in their marketplace. This helps increase their subject matter expertise and thought leadership, as well as building good quality back-links for increased SEO.
In 2020, it’s time to stop trying to predict what clients want, and instead spend time listening to them. Chances are every single day your clients are giving you opportunities to learn about their feelings and needs through their inquiries, questions, and in social media groups.
Your client’s words will help you grow your business, but if you don’t think of them before writing any copy or content than you’re going to be about 15 degrees off from what they actually need to hear from you–that’s what my clients discover when working through The Copy Playbook. That’s why the easiest way to increase your online visibility is to use your words to show the people you love to serve that deeply get them.
SEO! Take 10 minutes of your time and create your Keyword Bucket list – that is 10-15 keywords you wish that your customers would type into Google to find you. Now ask yourself, Do you have pages on your website dedicated to those keywords? Many of the business owners I meet have sprinkled their dream keywords across their website and blog in the hopes of ranking for something, but I suggest making a real effort to create landing pages on your website dedicated to each and every one that matches the intent of your visitor. For example, let’s say you’re a italian restaurant in NYC with the best meatballs in town. Then create a page on your website called “Best Meatballs in NYC”, show them pictures, add reviews from your previous customers or media, and provide a map and reservations link. That way, if someone is looking for something you’re great at, they’ll find you, and get all the information they need to take the next step. Good luck!
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