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Local Business Advertising: 4 Ways To Market Online With Search Engine Optimization

In this article we want to go over local business advertising and using the search engines to get traffic to your company website. Marketing a small business on the Internet does not have to be difficult to do if you practice a few basic search engine optimization strategies.

1. First of all you need to know what keywords people are searching for your business online with. People are replacing the yellow pages with Internet searches to find specific things that they need.

For example, if you have an air conditioning company in Denver it is reasonable to expect that people will be searching keyword phrases such as "Denver air conditioning company", "buy an air conditioner in Denver, Colorado", "Denver air conditioning service", and so on.

Chances are you already know what these words are if you are doing any type of pay per click advertising. The difference now is instead of purchasing it you are going to try to rank on the search engines for free traffic.

2. You want to create backlinks to your website for these targeted keyword phrases. One quick way to do that is to use article marketing.

You write articles offering useful information about things your prospects would be interested in. Then in the resource box of the article you hyperlink your targeted keyword phrase back to your website.

This is known as search engine bait and will help you rank on the organic searches for those targeted phrases. Once you know what keyword phrases people are searching for relating to your business this is very easy to do.

3. Whenever you have something newsworthy send out a press release. Again target your primary keyword phrases in that press release.

The key is to not make this sound like a sales letter. That is why you want to submit a press release when you have something new in your company to announce.

4. Video marketing is a big part of doing local business advertising. Because people now get information from videos online you want to show up for your targeted keyword phrases using as many videos as possible.

You Tube is owned by Google so it's important that you have videos on their website. Article Video Robot is a good way to create videos from articles and place online.

You can also create videos of your own and it doesn't take a real expensive camera to do that. Again provide useful information that people would be searching for using the simple strategy of targeting keyword phrases.

In summary these are 4 ways you can combine targeted keyword phrases and search engine optimization to promote your business online. This is a long term local business advertising tactic. It really can pay off as you start to rank high on search engines for the words people are searching for relating to your small business.

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Online Market Research


Is there demand for my product or service? Are my customers satisfied with our service? How can I generate more sales volume from my existing customers? How can I improve the quality of my product or service? If there is something that you would like to know about your business and industry, marketing research is the way to start researching for some answers. Marketing research comprises one of the most important and fascinating facets of marketing. We are going to focus on sharing some Internet resources that can help you to conduct online marketing research. “Marketing research is defined as the systematic and objective identification, collection, analysis, dissemination, and use of information for the purpose of assisting management in decision making related to the identification and solution of problems (and opportunities) in marketing.”(Malhotra, 2004)

There are many ways in which the Internet can be useful to marketing researchers. It can be used as a source of marketing research providers, a source of secondary data, a source for marketing research software, and a source for data gathering via focus groups, surveys, etc.”(Malhotra, 2004)

Why do Market Research?


- It helps to understand current industry and market trends.
- Provides information about target customers.
- Identifies market and sales potential.
- Keeps researchers objectives.
- Becomes a framework for creating a marketing strategy.
- Helps business owners to examine customer satisfaction.
- Gives a close look at their competitors strengths and weaknesses.
- Helps marketing managers create benchmarks for future improvement.

There is perhaps no single best way to search the Web, but we recommend the following steps:

1. Pre-Searching Analysis: Think about the topic or subject you want to explore on the Web. Ask yourself some of the following questions, what unique keywords are associated with the topic or subject? Are there any organizations or associations that might have information on the subject through their web sites?

In order to identify trends for your topic or subject, you are going to have to put together a key word set to run in the search engines.

2. Run your key word set in any of the search engines.

Recommended Search Engines


- Google: http://www.google.com
- Yahoo: http://www.yahoo.com
- MSN: http://www.msn.com
- Ask: http://www.ask.com

For example, let’s supposed that you are searching for a Hispanic Business Directory where you can promote your business. “Hispanic Business Directory” is your key word set. You are going to open any of the search engines available in the market to find what you are researching for. Use the following variations to get better results:

“Hispanic Business Directory” – Specific search for what you are researching for.

“Hispanic Business Directory*” – Add the star symbol to research for every variation of the word.

“Hispanic Small Business Directory” – You can be as specific as you need to.

“Hispanic Business Directory*” and result* - Helps to find case studies if there are available in your topic or subject.

Recommended Keyword Search Tools


https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal

http://freekeywords.wordtracker.com/

http://www.keyworddiscovery.com/search.html

http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/

3.
Learn as you go and be open to vary your approach with everything that you are learning from your earlier findings. Follow leads that can take to what exactly you are researching for. If you need official data, we recommend you to visit the official web site of the USA government.

Government Sources


Visit http://www.firstgov.gov. This USA official site provides a gateway to all government sites. You can also visit the official sites for your county or city. They provide very relevant information, especially when you are trying to find demographic data.


4.
Usually, the most relevant information is within the first three to five pages of Google or any of the other Search Engines. If you can’t find anything interesting within the first 3-5 pages of results, you need to improve the quality of your key word set in order to get more relevant results.

The following are a list of Online tools that you can use during your online marketing research:

On-line Market Research Sites, Services and Tools


- Questionpro: Offers survey great design templates and hosting, visit http://www.questionpro.com.

- Zoomerang: A great site to develop your own online survey, http://www.zoomerang.com.

- Vovici: Create professional-quality surveys with a comprehensive, wizard-driven process, http://www.vovici.com.

- Surveybuilder: Customizes online surveys and respondent retrieval, http://www.surveybuilder.com.

- Surveysystem: Sells the research tools or will host your online survey, http://www.surveysystem.com.

- Add-A-Form: Create a survey form or use an existing form, http://www.addaform.com.

- Quantcast: It’s a new media measurement service that enables advertisers to view audience reports for millions of sites and services to build their brands with confidence, http://www.quantcast.com.

- Busreslab: Online employee and customer satisfaction surveys, http://www.busreslab.com.

- Frost and Sullivan: Excellent industry specific market research reports, http://www.frost.com.

- GuideStar Research: Freebees and assistance with online surveys, http://www.guidestarco.com.

- ResearchInfo: Great source of information for market researchers, http://www.researchinfo.com.

Email list sources


- Emailresults: Permission based email providers, http://www.emailresults.com.

- L-I-S-T: L.I.S.T. Inc. is a leading provider of B2B email lists, B2B mailing lists and B2B telemarketing lists, http://www.l-i-s-t.com.

If you need help from experts in the topic, we recommend you to visit:

Marketing Research Associations Online


AAPOR: American Association for Public Opinion Research (www.aapor.org)
AMA: American Marketing Association (www.marketingpower.com)
ARF: The Advertising Research Foundation (www.arfsite.org)
CASRO: The Council of American Survey Research Organizations (www.casro.org)
MRA: Marketing Research Association (www.mra-net.org)
QRCA: Qualitative Research Consultants Association (www.qrca.org)
RIC: Research Industry Coalition (www.researchindustry.org)
CMOR: Council for Marketing and Opinion Research (www.cmor.org)



Developing your Internet research skills is one of the skills that a lot of business owners should develop due to the important role that plays to understand your competitors and the market in general.



I hope you find some of these information useful.



Cheers to your success,



Jose Aburto


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Small Business Internet Market: How Can Blogging Help My Business?

Blogging is an online local marketing promotion tool that can work for everyone even for those managing a local business and should be part of your small business internet marketing plans.

While blogging is the perfect medium for someone in a creative role, at first sight, it may be hard to imagine how a blog can help a local bricks and mortar business. Or why such a business would want to invest the time to create and keep posting to create a popular blog?

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Using Category Search to Find an Online Market

When you want to find an online market that specializes in products from China you will need to do a category search that will list the websites that are now selling products from China. These websites purchase from China in order to offer their products all over the world. Multinational purchasing is on the rise because of the global sourcing these websites do. When the particular websites purchase from China they get the products wholesale. They are able to offer a discount around the world on the products but they still have enough mark up that will increase their income.

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