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Online Marketing Should Represent Your Offline Marketing

So you're out of town visiting a new city, and you go online to search for the hottest nightclub in the city. You finally think you have found it. The website is absolutely amazing. Lots of lights, a modern spin on the site, images of people crammed onto a dance floor, and even a limo outside the front door. Your write down the address, hop in the taxi and pull up to a hole in the wall when the driver tells you "That'll be twelve bucks." There is one small bar, the hanging neon sign is about to give out, and you can count the number of occupants on one hand.

This is an extreme example, but the last thing you want your online marketing to do is paint inconsistent picture from your offline marketing. Consistent marketing doesn't mean that the colour on the walls is the same as the website background, and the logo on the front door is the same that's at the top of the web page. If you want a high-end upscale site, then reflect the same offline. If you can't quite get your offline location to match your amazing new flashy site, then tone down the e-marketing just a bit.

The first step in creating a consistent e-marketing presence is to know your industry. You don't want your online presence to reflect that you don't even know your own industry. Chances are, the feel of a nursing home site, is going to differ greatly from the new trendy lofts that just went up downtown. If you business caters to families, don't design your online present to target individuals 18-24. Keep in mind that consumers already have their own idea of what image your industry should convey. You don't want to veer too far off of that path unless you are prepared to take a huge change with your marketing strategy.

A great way measure your online marketing accuracy is by knowing your competition. Research the web presence that your competitors have already created. How is it working out for them? You may also want to look at competitors in other parts of the country. Look at main stream competitors as well as those in your class. How does their web presence differ? While you never want to create a site that looks identical or too close to a competitor the information that you gather from numerous competitors can be combined to create a top of the line, consistent marketing presence, both online and hopefully offline.

Also remember that online marketing can also be applied to search engine marketing (SEM). You want your site to be visible through the proper searches. Spending a lot of time and money on search engine marketing is only a waste if your site isn't coming up with searches consistent to your industry. SEM can also be researched by searching for other businesses within your industry.

Make sure that when you're combining your online and offline presence that you do stand out from the crowd. Chances are there is a sea of businesses within your industry with both a strong online and offline presence. But also make sure that when designing your site, you do not alienate yourself for being "too far out there".

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Online Marketing and Offline Marketing Strategy in B2b Portal

If Business is to profit, then Marketing is to business. Since, without marketing, business is not possible whether it is done in any form. Even traditional business had some marketing tactics, be it delivery unto buyer place or flexibility in payment terms. Ultimately, what can turn on more business is often considered as marketing and its implementation after analysis of the situations from time to time can be termed as strategy. I often found, when you say strategy, people nod their head but when it comes to know what is strategy they loose the color of their face.

Strategy is a factor which construes marketing and marketing runs on strategy. What RCC beams are to a building in the same manner strategy is for marketing .if one claims to be doing marketing without strategy then he may be fooling himself and more to others as without strategy in any manner , marketing is not possible.
The very next thing which comes is how to make strategies for marketing the product?

Before that, let us take some pain to understand what exactly is strategy. Strategy is nothing but understanding the basics of positioning a product, features and potential of product, strength and weakness of products, timely review of planning’s etc and then analyzing it to conclude with some parameters for selling the same product with respect to different zones and geographical areas, this result into strategy. Isn’t it very simple. If one makes simple strategy, he makes simple way to success in business.
After Strategy, What Next?

Then comes the real marketing play. Again, it is followed by another question how to and what can be the modes of marketing.
Lets us see which mode is required, when marketing modes option comes to be chosen for business:

Whether Online Marketing?
Whether Offline Marketing?

Before, discussing about advantages and dis-advantages as well as requirement of online marketing, let’s see the modes and strategies of offline marketing.

a. Direct Marketing
b. Telemarketing
c. Advertisement in TV
d. Campaign based advertisement in Radio.
e. Advertisement in public places, public transportation
f. Participation in Exhibitions & Trade Shows
g. Door to Door Marketing
h. Promotional campaigns
i. Discounts and offers
j. Referral Marketing
k. Public Relations
l. Print Media
M. sponsoring some events, sports etc.

The list can have much more to it, but the aforesaid are considered to be the prominent amongst any other options possible or available for any person.
So, after doing, still one requires any other mode of marketing, before we make a hasty decision, what if some online marketing options are just explored:

a. Contacting and Responding through Mail
B. Advertisement in Google, Yahoo
C. Advertisement through Ad brite
D. Advertisement in Blogs
E. Advertisement in most popular sites and portals
f. Article Marketing
g. Affiliate Marketing
h. Online Viral Marketing
i. Email Marketing
j. Activities in Forum & Social bookmarking
K. Linking with quality sites
l. Banner Exchange
m. Search Engine Optimization via Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

Many more to be added, even in this sphere alone.
After referring to all, do you feel one is required and sufficient and if one is, then which one .Then I must answer that absolutely NOT, one cannot be a substitute for other, but both are required.
Because, Offline, marketing is very well known potential mode of marketing and will always be required but at the same only offline marketing will not do justice to your marketing, still don’t believe, then just check the truth as stated below:

a) Round the globe more than 50% business is carried out and communicated through mails which is online mode.
b) Corporates, SMEs, MNC all are dependant upon mail for communication.
c) Young generation is net savvy.
d) People are dependant upon websites to fulfill their basic necessities be it
1) jobs,
2) accommodation,
3) buying and selling
4) marriage
5) chatting
6) communication
7) outsourcing work
8) filing tax returns
9) gathering any information etc
10) on an average more than 50% business man and involved in international trade use B2b Portals to effect the business .
If this is the some eye opening facts , can still one keep away from online marketing ………….Now You Decide !

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Bridging Offline and Online Marketing and Making it Work For Your Business

Marketing is the key behind all the success of popular products. Competitive marketing skills are really important in putting a certain product in the frontline. These marketing skills may be a combination of online and offline promotions.

It was undeniable before that there was a huge boundary between the offline and online marketing. However, these boundaries no longer exist. As a matter of fact, many of the savvy directors in the field of marketing are now taking advantage of crossing both the offline and online marketing. With practices such as search engine optimization and search engine marketing, marketing executives can spread their reach without increasing spend.

Businesses, small or large, have to have effective marketing mediums whether it is offline or online marketing. Returns on the marketing investments are better if both of the said mediums are to be used. This is where marketing through the Internet takes place. Internet marketing is being utilized in marketing strategies and work hand in hand in promoting a particular business.

The very first thing to consider in marketing, especially online, is identifying the objectives. One must still identify the target audience, understand the market, and deliver the message. The Internet allows you to have real time research data that can be used in deciding the next course of action.

Once identified, the customer needs to have somewhere to go to do business with the company. This is where websites come in to play. Some of the businesses and brands are located strictly offline with brick and mortar locations. This stifles the company's global marketability. Since most people today search online and are willing to test the water with different brands online companies have to go even further by developing more sophisticated sites. Some businesses operate strictly online with Internet positioned brands such as the Harper Collins' and which are set jointly by Boots. As a result, a more competitive space makes companies more aware of the brand equity risks that can possibly lead to developing new brands online.

Though the Internet has been undeniably very helpful in the world of marketing, it sometimes weakens existing marketing efforts due to its poor designs. Also, poor online business process can cripple the success of a business online.

Once a proper website is developed, it is important to point all marketing toward your new online facility. This can be achieved through offline efforts such as direct marketing or tele-marketing as well as online marketing such as pay-per-click or search engine optimization of the company's website. A combined effort has a greater chance of success.

Say your company sends out postcards that directs the prospect to your website. Your website saves you time and money by educating the prospect on your company and its market offering. The website also encourages the prospect to sign up for a free gift or for information. Then the prospect is in the database of potential customers that you can send information and promotions through email periodically. From there you can analyze the rate of response and return as the prospects turn into customers.

On the other hand, say you have your business online. Someone searches in the search engines for what you offer. You have optimized your website and rank first for that keyword. The prospect then goes to your site and request someone contact them regarding your offering. You then have your sales representative contact them and educate them more on your offering. Afterwards, you send them a catalog in the mail which they use to go to your physical location to purchase.

In summary, a marketing medium, may it be an online or offline promotion or both, will definitely benefit your business as well as the needs of your customers. It is an advantage to leverage offline and online marketing efforts together. Consistency on the offline and online brand promotion is the key to gain the trust of the customers and to have a unified and clear business.

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Internet Marketing: Integrating Online and Offline Strategies

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This text provides comprehensive coverage of the field of Internet marketing that is timely and relevant. It relies on extant marketing theory where appropriate and introduces many conceptual frameworks to structure student understanding of Internet marketing issues. Above all, it works on the premise that the Internet-whether used as a medium of communication or as a channel of distribution-is only one component of the contemporary marketer's arsenal. The key issue... More >> Read the rest of this entry »
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