What not to do in 2013

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What NOT to do with your Online Presence in 2013
by Tara Banda

Now that your business has survived the much-hyped "end of the world," handling your online marketing should be a piece of cake, right? But just in case you need some help, here's a list of 10 do's and 10 don'ts to keep your online presence on the right track in 2013.

Don't: Use blanket "Like Us" messages to drive people to your social media pages.

Don't: Set up social profiles and leave them virtual ghost towns.

Don't: Set and forget your online marketing campaigns.

Don't: Substitute a social media page for a website.

Don't: Abuse your business blog.

Don't: Build a "flashy" mobile website.

Don't: Leave consumers guessing about how to contact you.

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  1. 1. Triad Internet Marketing presents What NOT to do with your Online Presence in 2013 by Tara BandaNow that your business has survived the much-hyped "end of the world," handling your onlinemarketing should be a piece of cake, right? But just in case you need some help, heres a list of 10 dosand 10 donts to keep your online presence on the right track in 2013.Dont: Use blanket "Like Us" messages to drive people to your social media pages.Do: Give consumers a reason to like you, follow you, circle you, or whatever other action they need totake when promoting your social pages in emails, blogs, or your website. Highlight unique benefitsthey get by joining your social community (exclusive offers, contests, entertaining or informativecontent) to show that you understand what they want.Dont: Set up social profiles and leave them virtual ghost towns.Do: Show off your business on social media by posting relevant, useful, and sharable content.Engaging polls, fun videos of new products or services, or fan/follower-only deals, specials, or eventsare great places to start. And if youre not sure what to post, go directly to the source and ask currentfans and followers what theyd like to see.Dont: Set and forget your online marketing campaigns.Do: Create effective ads with strong CTAs (calls to action) and keep any offers, specials, products, orservices listed in your ads up to date. An online ad can be your potential customers first impression ofyour business online, so make it a strong one. Also, actively monitor your campaign performance to seewhat works to drive the most leads and adjust your efforts accordingly. Because who doesnt wantbetter ROI? Using a proven SEO company like Triad Internet Marketing will greatly benefit you.Dont: Substitute a social media page for a website.Do: Get a professional website. Social media pages are an excellent addition to your online presence,but they are no substitute for your own website. With a website, you have not only control of thecontent but also more opportunities to track activity, such as phone calls, visits, and clicks, which youcan then use to optimize content and manage new leads. Plus, you can create custom landing pages onyour own website to direct advertising to for even better results.Dont: Abuse your business blog.Do: Use your blog to demonstrate your expertise and leadership in your industry. Write optimizedcontent with primary keywords in mind, but avoid keyword-stuffing if you want search engines andreaders to find you credible. Also, dont leave your blog in the dark. Plan a schedule for postingrelevant and fresh content for your readers, and keep to that schedule.Dont: Build a "flashy" mobile website.Do: Invest in a mobile-friendly website and skip heavy design elements, like banners or videos inFlash, which might slow down the load time, or not load at all for some mobile users. Today, more andmore consumers search for businesses while on the go, so your mobile website should be easy tonavigate and include features like click-to-call, hours, and a map. We build mobile websites !
  2. 2. Dont: Let your business go unlisted online.Do: Claim your business listings on Google+ Local, Yelp, and any other industry-specific localdirectories. By claiming your business listings in these places, you can always make sure that yourinformation is current and accurate. Plus, by optimizing your listings for search engines, you boost thechances that local consumers find you when they search online. Well optimize your listings.Dont: Leave consumers guessing about how to contact you.Do: Display your business name, address, phone number email address and other informationnoticeably on your website, listings, social media profiles, and any other online space that you own. Itsalso a great idea to double-check that information, along with items like your address and hours ofoperation, for accuracy and consistency across your online presence. Doing so can help search enginesrecognize and better rank your business in local search.Dont: Assume reviews dont matter.Do: Create a plan for monitoring and managing your online reputation. Set up notifications, likeGoogle Alerts, so that you are always aware of what consumers are saying about you online. Also,follow up with any negative comments in a timely and professional manner, and thank reviewers wholeave positive feedback. Reputation management can help.Dont: Forget that happy customers are your best advocates.Do: Ask some of your best customers to share their positive reviews, whether written or via video, touse on your social media pages, company blog, and website to establish credibility for your business.Also, since consumers may be prone to sharing negative feedback online, make sure you are prone toproviding excellent customer service.What additional steps are you taking in 2013 to boost your onlinepresence? Published on February 1, 2013We are here to help your business grow in 2013 and beyond. (336) 310-9322

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