No matter how big or small your business is, and no matter how old or new, you can only succeed if people know about it. Whether you do this through radio, television, the newspaper, word of mouth, or over the internet; it is absolutely vital to the success of your business. After all, you may have the best product anywhere, but if nobody is aware of it, then it’s the same as not having it at all. Regardless of which methods you are using now, the internet and advertising are ideal for marketing your product or service.
While not everyone on the planet is on the internet, there is an amazing number of people who have access to it. There has never been anything like it in history. It gives you the potential to have customers all around the world. People go online for all kinds of reasons, and most of those reasons go hand-in-hand with the internet and advertising. For example, people often log on to the web to find solutions to their problems. If you are able to offer a solution they are willing to pay for, then you have just made a sale!
Another great thing about advertising online is that you can gather tons of useful information about your site’s visitors. Where they are from, what operating system they’re using, they’re web browser, how long they stayed on your site and what links they clicked are just a few of the things you can find out; each of which can help you to market more effectively.
When it comes to the internet and advertising you have the ability to easily change your marketing message, and it costs virtually nothing to make those changes. But, you don’t have to just guess what changes to make because you can track the results of all of your changes. You do this by using what’s known as ‘split testing’. This is where you make a change or two to something, then compare it to a control. Then you keep whichever performed better, and that becomes the control for your next split test. By repeating these steps you can see major increases in your bottom line.
The low barrier to entry is another benefit of advertising online. There are many methods you can try for no cost at all. Now, these may take longer than the paid options, but they are an excellent way to get started and see what happens. However, don’t let the low barrier fool you. You still need to take online marketing seriously. Give careful consideration to who your target market is, and the message you are using to reach them. This is just another aspect of running your business, and should be treated as such.
The internet and advertising are an almost perfect match. In fact, there isn’t any reason for you to not add online advertising to your overall marketing plan. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and best of all…it’s effective.
Squeeze pages are basically one-page websites that offer you something in exchange for filling in your contact details. The page will also contain (at the very bottom) the business privacy standards and possibly other information like contact details. The squeeze page is designed so that the visitor will be compelled to take a very specific action. So, to be effective it should have a catchy headline, a story or some content that immediately catches the interest of the reader, examples of how the product or service is helping others, testimonials, and the bonuses the reader will get it he or she takes the action you desire. There is no navigating on the squeeze page. Your visitor will just follow it through and take action, or will decide to leave the site.
At this point, some squeeze pages will have a pop-up window incorporated to invite you back to the page by promising you a discount, an extra bonus, or some other benefit that the visitor will have a hard time passing up.
There is a lot of information about the best way to create a squeeze page or to have someone do it for you. Many internet marketers leave this work to established designers who understand exactly what kind of pages convert visitors into leads and/or sales. Others prefer to do it themselves. In either case, there are certain elements that are crucial to having a good squeeze page.
The headline, of course, is the most important factor. It’s been said that you have eight seconds at the most to capture your visitor’s attention. If your headline doesn’t do that, then the rest of the content on the page is pretty much useless. Keep in mind that the headline does not have to be “hypey”, but it does need to be compelling. Also, you don’t want to put the features of the product or service you are offering in the headline. Rather, you want to tell the visitor why he must have whatever it is you are offering, so speak in terms of benefits to him or her. Most squeeze page headlines are in red, and they can then be followed by a smaller sub-heading.
The rest of the squeeze page is about further convincing your visitor that what you are offering is not to be passed up. By the end of the squeeze page, he or she should feel he or she is going to be getting a tremendous deal just by giving you his or her contact information. Customer testimonials are necessary, as well as other examples. You also want to make sure that the visitor knows that there are limited items of whatever you are offering on your squeeze pages, or that the price will be going up soon, or both. If you don’t give them a deadline, they will often just think that they will come back to it later, and then they never do.