What would you expect from a company that promises a bespoke, tailor made, Internet Marketing Service for your business? You’d expect something that had a slightly individual feel to it I think! Bespoke or package; the elements are very broadly similar. As a business you will know your market reasonably well following your market research. This should be followed up by very focussed keyword research. Once levels of competition and user intent are understood, it is possible to look at your existing website and identify it’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of ranking for identified and desirable keywords. With a new website you have the opportunity to map its design around the keywords that really give you a chance to compete, right from day one. In the modern era of internet marketing it is also necessary for almost all serious online companies to get engaged with social media to raise their profile. In detail the recommended process is set out below.
Initial Data Gathering and Keyword Research
A solid starting point needs to be established so that the success of each part of a tailored SEO project can be judged and strategies adjusted, to ensure that a client website attains and then remains on the first page of any Search Engine’s Results Page. The recommended steps would be.
Part 1 Establishing Your website’s Current Optimisation Status
a)Google Analytics (or your own solution) review:
It is essential to understand how much web traffic has already been arriving at your business website, the sources of that traffic and the actions that visitors have taken on landing. Google Analytics or your own analytics solution will give a clear picture of where you currently stand and areas that need to be developed.
Frequently neglected… and even more often misunderstood. This aspect, of all Internet marketing strategies, is critical when companies move their resources online. Keywords represent the questions asked by your customers and prospects; so your online presence must play to what people are searching for: i.e. your landing page must provide the best answer to their questions. Establishing the keywords that are used to search for your services and products, plus the ability to gauge the competitiveness of each; allows the next step of the process to be much more targeted than with our standard packages.
c) Website SEO Review:
Your SEO company will carry out a thorough review of your existing on-page and off-page optimisation. In plain English, the on page factors include such things as: ensuring all your header tags use the appropriate keywords; ensuring page titles reflect content and keywords: ascertaining the degree to which the content of each page is relevant to your business activities and that it is relevant to those keywords. Part of the that review will assess your webpages for accessibility via mobile devices and tablets.
Off page factors to be reviewed include: the number and quality of the backlinks that point to your domain and the individual pages of your website. They will also assess the quality and optimisation of Google places listings and map listings in other search engines, as well as determining your company’s visibility in business and other relevant directory listings around the web.
This will be presented as either a text report or frequently these days, a screen video report, if you prefer.
Part 2 Improving Your Rankings and Getting Top Google Placements.
Using the information gleaned in the previous research, your consultants will help you develop a strategy tailored to your website, your business and your best customers. The business of optimising your online presence and then making you more visible to your ideal prospects rarely brings instant results. Search engine optimisation needs to be an ongoing process: it’s a bit like keeping the garden watered. Like most gardens this needs a significant chunk of work up front and then regular maintenance for best results. SEOs and the search engines have a strange symbiosis. This results in the search engine algorithms constantly being tweaked so that SEO companies are, quite rightly, prevented from completely gaming Google. The constant tweaks by the search engines, the ever-changing competition and frequent changes in legal frameworks result in a situation where, once front page rank has been obtained, it needs constant maintenance.
Part 3. Social Media Management Strategy
Business ignores the world of social media at its peril. There are so many success stories rooted in the successful application of social media sharing that it is no longer a NEW thing. Facebook with its 500 million regularly and active members, online for over an hour a day, is the most obvious and well documented marketplace. Google spokesman Matt Cutts has let it be known to the SEO community that the Google algorithm is now taking more notice of the signals provided by Twitter, Facebook and the other social networks that identify the trustworthiness and engagement of companies, characters and organisations with their customers. Social media now provide huge leverage for your reputation management, word-of-mouth recommendation and as a source of traffic to your website. The plethora of social platforms and microblogging sites; added to the interconnectedness of many of them leads to the possibility of a huge viral effect of the most favourable kind for your business. Businesses know well that the best form of advertising is word-of-mouth from satisfied customers: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are the 21st-century word-of-mouth channels. They are now, a crucial aspect of any Internet marketing strategy whether your company is purely online or a traditional bricks and mortar enterprise.
Internet marketing service companies are able to assist your company in developing a coherent strategy to raise your profile and promote your brand to your target market. The bespoke aspect is down to the way in which the consulting company will adjust their approach to the subtly different dynamics of each customer group, developing a truly individual presence on the web.