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Now that we know what web maintenance is, I want us to quickly look at the definition of web marketing and it's importance. But before that, let us know the meaning of marketing first before we proceed. Marketing simply means the activities of a company associated with buying and selling a product or service or the act of communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners and society at large.
Now, what is web marketing? This means using the internet to advertise your product or service. Better still, web marketing is a general term for marketing done on the Internet. The following are the reasons for web marketing.
Less Expensive: As compared to Traditional forms of advertising such as TV commercials, billboards, and advertising in top magazines cost significantly more than a typical internet marketing campaign. Part of the reason is because internet marketing is so flexible and helps to reduce the cost on advertisement because web marketing is relatively cheaper as compare to traditional forms.
Extremely targetable: You can optimize your website copy, adverts or social media effort for any niche taking into account demographics, psychographics, location and more.
Establish Credibility through quality content: What good is it for a consumer to find you if you are asleep? Well by producing quality content in the form of a blog, podcast or video on your site you can establish your credibility even while you are sleep.
Repeat exposure to customers increases likelihood of a purchase: A good strategy is to give away a value-added video or whitepaper if a visitor enters their email address. This allows you to get them into your sales funnel and reach out to them with additional content and offers. Therefore they will be more likely to buy from you. You cannot do this with traditional forms.
To help expand the market for your business because the web is global.
Consumers have shut off the traditional world of marketing. They own a DVR to skip television advertising, often ignore magazine advertising, and now have become so adept at online “surfing” that they can take in online information without a care for banners or buttons (making them irrelevant).
Smart marketers understand that traditional marketing is becoming less and less effective by the minute, and that there has to be a better way.
Enter content marketing.
But what exactly is content marketing?
Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.
Content marketing’s purpose is to attract and retain customers by consistently creating and curating relevant and valuable content with the intention of changing or enhancing consumer behavior. It is an ongoing process that is best integrated into your overall marketing strategy, and it focuses on owning media, not renting it.
Basically, content marketing is the art of communicating with your customers and prospects without selling. It is non-interruption marketing. Instead of pitching your products or services, you are delivering information that makes your buyer more intelligent. The essence of this content strategy is the belief that if we, as businesses, deliver consistent, ongoing valuable information to buyers, they ultimately reward us with their business and loyalty.
And they do. Content marketing is being used by some of the greatest marketing organizations in the world, including P&G, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and John Deere. It’s also developed and executed by small businesses and one-person shops around the globe. Why? Because it works.