Web Marketing Resources
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- New lynda.com Video-Insights from an Online Marketer
Today, nearly every business or organization has an online presence with the website being the nucleus of all online marketing efforts. Add other pieces to the online marketing puzzle; social media platforms, search engine marketing, online advertising, email and affiliate marketing and you have a robust online marketing footprint….Or do you?
Looking objectively at your total marketing picture requires strategic thinking. A newly released Lynda.com video interview with Lorrie Thomas Ross called Insights from an Online Marketer helps us do just that. Lorrie answers specific questions that are meant to encourage viewers to assess their current online marketing efforts and improve them.
In this easy-to-follow video interview led by Jeff Layton of lynda.com studios, topics address online marketing from overall concept to specifics such as building your brand and working with a small budget. Lorrie leverages her years of experience in online marketing and as a “Marketing Therapist” to answer questions about the importance of online marketing and offer tips and advice to businesses and organizations so they get the most from their online marketing efforts.
This comprehensive video covers a lot of ground, imparting tips and tricks along the way. Some of the important topics covered include:
- The importance making a personal connection and storytelling.
- Understanding the importance of social media and success through blogging.
- Maximizing marketing efforts by using the Multitasking Marketing techniques to repurpose marketing materials and gain more exposure.
- How to keep up with the latest marketing trends.
- Hiring an online marketer to help you with your specific needs.
Lorrie also extends her advice and expertise to those considering a career in online marketing.
At the end of the day, the goal of online marketing is to build relationships and educate customers as to your products and services and generates sales. Lorrie’s insights and helpful tips will have you looking at your online marketing strategy and overall marketing message with a more focused, discerning approach.
Other MarkEDing (marketing + education) Resources:
Our must-have Online Marketing Book: The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Online Marketing (McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Courses) written by Lorrie Thomas Ross, CEO Web Marketing Therapy.
- Marketing Therapy- Hierarchy of Brand Needs
In the wild (and wonderful!) marketing world, you never stop hearing about branding. The reason is simple, branding is your business’s face. Literally. Ok, well, maybe not literally but most often it is the first thing people see, it is the look and feel of your organization.
A brand is more than aesthetics: Branding shows potential and current clients who you are, what you do and who you serve.
The look of an organization is important. On a daily basis we make snap judgment decisions about things based upon our visual analysis of them. It is involuntary and part of human psychology; we are visual creatures and what we see is what we assume we get. People say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but we do, over and over again. So branding isn’t just about how pretty your logo is but what it says about your organization.
The process of creating the perfect brand for your organization must come in steps. Each step builds upon the next to create the ultimate visual story. This is where we introduce Web Marketing Therapy’s Hierarchy of Brand Needs . A step by step look at the process of brand construction:
Consider this mantra; In order to reach “Strong Branding Actualization” one must satisfy all branding needs beforehand. Here are the steps:
1. Identify Your Uniqueness: Who are you? What do you do? Whom do you serve? You must first understand who you are, where you stand and what your goals are for your organization before you can build a brand.
Are you a small flower shop with aspirations for going big? Then take that into account when you are developing your brand. If you want to target more sophisticated clients then make sure to communicate that goal when in the development stages. Take the time to think about things before you move forward.
2. Make Your Mark: Create a logo for your organization from the answers to the questions in the previous stage of branding needs. This logo will help define the characteristics of your brand and will showcase to clients and consumers who your organization is.
If you are a financial advising company and you want to communicate dependability, stability and trustworthiness think of visuals that represent those characteristics; pillar, mountains, and buildings. Classic colors are also important; a royal blue can feel secure and timeless. Don’t go with something just because you “like it” -make sure the visual is serving a purpose, in this case communicating to clients who you are.
3. Conceive Collateral: From your new logo you will be able to build business cards and other collateral, furthering the creation and development of the look and feel of your brand. Great design with a clear message helps build a great reputation.
Make sure the look and feel of your logo translates to the look and feel of your business cards and other collateral. Keep font and color choices consistent. If your logo is simple and modern keep the rest of your brand the same way! You want your clients to know who you are and to recognize you!
4. Pursue Web Presence: From the process of satisfying your first 3 branding needs you can now create a website that encompasses the look and feel of your brand. This will allow you to position your organization in the most visible place in the world!
This is worth reiterating; keep your organization’s look consistent! Your website (and Facebook, blog, YouTube, Twitter and more!) should be an extension of everything mentioned above. And above all, keep your website simple and easy to navigate. People want to get to the meat of your site immediately (that means no landing pages) or they will just click their little butts over to another site in a heartbeat.
5. Strong Brand Actualization: Congratulations! You have created a brand that allows you to take on more business with a clear sense of where your organization is positioned. You now have the ability to focus on increases in productivity on many different levels for your organization.
Your brand does a lot of communication work for you – image matters. A strong easy to recognize logo takes the message of your organization directly to the client and validates that you are established and professional. A clean, easy to navigate website makes people want to work with you because information about your services and/or products is easy to find and that makes you seem legitimate and knowledgeable. So get out there and put that brand to work for you.
- Constant Contact Email Mangement Technology – FREE 60 Day Trial!
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- Search Engine Marketing Guide
A huge library of search marketing articles that will allow you to learn at your own pace.
- Tips for Better Online Surveys
Seth Godin, a certified Marketing Man Crush, lists five marketing tips that will help you create a rocking and effective online survey.
- Website Grader
A free Website Marketing SEO score tool from HubSpot
- Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a free tracking tool that makes it easy to improve your results online.
- HARO – Help a Reporter Out™
HARO has over 50,000 sources and is growing! This a great tool for journalists and businesses that want to promote to the media.
- 10 Awesome Tools That’ll Make You An Expert Twitter User
This article provides fun and purposeful twitter applications that will increase traffic…twitterific!
- Web Marketing Therapy Blog
A free marketing prescription of advice, diagnoses, prescriptions and some tough love…all in the name of healthy marketing!
The ultimate web resource center (founded by Seth Godin, our top marketing man crush!) Anyone can create a lens about anything that they are passionate about…it’s addicting!
Real-time search for user-generated media (including weblogs) by tag or keyword. Also provides popularity indexes.
Great online dictionary/search engine for computer and Internet technology definitions.
- Media Post
Valuable articles, great place to prospect new online placements. They will also send magazines.
Useful and digestible marketing know-how – online and offline marketing related articles.
- imedia Connection
Savvy marketing community connection – suite of articles on multiple new media channels.
Lorrie Thomas is not only a savvy web marketer, she’s an incredible teacher. She provided an insightful overview of how social media is changing the marketing landscape, clearly explained a variety of social media tools, and engaged the SMARTY group to get everyone thinking critically about how best to employ these tools for their own businesses. Lorrie also encouraged everyone to think of the time and money they spend on marketing as an investment; advice I couldn’t agree with more."
Co-Founder, Grand Avenue PR