If you have decided to set up your own business you may be feeling excited about the idea but also a little bit anxious as you try to plan for your set up costs and try to come to a conclusion about the most effective way to promote your business. The cost of marketing a business can be expensive as you try to make your business known but it is crucial to the success of your company that you promote your business in as many ways as possible.

A good place to start is to carry out market research to find out the most effective way to attract your clients as this can vary according to the services and products that your business is offering.

For instance if you are running a business that is online based such as an online retail store then it is essential that you have an online presence of some sort either a website or a social media business page alternatively, if your business is one that caters mainly for customers in your locality such as a hairdresser it may not be necessary to outlay money on online marketing. So careful thought needs to be given to the marketing strategy that is suitable for your particular business.

Advertising is an important part of any business and effective marketing is essential for success.  Businesses need to have a web presence either in the form of a website or on social media platforms ideally on both. The cost of paying a professional web designer is out of some small company’s reach so deciding to design and build their own website is becoming a popular option.

Online there are a vast selection of tutorials which help the inexperienced designer, so it is certainly worthwhile spending time before you begin collecting ideas and learning the basics. Researching examples of websites that impress you to get an idea of how you want your site to look is a useful strategy and allows you to compare themes.

If you feel ready to begin your design but are unsure how to begin online templates can be used to get you started. They can be customised to your business with your company name and logo. The next step is to upload your content including photographs and text. SEO tools can be built in to enable your site to be visible when potential clients search online for your company.

Don’t forget to keep your website up to date as this is essential for good customer relations.

A website can be a great selling platform for your business as it can help to reach people that you may not have been able to do through leaflet dropping or footfall through to your business. It can be a way to sell products or service or as a brochure to attract people to make an enquiry or visit your business. Call to actions can be a simple “Buy Now” link or a graphic containing images and text with a “Click Here” or “Find Out More” button on.

If you want to create really good call to action banners that fit in with the rest of your site and look professional then you should use a designer to create the graphic for you. The designer should be able to create a few different call to action banners that you may want to use throughout the site or on rotation. A designer will have the expertise to know what wording and graphics to use to entice people to complete the action you want them to do.

Google analytics allows you to set up goals to see how many people have clicked on to your banner and gone through to a specific page. You can then analyse this data to see which banners are working most effectively.

Content marketing is a very important part of online marketing. You need to have good quality, relevant material to be able to distribute in order to engage your audiences increase your brand awareness and traffic to your website.

Content marketing can be done through a number of platforms and using different mediums. Video advertising has been about for years but over the past decade it has taken a slight turn. Whereas previously videos were often lengthy and only displayed on TV or specialist channels such as YouTube, many businesses are now choosing to have them on their website. They are often only a few minutes long and very to the point. These videos don’t often just remain on the website they are uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and shared across social media platforms. Sharing content through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter can have a very quick positive impact on your marketing. Videos can go viral very quickly and you may be surprised just how many hits you video has.

When doing a video advertisement you need to keep it short ideally only 2 mins long maximum. It should be filmed by a professional video company and edited to only include the relevant sections that people will be interested in.

 

If you are looking to create a website, or maybe you already have a website and you are looking to build micro sites or additional sites for other locations you may start to look through lists of domains that you are able to bid on. Some experts say that if you buy domains that already have some authority and weight behind them then you can quickly take advantage of the SEO and help to promote your new site. Often people buy these domains and then build sites on them that will link back to their main site. This is a way of building up backlinks and helping your main site to grow and move up the search engine rankings.

There are risks involved when doing this and you need to really know what you are looking for before you start to bid otherwise you could find yourself spending quite a bit on expired domains that really have no benefit to you.

It is often worth hiring someone that has a lot of experience in this as they will know the places to go to buy the domains and what sort of money you should be spending on them.