SEM stands for Search Engine Marketing and covers a range of topics from Searching Engine Optimisation (SEO) to Pay per Click (PPC) and much in-between.

If you want your website to perform well on the search engine results pages (SERPS) then you need to ensure that you have a level of Search Engine Marketing that is correct to the current level of competition and the results you hope to achieve.

You can carry out certain elements of online marketing yourself, even with little knowledge but this can be risky and can actually end up being detrimental to the rankings of your site.

I would strongly recommend that you take advice from a specialist marketing agency who will be able to assist you with the process and advise you on what they think you need to do in order for the website to perform well.

Budget is always the main issue when it comes to marketing, so you need to have an idea of what you wish to spend and be aware of the restrictions you may face if the budget is particularly small.

LinkedIn can be a powerful marketing tool if used correctly. LinkedIn is a social media sites that allows professional people to join a network of similar professionals or local businesses.

Unlike other social media sites, it is predominately used by companies and individual professional people looking to expand their clientele or business contacts, you do not often find posts and updates relating to personal dramas and situations that are happening to a person.

It can be a great way to meet new people and keep in touch with what is happening in your industry or area. Many businesses gain quite a number of customers through LinkedIn networking and often by just having an active presences on their.

It is often a bit of a numbers game, build up a network of people and share your expertise and company details with them. Some companies will use LinkedIn to find another company that can a supply a service or product that they need.

Facebook is one of the largest social media websites out there with over 1.23 billion users now registered. It is one of the fastest growing companies in the world and can be a great place to advertise your business. Facebook offer a Pay per Click advertising section similar to that of Google or Yahoo. The added bonus of Facebook is that you can chose which audience will see your ad by setting up specific parameters. For example, if you had a wedding dress business, you may create an advert and send it out to all females that have a status of engaged, as they are your most likely customers. Facebook users often wondered why the ads that were shown seemed particularly relevant to them, it is not coincidence, Facebook use the data that they are given carefully show ads to selected groups. Having this type of control allows a business owner to carefully choose where they spend their money and can closely monitor the return on investment they receive.

Setting up a pay per click campaign can be relatively easy, but creating a great one requires a lot of skill and experience. One of the main things you need to do is research. You need to find out what people type in to visitor your site and if those are the type of people that buy from you.

You will need to analyse the traffic to your site in some depth to understand this and it is advised that you employ a specialist web marketing company to assist you with this as they often have software that can find out this information quickly. Once you have a list of keywords you then need to decide which ones you are going to target depending on how much budget you have available.

One of the most important tasks that you need to do once you campaign is up and running is to check back in to the statistics of the campaign to see what sort of results you are getting as you may need to do some further optimisation on it to get it performing well.

Social Media Advertising campaigns continue to deliver shocking results on the subject of post-marketing analysis. Its not that the results are bad, its that there is NO result at all.

Yes, corporate executives, market analysts and management grads who just love to scrutinize almost every financial aspect of the business, seem to be either unaware or deem it unworthy to conduct a detailed analysis of their social media campaigns, thereby either bleeding funds where its not required or failing to capture a new market which can very well prove to be their primary source of income.
Now the first question which one might, not surprisingly, ask is – “Is it even possible to do the tracking and ROI analysis of social media marketing? Are there any available tools to give us any meaningful data?”. The answer to both is a resounding YES. In fact compared to analysing offline campaigns, online campaigns are far more easier to track if you are creative enough. Basic examples include analysing the behaviours of page visitors, and handing out a small data-centric questionnaire to customers.

All this being computerized and automated saves you a lot of time and money. There is a catch though, you have to take some effort and resources to get it working properly. But considering that corporates are more than happy to pay huge sums and download largely inaccurate white papers on ‘Facebook’ and other social communities, it is reasonable to present these alternatives.
One of the most ingenious and cost effective methods to do the tracking and ROI of social media initiatives is to reward customers for taking their time to participate in the campaign. These rewards can include discount coupons, exclusive deals, and quickly updated information on the products for sale. Not only this tactic will make social media tacking and ROI analysis easy, but it can also help setting up the internet as a sizeable market for the products. It is important to note that these “Rewards” should unlock only on a traceable user action, else the results would be inaccurate.
In case of B2B marketing, companies can, if not must, rely on social CRM software, which can uniquely identify the visitors, track their response and give hard facts about the enterprise’s social media initiative. There are many of these enterprise software which allow market analysts to understand online trends, thereby helping them divert the majority of resources onto a community which is most responsive and generates most leads.

One important aspect that every analyst must understand is that SMM should not be used like TV adverts or Billboards. Social media marketing is at its best in retention of customers and using them to generate new ones. Think of it this way – in Facebook, most, if not all, replies for your posts come from your friends and subscribers rather than strangers. So if you are looking to introduce a completely unknown product to a completely new audience who probably have no experience with your business, then the results may not be the great.
Implementing SMM for boosting your business’ growth and reach is a great idea, however it is becoming increasingly important to do the tracking and ROI analysis as the social media continues to evolve as a great market.