Thursday, September 24, 2009

The New Yahoo and Online Success

Today an article in the Business section talked about the new Yahoo. In order to close the gap between Yahoo search and Google, Yahoo has been seeking a parnership with Microsoft. Essentially, Microsoft will handle the hardware and software for Yahoo while Yahoo focuses on the "front end" experience.

What is going to be so different about Yahoo's new front end experience? Well over the next 15 months Yahoo is launching a global branding campaign that will highlight the best elements. However, if you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know we can give you some insights into it before the traditional media catches up.

Yahoo is known for its search, email, instant messanging, and other popular applications. What thay are doing is comes from a multidisciplined appraoch to keep surfers and searchers on thier network as long as possible. In other words, they want to increase stickiness.

What they've done is hire a team of social scientists of different fields to work with their computer scientists to improve their search features. So soon you will see the top ten results as would now but with some changes. You will see content networks like CNN, Discovery Channel, etc. displayed on the left side of your search results that have links to content related to your query.

This is huge for online success. Recently, we have been seeing greater ROI on campaigns that do both paid search and display advertising. In the next 15 months Yahoo is going to be promoting content display networks even more heavily. Thus, this proven combination is taking over the world of Internet Marketing.

What can you do to take advantage of this? You need to start advertising now to beat your competition to the top positions. As we know the longer you've been advetising online, the better positioning you earn as a reward for your loyalty with the Search Engines. Also, as this starts to roll out prices are going to be lower for display. But in a short time competition will drive the prices up making it harder to get started.

As the world leader in Online Marketing we at WSI recommend you to not procrastinate on this opportunity. We advise a proactive approach in integrating this strategy into your current marketing efforts so that you get in on the ground floor. Contact us today and let us show you how this is the best time to to take on this great opportunity.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Setting Yourself Apart

From our earlier posts we've seen how the Internet has changed the way we do business, how we promote them, and the changes the Internet itself has gone through. Bottom line, it has become a more crowded and competitive space. Local businesses are competing in their local arenas and sometimes nationally or globally. With all this competition how does one set their company apart from similar businesses?

So far we've been talking about the design and promotion of your website to set you apart. Conversion-based architecture helps to ensure ease of use no matter what customer type you serve. Aggressive Internet marketing makes sure that your website is easily found, talked about, visited, and generates conversions of traffic into customers. But, what are some little extra things that will set you apart?

In Internet marketing, we call these little extras conversion tools. They improve the customer experience, keep customers on your website longer (aka create stickiness), and generate word of mouth. Below are just a few ideas, but contact us to see more and discuss their advantages.

Placing a video along with regular text gives the customer an option to choose how they consume the information provided about your company. Now you are catering to their needs. Thus, improving their experience.

Along with video we use an ROI calculator. It's a gadget that our clients can use to get a rough idea of what they can expect their returns to be for our Pay-per-click campaigns. They can play around with it for a while which give them a chance to think about their goals, so they will ready to talk budget when they contact us. Just by them spending a little extra time on our site, we capture more of their attention. The more attention then the more likely they become a client. To see the ROI calculator, click here and scroll down to the middle of the page.

The third I want to introduce is the Click-to-call element. This conversion tool allows customers to call you without them having to dial your number. It allows you, the business owner, to measure and record calls made to your business from your website. Not all click-to-call tools are the same. The one we offer has many advanced features such as the find-me-follow-me function and virtual receptionist. Both these features give the appearance of a larger company to your customers. They make sure customers find the person they are looking for and that a call never goes unanswered. Our click-to-call solution is the best one we've found, and we've looked a lot.

All in all, these tools are about the customer. What are their needs? What will hold their attention longer? What will impress them, so they tell their friends? These tools range from free to moderate price, from cheesy to impressive. Pick our brains about the ones that we've seen success with and for creative ideas for your business today. Let us help you stand apart from the crowd.