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3 Ways to Think Like Your Customer for Digital Marketing Success

By Virteom
January 09, 2018 Category: Marketing101, Marketing Automation, Marketing, Blogging

Sometimes, the most valuable things cannot be measured. Gone are the days of a brands marketing strategy being only about the metrics and products or services. Marketing can be an impossible game to play as its based on assumptions. As our CEO Dan Carbone once put it, Its really just guessing and testing. However, the secret to success here can be simplified; Think Like Your Customer. Many businesses know that this is easier said than done, but once you have it down, everything falls into place. Many companies put a lot of resources into finding out their target market, the ideal customer. Some companies, dont put a focus on determining their buyer personas at all. Whether you have or have not pinpointed who your true audience is, understand that knowing who they are and how they behave is half of the battle. You have to put resources diligent effort into understanding who the people are that you will truly help with your business. Once you know who your buyers are, the rest flows naturally,

The Importance of Link Building

By Virteom
December 26, 2017 Category: SEO, Link Building, Marketing

Link building is an important aspect of SEO marketing. If you have not yet employed link building strategies in your marketing structure, you are possibly missing out on potential business. Using link building strategies will help you create high-quality SEO marketing campaigns that will help your business thrive. But, first you need to understand what it is and how to use it. What is link building? Link building is a strategy that that gets web pages to link to each other by acquiring hyperlinks from other websites and apply them to your own site. It helps users navigate between different pages on the Internet. They also help search engines crawl between the pages on your website. There are different ways to build links. But, if you can master at least one of them, it can catapult you ahead of your competition.In the United States, the interest for link building has grown 43 percent since 2005. How are links created? Since links are at the crux of link building, it is important to

3 Reasons You Shouldn't Delay Launching Your New Website

By Virteom
December 21, 2017 Category: Web Development

elaying the launch, or renewing, of a website is a guaranteed way to miss out on customers for any business. While many people who are running businesses are perfectionists and dont want to launch anything that would be considered incomplete; when it comes to putting out an updated website, or launching one for the first time, the sooner it goes online the better. Your website is a member of your sales team...except it is working for you24/7. With this constant availability Delaying the launch of your website can be costly. Check out these three reasons you shouldnt delay launching your new website: customers need to find your business Businesses derive so much business from their online presence these days that it can be crippling to have a poor online presence. Being searchable on the web makes it easier and faster for people to find your business, much like how the Yellow Pages used to be the go-to method for finding the business a customer needs, now they turn to Google and Bing. to

3 Google AdWords Hacks To Increase Conversions For The Long Term

By Virteom
December 19, 2017 Category: AdWords, Online Advertising, Tips And Tricks, Online Marketing, Google Ads

Google AdWords is THE online advertising platform to getyour product out there in front of millions of viewers and help you edge out the competition online. Whether youve already started dabbling in AdWords or are new to the AdWords game, you want to make sure its going to provide valueand be worth your time. To determine the value of AdWords for your business, you have to do some research into the keywords and competitiveness of your industry. To help you prepare for your preliminary research, lets break it down: Heres how it works: Google displays ads in a text format and posts the content you create within the Googlenetwork through search results. This gets your information to users all over the internet and more specifically, users who have searched for your keywords that you targeted. You bid for keywords against other competitors, so there are industries with more expensive keywords and some that are cheaper. If you dont see an immediate impact on your conversions (the ad clicks

Avoiding the Three Year Death Cycle of Websites

By Virteom
December 14, 2017 Category: Websites

Many companies make the mistake of creating the perfect website for their business, just to let it sit there unattended for years. As long as its out there and not showing an error page, theyre satisfied. But that attitude could be costing you customers. Weve noticed that every three years customers come to us looking to refresh their websites visuals and content. Its like their websites have an expiration date and go through a death cycle.Sounds ominous, but bear with us - its a real thing. If you dont keep up with the latest web trends, keep fresh content and stay compliant with the latest search engine trends youre likely to fall off the face of the web. So, what attributes to the three year website death cycle? 1. Your Website Becomes Out of Date Internet trends move quickly, and in just three years your business website can go from impressive to meh for a couple of reasons: your website Design is Out Of Date: Web design is constantly changing, and what may have been trending

7 Things Business Owners Need to Know About SaaS

By Virteom
December 05, 2017 Category: SaaS, Marketing101, Virteom, Digital Marketing

Software as a service (SaaS) is something that you need to utilize for your business. Moving into 2018, SaaS is a growing industry that business owners all over the world are taking advantage of. You can grow your company, automate operations, increase your marketing efforts long-term with shorter-term input, and keep financing costs low with vendors. Today, well look at the 7 things you need to know about SaaS. As a business owner, understanding software as a service can bring you to prosperity and profit. But first, lets tackle what SaaS means today and how to use it profitably. What is SaaS? Its a type of product -- think of it as software delivery -- where all you need is the internet and place to browse to take advantage. This is not something new, but does stand to take over what used to be extensive hardware, heavy internal investment, hosting, IT, and more. All of those things ( more) will be taken care of by your SaaS vendor, the expert on the software because they do more

Why is Image Optimization Important to Web Performance

By Virteom
November 30, 2017 Category: Images, Web Performance

Anyone from a web guru to a casual Internet user can tell you that images for your website are a big deal. But images can do more than just look pretty - they can actually drive more traffic to your website. And you dont need professional photography skills to bring that attention to your site. All you need are a few tricks to optimize your images. While adding a picture to your website is a breeze, it takes a little more work to get the full optimization from your image. When youre ready to upload your picture, keep these tips in mind: 1. Name Your Images When you go to upload your image, its label will default to whatever name your camera or the stock website gave the file. While it may seem tedious, take a moment to rename your file with descriptive words in order to help your webpage rank higher on search engines. Bots crawling through pages pick up on image file names just like they would text, and they will be more likely to pick up a filename like your-product-here.jpeg over

Why Having a Website is More Important than You Think

By Virteom
November 02, 2017 Category: Website

With social media being all the rage, the temptation to think that a Facebook page is all your small business needs is common. After all, with limited staffing it proves difficult to stay current with these applications. Why add the work and cost of a website to the mix? The truth is that a social media presence is not enough to market your company. Yes, social media proves a hefty tool in your marketing strategy. However, you need a web presence to capitalize on and boost your social media / Facebook presence. Lets take a closer look. Rent vs. Own Ultimately, with social media, you do not own the space. This fact means that changes to the platform are made without your approval or even your liking. These changes may impact your business negatively and unfortunately, you have no say. A website on the other hand is owned and controlled by you. If an aspect of your site is not seeing good returns, you change it or have your web development team fix it. If your consumers express trouble

What Can your Account Manager Do for You?

By Olivia Justice
October 27, 2017 Category: Account Managers, Services, Maintenance

Once youve sign up with Virteom, you have an entire team behind you from website development to post launch. Think of us as your extended marketing partner. We wont abandon you once your website is built and leave you wondering what now?. Our mission is to help your company grow which is why post website launch success is so important to us. In order to fulfill our mission we assign each account to an account manager. This allows the account manager to personalize your experience based on your industry and marketing goals. But, what is an account manager anyway? What can they do for you? In this video we summarize a few of the things we help our customers with: What is an Account Manager? What does an Account Manager do? An account manager is an individual who will work with you to achieve success within your website and beyond. This can be through marketing tactics, specific deliverables, online marketing, and much more. We can handle any overflow you may have and execute

Create Landing Pages that Convert

By Virteom
October 24, 2017 Category: Landing Pages, Lead Generation, Conversion, Online Marketing, Marketing

Every nano-second on the web counts. Creating landing pages that score leads and sales brings a high return on investment and after all, thats the benefit of online marketing. But what strategies earn you the biggest lead in the game of online marketing? Lets take a look. 1. Know Your Team Strategies which work for one team, fail for others. One jersey does not fit all. Think about it: Your call-to-action (CTA) or goal, reader or user, product or niche are all unique. Your strategy must address these factors. Craft strategies which target your specific audience and reach your goals. At Virteom, our Persona Development helps you identify your buyers for your marketing strategy. Creating campaigns for different buyers and following the funnel with a landing page tailored to them as well not only leads to more conversions, but better-quality leads. 2. Spell It Out Fans in the stands know that cheers and chants that are short and spell things out reach the teams ears and engage the

Chatbots are on the rise -- and that's good news for you

By Virteom
October 03, 2017 Category: Web Trends, Marketing

Over the past few years, a new trend has been gaining steam online: chatbots. Theyre a type of artificial intelligence that can hold conversations with people in a realistic and human-like manner. In 2016, chatbots seemed to explode onto the scene as a new interactive marketing and customer service tool and this year, theyre only growing as new uses and environments start cropping up.. how are chatbots used? Typically, business chatbots have been used in a customer service capacity when you visit a website, a chatbot in the corner will pop up and ask you if you have any questions. This type of user engagement has worked well in the past, especially as it helps users save what can be a significant amount of time waiting for a customer service representative to become available simply to answer a routine question. But now, chatbots are moving into an even more personalized realm conducting routine activities for their users, from paying bills to scheduling meetings to ordering online. For

Your Website is at Risk

By Virteom
September 07, 2017 Category: SSL, HTTPS

If youre running a website or online company, you probably already know the importance of things like SEO. You know that you need keywords, that you need a great landing page, that you need social media profiles and ways for visitors to easily contact you. But, did you know that you may be overlooking one of the most powerful tools you need? If your website does not have a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) certification, then you could be losing out on many customers. Youre at risk for losing traffic, potential leads and your ranking on search engines. who needs a ssl or https site? In October 2017, Google will begin to mark websites who collect information on the web with a not secure warning if they do not have a SSL certification. Additionally, if you search the web in incognito mode, all sites will be marked as not secure. Before now, only websites that collected credit card information were required to have this type of protection, but it

Creating an A+ Blog that Ranks High and Provides Value

By Admin
September 05, 2017 Category: Blogging, Marketing, SEO, Content

With a lot on your mind, you pour your heart and soul into blog post after blog post. You post all the new events, awards and recognition your company gets. Isnt that quality? No fluff topics. No sales pitchy posts. Just trustworthy, heartfelt content. Unfortunately, even this noble foundation leaves many blogs unread. To create an A+ blog that ranks high in search engines, your content needs to provide value and speak to readers by doing the following. Feed Your Audience What It Wants Great content means little if it only has meaning to you. To draw readers in, you need to give audiences what they want to read. Look for trending topics, provide solutions to reader problems and answer their questions with your blog posts. Become a resource for your current customers and readers and future ones! To accomplish this, you need to do your research. Use Google Trends to find up-to-date topics based on search volume. Look to Quora, LinkedIn Answers and other such sites to identify

How to Build Your Online Presence and Get Ahead of The Competition

By Virteom
August 10, 2017 Category: Online Presence, Website, Social Media

As you know, having a strong web presence is no longer optional if you want to succeed in business. Its an absolute necessity.Your web presence is, more often than not, an individuals first impression of you. Regardless of your industry, your business or your size, you need to be ahead of your competitors online in every way. Countless potential clients will first come into contact with you via your online presence so you have to make sure that they can find everything theyll need to know about you easily online. But doing so can be a time-consuming and complicated process. So, what are the things you absolutely should have? How do you build your online presence and get ahead of the competition? Website Your website is where it all starts. If youre doing all the right things to be found on search engines, your potential customers will find your website and begin looking through the pages. What they find will likely determine whether they decide to go with you or your competitors. So,

Spending Too Much Time on SEO? You Should Be!

By Admin
July 25, 2017 Category: SEO, Marketing101, Content Creation

If you have an online business, search engine optimization (SEO) is a crucial aspect to your business. It cant be an afterthought. You have to build it into your online marketing strategy from the very beginning. Generating traffic from organic searches to your website is a key part of your online business, but many businesses design their websites without factoring SEO into the design. You might have a beautiful design, but without the SEO guts you wont get too far. Your site should look nice and modern, but it also needs to be built to handle lead generation and search marketing. Where to Begin with SEO You really should be spending significant time on your SEO, or paying someone to think about it for you. So what are the things you need to consider? It starts with the domain you choose. It has to make sense and relate to what you do in your business. For example: if youre in the landscaping business, choosing a domain that has landscaping in it will help with your ranking. If you

The Consequences of an Online Ego and Not Addressing the Customer

By Admin
June 21, 2017 Category: Think Tank, Marketing101, Online Marketing, Content Marketing, Marketing, Content

Set Your Pride Aside! There are certain mistakes that instantly kill the purpose of a marketing campaign and excessive boasting is one of them. A boastful and self-centric online presence highlights a lack of understanding of what customers want. So, while marketing may be all about putting a word about who you are, what you do and how well you do it, too much boasting can destroy your online image altogether. How do you get customers to choose you without talking about your capabilities and accomplishments? Bragging Ends up Costing More Than Youre Getting Businesses need to understand that the purpose of branding is to highlight the value their service/product holds for the customer. It should be about What You Will Get rather than What We Do? A simple change of subject can make a world of difference. Blowing your own horn is a sign of ego and customers arent attracted to big-headed brands anymore. One of the worst mistakes companies can make is putting no focus on building a connection

Should What You Share Differ on Social Media Sites?

By Admin
May 09, 2017 Category: Social Media

Posting on social media sites is good for business and promoting your brand. But is all news good news across social media sites? Which sites are good for which type of news? Lets break it down here. LinkedIn LinkedIn is primarily a business site. Its expertise is linking people through business related news and information. LinkedIn differs from Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus in that it links professionals with professionals, so discussions and posts should usually be less personal, less controversial and no selling. You can post about accolades, awards, and promotions as this helps your brand. Any charitable work or service you provide the community can be posted as well. The postings should be more about your business acumen than your personal life. Keep it less personal. LinkedIn is more for business associates; therefore, the postings should be more formal. Twitter Twitter is a great tool for your business because you have the ability to quickly connect with people all around

11 Questions to Ask When Getting Ready to Write Valuable Website Content

By Admin
April 25, 2017 Category: , General

Where do I start? What do I write about? Need to write for your website but find yourself asking these questions as you try to get the ball rolling? Dont worry. These are common questions every business owner asks prior to getting comfortable writing content. Like all tasks, you can break down the writing process into steps. Once you have a template for how to lay out your ideas, the writing part usually takes care of itself. Lets analyze how to get ideas for your next piece of content and how to structure your post effectively. Asking a few basic questions prior to writing helps grease the slide and moves you into a feeling of momentum and motivation. 1. Who am I writing this post for? As a business owner, you have already identified one or more buyer personas. Get in touch with who youre trying to reach most with your next piece of content. Narrowing this down helps focus the entire process. Once you know which buyer persona youre targeting, youll start to get an understanding

Six Benefits of Social Media Your Small Business Should Take Advantage Of

By Admin
April 04, 2017 Category: Social Media, Social Media Marketing, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter

More than three-fourths of American internet users access social media like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Many of them used social media to learn more about brands, and all brands, big and small, have the opportunity to share their product or service with social media users. Years ago, businesses were skeptical of using social media for marketing, but now you will find that it is a significant part of their marketing efforts. There are plenty of ways that your small business can benefit from social media marketing. Here are eight benefits of social media that you can take advantage of: 1) Reduces your media costs Providing engaging content on social media can help you to reach and expand your followers. Social media is free and if you choose to use social advertising - the cost is much less than traditional mediums. 2) Increase leads with organic traffic When you claim your social media pages, it positively affects your rank in search engine results. This helps your potential

Is Advertising with Google Ads Enough?

By Admin
March 28, 2017 Category: Online Advertising, Google Ads, Bing Ads, Yahoo Ads

When it comes to online marketing, the sheer amount of variety that is available is astounding. Not only can your advertisements appear on numerous websites all across the internet, but you can also utilize search engines that will advertise your content when users type in certain keywords and search terms.;Among these, most business owners flock to Google Ads as the go-to search engine and keyword advertising platform, maybe because of the popularity and ubiquity of Google searches. However, there are numerous reasons to consider also advertising on other search engines such as Bing and Yahoo!, and on an active basis not just as an afterthought. To start, advertising on these platforms can save you a lot of money while having a similar effect as Google Ads. Ad prices are measured in cost per click (CPC), meaning that you are charged for each time a user clicks your advertisement from the search engines page. The CPC for Bing, for example, is about 33% lower than for Google AdWords,

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