Social Media

Websites have moved on so much in recent years, so it’s likely you’ll have upgraded or relaunched at least once. If not, you’re probably considering doing so.

The process is no easy task and it will represent an investment of thousands of pounds financially, and it will cost a fair amount of emotional and physical energy.

But the work can’t stop there. You need to raise awareness of your business and promote your website at minimum cost, and here are four low-cost options.

Directories

On-line trade directories will get your url in front of the right people and often at no cost.

Trade directories are also likely to have some form of editorial output to complement the bare bones of the site, so contact the web admin to alert them to your website relaunch and offer to provide a few paragraphs of copy and some images.

Make sure you provide urls to the relevant pages so the admin can make your story and images clickable.

Blogging

You know your products inside-out, so generating a couple of hundred words every other week should prove straightforward, and regular updates provide value in terms of Search Engine Optimisation for your site, pushing it high up the rankings.

If you can’t think what to write about, brainstorm topics with your team. A great place to start is with the questions already being posed by customers or potential buyers. If they’re asking questions, chances are others will want to hear the answers.

Social media

You have a social media presence and you’re always wondering what to talk about on the various platforms. An upgrade to your website provides the perfect opportunity to generate exciting content. Make it rich in visuals and light on words. Social media is all about show and tell.

E-Mailing

You have a list of previous buyers and previous enquirers, so a great starting point is to tell them about your new website in an e-mail.

Don’t be lazy, though. The words ‘Check out our new website’ are not going to excite any interest, because nobody is going to visit your website out of the goodness of their heart. They need one question answered, and it is this – ‘What’s in it for me?’

So spell it out with specific promises you know you can deliver, making it impossible for the reader to ignore your invitation to click through.

One crucial thing to add regarding email marketing – if you are considering building an e-mail list and sending regular updates to people on it, there are strict regulations covering such activity. One key element is to tell people how they came to be receiving an email from you, and giving them the opportunity to opt out of hearing from you again. Regulations are different for mailing to individuals and for sending to companies.

Full details found here.

Outsource it

Most companies find that is an awful lot of work for a small company – which is where we can come in and do it for you. The chances are that most of your competitors will be doing very little of the above and we can put together a package that is appropriate to your business and won’t involve a corporate mega-budget – after all, what we do is to specialise in growing small companies into big ones – by working smarter.

For more inspiration on promoting your website read Ian Deavin’s white paper entitled ‘How small companies are competing successfully and punching above their weight’

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  • Speak to us on 01462 850040 or 07860 218334.
The tip of the industrial marketing iceberg

From qualitative research across our client base we estimate that 23% of free web coverage is corporate website, 22% is corporate blog and 55% is from third party sites – online journals, online directories – which get picked up by search engines.

This includes some photos and some videos but does not include:
–    Video channel internal searches, e.g. YouTube
–    Editorial newsletters
–    Industry blogs
–    Social media internal traffic
So there is clearly a lot to do for free!

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Trickle-down content marketing

By taking a systematic approach to content generation and dissemination we find that we can cost-effectively achieve coverage for clients. This generally involves a trickle-down from the initial brief which may start as a press release, white paper, feature article or video.

The process works something like this (with variations):

  • Press Release content feeds the Blog and Social Media – which both add variety and relevance while potentially stimulating conversation.
  • A White Paper goes on the website and the Blog – it also gives rise to a press release and social media coverage driving traffic to the full document on the website.
  • Videos on YouTube channel can also be shown on the website and Blog, and covered on Social Media.
  • Feature articles convert to white papers to go on the website and Blog with press release and social media coverage.

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Good idea

Why do people watch YouTube – yes aside from entertainment – many many people watch “how to do it videos”. I remember one video getting 30,000 hits in a year on how to trim florists’ plastic foam with a knife.

We all like to see how to do something – it gives us knowledge and confidence to do the same or similar ourselves. We are also grateful to the video provider who takes on credibility, status and authority.

The same is true of re-telling in-print stories of how your customers use your products – referred to as “application stories”. Tell one prospective customer how someone else saved time/money/solved quality problems/achieved an otherwise impossible task – then you have a really powerful testimonial.

So don’t take your customers application for granted – once you have solved their problem turn the story into valuable content for your PR or Social Media campaigns – your sales team will – eventually – love you for it.

Take a look at your customer list and ask “What do they do with our product?”

The answer may surprise you and provide prospective customers with an interesting approach to their own problems, and so bring them to your door.

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Don’t be afraid to state the obvious!

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We are already in a group – called Industrial Manufacturing

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The value of Social Media for Industrial SMEs

How to get started – this is the right time for industrial companies to put resources into Social Media. Why and How? There has been much scepticism about the use of Social Media in the industrial market place – even late in 2012 I saw a paper which suggested that 30% of engineers did not […]

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Engineers using Social Media for Business

We found this really enlightening infographic published in 2013 that was put together by CALGAVIN, an engineering company in Warwickshire. They carried out a survey into the types of activities engineers carry out on social media sites – which was obviously of great interest to us! Some of the results were quite surprising then – would you […]

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Creating Content for Industrial SMEs

This Whitepaper describes the basis of producing “marketing content” for use in the promotional mix of industrial SMEs Starting from the basis that we often forget that “content” is what you talk to customers about every day – Ian offers the working definition that it consists of the words, images and other informative material that […]

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Online marketing compared to an exhibition

I was chatting to a colleague the other day when we started to think of the comparison between the personal presence of an exhibition and the way that the apparently more diffuse world of online marketing works, and thought it worth sharing. It went like this: Imagine that your website is your exhibition stand ( […]

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