Many people still think of their website as an electronic brochure – a way for potential customers to read all about their business online in the same way as they do in paper form. And while that may be the case for some, the truth is so much bigger – not only should your website be so much more than a brochure, it should be evolve over time.
You know that marketing your business is a must but SMEs are often hampered in their efforts to connect with their customers by constraints such as budget and time which put options like paid or online advertising out of reach. At the same time, traditional forms of advertising are no longer as effective as they used to be. And cold selling is out… How many ad blockers do you use when you’re online to make sure you’re not forced to read a paid-for advert when surfing the web?
As marketing experts, we spend a lot of time sharing what we think are the best ways to create and use content for marketing our clients’ businesses, especially when it comes to inbound marketing – the type of marketing that uses content as part of a digital campaign to grow brand awareness and connect a business with its ideal clients. And we love doing that!
Building, maintaining and sharing a strong brand is an essential part of successful marketing and a successful business. As the world changes, a business’ offering, target market, or outlook might also change and, in order to ensure relevance, a rebrand might be necessary.
While both marketing and advertising are designed to promote specific products and services to a targeted audience, they are not the same thing. Understanding the difference between these two tools for promoting your business can help increase sales, raise customer awareness, and add to your business’ success.
Your brand is a living, evolving part of your business. It’s the way in which you present your company and your value to the world (read more about the importance of a re-brand here). Factors such as company culture, imagery, even the colour of your logo, have a major impact on how your brand is perceived by your current and prospective customers.
And we’re back with some more useful marketing acronyms (see our first list here)! Marketing, like so many specialist industries, has its own vocab and some of it is more user-friendly that others, especially when it comes to the online arena.