Search Engine Strategies Week In Review

SES San Jose, CA

Professional Web Services attended the annual SES, Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose, California this week. The conference was filled with the mega search companies Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft, new upstarts, and many other companies selling their wares.

The show is always a good opportunity to talk with numerous experts within the industry and see some of the new ideas in marketing and advertising online, website analytics, and various affiliates.

The highlight of the SES Conference in the past has been the Google Dance, and this year was no exception.

See more on the Google Dance below.

Here are some of the pictures from the Search Engine Strategies Show.

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B2B Marketing Strategies – Teamwork Corporate Marketing

Strategic marketing a business-to-business “B2B”¬† company involves teamwork from the president on down.

Getting everyone on the same page for B2B marketing strategies can sometimes be the toughest part of a president’s job. As Internet marketing specialists, Professional Web Services needs to get the feedback from our business customers, concerning their customers through the sales and marketing personnel of what is happening with online advertising campaigns, website landing pages, information requests, referral leads, and current and future products or services. In addition to this direct information from sales and marketing, there is a need from the engineering department to provide the nuts and bolts information of what is being designed, manufactured, or fabricated for their business customers. All of this information must be taken into account when maintaining a website.

As technology changes, or improvements are made in the manufacturing processes, it is important to share the information in a way that does not directly divulge intellectual property rights of either the business being served, nor of the company processes themselves. Simply staying quiet is no longer an option for businesses today. B2B Businesses jump ship as quickly as they can do a search online for the next manufacturer, fabricator, or the technology expert that can solve a problem with a (Wow I didn’t know I could do that!) new solution.

In addition to the competitive nature of just about every industry on the planet today, there is an international competitiveness, that the Internet has made our planet into a very small world indeed. China for one example has become a powerhouse. With their low overhead in labor rates, along with their relatively week adherence to pollution controls, companies in the developed sectors are having their products, OEM parts, and components built in China at a fraction of the cost of what any of the developed countries in the world can build them for.

Take for example, the PCB industry. As recently as ten years ago, the United States was king in the manufacturing of printed circuit boards. However, the Internet has made the United States a past performance item for PCB manufacturing. I have visited many printed circuit shops and can tell you that the United States can’t build a circuit board at the prices that are quoted from China. The raw materials, laminate prices, copper costs, and carbide drills alone are more than what many of the boards can be built here in the USA.

The Internet has also made it easy to transfer information at light speed from one end of the globe to the other. Computers process the data in a fraction of a second. Software programs are used in India to generate the circuit board data from Gerber files. Drill and rout programs can automatically be generated and then transferred to a Chinese manufacturing plant where labor rates are a fraction of anywhere else in the world.

Businesses have squeezed their suppliers so much, that many of them have simply gone out of business. Is there any doubt, in anyone’s mind that we are living in a very competitive landscape? For this reason alone, it is important to maximize a business’s exposure online.

The Online Landscape

But, that brings us back to the teamwork scenario. A B2B business has to work as a team from all facets, in order to maximize the marketing potential available through the online landscape. The online landscape is ripe for opportunities. To take advantage of the situation is like playing a baseball game. Everyone must work together in order for the team to be successful. Take for example of managing an online advertising campaign. Web metrics can only do so much. Sure a person can figure out the conversion from impressions to clicks, but can a person tell with Web metrics alone, how many of these clicks became actual customers? No way. Web metrics can give you an idea of what percentage of people that click on an online Ad go to a specific page, or sign up for a specific item, but Web metrics alone can not tell you for sure if they became a customer later on down the line. The only way to get exact details is to ask.

Why is the Concept of People Metrics so Foreign?

This goes to the first contact principal. When dealing with a customer for the first time, does anyone ask the simple question how they found your business? So, a person says they found your business on the Internet. Great, but did they click on an Ad, did they click on the website in the search results, did they come from an online directory, did they already know your name and search for your company using the search engines, or what was the keyword, keywords, or key phrases were typed into the search bar at Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft Live Search to find your company on the Internet?

The importance of feedback can not be overstated. Without feedback, a company has no way of knowing of how successful anything is. This requires the first or second contact person asking the simple question, and documenting that information for upper management, sales and marketing, and the person or group in charge of Internet marketing and online advertising campaigns.

With solid marketing information, the Internet marketing specialists can make adjustments to online advertising campaigns and improvements to the website design for better overall customer conversions.

Engineers Need To Tell Stories

Many of the businesses that are looking for solutions for manufacturing of their products, or technology solutions to a particular software or hardware issue, often converse with the resident engineers of many of the manufacturing, fabrication, or software technology companies in the world. How often are these stories being shared between what an engineer has talked about with a customer and the sales and marketing staff, or the Internet marketing team? If everyone is just doing their own job mode, your business is missing a wonderful sales and marketing opportunity.

Internet marketing experts do not magically know the inside scoop from each and every business in the world. Every market sector has its own unique set of keywords used. The only way online marketing personnel can learn about that information is for it to be shared with an individual or the Internet marketing team. Companies that supply technology services, or various OEM products to a wide variety of fields, will have a different communications language with the engineers from those market sectors. That is why, it is important to share that information with the team.

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Teamwork is your B2B key to success.

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Strategic Marketing From an Internet Perspective

What is Strategic Marketing?

Internet Marketing StandoutStrategic Marketing attempts to determine how an organization competes or how it will compete against its competition in a market place. In particular, it aims at generating a competitive advantage relative to its competition. From Wikipedia.

Various marketing buzz words abound online. The above definition for strategic marketing is probably one of the most concise and defines it in a manner which can be easily grasped.

There are strategic marketing firms that will analyze the market place for the entire business structure and come up with a marketing strategy for their clients to compete on a global scale. While this type of service is needed to help determine a direction a company wants to go, there are however requirements for more specific strategic marketing evaluations that can have a major global marketing impact.

Understanding Internet Marketing

It is imperative for companies, as part of their strategic marketing, to understand the relationship the Internet has on a company’s market reach in both vertical and horizontal markets. The Internet provides a wealth of information, tools, and potential to expand a company’s sales through the use of the company website, online advertising, and Web 2.0 technology. Learning to use the Internet to fine tune (optimize the website) for various market segments are one of the keys to having more penetration both horizontally and vertically online.

Developing the penetration into these markets is what Internet marketing really is all about. A company can be all over the Internet, or not at all found online, but if it is not found in its industry specific area for engineers, buyers, and consumers searching for the products or services provided by the company, it will have little impact on the bottom-line sales generated.

Strategic Internet Marketing Evaluation

Marketing has what is known as a SWOT analysis tool. The acronym SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The SWOT analysis  is a way of evaluating the direction a company wishes to go. For example below is a SWOT Chart courtesy of businessballs.com

Subject of SWOT analysis:
(define the subject of the analysis here)

strengths

  • Advantages of proposition?
  • Capabilities?
  • Competitive advantages?
  • USP’s (unique selling points)?
  • Resources, Assets, People?
  • Experience, knowledge, data?
  • Financial reserves, likely returns?
  • Marketing – reach, distribution, awareness?
  • Innovative aspects?
  • Location and geographical?
  • Price, value, quality?
  • Accreditations, qualifications, certifications?
  • Processes, systems, IT, communications?
  • Cultural, attitudinal, behavioral?
  • Management cover, succession?

weaknesses

  • Disadvantages of proposition?
  • Gaps in capabilities?
  • Lack of competitive strength?
  • Reputation, presence and reach?
  • Financials?
  • Own known vulnerabilities?
  • Timescales, deadlines and pressures?
  • Cash flow, start-up cash-drain?
  • Continuity, supply chain robustness?
  • Effects on core activities, distraction?
  • Reliability of data, plan predictability?
  • Morale, commitment, leadership?
  • Accreditations, etc?
  • Processes and systems, etc?
  • Management cover, succession?

opportunities

  • Market developments?
  • Competitors’ vulnerabilities?
  • Industry or lifestyle trends?
  • Technology development and innovation?
  • Global influences?
  • New markets, vertical, horizontal?
  • Niche target markets?
  • Geographical, export, import?
  • New USP’s?
  • Tactics – surprise, major contracts, etc?
  • Business and product development?
  • Information and research?
  • Partnerships, agencies, distribution?
  • Volumes, production, economies?
  • Seasonal, weather, fashion influences?

threats

  • Political effects?
  • Legislative effects?
  • Environmental effects?
  • IT developments?
  • Competitor intentions – various?
  • Market demand?
  • New technologies, services, ideas?
  • Vital contracts and partners?
  • Sustaining internal capabilities?
  • Obstacles faced?
  • Insurmountable weaknesses?
  • Loss of key staff?
  • Sustainable financial backing?
  • Economy – home, abroad?
  • Seasonality, weather effects?

The table above can be used for all types of analysis. Using the four main keys and applying it to an Internet marketing plan is beneficial for helping visualize and evaluate what needs to be done.

While the particular example above is more general in nature, it can be applied to specifics. For example when determining how a website needs to be optimized and/or the Web presence, a person needs to look at the four keys. Some of the questions that can be asked are: What is the company’s online strengths in meeting their marketing goals? How well is the website designed? Does the website provide quality information for readers, visitors, and the search engines? What types of links point to the website? Are these links quality links? What opportunities exist in the types of niche markets that the business can expand online? What are the current weaknesses with the business’s Web efforts? How can the business improve their brand recognition online? Does the website provide a solid tool for the sales and marketing departments? What threats are faced from the competition and other market factors online? What other tools are available to take advantage of online opportunities? Is the company advertising online? Is the competition advertising online? All of these items and more can be written down or verbalized to help develop an Internet marketing plan to help grow and promote your company.

Once the market analysis is performed then a strategic plan needs to be developed, and then implemented. Certain items can be quickly changed or applied, while others on the list will need substantial time and effort to attend to. All of the items will factor into the viability of the company competing across the Internet.

Developing a quality web presence is one of the most important items a company can invest in. It is very shortsighted to think in terms of “the cost” of developing a website. It is a business investment, and it is an investment that has the potential to bring forth many returns.

Get the Business Solution today from Professional Web Services. Contact us today for a free Internet marketing evaluation or other Internet marketing services.

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Great Balls of Fire Marketing Strategies B2B B2C

What do we have here?

Powerful Internet marketing forces for your B2B or B2C business.

In today’s high-tech world of Internet communications, in which information travels at light speed on the Web, a B2C or B2B business can make a huge impression online with customer centric Professional Web Services communications tools.

There are many good Internet marketing tools that a business can use to significantly help establish a brand image on the Internet. One of those items is the company’s website. The website is one of the key foundation items for marketing and advertising a business online. A professional website can also be a source for online new customer lead generation as well as a tool for sales and marketing to use on a daily basis. Investing in the integration of the corporate website into all aspects of a strategic marketing plan can pay loads of dividends in a short amount of time.

Another significant tool for businesses today is the corporate Web blog. Corporate America is starting to adopt the professional blog as much more than a personal website. Furthermore, a blog may actually be a more powerful tool then the corporate website itself. Very few of the companies on the Web understand how these blogs can be utilized as powerful customer centric communications tools. The companies that have embraced the blog as an online communications tool are jumping ahead of the competition in each of their respective fields. The longer a company has been writing and publishing information online, the more likely they are being found on the Internet for various aspects and market segments for their business.

Companies that cover a wide area of OEM support for parts and services in the way of: manufacturing, assembly, technology, engineering, and software support services, have a particularly difficult position in reaching their targeted market segments online. Technically speaking, the reasons have to do mainly with the sheer numbers of publications in the form of websites, web pages, and other published items on the Internet. Each and every website, and web page that uses your company’s keywords are in direct competition with your business. College term papers, research papers, essay papers, news media reports, and other unrelated websites are a form of competition online. Some of those web pages and web sites are more competition than others. Never the less, keyword phrases used by even the news media outlets and off topic websites can affect a company that is trying to establish themselves for a particular market segment. Hence, it really comes down to establishing a theme for a particular website. The stronger the overall theme, the greater the chance others will want to link to it for additional information. However, a company that chooses to somewhat dilute their main topics, runs the risk of what I would refer to as “out of context” content dilution and subsequently getting lost in the mounds of publicized data.

Search algorithms have to crunch huge amounts of data from each and every website on the Internet. These algorithms look at more than just the keywords in the website itself. There are hundreds of variables that search engine algorithms look at when evaluating each and every page on the Web. Taking just two of the factors that are within complete control of a company; content on the corporate website and content on the corporate blog, or I should say corporate blogs, are very significant for establishing corporate brand identity on the Web.

Why does having both a corporate website and a blog make a strategic marketing difference?

Each and every published posting can be a key source of information for your company on the Internet. New customers are more likely to find your company online by doing searches on what it is that your company builds, manufactures, or produces. Company postings are a way of expanding your market reach online.

Yes, it does take a fair amount of time to write, edit, and publish good content, online information that will ultimately result in new links to your corporate website. Once someone else finds information helpful and informative, they are much more likely to link to specific posted pages of a blog.

Feed the blog, and the blog will feed you. This has more than one meaning. Having a basic understanding of how a blog works is beneficial in this area. When a blog is published, a ping is sent out to various services online that monitor when new postings are published. This ping provides a means for special search engines to log in the information to their database. At these search engines, a blog becomes searchable or can be seen in the current results as soon as it is registered and published. Additionally, there are also RSS and ATOM feeds from a blog that people can automatically subscribe to. The new article is quickly and automatically picked up by everyone that is on the subscription list, and can be read with their online news readers. This has the convenience of providing the information directly to the end user, without the user having to check back daily to see if any new information has been published.

Blogs are ideally suited to be customer centric. This is because the blog has the feature of allowing comments or no comments (if you choose the no comments option). But, by allowing comments from users, readers, and subscribers; a corporation can gain valuable insight from those that are reading the information online. All comment feedback has the potential to being valuable from a strategic marketing and online advertising perspective. While the concerns over having comments that are off color or of a spam nature are justified, there are excellent controls for monitoring or filtering the comments before they are posted.

All of these items provide a major Internet marketing and online advertising impact for your company online.

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Decisions for Your Business – Strategies for Success

Maybe your are asking the question, “Why do I need professional Internet marketing services?”

Let’s take a look and see why you need good online marketing today.

Would you like your business to show up in the major search engine results pages of Google Search, Yahoo Search, and Bing Search? If the answer is yes, then you need good Internet marketing services.

Would you like to have greater brand recognition for your business? If the answer is yes, then you need good Internet marketing services.

Would you like your business to be able to break into or expand into new market segments? If the answer is yes, then you need good Internet marketing services.

Would you like your advertising budget to be spent efficiently and have the best return on investment possible? If the answer is yes, then you need good Internet marketing services.

Would you like to see an online advertising campaign targeted to specific buyers or consumers? If the answer is yes, then you need good Internet marketing services.

Would you like to obtain more sales for your business? If the answer is yes, then you need good Internet marketing services.

Can you afford to sit by, letting the competition pass you buy on the Internet, and not have good Internet marketing services? If the answer is no, then you need good Internet marketing services. Remember, good Internet marketing strategies are keys to online marketing success.

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