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Common Online Marketing Mistakes

When it comes to online marketing, everyone starts off thinking they know how to do it. The truth is, online marketing is not very different from other types of marketing. The tool is different, but the way you go about it really isn’t. You still need to understand who your audience is, what your product or service is, and know how to explain to your audience why it will solve their problems and why you are the one to offer it.

The following mistakes can lead to problems with getting more business.

 

Not Sticking to One Brand

Morr MarketingDon’t try to be someone different online than you are offline. Don’t try to recreate your brand for every social media network. Keep the same brand image, slightly changed up for each network’s platform and features, but keeping the same colours, values, and ideals as you have on your website. You want your customers to know who you are, no matter where they connect with you.

There are times when this might be unavoidable, such as when you’re going through a re-brand as I am, but try as much as possible to be consistent.

 

Watch your competitorsNot Watching Your Competitors

You don’t want to copy your competitors, but watching them will help you stay one step ahead of them. It might even alert you to some cosmic change in the marketplace if you are paying attention. Be aware of what type of products and/or services your competition provides and be ready to do them one better.

 

Goals and Objectives

Not Having a Goal

It’s imperative that for each type of marketing you do, you have a goal in mind. Whether it’s content marketing, pay-per-click marketing, or social media marketing, having a goal to reach will help you know whether or not you’ve accomplished your mission. Plus it will help you know how to move forward.

 

Not Having a Domain Name

Not only should you have a domain name, but you should also have an email @yourdomainname if you want to be taken seriously as a business owner. You can easily set up your own email address with your web host provider, sometimes at no additional charge.

 

Not Having Diverse and Regular Content

Get your message out in different ways

It’s no longer enough to simply put up 500-word blog posts and expect to get a loyal following. Today you need longer blog posts, video, podcasts, infographics, memes and more to ensure that you are reaching all parts of your audience. Everyone learns differently, and it’s your job to educate them in the way they learn best.

 

Not Having an Email List

Email List

It’s surprising how many business owners there are who don’t realise the importance of building an email list for successful online marketing. But it’s true; some people don’t build an email list, and they should.

This is one I’ve mentioned often! Read this guest blog post by my friend Allan Scott of Mill House Media if you want to know more.

 

Write down blog topics ideasNot Having Well-Written Content

You can’t just slap anything up and expect it to be successful when it comes to content marketing. You need original, unique content that speaks directly to your audience. In addition, you need curated content from other experts which you comment on.

 

Focus on benefits not featuresNot Focusing on Benefits over Features

It’s tempting to discuss all the features of your product or service instead of the benefits. All marketing messages, even on your “about us” page, need to be focused on your client and how your products or services benefit them. That can be difficult to wrap your brain around sometimes, but it is imperative in order to get more conversions.

Don’t make these mistakes with your online marketing. If you really want to be successful at online marketing, learn from those who have gone before you, and do not try to reinvent the wheel.