Online Business Ideas for a New Year

Traditional methods of doing business, promoting products and services and use of desktops continued to be supplanted by newer practices of social media, online video and visual marketing as well as web data driven metrics. With this in mind its time to start implementing and expanding your online presence and marketing by making the following resolutions and incorporating them into your business plan in 2014.

Employ a robust content marketing plan.

Content Marketing became more important than ever in 2013. Custom content is less expensive and very effective in driving traffic to a website. Maintaining frequent updates with quality and unique content is a valuable tool for both visitors and search engines. Implementing a robust content marketing plan should be a priority resolution. Elements should include a video, a regularly updated blog, informational papers, other appropriate visuals and offerings. Having a robust content marketing plan is also much more suited to the digital era than conventional TV, radio or print.

Maximize your use of social media.

Social Media is not a fad. It is here to stay. A strong presence on social media platforms is more important than ever before. When you post on social media platforms you need to be sure to engage your audience. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ you need to get into conversations with people. Use social media to build help build a visual brand for your business. Share images with ideals that you believe represent your product/service – i.e. vibrant, old, young, etc.) to help attract your customer base and build audience.

Pay attention to mobile.

More people are accessing the web via their mobile device every day. Make sure you have a responsive design or a mobile version of your website. It is important that your site loads quickly, functions properly and is easily found on mobile devices.

Capitalize on website analytics.

Social media has enabled businesses to have more information about customers than ever before. This information is a wealth of knowledge on how visitors found you and what they think of you. Regularly reviewing these metrics ultimately enables you to serve them better and get their business. Data driven marketing can help you to be more effective and more personalized in your campaigns and meet your goals. By analyzing analytics you can determine the best ways to marketing and get your content out to the right audience and demographics.

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