It is safe to say that the majority of the existing strategies that have been developed for small businesses (SMEs) as well as some of the larger corporations were originally developed before rise and rise of the internet in our personal and professional lives.

Now we have to deal with Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Mobile Optimized Websites as well as the widespread use of Mobile Apps. The point being that to be successful, long standing business strategies need to be modified accordingly or said another way, the online strategies that are developed need to be done so by incorporating more traditional [offline] strategies into every activity that takes place on the internet.

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We like to stress the point that it is not about ranking a video on YouTube, or even ranking a website in Google, or about how many tweets that are put out. This is how we differentiate our services to clients when it comes to working with them to develop their go to market online strategies. It all starts by understanding their core business strategies, i.e. their :-

  • Channel Marketing Strategies
  • Branding Activities
  • Distribution Channels
  • Market Segmentation
  • Category Marketing Choices
  • Lifetime Client Value
  • Unique Value Proposition

… and the list can go on and on, the point is that using the internet does not mean that these core business fundamentals change. This is why we caution businesses that even if they do not work with us, they need to vet carefully who they work with.

The person or company who is the best technically may not be the best at making sure that your business’ marketing strategy is appropriately conveyed via online internet activities in relation to your business.

So in conclusion : your business’ strategy may well need to be modified accordingly to ensure that the internet is incorporated, you as the business owner do not need to know everything about how this is done but you need to make sure that whoever you use understands marketing fundamentals as well as the ins and outs of how to incorporate the internet in the go to market strategies of any corporation.

This is our specialty which we look to continue to develop, any question, comments or thoughts, feel free to get in touch.

To your business success,

-Stephen C Campbell

These days, your business’ online reputation can make or break your business success.  This is one reason why we have setup the Online Reputation Management System over at http://www.BestBusinessReviews.co.uk/.

People talk – whether they are unhappy or happy with your business – and talk spreads like wildfire on the world-wide web.  It’s not effective to stay impartial, “take the high road,” or turn the other cheek when it comes to handling things others say about you on the Internet.  As a matter of fact, being anything less than proactive about your online reputation can be downright dangerous to your business, as you can guarantee that if you don’t create your online reputation, someone else will . . . and that power could be very destructive in the wrong hands.  The first step to protecting your online reputation is monitoring it.  Here are five ways to monitor your online reputation:

How Sociable.  Register each of your social networking accounts with this program and it will tell you how relevant your pages are in relation to your competition, and then use that information to improve your online reputation.

Hootsuite.  This is a Twitter dashboard that you can also link to your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts in order to manage all three social media networks from one interface.  Hootsuite helps you to identify when people talk about your business, what they are saying, and how they are reacting to your posts.

Social Oomph.  This free Twitter monitor allows you to type in keywords, and then returns you real-time information about Tweets on those keywords.  If you want to know what is being said about your business, for example, you can type in your business name (as well as other keyword terms used to describe your business product or service), and find out if there is either positive or negative news spreading about it.

Addict-o-Matic.  Simply plug in the terms you are interested in monitoring, and this application searches all the major web entities (Google, Yahoo, WordPress, etc.) and delivers a news-feed to you of everything it finds based on your terms.

Google Alerts.  Use this handy tool to search for terms that are related to your business, and then to see how often others are searching for the same terms.  For example, you can type in your business name and have Google email you a daily or weekly report on how many people searched for your business.

With all of the things that you have to do in your business, managing your online reputation that may not be on your priority list. To learn more about how you can use business reviews to enhance your business credentials download the free reputation management report over at http://www.bestbusinessreviews.co.uk/ today.