Tools and Techniques for Inbound Marketing

When you set inbound marketing into motion, you will soon find it is a strategy that thrives on consistency. The most powerful tool in your arsenal is your company website blog. You control how much information you disseminate, what information you provide and how often you distribute that information. Ideally, your blog will consist of multiple short (but not too short) articles on relevant topics that set you up as an authority in your field. The goal is two-fold: 1 – you get readers who learn to seek you out for your expertise and 2 – you get others to link to your material…thereby bringing more readers who will learn to seek you out for your expertise.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an integral part of inbound marketing. You don’t have to become an expert in SEO yourself, but you do need to know what the right keywords are and how to use them effectively. The goal is to increase your search rank. You want to be on that first page of Google and Bing results when internet users search for your keywords. The great thing about SEO is that it is something that can be tweaked and worked on to help your visibility. Overtime, you will be able to determine what your effective keywords are – what words are bringing visitors to your site. And you will be able to track links leading to your site.

You can also track links from within your site. Perhaps your current blog post has a hyperlink to an older post on related material. Instead of using a direct link, you can use a tool that will allow you to shorten the link and also see the traffic reports on that URL.  Remember, information is power and you want that information to know what is working and what is not.

A bit overwhelmed by all the social media platforms out there? Start with two. Perhaps it’s Twitter and Facebook. Maybe it’s LinkedIn and YouTube. But start with two and build from there. Don’t assume more is better. You should only have as many social media profiles as you can manage to maintain. And while your main goal with social media may be to promote your brand and distribute content, don’t forget that these platforms are interactive. They invite a conversation with the internet visitor. That’s something you never want to lose sight of. Yes, you’ve got a business to run. But even if you use tools to automate as much content as possible, you should schedule regular “check ups” on each platform to make sure there isn’t a question or comment lingering.

The reality is – visitors are not customers. It’s up to you to turn them into your customers. As you integrate the SEO aspect with the content and the social media visibility, you will find that you will get those visitors. In order to turn them into customers, you need to cultivate them into leads (for five pointers on inbound marketing lead generation look here) and remember that always, content reigns supreme.

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