The lovely Pip asked me if I would like to write a post for her after we worked together to help one of her clients get better website traffic using on page SEO (I’ll come to exactly what that is in a minute). SEO is something that is often talked about in language that would make any sane person run for the hills, but it doesn’t need to be like this. I’m going to explain how to start talking to Google on your website so that you and Google can become besties…
The word ‘campaign’ is enough to strike fear into the heart of the small business marketing manager.
It sounds BIG, with a high expectation factor. It (literally) sounds like a war to be won. It sounds like something Boots or Marks & Spencer do. “Eek!”, thinks the marketing manager, our business is TOO small for a campaign. We don’t have enough to say, we don’t have a PR firm, we don’t have any ‘news’. How can we make the kind of splash that is expected from a proper campaign?
Creating a marketing plan is a necessary, but often overwhelming task.
It’s sometimes stressful, mind-bending or gut-crunchingly challenging. But, there’s one thing you should bear in mind to make the whole process a whole lot easier.
I have to admit, I’ve never been any good at maths. At school, I positively loathed the subject. But, ever since I studied for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Diploma, it’s fair to say that I have become obsessed with business figures and statistics.
Most people consider marketing to be a creative, arty-type pursuit, but, it’s far more science-based than you’d think. Part of the CIM training includes learning to read a balance sheet and a P&L statement.
One thing I always set up for my clients is a dashboard. Inside the dashboard are the critical measures needed to identify which marketing activities are most successful and where there are ‘holes’ in the marketing programmes. The data for this comes from the business’s accounting processes, social media platforms and, most importantly, by using Google Analytics.