Online Marketing Checklist: Are You Covering Your Bases?
The days when all you needed for online marketing was a nice website have long passed. In order to be effectively represented online, you’ll need effective campaigns on several critical platforms. The platforms vary depending on the type of business you are in, but for those of you still finding your footing; here is a short checklist of platforms you should consider.
Website: Since its 2010, you should have a professional website. If you don’t have one, get on it.
Bonus Points Wikipedia Entry: Businesses haven’t fully embraced Wikipedia but it is the authority for information reference. Having a Wikipedia entry will become increasingly important for online credibility and exposure.
Regularly Updated Content
Blog: A critical platform for establishing credibility with the online community and search engines. If your organization doesn’t have a blog, you are missing out on establishing yourself as an online authority in your industry.
Bonus Points Periodical Press Releases: Press Releases still have their place online, particularly when pushed out with a service like PRWeb.com. It can do more than just a blog posting or website update as it pushes too many channels, allowing for more exposure and credibility.
Twitter/Facebook Fan Page: Twitter and Facebook are the kings of social networking and an increasingly important platform to promote dialog between companies and the online community.
Bonus Points LinkedIn/Foursquare: LinkedIn and Foursquare aren’t for everyone, but depending on the kind of business you do, these maybe valuable platforms to reach potential customers.
YouTube: YouTube continues to be a predominately an entertainment focused community, but its reach is undeniable. If you have how-to videos or a business presentation, they are good candidates for YouTube.
Bonus Points Webinar: Webinars are a great way to interact with customers and the community. Webinars add great value for any customer base.
Search Engine Marketing
Google AdWords: This isn’t a must but for those of you who are just starting out, or struggling in competitive markets, pay-per-click campaigns with Google can get you that exposure when you need it.
Bonus Points Pay-per-click on Facebook/LinkedIn/Yahoo/Bing: Although Google is the most recognized player; pretty much every major platform (Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Bing, etc) has a similar version of the pay-per-click program. They may present a less competitive and more targeted environment to push marketing efforts.
Depending on your business and goals, the platforms mentioned may not be critical. Also keep in mind that just because you are represented on these platforms doesn’t necessarily mean you are being represented well on each platform. However, how to assess your effectiveness on the various online platforms is the topic for another post.
Do you have other platforms that are critical to your business’s online marketing strategy that you feel should be on this list?
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About Jim Wong
Jim is a digital veteran with over 10 years of experience driving digital strategy and leading multi-discipline teams for national & local brands in over 20 industries. His expertise is in leveraging digital marketing to market businesses smarter and better through a data focused, performance ROI driven approach.