The Difference Between Web Marketing Channels and Destinations

Sometimes within web marketing, we can be guilty of placing all of our hopes on our favourite web marketing channels, be that SEO, social media, PPC or another latest technique for overnight success. Any method of sending visitors to our website is a “marketing” channel”. Web marketing however isn’t just about generating traffic, it’s also about enticing that traffic to act. Equally as important as our marketing channels are our marketing destinations. In simple words, “channels” are how we entice people to our site, “destinations” are the places we send them to within our website and/or web properties. This article looks at why we need to consider our marketing channels and destinations as individual parts of an overall online marketing strategy.

People often come into web marketing with an excited focus on one, or more, marketing channels. They have recently read an article outlining why LinkedIn can unlock the true potential of any B2B business, or how the latest changes in Google AdWords allow them to follow their B2C customers around the web. Often, people come into web marketing with the belief that if they can simply get traffic from whatever popular web marketing channel people are talking about today, they will be instantly successful. The truth is that NO web marketing channel can be the sole solution to all of your business dreams. Marketing channels are great at generating traffic, but once we have traffic, we then have to make it as easy as possible for our traffic to find what they are looking for and act.

I Get Traffic But No Customers From My Website

One of the most common statements within web marketing is “I get traffic to my site, but hardly ever any leads or new customers. Web Marketing doesn’t work for me.” If we are getting lots of visitors from any web marketing channel, but not in turn getting at least a handful of new enquiries, then something has to be wrong with the relevance of our web pages with what people are looking for when they find us? The most common reason for lack of conversion is the “destination” we send people to from our chosen web marketing channels. For example, if we “tweet” about white chocolate, but then send people from that tweet via a link to our website homepage that shows many kinds of chocolate, then we are asking our website visitor to do some work in order to find what they were interested in.

So what should I do?

Let’s look at another example. Let’s suppose you let holiday homes in some wonderful seaside, holiday town. Let’s also suppose that some of your homes are dog friendly. Let’s say that you currently run ads via PPC for dog friendly holiday homes in your seaside town. If everyone who clicks on one of your ads lands on your generic website homepage that’s simply shows images of random holiday homes, then we are asking our website visitor to filter out the dog friendly homes from the others. They have to so some work to find what they are looking for.

Alternatively, with a little more work on our part, we could send people clicking on our PPC ads to a dedicated page that only shows your dog friendly homes. Maybe we also show a few great reviews for each one and perhaps even include some images of happy dogs spending time at our pet friendly holiday homes? Our website visitor has landed on a much more enticing and relevant page. We have both given the website visitor less to do and, more importantly, shown them exactly what they were searching for. It’s easier for that website visitor to now act.

In this second instance, our web marketing channel (PPC) and website destination (dedicated dog friendly holiday homes page) work in tandem to promote our holiday properties much more effectively. You may have read/heard the phrase “Landing Page”? A landing page is the most commonly used phrase to describe a website destination used online. I prefer the term “destination” because it helps me envisage an exciting place we send our website visitors to where we help them to “do” something they are interested in.

So, channels and destinations? Anything more?

Last week we went over that the difference between “connect” and “buy”. We can also apply this principle to our work on web marketing channels and destinations. Let’s suppose that a good number of our website visitors to our holiday homes page are not quite ready to purchase their holiday today. Maybe they are unsure where to go on holiday? Maybe they even want to know what would be the best destination for a dog friendly holiday? At present, if they land on our dog friendly holiday homes page, we currently only have a call to action for people ready to buy now. What can we do to “connect” with all those people currently researching where they want to go on holiday with their dog?

What if we offered a free downloadable guide to “Great Dog Walks In and Around Our Wonderful Seaside Town”? If we offer this guide in return for our website visitor’s email address, we have given them an action they can take today that will help them decide whether our seaside town is the place for their holiday, or not. We also gain the ability to continue communicating with that website visitor beyond this initial visit to our webpage. Perhaps some of our website visitors won’t book this time but will next? Perhaps some might book another destination that we offer holiday homes in? Perhaps they were even researching on behalf of someone else? Whatever their reason may be, by giving them an action to take and “connecting” with them (via our free dog walks guide), we have the ability to communicate with them continually about dog friendly holidays. The onus is, of course, on us to communicate well.

Web marketing has never been just about channels. SEO, social media or even PPC are never a sole answer to your online success. To be truly successful, we need to think about where we send people to and how relevant that is to their point of interest. We also need to think about what we offer people as a next action to take. If people are ready to buy great, if however they want to learn more, then we want to help them do that too. Business is a path of customer care, when people come to us we need to look after them every step of the way.

Internet Marketing Promotion and Advertising – Free Traffic Vs Paid Traffic

Internet Marketing Promotion and Advertising is the key to success for any type of Internet Marketing Campaign. You will hear internet marketers tell many stories about their successful businesses online. But the problem is that there are thousands of stories contrary to theirs.

Millions of people have tried to launch online marketing plan since the inception of the internet. The majority of them were unsuccessful. Only a small fraction of them have succeeded in their endeavors.

Is Their Success Related to traffic?

You must know how to utilize the best available advertising methods to generate lots of traffic. This is what will eventually decide whether your business site gets enough traffic to make you a profit.

Why Do You Need Traffic?

Without traffic, all the enthusiasm and effort you put into your web site marketing and branding would just be a total waste. Traffic means lots of customers and buyers for your products.

Whether it’s the internet or the main street, traffic generates paying customers to sell your products to. You will need traffic in large volumes to make a decent profit in your business.

How Do You Get Traffic?

How do you get enough traffic to visit your site and view your products? Only five to ten percent of traffic actually becomes your customers. Nonetheless, that small percentage should be enough to provide you with a profitable business if you have enough traffic in the first instance.

How Do You Get Free Traffic?

You can get free traffic from places such as Article Directories by submitting internet marketing articles, by issuing free Press Releases, by taking out ads on free ad-sites, by interacting with Social Networking/Web2 Sites and by posting comment on Forums relating to your niche.

You can also generate traffic by posting audio/videos on YouTube. Then there is the organic traffic you can receive by having your site optimized for the major search engines.

Where Do You Get Paid Traffic?

Paid advertising can be the key to getting lots of targeted traffic to visit your site. The more people that know about your site the better chance you have of them visiting it and buying some of your products.

The most popular paid advertising technique on the internet is PPC which stands for Pay-Per-Click. This operates on web sites, advertising networks and especially on search engine networks.

Affiliate Marketing – Product Promotion

After selecting a product/service to promote, the next big challenge is to find people interested in that product/service. There are several methods you can use to market your product online.

Create a Website

You can promote your product by creating a webpage for it that you will optimize for the search engines and promote using different internet marketing methods, such as article marketing, social media marketing, and paid advertisements. Page optimization involves describing your product in at least 400 words and using “keywords.” Keywords are words that people use to find the product you are selling, and they can be found with the help of tools, such as Google AdWords: Keyword Tool and Wordtracker. The primary keyword should appear in the title of your article and a few times in the article body.

Article Marketing

Article marketing is mainly done through article directories. The idea is to inform the readers about the usefulness of the product and encourage them to follow the link provided to purchase or learn more about it. The inclusion of keywords in the article (title and body) is also important to enable people to find your article. You do not have to write a separate article for each directory. When submitting the article, you should carefully select the category, sub-category (if applicable), and keywords.

Video Marketing

Creating videos about your product can also help you find buyers. Google, the leading search engine, directly indexes videos, so your video can show up in the search results besides the text results. In the video, you should inform the viewer about the product and how they can get. You can provide your affiliate link in the video description and ask the viewers through the video to click that link to get the product. A good way of saving time when creating videos is to simply narrate the points mentioned in the article submitted to the article directory.

Slide Sharing

Slide sharing is a simple affiliate marketing technique. All you have to do is present the article you have written for article directory submission in the form of slides. You can use a tool like MS Power Point to create the slides. Slideshare.net is a site where you can upload you slides for free.

Social Media Marketing

Social media is widely used for product promotion these days. Promotion on sites such as Twitter and Plurk can bring traffic to your target site. Social bookmarking sites, such as Digg, Delcicious, and Diigo, can also be used for promotions.

Paid Advertising

Paid advertising in the form of pay-per-click advertising is used by many affiliates for internet marketing. All of the top search engines display per-per-click ads. Google AdWords is the most popular pay-per-click program. It allows you to bid on ad positions related to a keyword and make your ads appear in specific regions, if you like. Paid advertising enables you to display your site besides the top search results, without promoting it through other means or search engine optimizing it.