Digital marketing is not the future. It’s the now. If your business isn’t profiting from its website, the organisation is probably missing out on an important revenue stream. But it isn’t surprising that many executives and business owners see digital marketing as complex and daunting.
I was in a meeting last week discussing budgets and tax when I suddenly pressed the button on my Apple Watch and asked: ‘Siri, what’s 15% of 3,667?’. Her voice politely answered, “The answer is 550.05”. You could have heard a pin drop. There were varying reactions. One person clearly thought I was a complete wanker, one wanted to scream ‘take my money!’, and the other was wondering why someone who possessed supernatural powers would waste their time in online marketing.
Every business experiences the post-launch blues. Don’t let it get you down. The most sustainable and profitable audience is yet to be built. Let’s get things rolling quickly with popular outbound marketing activities that will boost traffic and leads. In case you’re wondering, in online marketing, the difference between ‘inbound’ and ‘outbound’ is fairly self-explanatory: inbound is when the customer comes to you; outbound is when you go to them.
We get it. Compared to design, videos and social media, a list of web addresses and descriptions may seem pretty boring. Try explaining search engines to the uninitiated. Fingers start drumming on desks and eyes glaze over. But hang in there folks because SEO is by far the most effective online marketing channel. It may not seem sexy, but the ROI is very stimulating. Somehow I’ve managed to explain it in under 1,000 words and without any technical jargon. That’s not easy!
The experts insist website content is the key to digital marketing, particularly SEO and social media, but what the hell are you meant to write about? Here’s a little guide that should apply to any business and help you invent fresh topics for blog writing. In what is the latest in a long line of blogs about blog writing, I’m going to dazzle you with a ground-breaking concept that will not only blow your mind but also become the impetus for all my future blogs on the Blak Ink Media site.
Being a professional copywriter can sometimes feel like a thankless task. We’re like the wallflowers at the marketing party, always a secondary consideration. Design is the belle of the ball. Everyone is instantly attracted to beautiful visuals. But here’s the thing… You may be attracted to a brand due to its imagery, but that brand cannot speak without words. Copywriters are the brand’s voice.
It was easy for a while. There were thousands of us providing SEO services and making good money for what was, in all honesty, a simple process. For the most part, it was banana chairs and margaritas here at Blak Ink headquarters. We didn’t even need a website. Then Google decided we had to work for a living. The algorithm changed and suddenly terrible things started happening: it became fair, logical, and helpful to users.
The first step in understanding SEO basics is learning when it’s not the right time to invest. Right now, across the globe, thousands of companies are throwing their money away—precious dollars they could be spending on improvements to their products and services, developing their talent or promoting their brand.