When it comes to marketing, most organizations prefer to play it safe, and only invest in tried-and-tested ideas. They usually prefer to stick PPC and banner ads, social media campaigns, TV ads, and press releases. Although they work, these tactics get old with time, and can only achieve so much. To get to the next level in marketing, an organization must think outside the box. It must apply quirky and unusual strategies that draw heavily on creativity and technology. Only then can it turn heads and get people talking. Here are a few examples of such tactics. Continue reading “4 Unusual Marketing Techniques Every Business Should Be Using”
A successful marketing campaign is crucial to the success of any small business. When a company’s marketing is lacking, it is typically true that their sales are also suffering. Too often, small businesses do not have the ability to spend a fortune on their marketing efforts.
Cheap and efficient is definitely the way to maximize the resources of a small business. Take a moment to look over this short compilation of a few inexpensive marketing methods available to small business owners. Continue reading “Ways To Boost Your Small Business Marketing Campaign”
There was once a time when the only way to shop for things that you wanted or needed was to head into town or the city and look for the specific store you required. There were stores that specialized in just about anything that you might happen to need: hardware, auto parts, sewing materials, fly fishing supplies, pet food, maternity clothing. While all of these types of businesses still exist, there has been considerable consolidation in recent decades, and now with the Internet, the need to travel to these various stores is negated even further. Someone can log online and get their batteries, business apparel, and bottles of shampoo all in one go. Continue reading “3 Things to Consider before Putting Your Business Online”
Almost every business owner would have read an article about “consumer centricity”, especially in the digital space. Putting your customer first is essential in a consumer age, but how do you make sure that the average digital shopper knows who you are?
One approach to driving eCommerce sales is to use what’s called the “Everywhere” strategy. Continue reading “How to Drive Sales to Your Ecommerce Business with the “Everywhere” Strategy”
In the modern age, with our plethora of platforms, it can be extremely easy to miscommunicate (or misinterpret) the messages that we are sending online. When different departments of businesses aren’t in sync, this miscommunication only magnifies.
Whether you have a well-established business or you’re just building one, there are a few “must-haves” you need in your arsenal. You have to have a sound business plan and you have to have a website to anchor your online presence. In today’s business world, if you haven’t built an online presence, you’re already languishing in the dust left by competitors as they leave you behind. Continue reading “Boost Your Business in 2017 with a Better Online Presence”
One of the most important aspects of making a new business successful is building momentum after the launch. How can you keep people interested and ensure that your company gains popularity rather than fizzles away after a few weeks? The answer to that question will largely depend on the niche you’re operating in, but there are some steps that can be taken to benefit any business universally. Most methods of building momentum involve innovative advertising, third-party funding, and conducting outreach before the launch, as the preliminary and early stages are typically paramount when it comes to picking up steam. Continue reading “5 Tips for Building Momentum as a Startup”
The task of setting up a high quality website has a number of contributing factors, from the design to usability, there are a wide range of things to consider for an effective website and having the right website hosting package is one of them. Continue reading “Top 5 Hosting Companies of 2017”
In an attempt to make payments hassle free and more secure, the Government of India has started initiating the movement towards digital payments using UPI. Conceived by Dr Raghuram Rajan, the RBI developed the UPI as an innovation to drive the country towards a cashless economy. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is a technology-driven innovation introduced to enable and link multiple bank accounts with a single mobile number using a mobile application. Continue reading “#MyBankIsMyWallet Support #Demonetization – Use Digital Payments using UPI”
When it comes to running a small business, few things are more important than the ease with which you can accept payments. After all, people are less likely to choose your business if they have a hard time paying for their items or find that they are unable to use credit cards, debit cards or even checks. This is one of the reasons why accepting credit card payments and understanding integrated card services is such an important part of today’s business landscape. Before you get started, however, there are few common methods that credit card processing services use of which you should be aware.
A business will certainly thrive if it has a luxury hotel with a list of excellent facilities and a beautiful location. This is all wonderful news but travellers actually need to know this gem of a property exists. Firms must also ensure the hotel is filled throughout the year for maximum profits. The only way to do this effectively is through a digital marketing plan that promotes the company through its unique selling points. If a hotel has a wellness centre and gym then this should be advertised, or if it offers superb business facilities then potential guests must know about this. There are many things to consider when making an effective business plan. Continue reading “How Luxury Hotels Can Compete with Rivals Through a Great Digital Marketing Strategy”
It is certainly true of many customers that when they see something visual about a product they are more likely to want to find out about it. Images on a website are often very important to making a person really feel like they perhaps could own the product, or reserve the hotel room they are looking at online. Visual images persuade potential customers to purchase and what also works is a film about the business and the items it sells. Video marketing is a very effective tool that will attract audiences to the website. This can be placed on the site and also put on social media platforms to attract consumers through this excellent medium. Continue reading “Reasons To Use Video Marketing To Attract Customers Onto A Business Website”
Even if your business has an awesome set of products or services that your customers love, if your website is an eyesore or a nightmare to use, your online success is going to suffer. However, from the inside looking out, you may not be able to see areas of your website and its design that just don’t work well for your audience. So to help you overcome this potential blind spot, here are three tips for designing a website that your visitors will love. Continue reading “3 Tips For Designing A Website Your Visitors Will Love”
Having a blog for your business is an important thing, it’s a needed part of business marketing. It is the place where you can really help your customers understand you, and you can show them your expertise as a business.
If you don’t already have a blog you need to get one setup for your business. It’s a quick thing to do, and even if you don’t feel like you personally have time to keep up on it yourself there are plenty of individuals and businesses out there that can take care of blogging for you. Continue reading “How To Make The Most Out Of Blog Marketing”
How important is your online business profile? Let’s just say an online business without a great business profile is like a brick and mortar store with stunning window displays and no front door. You know it’s there, but there’s no easy way in so off you go to the store next door. Online businesses have to have a great business profile on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other popular networks in order to stand out and bring customers in. So, how do you craft that killer online business profile? Follow these 5 tips. Continue reading “Craft a Great Online Business Profile with These 5 Tips”
When it comes to web hosting, you will most likely see two options when signing up for your hosting plan online. The choice will be between having the operating system on your hosting server use Linux or Windows. Continue reading “Should you choose Linux or Windows web hosting?”
Smartphones are clearly very popular in today’s modern digital age where travellers want to quickly find their holiday destinations. Mobile phone usage has naturally taken over from tourists using desktop computers and companies have to adapt to this to succeed. The usability of a website is paramount in enticing travellers to book a room at a hotel. If the site is accessible and can be easily navigated, then visitors are more likely to want to stay on there. They do not want to be re-directed to other places on the site or have to endure pop-ups, but rather want a smooth experience where they can feel that the process is quick. Continue reading “Tips On How a Mobile Friendly Website Design Could Help Hotel Businesses with Sales”
You and your server have a very special relationship. Depending on your business, you may rely on your server for the bulk of your business, so the care and maintenance of your equipment needs to be a high priority.
What are 5 ways to make setting up your server room go smoother? Continue reading “5 Steps For Smooth Server Setup For Your Business”
Digital trends are increasingly becoming important to understand and thrive in the era of digital marketing and social media which will drive e-commerce and mobile commerce through web 3.0 technologies.
2016 has been an eventful year for social media and online marketing. With the pace of technological developments becoming faster paced, these trends aren’t likely to die down soon. And the marketers who have adopted them are already gaining an edge over competitors. Continue reading “Top 17 Social Media & Digital Marketing Trends in 2016”
What makes an email marketing campaign more promising than other traditional ways of generating customer engagement? How do email marketing software and platforms like those that are provided by Activetrail.com fair against methods such as print and telesales? The answers to those questions may create a divide between some of us, but one thing’s always going to be certain: Email Marketing is more than just a trend in today’s most comprehensive digital marketing strategies, and it’s about time you stop looking away. Continue reading “How Email Marketing Platforms are Empowering Businesses Today”
Content marketing and native marketing are both popular ways for brands to increase their online presence and establish their image and personality amongst target markets. Whilst they’re both forms of marketing, they employ very different types of content and are used in different ways for different purposes. Continue reading “Content marketing vs Native marketing: Understanding the Difference”
Sometimes in business, the old adage is true: you have to spend money to make money. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of technology. Put simply, if your small business fails to invest properly in technology, then it will quickly fall behind its rivals. In this post, we look at core pieces of technology that every business needs, and why you should embrace that technology. Continue reading “Why Small Businesses Must Embrace Technology”
You’ve probably been seeing infographics all over the web, and you might be wondering what the hype is really all about. Infographics can be a great way to draw attention to your business and they also double as quality, sharable content. Infographics are great for your current and prospective clients or customers, because they are visually pleasing and easy to digest, while still getting information across clearly. Continue reading “How to create amazing infographics”
There is a bit more to setting up a website for your business than just getting it live and leaving it there. Establishing your website takes some work, and you want to make sure that you are creating a site that people will want to visit more than once. That means making sure it has everything they are looking for, and that you also ensure that you are updating often to keep them coming back for more.
So, what do you need in order to make a successful website? Well, there are a few things, some that are easier than others, and some that are cheaper than others. Continue reading “5 Tips For Establishing Your Website And Making It Successful”
When it comes to online marketing, content is king. Multimedia and social media marketing are also useful avenues, but blog posts and other forms of the written word have proven time and again to generate leads and build a better following for your business. It’s difficult to bring positive attention to small businesses nowadays, but a great blog can make all the difference. Here are some suggestions for getting yours established. Continue reading “6 Tips for Establishing Your Small Business Blog”
E-commerce sites account for a substantial portion of shopping. Consumers are opting to use mobile media as well as the standardized websites to obtain goods which in the past required visiting a retail store to obtain. According to an article by Forbes, “consumers are buying online more than ever and growth rates in the e-commerce sector remain very healthy”. Because of the growth, competitiveness in product presentation and in e-commerce product development has grown as well. It is therefore critical that the businessman or woman work alongside their web developer in implementing strategies which are effective and encourage user interaction on the site. One such way in which an e-commerce site can boost their product sales is with interactive 3D components. Continue reading “Increase Product Sales with interactive 3D – How customizable 3D objects can boost your clientele base”
Big data is changing the way, technology is being leveraged to conduct business as usual activities is a more efficient manner. The emergence of Internet of Things, allows greater flexibility and governance, in urban development and its subsequent management. This has led to the emergence of the concept of smart cities, which is believed to revolutionalize urban settlements across developing, emerging and developed economies. Continue reading “Addressing big data challenges in smart cities”
Marketing your content is just as important as having content available to begin with. When you post a blog post, but you don’t bother to share it anywhere and you don’t use keywords and link building, do people ever see it? It’s kind of like a tree falling in the forest.
Just like you can stroll through the forest and see that trees have fallen, you can use analytics to see who has viewed your blog, or how many people anyway, but that doesn’t guarantee that people are really understanding what you have to say and sharing that information with others. Continue reading “Making The Most Of Your Content Marketing”
When it comes to businesses, in order to make a name for yourself you need to market. Marketing is important on a local level, but with the internet it’s easier to market more on a global level as well. The internet allows you to reach your business out to the maximum amount of people with the minimal amount of effort.
Are you marketing your business online? And, if so, are you using all of the things available to you to reach the most people? You may be missing out on some great free marketing if you aren’t using things like social media. Continue reading “How You Should Be Marketing Your Business Online”
Every year brings new trends and evolutions in the art of website design, and 2016 has been no different. Some of these evolutions are holdovers from trends that have defined the web design field for the past year or two. Others are newer, really gaining a foothold for the first time this year. All of them are important to know about if you want your business’s web presence to be as cutting edge as possible. Here are four particularly popular web design trends to familiarize yourself with this year.
- Responsive Web Design
Neither the concept of responsive web design nor the popularity of it is explicitly new in 2016. However, there can be little doubt that having a responsive website is more important than ever before, and only becoming more so as we continue to surge into the future. Responsive websites are essentially just sites that have been built to minimize tinkering (resizing, scrolling, panning, etc.) on all manner of different devices. In short, a responsive website can tell the difference between a laptop and a smartphone and adjust accordingly to simplify navigation and usability.
Mobile has steadily been becoming a more important market for web managers for years now—probably about since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007. However, in mid-2015, Google reported that mobile searches had overtaken desktop queries for the first time. With arguably more people doing their web browsing on mobile phones or tablets, responsive web design in 2016 is a do-or-die component—not an optional one. Continue reading “Four of 2016’s Most Popular Web Design Trends”