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If you use Constant Contact’s product, the company’s new marketing campaign will have you believe that you will “become a marketer.” Unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as that.

Even if you are sending out email marketing campaigns, the simple act of using someone else’s product does not automatically qualify you as a marketer, despite the fact that marketing is a game in which you can improve your performance the more you learn and continue to stay current.

Being a marketer is not quite as easy as simply utilizing a product in one’s daily life. If you want to remain at the top of your game in terms of marketing, you should be implementing a number of different marketing strategies, despite what you may have been led to believe by an advertisement for Constant Contact.

Being a marketer is not quite as easy as simply utilizing a product in one’s daily life.

You’ll find several strategies that will get you on your way to marketer status in a much more legitimate way further down in this article.

Note: If you have not already determined your buyer personas and created the calendar into which you will fit these strategies, you should begin by doing so before moving on to the next step. Continue with these pointers once you have determined who will be the target audience for your marketing efforts and how frequently you will communicate with them.

1. Register Your Company Via the Internet

There is a running joke in the world of digital marketing that is a spoof on an old philosophical question. The joke goes as follows: “Do you exist if Google doesn’t know you do?” Joke or not, this is a real issue. If you own a company but it is not listed on Google, then you might as well not exist at all. Google is the most popular search engine in the world.

Do you exist if Google doesn’t know you do?

Fortunately, correcting this is as simple as going online and “claiming” your company on Google. Verify each and every piece of information that is listed. When people do a search online, your information will come up, providing a quick and easy way for them to get in touch with you via phone, email, or your website’s URL.

2. Optimize Your Content

First things first, you need to determine your keywords. Then you should check to see if those keywords are actually being used on your website (although you shouldn’t overuse them). Last but not least, check to see that the content you’re producing is relevant to the questions that your prospective customers are trying to find answers to.

Therefore, if you are in the business of selling data security solutions, you ought to be producing content that is related to data security solutions. It implies that each page of your website should discuss the problem of insufficient data security and talk about the solution that your company provides.

You might as well not exist if Google can’t find you, as I explained in the previous section. If you don’t talk about the problems that your products or services solve for your customers, Google won’t be able to find you.

3. Participate in various social media platforms.

You need to be present wherever your audience is, and the vast majority of them are on social media platforms, particularly LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Sign up for a business page or account, and then begin sharing not only your own content but also content that has been curated from other sources; however, you should make sure that the topic of the content is something that your audience will find compelling.

Engage with other people on social media rather than simply using it for the sake of using it.

You shouldn’t just be on social media for the sake of being there; instead, you should use it to interact with other users, take part in the social community, and communicate with your customers when they discuss you or your brand. It’s the same as when you try to make friends in real life: you can’t do it unless you genuinely care about the people you’re talking to.

4. Put Yourself in People’s Faces

Your success as a marketer will be limited by how much you can accomplish behind a computer screen. What steps are you taking to increase your visibility in the community?

There is no substitute for shaking someone’s hand in person and leaving them with a positive impression of you, your people, and your company. Although digital marketing efforts can cast a net that travels far and wide, there is no comparison between the two.

The following are some of the ways that you can get in front of people: Send an employee to networking events and conferences, and instruct them to introduce themselves to new people and begin developing relationships while they are there. Find a good cause that the community is working on and get your employees involved in it to demonstrate that you care about the community as a whole and not just your company. Find out about the different networking groups operating in the area, and consider sponsoring one of them.

Get your name and representatives out there because, despite the fact that digital marketing efforts can cast a net that travels far and wide, there is no substitute for shaking someone’s hand and giving them a positive impression of you, your people, and your company. So get your name and representatives out there! You will need to dedicate equal amounts of time and resources to both.

5. Don’t Ignore the Importance of Email

Email’s not dead, y’all. When you market using social media, only a small fraction of your audience will actually see what you have to say. When you send out an email campaign to your audience, you can be certain that the vast majority of them will actually see the email in their inbox. This is something you can be certain of.

It is up to you to make the email interesting enough for your audience to want to open it, but when you run an email campaign, your net is smaller and more targeted. If someone is willing to give you their email address, it indicates that they are more interested in purchasing from you than they would be if they simply “liked” your Facebook page. Make the most of your time and effort here.

6. Establish Content Restrictions

The term “gated content” refers to a significant piece of content such as an eBook, white paper, or guidebook that prospective customers can only access by first providing you with their contact information.

The goal of utilizing gated content is to give your audience something of value that is completely free of charge. In exchange, they provide you with their contact information so that you can follow up with them as a potential lead.

You need to figure out what kind of content would be beneficial for you to give away based on the activities that your company engages in, and you shouldn’t be afraid of giving away too much of it. My job as an inbound marketer requires that I occasionally provide free training in the art of social media marketing. It might appear that I am giving people the tools to do things themselves and not using my services, but in reality, what this does is show people how time-consuming and labor-intensive social media marketing really is.

People educate themselves independently, gain knowledge that is to their advantage, and simultaneously become aware that they may at some point require my assistance. If you put together something of value for your audience, they will be more likely to trust you with their business, whether it be now or at some point in the future.

7. Advertise Online

Building an organic audience should never be replaced by paid online advertising such as that found on platforms like Adwords or Facebook Ads. It ought to merely serve as a pick-me-up.

If your audience does not like what you are putting out naturally, then they will not like what you are putting out as paid promotion either.

If your audience does not like what you are putting out naturally, then they will not like what you are putting out as paid promotion either. Having said that, you should make use of paid advertising as much as your budget permits, if only for the reason that it helps you remain in good standing with platforms such as Google and Facebook. These platforms want to know that you are contributing to the services that they provide, which is why it is sometimes necessary to pay to play, even if you only have a few pennies in your pocket. Your advertising should be targeted and strategic; you shouldn’t try to replace your organic efforts with ads; rather, you should try to support the efforts that you are already making.

8. Make a meaningful contribution to the online community

In conclusion, you should get involved. Think about it: if you meet someone for the first time and you ask them questions about themselves, but they don’t ask you any questions about themselves, you probably find that person to be a little bit rude, don’t you?

The digital community is not an exception to this rule. People crave the reassurance that you give them when you show them that you care about them and that they are important to you.

Take part in conversations taking place on Twitter and retweet things that other users have posted rather than simply talking about yourself all of the time. Keep up with the latest deals offered by other companies in your industry by following them on Facebook. Share the content that your users have created. Participate, and avoid making it all about you at the same time!

These days, marketing does not consist of constantly talking about oneself; rather, it entails being social and cooperative in the digital sandbox with other people.

It’s easy for all of this to feel extremely overwhelming if you aren’t sure where to begin with your marketing efforts. You will have a better handle on getting in front of your customers if you take stock of these general strategies, and you will also be better able to understand what it is that they are looking for if you do so.

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