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Small Businesses Need an Integrated Marketing Approach

A fully integrated small business search marketing strategy should first develop a complete understanding of the small business' products, services and markets. This is a process which starts when the small business consulting firm takes the time to gather background information on your business and continues throughout the relationship as the small business consultant asks further questions and learns more about your small business needs. This dialog should exist even if your small business opts to by a la carte services instead of a fully integrated program. The business consultant should help a small business select a la carte services that deliver the most benefit at that time.

The initial consultative step should discuss all the marketing and technical improvements needed to poise the business to receive traffic and conversion of online visitors. During this stage, a baseline assessment will be made to provide a means for comparison and measuring the success of any marketing strategies launched.

The next step is to develop a managed marketing strategy. It should be designed to meet the target cost of customer acquisition and deliver for small business owners a solid return on investment for their marketing dollars. These strategies should be developed collaboratively and use the collective experience of a team of web development experts, paid and organic search marketing experts, professional content writers, and social media strategists. Everything that is developed should be measurable so that it can be tweaked and improved.

Target market research will help small businesses to understand their audiences' demographics, characteristics and behaviors. What keyword search terms do they use? What websites do they visit? What are they buying? And so on...

When your small business consultant is able to be on top of the latest trends in your market, you will be able to respond accordingly (instead of reacting when it is too late) and be ahead of your competition. Accordingly, a top business consultant will prepare regular reports and measurements about the success of all marketing strategies to keep you informed. Being on top of the latest and best information will help small businesses get the best ROI and forge the way for online marketing success.

So, if you are a small business owner who is feeling overwhelmed with how much there is to do to create a truly effective search engine marketing strategy, you are not alone. Most small business owners are in the same sinking "do-it-yourself" marketing boat. Why do they seem to gravitate toward doing it themselves instead of taking the outsource SEO and other SEM strategies road? It is very simple. These small businesses incorrectly think that expert small business marketing strategies and implementation is more than they can afford. They will be delighted to realize that the cost of many strategies is much lower than the cost of the traditional yellow page ads or space ads in newspapers. They also fail to consider the cost in terms of lost customers and opportunities due to stale and failed existing marketing strategies. So what stops them from making the switch?

People tend to continue using and doing what they know. The bottom line then is that any small business owner who steps out of "marketing as usual" to develop an integrated marketing strategy will be able to take advantage of the huge opportunity that still exists to develop a strong online presence. Will that be you?

About Author Lori Olson :

Lori Olson has a passion for helping small businesses develop strong online presences with a team of 250 professionals who analyze &amp; implement SEO, SEM, PPC Campaign Mgmt, Social Media,Copy Writing &amp; Web Development strategies which are customized to fit any needs, wants &amp; budget.&nbsp; Update Small Business also provides leading edge employee &amp; sales assessment &amp; training; &amp; CRM solutions.<a href="" target="_blank"></a> or call 877.265.6568.

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