Today is my first day back into the office since the holidays and I’m getting organized. I’ve been reviewing my marketing action plans - not so much for my clients - but instead for my own business.
It’s easy to forget about marketing my consulting business when I’m focused on doing the marketing and branding work for the clients.
Each quarter has 3 months, so I’m planning to do one of each of these in each of the quarters:
On Friday, I am speaking in Akron about my experiences in writing and publishing my book: Simple Steps, Big Results. I really have not done a lot to promote the book since it was first published because about that same time there were a lot of changes in my business. Perhaps that will change in 2017!
Even after 19 years of business, I still find it the most difficult to promote my company, my services and myself.
I find it much easier to focus on a client;s business!
At the end of 2016, I made it a habit to attend one networking event each week and talk with someone I don’t know. While I’m not an introvert, I find it much harder to talk with people I don’t really know. There is such a familiarity in sitting near someone you know and having a conversation with them. Getting out of my comfort zone is a key to growth.
I want to continue that into the new year.
As we usher in 2017, here are a couple of links that I have found interesting and helpful. I imagine my branding and marketing friends will also enjoy these:
As a small business owner or the sales and marketing professional for your company, did you write improve positioning in search engines, or maybe improve traffic on our website, as actions item for your 2010 marketing strategy to do list?
This local search ebook is written by Joe Balestrino. I don’t know Joe from Adam. But he said he was an expert SEO guy from NYC.
After reading his ebook, I definitely believe the expert SEO stuff. But New York City? Not so much. Because the ebook wasn’t fast, confusing and overwhelming. (Okay, I’m stereotyping!) It was easy-to-understand and follow. The tone and manner felt mid-western to me. (Joe, are you sure you didn’t grow up in Ohio and move to NYC?)
Overall rating: 4.5 stars. Perfect for the do-it-yourself small business owner trying to get a foothold on the internet and not willing (or able) to pay someone thousands of dollars to do it for them.
Joe explains a little bit about why local listings are important, but spends the vast majority of the ebook on how to do it. This is not an ebook where he’s trying to sell you on buying his services.
What I like best about this local search ebook:
Obviously the content: Great ideas. How to set up directory listings. How to select keywords and use them correctly.
Format: well laid out. I like the header and footer. Good use of white space and set up so it’s easy to follow. Good graphs/charts
Liked the graphic on the front and the way he incorporated it on every page
Liked all the screen caps with directions on exactly where to click
Writing: conversational, helpful, instructional. Not condescending and too many unexplained terms.
Written in a way that I could understand what I needed to do.
Not only what I needed to do, but what to do next.
Lots of examples. And not just about one company in the same industry
Some of the ideas were so good, (I mean drop my jaw good) I thought, why wasn’t I already doing that?!
It was hard to “get thru” because I kept wanting to stop reading and start working on my local search
What I didn’t like so well:
Half of the book was dedicated to PPC pay per click and Adwords, since it’s an important part of digital marketing and is popular with those who are interested in online marketing with PPC agencies such as KlientBoost there to help. Personally, not my favorite subject, however, it’s good for users to know the difference between both social and PPC in terms of their marketing options.
It seemed like it ended abruptly after the chapter on paid search
The ebook describes how to set up your company in the local search directories, what to do after you’re set up, how to optimize your website for local search and how to drive traffic with paid search. If you don’t feel like you have enough time to read the ebook yourself and would prefer to hire a company to do all the work for you, then there are plenty out there that would be more then happy to help. You will easily be able to find the right Search Engine Optimisation Agency for you, which means that you can use your time to focus on other parts of your business and not just optimizing your business website.