Many people have discovered the benefits of having a business on the Internet and made directly from your own home, so they decide to open an online business. The problem is that not all businesses succeed online. There are many reasons why online businesses can fail. Here are four tips for Internet businesses that will help you avoid this and have a successful online business.
1 .- The first part of a series of successful business advice, of course, implies the idea of your business. A successful business must begin with a great idea or good business ideas. If the business idea is not something that customers want to pay, literally, this will lead nowhere. Therefore, you need an idea that customers are willing to pay money to have a successful online business.
2 .- After having a successful idea for a business, you have to have a website that is attractive. This is the greatest online business advice, as it involves a lot of different features and a lot of work for a person who is building a website.
The site must be informative, of course, but also has to be simple enough for many people to navigate. The appearance of the site is important. A trusted site must fit the type of business you operate, which is most often a professional look.
As part of this advice, it is necessary to focus on the content of the website so that potential customers will visit your website. Its content has to be very careful about every product and service you offer.
It should be short enough for people not getting bored to read, but also must contain everything that customers typically want to know about your product or service. It should include information about you and your business as well as a way to contact you in case of other issues.
However, the response of the e-merchants will not be long in coming. The study highlights how, for a four-year follow-up, most of the sites studied have achieved significant improvements in various sections relating to its relationship with customers. Some have achieved success and have continued to innovate before seeing how consumers ‘tired’. Others have made significant efforts to migrate from a traditional conception of internet marketing experience, to develop or adopt bolder solutions.
With data in hand, for nine types of online businesses ranging from financial services, travel, B2B supplies to the online stores that sell things as diverse as refrigerators or books, Meta Group found substantial improvements in various categories of services to customers.
In less than 8% of sites utilizing databases with security systems and information protection in 2000, spent, for example, in June 2001, more than 43%. Other clear examples of positive developments are found in the numbers of online businesses that offer the possibility of immediate contact via e-mail (99%), those with a toll-free or reduced-price call-center (93% ), those who put self-management tools available information on the web site itself, based on FAQs or forums (87%), and virtual agents including support for the purchase, 63%, which stands out quite 2% last year. Moreover, for all these services, the values ??in early 2000 remained, in most cases well below 10%.
Apart from this improvement in customer-oriented services, also the usability of the sites has made great progress. Thus, the search engines within sites are now more simple, powerful and well designed, have increased their rate of positive responses by 70% in just two years. In addition, 48% of the sites and systems including purchase order and are managed with less than three mouse clicks and 92% of the sites contains records online shopping where the consumer can consult your data: keys, passwords, previous purchases, and to obtain a profile of their level of expenditure over time. Elements unthinkable only a couple of years.
Therefore, the study shows that companies know how to adapt and respond. The bad news is given by the fact that changes by the companies tend to be slower than the changes that occur in consumers. The companies, in general, under pressure from changing demand and competition, ie a posteriori. These improvements so positive, however, may be sufficient to retain certain types of consumers or to surprise the new cibercompradores. But those who ‘suffered’ the shortcomings of electronic commerce in its infancy are usually very reluctant to return, even though these improvements.
Consumers today are satisfied, on the other hand, might end up taking the same path if the changes do not stagnate or tune in its rapid development and learning within the network of networks. What we must not forget those who are responsible for the design of marketing tools is that online consumers, as they acquire more and more experience, are also wanting to have more and more control over their online relationships, ie they want impose, make clear in any case, how and with whom they interact, in this case, commercially, on the internet.
So the companies said MetaGroup should be able to give them different ways and options until you find the combination that makes them feel more comfortable in every moment. Always bearing in mind that consumer preferences will change and that the company must move with its constellation of resources, around and in the sense that such changes occur.
For starters, every company should be clear that it will be difficult without integrating strategies, especially without clearly integrate the actions of e-mail marketing in a global CRM strategy, in addition, marketing activities should not take the consumer as a passive recipients, but must find a way to motivate, engage and make him share everyday activities and challenges. The base, MetaGroup advised, on which all this is the consensus should be established, the principles of what is known as ‘permission marketing’ are increasingly important to maintain the scope of such campaigns on consumers experienced, demanding and changing, which is how they will be, not in a long time, 100% of Internet users.
Faced with the rise of wireless advertising, for now, thanks to simple but effective SMS, the banner and web formats are low hours, going through a review of conceptual and statistical treatment. In fact, the traditional banner is being viewed the most affected, according to Netimperative, the United Kingdom for more than half of companies believe that advertising based on the banner no longer has the importance of the past, many of them think not renew its investment in banners for this year.
A fact that supports this trend is provided by OK-mail, a British company specializing in direct communication, pointing at one of his last reports that 58% of British companies that use Internet, corporate or commercial, will not invest or a single penny in 2002 in banners, and will choose other forms of communication more focused and direct, such as email and SMS messages, while they prefer to enhance their brand lists and search engine positioning.
Another fact illustrating the shift to personalized mobile advertising is that 50% of these companies, which now use reciprocal links with other sites to promote their websites, they think spending less or stop investing in this practice to redirect its resources to other less massive forms of advertising but greater penetration.
OK-mail concludes that the network “is maturing to become a medium of choice for direct marketing, especially for the e-mail marketing, supporting messages in web functionality.”
Among these features are those that allow the use of messages in HTML, which, according to eMarketer’s became the method of direct marketing e-mail preferred by advertisers and European level.
The site specializes in direct marketing via e-mail Opt-in News notes that one of its surveys among users has resulted in 68 percent of male and female marketeers are already using HTML in their mailings, a figure that does one year was only 34 percent.
Opt-in News notes that e-zines or newsletters were used to support campaigns for 20.8% of marketeers and Europe, while the emails in plain text were used only 16.7% , noting that a migration to another format will be gradual, while reducing the number of marketeers who use both.
These changes reflect, in short, that marketing on the Internet, regardless of the means of access, fixed or mobile, is revitalizing both the frequency of use, as in their approach, going in search of a language itself and a proprietary method to gauge their effectiveness against other media and channels. According to Doubleclick released in early February 2002, online marketing and is used in more than half of the communications departments of European companies.
Advertisers and marketeers British and Spanish go to the head, with rates above 66% y. In the other half of advertisers and marketeers who have not yet penetrated by the intricacies of online, 25% plan to do over the next 18 months, and their preferred channel (33%) for their first actions is the e-mail, followed very closely (29.8%) for the SMS messages. It should be noted that 39% of the other half does not yet plan to do online campaigns throughout the process at home, without the support of outside consultants or services, while 21%, however, left to think all experts, usually specializing in digital communication agencies. 24% plan to do both.
Across the Atlantic and north of the Rio Grande also get good news: U.S. companies plan to spend 21,000 million dollars in digital marketing in 2006, as reported by Newsbytes. As Forrester notes that web-based advertising will account for 5.4% of total ad spending in the U.S. by then.
Forrester notes that, in consequence, by 2006 online advertising spending will be equivalent to spending on advertising in print magazines. The trend in online media that will benefit most will be similar to what we see today: the big portals dominate and even increase its share of the advertising share over current levels, leaving out of play to smaller sites that eventually see viable revenue collection by the big advertisers and will be compelled to charge for their services and content to offset the lower revenue comes from local advertisers or smaller. Nothing very different from what we are observing.
However, the moves toward wireless advertising, the growing importance to brand building is having lower cost Internet and the Web, e-mail and SMS over other alternatives are elements that are squarely in the calculations of companies in targeting their advertising strategy in a market that imposes profitability and response rate as unavoidable premises of any promotional approach.
And not only that, but many large European companies, especially financial and mobile workers or those with large sales teams offshore, which looked at first to WAP, SMS are now looking to redirect its strategy for mobile communication internally and externally.
Forrester notes that these companies must adjust their strategy ‘wireless’ to meet the limitations of current mobile devices, since the 3G phone is delayed more and almost all are clear that users will accept it only if prices fall within its possibilities and yet, given the cost of terminals and their complexity, the penetration is at first slow, so we’re talking about at least four or five years of waiting before another form of communication move to SMS popularity of wireless reign.
The consultant recommends that companies carefully consider their communication strategy and wireless services, avoiding duplication of what is already offered by other channels and fine-tuning, however, SMS alerts to motivate users to use other channels as the most versatile telephone, email or web. Forrester also advises companies to take the opportunity to ‘make mark’ providing SMS communication, sponsoring content, logos, games and personalization applications for these devices.
This is something that, in fact, have done very well as telephone operators in different European countries, along with the TV networks and producers of audiovisual content, a collaboration that has been made possible by the merger agreements and cooperation between these three types of companies, but also thanks to a simple technology that was already available and widely disseminated to the public and whose costs, unlike stocks and other media channels, according to Forrester, “will always stay, you do what is made, below six figures (in dollars or euros). “
Online marketing has begun to revitalize mid-2001 for various reasons. On the one hand, the emergence of new formats for online advertising, on the other, revision are being subjected to the metrics and their interpretation by institutions such as the IAB Internet Advertising Bureau, and various studies have begun to show that online marketing is much more effective than previously thought for branding activities and personalized communication, since the ratios of ‘clickthorugh’ give way to other metrics which correlate with the operation and effectiveness of online advertising known far better than a year ago. But what is truly revolutionizing the picture is the success of wireless advertising, which is based at the moment, mainly in the SMS protocol and mobile phones, but that is just a small sample of what we literally in the palm of the hand, within a year or two.
The SMS response rate is five times higher than that of a ‘mailing’ traditional.
According to a report released few days ago by Forrester Research, online marketing is at the beginning of a journey of maturation will lead eventually to find its own language, and mobile Internet access will be key to this development . The consultant notes that the response rate of mobile marketing at the moment, SMS, and is “up to five times higher than that verified in the direct marketing by mail, with an average of no less than 11% that is, that in 1000 sent SMS promotional messages, the mean answerers is 110 people.
Forrester notes that the average cost per campaign in this type of action is, in Europe, around 24,000 euros (about $ 21,000) and that 21 percent of European enterprises marketeers and promotion campaigns carried out based on messages SMS to complement the actions of long-range e-mail and postal mail.
In addition, another 12 percent have tested SMS for marketing in pilot schemes to assess how your customers react to type this new communication channel. Most of this 12 percent have been satisfied with the results and, in general, more than half of European and marketeers / s (56.6%) advocate to implement direct marketing in their companies via SMS over the next twelve months.
The growth of the average expected budget allocation by companies for wireless marketing actions also reflects the positive reception for enterprises, and is now an average of 7% fee to the marketing departments of European companies plan to assign the SMS-based campaigns for the year 2002. Forrester points out that this 7%, at least 25% is for research into new forms and possibilities of use for commercial or promotional SMS, and the rest for the execution of campaigns.
The consultant is optimistic in its analysis and believes that, at least in Europe, with more than 250 million mobile phones and more than 80 million handsets capable of using SMS messages, there is already a market with sufficient critical mass. On the other hand, users may not be bothered to receive SMS messages because it is something that allows them to see their phone as a device far more versatile than they thought, and encourages them to explore further possibilities of communication.
Wireless Marketing via SMS has also proven to be an ally in multi-channel strategies of companies and has filled the gaps and problems of digital interactive television, allowing analogue terrestrial television to win the starting free again the payment digital TV interactivity with viewers. Programs like “Big Brother” and other contests and popular votes, including promotions, prizes, gifts, discounts and other benefits, drag every day tens of millions of Europeans to communicate via SMS messages from their mobile devices. The enormous popularity of this medium has given rise to a flourishing industry also services to customize the operation of equipment, and large firms are beginning to see in every mobile display advertising space privileged.
Well … we have more or less clear about the timing of the actions we must take to succeed in an online business.
Due mainly to the Google algorithm to penalize the lack of commitment to quality and good customer service because we realize that without effort and investment, and by that we mean investment of resources of any kind-no how to achieve the objectives.
It is easy to confirm that the position is the gateway to the increased traffic and therefore the consolidation of the brand online.
But if we are not yet clear what stages and in what order should be undertaken to achieve a good positioning of our Website, we focus on the 6 key followed by always applying the evidence and common sense will lead us to make meet the objectives envisaged.
1, – Building the Web portal, choosing the company that will provide the hosting service is essential for you to host your site and start working on it without having to start making financial outlays.
It is important to note that the page optimization requires no expense in design. Therefore focus on optimizing your site before entering design flow, no less important than this, but can be undertaken at a later stage.
2 .- In a second phase, set the identification of keywords and the optimization of the pages.
3 .- Once your website is online and optimized traffic starts working and positioning and, simultaneously, worry the design.
4 .- The next step is the creation of links, this is one of the most important aspects of positioning. However, it should be noted that farms and purchases of bonds have passed into history so that only those links obtained from an exchange of value added and naturally will be useful for positioning.
5, – videos. The transition to Web 3.0 has already begun. In terms of positioning, the videos are great allies, is not only that people can more easily access their content and information posted on the Internet, but the video itself is becoming one of the most efficient advertising methods.
6 .- Marketing: If you want it to become the engine of his reputation, brand awareness and sales, remember that only through engagement with the needs of your users may get more traffic to your website, which will undoubtedly increase their positioning. Find out what tools can be more effective, since the e-mail marketing, newsletters, social network profiles … We also know your market and target group you target, what are their habits and customs … Crossing all these data and prepare a strategy .
Finally it should be noted that on the Internet, everything depends on the traffic to continue to make, any action supported by common sense and the maximum use of the tools demanding Web portal will provide the quality and dynamism, commitment to innovation finally , which is what is required to determine the value added key to success in the midst of fierce competition.