Internet marketing can be a great asset to your business. When you’re trying to create awareness about your new products or services, the internet is certainly the place to network, find new clients, and even communicate with your existing clients. The problem is internet marketing can only work if you have done your research and created a plan. If you’re new to this, you may want to take special note of these common mistakes made by others.
Starting off with hard sell tactics – Of course you want to make sales. That is the reason for you starting your business and therefore you want customers to make a purchase. While this is very true, and sales are needed to keep a business afloat, you still don’t want to start off too aggressively in the beginning. When you first begin to get a good following, you don’t want everything that you create to be “buy, buy, buy”. This can do one of two things: 1. Turn off your customers from your aggressive approach or 2. Cause your customers to wonder why you’re in such a rush to sell and therefore question the quality of your products. Either way, this will not end well for your business.
Fluffing or lying about experience – for many beginners to internet marketing, they believe that the only way in which a customer will want to make a purchase from them or use their services is if they have extensive experience. Therefore, they begin lying about the amount of customers they’ve had, or the amount of money they’ve made just to get other people interested. This is not something you want to do as this could seriously ruin your business reputation for good. The internet is a place where users can find out just about anything about a product or service and you don’t want to be found out to be a liar. Even if your products or services are great, no one is going to want to risk working with someone who is dishonest.
Not building a relationship – another problem that many business owners have when first learning the ropes of internet marketing is the essential piece about building relationships with their customers. Many times they create websites and social media pages and post content that really does not relate to anything other than making a purchase from this company. Customers want to be informed and they want to feel as if you are on their side and the only way to do that is to begin building relationships. You’re going to have to be willing to give away things for free, provide them with information, and even at times request feedback on products and services so that the customers know that they matter.
While there are a lot of different methods for internet marketing, you’re going to need to develop a strategy that satisfies you as well as your customers to succeed.