During the toughest recessions in years, Americans have become more resourceful than ever, creating a record 558,000 new businesses per month — a 14-year high — in 2009. While these small businesses are the crutch of the economy, making up more than 99.7 percent of employers, it is hard to not only separate yourself from the pack, but also to just stay afloat. To achieve success, many businesses have taken their ingenuity online to market themselves digitally in the new Web 2.0 world — the interactive and information-sharing digital age. You can’t conquer the business world without first letting people know you exist. Spreading the knowledge about your business is where social media comes in. About 2/3 of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 Web sites interact with customers through Facebook, which has over 400 million users. Businesses can also use short “tweets” to reach the over 180 million unique monthly visitors to Twitter every month. This book shows you how to take advantage of these latest technologies to market your business, and many of the tools require little or no money to implement. You no longer have to compete with the resources, brand recognition, and money of big corporations to reach your audience — of which 55.6 million adults, 1/3 of the population, use social media. With Peter VanRysdam, chief marketing officer and cofounder of 352 Media Group, as your guide, you will understand how social networks have fundamentally altered how the Internet is used as a marketing tool. You will discover how to draw visitors to your Web site with search engine optimisation (SEO) and how to use Webinars, blogs, and podcasts to establish yourself as a leader in your industry. Whether you are one of those many new start-ups or a small business owner looking to take the next step, Marketing in a Web 2.0 World is here to show you the path to reach the business pinnacle by spreading your message to more people — faster and more efficiently than ever.
Small businesses have been fighting an uphill battle for decades when it comes to marketing. Big corporations have more resources, more brand recognition, and most importantly, more money. This has allowed them to control the conversation. Web 2.0 technologies have leveled the playing field by giving small business an equal voice. Tools like blogs, interactive Web sites, and social networks have become some of the most powerful marketing tools for many small business owners. As of late 2009, more than 55.6 million adults, about 1/3 of the population, access social networks at least once a month – an 18 percent increase from 2008, according to Forrester Research. Social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace, and Twitter provide marketers direct access to their customers in a way never before possible. Businesses of all sizes can reach their target audience quickly and effectively through these tools but only when used correctly. Marketing in a Web 2.0 World shows you how to take advantage of the latest technologies to market your business. The best part is that many of the tools require little or no money to implement. You will learn how the social Web, and the various social networks that make it up, has fundamentally altered how the Internet is used as a marketing tool, allowing businesses to reach out and touch their target demographics like never before. You will be able to recognize and start optimizing your site to reach those demographics, and you will understand how your customers use the social web. You will learn how to establish your Web site as your marketing hub, drawing in visitors through the best search engine optimization (SEO) practices, Webinars, and blogs. You will find that Web 2.0 and social media marketing is not a fad but a fundamental shift in how business is being done today. Dozens of individuals have been interviewed for this book, from small business owners to marketing directors at national brands, providing their expert opinions and insights in to how the Web has evolved and what it will mean for the future of business marketing and promotion. You will learn how the perspective of marketing firms in major companies across the world has changed and how a small business’s message can reach a global audience. You will learn how to use videos and podcasts alongside topnotch Web copywriting to reach your target while establishing yourself as a leader in your industry. If you are a small business owner, or just someone itching to make a big impact in Web 2.0, and has lost sleep worrying about your marketing budget, Marketing in a Web 2.0 World shows you how to take advantage of the most important resources available to any businesses willing to invest their time.
Social networking started as a small idea that was novel but not necessarily viable to making money or promoting business. But, then a major change occurred. Starting in 2003 and continuing through 2007 and 2008, sites like MySpace.com and Facebook.com have exploded to become two of the biggest, most powerful social networking hubs on the Internet and the two single most powerful marketing tools at many business owners� fingertips with more than 350 million combined accounts between the two. Providing unparalleled, technologically enhanced means to reach demographics in ways that was never before possible, businesses small or large can reach their target audience quickly and effectively through social networks and sites and yours can be part of the revolution with the right tips.