Imagine being on a spaceship blasting off into the final frontier. You’d have to brave harsh conditions, prepare mentally and physically, and chart out a course into the unknown, going where very, very few have gone before.
Starting a business or breaking new ground in an industry can feel a lot like being on that rocket, holding on for dear life as you make a big leap into the future. Technology has made it easier than ever to pioneer new advances and take our culture in new directions, but that doesn’t make it any easier to get started blazing a new trail all by yourself.
But when you do start something new, the rewards can be great – if you know how to market and sell your advances to your eager public, however niche they may be. In our digital age, reaping the advantages of your “big fish in a small pond” status will require a comprehensive digital marketing strategy, tailored to your brand’s unique needs.
Here are five key ways to get started finding new leads, creating new audiences, and crafting your identity in a niche field:
1.) Build a Striking, Responsive Website
When you’re trying to recruit an audience or sell yourself, first impressions really, really matter. Your pitch starts from moment one, with your website’s design and development.
Every little aspect of your site contributes to how trustworthy, reliable, and appealing you seem to new users. And every little thing you gloss over or get “wrong” – from your header images to your “About Us” section – can be a turn-off from which you may never recover. Slow load times, less-than-intuitive navigation, a cookie cutter default layout – all of these reflect poorly on your service, and may just push valuable prospective leads out of your conversion funnel.
2.) Make Sure Your Site Is Mobile-Optimized
The other thing to keep in mind? Make sure your site is optimized for mobile users! Regardless of your field, more and more of your customers than ever before will be finding you through mobile channels, and their standards for responsiveness are high. Make sure your mobile site is responsive, easy to navigate, and quick to load, and your small brand will make a big impact – particularly when you consider that 91% of small business websites weren’t optimized for mobile as recently as 2014.
3.) Create Unique Content
So how do you get visitors to your site in the first place? By crafting unique, original content!
The more singular, high quality content you create, the more your site appears “valuable” to search engines like Google; the more your site appeals to these algorithms, crawlers, and, of course, your human users, the higher you’ll be ranked, and the more visitors you’ll get! This is what we call the cycle of SEO, and it has a proven track record of success for businesses of all sizes.
And the value of content goes beyond mere numbers. Crafting content of your own positions you as a valuable thought leader in your field, encourages engagement and sharing on social media, and creates a sense of trust that promotes retention. In short, content helps you stand out whether you’re blazing a new trail or trying to break into an already-crowded marketplace!
4.) Make Yourself “Local”…
Afraid that your service may seem esoteric or abstract? Market yourself differently, and take a localized approach to reaching new markets. Using Google and Facebook, you can position yourself as a local business, making your address and contact information readily accessible. You can also use Facebook’s extremely sophisticated targeting tools to promote posts and ads based around demographic information and location, appealing to exactly the audience most likely to engage with your brand.
5.) … And Make Use of New Avenues for Referral Traffic
And beyond these mammoth promotion channels, you’d be surprised how many local directories and industry-specific platforms exist online today, alongside review sites like Yelp and Angie’s List. To get some inspiration, check out some of the citation opportunities that local marketing experts Moz have compiled.
On the subject of those review sites, another thing to bear in mind as you blaze a new course is to keep tabs on your “online reputation.” One of the most effective ways to do this? Reach out to satisfied customers and encourage them to leave accurate, positive reviews on Google, Facebook, and other industry-specific review platforms. We call these reviews, ratings, and testimonials “user-generated content,” and they operate like virtual “word of mouth” today, making your brand seem trustworthy, dependable, and established.
Have a big idea you’re looking to get off the ground? Ready to take your brand in exciting new directions online? Whatever your needs, Geek is here to help! From content creation to social media marketing to web development, our experienced team is ready to set you on the right track. Drop us a line today to get the conversation started!