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Search Engine promotion & marketing - ways to promote your web site

Make your web site impossible to ignore

A great web site will use more than just search engine optimisation to get noticed. It will use a wider marketing strategy.


Examples of further ways to market yourself are:


Give great advice and helpful information on your website. This will encourage people to come back and visit the site again and again and builds up trust. It also establishes you as an expert in your chosen field.


Make sure ALL your staff know the web site address. People in your office should be giving the web site address to everyone they come into contact with. The site can be added to and kept up to date with things such as directions to the office, opening times and news about the company.


Make sure staff know relevant email addresses too as this can save hours on unnecessary phone calls.


Company stationery

Print your website address on every piece of stationery or written communication that leaves your business. Include it on:

  • Letterheads
  • Business Cards
  • Compliment Slips
  • Leaflets
  • Brochures
  • Christmas Cards -at Christmas you can get charity Christmas cards that help charities you support and print your companies website details in the card.
  • Accounting correspondence - invoices, statements and payment slips
  • Cheques
  • Payslips

Publicise your web address

You should also include your web address on:

  • Your shop front(s)
  • Sandwich boards
  • Till receipts
  • Price labels
  • Carrier bags
  • Car window and bumper stickers
  • LED display sign
  • Uniforms (embroidered or printed on fluorescent overjackets)

Print it on:

  • Calendars
  • Pay and display car park tickets
  • Theatre and cinema tickets - these can be a good way of targeting local people quickly
  • Buy a self inking rubber stamp and use it on everything you can

Outside the office you should use the web address on the following:

  • Company vehicles - cars, vans, lorries and motorbikes
  • A sign in a field (with the landowner's agreement!)
  • Advertising lorry

Liven up the landscape with…

  • Flags / bunting
  • Banners
  • Large posters
  • Tourist info signs, e.g. the Fovant Badges board

With the website you need to consider the following:

  • Identify your market - know who you’re aiming at
  • Did you get the site professionally designed at web design Salisbury? Your website is your window on the world, it must look as professional as you are.
  • Look at competitor / similar websites. What are they doing? Is it effective?
  • Focused appeal - getting targeted traffic from the search engines is much better than a scatter gun approach
  • 'Introduce a friend' voucher. Offers are a great way of getting word of mouth recommendations
  • Directions to your office - ensure people can find you
  • Update your web site regularly to keep it fresh
  • Special offers - use special offers to get new and return customers
  • Co-ordinate with the season and with events (Valentine's Day, Christmas, holidays)
  • Exclusive areas e.g. members area, journalists / media area - people like feeling special!
  • On-line feedback form - but keep it simple

If you have new products you should consider some of these promotion ideas:

  • Give-aways and free samples. By allowing people to use your products and see its benefits, they will be more likely to buy it.
  • Show off its features
  • Produce an information leaflet and distribute it widely
  • Telephone hold message. Instead of playing music, why not tell people about your new product and how great it is?
  • In conversation at social events.
  • Business networking clubs - a great way of connecting with business people near you.
  • Product user groups

Use seminars to promote the website

  • Put your web address on PowerPoint or overhead slides
  • Give talks to local clubs and charities
  • Training courses
  • Sales seminars
  • Domain name on Lecterns and name badges
  • Direct Mail - send a mail shot to selected target audience

Send cards

  • Send birthday cards if you store a customers date of birth
  • Ensure your web address is on the front of the card if possible but at least use it inside
  • Send anniversary cards (anniversary of the year they first did business with you)

Deliver your address

  • On delivery packaging - perhaps on the sticky tape used to seal the box
  • Franking machine message
  • On receipt notes
  • On the product itself (possibly a sticky label)
  • Enclose an information sheet about the website when sending out goods
  • Newspaper inserts
  • Door-to-door drops (Royal Mail can do targeted / wide area drops)


Use advertising off line to promote your website

  • On billboard adverts
  • On bus shelter posters
  • On local buses
  • Put a card in the window of your local newsagent – great for businesses with a local market


Local / specialist / trade newspapers

  • Produce ‘fun’ give-aways. This could include keyrings, badges, caps, pens, T-shirts, umbrellas, dog leads, dog jackets, coasters, mouse mats and mugs
  • Hold a launch event or open day. Invite journalists and special guests within your field of interest and advertise the vent locally. Hire a hall, set up a few internet computers and invite the public in to see your site! Give them free gifts - and don't forget to let the papers know!
  • Use a PR company

Press releases. Send updates of recent events (including launch days) to:

  • Local and national newspapers
  • Specialist and trade publications
  • On-line magazines (e-zine’s)


  • Take a stand at a trade fair
  • Visit fetes and festivals and sponsor tickets / programmes/ stalls / prizes

Things to avoid

  • Paid for links
  • International advertising for a local service
  • Cheap search engine submissions. You get what you pay for! Automatic software-based submissions don't work and can get you permanently banned from leading search engines.


  • Get your product or service reviewed by specialist publications
  • Advertise in selected specialist magazines


  • Donate money or goods in return for advertising - sponsor a sports team, charity, special event, school sports or sports equipment

Domain names - some options to consider

  • Register misspellings
  • Register variations
  • Use generic domain names
  • Register dot-com and, with and without hyphens
  • New sub-domains - biz, info, others
  • Use different domains for different campaigns to measure the response
  • Form links with related websites
  • Use directories to promote your website in the search engines. You should also consider using pay per click (PPC). To help with this you should use a specialist company such as Cravenplan

Contact Cravenplan:


Chris Stanbury

Cravenplan Computers Ltd

Wilbury Barn





Tel: 01747 858000





  • Spread your message with viral marketing. Viral marketing describes any strategy that encourages individuals to pass on a marketing message to others, creating the potential for exponential growth in the message's exposure and influence. A classic example is Hotmail - their free email address is publicised at the bottom of every e-mail sent by its users.
  • Create a campaign for e-mail marketing with a gift incentive. Buy a TARGETED e-mail list, NOT '150 million e-mail addresses for $150'. It is a good idea to start your own email list using data from visitors to your site.
  • Encourage people to join your site or mailing list by offering a prize draw for registrants
  • Put contact details and a short sales message on all outgoing e-mail signatures

Use the Internet to promote your website

  • On-line bulletin boards / newsgroups (remember 'netiquette' - no spamming!)
  • Word of mouth online should not be underestimated.

SMS (Simple Message Service)

  • Get an SMS list from a specialist marketing company. Mail the list with a message and prize incentive
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