In order to promote your business, when you think of internet marketing, do you see it as one more thing you must work at? You have a narrow view of the subject if so. It is so much more than that and it can be personalized so that it works for you. Read on to find out how. Realize that your website is not perfect. Many owners of sites think their site is “top notch”, “amazing”, and “not to be out done”. Thinking this way won’t lead to innovative ideas and improvements however, and can ultimately lead to a lack of continued success. Every site out there has room for improvement. Small businesses looking to expand their base through internet marketing can get a fast leg up by analyzing the marketing approaches used by the competition. Check out company websites and marketing materials for similar businesses in your locale. Figure out what really works to grab your attention and devise ways to distinguish your own marketing efforts from the masses. Knowing the weak spots in your competition can help you step right up to fill in the gaps! Diversity can be key. You don’t want your website to have banners at the top, bottom, and sides all promoting the exact same item. Find similar, relevant products to not only diversify your website, but also increase the chances that one of your readers may buy from one or more of them. Review your products on video and have them accessible via YouTube and blog. A video can earn you a lot more views and sell throughs of your products. Viewers will love to see that you actually have the product and are using it. Using a video will let you build trust in your customer base. Business owners must be very involved in deciding the best content for their website. After all, the content of your website represents the company image and it should contain useful information for the customer. Business owners should look at their website often and imagine looking at it from a customer’s point-of-view. Ask yourself whether or not a customer can learn anything useful from visiting your website. Make sure that your website contains worthwhile content. You might be able to attract people to your website, but do you have anything to keep them there? Quality content is important. Make sure your website has something useful to say, and make sure that said content is concise and well written. Internet marketing is one of the best and most effective ways to communicate with your customers. To increase customer satisfaction you should allow your customers an opened area of your website to do so. Many websites offer their own onsite forums. Putting an internal forum on your site will attract dialogue. To boost your traffic and your authority and gain more visibility on the Internet, offer some products for free. Free products, as long as they’re high quality, always generate talk, and they’re great for building a positive reputation. Be smart about it, of course — don’t bankrupt yourself because you’re giving everything away and not building in a way to make money. If you are using Twitter or Facebook to market your company, this is your chance to show your personality away from business. While staying business professional, try to include some humor that your customer may not have known you had. This will help to humanize you as a person and appeal to the liking of your customer base. After reading through all of that, do you still see internet marketing in the same way? Do you now see that it is so much more and that they are very simple things that you can add promote your business? You decide on how much to put into it, although there is work involved.