Digitalisation for local businesses

Why digitalisation is so important for local businesses

 

Local businesses are under threat from being overshadowed by the convenience of larger online businesses. However, digitalisation itself isn’t a threat, but rather an opportunity to make your own business even more well-known and successful. We’ll show you the greatest benefits...

 

Click and Collect for Restaurants

Successful Click & Collect: 5 Tips for Restaurants

 

Would you like to offer your guests their favourite dishes so they can enjoy them at home? Click & Collect involves less effort and costs for you than a delivery service, because your customers pick up the order themselves. They may already have paid for it, which gives you extra...

 

Crisis marketing

Crisis marketing to the rescue!

 

Economic crises pose a threat to the existence of many businesses. Irrespective of whether they’re caused by external or company-internal events: don’t freeze your advertising budgets! Instead, go into the offensive. During hard times, company owners should try to reach out to...

 

Zoom fatigue

Zoom fatigue: how to avoid getting tired during video conferences

 

The number of people working from home has increased rapidly since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and so has, of course, the number of online meetings. Video conferencing is an indispensable tool in working remotely, but also comes with drawbacks. Video calls quickly...

 

What is search engine marketing?

What is search engine marketing (SEM)?

Search engine marketing (SEM) is one of today’s most important online marketing channels. But what exactly is search engine marketing? And how do its subcomponents SEO and SEA vary from one another? By adhering to fundamental marketing measures for web searches, website operators are able to optimise strategic aspects of their websites, thereby gaining more visitors and enhancing their web...

Use trust seals for a successful web store

Gain your customers’ trust with a trust seal

If you run an online shop, you’ll want users to not only browse your pages but to buy your products too. Getting a visitor to convert is your main focus. Quality content and strong references for your data security can strengthen users’ trust in your products. Trust seals can therefore help to clear any doubts users may have about the legitimacy of your store.

Blogger outreach: how to do it right

Blogger outreach: securing the right relationships

Collaborating with successful bloggers or YouTubers is a big part of building a solid marketing repertoire. The size of the company doesn’t matter; anyone can benefit from having bloggers as brand ambassadors. A successful blogger collaboration enables you to profit from the reach and authenticity of the writer. But of course there has to be some give and take; if you want to work together with...

CRM and its importance in e-commerce

Good customer service ensures long term success

Acquiring new customers is an important matter for every online shop owner, but it can be time-consuming and expensive. So it makes sense to try to keep existing customers long term and encourage them to continue buying from your site. How can you make use of resources to help extend the customer lifecycle?

Sales opportunities in mobile commerce

Mobile commerce: a mall in the palm of your hand

Try as you might, there’s no getting away from mobile commerce. This platform has experienced continuous growth in the past few years, establishing itself as a vital area of online commerce. These days, traders can generate as much as one third of their revenue through purchases made on smartphones and tablets. Finding success in mobile e-commerce relies on two main things: creating a thoroughly...

How do demand-side platforms work?

Online marketing basics: demand-side platform

These days, online advertising is a bidding war, played out in real time. In just a few seconds, complex algorithms decide which banner or advertising medium is to be displayed to your target audience. This being said, everybody wants to show their ads where customers will see them, making ad impressions highly sought-after commodities. They are thus subjected to a competitive bidding process. The...

Creating a PayPal account

PayPal accounts – the advantages of the digital payment service

The payment methods offered by an online shop say a lot about its legitimacy, and can be decisive for many internet shoppers. Alongside debit card, credit card, and bank transfer payments, e-commerce has seen the rise of another online payment method in recent years: PayPal. But what is PayPal? Why is it so popular? And how does PayPal work exactly? We’ll take you through the basics for setting up...

Traditional marketing vs. online marketing

The right marketing mix: online vs. offline

Online or offline advertising: which marketing method should you choose for your business? The answer is both; traditional marketing and online marketing go hand in hand. While print and TV campaigns can get your brand noticed in the public eye, SEO and SEA measures aim to personalise online advertisements to specific user groups. Both types of marketing have their advantages and disadvantages, so...

What is display marketing?

Marketing basics: what is display marketing?

Display marketing is among the best-performing advertising channels in online marketing. Those who immediately think of irritating banner advertisements and obnoxious pop-ups have fallen behind the times. This is because display advertising has experienced some changes in recent years. In order to adapt to recent developments, like banner blindness, new strategies for gaining viewers’ attention...

Online payment gateways: PayPal alternatives

Payment gateways that you should know about

Just a few years ago, the prospect of paying for goods and services online was unimaginable. But in many industries today internet shopping has overtaken high street retail. As a result, online payment services like PayPal have become very popular, with many customers considering them a decisive factor when shopping online. So how do these payment gateways actually function? We’ll explain this...

Online marketing

The IONOS Guide to Online Marketing: tips and expertise for all

There are many options and strategies for marketing content, products, and services online. In addition to traditional outlets (like banners or videos), e-commerce also lends itself particularly well to generating customer attention: methods like search engine, affiliate, and social media marketing are all part and parcel of a good online marketing mix. In our guide on the topic, we’ve compiled important information on the basics of online marketing and have also included plenty of expert-level tips.

Who should use our Online Marketing Guide?

From beginners to experienced professionals, this guide offers individuals of all competency levels relevant tips for successful online marketing. And online marketing basics are just as much a part of this guide as expert-level topics (‘Cloaking–an SEO blackout’ or ‘Canvas fingerprinting–web tracking without Cookies’). Readers looking to set up e-commerce platforms or become online marketers stand to gain a lot with this content. Small and mid sized companies aiming to enter the online market or expand their marketing skills will also find useful resources here (e.g. ‘Creating a business plan for your online store’, ‘8 tips for successful online store marketing’, or ‘Successful social media marketing’).

How the guide is structured

The articles are divided into four different subcategories. Under ‘Online sales’, you’ll find texts on how to construct and operate an online shop. In addition to the fundamentals of online marketing, there’s a lot of information on how to upgrade your web store located in this section. The subcategory, ‘Social media’ provides tips on how to win over customers and create campaigns within today’s conventional social media networks. Here, you can find out how to execute different strategies in varying levels of complexity. Under the keyword, ‘Social media marketing’, there are articles on search engine optimisation (SEO), search engine advertising (SEA) as well as useful online marketing tips for relevant tools and techniques. The fourth and final subcategory, ‘Web analytics’, covers different approaches and tools for gathering data on visitor behavior and how to create web statistics (e.g. with Google Analytics). IONOS’s Online Marketing Guide is a one-stop shop for clear and comprehensive information on online business and online marketing. 


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