The world today is so different to what it used to be a few years ago. What used to work before 2010 is basically outdated. Not only did we ditch things like the iPod, GPS for our cars, Google plus (wow we almost forgot it ever existed) and running a business without online marketing!
If your lead generation model still depends on referrals, flyers, word of mouth and cold calling, you really need to continue reading.
According to Think with Google, 52% of Aussies believe that self-isolation gave them the will to try new things, while 48% believe lockdown and isolation helped them rediscover their passion. For business owners and markets, this means people are willing to try, learn new things and purchase products they never thought they needed.
Just like everything else, consumer behaviour is forever changing and it’s important for businesses to keep up with demand. If your ideal consumer used to ask friends and family for referrals, they might be looking for services online and looking for reviews instead.
The question to you is, are you keeping up with the change? As a business owner or a marketer in 2020, you need to ask yourself:
There are different online channels you can start with, whether it’s an SEO campaign, social media campaigns, Google Ads, etc… you need to start with something in order to stay in the game.
We suggest making your starting point *drum roll* SEO!
We will talk about the importance of SEO to any business, what it means and how long you should wait before you actually start to see results.
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation which will help your business become visible on the first page of search results on search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and others.
Moz (SEO Godfathers) defined SEO as being “the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results”
In simpler words, it means attracting more visitors to your website by showing up on the first page of search results. You can only do that when Google thinks you have relevant and high-quality information on your website that is worth showing to others.
But you might ask the question, how would a search engine like Google find my website among thousands of other websites?
Well, it’s not really that simple but here’s how it works:
If that is way too complicated for you, all you need to know is that the important part of SEO is Optimisation.
Optimisation is where you need to write rich & informative content, upload it to your site and make sure that this content is readable enough by both Google bots and users who visit your website through search results.
Optimisation is also about making sure that the title tags & meta descriptions are both informative, in the right length and pointing to useful & relevant pages on your website.
Right, that brings us to the most common question…
How long would it take for an SEO campaign to start showing results, in other words, how long would it take me to be on the first page of google search results?
When it comes to SEO, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer nor a magic trick to get you to page one in a span of a few days. You need to make sure that your website is fully optimised and you’re creating fresh and useful content on regular basis. SEO is an ongoing process and will take anywhere between three to six months (even a year) depending on how competitive your industry is and how competitive & popular your selected search terms and keywords are.
OK so if it takes all that time, why would I even consider it for my business?
Good question… SEO is a long-term investment that any business operating in 2020 should invest in. SEO is the new gold. Once you’re on the first page of Google search results, you become visible to thousands if not millions of customers all over the world. Your shop will be open 24/7 for your customers and you’ll be able to sell them at their own convenience.
In addition to that, traffic in 2020 equals to leads and leads will turn into sales (cash!) and who doesn’t want extra cash at the end of the month.
Another important reason, because of excessive mobile usage these days, SEO is becoming more important than ever! People look for things on the go. Wherever they are, they pick up their phones and search for things like, the nearest café, the best restaurant, emergency car repair, red shoes etc..
Finally, if you’re not investing in SEO believe us your competitors are. If you’re still umming and aring about it, make your decision quickly because you still have an opportunity to rise-up and beat your competition. If you invest in a sound SEO strategy today you might start to even outrank your competition and drive more traffic to your own website.
Still not sure? Call us for a 30-min FREE consultation and we’ll give you a personalised plan to start your SEO journey!