Google Advertising Part 1
The world now belongs to the small business owner but most small business owners don’t have much money to grow their business. Getting into debt to fund your business before you have a steady flow of income is not only a bad idea, it’s down right foolish. Don’t get yourself in the hole before you even have a chance for success. Spend your money wisely and on a tight budget that you can fully afford on your current level of income.
Although it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, you can still steadily grow your business on a shoestring budget utilizing Google AdWords. One of the main reasons Google has been so successful is because they have focused much of their efforts on the small business owner marketing on a budget. If you haven’t spent much time with Google AdWords, you may not be familiar with some of its key features which will allow you to fully customize your advertising campaign.
Location targeting allows you to funnel your audience by physical location, including territories, regions, cities, and custom areas. For example, if you are a business owner doing business in San Antonio, Texas and you only want to target people in the Greater San Antonio Area, you will be able to do such.
You may want to reach as many people as possible, but i’s highly recommended that you focus your efforts locally in the beginning stages of growing your business even if local means the country you reside in. Every country has different laws, regulations, and even cultural differences. You may waste a lot of money targeting other countries because most people prefer to do business with people they know, trust, and can relate to.
A language barrier may mean the difference between a sale and no-sale. Even though Google has the ability to translate websites on your behalf, you must still communicate with your clients whether in person, over the phone, or through email. If you don’t specify the languages you are able to communicate in, you may waste a lot of money on people who don’t understand the message you are trying to convey.
One nice thing about the language setting is that people are all over the world speaking similar languages and when combined with the Location setting, you can target people from just about any Continent.
NETWORKS AND DEVICES
People have many options to surf the web, gather information, and stay connected. Depending on the type of business you have, you may want to focus your efforts on desktop and laptop computers, or you may want to extend your reach to include mobile devices with full Internet browsers, or both.
Google has the ability to advertise on their search engine, all their free products (Gmail, Blogger, etc.), websites, video games, applications, YouTube, and more. It’s up to you to determine which of these will provide the best Return on Investment or Branding exposure for your business.