Saturday, 18 January 2014

Search Engine Optimization: Key points you must know before engaging your team.

Everything in today’s world has come down to the search engines. Whatever we are looking for we prefer to switch on our computer or mobile phone and quickly look it up at one of the search engines. It is one of the most important things to optimize your business website in accordance to the search engines so that anyone looking up for you can easily find you. It’s a fact that neither you nor I go past the first page of search engine result page (SERP, it is the page on which all the results of a search are displayed) whenever we are looking something on the internet. So to make a business easily accessible to the customers one has to be aligned with the way search engines read your page and not only from a customers’ perspective; because if a search engine doesn't bring it in front of the user, there is no way user is ever going to find it.

But there is more to it than just optimizing your website according to the criteria of search engines. The most popular search engine Google has been changing its policies from time to time whenever it realizes that most of the websites rather than delivering quality content are focusing on just optimizing their sites according to its terms and conditions that Google has laid down. Whenever these search engines see a loop hole which bloggers or website owners are exploiting, they change their policies which have lead to each new website giving high quality and original content. This is the most important reason why a person running a food chain or an educational institute or any other business apart from online promotions needs to engage a team of professionals, either in-house or outsourced, who can stay in touch with the changing policies of the search engines and keep the website updated accordingly. Trying to handle this yourself is not suggested, as one has to concentrate on main line of business and SEO alone takes at least 3-6 months to show results depending on the nature of business and completion in that particular line. Most of the optimization that needs to be done is according to Google as it is the most used search engine worldwide.

In 2013, 68.10% of the total searches were made by Google alone, this constitutes to more than 2/3 of all searches, and this is when Google comes on #5 in China, the most populated country in the world, with only 2% search share. The main reason for this is that most of the features of Google are still banned in China. So unless you want to promote your business in China you only need to worry about optimizing your website according to the Google policies.

Apart from this,
Baidu being primary in China has 18.84% share percentage globally
Yahoo has a Search share of 6.40%
Bing was used 5.59%
0.28% of searches in 2013 were made by AOL
Ask shared 0.16% of the whole searches
And a mere 0.63% was shared by all other search engines.

So if you want to target customers specifically in China, then guidelines of Baidu should be kept in mind to optimize the website, but if your target is rest of the world Google guidelines is your Bible to optimization.

Monday, 6 January 2014

The Evolution of Marketing.

It is not a hidden fact that for any successful business one of the most important things is marketing. Marketing is simply a method of promoting your products or services; companies have been spending millions of dollars on marketing every year in the form of TV and radio commercials, sponsorships to events, and roping in big celebrities to talk about their products. Marketing has evolved a lot in past few years, day by day it has become more creative both in terms of the way of an advertisement is presented and where is it presented. The advertising agencies are trying to find new and innovative ways to attract customers for their clients. The shift from physical advertisement in form of hoardings changed to video commercials on Television and now, when the customers have shifted to internet, so have the advertisers. In the 21st century, if you are not available online, you do not exists for this generation, whether it be food, clothes, stationary or travel, customers like to check reviews online and if possible visit your website and have a brief idea of your products and services before they actually plan on using them. With the advent of Smartphones it has become easier for people to get this information even when they are at your door step. Online presence can be in the form of a website, a facebook fan page, twitter etc; being present online is just half the work done but promoting your business online is more important to attract new customers who do not know about your business. For example if somebody knows the name of your business, he can search it online, but for instance, if somebody is looking for “authentic Italian food in city square” or a car repair shop in a particular area, even if your services are best, they cannot find you and you can lose a potential client if your business is not promoted online.

Not only has online industry made it easier for customers to find what they are looking for but some business owners are taking as much benefit from it as possible to lure customers. Mary, a restaurant owner, uses facebook page to connect with everyone who walks in her restaurant. She has been actively updating about festival and weekend specials on her page and so that she remains in sight of her customers all the time. The Online Marketing industry, also known as Digital Marketing, is vast field and many areas are still to be explored. The main activities without which it is difficult for a business to survive in online industry are Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media Marketing (SMM), Blogging, Video Marketing, Online Advertisements, email and web feeds etc.

“Digital Marketing” as a term was first used in early 1990s and the first clickable banner adds was generated in 1993 and hence started the most dynamic form of advertisement. In late 1990s as Google became popular people started realizing the benefits of Search Engine Optimization. It had been growing slowly and steadily for more than a decade but with the beginning of 2000s it shifted gears. The rise of platforms like Wordpress, Linkedin and Facebook changed the script of marketing future, and by the end of 2004 $2.9 billion was generated by online advertising in US. There was no looking back from here and soon came Youtube, Twitter, Digg etc. Just when the world thought that this is could be the biggest breakthrough for a few more decades to come we were introduced to mobile marketing and everything that had made their space in the online industry started scaling down to mobile and by 2010 mobile marketing generated approximately $650 million. The Marketing industry is growing with lightening pace and to keep any business running the most important thing is to get accustomed with it and be present at spots where your customers are searching for you.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Reasons Why People Shop Online.

In our last article we talked about the origin of online shopping and how did customers shift from brick and mortar stores to virtual shops. There are different reasons why people are moving to eCommerce portals and today we will put light on few of the major reasons why more and more people are following the trend these days. In a survey where everyone was allowed to choose multiple choices for why they prefer shopping online. Following were the results.

  • Time Saving: The top reason for people to shop online is that it is Time Saving. A whopping 73% voted online shopping to be a time saving option and why not, you don’t have to worry about going and coming back from the markets, no queues at the counter. “In today’s world where people juggling between work and family hardly get time for themselves, online shopping has come as a relief. 90% of my stuff I bought in last year, I bought it online” said Rupinder whose work hours start at 10 in the morning and there is no set time when he returns home.
  • More Variety: 67% of the people said it’s easier to browse through more options when you are shopping online. One does not have to worry about going to n number of shops to get the product that they are looking for; you can browse 1000s of products if you invest a little time to browse through a couple of portals and choose the product that you feel best for your use.

  • Easy to Compare Prices: A good 59% people feel the major reason why they shop online is that it is easy to compare prices when you are shopping online. Nupur, a final year Political Science student says “I always check prices on websites like before buying a product so that I get stuff on lowest prices; there is no such option available in physical shopping and thus online shopping works best for me.”
  • No Crowd: A very close fourth position, with 58% votes, is taken by the fact that shopping online is perfect solution to avoid crowded markets. For those who don’t like going to markets just because there is endless crowd in markets, eCommerce portals have come as a life saver.
  • Lower Prices: 55% people say they shop online because they get lower prices than what they get in a physical store. The major reason for this is that eCommerce portals have global presence unlike the local shops and thus all this virtual stores regardless of their base location, serve people of all regions and thus compete with every other virtual store, thus they have a huge competition and thus reduce their prices in order get new customers and retain them.
  • Spend Less on Fuel: The rising fuel prices have made 40% of the people to mention they prefer online shopping because they save on fuel prices. Online shopping has made people follow the concept of “Every penny saved is a penny earned.”
  • Less Taxes: 30% people prefer shopping online because they feel the taxes they have to pay at eCommerce portals is lesser than online stores. Ashish, a CA who works in an MNC says he shops online for a simple reason: Lower Taxes.

3% users had other reasons for shopping online. For Monica “Getting notification of “Out of Stock” products whenever they become available in future” is a ground-breaker, while many mentioned that they don’t have to worry about carrying shopping bags as the reason why they prefer online shopping.

One of the major reason why I go shopping online, though it did not get much votes, is that the online stores are open according to my convenience, whether I want to shop at 1 in the night or 7 in the morning or during the lunch hour in my office. I do not have to wait for weekends or worry about the closing time of my favourite markets.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Rise of eCommerce Industry

Holiday season has arrived and everybody is in a shopping mood. Earlier we used to see markets full of people buying gifts for their loved ones but over a few years less and less people are seen in the markets. One of the major reasons for this is rise of online shopping. In the busy and hectic schedules that people have these days, e-commerce industry commonly known as “online shopping” has come as a great relief for the customers. Here we will talk about the sudden shift from the brick and mortar stores to virtual stores but before that lets put a light on when did online shopping begin?

Most of you will be surprised to know that the first company to use online shopping was Thomas Holiday in 1981 and it dates back to 1979 when it was first demonstrated by a British Entrepreneur Michael Aldrich who invented it. While Thomas Holiday used online shopping for B2B market, the first one to use it for B2C was Tesco in 1984. In 1994 came online banking which made online shopping easier to implement and then there was no looking back. In the same year Netscape devised encryptions for secure data transfer, Pizza Hut came with an online Pizza store, Intershop launched its first online shopping system. In 1995 online shopping site and eBay went live and the world was ready for a revolution. At the break of 21st century online shopping had started gaining momentum and in less than a decade it became popular all around the globe. 

Infographic representation of Global eCommerce Sales
for 2010-2013
One of the main reasons of initial hesitancy was that people were not used to buying products till the time they did not see it in their hands, also customers were habitual of first holding the goods in their hands and then taking out money; but in online shopping they first had to pay and the goods would be delivered in around a week or two. Also the question of how authentic the goods being delivered at home were arose. For many years a large number of customers felt that the products being delivered by e-commerce websites might be duplicate or used; but these myths have been broken to a large extent. Reasons why online shopping is becoming popular include not only it being an easier option, but it also saves valuable time of visiting n number of shops and money on fuel.
The shift towards online shopping can be gauged by the revenue it generated in past couple of years.
  • In 2010 online sales generated a total of US$ 572.5 Billion

  • This figure rose to US$ 680.6 in 2011
  • The figures for 2012 were US$ 820.5
  • While for 2013 it was projected to reach US$ 963 and has already reached the figure.
With the holiday season starting it might cross a trillion US$. These figures only suggest the acceptance of the e-commerce industry and the future it has.
Then there is another side of the story, the number of big players in the online industry has also grown many folds in these past four years. And anyone looking to start a business in this industry has to cash on the limited time left before the existing e-shops completely conquer the market. It might be a matter of 2 years at most after which there would be so many ecommerce store that the new ones will have to have a very innovative USP to make their space.
We wish all the budding entrepreneurs who are looking to enter this industry a very good luck.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Website Development does have a successful end: Finex Media Services

Definitely, website development definitely ends up somewhere. The reason why we have quoted this here is that few of our good customers were hesitant to do business with us due to the fear that their websites were in “work in progress” mode since long. They had faith issues with us too since website development companies around them had left them with this state only. It was quite disappointment to know that despite of talented people and great technology, still IT industry was sinking with such image.

Finex Media Services came into picture to wipe off the bad images and create a distinct identity in the website development and online marketing industry. With a lot of live projects we prove that we do finish our projects with justified time lines and live up to our client’s expectations.
Just like all other website development, design and marketing companies we do promise to finish our job but we also work closely with clients to give us the right set of information that we deserve in order to wrap up their project.

Creativity and latest functionality are anyways our qualities. We give awesome look to your website and make them get Brand Recognition too by our awesome search engine optimization, social media marketing and blogging activities.

Rest we leave it on you to decide on what to choose and why. Hope you guys are intelligent enough to make the right move!

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