Online marketing

The best alternatives to Skype: 13 free applications for video calls

For millions of people around the world, video chats and conferences are an essential part of daily life – for both work and leisure. When it comes to video telephony software and applications, Skype is by far the leader of the pack. In fact, many people are unaware that there’s a considerable number of good alternatives to Skype on the market, which are also available free of charge. Some of these programs even boast extra features that can’t be found with the market leader. But which of them are really the best Skype alternatives? [...]  

The AdWords Quality Score: factors and effects

Google is the most popular search engine in the world and a highly effective advertising platform. One reason is how well Google carries out quality evaluations for each ad in its network. In order to present users with the advertising that’s most relevant to them, the AdWords Quality Score was created on a keyword level. But what exactly is this Quality Score? [...]  

Chatbots in online marketing

Mobile advertising, Facebook marketing, and marketing automation: marketers are making their way even closer to the user, trying to understand them so they can show them advertisements tailored to their needs and reach them over the most appropriate channel. Only a few have actually been successful on one level of online communication: private Facebook and WhatsApp chat. This should soon change. The goal is for chatbots to automate messaging and become lucrative marketing tools for companies. [...]  

YouTube SEO: ranking factors and optimization tips

There’s much more to YouTube videos than ensuring they are available in HD quality. High definition is just one of many criteria that determine the ranking position of your clips in the video platform’s SERPs. Through a mixture of traditional and modern measures of SEO, YouTube videos and channels can be optimized – increasing your ranking and helping you gain viewers. [...]  

Customer journey mapping: the company from the customer perspective

Use customer journey mapping in order keep track of your customer’s behavior. Only those who qualitatively evaluate customer experiences’ on central contact points, so-called touchpoints, are able to sustainably improve the interaction with their target groups. In just six steps, we’ll show you how to create a customer journey map for optimizing the buying decision process. [...]  

The 1&1 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 midsized 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 optimization (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). 1&1’s Online Marketing Guide is a one-stop shop for clear and comprehensive information on online business and online marketing.