Online marketing

Pinterest for businesses

It would be a serious mistake not to take Pinterest seriously as a marketing platform. While it may look like an extensive photo album of recipe ideas, DIY tutorials, and dream holiday destinations, the truth is that the social media site can offer a valuable service: generating referral traffic for your company website. Brands can therefore use the platform to curate their image and attract new potential customers to your website. In this guide, you can find a summary of the most important facts and features. [...]  

Content delivery network: a look at the SEO advantages

Content delivery networks (CDNs) provide website owners with a global web of servers. Depending on from where a user accesses a website, the closest server will respond and deliver the site’s static content as fast as possible. Although the user will not notice any of this, they undoubtedly benefit from the shorter loading times and optimal availability. Given that loading time and performance are and always will be crucial to search engine optimization, CDNs can offer major advantages from a SEO point of view. [...]  

The fascination with AI: what is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is one of the most fascinating fields of research in the world today. It will undoubtedly alter our future like no other technology ever has before — this is one thing that all AI researchers agree on. The technology is already present in so many areas of our life. We discuss some of the secrets that surround artificial intelligence, the prospects, and risks involved in using it, as well as the role it plays in the online world; specifically search engines. [...]  

RankBrain: the evolution of the Google algorithm

Google is the search engine of choice for an overwhelming majority of internet users around the world. Around 3 billion user requests are answered each day by the market leader. This is partially thanks to a self-learning AI system known as RankBrain. Normally, Google lays low when it comes to revealing its search algorithms but this time the company has been quite open. We explain how RankBrain works. [...]  

Tag management: basics & systems

What’s important here is: data, data, data. Big data is no longer a buzzword and web analysis has become one of the most important disciplines in the context of marketing. After all, you can’t optimize your website and increase your conversion rate if you don’t understand the user by closely tracking their activities. A basic requirement of web analysis is to collect user information using so-called tags. In order to implement the increasingly higher demands and complex tracking strategies required in the modern business environment, tag management systems have proved invaluable. [...]  

Social media tools

In the world of social media marketing, the key to commercial success is a balancing act. A like here, a share there. Getting those Twitter follows is an art: combining regular updates with engaging content that is of interest to your target group. Social media tools can help to break this daunting task into manageable chunks. [...]  

Lead management: Lead routing – part five

All steps in the lead management process are aimed at building sustainable customer relationships and bringing products and services to customers in a profitable way. After all measures have been taken in the lead nurturing process to successfully connect the contact and provide them with suitable information tailored to them, the sales department comes into play. When it comes to lead routing, the qualified lead is passed on to the sales department. [...]  

VLC alternatives: which media player is right for you?

VLC is the most popular program when it comes to playing music and videos. The tool opens almost every file and is installed on most computers. But what are the alternatives to VLC, and are they worth it? Our guide will help you find the right program for your needs if you’re looking for more than a simple media player. [...]  

Lead management: Lead scoring – part four

All leads aren’t the same, which each marketer will realize sooner or later. It’s not the mass of contacts that make a successful lead management campaign, but also how they’re categorized. Lead scoring models are used to find out which contacts are the most promising i.e. which are more likely to make a purchase. They help to categorize and prioritize all leads so that you can invest your time and energy in the right contacts. [...]  

Dialogue marketing – finding success through interactive customer relationships

Dialogue marketing is about opening a conversation with consumers. Unlike mass marketing techniques, dialogue campaigns are adapted to cater to the interests and needs of individual customers. In order to build and retain positive customer relationships, companies are now using a range of communications channels to generate consumer reactions. These include traditional direct marketing techniques, such as pre-addressed advertising letters and telemarketing. However, e-commerce has generated more opportunities to engage with customers through highly interactive online channels. [...]  

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.