Online marketing

5 tips for your first Google AdWords campaign

Starting your first online marketing campaign is a serious challenge. Alongside e-mail marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO), display advertising is a key component of any good online marketing plan. When it comes to running your first Google AdWords campaign, you’ll need a great strategy, sensible planning, and expert know-how to give yourself the best possible chance of success. Here’s our top 5 Google AdWords tips to help get your campaign started. [...]  

What are the best alternatives to Facebook?

We once used phone calls and text messages to carry out all our communication, now our private conversations are largely digitalized and carried out almost entirely online. We write to each other via messenger apps and share photos, thoughts, and feelings on social networks. But because all our private communication now takes place over these digital channels, we now need to think more about our data protection and privacy settings. Facebook, the kingpin of social media, has been constantly criticized in this regard – so we’ve compiled a list of alternatives to Facebook for users who have had enough. [...]  

The best WhatsApp alternatives

Invitations to dinner parties; updates about work; an away day with your Sunday football team: if you’re not using WhatsApp, you run the risk of missing out on important information. With more than a billion worldwide users to date, the app is more popular than almost any other on the market. But this networking comes with its disadvantages too: the main one being that WhatsApp shares user data with its parent company Facebook, which is turning off its services. So what good WhatsApp alternatives are there to choose from? Here are our top 5. [...]  

8 tips for Facebook advertising success

Over the last few years words like ‘likes’, ‘followers’, and ‘to google’ have become a part of our everyday vocabulary. For those working in marketing, these terms have become a new type of virtual currency, and they are minted, traded, and evaluated on the world’s largest social media platform, Facebook. But there’s more to success in Facebook advertising than merely collecting fans and likes. [...]  

Why there’s no way around social media monitoring

The beginning of all social media efforts: running a critical inventory on your company or business. How well known is my brand within the biggest social networks? In what context do mentions of my products or services arise? On which platforms do these discussions occur? Social media monitoring (SMM) can deliver valuable information on this front. Different tools can assist you in keeping track of the competition, various target groups, customer opinions as well as your own entries. Monitoring software additionally reveals influencers and multipliers needed for a successful SMM strategy. [...]  

SEO ranking factors 2016: the Searchmetrics study at a glance

With the annual correlation study on the topic of ranking factors, Searchmetrics has been taking care of the SEO sector since 2012. The prominent search and content performance platform also presents the most important findings each year in Google rankings – this comes in the form of general ranking factors and rank correlations. We have summarised the key learning points of the 2016 study for you. Considerable changers are afoot in how google operates. [...]  

Augmented Reality: how Pikachu helps e-commerce

Augmented reality is considered to be the marketing trend of the future. And it’s true that this new technology really does build a bridge between the tactile and virtual worlds, a fact that offers enormous opportunities for both businesses and marketers. This is due to the fact that augmented reality means expanding and changing one’s perception of reality, and this applies to the e-commerce realm as well. Find out more on how this industry stands to profit from the exciting developments most recently popularised by the likes of Pokémon Go. [...]  

Second screen: when one just isn’t enough anymore

For many users, one screen is simply not enough. Dubbed by marketers as second screen, this phenomenon describes the new usage patterns of the smartphone generation. What’s meant here is the simultaneous usage of multiple devices. Both television broadcasters as well as advertisers seek to use this channel to their advantage as a means of winning over potential customers. Find out how the wall between TV and online advertising is being torn down and what challenges may lie ahead for this new medium. [...]  

SEO basics: what is black hat SEO?

Today you launch your website and tomorrow you’re ranked at the top of the list of search results? This is every website operator’s dream, but it’s sadly not that easy. SEO is an effective and sustainable marketing method, but it takes a while before the success starts to show. Some marketers use black hat SEO techniques to accelerate this process and in doing so are taking a big risk. [...]  

Social selling: business relations on the social net

Purchasing decisions are rarely made out of the blue. Customers usually go through a decision-making phase, during which it’s up to the company to convince the customer of their need for the product. This is most effective when you present yourself and your products as trustworthy and honest as possible – particularly on social networks, where your target group conducts research, asks for recommendations, and seeks advice. Social selling allows you and your company to take on the role of the expert consultant. Find out how it works. [...]  

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.