Online marketing

Brand ambassadors and their importance in online marketing

Brand ambassadors are often the face of a company on social networks like Facebook or Instagram, company blog posts, at fairs, conferences, and other such events. They give a brand a friendly face. These days, brand ambassadors operate in a field, which, in this era of web 2.0, is getting a whole new lease of life: authentic influencers and standard employees are replacing famous celebrities as the faces of advertising campaigns. How does one go about becoming a brand ambassador? What do these individuals actually do? And are they even important? [...]  

An Overview of the Best Paint Alternatives

Microsoft Paint is a classic among graphics programs. However, the software, which is standard on all Windows systems since Windows 95, has long since been surpassed by other software. That’s why Microsoft will not be developing the program any longer. Find out which free paint alternatives are available in this comprehensive review. [...]  

Referral spam: attack patterns and countermeasures

Do you find that lots of the traffic that arrives on your site comes from suspicious sources? There’s no need to worry since website operators encounter inconsistencies in reports from analysis tools (such as Google Analytics, Piwik, or etracker). The reason: referral spam falsifies visitor statistics. Learn how hackers can manipulate referrer information and traffic data, as well as which countermeasures can help fight them off. [...]  

LinkedIn ads: Marketing geared toward the target group

LinkedIn is the first port of call for global B2B marketing. Contrary to Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest, you can reach the community in your business network on a professional level instead of through funny videos. LinkedIn ads give you multiple formats to choose from to address your target group. From content marketing to classic banner adverts: We explain what the various options are good for and how to correctly use advertisements on LinkedIn. [...]  

Bing ads: tutorial for the Microsoft search engine

When it comes to search engine advertising, there are more options than just Google. To increase your own reach, you should also consider using Bing ads. We explain in a step-by-step way how to create ads in Microsoft’s search engine and what special tricks are available to make your search engine marketing successful. [...]  

Interactive content: basics, tips, and tools

Successful websites are increasingly characterised by excellent content marketing. Because it is important for website operators to provide their users with the best possible information, usability, and entertainment, they want to stand out from the competition. In particular, interactive content plays an important role: if the visitor can interact with it, this will increase their length of stay. Interesting content is also more likely to impress the user. Implementing content like this is just a question of finding the right tools. [...]  

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. [...]  

PR nightmares: when complaints go viral

With the prominence of social media and viral videos and posts, PR nightmares can occur far faster and on a far larger scale than ever before. These are caused by a flood of negative comments on social networks or websites, resulting in a large crowd of people turning against individuals, corporations or organisations. Dissatisfied consumers target social media channels to put pressure on companies and in a worst-case scenario, this can have an avalanche effect with even the potential to bring the organisation to its knees. Dealing with PR nightmares is, therefore, a central theme in crisis communication. [...]  

Keyword planner – using the Google AdWords tool for keyword research

Google provides SEO specialists with some invaluable services for keyword research, with the most important amongst them being the AdWords tool, the Keyword Planner. While the program was originally developed to generate keywords for Google ads, it’s also proved itself to be a useful tool for SEO keyword research – and above all, it can be used for free! So, what are the terms for its use, and how exactly does the Google Keyword Tool work? [...]  

Recommendation systems in e-commerce

Admittedly, automated systems also make mistakes, but overall, it’s quite impressive that online shops can suggest products that users like. By streaming movies and series, the respective platforms are able to 'learn' the users’ tastes and then generate playlists automatically. This isn’t a coincidence, but rather the ability of modern recommendation systems. [...]  

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 mid sized 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 optimisation (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.