9/1/2007 | 1 MINUTE READ

Investing In The Future

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People naturally consider their financial investments that have a direct impact on their net worth—stocks, life insurance and real estate, for example—as the key to a bright future. Other investments that have an indirect, yet large effect on a person’s financial future include such items as education and relationship building or networking.

Companies face similar opportunities for investing in their futures. Capital equipment purchases, quality employees and training each play a significant role in determining the well-being of an organization. Investing in a quality Internet marketing program is no exception when finding ways to help a company grow.

The Internet facilitates a number of effective marketing strategies, but careful consideration must be given to which of these strategies best suits a particular organization. Almost a standard in business today, the Web site often acts as the front door to a company. As such, it must portray a quality image that makes potential customers feel welcome and feel comfortable doing business there. This quality does not happen by default. It requires considerable investment to capture a sales message worthy of earning business.

Other campaigns such as e-mail marketing, display advertising, search engine marketing and viral marketing have become equally important for some companies in generating a steady flow of residual leads. While programs such as these do not work for every type of business, if given appropriate forethought, they can complement an already strong Web site quite nicely.

The key to effectively taking advantage of any of these approaches is to treat them as an investment. Realize, just as in any other marketing effort, that there will be a cost, whether time, money or both, before the company benefits from this effort. Also, results must be closely tracked to determine whether future investment makes sense.