Being a Responsible Website Manager
There are some people who know me and my team that get what we do as Internet Marketing Practitioners. Nice title. Just another name for a Website Manager really!
The role of us being Internet Marketing Practitioners (Website Managers) involves us helping business owners put in place and manage fit for purpose websites.
My name is Brian Mathers, and I could sit down and write here a 100 reasons what benefits a business owner will gain having me and my team help them go out and buy a website, then ensure they have invested in something that will work. It will have to be a website that comes with the minimum amount of features to make it both admin friendly and search engine friendly.
The website will need to be built by those who are not simply box builders. You can find online today lots of LEGO BUILDER DEVELOPERS. These are people who will just plug thing together and not provide a website that might need to be equipped with some important features needed for the website to do its job.
The title of Internet Marketing Practitioner, means that this label indicates being this type person who is just like your accountant or your lawyer. You rely upon them to ensure your finances are correct and your legal affairs are all in place so you can get on and do business, carrying out the job you set out to do.
You realised you needed an expert in finance and legal stuff to keep you right, but it is also guaranteed you don’t have time to do internet marketing. You don’t have at least 3 years knowledge to really get to grips with understanding SEO – search engine optimisation. You also don’t have that same amount of time to learn how to become a professional PPC Manager. You also don’t have enough hours in the day to be involved being a Link Builder. After doing all those tasks, what about measuring website performance. Now you have to learn how to become a Website Analyst or Web Performance Auditor. Let’s face it, if you are a roofer, a kitchen installer, a racing car parts specialist, a car detailing business, or someone involved in house clearance, or whatever you have turned your hand towards delivering, you don’t have time as a micro small business to do all things that add up to Internet Marketing .
Why You need a Professional Website Manager
I am very happy with my title and role as a professional website manager. For the simple reason I am never out of work and nor are members of my team who assist me. I also know that times are changing and internet marketing is changing. There are other titles I could add to that CV. Media Marketing Manager, and Online Business Growth Specialist.
There is a lady I have never met in my life, her name is Lori Osterberg I came across in this article that sums up nicely the definition of an Online Business Growth Specialist. I liked what she had to say. And so with 20years of experience behind us here having grown up with Google since 1998 you get to know what the core principles are when doing Internet Marketing in order to grow online.
Social Media, Digital Marketing, Video Marketing are all words that are contained in your job statement that could give you a more grand title of being a Media Marketing Manager. Mainly within recruitment websites do we tend to see job titles such as Digital Media Marketing Manager or Social Media Marketing Manager.
More recently businesses have asked recruitment agencies to find them a Content Marketing Manager. This is because business owners listen to buzz words trending on various channels and hear that Content Marketing is the be all and all of all the skills needed to run a website.
You will read things like – if your not doing content marketing and applying the new rules of marketing then your not in vogue. Yet, when you have audited and analysed lots of websites with the owners claiming to have done a ton of marketing courses (some which they might have attend like over the last 12 months) and yet you find that their website is still not performing?
The business claims it has wrote some content and even consider it engaging. unfortunately, they hadn’t really learned all the other rules they need to have under their belts to actually manage a website properly. And, sorry, if you are leaving your marketing tasks to your web developer or worse still your IT Department – you really do need to change the way you are doing your marketing. It is easy to see just how many websites in the UK alone are performing badly. What is interesting is how the website was built, how the brief was put together, then handed over to the developer or agency. But that is where it then potentially goes wrong. What you then got delivered as a website somehow did not meet with your expectations. Why?
Lots of Small Website Businesses Fail
Many small business websites fail. The reason they fail is that most of the time the business owner does not know how to prepare him or herself to go out and buy the website.
The same business owner can go and purchase a new car or van and seem to get it right. But, knowing what to buy when needing a fit for purpose website?
There is lots to think about. And add to that you are about to become one of the following – Website Manager, eCommerce Manager, Internet Marketing Manager, or whatever title is bestowed upon you that says you have accountability, responsibility and ownership for the company website.
Large brand businesses across the globe constantly take a fresh look at how they are marketing themselves daily, weekly and monthly. These brand companies go through a change in personnel regularly. So, over the years, some of these businesses have ended up going backwards to only having someone with around 5 years of proper experience in the marketing department. And guess what? Even this big brand companies are hiring stablished Internet Marketing Specialists to get the help they and their teams need in order to get fully up to speed with what they should really be doing when it comes to marketing the company website.
As a Micro SME Are You Struggling with Website Marketing?
Now, if what you just read is what is happening inside big brand companies, and seeing what they are having to do, you can see why so many small and micro businesses fail.
Let’s face it then, it is a challenge trying to purchase and implement a website to support your business. If you think buying a website, putting it in place with some content on a few pages is job done, or it’s like having decorated your bedroom and now it looks all pretty and everyone will come and look at it – then think again. If you are serious about your website, then the person in the role of website manager is going to easily find more than 40 hours of work a week to manage and maintain the business website, if, they have sufficient skills to do so. But right now, you might still be at the stage of wanting to buy a website, or you are thinking like a LEGO BUILDER – it will be easy. Afraid not!
Being a great believer in having been exposed to lots of Micro/Small Business Owners, over the last 20years with a website, well, it ended up having take in hand the destiny of that website achieving some success. There is no doubt that who knows more about the business and what it offers, is you business owner. But be honest, you are going to need educated on how to be a good website manager, a creative journalist in being able to create engaging content and actually get some sales from actually driving people towards this online investment called a website.