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Identifying Your Website's Target Market

It's essential that you identify your target market right from the beginning whether you're planning to launch a small website or a big one. Be aware the that the more successful websites are those whose owners put a lot of effort towards identifying and reaching their specific target market. You can increase your chances of making your website successful if you can identify your target market before you start using any Internet marketing tactics.

But what is a "target market"? Essentially, target market refers to your main audience, the visitors you want to visit your website or buyers you want to avail of your products or services. Before you even launch your website or online company, it's crucial that you identify your target audience. Doing so helps you create your online marketing plan and identify the appropriate Internet marketing tactics you can use in order to maximize your ROI or return on investment. Basically, when you clearly identify your target market, you increases your chances of maximizing your time and your money.

You can identify your target market using a demographic profile.. These profiles typically include a number of personal and social details including age groups, genders, ethnicities or nationalities, income ranges, marital status, educational attainment, geographic location, how many children they have, social or professional groupings (e.g., social class, job, industry, etc.), and interests (e.g., hobbies, sports, musical preference, etc.).

There are several things you need to remember when you're identifying and choosing the target marketing for your website or online company:

1. How big or small your target market is.

2. The state of your target market -- if it is expanding or shrinking.

3. The demand (or lack of demand) for your website or online company in your target market.

4. The relative ease of monetizing your target market. For instance, selling high-end products to low-income target market is not going to give you a good ROI, and neither is running a website exclusively on ad revenue if your target market is "ad blind."

5. The things that influence your target market. For instance, it's important to know if your target market is more likely to respond to paid advertising on other sites or if they are influenced more by word-of-mouth or referrals.

Once you have identified your target market, you can then identify specific Internet marketing tactics you can use to promote your website or online company. Knowing your target market early on actually saves you time and money when it's time to start marketing your website or online company.


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