How does a supply-side platform work?
Online marketing basics: what is a supply-side platform (SSP)?
  • Online sales

Real-time advertising plays a central role in the world of display marketing. This process gives website operators or publishers looking to sell their free ad space the chance to trade advertising inventory in a fully automated bidding process. The goal of this is to sell the inventory to the highest bidder for maximum profit. The supply-side platform thus represents an important interface between...

Online marketing basics: what is a supply-side platform (SSP)?
How do demand-side platforms work?
Online marketing basics: demand-side platform
  • Online sales

These days, online advertising is a bidding war, played out in real time. In just a few seconds, complex algorithms decide which banner or advertising medium is to be displayed to your target audience. This being said, everybody wants to show their ads where customers will see them, making ad impressions highly sought-after commodities. They are thus subjected to a competitive bidding process. The...

Online marketing basics: demand-side platform
IFFT—find out how to improve your workflow
More productivity with IFTTT
  • Social media

The web service IFTTT lets users automate the processes of over 200 different web applications, services, and devices according to rules defined by users. The rules, also known as recipes, fall into one of two categories: 'if recipes' made of one component, and 'do recipes' composed of two. Many pre-packaged recipes can be found online, and can be easily tested, even by beginners. ...

More productivity with IFTTT
Creating Facebook pages for businesses
Social media for businesses: creating a Facebook page
  • Social media

A social media presence is essential for a successful marketing strategy, and maintaining a Facebook page is a key component of that strategy. What’s more, creating a Facebook page is simple. All companies, small and large, should ensure that they’re represented on the social media giant. Find out how here.

Social media for businesses: creating a Facebook page
SEO glossary: search engine optimization from A to Z
Search engine optimization from A to Z
  • Search engine marketing

Between white hat SEO and black hat SEO lies a grey zone, aptly named grey hat SEO. Marketers use this area to increase their link juice and to obtain a better position in the SERPs. As you can see, there are many complicated technical terms when it comes to search engine optimization, which can prove confusing for some. This small SEO glossary helps you to understand the terminology and means you...

Search engine optimization from A to Z
Successful social media marketing
Social media marketing: using likes to your advantage
  • Social media

There’s more to social media than cat videos and vacation selfies. Over the past few years, marketing managers have discovered the great potential of different social media channels. Almost every business uses Facebook as a marketing platform, and many have discovered that this social network is about more than just managing the business’ image and strengthening a brand name. Social media...

Social media marketing: using likes to your advantage
Twitter Cards—how to turn followers into website visitors
Twitter Cards - how to turn followers into website visitors
  • Social media

Twitter Cards are a convenient option for turning the social media platform into an outlet for boosting your own web project. Whether you want to present a product, an appealing photo, an app, or your latest blog entry, Twitter Cards allow you to create snippets tailored to target groups that lead to your website.

Twitter Cards - how to turn followers into website visitors
Tips for successful Facebook marketing
8 tips for success with Facebook marketing
  • Social media

Among some of the new vocabulary that has entered our lexicon over the past few years are words like ‘likes’, ‘followers’, and ‘to google’. 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 marketing than merely collecting...

8 tips for success with Facebook marketing
The most important Google ranking factors
Google ranking factors
  • Search engine marketing

Google is accountable for over 80% of search engine searches in the USA, making it by far the most popular search engine. It’s therefore of the utmost importance for owners of commercial internet projects to have their website ranking as highly as possible in the search results. It’s definitely worth taking into consideration the many different factors that influence Google’s rankings.

Google ranking factors
Optimize your online store: SEO for Google
Optimize your online store: improve your Google ranking with SEO
  • Search engine marketing

With a little search engine optimization (SEO), online retailers can greatly increase their reach —optimizing your online store for Google really makes sense. Many online retailers offer construction kits that you can use to set up your online store according to SEO criteria. By adhering to these guidelines your online store will be listed higher in the Google search results in no time.

Optimize your online store: improve your Google ranking with SEO

Online marketing

The IONOS 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). IONOS’s Online Marketing Guide is a one-stop shop for clear and comprehensive information on online business and online marketing.