At this stage, you have probably started to think about, plan or even launch your branded website – so let’s put some thought into the development of a microsite for your online business.
A microsite is a branded site that exists outside a company's primary website and URL. Whilst associated with the parent company, a microsite has its own content as a subdomain of the parent site. For example, when Domino's Pizza announced their new Chevy Spark pizza delivery cars in the U.S., known as DXPs, they launched a dedicated microsite for DXP .
Comprised of various classifications, online businesses can use a microsite to:
- Drive a specific campaign for a specified period of time - just like Domino’s did to introduce their DXP delivery cars.
- Evoke a specific call to action - a charity might use a microsite to inform their audience of a particular charitable campaign and encourage them to to donate, volunteer or contact their local government representative.
- Publish content frequently and indefinitely - EmojiTracker.com is a good example- it conducts real-time tracking of all emojis used on Twitter.
A microsite is an effective way for a small business to deliver targeted messages for various topics, products or campaigns. It can:
- Boost SEO and SEM where the microsite has been set up for a unique and specific purpose
- Provide easy user navigation with responsive design
- Enhance online presence, including reach and awareness
- Track marketing campaign outcomes
- Provide extra value for the brand
- Enable content to be delivered free from existing congestion in the primary website.
However, there are some limitations to the development of a microsite including:
- High risk of confusion with different platforms for users to interact with.
- Additional resources needed for development and execution.
- Limited lifespan (depending on the type of microsite developed).
Whilst the development of microsite marketing will demand additional resources from your online business, take a read of Aitom - Why a microsite to see if this would be a viable option for your business.
You have learned some of the advantages and disadvantages of developing a microsite. Thinking about some of your favorite companies, identify a company that uses a microsite marketing strategy and answer the following:
- How does the microsite relate to the parent company?
- Do you think it is an effective use of the company's resources?
Post your ideas in the Comments section below.
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