For most business owners and many marketers, traditional advertising still holds a certain appeal. Perhaps it's the implied promise of measurable ROI (though this is debatable!) or maybe it's simply the ease that comes with handing your money over to eager account reps and advertising firms. You know - let them do the work and watch the leads come in.
Topics: Marketing and Advertising, content marketing, inbound marketing, Social Media, native advertising
Conversion about keeping your customer focused. A homepage full of your products is the opposite of focus. Even if you only have one service for sale, your homepage is full of details, again the opposite of focus.
What you need are specific landing page that you can manage and optimize in controlled isolation. Technically a landing page is any page on your website that customers arrive at or land on. It should be created as a stand-alone page, as a promotion specific site.
Topics: marketing, Using Different Media, Marketing and Advertising, landing page, Customer, website, Facebook, Social Media, Marketing Principles, Business, Blogging
We are still looking at the basics in advertising. We all agree that advertisers are people who pay money to put up a message though a medium, including digital media, physical advertising, online, and product placement. Lets take a closer look at digital advertising, physical advertising and promotions.
Television commercials are The most efficient mass-marketing advertising platform. Thats why they cost the big bucks, especially during popular airtime, like prime time or the Super Bowl football game. In 2009 the single 30 second spot during the game cost its advertiser $3 million. Besides just showing the ad, the advertiser includes a song or jingle that help people remember the product. Virtual advertisements on television are interesting phenomena. They are mostly used at sporting events where the backdrop has computer graphics that changes as different products are displayed.
Topics: Using Different Media, Advertising, Marketing and Advertising, Super Bowl, Email lists, Product placement, blog, Marketing Plan, Facebook, Social Media, Marketing Principles, Business, Branding, Marketing strategy
Since we have been having conversations about large businesses taking over social media as an advertising platform, I think it’s time to back up a bit and consider the basics of advertising.
What is advertising? Advertising is a way to persuade a targeted group to do something in regard to ideas, services or products. It can take many different communications forms. The purpose is to drive the targeted group into behaving in a certain way. Advertising can be about buying products, but also about things like selecting a political side and voting. The driving force pays for the advertising and places it in mass media settings, including but not limited to television commercials, direct mail, magazine, newspapers, bill boards and, of course, social media websites, email and text messages.
Topics: marketing, Using Different Media, Advertising, Marketing and Advertising, United States, Television advertisement, marketing mix, Marketing Plan, Social Media, Marketing Principles, Business
By Guest Blogger Ann Mullen I still remember the first time I came upon the term swipe file. It seems like it was just yesterday. Wait, it was just yesterday.
Swipe files are also commonly used by Internet Marketers who need to gather a lot of resources not only about products but also about marketing methods and strategies.”
A lot of times the swipe file is for various headlines.
Still confused? Here is an example of a swipe file headline: 10 Exercise Tips to Use Without Moving a Muscle. The main swipe part is the idea: (Some Number) of Tips to Do (Something). In other words it’s the old Snake Oil Routine.
Topics: marketing, Marketing and Advertising, Wikipedia, Headlines, Headline, Swipe file, Snake oil, Social Media, Business, Blogging
You have decided to add a blog as a marketing method. Youve looked at questions that help you focus what you want to say. But throughout all the studying you have done, you are not really sure what you are using blogging to accomplish.
Many companies use social media to connect with their customer by talking about what their company has been doing lately, information about their products and service and awards they have received. These companies have missed the boat.
Topics: marketing, Using Different Media, Marketing and Advertising, Customer, Company, information, Web content, blog, inbound marketing, Marketing Plan, Social Media, Marketing Principles, Business, Blogging
Now that you have decided to write a blog for your business, you go on line and ask Google to do a general search on your product. Whats this? There are millions of blogs on the internet and it looks like millions about your product. One look at the competition and you are tempted to head for the hills.
But dont do that. You can compete if you spend the time to create informative blog posts. This is not just a business whim, but a strategic point of your marketing campaign. If you want to be successful, you have only to take the time and effort to write content about your product. Before you start you might want to spend time answering some questions that will help you develop your strategy and actually help you write.
Topics: marketing, Using Different Media, Marketing and Advertising, Google, Google Search, Customer, readers, social media strategy, product, informative posts, brand awareness, blog, clients, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Marketing Principles, Business, Branding, Blogging
Lead nurturing is a concept that is easily confused with sending out brochures or marketing copy focused on product information or company announcements. This is not the same thing as nurturing a lead.
To nurture means: foster, help develop or help grow; the act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training; that which nourishes; food; diet; sustenance; the environmental influences the contribute to the development of an individual. Sending out information about you or your company is not the same thing as feeding your leads. When you talk about yourself, you are not focused on what the leads need or your relationship with them.
Topics: marketing, Using Different Media, Marketing and Advertising, lead, Company, Sales, Salesforce.com, Sales lead, nurturing leads, Marketing Plan, Social Media, Marketing Principles, Business Owner
What is the ultimate purpose of social media? You want to get good solid leads that will convert into customers. Basically, social media tells you how your customers are getting interested in you and your company.
You use social media as a business process, which means that you develop a process in writing that you follow and test regularly to hone it. The sales department and the marketing department, as two very different entities, need to sit down together and discuss what criteria a lead must meet before being passed from marketing to sales. Furthermore, marketing needs to follow-up after the lead is passed on in order to find out if the sale occurred. Also in order to keep the customer for life, the marketing department needs to stay in touch with the client for future sales.
Topics: marketing, Using Different Media, Marketing and Advertising, Email lists, Sales, leads, Marketing Plan, Facebook, Social Media, Marketing Principles, LinkedIn, Business Owner, Business, Twitter
As QR codes become more common you are going to see them used in many creative ways. I just started looking for them, using them and I am fascinated.
Here is a list of some of the ways you might want to use them for your business.
Topics: Marketing and Advertising, Uniform Resource Locator, Advertising and Marketing, Mobile phone, Business card, QR Code, Quick Response Code, Barcode, mobile marketing, Social Media, smartphone