Date: April, 2011

Great E-commerce Tips for Selling Online: Getting Started

On April 30th, 2011, wrote:

Over the recent years, consumers have been spending billions of dollars at e-Commerce sites. With the growth of online business, e-Commerce has become a very viable venture. Many people even begin an e-Commerce website as their main business. If you have a physical location where you operate your business from, beginning an e-Commerce website can provide an extra sales channel for you. Creating a site for selling coupons, services, or products online, however, involves a lot of research and planning. The following are steps you can take in starting an online business. Establish a business and marketing plan: Set up a meeting with your team members or business partners. Brainstorm together and write out all the plans in one document. The plan should include all startup and recurring expenses. Set up an overall sales forecast and expense budget. Choose a good domain name which will help customers find you: You need to choose a domain name for your website that – Read the full article

Link Building After the Farmer Update

On April 29th, 2011, wrote:

Now that the dust has settled after the farmer update, it should be time to take stock of what exactly happened to our sites and how they were affected, what happened to their traffic and their search rankings. I think it may also be time to look at a new link building strategy because it looks like article marketing – at least the kind that is applied in content farms – has been shot down, probably never to return. Has Google managed to shake up one of your most constant and reliable source of links? The first thing we learn as Internet marketers is this: you need links to your site and you can get links from the many thousands of article directories. The fact is that directories have been a staple of Internet marketing for so many years; and yet  it seems now that the era of article directories has ended. But was it really such a bad thing? – Read the full article

Can Online Marketing for the Food and Drink Industry Work?

On April 27th, 2011, wrote:

While the concept of online marketing can seem strange and almost unnecessary for the food and drink industry, there are a whole range of benefits that can come from having a good online presence. In this post I want to cover some of the most useful options available and how these can be applied to your business to help increase your exposure and ultimately lead to more customers coming through your doors. You’ll need a website Before you attempt any sort of Internet marketing you are going to need a website. This shouldn’t be a problem as most businesses nowadays have realized the need to have a website and have already got this step covered. But after investing time and money into a website to represent your business, doesn’t it seem wasteful not to get it in front of your potential customers? That’s where the next step comes in. Try out search engine marketing Millions of people use search engines – Read the full article

Online Reputation Management Services that Delete Your Negative Google Results

On April 22nd, 2011, wrote:

Argh! We’ve all made that expression of frustration one time or another – or several times, if you’re a fledging Internet marketer, small business owner, or SEO professional. Indeed, it seems it can’t be helped that a negative search result about you will appear on Google every so often: a bad customer review, the ranting blog post of a bitter ex-employee, or some form of bad publicity embodied in a 140-character tweet. The worst part? It’s right there on Page 1 or 2 or 3 of the SERPs. You can’t really do anything about that link or search result that may potentially inflict damage on your brand or business. You can’t really delete it. Or can you? Best practices in online reputation management can go a long way in protecting – and enhancing – your presence online. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who think that Google, Bing, and Yahoo! – well, okay, not Yahoo – own and – Read the full article

Social Media Damage Control

On April 18th, 2011, wrote:

Whether your business has 100 followers or 100,000 fans, you’ve probably already realized that your community needs to be cultivated – and monitored – on social media channels weekly, if not daily. Recent news about the Taco Bell class-action lawsuit, which was filed against Taco Bell for “misrepresenting the contents of its beef,” is nothing surprising. I’m sure most customers don’t expect they are eating wholesome, organic meals at Taco Bell. However, it’s not the lawsuit that is interesting here; it is the way that Taco Bell warded off a potential crisis by being proactive and effectual on social media. Taco Bell has already gotten some previous press for their impressive works on Facebook and Twitter; but this is more impressive, and the way they turned this particular misrepresented beef crisis into something positive is a great lesson for Internet marketers as well as for online reputation management professionals. First step: Address the issue A confident and clear message doesn’t – Read the full article

Daily Deal E-mails Valuable to Most U.S. Subscribers

On April 15th, 2011, wrote:

If you’re the type of person who can’t wait to open your E-mail and see the newly arrived daily deals in your inbox, well – you’re not alone. More than half of all Internet users in the U.S. find value in these E-mails, too – enough to make them subscribe to at least two daily or weekly shopping E-mails or newsletters. According to a report published recently by market research firm eMarketer, a surprising 56 percent of adult Internet users in America subscribe to at least two “daily deal” E-mails or online newsletters. 61 percent of these subscribers, moreover, said that they find enough value in these E-mails to open and read all the messages. And they don’t keep the E-mailed online deals, discounts, sales, and freebies for themselves, either. According to the report – which cited research from Yahoo! Mail and Ipsos MediaCT – 45 percent forwarded daily deal E-mails to friends and family at least once a week; – Read the full article

Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Skills

On April 14th, 2011, wrote:

Social media marketing can be very effective in driving traffic to your blog and website, as well as in enhancing the visibility of your brand and business. But if you’re looking to improve your results, here are some great tips and tricks you can follow: Target the right sites There are literally hundreds of social media sites you can use. However, no one has the time to effectively use all of them. The first thing you need to do is locate a few sites which will fit well with you and your audience. Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Digg are some of the obvious popular choices since they send generally large traffic volumes, but to find sites that can send you high-quality, highly targeted traffic, look out for niche-specific and geo-relevant social media sites. Targeting general news and social bookmarking websites like Reddit or Digg can also be useful; once you have established a prominent profile, you can promote all manner – Read the full article

Why Twitter’s “Follower Dashboard” Matters!

On April 13th, 2011, wrote:

Paid search is a wonderful advertising platform because it gives you clear-cut analytics for ROI decisions. Twitter, on the other hand, is a wonderful advertising platform because it is still natural and fun. Both paid search and Twitter advertising differ in scope and functional use in the marketing mix; however, Twitter recently announced a tool called the “Follower Dashboard”, which, in conjunction with geo-targeted ads, makes Twitter a very attractive advertising medium. Twitter announced the ability for companies to pay for “Promoted Tweets” earlier in 2010, where Coca-Cola garnered 86 million impressions with a single promoted tweet. Holy! Okay, sure Coca-Cola probably paid out the “Wah-Zoo” for that tweet, but even if they paid half a million dollars (ex: cost-per-engagement, or CPE, at $.10 & $6.06 per 1,000 impressions) for that promoted tweet, it would still be competitive with a paid search of $10 CPA. Okay, Twitter is great, we know. But up until now it was only great for – Read the full article