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December 15, 2014

The Power of Video Content Marketing

The surging popularity of videos has been increasingly palpable as more website owners use this format to publish their content. If you’re not using this media channel to create and distribute content for your website, you’re missing out on this valuable traffic resource. According to eMarketer, 52 percent of web traffic comes from videos, with 72 percent of website visitors watching these videos as reported by the New York Times. Video-sharing giant YouTube gets over one billion unique visitors on a monthly basis. As you can see, the numbers are staggering, making video content marketing a very effective method to drive traffic to your website.

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December 10, 2014

Effective Ways to Get Relevant Traffic

Heavy traffic in real life may be a bane to a commuter’s everyday life, but when you’re running a website, it’s gold. Having internet users visit your website is a really good thing, but for your website to be effective, the traffic needs to be looking for what you have to offer. They should be seeking the product or service of your website, be it a legitimate business or a simple blog site. Driving relevant traffic to your website can be done through effective marketing, and here are ways on how to quarry this valuable resource:

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December 8, 2014

Increase Online Sales from Your Blog Through Smart Offline Marketing

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So you’ve applied the best practices on how to make a sale of your products and services through your blog. You’ve streamlined your sales funnel to provide customers with an easy and painless shopping experience, promoted your site using social media and a bit of link building, and crafted a strong content strategy allowing you to promote your business by publishing the different content types (posts, images, videos, etc.) on your blog.

The question you’re asking yourself right now is: how can I boost my sales even further?

While the practices above should drive lots of lead and prospects – if not actual customers – to your site, these tactics only cover the ground of online marketing. You also need to cover the ground left for offline marketing to achieve even greater sales!

Offline marketing is normally viewed as expensive since it is associated with TV ads, radio adverts, and other traditional marketing campaigns. However, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars if you know how to effectively reach out to your target market.

Below are some ideas on the different offline marketing tactics that you can implement along with your things you’re doing with your blog. read more

November 27, 2014

7 Effective Ways to Grow Your Email List

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It seems that just a few years ago, people were claiming that email was dead. There was a huge shift towards social media and everyone was talking about how to get more followers.

As it stands today though, your email list is likely to be a lot more engaged than your social media following.

Facebook is making it increasingly more difficult for people to see your posts and Twitter is getting just as noisy too. Recent stats suggest that each tweet you send may be seen by less than 3% of your followers. Compare that to a typical email open rate between 15% – 30% according to MailChimp stats. I’ve experienced even higher.

As you can see,  email is alive and well, and building an email list is one of the most powerful things you can do for your business.

In this article, I’m going to share 7 effective ways to do just that. read more

November 17, 2014

5 Important Social Media Metrics You Aren’t Measuring

Social media can be a harsh terrain to navigate. Whether for businesses or freelancers, the social media landscape is often fraught with uncertainty and only one unfortunate constant…change. The best way to understand where to start or where to go next is through consistent measurement. No, the number of “likes” or favorites is not useful, nor are they any indication that you’re “doing” social right.

In an attempt to shed some light on the subject and steer individuals and businesses back on a path toward meaningful social media marketing, here’s a list of 5 social media metrics that are actually worth measuring.

  • Resolution Rate

It’s a pretty well-known rule that if you have an idea on the Internet, there’s at least one person who will criticize it. Businesses on social media know this feeling all too well, as miscommunication among staff and outright faux pas have received intense backlash from followers. Anticipating these types of interactions and developing processes to resolve them quickly is a great step toward a more successful social media presence. Enter Resolution Rate: the ratio of inquiries that were resolved to all other inquiries. This social media metric allows you to ensure you’ve got a grip on the two-way street that is social media interaction. read more

October 27, 2014

How to Take Full Advantage of Press Releases

While public relations has been officially considered as a profession only since the latter half of the 20th Century, the activity has been in existence for ages – dating back to the ancient times. Since then, public relations has evolved, thanks to the variety of channels which can be used to capture the attention of the public.

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A major element in public relations is the press release. As the name suggests, press releases are meant to make an announcement to the media. Press releases can focus on various subjects. read more

October 18, 2014

Finish 2014 Strong by Implementing These 5 Tactics into Your Business

2014 is nearing its close. As we prepare to enter the final quarter of the year, it’s time to reflect on your company’s current standing. With an honest self-assessment, you can enter 2015 strongly with the right plans for improvement.

Every business has unique needs, strengths, and weaknesses — all of which you must assess as the year comes to a close. Here are five essential elements that offer benefits to almost any organization.

1. Improve in-store purchasing with POS software

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Most businesses today have an e-commerce presence. Many e-commerce stores began as a mere supplement to their physical stores, but in today’s commercial arena, e-commerce is developing an ever greater share of the market.

Physical stores are falling behind. While this obviously means greater profits online, no one should make the mistake of neglecting the opportunity to modernize their brick-and-mortar store(s).  read more

October 14, 2014

Leverage Easy Offline Marketing for Your Online Business

Editor’s note: Editor’s note: This post was written by Rohan, who creates digital master plans at E2M Solutions for companies seeking advanced search marketing services. He also works on mobile UX improvement for startups and sui generis brands at OnlyDesign.org. Hit him up on Google+  for a chat on any of these areas.

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“Online marketing will wipe out traditional marketing.”

“Digital is the future of marketing.”

“Offline marketing is for dead brands.”

These are common doomsday predictions about offline or traditional marketing that have been parleyed around endlessly in the last decade. The trouble is, these ‘predictions’ do not explain the fact that brands still spent only about 21% of their marketing budgets in 2013 on digital marketing. 2014 is expected to see that number going up to 24.6%. read more

September 17, 2014

How Referral Marketing Can Make You Money

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Certain contemporary companies have given up the idea of selling their products only in stores, or they’ve chosen to market only through one or two exclusive retailers. You might think this limits physical exposure and pose a restraint to growing sales, but this has not always turned out to be the case.

In fact, this approach saves money, increases engagement, and for not a few firms, ultimately improved the bottom line. read more

September 4, 2014

Which Medium is Best for Delivering Content that Goes Viral? Video or Text?

Every marketer , writer and business person is searching for the potent secret formula for creating content that ensures virality and mass consumption to increase sales. We’re all convinced that there’s a good and bad way to do things and certain techniques exist which once put into practice, generate profoundly rich results.

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It’s quite valid to ponder which medium, platforms, tools and social networks will result in greater benefits for your brand and business. Unfortunately, many miss success employing tactics through mediums that seem to only work for some. There are many tried and tested techniques and reasons for choosing each medium, so why doesn’t it work for so many who try? read more