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Clickable Calls-to-Action (CTA) - 20 Critical Do's and Don'ts


Artcle by: Hubspot Calls-to-action (CTAs) are one of the most critical inbound marketing tools. Whether they take the form of anchor text links, images, or buttons, CTAs are what motivate and direct your visitors to take a desired action, usually on Read more

Why Online and Offline Marketing Integration is so Important


  I'm a big believer that you need to create strategies for your online and offline marketing integration in order to establish a unified message about your brand and capture audiences from every media source. It's not enough anymore to Read more

How to Activate Your New Twitter Profile


Once again Twitter has made some pretty substantial updates and one of them includes the new "look" to your profile, much like that of the Facebook Timeline. Activating it is pretty simple and I'm going to show you how to Read more

Conversational Marketing

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As I promised yesterday, I want to share an article posted on twitter by @mostash by @jasonfalls that explores how conversational marketing equates to real world socializing. Increasingly companies are finding that the “pushy, I gotta meet a quote” sales tactics no long work, instead  it’s become far more effective to build relationships and trust over time.


Exploring Conversational Marketing

BY JASON FALLS · AUGUST 17, 2011

How do you know when, in the midst of conversation, to market? Is it never? Is it only when your conversational partner asks? How about at any reasonable opening to do so? Or is there a medium in between one more more of those?

From The Cluetrain Manifesto‘s declaration that “Markets are conversations,” we’ve all tried, and some have struggled, to figure out what that means, how we as marketers can capitalize on it and tactically, when in conversation can we market? Or more appropriately for many, when in conversation can we sell?

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Social Media: The New Marketing Frontier

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I found this article posted on twitter by @OlivierVasquez and realized that while some of the statistical information may have changed, the concept  behind it is still very relevant to today.


Social networking: The New Marketing Frontier

The many faces of advertising

By Heide B. Malhotra
Epoch Times Staff

Advertising, a business concept almost as old as humanity, is still evolving. It changes with new developments in technology and people’s understanding of society.

Today, newspapers, magazines, and other print media are losingadvertising opportunities, while electronic publications are gaining advertisement earnings.

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How Can Social Media Help Your Small Business Brand?

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Social Media Has Become Mainstream

Social Media has become mainstream and it’s not going away anytime soon, so now is the time to embrace it. Many small businesses still don’t understand the full potential behind social media which can now be called “word of mouth on steroids”.

If your company is new or just starting to consider creating a social media presence, then you probably have a few questions and even concerns about getting started. I’ve put together a few videos that should help. These videos will walk you through everything from the statistics of social media to a few successful case studies.

Once you’ve finished this article, it should be quite clear to you exactly why your company should be utilizing social media in some way to propel your business and sales.


Small Business Search Marketing Trends

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Small businesses are so busy “managing” that they don’t have time to spend focusing on new trends that could have a huge impact on their business.  I wanted to share this short article by Lee Odden of  TopRank hoping to catch the attention of busy business owners.

3 Essential Small Business Search Marketing Trends

“Qualified”, “showing intent to buy”, “high conversion rate” and many other phrases are used to describe search engine marketing.  As a $16 billion industry, Search Marketing including SEO (search engine optimization) and PPC ads (pay per click) represent a substantial opportunity for small businesses to connect with customers at the moment they are looking for products and services to buy.

Even though Search Marketing presents an attractive opportunity to grow online sales, many businesses are too busy running their companies to stay on top of future trends. To that end, here are three search marketing trends worth paying attention to:

1.  Online & Offline Marketing Integration - Forrester Research estimates $917 billion worth of retail sales in 2009 were “Web-influenced” in contrast to $155 billion of consumer goods sold online in the same year.  Small businesses must pay attention to customer search online influencing offline purchases as well as the influence of the in-store experience on searching and purchasing online.

2.  Mobile Device and Local Search – Companies must recognize consumer trends towards mobile search with the proliferation of smart phones. The web experience has definitively extended beyond the personal computer to mobile devices such as iPhones, Blackberries and iPads.  Marketers must understand their customers’ use of mobile search and what the marketing opportunities are.

Companies that serve customers in specific regions or with geographically specific needs must be present in local search results, map results and specific geo-location queries. Segmenting potential customers through geo targeting with paid search advertisements will help focus the right ads on the right customers.

3.  Social Media Advertising – Savvy small business marketers are increasingly realizing that the opportunity to reach customers extends beyond traditional paid search into the booming social media space. Having surpassed Google as the most visited website for the week ending March 13, 2010 and with over 400 million registered users, Facebook offers a significant audience that shouldn’t be ignored.  Social networks like Facebook can provide online marketers hyper-targeted advertising opportunities that can tap into new customer segments and serve as a complement to other paid search programs.

Whether it’s incorporating online and offline influences with search marketing, diversifying PPC advertising networks, leveraging local and mobile search marketing or extending advertising programs to include social media, small business marketers that capitalize on these trends will gain a competitive advantage. Of course, if they hire an online marketing agency like TopRank Marketing, that advantage may come even faster.

source: TopRank

~ Toresa

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Crush It with Gary Vaynerchuk [Video]

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If you’re looking for a reason to start using social media to propel your business to the next level, then you need to read this interview and watch the video of Gary Vaynerchuk.  He took his family owned wine store from $2M to $50M using the web.

Story By: Hillel Fuld of Technmarketing.com

If you are not familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk, you must not spend too much time on the social Web. He is the guy who is the answer to all the people or companies that are skeptical about the returns of social media. Where do I start?

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6 Reasons You Should Have Your Website Evaluated by a Professional

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If you currently have a website that you built yourself or maybe you’ve had it for a few years, it might be time to consider getting it evaluated by a professional.

Here are a few reasons that should get you thinking.

Out-dated Screams “OLD” and “UNTRUSTWORTHY”

When I’m surfing the net doing research I often come across websites that I can easily tell are at least 10 years old. They have a look to them that just screams, “I’m OLD”! When I see that, I usually click away and not just because of the design, but because it leaves me with the impression the information is out-dated and possibly incorrect to todays standards. I just don’t feel I can trust it.

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