Although similar because one tends to precede the other, audience building and viral marketing are sometimes confused these days. Most people think “viral marketing” is when you post a video on YouTube and get 100,000 views. Nope, viral marketing does this:
Mediative recently published the results of their latest eye-tracking study where they zeroed in on how users interact with Google search results pages (SERPs) in an effort to identify real opportunities for SEO, PPC and branding especially as it relates to click-through rates. What they found is enlightening and corresponds to what I’m seeing with some of my clients.
Some of you remember the 2005 study known as the Golden Triangle heat map displaying how users interacted with Google SERPs, but people don’t interact with SERPs in the same way today.
People love to be wowed perhaps because it catches us by surprise or because it’s rare to behold one totally dedicated to the skill of his/her craft or because we are overwhelmed by the raw passion displayed or because it inspires us to pursue one’s dreams because they are worth the hard work and long wait despite all the naysayers and resistance.
Credibility should be the pursuit of every business not only for its monetary rewards but also because it is good to pursue and the mark of being the best. The problem is that some businesses do not pursue such high qualities or standards and therefore may not enjoy the same rewards. This post is for those who want to pursue genuine online credibility. Continue reading “Four Secrets To Online Credibility”
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Have you ever seen firms in your industry that started out, perhaps where you are, then grew into well-known brands? Do you ever wonder to yourself how they do it? Do you think it is just a matter of getting more money, having a better network or being able to connect with their audiences in a mystical, magical way?
Guess what? You can do the same thing with your brand. You can build a company that meets the needs of a particular audience, communicate it to the audience, ensure that they are able to access it, make it appear attractive and keep them coming back for more because they perceive great value in what you offer.
It is common for consumers to want to do business with a company they can trust. Can they trust your business? Believe it or not, many businesses do not think having an online reputation is very important. This is a mistake because business can quickly be lost, the minute a few negative reviews get posted online. Small businesses must protect their online reputation now more than ever with popularity growing among sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp.
Think very carefully about what happens when a new visitor stumbles onto your site. The first thing anyone would do is try and get an idea of what is going on. They want to know what your website is about and how it’s going to help them. After that they will probably spend some time looking through all the articles and if they don’t find what they are looking for it’s very unlikely they will come back. How easy is it to find the best articles on your site?
This is a classic issue that comes up for most businesses and if handled correctly, it can provide a nice boost to the entire site’s search rank and conversion rate.
I work with businesses who are expanding by providing complementary products and services to their core service. In most cases the entire site is written for their core service and targeted at their core audience with only a few pages devoted to complementary products and services. And, they usually haven’t done much to get their core service pages ranking well in Google.
Often, when I discuss the project with the company’s team, they seem pulled in two different directions – some want to focus on the new side of the business and others want to focus on both the core and the new.
Ever feel like you’re up against the “big boys” when trying to get your product pages ranked?
Matt Cutts answers the question: Why do Amazon.com pages tend to rank well for product queries?
Most people who read this blog are way beyond setting up their website and product pages and I don’t think Steve K (the guy who asked this question), really needed Matt to tell him to setup a home page for his book or product.
Net-a-porter makes 32% of it’s revenues (over $1.5 million dollars per month!) off the back of email newsletters.
The Direct Marketing Association says the ROI of email marketing is as high as $43 per $1 spent. As evidenced by Net-a-porter, building up an email markeitng list can be incredibly valuable – the secret lies in how to maximise the effectiveness of your list.
Below I’ve laid out a proven tactic for lifting your e-commerce newsletter conversions. This is a trick used only by the savviest of email marketers though it is now easy enough to do that any online store can make the most of it.