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Bazooka Joe, the Original Content Marketer

Feb 16, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Social Media  //  No Comments

Walking to the corner market with my best friend to buy a packet of that little pink bubble gum wrapped in a comic strip was one of the highlights of my nine-year-old existence. Sure, there were other bubble gum brands on the shelf, but none of them had the latest adventures of Bazooka Joe inside. I was too young and blissfully ignorant to realize that my purchase decision was being influenced by a well-used, little-known marketing strategy, called Content Marketing.

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Base Your Marketing on Real Data, not Biased Opinion Masquerading as Fact

Jan 29, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Social Media  //  No Comments

In my latest article on SitePoint, Transactional vs. Consultative Selling: Knowing the Difference Makes All the Difference, I compared the transactional sale with a consultative one. In Harvard Business School professor Ranjay Gulati’s new book, he explores the fallacy that media companies are “consultative and customer focused.” According to the article, salespeople are saying “I’ll talk about your needs so long as it leads to you only buying my portfolio of solutions …” but that they are “communicating with customers through a product lens (with a pre-determined end in mind).” That’s a problem.

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QR Codes: Does Anyone Even Use These?

Jan 4, 2012   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Internet Marketing, Marketing  //  1 Comment


With all the hype surrounding QR Codes, it begs the question: Is anyone really using these? If the amount of code reader app downloads are any indication, here are some raw numbers:

When QR Droid was released on the Android Market in December 2010, it was downloaded more than 250,000 times in 55 days. By March 2011, it surpassed the one million mark.

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No Risk, No Reward; or Why Web Marketing is like Building a House

Dec 31, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing  //  No Comments

Marketing—especially web marketing—is much like building a house, because a successful outcome depends on many disciplines, much more than a single person possesses. And this is becoming even truer as web marketing fragments and becomes more social and more mobile.

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QR Codes: Like Web Links Everywhere!

Dec 19, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Internet Marketing, Marketing  //  No Comments

Previously, I wrote about how to make print ads interactive using QR Codes. Depending on who you listen to, QR Codes are the next wave in advertising, or they are Internet’s equivalent of the pet rock.

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Using Retargeting to Increase Online Sales

Nov 14, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Marketing, Sales  //  No Comments

… advertisement is engraved on the memory by the expensive process of mere repetition. It may be a crude and an expensive method, but it seems to be effective.

Over 100 years ago, Dr. Walter Dill Scott, pioneer in applied psychology, wrote that in his book, Psychology of Advertising in Theory and Practice. In today’s advertising vernacular, this is known as frequency, the number of times a person must be exposed to an advertising message before a response is made.

In his 1885 publication, Successful Advertising, Thomas Smith described how frequency works, based on 20 exposures to an advertising message:

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Are You Hot or Not? Local Search is on Fire

Oct 1, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing  //  2 Comments

Predicting the future is always risky business. But a recent article, Four Mega Trends Shaping the Future of Commerce, gives an insightful look into what that future might hold.

In the next decade, we’ll see more change in the commerce landscape than in the past 100 years combined.The reason? Four mega trends being driven by consumers are dramatically changing buying and selling habits as we know them. Merchants of all types—from brick-and-mortar retail outlets to non-profits, to manufacturers and even those selling online—need to ensure they’re keeping pace or risk going the way of Blockbuster, Borders and the dinosaurs.

One of those trends is the merging of mobile and local search which, according to the article, “is leading to the creation of entirely new business models and opportunities for merchants and consumers alike.”

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Outbound Marketing is Dead! All Hail Inbound Marketing

Sep 29, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing, Sales  //  No Comments

The following was a guest post at TMR’s Direct Mail and Marketing Blog.

In their book, Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing, Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg say that …

…customers want to enter into dialogs with businesses, to establish relationships, participate in the conversations, and be more in control of the exchange. They expect a level of personal communication tailored to their needs and wants—relevance and context are their top priorities. (p 41)

That sums up the philosophy behind inbound marketing in a nutshell. Customers are in control. They TiVo past commercials, subscribe to commercial-free satellite radio, circumvent pop-up ads with pop-up blockers, opt out of receiving phone books, and use caller ID or the “do not call” registry to avoid telemarketers.

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Why Prospects Aren’t Looking for You: The Myth of the Self-Directed Buyer

Apr 19, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Sales  //  1 Comment


In my latest SitePoint article, I talked about inbound vs. outbound marketing. In case the difference isn’t clear to you, here’s a quick definition of inbound marketing:

A marketing strategy that focuses on getting found by customers, where the customers find you through various search engine marketing efforts, social media, or word-of-mouth referrals.

Outbound or traditional marketing would be things like print advertising, direct mail, cold-calling, and television and radio advertising—essentially, anything a company does to find customers, as opposed to “being found.”

It’s become quite vogue to characterize outbound marketing as “old school.” But is traditional marketing really as dead or ineffective as inbound marketers claim?

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Internet Marketing 102

Dec 4, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Internet Marketing  //  1 Comment


In my previous post, Internet Marketing 101, I explained the difference between Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising. (If you missed that, I suggest you read it first before continuing.) In Internet Marketing 102, I’ll explain the pros and cons of each to help you decide which might be best for you.

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