Compared to its landline cousin, the smartphone went mainstream at an astonishing speed. The majority (58%) of smartphone users look for local information at least once a week—27% look daily. Yet most businesses still haven’t figured it out how to be found on one.
Getting on Page One of Google is considered the Holy Grail of online marketing—a mythical quest only a chosen few seem to achieve. Yet, those who do get over 90 percent of Google’s search traffic. Here’s how it’s done.
A few weeks ago, my wife saw a commercial for a Bowflex TreadClimber and asked me to find out how much one cost. After discovering they were a few thousand dollars more than I was willing to pay, I went looking for a basic elliptical trainer (something I’ve wanted for some time).
I did a search for “best elliptical machines” and found a number within my price range, then read some reviews and did some preliminary price investigation.
The next day, I ran an errand after work. On a whim, as I was about to leave the Lowe’s parking lot, I decided to search for a local sporting good store on my mobile phone. Finding two within a few miles, I drove to each to see what they had.
It’s as controversial as Keynesian vs. Friedman economics. Is buying backlinks okay or not?
Michael Hyatt, Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, says that when we think there’s a singular solution to our woes, we’re guilty of “silver bullet thinking.” It’s precisely this type of thinking that’s led to the debate over whether inbound or outbound marketing is “best.” Proponents of inbound marketing claim that, in new era of social media, outbound marketing is no longer effective. Yet, many companies continue to use outbound marketing with great success. Let’s take a look at each.
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.”
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.
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.
Dad was confused. He’d been experimenting with Google AdWords and he called me with a question. He wanted to know how to create an ad that would appear on Google … not the top or right section where the paid ads appear, but in the main center portion of the page.
Dad was trying to do something that’s not even possible. Most small business owners are equally confused about search engine marketing. A recent survey revealed that the majority of small business owners feel that Internet marketing is very important. Yet, 59 percent of small businesses with web sites don’t use paid search marketing … and of those, 90 percent have never even attempted it! So if you want to know more about search engine marketing, but you don’t know a PPC from a SERP, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s my Internet Marketing 101 Primer.
I always find it interesting (and refreshing) when a search marketing company has something positive to say about the Yellow Pages. As someone who ran a web development business for over 5 years, I can certainly understand their bias. But it seems that the folks over at Search Engine People have decided to go with the facts rather than anecdotal evidence regarding the effectiveness of Yellow Page advertising.
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