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Opportunities Abound During Tough Economic Times

Contrarian view? Absolutely not. The best time to strike is when your competitors are off guard. While they gather in their conference rooms to complain about the economy, use this golden opportunity to reach out to your existing customers and find new prospects. Far too many business owners absolutely take the wrong approach. They hunker...

Ad Design Tactics That Increase Response Rates Online

Why are ads with pictures of people seeing higher response rates than those without? Human beings read a person’s face rapidly; the emotion and feelings are conveyed before the words are even noticed. A recent survey by the MarketingSherpa suggests using people photos in your online ads will increase your response rates. What else is...

Luxury Brands Now on MySpace, Social Networks

You might not expect a luxury brand that is a global symbol of cosmopolitan fashion to choose MySpace to target their market. But the market is there and so is Cartier; the French brand known for their exclusive $10,000 watches, clocks and diamonds.  The Cartier ad campaign includes a link to a Cartier mini-site where...

Publishers Seek Online Networks For New Releases

You wrap up the final pages of your manuscript and within three-weeks you are on the "Hot New Releases" list. Sound too good to be true? It's not and publishers are using online social networks successfully to promote their books, white papers and business services. For instance, we found this release on PRWEB (one of...

Why organic SEO is a priority over PPC and other online ads

Organic search engine optimization (SEO) is considered a higher priority by most seasoned marketing pros when compared to pay-per-click (PPC) and other online ad programs, especially for branding campaigns. Here is one good reason why: ‘Heavy clickers’ distort online advertising  The people clicking on your banner ads may not be the target audience you’re seeking,...

Blogging for Dollars and New Business

Not many know it but, content management systems (CMS) are replacing websites and savvy website developers are using certain blog functions as both management and marketing tools. And, as we discuss frequently with business owners, CMS-driven websites are hands down one of the most cost-effective online marketing tools. In fact, many small business owners are...

Tutorial for Enhancing Local Search Results SEO

This article covers simple online marketing strategies you can use to improve your ranking for local search results (SEO). So, how do you let everyone know you're in town? Local Search Marketing Strategies and SEO Tips Before you start bidding on keywords and throw money at PPC (pay per click) marketing, consider using simple "organic...

More ad spend moving from offline to online in 2008

Almost every day now we can read an article that tells us how more ad dollars are migrating to online marketing campaigns. And, for good reason. Today's example from the publisher's of AdAge Digital includes the article, "Automakers Will Steer More Spend From TV and Print Toward Digital." It'll be a banner year for Detroit...

AIM GeoTargeting Services

Now more than ever, when your prospects look for products and services locally they are turning to the web. About 75% of US households use the web when seeking products or services locally. 54% of search users no longer use the phone book. Approx. 4 billion searches were conducted on Google in one month (July...

Reaching Target Markets Through Online Communities

You don't need me to tell you online communities and social networks are powerful interactive marketing tools. What you may need to know is why you shouldn't wait any longer before you get involved. I'll get to that but first let's consider just a few of your options: blogs, chat rooms, forums, business networks, product...

What is Cyber Monday?

The term Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday; the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day. It is considered the ceremonial kick-off of the online holiday shopping season. Whereas Black Friday is associated with traditional brick-and-mortar stores, "Cyber Monday" symbolizes one of the busiest days of the year for online retailers although the...