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Content Promotion Strategy

See the light, be the lightHere’s a content promotion strategy that is used by some of the top internet marketers although they don’t talk about it all that much (probably because they don’t want everyone using it).  😉

Guide as much traffic as possible to the content sharing sites that link to your lead generation site first and foremost.  Then have your lead generation pieces (downloadable reports, how-to videos, free trials, etc.) somehow link to your money site instead of linking straight to it from all possible sources. Complicated? It can be, but it can generate huge results if done properly.

A little more on this strategy: build the value of the content sharing sites, and their value will trickle down to your lead generation site which will then promote the site you’re ultimately hoping to generate revenue from. Sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but it works because people are naturally curious and will take that extra step if they find your content valuable and interesting.

Think about it this way–if someone views one of your videos that promotes a free report on your lead generation site, and that person finally lands on your money site (after you’ve collected a lead and gotten some marketing materials in front of), they’re likely pretty interested at that point, right?

Furthermore, if you write a quality article or create a video about a topic within your chosen niche, link to that article or video from the social bookmarking sites (or better yet, have someone else do it for you) instead of linking directly to your lead generation content or your main site.

Many people make the mistake of driving ALL links to their main site (I did this for too a LONG time until I learned this lesson). If you learn how to leverage the content sharing and social bookmarking sites properly, you can ultimately generate a ton of very qualified traffic to your “money” site while limiting its exposure in the process.

Hopefully this all makes sense, but feel free to comment below if you’d like me to dig deeper.

New Marketing Websites = Free Resources for You

I’ve been cranking out new websites at a pace of about 1 every other day for the last week or so.  All of them are lead generation sites, but they offer high quality resources in exchange for contact information. If you or anyone you know might be interested in the free information offered at each of the following sites, please spread the word.  If you have any comments on the sites (they all use the same layout and basic template), please let me know.

Here’s a rundown of the sites and what each offers (for free) in exchange for your contact information:

  1. SEOPrecept.com – Introductory search engine optimization education and information
  2. PersonalizationPrecept.com – A look into personalized direct marketing complete with stats, graphs, charts, and insight to help you craft better marketing campaigns.
  3. Infusion.SMBConsultingInc.com – 9 Building Blocks to Double Sales report written by InfusionSoft president Clate Mask.  Very good read with quality information.
  4. SMB-SEO.com – An inside look at real estate marketing through search engine optimization (SEO).  The top 30 markets in terms of real estate search volume are examined along with a couple of case studies.
  5. SEOComparisonGuide.com – A pricing comparison of 50 of the top SEO firms across the globe complete with links to each firm’s website.  A must have for anyone in the budgeting process for SEO or wanting to make sure they aren’t getting ripped off by their current SEO firm.

So there you have 5 fairly new resources that should help you with your marketing endeavors moving forward.  I personally wrote each report with the exception of the “9 Building Blocks to Double Sales” so I eageraly welcome your feedback, comments, and suggestions on any of this.

Importance of Direct Email Marketing!

One of the most popular and cost effective strategy of internet marketing is direct email marketing. With instant feedback from your customers, you are able to frequently monitor your web site’s performance too. If you are into an online business, then your quest for newer forms of internet marketing or advertising grows.

Direct email marketing outsmarts the traditional forms of advertising like the printed newsletter, brochure and pamphlets. It’s simple yet effective form of Internet marketing, reaches out to bulk at the same time.

Use direct marketing post or presale. Utilize this form of Internet marketing to promote products, provide news, and to send confirmations and thank-you notes. If you don’t have time to send the emails yourself, you may choose to use email auto responders. Email auto responders are triggered when an email is sent to you. If you are unavailable, email auto responders can contact the customer for you, providing order confirmations, etc.

Every time you correspond with your clients, prospects, vendors and other key audiences by email, include a convenient way for them to opt-in to your list, giving you their permission to market to them more regularly.

Things you need to follow while you send out a mail for your business or marketing purpose:

A professional signature along with your email: This is a must as it offers a professional look to your email. Include a professional signature at the bottom of your business email, do not forget that, as it’s a vital part of direct email marketing. It usually includes your name, business name, and full web address.

Need to search an affiliate: A signature buddy acts as an affiliate to your internet business. He/she can help you step up your Internet marketing campaign and allow you to reach more customers. Ask someone to include your web address below their own signature every time they send an email. And have a reciprocal link of their web address below your signature too.

E-Newsletter – this should be your next Internet marketing strategy, it is an effective form of email marketing and can be used to promote your products or services.

Send coupons: send complimentary coupons to your customers once in a while.

After sale service: This would be a thank you note, set it in your auto responder, which is a polite way of thanking them after the sale. Read extensively before you venture out your marketing skills.

Kirthy Shetty, expert author, Platinum status

Guide to Direct Email Marketing Services:
Direct Email Marketing Services

For more information on direct response personalization:

Please visit http://personalizationprecept.com to register to download our complementary special report entitled “The Personalization Precept” that is jam packed with personalization tips and statistics to help you improve your marketing ROI.

Direct Mail Personalization

An interesting article I found while browsing Ezinearticles.com earlier:

A colleague who does work for a nonprofit organization contacted me asking if I could do research on the success rate of personalized direct mail letters (Dear Joe) versus generically addressed letters (Dear Friend). Surprisingly, I didn’t find as many statistics as expected, but I found information stating that personalized letters outperform generic letters.

The Digital Printing Council conducted a survey and the results showed “tailored direct mail pieces increase response rates by more than 500 percent over a basic, non-personalized piece.”

Gotmarketing reports that “personalizing an email marketing campaign can improve response rates by 45 percent.” This one defines customized content and the customer’s purchase history as personalization.

ClickZ shares data from a study that “found personalization was the most important factor when contributors determine which charity or fundraising direct mail they open at 62 percent.” Second place? Timing at 59 percent.

It may cost more to personalize the campaign, but the response rate more than makes up the difference than taking the cheap, generic route. When I see mail addressed to “Resident,” I promptly throw it in the trash or recycling pile.

More resouces: “Personalized donor letters always outperform generic ‘Dear Friend’ appeals. Donors deserve ‘special’ treatment and appeals should reinforce the positive relationship you’ve already established.” From FundClass.

Mal Warwick & Associates, Inc. learned “personal attention makes a big difference. The old cliche is true: people give money to people, not organizations. The more personal the contact, the more effective your fundraising will be.”

Meryl K. Evans is the Content Maven behind meryl’s notes, eNewsletter Journal, and The Remediator Security Digest. She is also a PC Today columnist and a tour guide at InformIT. She is geared to tackle your editing, writing, content, and process needs. The native Texan resides in Plano, Texas, a heartbeat north of Dallas, and doesn’t wear a 10-gallon hat or cowboy boots.

Obviously, you can learn a ton more about personalization by downloading SMB’s free report entitled “The Personalization Precept” right now by visiting http://personalizationprecept.com.

I (Roger) have been involved with social media for awhile now in various forms (MySpace, Facebook, blogging, LinkedIn, etc.), but I didn’t get consistently involved with Twitter until a month ago or so. Now I’d consider myself a Twitter-holic.

Rough Beginnings

At first, I just didn’t get Twitter. 140 characters to tell people “what I’m doing right now?” My first reaction was “who cares?” which gave way to “stalkers ought to love this thing!” that finally gave way to “open your mind Roger, and give it a legitimate try; there has to be a way to leverage this thing as a business tool.” So that became my self imposed initiative.

Opening My Mind

I attended my first Louisville Social Media Club event and noticed how everybody referenced their Twitter ID on the sign-in sheet. So, armed with that information I set out on my second Twitter voyage (the first one failed because I had no followers, and I wasn’t following anyone) by adding a lot of the SMC Louisville attendees to my “following.” I also added some of the people they were following to my list (the social networking aspect in play here), and a lot of those folks reciprocated which began to open my eyes on how powerful the service could be. I have since grown my list to over 100 followers and am following 175 or so on there now. Anyway, the point of this post is to show how Twitter is generating quite a bit of traffic to our blog, and that would have been impossible without sharing my “following” so the background info is relevant.

Expanding Reach

Earlier this week, I attended the Cincinnati Social Media Breakfast and met more wonderful people to add to my Twitter list. I reviewed the event and have been amazed at how much traffic that one post has generated. Other sites have referenced the review, and that was all made possible through Twitter. Nobody would have even known who I was if it weren’t for the service, and nobody would have known I wrote a review of the social media events I have attended if it weren’t for Twitter. In the “old days,” I would have had to send each attendee an e-mail with a link to the blog post then hoped they visited the site and took it upon themselves to link to it somewhere.

Traffic Results

Roughly 30% of our blog traffic has been Twitter based. In looking at the web analytics just now, the other sites that have directed traffic to our blog are a direct result of “tweets” on Twitter letting others know about the various blog posts that they now reference on their blogs. They took the “tweet” to the next level, and it’s possible to trace 75% of our existing blog traffic back to Twitter. It’s the real-time information share that makes Twitter so powerful, and it makes it so much easier for those connected to cross promote one another in multiple media. The service provides tremendous benefit if viewed from that perspective.

Bottom Line

Twitter is something to seriously consider if your business is looking for additional web traffic sources. It can provide a tremendous benefit to your business if the people you put in place to utilize Twitter handle it properly. It’s like anything else in the social media or SEO universe–time and consistency are keys to success. It’s not a light switch technology that will pay immediate dividends so keep that in mind before embarking on a Twitter journey.

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Want More Information?

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