Facebook Find$ a Way…

With much fanfare followed by a tremendous thud, Facebook became a publicly traded company earlier this year. Opening at around $38 a share, it has seen lows as low at $17.50 and closed on the day of this writing right around $20. It may or may not ever see $38 again. It won’t be for not trying though… It is expected that Facebook will generate $2.16 billion in advertising sales in 2012. That is no small feat to say the least. Anyone who is on Facebook knows how insidious their advertising is. My home page holds on average, 8 advertisements in the right hand column. We could spend a while discussing who, what and why web sites advertise there. But, we’ll save that for another time. You’ll also find advertisements on your photo galleries and just about anywhere they can be crammed in.

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Facebook Advertising is a Big LIKE!

We have been engaged in pay-per-click advertising for so long we actually coined the name, “pay-for-visitor” (PFV) way back in the 90’s. Suffice to say, PPC beat out PFV as the acronym we now know and use today. Never the less, we have been around the block! When Overture kicked off way back when, we were one of the first consultants to recommend it as a strategy for our clients. Those were the days when you could scoop up visitors for a dime a piece on average. Oh! those were the days!

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PPC Advertising – Youtube Promoted Videos

YouTube receives a mind-blowing number of viewers every day. So much traffic in fact, that it is worth pursuing as an advertising platform. If you have a product or service that people search for on Youtube, then you may have a winner on your hands!

What Type of Businesses Convert from Youtube Promoted Videos? Local Services, Destinations, Travel Products, Consumer Goods, Entertainment, Real Estate, Download’s, and Software!

How It Works: The YouTube Promoted Video platform works very much like Google Adwords advertising. You choose relevant keywords that you want to target, set a daily budget amount that you want to spend, and select which one of your videos that you want to appear. That’s the rub; You need to have a video uploaded to Youtube. If you don’t have video yet you need to move that to the top of your “to do” list! The great news; The CPM and Click Cost for YouTube is relatively low compared to other types of online advertising. [Read more…]

SEO versus SEM versus SMM versus Old School

Small and medium sized businesses have so many opportunities to market themselves these days that it’s hard to choose where to start or expand. At the same time, budgets are tight and in most business plans, doing it all can be impossible. So, how does one choose what to do?

The first factor in deciding how to deploy a comprehensive marketing plan is to take a rational look at the business you are in. For many businesses, the train has already left the station… your prospective customers are actively searching for what it is you offer on the internet. For other businesses, it’s still the good ole days for the good old school ways of marketing. You have to find the mix that’s right for your situation.

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Internet Business Success in a Bottle!

SEO, SEM, SMM… What is the right online marketing strategy for you? How do you pick one over the other? Is one better than the other? Should I try to learn it myself or hire it out? Where am I going to find the time to figure out what I need to do for my business? These are the things that keep small and medium sized business owners and marketing managers awake at night.

The brave new world of the internet is over 15 years old now. But still, many businesses are operating in the dark ages, mainly because they don’t really know what to do.

The old days were pretty cut and dry; yellow pages, classifieds, display advertising, direct mail, radio…tv. Today, it’s all about positioning and building relationships. If you aren’t in a “wired” position you will miss the opportunity to build a relationship. In the old days it was hard to figure out how to harness mass marketing. Today, we distill mass marketing down to individual relationships. This can’t be done hap-hazardly. There is a defined process for gaining a presence that allows you to build relationships. [Read more…]