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Jump Start Your Online Public Relations for Free They call it public relations for a reason.  Although PR methodology has focused primarily on getting the traditional media to write about your company or your client’s company, the goal has always been to influence ‘the public’, that is those members of the population that you want to impact positively. Thanks to the infinite reach of the Internet, you have the capability to extend that influence dramatically.  But, you need to change your approach and your toolkit as part of a 21st century PR strategy. If your primary public relations strategy still amounts to sending press releases to a finite number of media contacts, you fail to take advantage of the Internet.  You are not reaching the new influencers, to use Paul Gillen’s term. You need to do do more than reach those influencers. You need to take advantage of t... (more)

Don’t Keep Your Web Visitors Waiting and Guessing

It’s Not Visual. It’s Doesn’t Get Quickly to the Point. It Doesn’t Show How It Can Help When much of the web was experimental and Web surfing was still recreational, it might have been okay to have a website that was creative for its own sake–even when it was unclear about its purpose.  Not so today.  We face three key realities that must shape our thinking about a good versus bad website Websites are our most important marketing tool. They will increasingly replace most traditional marketing.  Therefore, you have to get it right. Your prospective online buyers are pressed for ti... (more)

5 Keys to Connecting with Your Customers on Facebook

It’s a lot easier than you might imagine. Guest Post by  Craig Robinson, Editor-in-chief at Qwaya.com.  As you enter the world of Facebook social marketing, you may worry that it will both complex and challenging. That concern deepens when you have to wade through marketing jargon terms like interface. The marketing reality is much simpler as soon as you translate gobbledygook words into meaningful ones. Interfacing is just jargon that means you need to engage with your customers. Most marketers understand the need to engage with their customers.  The hard part is actually doing... (more)

Create a Special-Purpose eNewsletter Series

Whether or not you are actually sending out regular eNewsletters to customers and prospects, you should consider creating a special ‘tips’ eNewsletter for new users and/or testers. As it frequently does, the Avongate blog inspired me with a post that was specific to software companies that need to convert free trial users into paying customers. Guest blogger, Jason Cohen, CEO of Smart Bear Software, emphasizes that you need to do something with your captured customer info, because you will be wasting data otherwise. But, he also suggested that the typical "thanks and hope you’re... (more)

Why Your Blog Beats Your Website to Your Prospects

Influence them with information well before they are ready to buy from you. I have written before about the many differences between a traditional website and a blog. Your website typically provides timeless information, while your blog provides timely information. Moreover your blog becomes more important as you keep adding more and more content that is relevant to your prospective customers. But a case study about a consulting company, De Novo Strategy, from Bernie Borges’ new book, Marketing 2.0, suggested a new nuanced but critical reason for the power of a business blog.  It... (more)