Online Marketing Up In Smoke?

Online Marketing Smoke Alert!

Well 2015 is almost at a close. Did your #onlinemarketing go up in smoke this year? It doesn’t have to be that way in 2016.
If your #Internet presence was just a big #backdraft this year with few leads, poor sales or conversions and only an ember of traffic…let a seasoned #onlinemarketer #leadgenerator #googleadwords #videomarketing professional of 16+ years online provide coaching so that 2016 brings you a #firestorm of #Internettraffic #onlinesales #businessleads PM or DM to discuss your 2016 #marketing needs.

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Is Your Website A Billboard In The Desert?

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About a year ago I had met with a prospective client through a friend. I did an evaluation of their old website and proposed some potential solutions. They asked me to put together a quote and I never heard from them again. They took the information I gave them and rebuilt their website on their own thinking they would save some money.

Fast forward, they ended up talking with my partner through another friend. They are in need of online marketing because a year later they still don’t have any traffic to their website.
They discovered the “billboard principle”…

Without Marketing Your Website Is Just A Billboard In The Desert

Today, anyone with a little effort can build a website, but without a marketing strategy no one will ever know you website exists.
It does not matter what method you choose to get traffic to your website; organic search, pay per click, social media, etc. you have to consider what you are trying to achieve once traffic reaches your website. Are you trying to promote a product(s), service(s), signups, or some other type of conversion.
This is where the real work begins. This is where my expertise can put your business or service on the map.
Overlook this step and no one will ever know your products or services exist. Don’t let your website become a billboard in the desert. Let me help you do a thorough evaluation to help you grow your online business.

Online Marketing: Give The Process Time

As with any #onlinemarketing or #socialmedia campaign it can take time for the #seedplanting to take root and yield results. I am continually amazed at how many people are looking for a #silverbullet. Some magical button that I am going to push and #leads or #sales will instantly appear. Anyone who is truly #successful #online has put in the #hardwork to get there. If you have a #brickandmortar you’ve done double duty. In the near future I will share some personal and client stories to illustrate. In the interim, set some goals, test and measure results, make adjustments, test and measure again. Every business is different as are search volumes and cost to generate leads or sales. Be patient and give your efforts time to produce the results you are looking to achieve. #ppc #payperclick #onlineadvertising #onlinemarketing #internetmarketing #googleadwords #bingads #socialmediamarketing #contentmsrketing #videomarketing #websitemarketing #ecommerce

As with any #onlinemarketing or #socialmedia campaign it can take time for the #seedplanting to take root and yield results. I am continually amazed at how many people are looking for a #silverbullet. Some magical button that I am going to push and #leads or #sales will instantly appear. Anyone who is truly #successful #online has put in the #hardwork to get there. If you have a #brickandmortar you've done double duty. In the near future I will share some personal and client stories to illustrate. In the interim, set some goals, test and measure results, make adjustments, test and measure again. Every business is different as are search volumes and cost to generate leads or sales. Be patient and give your efforts time to produce the results you are looking to achieve. #ppc #payperclick #onlineadvertising #onlinemarketing #internetmarketing #googleadwords #bingads #socialmediamarketing #contentmsrketing #videomarketing #websitemarketing #ecommerce

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Tablet PC Devices: 123 Years in the Making

We may think the tablet PC has only been around for a couple of years, but a recent article from eWeek shows 123 years of history in the making.

http://mobile.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/From-Telautograph-to-Apple-iPad-The-Tablet-PCs-First-123-Years-519437/

From an SEO / SEM perspective I’m excited about the future of online marketing on the go.

I think we will see more mobile SEO /SEM apps developed to do some of those hard-operations we typically run from a desktop or laptop.

I’m posting this article from my iPhone. Mobile devices and the slew of tablet devices hitting the market are only going to enhance social media applications.

What are your thoughts on tablet PC devices and how they will affect online marketing?

Search Engine Marketing Can Be Overwhelming

35The other day I had a conversation with a Realtor. He is an agent in the RE/MAX system, has a website and a slew of tools available for him to market his real estate business online. Here is what he said that struck a chord with me.

“I’ve got so many tools available for search engine marketing and promotion I’m overwhelmed”

As we continued our conversation, he was looking to me for help with some basics so he could see some incremental progress in his online marketing and lead generation.

60I think this is where many folks are today with their online marketing. There are so many tools and variations that it’s easy even for those of us who call this our profession to get bogged down in SEO/SEM tool testing rather than taking predictable steps each day to improve our search engine marketing presence or to reach a targeted and measurable goal. I’m going to document our progress from the initial set up of a new domain name and will share with visitors at least once per month some tips and ideas for keeping it simple to prevent search engine marketing overload.

Are you a small business owner overwhelmed with all the tools available to market and promote your business online? If so, share your story or thoughts with our visitors.

Social Media – Does it Work?

I found this testimonial recently on a site for a lead generation tool. The part I found funny was the fact that most of the folks selling social media marketing services claim you can replace pay per click and other forms of marketing.

This person utilized a $4000 lead generation tool to find potential customers for social media marketing services. If social media is so powerful, why didn’t this person just use social media to find new customers?

“After experimenting with XYZ lead generation tool for a while I finally struck Gold!
After completing a course on Social Media Marketing, I decided to search for prospects
in need of Social Media Marketing. With just one search, I scored 2 new clients. These 2
contracts alone paid for my investment in XYZ lead generation tool!” — B.R.

In a recent mastermind conference call with Perry Marshall and nearly 300 other participants, feedback was unanimous that savvy marketers use pay per click marketing over social media to generate consistent and measurable business results whether it be new sales, leads, or prospects.

With that being said, I still think social media has a role in marketing that should not be overlooked. The question is how much time do you allocate towards social media vs. other forms of online and offline marketing?

Care to see a demo of the lead generation tool? Visit Lead Evolution

The Truth About Affiliate Marketing and CPA Offers

The truth about affiliate marketing and CPA offers. While I won’t call everyone who runs an affiliate program a crook let me share some of the results we have seen in testing with one of our other business associates. Before I do that let me tell you this. Most affiliate companies do not want to pay you a commission. Why? because it eats away at their margins plain and simple.

For the past 90 days we’ve been testing several affiliate offers with one or peers in the industry. We both started with the same offer. Their first month, generated over $50k and we hit $6k. For both of us it represented about a 25% conversion rate on our click throughs to the same offer. During the 2nd month both of our conversions dropped to 15% and now in our 3rd month of testing we are at 10% conversions.

We tested another affiliate offer and saw the same exact results. First month conversions are high and then subsequent months slowly deteriorate.

Affiliate marketing can be lucrative and there is certainly money to be made, just be aware of this. Affiliate and CPA offer providers are always looking for ways to reduce payouts. I’ll even throw this out into the blogosphere as an open challenge for someone to prove me wrong.

So what do the heavy hitters do? The heavy hitters in online marketing have direct marketing contracts with product and service providers. They get paid on a percentage of the overall sales. No affiliate links or affiliate IDs to mess with.

As you look at affiliate offers, don’t get hung up on a specific product, brand or payout. The bottom line is conversion rates and how much your affiliate check is each month. Some offers may pay less, but have a higher conversion rate than offers with high pay outs.

Monitor and track your conversion rates every month. If an offer starts to drop find something else.

Look for more updates to come on this fun and sometimes frustrating area of opportunity.