Category Archives:Business

  • UVP: What Makes You Better Than The Competition?

    One of the most effective and initial strategies to optimize your site is to define the value proposition and to state it clearly throughout the site. Each element should be pointing to that value. Simply put, a value proposition is a “promise of value to be delivered and a belief from a customer that value will be experienced.”

    What becomes challenging is staying unique within a very competitive market where many companies can share the same values that your company does. How does your company stay a step before the rest? How can you  continue to distinguish yourself and draw

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  • 6 Great Ways to Turn Customers into Advocates

    As I pointed out a couple weeks ago, many old marketing and sales models, particularly AIDA, are open-ended, meaning that once the sales conversion is complete, the model stops and has no means of putting the customer back into the conversion loop, like turning them into brand and/or product advocates.

    Creating advocates not only increases the chances of the them returning, but their actions will influence others to become customers too, and so they end up doing your sales and marketing for you. For free.

    Let’s look at some of the ways, especially for ecommerce sites, you can create brand

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  • Good Branding & Bad Branding

    Cease & desist letters are “opening salvo” legal devices fired off in the hope that recipients are shaken enough by the tough “prosecute to the fullest extent of the law” language to do what the letter demands, thereby saving the letter writers the cost and bother of acting on the threats.

    As such, they are about the furthest that writing can get from marketing and supporting a brand.

    So imagine the talent and creativity, or perhaps simply the genuine concern for the brand, that it would take to write a cease and desist letter that not only supported the brand,

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  • 109 Useful Websites & Online Applications You Should Know About

    Since it is the start of the new year, we compiled a list of useful websites that we have been using over the last year. Our goal was to come up with a list of sites that are not well known but we feel should get more attention. The list is includes web applications, project tracking tools, search tools, news sites and multimedia websites.

    Note: We extracted the description of each application from its own About us page. No one can describe a product like its inventors , so we decided we would use their own words to

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  • 8 Lessons you should learn from your online competitors

    I experienced one of the most valuable lessons in the late 90s when I ran my first business, Quill Publishing. At Quill we had achieved the majority of our business and financial goals and had taken great strides to carve a nice niche for ourselves. Everything seemed to go exactly how I had envisioned and hoped.

    Until one day…

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  • 8 Best Kept Secrets To Fine-Tuning your E-mail Marketing Campaigns

    Email marketing offers a great opportunity to connect with current customer as well as potential prospects. Compare for example traditional website visitors to subscribers of an opt-in mailing list. Site visitors include those who land on the site by mistake and may not be interested in what you have to offer. An opt-in mailing list on the other hand provides a segment of visitors who are interested in a particular topic who actively chose to subscribe to your mailing list.

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