Measuring the success of Internet marketing efforts is easy, because you have quantifiable results. Online marketing differs from traditional marketing because you get immediate feedback, which can be measured in clicks, conversions, registration, or sales. With a traditional marketing campaign, with its lag between execution and results, you need to rely on opinion — your own, a focus group’s, or a consultant’s — which can be subjective and unreliable.

Your email list, on the other hand, is yours, free and clear. Using your website and social media to attract visitors and followers, and then encouraging them to sign up for your email list gives you the opportunity to contact your prospects at any point in the future, with any kind of messaging you want; and you’re not bound by search engine rankings or social media algorithms.
Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is another consideration for your marketing campaign. If you're new to PPC, stick to places that allow you to set limits on daily expenditures. Google AdWords is a good example. This will also help you to experiment and determine the most effective keywords by paying close attention to the statistics of the PPC campaign.
Buffer – This one is the simplest and most practical for the purposes of promoting content since it will automatically try to share the content you pop into its feed to your social profiles at the most relevant time, maximizing exposure. The main downside they scaled back on their free plan so now you’re limited to connecting 2 or 3 social media profiles before they required you to upgrade. Regardless, it’s still very affordable and worth the $20 per month they charge.

To get more Web traffic and leads, you need to continually optimize your visit-to-sale conversion rate. The more effective your company’s sales process is, the more marketing options you have. If all other things are equal (average revenue per sale, gross margin, etc.), a company that converts twice as many Web visits into leads can afford to pay twice as much per click or visit. Being able to pay more per click or visit allows you to bid higher in the PPC listings and spend more on SEO—both of which ultimately result in more traffic and leads.

It’s not as clear cut as it seems. There are many content marketing tools that fall into multiple categories, but I have placed them in the category that best represents them. For example, Marketing AI measures analytics for your content, then helps you better optimize your content. In this case, should Marketing AI fall into the Analytics or Optimization tools group? In this case, I placed them in the Analytics group. However, Parse.ly is a relatively similar tool I decided to place into the Optimization category.
Offline events like trade shows are highly anticipated growth opportunities for professionals in your industry. Demo your latest product at an appropriate conference and collect signups in-person. Once you're back at the office, import these signups into your contact database. Be sure to send these contacts a welcome email that confirms their opt-in to your list. (See #8 in this blog post for tips on sending welcome emails.)
You want to keep your eye on “impressions” which is how many times your ad was shown. “Clicks to website” is how many clicks your site has received. Depending on your aim you’ll want to focus on “conversions”, “calls”, “clicks”, and “key page View” as well. Analyze your key metrics regularly to see if you if you need to make changes to your strategy.
OtherLevels announces release of OtherLevels2. In September 2016, digital marketing automation vendor OtherLevels announced the release of their OtherLevels2 platform. This new platform is designed to use big data and statistical models to maximise audience reach and message delivery. It leverages this data to optimize the delivery of content to the end users’ preferred channel, increasing the likelihood of engagement.
You should also keep in mind that too much text can be difficult for users to digest. No one wants to spend time reading your overly wordy email because they probably receive hundreds of other emails every day. Keep it concise. And if you do feel like you need a lot of text, break it up into manageable or scannable paragraphs so that your readers are not overwhelmed. You can always link to your website pages or landing pages for additional information.

I applaud your initiative in putting together a list like this. The research going into it had to have been gruesome. However, as you point out, it is not exhaustive. Just as an example: you missed MailChimp which is one of the most used email platforms; DrumUp which I use in addition to Hootsuite as a scheduler because of the ease of scheduling posts to a Facebook business page; Medium is an excellent blog publishing platform; and more. Not a criticism of your work, which I love because it points out options I have not yet explored. More a reminder to everyone else that no list like this is exhaustive.
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I always pause and laugh when I see a CTA with a small, “No thanks, I don’t want to lose weight,” button underneath a prominent “Yes, sign me up!” link. It reminds me there’s a person behind the button, and, while it’s meant to be a joke, it also incentivizes me to hesitate before clicking “no, thanks”. It’s easy to click “no” when the CTA is “sign up for more emails!”, but it’s a little harder to say no to losing weight or getting richer.

Great, inspiring post Sonia. I wrote a plan called ‘getting the new Turner Ink website done’. It’s got 17 points and yep I’m still at number one. But it’s g-r-ad-u-a-ll-y getting done with teeny tiny baby steps. If I hadn’t written the plan and stuck it to the wall I would still be weeping into my soggy cornflakes and would be no further done the line.
How to launch an online course and make $220,750 in 10 days – this article is a complete breakdown of how Bryan Harris made $220,750 launching his email marketing course. It includes the entire process he went through from building the list, to launching the product. As you can see from this post… it’s epic. Plus he uses a Content Upgrade that includes templates he used to launch his course. Very compelling.
If your needs are more pedestrian, try a simpler solution. Direct Response, for instance, performs simple conversion tracking and is much more affordable. There’s also an open source Web analytics tool called AWStats that tracks traffic, referrers, and other data. If you use Google or Overture to target users by sponsoring keywords, you can measure sales with their free conversion-based tracking tools.
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This cloud-based marketing platform is a good choice for both small and medium-sized businesses. It not only allows users to run social media advertising campaigns, and analyze digital marketing performance, but its UXi websites feature can help create branded web pages. You'll also find ad listings, localized ads, relationship management, social targeting and a whole host of other tools that can help with both organic and paid traffic efforts.
Altimeter. In April of 2013, Rebecca Lieb of Altimeter started a list of 15 content marketing vendors. We were flattered to have Curata included in the initial list. More recently, Altimeter has published a content marketing vendor landscape which includes over 100 content marketing tools. However, the list does not include some of the broader categories we have included here.
Picovico is an online tool that automatically creates slideshow videos from your photos and video clips in minutes. With exciting features such as voice-over, video clips, and pre-defined video templates, it empowers you to create beautiful slideshow video in a few simple steps. The videos you create can be downloaded and/or exported to your social media profiles. Picovico offers videos for personal and professional use, and API option for bulk videos.
Use the great education you already have available to generate new leads for your business. With a tool like Autoresponder from Constant Contact, you can setup a series of automated emails to automatically deliver your education to people who sign up. This is a simple way to setup a training course that current and potential customers can benefit from.
Great, inspiring post Sonia. I wrote a plan called ‘getting the new Turner Ink website done’. It’s got 17 points and yep I’m still at number one. But it’s g-r-ad-u-a-ll-y getting done with teeny tiny baby steps. If I hadn’t written the plan and stuck it to the wall I would still be weeping into my soggy cornflakes and would be no further done the line.

An event landing page, beacon technology, and email follow-up software are all valuable for marketing your event, but integrating them can be difficult. That’s why best-in-class marketers leverage event technologies with all-in-one tools that allow them to see the big picture, and provide prospects more relevant and on-target communication. They can help teams promote their event before with things like custom invitations, engage with their business during via custom apps, and report the results afterward with powerful analytics.

More than ever before, people buy from people they know and trust. Being trustworthy -- and able to convey this trait to others -- is critical to being a successful online marketer. Garish, over-the-top landing pages; blatant self-promotion on social media; and spammy, keyword-laden copy will inevitably damage or destroy your online reputation. Being authentic and trustworthy is what will set you apart, helping you build long-term relationships with your customers and clients.


These are the top three results for a drip coffee maker. If you were selling this product you would want to beat out your competition in order to get into one of the top spots. This may take some time because these websites that are ranking seem to have a lot of power. You may not be able to rank for this keyword, but keyword research will help you strategize and find those keywords that you will be able to rank for.   


 It used to be you would have only one lead magnet on your site and that was sufficient. However, today your content and nurture sequence need to be highly relevant to the exact solution the person is actively looking for. By creating a content upgrade that is specific to a highly-targeted piece of content that is getting lots of attention helps you to raise that relevancy and turn more visitors into email subscribers.”
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