Learn how to protect your time. Whether you are a full-time entrepreneur or you’re building your business on the side, you must learn to be productive with your time in order to succeed. More specifically, you should be spending the majority of your time on income producing activities. Always be asking “What am I doing to grow my business?” Spend the majority of your time on activities that yield the greatest return on investment (emailing your list, product creation, etc.). Delegate all the activities that are necessary but do not have a direct correlation on your income (customer service, graphic design, etc.). Virtual assistants are fantastic for delegating many of the essential but non-income producing activities of your business.
Reda is the founder and CEO of Cloudswave. He works on the general strategy of the company and oversees marketing and sales. He develops the strategic plan to advance the company's mission and objectives and works to promote revenue, profitability and growth. Some of Reda's favorite hobbies include boxing and cooking. Follow Reda on Twitter and LinkedIn, or email him at [email protected].
It wasn’t enough to just post high-quality articles on the Foundr blog itself, but it was crazy important that we start getting our posts onto other influential sites as well. Taking our cues from Buffer, we began drastically ramping up our content creation process. Part of that process of guest posting was including as many links as possible back to the Foundr site.
SEO stands for search engine optimization. SEO is how you organically rank in Google search. This means that you are not paying to do so like you are with PPC. Everyone wants their business to be on the first page or at least in the top three organic search results because those get the most traffic from potential customers. How do you rank in search engines without spending money?
Just like an ebook, a cheat sheet or guide is a very simple way to capture emails and generate more leads. In fact, if you’re familiar with DigitalMarketer you’ll know that they often promote this lead magnet over others. It’s actually performed so well for them it managed to generate 28,000 new leads for the business in its first month and a half.
Hi Pawan, what a fantastic compilation! I know what i’ll be doing this week – checking out the items on your list! Thanks so much for sharing. My I suggest an add to your list – CrossCap Marketing Calendar Software – omni-channel marketing calendar that allows marketing stakeholders to collaborate and outline strategy, execute initiatives, and track performance in a single system. Feel free to check it out: https://www.crosscap.com/marketing-calendar
SEO and social media are constantly changing. Google tweaks its ranking algorithm hundreds of times each year, and new social media platforms emerge constantly. In order to remain authoritative when it comes to online marketing, you must be passionate about lifelong learning. This means staying on top of industry news, attending conferences and regularly networking with others in the digital marketing space.

Like everything else out there, you have a ton of options when choosing which email marketing service to use. However, for the sake of your business, I recommend using a paid email service like Aweber (affiliate link). Yes, it will cost you a little money, but it’s definitely an investment that will almost always yield a huge ROI (return on investment).


Do you have an older list that you suspect has mostly decayed? Create an engaging opt-in message and send it to your old list encouraging contacts who wish to re-opt-in -- promising to remove all contacts who don't respond. Though it might seem counterintuitive to remove folks from your email lists in order to grow them, emailing only engaged contacts could improve your deliverability and increase the odds of your email getting shared with those outside your current contacts database.
Pawan Deshpande is the founder and CEO of Curata, a Boston-based company offering content marketing software used by thousands of marketers around the world. He spearheaded the first-ever panel at SxSW on Content Marketing in 2011, and was a 2014 Finalist for MarketingProfs B2B Marketer of the Year. Pawan was an engineer at Microsoft and Google where he was awarded patents in social networking and machine learning. He previously attended MIT where his graduate thesis won top departmental and international awards.
Bryan Harris used this strategy to grab 600 emails subscribers from a blog post on Jon Acuff’s blog. Compare those results to a blog post like this one, posted to Jon Morrow’s more popular website Boost Blog Traffic. This post received over 200 comments and 500 shares in the first few weeks but only drove 40 subscribers for the author, Kevin Duncan.
In the online world, what you think is important isn’t always important. You have to remember that the lab rat — or customer — is always right. If customers have a choice of yellow and blue and tend to pick yellow, then yellow is the way to go. Immediate feedback can help drive the direction of your online marketing campaign. Try, test, and measure to determine what works and what doesn’t.
This is super actionable and thorough. I find the difficult part is coming up with an actual series for the autoresponder, and moving people towards a sale, vs saying “oh, that was nice.” I find many articles devoted to the lead magnet and landing page, without much attention on the autoresponder series – which can actually trigger a sale. Thank you for sharing your email template.
Hi Aira, Anastasia Melet from Animatron here. Our customers frequently use whiteboard animation videos for business for a number of reasons, with one of the most compelling being that normally whiteboard videos are cheaper to produce since they involve only text and simple illustrations and do not require particular detalization. Besides, whiteboard animation is very versatile and can be applied when creating explainer videos, product demos, presentations, etc., you name it. I personally appreciate whiteboard style for being universal which means that those videos are understandable by almost any audience, in any part of the world, speaking any language. It’s important when, for example, you have to promote your product or service on overseas markets. Hope it helps! Cheers
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.
PPC stands for “pay per click” and is attributed to Google’s search and display ads. When you run these ads on Google, you pay a set price each time someone clicks on your advertisement. You will need to come up with a keyword strategy that aligns with your business. There is a lot that goes into a keyword strategy like choosing words with high search volume that have a low cost per click. When Google users search your target keywords your ads will appear. With PPC you have the power to create your own ads and you are also in full control of your budget. Some keywords are relatively inexpensive per click like “men’s t-shirts” at $1.70 per click whereas some are extremely expensive like “car accident lawyers” at $209 per click.

Like any marketing technique, this strategy performs better for certain industries than others. GetResponse’s data indicates that topics suitable for LinkedIn recieve the most in-email shares, suggesting that audiences interested in career, marketing, self-improvement, leadership, freelancing, market trends, etc. might respond best to this technique.
Mailchimp – This is the most affordable option on the market today and their email template design editor is quite feature rich. It also has a drag and drop interface. Their major downsides to Mailchimp is (a) they’re terrible, robotic customer support and (b) it feels like a lot more steps than are necessary to send a newsletter or to setup an autoresponder.

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In the past we had many different lead offers using only discounts; everything from 20% off to buy-one-get-one-free.  Take a minute to understand your potential customers’ decision chain, and what’s most important to them. Once you do that, you can match the right offer.  We now offer a free trial of our product to get leads to the top of the funnel.  Then we try and educate them about the value of language learning, and throw in a tasty offer offer from time to time.  With this multi-staged approach, we're beginning to see much higher conversion rates and lower CPA.

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Software expert Rachel Kramer is the business development representative for QASymphony, an Atlanta-based company responsible for the creation of purpose-built testing and test management tools for utilization in software development. Kramer’s expertise in the conceptualization and development of QA tools has aided the company as it seeks to streamline the software testing process in the most efficient and effective way possible.

One reason why digital marketing is taking over is the ease of communication with customers. Online marketing is a two-way street. You can communicate with your customers as easily as they can communicate with you. This is something that you as a business owner need to take advantage of. And it’s one reason why digital marketing reigns supreme over traditional marketing methods.
Include social sharing buttons and an "Email to a Friend" button in your marketing emails. That way, you'll gain access to their friends, colleagues, and networks and expand your contact list. At the bottom of your emails, include a "Subscribe" CTA as a simple text-based link so that the people receiving the forwarded emails can easily opt-in, too.
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Stupeflix is a great solution for mixing photos, video and music. The tool offers a selection of beautiful themes, which you can use as a foundation for your video, later adding your own photos and videos, as well as text, a soundtrack, and even maps. There are 2 robots provided for recording a voice-over. Once you're done, you can easily publish your video on YouTube, embed it on your website or download it. Stupeflix is also available as an app.
If you have money to spend, you can easily reach the number one spot on the first page of Google search. But you will still need a strategy to make sure you are reaching the right audience and getting the highest conversion rates possible. Remember, unqualified clicks on your ads can waste your money, so make sure the people that click are genuinely interested in purchasing your product.

socialmention allows you to search for any word, phrase or hashtag to see where people are using it across the internet. It’s useful for keeping tabs on a hashtag campaign or brand name beyond social media, as it also covers blogs, bookmarks, images and videos. You can also see whether people are using your term in a positive or negative context, its level of reach, and whether users are mentioning it repeatedly.
What is your online marketing philosophy and strategy? Most businesses don’t have one, but they should. Tactical questions like, “How much should I invest in SEO?” or “Do I need a new website or should I work with the one I already have?” can be easily answered when you have a strong strategy in place. While every business is unique and requires a customized prescription, the core principles required for success don’t change.
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Even if you have no video creation experience whatsoever, the editor is easy to use and get to grips with, enabling you to add your own logo, branding, captions, music and style to your work. If you’re creating videos specifically for use on Facebook and Youtube, there are editing styles options designed to work perfectly and get the best results on these particular platforms.
The most successful companies online are those that establish themselves as THE authority for what they do in their respective markets. Over an extended period of time, there is no marketing substitute capable of trumping genuine authority. With “traditional media,” big brands have a huge advantage because they can afford to “rent” access to a target audience from the few companies that control it. In the new media world of the web, this is no longer the case.
Back in the early days of email we were more worried about choosing the perfect username than we were about marketing. In fact I distinctly remember being more stressed over forwarding a chain email to five other people, because it’d somehow improve the chances of my high school crush declaring their passionate love for me, than I was about whatever newsletter found its way into my inbox.

فبالطبع كلنا نعلم تماما ان غسیل الكنب من اھم العملیات لذلك فاننا بالتاكیید في شركة غسیل كنب بالدمام نقوم باجراء ھذاا علي اعلي مستوي فاننا ایضا في شركة تنظیف كنب بالدمام قد جعلنا ھذه العملیه من اھم العملیات التي نقوم داخل شركتنا بالقیام بھا , یجب ان تكون انت ایھا العمیل علي علم باننا نقوم باجراء ھذا بادوات تختلف عن باقي تنظیف المنزل فیوجد لدینا في تنظیف الكنب بالدمام معدات و مخصصه تماما لھذا و ایضا نقوم باستیرادھا من الخارج من الدول التي تشتھر بمثل ھذا النوع من الاداه و لیس ھذا فقط فاننا ایضا في تنظیف كنب بالدمام نقوم بتطویرھا كل فتره و ھذا ما یمیزنا , فاننا بالتاكیید في شركة تنظیف كنب بالدمام لا نقوم باستخدام اي اداه و لكننا لابد ان نقوم في شركة تنظیف سجاد بالدمام باستخدام افضل الادوات و ھذا لخبراتنا العالیھ و ایضا لخبره عمالنا سواء في تنظیف او تلمیع او غسیل كل الاشیاء التي توجد في المنزل من حوائط او ارضیات او غیرھا ف شركة تنظيف كنب بالدمام
Most online marketers find it necessary to outsource or delegate at least a few of their marketing tasks. It’s rare that any one individual will excel at (much less have time for) every aspect of marketing: writing, communications, social media, technical SEO, etc. For this reason it’s important to have great management skills -- in particular, the ability to inspire and motivate those around you to help you meet your goals.
I think what Brian and the testers are missing is that 15k is neither big enough to be impressive nor small enough to be inviting. It’s not a number that works effectively as social proof, and while I can’t test it out myself, I believe, based on evidence for social proof around the web, that DIYthemes would have had much better success with a combined number in the 50k+ range as mentioned above.

Understanding the basic demographics of your customer is the first step in the audience creation process. Your next step should be to understand your customers’ lifestyles, purchase behaviors, and current interests. By truly knowing your customer, you are then able to build out a multi-channel targeting strategy comprehensive of not only basic demographics and past behavioral data, but current behavioral trends that lead to individuals who are in market for a product or service. This reduces irrelevant marketing to individuals who may have the demographic characteristics, but are not yet in market. Overall, creating a relevant target audience saves media spend by focusing on targeting tactics that have a higher potential for success. 

Every ESP will give you tools to create an opt-in form for your site. Generally speaking, the less information you ask for (at this initial stage, at least), the better. The more information you ask for, the less likely your prospect is to complete the process. You’ll obviously need to ask for an email address, and I also highly recommended that you ask for a first name so you can personalize your emails. However, asking for any information beyond these two fields can decrease conversion rates significantly without adding much valuable data.
By sending out highly targeted and personalized campaigns, you will be better able to engage your members or prospective members. We know that the more relevant the piece of communication is to the recipient, their engagement with your association will increase. By working with GRC Direct, you will be able to effectively target and track your direct mail communications so you know what’s working and what isn’t working. You will be able to communicate on a whole different level that will let your members know you are listening to what they are saying.
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