Free teleclass: 5 Innovative Marketing Strategies for 2011

You missed it live, but you can still listen to the recording!

If you’re like many solo business owners, you’ve probably dipped your toe into the world of online marketing & social media. And there are so many different pieces to online marketing, you may find yourself jumping from one “latest and greatest” tool or fad to another, with no plan, and no results to show for it.

Yes, the world of online marketing IS always changing, but in order to harness its power, you need to know what is working now, and how to apply it to YOUR business.

Register below for the recording to learn

  • One marketing tool that has a 95% open rate for messages to your ideal clients
  • New ideas for integrating social media into your current marketing
  • 3 Ways to figure out what online marketing is working for you, and what isn’t
  • 30 minutes a week to gain local (and national) visibility
  • 4 Tips on finding the right person to help you with implementation, and the important things to communicate to them

So whether you’re a successful solo professional that has decided there’s not enough time in the day to do it all yourself and need to outsource, or are just getting started and want a system to follow yourself, this call is for you!

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Happy Holidays from Marketing Geeks!

Happy Holidays from Marketing Geeks! Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year by far – the music, the lights, the food, and the family – I love it all! And as long as we have a white Christmas (which we usually do in the snowbelt of Michigan) I can even handle the cold!    :)

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season, whatever holiday you may celebrate. This time of year is great to take a break and reconnect with the things in our life that are our true priorities, like family and friends.

But with all the holidays sales out there, it’s also a great time to save a few dollars on products and services that will help your business grow in 2011. So in the spirit of holiday sales, we’re offering 25% off our most popular products and services!

Take your pick below, and use the coupon code snowman when you checkout!

Products

* The Social Media Content Creation Kit:  $97  Now $73 Buy Now

Creating a strong social media presence requires content – lots of it! If you always find yourself struggling to publish enough blog posts, articles, tweets, status updates, videos and audios, the Social Media Content Creation Kit is for you. It lays out a simple strategy for generating original content regularly, and gives you tons of ideas for repurposing content, automating your social media, and spending as little time as possible while generating an online presence that screams “Expert”!

* Social Media Assessment & Strategy Call:  $75  Now $57 Buy Now
In this 30 minute call you’ll get a complete assessment of where you are with your current social media profiles, and where improvements can be made.  Then we’ll map out a strategy for you in order to increase your visibility, traffic and sales through social media.

Services

* Project Social Media Done In a Day Intensive:  $897  Now on super-special 60% holiday discount!
This innovative Done In A Day Intensive is a one-day personalized program that gives you direct access to the experienced Project Social Media team and gives your social media marketing efforts the kick in the pants that it needs. Get your strategy and your setup done, all in one day!

* 20 Hour Support Package: $997  Now $748 Buy Now
Our ultimate support package – you get 20 hours of specialized social media, WordPress, 1ShoppingCart and online marketing support! Let us take care of the technical side of your online marketing, and see increased results and more time for you to spend on your business!

* WordPress Blog Site Design: $597  Now $448 Buy Now
Is your site outdated (or worse, nonexistent!) and in need of updates? Tired of waiting for your web designer to make simple changes to your website? Want better search engine findability and social media friendliness for your site? Consider WordPress! Our WordPress Blog Site package gives you a complete website based on WordPress, a user-friendly and search-engine friendly platform that makes updating your site easy, and gives you loads of functionality you probably don’t currently have!

* Social Media Branding Package: $157  Now $118 Buy Now
Having a consistent design across all your social media profiles is a great way to brand your business, provide additional information, and gain visibility. This package gives you a custom Twitter background, a custom welcome tab for your Facebook Fan Page, and a custom YouTube background.

* Press Release Submission:  $67   Now $51 Buy Now
Press Releases help you get the word out about new products, changes in your company or any other news you’d like the world to know about. Our team will create accounts with your bio (and a link back to your site), and distribute one press release out to multiple high-ranking PR sites.

Using Blogging to Build Your Online Presence

About a year and a half ago, I was part of the Summer Speakers Series, and spoke on Blogging for Business. In the spirit of the season, I decided to give away the audio to share with everyone, in case you missed it! Here’s what we covered…

With all the other online marketing buzzwords floating around, it’s easy to forget about blogging, or to write it off for the next new thing. Don’t! This presentation shows you why you need a blog now more than ever.

Using Blogging to Build Your Online Presence will cover:

  • Why blog?
  • Blogging platforms
  • Ways to take advantage of multiple streams of content to save time and write less
  • Creating a blog that is a strong base for all your other social networking and social media activities
  • Promoting your blog

You’ll walk away with a complete understanding of how to best set up your blog. As a bonus you’ll also receive the Blogger’s Rolodex, a complete list of resources and tools to take full advantage of the marketing power a blog can bring to your business, and Blogging 101 and Beyond, a complete guide to using the WordPress Dashboard.

Listen now…

[audio:http://www.marketinggeeksinc.com/audios/Blogging-to-build-online-presence.mp3]

And as promised, here are the two documents promised!

Blogging Rolodex

WordPress 101

How to: Add Google Analytics to your Facebook Fan Page

Now I know, analytics aren’t the sexiest thing in marketing.  Most people want the latest and greatest new tools or tricks, me included!  :)  But knowing who is visiting your site, where they’re coming from, who is linking to you, and where in the world they’re located is really helpful in knowing whether your current marketing (or that new latest and great tool) is working the way you want.

After all, if you want to appeal to US corporate business development professionals and expect that most of your traffic will come from LinkedIn, you might be surprised to find that the majority of your traffic is clicking through from Facebook and are located in Europe. Without analytics, you’d be completely unaware. As they say, ignorance is bliss! Unfortunately, for the business owner trying to make a living through sales of their products or serivces, it isn’t bliss because you’re not getting the results you’re expecting and you wouldn’t even know why.

So analytics are very important – they can give you insights into your visitors that let you make copy changes to better appeal to your target market. They can give you an idea of who is linking to you and interested in your content. And they give you the opportunity to do better with your business.

But what about external pages, like your Facebook Fan Page? A Facebook Fan Page is an increasingly important part of your online presence, but until now has been fairly difficult to get a sense of analytics. Facebook Insights give some info, but not as much as a lot of people would like to see. But now, there’s a way to add your Google Analytics code to your Facebook Fan Page!

But rather than me trying to explain how to go about adding the code, the folks over at Social Media Examiner have done a great job of that already! Check it out, they offer instructions complete with pictures and make it easy for you to do it yourself.

A Few Musts for Branding Yourself Online

Branding is not just your logo or tagline or the “look” and “feel” of your marketing communications. Branding is the sum total of your customer’s experiences and perceptions of your products, services, and employees. In actuality, your brand is what everyone else thinks your company and product are – it’s what people say about your company behind your back.

A branding strategy is the beginning of all customer contact behavior. When the budget allows, the branding strategy can become the basis for better advertising communications such as multi-media advertising, direct mail, trade shows, and expanded public relations.

The undertaking of branding may seem scary; however there is strong proof that branding is worth the effort. Listed here are some benefits of a strong brand.

  • Branding is what gives your company value and separates you from your competitors.
  • Enhanced perceived value allows for top pricing and shelters you from price competition.
  • Branding will provide protection in times of negative press.
  • A strong brand enables you to launch new products and services more quickly and cost effectively.

Your brand will become established in your customers minds, with or without your effort. Branding and managing a brand can be tough work, but here are some easy-to-follow guidelines on how to get started.

  • To succeed, you’ll need to get everyone involved from your graphic designer to your web designer to your customer service department (even if that’s you!) on down.
  • Take a look at some of your successful competitors, or other entrepreneurs you admire. Study their communications and how they position themselves.
  • Learn more about your target market to find out what they value when choosing a provider of your services. Survey customers, ask on social media, etc.
  • Develop a strategy from the information you gathered. It must be achievable and differentiating.
  • Leverage your brand strategy by integrating marketing communications. Ensure your brand is consistent across the board – website, newsletter, print marketing materials, billing, customer service responses, etc. Sending a cohesive message and giving customers the same experience every time will build brand equity.

Free teleclass: Crafting your online marketing strategy into an easy-to-delegate system!

Announcing our next free teleclass on Tuesday, August 10th at 3pm Eastern

If you’re like many solo business owners, you’ve probably dipped your toe into the world of online marketing & social media. As you may have found, though, if you don’t have a strategic plan for social media, it can be time-consuming, and not always produce the results you’re looking for.

And there are so many different pieces to online marketing, you may find yourself jumping from one “latest and greatest” tool or fad to another, with no plan, and no results to show for it.

Wouldn’t you love to be shown an easy way to decide on a complete online marketing & social media strategy, set up the tools and systems to get it done quickly and efficiently (instead of spending all day on it!), and even have the entire system to give to a social media manager, virtual assistant (or even your teenager) so this marketing plan can work for you, while you have time to work on your own genius ideas?!

Join us on this free teleseminar on Tuesday, August 10th at 3pm Eastern to learn

  • A simple way to create a social media strategy that can be easily communicated to your assistant
  • 3 handy tools to run (almost) all your social media marketing
  • Guidelines for things your assistant should not do when managing your social networks
  • 5 Tips on finding the right person to help, and the important things to communicate to them
  • And one easy-to-follow system to streamline all the pieces into a recurring Online Marketing calendar, so you & your assistant always know what’s coming up, and what’s expected (an easy way to avoid the stress and hassle of marketing tasks falling through the cracks!)

As a bonus, you’ll receive a copy of our Social Media Strategy File to use for yourself, and a sample Marketing Calendar to ensure you see just how easy this can be to put into place.

So whether you’re a successful solo professional that has decided there’s not enough time in the day to do it all yourself and need to outsource, or are just getting started and want a system to follow yourself, this call is for you!

Register Your FREE Seat on this Teleseminar NOW!
Tuesday, August 10th at 3pm EST

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A spring cleaning challenge for your marketing – part 2

Last Friday, I gave you step one of my 2 part Spring Cleaning Challenge for your online marketing. If you didn’t see it, check out Part 1 here:

Hopefully, you’ve taken the time to go through and do that. Not only is it just good practice to look through your site every so often, it may remind you of things you started, but didn’t finish, or ideas you had that are primed for execution now!

Item 2:

Go, right now, and take a look at the analytics or stats for your website and blog. And if you don’t have some sort of analytics set up, we need to fix that.   Pronto!    Please!!

Look closely at what your highest sources of traffic are.  Can you do more with them? For example, if you are getting a high number of visitors from Twitter, maybe you could spend some more time there, and phase out another site that isn’t even showing on your traffic sources right now.

Or, if you’re getting a lot of traffic from a few articles you submitted months ago, maybe now is the time to put a specific article marketing strategy into place, and generate lots more traffic through the regular submission of fresh articles.

Or maybe, you’re getting traffic from a collection of websites and blogs of people you know, work with, or that are affiliates of yours. This is a great one, because it’s quick and easy to deepen the relationship, and generate more traffic from the same sites. You can do this through regularly commenting on their blogs, starting conversations with them in social media, becoming a guest contributor to their blog (you already know their audience is interested in your content!), or simply asking them! A quick email is a great ice-breaker. All you need to say is that you’ve noticed a lot of traffic coming through from their site, and you wanted to thank them for it. You can offer to guest post for them, or suggest that there may be the potential for a Joint Venture between the two of you. And if they’re affiliates of yours already, just ask them what they would like in order to promote you better, and earn more commissions.

Finally, once you know where the highest sources of traffic are, take a good hard look at where you’re spending your time. If you spend hours every week writing articles, but don’t see article directories as a major traffic source, maybe that time would be better spent somewhere else.  This isn’t about creating more tasks for you to do (because almost all of them will probably offer some value to you), it’s about knowing where the biggest return on your time investment is, and focusing your efforts there.

Have you been struggling with figuring out your analytics, creating a
system to automate some of your marketing tasks, or any other  Marketing
Tech headache? Got a question and wish you could just pick the brain of
someone that works with blogs, social media and shopping carts all day
long? Join our next Marketing Tech Q & A call! For only $17, you get
access to our hour-long Q & A call where you can ask all those questions
that have been bubbling around in your brain!
Check it out at www.marketinggeeksinc.com/marketing-tech-qa

Have you been struggling with figuring out your analytics, creating a system to automate some of your marketing tasks, or any other  Marketing Tech headache? Got a question and wish you could just pick the brain of someone that works with blogs, social media and shopping carts all day long? Join our next Marketing Tech Q & A call! For only $17, you get access to our hour-long Q & A call where you can ask all those questions that have been bubbling around in your brain!

A spring cleaning challenge for your marketing – part 1

This is it, only mine is white!

This is it, only mine is white!

This past weekend, I got super excited when I happened to find the absolutely perfect kitchen “island cart” at one of my favorite stores. My kitchen is on the smaller side, and we don’t have a ton of cabinet space, so I’ve been looking for “just the right” piece of furniture for my kitchen for a long time. So when I found one that was just perfect, you know I snatched it up and raced home with it! I then spent a good portion of my weekend (which was rainy and cold, by the way – spring has left Michigan for the moment!) completely reorganizing my kitchen.

While I didn’t see this particular episode as spring cleaning (it was more excitement!), I think that spring still gets a lot of us in a mood to clean things up and refresh our surroundings.

And if now is a good time to get rid of old winter clothes that no longer fit, it’s also a great time to freshen up your website, your online presence and your marketing.

Just like clothes in your closet, there are probably tasks in your marketing plan that no longer fit and serve your business. And at the same time, there might be a buried treasure hiding under all the junk – something you’ve forgotten about or didn’t know you had in the first place!

You may be spending lots of time on a social networking site that no longer has the audience you’re wanting to connect with. Or maybe your business has evolved, and you’re still getting traffic to your website, but have never checked to see where it’s coming from. And if you don’t know where you’re getting interested visitors from, how in the world can you go out and get more?

So here is a little Spring Cleaning Challenge for you:

Item 1:

Go through your website carefully, and make sure it’s up to date. While things like copyrights, email addresses and phone numbers may seem obvious (and please get at least those right!), look at things like

  • Is your pricing current?
  • Do you have events listed that are way old?
  • For those events that are over, do you have recordings? If so, are they available? If not, now’s a great time to make those available for download – either free or paid. Look, we just created a fresh new freebie or product!
  • Do your newsletter/autoresponder signups and website contact forms work?
  • Is your bio current? Check your website, as well as your social media profiles, article directory sites, and anywhere else you have yourself listed.

On Monday, I’ll give you part 2. But over the weekend, take a look at your website and get that current!