PPC – The Anti-Linear Marketing Channel

When it comes to setting up marketing channels, owners of small and mid-sized businesses try to use traditional methods to do Internet Marketing. As Karl Ribas wrote on Search Marketing Gurus, this is not effective.

No fixed price tags

One of the traditional approaches to marketing is the idea of fixed costs. If I spend $10,000 on a billboard, I know it’s going to be there for the length of the contract, and there will be an average of “x” traffic to see that billboard.

When it comes to Pay-Per-Click marketing (PPC), this no longer holds true. The idea behind PPC is that advertisers compete against each other for placement and price. The key variables that determine these two items are:

  1. Quality Score (relevance of ad copy to keyword as well as relevance of landing page to keyword)
  2. Bid price

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10,000 Auto Parts: A Part For Every Occasion

When Claude Greiner, the owner of Teddy Bears Auto Salvage, wanted to increase his business, he knew that increasing traffic to his website would make the difference. So he contacted LocalDirective. We thoroughly interviewed the owner of Teddy Bears to determine exactly what his internet marketing needs were. This included geographical marketing to pinpoint exactly who Teddy Bears Auto Salvage’s customers were and where they were located. Claude answered detailed questions about his business goals. LocalDirective did the rest.

The Challenge

Many of Teddy Bear’s customers were located within a 30-mile radius of the salvage yard. Because of the demand of specific auto parts that Teddy Bear carried, the salvage yard also has clientele outside of the local area who had their orders shipped. This included wholesale accounts, specifically other auto parts stores who bought from Teddy Bears and resold to their local clientele.

The Goal

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Too Much We In Your Website?

You have a website because you want to attract customers and increase revenue… you want to tell your readers all about you and what a great product or service you offer. Come… see… buy… right?

Wrong! One of the most common and perhaps biggest mistakes in website copy is believing that readers want to hear about you, when in fact, your readers are thinking about their own wants, needs, and desires. What they really want to know is how your product or service will benefit them or solve their problems. And your web pages should reflect this, but do they?

A nifty tool to see if the words on your web pages convey a desire to meet the wants and needs of your readers give a more self-focused impression is the WeWe Monitor or Customer Focus Calculator found at http://www.renowinc.com/wewe.htm. Just enter your URL and the company name or names … Continue reading

Now is the Time: 5 Easy Steps To Get Started in Social Media

You’ve heard about the explosion of social networking sites. Over 400 million people worldwide use one or more. A social networking site is a place of social interaction. On Facebook, members become friends, share information, invite each other to events, and engage in other social activities. On Twitter, people share brief messages or updates with one another. Individuals, organizations, and businesses take part. Have you ever wondered if you should get involved, and if so, how?

You may be hesitant to try something new; however with the enormous traffic that these sites receive, it’s time to make your presence known! Not only is social networking a strategy to increase revenues and/or deepen customer relationships, it is also a fabulous Search Engine Optimization (SEO) technique for linking to your website.

Here is a simple 5-step process, adapted from the article, “5 Steps to Get your Business Ready for Social MediaContinue reading

Hospitals Must Now Have A Powerful Online Presence

Not long ago, if a person suffered medical symptoms, he or she would first turn to a family member or friend for help or advice. Not anymore. The internet has taken over as the first source that consumers turn to. Why? Because research has shown that trust in online sources has increased about 44%. That’s a lot of credibility. How can you tap in?

There are some surprising statistics in 5 Trends in Healthcare in 2010, a study commissioned by Google, which show that an online presence is critical for healthcare providers and institutions.

Check this out:

  • 61% of adults use online health resources.
  • 53% of those adults ask their doctors new questions based on what they find on the internet.
  • 80 million Americans use social media for health-related issues.
  • 65% of all adults say that the internet is their top resource for health concerns.
  • 32% of adults say
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SEO: Rankings Are Not The End All

On the surface it always seems better to be on top. We want to win, to be the best, and having our business highest ranking on the search engine results page feels great. But remember why you created an online presence in the first place: Leads and conversions. You want quality contacts that generate revenue. Having a high ranking keyword is great if it brings you to your goal. However, there are other things to consider.

In The One Mistake That Many CEOs Make About SEO, this problem is identified. The fact is, the top position is only as good as the performance of that keyword. SEO is about finding keywords that generate a ROI (return on investment). If a keyword has a good ROI, it’s a priority keyword. However, it if doesn’t, then reconsider insisting that keyword be top ranking, even if it is a relevant term in … Continue reading

Search Engine Marketing: Improving Your Quality Score

Quality score is a grade or rating you receive from search engines that represents how relevant the relationship is between your keywords, content, URL, and the user experience as shown by the click-through rate. A good quality score can lower your costs and increase your exposure. Why?

Well, think of it this way. A user types in a keyword in the search engine, and the search engine results page includes your ad. If there is a close relationship between the keyword, your ad and your landing page content, the user will likely find what they want when they visit your site. But if the relevance or relationship is poor, the user may visit your site and not find what they want. Getting irrelevant results can cause this user to go to another search engine next time.

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Do You Know Someone Who Has Been Affected by Epilepsy?

In 2001, a young man by the name of Paul Schmidt experienced his first epileptic seizure. He was 15 years old. He was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. For six years Paul fought the good fight to lessen or eliminate the seizures, from taking various medications and in 2007 a surgery where a device was implanted into his brain. But these treatments failed. In 2008, Paul died from SUDEP. This is a when a person, otherwise healthy except for their epilepsy, experiences sudden death. Paul was 22 years old.

Why share this tragedy? As a result of stories like Paul’s, parents of children with epilepsy have joined forces with the nonprofit organization, CURE, Citizens United for Research on Epilepsy. CURE is committed to raising both awareness and money for epilepsy research. Paul’s loved ones are doing their part, and you can help.

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Will You Be Ready For the Fall Selling Season?

The lazy days of summer are fast coming to an end. Vacations are just about over, the kids will be returning to school…in short, it is almost time for the autumn selling season. The question is: will your business be poised to capture a burst of year end revenue growth?

If not, August is time for you to roll into action. If you have been considering a website revitalization, now is the time to act. Did you know that the average person gives you only about eight seconds to capture their interest once they’ve landed on your website? And, over 40% of people say they will not do business with a company that does not have an internet presence? Even more interesting, a study by the preeminent Forrester Research indicates that a website redesign can yield a Return-On-Investment of anywhere from 70-500 percent!

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The Search Engine Marketing Dictionary & Primer – Part 2

This is the second part of our series, which attempts to help clear up the world of search engine marketing. There are many words, terms and acronyms used in the SEM industry. We want to make sure you understand you marketing program and make the best decisions possible about how and where your money is best spent.

  • Bid – The upper limit an advertiser is willing to pay the search engines for a click.
  • Bounce Rate – When a visitor visits a single page of a website without continuing on to another page of the website. For single page landing pages this is usually higher than on multi page websites.
  • Brand – A name or a symbol that is associated with a company or product.
  • Branding – When an advertiser attempts to create an association between a phrase or symbol and a company or product.
  • Clicks – The number of
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