Archive for November 2011

Facebook Metrics to Track Other Activities   28 comments

Lets look at Facebook Metrics to Track Other Activities on your own.

-Follower measures

(A)Number of page followers: As often as you wish, you can track the number of people who follow—or like—your Facebook page. On Facebook, this information is on the left-hand column, about halfway down the page. Most small businesses have a goal of having 1,000 followers; this number tended to be based on what “other” businesses had and what they thought was possible.

(B)Increase in followers: Most businesses want to be consistently increasing the total number of people following them. As a rule of thumb, increasing your total Facebook followers by 4 percent every month is in line with average Facebook growth.

(C)Follower’s activities: In addition to a raw count of followers, you can track your friends or fans daily and correlate the data to other activities that you are doing to attract people to your page. For example, if you send out an email message inviting people to your page, you can see if your numbers increase after the email goes up.

-Engagement measures

(A)Number of active versus passive followers: How many of your followers are actively engaged on your page—posting content, asking questions, even indicating that they like a certain post? The more engaged your followers are, the more likely they are to spread the word about your business. Your goal should be to constantly increase these followers. Your goal should be to have about 2.5 percent of your fans interact each week on your site and have 10 percent of your followers becoming regular active participants on your social media site.

(B)Number of comments about brand or product: You want to track the response to the actual posts you make on your page. An average business posts about six times per week. Your goal should be to achieve a certain level of engagement with every post. If 2.5 percent of your fans should be interacting every week, then about 0.4 percent of your fans should reply to every post. If you have 1,000 fans, for example, then 4 people should respond to every post. Topics that generate comments are the types of posts you should continue doing. If a topic generates no comments, reduce your use of that type of post in the future.

(C)Quality of comments on the brand page: Some comments to your  posts will be short and sweet: “I agree!” or “I love your store!” While these are great, having followers write longer and more thoughtful posts will do more to build your brand. Track whether you are getting more “higher-quality” comments as time goes on by counting the number of words in an average post. Higher quality posts have more words and sentences.

-Mention measures

Track the number of times a follower uses the@symbol to talk about  your business. These comments will appear to other people in your followers’  network, and may encourage others to follow you and, hopefully,  engage in discussions and talk to others about your business.

-Conversation measures

(A)If you offer a “Facebook-only” deal, track how many people take advantage of the deal.

(B)While it might not be an overwhelming number, be sure you track how many leads come from Facebook.

Facebook Metrics for Page Owners and Administrators   14 comments

Facebook provides several tools for Facebook metrics that page owners and administrators can access easily. These tools provide a baseline of quantitative data that you can use to track your visitors’ activities. Additionally, you can develop some quantitative and qualitative metrics on your own that can help you get a better picture of what is happening on your Facebook page. Page owners and administrators have access to an “insights” box on the left-hand column of your page.

–The “users” graph displays the total number of people who “like” your page  as well as the number of people who are daily active users of your page. This data includes:

(1)Daily active users—by day, the number of people who visit your page. You can track and see which days of the week    are the most popular, correlating this information to specific posts. This can indicate the types of posts that attract the most visitors.

(2)By day, the number of people who “dislike” your page. This could be a reaction to specific content, a reaction to some in-person interaction at your business, or the result of an individual “culling” their Facebook lists. If you get one or two dislikes a week, it should not be a concern. One day that generates five or more dislikes should lead you to investigate what might have happened.

(3)A graph of demographics, which shows a breakdown of your fans by age, gender, and country of origin.

(4)The activity measure, which shows in addition to visiting the page, what other types of activities visitors engaged in. These could include downloading images, watching videos, and listening to podcasts.

–The interactions graph is an engagement measure. Most people will want to keep a steady amount of interactions going on at the page, with interactions increasing when important things are announced on the page. The interactions measured in the Insight box include:

(1)Total Interactions on the page (the total number of wall posts and comments to wall posts on the page).

(2)Total comments on the page (the total number of responses to your wall posts).

(3)Total wall posts on the page (the number of different posts made by you, and others, to your wall).

Mobile Media for Your Brand   14 comments

Some primary ways to use mobile media for your brand to connect with customers and prospects. Companies are using six key approaches:

Short Message Service (SMS)—SMS, usually referred to as texting, is the most common phone-based activity among U.S. cellphone users of all ages. That said, SMS for marketing purposes is equivalent to Mobile Media 1.0. Although SMS is still used frequently for marketing purposes, the wide adoption of smart phone technology will soon overwhelm SMS as a marketing tool.

Mobile Websites—The most sophisticated marketers have a subdomain set up specifically for mobile phones. So, for example, when users type http://www.ESPN.com into a smart phone, the ESPN site actually figures out that they’re visiting the site from a mobile device and redirects them to a subdomain (such as http://www.m.ESPN.com). That way, the user experience from a mobile phone is different than the user experience at a computer. The trick here is to be sure you create a mobile website that loads quickly and provides a simple, streamlined experience.

Mobile Ads: The most common mobile ads are simple text links and graphical banner and display ads. Banner and display ads are sold based on cost per click (CPC), cost per acquisition (CPA), and cost per thousand (CPM). With CPC, you’re charged only when someone clicks on your ad. It’s the same model that a paid search campaign on Google, Bing, or Yahoo! uses. With CPA, you get charged each time you acquire a lead from your mobile media ad. CPA programs are great if you know how much a lead is worth to your company and what percentage of leads you can convert to a sale. With CPM, you’re charged based on the number of times your ad is served.

Bluetooth Marketing: This is a form of on-demand mobile marketing that targets users based on precise geographical location. For example, if you’re standing within 100 feet of Joe’s Pizza, you might receive a free coupon, wallpaper, ringtone, or video or audio file that prompts you to visit Joe’s and order a pizza.

Smartphone Apps: The primary smartphone platforms include iPhone, Android, Palm, and Blackberry. The best way to use apps for marketing is to create something that’s functional (such as a calculator), that’s entertaining (such as a game), or that provides some sort of social connectedness. Many applications are fee based, but companies are increasingly giving away smart phone apps as a way to stay connected with customers and prospects.

QR Codes: are the two dimensional barcodes that can be found in print ads, in-store posters, and even on the jacket cover of this book. They were initially used for tracking parts for vehicle manufacturers, but are now used in magazines, newspapers, signs and even T-shirts to send people to a Web page, download an MP3, dial a telephone number, or send an email message. Some people are even putting them on business cards so people can download contact information directly into their contact database.

Posted November 28, 2011 by Anoop George Joseph in Internet

Direct Sales the Revenue Stream for E-commerce Sites   9 comments

Online stores have a number of opportunities to generate revenue— some of which (advertising, in particular) also represent revenue opportunities for non e-commerce sites, such as media content providers or social networks.

Direct sales the revenue stream for e-commerce sites. The simple and straight-forward mission of an e-commerce site is to sell as many products to as many online shoppers as possible. Products can be tangible, such as shampoo, sneakers, and groceries, or intangible, such as digital music or the purchase of a reserved seat on a flight. Typically, the direct sale of products is made in numbers of units, with each unit multiplied by the advertised price (three bottles of shampoo at $5 each is a grand total of $15, plus any shipping, taxes, and other charges that may apply).

Typically, consumers who purchase products do so for one of three reasons:

–They have a need for a certain type of product. Although they may switch brands from time to time, they have decided in advance that they have a need for a specific product (for example, a new car if their old one is dying, or a tube of toothpaste once the current one is used up).

–They want a certain type of product. This want may linger for a while, depending on how expensive or frivolous the product is (such as jewelry), or may be satisfied more quickly depending on how great the want is (such as the latest video game console). In the mind of the consumer, the decision-making process in terms of where and when to buy is less urgent because there is not an absolute necessity to make the purchase.

–They are compelled to buy an item at or around the time of purchase. Some of the most valuable real estate in any traditional retailer is the space near the cash register, where consumers may make last-minute purchases of items that are within their line of vision. These items tend to be smaller, lower priced items, such as gum, chocolate bars, bottles of water or soda, batteries, and similar items that people are more likely to decide they want at the last moment.

A successful e-commerce company will consider each of these purchasing reasons in the development of its site. Because online stores do not have floor space for displays, salespeople to point the shopper in a specific direction, or signage hanging from the ceiling, e-commerce marketers have only two means of pushing their products to consumers: the page layout and a compelling presentation of their product.

In the presentation of the product, marketers generally rely on three elements:

–Copy, which can be used to describe the product, its attributes, its value, and any other important information that the marketer feels will be appropriate to boost sales. Copy also includes information such as the price of the product, size, weight, and other such vital info.

–Pictures, which are used to provide a visual reference so that shoppers can see what they are buying. In the case of products that might be less familiar, or whose appeal might be in the way they look (picture frames or decorative candle holders, for example), marketers may decide to show the product from a number of different angles. As with copy, smaller images, called thumbnails, are shown initially, and larger images are often provided upon further consumer investigation. Other times, application shots are provided to show how the product might look in its fi nal environment
or when being used by a representative consumer.

–Video of the product is sometimes used to demonstrate how the product works, market its benefi ts, or generally build excitement for the product.

Make the Most of Video Content   19 comments

Make the most of video content since video content is a great way to expand your market visibility as well as drive traffic to your website. Often, publishers think first and foremost about contextual content and overlook the value proposition of video. Although video content has become popular in the last several years, many marketers upload video to YouTube, but they really don’t know how to exactly leverage this platform for optimal online marketing results. Video is content, and content should be leveraged and syndicated. This helps with back links, SEO, website visibility, branding, traffic generation, and buzz.

The best video-sharing sites to upload your videos to are YouTube, Google Video, MetaCafe, Blip.tv, and DailyMotion. These sites are extremely popular and get the most traffic and visitors.

Don’t forget that you can also syndicate your video content through Really Simple Syndication (RSS), if you have it on your website. Following are some quick tips for optimizing video for killer search engine and marketing results:

(A) Keep clips less than 5 minutes in length, and make sure they’re relevant, beneficial, and interesting to users. Your video clips also could be teasers (excerpts or snippets) that link to a fuller-length video on your website.

(B) Give your video a powerful, eye-catching title. This is where good copywriting skills come into play. Try to think of a great headline that would stop you dead in your tracks. This is the most important element of the video, because you only have a few seconds to grab your prospect’s attention and make him or her click to watch.

(C) Pack your title and description full of your top keywords—keywords that are in your video and that your target audience will search for.

(D) Make sure your video is tagged (metadata) properly with your keywords to get picked up by search engine spiders.

(E) Make sure your video includes either your company logo or your URL, for branding.

(F) Cross-market your video in your e-newsletters, on your website, and in your social media accounts (Twitter, LinkedIn), to drive traffic and create buzz.

(G) If the video is on your website, encourage other users to republish it by offering the proper code that makes it easy for them to copy and paste. This helps with viral marketing.

Advertising YouTube Videos   11 comments

Advertising YouTube videos should be done on the YouTube site. These promoted videos appear on YouTube search results pages, much like traditional PPC ads appear on the results pages for a Google search.

A YouTube Promoted Video is an advertisement, pure and simple, for a specific YouTube video. Specifically it’s a  pay-per-click ad, where you’re charged only when someone clicks the ad to view the video.

Promoted Video ads: appear on YouTube’s search results pages. When someone searches for a particular topic, ads related to that topic appear in the Promoted Videos section on the right side of the page. Each ad includes a brief
text description and link, as well as a video thumbnail. When a user clicks the ad or thumbnail, they’re taken to your video page—and you’re charged for that click.

YouTube’s promoted videos work just like Google’s AdWords program—with the addition of a video thumbnail to accompany the ad’s text. This is a pay-per-click program, just like AdWords; you’re charged only when someone clicks your ad. You bid on specific keywords and pay a certain price per click.

Promoted Videos Campaign:You can set up advertising campaigns for any video you’ve uploaded to the YouTube
site. In fact, you have to promote each video individually; you can set up separate campaigns for different videos, but you can’t set up a generic campaign for all your videos.

To get started, you select a keyword or group of keywords that best describe your video. You bid on these keywords and
select how much you’re willing to pay for each click.

You then get to create the Promoted Video ad itself. Each ad consists of a short title and two lines of descriptive text. Your YouTube user name appears below the description, and a thumbnail image of your choice appears on the left side of the ad.

When someone searches YouTube for a keyword that you’ve purchased, your ad will appear on that person’s search results page in the Promoted Videos section. At that point your account is charged for the click at the previously agreed-upon rate.

Of course, you also set a total budget for your campaign. This budget is YouTube-specific, independent of your AdWords budget. When your PPC charges reach this amount, your ad is disabled. You determine how much you’re willing to spend each month, and your advertising charges will never exceed this amount.

To sign up for the Promoted Videos program, go to ads.youtube.com. You can then select which ad you want to promote and start creating the campaign.

The Meta Page Title   8 comments

The meta page title is the second most important factor in all of SEO (search engine optimization). When your website was first created, whoever was programming it had to fill in a section of the coding called the meta page title.

The reason this primitive bit of information matters so much is because search engines have, for a while now, considered the meta page title to be the one true description of a website. The meta page title is like the headline of a newspaper story or the front cover of a book. It encapsulates a web page in about 15 words or fewer.

Google’s decision to make it such a huge factor in ranking websites is pretty arbitrary. They could have made the meta description title, the meta keywords, or any other section of the website code the defining attributes of a website. But because they decided that this area matters so much, we are compelled to pay attention to it, too.

The meta page title is that code at the very top of your internet browser, above the address bar. The only other place you will encounter meta page titles as a normal internet user is when you are looking at search engine results. Those blue underlined headings on the first line of every Google result are simply a direct copy of each site’s meta page title. Google also uses a site’s meta page title as the heading for its search results.

When creating a meta page title, you need to know only the following three things:

–Keep it to a maximum of 100 characters, although Google will show only 65 or so.

–It needs to summarize what your site is about in a simple way for the sake of visitors but also contain keywords so that  Google knows which terms your website should rank for.

–After you’ve finished formulating it, make this sentence the meta page title of my site’s home page.

Effectiveness of Meta Page Titles: The key to a really effective meta page title is including all your most valuable keywords in a human-friendly and Google-friendly way. Lets assume that for a website to show up at the top of Google whenever someone is looking for a criminal lawyer in Mumbai. After doing  research, it was realized that all keyword phrases contain the words lawyer, attorney, Mumbai, criminal, and defense. In other words, if you combine these words in different ways, you will end up with the various keywords that people type in when they are looking for a criminal
lawyer in Mumbai. For the website to rank high for searches related to criminal law representation in two areas outside of Mumbai: Pune,  and Goa. Add those three city names to the list of words that a potential client might enter into Google
and it could be  more than 20 different keywords. That’s a lot of keywords to stuff into a 100-character title.

Earlier keywords would be placed in order of importance, in the meta page title tag.

Mumbai criminal lawyer,Mumbai criminal attorney, Mumbai criminal defense attorney,
Mumbai lawyer, lawyer in Pune,Goa

That type of meta page title is not only unfriendly to visitors, but would probably get your site labeled as spam and dropped to the bottom of the results. The main thing that this meta page title lacks—other than adherence to the character limit—is the fact that Google can read words in any order as long as they are written one time. With that rule in mind, here is a perfect meta page title, the Mumbai criminal lawyer:

Mumbai Criminal Lawyer | Defense Attorney in Pune and Goa

This meta page title incorporates all the words to rank for, and Google doesn’t care about word order. This means that if someone types into Google Pune defense lawyer, Google will consider website an ideal match. Same with criminal defense attorney Mumabi or any other permutation of the words in his site’s meta page title.

So far I’ve been focusing on just your home page meta page title. But nowadays, especially with Google’s newest algorithm updates, it is important to get many pages of your site, not just your home page, to rank. This means you should be specifically concerned with the meta page titles on all the pages of your website, not just your home page. ave a specific page that focuses just on criminal defense in Goa, and the meta page title of that page could be “Goa Criminal Defense Lawyer | Attorney in Goa.” Creating separate pages, all with unique meta page titles for every keyword, is a good idea because it gives visitors a page that specifically suits their search, whatever it may be. It also gives Google lots of opportunities to rank your website’s pages for niche keywords.

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