Archive for June, 2007

Are you getting jazzed by the iPhone hype? How about all the coverage of people standing in lines since Monday for something that won’t go on sale before Friday night? Or the exposés on the front-liners who aren’t even there to buy an iPhone – they are just there for the notoriety of being first in line!

Never mind that the the iPhone doesn’t even allow you to replace its battery and forces you to sign up with their chosen carrier (full features heremissing features here), people will be shelling out $600 for a phone and probably even more once some of them get on eBay!

Steven Jobs officially announced the iPhone in his keynote this past winter and we can’t help but admire how this whole show unfolds; pure marketing genius. You can’t buy this kind of PR exposure. It’s not about the phone (well, OK, it is) but more about how it is all being rolled out, or not. There is no gigantic unveiling with hot air balloons or simultaneous worldwide openings. Simply a product being made available in stores starting tonight. All the hype is being consumer generated and consumer driven and thanks to the power of todays technology it is spreading farther and faster to more people than anything ever before.

Steven Jobs is smiling!

On a related note: check out his keynote address* if you haven’t already seen it . Not so much for the content but to observe his style and delivery. Notice that he is almost always on the move but stops when he requires impact. See the use of large and simple screen displays allowing for the whole message to be absorbed. And the dialog is in layman’s terms; no techno jargon that only geeks will get. No, this was addressed to everyone because he wants everyone to have an iPhone.

Of course there are arguments to be made against some or all of that, and we are aware of this, but for this exercise let’s look at the good in this and learn from it.

* iTunes requires a free subscription and the iTunes package to view the video. We are offering this link because it is the official source. Several other links exist as well.


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Sometimes it’s just a question of looking at the same old thing from a new angle! And the new ones seem to taste better too 😉

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While we don’t all have the luxury of sitting around in our undies while putting in our 2 hour work days, it doesn’t mean we aren’t successful and/or having fun while at work; right?!

Guy Kawasaki recently moderated another panel of entrepreneurial successes and posted the video up on his blog. It is 90 minutes of kick-in-the-butt inspiration. Check it out when you have a chance!

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Is your website an expense, or an asset? Is it helping to drive revenues? If you are wondering why you even have a website; you are not alone! In this day and age, however; your site should be a definite asset, and help boost your revenues. Here’s the big secret:

Drive quality traffic and use a live chat application with website monitoring.

That’s it! Plain and simple. You could even get away with a one page website! Of the two things needed; one can easily be bought (a quality chat tool; of which there are many – some are free but we said “quality”) but the other requires some sweat equity. Getting quality traffic is where most websites still fail. Let’s continue our look at Google Analytics and how this all ties in with another Google service called AdWords.

AdWords is what is known as a pay-per-click advertising system. You set a budget, you write a text ad for your product or service, you select some keywords and your ads appear in the column to the right of Google search results when people search based on your keywords. A few factors come into play but we’ll let Google explain them because they are better at it. Your account (or budget) only gets debited when someone clicks on your ad. Once your budget is depleted you have the option to add more funds or wait until you have more funds available to add; no time restrictions, no financial pressure.

What is nice about the system is the people choosing to click on your ads are fairly certain to be looking for whatever you are offering or they wouldn’t be clicking the ad. Then, when they end up on your website, your chat application monitoring feature will alert you to their arrival and, if you are available, you can choose to send them an invitation to join you in an online conversation.

When your SEO efforts finally get your organic rankings to put your site at the top of the search results for your selected keywords then you no longer require AdWords and can reallocate that budget, or spend it on something nice for yourself because if you have achieved this stage – you deserve it!

Google Analytics ties nicely with AdWords because it provides you with the ability to learn which keywords are most profitable for your business. You want to make sure you are choosing keywords that people search for in high volume and, at the same time, make sure you are not having to bid too much for each click they make.

If you would like more information on any of the above, feel free to leave a comment or send us an email.  We’re happy to help were ever we can.


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All legitimate online businesses have at least one thing in common: the headache of how to drive more and qualified traffic to their sites. Getting general traffic is quite easy and we won’t go there because it isn’t of interest to the greater majority of us. Getting targeted, well qualified traffic is a whole different story and one that deserves a whole lot of our attention and effort. Before getting started here is the most important thing to keep in mind when researching this topic:

There are NO shortcuts, NO tricks, and NO miracle methods

to driving good traffic.

The only methods that are effective involve intense research and diligent, regular work on your part. So how are you supposed to squeeze that in along with all the other tasks you already have in hand? Good question! The answer is make the time or have someone do it for you – again; there are no miracles. It really is quite simple: you need visitors to come to your website and you want ones that are interested/intrigued by what you offer because they are the ones you can convert into paying clients, anything else is a waste. Narrowing the field to identify these visitors is where you start. You want to know what site they came from, what key words they typed, and into which search engine, to get to you, as well as what time of day these people are coming to your site among a list of other criteria. To accomplish this you need a tool that allows you to analyze your website.

There are a truck full of website improvement tools available on the Internet. All of them claim to be the best at what they do. Some “do it all”; others specialize so you need more of them. But one stands out above the rest and that is the aptly named: Google Analytics. The only thing it doesn’t do is do the actual work for you. There are no useless features so your precious time isn’t wasted. It provides you with exactly what you need and to top it off; IT’S FREE! Who better to get analytical information from than the people who are best at finding, sorting and providing it? Another positive point is that it integrates right into the Google AdWords program and that is where we’ll continue this discussion.

Try and stop by the site to have a look at it. It’s a quick read.

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No, we haven’t abandoned our blog! The other day as I looked at the stats for this blog I actually felt guilty not having written or linked to anything for a few days because there actually is a good flow of people dropping by on a regular basis. They aren’t leaving comments just yet but I imagine that will come when they really feel they have something to say. As I contemplated the situation, however; I thought this would make a good little article since blogs are springing up almost as fast as the weeds in my yard.

When, why, and how often should one post? Should we post for the sake of posting and content building or simply to provide what we think is valuable information for our readers? The former could lead to a bulky, boring blog whereas the latter could leave gaps between posts and both cases could potentially turn people away.

Truth be told, we just haven’t had the time to write something fresh and pertinent to our industry and in the same time period haven’t come across any relevant and interesting articles written by others either.   Personally I would rather post when I have something good to say or something to pass on that I think you will find interesting, even if it means going a few days without any new entries.

What are your thoughts on this?  Weigh in by leaving a comment!

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