On the internet, your most basic presence is a website. It is the staging point and the hub of everything that you do online.
Almost all of your activity in online marketing goes back to your website. Your website is the face you show for your business. This is where your customer gets his first impression of your business. This is where they interface with your business.
A professional-looking website says that you are a reliable, trustworthy, professional business. A sloppy-looking website says that your business is small-time, amateurish and cannot be trusted.
That is why it is important that your website has a design and content that speaks well of your business. Also, if you have a site or plan to have a site where your customer can buy merchandise (an e-commerce site) you should also ensure that the process of ordering is easy and problem-free. (more…)
In the world of corporate business, one of the standard tools for promoting and advertising businesses is formed by brochures. Brochures are in fact small magazines displayed in hotel lobbies, reception halls, and conferences rooms, and that are out there in order to be picked up by the public. Take a look at this interesting Business Brochure Photoshop Tutorial:
Occasionally, brochures include written statements of the business, but normally they contain pictures of the products made or services rendered by the company. Company brochures can be included in your company products or handed out as calendars or posters.
The point is, as brochures are designed to get the public’s eye on your company, they must be attractive and revealing enough to attract people’s awareness and appropriately explain your sales message. Unfortunately, basically, very few brochures are creatively manufactured with a focus on detail. But let that not scare you away, you can find plenty of options out there to create a fascinating brochure style and design.
Here I will share some examples of remarkable brochure designs you can look at: (more…)
Has there ever been an Internet buzzword that has been more abused and confused than community?
Remember back in the naive ’90s, when theglobe.com’s stock rose 606 percent on its first day of trading-an IPO record at the time-because it supposedly was the hot place to chat? Or how about GeoCities, which offered free “homesteads” in online subdivisions, complete with street addresses, as if the first thing you’d do after creating your free homepage would be to hop over to the neighbors’ for a cup of digital coffee.
In a $4 billion deal, Yahoo!! paid more than $100 for every piddling dollar of revenue that GeoCities had from its inception in 1996 through the spring of 1999. But does anyone believe these “communities” would fetch any premium today?
Yet there really is something quite powerful and valuable behind the concept of online community, provided it is used to support a real business objective.
Mistakes were made
The mistake such startups made was in believing that community was a business model unto itself. Interactive tools that allow people with common interests to exchange information work as a revenue opportunity only when they are attached to an established business model. When that’s the case, communities can help a real business acquire and retain customers at a lower cost for a longer time. (more…)
Product design requires creativity, experience and, if you are going to be building the product yourself, a substantial amount of technical know how.
The process of product design starts with the need of a full understanding of the requirements. Requirements gathering is a very distinct skill – sometimes the customer has a great idea, but it takes experience to know how it can be improved, tweaked and slightly changed to make it even better. Very occasionally, it is the job of the product designer to let the customer know that the idea they have just won’t work. again, this ability comes with skill, judgment, and experience and can save the company vast amounts of money!
Product design could be as simple as updating an existing product to make it better, or starting from scratch on a completely novel idea which exists only in someone’s mind. These are often distinct roles and not the same skill set. A good example of product improvement would be Dyson’s bagless vacuum cleaner – a massive improvement on a product that had been around for decades before in the same form. (more…)
There is a lot to look forward to if you understand just how mobile marketing is used to enhance your business. It is fun, too, to learn about how mobile devices are utilized in this type of marketing. Mobile marketing is an incredibly effective way to promote your business, when done well. This article will help you unleash the power of mobile marketing with the following tips.
Add a link to your social media pages on your main website and encourage your visitors to find you there. The odds of potential customers stumbling across your social networking accounts by accident are slim, but visitors to your main site will be much more likely to be interested.
Try using Multimedia Messaging Service for sending out coupons for new prospects or to reward the old ones. Include promo codes within the coupons themselves to make it easier for customers. These coupons should contain a special code that your mobile site can track. These coupons are great for attracting new consumers and rewarding loyal ones. (more…)
Someone happening upon one of the Websites of Wilson Internet Services for the first time might imagine an army of writers and editors working behind the scenes, all fed by venture capital millions. With about 1,000 idea-crammed pages at WilsonWeb.com and its associated Doctor Ebiz site, plus more than 7,500 links to Web marketing and e-commerce resources, the Wilson sites comprise the largest research center on Internet marketing anywhere on the Web.
Yet creating and managing Wilson Internet Services is largely the work of one man. Ralph F. Wilson, a Baptist minister, runs the site, handling ad sales and nearly all of the writing, with the help of just two link editors and his daughter, Ann, as subcontractors.
“I’ve very deliberately kept my organization lean, so I can focus on what I do best, be nimble enough to change as the markets change, and have the freedom to pursue my calling in the Christian ministry,” Wilson says.
When the industry mantra was “grow, grow, grow,” such amazing efficiency was regarded as quaint and silly. But with so many venture-funded dot-coms now dead or in trouble, bootstrapped Internet operations that have attracted a following, despite a tiny staff, begin to look smart. (more…)
Information was once a sought-after and treasured commodity like a fine wine. Now, it’s regarded more like crabgrass, something to be kept at bay. When Information Anxiety was published in 1999, the cry was: less data, more information. But more than a dozen years of exploding quantities of information have elevated us to a higher level. How can we find what we want and tune out the rest? Living in the Information Age has profoundly altered our lives, and those who fail to recognize that the rules of information design are changing will find themselves left behind. Businesses clamoring for an audience find that it’s harder to be heard. When content streams 24 hours a day from multiple channels, the rules of navigation change.
Designers need to rethink how they can make the journey more meaningful, how humans navigate down the path to understanding and what information designers can do to make the trip more compelling. (more…)
Here is a list of 8 questioning techniques that you can employ to get the information you need to lead with certainty: 1. Start Easy To Increase Bonding and Trust
Ask easy, no-brainer questions at the beginning of a conversation to connect with the individual and make it easier to ask harder questions.
Examples: How have you been lately?
How was the meeting yesterday?
What have you been up to?
Starting with easy questions will help put the other person at ease. 2. Open Questions
Ask open questions to get a broad overview of what the person knows or thinks.
Examples: What can you tell me about the topic?
What is there to know about the situation?
What happened, exactly?
Open questions let you get the big picture of a situation, and figure out how people feel about a given situation. The more open you are in your questions, the wider the variety of potential responses. (more…)
The world has changed. These days your customers are talking and writing about you…and the whole wide world is reading and listening along.
The world of business is being reshaped by local review websites. These sites are rapidly becoming the new Yellow Pages, like a one-stop podium where everything is offered to your customers. Here they will be able to find your business, while at the same location they can find independent critiques of your business’ performance.
How on earth can you control your good reputation the minute almost everyone has the opportunity to be a critic?
There are a lot of business owners who feel this is a horrifying situation that looks far more like mafia control than just the perception of a number of people.
Unfavorable comments can become a horrendous threat in case they show up prominently in search engine outcomes. Fortunately, there is always a huge advantage. Recommendations coming from satisfied customers are typically the greatest provider of new customers. Internet community forums are a highly effective word-of-mouth tool. You could say that the evaluation procedure has gone through a democratization process. (more…)
Today, we invited our friend from BestGEDclasses.com to talk about working space and productivity. A few months ago, she decided that she will run a business from home. Working from home is an incredible opportunity to design your own workspace according to your needs and preferences, she says. The nature of my work determined the necessary elements of the office’s set-up, but this do-it-yourself project allows for a lot of freedom and flexibility, even if you’re on a budget.
By establishing an inviting, professional atmosphere in your new home office, you will be able to boost your productivity and impress any potential clients who will come visit you at your new workspace.
The colors of your learning space should be warm and inviting, such as soft yellows, blues, and greens, so that you and your clients feel relaxed and calm while in the office. Position your desk in a part of the room that is well lit and has plenty of space for you to sit behind comfortably. Arrange all other furniture so that you effectively utilize the space in a way that is functional. Consider if you have enough lighting in the room that brings warmth, not sterility, to the office space. (more…)