The Power Of Viral Marketing

Written by David Bell

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Now it's time to placerepparttar button, and there are multiple placement options depending on what you want your visitors to share and in what contextrepparttar 134265 item to be shared appears. Remember that your button is a call to action, sorepparttar 134266 best placement is atrepparttar 134267 point in your process where your visitors arerepparttar 134268 most engaged, and motivated. The number one location for a product referral isrepparttar 134269 page whererepparttar 134270 product appears and appears by itself or differentiated from other products. Not only will your visitor not yet be preoccupied with billing addresses and credit card numbers, you also do not runrepparttar 134271 risk of losing a referral opportunity because you placedrepparttar 134272 button deeper inrepparttar 134273 ordering process, whererepparttar 134274 likelihood of an abandoned shopping cart rises.

If you provide a referral tool for an article or white paper,repparttar 134275 best spot forrepparttar 134276 button is atrepparttar 134277 beginning ofrepparttar 134278 article or white paper for shorter pieces and at bothrepparttar 134279 beginning andrepparttar 134280 end for pieces more than a page in length. Like most surfers do not read every line of text on every site, it is likely many of your visitors will also not be reading every single sentence and paragraph of what they might send on, especially if they're doing preliminary research or idly surfing.

Other prime locations for referral buttons, depending on your site and on your needs, are your home page, your product or service pages, and on any special offers. Ask yourself what it is you want visitors to your site to pass along and place buttons accordingly. Placerepparttar 134281 button close to names, icons, or logos that you expect to catch attention, while also keepingrepparttar 134282 important basics as close torepparttar 134283 top ofrepparttar 134284 page as possible. Web sites, like newspapers have a "fold" (i.e., what's seen beforerepparttar 134285 user has to scroll) and anything considered of paramount importance should be placed aboverepparttar 134286 fold.


A link is a link is a link. Not exactly a lot of design flexibility, is there? The best you can do, and what you should do it if you can, is to create links that carry at least a part of your message. A very simple example would be The real key with links is to accompany them with a short, clear, and compelling message. Also, underline or colorrepparttar 134287 text of your link so that it is obviously a link.


Again we go back to our earlier point thatrepparttar 134288 call to action works best whenrepparttar 134289 visitor has been fully engaged. If you want people to share an article or white paper,repparttar 134290 link goes at bothrepparttar 134291 beginning, when they're first interested aboutrepparttar 134292 material, and atrepparttar 134293 end, when they've read it. If it's in an email, you put it at whatever point in your message that you've given your readerrepparttar 134294 strongest incentive to act. Place it too early inrepparttar 134295 process, (before that special offer or promotion), and it is like suddenly demanding money from your customer when they are only halfway throughrepparttar 134296 purchasing decision process. You not only won't gain a customer, you will lose one customer with exceptional word-of-mouth potential.


Consider Three Scenarios:

1. People love your site, but you don't give them any tools, much less any incentive, to share it.

2. People love your site, and you give them an easy and obvious way to share it.

3. People love your site, and you not only give them an easy and obvious way to share it, but you actually reward them for doing so.

Which scenario will result inrepparttar 134297 most referrals? Which scenario would you yourself respond to best? Adding referral tools is a great start, but when you also add an incentive, you've given your visitors no reason not to act, and your response rate will skyrocket accordingly. As e-sales guru David Weltman, successful CEO and former IBM advisor, says, "What you get is referrals on rocket fuel."

But before you start handing out incentives, consider what your target audience will value and appreciate. To a tech-savvy audience, an offer of a free "Outhouse Construction for Numbskulls" manual will be less compelling than, say, free shipping or entry in a contest to win a new monitor.


When used properly, nothing can matchrepparttar 134298 power of viral marketing. It is so effective because it is based on personal opinion, muchrepparttar 134299 same way an editorial carries more weight than an advertisement because it's coming from a trusted source. You trust your friends and colleagues to send you material that is interesting, useful, and pertinent to you personally. Trust will always be more powerful than flashy design and expensive ad campaigns, and when information comes from someone you trust, it is much more powerful.

You can employ a team of designers and programmers and copywriters to build you a beautiful and functional site. You can pay for content, buy advertising, and even purchase lists of email addresses. The one thing you can't buy when growing your business isrepparttar 134300 trust of your users andrepparttar 134301 recommendations from current customers to potential new ones. That's achieved only with viral marketing.

I hope this helps in your future marketing decisions.

David Bell is Manager, Online Marketing, at , a leading Search Engine Optimization services firm and Advertising Agency.

The Biggest Reason To Start A Blog...(and it's not what you think!)

Written by Andrew Wroblewski

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But why inrepparttar world would you WANT to run a blog if you have an income-generating site?

Surely your customer isn't interested in reading about your trials and tribulations ofrepparttar 134264 daily business grind, right? Probably not. However, if you can build a blog that catches their attention, such as whererepparttar 134265 fish are biting if you sell fishing supplies, they WILL come. And so willrepparttar 134266 surprise that I mentioned earlier.

You see, among your visitors to your blog will be a software program known as a spider. Not just any spider, mind you, but repparttar 134267 granddaddy of all search engine spiders --repparttar 134268 Google spider. You see, Google LOVES to index blogs. Yep, it's true. And that, as soon-to-be inmate Martha would say, is a good thing.

In a nutshell, Google loves pages that have links to other pages. Blogs link to all kinds of stuff. Google loves pages that are linked FROM other pages. A good blog gets lots of links to it as loyal readers tell everyone they know to put links to their favorite blog on their web site.

Finally, Google loves fresh content. An active blog's content can change minute by minute, but at least it's almost guaranteed to change daily.

So, if you can find a decent subject to blog about, and you can get a blog up and running quickly and easily, you just might be amazed at what happens to your site's page rank in a few weeks or more.

Listen, with tools like Blog-In-A-Box available to get you going, there really is no reason NOT to get blogging!

Good luck from a couple of fellow bloggers.

Steve Robichaud and Andrew Wroblewski have been involved in online sales and marketing since 1996. To get help on starting your own blog, visit: email:

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